An Atlanta zoo lost a Super Bowl bet to a New England counterpart. In paying up, it managed to find a way to troll the Patriots.
Zoo Atlanta bet Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village in Rhode Island that its hometown Falcons would beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI Feb. 5. The bet stipulated that the loser would have to name one of its baby animals after the other team's quarterback. So to honor the bet, Zoo Atlanta bestowed the name of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady upon a cockroach.
"We came to the agreement that baby animal ... would be a Madagascar hissing cockroach,” Zoo Atlanta posted on Facebook.
The zoo presented a family of cockroaches in a video accompanying the post. While the whole family of cockroaches has been named after characters from the "Brady Bunch," the smallest cockroach took the name of the five-time Super Bowl champion, according to a woman speaking in the video.
The Patriots completed the largest comeback in Super Bowl history to beat the Falcons in Houston earlier this month. Brady led his team from a 25-point deficit to force the first overtime in Super Bowl history before going on to win the championship game. Brady was named the game's MVP, the fourth time he has been named the MVP of the sport's biggest matchup.
At 39, Brady just ended one of his best seasons. But unlike longtime rival Peyton Manning, who retired after winning last year's Super Bowl, Brady has planned to continue playing.
"If it was up to my wife, she would have me retire today. She told me that last night three times," Brady told Sirius XM NFL Radio. "And I said, 'Too bad, babe, I'm having too much fun right now.' You know, I feel like I can still do it. And if you love what you do and you're capable of doing it, then I might be so bored if I wasn't going out there knowing that I could still do it. So I'm going to work hard to be ready to go, and I still plan on playing for a long time."