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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: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:14 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

The Pats and Giants are so close in talent it keeps coming down to the final minutes. THe Pats got a couple fumbles, but the ball went the Giants way. Welker and Hernadez both drop passes they normally catch, Manningham caught a pass he hadn't been making, which is why he gave way to Cruz. Pats need to get a big play wideout (draft or sign a Vincent Jackson) and a pass rusher (losing Andre Carter hurt).

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:05 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

I'll tell you what . . .

Brady deserves the criticism.  As Wilbur himself admits, he was over the top.  BUT the praise of Brady had the Patriots managed to win would have been outlandish and insufferable.

Now consider this: Open up, and the Super Bowl is plastered all over the front page . . . and it's ALL about the Patriots.  How the heck does this happen?  I thought the Giants won.  Some of you are blasting this guy saying that the Giants played better . . . I agree.  But the reality is that all the press is for the loser of this Super Bowl.  If you're going to steal all the press, then I guess you deserve the fuller measure of that attention.

Tough luck, Brady lovers.  He's a big boy . . . I'm pretty sure he'll deal with some well-earned critique, even if it was a little over-the-top.  He certainly would have basked in the glow of the reverse.

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 6:49 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

A choker, an overrated player, and thank you for us never again having to llisten to comparisons to Joe Montana. Hang it up.

Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 6:47 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

Wilbur is an embarrassment to the Globe. Wonder if he was hating for the past decade when Brady was the most successful QB in the league and regularly got his team to the playoffs? Wonder if he bet just a little too much on the Pats?

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 6:12 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

to be honest, if hernadez doesn't drop that ball, i think the patriots would have won the game...

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 6:12 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

A sportsline "writer" should be the last person accusing someone else of writing an incorrect article likely designed to simply garner a reaction. After all, that is all Doyel does.

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 6:05 pm
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Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 5:54 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. 
I'm no huge fan of Brady but, seems to me he was the main reason Vinateri was in range to make those FGs.  I thought it was a great game, especially since I didn't have a dog in the race.  The Pats made a few more mistakes that cost them.  Credit the Giants for getting it done but, don't think you need to bash Brady for his performace.  OK, maybe for the intentional grounding and the INT. Thought he was channeling Rex Grossman for a moment.

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 5:42 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

Wilbur is a moron.  The only reason he still gets to write about football in February is because the Pats have Tom Brady.  It's a bad team with a great QB.  No defense, no running game, no downfield threat.  They lose the Super Bowl by an eyelash, and none of that comes into play, right Wilbur?

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 5:42 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

As a Giants fan, and nice to see the Giants who were 7-7 at one point and I for one was calling for Coughlin's head, Perry's firing on defense.....but they rose from the dead and won the next 6 in a row......

Now as for Brady, everyone kept saying with two weeks off Brady will destroy the Giants secondary and give BB those two weeks he will be able to come up with a game plan that will destroy the Giants....

Neither happened......Listen I do have to say, if any of those fumbles that the Giants recovered, and Pats recover, different ball game....but that bogus hold call on the Giants in the 2nd quarter was a gift to the Pats......that also changed the entire first half....

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