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Tom Brady rips fans who leave Gillette Stadium early

Tom Brady hates it when fans leave Gillette Stadium before the New England Patriots games are over.

"The road environment is very different than our friendly home crowd who, when I looked up, half the stadium was gone when we were up 21 points in the early fourth quarter, which I wasn't so happy about,'' Brady said when asked about playing on the road in the New Meadowlands on Sunday. "I don't think the Jets fans leave early. They're going to be loud the whole game.''

Is Brady right? I hate to whine, but if your team wears, say, burgundy and gold and is up by 21 and traffic is horrendous on, say, the Beltway, isn't it okay to leave early?

(Tip of the cap to Reader David.)

By Cindy Boren  |  September 16, 2010; 12:17 PM ET
Categories:  NFL , Redskins  
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First of all, it's never okay to leave early. If you can't stay, you should never have gone. Sorry, just the way I think. Win or lose, stick with the team to the end of the game.

Second, isn't this story old by now? I think it was first reported on Monday.

Posted by: svxcountry1 | September 16, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Correction...first reported Tuesday.

Posted by: svxcountry1 | September 16, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I understand where Brady's coming from, but the bottom line is that those early exits are caused directly by the stadium experience.

Specifically the logistical nightmare of getting 80,000 people (or however many, I don't know Gillette's capacity) out of one massive building and onto the highways and public transit in a very short time.

Those fans are choosing between watching another 45 minutes of almost-certainly-meaningless football and getting a head start on the trip home, probably making it a lot less brutal.

I'm not a leave-early guy myself, but I get why people would leave early under those circumstances.

It's Brady's fault anyway for scoring all those points so early in the game.

F Tom Brady.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 16, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I have a 2 hour ride home when I leave Gillette stadium and that doesn't count traffic, the time I have to spend unpacking and cleaning up all the tailgating stuff, then getting ready for the new work week. I pay good money and spend valuable time at the Patriots games and if I wish to leave a little early I will. Tom Brady leaves the stadium and gets a police escort out of there and is home chilling out before I even get out of the parking lot and that's even if I do leave early. I think Tom Brady should stop complaining about his fans and start appreciating the fact that he has the most loyal fans in the NFL and the increase in our ticket prices every year pays his pretty $19 million dollar a year salary!!!!

Posted by: mickmokos | September 16, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Big blowouts, in either direction, often warrant the decision NateinthePDX mentions. Stay around when the outcome is already known, or get a jump on traffic.

Regardless, the fans who buy tickets get to decide when to come and when to leave. And dissing your own fanbase (and favorably commenting on rival Jets fans!) never a smart move.

Posted by: dcborn61 | September 16, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I made the mistake of attending a game at Gillette in 2006, vs the Colts. Too hard to see because people always stand up when anything happens. If you get up to walk around, there's a silly red line that you're supposed to stand behind despite the very adequate barrier bars to keep you from tumbling over. If you obey and stay behind, several people will make their way in front of you. Security comes and pushes everyone back, you go from a nice vantage point to the back of the crowd and the violators are rewarded with your former view. The police shut down the beer concessions very early because one of the 68,000 crowd members got unruly. I understand the need for safety and all that, but come on. There was adequate authority and compliance to quell insurrection. It was lame. We left in the 3rd and drove to a nearby RI bar where we could relax and watch every play on a nice HD set.

Despite all of that, Gillette is a beautiful stadium, and well worth a visit and walk around. I just think tailgating and following a game from outside would is much more fun.

Posted by: jetblack1 | September 16, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

jetblack1, that's pretty sweet. I knew there were Skins fans up in New England, but I had no idea there was a Redskins Insider bar close to Gillette.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 17, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

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