If Super Bowl MVP awards were Masters green jackets (for non-golfers, those jackets are more coveted than Aunt Martha’s fine china), Tom Brady would have one more jacket than Arnold Palmer and the same number as Tiger Woods. But there would still be work left to do because Jack Nicklaus has won the event a record six times.

Could that be why Brady exclaimed, “We’re coming back!” after winning his seventh Lombardi trophy Sunday night? No, but seven TEAM wins is one more than Jack has jackets. Sunday night’s Big Game, along with the Waste Management Phoenix Open reminds us of why NFL games and PGA tournaments are not, as they say, played “on paper.”

Gean Leonard: Gean.GDNgolf@gmail.com.

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