Last night, Dead & Company guitarists John Mayer and Bob Weir were the guests on Bravo series Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. The two musicians stopped by the show’s clubhouse after their sets at NYC’s Citi Field, talking about music, fame, Mayer’s guitar face and more, as well as treating fans to a special performance.After the thirty-minute program, the two sat down for a brief version of the hit Grateful Dead song, “Friend Of The Devil.” Watch the two famed musicians at work in the clip below.You can also watch Weir and Mayer talk about gay bars, out of body experiences, Mayer’s solo album, and Jerry Garcia.
Despite appearing in 13 of the past 19 AFC Championship games, the New England Patriots will not make an appearance in this year’s Super Bowl. Their quarterback, 42-year-old Tom Brady, is one of the most accomplished NFL players of all time, and his resume speaks for itself: six Super Bowl rings, four MVPs, 14 Pro Bowl selections … the list goes on and on. Let’s also not forget the fact that New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning outplayed Brady in both of their Super Bowl matchups. In those games, Manning orchestrated two clutch game-winning drives while Brady played pretty average during both contests. Brady got his sixth ring, but he clearly didn’t have to create much offense to get it. He was a nonfactor during Super Bowl LIII and during the Patriots’ entire playoff run that season. Over two playoff games and the Super Bowl in 2018, Brady threw just two touchdowns and tacked on three interceptions, hardly the performance you’d expect from the greatest quarterback of all time. In 2018, Brady had the 14th best QBR, the 16th most yards per attempt and the 20th best completion percentage. Without the arsenal of offensive weapons Brady once had, he is no more than an average quarterback. Brady’s first Super Bowl team in 2001 had a similar storyline. His defense carried the team the entire season and the Pats were brought back from the dead by the infamous and now defunct “Tuck Rule.” The best thing to ever happen to Brady is Bill Belichick: The Patriots’ systems, schemes and coaching talents have nearly been flawless throughout their dynastic run. If you take Brady out of New England, they can probably still succeed. If you take Belichick out, they would most likely regress on the field. These are just a few of the many reasons that discredit Brady’s greatness, and I didn’t even have to get into cheating to prove my point. No quarterback in the history of the game has been surrounded by the kind of coaching, offensive talent and top-ranked defenses like Brady has, and for that reason, Brady does not deserve to be called the GOAT. Harrison Cho is a sophomore writing about sports. His column, “The Chosen One,” runs every other Friday. Brady has been carried by Belichick’s elite defenses, taking pressure off Brady on a regular basis and placing him and his offense in optimal positions to score. For example, in 2018 against a young and exciting Los Angeles Rams team, the Patriots defense held quarterback Jared Goff and his explosive offense to just 3 points. If you can’t win a Super Bowl after your defense allows just 3 points, then you don’t deserve to be in the Super Bowl. Further proof of Belichick’s great coaching is the fact that every quarterback that has played in his system has succeeded. Former USC and Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel led the Pats to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth with Brady sidelined with a torn ACL in 2008. He also finished top 10 in touchdowns, passer rating and completion percentage. During Brady’s recent suspension for Deflategate, inexperienced quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett both showed a ton of promise as they lead the Patriots to a 3-1 record. In 2015, Brady was bailed out again in the Super Bowl, this time against the Seattle Seahawks. Cornerback Malcolm Butler saved the day with a goal line interception when the Seahawks inexplicably did not hand the ball off to running back Marshawn Lynch to win the game. Another knock against Brady is that he has been constantly surrounded by immense offensive talent. Wes Welker revolutionized the slot position. Randy Moss is one of the greatest receivers of all time. Rob Gronkowski was a generational talent and physical specimen who is also arguably the greatest to ever play his position. Adam Vinatieri and Stephen Gostkowski are two of the greatest kickers in NFL history. Other NFL quarterbacks in the GOAT conversation, like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers have had their share of offensive help. But most, if not all of their players were never on the same level as Welker, Gronkowski or Moss. In 2004’s Super Bowl XXXIX against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Patriots defense had three huge interceptions that gave them the upper hand throughout the course of the game. This season, Brady had the 23rd best QBR out of all quarterbacks, the 35th most passing yards per attempt and the 36th highest completion percentage. It’s easy to give Brady the title of “Greatest of All Time” (the GOAT) when you look at his accolades and the Patriots’ dominance over the years. However, I believe that Tom Brady is overrated and nothing more than an average system quarterback playing under the greatest coach of all time. What happened to those quarterbacks? Well, Cassel went to the Kansas City Chiefs, where he had a single winning season and never won more than four games the rest of his career. Brissett ended up on the Indianapolis Colts, where he didn’t throw for a touchdown in six of the last eight games this season. Garoppolo, on the other hand, is a different story as he now has the opportunity to win a Super Bowl this year as the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. But like Brady, Garoppolo relies on the genius of his coach and arguably the best defense in the league to win — not to mention he threw eight passes in the NFC Championship Game. These past couple seasons were some of the first in which Brady had a lack of offensive firepower in terms of receivers. How did Brady, the “GOAT,” respond?
Facebook Twitter Google+ As Syracuse took the ball upfield during a clear attempt, Meaghan Tyrrell broke away. The freshman attacker drifted into space behind the Harvard defense and situated herself directly in front of the crease. Nicole Levy noticed and lofted a pass from the left sideline toward her teammate, who was defended only by Grace Rotondo, Harvard’s goalie. Rotondo was stuck between knocking away the incoming pass and guarding her goal. She chose neither and simply flung her stick upward, allowing Tyrrell to corral the pass and score.No. 4 Syracuse (9-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) took down Harvard (4-4, 0-1 Ivy League), 15-6, on Tuesday, matching its win total from last season in eight fewer games. After a seven-game slate which included five ranked opponents, the Orange won by their largest margin since Feb. 18. Paced by Emily Hawryschuk’s seventh-straight game with four or more goals, the SU offense took advantage of a number of mistakes by the Crimson defense and often turned them into scores. Syracuse has now defeated Louisville and Harvard — its last two unranked opponents — by a combined score of 29-13.“I look at (unranked opponents) as a great opportunity to dig down,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “For our starters to go in and stay motivated and continue to grind and work on what we need to work on, to provide opportunities for the rest of their teammates.”Syracuse’s starters led it on Tuesday, scoring eight goals and causing four turnovers. Even when it looked like the Crimson had stopped the Orange, they hadn’t. On SU’s second possession of the game, Megan Carney’s shot from the eight-meter arc sailed high of the goal and out of bounds. But Harvard failed to earn possession, with Hawryschuk instead getting to the spot first. On the ensuing play, Hawryschuk scored on a question-mark dodge.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThen, four minutes later, Syracuse nearly prevented itself from scoring. After the Crimson turned the ball over due to a dangerous projectile violation, Levy controlled the offense again. She found Mary Rahal for an eventual goal, but Rahal was obstructed by Morgan Alexander, who was right behind her and collided with a Harvard defender after the play.Harvard kept the game close early on. After falling behind 4-0, it scored a goal that prompted an immediate Orange timeout. Ninety seconds later it poured in another, cutting SU’s lead to two. “Seeing it was 4-2, we needed a run,” Hawryschuk said. “Knowing that if we stayed smart on offense, if we could stay composed, we would be able to build off of that and have the end score that we did.”The run, a 6-1 scoring stretch to end the half, began almost 10 minutes later when Alexander was doubled by a pair of Harvard defenders. She jabbed away from the goal at the 12-meter arc while protecting the ball, and the hesitation threw both defenders astray. She converted on the mistake, scoring just inside the left goalpost and tumbling immediately after.Harvard wouldn’t improve in the second half. After falling behind by 10 goals, the Crimson secured a free position attempt. Grace Hulslander, Harvard’s second-leading scorer, set up on the right side of the goal in an attempt to cut SU’s lead to single-digits. But instead, she missed and drew a “dangerous propelling” foul, called for when a shot hits or endangers another player. It earned Hulslander a yellow card and sent her to the bench. Alexander scored just over a minute later. With just under 10 minutes to go in the game, Hulslander had another chance to score on a free position shot. It clanged off the right post. Fourteen seconds later she was fouled and earned another attempt. That one was wide. Harvard went scoreless for the next 14 minutes. The Orange turned in a solid performance against the Crimson and still cruised. In six games against ranked opponents this season, they’ve played up to their foe’s level. Against unranked Harvard on Tuesday, Syracuse didn’t play to its full potential — it didn’t need to.“We’re getting to see more ACC opponents coming up soon, so wins like these are great,” SU goalie Asa Goldstock said. “(But) games like these, especially these last two, when everyone on the field gets to go in, that’s more rewarding to me than beating an ACC opponent.” Published on March 19, 2019 at 6:03 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34 Comments