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Evan Roberts Wonders Who Source Was on ESPN’s Tom Brady Retirement Report
Maybe the source was very close. Maybe someone who had a vested interest in the quarterback finally retiring.
The news of Tom Brady’s retirement has largely been overtaken by the Brian Flores lawsuit against the NFL. But from last Saturday into Tuesday, Brady managed to create tremendous drama (and great content for sports TV and radio) by denying the initial report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington of his retirement decision.
Schefter and Darlington stuck by their story and they were unlikely to back off, especially with their reputations at stake and reporting for such a major outlet. Brady’s father and agent, then the quarterback himself, denied that a decision had been made. But perhaps the main reason Schefter and Darlington didn’t buckle was that their source was rock-solid.
On WFAN, Evan Roberts wondered who that source might be and how close that person was to Brady. Maybe very close. Maybe it was someone who had a vested interest in the quarterback finally retiring.
“Over the last 72 hours, it seemed as if they were so confident,” Roberts speculated. “They never backed down. I don’t know where they got that story from on Saturday, but they knew. It was almost like there was this quiet confidence. Maybe the source was Gisele. Maybe that’s why they were so confident.”
That’s not an outlandish theory, right? There are other people in Brady’s circle that could’ve leaked the news to Schefter and Darlington. But it’s no secret that Brady’s wife, Gisele Bündchen, has wanted her husband to retire for a few years now.
And with a variety of factors — age, health, the Buccaneers having to retool their roster — surely influencing the decision, Gisele knew the time was right. But just to make sure, maybe she leaked the news to make sure Brady wouldn’t waver.
We may never know, though let’s hope — as Roberts and on-air partner Craig Carton said — that a book reveals the truth someday.
Ian Casselberry is a sports media columnist for BSM. He has previously written and edited for Awful Announcing, The Comeback, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, MLive, Bleacher Report, and SB Nation. You can find him on Twitter @iancass or reach him by email at email@example.com.
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Matt Spiegeil: First Take Notes For Chris Russo are ‘Chaotic Scribbling of a Madman’
“When Stephen A is talking, or when Molly is talking, or Orlovsky is talking, he is circling numbers on a piece of paper waiting for his own turn to talk.”
Earlier this week, Molly Qerim got to do something she says she has wanted to do forever. Chris Russo gave her permission to share a picture of his First Take notes on Twitter.
The only way to describe the notes is to call them pure chaos. The photo elicited all kinds of disbelief as people noticed that most of Mad Dog’s notes are just names, circles and numbers with no context for why they are important.
“It’s the anxiety-filled, chaotic, chaotic scribbling of a madman,” Matt Spiegel said Thursday on 670 The Score as he and Danny Parkins marveled at the picture.
The Chicago duo theorized these are more likely doodles than notes. Parkins noted that one of the bubbles Russo drew contained the names Molly Qerim and Dan Orlovsky.
“When Stephen A is talking, or when Molly is talking, or Orlovsky is talking, he is circling numbers on a piece of paper waiting for his own turn to talk,” Parkins said. “And if it’s not Stephen A, who he knows, he writes ‘Dan Orlovsky’ down there so he can go ‘DAN! DAN! DAN!.’ He reminds himself what the subject is because he’s not listening to other people.”
Chris Russo spent 19 years working alongside Mike Francesa on WFAN in New York. The two were notorious for talking over each other.
Spiegel theorized that means there are probably thousands of pages of notes just like the one Qerim tweeted out in Russo’s home. He suggested that Russo publish them.
“I would buy it,” Parkins said. “I’d buy it for $19.95. 100 percent. He could have my $20.”
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John Sterling Returning to Yankees Radio Booth in June
“In total, John Sterling has missed 23 of the Yankees 61 games in 2023.”
If you’re listening to Yankee games on the radio for the remainder of the month, you will notice a familiar voice is missing. John Sterling will be out of commission until June 6.
Sterling is dealing with an illness, according to The New York Post. Andrew Marchand notes that he has been told it is “not serious.”
“Don’t worry about me, you can tell your readers,” Sterling said. “I’ll be back soon.”
This is exactly the situation Justin Shackil was hired for this off-season. He will step in for Sterling to call the action alongside Suzyn Waldman.
John Sterling cut his travel schedule down for the second half of the 2022 season. He only traveled to away games inside the AL East. During this absence, the Yankees will be on a West Coast swing.
He also missed last week’s West Coast games. In total, John Sterling has missed 23 of the Yankees 61 games in 2023.
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Pat McAfee: Bobby Carpenter ‘is 1 of 1’
“Imagine if we didn’t have that in our life.”
While scrolling through his Twitter feed on Thursday, Pat McAfee caught a glimpse of a commercial featuring Columbus radio host Bobby Carpenter. The commercial was something McAfee and his crew could not wait to share with the audience.
McAfee mentioned almost in passing to co-host AJ Hawk that he had seen that the 97.1 The Fan host had signed an endorsement deal with Garage Beer.
Hawk said the commercial was pretty sweet, and so naturally the spot was played on the show.
“I’m so happy that I just glimpsed at that at some point during my scrolls earlier,” McAfee said laughing. “Imagine if we didn’t have that in our life.”
Pat McAfee enjoyed just how natural Carpenter was and showcased the beer in a way that only he could.
“That guy, he’s 1 of 1, huh?” he said.
Some of Carpenter’s lines had Pat wondering if the commercial was actually scripted or whether the company thought it would’ve just been more fun to let Bobby be himself.
“He’s either really acting, or he’s practicing his lines and they just took the practice,” McAfee said.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He’s a multimedia journalist and communicator who works at the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond. Jordan also contributes occasional coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, WRIC-TV 8News and Audacy Richmond. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.