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Tom Brady, Bucs vs Patriots Reportedly Set For Week 4

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to visit the New England Patriots on October 3, per reports.

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As the NFL continues its assault on the sports media landscape with a 12-month news cycle, the league is set to unveil its 272-game schedule Wednesday evening. That has not stopped various news outlets from reporting leaks from the schedule, including a particularly appetizing tidbit from Bleacher Report’s Master Tesfatsion.

Tesfatsion, known as @MasterTes on Twitter, reported early Wednesday morning that Tom Brady will make his return to Foxboro on October 3 as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take on the New England Patriots. Brady famously spent the first 20 years of his NFL career donning the Pat Patriot insignia on his helmet, before jettisoning – like many Northeasterners before him – down to Tampa last offseason.

Brady won six Super Bowls in New England for a franchise that had zero Super Bowls and just seven postseason wins in its history before his arrival. The future first-ballot Hall of Famer wasted no time in Tampa as he won his seventh Super Bowl this past February to cap his first season as a Buc. Cam Newton started 15 games in place of Brady in New England, with a lone spot start for Brian Hoyer with Newton unavailable. The Patriots this season with both Newton and 2021 first round pick Mac Jones vying for the starting quarterback position.

The game will mark arguably the most-anticipated return date in the NFL since Brett Favre returned to Lambeau Field as a member of the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 1, 2009, a game the Vikings won 38-26. Not only will Brady return to his old grounds; but he will be joined by tight end Rob Gronkowski who played his first nine years in Foxboro, as well. Former Patriot turned radio host Jermaine Wiggins postured on WEEI’s The Greg Hill Show Wednesday morning that this game will draw a larger audience than the Super Bowl. While the math on that remains to be seen, this particular Sunday Night Football telecast figures to be must-watch TV.

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Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set

“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”

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Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.

The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.

Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.

“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”

Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.

Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.

Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.

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Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock

“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”

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Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.

According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.

Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.

The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.

The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.

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Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast

“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’

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First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.

No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.

Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.

McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.

“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.” 

In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.

There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.

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