Tom Brady’s comments about Jets, “Hard Knocks” should surprise no one

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 02: Tom Brady  of the New England Patriots walks off the field after training camp on August 2, 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Tom Brady hates the Jets and therefore, doesn’t watch HBO’s “Hard Knocks” because of it.

Shocking.

While appearing on sports radio station WEEI this morning, Brady said, “I hate the Jets, so I refuse to support that show.” Good – he should hate the Jets. They haven’t won a Super Bowl since “The Brady Bunch” premiered on TV and yet they’re the most talked about team in the NFL right now. They’re also a direct rival of Brady’s Patriots, so why should he show them any love? (Besides, Brady has more important things to watch these days than “Hard Knocks”…like his wife for example.)

I was criticized a couple of weeks ago when I wrote that Brandon Phillips’ comments about the Cardinals were refreshing, but I’ll say the same thing here: We need more of this in sports. That’s not to say that Phillips wasn’t out of line with what he said, because he was. But we’ve reached a point in professional sports where rivalries are dying between teams (read that again: between the teams, not fans) because everybody loves one another.

I like what Brady said and here’s hoping that the Patriots-Jets battles this season are once again highly entertaining. Nobody wants Brady and Rex Ryan to engage in a week-long smack talk, but a simple, “I freaking hate the Jets” from time to time out of an athlete is welcomed by me.

Now, let’s play some football.

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