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Wondering why Brady isn’t more beloved in New England

Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett AP

Tom Curran joined PFT Live on Monday, which gave us the chance to hold an official State of the (Tom) Brady address.

Brady’s training camp hasn’t received a lot of attention, but Curran says Brady is playing with more urgency and precision at age 34 than ever before. It raises the question: Will Chad Ochocinco become one of his trusted receivers in time for the season?

I also asked Curran something that’s been on my mind lately. Brady should go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, and yet you don’t get the sense he’s that loved in New England.

He is Ted Williams in his prime, but Brady oddly seems taken for granted. Curran traces it back to Brady shaving his arm pits.  Of course.

For today’s entire show including Tim Hightower’s interview, head to the PFT Live homepage or download the show on iTunes.

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156 Responses to “Wondering why Brady isn’t more beloved in New England”
  1. thephantomstranger says: Aug 22, 2011 3:57 PM

    It’s the ponytail.

  2. plastics017 says: Aug 22, 2011 3:58 PM

    I’m a huge Patriots fan, and living in Massachusetts, I can honestly say I think Brady isnt as loved as he could be. Heck, I dont even like the guy that much, I think it has something to do with mixing it up with Gisele, wearing Yankees hats, and being all fancy…

  3. derekjetersmansion says: Aug 22, 2011 3:59 PM

    Boston is a baseball town.

  4. everydayimfumbilin says: Aug 22, 2011 4:00 PM

    brady is worshipped up here in Massachusetts are you kidding me?

  5. hobartbaker says: Aug 22, 2011 4:00 PM

    Brady shaved Tom Curran’s armpits? No wonder he isn’t well loved in the area.

  6. hobartbaker says: Aug 22, 2011 4:01 PM

    New England fans can’t quite forgive him for being born in California. Which is understandable.

  7. anactualnflowner says: Aug 22, 2011 4:03 PM

    Boston is not a place for pretty boys. However, winning cures everything.

  8. Little Earthquake says: Aug 22, 2011 4:03 PM

    A player must choke more than one championship away before being TRULY beloved in Boston.

  9. butchmarx says: Aug 22, 2011 4:06 PM

    As a Pats fan who still has a ton of respect for Bledsoe and felt for him when Brady took over…what in the lords name are you talking about? Pretty sure every single of of my friends and I would take a bullet for the man. Regardless of what kind of town Boston is (and I am a Bostonian) Brady is hands down the most beloved athlete in town amongst the people I associate with. Perhaps Tom is speaking to too many fans from Conneticut who cheer for NY teams when they’re in first place…

  10. tednancy says: Aug 22, 2011 4:09 PM

    I think the tail is trying way too hard to wag the dog. Brady is an icon here in NE. I thought this story was some sort of lame joke, but as it turns out it is just a ham-fisted attempt to generate a story out of thin air.

    Nice try.

  11. rugdog100 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:10 PM

    Wondering why Brady isn’t more beloved in New England? Answer: Hilarious hairdo.

  12. RexCanCoach says: Aug 22, 2011 4:11 PM

    He should have NEVER worn that NY Yankee cap.

  13. plastics017 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:11 PM

    Am I glad he’s the Patriots QB? …YES!! Do I like seeing our QB prancing around in Stetson / Calvin Klein ads and the such…not really…. But hey, my wife thinks hes really good looking!

  14. worldssmartestmanat says: Aug 22, 2011 4:11 PM

    Maybe if he could win a big game without cheating he would be

  15. lowleadman says: Aug 22, 2011 4:11 PM

    While I can admit that some people are jealous of Tom, the way his life went, the breaks he got that he made the most of, I don’t think for a minute that he is underappreciated. You have to understand that all Brady has brought the Patriots is success since he got the call. He did set the bar high by winning 3 championships in his first 4 years in the league, so fans can get a bit replulsed when he doesn’t do it year after year.

    Last year, his 2nd MVP year was a beaut. 2007 was unbelievable, and that’s not counting the aformentioned championship years.

    I still think he’s got it, I still think the Pats are perrenial contenders, and looking at both the offense and defense they have as good a shot as anyone to bring home the Lombardi this year.

    This is a non story. There are 31 other teams who would die for Brady being their qb.

    When Tom retires and the smoke clears, he will be the most revered Patriot of ALL TIMES!!!!

  16. beebo18 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:11 PM

    Huh???!! This guy has been the THE MAN in new england sports and will conitnue to be for a while. Please, if you don’t live in the area – don’t offer your slanted opinion.

  17. wicky888 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:11 PM

    People probably dont recognize him with that pretty hair. He looks more and more like his wife every day

  18. Henry says: Aug 22, 2011 4:11 PM

    Another lame attempt to dis he Pats! Wasn’t the Haynesworth article enough for one day?

  19. bcb1999 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:11 PM

    They’ll realize how much they like him once he’s gone…usually works out that way.

  20. kkickflip says: Aug 22, 2011 4:11 PM

    I think a lot of it has to do with him being almost like Sidney Crosby. Crosby is a good player, maybe the best, but he is maligned by almost everyone for his entitled mentality and his whining fits which are accompanied by over zealous acts of protection by the referees. Patriots fans probably love that during the game, but Brady seems to act like he’s above every one else. He doesn’t seem too humble or like an actual person with real worries, personality, fears, demons, etc. Manning seems to be much more relatable. I know this probably doesn’t mean much to anyone in Boston, but I can see things like that accounting for him not getting the reputation as a sporting legend that he will be one day.

    Then again, I’m a Bills’ fan, what do I know.

  21. tommyf15 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:12 PM

    Is anyone here from New England?

    Because I live 20 minutes from Boston, and I can assure everyone reading this that Tom Brady is universally beloved in the area, right up there with icons like Larry Bird and..I don’t even know who else.

    When it comes to being a beloved sports figure in New England, on a scale of 1 – 10 Brady is a TEN. Take it from someone that lives here.

  22. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:12 PM

    Overrated system QB. Everyone who stepped in for him has done well. Yawn.

  23. johnabis says: Aug 22, 2011 4:12 PM

    Its the “grass is always greener on the other side” syndrome. just like how the eagles fans hate Andy Reid but yet at least 15 other teams would dump there correct head to coach in a second to get him.

    you ain’t happy with what you have until its gone.

  24. kingdm8 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:12 PM

    If they don’t want him, we’ll send you guys Kevin Kolb and a second round pick.

    Sincerely,
    Cardinals Fans

  25. supashug says: Aug 22, 2011 4:12 PM

    nope, not wondering at all

  26. stixzidinia says: Aug 22, 2011 4:12 PM

    Maybe it’s because they’re constantly bombarded with embarrassing shots of their star QB looking like a pansy on water slides and generally looking like an all around douche with the meticulously manicured hairdo, the chin and cheek jobs he’s gotten, and the wardrobe that he obviously did not pick out for himself. We should get him a single sequined glove to wear out since he’s starting to look more like Michael Jackson than an NFL QB.

  27. mianfr says: Aug 22, 2011 4:13 PM

    Probably because people in New England didn’t know to root for their football team until 2001.

  28. steelerhypocrite says: Aug 22, 2011 4:13 PM

    Nothing is working in his favor – he’s from the worst liberal state in the union (California), went to college in another liberal town Ann Arbor (U of Michigan), then plays in a pompous area like Boston, and constantly hangs out in another liberal crap hole – New York. The only place left that could top it all is if he vacationed in Philadelphia…

  29. ButkisMyDick says: Aug 22, 2011 4:13 PM

    Uh… living in Boston, Tom Brady is like a God here. We’re all aware of how lucky we are to have him as our QB. Our parents got to see Bobby Orr and Larry Bird where our generation has Tom Brady. He isn’t appreciated among other fan bases, but once he retires I bet he will be.

  30. beebo18 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:13 PM

    Would not trade him for another QB in the league — period!!! Saw him at practice this past Saturday – it was surgical.

  31. kashonly says: Aug 22, 2011 4:13 PM

    He has no nickname and very little personality.

  32. pdmjr says: Aug 22, 2011 4:14 PM

    He acts like a creep that’s why

  33. dcpatfan says: Aug 22, 2011 4:14 PM

    Rosenthal,
    You just wont let us fly under the radar, will you?

  34. juiceboxsupply says: Aug 22, 2011 4:14 PM

    diva, cry-baby, pretty boy, nancy, fruit salad…

    he actually seems like someone Bostonians would adore

  35. medtxpack says: Aug 22, 2011 4:14 PM

    Sanchez has won more playoff games as of lately. that might have something to do with it.

  36. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 22, 2011 4:15 PM

    People often don’t love pretty boys. Although the media has a tendency to over hype them (Sanchez).

  37. teambringitstrong says: Aug 22, 2011 4:15 PM

    hobartbaker says: Aug 22, 2011 4:01 PM

    New England fans can’t quite forgive him for being born in California. Which is understandable.

    Please kill yourself.

  38. forthehaters says: Aug 22, 2011 4:16 PM

    Because he is BORING! An excellent QB but boring as Hell!

  39. unbreakable02215 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:16 PM

    Cuz he’s still in the heat of battle. He’s not close to being done. Those other cats are all either
    old or dead. Belichick and Brady will be revered
    like Auerbach and Russell……..when they are
    done.

    He’s one of the 5 greatest QBs of all-time right
    now. Maybe top 2.

  40. ButkisMyDick says: Aug 22, 2011 4:17 PM

    @plastics017 I’m sorry but if you say you’re a Patriots fan and you don’t like Tom Brady, you’re an idiot. He single-handedly turned around the fortune of the franchise. I don’t care if he dyes his skin purple and wears a Jets hat.

  41. tyelee says: Aug 22, 2011 4:17 PM

    It happens when a guy is always over-hyped and over-rated!

    example:
    “Brady should go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time”

  42. moth25 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:19 PM

    I’m not a Patriots fan, but I was cheering for them as underdogs in their first Super Bowl win. I liked their young, upstart QB, and the pictures from that run show a guy that was elated to have won, almost childlike. Since then, I have soured a bit on Tom. I don’t hate him, but he seems so aloof and even arrogant now. I appreciate his skill, but I don’t cheer for him like I did then.

  43. Davo says: Aug 22, 2011 4:20 PM

    Are you kidding me? Where does this come from? Pats fans know that success goes straight through Tom Brady. Perhaps they don’t spin cartwheels like other fans, over their QB’s, but don’t let that fool you. Without Brady, the Pats are a middle the pack, sometimes playoff team.

  44. bigfranky75 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:24 PM

    Brady is about as UN-Boston as an guy could be… reasonably intelligent, attractive, knowledgeable of sport, financially responsible, successful.

    I mean, he is the very antithesis of the average Bostonian or Boston fan. No wonder they can’t relate to him up there… the only fans that could be less appreciative are Dallas fans (dumb) or Minnesota fans (& dumber).

  45. holdthemayo123 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:25 PM

    For real? Brady is worshiped like a god in the Boston area. All in all you could say the Pats don’t get as much attention as other sports, but Brady commands MUCH love.

  46. bodiem says: Aug 22, 2011 4:25 PM

    It’s wicked retahded to think Bostonians don’t like Brady.

  47. Rockets GM says: Aug 22, 2011 4:25 PM

    18-1… That result only humiliated every online pro-Pat duchebag that ran his mouth that season.

  48. buddycianci says: Aug 22, 2011 4:26 PM

    I think Patriots fans are weary from all the constant over-adulation Brady gets from the media and from in-game broadcasters. It’s embarrassing.

    With that said, I don’t know where someone gets off insinuating Brady’s not appreciated in New England. That’s just false.

  49. bcgreg says: Aug 22, 2011 4:27 PM

    You use Ted Williams as your comparison? While playing, the fans of Boston booed him, criticized him for things such as not tipping his cap, not swinging at pitches slightly out of the zone when a slap single to left would win a game. Williams only became the beloved figure years after he was retired culminating with his appearance at the 1999 All Star game at Fenway.

    Brady is worshipped in this area. While photos of him dancing in Brazil or going down a water slide might make people cringe a little, he is generally considered the most beloved athlete in Boston with David Ortiz. Paul Pierce is the Boston athlete IMO that gets no love. Zdeno Chara too.

    The only 2 other Boston athletes that were loved more from day one were Bobby Orr and Larry Bird. That’s pretty good company.

  50. beecee71 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:27 PM

    butchmarx if you want to get your friends i think we can find the bullets.

  51. wte1 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:28 PM

    Not beloved here in Boston?

    Whatcha Talkin boutWillis?

    Ever see video of Brady greeting Patriots fans, like two weeks ago when signing autographs at training camp?

    Boston fans were clamoring over him like Beatles fans did to the Fab Four in the early 60′s.

  52. mike83ri says: Aug 22, 2011 4:28 PM

    Don’t feed the troll.

  53. bossisforboston says: Aug 22, 2011 4:31 PM

    We don’t like Brady? Don’t be stirring the wrong pot… New England appreciates Tom Brady. You don’t see us chanting “WE WANT HOYER” or “WE WANT MALLET”.. nahhhh … right now …. if anything.. we’re saying “WE WANT REGULAR SEASON FOOTBALL”

  54. jj73cuda says: Aug 22, 2011 4:32 PM

    Tom is somebody that you really have to know ..he’s not going to be forward in anyway . Tom’s quite happy with himself and doesn’t need to show off to show how much he’s loved here in MA.

  55. rc33 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:33 PM

    All we’re doing, as New England sports fans, is finally concurring with the endless whining of all the other fan bases…

    — Brady’s overrated
    — a system QB (as soon as we conclude what exactly that is)
    — nothing without Belichick
    — pretty boy
    — womanizer
    — the ponytail
    — the water slide

    So there. Everyone’s satisfied now, right?

  56. toledoohoh says: Aug 22, 2011 4:35 PM

    Wow. I suggest actually talking to some people in Boston about Brady.

    Asking a question about a false premise, does not make the premise true.

  57. peester15 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:35 PM

    hell, if matt cassell is a winner there, anyone can look good.

  58. geetee52 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:36 PM

    Hmmm…could it be possible it’s because he is a Republican in a city whose media is 100% NOT Republican?

    It’s sure not because he’s boring…who was more boring than the Hick from French Lick?

  59. cornellsteelers says: Aug 22, 2011 4:38 PM

    Because Brady gets more than enough love from the media flacks and talking heads.

  60. ingloriousmaster says: Aug 22, 2011 4:39 PM

    WHAT?! Brady is a GOD here, what is this article talking about? If you ask any Boston fan who their favorite athlete is they would say Brady 95% of the time…Ortiz the other 5…

  61. kylecleric says: Aug 22, 2011 4:40 PM

    i don’t know a pats fan that doesn’t love brady

  62. rpiotr01 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:40 PM

    Because he’s a pretty boy, girly man who dumped his pregnant, girl next door girlfriend for a Brazilian super babe, then grew his hair out, started wearing Yankee caps, followed her around to Carnival, dancing like a schmuck in the streets wearing a ponytail and watching soccer.

    If his name was “Sully” Brady and he spent his free time beating up his wife and kid and smashing bar stools over the heads of Yankee fans, the Boston faithful would build a statue of this guy from their discarded whiskey bottles and beer cans and dance around and worship it like Ba’al.

  63. theytukrjobs says: Aug 22, 2011 4:44 PM

    Not all fanbases put their guys up on pedestals. Just the way it is. Who is the most beloved Patriots player all time? Probably Tom Brady. Yet I agree with this that it doesn’t “seem” like their fans go as crazy about him.

    Just comes down to the mentality of the fanbase. Your average Bostonian doesn’t think too highly of anyone other than themselves, athletes included. Your average Wisonsonian doesn’t think too highly of themselves, so it is quite easy for them to put someone on a pedestal with that mentality.

  64. wjf010 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:46 PM

    Maybe it was his TERRIBLE voice-over work on that episode of Family Guy.

  65. redrew says: Aug 22, 2011 4:46 PM

    3 Points
    1…Boston isn’t Indy….Four teams have been at the top or near the top in Boston over the last half decade. How can the fan wax poetically when their hearts move on to the Bruins, Celtics, and Sox in the offseason.
    2… Brady doesn’t stick around to be worshipped. He’s off living life in the offseason with little worry about local celebrity status
    3…Belichick has achieved Zen like status, and Brady drinks Belichick’s KoolAde…so it is BB that gets supreme love from the region.
    Brady will go down as the best that ever was….but he won’t hang on to his celebrity like many former superstars.

  66. comeonnowguys says: Aug 22, 2011 4:48 PM

    I think the exact opposite, he may be a hair overloved in proportion to actual skillset.

    He’s a very good, consistently accurate QB whose superbowl years were enhanced by either a solid defense a great offensive line, or perhaps both.

    IMO he’s the modern analog to Terry Bradshaw. To be remembered fondly well past his generation, but I’m not sure you’ll find a lot of people outside western PA ready to anoint Bradshaw as one of the best ever.

    All Brady needs to do is have PFT declare him dead and release a crappy country album (not in that order) and he’s set.

  67. checkthefacts7 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:50 PM

    Anyone notice that the Pats have sucked since they stopped cheating!
    Yuck, Belicheck, Brady..combined with the city of Boston…what an unlikable group!

  68. tommyf15 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:50 PM

    Look, if you’re sitting somewhere other than New England theorizing about why Tom Brady isn’t popular in the area, READ THE POSTS!!

    Everyone in New England is telling you that the guy from West Virginia is wrong- Tom Brady is a deity around here.

    End of story.

  69. frankrizzo51 says: Aug 22, 2011 4:51 PM

    System QB? Send him here to Chicago and see what our system does to him.

  70. soaringelvis says: Aug 22, 2011 4:53 PM

    Man, you really are trying to whack that hornet’s nest, aren’t you?

    Mr. Brady is definitely in “Bird” status here in Boston, and soon to climb above. There is nothing not to like about every aspect of his life, on and off the field. Nobody works harder. My wife, a great judge of character (excluding me), and really respects him for whom he is by his actions (not his hair). She kept a watchful eye on him during the Tara Reid times, felt he was snap(per)-trapped by Moynihan. Though unlike other players in the league, he knows the names of all of his children, and he’s happy now that he settled down with the girl next door, just like Payton.

    He doesn’t belong to us any more than The Splendid Splinter, Bobby O, or Larry does, but they all stayed here because it was their best opportunity to fulfill their dreams. The land up here was fertile for them to all grow to their full potential. Tom’s far from finished here, and his legacy will just continue to inspire us all.

    P.S. The ball on Tyree’s helmet hit the ground…talk about conspiracies!!

  71. razorbyrd says: Aug 22, 2011 5:03 PM

    Brady has been losing fans ever since he started showing his California-glam side, dating European supermodels & jetsetting all over the world, while playing for a blue collar team with blue collar fans.
    Patriots fans want their players to be down to earth, Bruschi & Vrabel type guys who would sit at the bar with you and have a beer. They don’t want a pretty boy who’s worried what his hair looks like while he’s sipping his Cosmo in the VIP area.

    just my opinion…

  72. discosucs2005 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:03 PM

    He’s obviously very good, but why does that mean he has to be beloved? If the good people of Boston choose to maintain a luck warm relationship with him, that doesn’t mean they love the results he gets any less.

  73. toledoohoh says: Aug 22, 2011 5:10 PM

    is Brasil north or south Europe?

  74. edukator4 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:15 PM

    it annoys me to hear people use the term system qb. every qb is in a system. he still has to make the throws.
    i hate the pats but damn is he good

  75. mrbig077 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:16 PM

    The only place he may be more loved is in Michigan…..where he split time as a starter.
    Guess the “everyone in Indy dislikes Peyton” story is next.

  76. linebusy says: Aug 22, 2011 5:16 PM

    Pinning his hair behind his ear.
    Having the buttchin enhanced.
    Puckering his lips when he talks.
    In a word; “Metrosexual”.
    His wife probably even gets annoyed with it.

  77. bullcharger says: Aug 22, 2011 5:18 PM

    Nice of all the Jets fans to post.

    Gimme a break… Brady is loved in New England.

    Rosenthal is just stirring the pot. Just like the post saying some folks in New England think Bledsoe was better than Brady on this site last week.

    Not many people think that.

    Any one sitting around reminiscing about the great days of Pudge Fisk and Steve Grogan and Drew Bledsoe are just not used to being perennial winners yet.

  78. unbreakable02215 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:18 PM

    He’s already the greatest Patriot (and one of the greatest NFL players of all time.

  79. chizzle20 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:21 PM

    I’ll say the obvious…BECAUSE HE’S A FA… ok I won’t say it on here.

  80. realistik84 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:22 PM

    I started disliking Brady when he decided to star in Invictus….

  81. depotnator says: Aug 22, 2011 5:29 PM

    Brady has become what Patriot fans accused Peyton of being : a regular season stats hero and postseason choke. Brady hasn’t won a postseason game since the 2007 AFCCG. Perhaps eating their own words doesn’t digest very well with Pat fans. Almost forgotten but not quite forgiven ( especially by women) is the way he used Brigitte Moynahan as a stepping stone to trade up – even after learning she was pregnant with his child. Maybe the macho crowd can snicker about that, but if Brady was the Jets QB, they would be roasting him for his cad behavior. He is a celebrity pretty boy without the gritty demeanor of the true Bostonian heros like Pedroia and Ortiz. He is respected, yes, but not the kind of everyman hero Bostonians usually relate to.

  82. broncsfan says: Aug 22, 2011 5:30 PM

    Maybe too aloof/metrosexual right now to be fully embraced by some Pats fans, but after he retires and everyone reckons with the fact that they got a once-in-a-generation guy, he’ll reach Larry-Bird-status in Boston, for sure.

  83. glac1 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:30 PM

    Two reasons. One, he comes off as being a whiner. The latest example of this is that he’s mad about being drafted late…and with what he accomplished most mature people would be over it by now. Number two, his post season play recently has deteriorated. He may be past his prime (Like Favre was in his last four seasons.)

  84. tatum064 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:32 PM

    Greatest QB of this generation other than Peyton Manning. Movie star looks, model girl friend, a super star. Boston is more class warfare and he’s total California (from San Mateo)…he took a scrub team and put them at the pinnacle of all sports. And i’m a Raider fan, so it really hurts to say it.

  85. toledoohoh says: Aug 22, 2011 5:33 PM

    chizzle20, he signed a new contract not long ago.

  86. novasive says: Aug 22, 2011 5:33 PM

    Brady is not liked because maybe it has to do with spygate and maybe the way they cheated themselves through a couple of superbowls….

  87. plastics017 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:34 PM

    @ButkisMyDick

    You honestly cant say Brady “single-handedly” turned around the franchise, sorry but that’s just not true. There were many others….. Belichick for example, in there, and the Patriots did go to the superbowl in 96, so its not like they were all that terrible of a franchise. Pre-Kraft era – yes they were terrrible but post-Kraft, they’ve been much better. I am a Patriots fan, and I am sitting here writing this 20 minutes from Boston. Just because I dont necessarily like Tom Brady, doesnt mean I’m an idiot, does one need to like every player on a team to be a fan of that team? I think not. Do I appreciate him and his ability, absolutely, but in the end, who really cares if we like them or not, as long as they win! I’m only saying, like one person said above, we could do without all the extravagent updates about him and his life. Lastly, like Curt Shilling said when he came to Boston – “I guess I hate the Yankees now” – that type of stuff gets huge respect out of Bostonians, if you want the ire of a Bostonian, then wear a NY Yankees hat, like Tom did.

  88. stixzidinia says: Aug 22, 2011 5:35 PM

    @kkickflip

    You obviously don’t watch much hockey. You probably just jumped on the Bruins bandwagon during the Eastern Conference Finals…..and only after they were 3 wins into that series. I challenge you to name just one example of Crosby displaying any sort of “entitlement complex”. This oughtta be good.

    And the whole “whining” thing…….you’re obviously just repeated stuff you read on message boards because you’re about 4 years too late on that one. While he was definitely a whiner in his first 2 seasons that is no longer even close to being the case……which is one reason why Crosby just cleaned house in the most recent NHLPA poll amongst his peers.

    Oh and neither hit that put him out for the season with a concussion was called a penalty. So another point of yours is right out the window.

    If there is any correlation between Crosby and Brady as far as fan perception it’s that both have been shoved down the people’s throats by the media and the league. You should stop watching sports. Or at least stop talking about sports when your betters are in the room.

  89. depotnator says: Aug 22, 2011 5:36 PM

    P.S. Gritty deameanor is NOT whining for a flag after every brush by a defensive player. Even hard core Pat fans have to be mumbling ‘ C’mon, man.’

  90. green41563 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:36 PM

    Because the guy’s in love with himself and makes absolutely no attempt to relate to regular people. How can you root for a guy who gets a hair transplant? He’s a wannabe Hollywood celebrity who plays football on the side—albeit astoundingly well.

  91. nflofficeadmin says: Aug 22, 2011 5:38 PM

    Definitely, the water slides.

  92. ButkisMyDick says: Aug 22, 2011 5:44 PM

    @depotnator

    Tom Brady is 14-5 in the playoffs, Peyton is 8-9. Please don’t ever compare the two. Peyton isn’t even above .500

  93. dolfan220 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:47 PM

    Tom who? Wasn’t he the youngest of the brady bunch kids?

  94. xxpatsxx says: Aug 22, 2011 5:52 PM

    Why isn’t Tom Brady more beloved in NE?

    Maybe it’s the same reason the Patriot’s players all hate Bill Belichik.

    Seriously, after today’s Jed York story, I thought the stupidest comment of the day was in-the-bag. Kudos for beating that out.

  95. nepatriots128154 says: Aug 22, 2011 5:59 PM

    Everyone in Boston knows Brady is one of the best ever… just aren’t a fan of the long hair/pictures with goats and such. Nobody in NE would trade him for any other QB in the league.

  96. flash1283 says: Aug 22, 2011 6:17 PM

    frankrizzo51 says:
    Aug 22, 2011 4:51 PM
    System QB? Send him here to Chicago and see what our system does to him.

    104 iRate This
    ——————————–

    LAME!!!!

    Joe Montana played in the west coast SYSTEM, every QB plays in a SYSTEM.

    When he throws a 20 yard out, is that because of the SYSTEM or his ability?

    Steve young took over and won a SB with the 49ers, does that make him and Joe both SYSTEM QB’s?

  97. wikidpissah says: Aug 22, 2011 6:23 PM

    Is it that slow a news day? I love how the media creates a story and then follows it as though it’s legitimate. Brady is by far the most popular athlete playing in Boston today. Bring up the name of Peyton Manning anywhere in New England and see what reaction you get.

    Brady is the Patriots’ answer to Orr, Williams, Russell and Bird.

  98. jrs1972 says: Aug 22, 2011 6:24 PM

    1: this story = massive LOL
    2:derekjetersmansion says: Aug 22, 2011 3:59 PM
    Boston is a baseball town.
    —-
    Maybe in the 80′s but lets say the redsox are in a playoff game and the pats in a regular season game at the same time, patriots blow the sox away in the ratings *every* time it happens.

  99. tiffpats4eva says: Aug 22, 2011 6:35 PM

    medtxpack says:
    Aug 22, 2011 4:14 PM
    Sanchez has won more playoff games as of lately. that might have something to do with it.
    *************************

    And has more SB wins. OOPS!

  100. kisstherings says: Aug 22, 2011 6:37 PM

    Must be a slow, SLOW day in PFT world….

    You must not have been around in 2008 when Brady went down and there were suicide watches all around New England.

    You have no idea what you are talking about dude. If we don’t get all gitty about our QB its because we’ve been there before and have high expectations.

  101. wikidpissah says: Aug 22, 2011 6:39 PM

    If Tom Brady is a system quarterback, that’s one hell of a system!

  102. peanutbutter&jelly says: Aug 22, 2011 6:47 PM

    brady is loved in mass. he’s only second to the video man what more can he ask for-can’t have everything, damn!

  103. starderup says: Aug 22, 2011 6:48 PM

    I lived near Boston from 1989 to 1995. All their major league teams sucked. I move away. Suddenly, the Patriots get to the SB, the Bruins come back to life, the Celtics rebuild, and the Red Sox win their first pennant in 80 years.
    You have me to thank. Seriously, the guy is a machine. Put that together with one of the greatest coaches in the NFL and you got to bow down or be proclaimed an idiot.

  104. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 22, 2011 6:51 PM

    Dear ProFootballTalk Staff,

    You guys have been overtly trying to stir up unsubstantiated drama for the Patriots over the past month, if not the entire extended offseason. How did that Ochocinco getting cut rumor work out? You really thought they’d like JOEY GALLOWAY on the field for 3 games, and not extend even a courtesy trial of Ochocinco? Nobody buys this stuff.

    I don’t even understand this “Brady isn’t beloved” post. Comparing him to Ted Williams is apples and oranges. Williams played in a completely different socio-economic time for Massachusetts and America, in a completely different sport. You could argue neither one of them ever meant what Rocky Marciano meant to parts of Massachusetts. Show me a quarterback with a more devoted fanbase, and I’ll show you a fanbase that has to choose between the Brett Favre era Packers, and the Greg Vaughan era Brewers.

    Move on.

  105. mrcogburn says: Aug 22, 2011 6:55 PM

    Low morals.

  106. ipeefreelyagain says: Aug 22, 2011 7:11 PM

    I believe Tom Brady will be released or traded within the next 3 years.

    The bold text is because this is a bold statement. But I truly believe this will happen. Here are 4 reasons to support my theory:

    #1. The Patriots are experts at dumping players at their golden hour (the time when they’re still at their best, but decline is evident). This has happened with Richard Seymour, Mike Vrabel, Laurence Maroney, Matt Cassel, and most recently, Randy Moss. The list goes on and I’m sure I’m missing many more. Some of these players were once elite status for the Pats.

    #2. This will be Tom Brady’s 12th season: We’ve seen Peyton Manning’s skills decline. Tom Brady is not immune to father time. Being surrounded by a good team helps disguise his flaws (i.e. McNabb in Philly).

    #3. Billl Belichick is the NFL’s best coach for a reason (see #1): He’s a visionary and can see the big picture, with the long term in mind. He’s willing to sacrifice a short-term loss for a long-term gain.

    #4: The incumbent is in the chutes: Drafting Ryan Mallet is one of the best signals of this impending move. Let Brady groom him (Belichick again), and then pull the trigger.

  107. marcuswelby70 says: Aug 22, 2011 7:16 PM

    Are you smoking crack now?
    Brady is the most admired athlete in Boston, by far. You must be just trying to stir it up.

  108. bosscrod says: Aug 22, 2011 7:25 PM

    I was born and bred on the North Shore of Massachusetts 52 years ago and have to say I have absolutely no idea what Rosenthal is talking about. There is a pantheon of Boston athletes out there. Only speaking for my lifetime, the top five or so on any knowledgeable Bostonian’s list has to include Bobby Orr, Larry Bird, and Tom Brady. Other names can be debated, but whether you like Brady’s pretty boy reputation or not, it you think he’s not in this group you’re either an idiot or have a personal bias against him.

  109. stampnhawk says: Aug 22, 2011 7:30 PM

    If Brady was in NY as a Giant or as a Jet (the team would not be coached by Fat Bastard of course) Pats fans would be all over his personal style and pretty boy image that suits NY sometimes more than Boston’s perceived image.

    But as one of them, they have to bite their tounge, and I haven’t met too many Bostonians who like to do that.

  110. kurb21 says: Aug 22, 2011 7:31 PM

    I agree with most of the comment’s here. Tom Brady is completely loved by New England and all Patriots fans.

    Boston has become a bit more entitled (or is it en-Titled?) as a fan base and so they don’t hang on to Tom like he is a the only game in town. There is Pedroia, Rondo, Thomas and other big time athletes. However, you cannot confuse that entitlement with a lack of “love” toward him.

    Lets be clear, Tom is the singular most important and most appreciated of all Boston sports heroes in the present and quite possibly of all time.

  111. stanklepoot says: Aug 22, 2011 7:32 PM

    If Brady is taken for granted by some Pats fans, it’s probably because he can be. Brady isn’t the kind of guy that needs a whole lot of external motivation. He’s going to show up every day and bust his butt to be ready to play. Even Montana had Young pushing him for the start and making fans aware that there was some sort of risk Montana could be gone sooner than they’d like. There’s no one out there right now that seems like a similar threat to Brady, however.

    Then again, for some people, there’s always the jealousy factor. Some people think his life is just too close to perfect. I really don’t understand those people though. It’s not like everything was just handed to him. He came into the league a nobody, and he turned himself into a superstar through sheer force of will. Better yet, he appears to be just as driven to prove himself and succeed today as he did when he first took over the starting job.

    As an Eagles fan who saw Brady destroy our one real chance at a Lombardi in the recent past, I have nothing but respect for the guy. With Brady, however, there is a strange split between appearance and reality. He looks like someone you’d think would be relatively soft for a football player, and then you see him on the field getting in the face of defensive players and marching up and down the sideline getting is teammates fired up.

  112. marcuswelby70 says: Aug 22, 2011 8:02 PM

    I was born and bred on the North Shore of Massachusetts 52 years ago and have to say I have absolutely no idea what Rosenthal is talking about. There is a pantheon of Boston athletes out there. Only speaking for my lifetime, the top five or so on any knowledgeable Bostonian’s list has to include Bobby Orr, Larry Bird, and Tom Brady. Other names can be debated, but whether you like Brady’s pretty boy reputation or not, it you think he’s not in this group you’re either an idiot or have a personal bias against him.

    ——————————————-

    My Boston friend, any talk of Boston’s top five has to begin with Bill Russell.

  113. richm2256 says: Aug 22, 2011 8:26 PM

    checkthefacts7 says:
    Anyone notice that the Pats have sucked since they stopped cheating!

    ————————————————————–
    Only an idiot with a name like “checkthefacts” would post something as stupid as that without “checking the facts”.

    Do us all a favor, moron, CHECK THE DAMN FACTS about New England’s record to date since game 1, 2007.

    Then come back here and say they have sucked ever since.

  114. pattunya says: Aug 22, 2011 8:27 PM

    Tom E. Curran. You are no Will McDonaugh. So take off the hat and shut your mouth!

  115. richm2256 says: Aug 22, 2011 8:34 PM

    depotnator says:
    P.S. Gritty deameanor is NOT whining for a flag after every brush by a defensive player. Even hard core Pat fans have to be mumbling ‘ C’mon, man.’
    —————————————————————

    Not so, after seeing Bernie Pollard cheap-shot Brady’s knee to shreds, he gets a pass from us on that.

  116. heyzeus143 says: Aug 22, 2011 8:41 PM

    maybe he’s not such a nice guy or something :-)

  117. gadzod says: Aug 22, 2011 8:44 PM

    Well, I could have told you that. Before Brady, nobody came to Patriots games anyway. Boston is nothing but a “If you’re good, we’ll root for you” town. Just look what happened to Boston before the big 3 came and won a title. They were terrible and nobody came to their games. Same with the Patriots. The Red Sox is the only team that consistently sold out throughout the years.

    Boston: The Bandwagon City

  118. backindasaddle says: Aug 22, 2011 8:49 PM

    Brady is worshiped up here. Looks like Gregg is just trying to up some chit.

  119. backindasaddle says: Aug 22, 2011 8:50 PM

    …STIR up some chit.

  120. grogansheroes says: Aug 22, 2011 9:13 PM

    kkickflip says:
    Aug 22, 2011 4:11 PM
    I think a lot of it has to do with him being almost like Sidney Crosby. Crosby is a good player, maybe the best, but he is maligned by almost everyone for his entitled mentality and his whining fits which are accompanied by over zealous acts of protection by the referees. Patriots fans probably love that during the game, but Brady seems to act like he’s above every one else. He doesn’t seem too humble or like an actual person with real worries, personality, fears, demons, etc. Manning seems to be much more relatable. I know this probably doesn’t mean much to anyone in Boston, but I can see things like that accounting for him not getting the reputation as a sporting legend that he will be one day.

    Then again, I’m a Bills’ fan, what do I know,

    ———————————————–
    Everything you say above, the complete opposite is true.

  121. sieg1234 says: Aug 22, 2011 9:24 PM

    Depending on exactly what you value as a QB, but all things considered Tom Brady could very easily (and imo) be argued as the best QB to ever play the game. His efficiency is as good as there has ever been – his QBRtg is immaculate, the greatest TD/INT ratio ever, a spectacular TD% and INT%, etc…etc…etc….there is no way you can put him lower than 4th though. And imo there is only 2 guys who have a real argument for the top spot, Montana and Brady…Peyton would be 3rd, Steve Young 4th. I hate the damn 49ers too…

  122. greenman660 says: Aug 22, 2011 9:26 PM

    Real simple…once they were busted for cheating, they didn’t win the SB again. Though not the driving force behind the cheating, he was part of that scandal…and he is badly overhyped by ESPN, in other words he isn’t as good as “the experts” say…but even if he was the greatest, he and all NE players from the past 10 years are tainted.

    Though I’m out west now, I lived in NE for 20 years; and I much prefer Grogan, Hannah, Adams, Tippett, et al that didn’t come anywhere close to 16-0…but whatever they did do they came by it honest

  123. flash1283 says: Aug 22, 2011 9:52 PM

    gadzod says:
    Aug 22, 2011 8:44 PM
    Well, I could have told you that. Before Brady, nobody came to Patriots games anyway. Boston is nothing but a “If you’re good, we’ll root for you” town. Just look what happened to Boston before the big 3 came and won a title. They were terrible and nobody came to their games. Same with the Patriots. The Red Sox is the only team that consistently sold out throughout the years.

    Boston: The Bandwagon City
    —-
    Wrong!!

    The patriots have sold out almost all home games since Kraft purchased the team.

    “if you’re are good we’ll root for you” can be said about any sports town

    No one wants to pay good money to watch a bad team.

    Simply another hater myth, the Patriots had no fans before 2001

  124. mempusa says: Aug 22, 2011 9:59 PM

    Tom Brady
    Larry Bird
    Ted Williams
    Bobby Orr

  125. drunkenagitator says: Aug 22, 2011 10:18 PM

    Easily top 5 all-time, to suggest otherwise is insane (and I can’t stand the guy). Look at the supporting casts he won SB’s with, I mean come on.

    People in Boston are still butt-hurt over 19 & no. Recent success has spoiled them and that SB loss still haunts them, despite the three other ones. Plus Brady, his skills nonwithstanding, is kind of a metro-sexual “pretty boy” with really, really gay hair who’s led way too much of a “charmed life” to be relate-able. Doesn’t mean he’s not amazing, though. Gisele seems to think so.

  126. Deb says: Aug 22, 2011 10:35 PM

    lowleadman says:

    While I can admit that some people are jealous of Tom, the way his life went, the breaks he got …
    ————————————————
    I’m a diehard Steelers fan, so I don’t like Brady. But I respect him because he didn’t get breaks on the field. He earned his rep. He fought for his position at Michigan … proved himself with a killer performance against my Crimson Tide in the Orange Bowl, but was still virtually ignored in the draft. He had to earn his chance in New England. Even after winning four AFC Championships and three Super Bowls, he still works his butt off.

    And when he waves for a flag, that’s not prissiness. That’s LEADERSHIP. The guy owns the field when he’s out there, so he snaps his fingers and calls for a flag. Yeah, I hate it. But I’d love it if Roethlisberger could command the refs that way. Anyone would love it if their QB could do it.

    Nope … don’t like him. But he’s still the best in the game.

  127. drunkenagitator says: Aug 22, 2011 10:37 PM

    “if you’re are good we’ll root for you” can be said about any sports town”

    Truer words never spoken. Before 2001, N.E. was actually one of the lamer NFL franchises, like how Miami is now. No “identity”, no real national following, always mediocre. At one time, Oakland was what Baltimore is now. The 49ers were once even worse than they are now, but in between they were one of the all-time dynasties. Green Bay was awful for decades at a time. Ditto the Giants. It’s all cyclical.

  128. projectshadow316 says: Aug 22, 2011 10:49 PM

    Who’s idea for a story was this? Brady is a damn GOD around here. He could run for mayor of Boston right now and not said a word, and he’d win in a landslide. Maybe we do take him for granted a little bit, but you know damn well that every Pats fan worth their weight in pigskin is cheering their hearts out when #12 is on the field.

  129. The Prophet says: Aug 22, 2011 11:20 PM

    Interesting how many Boston people have said one version of “he’ll be appreciated more when he’s gone” or another.

    I know nothing about the Boston media, but I never got the impression Brady was particularly loved either. I would think most NFL cities would give their left hand to watch one of the top 5 head coaches and quarterbacks of all time play before their eyes every Sunday for them, after already winning 3 SB’s for you.

    What a bunch of spoiled wankers New Englanders are. So you don’t like him dating supermodels and having great hair? There are plenty of good ol’ boy QB’s that might appeal to you more, I just wouldn’t expect them to actually win as much as Brady. Spoiled brats of boston.

  130. sieg1234 says: Aug 23, 2011 1:11 AM

    @ greenman

    You’re just a moron.

  131. opie333 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:15 AM

    I know he’s not in danger of losing his spot, but I bet them drafting Mallet (a first round talent) kinda gets under his skin a little bit. How dumb do you have to be to wear a NY Yankee hat if your a Patriot. May be he will come out with a jets throw back Jersey on next time! The California fancy boy image does not help him win any popularity contest!

  132. jimboonie says: Aug 23, 2011 8:18 AM

    Tom Curran also once said that Asante Samuel was the worst corner in the league after he led the league in interceptions in 2006. He also said that Bob Sanders is the best player in the NFL. I don’t put much stock in what Tom Curran says.

  133. soaringelvis says: Aug 23, 2011 10:24 AM

    chizzle20 says:
    Aug 22, 2011 5:21 PM
    I’ll say the obvious…BECAUSE HE’S A FA… ok I won’t say it on here.

    ————————————————–

    BECAUSE HE’S A FANTASTIC PLAYER AND THE BEST QUARTERBACK OF ALL TIME!!!

    There, I fixed that for ya!

  134. dexterismyhero says: Aug 23, 2011 10:53 AM

    I thought that honor went to Paul Revere?

  135. bullcharger says: Aug 23, 2011 11:35 AM

    ipeefreelyagain says:Aug 22, 2011 7:11 PM

    I believe Tom Brady will be released or traded within the next 3 years.

    The bold text is because this is a bold statement. But I truly believe this will happen. Here are 4 reasons to support my theory:

    #1. The Patriots are experts at dumping players at their golden hour (the time when they’re still at their best, but decline is evident). This has happened with Richard Seymour, Mike Vrabel, Laurence Maroney, Matt Cassel, and most recently, Randy Moss. The list goes on and I’m sure I’m missing many more. Some of these players were once elite status for the Pats.

    #2. This will be Tom Brady’s 12th season: We’ve seen Peyton Manning’s skills decline. Tom Brady is not immune to father time. Being surrounded by a good team helps disguise his flaws (i.e. McNabb in Philly).

    #3. Billl Belichick is the NFL’s best coach for a reason (see #1): He’s a visionary and can see the big picture, with the long term in mind. He’s willing to sacrifice a short-term loss for a long-term gain.

    #4: The incumbent is in the chutes: Drafting Ryan Mallet is one of the best signals of this impending move. Let Brady groom him (Belichick again), and then pull the trigger.

    ————————————————–

    That’s why they signed him to a huge new contract I guess.

  136. CKL says: Aug 23, 2011 12:27 PM

    BB will let TB go when his skills decline, no doubt but elite QBs’ flaws are so miniscule that they don’t have to be “disguised”. That’s one reason they are elite. I don’t consider running ability a must for any QB so that doesn’t factor in IMO as a “flaw”. There’s nothing TB can’t do throw wise or gameplan wise. He’s proven that.

    McNabb was never , ever, EVER elite, and that’s why his huge accuracy problems (a MAJOR flaw) and decision making problems HAD to be “disguised”.

    I saw a better way of putting the feeling for Brady on a Pats’ board: Brady is revered, Troy Brown is BELOVED.

  137. gimmeabruschi says: Aug 23, 2011 12:47 PM

    There is only so much love in New England. When the loin’s share of that is being showered on Hoodie, there is only so much left for Brady. You can have Hoodie, I’ll take Brady.

  138. mike32303 says: Aug 23, 2011 1:06 PM

    @stanklepoot..

    Could not agree more. as a diehard pats fan i will always remember tom forever as my sports hero. He brought boston back to sports prominence and is still playing like someone is chasing him to this day. I keep reading these ignorant posts about boston fans being bandwagon and that brady is a system QB.. Last time I checked every team has a “system” for running an offense.. Brady just seems to run his better than most. (336 passes without an interception lol cmon now). And how can someone say boston fans are bandwagon?! Umm before the pats won in 01 Im pretty sure the Celtics were filling up the Garden during their era of 16 titles. And since 01 which was before the sox won, they were selling out every game up to this point. Any sporting event will have less attending if the team they are paying to watch is bad.. What kind of idiot would go pay 80+ bucks to watch a terrible team and leave pissed off.. Oh wait i know.. A bills fan lol..

  139. tadfurtado says: Aug 23, 2011 2:19 PM

    Whining about ref calls are a NE tradition and doesn’t at all cause fans to grimace here.

    No one faked or pressed refs more than Bird, McHale and DJ during the 80s Super Celts days. Loved them for it. To a one.

    Brady is the top athlete so far as I can see. He has been since he strapped them on and took over for Drew. Schilling of the bloody-sock Sox may be the single greatest-moment player in the past few decades, but Brady eclipses that in whole.

    Even when the Pats are not looking as sharp, Brady is ice and I don’t think many fans in any town would not trade their QB and then some for him. Go Pats!

  140. tombradysponytail says: Aug 23, 2011 3:04 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Aug 22, 2011 3:57 PM
    It’s the ponytail.

    _________________

    Leave me out of this. I’m only involved in the social scene and believe me, I”m doing just fine with the ladies.

  141. eradicator80 says: Aug 23, 2011 3:58 PM

    Brady and New England fans keep a respectful distance. The love for Favre in Wisconsin got to a point of being excessive and sometimes brainless. It probably messed with Favre’s head and made him think he was a big deal and the NFL needed him. Brady stays under the radar like everybody else who’s in Belichick’s program.

  142. Deb says: Aug 23, 2011 10:11 PM

    eradicator80 says:
    Brady and New England fans keep a respectful distance. The love for Favre in Wisconsin got to a point of being excessive and sometimes brainless. It probably messed with Favre’s head and made him think he was a big deal and the NFL needed him. Brady stays under the radar like everybody else who’s in Belichick’s program.
    ————————————————-
    Interesting observation, and there’s probably a lot of truth to it. However, much as I respect the way Belichick controls the team, that’s not why Boston is less star-struck than Green Bay. The difference is size of community and lack of competing sports stars.

  143. sieg1234 says: Aug 24, 2011 12:54 AM

    @bullcharger

    Don’t get me wrong, the Pats MIGHT dump Brady the same way they have others…but I doubt it, and your reasons are very valid.

    1.) Some of those players were ONCE elite status, but at the time they were let go they weren’t anymore, and were just serviceable or totally unnecessary or just not financially worth it. Brady has not come close to entering that same category, in fact he looked as good last yr as ever.

    2.) Being surrounded by a great team? Don’t get me wrong, the Pats are a great team, but his teammates individually aren’t that great. Who? Wes Welker is very very good, but remember him in Miami? His receiving core last year was made up of rookies, nobodies, and Wes. His running game was the Law Firm. And their defense was average at best. Mentioning in McNabb and Brady in the same sentence is appalling.

    3.) Bill Belichick owes his entire career to Brady at this point. He was trash without him, just look at his coaching record with Brady and without him. Now, Bill could continue coaching w/o Brady and be just fine, but that’s because Brady bought into his system and spread it throughout the entire organization. A coach can have a great philosophy and it can fail miserably until people buy into it. In my opinion no one was buying it until Brady came along, and he bought in and then commanded everyone else to as well. Belichick is a spectacular coach, I’m just saying that it will be harder to replace Brady than Belichick.

    4.) Ryan Mallett? LoL the kid is terrible. Did you watch him against the top teams he faced in college? He was pathetic, he was easily shaken, his footwork sucks, doesn’t move in the pocket well, and he is absolutely NOT a NE type QB. He has a big arm but his accuracy is suspect as well as his decision making. In no way do they truly believe Mallett is the future.

  144. sieg1234 says: Aug 24, 2011 12:55 AM

    *arent very valid – oops.

  145. green41563 says: Aug 24, 2011 2:59 AM

    This guy is a dick. No one outside of Boston likes him.

  146. mornelithe says: Aug 24, 2011 5:37 AM

    Well, I don’t live in Boston (Vermont), but I certainly respect Brady for all he’s done, and his overall performance as a QB and an athlete in the NFL. I realize many people attempt to tarnish his and the Pats name for spygate, however, my only issue with that is they were sloppy enough to get caught, while the rest of the league has a much tighter gameplan when it comes to taping other teams.

    Beyond Spygate though, nobody can really question his overall numbers. Knowing other teams plays, doesn’t mean you’re going to connect on every pass, and rarely and at times never throw a pick. Only the most rabid of haters can turn a blind eye to his efficiency.

  147. amndaconda says: Aug 24, 2011 3:43 PM

    To start out I am not from New England so I couldn’t tell ya if New England has love for Brady or not, but what I can say is this:
    It APPEARS as though Brady is not getting “love” from his fans because to all of us outside of the New England area, the Pats are hated. Brady being the quarterback gets much of the hate from the rest of the country placed on him. Why?
    Because everybody and their mom knows the position of quarterback whether they know everything about football or nothing at all. Also most people hate to see somebody “have it all.” The man has unimaginable athletic ability, good looks, beautiful wife…even Pats fans have to be a lil sour about that, its human nature.
    Okay, off my soap box.
    Although I have complimented this man and somewhat defended him, I would probably boo him and flip him off if I ever saw him in person…just saying…

  148. abninf says: Aug 24, 2011 9:37 PM

    Brady is a republican, so that would explain the lack of love from the state of Mass of all places.

  149. dallasbaby says: Aug 25, 2011 9:59 AM

    Brady isn’t beloved? Are you kidding me? And here I was thinking that all the bandwagoners and talking heads couldn’t possibly dangle off of Brady’s sack anymore than they do every single year. Silly me.

  150. waynefontes says: Aug 25, 2011 10:21 AM

    I don’t live in Boston or Massachusetts. Never have. So I have no idea what the people there really think.

    I would assume that they love the guy. They should. The Red Sox have won two World Series. But it seems like they don’t love (or like) Damon or Manny. For good reason. I would think they dig Wakefield, the guy just keeps on keeping on.

    I think Brady wearing a Yankees cap did him no favors.

  151. 1historian says: Aug 25, 2011 11:54 AM

    To ALL Pats haters wherever you may be:

    We are constantly accused of being: arrogant, snobbish, loud, obnoxious, overbearing, etc: GUILTY

    Not only do we have our Pats – We’ve also got the reigning Stanley cup champeens in the Bruins, the Sox are tied with the yankees in the AL east and the Celts are right up there, if/when the NBA ever starts up again.

    All of the above makes us arrogant, snobbish, loud, obnoxious, overbearing, etc. – and that’s just ONE of the bennies of being here. You may rest assured that we will continue to be this way until our teams start losing, at which point we (most of us) will probably shut up.

    But until then:

    Get. Used. To. It.

  152. nfl4ever says: Aug 25, 2011 2:29 PM

    hobartbaker says: Aug 22, 2011 4:01 PM

    New England fans can’t quite forgive him for being born in California. Which is understandable
    —————————————————
    Ted Williams was from San Diego FWIW.

  153. nfl4ever says: Aug 25, 2011 2:32 PM

    I’m a New England native living in Atlanta and I love him! TB is up there with Larry Bird & Bobby Orr as far as all-time favorite athletes go.

  154. gbfanforever says: Aug 27, 2011 9:45 AM

    “Boston is not a place for pretty boys. However, winning cures everything.”

    Are you kidding me? NE is the country’s mecca for pretty boy douche culture. He is the perfect fit. NE and especially Mass/RI need to stop pretending they have some sort of blue collar identity. The wealthiest, most elitist communities in America are in NE.

  155. baronvonmonocle says: Aug 28, 2011 3:21 PM

    Boston fans only focus on the bad. They don’t appreciate the good things that you do.

    Sincerely,
    Bill Buckner

  156. cgsuddeath says: Aug 28, 2011 7:37 PM

    Big deal.Move on.

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