Tom Brady has reportedly applied to trademark the name “Tom Terrific.” The request has pissed off many New Yorker’s, especially Mets fans and former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason. Those who follow baseball know the nickname originally referred to Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver who pitched for the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox before calling it a career after the 1986 season.
Now Tom Seaver has had about five decades to trademark this nickname and New York fans are using this as an excuse to hate on Tom Brady even more. If he didn’t trademark it by now he never will. Either way if nobody else bothered to do it Brady has as much right as anyone else does to make the claim. If it keeps those haters in the big apple awake at night, all the better.
Here is what Esiason, whose childhood hero was Seaver, had to say about the matter on Monday’s “Boomer and Gio” show.
“I love Tom Seaver. You know that. I’ve been advocating for a Seaver statue forever, since Citi Field opened. Craig Carton, my former partner, gave me a beautiful Tom Seaver statue for my birthday that my man Marc Mellon did for me. It’s beautiful, and it sits on my desk, and I have a reminder of Tom Terrific and who he was when he was at the top of his game for the New York Mets.
And now lo and behold comes the greatest quarterback of all-time trying to trademark the name “Tom Terrific.”
When you’ve got so much goddamned money, you can do whatever you want, and this is now what Tom Brady wants to take — “Tom Terrific” as his nickname.”
“Maybe in New England they call him that, I guess. But you know what? We’ve been calling Tom Seaver “Tom Terrific” forever, for as long as I can remember, for 50 years.
That’s who Tom Terrific has always been.
I am disgusted, and I’m really surprised, and I’m really — I don’t know, it just feels sleazy to me, you know?
There are very few things that I get wrapped up in. I got wrapped up in this.
There’s nothing I can do about it. All I can do is talk about it and hopefully shame him into not going after it and recognizing a true great of another sport that had the name and was given the name well before he was ever given the name.
The Met fan in me is basically really perturbed by it. It just annoys me because it takes me back to my childhood, and I don’t like people messing with my childhood.”