That exchange was almost a decade ago, after Brady and the New England Patriots improbably won Super Bowl XXXVI but, as a St. Louis Rams fan (SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP) it still makes me irrationally angry. I started hating the Patriots in those two confetti-flecked seconds, because of those two words.
I hate Tom Brady because it felt like he'd grabbed the shoulder seams of my chili-stained Kurt Warner jersey and said "And you lost. You, personally. And also we have the same haircut and it looks better on me, lady." I might not be rational or well-adjusted, but I'm not alone.
The Patriots, who spent large sections of the 1980s and 1990s being ignored by anyone who doesn't frequently misspell Massachusetts, have become one of the most easily hateable franchises in the NFL.
Why? For starters, they've been consistently good. Since the 2001-02 season they've compiled a 134-42 combined regular season record and won three Super Bowls. They haven't had a losing season since 2000, which is - unsurprisingly - the year before Tommy the Magical Golden Dreamcake took over as starting quarterback. New England has also tied Indianapolis for the most playoff appearances (nine) in that span, with three Super Bowl wins and one Giant Super Bowl loss.
But just collecting W's doesn't necessarily lead to "I HATE THE PATS"-themed clip art on Cafepress T-shirts; it's how they've won some of those games. There was the infamous Tuck Rule game, the 2002 New England-Oakland game when cornerback Charles Woodson smacked the ball out of Brady's hand, but the Raiders-recovered fumble was declared to be a forward pass. Because of that rule (and Adam Vinatieri's right leg) the Patriots advanced to the AFC Championship, their decade-long dynasty began two weeks later, and NFL Rule 3, Section 22, Article 2, Note 2 became New England's most celebrated piece of Crazy other than Manny Ramirez.
(Was Spygate for real? Yes, it was really the most boring "scandal" in professional sports. But it also gave Pats detractors a reason - albeit a stupid one - to place a tiny asterisk beside all of their post-2008 accomplishments.)
What else? Well, the two faces that most associate with the team aren't the most endearing.(Three, if you count their logo, which looks like a garden statue wearing a windsock). Belichick is surly, short-tempered and barely moves his mouth when he mumbles things like "Stats are for losers, final scores are for winners" into a live mic.
Even Brady isn't the wide-eyed underdog he was on the night he traded his helmet for his first Super Bowl Champion hat. He's several ad campaigns and 22,000 square feet of living space from being the sixth-stringer out of Michigan everyone built a myth around. He's a guy who lives in a house the size of a WalMart, who's married to a woman who turned her bone structure and unwillingness to eat solid foods into a career. He's not relatable anymore, not after splitting the phrase "superstar quarterback" into two words separated with a comma. Tom Brady: superstar, quarterback.
ESPN the Magazine argues that even Patriots fans feel a disconnect with Brady, although that article was in a magazine dedicated to nothing but Boston and its increasingly obnoxious fanbase, which is why most of America probably feels like disconnecting Massachuss ... Masachuss . Boston from the Eastern seaboard.
Boston fans - all of them, not just those wearing their new Gronkowski jerseys - have enjoyed an unprecedented string of success from all of their franchises. All four of their teams have won at least one title in the past decade (the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007; the Celtics in 2008; the Bruins in 2011) which means there are third graders who have grown up on a steady diet of championship T-shirts and duck boat parades.
Finally, fans of other teams don't understand or appreciate what it's like to be a Pats fan, to have 10 straight winning seasons. New England supporters don't have any recent scars across their psyches, other than that photo shoot where Brady held a baby goat. They haven't had to suffer, to grit their teeth as they endure four straight 4- or 5-win seasons (Take a bow, Cleveland!) or pretend that its an honor to have had the first overall draft pick (You too, Carolina!) or to have to say things like "No, I feel good about John Skelton" (You're a liar, Arizona!).
Maybe there's a little bit of authenticity missing from New England fans. If you see a guy in a Browns hat, you know he's for real and quite possibly a suicide risk. If you see a guy in a Patriots hat, you're not sure if he lives and dies with the depth chart or if he just went to the Natick Mall this weekend.
The widespread anti-Pathy might be combination of all of these things. Or it might be something else entirely. I just know that, for me, it started when I overheard Tom Brady say two words.
And, 10 years later, I can finally respond with two words of my own: Go Giants.