Well, there’s no denying it any longer. Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time, even if typing that made my fingers curl worse than Chuck Bednarik. The New England Patriots completed the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history to beat the Atlanta Falcons, who might have completed the biggest collapse in Super Bowl history in their own right. It was an epic game and afforded us with plenty to talk about.
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- “The Drawbridge” travelled back to 1995, the last time the city of Atlanta experienced a championship (2:42).
- The Bridge Question of the Week is: Should Super Bowl 51 be viewed as the Patriots making the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history or the Falcons making the biggest collapse in Super Bowl history? Call in or text in your answer to 929-BRIDGE7, that’s 929-274-3437, and you’ll make it on the next show.
- This week’s guest was Tyler Dunne, an NFL features writer for Bleacher Report. Tyler spent four years covering the Green Bay Packers (which included an awesome piece on Brett Favre’s retirement) and one year with the Bills before heading to Bleacher Report. He also got to hang out in Houston for Radio Row and was there for the Super Bowl, so his insight was certainly appreciated.
- You can follow him on Twitter @TyDunne. The interview starts right after the 11:00 mark.
– In the interview, we discuss:
Timely mid-90s NBA references (11:23), how he knew he wanted to be a sports writer (12:03), covering Big East basketball (14:03), hanging out with Brett Favre at his estate (15:10), stories from Radio Row (17:19), insight of his Tom Brady article for Bleacher Report and #Sprinklergate (18:56), his thoughts on Lady Gaga’s halftime performance (21:03), if the headline of Super Bowl 51 should be the Patriots comeback or the Falcons collapse (22:43), if there was a point when he felt the game was over (25:00), if there was a specific play that turned the tide (25:55), if there’s any explanation for Atlanta’s poor clock management (28:09), who should take the blame for the loss (31:08), where this game ranks in Patriots lore (32:20), the importance of New England’s defense (34:23), what’s next for the Falcons (36:22), why Tom Brady is the best quarterback ever (39:33), if we’ll see the Patriots back in Super Bowl 52 (41:02) and what’s next for Bleacher Report (42:22).
- “Five Minutes in the Film Room” with Kyle Cicilioni takes a look at Moonlight, “the tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.” (44:07). You can follow Kyle on Twitter and Periscope and find some of his work at ajazznetworks.com.
- “Good Try, Good Effort” recognized NFL MVPs, Patriots haters, optimists/pessimists and The Boston Globe (50:33).
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Show music: ‘Actionable’ and ‘Epic,’ courtesy of www.bensound.com.