As you might recall, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots weren’t in the Super Bowl in 2011. After their divisional round ouster against the rival New York Jets, the team went home with their heads down, which is a far cry from partying in Aruba.
Brady, apparently, didn’t go home. Working to rehab a foot injury, the all-world quarterback was in Costa Rica where, he told reporters last week, he watched the Super Bowl on an illegal stream, according to CBS Connecticut. He didn’t say which site hosted his quiet Super Bowl watch party, but chances are it was one of the 307 sites that the government shut down last week.
It’s something that Brady, a professional of the highest degree, would watch the biggest game of the year on an illegal stream, but chances are that it was his only option in that particular neck of the woods – or corner of the jungle, as it were.
Brady, of course, is not at any liability for his watching the game on an illegal stream. But those who operate the websites are breaking copyright law and are subject to all kinds of punishments, including massive fines and long prison sentences. One of those men, according to the CBS report, operated nine of those sites and was arrested for copyright infringement.
Super Bowl XLV was won by the Green Bay Packers over the Pittsburgh Steelers, denying Ben Roethlisberger his third Super Bowl title, which would have tied him with Brady for most titles among active quarterbacks.