Leif Garrett anyone?
I received plenty of uproar from people after I began boasting how the Steelers would beat the Patriots last weekend, and even more of the same after they did beat them. I mean, is it a cardinal sin in the NFL to be happy a team (especially my favorite team), beat the “genius” Bill Belichick and put Tom Brady on his ass a few times?
Is it politically incorrect to be happy that Mike Tomlin and Dick LeBeau finally outcoached Belichick, and Ben Roethlisberger finally outdid Brady and beat the Patriots at their own game? The proverbial monkey is now off the backs of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and they are without a doubt the most complete team in the AFC.
Throughout the course of the game, whenever Brady got rushed, hit, or sacked, I found myself screaming at the top of my lungs “hit that f%!@r, I hate him!”. Then it dawned on me, even when the Patriots aren’t playing the Steelers, I have the same attitude, as do many of the people I watch football with. I’ve never hated a player for being good, which Tom Brady is. He is arguably the best quarterback this decade in terms of stats, post-season play, and titles overall. I don’t doubt or scrutinize the fact that Tom Brady can play football, and play it like few others can. So why can’t anyone outside of Massachusetts or the Patriots fan-base stand him?
I decided to do a psychoanalysis of myself, and my apparently genetically engrained dislike for Tom Brady. I realized that because my DNA consists of the colors black and yellow, I have an internal hatred for this guy because up until now, he always had his way with the Steelers. That explains the joy I felt last Sunday when the Steelers erased tons of bad memories with a dominating performance and defeat of Tom Brady.
That solves one facet of dislike. So, why do I root against him when he’s playing any other team? This is where it gets interesting, and probably explains why many other fans can’t stand him.
Is it just me, or is Tom’s persona so overly feminine that it seems blasphemous to what football is? Is it because he is a spokesperson for Uggs, which are women’s boots that guys apparently wear now?
Is it because when he gets hit, or even close to hit, he whines and complains for a flag until he gets it? Is it because most of the time he has that long, flamboyant hair that has him cocking his head to one side in dramatic fashion to get it out of his eyes? Is it because the NFL has changed several rules over the years because of Tom Brady’s girly complaining?
Is it because he would have never won his first Super Bowl without the worst call in NFL history (tuck rule) against the Raiders in the 2001-2002 AFC Title Game? Is it because much of his success came when grumpy grandpa coach Bellichick was taping other teams, and the Patriots haven’t done well in the playoffs or won a Super Bowl since SpyGate was exposed?
I’m sure fans can pick parts of my reasons for why they dislike Tom Brady. For me, I would have to say it’s a combination of them all. The fact that Bill Belichick is an overrated coach, got caught cheating, and is also quite arrogant adds to my hatred for his quarterback.
People tend to forget that before he came to New England he went 5-11 as the Browns coach, and if it weren’t for the “tuck rule” game I mentioned above, they may have not ever won that first Super Bowl. That could very well have changed the course of the decade for this “unstoppable” team who was only “unstoppable” when SpyGate was still a secret.
I hope I was able to sum-up here why Tom Brady is by consensus an extremely hated figure in the football world outside of New England, where the fans are as equally delusional to these things as apparently Tom Brady is. I will leave you all with one word: Uggs.