Has there ever been a regular-season game as hyped and anticipated as Sunday’s showdown between The Patriots and Buccaneers? Tom Brady’s return to Foxborough is driving record ticket prices, unmatched media coverage and a range of emotions for Patriots fans. The anticipation conjures so many things: GOATs and nostalgia, breakups and reunions, coaches and/vs. players, books and revenge, and unique links between people, places and things. As you buckle in for the 8:20 pm kickoff, we’ve collected a few things that have caught our eye.
Here are our picks of the week.
Notable revenge games between legends and their former teams ahead of Tom Brady’s return to New England
That night confirmed the end of Guardiola’s time as Barcelona coach.
We couldn’t help but wonder: Just how rare is this kind of reunion between Super Bowl-winning head coach and quarterback?
The New York Times
The two played each other just 14 times but created one of the greatest and still-talked-about rivalries in the history of tennis.
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McIlroy was hitting on a profound theme, which is the unbelievable emotional bond between members of Team Europe that can be difficult for Americans to understand, especially since it originates in an individual sport.
The Washington Post
“If you looked at everything I’ve gone through for the past seven years, I should have never made another Olympic team,” Biles said.
Brady’s comments came one day after Bill Belichick denied a passage in a soon-to-be released book stating that the Patriots coach refused to meet with the star quarterback in person before Brady left New England to sign with the Buccaneers in March 2020.
The New York Times
You can’t avoid fighting. You can only hope to contain it.