Re: Homers and Haters
posted at 8/29/2013 4:45 PM EDT
In response to ghostofjri37's comment:
I guess for that year they said let's roll the dice and see if we get lucky with this kid. I'm sure it wasn't because he put in extra time in the film room, worked diligently on improving his physical tools/mechanics, competed ferociously in practice and executed in pre-season.
Earlier, I had posted that Tom Brady had met a certain judge on the golf course during his rookie year, who gave him some sage advice. But, after conducting a little research, it seems that Tommy (as he was referred to in his younger days) had met this judge previously, during his high school days in California....when Tommy had worked a part time summer job as a caddy at a golf course.
During his senior year in high school, Tommy expressed a desire to attend the University of Michigan, upon graduation. But, unfortunately, Tommy was very low on funds, and needed a scholarship. Without the scholarship, he knew that he would have had to bypass college, and accept a job working in a local lumber yard.
But, as fate would have it, the country club where Tommy worked gave to one of the caddy's a huge scholarship every year. The caddy who performed well at the annual caddy tournament, and who had the right connections, would be the scholarship recipient.
The president of the country club, and the chairman of the scholarship committee, happened to be his particular judge. Since Tommy was the judge's caddy, he appeared to have an inside track to the scholarship, if he did well in the caddy tournament.
But, Tommy being Tommy, he began a relationship with the judge's attractive niece...and was actually caught in the judge's home by the judge himself, while Tom was in the process of having a romantic interlude with the niece. As a result, Tommy and the judge had a bit of a falling out...which led to the following conversation between the two, the very next day:
Tommy: Judge, sir?
Judge: Sit down, Tommy. I think you know why you're here, so I'll do us the courtesy of not reviewing what happened yesterday. My niece is the kind of girl that has a certain zest for living. The last thing any of us needs now is a lot of loose talk about her behavior.
Tommy: I swear I didn't tell anybody anything, sir.
Judge: Good, good. You know, despite what happened, I'm still convinced that you have many fine qualities. I think you can still become a gentleman someday if you understand and abide by the rules of decent society. There's a lot of...well, badness in the world today. I see it in court every day. I've sentenced boys younger than you to the gas chamber. I didn't want to do it- I felt I owed it to them. The most important decision you can make right now is what you stand for- goodness...or badness.
Tommy: Now I know I've made some mistakes in the past. I'm willing to make up for that. I want to be good!
Judge: Very good! I know how hard it is for young people today and I want to help. Just ask my grandson, Spaulding. He and I are regular pals. Are you my pal..."Mr. Scholarship Winner"?
Tommy: Yes, sir! I'm your pal!
Judge: How about a Fresca (judge proceeds to rub Tommy hair)?