Tom Brady will play in his tenth Super Bowl at the age of 43, which is bonkers

Yesterday, we learned which teams would go to the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is still happening, oddly enough, and it will see a match-up that I guess people wanted to see. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bills, and the Bucs beat the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, which means that Tom Brady – who is 43 damn years old – will be quarterback for a team at the Super Bowl for the TENTH time in his career. As you can see, Tom’s wife Gisele Bundchen celebrated with the kids.

I was curious about what a Pandemic Super Bowl would look like, and it is going to be a forcibly lowkey attended event at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The NFL is putting a strict limit on who can come in person – just 22,000, which is a third of the capacity of the stadium. And if you ask me, that’s still too many people. It will also look different for those at home, with many companies choosing to pull their ads this year, or choosing to highlight vaccine information with their ad dollars.

For the first time since 1983, when Anheuser-Busch used all of its ad time to introduce a beer called Bud Light, the beer giant isn’t advertising its iconic Budweiser brand during the Super Bowl. Instead, it’s donating the money it would have spent on the ad to coronavirus vaccination awareness efforts.

Anheuser-Busch still has four minutes of advertising during the game for its other brands including Bud Light, Bud Light Seltzer Lemonade, Michelob Ultra and Michelob Ultra Organic Seltzer. Those are some of its hottest sellers, particularly among younger viewers. But the decision to not do an anthemic Budweiser ad — which over nearly four decades has made American icons of frogs chirping “Budweiser,” guys screaming “Whassup!”, and of course the Budweiser Clydesdales — showcases the caution with which some advertisers are approaching the first COVID-era Super Bowl.

The Anheuser-Busch move follows a similar announcement from PepsiCo., which won’t be advertising its biggest brand, Pepsi, in order to focus on its sponsorship of the the halftime show. (It will be advertising Mountain Dew and Frito-Lay products). Other veteran Super Bowl advertisers like Coke, Audi and Avocados from Mexico are sitting out the game altogether.

The pandemic has cut sharply into sales for many Super Bowl advertisers. With pricey ads costing an estimated $5.5 million for 30 seconds during the Feb. 7 broadcast on CBS, some may have decided it’s not worth it this year. Coca-Cola, for example, has been hard hit since half of its sales come from stadiums, movie theaters and other usually crowded places that have been closed during the pandemic. It announced layoffs in December, and said it said it wouldn’t advertise this year to ensure it’s “investing in the right resources during these unprecedented times.”

[From The Associated Press]

That’s interesting, that some companies are directing the ad money to PSAs, basically. It would be a good moment to do some more emotional and sad ads, like companies do for the Olympics (the number of Olympics ads which have made me cry, my God). Anyway, I’ll only tune in for the Halftime Show, like always. This year’s Halftime act is The Weeknd. Should be… something.

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  1. EllieK says:

    I wonder if Belichick is pissed? Most likely. He should have done everything he could to keep TB/Gronk. I’m disappointed that the Pats played so poorly this year but I’m so happy for Brady & Gronk, which seems to be the overall attitude of other New Englanders as well. I wonder how people will claim Brady cheated this time.

    PS: Fun fact: Tampa Bay will be playing in the Super Bowl on their home field in Tampa Bay. Which is the first time that’s happened to a team.

    • ItReallyIsYouNotMe says:

      I was born and raised in TB and I am soooo excited for this SuperBowl. I will be watching from the comfort of my couch, but still I think the energy of a team that usually doesn’t even get to the playoffs playing for the Super Bowl at their home field is gonna be really great — just what 2021 needs.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      I think, for a lot of people, it’s not even so much that they think HE “cheats” as much as the league “cheats” for him.

      as in, he is treated with kid gloves by referees. he gets “roughing the passer” calls like no other QB I’ve seen. like, I’ve seen the different way the refs will treat him and the other QB in THE SAME GAME. same goes for pass interference on throws he makes…he’s much more likely to get that call than other QBs. ditto for grounding calls. he’s a stellar athlete, and def one of the best QBs of all time but he shouldn’t get special treatment and that is what p*sses a lot of football fans off.

  2. Chip says:

    The NFL is giving out Superbowl tickets for free to vaccinated first responders. Love this! And boo to the Buccaneers- I don’t think anyone wanted to see them in the Superbowl this year. Go Chiefs!

    • Noodle says:

      @chip, they got lucky at the right times. TB and Gronk are the backbone of that team, but I don’t think they can withstand the force that is Kansas City. The KCC are a much better, well-rounded team.

      After seeing the offensive drum circles and people doing the chop constantly yesterday, I’m looking forward to a renaming of the team. Kansas City Football Team anyone?

  3. FHMom says:

    Don’t care for Brady, but I have nothing but respect for his game. Go Chiefs.

  4. Feedmechips says:

    All I have to say is that the Bills did what the Bills are known to do. Probably a good thing though. Perish the thought of how many tables Bills mafia would have destroyed had they actually won.

    • Chip says:

      They’re a team to watch in the next few years though. I think they have some good years ahead!

    • Lexy says:

      Give me a break. The Bills didn’t play their best, but they certainly didn’t choke. KC is insanely good. It’s so boring seeing the same teams win, same players win. The Bills deserve a win, and so does the city.

      • Nikki* says:

        +1 Lexy!

      • whatWHAT? says:

        yeah, I was rooting for the Bills, too, but KC is just a better team and it showed.

        don’t get me wrong…the Bills had a great season and are going to be a force in the next few years, but I think KC just played better.

  5. Sayrah says:

    Well with the Titans and Saints out again, I’ll be glad to cheer for the bucs. Brady’s ok and since he’s not with the patriots anymore I can get behind him. It’s pretty tough to not love Gronk. I do like mahomes though. May the best red team win 🤷🏻‍♀️

  6. Kimber says:

    Lifelong Chiefs fan!! GO CHIEFS!

  7. GuestwithCat says:

    I absolutely can’t stand Brady or Giselle but I have to respect that they’re both tops in their fields. It is impressive that he can not only still play at 43, but he can take his team to the Super Bowl. Jeez, can I have the vitamins he’s taking?

    • Ann says:

      I don’t have an opinion on her. I can’t stand him either, but no denying his talent or work ethic.

    • oopygoopy says:

      Human growth hormone, period.

      • NL says:

        Lol Goodell hates the guy, if he caught wind of it, Brady would get tested extensively. 43 is not old to play at high level especially with only one major injury in his career. Also they guy eats really healthy we are what we eat. May best team win!

    • E.D says:

      I am Australian and have zero interest in Tom Brady but I did listen to his guest appearance on the Dax Sheppard podcast and his diet and exercise regimen is beyond intense.

      He tries to ‘everyman’ himself when he’s interviewed but it’s clear he has quite an obsession with eating healthy and organic and hey let’s be honest, he and his wife can not only afford it but both of their careers literally hinge on their physicality.

  8. mary says:

    Patrick Mahomes all the way, baby. Go Chiefs!

  9. Renee says:

    Go Chiefs! KC Chiefs are my hometown team. I’m rooting for Mahomes all the way!!

  10. Case says:

    I don’t like Brady and won’t root for his team, but I admire his talent. Ten Super Bowls. That’s quite an accomplishment. It’s a shame that the first time a team is playing at home for the Super Bowl is during COVID — that could’ve been a really cool, celebratory experience for locals (actually, it probably still will be because Florida is moronic with its COVID regulations, ugh).

    And yes, 22k people is way too many. Because uh…bathrooms? Concession stands? People getting drunk and not wearing their masks? Will this not pose an issue?

    • whatWHAT? says:

      I think I read that they’re not serving any alcohol?…I’m not sure if I remember that right, though…anyone else hear anything like that?

  11. Bibi says:

    i dont care about the game, and I’m not into MAGA Brady. I’m just checking out the pic and Gisele is trying to have an intense happy emotion with her forehead frozen. Thankfully, I can extrapolate and imagine how authentic the feeling is.

    • SarahCS says:

      OMG her forehead!! I just scrolled back to check and you’re right, it looks so weird! Genuinely happy on the inside?

  12. Heather G says:

    Go Brady and the Bucs! It is nothing short of amazing what he’s done in Tampa!
    Just to keep it in perspective in two weeks – when Tom Brady played, and won, his first Superbowl in 2002, Patrick Mahomes was in kindergarten. He is the first quarterback to start a Super Bowl in three different decades (2000s, 2010s, 2020s).

    Love him or hate him, the list of the most Super Bowl starts by a quarterback shows how impressive Brady’s career actually is:

    Tom Brady — 10
    Tom Brady (since turning 37) — 5
    John Elway — 5
    Peyton Manning — 4
    Joe Montana — 4
    Terry Bradshaw — 4
    Jim Kelly — 4
    Roger Staubach — 4

    (not that I’m a fan or anything ;0)