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If you missed the end of the Bills/Patriots game last night, you not only missed the conclusion of a thrilling football contest, but also a compelling little foot race between Tom Brady(notes) and Suzy Kolber.

Watch as the great Suzy goes stride for stride with a reluctant Brady, all in an effort to pry just one very non-newsworthy postgame quote out of him.

So what's the call here? Was Tom being a jerk, or was Suzy pestering him?

On one hand, I feel like if a guy doesn't want to talk, he shouldn't be made to talk. Not every football game is a fun football game, and everyone has those days at work where they just want to go home, be left alone and not say one damn word to anyone.

On the other hand, if you're Tom Brady, you're the face of the Patriots and of the NFL. That comes with certain responsibilities. Tom is rich and famous because of the attention given to him by television networks like ESPN. In return, it wouldn't kill him to cooperate when our heroine Suzy wants some meaningless little quote.

He was going to have to talk to the media at some point anyway, so why not stop and give the persistent lady 20 seconds of his precious Tom-time? If you're that attention-shy, Tom, you can always quit your job and go find work as a stock boy at a shoe store or something.

He tried ignoring her at first, and then, a couple of times, said to her, "I'm going in." Suzy persisted, though, and eventually crowbarred Tom's lips open. Most people would've probably given up.

I like Tom Brady, but I think I'm going to have to go with him being a jerk on this one. He knows Suzy, he knows her job, and he knows all he has to do is spit out some ridiculous cliché, and that would be the end of it. Why blow her off so publicly like that?

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