Brady and Serena’s fortunes are like night and day in the captivating realm of sports

Sports can be a funny old possum.

At times they’re as predictable as the sunrise.

At times they’re as shocking as finding a polar bear in your foyer.

For instance, you just knew that Tom Brady was going to celebrate his freedom in a big way Thursday night. The ultimate competitor, pumped up by all the Deflategate nonsense, was an artist throwing properly inflated footballs (we assume), completing 25 of 32 passes — including a franchise record 19 in a row — for 288 yards and four touchdowns as the Patriots beat the Steelers 28-21.

Then came Friday afternoon, which usually does follow Thursday night.

Unseeded Italian Roberta Vinci, previously known only for not writing The Da Vinci Code, totally stunned Serena Williams 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the U.S. Open semifinals.

Not only was it one of the greatest upsets in the history of tennis, it was Serena’s first loss in a Grand Slam singles match this year and ended her bid for the first calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988.

All of which makes watching sports infinitely more fascinating than watching a fern grow.

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