Football is an emotional game. Players give it their all, putting their bodies and lives on the line. Every loss or win is hard fought. It not only takes an emotional toll on players but it impacts their families as well.
With that being said, the talk this morning is New England Patirots quarterback Tom Brady’s wife Gisele Bunchen’s comments about the game. In response to pro Eli Manning and Giants comments near her, Giselle shoots back. In a secretly recorded video, Giselle is heard saying to those around her, “You have to catch the ball when you’re supposed to catch the ball,” she said angrily to those around her including other Patriots’ wives. ”My husband cannot f—king throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times.”
While she was emotionally frustrated that her husband and the Patriots lost again to the Giants after they were heavily favored, Gisele has to learn three things: first, losing is part of the game. One team has to lose, and sometimes it’s your team, your spouse, your son. Losing is part of winning. Lesson number two: don’t say private things in public. Even if you’re with friends but in a public area, just smile, frown, but wait till you’re alone with your husband and a very close friend without a cell phone and speak your mind; there, you’re free to vent and be straight wrong. Lesson three: don’t big up your husband while making others small. By saying what she said in the midst of other teammates’ spouses and families is a bit insensitive and could create an irreparable rift. Don’t let one moment destroy what has taken many seasons to create.
Bonus advice, Gisele: know your role. At the moment of a tough loss, your husband needs your comfort not your analysis. Plus, the New England Patriots didn’t loss the game because receivers dropped ball. They lost because in this particular game, and in two others against the Giants, New York just played better football.