Is there a House doctor for the New England Patriots? Tom Brady is looking for what the doctor prescribes.
New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady has his own QB coach, which is no surprise in the NFL.
However, the Patriots have gone to the ends of the earth to find a California QB coach who happens to have spent his entire athletic life as a pitcher in baseball. He has written half a dozen books on the subject of throwing arms.
The man called to New England knows his way around Boston from his days on the Boston Red Sox. Yes, Tom House, left-handed reliever on some of the most eccentric Sox teams of the 1970s came to Boston to give Brady pointers on how to throw the ball.
Tom House is no ordinary, retired pitcher. He is a renowned specialist on arm strength who has written books on the topic.
He also happens to be a doctor of psychology who knows why athletes may have mental problems in their ball release.
Tom Brady is taking no chances with his arm by entrusting it to a man with a shrink's knowledge of motivation-and a medical trainer's comprehension of throwing mechanics.
Tom House was also the man who caught Hank Aaron's 715th home run while he was warming up in the bullpen. This man does not miss a trick, and he was made famous by handing the home run ball to Hank when he reached home plate.
That meant House ran in from the opposing bullpen faster than Aaron trotted around the bases.
Brady has put himself into the most interesting arms coach. During their morning training session, House was showing Tom how to hold his non-throwing arm during a passing situation.
We may see Tom Brady throwing strikes this season to a variety of catchers. Bobby Valentine may ask Tom to join the bullpen, or take over for Josh Beckett.
Perhaps while he is here, Dr. House will drive over to Pawtucket and take a look at Sox pitching disaster Daniel Bard.