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On Brady and scapegoats

Super Bowl XLVI

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots speaks to the media after losing to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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MDS posted reaction the other day to one of the dumbest things written in the aftermath of the Patriots loss in Super Bowl XLVI. The post got a huge reaction. You guys mostly agreed with MDS.

Before it gets too late, I wanted to pass along links to three of the smartest things I’ve seen written about the Patriots loss.

Tom Curran of dived deep into Tom Brady’s performance against the Giants. Curran compared the criticism on Brady after the game to New Year’s Eve: Amateur hour.

The difference between winning and losing a Super Bowl can be frustratingly small. Random. If Wes Welker holds on to that pass, we are probably talking about Brady carrying this Patriots team all year. Now he’s not the same old Tom Brady.

Jackie MacMullan of tried to get the city of Boston to take a deep breath. The Patriots were narrowly beat by a better team. Sometimes that’s hard to accept.

Howard Bryant of wrote about our culture’s focus on negativity and the losing team in sports. It’s a great column and a great point. There has been more talk about Billy Cundiff, Lee Evans, Kyle Williams, and Wes Welker the last few weeks than the victorious teams.”

“Media and expectations have changed everything,” Charles Barkley told Bryant. “Everyone’s afraid of it because if you miss a shot, if you miss a play, that overshadows the whole series, your whole career. So guys just want a ring, but they don’t want to risk losing. If you don’t want to risk losing, you shouldn’t even be playing.”

This post won’t get the same reaction as the one where Brady was called “hideous” by an attention-seeking writer from But hopefully the pieces above better reflect some of the great writing done by Boston writers in the aftermath of another Super Bowl loss.