Things came full circle in Beav’s World Saturday night when Jay “The Beav” Flannelly brought Four Games in Fall to his hometown of Andover, Mass. It was fitting that the town where he grew up and EARNED his nickname would host the documentary film on the topic that made him famous. And even more ironic that his first football coach- Joe Iarrobino-, his old special teams coach( and All time sounding board) Coach Peter Reilly and the current Andover High Football coach (and his lifelong friend) -EJ Perry- where the in the crowd. Film director Julie Marron, Law professor Robert Blecker and Sports law expert (and Andover native) Michael McCann joined Flannelly on stage and they beat DeflateGate like Tom Brady’d beats a blitz.
This night was important for many reasons but #1 has to be the goal of what we are doing here with Beav’s World and Julie’s film. We want to right wrongs and educate folks. And this documentary and its cast of legal and scientific experts show that the NFL used several favorable circumstances to serve as judge, jury and executioner on Beav’s team and boy. 0 for 2, Roger. And the reasons behind the framing should anger regular folks and fans of any team. New England fans should want The Commissioner dropped in Clam Chowder.
On a personal level, this all happened because of … Andover. Flannelly was raised here and grew to love sports and COMPETING on those fields. He does not get to Michigan without… THIS. How The Football staff and team adopted his partner Kathy Hoekstra when she visited last summer was a HUGE piece of the puzzle. Hint: If you want Jay to do something, talk to the person he talks with everyday. He listens to her. (MOST of the time.) A guy who had not stepped foot in town for 15 years has visited 3 times in 9 months. Ok, ok, its because my Buddy Matty at Perry’s Plate has the best food in town.
The Brady connection also is a big, big component of this. Apparently Tommy is a big deal back home. When you go to the team’s website and see a video of a couple from Asia bringing twins they named after #12 and Julian Edelman to practice, you begin to understand what it is like to be me. I get I named my son, daughter, dog, cat, fish and horse after Tom. A lot. The football thing is a huge part of him but the biggest part of #12 and I is the same: we work. And I will not stop until this film exposes Deflategate for what it is: A fraud. Just like Roger. And Andover- and our motto coined by the late great Dick Collins- is simple but impactful: The word quit does not exist in Andover. Or Beav’s World. 1-800-Movers, Roger.