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Fan Opinion: Gisele and the Giants Fan
After a game such as Super Bowl XLVI, emotions on all sides were running high. The Giants were celebrating a victory that looked unlikely at midseason. The Patriots, on the other hand, were trying to comprehend how a title could slip away from them. To make things worse for New England, it was well known the team was trying to win another Super Bowl for owner Robert Kraft, whose wife passed away during the off-season.
It was a surprise, however, to see supermodel Gisele Bundchen lose her temper well after the game ended. While walking through a hallway in the underbelly of Lucas Oil Stadium an unruly Giants fan suggested her husband, quarterback Tom Brady, is owned by rival QB and Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning. Her response to the slight? Ripping the Patriots' receivers by saying Brady "cannot [expletive] throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can't believe they dropped the ball so many times."1
Was it out of line for her to respond that way? Perhaps. She probably should have known better than to respond to a heckler at all, let alone with anger. However, that does not mean she isn't right. Brady, who was playing in his fifth Super Bowl, can't be expected to catch the ball. Sure, the late-game pass dropped by Wes Welker may have been thrown slightly behind him, but that's a catch he usually makes. Tight end Aaron Hernandez also let an easily catchable ball drop from his hands. Maybe if those two balls are caught the game turns out differently, but that's neither here nor there.
I'm sure the Patriots will handle this situation quietly amongst themselves as they always do. As a Colts fan, I'd like nothing more than to see the Patriots torn apart from Gisele's comments, but that just isn't going to happen. Besides, what else is a loyal wife to do when a stranger insults her husband? I'm a married man, and I would expect my wife to react exactly the same way.
Giants' defensive end Osi Umenyiora also weighed in on Bundchen's comments. His response, masqueraded as support, should be viewed as just as ill-advised as Gisele's. "I mean she's supposed to stay out of things like that," he said.1 Why? Why is she supposed to stay out of commenting on what she perceived as failures by her husband's teammates? If Tom Brady was an office manager and his employees screwed up a huge deal, would her comments be more appropriate then? Beyond that, once a fan of Umenyiora's team saw fit to heckle her, she was involved. Perhaps Osi should explain to the fan's that their insults should be directed towards the players since their wives are supposed to stay out of it.
At the end of the day, none of this really matters. Tom Brady still has three Super Bowl rings and is the unquestioned leader of the Patriots. I'm sure he'll handle the "controversy" one-on-one with each of his receivers. By the start of next season it will all have been forgotten as the team prepares to make yet another Super Bowl run.
And the fan who yelled at Bundchen will still be just that - a nameless fan.
Chris Chase, Brandon Jacobs tells Gisele Bundchen to 'shut up', Yahoo.com
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