Nice Job, Tommy

The Philip Rivers news should be about Philip Rivers.

Jim Rome
February 11, 2020 - 11:39 am
Philip Rivers and Tom Brady

USA Today


There is another part of the Philip Rivers news and it’s a part that I absolutely hate. Because the Philip Rivers news should be about Philip Rivers. It should be about Philip Rivers and what he has done while he was with the Chargers. It should be all about him.

But there’s someone who couldn’t let that happen. There’s someone who couldn’t let that story be about only Philip Rivers. And that someone is Tom Brady.

Because yesterday, the NFL’s instagram account posted a breaking news photo with the caption: “Philip Rivers to enter free agency after 16 seasons with the Chargers” 

And that post was liked by, wait for it, actually you don’t have to wait for it because you already know what desperate pub hound was all over it: Tom Brady.

That’s right. Troll Brady liked that post.

Because of course he did. And he knew exactly what he was doing. 

That wasn’t about hyping Philip Rivers or praising him for an incredible run with the Chargers, or showing respect to a fellow gladiator for the great battles they’ve had over the years. No. It wasn’t about that at all. It was about trying to rip the spotlight for himself. If he wanted to praise Philip Rivers, there are a million different ways to do it. And Liking that post wasn’t one of them. 

Because it wasn’t about that. It was about liking the fact that the Chargers are going to be looking for a quarterback. It was about trying to remind everyone that he’s going to be a free agent and he really might be leaving New England and one of the places he really might be thinking about going is the Chargers because you know he’s from California, and they got a really good receiver, and they really, really want him… blah, blah, blah.

We know you’re going to be a free agent, Tom. You’ve told everyone roughly a million times. It was interesting. For like five minutes. Now it’s just sad... And pathetic. You’re the worst kind of desperate: such a terrible look; and you don’t even know it.

What is this guy even doing on Instagram in the first place? I’ve said it before and I will say it again, he was so much cooler before he started actually being himself and letting everyone in. Before I knew the guy, there was no one I’d rather smash a cocktail or four with.  Now you couldn’t pay me to do it. 

Look at your trolly…you’re spending your offseason on Instagram, liking posts about transactions from other teams.  Damn dude, I’ll tell you what I tell everyone else I know pissing their lives away on Facebook and Instagram: get a life. Seriously. Spend time with the family. Travel. Unplug. Read a book. Or be in the gym or working on your pliability. Just put your freaking down, dude.

Do something, anything, aside from just sitting around trying to come up with new ways to make everything about you and your free agency. 

Constantly banging away at this doesn’t make you cool and it’s not driving up your price. Your value as a quarterback is in the rings and the wins, not the posts and the likes. If anything, it makes you more annoying. Although after all this junk, I’m having a hard time imagining how that could be possible at this point.  Hell, if I’m a team, I’m asking myself, is this dude going to be his new playbook or his iPhone all damn day.

You’re Tom Brady. You are regarded as the greatest quarterback of all time. That is your resume when it comes to free agency. That’s it. You don’t need to say anything else. You don’t need to hype yourself up more than that or remind everyone of who you are or what you’ve done.  Or think that you’re dictating the situation or controlling the conversation.  You’re not.  You’re acting like a dope.  And you keep on doing it. Relentlessly. 

You degrade yourself and your rep with every one of these posts, likes, or stupid stories. And the worst part is, there’s no sign of stopping. 

And don’t tell me that this is some media thing and that the media is making this out to be more than it is and it’s really just one quarterback hyping another.  Because it’s not that: because he’s not doing it for anyone else: just the team he’s rumored to be leaving the pats for. .

Tom Brady is pretty smart. Pretty annoying. But pretty smart.   He knows how the media works. He knows how to duck and dodge questions and he knows how people will respond when he tries to grab the spotlight. 

He knows how to avoid attention when he wants to, but he doesn’t want to here. He wants to keep raising more questions, time and time again. Even though there’s nothing new to talk about. 

I said it last week and I will say it again, there hasn’t been a more tedious offseason soap opera in the history of the NFL than Tom Brady and his future. Brett Favre’s annual indecision, Darrelle Revis and his holdouts, both of those were better than this awful story. 

It is nearly impossible to avoid. There is going to come a point where I just stop talking about it. And that point might be coming very soon. But for the moment, let me say this: the guy has six rings and apparently no life.  And that y’all is not easy to do.