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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: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 5:33 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

Who in the world is Eric Wilbur?  The Patriots make it to the SB five times and are within two eyelashes of winning all five, and now Tom Brady is some kind of loser?
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.

Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 5:26 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

Ok, this guy went a bit too far but let's take a realistic look at Brady's performance last night:

1.  The safety he is solely responsible for on his first play of the game was horrible and dumb, there's no way around that. Trending down.
2.  Brady then broke a record for consecutive completions in a Super Bowl, trending up and the Patriots have life.
3.  Brady takes the lead for his Patriots, peaking?  The Patriots look like a machine.
Second Half
4.  Brady takes a hit and becomes emotional as he walks off the field favoring that shoulder, trending down, the god bleeds.
5.  Patriots' receivers suddenly can't catch a pass to save their lives, Brady becomes frustrated and starts forcing throws and LESS receivers catch, trending down, the Patriots look more than a little mortal.
6.  Brady lobs a hail mary to be caught by any of the 4 receivers in the end zone... the same receivers he's been screaming at all season (and certainly all half) every time they drop a pass.  Great confidence builder.  It falls dead, Brady loses.

Postgame:  Giselle blames Wes Welker for losing the game.  Um... someone has spent too much time with Tom going to the instant receiver blame.

So did Tom play horribly?  No.  Was Tom responsible?  In my mind, yes.  QBs are reponsible for leading the team and the way Brady did so all season was by screaming and carrying on when things didn't go his way.  As a result, his team was not poised and prepared to overcome adversity (like Eli's Giants).  They fell flat like the last-second bomb to the endzone.  And until Brady finds a way to positively motivate his team, this dynasty will be trending down.  He made a big deal of his experience vs. Tebow's this season but I'm willing to bet there aren't any Broncos who despise Tebow for screaming at them... 

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 5:24 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

Want to blame someone? Blame NE's front office for failing to give Brady any weapons other than Gronkowski and Welker. No featured Running back, No wideout to stretch the field. Just a bunch of nobodys. The fact that they got there at all is probably due to Brady.

Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 5:20 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

The Boston writer obviously doesn't know much about football. I think if Welker caught the ball we would have made a first down, which would have allowed us to kill a huge chunk of time from the clock and likely would have put us in a position to gain another first down and run the clock out and win the game. Brady's pass to Welker was very catchable--it hit him in the hands! He also had a similar pass to Hernandez that wound up on the turf as well--again a catchable pass dropped. Brady had a few mistakes, but he played well enough to get the win. We lost because receivers dropped passes in critical situations, and the D failed to hold the Giants in a critical situation.

The blame is easy to spread around. The end result is the same, the team lost. Kudos to the Giants and we will see you again on the field. The Pats lost a very close, heart breaking game. It was the Superbowl, and it lived up to its reputation.

Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 5:17 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

IF, IF, IF.....hey Pats fans....YOU GOT BEAT.  Stop with the "well if welker caught the pass we would have won" crap.  Every football game has plays that if they went the other way would result in a different outcome.  I saw a couple plays that should have been pass interference on the Pats.  IF they were called the Giants probably would have won by a big margin.  You see we can play this game for each team.  Just admit your team got beat and stop thinking the Pats are a dynasty.  They haven't won anything in years.  

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 5:02 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

ur just a dumbass pal.   its simple,   if welker catches ball pats win.   giants had 1 timout left and 4:06 left on 21 yard line if he caught it..   run 3 plays,   kick FG  go up 5   giants have to go 80 yeards   with 1:12 to go and no timeouts.    plain and simple.   they lost to a hot team but the patriots will be fine

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:46 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

If you read any of my other pre-SB trash talk, you'll know I was disappointed Brady didn't the sit the game in street clothes after being sacked by Tuck.  But here's the deal -- people in the booth, knowledgeable people, even the friggin' Giants (don't score now!) -- are thinking at the end, 59 seconds on the clock, of this performance Wilbur found so terrible, that Brady isn't playing so washed up or terrible...  and lo and behold there is the ball being batted around in the end zone as the clock expires with the chance for Brady's 4th SB victory.  He's good.  He looked as good as ever in this game.  Not all passes get caught (even good ones, even great ones cause you have been good, great, lucky the defense isn't good or great, and lucky at both ends of the throw).

Brady didn't lose this game.  Manning didn't win this game.  Coughlin was straight on the money with his comment about teams with spectacular individuals and good individuals all working together, trying their hardest and playing a game -- a TEAM effort.  Two very good teams played last night, entertained us and gave us memories for the ages.  And yes, some guys have three SB rings and some guys have two.  And yes, some of the Patriots don't have one yet.  But it's a pretty good career having just one; and three is pretty darn great.

So i'm happy the Pats lost.  It's great Brady didn't get ring #4.  But he's a great QB and he played a really good game...  and played EVERY second he could till the end.

Congrats to both teams and organizations.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:33 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

He is right about one thing. Brady gets all the credit for the wins and last night he didn't play a very good game but if the Pats won people would be saying he added to his legacy and all this other crap about him being the greatest. He is a very goo QB but not one of the all time greats just because he happened to be on teams that won 3 rings. His playoff career is average overall and with all that said if they win as a team, they lose as a team so this guy is way over the top.

Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:32 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

again, i strongly dislike that ken doll qb and love the fact he lost but he only is partially, not totally responsible.

ken doll?  i'm not into dudes but if you get passed his looks he's a pretty good football player.    

Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:28 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

i'm from woosta ma.  don't read anything by boston sports.  they're all washed up high school bench warmers who somehow get paid to criticize pro athletes that actually know what they're doing.  98.5 does nothing but bash boston sports.  i'm wondering if they're actually from new york.

i encourage every fan to bash the east coast media whenever possible.  the least it would do is keep a little honesty.    &nb

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