So I have let it marinade for a couple of days, just because I did not want to overreact to a bunch of Denver suits "booing" one of the most successful quarterbacks of all time.
If you have been living under a rock for the past year (or 16), then you know that the New England Patriots are the most hated NFL franchise in football. The Evil Empire is led by their proverbial Darth Vader, Tom Brady. Since being drafted in 2000, Tom Brady has been the best quarterback, if not athlete, of this generation. Super Bowl MVPs, Super Bowl rings, and countless regular-season records/accolades have put a sour taste in the mouth of most NFL fans that do not reside in New England. To add insult to injury, Deflategate and Sypgate probably didn't help, either.
Look, I get it. You hate the New England Patriots. Like I said, they have had the most success in the NFL since the dawn of the 21st century. However, I have never really gotten the hatred for Tom Brady. Maybe it is the Super Model wife, GQ handsomeness, or superb athletic ability, but it has always looked to me like Tom Brady is a pretty standup guy. He gives interviews when he has to, and, for the most part, has been cordial to the media.
Most of the time I don't let this stuff get to me, but as I was sitting in my living room Sunday night watching my idol get booed by almost every fan in the stadium, I flipped. I was screaming at my TV and dumbfounded at the stupidity of fans. This isn't the AFC Championship game in enemy territory, its the friggen' Super Bowl and one of the legends of the game is walking out there.
You have guys like Ray Lewis up there, but instead you decided to boo Tom Brady, for allegedly taking some air out of a football and Deion Branch for...being a New England Patriot? Or perhaps its the fact that the Patriots have kicked your ass for the past decade?
Come on that is weak.
I don't want a thunderous ovation, but a light golf clap would do. Going nuts over a current NFL player that has more probably than not (see what I did there? LOL) kicked your team's ass isn't necessary, but neither is booing him out of the building because he is a winner.
Grow a backbone and show some respect for one of the greatest players this league has ever seen.