Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Chris Godwin recently shed light on his initial conversations with quarterback Tom Brady.
And in a recent interview with Ros Gold-Onwude on “The Boardroom,” the All-Pro wideout got into what he wanted to learn from the future Hall of Famer.
“Really it’s literally just getting to know each other,” Godwin told Gold-Onwude about his first interactions with Brady. “Just early introductory things. Just trying to get a feel for who we are as people more than anything else. Like we didn’t talk ball or anything, really just about how excited we both are to play with each other.”
It was reported that upon signing with Bucs, Brady’s only request was to have the number of all his new teammates to hit the ground running on building chemistry.
Godwin hopes to get a lot from this new relationship.
“For me, i’m just going to learn,” Godwin said. “You know, learn as much as I can from somebody who’s arguably the G.O.A.T., and I’m just ready to roll.”
He’s ready to get started now, but after initially hearing the news that Brady was signing with Tampa Bay, Godwin allowed himself to geek out a little bit. He even gave up his No. 12 Bucs jersey after wearing
“At first it was a little weird, cause it’s like I feel like it’s someone I’ve watched my entire life. Like you said, he’s my colleague now so past the initial interaction it’s like alright, cool. This is starting to feel a little more normal now.”
The duo seems to be getting along well off the field after two conversations via text and FaceTime. We’ll see how that translates on the field this season.
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When news broke that Tom Brady was signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, people initially wondered if TB12 would get to wear No. 12.
The digits had belonged to Tampa Bay’s Chris Godwin, but it didn’t take long for the receiver to announce he’d give it up out of respect to the six-time Super Bowl champion.
It was a great gesture, especially considering how long the number has been with Godwin.
“When I first got it, it was just a number that I thought was the dopest number,” Godwin told Ros Gold-Onwude on “The Boardroom.”
“I had it in high school, college and the pros so as I started to do more and perform better in it, it just kind of stuck with me and just like took me back to all of those great memories that I’ve had and it’s kind of like how I identify. People call me ’12’ or ‘CG12.’”
But since the second-team All-Pro wideout made the quick decision to give the No. 12 jersey up, he has no idea what one he’ll wear going forward.
“Honestly I wish there was (another significant number in his life), like I wish I had a second or third go-to, you know, to kind of fall back on,” Godwin said. “But really, the only number that’s had any significance to me has always just been 12. So, whatever number I would go to would just be something completely different. But it’s cool though, it is what it is.”
Regardless of what Godwin chooses, he’s looking forward to the next chapter of his career that will be signified by both a new number, and a new quarterback.
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Enes Kanter is bored. And hungry.
The Boston Celtics center, who revealed how he learned about the NBA suspending the season due to the coronavirus, seems like he found a remedy for both issues.
Well, kind of.
And Kanter’s solution — a bag of mini marshmallows and a treadmill — made for one hilarious TikTok on Saturday.
The first-year Celtic had a simple tweet to go along with it: “#QuarantineLife.”
You can watch his video here:
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) March 28, 2020
Kanter is not the only Celtic spending time on TikTok during the quarantine as Tacko Fall has put on a producer hat himself.
It’s all a way for players to stay busy as the NBA season has been suspended since Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. The league has indefinitely suspended the season and while some are hoping teams can play soon, others aren’t sure if the 2019-20 season will resume.
Our advice during the hiatus? Follow Kanter’s lead.
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The Chinese Basketball Association has been shut down since January 24, and according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, it’s planned restart has been pushed back from the first week of April by about a month.
Still, the CBA is optimistic it will return to play this season, and it has some ideas on how to roll forward with that. That’s why Windhorst says the NBA is paying close attention to how China handles the next weeks.
For both nations’ leagues, the biggest concern is creating an environment safe for everyone involved with the game-day experience. The CBA is considering a few things, knowing that every sports league shut down amid the coronavirus outbreak will be taking notes.
“The CBA hasn’t formally announced a plan, but multiple sources said that what has been drawn up includes clustering teams in one or two cities and playing one another in a round-robin format in empty arenas over several weeks,” Windhorst wrote in his piece published to ESPN on Friday.
“There are 16 games left for each of the 20 teams in the league. The goal has been to play out the remaining schedule in full before moving on to the playoffs, with the hope that fans could eventually be admitted.”
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Windhorst says the CBA has discussed playing in an area of China’s warmer southern region that has yet to see the volume of cases other parts of the nation have been crippled by. In the short-term, playing in a centralized location similar to that of an Olympic village. The NBA has workshopped that itself.
“Various ideas have been floated by players and executives,” Windhorst wrote. “One is to consider using a sprawling casino property in Las Vegas, where everything could be held under one roof. Others have suggested playing in the Bahamas, where a ballroom could be converted into a playing court specifically for broadcast. There has even been talk of taking over a college campus in the Midwest, where reported cases of COVID-19 are lower for the moment.
“Whatever the location, it would be a place where teams could sleep, train, eat and, hopefully, be kept healthy enough to have confidence in resuming play — maybe not to finish out the season but to at least get restarted.”
Now, the NBA indefinitely suspended its season March 11, and some don’t believe we’ll get our professional sports back any time soon. The league certainly won’t be on the same timeline as the CBA to return, but fingers crossed it goes well in China so that we can follow suit and eventually start watching basketball again.
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Watching life flash before your eyes can change a person.
Just ask Carmelo Anthony.
The Portland Trail Blazers star took to Instagram Live on Friday where he spoke with former Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade about their longtime friendship when Wade’s wife, actress Gabrielle Union, asked Anthony to tell the story about how LeBron James once saved his life.
So, naturally, he obliged.
“We jumped off the boat in the Bahamas, everybody swam to the little grotto over there, underneath. Then we came out. All y’all went to the boat,” Anthony told retired star Dwyane Wade via Instagram on Friday, as transcribed by SB Nation. “It was my fault though, because I’m still trying to see the last little bit of the barracudas snorkeling and all that. It was my fault. Then I look up, and the current is taking me in the middle of the ocean opposite from the boat.”
Anthony said his mind was racing until James came to the rescue.
“Then I look up at the boat, and I see Bron jump off the boat like he’s MacGyver. He jumps off the boat into the water. He was bringing me back with one arm. He’s swimming with the other arm. He’s carrying me in one arm.
“… He saved my life. I can’t hold you. He saved my life, he saved my life. Yo Bron, I appreciate that, you saved my life that day. Them little flippers wasn’t working for me.”
Check it out, via House of Highlights:
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It was a free agent so important to the New England Patriots, the organization made sure he didn’t even get to free agency.
The Patriots signed veteran safety Devin McCourty to a two-year contract March 15, before the NFL’s legal tampering period began. The deal, worth $23 million over the two-year span, previously prompted praise from those around the NFL.
ESPN’s Bill Barnwell is now among them.
Barnwell on Friday graded a flurry of what he believes are the best free-agency moves. The Patriots, specifically, earned a B-plus for the McCourty signing. (Notably, the ESPN Staff Writer admitted to only giving nine grades of B-plus or higher.)
Here’s what he had to say:
While there were rumors that one of the organizations stocked with former Patriots coaches and executives would make a run at McCourty, the presence of twin brother Jason and coach Bill Belichick made it more likely that the 10-year veteran would return to his only professional home. The two-time Pro Bowler was one of the best safeties in football a year ago, picking off five passes for the first time since 2012 while allowing a passer rating of just 50.6 as the nearest defender in coverage. This is hardly top-of-the-market money for a safety, so while McCourty is likely to have most or all of this deal guaranteed up front, it’s a logical win-win for both sides.
One other subtle thing about this deal is the structure. McCourty was New England’s second-most-pressing free agent behind Tom Brady and the only other player the team was likely to consider signing to a deal north of $10 million per year. If the Pats were desperately concerned about their cap space, they would have given McCourty a longer deal with a big signing bonus to try to create short-term cap room.
McCourty opened up about his decision to re-sign with the Patriots, and fans certainly will be happy to have him back in New England.
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With no sports to watch and many working from home, binging television shows has been a good way to pass the time while quarantining.
One show that’s been pretty polarizing as of late is Netflix’s documentary series “Tiger King.” If you haven’t seen it, you need to, but it checks all the boxes with its tagline: “Murder, Mayhem, and Madness.” The series chronicles the story of Joe Exotic, a flamboyant, Oklahoman exotic cat breeder, and a ton of his outrageous drama.
On Saturday, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew saw an opportunity to put his own twist on the show.
He hilariously photoshopped himself posing similarly to the main character, but personalized it a bit and posted it to his Instagram account.
“Jaguar King,” the graphic reads. “Mustache, Madness, Mayhem.”
Take a look below:
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A post shared by Gardner Minshew (@gardnerminshew5) on Mar 28, 2020 at 12:55pm PDT
No offense to the quarterback, but the fake show poster makes him look like he’d fit right in with the cast. Especially if you’ve heard the story about the time Minshew drank a bunch of Jack Daniels and tried to break his own hand with a hammer to get a medical redshirt.
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What comes to mind when thinking about the best-ever pitching performances in Boston Red Sox history?
ESPN’s David Schoenfield provided what he felt was each organization’s best mound performance Saturday. There was certainly a few no-brainers, but there was also a few surprises.
His selection for the best-ever Red Sox performance may come among the latter.
Schoenfield credited Hideo Nomo’s nine-inning gem against the Toronto Blue Jays in May 2001 as the organization’s best performance.
Nomo, who spent one season in Boston, tallied 14 strikeouts and allowed just one hit. He did not allow one walk in the nine-inning performance, as he helped the Red Sox to a 4-0 win on May 25, 2001.
Schoenfield added Nomo earned a Game Score of 99. (Of note, with the way Game Score is calculated, the more innings you pitch, the higher your Game Score can go.)
Here’s what Schoenfield wrote:
This is one of the biggest surprises on the list, in part because it’s not even Nomo’s no-hitter from 2001 (which scored a 95). This game came at Fenway in the heart of the steroids era and Nomo induced 26 swing-and-misses while allowing only a leadoff double in the fourth inning.
Schoenfield added a possible argument for his selection (as he did with each).
There are some who say that Pedro Martinez’s one-hitter with 17 strikeouts against the Yankees in September 1999 was one of the greatest games ever pitched. Indeed, it was 120 pitches of Pedro genius against the hated Yankees, during one of the best seasons a pitcher ever had — 23-4, 2.07 ERA, 313 strikeouts in 213 1/3 innings. Alas, the one hit he allowed was a home run to Chili Davis. As unhittable as Martinez was that night, he did give up a home run.
All selections were limited to regular-season starts while the list, due to Baseball Reference’s Index, included games from 1908 and beyond.
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Aaron Rodgers is lucky he’s Aaron Rodgers.
Traveling with three people in a rural area of Peru, the Green Bay Packers quarterback was close to not making it out of the country before its borders closed due to the coronavirus crisis.
Rodgers described the hectic scene calling into The Pat McAfee Show on Friday.
“Things were getting a little dicey,” Rodgers said, describing the scene as countries were thinking about closing their borders slow the outbreak’s spread. “We were keeping a keen eye on it with some contacts that had contacts with the Pentagon. We realized four or five days in, it was time to make a decision.”
The initial plan, developed months prior to the ordeal, was for the group to travel around South America longer, but as COVID-19 concerns grew, they had no choice but to end it prematurely.
Rodgers said if had he and his group had been flying commercial they likely wouldn’t have made it out of Peru right away, especially with inclement weather complicating things at an already chaotic airport.
“When we rolled up to the airport at, like, 7 in the morning. It was wall-to-wall people, and you couldn’t move,” Rodgers said.
“And I was thinking, ‘This isn’t very safe.’ Not many masks on, and there was definitely a panic in the air. But somehow made it through, and then they shut the airport down because it was really bad weather. They had a drop-dead time where they were going to shut the entire airport down. We made it by about 15 minutes. Made it back.”
Since he’s returned to the United States, Rodgers said things have calmed down a bit. He bought a six pack of beer, has been quarantining with former NASCAR driver and girlfriend, Danica Patrick, while his most excitement came from finally finding toilet paper at the store Thursday.
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The COVID-19 outbreak has indefinitely shut down professional sports in the United States, leaving fans wondering when games will resume.
Jeff Van Gundy, however, doesn’t think pro sports will restart for quite some time.
In fact, the ESPN analyst told The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn he’s “completely pessimistic” the NBA’s 2019-20 season will resume.
“The NBA, the NHL, Major League Baseball, those will not take place,” Van Gundy said, per Washburn. “And I don’t think football — college or the NFL — will start on time because, until we start developing a herd immunity to it, we come up with a protocol to treat it, or a vaccine becomes available, I don’t see games being played.”
The NBA’s season was indefinitely suspended March 11 after Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus. (He and teammate Donovan Mitchell reportedly have recovered.) Since then, nine other NBA players — including Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart and Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant — have tested positive.
Some, like Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, hope the league could resume as early as mid-May. But Van Gundy doesn’t agree with that assessment whatsoever.
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“Let’s just say NBA basketball, at the most optimistic, starts July 1, what are we doing because the virus is not going to be eradicated by then?” he said. “What are we doing when the first player, coach, referee comes down with it? Are we going to cancel, like Japan (basketball league) just did. They had a couple of guys get fevers and the fear factors shut the league down again.
“I understand how you can start again, but what’s the plan if the next person gets sick, like another Rudy Gobert-type of situation, we’re going to play through it? We’re going to cancel it again? That to me is why I don’t see any of these things taking place.
“It’s overtly overly optimistic. Somebody said June 1? Really? Again, I hope I’m wrong. We’re looking at national tragedy with no end in sight. But what I’d like to know is what would make them cancel again?”
We hope he’s wrong, too.
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