The Tom Brady Conundrum

It’s a question that appears to be dividing Patriots Nation: Is it okay to root against Tom Brady? And the answer is unequivocally yes.

I’ve gotten a lot of flack with this take, but I firmly stand by it. If you are a Patriots fan, it is MORE than okay for you to root against Tom Brady. Now of course we’re not talking “I HOPE HE BREAKS HIS LEG!” here, but when watching Brady play, as a Patriots fan, you’re more than allowed to be like “Uh…I kinda hope he loses..” or “Hey Tom, what in the hell was THAT pass huh?”

I know this upsets many Pats fans, but it’s pretty simple: if you are dating someone for 2 decades, and the last couple years the love starts to fade and YOU leave ME for another cooler, better looking guy…why the hell am I going to wish you good fortune!? HELL NO. I hope your new relationship goes up in flames and you realize how good what WE had was. I. Do. Not. Care. How good the time we had was or how much we loved each other. YOU left ME. I’m not on your side anymore, sorry. Roast me all you want, that’s my take and I’m sticking to it!

Of course my relationship analogy isn’t perfect. But I think it’s the best way to describe it. I simply do not want Tom Brady to be successful outside of New England. Partly because it continues to make it real that he left. Partly because my team sucked this year. And partly because he chose someone else over me! And remember the “I’m having fun again” text he sent earlier in the year? I didn’t forget. 

And I understand there are a ton of Pats fans who aren’t as petty as me and are still rooting for Brady while simultaneously rooting for the Patriots as well. And that’s fine if that’s what you wanna do, but I can’t actively root for two teams while my team is still around. That’s like having a wife but a girlfriend on the side. Sorry but this isn’t an open relationship and I’m very happy with my current life partner. This heart only beats for one team, and that’s the New England Patriots.

Now I know what you’re thinking, “Well, the Patriots sucked their way out of a playoff spot so why not root for Tom now?” I will refer back to my previous argument. If I’m not happy in my current relationship, I am certainly not wishing you good tidings in yours! During the regular season I was never necessarily rooting “against” him, because a regular season win isn’t the end of the world. But with every playoff win, the GOAT comes closer and closer to winning one with ANOTHER TEAM. I do not want that!

It stems from the fact that I never wanted him to leave in the first place. I want to be able to tell my kids and grandkids that I saw Tom Brady win 6 Super Bowls with the Patriots and run a train on the league year in and year out without any caveats. It becomes a little more complicated when I have to add a Tampa title win in there as well. As of right now when they ask about him leaving New England, I can just be like “Yeah, but he never won anything there. He’s a Patriot.” Kind of like people do with Joe Montana, get it?

And no, I am not worried one bit that if he wins in Tampa it will “justify” the idiotic opinion that it was BRADY who made BELICHICK. That’s the dumbest argument I’ve ever heard. You simply would not have one without the other. Are they both supremely talented? Yes. Have there been times where one had to pick up some slack for the other? Of course. 

The obsession with the “Who was responsible for the success?” debate makes me laugh. It’s an unanswerable question as it doesn’t even make sense if you think about it. Take Eminem and Dr. Dre. Neither one of them would be at the level they are now without each other. Again, both great! But their careers wouldn’t be where they are had they never joined forces.

I don’t want this to come off as me being a “hater” either. I mean, I’m not sure how it could be after I waxed as poetically as one could wax about the guy for 20 years. But still, I’ve been called a hater for my opinion here. Let me get one thing clear: there is no hate whatsoever in my heart for this man. Tom Brady is responsible for some of the best times in my LIFE. I will forever be grateful for him and I’ll be there first one to debate any and everyone that he is the greatest of all time.

But that will be when he leaves the league. While he is playing, like it or not, he’s an opponent. We may not be going head to head every week, but he’s still the enemy nonetheless. The only team I want to win in the NFL is the Patriots, everyone else can piss off.

I think a lot of people are being exposed for being “Brady fans” the whole time they were parading around as “Patriots fans” too by the way. Not the people who can somehow root for two teams, no no no. But the people who don’t seem to be paying as much attention to the Pats or seem to be a little more OVERLY critical than usual. Maybe those people take a look in the mirror and ask yourself if you were ever really a PATRIOTS fan, or if you were just a BRADY fan. I like to call those folks the “Skip Bayless’” of the world. 

I also wanted to say this, being on the outside of Bradymania has shown me something: people really do bend over backwards to make excuses for him, huh? Don’t get me wrong, I think a lot of his criticisms are blasphemous and I was one of the ones making excuses year after year for him when he was with New England, but it’s kind of ridiculous this year, isn’t it?

There were a few games and stretches this year where he was just flat out missing people. But of course the blame would get shifted to the receiver or the playcalling. But like it or not, Brady was bad at times this year. Don’t get me wrong, he was good far more than he was bad, but that doesn’t take away my previous statement. Bad is still bad when it’s bad. 

At the end of the day, I am a Patriots fan. If you are not wearing a Patriots jersey, you’re not on my team. That means I want you to lose. There are not, nor will there, every be an exception to that rule. Some may find that harsh or stupid, and that’s fine. I call it being a fan of a team. Let’s go Patriots.

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