New England Patriots

Jan 28, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) during Opening Night for Super Bowl LIII at State Farm Arena. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson,

Like a UFO video exposed as a poop bomb from an airplane or ghost footage revealed as just a bored dude wearing a bedsheet for fun, the Zapruder film known as a courtside Tom Brady allegedly saying “he’s not” in response to Julian Edelman’s “he’s coming back” was debunked as Brady saying no such thing on Monday.

Sitting to the right of Edelman (and Jimmy Fallon) at last Saturday’s college hoops game between Syracuse and UNC at the Carrier Dome, Brady seemed downright uncomfortable with Edelman’s proclamation — Edelman, on the other hand, seemed to love putting No. 12 on the spot like that — and many were quick to go into lip-reading mode to decode Brady’s discomfort.

The most common thought was that Brady was either saying “this guy” or “he’s not” in response to Edelman.

For the record, these weren’t massive leaps. Brady saying “this guy” could easily be read as Brady calling his go-to wideout a troublemaker or making things weird for him with the cameras focused on them. It’s probably the reaction any normal human being would have if they’re trying to just enjoy their day and not have the biggest story in the sports world following them for a couple of hours. The latter, on the other hand, would seem weird because it would be Brady talking about himself in the third person (only lunatics do this), but wouldn’t be all that crazy because of what Edelman was saying. Context would be key there.

In the end though, we were all wrong, as enhanced audio proved that it was Brady answering a question from an off-camera person curious what the 42-year-old Brady told Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim.

It’s just the latest case of Brady Watch running straight into a wall not even a week after a “breakthrough.”

It was just last week that everybody seemed to think that Brady was officially, 100 percent done with the Patriots, only to have that go out the window with some much-needed clarity on that front, with several reporters noting that the sides needed to have a better idea of the CBA before they could just throw a bunch of money at the pending free agent. In this case, and in most cases, knowledge and context trumped hyperbolic panic that the dream was indeed dead.

It’s really been a complete gongshow from the jump, actually, with every insider getting routinely exposed as straight-up guessing and trying to connect the dots when it comes to Brady’s future. I mean, honestly, does anything feel real anymore?

But make no mistake about it: there will be more poop bombs and fake ghosts between now and Brady’s actual decision.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.