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Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

Posted on: February 6, 2012 2:22 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 2:24 pm
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By Ryan Wilson

Man, let Tom Brady play a poor 20 minutes of football on the biggest stage in sports and the gadflies are there ready to pounce. Never mind that the Patriots quarterback set a Super Bowl completion record earlier in the game, or that a Justin Tuck sack midway through the third quarter changed everything. None of that mattered to the Boston Globe's Eric Wilbur who published a scathing rebuke of Brady's performance literally minutes after his Hail Mary pass fell harmlessly to the turf as time expired.

Giants 21, Patriots 17
A sampling:

"Sorry, Tommy Boy, this one's on you. Your hideous performance led to the Giants' 21-17 Super Bowl title win. How embarrassing for your coach, your teammates, and your fans. … What happened to you?

"What an embarrassment for the Patriots organization and Bob Kraft. So now the Giants have taken Lombardi from you twice, and you haven't looked this bad in a playoff game since...well, two weeks ago against the Ravens. Maybe that moment will actually hit you as you're whittling down water slides in South America looking like Prince Valiant this spring."

Oh boy. So, to recap: Brady, a three-time Super Bowl champ and two-time Super Bowl MVP, and a future first-ballot Hall of Famer is, according to Wilbur, an "embarrassment" and his performance "hideous." We have no idea what Wilbur would do if he was a Jets fan.

But even in a town where expectations for the local sports teams are unreasonably high, there are limits to the criticism. Hours after Wilbur's post was published the backlash began. The Big Lead referred to him as a "Boston-trolling columnist" before dissecting his diatribe sentence by sentence.'s Michael David Smith wrote that "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." Smith linked to a piece by's Dan Wetzel, who recounts an inconsolable Brady sitting at his locker well after the game had ended. And Bruce Allen of noted that "Wilbur’s post … reads more like a drunken fan rant than something crafted by a veteran journalist."

Wilbur spoke Monday to 98.5 The Sports Hub.

“I guess because I dared criticize the god of New England," he said via "If he had won that game we would’ve lauded him as the greatest quarterback ever so if he messes up in the game and loses it why can’t he take some of the poison? It seems like fans can’t admit that.”

Asked if, a day later, he still believes what he wrote, Wilbur said, "I still believe it. There were a lot of people saying ‘you know sleep on this and you’re going to look bad in the morning.’ It was a little over-the-top and I admit that but I think that was purposely so just because like I said if he would’ve won the game it would’ve been ‘oh Tom Brady’ so you know what? Let him get a little bit of the criticism.

"I guess that’s what people don’t get," he said. "It was a little over-the-top and purposely so but then again you don’t understand Vancouver writers either so.”

We eagerly await Gisele's response to all this.

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Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:52 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

Eric Wilbur is wrong. Tom Brady did not play poorly. The Giants just palyed a little better. And that's it. Someone had to win the game. Brady and the Pats were a few plays short.

Since: Feb 7, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:53 am
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Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:32 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

Brady is so overrated. He's been fortunate to have a clutch kicker to win the title for him. If Eli was leading the Eagles in that Super Bowl it would've been another loss for Brady.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:53 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

Who gives a shit about what a local beat writer has to say? I can assure you, not Tom Brady. 

Since: Jan 26, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:47 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

My God Wilbur you are an ass!..I used to be a quarterback. There were a lot of dropped passes ( and not just saying the one of Welkers that was a tough ball to catch ). But too many were dropped. The receivers felt bad my heart goes out to them. I've played enough to know. If I could step into your office right now I'd knock the livin' shit out of you and wouldn't lose a bit of sleep over it. Maybe need a little bit of ice on my broken hand but Godddddddddd it would be worth it!

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:01 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

Wilbur has no business being called a journalist, no matter what you think of Brady.  A journalist has too much influence to write something intentinally "over the top" (if you believe that), because that's neither factual or opinion.  It's an admitted lie.  And what was his justification?  Because Brady would have received too much praise had they won.  Grow up, realize some people are just going to have better lives than you and you don't get to try to even that field no matter how bitter, petty, and small you are.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:56 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

"On the other hand Brady and the Patriots were also within two eyelashes of Losing all 5. Adam Vinateri is the REAL reason the Patriots won the first 3. Brady is actually known for good at best play in the Superbowl. His Numbers are no where near great on the games biggest stage. When Brady needs nothing but to get the team in FG range tehy win. If he needs to get them in the endzone they lose. Plain and simple."

You mean,the videotaping was the REAL reason the pats won those first three.  There is a lot more to that then the NFL is letting on.  They have erased all the evidence from those 3 super bowls and wouldn't you know it, they won all three by EXACTLY 3 points!  

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:52 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

hey duke, he was about to get lit up.  Honestly, if he did catch it, he would have been trucked and likely fumbled the ball OR been an incompletion as it was...

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:31 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

First of all if you knew what you were writing was over the top then why didn't you state that in the article.  Wilbur sounds like someone that just lost a bet.  Last time I checked as bad as the Patriots played they were winning with 1:00 left in the game.  I understand that the qb gets the praise when the team wins and gets trashed when the teams loses.  Give the Giants defense credit for keeping Brady under wraps but with the mistakes that Brady made they still were winning the game until the last minuite.  One other thing that people are not aware of is the Patriots are in transition and going to a couple Superbowls during that span is good for the young players on the team even though the Pats lost both times to the Giants.  Let the young players feel the sting of losing the Superbowl and watch them mature into hungry players going forward.  Remember the Patriots weren't even suppossed to be in the Superbowl with the 31st ranked defense.  That's funny because that means that 29 defenses that were quote unquote better than the Patriots didn't make the Superbowl including the Steelers #1 ranked defense that got Tebowed out of the playoffs.  That's more of what Wilbur should be writing about and maybe he wouldn't be receiving the backlash.  Criticize Brady at your own risk Wilbur now accept what coming to you which is alot criticizim for criticizing which could have been avoided if you only stated that the article was over the top.  You're gonna learn today Wilbur.Cool

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:27 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

It seems we have heard this before.  Following the whipping the 1987 49rs suffered at home to the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round of the playoffs, the press turned on Joe Montana and Bill WAlsh.  After all the 9rs had not won the Super Bowl since after the 1984 season.  Horrible.   In the meantime,  they were crushed by the Giants in 1985 (17-3) and 1986 (49-3) and finally an embarrassing home loss to the Vikings 36-24.  It wasn't Joe's fault the 9rs D could not stop Anthony Carter from having a heck of a game.

Brady is part of a team and the team is always bigger than any individual.  Ripping Brady is harsh, but had the Pats won, we would be discussing how he is the greatest of all time and he is god.  Point taken.  

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