|Keegan Bradley on Tom Brady’s basketball skills: ‘I couldn’t believe the talent he had’||03.30.15 at 7:09 pm ET|
Tom Brady showed his multi-sport skills this past weekend in the Bahamas by playing 36 holes of golf with Michael Jordan, Keegan Bradley and Luke Donald and then playing pickup basketball with the trio later that night.
Bradley, a life-long Boston sports fan and 2011 PGA Championship winner, has long idolized Brady and met him once before spending the weekend together in the Bahamas. Seeing Brady play football and hearing about how “unathletic” he was, Bradley said Brady’s skills on the court took him by surprise.
“I’ll tell you what, I grew up in New England idolizing Brady, I watched him win his first Super Bowl in my basement with my dad. All I hear about Brady is he’s this unathletic quarterback and he’s not mobile. You should see him on the basketball court,” Bradley said Monday afternoon appearing on the SVP & Russillo show on ESPN Radio. “He’s so athletic. I couldn’t believe the talent he had. I mean obviously he’s a great athlete, but he is a really good basketball player and he’s a really good golfer. I was blown away with his ability with both those sports.”
Bradley explained how the pickup game came about.
“It was pretty spectacular,” he said. “We were out playing golf and I looked at Luke Donald and said, ‘Let’s go shoot some hoops.’ I was thinking that might entice MJ to the court. I’ve never shot with him. We went there and he didn’t have any shoes on and we were just shooting. Then, it kind of got to where I was talking a little trash to him and it got a little serious and he said, ‘Go back and get my shoes.’
“Then I knew it was going to happen and then Brady shows up and of course Brady and MJ were going to be partners because they have the greatest of all-time partnership going. We played this game and it was just unbelievable. I could see MJ talking trash and he was just loving it.”
The four played golf together for two days — Bradley and Donald vs. Brady and Jordan. The first day it came down to the last hole and Jordan made a 20-foot putt to push the match. Bradley called the pair, the “greatest trash talkers ever.” The next day Bradley and Brady had their own wager, and Brady’s competitive nature came out.
“I say to Tom Brady, I am going to give him 12 shots, and this is easy money,” Bradley said. “I am getting all cocky on the first tee and I get a match with him and I win the first hole so I go, ‘TB, I’ll give you a buy out if you want.’ I kept chirping and he runs off and he played the next 14 holes at 4-under par. Beat me 6&5. He’s really good. I couldn’t believe it. His competitive juices kicked in and he smoked me.”
Bradley enjoyed his time with his childhood idol in Brady and a person now he calls a “good friend” in Jordan, as Jordan has played a large role in helping with the US Ryder Cup teams, as well as playing at the same course in Florida.
“It was one of those moments where you look around and realize ‘I don’t know how I got here.’ It was just a really, really fun time,” said Bradley.
|Tom Brady plays pickup basketball with Michael Jordan, Keegan Bradley||03.28.15 at 9:01 pm ET|
Tom Brady isn’t just jumping off cliffs lately. Video and pictures surfaced Saturday of the Patriots quarterback (in black shirt with khakis and backwards hat) playing pickup basketball with Michael Jordan and golfer Keegan Bradley in the Bahamas. Bradley also tweeted about Brady also playing golf with him earlier in the day.
Click here to see photos from the game courtesy of Barstool.
I can die happy. THE man, the myth, the legend (and my childhood idol) Michael Jordan playing pick up ball against Tom Brady. “Hey man you guys have YouTube? Put on Michael Jordan for real”-MJ @trainheroic #trainheroic #tombrady #mj #jordan #bahamas #bestdayever #icandiehappy #unreal #bakersbay #harbourisland #paradise
|Tom Brady goes cliff diving on vacation||at 11:55 am ET|
What sort of reaction do you think this video got at Gillette Stadium?
|League outlaws Patriots unbalanced line approach that New England used against Ravens||03.25.15 at 1:59 pm ET|
The eligible receiver/ unbalanced line tactics the Patriots utilized in the AFC divisional playoff game agains the Ravens have now been ruled illegal. The league announced Wednesday that they have passed a proposal to make it “illegal for an offensive player with an eligible number to report as ineligible and line up outside the core of the formation.”
The genesis of the rule change came from the postseason contest between New England and Baltimore when Patriots ran a handful of plays using four offensive linemen and a running back (Shane Vereen) or tight end (Michael Hoomanawanui) lined up as the tackle. Before the plays, the Patriots informed the referee of the ineligible player, and on at least one occasion, the referee announced to the crowd that No. 34 (Vereen) was ineligible, adding “don’t cover (Vereen).”
The Ravens were clearly steamed at the legal sequence after the game. Ravens coach John Harbaugh called it “deception,” and took issue with the idea that “they don’t give you the chance to make the proper substations and things like that.”
He added: “We wanted an opportunity to be able to ID who the eligible players were. What (the Patriots) were doing was they announce the ineligible player and then Tom [Brady] would take them to the line right away and snap the ball before we had a chance to figure out who was lined up where. That was the deception part of it. It was clearly deception.”
In the midst of the confusion, the Patriots were able to capitalize — on three plays, New England hit on pass plays of 16, 11 and 14 yards. While it wasn’t the biggest turning point in the game, it was clear that it contributed to the normally unflappable Ravens coming unglued, as Baltimore twice choked up 14-point leads on the way to the Patriots win.
After the game, Brady was asked about the play.
“Maybe those guys (should) study the rule book and figure it out,” said the quarterback with a smile.
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|Adam Schefter on D&C: ‘Stiff and stern’ punishments if wrongdoing found in current NFL investigations||03.24.15 at 10:02 am ET|
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter joined Dennis & Callahan Tuesday morning to discuss what he’s heard about all NFL matters at the owners’ meetings in Arizona this week, most notably Deflategate. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Roger Goodell told SI’s Peter King Monday Ted Wells’ investigation into Deflategate is “getting near the end.” Schefter said he hasn’t heard much, but like all the other league investigations, he does expect “stiff and stern” punishments if wrongdoing is found.
“I have not heard much about it at all,” said Schefter. “I do know they are having a difficult time connecting with Tom Brady at some point. I don’t know if they actually interviewed him or not. I still never heard the answer to that. I know that there were some issues trying to schedule an interview that I don’t know did or did not [happen]. I don’t know where they are at and I don’t know when we are going to find out. Obviously everyone is waiting on that.
“There are all these investigations going on simultaneously — the Browns texting, the Jets tampering [Darrelle] Revis or Falcons piping in crowd noise. I think we’re going to see a couple of these situations, some of these teams, losing draft picks. I don’t know how it will shake out, but I do think NFL will be stiff and stern in its punishment if it finds wrongdoing was done.”
Schefter isn’t surprised with how long the investigation has taken, and he looked back at Wells’ last investigation into the Miami Dolphins and the bullying allegations with the team a few years ago.
“No, because they retained Ted Wells and if you look back at the Miami situation they hired him roughly the first week of November and his report came out on Valentine’s Day, so that was roughly three and a half months,” said Schefter. “Ted Wells wants to be very thorough and he wants to go back to when they changed the ruling on the air pressures in the balls where they could take some balls out where Tom Brady and Peyton Manning lobbied so quarterbacks could dictate the air pressure in the balls, and so he’s going back to then. There is a lot of background work involved in this and because of that he is trying to be thorough and exhaustive and come up with something that is conclusive and tells the right story whatever that story is.”
The Patriots will play in the first game of the 2015 NFL season on a Thursday night in September at Gillette Stadium, customary for the defending Super Bowl champions. Schefter is hearing the most likely opponents are either the Eagles or Steelers.
Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
|Tom Brady to speak at Salem State University in May||03.23.15 at 3:21 pm ET|
Fans looking to get up close and personal with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may be in luck.
Salem State University announced Monday Brady will speak at the school on Thursday, May 7 as part of the University’s speaker series. The event is open to the public and will be moderated by Jim Gray.
It’s worth noting Bill Belichick spoke at the school as part of the series in 2008. Other past speakers have included: Bill Clinton, President George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush, Maya Angelou, Bobby Valentine, Bill Russell, Doug Flutie, Jay Leno, Cal Ripken Jr. and many more.
Tickets go on sale March 31 at 10 a.m.
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It’s back to work for the defending Super Bowl champions.
Even though the Patriots official offseason workout program usually doesn’t start until mid- to late-April, there have been occasional sightings here and there of players around Gillette Stadium as of late. On Monday, a source indicated quarterback Tom Brady was back in the building – just a couple of days after being buried by his kids on the beach. In addition, according to the same source, defensive backs Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon were also present.
According to league rules, players are allowed to use the facilities at the stadium in the offseason before the official team program begins. However, they are not permitted contact with coaches during that period.
The news of Brady’s appearance was first reported by Mike Reiss of ESPN.
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