“The Match 2” was the Best Entertainment of the Quarantine

In case you were sleeping under a rock yesterday afternoon, or already 15 bud lights deep into your Memorial Day weekend, you, like every other sports starved fan in the world got to watch some of the first live sports in months with the “The Match 2”. It featured Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning vs. Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady.

Everyone knew that the trash talk between these groupings would be prevalent given the egos and personalities involved and it didn’t take long before shots were being fired. They hadn’t even made it to the first tee yet before Peyton starting giving it to Brady and even brought his brother Eli Manning and Nick Foles into it.

You knew right then that these guys were definetly comfortable around each other and it was going to be a entertaining day watching them compete on the course. The football players weren’t the only ones with expertise in talking trash though, a little later Tiger gave Phil Mickelson a nice barb about never winning the US Open.

Tiger wasn’t done either, he hit Brady with maybe my favorite line of the day after Brady shanked yet another drive early on.

Anyone that’s ever played golf (and sucked at it) has heard that joke before and it plays everytime. Tiger’s delivery was perfect though, just so matter of fact with it. It was awesome. It was right around this moment I knew we had something here and it was going to be far more entertaining that lasts years match that was just between him and Phil Mickelson.

To Tigers credit, and to the delight of many of his fans, he looked very sharp yesterday which is a great sign considering he missed the majority of PGA events earlier this spring before everything was cancelled due to COVID-19. While The Medalist Golf Club where this took place is basically Tiger’s home course, (they even have specific tees for him) it was was still nice to see the 2019 Masters Champ out there doing his thing and gives hope that more wins could be in his future.

One guy who was not playing well at all on the other hand, was the GOAT of Football, Mr. Tom Brady. That one he shanked over to the 7th fairway wasn’t his first or last errant shot of the match.

It was actually sort of refreshing to see someone as perfect as Brady appears, to look exactly like me out there on the course at times. Being a life-long Patriots fan and still salty about Brady leaving for Tampa Bay, one side of me was filled with a sense of giddy-glee everytime he shanked one. The twitter trolls were out in full force as well, like sharks in the water they were getting their first sniff of Brady blood in 20 years and were loving it.

But the other side of me remembered all the joy he has brought me in my life over the years and was rooting for him to pull it together. And just when it seemed he wouldn’t make a Par all day, all it took was Charles Barkely talking a little shit in Brady’s ear and he goes and pulls this shit. GOAT status reconfirmed.

Just an unbelievable shot, definetly the shot of the match and just like that Brady’s attitude did a 180 and he started to lighten up and talk trash of his own. He’ll probably call up MJ later on and trade stories about telling Charles Barkely to suck it after shoving it back in his face. What a moment. I mean he put so much effort into that shot he even ripped his pants. What an athlete.

Honestly I don’t know Barkley has any ground to talk smack when he swings a club like this.

Back to the match itself, again unless you live under a rock or have no internet in quarantine you know that Tiger and Peyton ultimately pulled it out, winning by a hole even though Tom and Phil made a later charge on the back 9 after being down three holes. It was honestly a great day for not only golf but the world of sports, here’s a few more of the best moments of the day.

Justin Thomas honestly did an amazing job on the broadcast too, and this was his best line of the day aimed towards Barkley. Hilarious.

I was actually really impressed with Peyton’s game overall too, I guess that’s what retired life will get you.

This might be my favorite social media comment on the match from the day..

Brady still salty over that Eagles Super Bowl too.

Brady had some barbs of his own aimed towards Manning too.

Overall, despite the weather yesterday it was such an amazing event. These four guys really put on quite the show for us sports-starved fans and I know personally I am really grateful for that. Watching live sports again felt like a break from reality for a few hours. Not to mention the fact these guys made a boatload of money for for the COVID-19 relief fund, 20 million is nothing to sneeze at. Kudos to these guys.

P.s. Would you have ever thought Tiger was that much shorter than these guys, I mean I know Peyton and tom are like 6’3 & 6’4 range, but I had no idea Phil was 6’3 too. Online it says Tiger is 6’1 but judging from this picture thats like an NBA height, like when they say Kevin Durant is like 7’2 when he’s really like 6’10. I hope Tiger doesn’t catch a glimpse of this photo because his ego might resort back 08′ Tiger and start going wild again. Thank goodness Perkins restaurants are to-go orders only right now.

Jackass of the Day: Dak Prescott Turns Down 5 Year, $175 Million Dollar Contract

When I first saw this tweet on my timeline this morning I thought for sure it had to be a joke. Who in their right mind would even offer Dak Prescott that much money, the richest in NFL history thus far.

Then I remembered Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, likely super drunk off a $500 dollar bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue, would absolutely offer a Quarterback that led his team to 8-8 record last season a contract such as this. I have to imagine Jerry’s house must be looking like a Phi Delta Theta fraternity after a 3 month bender in quarantine.

Anyways, before I sound like I’m trashing Dak Prescott like he’s equivalent to Mitch Trubisky, I’ll admit I believe he is a top 10 quarterback in the NFL and he does deserve a huge payday from the Cowboys. When you are the face of America’s team (and the most valuable sports franchise on Earth) and will be for the forseeable future, you should be compensated fairly. But 5 years, $175 million dollars seems like bananaland for a QB whos last name isn’t Mahommes or Rodgers.

I mean these are respectable stats for a QB after four years, but not highest paid player of all-time stats. (Side Note: “The Fortress” is the worst nickname I’ve ever heard).

So you would think, that a guy like that would understand that he was getting an incredible deal when offered such a contract and would sign on the dotted line immediately. Nope. Prescott apparently turned the deal down in hopes of a deal which nets him $45 million on the last year of the deal.

I’m all for players taking greedy owners to the woodshed come contract time, especially in a league like the NFL. Your career could literally end on any play so it makes sense to get the most guaranteed money and biggest contract possible. I’m all in favor of that. Butttttttttt……maybe read the room for me one time dude. There is currently a worldwide pandemic going on, 35 million Americans are out of work, and you’re out here turning down $175 million dollar contracts? Small business’s are shuttering by the day and your griping about 10 million more dollars that will be due to you 5 years from now? As stupid as the Cowboys may be for offering a deal like this, Prescott might have just made them look like the smart ones by turning it down. I mean I guess if you got warmup moves like this you can afford to be a greedy dick while the world burns around you..

And again, before everyone chimes in how players deserve all the money they can get or that this contract will look like a bargain compared to what Patrick Mahommes will receive soon, I get it and I can agree with that. But someone in Prescott’s camp has to at least think about how giant of an asshole their client might look like when it leaks that he turned down that much money in todays climate. Again, read the room for me one time homie. Not to mention, when you are the Quarterback of maybe the most iconic franchise in the world of sports, that comes with millions and millions of endorsements deals. I mean I hear Donovan McNabb is still living off his Chunky Campbell Soup money, whats Dak’s issue then?

Anyways, I’m personally someone that is lucky and grateful to still be working during this pandemic we are facing as a country, so as annoyed as this might make me, there are millions who are unemployed right now that this might seriously pisses off, and I completely understand that. Which is why, I will leave you with this video of Dak Prescott getting the shit kicked out of him on spring break or something from back in his college days. The video quality sucks and he pretty much got jumped which isn’t really cool, but I’m trying to help some of those who are unemployed and hate Prescott right now feel better so too bad. Enjoy.

Did Brian Flores pull off the biggest mic drop of the year?

This past Sunday the New England Patriots once again won another Super Bowl. In a year filled with offensive explosion averaging 23.3 points per game, 2nd only to the 2013 season that averaged 23.4 points per game, Super Bowl 53 was led by defensive dominance. The Los Angeles Rams, who some considered were becoming “The Greatest Show on Grass”, came in with the 2nd ranked offense during the 2018 regular season and were held to a total of three points behind Jared Goff, Todd Gurley (kinda), and Sean McVay. A team that averaged 32.9 points per game in the regular season were held to three measly points. How is that possible? The Patriots gave up 20.3 points in the regular season and were ranked 21st all year, it doesn’t even seem true. It’s all because of one man.

A NEW ERA IN SOUTH BEACH

Brian Flores had that New England defense dialed in on Sunday and he has through all of the playoffs. The Patriots tore the Chargers to shreds, Chiefs offense didn’t exist for a half, and the Rams never reached the Redzone. PURE DOMINANCE. Showcasing exactly the type of style and culture he will bring to the Miami Dolphins next season. In my opinion, the linebacking core with Jerome Baker, Kiko Alonso, and Raekwon McMillan are all set, but Flores will be looking to bring the winning aspect that he learned in the Patriots organization for the past 14 years rather than just the linebacking core as he did this past year. Flores excels on the big stage and it shows beyond last night, you might remember this gem when Brady captured his 4th Super Bowl.

Dolphins fans concerned about him being able to evaluate offensive talent since he is defensive minded, he spent his first three years as a scout for the Patriots. Flores also served as an assistant to the offense in 2010 when New England had the 1st ranked offense. He is now tasked with turning around the league’s 31st ranked offense and 29th ranked defense in 2018, one in which he will be ready to do.

If you’re looking to rebuild, this man seems like the one you take a shot with. Groomed by the greatest dynasty in the history of sports Brian Flores is taking his talents to South Beach after mic dropping the country and helping his now nemesis win their 6th Super Bowl.

On February 4th, 2019, his duty became to build the great city of Miami, a CHAMPION.

 

Another Super Bowl, Another Local Legend

It’s February 3, 2002, the night of the Super Bowl between the St. Louis Rams and the New England Patriots. As many fans around the country and media are talking about “The Greatest Show on Turf” in the Rams’ offense and the star-studded, hard-hitting Patriots’ defense, one small town was rooting for one specific player.

Jeff Wilkins originally from Austintown, Ohio where he went to Fitch High School and Youngstown State University for college. Wilkins was the starting kicker for the Rams from 1997 all the way until 2007 when he retired that offseason. During his career in St. Louis he completed an astounding 81.9% of his kicks, scored 1,416 points (1st player in team history to reach 1,000), and was vital in the Rams 2000 Super Bowl win making three of four field goals in a 23-16 win over the Tennessee Titans. Needless to say, the city of Youngstown was hoping and praying the Rams would win and he would be the deciding factor again.

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Instead, the Patriots would go on to win that Super Bowl 20-17 in a game where Wilkins drained a memorable 50-yard field goal in the first quarter giving the Rams their only lead they would have that game.

Fast forward now 17 years, the Patriots have captured four Super Bowls since then and the hatred for them has grown so rapidly throughout the country. No one has hurt worse than the Cleveland Browns fans, who Bill Belichick coached before being fired in 1995, and most of all the fans who watched them start their dynasty against a local legend. Now the Patriots are about to embark on their 9th Super Bowl in 19 years against “The Greatest Show on Grass”. It’s easy for people in Youngstown to root against the Patriots until they signed one of the very few people who could make the Patriots lovable in that city.

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(Photo Courtesy of Chronicle-Telegram)

When it comes to local legends there’s none that compare to John Simon. Luckily, for me, I was blessed to watch him from start to right now. Growing up I always wanted to be an NFL football player, but I never had what it took to be one and that’s the dedication to put all your time and effort into it. My biggest flaw was Simon’s biggest strength. My friends who are Patriots fans asked me when they signed him my thoughts and it was simple, “His work ethic is second to none, you knew he was going to the NFL from the time you watched him play football, never seen a human being like it”. When men at the level of Urban Meyer praise you and say things like this.

You know you’re in an elite class.

Heavily regarded as one of the strongest men in the NCAA and now the NFL. John Simon is a man amongst boys no matter what setting he is in.

In an area that has produced many great football players such as; Wilkins, Mike Zordich, Corey Linsley, Bernie Kosar, Billy Price, and so many more, John Simon ranks supreme in conversation with everyone in that list. He attended Cardinal Mooney where he was every offensive linemen’s nightmare and went on to The Ohio State University. For the Buckeyes, he had 154 tackles and 20.5 sacks during his four-year tenure at OSU. Simon was also Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and two-time First Team All-Big Ten in 2011 and 2012.

In the 2013 draft, John Simon was selected in the fourth round by the Baltimore Ravens and that’s where his NFL journey would begin. In 2014 he went onto to play for the Houston Texans for two years and then after2016 he signed a three-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts, his most memorable moment with the Colts was the 26-yard interception he returned for a touchdown against the Titans. Many fans were shocked when the Colts released Simon earlier this football season, but that might have been a huge blessing in disguise.

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Simon’s journey ended up in New England on September 26, 2018, where he is now going into his first ever Super Bowl appearance led by the greatest coach and quarterback of our time. In the 11 games Simon has played in for the Patriots he has recorded 8 tackles, and assisted on 9 tackles, has two TFL (tackle for loss).

In this rematch from that 2002 Super Bowl, the city of Youngstown has a reason to root for the Patriots and the only reason being, John Simon. Go get a ring and congrats on the second baby. Youngstown is behind you.

The Only Thing Josh Gordon Proves Is That Addiction Doesn’t Discriminate

Reports are flying in this morning that Patriots star wide-receiver Josh Gordon was leaving the team with a possible indefinite suspension looming for what has been assumed to be another failed drug test.

It comes as shocking news to many Patriots fans and has them even more concerned than they already were about their chances of making a deep playoff run again this January.

But for many New Englanders it shouldn’t come as a surprise, this story has been in the headlines many times over, just phrased in a different way.

New England has been ravaged with a fierce opiate epidemic for the better part of the past decade. Thousands have lost their lives, families have been torn apart. Even if your family hasn’t been directly affected, you could count on both hands and feet the amount of families or friends you know that were.

In 2017, 1,977 people died from opiate overdoses in just Massachusetts alone, slightly down from the 2016 total of 2,155. It’s an issue that has garnered a massive public health response and Massachusetts more than many other states has stopped ignoring the issue and has started putting more effective response measures in place. Still though, in the eyes of many it never seems to get better.

I provide you these grim details not to depress or scare you but in hopes you pause and think before judging one Josh Gordon.

Many will shame and ridicule him in the coming days for his poor decisions, wondering how in the world he could throw away a successful career in the NFL once again, just to get high. So many will think first about the effect this will have on our favorite football team before stopping to think why someone like Josh Gordon, a supremely talented athlete, could continue to throw his life away.

The reason Josh Gordon continues to fall back into drug use is the same exact reason the local kid from a wealthy New England town continues to fall back into the depths of heroin abuse.

They are both addicts. And addiction doesn’t discriminate.

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If fame, money, and athletic prowess were enough to deter people from drug or alcohol addiction we certainly wouldn’t hear about the many celebrities that end up in rehab every year. I mean they even had a show on VH1 at one point named “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.”

Just because Josh Gordon was able to hold it together for a period of time this season, it doesn’t exclude him from the constant mental battles that occur in the mind of an addict. Many addicts can hold their lives together for a period, only to have it crumble around them if they aren’t taking the steps necessary to combat their addictions.

This has been a lifelong battle for Josh Gordon. He reports abusing drugs and alcohol as young as 12 years old. He openly stated that he used to drink alcohol prior to games in College and the NFL. Using some sort of substance was the only way he could feel “normal.” A sentiment that many a drug addict or alcoholic can relate to.

Yes, it’s a shame that Josh Gordon won’t be with the Patriots for an upcoming playoff run, but I think today’s news is a shame for another major reason.

When Gordon was traded to New England in September, I was excited and skeptical at the same time. But the more I thought about it, the more it struck me that maybe this 27-year-old famous athlete could stay sober and be successful with the Patriots. And while doing so not only make an impact on the field but make a bigger impact in the New England community as a pillar of hope for others struggling with addiction. Many people love and adore Tom Brady, but can you really relate to his life of supermodels, sports cars and avocado ice cream? Certainly not. But in Josh Gordon, a life filled with addiction and the trials and tribulations that come along with it, that is a story many in New England can relate to.

It’s a shame that never came to fruition for Josh Gordon, hopeful hypotheticals involving addicts hardly ever do. But it doesn’t mean we need to bash Josh Gordon for these recent developments, if anything it has taught us another tough lesson in the seemingly never-ending battle with addiction. It’s an issue we face not just in New England but everywhere in this country.

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Very rare is the story of the addict or alcoholic that gets sober on the first try, for many like Gordon it’s the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th time or more before it finally takes hold, if ever.

So again, I ask, before you judge Josh Gordon take a moment to delve into your own lives and the friends and families that have been ravaged by drug addiction or alcoholism. For many of them it wasn’t publicized on ESPN each and every time they slipped up or relapsed. And just because it wasn’t, doesn’t mean their struggles are any more or less than what Gordon may be going through.

Addiction does not discriminate. It doesn’t matter whether your catching touchdown passes from Tom Brady or you’re on the streets of Mass Ave in the throughs of heroin addiction. As so many of us already know, it can happen to any of us, please always remember that.

 

 

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