During Sunday night's win over the Chargers, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was his typically fired-up self. Really he's been kind of nuts -- and fairly vulgar! -- ever since the Patriots were buried after losing to the Chiefs in Week 4.
In related news, the Pats are 8-1 since then. Appearing on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan show Monday morning, Brady was asked about his on-field swearing and said to he wished he had a better mouth but to "blame CBS [and] NBC" for showing him using that "great word."
"I wish I did have a better mouth out there at times. But there’s nothing that quite expresses the way I feel like that word," Brady said. "It is [a great word], especially in the heat of the moment. No I don’t say it at home, of course not. It’s pretty well filtered at the house. Blame CBS, NBC for putting it on TV, don’t blame me.
One, Brady is right. A well-timed F-bomb in the spirit of competition is just delightful. The word can lose some luster when it's overused but Brady seems to have a pretty good grasp on it. Even if he caught some flak after using it roughly 50 times during Week 13's loss to the Packers.
Two, are the networks just supposed to not use the 5,000 cameras they have when Brady is running up and down the sidelines swearing up a storm?
He's A FIERY COMPETITOR. And he understands part of his job is to get his teammates fired up to play and part of that is bringing a certain level of emotion to the game.
"It’s the only place I get a chance to do it. It’s such an emotional game and I think you’ve got to bring it every week and that’s what you’ve got to do," Brady said. "And I think we ... especially when you’re making good plays like our guys were doing last night. It makes it pretty easy to get excited about it. You’re always trying to raise everyone’s level of awareness and everyone’s level of play so you can go out there and be as consistent as you can."
Brady also pointed out that football players are "not choirboys" and that there's a certain "level of intensity" you've got to bring to gridiron.
"We’re not choirboys, I know that. You bring a certainly level of intensity to the game," Brady said. "And your job is to go out there and physically, emotionally, mentally dominate the game. You don’t do that on church on Sunday. You’ve got to go to a football field for that."
Brady brings it.
The juxtaposition between Brady off the field -- calm, demure, etc. -- versus Brady on the field -- bat[bleep] level insane person -- is pretty hilarious, too.
Brady knows how to appropriately throttle his emotions. It's funny to see and it's part of the game. Hopefully he keeps cussing everyone up and down and doing Tom Brady things until he's well in his 40s.