Partons à l’aventure, il faut écouter Le Fou Éduqué. Parler de la NFL et prenons le temps de rire un peu.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Tous les fans de football américain ont chanté au moins une fois cette chanson durant le début de la saison de la NFL qui est un grand classique de Monsieur Crosby.

On commence cette nouvelle en force avec les chroniques de notre cher Fou Éduqué, monsieur Donald Démosthènes.

Il a déjà beaucoup de choses à nous dire.

Écoutons-le avec attention.

Les Chroniques de la NFL avec Le Fou Éduqué

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Tom vs Time or Time vs Tom?

Written by Sabine Demosthenes

I know, I know… 
Another article about the magnificent Tom Brady, written by another admirer. You may be right in a way, I have admired Tom Brady since he started, but I do not like/love/admire or any other adjective describing a lovey-dovey attitude toward his employer, The New England Patriots. I will, however, be respectful because my mother and father raised me to be a respectful human being.
That being said, I watched the “Tom vs Time” episode about spirituality and had in a surprising “Wow” moment. Me! Mrs. I don’t give a (sorry kid – very bad word that I won’t write in this very serious article *sigh*).
Why Am I so serious?
My point is that I knew he was great, but now I get why he is the greatest, even as a Patriot (ouch, that hurts).
Tom is a very grounded, in an Earthly kind of way. I think his eco-system, aka his family and the people surrounding him, made him a grounded human being. He is not impressed by the superficiality of being seen as a superstar quarterback. 
I have realized that to be this kind of athlete, you need to constantly have an adversary. Sometimes, your adversary is the opposing team or a rival quarterback. My question/remark is: Could Tom have been his own adversary all along, ever since he started playing football as a child? Time is his drug, his goal, and his final destination?
With everything that has happened in the past two years, a different Tom has emerged for some people. For me, it’s the same ol’ Tom. The man, who as a youngster was a fan of Joe Montana, is glowing and is finally free from trying to please to his boss. 
I won’t go too deep into my thoughts on the matter because our correspondent – The Educated Fool, Donnie Demos – will do a segment in our new web series (spoiler alert!), The NorthSide, about this fascinating man and the complex nature of human behavior in sports.
But from my point of view, I realized that I have more in common with Tom Brady than I thought. I totally get his mentality. 
The title of his documentary is Tom vs Time, but time for Tom seems to be the Ying to his Yang, the Jerry to his Tom (the cartoon Tom and Jerry), the RoadRunner to his Wile E. Coyote or the Apollo to his Rocky. 
Even if retirement may come sooner rather than later, Tom vs Time will always be there. 
Wile E. Coyote Business card
Tom always has a plan. What will the next step in his plan be?
Can Tom Brady leave the most dangerous game? ESPN

The Last Supper

This Sunday my chronicle disciples, we will witness the last supper of the New England Patriots.

Last Supper

Some of you could be calling me crazy, but I feel the end is near for this groundbreaking dynasty.

Why?

One word.

Ego!

Bill and Tom

We all knew when The Beatles were starting to dissolve. It started with the Sgt Pepper album. Bryan Epstein died and they were like lost boys with their big brother managing the everything in between part of their band. Paul McCartney had this idea that they should do an album but not as The Beatles. They will be a totally different band.

Sgt.Pepper

The album was a new chapter for them and they were still the kings of Rock ‘N’ Roll. (For me, Revolver was the game changer for them).

Revolver

Slowly but surely, the boys from Liverpool that shared the same ego,or maybe didn’t have any, were becoming men with four different egos and goals. On The White Album, it was so clear. When you listen to this album, it’s four solo projects thrown into one album.

Beatles for life

Soon after, The Let It Be Album was the result of the new dynamic in the band and we could feel the end was near. You saw this band as a unit and they became a band with two members fighting to be the leader.

NFL: AFC Championship-Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots

With this example, you can see where I am going.

Bill Belichick made sure, for so many years, that the boys didn’t bring ego into the locker room and onto the playground. He was the mastermind. They were united.

But slowly, things seemed to change. Tom Brady did a John Lennon himself, by bringing in his version of Yoko Ono aka his personal trainer into the team. He started talking like he was the man, the conquerer and the force behind The Pats.

Something seemed different. They had a damn good team but the cracks are starting to show.

The divorce will happen. Like The Fab Four that delivered their one last masterpiece, Abbey Road, as a farewell to all of us. The Patriots will win this Sunday. The only difference is some of them won’t know that things will never be the same.

They have two leaders now. One of them will send the divorce papers or say “I’m out”.

It’s won’t be Tom.

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You guessed it! I predict Bill Belichick will leave, with class, and he will conquer the NFL with a brand new team.

The bets are in. Who’s with us?

Like the last song from The Beatles, here are some bittersweet lyrics:

“And in the end,

The love you take

Is equal to the love you make

Let’s enjoy the Last Supper.”

Last Supper

Amen.

Written by Sab Demosthenes

Blue Monday with The Patriots

The Patriots are going (again) to the Super Bowl. I’m not a happy camper.

And to make things worst, Philadelphia Eagles are joining the party.

For all the Steelers fans, Dallas Cowboys nation and others teams, it’s a nightmare.

But I must admit the Pats have this capacity of being a discipline team and they keep their cool under stressful situation.

Tom Brady is without a doubt The Greatest (ouch) QB of all time and he will have more rings than me in his jewelry box.

Honestly, how many rings that a man need in his fingers. I could hear the hubby saying the same thing for me.

My prediction for this year Super Bowl will be the Pats as winner but I think it will be their last and the end of the dynasty. We all know what is going on but no ones really want to tackle the subject as it is.

We do read here and there some glimpse but I will make this promise that you will read really soon our theory with the help of Donnie Demosthenes aka The Educated Fool.

But let’s be in the moment, I am putting my money on Belichick’s army.

In three weeks, my blood pressure (and the rest of NFL citizens) will be lower since there will be no more football on TV.

I guess it will be the right time to watch The Crown on Netflix, to learn how to do some scrapbooking and others activities right…

Hmm hell no (except for watching The Crown).

I will cry a river until the FIFA World Cup will start.

So sad…

Written by Sab Demosthenes

Italy worst nightmare in 59 years

Today,

Tuesday November 14th, 2017.

In my lifetime, I have witnessed for the first time, the national Italian team not making the World Cup.

Buffon November 13th 2017

My brain was going crazy at this exact moment!

Sweden qualifications

Why, when I saw Gigi’s tears, weremy own tears all over the place?

Buffon November 13th

Why, was my Italian crew from Montreal suddenly all quiet and mourning?

It’s because the Azzurri couldn’t beat Sweden. The Swedish team is one hell of a team but, I never expected the Italian team to change their defensive tactics into a more offensive game.

No…

I am numb.

I was expecting to see Gigi, one last time, on a national playground. I feel so bad for the team and for Gigi,finishing this game like they did.

No goals.

I love what Gigi said after the game with tears and true emotion in his eyes. He said that “We win together and we lose together“.

He has great hope for the future of the national team.

Italy Fifa U-20

A few days ago, I talked about about the English team and their resurrection. Will we witness the same thing with the Italian team? The passion is there for sure. The last Euro Cup and the last World Cup had the team displaying some offensive spark on the field.

I do believe that Gigi is right. But,they need to stop with this defensive culture on the field, hoping to get penalty shots at the end of the game for the win.

We all know the best defense is a good offense. They need to truly believe in it.

I grew up watching the greats: Del Piero, Totti, De Rossi, Nesta, Gilardino, Buffon and one of the greatest player of all time, Signore Roberto Baggio.

I was always a die-hard England, Argentina and Netherlands fan, but I always loved watching Italy, Germany, Côte d’Ivoire (CDI), Nigeria, and of course, Brazil who always gave us a wonderful show.

The 2018 World Cup will be unusual without the Netherlands, CDI and Italy.

I was so looking forward to an Italy v. France showdown. Nope!

I was even looking forward to a rematch, Italy v. Germany. Nope!

This painful loss and elimination could be a blessing in disguise. We may yet witness the “renaissance” of the Azzurri for 2020 Euro Cup.

Yesterday, they gave everything on the field, but it wasn’t enough.

The game has changed and it is time that the Azzurri follow this wind of change.

 

Azzuri

The rebirth of England 

While I’m writing words of football wisdom, my earphones play George Micheal’s track “Fastlove” and it grooves in my mind.

Oh, I must correct myself. It’s the words of the Educated Fool, aka my big brother, that you will read through my writing. We do make a fabulous team!

Last Saturday was an awakening.

He decided to watch the under 17 years old FIFA qualification game of England vs Spain. He didn’t expect to see a masterpiece on the screen while watching this game, but he did. The England soccer team played like they were Gods on the ground. It was not just the 5-2 score that was impressive, but the way they were manipulating the ball, their creativity on the ground.

England U-17

It was like seeing a miracle in play. And I think it actually was.

Personally, I grew up watching the Golden generation of the 90s team with Beckham, Scholes, Gerard, Terry, Cole, and Defoe that were playing in a very hmmm…. emotionally way.

England teamgroup

But, this brand new generation is totally different. They are the mastersof executing plays.

The way English soccer has always been very based on emotion, like they were soldiers going into war, it makes it feel like they always have this dark cloud following them. And this cloud has been with them since 1953.
Let’s make a little trip back in time.

November 25th 1953. At the time, this match was the match of century. England vs Hungary. At the time, the English team was a cocky team, with a a cocky attitude towards other teams such as Hungary, Italy, and many more. But, this match changed the England team forever.

They didn’t expected the Hungary team to dominate this game in such a big way. Their equivalent of Lionel Messi was Ferenc Puskas. This guy was a magician on the field. He wasn’t alone in his kingdom.

Ferenc Puskas Hungary

The striker had the perfect partner in crime in the midfielder, Nandor Hidegkuti. Hidegkuti was free on the field to take some chances. And during that game, you can clearly see it.

The England Team, at the time, was built to be a superstar team surrounded by top players like Stanley Matthews. But was it a good idea?

Stanley Matthews

The Hungary Team was better built as a soccer or ”football” club. During the game, you can clearly see that the Hungarians were a better tactical team than the Englishmen. Unfortunately, the country that created soccer got a soccer lesson from Hungary. And even now, they haven’t recovered.

For the ones that know about the history of the English team, you will tell me “…but they won the World Cup in 1966!” “They had a pretty good team in Italy in 1990!” Regardless, you can still feel this dark cloud from 1953 following them.

But, could it be the end of this curse? Or, should I say this phobia they have?

Could it be that the savior for this historical team is the younger generation?

Could this younger generation actually show the English Team how to play soccer?

For all those questions, the answer is yes!
England v Iraq - FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017

During the qualifications so far, the under 17 are showing us that they do understand the game. You look into the lineup and it’s beautiful. You see a very multicultural team, similar to France, Germany, and Belgium. For me, it’s the start of a new era. In 1992, the Football Association (FA) told Grant Taylor not to put too many black players on the team. Taylor at first, selected a lot of young black players and now, the FA has told him to cut back.

What the fuck…

60 years later, they are finally getting it.

Now, they are a progressive team instead ofregressive. Those young players are shining, like bright diamonds. But, will they have the chance to play in the Premiership League with Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea?

We really hope so!

Let’s let them shine and let’s let them make us dream again, about a future that will be wonderful for England. The world is going a little bit crazy right now, but those young players are united by the love of this beautiful game. It is showing us that there is hope in working together and daring to be different.

 

The winds of change are coming in a beautiful way.

England under 17 2017