Really, Tom? Marky Mark?
Tom Brady was asked during his weekly appearance on Westwood One radio who he thinks should play him in the inevitable movie about his life. His response? Mark Wahlberg.
“I’m going with Mark Wahlberg,” Brady said. “A Boston legend, (from) Dorchester, one of the just ‘grind it out’ kind of guys.”
That honestly might be the worst choice imaginable. Mark Wahlberg is 5'8". What kind of forced perspective magic would the director have to use to make him look like a 6'4" NFL quarterback? Wahlberg doesn’t even look like Brady facially. He doesn’t have Brady’s most disctinctive feature, the pronounced chin. If I were casting the Brady movie, the role would absolutely go to Henry Cavill.
Even if Brady wants a Boston guy to play him, Wahlberg is still a terrible pick. Hasn’t he heard of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon?
Don’t write news stories about jokes
The college football forum is one of the biggest communities on Reddit and its moderators also operate a popular Twitter account. During this week’s Monday Night Football game, the account made a joke about the shootout resembling a Big 12 game. You know who didn’t recognize it as a joke? The sports editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Jason Hoffman posted a short blog on the Enquirer’s website Tuesday evening with the headline: “Will the Big 12 take another look at expansion? Would UC be a candidate again?”
“Now, the Reddit College Football Twitter account is putting out the rumor that the conference is going to announce another round of expansion talks,” the post read. “If the Big 12 does decide to expand, The Enquirer/Cincinnati.com will have complete coverage every step of the way.”
(It’s been deleted from Cincinnati.com but you can see a cached version here.)
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