There seems to be a lot of speculation about the future of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who will be a free agent in a few weeks.
Will he remain in New England? Will he bolt for the west coast to compete for the Los Angeles Chargers or Las Vegas Raiders? Or, will he retire so he can focus on TB12 Sports?
We probably won’t know the answers to those questions or other speculations and rumors until next month. But one of Brady’s former teammates, Tedy Bruschi, thinks the six-time Super Bowl champion will remain with the organization that drafted in 2000.
Bruschi, who is an analyst for ESPN, played his entire career for the Patriots, including eight seasons with Brady. Both players helped the Patriots win three Super Bowls in 2001, 2003, and 2004.
The former Patriots linebacker has had some great insight on Brady’s future over the past few weeks – sure, he may not know exactly where he is headed, but as Bruschi said four weeks ago, “Tom Brady is not finished. He still wants to play football. Its a matter of where it’s going to be.”
So, will Brady play for New England or another organization next season? We’ll just have to wait and find out we suppose.
This past weekend, I made the trek to Gillette Stadium to witness the start of the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL), as well as the second season of the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL).
Both leagues enjoyed successful starts to their respective seasons, especially the PLL, which needed overtime to decide two of their three contests.
The PLL is a new men’s professional league that was founded by Paul Rabil and his brother Mike Rabil and is touring the country this summer with games being played in major cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles. The league consists of six teams and can be seen on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) or NBC Sports Gold.
The WPLL, which competed for the first time last summer, is also touring the country, but playing a shorter schedule than the PLL. They will, however, share the same field later this month when the two leagues collide at Homewood Field in Baltimore, Maryland.
WPLL consists of five teams and features some of the best women’s lacrosse players in the country, including Kaya Treanor, Taylor Cummings, and Kylie Ohlmiller.
Here are some thoughts from what I witnessed this past weekend from both leagues, specifically their social media presence, broadcasts and fan engagement.
The PLL’s Social Media Experience: For starters, I really enjoyed scrolling through the PLL’s social media channels this past weekend. I thought the content they produced was awesome. Even though I wasn’t there for every second of the first or second day, I felt their social media presence made me feel as if I was on the field competing with the players or cheering them on from the sidelines or stands.
NBC Sports’ Innovative Broadcasts: Watching Sunday’s game between the Atlas and Redwoods brought back memories of what the network did when they produced the XFL. From micing-up players to watching Paul Burmeister interviewing those that were whistled for a penalty was extremely innovative for a television broadcast, but also more captivating than just showing goals, assists and replays over and over.
The NBC graphics were awesome, too – showing the line-ups, which look very similar to what fans of the National Football League (NFL) and National Hockey League (NHL) are used to seeing made it feel like a big-time production. And the Skycam, which provided another angle on the clears and goal-scoring opportunities was also a nice change from the typical side-to-side view.
Finally, I loved the interviews during the games, as well as the insight from players, too. Hearing what Myles Jones thinks about his upcoming opponent is a great way for NBC to bring its viewers even closer to the action, but also their favorite lacrosse players, too. And of course hearing Bill Belichick discuss his love for the sport and what position Tom Brady would play – goalie, for those that didn’t watch the interview – was something else I really enjoyed from Sunday’s broadcast.
WPLL on ESPN3: Having the WPLL’s games on an ESPN platform is an enormous victory for the league.
The WPLL deserves the same attention as any other professional league because it really does feature the best women’s lacrosse players in the country, and perhaps the world, too.
Fans of the game or perhaps general sports fans will certainly enjoy what they witness when they stream games over the next few weeks. Additionally, fans can watch games on their tablets or phones through the ESPN app.
It’s Tuesday, which means we’re inching closer to Sunday’s big game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants. Although, while we anxiously count down the hours, minutes and seconds, let’s continue our series, “Countdown to the Super Bowl” with a few highlights and links from Media Day.
* Bledsoe expressed his sincere enjoyment of being a member of the Patriots organization. He didn’t state anything negative, but admitted there were some teams that struggled compared to others, yet one of the finest moments he recalled was a game against the Minnesota Vikings in ’94. Against the “Purple People Eaters,” Bledsoe completed 45-of-70 passes for 426 yards, which helped the Patriots pull out an emotional overtime win.
* He’s certainly pleased about the recent success of the Patriots, as well as his former co-worker,Tom Brady. Although, Bledsoe admitted that he would have loved to have his job back in ’01, but again, he’s happy that his former team remains competitive and continues to be one of the marquee squads to watch every year.
* When asked about his current life in Oregon, Bledsoe commented by saying, he keeps busy doing a variety of things, such as working out, skiing, and spending time with his family. He’s currently involved in the wine business that he, as well as his childhood friend Chris Figgins launched in ’08.
* Throughout his career, Bledsoe sported the number 11 on his chest, which is now worn by wide receiver Julian Edelman. The former quarterback chuckled when asked about Edelman wearing his number, but stated, he’s holding up the legacy.
* When asked about Tedy Bruschi’s comments toward Patriots wide receiverChad Ochocino, Bledsoe commented by saying, “When you’re in it, your part of that thing – you don’t sit back and watch it.” Also, he stated Ochocinco shouldn’t be a fan, but instead, a football player.
* Finally, the conversation concluded with the former signal caller expressing his love for the late Myra Kraft, who past away this summer after her long battle with cancer. He said, “That woman was truly a unique person in the world.”