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Tom Brady’s trash talk is about as lame as you’d think it is

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Tom Brady's trash talk is about as lame as you'd think it is

Maybe Tom Brady should stick to his day job. Well, kind of.

The veteran quarterback is making a new home in Florida for this upcoming season — as you may or may not have heard — and he’s going to be calling plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

With a new team in a new division comes new rivals, and with new rivals comes an opportunity to plant your flag by talking a little smack. Saints head coach Sean Payton revealed that he sent Tom Brady a text soon after the NFL schedule release, getting an early start on territorial rights.

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“We want to quiet the cannons, that’s what I text Tom, hashtag keep the cannons quiet,” Payton said during an Instagram Live session with NFL Network’s Kay Adams. “We’ve known each other for years.”

Brady’s response?

“Oh, he laughs. He says, ‘You guys are the favorites, we’re the underdogs,’ blah, blah, blah.‘”

Jeez, Tom. That’s it? For a notorious smack-talker, he needs new material, especially for a potential Week 1 divisional matchup between the Bucs and the Saints. 

The “underdogs” thing is something that’s been a staple of Brady’s career, as he has espoused the underdog mantra for his entire NFL tenure. The idea of a Brady-led team being an underdog is a bit of malarkey, of course. The Patriots entered their 2019 playoff matchup vs. the Chiefs as underdogs for the first time in the 67 games prior.

Brady has the Michael Jordan mentality in that he’ll find motivation from everything, whether it be headlines on sports pages or Starbucks baristas spelling his name wrong on cups. Whatever works, man. To that end, it has worked, since Brady’s a six-time Super Bowl champ.

By the way, Payton doesn’t get a pass here, either. “#KeepTheCannonsQuiet” is entirely too long of a hashtag.

Come on, guys. Give us better trash talk than that in these sports-less times. We’re craving some real drama.

With a knack for storytelling, Evan started News Brig about a year ago. Covering substantial topics under the Sports,, he helps information seep in deeper with creative writing and content management skills.

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NFL players deliver challenge to league in Black Lives Matter video

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NFL players deliver challenge to league in Black Lives Matter video

Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard and Jamal Adams joined numerous NFL players in a social media video asking the league to “listen to your players” and step up in defense of black lives after the death of George Floyd.

The Giants and Jets stars were joined Thursday night in the video — which shifts from player to player — by Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and others in response to Floyd, who was black, being killed at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25.

The league released a statement May 30 and additional social media posts addressing the issue on Thursday. The players, who do not mention commissioner Roger Goodell by name, wanted to hear more.

“On behalf of the National Football League this is what we, the players would like to hear you state,” the players say in the video. “We the National Football League condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We the National Football League admit wrong in silencing our players from peacefully protesting. We the National Football League believe Black Lives Matter.”

The video also includes Cardinals stars D’Andre Hopkins and Patrick Peterson, Texan quarterback Deshaun Watson, Browns receiver Jarvis Landry, Redskins defensive lineman Chase Young, Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore and Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu.

It asks the league how many times do we need to ask for you “to listen to your players?” They say they will not be silenced, assert their “right to peaceful protest” and that they are Floyd.

“What will it take? For one of use to be murdered by police brutality?” the players say. “What if I was George Floyd?”

The NFL, in addition to its original statement from Goodell stating its commitment to “continuing the important work to address these systemic issues together with our players, clubs and partners,” went further Thursday. In a Twitter post on the league’s official account prior to the players’ video being released, the league said, “This is a time of self-reflection for all — the NFL is no exception. We stand with the black community because Black Lives Matter.”

In posts that followed, the league stated that it has supported programs to address systemic racism and plans to donate an additional $20 million to those causes, but knows “we can and need to do more.”

The post comes after Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who has since apologized twice, angered teammates and players around the NFL by saying he would “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag” While a number of Brees’ teammates, including Thomas, said they accepted his apology, Adams did not, tweeting the apology was “bulls–t.”

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Olympics: Tokyo exec says make Games decision in spring – Kyodo

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TOKYO (Reuters) – A Tokyo 2020 executive board member said on Friday organisers will need to monitor the novel coronavirus situation until next spring before deciding whether to go ahead with the Summer Olympics, Kyodo News reported.

A man wearing a protective mask walks past a countdown clock for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Tokyo, Japan June 4, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

The comment by lawmaker Toshiaki Endo, one of six vice presidents on the board and a former Olympics minister, marks the first time an organising committee executive has remarked on the timing for a decision on the Games, the news agency said.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japanese government took the unprecedented decision in March to delay the Games, which had been due to start in July. A further delay beyond 2021 has been ruled out.

Previously, John Coates, head of the IOC’s inspectorate for Tokyo, said that if by October the new coronavirus outbreak was “being contained but not eradicated” decisions would have to be made on streamlining the Games.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said on Thursday that organisers were looking at ways to simplify the Games.

Also on Friday, public broadcaster NHK reported that organisers had decided against holding a large scale event marking the one-year countdown to the Games because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organisers are seeking to cut costs related to the postponement and are also conscious of pandemic risks.

“We cannot hold a lively event while the risk of infection continues,” NHK quoted an unnamed organising committee source as saying.

Tokyo 2020 organising committee representatives did not immediately respond a request for comment.

At last year’s countdown event, organisers unveiled the medals at a ceremony attended by IOC President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and countdown clocks were launched in central Tokyo.

The new coronavirus has infected more than 6.5 million people and killed about 386,000 around the world. Japan has reported some 17,000 infections and 900 known deaths to date.

Reporting by Chris Gallagher and Jack Tarrant; editing by Jane Wardell/Peter Rutherford

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Montgomerie welcomes European Tour return despite smaller prize pots

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Montgomerie welcomes European Tour return despite smaller prize pots

FILE PHOTO – Golf – The Senior Open Championship – Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, Lytham St Annes, Britain – July 26, 2019 Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie in action during the second round Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

(Reuters) – Colin Montgomerie has welcomed the return of golf’s European Tour in July amid the COVID-19 pandemic but says he feels sorry for younger players due to the less lucrative schedule.

Golf’s calendar has been decimated by the novel coronavirus outbreak, with three of the sport’s four majors rescheduled and the British Open cancelled.

The European Tour, suspended since March, will resume with the British Masters on July 22 as part of a six-tournament run in the United Kingdom and each event will have a prize pot of less than 1 million pounds ($1.26 million).

“It’s sensible. I know the prize money isn’t what they’d expect but it gets the membership playing golf,” Montgomerie, the winner of 31 European Tour titles, told the BBC.

“It’s a total reset and I feel for the young guys coming through who thought they were going to be playing for millions. It’ll take a few years before we get back to those times.”

Montgomerie, 56, said the financial impact of the pandemic would be worse than when the Tour faced hardships over a decade ago.

“This’ll be much worse. So I can understand the Tour wanting to get it done in an economic sense,” he added.

($1 = 0.7945 pounds)

(This story was refiled to complete headline)

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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