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Old man yells at cloud

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Tom Brady is back after an exchange about his “Let’s Go!” Podcast with Jim Gray and Larry Fitzgerald. Gray asked Brady a general question, the same question every sporting goods store asks after Tom’s 23rd season in the NFL. Brady was asked a simple question about a schedule, and he responded to Grey’s question with a more than snarky response.

you mad bro?” When Richard Sherman once trolled Brady, Gray should have borrowed this page from the former All-Pro’s book. As if Brady wouldn’t “give up” on himself only to return to the Buccaneers weeks later. Even though it wasn’t an official retirement, he made everyone believe he was quitting. Now, 11 months later, he has the audacity to bundle up his boxers when someone asks which way he’s leaning.

Will he retire or not? That’s enough…

Unless he stays off the airwaves and out of the public eye until he has enough time to make one decision, he has to live with that. Brady is asked about his upcoming decision whether to come back for the 24th year or hang up the cleats for good. When you’re a player of his caliber, the media, fans and others in the football world want to know your every move.

It doesn’t matter that your Season ended horribly when you get knocked out at home by the Dallas Cowboys. Nobody cares. Everyone wants to know where Tom Brady’s future is headed. Is it another year in the field or is it finally going home to be with its kids?

Brady knows that, and the fact that it was Gray, someone he’s been in a relationship with for many years, probably caused him to lash out. He probably wouldn’t have struck the same tone with a random local reporter or even a national radio/TV host with whom he doesn’t have a long-standing relationship. While Brady has every right to be annoyed, it was over the top and made him look like an idiot.

No doubt the future Hall of Famer is frustrated by Tampa’s season, but hopefully he realizes that a lot of it is weighing on him. Brady isn’t 25 or even 35 anymore and clearly can’t place the ball in spots as accurately as he used to be able to. Others have taken the blame, like offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and others, but when they won the last two years there was no problem. Suddenly, leftwich is the “main issue” but few want to point out Brady’s mistakes. Some might not want to admit that, but many of his shots this year missed the target, and it wasn’t always the receiver’s fault.

But of course Brady got a passport there, and he’ll get one here with Gray. Had this been almost every other player, it might have been counted as a verbal attack. Gray probably won’t mention it publicly, but he probably wasn’t happy with Brady’s response, and you could hear it a little in his follow-up to Tom’s tantrum. Since they’re pals, it’s probably already water under the bridge, but it hasn’t painted Brady in the most generous light by any means.

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