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Part way, I just enjoyed TB12 and Gronk saying about the inconsistent reffing on Gronk (his body slam of White was good of course). But I'm glad TB12 and Gronk saw what we saw in the gamethreads. But wow Gronk sounds completely burned out.

Also glad this didn't devolve into a TB12 Method infomercial, I was a little worried in first 10 min.
 

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I thought they could have highlighted just how dramatic that KC AFC Championship game was a little more. They completely ignored Brady's int at the 1 yard line and blew past the three 3rd and long conversions on the last touchdown drive of regulation.

Jules is a great guest though. He had probably my favorite quote in the series about Belichick towards the end.
 

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That was amazing television on a number of levels. I know its him telling his story but the editorial choices as well as some the candor makes Brady even more likable.

We have more to discuss when others have seen the episode.
 

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I am now muting the starts of the episodes so I can avoid that ridiculous voice and I'll tell ya, it makes this show significantly better not having that voice rattling in your brain.

Hey voice guy, you had ONE job.
 

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I am now muting the starts of the episodes so I can avoid that ridiculous voice and I'll tell ya, it makes this show significantly better not having that voice rattling in your brain.

Hey voice guy, you had ONE job.
You said it.

His inflection on ‘MAN IN THE ARENA’ is really strange, especially how he pronounces ‘AREEENA.’ He sounds drunk. I’m thinking it may have been messed up in production? But, yeah, shut the fuck up, dude.
 

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I am now muting the starts of the episodes so I can avoid that ridiculous voice and I'll tell ya, it makes this show significantly better not having that voice rattling in your brain.

Hey voice guy, you had ONE job.
I started this after the 1st episode. It’s a 1000x improvement.
 

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It really is amazing how different the starts of the episodes are without that disaster of a voice intro stuck in your brain. 1000x is fair.
The main issue now is I have it stuck back in my head for your post! Will take a solid 3 hours to get out.
 

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Ninth episode gives us the kind of Patriots love we haven't really gotten from Tom since his departure.
Great episode. Maybe somewhat more emotional knowing the future outcome. Saving Jules for his SB mvp was great even with his roles vs Sea and Atl.

Tb12 waxing poetic about the Pats and complimentary of BB makes me happy.

I presume the next and final ep is TB run. But my goodness if they somehow got BB in there... one can dream.
 

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Great episode. Maybe somewhat more emotional knowing the future outcome. Saving Jules for his SB mvp was great even with his roles vs Sea and Atl.

Tb12 waxing poetic about the Pats and complimentary of BB makes me happy.

I presume the next and final ep is TB run. But my goodness if they somehow got BB in there... one can dream.
Every episode is organized around the Super Bowl seasons. You will not see Bill talking about Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl run. Shit, I think Bill saw Tom in person for the first time since his departure after the Bucs-Pats game in October.

I would love to see them shoot the shit again akin to what we saw on the NFL100 program, but this ain’t gonna be the forum where we hear Bill talk about him.
 

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Every episode is organized around the Super Bowl seasons. You will not see Bill talking about Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl run. Shit, I think Bill saw Tom in person for the first time since his departure after the Bucs-Pats game in October.

I would love to see them shoot the shit again akin to what we saw on the NFL100 program, but this ain’t gonna be the forum where we hear Bill talk about him.
Yeah, the next guest will either be Evans or Arians.
 

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Every episode is organized around the Super Bowl seasons. You will not see Bill talking about Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl run. Shit, I think Bill saw Tom in person for the first time since his departure after the Bucs-Pats game in October.

I would love to see them shoot the shit again akin to what we saw on the NFL100 program, but this ain’t gonna be the forum where we hear Bill talk about him.
Oh I don't think it will be BB. Just a dream. I mean how good would it be BB opining on TB12 and the TB run. Like really opening up. I know it won't happen.

Some TB teammates are the clear (and likely) choice.
 

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I dunno, I was a bit bummed with how they seemingly skipped over the final season and appear headed straight to the TB years. I know this is not a Patriots special, but it feels like they should do more about the last year — and some of the Kraft relationship. I mean, they hinted in the last two episodes that he knew it was coming to an end and he was going to leave, I hope they give us more into the decision and emotions behind it.

It was really well done, I’m definitely speaking as a Pats fan and TB12 fanboy and just want more.

I have always said it, and perhaps it is still my biases talking, but watching this just makes me even more amazed how much vitriol there has been for this guy. I get all the winning breeds it to an extent, but he just comes across as a pretty fucking great human being. The hate is still hard to fathom to me.
 

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does anyone else HATE the director cuts where it’s nature (ocean/animals/rock/etc). Holy shit is that stuff ham handed. I am enjoying the series but cringing every time this stuff is shown.
 

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Just jumping in as I’ve been playing catch up

does anyone else HATE the director cuts where it’s nature (ocean/animals/rock/etc). Holy shit is that stuff ham handed. I am enjoying the series but cringing every time this stuff is shown.
Its fine as a B-roll type thing when Brady gives his inspirational quote in the beginning. I have no idea why they do it the entire episode when they could just have a clip of actual football playing in the backround
 

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I dunno, I was a bit bummed with how they seemingly skipped over the final season and appear headed straight to the TB years. I know this is not a Patriots special, but it feels like they should do more about the last year — and some of the Kraft relationship. I mean, they hinted in the last two episodes that he knew it was coming to an end and he was going to leave, I hope they give us more into the decision and emotions behind it.

It was really well done, I’m definitely speaking as a Pats fan and TB12 fanboy and just want more.

I have always said it, and perhaps it is still my biases talking, but watching this just makes me even more amazed how much vitriol there has been for this guy. I get all the winning breeds it to an extent, but he just comes across as a pretty fucking great human being. The hate is still hard to fathom to me.
They'll probably get into the final season in the next episode. These don't go into the future, so past non-Super Bowl seasons are always analyzed retrospectively. Or at least they have been so far (i.e. the 2008-2010 years were talked about in the 2011 Super Bowl episode, and not the 2007 one).
 

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They'll probably get into the final season in the next episode. These don't go into the future, so past non-Super Bowl seasons are always analyzed retrospectively. Or at least they have been so far (i.e. the 2008-2010 years were talked about in the 2011 Super Bowl episode, and not the 2007 one).
I dunno, the foreshadow of him in the TB uniform feels like they are going to talk about his new team and the next Sb season
 

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It’s 10 episodes. Brady has been to 10 Super Bowls. Each episode covers a Super Bowl season.
Each episode does spend lead up time talking about the past year and what big learning or driver emerged from that retrospective so I’m sure they will cover the New England exit a bit.