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Tedy Bruschi is mad at Ochocinco for appreciating Tom BradyNow that Tedy Bruschi(notes) is retired from the NFL and being paid as an analyst, it seems like he's mad all the time. Tuesday, on radio station WEEI in Boston, Bruschi tore into New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco(notes). The reason? The Ocho appreciated Tom Brady's(notes) 517-yard performance on Monday night.

Chad tweeted this:

Just waking up after a late arrival,I've never seen a machine operate like that n person,to see video game numbers put up n person was WOW

And then Bruschi got all red and huffy.

"Drop the awe factor, OK, Ocho, Chad, drop the awe factor," Bruschi said. "You're not a fan, all right? You're not someone who's on another team or watching TV. You're not an analyst. You're a part of it. They want you to be a part of it.

"So get with the program because obviously you're not getting it and you're tweeting because you're saying, 'It's amazing to see'? It's amazing to see because you don't understand it! You still don't understand it and it's amazing to you because you can't get it."

It's not friendly advice taken out of context, either. Bruschi's angry. You can listen to it here (the Ocho talk starts at about the 5:42 mark). You can almost hear Bruschi's blood pressure rising through your computer speakers. He may also be foaming at the mouth.

Tom Brady, who was unaware Bruschi made those remarks, defended Ochocinco's work ethic

But the most bothersome part of Bruschi's response is his veiled jab against Chad Ochocinco's work ethic on his own WEEI-AM radio spot Wednesday.

"Chad, for the day that he go here, he's worked really hard to be a part of this offense and be involved," Brady said.

Now, don't get me wrong, expecting Chad Ochocinco to be more productive at this point is perfectly reasonable. He had one catch for 14 yards on Monday night, accounting for about 2.7 percent of Tom Brady's passing yards. The Patriots probably expect him to account for more than 2.7 percent of their passing offense.

But it's some kind of crime for Ocho to be impressed with Tom Brady? He's not allowed to marvel at a 517-yard passing performance? The man was a Cincinnati Bengal for 10 years. It's like someone gets released from a Malaysian prison after 10 years, then moves into Oprah's house, and you expect him not to notice that the flooring is a little bit nicer.

A couple of weeks ago, crotchety old Bruschi turned his attention toward Arian Foster(notes), using the words "incredibly dumb" and "incredibly stupid" to describe Foster posting his hamstring MRI on Twitter.

Bruschi was a very good player, and his opinions and analysis are to be respected. And I do respect it, and Chad's not above a little criticism right now. But there's a difference between that and turning into a self-important hate machine, walking around all day being angry and thinking, "Things were so much better in my day!" Lighten up a little bit, Tedy. It's OK for a brand new Patriot to admire Tom Brady a little bit.

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