Was the media responsible for Tom Brady announcing his retirement, then changing his mind 45 days later?
“I think people kind of put him into a corner and all these rumors and things before he was ready to make a decision and he had to say something just to get the news people off his back,” said Brady Sr.
After Brady initially refuted the report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington which said he was going to retire, only to make a personal announcement two days later, many speculated that the future Hall of Famer wasn’t ready to make or share his decision, but the news getting out compelled him to move his timetable up.
That might explain why Brady’s father and agent Don Yee quickly said that the ESPN report was premature.
Brady Sr. called into Mike Greenberg’s ESPN Radio show, Greeny, on Tuesday afternoon to follow up on his remarks to Hausle.
“What happened eight weeks ago was that a bunch of people reported that he was retiring, before he was ready, right after they lost,” said Brady Sr. “These losses are painful. You don’t just roll over and get up and get going. It’s painful at the end of the year, putting six months in and all of the heartbreak and all of the joy. It’s hard; it’s emotionally wrenching.
“It’s like your car’s out of gas, then somebody asks you a question and everybody’s telling you, telling everybody that they know what they were doing. They were announcing his retirement before he had even retired. The media made the news.”
Perhaps it’s true that Schefter and Darlington’s report made Brady feel as if he had to announce his decision sooner than he intended, maybe before he could think it through more than he preferred. But if Brady didn’t want to retire, he could’ve just kept quiet about it. He told Jim Gray on his podcast that he hadn’t made a decision and would do so “when the time is right.” Why not just stick to that?
For that matter, why not just admit he changed his mind? That he wanted to retire for his family but everyone realized he could still play? Essentially, that’s what Brady Sr. told Greenberg.
”After he had time to reflect with his family, you know, what gives him the greatest joy in his life, and they all agreed that this is the path forward that works best for the Brady family,” he said. “It just took a little bit of time to sort this thing out.”
So why blame the media? To be fair, this is Brady’s father saying this, not Brady himself. But is he speaking for his son in any way? Is there some resentment over feeling forced to make an announcement, rather than do so on his terms? It appears so, but be accountable for the decision, announcement, and change of heart. He could have waited.
Does it tarnish Brady’s legacy in any way to have reversed himself? Are people going to call him a flip-flopper? And if so, what does that matter? The one who seems to care about that the most — at least most vocally — is Tom Brady Sr.
Ian Casselberry is a sports media columnist for BSM. He has previously written and edited for Awful Announcing, The Comeback, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, MLive, Bleacher Report, and SB Nation. You can find him on Twitter @iancass or reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rob Dibble, 97.9 ESPN Help Collect Nearly 5,000 Turkeys
“This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”
The station, along with other iHeart Connecticut stations, also raised more than $189,000 during the 23rd annual Turkey Tuesday at Connecticut Foodshare’s headquarters.
“We are continually grateful of the outpouring of donations from our listeners and Connecticut community on our annual events to ensure a Thanksgiving for all,” said iHeartMedia Hartford and New Haven Vice President of Marketing Vanessa Wojtusiak. “This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”
Dibble has been a longtime support of Connecticut Foodshare, hosting its director Al Marino on his show several times throughout the year to ensure families in Connecticut have access to the food bank.
Danny O’Neil is a sports media columnist for BSM. He has previously hosted morning and afternoon drive for 710 ESPN Seattle, and served as a reporter for the Seattle Times. He can be reached on Twitter @DannyOneil or by email at Danny@DannyOneil.com.
Ray Didinger Subject of NFL Films Feature, Tells Angelo Cataldi He’s Stayed Busy in Retirement
Former 94WIP host and Philadelphia Daily News and NBC Sports Philadelphia writer Ray Didinger retired earlier this year, but he told Angelo Cataldi he’s remained busy even though he stepped away from his media career.
“It’s been busier than I thought,” Didinger said. “Just because of the way things have gone in the city. The Phillies going to the World Series, the Eagles are 10-1, I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be this kind of run. Consequently, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I had no idea everyone in the world has a podcast so I’ve been getting all those calls. My name and my phone number are on way too many rolodexes all around the country. When somebody says ‘Hey, let’s do a piece about Philly’, my phone rings. It’s been busy but it’s been good. It’s been great to see what this has meant to the city.”
Didinger hosted shows from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for 94WIP. In total, he spent more than 50 years covering the NFL before retiring in May.
After Cataldi asked for Didinger’s opinion on the 2022 Eagles, he asked the now-retired reporter if he was still using his yellow notepad. Didinger admitted he does still use the notepad, and Cataldi chastised his former colleague after he said he would retire the notepad. Cataldi joked when he retires after the Eagles season concludes, he hopes to lose co-hosts Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes’ phone numbers.
Didinger will be the subject of an NFL Films feature about his longtime career covering the league. The program will air on FS1 on Friday at 12:30 AM.
Colin Dunlap: ‘Insane’ What Tom Rinaldi Has Done During Last Week
“He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
It was a banner week for FOX Sports during the Thanksgiving holiday, and no one got more work than the network’s Tom Rinaldi. 93.7 The Fan morning show host Colin Dunlap believes Rinaldi deserves props for his schedule.
“It’s insane what he’s done,” Dunlap said. “I wrote it down and I saw somebody tweet it. Listen to this schedule — and I don’t even know if it’s worth it — but listen to what Tom Rinaldi has done: Wednesday? Qatar. Thursday? Dallas for the Cowboys game. Friday? Back to the US-England match in Qatar. Saturday? In Columbus, Ohio for Michigan/Ohio State. Sunday? Kansas City for the NFL game.
“And then if you’ve gotta guess, he’s gonna be at the American game tomorrow so he’s travelling back to Qatar today. I don’t even travel back and forth to Baltimore like that. He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
Dunlap, co-host Chris Mack, and producer Adam Crowley then discussed whether FOX Sports was using Rinaldi enough. While noting that he’s travelling to all these locations, they believe he isn’t being utilized enough for the bigger stories he’s been known for.
They also joked about whether Rinaldi was flying back and forth on Rupert Murdoch’s private jet and whether or not that would make life easier.