Tom Brady’s anger reaches the Surface: NFL star slams Microsoft tablet in rare shutout loss

Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady winds up to toss a Microsoft Surface tablet on the sideline during a loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. (Twitter screengrab via ESPN)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers weren’t the only ones to get battered and beaten during a “Sunday Night Football” game this week. Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet was once again hit hard on the sidelines.

NFL star Tom Brady showed his frustration during a 9-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints — Brady’s first shutout loss in more than 15 years. The quarterback was caught on the Bucs’ bench hurling a Surface over his shoulder, and the clip ended up all over Twitter.

“Those Microsoft tablets have taken some blows over the years,” said “Sunday Night Football” analyst Cris Collinsworth.

Microsoft is an official partner of the NFL, and its Surface Tablets have been used by coaches and players since 2013 to review plays. It’s a high-profile sponsorship for the tech giant and its hardware, as fans see the tablets being used during broadcasts every week.

They also see the devices being abused. Brady was certainly not the first.

Brady’s former coach in New England, Bill Belichick, is among those who have previously slammed the Surface during a game. Panos Panay, a chief product officer at Microsoft, said in 2019 to not worry about the Surface Pro getting manhandled and that Microsoft quality tests for that exact scenario.

Saints safety C. J. Gardner-Johnson, who had a viral moment of his own in the game Sunday, reached out to Microsoft on Twitter on Monday looking to get Brady a replacement Surface.

Related: Surface saver: How Microsoft’s deal with the NFL turned into a marketing boon for its tablet

See also  Univ. of Washington student tests trivia smarts in ‘Jeopardy! National College Championship’

Related Posts

‘We have Leonardos among us’: DaVinci exhibit shows Seattle region’s spirit of innovation

The DaVinci’s Inventions exhibit opens at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle on Saturday. (GeekWire Photos / Laurel Deppen) An international exhibit showcasing newly-built works…

Real estate riches: Paul Allen’s Hawaii estate sells for $43M; Oprah home gets $14M on Orcas Island

Paul Allen at the University of Washington in 2017. (GeekWire File Photo / Todd Bishop) High-priced real estate with Northwest connections has changed hands for top dollar…

Seattle Thunderbolts take cricket to the next level as tech backers follow dream to grow sport in U.S.

The Seattle Thunderbolts pose for a photo after receiving new jerseys. (Seattle Thunderbolts Photo) Cricket fans in the Seattle area now have a team to get behind…

Melinda French Gates cheers on future son-in-law at Olympics as he competes in equestrian for Egypt

Nayel Nassar and Jennifer Gates, oldest daughter of Bill and Melinda French Gates. (Instagram Photo via @nayelnassar) Melinda French Gates is paying special attention to the Tokyo…

Paul Allen superyacht Octopus finally sells after being listed for nearly $300M

Seattle may have landed the Kraken, but someone else is taking over the Octopus. The 414-foot superyacht that once belonged to Paul Allen, the late Microsoft co-founder…

Extra high tech in Seattle: Photos show worker at tip of Space Needle spire installing new PanoCam

A worker is visible atop the Space Needle spire with the Seattle skyline as a backdrop. (Space Needle Photo) There’s Seattle tech, and then there’s Seattle high…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.