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How My Season Rooting Against Tom Brady Went

I shared what I wanted to happen with Brady on the Bucs before the season. Let’s see how that worked out for me.

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How My Season Rooting Against Tom Brady Went

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Last April, I sat down to write my fifth piece for The Turf. It had been less than a month since Tom Brady chose to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I shared a few things I wanted to happen, and others I didn’t want to happen, related to Brady and the Patriots in the 2020 season.

Many of these wishes were not in support of Tom Brady. And many did not go my way.

As a man of honor, it is only right to revisit what I wrote to see how far off I was. It feels like a fitting punishment for even spending one second hoping Brady would not get to double-digit Super Bowl appearances.

Let’s see what we got:


  • Brady to look like a fool on the field

Ok, not a bad start. Brady clearly came through for me here as he threw for 4,633 yards, 40 touchdowns and a 66% completion percentage.

  • Brady to win the MVP

Obviously, he could still be taking home one MVP award this season, but I meant the regular season version and that will not be happening.

  • The Buccaneers to be in the Super Bowl

Oh cool, the wheels just fell off for me.

I actually thought this one was the easiest one to come through. What a dope.

  • To see a single social media post from Brady celebrating his new teammates/coach/city/fans

I was able to do this and will continue to do so.

  • The Patriots to miss the playoffs in 2020

Oh boy, this one didn’t work out too well for me either.

And while I don’t think the Patriots would be in the Super Bowl if Brady had stayed, they would have made the playoffs.


  • Brady to play two seasons for the Buccaneers

Jury is still out on this one, but Brady also just said this:

  • Brady to play in the Pro Bowl

Well, we certainly didn’t need to worry about this one!

  • Being able to stop acting like the TB12 method isn’t a little weird

I definitely did this, and frequently! So this wasn’t a total wash.

  • The Patriots have a better 2020 season than the Buccaneers

I mean how are we defining better here?

I know, I know. This one wasn’t even close, and if you don’t think I’m terrified about the 2021 game between these teams then you have not been paying attention.

  • Brady to regret his decision

Feels safe to call this one a loss. Kinda serves me right for actually admitting this too.


I did not enjoy this NFL season. That was clear, right? Just want to make sure we’re on the same page.

Each week I wanted my favorite athlete of all-time to lose because I thought it would show he made the wrong decision. This is not fair, and Brady did not owe it to me (or any New England fan) to finish his career as a Patriot.

He wanted to be shown the love, and that’s just not the way things were gonna go at this point at Patriot Place. I still wish they could have made it work, but again I recognize if Brady stayed he would not be playing this Sunday.

Back in the original piece, I wrote the only way I might root for Brady the Buc in a Super Bowl is if he was looking to stop Mahomes and the Chiefs from winning a 2nd (or maybe even a 3rd) Super Bowl in a row.


I didn’t want Brady to get a non-Patriots ring, but I can’t have this Chiefs team get two, and definitely not two in a row.

Also, Brady pushing his Super Bowl wins lead back to six over Mahomes (vs. dropping it to four) should silence any talk of Tom losing GOAT status for at least a few years.

So I’m back, Tom. If you’ll have me.


Terry is from Massachusetts and is a passionate fan of the Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins. He also will admit he only pays attention to Syracuse basketball when they're good. If there's a Twitter trade rumor even remotely associated with one of his teams, he's likely fallen for it. Finally, he believes 100% that if the Celtics had beaten the Heat in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals they would have swept the Thunder in the Finals.

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