Posted January 22, 2014

Tom Brady not planning to watch Super Bowl XLVIII: I couldn’t care less

AFC East, New England Patriots, Super Bowl XLVIII
Tom Brady fell shy of making an NFL-record sixth Super Bowl appearance.

Tom Brady fell shy of making an NFL-record sixth Super Bowl appearance. (Joe Mahoney/AP)

With his team falling one win shy of a Super Bowl trip, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has no interest in dwelling on the 2013 season. He opted out of the Pro Bowl this week (Alex Smith was named his replacement), and he told WEEI in Boston that even watching the Super Bowl is pretty far down his list of priorities.

“Those games are hard to watch,” Brady said. “I don’€™t really see myself sitting down to enjoy a football game to watch it. Our season’€™s over. Truthfully, I [couldn't] care less about watching the game. That’€™s pretty much how I feel.”

An understandable reaction from Brady there, as he is just days removed from Sunday’s loss to the Broncos, which prevented Brady from making his sixth Super Bowl appearance. He did, however, refuse to classify the season as a failure for his team in spite of Sunday’s loss, though his disappointment remained evident.

“I think there’€™s a lot to be gained by seasons like this,” Brady told WEEI. “You see players that have really emerged to become dependable players for our team and there’€™s a lot of things to be gained from it. But at the same time we’€™re not here — I think we’€™ve established a certain level of play that we’€™re not satisfied unless we’€™re the last team standing.”

This was the same WEEI interview in which Brady not-so-subtly criticized Richard Sherman for his now-famous interview after Seattle’s NFC title game win. “We win with graciousness, and when we lose we can do better,” Brady offered.

(h/t: CBSSports.com)

288 comments
TheGoldenRhino
TheGoldenRhino

What a sore loser Tom Brady is. He should be setting a good example of good sportsmanship as one of the best players in the NFL, as well as support his friend, Peyton Manning, and the AFC representative in the Super Bowl, the Denver Broncos. Instead Brady acts like a spoiled brat, no class at all.

SherylBecker
SherylBecker

you might win with that so-called "graciousness" in your mind....but what we see is a whole different story, Mr. Tom Brady!!! If you were a friend of Peyton's like you say, you'd turn the t.v. on and watch him!! you might even pick up some pointers on how to improve your game so you can be there next year. 

mas
mas

Brady a sore loser and too proud to go to the PRO BOWL?? I'm surprised this wasnt splattered across sports news headlines. If that was Richard Sherman, it surely would have reached CNN.

bambam824
bambam824

Brady will be watching the Superbowl on the sofa in a soft pair of Uggs.

racy0057
racy0057

The Patriots really left me with a bad taste in my mouth, after the loss to Denver.  I mean, Brady is acting like a spoiled brat, who won't watch the game, because he isn't in it.  Then, of course, you have the Billichick crap about Welker.  I haven't heard anyone say that the hit was even close to an intentional attempt to take Alib out, but Billichick calls it one of the worse he's ever seen?  So, the organization who is supposed to demonstrate what a "class organization" is, doesn't know how to lose with any dignity or class.  I would hope that Brady would watch the game, if anything, to support his "friend" Peyton Manning.  No, he prefers to sulk and will likely get sympathy (and much more) from his supermodel wife, while they are in the Burmudas, to give "Tom Terrific" time to pout about how he just didn't have any players to help him and no matter how much he screamed at them, on the sidelines and degraded them on national tv, for some reason they just couldn't play to the level that Brady and Billichick demand.  I mean, it wasn't Brady's fault that he overthrew Edelman, who was as wide open as an NFL receiver can be and missed a sure touchdown, which would have very likely changed the momentum of the game.  Now, his former best friend, while with the Pats, Wes Welker, likes Manning better than Tom and gets to go to the Superbowl and Tom's feelings are hurt, which upset "Daddy Bill" so much, that he called him a dirty player 9not by name, but receiver). Wha Wha Wha!  If this is how a "class organization" handles things, I would hate to see how your everyday, run of the mill, bunch of losers (you know, the rest of the NFL) would handle a similar situation.  I no longer respect the coach or the QB of the team, which I have always given credit to, for doing things the right way.  I'm sure that Bill and Tom will retire the same year, based on Billichick's statement that he doesn't want to coach that much longer, or be the age of a Tom Coughlin.  So, I give it 2 or 3 years and i hope they never sniff another Superbowl (even if they do, they will lose, as has been their MO recently).  No wonder Welker is so damn glad to be outta there!

wlewisiii
wlewisiii

What a whiny little sore loser. 

JackHoff
JackHoff

This is the most embarrassing Brady episode since "Ma always said, don't play ball in the house".

MUCHOHUEVOS
MUCHOHUEVOS

I didn't realize there was CRYING in the NFL.

RobertCatone
RobertCatone

Oh, we prefer to win with class, however; when we lose Bill and I prefer to act like spoiled brats.  Tom stay home, Bill stay home.  Both of you.  Grow up.

TedLucier
TedLucier

he may not want to watch the Super Bowl but he should have kept his mouth shut all he made me think is a spoiled little kid who didn't get his way. Also the Pro Bowl is not just about the players the fans picked him to go and him not going just says to me is he don't care about the fans grow up

sunlakesalejandros1092
sunlakesalejandros1092

If I can't play or watch QB's of my caliber, I will just take my balls and go home and eat worms . . . 

MarkCalasade
MarkCalasade

It would be hard to watch the big game having fallen one game short. Now, I've never been a huge fan of Brady, but I tell you, this season made me one. It was truly phenomenal what he did with the little bit of talent he had WR. Hat's off to him.

pirate
pirate

Wow. An amazingly childish and scatological bunch of comments on a very minor story. Surprised how many foul mouthed second graders are on the site.

AF Whigs
AF Whigs

I've got nothing for or against Brady, and I don't care that he's not going to watch the SB.  If I were him I doubt I would, either.  

bulltorch
bulltorch

Tom is the man... He doesn't care about the super bowl because he has better things to do like be balls deep in gisele on super bowl sunday in one of his mansions.. 


And to the whole "whether a random selection of the US population thinks he has class" thing, I also don't think he cares about that either.  There are enough Pats fans out there to be on his side... I don't think he cares if a random joe from oklahoma who hasnt left his trailer in 3 weeks thinks he is classy or not... the guy is a certified superstar on all levels... 


Peyton, is a great qb, but he will never be like tom. Peyton is just some yokel who says what he needs to say so he can pad his pockets before his neck gives out on him.. This very well could be his last game.  And since everyone can relate to him because he is not a superstar model-dating, playboy like tom, they don't experience extreme anger caused by deep envy.  That is why Peyton is liked more than Tom.. 


Tom took his team to afccg on a pretty depleted team.  He'll be back and win the super bowl eventually before he retires.  he knows it, belichick knows it, and all these hom0s whining about his class here know it... 

JohnKoehl
JohnKoehl

Better watch Tom because something is telling me you may not be playing in any anymore. Now the difference in character between him and Peyton Manning is totally exposed. 

freebyrd711
freebyrd711

I plan to continue my boycott of the Super Bowl, maybe I'll see what Tom has going on

Dick Nuggets
Dick Nuggets

You'd think he'd watch to try to find out what it takes to make it to the Superbowl again.  His days of making a Superbowl are over......

Neylandnut53
Neylandnut53

This is a fair statement, because quite frankly if the Patriots had won, I would not be watching the Super Bow.!

CaroleLietz
CaroleLietz

"I'm takin' my ball & I'm goin' home"!

Goldenrods
Goldenrods

It's funny how the patriots have not won a Super Bowl since the team got caught cheating. I and many others think the Super Bowl they beat the Rams in 2002 was because of cheating. Many Rams players would agree.

SherylBecker
SherylBecker

@MarkCalasade well he has been in the lkeague long enough...and stole enough other teams' plays, duh...fan huh...good for you!! BRONCOS all the way with CLASS!!!

read.jk
read.jk

@pirate We just don't like prima dona's unless they have some class, that's all. Brady has always acted like a spoiled little kid. He came up to Richard Sherman last year before the game with Seattle and he told Sherman he should come see him after the Patriots won the game...hence, the big "You Mad Bro'" comment. I love the look on Brady's face in that pic.

racy0057
racy0057

@bulltorch Brady and Billichick have been knocked out of the playoffs for 3 consecutive years and they haven't actually won a Superbowl for 8 or 9 years.  I have allot of respect for the Patriots being contenders, virtually every season and I think that this season may have been the best overall job by Billichick/Brady, etc.  The problem is, there are allot of emerging teams in the AFC and it is hard to predict that the Patriots will even get to another Superbowl, under Billichick and Brady.  That is why it is so important to not only get to the Superbowl, but to win it, if given that opportunity.  I don't see the Patriots odds of winning another one as being any better than 4 or 5 other teams, in their conference, let alone, the loaded NFC.  Almost everything has to go right, to even get there, ie:  minimal injuries (especially to key players), being able to keep a roster together, due to Free Agency and the cap and how good the division that the teams are in, can make a big difference, due to about half of the games being against those opponents and their records determining the ability to even win a division, or get a playoff spot.  I think the Pats.have benefitted, as much as any team, by their  weak division.  I mean, show me a powerhouse in the AFC East, or any team there who has been consitently good, other than New England.  The AFC East may be the worst division in the NFL, over the past 10 -12 years, or the time that the Patriots have dominated said division.  I think Billichick will retire the same year that Brady does and I just don't see them being this major favorite to win another one over the next 2 or 3 years, which is likely how long Brady will play.

JojoLove
JojoLove

Wow, Tom is that you? Wawawawa cry baby!

RickDesper
RickDesper

@JohnKoehl "the difference in character"

What are you talking about?  Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are virtually identical when it comes to "character".  Both work extremely hard to try to win football games.  Both care more about their own team's fortunes than about anything else.  

Tom Brady isn't obliged to watch the Super Bowl.  What is your gripe?

Andie
Andie

@JohnKoehl Tom is a great QB. The team is what won Sunday's game. Switch teams, Brady on Broncos and Manning on Patriots. Manning would have loss. The team wins the game not the qb. Broncos wouldn't have won, if their defense wasn't making great plays. Manning would never have those great plays without Decker, Thomas, Moreno. Now  Welker of course did his part when he took his big helmet and knocked the Patriots best defensive player out of the game. People fail to mention that Brady was still sick. Patriots are going to keep Tom Brady, did you miss his big contract?

Tom Brady has good character. I don't know where he got this bad rep from, but it's freaking madness. His team lost the game so why would he watch it? Do you know how HARD it is for them to get that far? He isn't the only one not going watch the Super Bowl.   

bulltorch
bulltorch

@JohnKoehl Peyton is not classy, he's doing it so he can sell more pizzas... he's a real d$ck in real life... he just has you peyton-loving sheeple tricked... 

JojoLove
JojoLove

Exactly! And even if he's bitter, which he is, he should show good sportsmanship!

JPM
JPM

@Goldenrods  

This just wouldn't be an ESPN conversation thread without at least one reference to "They haven't won anything since Spygate".  


Here are the facts, gentlemen:


Since Spygate, the Patriots have won 2 AFC titles, 6 Division titles, and have compiled a record of 98-23 in the regular season. Repeat, the Patriots have lost only 23 regular season games since Spygate.That’s the best won-loss record in the NFL over that time frame.

Also, if the Pats were using Spygate in 2001, how come they were only able to score just one offensive touchdown vs. Rams in the Super Bowl? Patriots were BLANKED in the 2nd half, except for a FG scored on a 2 min drill where NO defensive plays were called.

read.jk
read.jk

@Andie @JohnKoehl It isn't really that he said he wasn't going to watch it, but the way he said, "I couldn't care less," which is patented spoiled Tommy. All he had to say was that he didn't plan on it and it would have been done. Instead - whiny boy.

struckanerve9
struckanerve9

@Andie@JohnKoehlHis reputation comes from his actions after losses, during games, and in the offseason.  Just watch the ESPN documentary about him and watch him cry (literally) about being picked in the sixth round.  Not to mention all the crying he does on the field to the officials every time an opposing d-lineman comes within 3 feet of him (I like to call that the "roughing the Brady" rule).  Don't even get me started on that "tuck rule" BS. 

cmgraham1988
cmgraham1988

@bulltorch you should read Peyton's blog about his USO tour, then tell everyone how awful he is. He is one of the ambassadors of the league for a reason.

struckanerve9
struckanerve9

@JojoLoveThat's never been Tommy's MO.  He's a sore loser.  Always has been.  He's still butthurt about being drafted in the sixth round for pete's sake!