Tom Brady might as well have practiced his touchdown when he knocked a Microsoft Surface tablet into the ground during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the Saints on Sunday night. The quarterback was visibly frustrated after an incomplete pass, threw his helmet on the field and stormed back to the sideline where he threw the tablet.
The Buccs were losing when Brady threw the tablet, but they eventually came back and beat the Saints 20-10. This isn’t Brady’s first documented case of tablet abuse – he threw the thing so hard against the bench after losing a Saints game last year that he actually bounced back.
Microsoft Surface chief Panos Panay responded to the incident on his Instagram story this time around, saying “Rest assured Surface should be fine.” I’m not so sure, Panos. The last tablet we saw Brady launch was destroyed, and we couldn’t see how it turned out after that tantrum.
The Surface tablet has become a punching bag for players and coaches since they were first introduced to the NFL in 2014. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been one one of the first to be caught on camera throwing the tablet, and even former Patriots coach Bill Belichick smashed it on the sidelines, albeit for reasons other than gameplay (he just couldn’t stand d use tablets).
The NFL website says Microsoft designed the Surface tablets specifically for football games, ensuring they could “stand up to the occasional drop”. Maybe Microsoft should also make sure they withstand a pitching arm throw from a quarterback.