You won't believe this, but Tom Brady has made enemies in New York.
The New England Patriots quarterback recently filed two trademark requests for the nickname "Tom Terrific:" one for collectible trading cards and another for T-shirts.
So, what's the issue? Well, Mets fans will tell you the real "Tom Terrific" isn't Brady but pitcher Tom Seaver, who spent the first decade of his Hall of Fame career in New York.
Seaver never trademarked the nickname, though, which means Brady has the chance to "steal" Seaver's nickname. Former NFL quarterback and New York native Boomer Esiason is one of many Mets fans not happy with this development.
"When you've got so much goddamned money, you can do whatever you want, and this is now what Tom Brady wants to take," Esiason said recently on WFANs "Boomer and Gio" radio show. "Maybe in New England they call him that, I guess. But you know what? We've been calling Tom Seaver 'Tom Terrific' forever, for as long as I can remember, for 50 years. That's who Tom Terrific has always been.
"I am disgusted, and I'm really surprised, and I'm really -- I don't know, it just feels sleazy to me, you know?"
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Esiason apparently spoke for many middle-aged Mets fans who were outraged that Brady is swooping in and co-opting their childhood hero's nickname.
"He’s an idiot," one Mets fan told the New York Post. “He’s probably the GOAT [Greatest Of All Time quarterback], but get your own nickname."
"Go back to deflating footballs, you jerk," another fan told the Post.
Spoken like true New Yorkers.
Brady's trademark hasn't officially been approved yet, and the Mets' Twitter account even made a plea to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to decline Brady's request.
But unless Seaver -- who ironically played his final MLB season with the Red Sox in 1986 -- gets involved and files his own request, it's likely Brady will score another win and give New York fans another reason to hate the six-time Super Bowl champion.
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