TAMPA, Fla. — In a single swift tweet Monday congratulating the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James on his fourth NBA title and NBA Finals MVP award, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady managed to:
Make enjoyable of his fourth-down gaffe from Thursday night time
Showcase his social media workforce’s stellar photoshop abilities
Remind all of us that, within the midst of celebrating James’ greatness, he too has 4 Tremendous Bowl MVP awards, and 6 rings
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) October 12, 2020
Let’s unpack all of it to grasp why this was so well-played:
On Thursday night time in opposition to the Chicago Bears, Brady’s first prime-time recreation in a Buccaneers uniform, and trailing 20-19, Brady appeared to lose monitor of what down it was. After tight finish Cam Brate could not seize maintain of a well-covered fourth-down go, and the Bears’ offense headed again onto the sector, Brady turned to an official puzzled and held up 4 fingers.
Brady was requested twice after the sport if he was conscious that it was fourth down, and whereas he by no means instantly answered the query, he admitted that they have been up in opposition to the clock and “I knew we needed to achieve a bit, so I ought to have been considering extra first down as an alternative of chunk in that state of affairs,” he mentioned.
Naturally, Brady acquired the meme therapy, with jokes centered round his transfer to Florida and having a “senior second.”
— David Imondi (@David_Imondi) October 9, 2020
Not the primary man to maneuver all the way down to Florida after a protracted nice profession and have a senior second. pic.twitter.com/cD6PKQjMEw
— Matt Harmon (@MattHarmon_BYB) October 9, 2020
Quick-forward to Sunday, and Pittsburgh Steelers extensive receiver Chase Claypool had an epic four-touchdown efficiency. To have a good time, he flashed 4 fingers with a bewildered gaze, and tweeted a captionless picture to commemorate the achievement.
— Chase Claypool (@ChaseClaypool) October 11, 2020
Then, after all, Sunday night time, James put up 28 factors, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in Sport 6 to defeat the Miami Warmth 106-93, surpassing Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan and Magic Johnson for second-most NBA Finals MVP awards in historical past (Michael Jordan has six). And like Brady, James, at 35, continues to listen to that he too is “outdated and washed up.”
So Brady assembled the tweet, with James’ face on his physique holding up 4 fingers. “Congrats to my brother @KingJames on successful his 4th championship. Not unhealthy for a washed up outdated man!” Brady mentioned.
After Brady’s incident Thursday night time — which despatched him to the bench so irate that he repeatedly slammed his helmet into the bottom — it is good to see that Brady has not solely moved on, however can snort at himself, too.