Tom Brady's unexpected reason why he pursued 'Tom Terrific' trademark

Tom Brady's unexpected reason why he pursued 'Tom Terrific' trademark

It turns out Tom Brady doesn't want to be called "Tom Terrific." Quite the opposite, in fact.

The New England Patriots quarterback recently filed to trademark "Tom Terrific," a development that blew up thanks to angry New York Mets fans arguing the nickname belongs to Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver.

Brady addressed the whole mess Thursday after the Patriots' minicamp practice outside Gillette Stadium.

"It’s unfortunate," Brady said. "I was actually trying to do something because I didn’t like the nickname and I wanted to make sure no one used it because some people wanted to use it.

"I was trying to keep people from using it and then it got spun around to something different than what it was. Lesson learned and I’ll try to do things a little different in the future."

As Brady tells it, he had no intention of besmirching Seaver's name and actually wanted to snatch up the trademark to stop people from calling him "Tom Terrific."

"I didn’t want people associating me with that," Brady said. "It’s something I didn’t want to have happen. I don’t like the nickname. I don’t like when people probably give me many nice compliments, certainly that. It wasn’t something I was trying to do out of any disrespect or any ill manner."

Brady's original trademark filings were for collectible trading cards and T-shirts, but the 42-year-old insists he has no plans of peddling any "Tom Terrific" merchandise.

Brady likely will still hear from angry Mets and Seaver supporters -- fans held a rally in New York on Tuesday in which they hurled beans at the QB's jersey -- but at least we know his side of the story now.

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Report: Tom Brady joined this exclusive Florida golf club after Tampa move

Report: Tom Brady joined this exclusive Florida golf club after Tampa move

When in Florida, do as Floridians do.

Tom Brady is wasting no time acclimating to his new surroundings after moving to Tampa last week following his free-agent deal with the Buccaneers.

The former New England Patriots quarterback has joined the Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla., according to Outside the Cut and USA TODAY's Golfweek.

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Brady and his wife, Gisele, had been members of the prestigious Brookline Country Club since 2017 while Brady played in New England, and the Seminole Golf Club certainly isn't a step down.

The highly exclusive club, designed by Donald Ross in 1929, has called high-powered businessmen like Joseph P. Kennedy, Henry Ford II, Jack Chrysler and Robert Vanderbilt members over the years and was rated the No. 12 golf club in the country by Golf Digest in 2019.

The club is on Florida's east coast just north of West Palm Beach, about 200 miles from where Brady is residing in Derek Jeter's sprawling Tampa mansion.

We'd imagine Brady will find excuses to make the trip, though: He's an avid golfer who reportedly will play in an upcoming charity doubles match with Peyton Manning, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Looks like the 42-year-old has a new course to practice on as he settles into life outside New England.

Devin McCourty sounds off on Rex Ryan, ESPN over Amari Cooper 'nonsense'

Devin McCourty sounds off on Rex Ryan, ESPN over Amari Cooper 'nonsense'

Rex Ryan's harsh comments about Amari Cooper last Friday aren't sitting well with anyone.

So, why did ESPN air them in the first place?

That's what New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty wondered Sunday while taking both the former NFL head coach and his current employer to task for Ryan calling Cooper a "turd" on ESPN's "Get Up!"

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"I just wanted to call ESPN and say, ‘ESPN, listen: You have the Jordan documentary coming out. You don’t need to air Rex Ryan,' " McCourty said on his "Double Coverage With the McCourty Twins" podcast.

McCourty's point: ESPN airing Ryan's harsh comments about Cooper -- in which Ryan called the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver a "disappearing act" who "doesn't love football" and added "I wouldn't have paid this turd" -- was a ratings grab.

McCourty sarcastically noted ESPN doesn't need the extra publicity with "The Last Dance," its highly-anticipated documentary on Michael Jordan and the 1998 Chicago Bulls, dropping later this month.

"Ratings are going to go through the roof. When you drop the Jordan doc, it’s a wrap," McCourty said. "As soon as Rex Ryan said that, (ESPN) should have cut it, should have never had it on air.

"Whatever (they) had to do, just cut it. Throw it in the trash. The Jordan doc is going to drop. We don’t need any extra hits for nonsense."

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Devin's twin brother, Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty, also ripped ESPN for promoting Ryan's comments on social media.

"Everybody was all-in on this ‘turd’ comment," Jason said on the podcast. "I guess at the same time, it’s all about entertainment: How can we get more viewers, how can we get people to click this, click that?

"But at what point in the game can you call somebody a turd? Whether he’s a good player or not a good player, it was just bad ball all around."

Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore tweeted his defense of Cooper on Friday, as well, so it sounds like Ryan doesn't have many players in his corner.

Ryan later apologized on ESPN for his comments about Cooper -- which the McCourtys may tell you probably helped the network's ratings, too.