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Bill Brett for The Boston Globe

Tom Brady at the Best Buddies Challenge kickoff event Friday at Harvard Stadium.


Is it possible to predict Tom Brady’s future performance based on a flag football game? If so, the Pats QB is poised to have a big year. Brady tossed tight spirals at Friday night's kickoff of the Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port. The honorary chairman of the annual fund-raiser, No. 12 took the field at Harvard Stadium and made his receivers look good. (So what if the cornerbacks weren’t exactly the quality of Darrelle Revis.) The Audi Best Buddies Challenge is a 100-mile charity ride and walk benefiting Best Buddies International, the nonprofit devoted to helping people with intellectual disabilities. (The ride is today.) Brady’s better half, Gisele Bundchen, wasn’t there last night, but a few teammates, including Tully Banta-Cain, Julian Edelman, Dan Koppen, Stephen Neal, and Pierre Woods, were. Celebs making the scene included actors Bob Saget, Verne Troyer, and Maureen McCormick, former Olympic track star Carl Lewis, lawyer Brad Blank, and the new Miss USA, Rima Fakih. Also there was BC linebacker and cancer survivor Mark Herzlich. Saget has been affiliated with Best Buddies for 15 years, but he couldn’t suit up last night because of a knee injury. ‘‘I’m capable of holding chapstick and an iPhone,’’ he said. ‘‘Really, I should be in bubble wrap with floaties on.’’ ... There were also a few ringers on the field, including a couple of Mix 104.1 listeners chosen during the station’s ‘‘dressing like a lady for Tom Brady’’ promotion yesterday morning. After the game, Food Network star Guy Fieri hosted a barbeque at the stadium during which several local chefs teamed up with Best Buddies participants.


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Mike Savastano of Salem, N.H., and Jeff Tibbetts, of Newton, N.H., were all dolled up outside the Marriott Copley this morning as part of Mix 104.1's "Dress like a Lady for Tom Brady" promotion. (Photo/Lisa Poole)

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