Edit:Poor you. True fan that you are. My first games were on metal benches watching shit QBs in the freezing cold, so really go fuck yourself. I won';t be paying $250 a ticket for that privilege only with seats instead of bleachers. I've also said for a few years that watching has given me a mixed/shitty feeling because of what is happening to player's brains. This makes a nice easy transition time. But you win for like, realest fan, or something. Pick up your free app at the bar during your next visit.
In retrospect, it seems the Patriots made their decision a year ago, gave Tom an appreciation gift, and rewarded him with his choice of his future beyond the Patriots to either retire or move on. A couple of their personnel decisions that seemed un-Patriot-like (AB, Sanu, Flash Gordon) may have been attempts to catch lightning in a bottle for his last year so he could go out on top.And that gave him nearly $10 million that effectively made him impossible to resign.
I have been saying for a year that it made absolutely no sense and was the most non Patriot like thing that I had ever seen. They gave him no franchise and put themselves further in cap jail for absolutely nothing in return. Obviously it wasn’t to buy him goodwill to stay. It was simply an outright gift from Kraft and BB.
I think everyone knew this was coming a year ago. Except us.
For me, vis-a-vis the bolded, it all depends on where he ends up. If it's Tampa, I'll probably root for him to do well. I love the guy. But if it's Miami? They are the team in the NFL that I have always hated the most; even the Jets are a distant second. So there is NO CHANCE IN HELL that I'll root for Brady if he's on the Dolphins. I will not be neutral in that case. Maybe neutral if he's on the Chargers.I’m also feeling surprisingly unemotional about this. I was more upset about the Miami loss to be honest because that felt like “the end”. I am not sure that sports will ever be the same to me going forward, both due to CV and to the attachment I felt to this franchise, coach, and QB. Time will tell.
I will be neutral about his performance in 2020. Won’t root for or against.
I know what you're saying, but I think it's extremely consistent. I take that as acknowledgment that he is not BILL BELICHICK if Tom Brady didn't walk into his life 20 years ago.The part of Bill’s statement that stands out is “I am extremely grateful for what he did for our team and for me personally.”
Bill doesn’t just say shit. And that last part is very honest and a bit inconsistent with how I sometimes imagine he thinks. It is not something that I imagine he says lightly in a public statement even if he personally thinks It. He is very much an “it’s all about the players” guy, but he is rarely personal in it.
I sort of think will you root for TB could be its own thread because it is fascinating. I think the answer might be different depending on how long a person followed the team before Brady.For me, vis-a-vis the bolded, it all depends on where he ends up. If it's Tampa, I'll probably root for him to do well. I love the guy. But if it's Miami? They are the team in the NFL that I have always hated the most; even the Jets are a distant second. So there is NO CHANCE IN HELL that I'll root for Brady if he's on the Dolphins. I will not be neutral in that case. Maybe neutral if he's on the Chargers.
Amen to all of this. I'll root for him, and will probably still follow the NFL in 2020 with Belichick still on our sideline and Brady still in the league. But when they retire, man, it ain't never gonna feel worth it to watch, not for me.We're onto the rebuild.
I'm oddly not too upset by this. The weeks and months of stories and rumors did soften the blow I guess. Nevertheless, it just feels like finishing the best book I ever read. The only other sports-related thing I'll ever experience is when Messi decides to hang it up for Barca.
When these guys are on your team, you know you had the best and most clutch player on the field. If there was even a sliver of a chance they could win, they'd find it and rip it away from their opponents mercilessly. TB is an assassin on the football field. His career is a goddamn fairy tale and it was a privilege to root for him. GOAT.
Same here.I'm somewhat surprised to see how little this matters to me. Between everything else going on right now and my decidedly guilty feelings about continuing to even follow the NFL over the last few years, I just can't work up the energy to really care about this.
Yeah, I was trying to prepare myself for this being the outcome when all the "No, seriously, he really wants to play for SF" stuff was going around. He's earned the right to go where he wants, to make what he thinks he should make, many times over. Still stings.I've taken a step back and after reading more of Kraft and BB's comments it was more about Brady wanting to move on more than anything. It does not take away any of the hurt or emotion us fans have because of what Brady meant to us, but there really is nobody to blame. It was going to happen someday. Now, it's about what Belichick/Caserio do from this point on.
I’m disappointed too, but what is the life span of a quarterback with the same team, or even an elite quarterback with the same team? We got 19 years, not to mention the six titles with Tom. Unbelievable.Everything just sucks right now. I know sports pales in comparison to what is going on in the world but this is icing on the cake.
Schefter: Despite today’s proclamation that he would not be returning to New England, Tom Brady has not made a decision on where he will play next season and he will be exploring his options, per a league source.
Ben's new t-shirt line: "Your GM traded Jimmy G. and all you got was this Stupid Super Bowl."View: https://twitter.com/BenVolin/status/1239898138070126600?s=20
Never mind, I found the official dumbest take on this. Christ is Volin thick as pigshit.