Brady Calls Out Fans, But Is It Really Their Fault?

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Yesterday, Tom Brady made comments that left the fan favorite open for attack. Brady told reporters, “The road environment is very different than our friendly home crowd who, when I looked up, half the stadium was gone when we were up 21 points in the early fourth quarter, which I wasn’t so happy about. I don’t think the Jets fans leave early. They’re going to be loud the whole game.’’

Gresh and Zolak continued their conversation about Brady’s statements, commenting on the stadium itself and what a typical game at Gilette Stadium has turned into.

Zo: “It’s become an event. It’s become something to do on a Sunday. And has it taken away from the football game a little bit? Maybe. But this goes on across the country.”

He cracked down on things like taking pictures on the turf patch, buying lanyards from the pro shop to put your tickets in, and the new hotline that fans can call or text about rowdy fans or even people who are standing and blocking your view.

Gresh brought up Brady’s intentions and the real issue: “I think he [Brady] attacked that knowing that it would turn into, “Is Gillette Stadium loud enough?” So, the way he went about it, not only did it spark rhetoric, it sparked anger, but it brought us to what really is the core issue. Why, on 3rd down, are people not up hootin’ and hollerin’ on defense? … Why is it at this stadium that opposing quarterbacks don’t have to go to a silent count?”

Ultimately, the blame seemed to shift to the stadium itself.

“Fans really don’t like to be called out,” said Gresh. “But there were actually a lot of people who said, “Hey, I wanna get up, be loud, and be rowdy, and I can’t.”


One Comment

  1. Dennis arruda says:

    I have always been rowdy, the problem is if u get real loud u have someone in front of u call security an they come an tell u to cool it so it’s not all the fans it’s the ones the think there at church so tell security to tone it down so we can tone it up

  2. Clint says:

    Been a season ticket holder since 1986… The old stadium was A LOT louder even when there only 30,000 fans in there during a 2-14 season.

    1) Club seats are in the middle deck between the 20’s where most of the noise needsto come from and they are always half empty and/or dead silent. Club seats holders think football games are 3 quarters – 1st, 2nd, and 4th.
    2) In the old stadium when seats were more affordable you had the same people next to you every week. It’s hard now to afford to go to 8 or 10 games, so you don’t have your die-hards there every week. The true die hard rowdy loud fans can’t afford to go to all of the games.
    3) I sit 5 rows behind the visitor bench. Since the new stadium opened, I’ve seen fans numerous times warned and/or escorted out by security simply for heckling the visiting team even if they weren’t using profanity. In the old stadium this was half the fun – getting all over the visiting team each week – can’t do that anymore. The fun police are a lot to blame here for the crowd being quiet. I go to a lot of road games and while there is security in every stadium, they are there for fan safety, not to quiet fans down.
    4) My seats are $169 per ticket per game. When it gets cold there are empty seats all around me for the 1st quarter, then a couple will show up with no hats on, leather driving gloves, and the woman in a fur coat. They stay for an hour and leave b/c they are cold. They probably got the tickets for free from a vendor or client. Gone is the fan who paid $35 and came to the game in his snowmobile suit.
    5) This may be a stretch – but I think the 2007 hangover is also a factor. Fans had so much emotional investment in the team that season and were left at the alter with 30 seconds to go. It’s hard to learn to love again.

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