I don't know what I was hoping for. But it wasn't this.
Tom Brady has no sooner stepped onto the practice field in Tampa Bay and what do hear? It's his team. He's the leader of this offense. Nobody can get over how good he looks. He's happy and healthy and already bonding with an cache of weapons that now includes LeSean McCoy specifically because Shady wanted to play with him:
... which was all part of the plan. Why a historically unsuccessful, downtrodden franchise signs a legend. So that veterans will want to come play for them. And how's that seem to be going so far?
And let's not lose sight of the fact that McCoy probably doesn't make the list of the top five or six weapons in Brady's new arsenal. That would probably be Mike Evans:
… but even he has a lot of competition.
So to go back to my original statement, I don't know what I was hoping for. That Brady would get to Tampa and immediately get infected by the Loser Virus of the franchise with the lowest winning percentage of the Super Bowl era and suddenly forget how to throw spirals on target? That he wouldn't fit into the team culture? That he wouldn't be able to grasp Byron Leftwich's offense? That over the offseason he'd finally lose the ability to look better in his 40s than he did in his 20s and suddenly get old like that "Star Trek: TOS" ep where everyone who beamed down to this one planet starts rapidly aging? That he'd be miserable? Or that he'd be filled with regret at the decision to stop quarterbacking a Dynasty and … well, make me happy? Is that what I wanted?
Yes. Yes I did.
At least on some level. I don't want to wish badness or even mediocrity on Tom Brady after 20 years of being emotionally attached to the man. I may be many things, but I'm not an ingrate. But is it too much to ask that he just be somewhat above average? That he look 43? That he show some reservations about leaving the team and the region he'd been through so much with? Especially me? That he just go semi-retire to Tampa like so many Masshole snowbirds do and just cool it with looking like a quarterbacking machine in peak physical condition and in a perfect emotional state?
I guess that's too much to ask. I knew there'd be an adjustment period for me, and it's clearly not over. I suppose what I really wanted was that there'd be an adjustment period for the GOAT as well. And that's a wish I'm obviously not going to get.