In sports, at least in the eyes of some, you’re only as good as your last game. And at least in the mind of one Boston sports writer, that means Tom Brady is not very good.
In a column that takes a sneering tone and blames Brady for the Patriots’ Super Bowl XLVI loss, Eric Wilbur of Boston.com goes after Brady with a vengeance you’d expect from a Jets fan message board.
Words like “hideous” and “embarrassing” are tossed around to describe Brady’s performance, and the responsibility for the Pats’ loss is placed squarely on Brady’s shoulders.
Worse, Wilbur suggests that Brady doesn’t care, that he’ll brush it off quickly because he’ll head down to South America with his Brazilian supermodel wife and live the good life this offseason.
As quarterbacks usually do, Brady got too much credit for the Patriots’ three Super Bowl wins. But now he’s getting too much blame for a loss. Brady wasn’t at his best on Sunday, but he wasn’t as terrible as Wilbur thinks. And the suggestion that he doesn’t care is absurd. For an example of a much better column that describes how much Brady really does care, read Dan Wetzel at Yahoo, who describes a devastated Brady taking a long time to gather himself in the Patriots’ locker room after Sunday night’s loss.
Brady failed to earn his fourth Super Bowl ring on Sunday, but he remains one of the game’s great quarterbacks. If he’s taking heat in Boston today, that just goes to show that even the greatest players can’t please everyone.