Like Lawrence of Arabia, Tom Brady has begun to raise serious questions in the minds of his worshippers. This is never a good omen for a god.
After T.E. Lawrence established his credibility with the Bedouin and Betu, they admired him and followed him on camel across the desert. Lawrence led them to victory upon victory against the Turks.
Since 2002 Tom Brady has established his credibility with Bill Belichick and the media, they have fawned all over him, chasing him across the decade and 5 Super Bowls. He could take a team behind in the fourth quarter and toss TD upon TD.
Now like the mighty Lawrence of Arabia, the mighty Brady of Foxboro no longer walks upon the roofs of derailed trains while his followers chanted his name. Only a silver bullet could kill him, or so Lawrence told the press.
Brady's Patriot train has derailed all right, and the natives are shooting at him.
In Lawrence's case, it was a clear case of believing your own press dispatches. Perhaps since walking upon train wrecks season after season, Tom Brady has taken a silver bullet one too many times.
Just as Lawrence's Arabian followers began to realize he was not perfect, Brady has had young hotshots from places like Seattle scoffing in his ear that he is merely human after all. He is not a team, but only one lonely miracle worker.
Alas lately, Tom has been unable to help the deaf and dumb to see and to hear.
When pathetic braggarts like Seattle's Richard Sherwood come out of the dark forest to intercept a Brady pass, he seems to think he is entitled to disparage the greatest QB. Sherman has limited playing days but no limits on his motor mouth.
Lack of respect finally did in T.E. Lawrence, sending him home and ending his illustrious career. Tom Brady is now facing the disrespect of those without memory of his greatness. Why should he stick around to suffer fools?
Seattle may be to Tom Brady what Deraa was to Lawrence of Arabia. It was not quite Waterloo, but served as the reminder that all good things must come to an end.