Tom Brady Calls Out ESPN

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

It's not often that the star athletes that ESPN usually panders to calls them out, but I submit to you one Thomas Edward Brady Jr. Brady was on WEEI's Big Show yesterday to promote a charity event when the hosts decided to throw some Spygate questions at the Patriots QB. Here's his response....



"That's the way guys make it. They say the craziest things. I think that's what, that's what, that's what ESPN has become. ESPN to me is like MTV without the...without the highlights."- Tom Brady

Well then. You'd think that when arguably the best QB in the game says you're turning into MTV someone would listen, but I'm sure ESPN will just laugh this one off. It's tough for an entity like ESPN to please everyone (lord knows they try), but when a Sport's biggest player (on and off the field) isn't a fan of your network....you might be in trouble.

Tom Brady: not a big fan of ESPN or the Jets (Small White Ball)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 12:00 AM

22 Comments:

It's just Tom being Tom; that crazy, kooky kid.
All seriousness aside, he's dead-on about the WWL being like MTV. How else do you explain "Who's Now?" and "E:60"?

Bruce said...
May 14, 2008, 12:50:00 AM  

He wasn't critizing them when they were praising him and still will be when the Spygate talk ends.

Billy B said...
May 14, 2008, 1:52:00 AM  

It's official, Brady has lost touch with reality...

One of the problems with ESPN is that the anchors don't go out on a limb ENOUGH... most analysts say the inoffensive thing to avoid rocking the boat the vast majority of the time.

Anonymous said...
May 14, 2008, 5:15:00 AM  

I happened to be listening to that interview on my drive home last night. Brady went on to say he was disappointed that the former players doing commentary spent so little time on analyzing the game and educating the fan while helping to promote the secondary stuff.

In terms of SpyGate, he was curious as to why none of these former players would comment on the absurdity of filming a coach, editing the film, figuring out the signals, and having it ready for use at halftime.

All in all, while this clip is very ESPN-like in terms of getting the soundbyte and ignoring the substance, he's dead-on either way.

Rob said...
May 14, 2008, 6:24:00 AM  

He'll make a This Is Sports Center commercial within a year.

Anonymous said...
May 14, 2008, 7:14:00 AM  

It's official:

Tom Brady is now officially one of my favorite players. It took long enough for an athlete to call out ESPNTV for their star-based, shallow approach to sports.

Tim said...
May 14, 2008, 8:13:00 AM  

Too bad he didn't explain why his coach bothered to do all the taping, if it was so pointless. I'd be interested in finding that out.

Anonymous said...
May 14, 2008, 8:20:00 AM  

He filmed because, whether or not it was the truth, when this incident was reported Bill said that his interpretation was that filming was acceptable as long as video was not used during the game to make adjustments as the NFL Constitution and Bylaws stipulate that "...any communications or information-gathering equipment, other than Polaroid-type cameras or field telephones, shall be prohibited...that might aid a team during the playing of a game. Echoing Tom and Rob (above)'s points, this would be virtually impossible anyway.

Shame on a coach that doesn't change their signals 8 weeks between games.

To quote Jimmy Johnson, who won 2 super bowls:

"This is exactly how I was told to do it 18 years ago by a Kansas City Chiefs scout. I tried it, but I didn't think it helped us." Johnson also said, "Bill Belichick was wrong because he videotaped signals after a memo was sent out to all of the teams saying not to do it. But what irritates me is hearing some reactions from players and coaches. These players don't know what their coaches are doing. And some of the coaches have selective amnesia because I know for a fact there were various teams doing this. That's why the memo was sent to everybody. That doesn't make [Belichick] right, but a lot of teams are doing this."

Fuck you if you think your team didn't/doesn't do this too. The only reason this is still in the news is the myriad amount of hackneyed commenters, bloggers, media that hate the Patriots enough to keep it alive.

NeverNude said...
May 14, 2008, 8:36:00 AM  

The best part of that interview. Brady says something about Lawyer Milloy emailing him saying "Haha, you guys cheated that's why you beat us."

Tom's response:
"Yea, you're right. Ok we'll give you 4 touchdowns back... shit we still win."

Just another reason why I love Tom Brady.

Anonymous said...
May 14, 2008, 9:04:00 AM  

if brady doesn't like espn, then i don't like espn.

and when tom eventually goes bald (we know why you're slicking it back), i'll shave my head in support.

-dan

-dan said...
May 14, 2008, 9:33:00 AM  

Isn't this kind of hypocritical of Dreamboat? He says that ESPN is turning into MTV yet this football player is all over TMZ. You can't have it both ways, guy that couldn't beat Eli Manning.

GMoney said...
May 14, 2008, 10:27:00 AM  

Brady was going to elaborate, but before he could go on, he was sacked by Justin Tuck.

Anonymous said...
May 14, 2008, 11:08:00 AM  

Hannah Storm will turn things around, she has GRAVITAS.

I mean, Hannah "Eye of the" Storm.

hollywood wags said...
May 14, 2008, 11:18:00 AM  

Hear hear, Tom. ESPN has been in a steady decline over the last ten years. Back when I (and Brady) was in college, Sportscenter was easily the best show on television. They've gravitated away from compelling highlights and towards the Budweiser Hot Seat (or whatever gimmick they're running now). They've moved from skilled journalists providing information and insight to nutbars like Skip Bayless.

This is a huge risk for Brady. ESPN is very powerful and if they turn on him, the fans who watch the channel will, too.

Reed said...
May 14, 2008, 11:40:00 AM  

Brady is correct; by design ESPN is now more about entertainment, ratings, and getting attention than sports and reporting. They're not what they used to be. They find their drama queens that are going to get them ratings like Terrell Owens, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, the Steinbrenners, etc. and bleed them for all they're worth, and they shove the Boston teams down the nation's throats to the point where we're regurgiating. Turn off ESPN and look at other news sites like CBS Sportsline or SI.com and you'll see the difference.

Anonymous said...
May 14, 2008, 11:45:00 AM  

You are wrong AA .. Peyton Manning is the league's biggest and most recognizable star.

May 14, 2008, 11:50:00 AM  

ESPN overhypes everything. Just show the game and shut up.

Anonymous said...
May 14, 2008, 3:24:00 PM  

Tom Brady spoke the truth and ESPN can't handle the truth.

PM said...
May 14, 2008, 5:37:00 PM  

Anonymous said:

"Tom Brady is now officially one of my favorite players. It took long enough for an athlete to call out ESPNTV for their star-based, shallow approach to sports."

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Hate to break it to you, Sparky, but Brady EXEMPLIFIES that star-based shallow approach to sports. And as an admitted viewer, he apparently had no problem with the network as they overhyped his career into overdrive. ESPN couldn't glorify Brady enough, and he was fine with that. But now when they say something he doesn't like -- ooh ESPN sucks.

Do another GQ spread, Tommy, and complain to us about the sad shallow state of sports journalism.

Anonymous said...
May 14, 2008, 5:48:00 PM  

Well, the dinnertime SportsCenter aired Brady's comment and kept the ESPN criticism. I guess I'm mildly surprised.

Anonymous said...
May 14, 2008, 6:10:00 PM  

ESPN just aired his comments on the 6 eastern sportscenter just now, as part of their SPYGATE shit.

And Brian Kenny just laughed it off. "Yea, well that's another topic for another day."

Anonymous said...
May 14, 2008, 6:10:00 PM  

Hate to break it to you, Sparky, but Brady EXEMPLIFIES that star-based shallow approach to sports. And as an admitted viewer, he apparently had no problem with the network as they overhyped his career into overdrive. ESPN couldn't glorify Brady enough, and he was fine with that. But now when they say something he doesn't like -- ooh ESPN sucks.

Do another GQ spread, Tommy, and complain to us about the sad shallow state of sports journalism.

True but he also would have kept quiet if he truly exemplified the star-based shallow approach to sports. Why speak out if you are such a beneficiary to the rule?

You would figure that a true self-absorbed, "all about me", sports star wouldn't bash one of his biggest over-hypers, even with the spygate stuff. I never hear Paris Hilton trash gossip shows or articles seriously and she EXEMPLIFIES a star-based shallow approach to life.

Tim said...
May 14, 2008, 7:45:00 PM  

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