Pats Fans: Cherchez la Femme

Patriots Nation equates Gisele with Jessica after Brady folds like Romo
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2008 8:30 AM CST
Entertainer Jessica Simpson watches the Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007, in Irving, Texas. Cowboys fans called her a jinx after Romo had one of the worst...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – How can Patriots fans avoid blaming golden boy Tom Brady for his lackluster Super Bowl performance? Point at the woman, of course. Online posters have begun calling Gisele Bundchen a bad-luck charm à la Jessica Simpson, and even the Boston Herald has suggested that Brady's lady somehow contributed to New England's 17-14 Super Bowl loss, ABC News reports.

This type of accusation is nothing new: In hunter-gatherer societies, "young women were thought to sap men's powers," explains a Rutgers anthropologist. But the Gisele-Jessica comparison falls flat if you factor in Bundchen's presence at many of the Patriots' blowout victories this season. As one Pats fan admits, "It was the game plan and coaching that's really to blame."