Patriots: Latest Tom Brady incident will allow fans to laugh for first time since departure
By Jerry Trotta
The New England Patriots didn’t have much to be excited about last season.
Not only was their roster ransacked in free agency, which included the departure of Tom Brady, but they lost numerous players to opt outs before training camp.
Throw in the fact that their quarterback play left a lot to be desired, and you’ll understand why fans were so pessimistic.
Speaking of Brady’s departure, that put Patriots fans through a blender of emotions. Were some rooting for him to have success in his first season with the Buccaneers? No doubt. He’s the greatest player in Pats history, how could you not?
On the flip side, however, some diehards wanted to see Brady fall after he chose to leave the organization with whom he won six championships.
You know what all fans can agree on, though? That they haven’t been able to laugh since the Patriots legend signed with Tampa Bay. That should change after they read this story, because Brady apparently threw a temper tantrum for the ages on Sunday.
Tom Brady’s latest incident with the Bucs should make Patriots fans laugh.
Get a load of this, Patriots fans.
Per reporters on the scene at Bucs training camp, Brady, after a play that would’ve resulted in a sack, grabbed the football and punted it out of sheer frustration. The ball flew 40 yards in the air, so apparently Brady could’ve been a punter if the whole QB thing didn’t work out. Who knew?
Believe it or not, punting the pigskin didn’t mark the end of Brady’s outburst. The seven-time champ, who turns 44 on Tuesday (happy birthday!), slammed his helmet to the turf and even dropped an f-bomb on his teammates after a string of completions on the following series.
“Gotta make a (expletive) play when you’re tired fellas,” Brady shouted at his teammates, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
In an attempt to throw cold water on the situation, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians was quick to come to the 44-year-old quarterback’s defense.
"“Guys have got to make plays,” Arians told reporters. “You’re in a critical situation, you can’t fall down. He gives you a chance to win the game. You’ve got to go down and win the game. I don’t care how tired you are.”"
It’s awesome to hear that Brady is still as hungry to win as ever, but we already knew that. The bottom line here is that the three-time MVP made a fool of himself — even though it probably sent a message to his teammates — and Patriots fans have every right to laugh it off … which most haven’t been able to do since Brady was still kicking around in Foxborough.