Tom Brady’s legacy as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history took a serious blow this week after his New England Patriots lost a second Super Bowl to Eli “the punk” Manning’s New York Giants. Making matters worse for Brady is all the media attention he’s receiveing for post-game comments made by his super model wife Gisele Bundchen. Nobody would have put the blame on Brady for the Patriots loss, yet Bundchen felt the need to blast her quarterback husband’s receivers for dropping a few key passes down the stretch of Sunday’s game.
Bundchen was caught on camera after the game saying “My husband cannot f***ing throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times.” Bundchen’s comments were made while waiting for an elevator inside Lucas Oil Stadium and while they weren’t intended to be broadcast to the world they were caught on camera and quickly went viral.
In the video you can see Bundchen is walking to the elevator minding her own business. Meanwhile Giant fans are heckling her about Eli Manning “owning” Tom Brady after the Patriots’ second Super Bowl loss to the Giants. Bundchen made these comments in defence of the heckling and was merely defending her husband, who did indeed play a great game. Anyone who watched this year’s Super Bowl can tell you that the Patriots’ receivers definitely dropped a few of Brady's passes down the stretch, many of them at key moments in the game.
During the game, Brady was firing the ball down the field with a velocity that few quarterbacks in the history of the NFL could match. While you or I might have a snowballs chance in hell of catching one of these rocket passes, any professional football player will tell you if you can touch it you can catch it. Bundchen was merely stating the obvious with her post game rant and didn’t intend it to become front page news across America. Bundchen should have known the media spotlight of the Super Bowl combined with the age old sports rivalry between Boston and New York ensured that her every move would be followed by cameras and press during the NFL’s premier weekend.
Bundchen had already been on the cover of the New York Times after an email she sent to friends and family soliciting prayers for her husband to win the super bowl was leaked online. Bundchen should have realized that if her private emails were fodder for front page news stories that her post game tirade would certainly bring more attention to her husband after a game he’d sooner forget.