I think that the show might have been better off waiting until Brady’s career ends before being released, but who knows when that will be? Given all the excitement and hype that The Last Dance received, I think ESPN and Brady’s team wanted to capitalize on the opportunity. I do find it a bit weird that Man in the Arena is only available on ESPN+ though, rather than having a time slot on ESPN like The Last Dance did.
I thought Man in the Arena was a great show, and it was fascinating to get to see an inside look at the greatest NFL player of all time. The show starts from Brady’s first year in the NFL all the way up until 2019 (so it doesn’t show any highlights from his most recent Super Bowl run with the Bucs); in each episode, Brady speaks (as well as a couple of guest teammates) on the given time period.
As a Tom Brady fan, it was great to see what really makes Brady tick and how he has managed to stay elite in the NFL for over 20 years. All of the story is told from Brady’s perspective, so it is not an objective view of history; however, similar to The Last Dance, it is great to hear the GOAT talk about his career arc.
Man in the Arena Recommendation Rating: 5
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.
NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.
I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!