Rowling was turned down by 12 publishers, told her manuscript
was too long, and that childrenís books donít make any money.
She has now sold 450,000,000 copies of Harry Potter and its
sequels, making it the best-selling book series in history.
Iím out of sync with a lot of people
on this, but I never cared much for Tom Brady.
silly and some are legit, but I had my reasons:
1. Iím a
big fan of Peyton Manning Ė on and off the field Ė and didnít
want Brady taking anything away from his legacy. I still canít
believe Peyton only won two Super Bowls.
2. Brady started
dating supermodel Gisele BŁndchen (now his wife) while his
previous girlfriend, actress Bridget Moynahan (who stars in Blue
Bloods), was pregnant with his child. Thousands of little boys
idolize him, and he could have used his celebrity status to
teach them how real men should treat women (as Peyton Manning
and Coach Tony Dungy have done) instead of looking like the star
of ďAll My Babies' MamasĒ. (Yes, that was actually a reality TV
show the Oxygen Network tried to enrich our lives with).
3. While we may never know exactly what happened in ďDeflate
GateĒ, Brady was linked to a scandal that tarnished football and
was suspended for four games. Nothing like that ever happened to
legendary quarterbacks like Joe Montana (who Brady idolized),
Terry Bradshaw, or Peyton Manning.
4. One of our Westies
is named Brady, and we get so tired of everyone asking if he was
named after Tom Brady. (He was named after the Brady Bunch).
5. I grew up in Georgia and went to college at Georgia Tech
in Atlanta, so I was really rooting for the Falcons to win Super
When halftime came and the Falcons were leading
21 -3, I was sure the Lombardi trophy was going to Atlanta for
the first time.
But thatís where Tom Brady did something
I never expected he could do Ö won my admiration. Over and over
again, former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman (who was one of
the commentators calling the game live on Fox) kept saying how
no team had ever overcome more than a 10 point deficit in a
And then Brady, who had just played two of
the worst quarters of his career, led his team to do exactly
that. Even in the fourth quarter when Atlanta had been silenced
and New England was controlling the game, I still didnít believe
they could do it.
Again and again, Aikman kept saying how
no Super Bowl had gone into overtime.
But it did, and the
rest is history.
While Iím still a huge Peyton Manning
fan (and hope the rumor that he and Jon Bon Jovi are buying the
Tennessee Titans is true), I now admit that Tom Brady has the
heart of a champion like no other athlete Iíve ever seen.
When his wife was asked if she thought they could come back
from so far behind, she said ďSometimes you just have to
believeĒ. I canít imagine how Brady kept believing in himself
when they were so far behind, or kept his teammates believing.
But he did. And for that, my hatís off to the man. He has
the heart of a champion, and is proof that winners never quit.
I donít know any
of Lady GaGaís songs, but her halftime show was the most
impressive musical performance Iíve ever seen. I think she was
the most athletic person in the stadium, and she also won my
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