Welcome to Friday, everyone!
And welcome to a three-day weekend, too – anyone taking a four-day weekend?
Anywho, we have a lot to get to this morning, beginning with former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady who appeared to lose track of downs last night during his new team’s (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) setback to the Chicago Bears.
Brady attempted to lead the Bucs on a game-winning drive, but his team’s final series of the contest concluded with an incomplete pass on fourth down. The Bears took over and claimed a 20-19 victory, but for some reason, Brady thought his team had an extra down – fifth down?
Tom Brady and the Buccaneers have won three of five contests this year and will look to bounce back next Sunday, October 18 against the Green Bay Packers.
Sticking with football, the National Football League (NFL) announced last night some changes to its current schedule, both for games this week and next week. Here are the new dates/times for games:
- Denver Broncos at New England Patriots on Monday, October 12 at 5 p.m. (the game was originally scheduled for Sunday, October 11 at 4:25 p.m.)
- Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, October 13 at 7 p.m. (the game was originally scheduled for Sunday, October 11 at 1 p.m., but had to be moved due to the Titans having more members of the organization, including players, testing positive.)
As of this morning, neither the Patriots nor Titans have recorded any new positive tests, which means we should be good for these new dates, but if anything changes then things will get a bit messy. This is the beauty of playing football during a pandemic, right?
Switching gears from football to basketball, Tufts University‘s Bob Sheldon announced he is retiring after an impressive three decades with the Jumbos.
Sheldon, who is one of the top 25 winningest coaches in NCAA D-III men’s basketball, guided the Powder Blue and White to its first-ever New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship in March when Tufts outlasted Colby College in double-overtime.
Following the team’s exciting win over the Mules, the Jumbos advanced to the NCAA D-III Tournament one week later and scored a pair of wins over RPI and Western Connecticut to secure a date in the “NCAA Sweet 16” against Brockport.
Tufts’ third postseason contest against Brockport was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Staying in NCAA D-III, the NESCAC Presidents “unanimously” decided to cancel the upcoming winter sports season, which includes conference championships. Schools within the conference could schedule non-conference games “at their discretion,” as noted in yesterday’s release.