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Tom Brady and Me:

Tom Brady generally has vastly better fashion sense than I do. However, he apparently is wearing a very similar orthopedic boot to the one that I have. I'm wearing it because I had surgery for a broken ankle seven weeks ago and am not yet allowed to walk without one. Brady's injury is probably an ankle sprain or other relatively mild problem. If it were a fracture like mine, he would not be allowed to walk at all right now, and certainly not without the orthopedic boot (which he was spotted doing later the same day).

However, just in case Brady really is unable to play in the Super Bowl, I'd like to let the Patriots know that my boot comes off Thursday, and I've thrown almost as many passes this season as backup QB Matt Cassel. I'd be more than happy to take a few snaps for my favorite NFL team, so long as the Pats offensive line keeps Michael Strahan & Co. as far away from me as possible:).

Ventrue Capital (mail) (www):
I think the big difference between you and Matt Cassel is the amount of passes he's thrown in practice sessions.
1.23.2008 1:17am
Ilya Somin:
I think the big difference between you and Matt Cassel is the amount of passes he's thrown in practice sessions.

I think you are taking the comparison between my QB skills and Cassel's a bit too seriously.
1.23.2008 1:38am
alias:
I think Ventrue Capital is buying into stereotypes about what lawprofs and football players do (or don't do) during the football season.
1.23.2008 2:09am
William Spieler (mail) (www):
As a Dolphins fan, I hope the Giants crush you. :)

What a depressing season :(
1.23.2008 6:38am
rbj:
Ilya, if Tom is immobilized, are you also willing to step in and escort Gisele Bundchen around town?

As a Giants fan, I hope you do step in as quarterback.
1.23.2008 8:05am
Temp Guest (mail):
I'm from Boston and I don't think this posting is the least bit funny! ;-)
1.23.2008 8:17am
TaxLawyer:
Nethinks Brady and Belichick are just screwing with people's minds. I'm sure he's fine, and will play every snap against the hated Giants. Here's hoping the "real Eli" re-emerges for SB XLII, and this efficient, mistake-free doppelgaenger goes back whence he came.
1.23.2008 9:40am
alias:
Also, this is inappropriate for a libertarian blog.
1.23.2008 10:38am
Kevin R (mail):
Ilya, if Tom is immobilized, are you also willing to step in and escort Gisele Bundchen around town?


As Ilya will probably be too busy preparing for the game, I am willing to step in and provide any Gisele Bundchen-related services. I am not currently wearing an orthopedic boot, but I did wear one over the summer, so I believe I have the necessary experience.
1.23.2008 10:50am
dll111:

Nethinks Brady and Belichick are just screwing with people's minds. I'm sure he's fine, and will play every snap against the hated Giants. Here's hoping the "real Eli" re-emerges for SB XLII, and this efficient, mistake-free doppelgaenger goes back whence he came.


He's been listed on the Pats injury report with a sore shoulder for like 4 years now. Seriously.
1.23.2008 11:33am
Justin (mail):
As a Jets fan, I'm all for you quarterbacking the whole game.
1.23.2008 11:38am
Dodd (mail) (www):
Cassell has attempted 7 passes this season, completing 4 for 38 yards. He was intercepted once.
1.23.2008 11:51am
CrazyTrain (mail):
Out of curiousity, I wonder what the statistical chances of Ilya either dying or suffering griveous bodily harm would be if he took all the snaps for the Patriots for a half. I've got to think that they would be around 25-50 percent -- and that's not because of Ilya's physical condition (of which I know zero), but would be about right for any layman who hasn't played serious, organized, tackle football ever.
1.23.2008 12:42pm
KeithK (mail):

Out of curiousity, I wonder what the statistical chances of Ilya either dying or suffering griveous bodily harm would be if he took all the snaps for the Patriots for a half. I've got to think that they would be around 25-50 percent -- and that's not because of Ilya's physical condition (of which I know zero), but would be about right for any layman who hasn't played serious, organized, tackle football ever.


Would it really be that hard or dangerous to turn and attempt to hand off the ball to the running back and then run away like a scared little baby whether or not you actually completed the transfer? Oh sure, you'd probably fumble the snap every other try but the "run away like a baby" strategy applies here too. Now if you actually tried to recover your many fumbles then all bets are off.

Of course, if I were head coach and I had to have Ilya or the like play QB for my squad we'd spend all week practicing direct snaps to the half back.
1.23.2008 1:53pm
GMUSL '07 Alum (mail):
Here's hoping that the Giants unreal pass rush crushes Ilya, Tawn Brody, or whoever is playing behind center, like the proverbial Small Krutzouli at Tishinek Massacre.
1.23.2008 2:47pm
Ilya Somin:
Ilya, if Tom is immobilized, are you also willing to step in and escort Gisele Bundchen around town?

It's a tough job, but I suppose I'd be willing to sacrifice myself for the good of team and do it.
1.23.2008 3:16pm
Ilya Somin:
Out of curiousity, I wonder what the statistical chances of Ilya either dying or suffering griveous bodily harm would be if he took all the snaps for the Patriots for a half. I've got to think that they would be around 25-50 percent -- and that's not because of Ilya's physical condition (of which I know zero), but would be about right for any layman who hasn't played serious, organized, tackle football ever.

If I actually tried to make passes and other plays, yes the chances would be high. Most likely, however, I'd just take a knee every time or hand off to the running back.
1.23.2008 3:18pm
glangston (mail):
Are you sure you could feed the Pat's offensive line? As well as Brady?
1.23.2008 5:42pm
Student:
I wouldn't raise this except for the generally snobby tone around here when it comes to the "proper use of language". Shouldn't it be "Tom Brady and I"?
1.23.2008 6:22pm
CrazyTrain (mail):



No, there is nothing gramatically wrong with titling this post "Tom Brady and Me." Nothing at all.
1.23.2008 7:24pm
ys:

No, there is nothing gramatically wrong with titling this post "Tom Brady and Me." Nothing at all.

Well, actually a quick search shows that most "mavens" instruct to use "I" in a subject and "me" in an object in a two pronouns conjunction, while the case without sentence is not directly addressed. However, a guy who can easily beat up all the other mavens, Steven Pinker, suggests that even the object-subject rule ain't necessarily logical within grammar - see here. Finally, for a snob factor, "me" is what the French would also say: "Tom Brady et moi" (not that it proves anything :-)
1.23.2008 8:01pm
Ilya Somin:
I wouldn't raise this except for the generally snobby tone around here when it comes to the "proper use of language". Shouldn't it be "Tom Brady and I"?

I don't share Eugene Volokh's interest in grammar issues and won't be held accountable for following any standards he may lay down in this area. But I will note that Eugene has always argued that usage is the best arbiter of rules, not vice versa. And the phrase I used in the post title is common American English usage and has been for years.
1.23.2008 9:00pm
CrazyTrain (mail):
ys -- I am not sure if you are purporting to disagree with me, but what you are saying is agreeing with me. In the title, the first person singular is neither the object nor the subject of any verb (there is no verb at all, and there is no sentence) so the use of "me" is fine, as would be the use of "I." So, even if we want to be hypertechnical, there is nothing at all wrong with the post's title gramatically, nothing. "Student's" comment appears to be the reflexive reaction of those who know nothing about grammar and for some reason think that you should always say "Joe and I" regardless of whether the first person singular is the subject or object of the sentence. It's a common mistake among grammar-amateurs (as is attempting to use "whom" in a completely wrong way -- either always use "who" or learn when to use "whom" but don't use "whom" when it is the subject of a verb - that is just wrong).
1.23.2008 10:05pm
theobromophile (www):
I hope you are recovering as well as possible. If you have to step in for Tom Brady, perhaps he can anoint you with holy water beforehand.

Go Patriots!! Here's hoping for another sports season like 2004-2005. :) :)
1.24.2008 12:47am
Gordo:
Ilya Somin stepping in for Tom Brady and leading the Patriots to a Super Bowl victory is highly improbable.

But then, unexceptional Michigan alumnus quarterback and 6th round draft choice Tom Brady stepping in for Drew Bledsoe and leading the Patriots to a Super Bowl victory seemed improbable at the time.
1.24.2008 4:29pm
Gordo:
And speaking of improbable, would Tom Brady be where he is today if the Oakland Raiders hadn't been cheated out of victory on a snowy December day in Foxboro back in 2001? :)
1.24.2008 4:30pm