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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: May 16, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:22 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

This guy sounds nuts. Why is he bringing Vancouver into this?

Since: Aug 11, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:08 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

''emabrassment"  "hideous"

Hate to say it but, there are just too many people today in sports journalism who obviously do not understand sports as well as their predecessors did in past generations. While these reporters and commentators know their statistics and can remember numbers or highlights of the matches easily, they fail to understand the science of the sports they watch.  The terms used by that reporter do not reflect a truthful picture of Brady.  Instead, they show how ignorant that reporter is.

In the past no reporter would dare write such nonsense.  Not out of fear - but because they knew the sport and the type of athlete that it takes to duplicate Brady's accomplishments.  Whether that reporter likes it or not, Brady is a true champion in every sense. The loss to the Giants was not his fault.  It occurred because we have the better team and their excellent play proves it. Brady is one of the most respected players in the NFL and for good reason.  His image will not be tarnished in any way by these nonsensical comments.  Instead, it is the reporter whose image will be tarnished.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 2:59 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

Wasn't Wilbur the name of the pig on "Green Acres"? just sayin'...

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 2:49 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

I can't believe the Globe actually published that. That was an embarrassment.

Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 2:49 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?  What does that make every other player in the NFL?  Man, sportswriters are the dumbest people on the planet and Eric Wilbur is their leader.  And, yes, the difference in the game, as Bellichick said was that the Giants made a few more plays.  Manningham makes his almost impossible catch and Welker flubs his makable one.  That's the game. That's football.  Wilbur should just go into plumbing or something he might actually understand.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 2:45 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

NOT the way to get on Gisele's good side, Wilbur! Or any side, for the matter. Wink

Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 2:44 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

Well put, Super Joe!  Brady will never take any blame.  The only reason they are as good at they are is because Welker allows it to in and game out.  A simple response..."My pass was a off and Wes did his best to haul it in.  If it wasn't for his elite play, we wouldn't have been here in the first place."...wpuld have done nicely.  I just wish the Giants' pass rush buried him in the ground more.  Seemed like he had all day to throw and still could not do it.  Seems like The Gronkowski factor had a big effect on the outcome of this one!

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 2:34 pm

Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

I think what's most telling about Brady is his comments about the Welker pass. Welker, as we all know, committed sepoku and laid on his sword in front of the media for not catching that BAD pass. Brady, on the other hand, as shown by his comments on the play, accepted none of the blame for his bad pass and let Welker take the whole hit. I don't know if Brady in defeat puts up a whole reality distortion field around himself, because he was quite happily self-critical after his poor outing but nevertheless victory against the Ravens - but, for what he's done or rather did not do for Welker, Brady deserves every bit of a lashing he gets.

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