The headline from the New York Times summarizes the sentiment there very well:
Tom Brady Is No ‘Tom Terrific.’ Any New Yorker Can Tell You That.
The headline was in response to Tom Brady — the often controversial quarterback of the New England Patriots — effort to trademark “Tom Terrific” as his very own. New York and millions of sports fans throughout the country are delighted to hear that “The federal patent office has rejected Mr. Brady’s bid to trademark a nickname associated with the Mets pitching legend Tom Seaver.”
Brady has always been an enigma in sports. Affable, friendly, rarely will you find a “nicer” guy. But his reputation as a competitor has reached the point of where he has been frequently accused of cheating. His team has suffered consequences because of decisions made by the NFL after finding truth in some of those accusations.
The article goes on: “Tom Brady is very, very good at his job. But, according to New Yorkers, Boston-haters and one crucial federal agency, he is decidedly not terrific.”
“Indeed, on Thursday, no less an adversary than the United States Patent and Trademark Office pinned a big L on Mr. Brady, the superstar quarterback of the New England Patriots, when it declined his application to trademark the term “Tom Terrific” — a moniker long associated with Tom Seaver, the beloved New York Mets right-hander who helped pitch the team to a World Series championship in 1969.”
But New Yorkers are not the only ones irritated by Brady’s efforts. Just south of New York City NewJersey.com notes that the patent office has “set the record straight.”
USA Today notes there is “Only One Tom Terrific,” and he didn’t play football.
Even all the way up in Canada one can find the headline:
“Tom Brady might be great, but Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver is officially ‘terrific'”
With the exception of residents in and around Boston and other parts in Massachusetts, it is unimaginable for anyone to have that title, but Tom Seaver. This is especially true for Baby Boomers that remember watching his extraordinary play.
Brady, who has a “mixed” reputation at best, did nothing to improve it with the pursuit of the title “Terrific.”