In a previous post, I noted how I wanted to see Brady’s banner unveiled even though the quarterback had been reinstated. I had imagined how the ceremony would take place and if there would still be as much hoopla surrounding the event. Maybe more? I had wondered if the Patriots would still bring in the Dropkick Murphys to play. The Springfield Symphony Orchestra? Would Kraft still get his hood on with T-Pain?
Doesn’t matter. Drop the bands and the trophy presentation and replace them with the unveiling of a #12 banner–a direct shot at the league–and the stadium’s energy would have still been electric.
Just after Judge Berman passed down his not guilty sentence, some had asked if the Patriots would have held off their Super Bowl ceremony until the fifth week of the season when Brady returned. Robert Kraft noted in an 98.5 radio interview that the Patriots would have waited for their golden child to return.
“I’m going to give you a little secret,” Kraft said. “So if you look up there, you’ll see our Super Bowl banners, ’01, ’03, ’04 and that fourth banner. If Brady weren’t playing, that would have been his shirt with Super Bowl MVP three times. We wouldn’t have unveiled our 2014 banner.”
Now, what about that Brady banner? Certainly it wouldn’t go to waste. Kraft shed some light on what the plans were for it.
“We have a little surprise for you, you’ll see when you’re here (tonight),” Kraft said. “And when you go out the door, every fan in this place is will get a banner and will get the banner that would have been if he wasn’t playing. You get two gifts.”