Maybe its the bone chilling cold. Maybe its the 2 feet of snow on the ground. Maybe its the fact I spent the last 2 hours snowblowing a 1/4 mile path to a small skating pond in the woods behind my house for my boys to play on. Something started me thinking about the fact that sooner rather than later we will be without Tom Brady. It was difficult trying to imagine gearing up for a Pats season without Brady under center. Try as I might the image was fuzzy when I attempted to picture the moment when its all over. It reminded me of my beloved old Rotti, Yukon. I had him for over 11 years and every so often the thought that his time was growing short crept into my mind. I tried to start preparing myself for the days after he was gone. It was always the same fuzzy picture when I imagined him not being there. After 2 apartments, several girlfriends, 3 jobs, a house, wife and two kids it seemed as if he was ingrained in everything around me. It feels the same with Brady. The closest thing I can compare it to is when Bird retired. How could there be the Celtics without Larry?
Perhaps its the fact that time fades the memory but the Brady era seems to be in a category by itself. Perhaps it has been the fact that TB's tenure has overlapped a coming of age period in my own life(27 to 38). I dont know for sure. When I had to put Yukon down about a year ago I realized that, for some of lifes chapters, you cant really prepare. You just have to wait for that fuzzy picture to come back into focus. Life moves on and change has a way of creeping into our present until it seems like it always was there. Brady seems to have been a Patriot since the beginning. He and BB's era seems to not be an era at all. It feels like it has always just been there. Wasnt it just a couple years ago when Brady was the NFL's hot young guy?! Where has the last decade plus gone? I for one am going to savor every second of these last few playoff runs all the while knowing that someday that fuzzy post-Brady picture will be a reality. Its just not gonna be today.