SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS — As we all know, football fans in Boston need something to cheer about and, in that connection, the New England Patriots’ MVP quarterback, Tom Brady, has given new meaning to the word “patriot."

As Congress prepares to reauthorize the USA Patriot Act — legislation rushed through Congress after 9/11 — Brady, nicknamed “Tom

Terrific” — appeared here yesterday at Salem State University to thunderous applause. Engaged in a charm offensive two days after the NFL released its “Deflategate” report, Brady, referring to the 243 page report, smiled. 

The USA Patriot Act expires on June 1 unless reauthorized. Yesterday, a federal appeals court sharply criticized the Obama Administration’s interpretation of the Patriot Act as applied by the NSA, and urged Congress to do its job.

As soon as the lovefest near the site of the infamous Salem Witch Trials concluded, Tom Terrific — who, with his wife, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, has three homes, one in California, one in Manhattan, and one in Massachusetts — in full view of a solitary reporter, handed a deflated ball to the Bay State’s senators, Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, and demanded that they reauthorize the USA Patriot Act, rather than the bipartisan USA Freedom Act. “I am a true Patriot," he told them.  "We absolutely must preserve our freedom to cheat!” 

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