Thursday, January 10, 2008

An open letter to ESPN's Gregg Easterbrook

Recently ESPN's Gregg Easterbrook has taken it upon himself to act as Judge and jury on all things New England Patriots related. His attacks have gone from football related to personal, culminating in this unbelievably pointed and aggressive attack on Patriots QB Tom Brady.

''The team's star, Tom Brady, is a smirking celebrity-chaser who dates actresses and supermodels but whose public charity appearances are infrequent. That constant smirk on Brady's face reminds one of Dick Cheney; people who smirk are fairly broadcasting the message, "I'm hiding something."''

Anybody who knows anything about the Patriots and Brady, and indeed the NFL, knows that Brady is anything but the character Mr Easterbrook attempts to portray. Brady is a 'first in last out' workaholic who's team mates absolutely love him. Public charity appearances? Brady is well known in the entire New England community for his charity work, the difference perhaps between him and Peyton Manning is Brady advertises both himself and his work less.

If you think, like I do, that to attack Tom Brady as personally as Mr Easterbrook chose to, was out of hand, go ahead and let him know by sending him a short message.

Here's mine;

Dear Sir,

I used to read your articles every week, and thoroughly enjoyed your interesting take on the NFL in particular.

I will no longer be reading you though, after your ridiculous, shameless, ugly, inane, asinine, acerbic and idiotic personal attack on Tom Brady.

I can not claim to know the man, however from what I have heard from my friends who do, he is an upstanding member of the community, a charming, gentle and humble character who works hard at his trade and pushes those around him to great sporting heights.

Your attack was poorly judged, poorly executed, and, well, just poor.

Really disappointing for someone as talented as you

Dublin, Ireland


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