I haven’t watched Tom vs Time, the six-part documentary that takes a closer look at Tom Brady’s life on and off the field as he chases a sixth Super Bowl title, but I hear it’s good television. The first five episodes have earned a 9.5/10 score on IMDB and have been almost unanimously well-received by both critics and the public alike. Still, any good writer knows a story is only as good as its ending. In this particular case, the show’s conclusion was set to air this weekend, but that’s not going to happen now. What could possibly be the hold up? Here’s series creator/director Gotham Chopra on the delay, via the show’s Facebook Page:
Everyone keeps asking me about Chapter 6 of ‘Tom vs Time’ and when it’s going to be ready. The truth is we had a plan, but unconsciously, it was tied to the Pats winning the Super Bowl and, when that didn’t happen (congrats, Eagles!), I felt like we needed to pause and recalibrate. While we have amazing stuff from the playoff run, Tom’s hand injury and the great comeback in the AFC Championship, once the Super Bowl played out, I started to wonder the relevance of all that other stuff and determined that we really needed one final exit interview with our guy before we could figure out what Chapter 6 was truly going to be about.
The show is delayed because he didn’t consider the possibility of the Eagles winning the game? This is too fucking perfect. This Super Bowl is the gift that keeps on giving. Every single time I pick up my phone something else emerges in the aftermath of last Sunday that warms my heart. We’ve heard of sportswriters complaining about finishing a game story only to have something crazy go down late forcing a rushed a re-write. Imagine this director watching Brandon Graham strip sack Brady after a year of meticulous planning and execution, never allowing for the possibility that the Patriots could lose. Incredible. “Well, shit. Now what?”
After recovering from what I imagine was probably a two-day meltdown, Chopra has apparently reassessed the situation and has a new plan:
I’m not gonna give anything away … but for curious minds, Tom was both reflective and upbeat, very present and disappointed in last Sunday’s loss, while also gracious toward the Eagles for their impressive victory and already unpacking everything to find the lesson in it. As a fan, I can say I got some great closure and I hope Tom did too in just talking about it. I can tell he’s burning up still on the inside. But I am also reminded why the guy is the GOAT and it’s all gonna be OK. So, Chapter 6 — ‘Coming Soon!’
Yeah, Brady was so gracious. That’s exactly why he couldn’t man up to give Nick Foles a postgame handshake. If you’ve been watching the show, I hope you enjoy whatever contrived bullshit they come up with to make Brady look more palatable, but it’s going to be a hard pass for me. I’ll just be over here replaying Jason Kelce’s speech and NFL Films game footage on loop until September.