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Atlanta zoo loses bet, names animal after Tom Brady, gets last laugh

388879 01: A visitor to the third annual "Big Bug Out" at Miami Metrozoo, uses a magnifying glass to check out a Madagascar cockroach May 5, 2001 in Miami, Florida. The event was an opportunity to learn about insects, the most numerous of all species on Earth. Exotic, native, live and mounted, this bug affair had them all, including some scrumptious bug-tasting opportunities. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers) Getty Images

Tom Brady may well play forever. Which makes sense, considering his namesake may be the guy who lives through a nuclear holocaust.

After losing a rather clever zoo bet (unlike the always awful mayor bets) on the Super Bowl, an Atlanta zoo had to name one of its baby animals after the Patriots quarterback, according to the Associated Press.

Zoo Atlanta got a bit of revenge for the Falcons blowing a 25-point lead in the second half when they introduced a family of Madagascar hissing cockroaches this week. They named the little one Tom Brady.

So now the Falcons fans can have their fun, and Roger Goodell has someone to agree with him when asked his true feelings about the Patriots’ quarterback. And Tom Brady can go right on haunting the eyes of Atlantans every time they turn the light on in the middle of the night, and watch him scurry away under the stove for another first down.

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34 Responses to “Atlanta zoo loses bet, names animal after Tom Brady, gets last laugh”
  1. emcgeehan says: Feb 16, 2017 6:47 AM

    Yeah, they got him good. He’s probably wiping his tears with his Lombardi.

    Great last sentence, too, Mike.

  2. thecape15 says: Feb 16, 2017 6:55 AM

    Atlanta Falcons can get in line behind all the other teams that are jealous haters.

    Stay classy, ATL.

  3. jimnaizeeum says: Feb 16, 2017 6:55 AM

    “Atlanta zoo loses best”

    I thought the Browns lose the best.

  4. realpatsfan says: Feb 16, 2017 6:57 AM

    CUTE, TB has five rings. Atlanta zero rings.

  5. nbptma1 says: Feb 16, 2017 7:03 AM

    Ahhh, the off season is upon us.

  6. edelmanfanclub says: Feb 16, 2017 7:13 AM

    Actually Brady gets the last laugh, because it can live through a nuclear explosion while the rest of civilization dies.

  7. crush22 says: Feb 16, 2017 7:19 AM

    I hate when I lose a best.

  8. tokyosandblaster says: Feb 16, 2017 7:19 AM

    Very appropriate.


  9. dansardo says: Feb 16, 2017 7:26 AM

    That’s actually funny. I guess you have to have a sense of humor if your a fail-con fan, or what would pass for any type of “sports fan” in that city. Come to think of it, the city is kind a pit to begin with LOL!

  10. footballfan58 says: Feb 16, 2017 7:36 AM

    That is so funny! And, yes. Tom Brady will haunt Atlantans and Roger Goodell for a long, long time!

    Blitz for Six!!

  11. 345snarkavenue says: Feb 16, 2017 7:39 AM

    well I suppose to some that’s a nice consolation prize.

  12. dcpatfan says: Feb 16, 2017 7:41 AM

    The Undisputed Greatest NFL Player Of All Time, Tom “Terrific” Brady is above the southern fray.

  13. brwmstr says: Feb 16, 2017 7:53 AM

    Stay classy Atlanta…..

  14. hehateme2 says: Feb 16, 2017 8:00 AM

    A slug would have been good too.

  15. lightcleric says: Feb 16, 2017 8:19 AM

    Well, at least they didn’t name the newborn gorilla Harambrady.

  16. pastabelly says: Feb 16, 2017 8:26 AM

    The Atlanta Zoo is missing one animal – The GOAT.

  17. LyinRogerMustGo says: Feb 16, 2017 8:50 AM

    They should have named the donkey Roger.


  18. roverboy1949 says: Feb 16, 2017 8:59 AM

    sounds about right in todays world. Atlanta just can’t get over having blown a 25 point lead to the GOAT QB #12. The Falcons team was gracious in their loss, but apparently the locals, not so much. Better luck next time, if there is ever “a next time”.

  19. patsfan says: Feb 16, 2017 9:37 AM

    That is just funny. I don’t care who you are.

  20. majormalphunktion says: Feb 16, 2017 9:38 AM

    Well, what we don’t have up here is anything named after Matt Ryan.

  21. footballboozer says: Feb 16, 2017 9:46 AM

    Some serious butt hurting down in HotLanta.
    Maybe the Falcons next coaches will actually know how to coach the game.

  22. patsrule59 says: Feb 16, 2017 10:02 AM

    Oh yeah, they really showed him. LOL

  23. LyinRogerMustGo says: Feb 16, 2017 10:22 AM

    Well they could have named a cheetah so there’s that.

    Then again they do win a lot of “races” like the GOAT 🙂

  24. porkchopmoon says: Feb 16, 2017 10:22 AM

    HA! A New England Zoo should name a coyote after Matty “melt” Ryan. Nickname him WYLIE. Because they got Roadrunnered!

  25. LyinRogerMustGo says: Feb 16, 2017 10:26 AM

    Well they could have named a cheetah so there’s that.

    The funny thing is… if they had done that the G.O.A.T Tom Brady is the kind of guy that would have been one of the first in line for pictures with the animal.

  26. fjw2 says: Feb 16, 2017 10:37 AM

    Is it really “the last laugh” when you are still crying?

  27. LSUStrong says: Feb 16, 2017 1:42 PM

    And a scientist named a louse after cartoonist Gary Larson. It’s all in good fun. Larson saw it as such and I’m sure Brady will also.

  28. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 16, 2017 3:41 PM

    Good choice, these roaches are known to breed then desert their mate for a more popular female.

  29. factpurveyor says: Feb 16, 2017 6:38 PM

    Good that they didn’t name a dolphin after him.
    Being associated with dolphins would be much worse.

  30. factpurveyor says: Feb 16, 2017 6:55 PM

    Evidence that it doesn’t require any class or brains to manage a zoo in Atlanta.

  31. factpurveyor says: Feb 16, 2017 7:04 PM

    LyinRogerMustGo says:
    Feb 16, 2017 10:26 AM

    Well they could have named a cheetah so there’s that.

    The funny thing is… if they had done that the G.O.A.T Tom Brady is the kind of guy that would have been one of the first in line for pictures with the animal.
    Very true.
    Being petty narrow minded fools who were likely blinded by bitterness and jealousy and were too busy laughing at their own lame attempt to be humorous they failed miserably in what could have been a huge marketing victory. Now they just lost twice.

  32. factpurveyor says: Feb 16, 2017 7:11 PM

    Maybe they should put a porta john in the parking lot of the superbowl champions for all the people tailgating to use. They can name it after the president of the Atlanta zoo. Just need a stencil and some spray paint.

  33. patpatriot7 says: Feb 17, 2017 6:20 AM

    Should have named it Kyle Shanahan as the first thing it did in the TV clip was hid undercover.

  34. rclindhe says: Feb 19, 2017 4:42 PM

    I’m pretty sure that the NE Patriots got the last laugh anyway.

    Watching Arthur Blank’s face change expressions as he goes from thinking the Falcons won the Super Bowl to realizing you don’t start celebrating until it’s over:


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