Next week the entire NFL world will convene in Indianapolis for the annual Scouting Combine and so will begin another offseason of decisions, evaluations and negotiations all across the league. Since that will kick off months of non-stop Patriots news that will dominate our landscape moving forward, we decided to take a brief respite from the real world and have a little fun.
Earlier this week Tom Brady posted a picture on Facebook of himself skiing at a resort in Montana, apparently set to embark down the mountain while enjoying some down time during the start of his offseason.
Many Patriots fans, always eager to see their hero in any capacity, commented on the photo. A few of them weren't necessarily thrilled with the idea of seeing TB12 potentially putting himself in danger and subjecting himself to injury.
Much like the infamous cliff jumping photo from a year earlier, one that Brady referenced in his Facebook post, fans worried about the quarterback getting hurt.
So rather than tackling any pertinent issues this week we decided to take on one with little more fun in mind. Our Samsonite question of the week is: Should Patriots fans be worried about Tom Brady skiing?
PFW's Andy Hart says...
I don't want to sound like an alarmist but can't Brady find something a little safer to do in his offseason than skiing double black diamond trails? He took enough hits during the season without subjecting himself to potentially further punishment on the slopes.
Obviously I don't expect him to sit in his house and do nothing until the offseason program starts up in April but there are plenty of safer habits for him to take part in until then. What happens if Brady breaks an ankle or separates a shoulder – or worse?
Enjoy your time off, spend time with the wife and kids... maybe Disney World or Brazil for Carnival again. Those trips might not be as macho as skiing, but the only diamonds I want to see Brady with are for the big rings he wins by winning Super Bowls.
PFW's Paul Perillo says...
Skiing wouldn't exactly be my top choice for things I'd like to see Brady doing in the offseason but it doesn't bother me in the least that he feels differently. I assume Brady isn't a beginner and he understands how to work his way around a mountain and wouldn't be reckless by putting himself in danger.
As Brady himself said, skiing is safer than the cliff jumping he did last offseason, and really I don't look at it as all that dangerous in the first place. Again, assuming he's just enjoying a trip down the mountain and not putting himself in danger with jumps and high-speed runs, I don't see it as much of an injury risk at all.
Anything that makes Brady happy is fine by me and if spending some quality time with his family on the slopes does that, why would anyone else care? I doubt we'll be worrying about his downhill habits the next time he's facing a third-and-long come September.
Now it's your turn to cast a vote in this week's Samsonite Make Your Case poll question.