New England Patriots supermodel spouse Gisele Bundchen went deep in the pocket — but not deep enough! — and bid $25,000 to throw the ball with her hubby, QB/QT Tom Brady [stats], at his sister’s glam benefit at L’Espalier for an African relief organization the other night.
But the game of catch with the likely NFL MVP went for a whopping $30,000 — to some other well-heeled guest — helping Tom, Gi and Nancy Brady raise $250,000 for the Accordia Global Health Foundation at Nance’s “Thrive’’ fund-raiser.
More than 150 Brady pals made the scene at the luxe event to aid Africa, including big-hearted Boston Celtics star Ray Allen and wife, Shannon, and Kevin Garnett’s bride, Brandi; Red Sox slugger Kevin Youkilis and catcher Jason Varitek; Ugandan supermodel Alice Kabukuru; and Hub hip hopper G Love, who performed an acoustic set.
“Glee’’ guy Mike O’Malley and “Rescue Me’’ skinny-minnie Lenny Clarke led the live auction of one-of-a-kind items such as the aforementioned football fabulousness with Tom and a shopping trip with Gisele, which went for $25,000. Other items included a meet-and-greet with Matt Damon — another advocate for Africa — at the premiere of “True Grit’’ in NYC, and some face time with Mark Wahlberg at last night’s screening of “The Fighter’’ at the Hingham Shipyard.
And speaking of Tom, rabid New England sports fan Denis Leary rang in on the Mike & Mike show on ESPN Radio yesterday to pay his props to 12.
“You have to look at Tom Brady as the ultimate hero in that town,” the “Rescue Me” star said. “I don’t think Brady ever gets enough credit because he’s a good-looking guy who’s married to one of the most beautiful women in the world, which automatically makes all of us incredibly envious. I think he gets points taken away by people all the time. This guy’s a brilliant quarterback.”
Which brings us to the four TDs Tommy threw against the hapless Jets Monday night. Turns out they weren’t the final insult. Because when the J-E-T-S went to board their Jet Blue Jets jet back to Jersey, they were no doubt saddened to see that a Logan Airport joker had taped a sign to the plane that read “45-3.” Um, ouch!
And before we move onto Chicago, you should know that the Pats-Jets game Monday night scored the third-highest TV ratings in regular-season team history. More than a million people tuned in to watch 12 & Co. put some Hard Knocks on Rex Ryan’s Gang Green.
The game’s numbers were surpassed only by the Pats’ Dec. 29, 2007 win over the Giants, which completed the only 16-0 regular season in NFL history, and a Dec. 7, 2003 win over the Dolphins.