Go Long is heading to Super Bowl LVII in Phoenix
Come along for the ride. We'll be on site all week.
Good morning, readers!
And what a strange morning this is. Tom Brady always struck me as someone who’d navigate the pocket with a cane in one hand, a crossword puzzle in the other and a football tucked underneath a wrinkly arm before retiring. This quarterback is not merely obsessed with athletic competition — he’s addicted.
Yet a surreal moment has arrived. Yesterday, Brady announced he is retiring. “For good,” this time. An entire generation of fans only knows football with Brady in it. The joy and heartache he supplied an entire nation these last 23 years is unparalleled. God speed, Tom. Please drink a beer and relax for once.
Now, some good news as this NFL season reaches its apex.
Go Long is flying to Phoenix. I’ll be on site all week and would absolutely love to bring you along for the ride. Feel free to subscribe right here to get everything. We’re extending our playoff special, too. Choose the annual rate and I’ll send you a signed copy of “The Blood and Guts: How Tight Ends Save Football.”
Current subscribers: If you gift an annual membership or renew yours, same deal. Just email me at email@example.com to confirm and “Blood and Guts” will head your way.
Expect unique Super Bowl coverage through a longform lens. I’ll be posting a feature each day… and I think you’ll love what’s brewing. The Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs are fascinating in their own right — with so many personalities on both rosters — but we’re also going to tackle big-picture issues that Bills and Packers and Giants and Bengals and followers of all teams will enjoy.
As always, all stories will be posted at GoLongTD.com and delivered to your email inbox.
The podcast feed will include a ton of interview shorts, in addition to our regular stream of episodes. You can always download the show at Apple or Spotify.
And we’ve got a new feature for our VIP subscribers. If you’re a VIP, I want you to have the ability to ask a player anything you’d like. Email me your question at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be at every media availability for both teams, and will do what I can to get an answer.
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Upgrading to this option gets you the signed “Blood and Guts,” a new Go Long hoodie and full Zoom Happy Hour access with players around the NFL. (Be on the lookout for a Happy Hour guest during Super Bowl Week!) As for those hoodies? By popular demand, we’re currently printing black hoodies with the single Carolina blue logo. I know our first batch of hoodies way back featured a screen-printed logo that peeled off in the wash. No more, my friends. We’ve upgraded in this department with merch now printed at Positive Approach in downtown Buffalo.
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I cannot thank everyone enough for your amazing patronage all season long. There will be no offseason around here, either. A subscription will take you right through our trip to the NFL Combine, free agency and the NFL Draft, where Hall-of-Famer Bob McGinn will provide his 39th annual draft series. (Here’s the 38th.)
The goal here is to lift up the curtain on this league via humanizing player profiles and penetrating deep dives on teams. You make our reporting possible.
Off to Phoenix we go.
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