Tom Brady might have to apologize for a non-Patriots scandal. No trophy throwing, Tom!
Record-setting seventh Super Bowl? Check, and with a shockingly low stress level involved.
After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sent the Kansas City Chiefs to the showers, the entire rest of Brady’s weekly schedule was reserved for boat parties, both public and private. Not bad.
Unfortunately for the GOAT, he got a little loose with things after being unshackled from the pressure of living up to his reputation, even going so far as to toss the Lombardi Trophy from boat to boat during Wednesday’s festivities.
Extremely luckily, it landed in tight end Cameron Brate’s meaty paws. But the controversy didn’t end with the silver trophy’s safe landing.
The Tampa Police Department made it perfectly clear, in the wake of Brady’s split-second decision, that they had a game plan in place to retrieve a sunken metal trophy of great value — in case, you know, such a situation arose.
And if that wasn’t scary enough, Brady now has an angry Florida woman on his case — specifically, Fort Myers resident Lorraine Grohs, the daughter of Greg Grohs. Ever heard of him?!
Obviously, the answer is no. But the elder Grohs was the lead silversmith at Tiffany and Company from 1967-1994, a period that encompasses the initial sculpting and creation of the vaunted Lombardi Trophy. Yes, he crafted the trademark curvature!
And his daughter is fuming at the disrespect Brady showed to the silver shrine to greatness her father once crafted.
Tom Brady might have to apologize to the daughter of the Lombardi Trophy maker.
As the heir to the Lombardi Trophy fortune (?) put it in her statements in the wake of the near-disaster:
"“It just upset me that this trophy was disgraced and disrespected by being thrown as if it was a real football. I have a big history of this trophy being made by my father and it’s such an honor and I know all the craftsmen that made it when my dad was there also at Tiffany’s and it takes a lot of hard work,” said Grohs.Grohs also described sleepless nights, feeling upset that the passion and pride her father put into the trophy was taken so lightly.“I’ve seen this trophy being made at the factory at Tiffany’s and it’s a beautiful trophy. My father had to chisel the seams, he had to chisel the seams by hand. There is a newspaper article that shows him working on that trophy. The ball is hand-formed and the base is as well,” Grohs explained."
Grohs, not a football fan, watches the biggest game of the year annually just to get a chance to glimpse her father’s work when the final whistle sounds.
And yet she…truly did not appreciate the extra air time Brady gave her family’s pride and joy on Wednesday afternoon.
If it makes Mrs. Grohs feel any better, we here at Musket Fire are happy to apologize on Brady’s behalf, and we hope he acts a little less callously when he wins his eighth Lombardi next February.
Unlike the trophy, though, the Grohs family appears to have gone a little overboard here.