At an age when some men break out a certain blue pill, Tom Brady keeps breaking a certain blue tablet.
Via ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter, Brady broke not one but two tablets during last Sunday’s game against the Saints. Brady was frustrated with a foul that didn’t score – and that really got going after a struggle partly caused by Brady.
He laughed it off during his weekly Let’s go! podcasting. On Thursday, he gave a less sarcastic assessment of his in-game outbursts.
“There’s always room for improvement,” Brady said. “Of course I can always do better as a quarterback and, yes, I don’t let my emotions get the better of me. Sometimes they do. It’s an emotional sport. It’s an emotional game and we’re all trying to do the best we can And you’re right, I think there’s a frustrating part for all of us when you get a little older and you expect it a certain way and it doesn’t go exactly the way you want it, but that’s it, that’s it, and I must do a good job as a leader to be at my best no matter how I feel about a given situation.”
As offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich puts it, having Brady blow a fuse on a regular basis isn’t a bad thing.
“Normally when he gets like this, he’s not really mad at” [anybody] different — that’s how he actually gets on his own,” Leftwich told reporters. “If you know him well enough, when he’s really going, he’s really talking to himself most of the time. We know Tom, we know Tom – everything is fine, this is what he [does]. That’s the good thing about having Tom on your team – when things don’t go well, you get that reaction from him. [It] normally get the guys going, so that’s excellent if you can get that from your quarterback. ”
So yes, those qualities that parents try to discourage five-year-old Timmy from exhibiting become admirable in 45-year-old Tommy. He is passionate. He holds himself to a high standard. He puts winning above all else.
It sounds so much better than He’s a spoiled brat who throws a tantrum when he doesn’t get his way.
Either way, the Bucs would be wise to ask Microsoft for a few extra Surface tablets. And Microsoft should be happy about that. While it’s not the kind of product placement they envisioned when signing a sponsorship deal with the league, we’re talking about the Microsoft product at a time when its biggest competitor, Apple, was beginning to move onto the NFL field.
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