Tom Brady To The Rescue

December 30th, 2020

Helping those in need.

Before Joe gets going, Joe sincerely wants to give Bucs quarterback Tom Brady major, major props for this. Really, thank you Tom!

What did Brady do? He may be saving someone’s livelihood or their family business.

We all know so many states up north and out west have placed draconian measures on small businesses in an effort (seemingly futile) to stop the spread of The Sickness. What was once weeks to lessen the curve back in March has turned into multiple months in some areas.

Many small businesses have been absolutely crippled. To the best of Joe’s knowledge, these same states offer little to no aid for businesses they shut down. Instead, they’re more likely to threaten to pull their licenses and fine them heavily if they re-open.

Assistance? More like a nightstick across the grill.

Meanwhile, big box stores are open (no names need to be cited). And of course, their stock values have gone through the ceiling. Joe never realized a virus knew to target people at a mom and pop shop while avoiding them at a big box store. Hey, Joe learns new things all the time.

Well, in an effort to try to provide relief — restaurants and bars have been nearly destroyed in these areas — Dave Portnoy, the big cheese at Barstool Sports, launched a fundraising campaign to assist small businesses buried by incessant and heartless lockdowns.

Portnoy recorded a Twitter video in which he spoke to a man whose business has been in his family for generations and was about to go under. When Portnoy informed the man he would provide financial assistance, the proprietor nearly broke into tears.

What does this have to do with Brady and the Bucs? Well, Brady got wind of Portnoy’s efforts, retweeted Portnoy’s video that Joe described above and offered to help.

That’s class, man!

In Florida, thankfully, businesses have it good, comparatively speaking. Thankfully. Joe spoke with friends up north recently in a lockdown state, and their stories are absolute nightmares. It doesn’t even sound like these people live in America. Heartbreaking.

Joe thinks this is so classy of Brady, Joe just wants to give a massive shoutout. We should be proud a guy like Brady represents the Bucs.

Good job, Tom!

58 Responses to “Tom Brady To The Rescue”

  1. Mitch Says:

    I am happy for what Brady has contributed to on the football field, and it’s nice to see that he’s helping out in the community… but perhaps he can explain, and this is an honest question, please explain why he needed/received 1 million from the PPP loan program for TB12?
    A) Do you really know Brady owns the TB12 company? (10%, 20%, 51%?) Or is he primarily being paid for use of his name and promotion?
    B) PPP loans went to hundreds of thousands of successful companies with wealthy owners, why single out Brady? PPP loans had zero to do with how successful owners/investors are.–Joe

  2. meh Says:

    This is an awful, awful covid take. If this had actually been a bio attack this attitude would have wiped us out. As it is we are losing approximately 2500 people a day in the US. I’m so disappointed with so so many of you.

  3. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Mitch and meh- I really can’t decide which take is dumber…

  4. Buc1987 Says:

    The lockdowns haven’t worked as the numbers are still sky high with or without them.

  5. Mitch Says:

    I didn’t have a take, Alanbucsfan. I asked a question. Someone whose net worth is valued at 200 million dollars and has a spouse whose net worth is valued at over 400 million dollars makes it curious as to why he would need one million dollars from a federal loan program that was designed to bail out small businesses. I’m not hating. I love Brady the football player. I’m just asking a question.

  6. SB : Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Brady probably needs to rescue Ndog.
    He probably wouldn’t accept help from the ‘luckiest QB to ever play the game’ tho. 🙂

  7. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Brady has a business(es) like any other entrepreneur. PPP is helping keep employees from furlough dumb ass and the cost for businesses to be covid compliant ain’t cheap. You should probably do the math on the stimulus bill to see where the excess monies are really getting distributed, I can tell you for sure it AIN’T Covid related. 1 million is a piss hole in the snow. He’s brought more is jersey sales to your city.

  8. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Mitch: I asked the same thing when my California governor’s plumpjack business got around 3 million from PPP. Of course, my dear governor was telling us to stay home on lockdown while he wined and dined at a swanky restaurant smdh

    “Do as I say, not as I do”

  9. catcard202 Says:

    Joe…I’m appalled by the callousness of your Covid Response take…It’s abhorrent.

  10. Buc50 Says:

    Good question Mitch. Brady is a business owner but he’s not struggling. Many struggling businesses have had a hard time accessing funds.

  11. Joe Says:

    Joe…I’m appalled by the callousness of your Covid Response take…It’s abhorrent.

    More or less abhorrent than what is happening to small business owners when the big boys (with big lobbyists and big checking accounts to bankroll the right people) get to keep their doors open?

    Talk about callousness…

  12. Listnfrmafar Says:

    I guess we should furlough the entire Bucs staff and players and redirect those monies to struggling businesses in need. Sorry Bucs better luck next year.

  13. Brad Says:

    That’s great Joe! I happen to live in one of those states, or should I say cities that have been extremely changed. In New Orleans we have been shut down for 10 months. We have the most restaurants and bars per capita in the US, or should I say HAD before all this. Anyways, most out of job people here think TB is a piece of work if not out right scumbag for getting over 1mm in PPP loan for his TB12. Myself, I can separate his partnerships from his personal and blame big government for how those loans were dished out. Just trying to give you the rest of the countries perspective on Brady.

  14. Durango 95 Says:

    When you consider the results of the recent University of Florida study showing there is statistically 0% chance of acquiring C19 from someone asymptomatic or even pre-symptomatic makes you wonder why governments are requiring masks for those that are not even sick.

    But it does does explain why masks have made absolutely no difference in controlling the spread.


  15. ocala Says:

    I completely agree with your take Joe.
    It is terrible what so many states have done to small businesses.
    When the DOT took a portion of the land where I work for a road expansion that forced us to move. The DOT was required by law to compensate our company.

    The government eliminating or restricting a business from operating as a result of the Virus from China because they believe it is in the best interest of the public is allowed by a provision in the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution:

    The “Takings Clause”, the last clause of the Fifth Amendment, limits the power of eminent domain by requiring “just compensation” be paid if private property is taken for the benefit of the public.

    The government is required to give those small businesses “just compensation”

    Unfortunately, I do not think they will ever compensate those businesses.

  16. SB : Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Masks are ‘False Gods’ Durango.
    I have said it from the start.

  17. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Congress and dictator Governors and Mayors make the laws- your complaint is with them

  18. Show Me the TDs Says:

    Call me a nut, but I believe Joe and Hunter Biden, along with many elected officials are on China’s payroll. Globalism has replaced nationalism and they think China will be a benevolent global leader…or they’re simply trying to keep their families rich by staying on China’s payroll. I also believe the Wuhan China virus was intentionally released in order to weaken Western economies AND to allow massive mail-in voting in order to steal the Presidential election.
    Oh yeah, GO BUCS!!! Lol

  19. Patrickbucs Says:

    meh Says:
    December 30th, 2020 at 10:13 am
    This is an awful, awful covid take. If this had actually been a bio attack this attitude would have wiped us out. As it is we are losing approximately 2500 people a day in the US. I’m so disappointed with so so many of you.

    You mean like how the HNN1 was handled? California has had masked mandates for the most part since March. How’s that working out for them and the small businesses there? 50k a day basically in positives. My company headquarters is based in SC. I have friends that put their life savings into restaurants and breweries and they are being wiped out. It’s very sad, look at the New York State contact tracing study. Less then 1.4 pct is attributed to them, 74 pct with groups in a home. Hmm who would of thunk it? But let’s keep the bars and inside of restaurants closed so people do more house parties.

  20. Mitch Says:

    @Buc50 exactly my point.
    @ Joe, I see what you are saying I guess I just don’t understand the application process that well. My mistake is that I naturally compare PPP to education related federal based loans and grants which are based on total assets of the person/school applying for them not just $ lost or made. Therefore my thought process is the more assets you have the less they would be eligible for.

  21. Show Me the TDs Says:

    What happened to my post?

  22. HollywoodFl Says:

    Just wondering why everyone thinks that TB12 shouldn’t have accepted the PPP. Tom Brady may have plenty of his own money, but was he supposed to pay all employees, state taxes on the business, health inspectors, building code , state taxes, etc…… out of his own pocket for god knows how long they will be shut down??? Truly am curious why everyone thinks he has too, when clearly the business is not operating and making money!!🤔

  23. Buc1987 Says:

    I work in a restaurant here in Florida and I’m glad as hell that we’ve remained open. I feel bad for those restaurant workers under lockdown in other states. The needless suffering that I’m sure is taking place.

    I also have a special needs daughter (Autism)who suffered a great deal without going to school for so long. I’m glad the schools are open here in Florida. The girl needs structure…badly.

    Oh well the vaccine is here now. Lets hope the numbers start coming down all over the country.

  24. SB : Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Alanbucsfan Says:
    December 30th, 2020 at 10:29 am
    Mitch and meh- I really can’t decide which take is dumber…



  25. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Brady just ate some PPPs…….

  26. Bird Says:


    Thanks for sharing. Good story and i hear yah
    Just imagine being in one of those B states
    They are saying 60% of those small businesses/ restaurants will never return
    And some of those people that have lost work unfortunately have overdosed and / or committed suicide. Those numbers are way up

  27. Defense Rules Says:

    I’m still trying to figure out Joe exactly what Tom Brady did to help that guy’s small business. I saw a ‘Count me in’ but nothing beyond that. Any hints?

    Most small businesses here in Hillsborough County have done a much better job of keeping their customers safe during this pandemic than many big box stores have IMO. But yes Joe, I agree that they’ve been more adversely impacted than the big guys have, probably because most don’t have adequate capital to weather an extended storm like COVID-19 has become. ALL of us need to do everything we can to help the little guys survive; they’re the heartbeat of America, not the big box stores.

    SB & Durango … Ironically I agree with your position on masks, but with a caveat. The majority of the masks that Americans wear are marginally adequate for protecting others from YOU, and pretty much worthless in terms of protecting you from OTHERS. Lots of very good studies have been done on masks’ effectiveness in terms of protecting YOU-FROM-OTHERS AND OTHERS-FROM-YOU in this COVID environment. Very few of the cloth masks are effective for BOTH purposes, and that’s what the majority of Americans wear because, oh ya, our government recommends them. Why? Because we don’t even produce even a small fraction of the needed high quality N-95 type masks/respirators to outfit our first responders & hospital staffs, much less for the rest of us. Shame on us for out-sourcing vital PPE manufacturing to countries like China.

  28. Bird Says:

    And dave portnoy got covid

    And he is fighting for small businesses by raising 10’s of millions of dollars.

  29. James Hysell Says:

    The guy uses the programs that are in place just like everyone else. So what if he has alot of money. Nice to help out when you can to thy neighbor. None of our business what he did or didn’t donate. Life is full of haters and we wonder why our country is in turmoil. Part of the solution and not the problem was best info as a young man.

  30. James Hysell Says:

    Mind your business. Give credit where credit is due. Be apart of the solution and not the problem. Don’t hate. Don’t let jealousy get the best of you. Karma is real. Read the story and formulate your opinion however if you honestly believe in something. Just know you can speak it other than behind a device. And don’t forget. Tom Brady is the G.O.A.T.

  31. jerk04 Says:


    Your take is what’s awful. Dem governors have destroyed peoples lives and livelihoods. Generational family businesses have been and will continue to be wiped out. I know the media doesn’t like to talk about that stuff but loves to point out the states with limited restrictions and take them to task. The people lost is extremely sad but its just as sad seeing people who works their assess off to provide for their families be told they aren’t allowed to do that. Life Liberty and the pursuit of happiness no longer exists in some of these states.

    Actually look at the data not the crap force fed to you. Protect the most venerable and let people make decisions that are best for them. Millionaire governors and their cronies don’t know what is best for each individual. Each individual is capable of deciding what risk they want to take. Its called Freedom you moron.

  32. Tvan101 Says:

    With you all the way joe, the damage to small businesses and mental health will far outweigh the virus.

  33. Ed Says:

    Joe, you, like many do not understand that the US would not have the most infections of COVID-19 in the world if everyone in the country was all on the same page about not spreading this particular virus. As responsible citizens it is not a political decision to wear a mask and to keep 6 feet apart in large gatherings. Its pretty simple yet so many people are infecting others by not following CDC or common hygenic behavior during a national disaster.

    You can still do whatever you want, go to restaurants, go on airplanes, even go to Bucs games. You just can’t get in people’s faces and scream as loudly as you can out of your uncovered mouth as you could be spewing out billions of viral particles.

    I know so many people that have caught COVID, more than I can count, some of my business associates have gotten incredibly ill from it and many people I know just have been weakened and couldn’t taste or smell.

    Whatever, all we need to do is to respect other people’s space. If you don’t want to wear a mask in a grocery store or an airplane you won’t be allowed in, tough sh**, thats the rule of common sense.

    Just amazes me how many people have no respect for the elderly and those with immune system weaknesses. I hope everyone stays healthy and this thing passes with immunizations but our Federal Government is distributing vaccines to states and leaving it up to the states to distribute it. Its not working. More vaccines are sitting in storage than getting injected into people’s arms. Complete failure by incompetant administration that thinks if you ignore problems they get better on their own.


  34. Joe Says:

    I’m still trying to figure out Joe exactly what Tom Brady did to help that guy’s small business. I saw a ‘Count me in’ but nothing beyond that. Any hints?

    Brady twittered this less than 24 hours ago.

    Fair to say he will donate.


  35. moose Says:

    Well said Joe

  36. Defense Rules Says:

    Tvan101 … “the damage to small businesses and mental health will far outweigh the virus.”

    On the other side of the coin Tvan, the 340,000-plus who’ve already died from COVID in our nation, plus the loved ones who they left behind, plus those who’ll live with the physical after-effects of this horrible virus for the rest of their lives and also all those who’ve attended to & treated COVID patients for this past year would probably all disagree with you regarding who’s suffered the most damage.

    It would seem that there are more than enough ‘COVID-19 victims’ to go around. HOPEFULLY these new vaccines stem the tide of loss that we’ve suffered as a nation.

  37. Bird Says:


    That means he is donating to small business (portnoy ) fund
    You have option to buy cheap shirt and all proceeds go to small business / restaurants. I already did last week but pretty sure bradys donation will be 1000 times mine
    Why not do it? I am not in small business/ restaurant . I have a job for now
    Help out of you can.
    Nothing wrong with supporting the working man and woman of these businesses

  38. Patrickbucs Says:

    Best of luck to you and your family Bucs1987!!

  39. catcard202 Says:

    Joe…Yeah, I’m the callous one.

    If Team Trump had taken the virus seriously, instead of gaslighting GOP supports & conservative media outlets into believing this thing was “like the flu”, “would be gone by Easter”, “would disappear – like a miracle – when the weather got warmer” and holding super-spreader events all across the country… Small businesses nationwide would not have suffered 10-11mths of struggle/personal losses…. 19.6M infected / 340K+ dead & counting.
    If Team Trump had just been straight with the

    American people in JAN (when they knew how deadly this was) & worked to unify us around defeating a common enemy…The economic impact would not have cut so deep…We could have gotten the spread under control & not have millions lining up in bread-lines begging for help or a 911 worth of Americans dying daily in isolated ICU beds.

    Proofs in pudding…USA = 4% of worlds population but ~24% of worlds Covid cases = The very worst Covid response of any industrialized nation.

    DeSantis sure as hell played his part in spreading this “Sickness” & not just among Floridians….His actions help spread it all across the South/Midwest. NUMEROUS localized spreader events have been traced back to Florida based family vacations.

    I’d call those actions callous, morally bankrupt & potentially criminal.

  40. AMI_Chris Says:

    No matter what your state’s governor is doing, a large hunk of residents are going to complain. California and NY have the highest unemployment rates in the country, businesses are permanently closing, no fans at games and people are hurting. Those affected are complaining bitterly. Floridians complain that our governor has not locked down the state enough. So no matter what, people will complain. Which is, I guess, a complaint in and of itself. See? Even I am a complainer…

  41. Joe Says:


    Joe never suggested people should not do any of those things you cited in your first paragraph. Not sure where you go that idea from. However, how can you square it that big box stores are allowed to stay open in many of these lockdown states but the mom and pop stores cannot? That is what bothers Joe. People are losing jobs, careers, livelihoods, family businesses with (to the best of Joe’s knowledge) little to no compensation yet the big box stores, it’s all good. Why?

    How can a virus be transmittable in a small shop/bar/restaurant (to use the logic of the lockdown states) but the virus won’t or is unlikely to transmit in a large, corporate-owned chain store? Is there some secret radio wave in these large stores that block the virus? If so Joe wants to buy a model.

    Besides, it sure doesn’t appear the strangling lockdowns are helping in California or Illinois to name a couple of states. The only thing the lockdowns seem to be doing well is killing businesses/careers/jobs/livelihoods.

  42. Joe Says:

    Nothing wrong with supporting the working man and woman of these businesses


  43. Festus Hagen Says:

    What you should be pissed about is the fact that 480 million dollars earmarked for ppp is still sitting at the treasury department since the first stimulus. Never given out

  44. gp Says:

    Numbers don’t lie
    What the numbers tell me is that we are being lied to
    Lazy people are buying into the lies
    And common people are paying the price

  45. SufferingSince76 Says:

    A lot of holier than thou comments on here. Any way you look at it, it’s a robbing Peter to pay Paul situation.

  46. Mike C Says:

    Joe, Ed is worried about everyones safety more than us, so therefore superior. The sooner you understand that you are just a heartless monster, the better off everyone will be.

  47. Usedtocould Says:

    Amen Joe. Live in a lock down state, it’s amazing that small businesses are dying and the disease is still spreading like a disease.

  48. Buczilla Says:

    Portnoy and Brady are good people. The majority of cities up north are a$$ backwards and run by folks not worth mentioning. Escape while you can! 😛

    These people can’t afford the lobbyists that pad the wallets of politicians that have a not so cozy place in hell waiting for them when they pass. Small businesses are a big part of what makes are country the best (despite what whackjobs on either side of the aisle try to sell you) the world has ever seen. Helping each other is the way to go, every single time.

  49. DBS Says:

    LMFAO at you guys and your UF study. My wife and I both go to UF Shands. Guess what every person is required to have on their face when they enter. All staff members and doctors a have them also. And that is why?

  50. Joe in Michigan Says:

    catcard202: “ Proofs in pudding…USA = 4% of worlds population but ~24% of worlds Covid cases = The very worst Covid response of any industrialized nation.”
    So you’re saying you BELIEVE China’s numbers? Hahahahahahahahaha

  51. UKBuccaneer Says:

    Every doctor and medical expert in the world says to wear a mask, and that asymptomatic people are virus spreaders, but some good ol’ boy on the internet says he knows better.

    This is why Florida was the Covid capital of the world for a while.

  52. UKBuccaneer Says:

    Incidentally, lockdowns only work if people actually lockdown. If you think you know better and try to go on as normal, you’re not locked down and the virus won’t be impacted

  53. UKBuccaneer Says:

    Hey Joe, why are messages disappearing?

  54. Trey Long Says:

    The amount of gullible idiots talking about covert is off the charts. It’s been treatable since April with therapeutics and high altitude and asthma drugs My dog head 700 patients no ventilators one death. Smart doctors know this. That hospitals still have ventilator in the protocol is medical malpractice at its worst . Crush the bureaucrats open up the economy. S John Hopkins research Said 3rd leading cause of death in America is medical error. If you take medical advice from the media better have your will written

  55. Durango 95 Says:

    DBS Says:
    December 30th, 2020 at 8:02 pm
    LMFAO at you guys and your UF study. My wife and I both go to UF Shands. Guess what every person is required to have on their face when they enter. All staff members and doctors a have them also. And that is why?
    Because there are active Covid cases in the building. You idiot.

  56. gp Says:

    ***This is why Florida was the Covid capital of the world for a while.***

    The actual numbers do not agree with your assessment. Which you got from where? You can’t believe everything that the talking heads read from their teleprompters!

  57. DBS Says:

    Durango 95
    I know you don’t know anything about Shands. The Hospital is separate from all the other treatment centers. Active cases are not kept in the same building for treatment.

  58. Steve Gaudreau Says:

    There’s so much about this pandemic that doesn’t make sense. It’s definitely IMHO an exercise in population control and it definitely has killed of the American dream of opening a small business. It sickened me to see one of my favorite little places following the protocols go out of business yet these big chains remain crowded with people over the holidays. Aahh you know that saying, the rich get richer and the poor folks don’t get a damn thing. Big gov can keep that would appear they need it more than I. #LFG Bucs! Superbowl or bust.