McAdam: Tom Brady is another in a long list of stars who didn’t get to finish what they started in Boston

(Adam Richins/Boston Sports Journal)

It never ends well.

OK, "never'' is a bit strong. Bill Russell, John Havlicek, Larry Bird,  John Hannah, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski and a (very) few other sporting immortals never called anywhere but Boston home over their fabled careers.

But they're the exceptions. The rare exceptions.

The news that Tom Brady will continue to play football someplace other than Foxboro might not qualify as predictable. After all, there was hope, right up until Brady's Instagram post delivered the cruel news Tuesday morning, that a deal could be worked out allowing him to finish where he began.

But ultimately, that wasn't to be.

Perhaps we should have seen this coming. Something always gets in the way: Ego. Bruised feelings. Market forces. Unscrupulous agents.