Bucs ‘Tom Brady pokes fun at himself while congratulating Lakers’ LeBron James


TAMPA, Florida – In a quick tweet Monday congratulating LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers on his fourth NBA title and NBA Finals MVP award, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady managed to:

  • Make fun of his fourth blunder on Thursday night
  • Respond to the trolling job of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool on Sunday

  • Show off the Photoshop skills of its social media team

  • Remind us all that, in the midst of celebrating James’ greatness, he too has four Super Bowl MVP awards and six rings.

Let’s break it all down to understand why it played so well:

Thursday night against the Chicago Bears, Brady’s first prime-time game in a Buccaneers uniform, and trailing 20-19, Brady seemed to lose sight of what it was. After tight end Cam Brate couldn’t grab a well-covered fourth pass, and the Bears’ offense returned to the field, Brady turned to a puzzled official and raised four fingers.

Brady was asked twice after the game if he knew he was fourth, and although he never answered the question directly, he admitted that they were against the clock and “I knew that we had to win a piece, so I should have thought more down first rather than big pieces in this situation, ”he said.

Understandably, Brady received the meme treatment, with jokes centered around his move to Florida and his “senior moment.”

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool put in an epic four touchdown performance on Sunday. To celebrate, he blinked four fingers with a puzzled look and tweeted a photo without a caption to commemorate the achievement.

Then, of course, on Sunday night, James racked up 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in Game 6 to defeat the Miami Heat 106-93, passing Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan and Magic Johnson for the second most. NBA Finals MVP. in the story (Michael Jordan has six). And like Brady, James, at 35, continues to hear that he too is “old and washed out.”

So Brady put the tweet together, James’ face on his body holding four fingers. “Congratulations to my brother @KingJames for winning his 4th championship. Not bad for a stranded old man! Brady said.

After Brady’s incident Thursday night – which sent him off the bench so furious that he repeatedly slammed his helmet into the ground – it’s good to see that Brady has not only moved on, but can laugh at himself.


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