It's the most wonderful time of the year. Amid all of the COVID chaos, America takes another step back towards normal when the NFL kicks off Week 1 of the 2020 season.

One thing that will be very abnormal is that for the first in nearly two decades, the Patriots will have a new man under center as their regular starting quarterback. It goes without saying that I will be fervently cheering on the new-look Patriots and Cam Newton.

I've been a Patriots fan since I was a child in the 1980s. I remember the lean years. I'm talking about the VERY lean years when the Patriots weren't even televised when they played at home because they could never sell out the stadium. I'm talking about the years when the Patriots were the laughing stock of the AFC East.

So, I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how this year's team performs after moving on from the G.O.A.T. – or, more accurately, after the G.O.A.T. moved on from them.

That being said, I'd be lying if I told you that I wasn't going to be taking great interest in a certain football team down in Florida. Honestly, I don't know how you could call yourself a Patriots fan and not wonder about how Tom Brady is doing.

Will I be rooting for Brady and the Bucs? You better believe I will be. It will be the best kind of game to watch. I'll have a real rooting interest, cheering on the guy that has brought me and my family some of the best and most exciting moments of our lives. But it's the best of both worlds. While I'll have fun cheering on Brady (and Gronk), it won't ruin my day if they lose. It'll be fun to watch! No pressure. And I'm all about it.

I can't wait to watch the games back to back on TV this Sunday afternoon.

Wishing both the Patriots and the Tompa Bay Buccaneers the best of luck this season.

God, it's great to have football back.

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