Former New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will kick off the 2021 NFL season Thursday night in Tampa, again rocking the Buccaneers uniform that made him feel like “Joe Montana in Kansas City” in Sept. 2020, but “Joe Montana in San Francisco” by the time the campaign ended.
It’s been a fun year for those in the region who never abandoned Brady, choosing to become a fan of the man rather than a fan of their own team during the Cam Newton Era.
Some Patriots fans undoubtedly abandoned TB12, though, fuming while hoping Bill Belichick could rebuild another perennial winner after weathering a series of COVID opt-outs last season.
So far, so good in the Mac Jones Era, to be perfectly fair. This team is undefeated.
Prior to this year’s season opener, Brady chose to flex his newfound personality yet again, releasing a cameo-filled ad for his new crypto derivatives exchange (???), and used the platform to explore his now-semi-strained relationship with Pats Nation.
Do they love him or hate him? Could that hate become love again? What is “love” but skewed hatred, when broken down to its parts?
By all accounts, this can objectively be classified as a mini-shot from Brady and his production team at the region that adored him for 20 years.
Tom Brady took a little shot at Patriots fans in his latest ad.
In case you don’t want to give Tommy the clicks, the ad features a phone call to a Patriots-flavored bartender who now has Brady saved in his phone as “TRAITOR”. He picks up the phone with his trademark hardened Boston exterior, claiming the city wouldn’t take their old quarterback back, even if he wanted to return.
When Brady quickly drops a, “Yes, you would,” everyone in the bar agrees, including the man behind the counter. Fun.
Thing is…he’s right. Most of the hatred for Brady seemed to thaw the second he proved he still had his mojo down in Florida. Every Patriots fan seems extremely satisfied with Mac Jones, sure, but they were prepped to root for Newton for a bridge year up until about 10 days ago. You’re really telling me Pats Nation would be furious if Brady had stayed, ready to mentor Mac for a year or two before actually passing the torch?
OK, fine, probably more like five or six years at this rate. But point stands.
We’re not sure what’s in the Floridian water that’s made Brady both more ageless than before and loose, but it’s clear he’s still got both star power and skill. If you’re a Boston fan who’s still angry at the fracture, you’ve lost your way. Brady’s still a God, perhaps even more powerful than when he left. The bartender is all of us.