The following is a guest post from Alyssa Lang, a die-hard Jets fan. @Alyssa_Lang_34
In 2011, Tebowing was in. Now, only a little more than a month later, Bradying is the new thing to be doing in the social media world. If you saw my vlog, “3 Reasons Why YOU Should try Bradying”, I shed some light on the more joking, lighthearted side of the newest ‘Bradying’ trend, and laughed about it; how something like that can really catch on with people. But, (yes, there’s a ‘but’-) to be honest, I’m really not a fan of any of it. Tebowing, or Bradying.
I honestly think it’s funny how something as silly as the way a particular player is sitting after a game becomes a social media icon…with its own ‘google-able’ name.
As an athlete…I actually feel kind of bad for Tom Brady.
The guy just lost the Super Bowl. Two days ago. No matter how many he’s won, how many records he’s broken and set; I’m sure it still hurts. Brady. The team. The fanbase. Yeah it’s funny, especially to the ‘Patriot Haters’, but I cannot genuinely laugh and jeer at a guy while he’s (literally) down. No matter who it is.
Maybe this new trend shouldn’t be all it’s cracked up to be. Maybe fans should take a step back from simple football banter, and look at Tom Brady as a legitimate person for a second. I’m proud to be a Jet fan, just like Patriots are proud to be New England fans. And as for our respective teams, I know I want to see my fan-base keeping it classy.
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