Most athlete press conferences are quite dull and boring, especially Tom Brady press conferences, because each one of them is pretty much exactly the same as the last one. The only way that these pressers would be interesting is if a reporter asked a dumb question, and boy oh boy did we get a doozy today:
“Tom, we’ve all heard what you’ve said over the last year-plus at the podium, on the radio. I respect what you’ve said. But this commissioner and this league, via a four-game suspension, tried to disgrace you. People called you a cheater. People on TV cried. People lied. People threw trash at your name. Are you telling us that none of that factors into any of the motivation you have to go out there, and to win this game so you can grab the trophy, and hold it high, and stand at the top of the mountain, and howl at the moon?”
Can you imagine the scene on the podium if Brady and the Patriots win Super Bowl LI with Tom Brady legitimately howling at Roger Goodell? Also, imagine reading this question in the most stereotypical Boston accent you can think, and then crying at the end of it. How amazing does that make this whole scene?
Clearly the Pats weren’t enthused with this long-winded “question” from WPRI reporter Mark Dondero, because their transcript of the press conference cut out all the juicy bits from the question:
“Will any of the recent happenings surrounding you and the Patriots play into your motivation to win this game?”
Recent happenings can literally mean anything, let alone what Dondero actually asked. For all we know, he could have had a secret puppy die and that would qualify as “happenings”.
Brady’s response, despite the Boston-ness of the “question”, was pretty dang Brady:
“I mean I’m motivated for my teammates. I said that after the game. I think they’re all the motivation that I need. It takes a lot of work to get to this point and nothing that has happened in the past is going to help us win this game. What’s going to help us win this game is going through that process that we talked about and being ready to go. That’s enough motivation for me.”
The thought of Tom Brady “howling” at anything terrifies me, so there’s your nightmare fuel until Super Bowl Sunday.