Tom Brady wants fans to drink up (water, of course)
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is curiously concerned about your hydration.
September 16th, 2011
01:26 PM ET

Tom Brady wants fans to drink up (water, of course)

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wants his team’s fans to do some drinking so they can get sufficiently riled up for Sunday’s home opener.

And by drinking, he means the stuff you get from your kitchen faucet, his team helpfully adds.

Brady, addressing reporters Wednesday ahead of Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers, was asked whether he had a message for fans.

“Yeah, start drinking early,” he said, drawing chuckles from the reporters. “Get nice and rowdy. (It's a) 4:15 (p.m.) game, they have a lot of time to get lubed up, come out here and cheer for their home team.” (Video from CNN affiliate WCVB)

About an hour later, according to multiple media reports, a team spokesman stepped in to clarify what Brady really meant to say: He wants fans to “stay hydrated, drink a lot of water, be loud, drink responsibly."

Clearly, Brady was concerned about fans’ hydration, with game-day temperatures in Foxborough, Massachusetts, expected to be scorching in the upper 60s.

The Patriots’ audible does come amid fresh memories of fan rowdiness and violence. Last month, for instance, two shootings and a beating followed a preseason football game at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.

Closer to home, drinking at Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium “during Patriots games and concerts has been a concern for neighboring towns,” the New York Post reported. This year, according to the Post, Foxborough instituted a $200 fine for drinking in public.

But the edit didn’t sit right with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt, who addressed it on his radio show Thursday afternoon.

“The NFL has billions of dollars worth of ads – and so do we, during our broadcasts – of beer,” Van Pelt said. “There’s signage all over the stadium about beer. Only after Brady said that – less than an hour after, in fact – the PR of the Patriots puts out a statement which says, ‘He meant to say, (drink water).’

“No, he didn’t. That’s not what he meant. He meant what he said, which was, ‘Come out, have a few, get loud, and if you’re hammered, you’re hammered.’ I mean, I’m embellishing, but he didn’t say 'drink water and stay hydrated.'

“I pity anyone whose job it is to have a cleanup on aisle 3 when there’s no need for a cleanup,” Van Pelt added. “What Brady said was funny. Everyone knew what he meant. What he didn’t mean was drink water.”

NFL player Dominic Raiola wasn’t impressed with any controversy over Brady’s comments. The center for the Detroit Lions, who host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at 1 p.m., told Michigan news outlet MLive.com that he was fine with Brady’s comments.

"Hell, yeah," Raiola said. "(The Patriots) have a 4:15 p.m. game, right? Maybe Detroit should get started about 8:30 a.m."

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  1. MaximumHydration

    They drink beer at football games? Really?? What next? Dancing girls? Got that too, huh? Dang ain't America GREAT!
    And hoist a salute to Brady's 512 passing yards last week and a 99.5 yard touchdown throw/run to Welker. I poity the poor Chargers. GO PATS!!

    September 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scarf

      The reasons why I no longer go to pro football games:
      1) beer is colder, readily available and much cheaper at home
      2) can channel surf elsewhere during commercials such as other games
      3) food is much cheaper, readily available and more varied at home
      4) idiots and thugs are no where near home
      5) parking costs are non-existent at home
      6) napping during games is much more comfortable at home
      7) traffic jams and wasting time sitting in car not applicable at home
      8) outrageous ticket prices non-existent at home
      9) can interact with friends & family much better at anyone's home

      I could list many more advantages of not going to games but you get my drift.

      September 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    good job pretty boy. Have your club do a CYA job. Can't wait to go the Globe to see all the apologist comments defending him against the "evil media" yet if any other QB (Manning/Sanchez) said it, they'd be all over him like flies on ... What a bunch of hypocrites

    September 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaximumHydration

      Please check your hydration level, I fear you're down a quart or two....

      September 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Neutron

      You sound butt-hurt

      September 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rosebud

    What a waste of space. Print something newsworthy.

    September 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Judegeol

    Like most of the US, I can't stand the Patriots. LET'S GO SAN DIEGO! BEAT THOSE CHEATERS!

    September 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Neutron

      Most of the US also agrees that Rivers is an over-rated QB who should take the Ryan Leaf route...

      September 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaximumHydration

      Now, now, jealously does not suit you well.... Maybe some day your team will be as good as the Patriots. BUT I DOUBT IT!!

      September 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pack Attack!

      My team is already miles ahead of the Pats anyways.

      September 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judegeol

      We'll see sunday CHEATERS.

      18 – 1

      Hahaha!!!

      September 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaximumHydration

      Yes we will LOSERS. For your lack of respect, the score shall be run up unmercifully to teach you a lesson. It will be a long flight home.

      September 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • boogietime

      Apparently Maximum hydration has the ability to run up the score at the Pats Chargers game.

      In his Madden 2012 maybe.

      September 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judegeol

      18 – 1
      18 – 1
      18 – 1

      CHOKE!!!

      September 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • namtelkcunk

      18-1! That's awesome.

      Bellichick might be one of the best coaches, but he's also one of the shadiest. They are a bunch of cheats and they're on their way down. You're time is over Pats fans.

      And I love how the great Tom Brady walked out on his pregnant girlfriend. Classy.

      Take all that bad mojo elsewhere Pats fans.

      September 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thizz

      Mr. Neutron- you sir are retarded if you truly believe Rivers is overrated. I'm a pats fan btw.

      September 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Neutron

      hey let's count all the Charger's SB wins...

      umm.. zero... zero.. zero...

      September 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Neutron

      Hey Thizzz – he is over rated and acts like a little child on the field, i'd be embarrassed if that was my QB. Without a LT caliber RB in the backfield he'll always be a 8-8 player....

      September 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judegeol

      The only thing worse than the CHEATING PATRIOTS is...

      Nothing, nothing is worse than that cheating bunch of cheaters (except maybe their fans)!

      September 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Keith

    That's the only way to enjoy the NFL...being "lubed up".

    September 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    @justathought:
    I pay attention to plenty; I just choose not to say as much as I could.
    It irritates some who think I should say more.
    Oh, well, I made some people laugh that day with my story; sometimes laughing is better than the alternative.
    DA BEARS!!!!

    September 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pack Attack!

      Da Bears are da bums. Hope you aren't too embarrassed when the Pack walks all over you in our next matchup. I am predicting a 31-7 romp.

      September 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Buster

    The NFL is just another corporation, and no one does puritanical hypocrisy like corporate America.

    September 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TPF

    Brady, what a true sports person to look up to. Knocks up one girl marries another. He rich trash, that's all.

    September 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaximumHydration

      Hey, accidents happen, don't have to compound it by getting married to the wrong person. And marrying a super model pulling down $25 mill a year is the sign of genius. You gotta be a female. Might I suggest some hydration to cure your bitterness?

      September 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pack Attack!

    Doesn't matter what the Pats do, the real show is going to be Green Bay on their way to a repeat!

    September 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ohhhhhheyyyy

      Kind of like what the Patriots have already done?

      September 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Patri-rots

    He just wants everybody to be as lubed up as he is before he takes it in the @$$

    September 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Richard

    Tom then said, "After practice today I'm going to give Gisele a stiff one."

    An hour later a PR person said, "What Tom ment to say was, he was giving Gisele a drink of booze."

    September 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    The Packers usually do beat the crap out of DA BEARS, I'm a realist.
    So what?

    September 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pack Attack!

      That's all right. 1985 was not our year, either.

      September 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. boogietime

    And Busch Stadium is named after the former president, not the poor imitation of a tasty beverage.

    September 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. citizenUSA

    It's a shame when any person or organization disrespects the intelligence of the American people. We all know what Brady meant. The Pats managment only made themselves look more stupid than Brady by coming out with that lame "clarification" of his remarks.

    September 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mettle69

    If you're past the age of 25 and still think getting drunk is cool, you're a loser.

    September 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      If you're on a forum and still use 69 in your name because you think it's cool, you're a TOTAL loser.

      September 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
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