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Boomer Esiason rips Tom Brady for 'Tom Terrific' trademark pursuit

Boomer Esiason rips Tom Brady for 'Tom Terrific' trademark pursuit

You won't believe this, but Tom Brady has made enemies in New York.

The New England Patriots quarterback recently filed two trademark requests for the nickname "Tom Terrific:" one for collectible trading cards and another for T-shirts.

So, what's the issue? Well, Mets fans will tell you the real "Tom Terrific" isn't Brady but pitcher Tom Seaver, who spent the first decade of his Hall of Fame career in New York.

Seaver never trademarked the nickname, though, which means Brady has the chance to "steal" Seaver's nickname. Former NFL quarterback and New York native Boomer Esiason is one of many Mets fans not happy with this development.

"When you've got so much goddamned money, you can do whatever you want, and this is now what Tom Brady wants to take," Esiason said recently on WFANs "Boomer and Gio" radio show. "Maybe in New England they call him that, I guess. But you know what? We've been calling Tom Seaver 'Tom Terrific' forever, for as long as I can remember, for 50 years. That's who Tom Terrific has always been.

"I am disgusted, and I'm really surprised, and I'm really -- I don't know, it just feels sleazy to me, you know?"

Esiason apparently spoke for many middle-aged Mets fans who were outraged that Brady is swooping in and co-opting their childhood hero's nickname.

"He’s an idiot," one Mets fan told the New York Post. “He’s probably the GOAT [Greatest Of All Time quarterback], but get your own nickname."

"Go back to deflating footballs, you jerk," another fan told the Post.

Spoken like true New Yorkers.

Brady's trademark hasn't officially been approved yet, and the Mets' Twitter account even made a plea to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to decline Brady's request.

But unless Seaver -- who ironically played his final MLB season with the Red Sox in 1986 -- gets involved and files his own request, it's likely Brady will score another win and give New York fans another reason to hate the six-time Super Bowl champion.

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Tom Brady wields machete while riding horse to 'Old Town Road' song in new Twitter video

Tom Brady wields machete while riding horse to 'Old Town Road' song in new Twitter video

The Lil Nas X song "Old Town Road" is one of the biggest music hits of the year, and it made an appearance in Tom Brady's latest social media video.

The New England Patriots quarterback posted a video to Twitter (and his Instagram story) on Thursday of him riding a horse while the popular song plays in the background.

If you were wondering if the tool in Brady's right hand was a machete, you were right.

Brady is on vacation with his family enjoying some valuable personal time before Patriots training camp begins next week at Gillette Stadium. 

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The six-time Super Bowl champion will turn 42 on Aug. 3, but his passion for the game remains as strong as it's ever been.

UPDATE (1:45 p.m. ET): Is a Brady-themed "Old Town Road" remix in the cards??

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Did Julian Edelman get these Patriots, Lion King animal comparisons right?

Did Julian Edelman get these Patriots, Lion King animal comparisons right?

We'll be honest: There's not much happening in the NFL world right now.

That may explain why Julian Edelman went on social media Thursday and, in an apparent promotion for Disney's reboot of The Lion King, recast several New England Patriots players (and his coach) as animals.

Let's break it down, shall we?

Tom Brady: Goat
This one's a layup. Bonus points for the eye black.

Edelman: Squirrel
Edelman has long said his favorite nickname is "The Squirrel," so this is another obvious one.

Matthew Slater: Cheetah
An older, wiser animal also would have worked here, but New England's special teams ace does have blazing speed. And those glasses are a nice touch.

James White: Rabbit
This one fits pretty well, as the shifty running back is similarly hard to catch.

Dont'a Hightower: Rhino
The Patriots linebacker certainly has the strength of a rhino, but we'd like to think he's a bit more fleet of foot. 

Bill Belichick: The Owl
Belichick's wisdom makes him a natural choice for the owl, although opponents might peg the Patriots head coach as Scar instead.

There you have it. Overall, not a bad effort from Edelman ... and Hightower and White seem to agree.

If you’re looking for actual football news, you only have to wait one more week, as Patriots training camp begins July 25 at Gillette Stadium.

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