Super Bowl: Gisele Bundchen (Mrs. Tom Brady) blasts receivers

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Tom Brady wasn’t to blame for the New England Patriots’ loss to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. Instead it was Wes Welker and the other receivers, who could not hold on to Brady’s perfectly thrown passes Sunday night.

That’s basically what Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, angrily told reporters while being heckled by a bunch of New York Giants fans following the game. As she was making her way to meet her husband after the 21-17 defeat, Bundchen responded to such taunts as ‘Eli rules!’ by saying:

“You have to catch the ball when you’re supposed to catch the ball. My husband cannot ... throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times.”

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Wes Welker basically agreed with Bundchen’s assessment, at least when it came to his own dropped pass on the New York 20 that could have helped New England hold on to a 17-15 lead with about four minutes remaining.

‘It hit me right in the hands,’ said Welker, who dropped only five passes all season. ‘I’ve made that play 1,000 times in practice ... then the one time I don’t come up with it is here?’

Unlike his wife, Brady took the high road after the game, insisting repeatedly that football is a team game.

‘We all wish we could have done a bit more,” Brady said. “That’s what it comes to in football. It always comes down to one or two plays. If you make them you’re celebrating. If you don’t, you don’t sleep for a week.”

And he still had nothing but praise for Welker.

‘He’s a hell of a player,’ Brady said. ‘I’ll keep throwing the ball to him for as long as I possibly can.”

Say what you want about Brady, but he knows how to handle a tough loss. Now if only his wife can figure out how to do it too.


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