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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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Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Former Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers, ex-Pats Sterling Moore, a cornerback, and Sealver Siliga, a defensive tackle, were among the players with New England ties selected in the XFL draft.

The spring football league that played one season in 2001 is being rebooted and will begin play in February with eight teams. Its two-day draft concluded Wednesday.

Players were picked in five phases of the draft in the following order: skill position, offensive line, defensive front seven and defensive backs. An open portion concluded the draft.

Flowers, 27, who played for the Patriots in 2017, was selected with the Dallas Renegades' second pick of the open portion.

Siliga, 29, a Patriot from 2012-15, also went to Dallas with their second pick of the front seven phase.

Moore, 29, known for stripping the ball from Baltimore Ravens receiver Lee Evans in the end zone and denying what would've been a winning touchdown catch in the Pats' 2011 AFC Championship Game victory, was picked by the Seattle Dragons in the defensive back phase.

Other notable ex-Patriots, defensive end Kony Ealy, acquired in a trade by New England in 2017 but cut that summer in training camp, was the first pick of the Houston Roughnecks in the open phase. Running back Ralph Webb, an undrafted free agent who had a strong preseason opener in 2018 before being cut, was the first pick of the Tampa Bay Vipers in the open phase and linebacker Scooby Wright, who played for the Patriots this past preseason and was cut from their practice squad Oct. 1, was chosen by the DC Defenders in the front-seven phase. 

Former Boston College running back Andre Williams was selected by Houston in the skill position phase.

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Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Former Patriot and current Raiders offensive lineman Trent Brown was sued by his ex-girlfriend for domestic violence, and he responded to the allegations with a statement via Twitter on Wednesday.

“I am aware that my ex-girlfriend has filed a civil suit against me,” Brown tweeted. “I deny the claims. They are false. I believe in the court system where I will clear my name. I will not be making any further comment at this time.”

The disturbing acts Brown is being accused of allegedly took place over the spring and summer of this year. After helping the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl title, the 26-year-old signed a four-year, $66 million deal with the Raiders in March.

The NFL is expected to investigate the civil allegations just as it investigated Antonio Brown's, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.

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