The story behind the Tom Brady Stanley Cup photo

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A mild stir was created in Pittsburgh over the weekend when a photo emerged of locally-despised Patriots quarterback Tom Brady posing with his hand on the Stanley Cup, which the Penguins won for the second straight time (fifth overall) in June. Many wondered why and how the man most responsible for keeping the Steelers from getting their seventh Super Bowl trophy (and maybe their eighth or ninth) was in such close proximity to hockey’s biggest prize.

Via NHL.com, Brady was at the Southern California home of Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle. The billionaire, who bought an unknown share of the team in 1999 with Mario Lemieux, and Brady are close friends, we’re told. So the Stanley Cup was at Burkle’s house and Brady was at Burkle’s house and one thing led to another and the photo of Brady and the Stanley Cup emerged.

Although that helps explain why Brady was close enough to the Stanley Cup to touch it, chances are that Steelers and Penguins fans won’t be feeling any better about the fact that Brady was in such close proximity to Pittsburgh’s proudest temporary (for two straight years and maybe three) possession.

36 responses to “The story behind the Tom Brady Stanley Cup photo

  1. Furthering the confusion for Pittsburgh fans, Brady also ate something called a “salad” out of it.

  2. Tom Brady, the mere thought of him makes New England fans smile and turns Pittsburgh fans into drooling incoherent fools. Pats fans can check in on this one through the day and enjoy the melt down. Thank you Florio!

  3. Brady is very savvy and if he didn’t feel it was to his advantage to pose with the Stanley Cup and have the picture circulated in public, then he definitely wouldn’t have done it. Brady and his wife have his post-NFL future carefully planned out and it includes a successful career in the political arena.

  4. Maybe all in Pittsburgh should throw some hate on Tomlin who refuses to change up his defense against Brady (23tds to 0 ints) or go old school Pittsburgh and load up on the roids, but hating on a guy who has his picture taken with trophies all the time is something only a drooling old fool would do.

  5. Any hockey fan and most North American sports fans would want a picture with the Stanley Cup.

    It’s not disrespect to Pittsburgh. If the Stanley Cup ends up somewhere you are because a player or coach brings it there, you get a picture with it. Simple as that.

  6. If my buddy won a trophy that was legendary, then I’d want a photo with it too. Does anyone want say that Lemieux did not work his tail off to earn the right to carry that trophy for a day? That Lemieux did not earn the right to do what he wanted with the trophy for a day? Including letting his buddy take a photo with it?

    Lemieux made the choice to let TB12 get a photo. *That’s* the story. They’re friends. Let it lie.

  7. As a huge TB12 and Patriots fan I’ll suggest a different take.

    If being a Patriots fan and wining multiple super bowls isn’t enough to make you happy, and you have to rub the winning in to all the other fans (or at least wallow in their defeat) to truly make you happy then you are the one that needs professional help.

    We fans didn’t do anything. Not one gosh darn thing. All we did was be lucky enough to pick the right horse in the race to root for. Winning should be plenty enough to make you happy. The only thing worse than a sore loser has to be a sore winner. Being a sore winner has to be a form of a narcissistic mental illness.

  8. LOL Boston Bruins fans are the worst. They throw garbage onto the ice after the Bruins lose. What class they are….so no one evah!

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    My your tears are salty; that can’t be good for your cholesterol…

  9. Really? Brady visited the co-owner of the hockey team and the Stanley Cup was there. If I was there, I’d like a photo taken with it also. Insanity.

  10. The explanation is simple, Brady wanted to pose next to a trophy that was won fair and square, no cheating, no cutting corners.

    How hard is that to understand?

  11. “A mild stir was created in Pittsburgh over the weekend when a photo emerged of locally-despised Patriots quarterback Tom Brady posing with his hand on the Stanley Cup”

    Mild is right, there might have been nothing at all if you didn’t mention it.

  12. omegalh says:
    Jul 10, 2017 11:28 AM
    Its bad karma to touch the cup if you havent won it. I was happy to see the picture.

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    Not if you aren’t an NHL player. If you are a NHL fan then it’s a great treat to touch the cup if you happen to get the chance.

  13. Pitts fans have only Mario and Burkle to blame.

    It’s possible that Burkle is just an LA money guy who doesn’t care about Lord Stanley or Pittsburgh. The hate should be directed at Penquins ownership.

    Bruins fans know the deal. The Bruins owner is from Buffalo. Couldnt care less.

  14. Brady isn’t smart enough to think that this would piss anyone off. He simply wanted to take a picture with something that most Americans don’t understand..something related to hockey.

  15. Steeler fans are getting a little insecure. It’s like they know “Sixburgh” won’t have the same ring to it soon.

  16. “Its bad karma to touch the cup if you havent won it. I was happy to see the picture.”
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    Crap, and Brady’s skating lessons had been going so well.

  17. whatjusthapped says:
    Jul 10, 2017 11:22 AM
    The explanation is simple, Brady wanted to pose next to a trophy that was won fair and square, no cheating, no cutting corners.

    How hard is that to understand?

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    Fail — from the misspelled posting name, to the post itself.

  18. If this story upsets you……you are small-minded and have way too much time on your hands.

    Get a life.

  19. Oh crap! You heard of the curse of the bambino…86 years. Now Brady has started the curse of Brady … It will be 86 years before the Penguins win another SC. Thanks

  20. Maybe just me, but I’ve not heard any actual people from Pittsburgh really acknowledge or mention this story, which is odd given how much attention it’s getting on here. Pretty sure it’s just sports media outlets looking for something to talk about in the middle of summer when nothing else is going on.

  21. Pretty cool picture. The Stanley Cup is by far the best “trophy” of the four major sports. And congrats again to the Pens and the city of Pittsburgh.

  22. Very cool pic. Winning the Stanley Cup is up there with super bowl. Stanley has better history and traditions, though. Congratulations, Pens fans. Playoff hockey is the best.

  23. factschecker says:
    Jul 10, 2017 10:36 AM
    As a huge TB12 and Patriots fan I’ll suggest a different take.

    If being a Patriots fan and wining multiple super bowls isn’t enough to make you happy, and you have to rub the winning in to all the other fans (or at least wallow in their defeat) to truly make you happy then you are the one that needs professional help.

    We fans didn’t do anything. Not one gosh darn thing. All we did was be lucky enough to pick the right horse in the race to root for. Winning should be plenty enough to make you happy. The only thing worse than a sore loser has to be a sore winner. Being a sore winner has to be a form of a narcissistic mental illness.

    OK, slow it down there chum. There may be a few who live only to troll. There are more others that simply respond to trolling. That in and of itself is not to be considered trolling. Especially not when you have drooling fools trolling NE on every article whether it be about NE or not. NE fans had and have been taking it on the backside for many many years. First it was about how NE was a loser franchise. Now that they are winners we are hearing all manner of other derogatory comments that go way beyond football. It’s nice that you’re so above it all but let’s be real, Pats fans did not start this.
    And yes, we all know we didn’t actually play the game. If there’s someone specific you would like to call out please do so.

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