Tom Brady: Already Back to Work

 

You do not get to be a professional athlete in your 40s if you are not both blessed with great genes and possessed of a ferocious work ethic. That work ethic might also be characterized as a sense of self-preservation. Tom Brady has all this in spades. He led his second National Football League franchise to Super Bowl victory this past Sunday. Today, Saturday, February 13, 43 year old Tom Brady was back in training, one-on-one, with his personal trainer of many years, Alex Guerrero.

Tom Brady TrainingI have no special fondness for Brady, have ignored the NFL entirely for the past season, and last really cheered the Jim Zorn era Seahawks. Yet, I have to cheer for the old guys to win. You bet I have a George Foreman grill.

The news might be all bad today but we’re still having fun! Join Jim and Greg as they discuss the Virginia Education Association strongly opposing Gov. Ralph Northam’s demand for in-person schooling by mid-March and none of the Democrats running for governor this year having the guts to stand up for the kids or the science against the union. They also cringe in recounting the opening arguments made by the Trump legal team on Tuesday, but will the quality of the lawyers have any impact on the outcome? And they unload on Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who won’t criticize China but is cancelling the national anthem at home games this season.

Join Jim and Greg as they’re pleasantly surprised to see members of both parties worried that President Biden’s COVID relief bill costs too much. They also wince as Ohio Sen. Rob Portman announces he will not run for re-election in 2022, adding to an already challenging map for Republicans. And Jim fires back at the new CDC director for claiming she has no idea how many vaccines are available for distribution to states and patients.

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I have seen some posts on this venerable forum over the past year denying that systemic racism is real. Well, I know for a fact that those who deny systemic racism are mistaken. Systemic racism is indeed real, and here’s the proof: How else can you explain the decision of the Chicago Bears to trade-up […]

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Happy New Year! Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the government making the right choice to void a major penalty for distilleries that produced hand sanitizer to meet demand in the early months of the pandemic. They also discuss President Trump’s phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which Trump said Georgia officials had not done enough to investigate voting irregularities and said he needed to find nearly 12,000 votes. And they have fun with the total lunacy of House Democrats removing gendered language and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver ending his open prayer of the new session by saying “Amen and A woman.”

Brian Kelly Of Notre Dame Creates Some Controversy

 

From Sports illustrated:

“I’m not sure we’ll play in the playoffs if the parents can’t be there,” Kelly said, via ESPN, during a call with reporters ahead of the ACC championship game. “Why would be we play if you can’t have families at the game? If you can’t have families at bowl games, why would you go to a game where your families can’t be part of it? What’s the sense of playing a game in an area of the country where nobody can be part of it?”

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The FBS, which at one time was NCAA 1A football has a big problem this year due to Covid-19. The idea behind the FBS was to try and reduce the subjectivity of choosing a champion, or if you like the #1 team in the nation after the last bowl game of the season. Selling commercial […]

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I know some parents are crazy about their child’s future in sports, but to what extreme would you go to in order for your kid to succeed? Put another way, would you do this? https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/29893046/the-star-college-football-recruit-parents-unusual-decision-cross-country-move Preview Open

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Join Jim and Greg as they react to Andrew Yang considering a run for mayor of New York City. They also groan as former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe – a longtime Clinton ally – officially wants his old job back. And they discuss several Senate Democrats announcing they will not support a waiver need to confirm Joe Biden’s choice for Secretary of Defense.

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I enter some dangerous ground writing a sports themed post, made worse by it centering on soccer, and not even American soccer. But forgive me this one time. An incident occurred at a Champion’s League match yesterday between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir. From The Daily Mail: “The Champions League clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir was […]

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Join Jim and Greg, even though there are no good martinis today. They wince as Joe Biden taps radical lefty Xavier Becerra to run the Department of Health and Human Services. They also walk through the thoroughly unsurprising allegations that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo runs a toxic work environment. And they fume as the Chicago Teachers’ Union says returning to in-person instruction is due to racism, sexism, and misogyny while national unions convince Joe Biden to demand $100 billion to reopen elementary schools.

Join Jim and Greg as they reveal what they’re politically thankful for in 2020. From the fight against COVID to domestic politics to major events on the world stage, they each find three things they’re thankful for from this difficult, unpredictable year.

Happy Thanksgiving to all 3 Martini Lunch listeners and your families! There will be no podcast on Thursday. Please join us Friday for our special Black Friday edition, as Jim and Greg pick out gifts for various political figures.

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These are the stars of an Afro-Malaysian soccer cartoon. You may say: hey, who isn’t, these days. I first and last witnessed them on a hotel TV in Lisbon in 2018. The show being in Portuguese, I at first assumed it was a strictly national production. There is much I still don’t know about Portugal. […]

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Tonight I will be watching ND and Clemson. NBC will cut away for the Biden speech, but the the game will switch to the USA network until Biden finishes speaking and then switch back to NBC, as will I. Somethings are more important than others to me. Notre Dame football is one of the more […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they mark ten years of the 3 Martini Lunch! First they discuss two stories so bad and crazy they’re actually good. They discuss how the Democrats are planning to pack the Supreme Court and act like they had no choice because the GOP Senate filled a seat on the court just before an election. They also hammer New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for saying the CDC and FDA cannot be trusted to tell the public if a coronavirus vaccine is safe. And they reflect back on a number of highlights from the 3 Martini Lunch over the past decade.

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Doc Emrick is a legend as the voice of hockey. He could call a pond hockey match and make you believe you were watching the final game of the Stanley Cup. He has been the voice of hockey for 47 years. Hockey is a working man’s sport. There is a work ethic in hockey that […]

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An unsung sport, NCAA Fencing does not capture the headlines. A Notre Dame grad who is now in medical school has excelled in the sport. She is the first American female to be ranked number one in the world. Lee Kiefer is deadly with a foil, so deadly, she became the number one female fencer in […]

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College football is was my biggest sports addiction. Twice in two weeks, I’ve turned off a college football game. I never thought it would happen, but I did for two reasons: Fighting “social injustice” and COVID. Last weekend, I was watching football when one of those conference ads came on. I believe it was the […]

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The Fragile Legs of the National Football League

 

Ask a sports reporter about the future of the NFL (such as the way Peter Robinson asked Andrew Beaton of The Wall Street Journal on this week’s Ricochet Podcast) and one usually gets a recitation of the latest Nielsen ratings. Yes, football dominates today’s airwaves. But that is like complimenting a paint job on an old home where the timbers in the basement are a rotting mess of leaking water and a banquet for termites. The old place has charm – but for how long?

If you don’t like the building metaphor and wish to stick with sports, the National Football League is a thoroughbred racehorse, beautiful, sleek, and very powerful and yet dependent on very fragile legs that are sometimes asked to bear up to ten times the pressure of the horse’s weight. A slight bump, an entanglement with another animal, a sharper than anticipated turn and it collapses into a fall that is over 80% fatal.

As Peter noted in the podcast, more and more parents are saying “no” to the sport. Participation in youth leagues has been steadily declining, losing almost 40% of its participants since 2008. This has led to a decline in the high school game as well, but with the reductive nature of sports (most kids bail on organized sports by the time they turn 15) it’s off a more modest 3%.