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 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. David

    Those pretzels are making me thirsty!!!

    September 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kramer

      Thats how you're going to say it?

      September 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Woody's right hand

      Sorry, but when you slammed that glass down on the bar, some of the pieces hit Woody and he started crying, so... you're fired.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    Good job New England. Make your fans look even more like pansies.

    September 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Ha funny pansies looks like someones jealous of their success

      September 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • MIKE


      September 16, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      They are pansies. Coming from a jealousy free Packer Fan

      September 16, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bill in VA

    I can't believe someone from the Patriots came out and something so blatantly stupid..... staying hydrated? Give me a break. Brady knew what he meant. Anyone with half a brain – even an inebriated one – knew what he meant. It was attempting to be funny. Maybe not the best thing to say in light of recent fan violence but to do what the Pats did is just plain stupid. Either let it go altogether or say something like – Gee, we wish he hadn't said that.

    September 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flatsguide

      They must think everyone is an idiot. "Stay hydrated"? It's in the '60s? Hydrated my butt.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. k4mdd

    go TOM, we like it

    September 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. namtelkcunk

    i'll say it again. 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. And I love how the great Tom Brady walked out on his pregnant girlfriend. Classy.

    You're time is over Pats fans. Take all that bad mojo elsewhere.

    September 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Our time is just beginning. Its ok my son dont be jealous of their success but try to learn from it. Unless your a psychic I would not bet against the pats this season.

      September 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      Hear,hear!! Brady is a whor#

      September 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      that doesnt even make sense Jennifer

      September 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flatsguide

      What's that got to do with "staying hydrated"? Sounds like you are emotionally scarred over the Patriots, you must be a Dolphins fan.

      September 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. UTLonghorn

    If he said " and smoke some " they would hv said he meant " smoke your medical dose of marijuana, cos he is worried about the health of the fans "

    September 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. David Duke

    Van Pelt needs to get laid. Then fired.

    September 16, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lori

    I think they need damage control from their damage control.

    September 16, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      LOL ***LIKE***

      September 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark G

    Raiders win, Chargers lose, Raiders on top of AFC West.

    Go Pats!

    September 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jake

    I love all the jealous people who hate the pats simply because of their success. And to those who say they cheat (or do what every team did before Mangini ratted) I say that with the crack down by the NFL I dont think anyone can cheat anymore. There for 600+ yards in the season opener is simply talent... sorry to other jealous folks

    September 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flatsguide

      I think most Miami fans had to be sedated after last Monday's game!

      September 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lisa

    Why is this such a big deal? It's what people do anyway at football games. Fans don't need Brady to give them permission to drink. It's a given.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Stephen

    Well now. How those things get construed just depends upon who you are, I would argue. If T.O., Ocho, or someone else says it, it warrants negative publicity.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Thomas

    I once knew an alcoholic who talked like that.

    September 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I am a recovering alcoholic. we always tease each other like that!

      September 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RCBinTN

    Tee Hee

    September 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Manemang

    Where's professor Ted Bruschi? Did Brady violate the patriot doctrine like Ochocinco did. Just saying

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