With 49.3 percent of the vote, Donald Trump won the Massachusetts Republican presidential primary with ease. You know, kind of like how the Patriots coasted through the majority of the regular season. I'm only bringing it up because, just a couple days after his win in Massachusetts, Trump is crediting Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for his success.

In a phone interview with the New York Times on Wednesday, Trump called Brady's support an "enormous help."

"Honestly, in that part of the world, a reference like Tom Brady saying Trump's the biggest winner, Trump is a friend of mine, that makes an incredible difference," Trump told the New York Times. "Tom Brady is a great friend of mine. He's a winner and he likes winners. He was very helpful to us in Massachusetts on Tuesday."

Need a refresher on Brady's connection with Trump? Here's a recent timeline of the Brady-Trump relationship:

  • Aug. 21, 2015 -- Donald Trump calls treatment of Tom Brady 'ridiculous' and 'terrible'

  • Sept. 9, 2015 -- Why does Tom Brady have a Donald Trump hat in his locker? QB explains

  • Sept. 16, 2015 -- Tom Brady on a Donald Trump presidency: 'That would be great'

  • Sept. 30, 2015 -- Tom Brady: Comments on Donald Trump were taken out of context

  • Dec. 15, 2015 -- Tom Brady on Donald Trump: 'I support all my friends'

  • Dec. 16, 2015 -- Quickest way to make Tom Brady stop talking? Ask him about Trump

  • A related headline from Tuesday: Patriots owner Robert Kraft 'grateful' for Donald Trump's friendship

For what it's worth, Brady's Thursday was important for reasons not pertaining to politics. Because, on Thursday, Deflategate re-emerged. 

The NFL, which is appealing Brady's successful appeal of his four-game suspension, and Brady's lawyers appeared in court and answered questions from three judges from the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Earlier on Thursday, Ryan Wilson provided a recap of the day's events, which you can read here, but here's the main takeaway: It's still not over, so buckle up.

Donald Trump gives Tom Brady some credit for his win. (USATSI)