Tag:Tom Brady
Posted on: October 31, 2010 10:24 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 12:39 am
 

Randy Moss launches into post game tirade

Posted by Will Brinson

So, Randy Moss didn't do a whole lot of damage against the Patriots on Sunday -- one catch for eight yards against his old team in a 28-18 loss. As such, he probably didn't have much to talk about on the field. He had puh-lenty to say afterwards, though.

Moss showed up to the podium unexpectedly, while reporters waited for Brett Favre to speak and launched into a bizarre rant, starting with a discussion of the $25,000 he was fined for not speaking with Minnesota reporters. (Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 has the full transcript, and it's worth a read for sure.)

"Look, I got fined $25,000 for not talking to you all, and me personally, I really don't care," Moss said. "But at the same time, I do ... answer questions throughout the week, and for the league to fine me $25,000 -- I'm not going to answer any more questions for the rest of this year. If it's going to be an interview, I'm going to conduct it. So, I'll answer my own questions, ask myself the questions and then give you all the answers. So, from here on out, I'm not answering any more questions for the rest of this season."

And then it got really crazy, with Moss essentially stating that the Vikings coaching staff didn't listen to him when he tried to prep them on what the Patriots would do with their gameplan.

"I tried to prepare," Moss said. "Tried to talk to the players and coaches about how this game was going to be played and a couple tendencies here, couple tendencies here. The bad part about it -- you have six days to prepare for a team, and on the seventh day, that Sunday, meaning today, I guess they come over to me and say, 'Dag, Moss, you was right about a couple plays and a couple schemes they were going to run.' It hurts as a player that you put a lot of hard work in all week, and toward the end of the week, Sunday, when you get on the field, that's when they acknowledge about the hard work you put in throughout the week. That's actually a disappointment."

Moss didn't stop there either -- he also called out Brad Childress for electing to go for it on fourth down and goal before the end of the first half.

"Definitely down that we lost this game because I didn't expect us to lose this game knowing that we had a few things that we had to clean up," Moss said. "But like I said, they played a good game. I wish we could have had that three at the end of the half. Maybe it could have been different. Maybe not."

He also lavished a bunch of praise on his former Patriot teammates, even at one point calling Bill Belichick the "best coach in football history."

"I really haven't had a chance to really talk to the guys, so this was no disrespect to the Minnesota Vikings and their organization," Moss said. "The captains -- [Vince] Wilfork, Tommy Boy [Brady], [Jerod] Mayo. Am I forgetting somebody? Kevin Faulk. Man, I miss them guys, man. I miss the team. It was hard for me to come here and play. Been an up-and-down rollercoaster emotionally all week. And then to be able to come in here and see those guys running plays that I know what they're doing, and the success they had on the field, the running game -- so, I kind of know what kind of feeling they have in their locker room, man, and I just want to be able to tell the guys that I miss the hell out of them. Every last helmet in that locker room, man."

In fact, it at least seemed that Moss wanted to be a Patriot again and that he regrets whatever happened to get him back to Minnesota (or, if you're optimistic about his attitude, that he really, really, REALLY appreciates everything that New England did to revive his career). But regardless, it was, by all accounts, an incredibly bizarre scene that can best be summed up with an old cliche involving greener colored grass.

And given Brett Favre's injury and the team's inability to win any games and willingness to call out the head coach, things could be only getting browner.

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 8:46 am
Edited on: October 31, 2010 8:47 am
 

Top Ten with a Twist: Halloween costumes

A. Cromartie would look great if he went as a dandelion for his Halloween costume (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Today will be a packed day for you. Naturally, you’ve got a full slate of NFL games to watch – either on TV or in the stadium of your choice – and then there’s going to be the few hours you need to recover from your team winning (beer!) or from your team losing (beer mixed with tears!). Then, you’ve got to take the kids trick-or-treating, because, lest you forget, it’s Halloween.

With that in mind, we’ve come up with the top-10 best costumes the NFL could make use of this year. Most would require a sense of humor from the individual player, but if that player DID dress up in what we’re suggesting, they would automatically be included in our Awesome Hall of Fame.

There were quite a few costumes we left off, because they simply weren’t good enough (or were too obvious). One of which was Terrell Owens/Chad Ochocinco as Batman/Robin. We’ve been there, done that. We also had a Wizard of Oz theme working with Albert Haynesworth as the tin man, Norv Turner as the scarecrow, Bryant McKinnie as the lion, and referee Gene Steratore (the official who had to make the replay calls on the Calvin Johnson non-TD catch and the Ben Roethlisberger non-TD fumble) as the actual Wizard (pay no attention to that man behind (or, in this case, underneath) that curtain!)

10. Joe Flacco = The Situation. This is the reason we had this idea in the first place. The other day we told you about Flacco dressing up like the Jersey Shore’s biggest star (complete with faux-hawk, racing stripes and the state map of New Jersey shaved into the back of his head). Yes, Flacco, at face value, doesn’t seem to have much in common with The Situation. But he was the impetus for our idea, so we include him.

9. Tom Brady = Justin Bieber. Obviously, the hair. And yes, this story has been a bit played-out, but we can’t get over the fact that Bieber tried to call out Brady in his terrible bit of freestyling on that ridiculous video. It makes me sad.

We miss J. Allen's mullet, but probably not as much as he does (Getty). 8. Jared Allen = Samson. You know, the biblical character. The guy who had so much strength because of the length of his hair, and then cut it all off because of that damn Delilah (that’s the basic framework of the story, right? It’s been a long time since I was in Sunday school). Well, Allen – who’s recorded only one sack in six games this year – has been invisible for most of the season after cutting off his mullet, because of, sigh, a woman (now his wife).

7. Brett Favre = Bill Clinton. The only prop he needs is a cigar.

6. Brett Favre = Verizon cell phone guy. Actually, this one wasn’t my joke, but I think it’s funnier than the Bill Clinton gag. Yet, IF Favre went as the Verizon guy with a pair of the No Fly Wranglers made famous by SNL, he might shoot to No. 1 on this list.

5. Ben Roethlisberger = a stop sign. First of all, Roethlisberger has the solid width to support an octagonal sign. Second of all, Roethlisberger would do well to heed the sign’s message the next time he’s out at a bar or a golf course or anywhere where there are females present. Roethlisberger would get even bigger props if he could pair the sign with a motorcycle helmet (safety first!). 

4. Wade Phillips = Bernie Lomax from “Weekend at Bernie’s.” At this point, Andrew McCarthy might as well be slapping flies off Phillips' forehead. Phillips obviously is still the head coach of the Cowboys, but the way the season has gone, he’s a dead coach walking. McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman don’t yet have to intertwine their shoelaces with Phillips’ to drag him out to the field, but if things get much worse for the Cowboys, we’re not far away from having a big boozed-out party at Phillips’ island getaway.

3. Jeff Fisher = CSI investigator. The Titans coach has become a private detective after his WR Kenny Britt was arrested last week at a club a couple days before Tennessee took the field against the Eagles (where he pounded Philadelphia single-handedly). Later, Fisher admitted he visited the Karma Lounge on a fact-finding mission to find out what had really happened with Britt. No word on whether he went inside wearing a trench coat and a top hat. Or whether David Caruso was with him.

2. Braylon Edwards = taxi driver. This might be a stretch for Edwards, considering it’s entirely possibly he’s never actually been INSIDE a cab before. Especially when he’s out for a night on the town and allegedly has had way too much to drink. Or, even better, Edwards could dress as a limo driver. Get the nice suit, the jaunty hat, maybe a scarf and (definitely) the driving gloves.

1. Antonio Cromartie = dandelion. Do you know why? Can you figure it out? Why would we compare the Jets cornerback to the flowering plant from the genus taraxacum? Think about what happens when you blow a fully-bloomed dandelion. The seeds scatter to the wind in an effort to reproduce and to make new dandelions. How does that relate to Cromartie? Well, if you haven’t figured it out by now, check the video below. Happy Halloween indeed.




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Posted on: October 27, 2010 12:22 pm
 

Welker was a 'little bit surprised' by Moss trade

Posted by Will Brinson

The pretty much out-of-nowhere deal that sent Randy Moss from the Patriots to the Vikings caught almost everyone by surprise (you could make a case that Jay Glazer and Bill Simmons saw it coming). That includes his teammates, apparently.

Wes Welker, for instance, said that he was caught off guard by the deal, per Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

"I was a little bit surprised," Welker on Wednesday's conference call with reporters. "Obviously Randy is such a great player and such a great guy and everything like that. It is hard to go out there and play without a guy who had been here for such a long time. But at the same time you trust in coach [Bill] Belichick and the decisions he makes and you roll with them and move on."

Although maybe only having a "little bit" of surprise is more indicative that Welker saw it coming -- there were some quotes following the deal from the Pats top receiver that indicate he might not have been that shocked to see Moss get shipped out.

Right now, though, no one's going to say anything to add any more gas to the likely simmering fire of Moss wanting to show his old team they made a mistake.

“I’m lucky I don’t have to defend him," Tom Brady said, via Mike Reiss. "I’m sure he’ll want to come out & have a great game against us."

That's all but guaranteed -- Moss has a pretty good history of showing up against teams that spurned him (see: his stats against the Dallas Cowboys for passing on him in the draft). Although if he's trying to catch Tavaris Jackson's lame ducks on Sunday, he might be so upset with his move back to Minnesota that he'll forget how New England shipped him out of town.

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:18 am
 

Brady: Belichick wouldn't act like Childress

Brad Childress called out B. Favre during his Sunday night news conference (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Remember how Vikings coach Brad Childress pretty much lambasted Brett Favre after the Vikings loss to Green Bay on Sunday?

He basically said that Favre’s three interceptions cost his team badly. Which, of course, was completely obvious. But then again, a Favre who only had one leg under him nearly led his team to a stirring comeback. Later on, Childress looked a little like a jackass when he revealed Favre was playing with two ankle fractures.

Said Childress: “It still goes back to taking care of the football. You can’t throw it to them. You’ve got to play within the confines of our system. Sometimes it’s O.K. to punt the football, and you can’t give seven points going the other way. Not in a game like this. Not with a high-powered team.”

And this:

“Yeah, the (interception) to (Desmond) Bishop, I’d have to look at that because I’d like to know where we’re going with the football, because I believe the play was designed to go to the other side and I think Percy’s standing there in big air, so not sure why we’re looking at the left-hand side.”

The “we” obviously refers to “him,” as in Brett Favre.

Which leads us to Patriots QB Tom Brady’s weekly appearance on WEEI radio this morning.

He was asked about Childress’ comments, and Brady said, “I think every head coach has different styles to motivate their players. Coach [Bill] Belichick, he doesn't ever do that to anybody. It doesn't matter if I threw seven interceptions, he would never do that. But there's no doubt that he's going to bring that up to me at some point, probably right away, in front of the team, as well. He's going to make the point that he needs to make in order to try to get his players to play better."

The fact Childress did it in such a public way, though, surely won’t win him many friends in the Minnesota locker room.

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 9:47 am
 

Brady and Suggs have great war or words going

Posted by Andy Benoit

When Tom Brady speaks his mind, he tends to do it on Boston’s WEEI radio. On Monday morning the Patriots quarterback gave the Dennis & Callahan show a gem.
T. Brady (US Presswire)
After Sunday’s game, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said “[Brady] sometimes found some spots, made some plays. But like I said, he just better hope he don’t see us again.

“I think they got like one or two plays that they drew up on the bye week that actually worked, like the [Brandon Tate] reverse and the little double wheel with [Aaron] Hernandez,” Suggs said. “But after that, when they had to line up and play football they didn’t have too many things go well for them. [Brady] made some plays and we tip our hat for him. Congratulations.”

Brady’s response?

“He had his chance. Maybe if he gets another chance he can try to back those words up. But he had a chance yesterday," Brady said. "You know, we’ve played guys a lot, and they’ve beat us one time in all the times that I’ve played them. They talk a lot for beating us once in nine years.”

Zing.

Brady and Terrell Suggs have a nice little rivalry going. The two went facemask to facemask in an argument ostensibly over Brady campaigning for a roughing the passer flag (which he didn’t get). Last year, the Ravens were critical of Brady’s unabashed campaigning for calls. Suggs spoke about the altercation.

“He was trying to tell me how to bag a Hollywood actress,” the linebacker said. “He said, ‘If you want to get a Hollywood actress, take my seminar on Saturday.’ … He was going over the Dow and the economy and politics. He doesn’t really talk football that much.”

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 10:40 am
Edited on: October 14, 2010 1:47 pm
 

Justin Bieber calls out Brady's hair in freestyle

Posted by Will Brinson

Remember how Randy Moss told Tom Brady that his hair looked like a girl's during their locker room spat that the team keeps trying to deny? Yeah, that was awesome.

Well, Moss isn't the only one who doesn't care for Brady's haircut -- Justin Beiber's freestyle rap that he posted to Twitter in which he calls out Brady for trying to copy HIS hair. Wait for it to drop at the 0:27 mark:



And in case you didn't catch what he said, it's the following:
"Sack like a sacker,
 Call up Mr. Brady,
 Tell him leave his hair to the guy that sings Baby"
OH NO YOU DID-N'T, JUSTIN BEIBER. OH YES, I DID, TOM BRADY.

Sorry, that was my brain getting all Beyonce and taking over my fingers. Anyway, as Andrew Sharp pointed out at SBNation, this is a shot fired.

Now, Brady is probably a little more worried about the post-pubescent Ravens defenders he has to face this Sunday than he is a pop star cranked up on pixie sticks and "getting hard" in the studio, but surely there's something Brady could do following a score to mock Bieber right? Fake cut his hair? Or perhaps just pull out a giant photo of Gisele with the words "Bieber Please!" stamped on it? I kind of like that one.
Posted on: October 12, 2010 8:36 pm
 

Brady speaks about Moss, offense

Posted by Andy Benoit

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may have put the finishing touches on the Charley Casserly vs. New England Patriots saga that is winding down. Asked on WEEI if it was true that he had a run-in with Randy Moss over his long hair, Brady said, “No, certainly not. I don’t know why these things come about, but they just do. It’s just a competitive media culture out there right now. But certainly between Randy and I, I love the guy as a person, as a player. I don’t think I’ve ever had an altercation with a teammate. You demand a certain level of respect in the locker room, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen any of our players fight.”T. Brady (US Presswire)

This isn’t to say Casserly was erroneous in his reporting – he may have been the victim of some deliberately bad information. Who knows. It’s a story that is officially in the past.

Brady then addressed life after Moss. Asked if the offense can still be as effective, Brady said “I can tell you 20 different ways, but we gotta go out there and do it. You don’t replace with one guy Randy’s talents on the field, but you replace it with the strengths of other players. Randy certainly has his strengths, but Wes (Welker) has his strengths, the tight ends have their strengths... it’s up to the coaching staff to determine what players do best. It may be a little different from what we’ve seen, but we can definitely still move the football.”

On whether he was consulted about the Moss or Deion Branch moves, Brady gave the perfect company line (perfect because you get the sense that he genuinely believes this):

“Certainly not. I’m a player on this team, just like all the other players. I talk to all the coaches, but they’ve never come up and said, ‘What do you think of this?’ I’ve become emotional in the past about losing certain players and that’s affected the team. (It’s important to be) level-headed and unemotional, just go about your business and put it behind you with the guys you got.”

(Thanks to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald for putting Brady’s quotes to print.)

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 9:58 am
 

Hot Routes 10.12.10: Gloria Allred comments



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- In case you missed last night’s press conference featuring Brett Favre, there were a handful of questions relating to the texting/sexual harassment scandal in which he’s currently found himself. Like a matador, Favre deftly avoided all the inquiries and dealt with football questions only. Hell, at one point, he was practically begging for reporters to ask about his TD throw to Randy Moss.

- Jets WR Santonio Holmes looked rusty and inconsistent in his first game back following a four-game suspension to start the season.

- Darrelle Revis’s hamstring was sore and swollen after the game, and while watching him try to cover Percy Harvin on his 34-yard TD catch Monday night, you can tell he’s still not 100 percent. Revis said he’s not sure if he’ll play next week.

- At this point, it’s pretty safe to call Jets RBs Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson (or is that LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene?) the best duo in the NFL.

- Tom Brady spoke on the radio this morning, and he addressed the hair vs. beard kerfuffle between he and Randy Moss (he said there was no conflict) and how happy he is to have Deion Branch back (he’s very happy).

- The Dolphins have to prepare for two Green Bay quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers, who suffered a concussion Sunday and might not play, and backup Matt Flynn.

- Meanwhile, Miami really is thinking hard about Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews. The Dolphins walked into their locker room Monday, and inside each of their stalls was a picture of Matthews.

- The Ravens are second in the league in pass defense, allowing only 156.6 yards per game. But you know what’s strange about that stat? None of the defensive backs have an interception this year.

- Not surprisingly, QB Alex Smith will start San Francisco’s game against the Raiders. How quickly this time around will the crowd chant for his backup?

-Despite the dropped TD pass that would have given Kansas City a 13-9 lead against the Colts on Sunday, Chiefs coach Todd Haley defended WR Dwayne Bowe. It’s not like this is Bowe’s first time dropping a ball, though.

- I’ll leave you with this. The first thing I thought about when I saw this headline in the New York Daily News, “Jenn Sterger could take money from Brett Favre to keep quiet, attorney Gloria Allred says,” was last week’s cold opener from Saturday Night Live. Video is below.



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