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A few minutes later, as he exited the room someone asked if those hotels in Buffalo were the worst in the NFL. Already imagining the headline “Brady Trashes City” on the Bills’ locker room bulletin board _ and maybe Belichick’s frown _ he paused and flashed that charming smile.

“No, they’re fine,” Brady said. “Don’t go writing that and getting me in trouble.”

No worries, Tom. We’d never do anything like that.

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Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at)ap.org and follow him at Twitter.com/JimLitke.