In a pathetic effort this week, the New England Patriots lost the AFC Championship to a Ravens team that had no business making it to the Super Bowl. While the game had many positives for Ravens fans, and those of us who can’t stand the Patriots, there was a low moment in the game for all football fans that hopefully won’t get overlooked.
Early in the game, while the Patriots were leading, Tom Brady scrambled out of the pocket and ran the ball. At the end of the run, Brady slid. This was no normal slide. Brady pulled a full Ndamukong Suh cleats in the air to hurt the opposition dirty slide. Fortunately the Ravens safety, Ed Reed, was able to jump Brady’s outstretched leg for the most part and escaped unharmed. Watch the video of the play here.
Watching the video in slow motion, one can easily see that Brady not only aims for Reed, but he adjusts the position of his leg and stretches it out further as Reed attempts to jump over him.
I wrote an article about Ndamukong Suh in December of 2012 that discussed how he was a dirty player, and that he and the Lions organization should be held accountable for his actions. Brady’s actions in this game were no better. As one of the premiere players in the league, he should be held to the highest standards and have the maximum penalty enforced on him for this play.
Unfortunately, I’m not going to hold my breath for the league to do anything about this. They gave the Patriots a proverbial slap on the wrist for the Spygate episode. Even the commentators did little more than note that he stuck his leg up and that he should be careful so he doesn’t get hurt. While Brady’s always been on the top, or close to the top, of my most overrated players list, he is now moving his way up on the dirty players list as well. Maybe a few more failed playoff runs will help him disappear from our lives.