Super Bowl Throwback: How to Have Your Husband's Back in the World of Sports

After the Patriots won Super Bowl LIII, I was reminded of a short piece I wrote back in February of 2012 when the Pats lost (once again) to the Giants:

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I am all for Gisele Bundchen defending her husband Tom Brady after his Super Bowl loss. After the game someone yelled to Bundchen that Eli Manning of the Super Bowl winning New York Giants "owned" her husband. This was a reference to the now two Super Bowls that Manning's team has come back from behind to take from Brady's New England Patriots. I don't particularly care for "ownership" references, but to say that one team owns another, or one player owns another is very common in sports. However, when someone says that about your husband, you have the obligation, or at least the right to put them in their place. So here's what Bundchen said:

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

Bunchen gets high marks on back-having. The problem is how she did it. Maybe it's fair game in the world of modeling to criticize your fellow models after something goes wrong on the runway. It doesn't work that way in sports. No self-respecting team leader would pass the blame like that. However, I can excuse her. It's the heat of the moment. We all wish we could have a do-over of some situation when we didn't have just the right comeback. But if somehow she could get that moment back, I would suggest something like "Last time I checked, my husband had three rings and he's married to a supermodel." Then she could have done a model turn and strutted away.

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