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Tuesday’s Hot Clicks: Pittsburgh TV Station Runs Graphic Labeling Tom Brady as ‘Known Cheater’

Taking a shot at the GOAT.

Taking a shot at the GOAT


Not everyone is pleased to see Tom Brady in yet another Super Bowl. Like in Pittsburgh, for instance, where the Patriots-Steelers rivalry lives on even though the Steelers missed the playoffs this year. During yesterday’s late afternoon news on KDKA, the Pittsburgh CBS affiliate, the station ran a chyron identifying Brady not as “Patriots quarterback” but as “known cheater.”

Hey, that’s totally fair. Remember the 10-year-old kid in Kentucky who won his science fair by proving Brady was a cheater? That should be enough proof right there. It’s not just Deflategate, either. How about how Brady benefited from Bill Belichick taping other teams’ practices during the Spygate scandal? And maybe there are other ways Brady is cheating that we just don’t know about yet. Rather than risk libeling Brady, I’m just going to link to two news stories here. 

The main problem I have with this isn’t calling Brady a cheater. It’s that Boston fans feed off this sort of hate more than any other fan base. We don’t need to give them any more reasons to feel aggrieved. If the Patriots end up winning on Sunday, there will be a non-zero number of fans at the championship parade wearing anti-KDKA T-shirts. 

I’ve reached out to KDKA to ask whether multiple people signed off on the “cheater” chyron or if it was a rogue editor’s joke and whether they’ll be reprimanded. I’ll update this post if I hear back. 

The Grizzlies blew an epic lead

A 25-point third-quarter lead should be insurmountable, right? Or at least a 19-point advantage in the fourth quarter should be. But the Grizzlies found a way to let the Nuggets come all the way back by getting outscored by 20 points in the fourth. 

Mark Sanchez is a good sport

This reeks of a Super Bowl ad but I can’t for the life of me figure out what they’re trying to sell me. I think maybe they’re just trying to sell Mark Sanchez as a comedic actor? If that’s it, it’s working. We already knew Sanchez could have fun at his own expense, now it looks like he can do it on script. 

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Update: All prizes have been claimed—way faster than I expected!

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