There’s a rumor swirling around right now that could turn this blazing fire of an NFL offseason into an inferno. According to New England Sports Network’s Dale Arnold, there’s a very real possibility that Tom Brady won’t spend the 2022 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but rather with another Florida team a little further south.
Keep in mind, Arnold was the first person to break Tom Brady’s decision to join Tampa Bay two seasons ago. That has led several NFL fans to take the tweet above rather seriously.
The meaning of the tweet was expanded upon during a WEEI radio show called Merloni & Fauria. One of the hosts claimed that he texted Arnold and asked for clarification to which Arnold responded that the Bucs and Dolphins are both working on a deal right now, but it’s still unclear whether or not a deal will be reached.
This comes just two days after the Dolphins sent five draft picks including a 2022 first-rounder to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for star receiver Tyreek Hill. Perhaps that is why Brady has sudden interest in the Dolphins, if what Arnold says is true. They now have one of the best wide receiver corps in the league, and Hill would arguably be the most explosive receiver Brady has worked with since Randy Moss. Furthermore, prior to Brady’s announcement that he would be returning to the Buccaneers in 2022, Miami was a hot spot for rumors revolving around the seven-time Super Bowl champ. The Brady family allegedly purchased a house on Miami’s exclusive Indian Creek Island earlier this year. It would make sense that Brady would want to spend more time near his family, and while Miami and Tampa are not very far from one another as is, it’s still a four-and-a-half hour drive.
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has previously expressed an appreciation for Dolphins starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. After Tua was drafted in 2020, Arians declared Tagovailoa should be the Dolphins’ starter if healthy. Arians went on to compare Tua’s situation to his time with Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, and Ben Roethlisberger. While Arians never flat-out said he liked Tagovailoa as a prospect, it’s hard to imagine a situation where Tagovailoa is not part of the trade for Brady if the rumors of this trade are true. Throw in the fact that one of Tom Brady’s best friends, tight end Rob Gronkowski, has not re-signed with the Buccaneers despite Brady coming out of retirement nearly two weeks ago, and you’ve got yourself a spicy rumor with some real teeth.
That said, there are still several holes in this theory. For one, per a report from The Athletic, Brady is still actively recruiting free agents to join him in Tampa Bay. Why would he be doing that if he was planning on spending 2022 in Miami? At the start of March, Arians claimed that it would take five first-round picks for any team to acquire Brady in a trade. The Dolphins don’t have that kind of capital. While the team does have two first-round selections in 2023, they have none this year and it’s hard to imagine Arians & Co. would be willing to part ways with Brady if they can’t acquire anything that helps the Bucs in the immediate future.
Lastly, the rumor has since been shot down by other reporters. Jeff Howe of The Athletic has stated that there is “nothing happening between Tom Brady and the Dolphins.”
It seems unlikely that the Bucs would opt to give Brady up considering what they’ve been able to accomplish in his two years with the team and how poor the NFC South will be next season. Even with the losses of multiple starting offensive linemen from last season — Alex Cappa and Ali Marpet — as well as star receiver Chris Godwin and potentially Gronkowski, the Buccaneers are in a position to compete in the weak NFC. That being said, if Brady wants out of Tampa, it makes sense that Miami would be his preferred destination. It’s close to family and if Brady still holds any ill will toward his former head coach Bill Belichick (very doubtful, but hey, wild speculation is my speciality), playing for a team in his former team’s division would be a neat, and effective way of getting back at him.
I doubt these Brady to Miami rumors actually hold any weight. There are just too many angles that make no sense. That being said, it would undoubtedly be the biggest sports story in America — the third one involving Brady this month.
Mayweather vs Asakura: Start time UK, undercard, ring walks, prediction and latest odds tonight
This will be boxing’s 15-time world champion’s fourth such outing since retiring again in the aftermath of his lucrative victory over UFC superstar Conor McGregor in 2017.
Mayweather dominated former sparring partner Don Moore in a rescheduled contest in Abu Dhabi in May, one year after being taken the distance by internet personality Logan Paul in another no-contest.
YouTuber and Rizin featherweight Asakura, a former two-division champion in the Fighting Network Rings promotion, is 16-3-1 as a mixed martial artist, but has his work cut out this weekend.
He will be only too aware of the outcome of Mayweather’s last trip to Japan in December 2018, when kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa hit the canvas three times before being stopped inside the first round.
And ‘Money’ could well be on similar form here as he looks to tee up a rematch with McGregor in Las Vegas for 2023, while he is also due to face KSI’s brother Deji in November.
Mayweather vs Asakura date, start time, venue and ring walks
Mayweather vs Asakura takes place on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The main card is due to begin at around 12pm local time, which is 4am BST in the UK.
Mayweather vs Asakura fight card/undercard in full
Kyoji Horiguchi vs Yuto Hokamura
Seika Izawa vs Anastaysia Svetkivska
Ayaka Hamasaki vs Si Woo Park
Soo Chul Kim vs Hiromasa Ougikubo
Shoma Shibisai vs Callyu Gibrainn
Kyohei Hagiwara vs Chihiro Suzuki
Juri Ohara vs Luiz Gustavo
Floyd Mayweather vs Mikuru Asakura
Kouzi vs Jizzy
Yoshinari Nadaka vs Bandasak So Trakunpet
Kota Miura vs Bunchuai Phonsungnoen
How to watch Mayweather vs Asakura
TV channel and live stream: Saturday’s event is being broadcast live on American digital video streaming service Fite TV, including in the United Kingdom.
The event will cost $19.99 (£17.73) to purchase.
Mayweather vs Asakura rules
Saturday’s main event is an exhibition scheduled to last just three rounds. Stoppages are allowed but the bout will be ruled a no-contest if it lasts the distance.
Mayweather vs Asakura purse
Mayweather claims he will earn upwards of $15-20million for his latest outing – not bad for potentially nine minute’s work or less!
Mayweather vs Asakura fight prediction
Mayweather has seemed content to coast through many of these exhibitions, going the distance with Logan Paul and Don Moore to produce no-contests.
The veteran is seemingly happy to continue picking up those vast paycheques without taxing himself too much or risking getting particularly hurt, and at 45 who can blame him.
However, his last visit to Japan saw him decimate Tenshin Nasukawa, who was left in tears after being knocked down three times en route to an emphatic first-round stoppage.
If Floyd decides to turn on the style again, then a similar fate could await his compatriot. Otherwise expect another dominant outing that ends in a disappointing no-contest.
Mayweather vs Asakura betting odds
Per Oddschecker, Mayweather is -700 to win tonight, giving him a huge win probability of 87.5 per cent.
Asakura, meanwhile, is at +500, giving him just a 16.67 per cent chance of pulling off a major upset on home soil.
Laver Cup: Novak Djokovic hails ‘beautiful’ farewell for Roger Federer as he retires from tennis | Tennis News
Novak Djokovic expressed his gratitude at being part of Roger Federer’s “beautiful” farewell to professional tennis but admitted to being left with mixed emotions over the retirement of his rival.
The Serbian was present at The O2 on Friday night to watch his Team Europe colleague bow out from competitive sport following a doubles defeat in the Laver Cup to Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe.
Federer partnered up with Rafael Nadal – the other member of the ‘big three’ – for his last match but in keeping with the unique situation of the London event, Djokovic was one of the most vocal to provide support for two players who have usually been his biggest competitors.
An emotional goodbye to the pro game was afforded to Federer, who received a succession of ovations and had a retirement video package played on the big screen before singer Ellie Goulding produced a performance that left the Swiss star and Nadal in tears.
Djokovic, speaking after his singles’ victory over Tiafoe on Saturday, said: “Well, I think we would all agree this was one of the most beautiful moments anyone has experienced live or on a tennis court worldwide. We all knew it would be an emotional farewell for Roger but I think we were all taken away by the moment.
“At the same time it is a mix of emotions. Sadness because one of the greatest athletes of all time is leaving the sport but on the other hand seeing him happy with the way it all played out, I was just very grateful and privileged to be alongside other Team World and Europe players to witness that.
“It was one of the most beautiful moments I have ever experienced in my life, for sure.”
Federer had hinted in the hours after his ‘last dance’ that a potential farewell tour could be on the cards.
He had announced last week the doubles contest on night one of the Laver Cup, the Ryder Cup-style team competition he set up, would be his last on the ATP Tour but the door has been left open for more chances to see him on tennis courts around the world, just not in a professional capacity.
“I have no plans whatsoever like where, how, when,” Federer said during a press conference that did not finish until after 2am on Saturday. “All I know is I would love to go and play places I have never played before or go say thank yous for years to come to all the people that have been so supportive of me.
“Because the hard part about the Laver Cup was that tickets were already sold out. You know, the people who maybe would have also loved to be here couldn’t make it. Maybe there is another way down the stretch we can party all together.”
Defeat on a comeback was finally admitted publicly by Federer last week after a succession of operations during the last two and a half years on his right knee proved unsuccessful.
It meant the final singles contest of his career occurred at Wimbledon last year, where he lost in the quarter-finals to Hubert Hurkacz, but he insisted retirement – which he settled on last month – was no longer a scary concept.
“I was able to remind myself always on the court again how wonderful this is,” Federer said. “This is not the end, end, you know, life goes on. I’m healthy, I’m happy, everything’s great and this is just a moment in time.”
Copper Fit stands by Brett Favre despite allegations
As the misdeeds of Brett Favre continue to worsen, the image of the clean-cut Packers’ quarterback has deteriorated from all sane walks of life. Tag in Copper Fit, a brand of copper-infused athletic apparel designed to help reduce soreness and increase productivity, who you might’ve seen from infomercials or put on a pedestal by Favre, one of the company’s “brand champions.”
The LinkTree for Copper Fit still blasts out “Brett Favre’s Favorite Products” and has a 20% Off coupon when landing on his personalized apparel page. The company has made the decision to stick by him. The allegations that Favre accepted millions diverted from welfare benefits intended for families in order to fund a volleyball arena in Mississippi are widespread. Add in Wednesday’s revelation that the former head of Mississippi’s welfare agency, John Davis, entered into a plea agreement with federal and state prosecutors regarding Favre’s case. It turned heads, to say the least. Now it’s worth pondering if anyone was tone-deaf enough to stick by Favre.
“Copper Fit has worked with Brett Favre for nearly 9 years. He has always acted honorably, and we know him to be a very decent man,” the company’s statement read on Front Office Sports. “To our knowledge, he was cleared of any wrong-doing two years ago. We are confident that will be the case in the civil suit.”
Well, fuck. Turns out some people can only fall from grace so far. Wonder how long this will eventually take to backtrack. If Favre was one of Copper Fit’s other two “brand champions” of Jerry Rice or Gwyneth Paltrow, would the company have chosen to stick by the greatest receiver of all time? Or the Oscar winner for Shakespeare in Love? The plea agreement may be the tip of the iceberg and we’ll see how solid that stance is from Copper Fit.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why Favre’s story isn’t transcending sports as Colin Kaepernick or Ime Udoka’s did. If you’re guessing because, at the time of their most prominent incident, they were a current figure in sports, you’re wrong. The All-American, willing to do the mundane, boots-in-the-ground aura of Favre played out throughout the NFL, the pedestal-raised sports league of Americana, plays true here as well. What other prototype of athlete would have a company stick by him if everything reported on Favre’s actions becomes true?
Copper Fit is far from the only company to have Favre on its payroll, though he has yet to be charged in the matter. It appears Copper Fit is the only one to definitively stick by him during this period. Others who’ve propped up Favre in the past weeks include SiriusXM, where Favre last appeared on-air on Sept. 13, and Hallow, a Catholic prayer and meditation app, which hasn’t replied to FOS for comment as of Friday.
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