Last night’s Super Bowl was terrific. It featured everything that a big, epic sporting event should have, right down to a final play in the end zone deciding the winner and loser.
Unfortunately, last night’s Super Bowl also featured something that is all too common in the aftermath of big, epic sporting events: dumb things.
And here are the two dumbest, one from a writer and one from the supermodel wife of the game’s most visible star.
The Dumbest Article Written About Super Bowl 46
There is nothing I can say about Eric Wilbur’s Super Bowl 46 article, which was posted literally minutes after the game ended, that would do its idiocy justice. So let’s just let Wilbur’s own words stand on their own and serve as the harshest rebuke of his nonsensical post-Super Bowl piece.
The legend is dead, the prince has turned back into a frog, and…well, use whatever other cliché you want.
A performance as bad as Tom Brady’s tonight in Super Bowl XLVI deserves a lead just as lame.
Sorry, Tommy Boy, this one’s on you. Your hideous performance led to the Giants’ 21-17 Super Bowl title win. How embarrassing for your coach, your teammates, and your fans.
He goes on from there, including this line:
What an embarrassment for the Patriots organization and Bob Kraft.
I’m not going to pull out any more awful lines from the piece, nor do I really encourage you to read anymore of it. You’re better off going to the nearest bathroom and just sticking your head in a toilet bowl for 10 minutes.
If anyone could watch that game and say that Tom Brady was “bad” or “hideous” or “embarrassing” they are either a football idiot or a writing troll. Either way, that person shouldn’t be writing postgame articles about the Super Bowl for a site like Boston.com.
Eric Wilbur: you sir are the embarrassment.
Update: To read a far better and more substantive critique of Wilbur’s article, read this by Andy Hutchins at SB Nation. And give Wilbur credit for not shying away from the criticism and responding to folks on Twitter about it. I can’t completely tell if he’s standing behind the article or trying to say it was laced with sarcasm. Either way, it wasn’t good; but then again, in fairness, I’ve written my own fair share of duds too.
And now onto the other dumbest thing about Super Bowl XLVI, which features a wonderfully attractive woman (who clearly would agree with me about Wilbur) choosing a stupendously stupid time to say a true-but-unnecessary thing after the game.
The Dumbest Thing Said About Super Bowl 46
As you have surely heard by now, Tom Brady’s wife made some rather controversial comments in the aftermath of her hubby’s disappointing Super Bowl loss. And if you haven’t heard them, here they are, with video below via Deadspin by way of The Insider:
“You’ve to catch the ball when you’re supposed to catch the ball. My husband cannot fucking throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times.”
- She clearly loves her husband and understands how important a moment like this is for him, and her frustration at the loss is understandable.
- In the immediate aftermath of a game like the Super Bowl, especially one as closely contested as this one, anyone with a vested interest like a family member is going to be emotional.
- She isn’t actually wrong; Brady wasn’t perfect last night, but he was mostly very good, and there were a number of key drops by usually sure-handed Patriots receivers.
- In moments like these, I assume that famous people would much prefer to not be famous so that they can deal with their emotions outside the view of the leering press and the voyeuristic public.
So I can empathize with Gisele.
But it doesn’t make her choice of words or their timing any less dumb.
She has to know that everything she says and does until locked away in the privacy of a town car or hotel room is going to watched, taped, and dissected. And she also must understand how important the concept of TEAM is to the Patriots, even if she doesn’t understand much about the game itself. To throw Brady’s receivers under the bus like that undermines the win-as-a-team-lose-as-a-team mantra Brady himself espouses constantly.
No, no one is taking this as Brady throwing his receivers under the bus by proxy, but it isn’t going to do anything to help soothe Wes Welker’s obvious distress to hear that Gisele laid the blame right at his feet. And you can say he won’t care about the comments, and no in the long-run he won’t. But I bet the guy is still feeling pretty down about himself, whether you think he should be or shouldn’t be, and seeing these comments will just be another subtle and unnecessary punch to the gut, plus a needless mini-controversy that Gisele’s reeling husband need not be subjected to even peripherally.
So give Gisele kudos for being a stand-by-her-man kind of gal. She’s certainly proven her worth as a football wife in terms of being supportive. But Tom may want to sign her up for a few classes in Media Management taught by Professor Belichick at Foxboro University.
For someone like Gisele, “media” attention doesn’t just occur when microphones are in your face. It is ubiquitous. And as a by-extension part of the Patriots family, she would do well to execute the Patriot Way a little better in times like these.