1. “Tough kid, man. Puts a lot in perspective with what we’re doing on the field. In the end, it doesn’t mean much compared to what so many people go through.”
That was Tom Brady speaking about a special interaction he shared with a young fan at the end of the Bucs’s blowout win against the Bears on Sunday.
The fan, 9-year-old Noah Reeb, held up a sign throughout the game that read, “Tom Brady Helped Me Beat Cancer.”
As the final seconds of Tampa Bay’s 38–3 win ticked away, Brady jogged over to where the fan was sitting in the stands and gave him a hat and a handshake. Naturally, Reeb was overcome with emotion.
Brady spoke during his postgame press conference about meeting the youngster, and showed that he gets it:
2. Here's what I don't understand about the people protesting vaccine mandates as a way to show support for Nets guard Kyrie Irving at the Barclays Center yesterday: What exactly were they going to do if they got into the arena? The protesting is fine, obviously, but what is the point of trying to bum rush your way past security guards to get inside? Were they going to storm the court? The Nets aren't behind the mandate. The city of New York is behind the mandate. So taking your anger out on Barclays Center security guards makes no sense.
3. It kinda sucked that the Lions ended up losing to the Rams yesterday, because for those of us who love trick plays, Detroit gave us a bonanza.
They pulled off an onside kick in the first quarter.
There was a fake punt that saw the Lions get a first down on a pass completion.
There was a fake punt that saw the Lions get a first down on a rushing attempt.
4. This was called taunting on Iowa State this past Saturday. Worst call of the college football season.
5. Today is the 35th anniversary of Mookie Wilson's ground ball getting through the legs of Bill Buckner in Game 6 of the World Series.
Buckner was able to get redemption many years later on Curb Your Enthusiasm.
6. This weeks episode of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast hosted by Jimmy Traina features a pair of interviews.
First up is Steve Levy from ESPN. Levy talks about how his second season calling Monday Night Football is going, how he feels about the Peyton and Eli Manning alternate Monday Night Football telecast, the challenges of a three-person booth, the impact that fans in the stands have on a broadcast and much more. Levy also discusses ESPN getting back in the NHL game and his role on hockey coverage this season. Levy also reminisces about his famous SportsCenter slip up, his favorite SportsCenter moments and his days working at WFAN.
Following Levy, Jeff Carlin from Curb Your Enthusiasm joins the podcast. Garlin talks about the new season of the HBO comedy, which actor breaks the most when filming, whether Curb could work anywhere but HBO, why the show isn't going to do much on COVID-19, how much of a scene is on the outline the actors get, his favorite Curb season and much more.
The podcast closes with the weekly Traina Thoughts segment. This week, Jimmy and Sal Licata from WFAN and SNY talk about why this is the best time of year for a sports fan, the Yankees retaining Aaron Boone, whether Curb should do shows about COVID-19 and more.
You can also watch the SI Media Podcast on YouTube.
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: Kyrie Irving got roasted during an Ellen DeGeneres spoof on this week's Saturday Night Live.
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