Another Week without NHL/MLB, Tom Brady Just Can’t Wait For Another Doc About Tom Brady, Plus Soccer Club Getting Kinky | Ep. 5

In this week’s episode of the “NESN After Hours Podcast,” presented by People’s United Bank, Emerson Lotzia and Cealey Godwin discuss another week with no NHL playoffs and no MLB season, Tom Brady’s new documentary series, The Match: Champions for Charity, and a soccer club who got into trouble for placing mannequins in the empty stands at a game.
Listen to the full podcast below, or click here to listen on Spotify.

Bucs Center Ryan Jensen Sheds Light On First Workout With Tom Brady

Tom Brady’s precise attention to detail and laser-sharp focus probably weren’t news to Ryan Jensen, but the Buccaneers center now is seeing those attributes from the quarterback first-hand.
Jensen and a handful of other Tampa Bay offensive players joined Brady for an informal workout Tuesday. It marked the first time Brady was able to get in some on-field work with his new center, who apparently was advised on how to handle one of the quarterback’s biggest pet peeves.
The 28-year-old also was able to see how Brady can go from easy going to intense at the snap of a finger.
“He flips a switch,” Jensen told Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer. “Even just in talking, you talk about life, where he should live in Tampa, this is the first conversation we had and, then all of the sudden, when we start talking about ball a little bit, you feel the intensity switch. I think that’s something that you see, and you’ve seen obviously the last 20 years, he can flip that switch in intensity.”
Brady’s approach to the game should bode well for the Buccaneers, who haven’t reached the playoffs since 2007. Multiple Tampa Bay players already have expressed excitement over how the six-time Super Bowl champion’s leadership and experience could impact the team.
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Liga MX, Mexico Soccer League, Cancels Rest Of Clausura 2020 Season

Liga MX is calling it a season.
The Mexican soccer league announced Friday it has cancelled the remainder of its 2020 Clausura season and won’t declare a champion in its men’s and women’s competitions. Liga MX was 10 rounds into the Clausura campaign, when league suspended play in mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak, and officials have decided against trying to restart amid the ongoing fight with COVID-19.
Liga MX explained its decision in a statement.
“In recent weeks, permanent working meetings and talks have been held with the health sector of the federal government that would allow us to resume the Clausura 2020 Tournament with absolute responsibility, without putting any member of the soccer family in Mexico at risk (Players, Bodies Technicians, Managers, Referees, Fans and the Media).
“However, the time of the contingency that we are living has caused increasing scheduling restrictions, which do not allow us to maintain competition without putting at risk the members of this great family.”
Liga MX also said it will work with the government to determine when to play the 2020 Apertura season. Liga MX will stage games in that competition in empty stadiums until authorities declare it’s safe for fans to return.
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Why Ex-Patriot Doesn’t Believe Jarrett Stidham Will Be Team’s Week 1 Starting QB

All signs point to Jarrett Stidham being under center in Foxboro when the Patriots open their 2020 season.
Not so fast, says Rob Ninkovich.
Stidham was vaulted up New England’s quarterback depth chart after Tom Brady left the team in free agency. The Patriots proceeded to not select a quarterback in the 2020 draft and seemingly weren’t interested in any of the noteworthy veteran signal-callers available this offseason, such as Cam Newton, Andy Dalton and Jameis Winston.
Still, Ninkovich believes Stidham will be on the sideline when the Patriots host the Miami Dolphins in Week 1. Given the altered preseason and potentially shortened (or nonexistent) training camp, the former pass rusher believes Bill Belichick and Co. will go with their safest option at quarterback to begin the campaign.
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“I think Brian Hoyer will be the starter Week 1 and I say that because the quarterback position is one of the most important for reps under center, seeing defensive looks, looking at coverage, understanding the offense,” Ninkovich said Friday on ESPN’s “Get Up.” “…Look, they’re not practicing right now. There’s no minicamp, there’s no offseason, there’s no training camp. We don’t know when that’s going to happen.
“So if you have a veteran quarterback who has been in the system, understands what to expect what an NFL season is like, you’re gonna want to go with a guy who has the veteran leadership (and) also what it takes to be in that building. Look, when you’re a second-year player, you really don’t realize what a season’s like as a starter. You don’t understand what it’s going to take, and not having an offseason does not help. So, Brian Hoyer will be the starter Week 1.”

While your initial reaction might be to scoff at Ninkovich’s projection given the Stidham hype this spring, it’s tough to put anything past Belichick. The Patriots have a fairly established track record of assigning roles to the most deserving player, so if Hoyer impresses more so then Stidham this summer, New England might not hesitate to roll with the 34-year-old. The Pats surely must want to see what they have in Stidham, but likely not at the expense of the team.
We’ll have to wait and see.
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Sign Up To Play NESN Games’ Contest For ‘The Match’ Golf Showdown

Four of the biggest names in sports over the last two decades will hit the links together Sunday for a good cause.
“The Match” featuring Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning goes down at Medalist Golf Club on Sunday in Florida. The star-studded affair pitting Woods and Manning vs. Brady and Mickelson is for a good cause with $10 million going to COVID-19 relief.
Viewers at home can play along, too, thanks to NESN Games. Fans can make their picks for things like match winnerS first-hole winner and first to lead with a $25 online gift code to the ’47 online store going to the winner.
Click here to play NESN Games’ golf challenge for “The Match”

Hertha Berlin Vs. Union Berlin Live Stream: Watch Bundesliga Game Online

Berlin won’t be only Germany’s capital city Friday. It will be the center of soccer’s universe for two hours.
Hertha BSC will host Union Berlin at an empty Olympiastadion in a Bundesliga Round 27 game. The Berlin-based clubs will face off in a German league game for just the second time, with 11th place Hertha keen to maintain its one-point lead over 10th place Union Berlin and keep its crosstown foe from leapfrogging it in the Bundesliga standings.
Union Berlin, which is competing in the Bundesliga for the first time in its history, beat Hertha Berlin 1-0 on Nov. 2 in their first meeting of this season.
When: Friday, May 22, at 2:30 p.m. ET
TV: FS2; FOX Deportes
Live Stream: FuboTV — free trial | FOX Sports GO
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How Will Patriots Offense Look Different In 2020 | NESN Patriots Podcast, Ep. 176

The offseason is officially in quiet period, but there is still plenty of football to talk about.
In this episode of the NESN Patriots Podcast, Doug Kyed and Zack Cox talk about the trailer for the upcoming Tom Brady documentary, analyze Patrick Chung’s contract extension, examine the Patriots’ offense for 2020 and take a look at some of the most intriguing rookie free agents on the team.
Listen to the full podcast below, or click here to listen on Spotify or iTunes.

Celebrate Julian Edelman’s Birthday By Reliving Some Of WR’s Best Highlights

It’s kind of tough to believe Julian Edelman now is a seasoned veteran.
It feels like it was just yesterday Edelman, a seventh-round pick out of Kent State, was doing anything thing he could to see playing time with the Patriots. This included making a name for himself on special teams, and even playing a little defense, too.
The scrappy wide receiver since has become one of the better players in the franchise’s history. Edelman played a critical role on three Super Bowl-winning teams in New England, most recently two seasons ago when he earned MVP honors for his performance in the Patriots’ championship triumph over the Los Angeles Rams.
In honor of Edelman’s 34th birthday Friday, the NFL took to its official Instagram page to share a highlight reel featuring a handful of his most memorable highlights.
Check it out:

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@edelman11 really can do it ALL. Happy birthday to the 3x Super Bowl champ!
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The Patriots also went all out for Edelman’s special day on their social media channels.

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𝗛 𝗕 𝗗, 𝗝𝗘𝟭𝟭
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Too small & unconventional? An unknown at WR? A reach in the 7th round? We kept the receipts.
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The many faces of @edelman11. Which one are you? Screenshot & let us know.
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Because what's a birthday without a few good throwback gems? You're welcome
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We’re not sure what Edelman was hoping to receive for his birthday this year, but the 2020 NFL season going on as scheduled would be a pretty great gift.
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Jazz Hall Of Fame Coach Jerry Sloan Dies At Age 78

The basketball world lost an NBA lifer Friday, as former Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan died at age 78.
Sloan had been battling Parkins’s disease and Lewy body dementia for years following diagnosis in 2016. He died in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he spent the final 23 years of his coaching career leading the Jazz.
Sloan was the No. 4 pick in the 1965 NBA Draft out of Evansville, beginning a playing and coaching career that spanned more than four decades in the professional basketball world. Sloan played more than 10 seasons, splitting time with the Baltimore Bullets and Chicago Bulls.
Shortly after his playing career ended, the Bulls hired Sloan as a scout then assistant. He spent one year in that role before ascending to head coach. Sloan held that role for two-plus seasons before being fired. He eventually landed in Utah as an assistant and eventually became head coach in 1988. Sloan spent the rest of his career with the Jazz, spanning more than 20 seasons, making the playoffs in all but three. Sloan and the Jazz had one of the best teams in the late 1990s, reaching the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998 but came up short to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
Sloan was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame — alongside former Jazz point guard John Stockton — in 2009.
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Rob Gronkowski Jokes About ‘Teasing’ Tom Brady With Comeback Idea

It’s been reported Tom Brady played a big part in bringing Rob Gronkowski out of retirement and onto the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
But how exactly did it all go down?
During an appearance Thursday on CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” Gronkowski noted he spoke with Brady after the star quarterback signed with the Bucs in free agency. From there, Gronk put his own spin on the tale of how he landed in Tampa Bay, jokingly explaining Brady practically begged him to make a comeback.
“He went through his whole process,” Gronkowski said. “He did what he had to do, then I called him and was like, ‘Ooh, Tampa Bay, baby.’ I was like, ‘How’s the weather down there?’ He was like, ‘Oh, it’s great. It’s fantastic.’ I was like, ‘Oh, man. You know, Tom, I’ve been thinking about football a little bit.’ I’m just teasing with him. I can just tell he’s getting all this excitement. I’m like, ‘Oh, my mom lives down there, too. Like an hour away. It would be great to have a new opportunity.’ All of a sudden he just screams on the phone, ‘Rob! I just want you to come back and play with me!’ I was like, ‘All right, all right. I’ll come back then, Tom. No problem.’ He was crying like, ‘Oh my god. Please come back.’ I was like, wow, he just missed me that much, so I had to come back.”

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Considering the successes Brady and Gronk have experienced together, that might not actually be too far from the truth.
Gronkowski still has yet to set up shop in Central Florida ahead of his first season with the Bucs. In turn, he wasn’t able to attend an informal workout earlier in the week featuring Brady and a few other offensive starters, which he clearly was pretty bummed out about.
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