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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: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:21 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

let me start by saying i hate tom brady but...was this clown even watching the game!?!  sure brady wasnt that good but there were key drops every where!  including welker which mihgt have iced the game and hernandez right after that. also the giants had good pressure and making brady not too comfortable in the pocket. give them a little credit also.

however, i do agree that the qb gets the glory of victory, then he should get criticism in defeat.

but his artical was totally reactionary and unprofessional. yet another case of boston ignorance, arrogance and entitlement..

he was expecting the pats to just walk away with the lombardi trophy against a team more healthy, confident and playing better than it had when they lost to them in new england.

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

Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:12 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash


Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:11 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

i am not pro or con on Brady...Im a Bears fan so pretty indifferent to the Patriots..

But, it is plain to see this sportswriter is just saying whatever it takes to make himself the story......he's the M.I.A. of journalism    

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:01 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

I'm not a fan of Brady whatsoever...I actually can't stand the guy!  But other than the Intentional Grounding that resulted in a Safety, the guy had a pretty damn good game.  I couldn't help to get excited on his completion streak.  Welker AND Hernandez both had HUGE drops in the last 2 drives of the game that would have resulted in points.  It wasn't all on him.

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:00 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

Thats some funny stuff right there!!!

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:54 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

At one point he was 18-21 (or something like that with three incompletions) and then after that he basically collapsed. It wasnt hideous, but it wasnt pretty either.

Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:54 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

Hey SlippyDoodleBug, how exactly does one "hang their head high"?

Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:52 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

does anyone believe Boston Globe sports writers these days?  Nothing but liberal bias throughout.

wouldn't use, let alone read that rag of trash for even a bird cage, nor soil my hands as a pooper scooper! 

seems we now live in a world of wannabe's, self-promoting their 17 seconds of idiotic fame......time for this

jerk to enter MacLean Hospital in Belmont, and make sure he's wearing a straight-jacket and placed into

a cerebral re-hab program, say for the next 30 years, or so! 

Since: Feb 27, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:32 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

I think we've reached an era where people EXPECT perfection out of Brady, and are only too ready to level some criticism when things aren't perfect. Sounds a lot like some penis envy is going on. Brady is a fantastic Hall of Fame QB with a gorgeous wife and a life many envy. Good for him, don't begrudge another man his good fortune and success and concentrate on bettering your life without having to tear someone else down in the process. Wilbur's move was a stunt...and he admits it was over the top. Journalists are NOT supposed to be a part of the story, and this dingleberry inserted himself into it purposely...mainly because he was tired of Brady's status as an NFL deity. Crazy logic...and unprofessional to boot.

The Patriots lost a closely contested game, and it started off poorly for them with the safety and the 12 men on the field penalty. NOT having Gronkowski, a healthy Gronkowski definitely factored into the game, but that's the nature of the sport, and no excuse for a loss. Imagine the headlines IF Gronk had been able to pull in the Hail Mary at the end? Talk of Brady's demise by Prisco and Wilbur, and any others, would NOT be happening. Brady was off target on a couple of passes...he was hit and hurried on others...IF the Patriots won the game, he would've been named the MVP. Think about's true.

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:31 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

even though i'm a Giants fan, no, Tom Brady played great as both QBs should hang their heads high.  yeah, that Boston sportswriter is way off on his 'embarrassing game'...   with that said...   EVERYONE who knew anything about football knew that the Welker 'drop' was NOT something that's made 100 out of 100 times, NOT EVEN BY WELKER!  he had to do a 360 in mid air due to the ball being a little behind and to the left.  while i don't blame Brady for not being perfect, Brady SHOULD'VE gone beyond saying 'I'll throw to Welker as long as i can', but also point out to public that his pass wasn't perfect.  if Welker is trying to take the burden on his shoulder by making that pass look alot better than it really was, Brady should've done the same.   Eli has shown (even in tough times) that he will always try his best to attract all the bullets so that they do not hit his teammates (even though we see Manningham running wrong routes all the time) since that's what a real leader does...   Brady is a great leader, but he DID FAIL at not covering for Welker (but still great game nonetheless)

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