1. Nothing can provide such pain and amusement all in one fell swoop quite like social media.
Case in point: Country music star Garth Brooks recently played a concert in Detroit. Because he was in Detroit, home of the Lions, Brooks took to the stage wearing a Barry Sanders jersey. Following the show, Brooks posted the following picture to Instagram.
Besides tucking in a football jersey, there's really nothing outrageous or noteworthy about this post.
However, as is the case with anything that anybody posts on social media, this photo ended up causing a major stir. Why? Because some people thought the name "Sanders" and the jersey number "20" meant that Brooks was supporting Bernie Sanders in 2020.
The results from triggered snowflakes were both sad and hilarious. A sampling:
What a time. What a country. What a mess.
UPDATE: The legendary Barry Sanders has weighed in on this ridiculous matter with an outstanding tweet.
2. Let me follow up on "What a time, what a country, what a mess" with one more story. Here you go.
3. Unbelievable moment in Ottawa on Thursday night when forward Bobby Ryan played in his first game since leaving the team three months ago to enter rehab for alcohol addiction. After scoring his third goal of the game, the crowd and his teammates went absolutely bonkers, leading to Ryan becoming overwhelmed with emotion.
Here's Ryan speaking about the special moment after the game.
4. As if NFL prospects don't have to deal with enough BS at the combine, now they're getting nailed in the face with passes.
5. If you're a fan of watching the Dan Patrick Show, starting on Monday you can find it oon YouTube.
6. Sports Illustrated senior writer Tom Verducci is the guest on the latest episode of the SI Media Podcast. Verducci explains why Astros batters won't be getting hit by pitches as much as people think, but it will be a mentally exhausting season for Houston's players. Verducci also explains why MLB's new proposed playoff format is good for the sport and reveals the one thing he'd do to improve the game.
7. RANDOM YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE DAY: I've said this many times before and I'll say it again since the WWE decided for some reason Thursday to make Goldberg its champion: Gillberg always has and always will be more entertaining than Goldberg.
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