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"Before we get into the mail couple things over the weekend hit in the world of movies. First thing i want to talk to you about is the thing. I spoke to the directors of this documentary series about which is tiger tiger woods. Now you know as a friend of mine and podcast partner that. I am an avid golfer. And a fan of the sport gulf you are not a fan of the sport golf though your partner is and so golf is in your life but not truly of your life. What do you know about tiger woods. And what were you expecting heading into this documentary. Well in addition to being one of the greatest golfers in history isn't in history and certainly one of the best athletes of the twenty first century. That the correct century yes which i do know about because athletes at that level become pop cultural figures and i am interested in pop culture. Even if i'm not interested in my husband lecturing me about what type of iron tiger woods is using which is like a personal hell that i live in on a daily basis so i know a lot about him as a pop culture athlete and then obviously he has a pop cultural significance all of his own because of the events that he went through in the public eye at the end of the last decade and really honest life for the last decade. Yeah and so. I think that this series is an interesting gambit on. Hbo part it's clearly inspired slash based on a book that came out in two thousand eighteen by jeff benedict and armond katayan. And it's an attempt to make sense in real time of probably the most significant american athlete barring lebron james and michael jordan i would say of the last twenty. Five years maybe serena williams in that conversation. I think it's a very short list of people that do for. The tiger is kind of hanging with in the last quarter century and the film is tricky. Because they only aired part one thus far part two is next sunday and so i don't think you can necessarily spoiler film like this but it depends on. What kind of your you are if you're very engaged in the tiger woods story and his life. I don't think that this film necessarily will teach you a lot about the events of his life. There are not a lot of revelations. I think there are some emotional revelations there are some there's some I guess the matic framing that. Maybe you wouldn't necessarily put together if you weren't deeply entrenched in his story the movie especially the first half of the movie takes great pains to portray this father and son story and to show earl woods. Father as the kind of dr frankenstein at and making tiger woods into this kind of frankenstein monster for better and for worse in that he's incredibly powerful but there's like all kinds of emotional danger in his life I one thing that struck me as i re watched part one last night and i watched it with eileen. It's there's a lot of golf highlights in the first half. And there's there's there's not. There's not a lot of scandal there's not a lot of there is some psychology and there is a lot of sort of personal background about how tiger grew up and who he became. But because he has this sort of monochromatic mono-syllabic experience in the world where we just. He very rarely showed himself to us. Basically what you get is like ninety minutes of an extraordinary highlight reel dovetailing with the story of a father and a son and what they mean to each other. And i think if you're a casual observer my my instinct was. Is this going to work for people now. The second half is different. Can of worms. And i don't wanna spoil it for people but did in the first half. Did you find yourself having a hard time entering the story. I did also watch this with my husband. The aforementioned gulf maniac and the soundtrack to watching this was every time golf shot would be show. Its accuracy like you know it was like a little gallery of one. And he was doing it under his breath and then i was kinda. Are you aware that this is happening. And he was like sorry and then he just kept doing it at a lower volume. I have to say when you show golf. As just a highlight reel. Tiger woods is most incredible shots way. More interesting to me personally than the stuff that you guys have on the tv on sunday afternoon which is so boric. My guys pretty. Good a golf so i enjoyed it in that sense i agree with you that maybe it's not that i had a hard time. It and another interesting thing is that i. I do think if you know even a little bit about tiger woods you kind of know about the earl woods character and that is a pretty established part of his pop culture story. It's a big dad. Big character looming. Dad figure familiar sports figure in show bizz figure for sure and Greatness and then the fall. That's kind of what you know. And as as you mentioned there's a fall there there is a part to we won't spoil all of it but if you are watching this documentary you probably have some idea of what's going to happen in part to and the even najah it at the very end of part one which is the very last shot is a very famous woman. Just sidling up to the camera. I that's that's great filmmaking. And i think when the documentary is leaning in to that winning in that side of the story because it it leans into all the aspects of the story but when it goes for that bit of flair and narrative tension is is when it succeeds
"jeff benedict" Discussed on The MMQB Podcast with Peter King
"In the incision. Burger gingerly snaked at under bledsoe skin over a rib and into the space between the lung and the chest wall where the was pooling. Within moments blood began flowing from BLEDSOE's chest through the tube into a machine equipped with filters that removed clots and other impurities. The machine than re transfused the clean blood back into bledsoe threw a second tube that flowed into one of his veins. As soon as BLEDSOE's lungs started working again, Burger turned his attention to the sheared artery when a patient loses a leader. And a half of blood standard medical protocol calls for surgery to stop the bleeding but bledsoe wasn't a standard patient. He was the most talented quarterback in team history and it just signed ten year one, hundred and three billion dollar contract that made him the highest paid player in the National Football League reluctant to operate Burger Talk to Bledsoe and his wife Maura together. The injury he explained was to drew's left chest when a right handed thrower like drew brought the ball back cocked his arm and then extended it forward. He was rotating around on his left chest using all of those muscles to generate the Torque to throw I will have to cut at least some of those muscles Burger told drew then Bergerson turned Maura the procedure could potentially end his football career he told her Let. So was adamant that he didn't want surgery burder explain that sometimes an artery will stop leading on its own averting the need for surgery under the circumstances Burger recommended keeping the chest tube in and closely monitoring bledsoe. If the bleeding didn't stop with a few hours, he'd have no choice but to go in. Two hours earlier. Bergman at home enjoying a quiet dinner with his family when received a call from Dr Tom Gill. A New England Patriots Team Physician Burger in Gill were friends at Gills urging the Patriots had started using Burger as a surgical consultant. A couple years earlier burner had a reputation for being the busiest surgeon at mass general where he performed about. A year the moment he heard Gil's Voice Burger knew this wasn't a social call can you drew over at the Emergency Room Gill said in an urgent tone Burger asked what was going on Gill said he wasn't sure late in the fourth quarter he explained Bledsoe have been running with the ball toward the patriots sideline when he was blasted by New York jets linebacker Mo Lewis, the hit the so violent that players along the Patriots sideline compared the sound of the collision to a car crash bledsoe when airborne in his face mask was bent after lying on the air for a minute or so he finally got up and made his way to the bench he returned to the. Field on the Patriots next possession but coach Bill Belichick replaced him moments later when it became apparent that bledsoe couldn't remember the place when the game ended, he was taken to the locker room to be examined. x-rays were inconclusive but his vital signs were troubling high heart rate faint pulse, shallow breathing. He was complaining a pain in his left chest and beginning to short of breath I think he has an internal injury. Gil told Burger wondering aloud if bledsoe might have ruptured his spleen Burger, do that bledsoe was the linchpin of the Patriots team? The face of the franchise he's on his way to the hospital. Burger asked we're putting him in the US now Gill said I'll be there. The Patriots backup quarterback Tom Brady used the locker next to bledsoe's in the team locker room while changing out of his uniform after the Game Brady watched the medical staff escort bledsoe from the Training Room Brady was twenty four and just begun a second season in the NFL. He'd seen some big hits in college but nothing like the one bledsoe at sustained and the site of his friend and mentor being placed on a Gurney and loaded into the back of an ambulance. Had Him deeply concerned Brady and blood so we're close brady often hung out at bledsoe's home and more frequently kicked cooked him dinner. He felt like he was part of the Family Brady quickly. Got Dressed and drove straight from the stadium to the hospital. It was his first trip to mass general unrecognizable in Boston. He had trouble getting past security at the nurses station outside the trauma unit. He had to convince the hospital staff that he was drew bledsoe's backup. Eventually, he talked his way in and follow signs to the waiting room where he discovered Mora alone and crying brady put his arms around her what's going on he asked wiping her eyes more abroad him up to speed. They're deciding whether to go in and repair the arteries. She said if it doesn't stop bleeding on its own, it could be career ending Brady couldn't believe what he was hearing. down. The Hallway Robert Kraft huddled with one of the team doctors who were closely monitoring the situation kraft wanted to know the prognosis the doctor was direct. Mo Lewis has hit. He explained had resulted in an injury unlike anything he'd ever seen in a professional athlete when Lewis hit Bledsoe, he broke a number of his ribs despite the fact that Bledsoe was wearing a flak jacket the jagged edges of the broken ribs. Torn artery and BLEDSOE's chest causing internal bleeding the official medical diagnosis was at blood. So suffered a Hema Thorax, a collection of blood in the space between the chest wall and the wall roughly fifty percent of the blood circulating through BLEDSOE's body ultimately leaked into his chest and needed to be drained. He also had a new mouth or axe a collapsed one. Apparently, one of his broken ribs had poked a hole in it. The doctor told craft that bledsoe could have died. Stunned craft had trouble keeping his emotions in check bledsoe was like a Sunday him craft down. He'd never play football again gathering himself. He briefed Bella check who had also come straight from the stadium ballot. Check had seen his fair share of serious injuries but bledsoe situation was the worst in that moment he wasn't thinking about football he was just hoping fled. So would pull through determined to stay until bledsoe stable enough to have visitors craft and ballot check ducked into a waiting area it was going to be a long night. At, around midnight nurses told craft ballot check and Brady that they could see blood. So he slept as they quietly filed into his room and took their places beside his hospital bed. Blood was still flowing from the tube in his chest through the machine back into one of his veins. He had an IV in his arm Morris at beside him. Gently stroking his right hand craft belichick and Brady stood shoulder to shoulder over bledsoe's left side after a few minutes was opened his eyes groggy and disoriented I spotted Mora. She smiled and squeezed his hand. Then he turned his head to the left and looked up to see Mr craft coach ballot check and Tommy gazing down at him confused, and still experiencing the effects of powerful pain medication wants I wasn't sure what they were doing there to him. They look like vision from another time and place at that moment craft owned a franchise that had never won a championship Bella tricks. Overall record with the Patriots was five and thirteen brady had never started in NFL game. It was unimaginable to think that bledsoe was staring up at the nucleus of the Greatest Sports Dynasty of the modern era. That is some fabulous reporting. That is some fabulous writing we're going to be back right after this with Jeff Benedict author, the new book, the Dynasty. frigging great. Sat Justice so good. It's so good. When you read that you know look you're probably not an egotistical person, but you read that you have to say man I nailed that one. I what I felt Peter was as I said to you, I knew a year before I started writing. That was going to be the open. Because not only is it great drama not only does it put the reader in a room they used to go in it enables them to see things you normally would never get up. But it also has all of the principal characters. It has bledsoe who to me is like. He's the guy who sort of holding the torch who hands it to them. And this is the beginning of the handing off, and then you have the three figures the trinity. Standing above his hospital bed it's it's. You find a moment like that as a journalist. You really you gotta just go there and so fortunately for a everybody who's in that scene not only you know was willing to answer questions about it but they all had some memory of it and. It just makes for a powerful.
"jeff benedict" Discussed on The MMQB Podcast with Peter King
"A lot about the guy who's about to take the controls for twenty years. Jeff Benedict I I asked you. when we were preparing to record this I said I really would like to have you read an excerpt from your book and I said You pick. You pick something you think is significant that will really give our listeners and your potential readers. A. Good view into you found what you discovered. A during the course of this book. And you didn't choose some something deep in this six hundred page tome, you chose something very early in you chose the prologue. I'm ask I'm going to ask you just to read the prologue this book. When you finish, we'll take a short break and then we will come back. I'll ask you some very specific questions in the second half of our podcast but. describe if you can. What you're about to read and then please read it. Peter for me and I think for most riders the two most important decisions you make in terms of designing your narrative. How are you going to start and how are you GonNa End And It's not much different than movies and songs. You've gotta hit the opening note just right and you got to leave it just right at the end. And this story that I'm about to read I knew a year before I wrote this that this was going to be my open. I didn't know the ending until I got to the end, but I knew the beginning way before I started writing because the first time I interviewed drew bledsoe this came up and then I was able to talk to the other principals in this scene and to me it was just the perfect way to to start the dynasty. So. This is the prologue. Wearing a surgical mask on latex gloves Dr. David. Berger stood over drew bledsoe and made a careful incision his chest. He was the evening of Sunday September twenty third two, thousand one in high intensity ceiling lights in a trauma bay at Massachusetts. General Hospital illuminated the thirty-seven-year-old surgeons steady hands bledsoe the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots had an oxygen canal is knows an IV fluids flowing into his veins to resuscitate him the twenty nine year old had lost over a third of his blood to a partially severed artery. It was pulsing into his chest cavity and preventing his left lung from expanding. Burger needed to get the internal bleeding under control or Boston's most famous athlete would die. But I he added removed the blood from bledsoe's chest.
"jeff benedict" Discussed on The MMQB Podcast with Peter King
"I'm a total stranger to him but. I. Wanted to come at this from sort of a top down approach. So it's top down inside out. That's how I was looking at it, and I wanted to start with the owner because I just assumed that there would be a lot of interesting information there a lot of ground that hadn't been mind before. So before I even got to Brady Bell Jack I was really thinking about ownership and taking from that tact. What was your experience if at all with Bill Belichick during the research of this book? So for the first. The first year of this project Peter I did a tremendous amount of observation in other words. I'm not saying I wasn't doing interviews I was, but I spent a lot of time watching I was watching the team from his close up as possible whether it was on the sidelines at Games on. Game Day In the owner's box in the locker room after the game in none of those situations what I ever ask questions I was always just watching watching listening feeling trying to take in everything that I could at the same time away from the stadium I was conducting interviews with people and eventually you know I started to get a sense of who I wanted to interview in who which characters. I, really wanted to focus on. That's defied, for instance, someone like drew Bledsoe who I thought was just a hugely important character in the story of the dynasty that doesn't seem obvious upfront because he's not there for the dynasty years but he's so important to why there is a dynasty and the way he carried himself. So I was I was basically looking at people that I wanted to really. Build narrative around. Belichick, and Brady from the beginning. We're so obvious because their roles are so monumental I I never had to think much about that. But eventually I got to the point where I was saying, okay I want to interview Jonathan Kraft someone who doesn't generally talk to the media and I thought would be a tremendous another tremendous character of importance in the story Other people that were just involved in building it in eventually of course I did get to Tom and to bill and. With the questions that I wanted to ask them and. In both cases, just sort of putting some questions of in front of them in advance for what I wanted to cover because from the beginning for me, Peter this was never a. Ah Gotcha story, I I was very transparent about where I wanted to go and what I wanted to cover and and so with a lot of people that I interviewed I would give them questions in advance. Because I. wanted them to think about them before they sat down and talked to me. So that the answers would be better and and the interviews would go better. I think that's part of the. I often think as a writer I'll tell you very quick story. I was just on training camp trip and I often think is a writer. It's really really valuable tab someone who sees things. With a new set of eyes. And so I was recently in Tampa. Tom Brady with the bucks and I had a young producer slash videography from NBC name any coblets with me. And any coblets just had her camera out during a portion of practice where you could shoot practice videographer. And she had her camera for about forty five minutes Solely focused on Tom Brady, and at the end of the day she she says that was really interesting Tom. Brady. Loves football and and all that. So I, just got this idea. This this twenty, nine year old woman who obviously knows who Tom Brady is but doesn't know Tom. Brady just has this observation man Tom Brady loves football. So I asked her i. said You know tonight. When we finish in in kind of go back to the hotel let's meet. Sorted in the lobby and bring your stuff and I wanna see all of your tape from the day. And she captured a moment. Just because she is. She's curious. And she captured a moment. That I ended up writing almost. I'm not saying my whole column on. She captured a moment of Tom Brady. In about a maybe a thirty five second clip. Throwing a pass to tight end OJ Howard. In OJ Howard doing something wrong in the execution of the past route. And Brady goes out and heals juice juice. Keep your shoulders square. Juice and then he starts going like this. You know meaning you run faster and all that and so. Obviously I wanted to know what that meant. Right. It already had my time talking to Brady. I wasn't to get him again. But I got the PR guy to get me OJ Howard. Any explained exactly what happened. Any said Tom's doing this the whole Camp He's been coaching me every day and you could see out there that Tom Brady was coaching everybody. Either was such an interesting thing and I guess my point is I'm not positive. I would have focused on that as significantly as I did if someone who? Probably has seen twenty training camp practices in her life. You know and I've seen two thousand. She seeing Tom Brady like for the first time relatively speaking and she basically says, Ran Sky really loves football. So I said I wanna see what she saw. Ivan It allowed me to do that and I, think that's one of the things about your book that I really love. You are seeing things and seeing people for the first time very first time and it's one of the reasons. I purposely did not interview people like you and lots of other journalists that I know that I could have approached for interviews which on one hand would have been really interesting for me luminated. And it would have changed what I know going in and I didn't want all of that. I mean it's one thing to read your all your stories or read Michael Holley's books or whatever. But it's another thing to have a journalist sort of feeding information into your brain that then starts to skew your approach as you go in I liked going in completely fresh in my Tom Brady story is this Peter. I'd I'd never met Tom Brady in my life until the first time I interviewed him for this book. I spent about twenty hours over a two week period working on my questions for the first interview. And the interview was gonNA. Take place in the suite where Tom Brady's family watches him play at Gillette Stadium. So I had asked the Patriots for permission to go into the sweet three hours early. And just sit alone in there with my questions and I really wanted to just get my mind completely focused on what I was about to do, and also I wanted to go through those questions for for about three hours in really sharpen them and and I did that and so by the time Tom Locking and I'm meeting him for the first time. I knew where I wanted to go point by point in time that I had with him but it was interesting when we got in there because I had heard from some people that kind what you said that Tom doesn't say much in interviews. That isn't how it was for me. I. Came Away from that interview feeling like it was one of the most forthcoming. Honest.
"jeff benedict" Discussed on The Gerry Callahan Podcast
"Was Killed Minneapolis. I obviously had no idea that what was going to happen in America the summer. I did know about the pandemic because I was still writing when the pandemic started. So in fact, the last scene occurs during the covert outbreak and covert is a factor in that scene but the the. Racial uprising and protests against police brutality had not reignited when I finished writing the book. So I chose to write about Colin Kaepernick and the president and his his role and inflaming all of this, and he was the inflaming in the league had to deal with it and they didn't know how to deal with it at first because it was they were blindsided by it. I mean. Let's look making excuses I'm just saying nobody expected the president to go down to Alabama and make those statements out of the blue and they were the language used was was insulting and it was inflammatory it was offensive and it it just triggered. A wholesome tsunami of problems and so I thought it was important to deal with it in the book because it's not an intrinsically patriots story. But again, by this point in the dynasty, Robert Kraft is the most influential owner in the league. He has a very good relationship with the commissioner. He has a relationship with the president the United States, he has a relationship with his players and he he led he was the first owner to put out a statement. It was the most critical statement of any of the owners which is interesting and so from there again, I don't want to give too much away but you can take that line all. To where I left off, and by that point, you know you've got Jay Z in the equation you've got McMillan the equations got a lot of other things going on and I just thought again it's it's the that's the the depth of this story. There's a lot going on here. It's not just football. Amazing. that. All three of the big three know Belgium Brady and craft have relationships. All three have been friends with Donald Trump at one point or another and everyone's still wondering. Are. They. Still friends you know Brady. was obviously pretty candid denounced him at one point because I think his wife and his sisters don't like trump and he doesn't want to deal with. But I think you're gonNA find out Bella check is still friendly with them, and so his craft they keep it, keep it as quiet as possible but I'm not sure at some point. We won't see that those those guys are back when you know when trump's out of office and maybe it would bell checks retired the you know we'll see him whatever planned golf or something. It's just hard to believe that these all these stars collide in this in this day and age but. Anyway Jeff sounds like a I'm I'm going to dig in man it's five, hundred, twenty, two pages, forty, four chapters. It sounds like there's a lot there but it doesn't need sound like you're GonNa. Tell me some things that I don't know what we gotTa Talk Again I'll give you a month. A month I'm slow reader Mu- I'm a slow reader methodical but I could do that. I could do it in a month and we will talk again maybe when the paperback comes out or maybe when that's in a year, we can't let now or Christmas or ferry out. These days are Christmas phone ever you finished reading when I finished reading. Again but good luck. Thanks jared. Thanks for your time Japan author of Dynasty. That's it. That's the whole title. Dynasties doesn't have a subtitle and it's sounds like the comprehensive of look at the Brady Bill Belichick craft era on I heard about this. I was amazed that he got this kind of access but he's pro that's what he does and he's relentless and like you said, they said, can you be here in on our show up and? He would submit the questions in writing fly anywhere. Do whatever took this get to talk to these people he did I don't know the number the. Dozens and dozens of players and coaches, and people, and commissioners, and Rupert Murdoch and Mel. Karmazin. Dozens of people he talked to for their insights on these guys and somehow got the Belichick and Tom Brady and the craft and Randy Moss and rob. Gronkowski? it's an Swim I. Think the Patriots like Tiger Woods. are one of those subjects that people can't get enough of that. I mean I feel like I will know. Some of these stories and I will read it anyway because it is. This is the greatest dynasty of my lifetime of probably of all time when you think about all the. The. Things that are in place designed to stop them from being a dynasty whether it's the order of the draft or free agency or whatever injuries It is amazing that they kept kept it together for as long as they did I think people are still in all the because there is another chapter to come, and that is Brady Bill Belichick and bill check with o'brady. That is the most interesting thing about the twenty twenty season. is how how these two guys John and Paul a GonNa manage on their solo careers. I give the edge to John in the Sola Creek that was a big Paul McCartney and wings Fan. But we will see with with Brady you know he's GonNa get old and he's going to get hurt because he's an NFL player and we'll see how long it lasts but I don't know how long it's GonNa last with Belichick and Cam Newton in New England but. I'll say this bill belichick. Brady's the most responsible because the quarterbacks the most important guy the guy most responsible for the dynasty is Tom Edward Patrick Brady. But belichick is clearly the greatest coach ever and he will do okay he will do just fine. Without, Tom Brady and he always, she'd say, Oh, we usually. Is Right when he let guys go Is usually a year earlier than relayed or whatever but he's usually right as was seen historically. and. Brady bagged up the sheer or gets old this year or looks like Peyton manning in his final year having trouble thrown at deep out. The people in knowing on there I thought is going to be Bella. Check is right again. I I hope he's wrong. L. Radio IF BRADY HAS A. Playoff run with the buccaneers. It'll be great entertainment I'd like to see it but. It will be one of those rare occasions were Belichick is wrong. It Brady takes the bucks to the to the Super Bowl it'll be odd and unusual because Belichick is usually right. But anyway, the sounds like an interesting read I did not know about that story at the synagogue in Pittsburgh with Bob. Kraft. That's one thing I didn't know I like to. Find out what else is in there that I did not know but I will give it a shot five, hundred, twenty, two pages. I need a cross country flight or a couple of days at the beach. But it is It's called dynasties by Jeff Benedict a guy who knows how to do these kinds of books. but anyway, thanks to Jeff Benedict and thanks to call name. This is a special bonus edition of the Callahan podcast. I'm Gerry Callahan and we will talk again.
"jeff benedict" Discussed on The Gerry Callahan Podcast
"Done Brady already made up his mind. What was the breaking point I? Know you get that question a lot. What was what? When did he reach that point where it was over that everybody? Knew it was over? So as I answer that I also want to address a couple of things you said in the lead up to the question. I would definitely not compare Robert Kraft George Harrison I think that in this. Go. Don't tell me as Ringo he's known go. I might comparison Jerry to just put some context in the the reason I compared Brady and ballot check to McCartney and Lennon is that I'll tell you where that thought came from one day the first time that I visited. Robert Kraft in his New York City apartment. So it's my first time going there the newness of walking through the door and looking across this room at two big windows that Overlook Central Park is that in-between the windows were to framed pictures of the Beatles and they were autographed by all four for them in the pictures were clearly taking taken at the Ed Sullivan Show when they came here for the first time in the United States when they made that visit new. York, they slept in the same building that craft now owns an apartment, and as we talked about the Beatles abandoned by the way that he and Myra loved in the sixties and it was like his favorite band at the time it was clear. We started talking about how the band broke up prematurely too early. They were at the peak, the pinnacle they could've played together for so much longer, and that's where I started to get the analogy because was thinking about an owner. Who spent the second half of the dynasty basically from two thousand and ten until this March? His biggest mission was keeping Lennon McCartney together. Keep the band together. He has the two biggest stars in the League on his payroll. One's a coach. A quarterback. To be able to have two stars that burn that bright and that hot side by side on the same sideline to me was akin to if you had extended somehow had someone who had enough influence and persuasive skills enough savvy to keep Lennon and McCartney playing longer. But that didn't happen. So there is no craft comparison I think maybe if the Beatles had someone like him, that could have done that things might have been different but here that's what this relationship was about. So was there one thing that broke it apart in the end? No I. Don't think so I think what you saw was a remarkably extended dynasty that went twice as long as Montana and Walsh twice as long as Nolan Bradshaw twice as long as star. In Lombardy and it went twice as long because of the unique role that the owner played any had relationships Roberts really the bridge, and that's why I have a chapter near the end called shuttle diplomacy. There's a lot of diplomacy that goes on because bill and Tom are very different guys and Robert has this great respect for both them but he also knows they do different things and they're different people. So he has a familial relationship with Brady? It really is. By last by the time, get to the end, it is not an exaggeration to say it's like father and son I mean it's that way. That's why that last scene is so emotional but the relationship, you can't underestimate the relationship that he has with Bella check it is without a doubt the most efficient. Successful owner coach relationship in all of American sports in our lifetime, you can't point to another owner in another coach who accomplished more and stuck together longer than these two and so I think that that's maybe Rupert Murdoch summed up best when I interviewed Rupert for this book again, why would you interview Rupert Murdoch for a book about the Patriots well, because he knows the really well from negotiating. All these television contracts and when I entered Rupert, he said something really interesting. He said if Robert Kraft had gone into politics, he probably would go down in history as one of the greatest diplomats in American history. But he didn't go into pot he went into business and they went into sports any use those diplomacy skills more than ever in the Brady Bella check relationship keeping them together so. Much longer. So I think just eventually twenty years is an eternity in this game I don't need to tell you that because we we have no marker, we can look at and say, well, those guys do that. No one's done that and I think at the end finally, it was time for time to get out of the car. I, mean they'd gone as far as they can go as. Duo and what's remarkable to me Jerry is and I don't know if you've read the ending something that we're not we're not used to seeing usually when you know if you go back to Lennon McCartney that was not a pretty break-up Simon and Garfunkel Not Pretty Walsh in Montana not good. Nolan. You know chump no and Terry Bradshaw I mean that was a really ugly partying that didn't happen. Here and I think that says something about the three men see I think they knew before last season before the nineteenth season, they granted him free agency for a reason Bella check was ready to move on brave ready. They didn't make official and there was a lot of hopeful patriots fans thickened at work out and hits stay but I never thought he'd say I thought he was gone before. Last season even began I think I don't what but those actuary tables but I think bill came to the conclusion that he's forty three. He's the greatest ever but he is not superhuman e the end is near and Bella check as we know he is a cold hard man he does not get emotional and he was not going to get swept up emotion and he said he can go. Now. We're moving on and he's that comfortable and confident in his ability you know him he's not afraid of a public pressure or the fans get. He just did what he thought was best for him and the team and Brady said, okay. I'll move on and they made the decision a long time ago. But you right above the meeting I guess it's the farewell what month was at. The Brady went to craps house, and they had an emotional meeting emotional goodbye where they couldn't hug because of because of covert but it was the official end. So I'll answer that but here's the thing we gotta talk again after you read and then we'll you might think the same thing you think now but you might not but let's just talk we do that it's five hundred, twenty two. Zero. I'm just saying. The date you wanted to know when that was, it was in March and it was hours literally hours after Tom's contract expired that they met in.
"jeff benedict" Discussed on The Gerry Callahan Podcast
"But Tom was was great and Roberts case or in Jonathan's case just you know these interviews with them were they were more like conversations and they were interviews, but they were conversational and I think that's why they were. So enlightening because it wasn't a grilling I'm just trying to learn about these guys just WanNa know sort of who they are. And how they did what they did and for me, it was just like every day climbing into a time machine with them and sort of going back in time and trying to relive and recapture what's happened over the last twenty five years. I've interviewed Brady probably more than anybody every Monday for nineteen years I believe it was and right sometimes seems interesting the old days he was lot looser as I said deflategate felt burned after that and he kind of was a little more reticent reluctant to open up What can you tell me that you learned? That, you got from Brady that I don't know. Maybe. I'm more I'm closer to the to the situation read more than than than most people and and followed every interview that these guys have done for twenty years. Is there something you can tell me I, don't know well Jerry I don't WanNa be Glib but I think we'd have a better answer to that after you've gone through the book and you might say I knew everything in here about Brady I don't know because I don't know everything that you know but I felt like. I tried to read everything that's been written about Brady over the years and there's obviously A Lot. And I didn't want to just regurgitate old information. I certainly read Charlie Pierce's book which I believe was the first book just about Tom. Yeah and it's a good book. I learned a lot but I was asking trying to ask him different kinds of questions. I spent you know I've said this to a few other people I spent about twenty hours composing the questions for my first interview. And then I asked the Patriots for permission to go into his suite three hours before the interview and I spent another three hours alone in that. Sweet in silence of the sweet and the silence of the stadium, the stadium was empty and. That opening scene of chapter one is partly a reflection of what I saw and it's I just was trying to get in the right frame of mind that I needed to be in as someone who doesn't know how many chances I'm. GonNa get to talk to this person. So these interviews have to be productive they have to get to where we need to get to. So for instance, if I WANNA be with Tom Brady when he gets in a car accident in Boston. I. I want I want to feel that NC that from Tom Brady's is from Tom's perspective not Jeff Benedict Perspective and that's what I was trying to do with him. I found him. Tremendously effective. As we went through these questions at at enabling me to see it the way he saw I know how this works I know this worst ahead to be moments we said yeah I got something. That, no one else has had I got something that's GonNa make this book standout from all the others whether it's with Brady or Belle check or maybe the opening scene that'd be a couple of those moments in your in what was it two years of working? To yet, it'd be a couple of those moments there were and I'll give you a couple of these are these are in the book. So I'm comfortable talking about them, but the thing I was just mentioning about the car accident. When Tom Answer that question he he was literally taking me blow by blow through his morning that day the mentioned the called calling into the radio station and talking morning because he didn't. Thinking to cancel because of the accident. From the road and this action was right in Boston. On his way to Foxborough. Correct. That's right. He never got of his neighborhood basically. But. As he just started the retail the story, the detail was so great about getting up making a smoothie getting in the car putting the smoothie between his legs starting to drive meandering around getting toward the light look in both ways pulling out then the collision and just everything that happened. It was SORTA wrath events. Most of which I had never read or heard anywhere before. But the most you know sort of the moment for me was when he described going back home after the accident, he was GonNa go to the stadium but he went back home and when he walked in to the apartment and of course, Giselle was shot to see in there because she thought he had gone to the stadium and there's a moment. It's a very emotional moment where you know she asked him like my God like what happened because he's got smoothie all over him and he looks very shook up and when Tom Tell told the story, it was emotional for him. It's emotional for me. I mean, that's the thing. That's when you know that as a as someone who's trying to chronicles story. When you're feeling that the way they're feeling it I know that that's going to be magic on the page and so every time that something like that happened here's another example one time while working on this book. Robert Kraft is also a hard person to interview for the same reason that the other two guys are they're so busy all the time. They don't just have blocks of time to sit around and talk to someone. So I had to be willing nimble. To be ready on a minutes notice to. I literally could get an email that said you know can you be to the airport and three hours kind of? And if so MR, craft is a flight to take. You can interview on the flight and something. That happened was when he was going to Pittsburgh this was in the nineteen season and it was after the mass shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh and the Patriots weeks. Later, we're going to Pittsburgh to play the steelers game was on a Sunday it's a must win game which they would lose, but that's not the point of the story on Saturday One of those last minute phone calls to to.
"jeff benedict" Discussed on The Gerry Callahan Podcast
"Sports biography authors he wrote one of my favorite NFL books, pros and cons about the criminals in the NFL. And the Tiger Woods biography a couple years ago with Armageddon was spectacular I recommend that anybody tiger, woods fans has matic all fans. It's a real good read This book called the Dynasty is about the New England Patriots Bob Kraft Bill Belichick Tom Brady. And how they managed to pull off for? For twenty years I feel like I've I've just been a lot of books about the. Patriots. Feel like a read. A lot of books feel like no everything but something tells me, Jeff. Benedict is is going to find a way. To Open my eyes to surprise me but. We will find out I have not ready yet not got it yet. But I look forward to it and uh, but we had a chance to talk to you often. That on the L., him addict estimate with Jeff Benedict. This is the Gerry Callahan podcast. Joining us now on the Callahan, podcast is. Author authorship and. Author of the new Patriots. Book. A dynasty and author of fifteen books now, and I don't WanNa. Make you feel too old Jeff but last time I shouldn't say last time first time you and I. Talked about one of your books was a great book about criminals in the NFL pros and cons I talked about that book for years. It was so good and you were ahead of your time by the way because it kind of became popular to to to get in go in depth and some of the crimes you know when Ray Rice and God knows with her Nandes. But Way way before that Jeff, benedict was chronicling some of the bad guys in the NFL and was a great read. Well, thanks I was actually in law school in Boston when I wrote that book living in Brooklyn and just you mentioning it brings me way back because that feels like a long time ago I just looked it up my friend twenty two years ago you were. Talking, about the criminals and the NFL and and before we get to dynasty, I got a mentioned. Tiger Woods is one of the best sports books of ever read fact I may I just made my list in my head and you got two of the top ten? And I don't know about dynasty yet. I haven't gotten through it. It's it's. It's it's not an easy read, but it's a good one. I'm sure I'm sure it'll be a hit but tiger woods was spectacular I. Recommend that two people that don't even like golf or don't care about Tiger I say this is a. Depth biography warts and all with the Light Tiger Hey Tiger you will learn a lot and to me that's the best. You can give someone who's doing biography of a guy that famous is you'll learn things. You didn't know about Tiger I learnt that I thought he knew everything about tiger but with so good. Well, I appreciate it I I actually felt. For me the Patriots Book. When I got to the end of the writing part of it. I actually thought this is the best work that I've ever done real as a journalist and I mean, it sounds odd for me saying that but just it it's one of those things where when you go through a process is. Long and grueling is this is you can tell when you get to the end whether you know you've done something really good or not. In this case I think part of it is I had Jerry I had just such great material and The one of the reasons tiger book is is so good is because the material so rich. Subject matter is so good and the Patriots are are that the the dynasty years are so rich in many ways just an epoch American story that when I got to the end of it i. just thought you know. I. Wonder. If he ever gone back here again because. I'd have the same question, Jeff you're looking for some new material new subject. To write about and you're good at this your experience at this. I would look at Tiger as a as a writer as a journalist and I'd say, I don't know if I can bring anything new to the table I feel like that about the Patriots I've been there every step of the way a read a bunch of books and of folded daily for Twenty Years Twenty five years now going back to you know when I went to the. First game at at Schaefer. Stadium. So I've been there from the beginning and I think of someone like you an investigative reporter, a good reporter I think how I don't you have some reluctance because you feel like there's nothing left to say, are you that confident that when you dive into this this material, you're going to be able to tell the reader something they don't already know. Well Jerry. That's a really good question because when I. Looked when we did the tiger book, we had there were twenty two books in print about tiger before we started ours. The Patriots are similar. I read over twenty books before writing this one, and there's also this big stable of great writers over the years that have covered this franchise. Some of those writers are still here and Boston is notorious for having some of the best sports writers in the business that that come out of this town, and so I was obviously aware of all that but..
"jeff benedict" Discussed on Sports Wars
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"jeff benedict" Discussed on The Moment with Brian Koppelman
"Hey brian koppelman thanks for listening doing today i rarely do which has having unless guys are the lead singer and guitarist in the rock band i don't ever have to guess at the same time i guess we're two comedians who make each other's cry and i'm trying to make the peace but i read this book that armin contain and jeff benedict wrote about tiger woods and my gauge with the book was so heavy and intense my reaction to that i wanted to have the mind plus arm and you know i've been big admire of yours for a very long time when i kind of like you to right now thanks brother well we'll see how it goes the end of our conversation so i do want to start you know i don't know if you've listened to podcasts at all but it's it's really just about sort of like a book or movie i'm very interested in process and in how and why people do what they do and i think i in particular this book which is filtered through this joint prism i think it's worth understanding what that prism is jeff could could you talk a little bit about how like because your book deal with prodigy and with the early life of someone who became a top professional he just talk a little bit about a by graphically about yourself about how you came to be writer who's doing this sure reader's digest version is i i'm a lawyer i went to law school to be a lawyer to be a prosecutor and my first year lost my first publishing deal which was expose about the nfl was off to the races been writing now for twenty plus years and getting to tiger woods the path was basically a few years back i started doing more biographies using the tools that investigative journalists us to investigate a books but applying them to biographies and tiger was the third one in a row for me and i was coming at it from the perspective of someone who doesn't know much about golf because i've never played the game i don't bl.
"jeff benedict" Discussed on ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP
"But we're not gonna play into this so familiar agenda that they do to everybody that even you know questions or attempts to write anything that's independent of what their job is which is to protect tiger woods and to protect the answer that we provide in this book in a way that no one's ever provided before and that's the answer to the question is who is tiger woods right right and and i was gonna ask you because of the source because you know they would do this did he take you off or did you say hey do your thing and let them publicize my book even more well personally interesting thing jeff benedict it's sort of like fire and ice he's very cool he's he's the moderate influence you guys know me enough to know the passion is driven my professional journalism career for a long time i run hot and so i have to dial down because i'm ready to say something that will probably not be in my professional best interests at a certain point in time but we're we're big boys here we knew this was coming we didn't know when it was coming but we're you know a perfectly capable of defending ourselves and if they wanted to if they wanted to get into a you know an argument about the quality and the integrity this book i'll do that any single time because i know how much effort we put into it three years of effort two hundred fifty interviews and and you know i i mean i spent the better part of two years doing nothing but reading and in chronicling tigers life through thousands of articles that we read the four we really jumped in to serious you know the writing and reporting in this book so you know i mean they're they're big boys we're big boys but i'm not gonna play their game based on what you just said in the dedication that you brought to this project with jeff i guess this is an open question but who is tiger woods in your opinion well he's one complicated individual and and you have to you.
"jeff benedict" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"Okay because this hard i mean you know you gotta be mentally focused on every shot when you're on that course so what does that have to do with being a serial philanderer i just play the media just pick and choose doing the donald trump right now they want to break something that trump who cares because poor there years ago hold on a second hold on a second nobody i don't think anybody in this country cares whether donald trump slept with one woman or one hundred women that's not the issue in the trump case issue the issue is the fact that whether or not his campaign officials whether his personal lawyer has had impacted the election that's the only thing that interests me no campaign money to play that woman he he he he paid trump has made a mistake i'll just go ahead and talk about it for you you know what is he should've never paid any of these women off because it wouldn't have mattered if came out and talked about them or not that'd be a heat ac she's looking for some attention clinton to bill clinton's sort of john let's let's keep the facts in the highway bill clinton went down he he always you got that backwards the reason that clinton got in trouble was because he lied in a deposition that's perjury and that's why he lost his law license and that's why the house voted to impeach him.
"jeff benedict" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"Again but the the ark of his life and when you really understand it over four hundred plus pages it's it's i don't even know you can't make some of this stuff up in to find him where he is now in not you know in the same place that prince ended or elvis presley michael jackson and others were fawn victim to to drugs and in in the world in which they found themselves in i think it's just remarkable and you know people jeff use the same word i would use there's an empathy to tiger that i've that it took us a long time to get there but i think that's the journey of the book i say this enclosing jeff about arman when he warns people the tiger is dangerous on the course i caution people not to disagree with armin many many many found armand's were writing nick sabin off in arm and said don't don't don't don't you dare that was four national championships ago armand so prescience on him was quite accurate arm in jeff congratulations this is an extraordinary book i have no doubt it is going to tardy saw reviewing the wall street journal new york times just critical reviews across the board congratulations and best wishes thank you so much politics greatest great to talk to you again oh it's our pleasure two of the best in the business jeff benedict and armand contain the name of the book tiger woods and we are coming right back you are back with us and let's continue with more calls darryl is up next what do you say darryl.
"jeff benedict" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"In arm and it became i mean tiger became a punchline and at that moment in time i don't know you've seen so many great comebacks in the history of news and sports but it it would have been impossible to predict that anyone would ever like tiger woods again at that moment i don't think there's any question paul and there was you know you think about it was nine years ago but it reads it seems like light years in terms of how the media has changed i mean it was really sort of pivotal moment at the beginning of really tmz and the internet frenzy and how do how news move so quickly around the world and tiger became the centerpiece of the scandal of of really unmatched proportions i mean oj was you know another era but a fall from grace it was almost beyond imagination and it becomes entertainment in a lot of ways of for the news organizations in and the cable news and the new york post and everybody else but you kinda forget for a second that there's a man living inside that frenzy and and now when you when you look at where he is and even if you just look back less than a year ago to last memorial day weekend where he was found on the side of the road florida thinking he was in los angeles headed down to orange county not in jupiter florida he had a rockstar cocktail of painkillers and anxiety drugs in his system including thc the active ingredient in marijuana we frankly thought that might be the end for tiger he could have easily ended up like any number of other tragic endings like child stars but my feeling is in jeff and i talked a lot about this is this may be tigers greatest triumph ever to come out of that abyss to crawl out of that cavernous hold that he was in both physically so debilitated and emotionally iraq in really not really knowing weird attorney that clinton time into find him and see him narrow is as i did on tori is how the book ends at that the farmers insurance open and he's a different.
"jeff benedict" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"We cities to college hoops experts one range rover sport espn's reese davis and jay bilas in book of the ultimate tournament road trick doesn't this time of year get you going like no other time it's everything wonderful about storytelling and drama and sports and competition to do something that's never been done before i'm gonna make my mark with this sis along the way from christian leitner i hit one big shot twenty five years ago and i'm still remembered for today and paul pierce wanna pull off that epic shot got to put into one come on now got to be mentally and physically ready setting the stage in san antonio for never been done before challenged to destination spy gorgeous great for big moment i think well you came through and now the problem is i have to come through their big moment awaits watch at espn dot com slash range rover sport landrover of buff and beyond and welcome back to the program we were talking to the authors of the brand new book tiger woods by jeff benedict in armand contain to awardwinning journalist who combined to do the new york times bestseller the system which talked about the underbelly of college football armand jeff thanks again jeff you you've really alluded to the accident which is the turning point in tiger woods public life the changed everything or seemingly changed everything let's go let's start there and what that revealed was something about tiger woods that insiders may have suspected but the public had no earthly idea about you note that the tiger woods ended up being on the front cover of the new york post i think for twenty one consecutive days nothing including nine eleven had had surpassed that jeff that that that night and what happened afterwards the sports world has rarely if ever seen anything like.
"jeff benedict" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"While people admire tiger woods and adored his winning and revered him not only in this country but around the world both you an arm and right right a shorted tale of young man who who didn't have friends who didn't seem to care one way or the other what people had done for him and this goes on for a very long time i'm interested in is this is just a byproduct of vara woods is it just how he was trained to be to be the best why was he such a complete jerk in his private life well i guess it depends wh talking about what period life i think as a child and total fairness to him that like any child your parents are models you know and you you see what your parents do and and you see what they don't do and i think there were certain things that tiger didn't see much of his own and he spent a lot of time on the road with his father going to golf tournaments traveling around the country and there was a sense of entitlement that i think or would tat when they would travel and he expected homes to be provided to them expected people to drive them around he expected a lot of things from other people who often were complete strangers but we're eager to help this young hit out because they thought he was going to become great some debt but if you're the young kid and you're you're seeing this kind of behavior and there's not simple things like thank you and expressions of appreciation and things like that that registers and i think that tigers.
"jeff benedict" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"Is so great let's let's start jeff an arm and talking about this idea but i'll never forget talking to to arm and when he told me the unless admitted as much respect as i have for arm and catan i maybe thought he'd lost his mind doing a book on tiger woods considering the relevance of tiger at the time armand jeff thanks again and kind of take us through this process because you always wanna hit it right and did you ever but when when the started tiger woods was way out there and the hinterlands he while yeah it was years ago paul where we were you know kinda came together and said what's the next project after the system and it was a raging richard pine both the subject of tiger and you're right he was he was in a lot of pain he wasn't playing a well at all his career was looked like it was the beginning of the end or the end but there had never been a big three hundred sixty degree view of his life so that was literally sort of the end of fourteen the beginning of fifteen and we've spent the last three years right up through the january of this year finalizing reporting and vetting the book so you're right there were many times more than once where i thought i was crazy and you know all my god especially a year ago we you know when he was found on the slumped over on the side of the road and in florida where the ending of that book at that point time you know look pretty grim thankfully he's he's made this.
"jeff benedict" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"The quarterback tensed up i mean it just he he he didn't look right and you know you sit there you're watching that game going on man you're going to lose this game and they want they want they weren't doing things that they were doing earlier in that game now whether it is georgia chuck and what did alabama do on that field goal at the end of regulation yeah i can clearly hey it was it was both for job on i mean this is the national championship we we can't treat this like a like a peewee football game but i mean mistake both both teams made a million mistakes that in alabama made plenty as well but i think it was a great play and i'm not one that would you know i'm not sugar coating my words here but it was just a well called play and to to adjust made the throw of his life yeah he he did but you saw that he read that coverage you know what i'm saying and he baited that safety net safety went for that win for the you know got over in the middle to too long and a quarter an receiver went straight and the corner you know i guess were putting a cover two and bam it was right there you know and so credit tool for that you know what i'm saying and but like i said alabama i mean georgia you know they play calling the play caller i mean the play collins was suspect at towards the end i'm like what are they doing.