The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Tom Brady Wins AFC Title, Iowa Caucus
Originally posted 1/19/2004

Brady waves to supporters at his campaign headquarters in Des Moines
DES MOINES, IA - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady surprised few football experts with his stellar play in Sunday's AFC Championship game victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Brady stunned political pundits nationwide, however, when he edged out former Vermont governor Howard Dean, Massachusetts senator John Kerry, Missouri congressman Richard Gephardt and North Carolina senator John Edwards to win Monday's Iowa caucus.

"I just want to thank everyone here in Iowa who worked so hard," Brady said in a speech at his Des Moines headquarters. "Today, the Iowa caucus, tomorrow, the White House!" Brady shouted as Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days," his campaign theme song, blared over loudspeakers.

"He was incredible out there," said Colts defensive end Chad Bratzke of Brady. "He's just so solid, he doesn't make mistakes, and it's tough to beat a guy like that."

Brady's Iowa caucus opponents agreed. "We had no answer for him," said Dean, long considered the Democratic front-runner before slipping in the polls in recent weeks. "We tried everything. We tried pointing out his complete lack of experience in politics, we tried telling people that his popularity in New England wouldn't translate to nationwide electability, we hammered away at the fact that he's younger than the constitutionally mandated minimum presidential age of 35; nothing worked."

"I'm proud of the whole team, of course, but I'd be remiss if I didn't single out Tom for some additional praise," said Patriots head coach and Brady's campaign manager Bill Belichick. "The Colts came at him with everything they had, and it didn't matter. I also think that Edwards, Kerry, Gephardt and all of them were really confused by all of the audibles he called in that last debate in Johnston. I think that's what put him over the edge."

Brady said that he'll now turn his focus to the New Hampshire primary on January 27, and Super Bowl XXXVIII on February 1.

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