🏈Brady Wins QB Battle With Mahomes
Tom freakin’ Brady: Brady entered the game on a tier all his own. He had already won more Super Bowls (six) than any other QB has even played in, and yesterday’s seventh Super Bowl title only extended the gap between Tompa Tom and everybody else.
- Brady yesterday too, most notably becoming the oldest QB to play in and win a Super Bowl. He threw for three TDs and no interceptions, earning his, you guessed it, record-extending fifth Super Bowl MVP award.
- And just to drive the point home, Brady now has more Super Bowl wins than any . Unreal.
What about the Kid?: Yesterday’s game didn’t shape up to be the GOAT torch passing Kansas City fans had hoped for, but there’s still plenty to look forward to with QB Patrick Mahomes at the helm. Mahomes is only in his fourth season and has already played in two Super Bowls.
- Playoff Patrick — who came into the game — had a tough day yesterday, completing only 26 of his 49 pass attempts and failing to throw for a single TD.
- But KC should take solace in Mahomes’ 38 regular season TDs and just six interceptions. Future’s looking real bright.
What’s next: The 43-year-old Brady has one more year on his contract with Tampa Bay and is open to playing . And considering these teams aren’t slated to play each other in the regular season for another four years, let’s do this again next year, shall we?
🎾Australian Open Has Begun
The set-up: The Aussie Open is the first of four Grand Slams (aka majors). All Grand Slams follow the same format: 128 singles players and 64 doubles pairs compete in single-elimination rounds in both the women’s and men’s events.
- The tournament runs from today to February 21st with daily matches (check out the schedule ), and as one of the few sports that values equality, the women’s and men’s singles champions will each receive about $2.1 million US.
The off-court action: Due to Australia’s strict rules for international travellers, there were a lot of around the tournament. But all that COVID-19 concern has seemed to overshadow another significant issue: the second-largest arena at , home of the Aussie Open, is still named after 24-time Grand Slam winner Margaret Court.
- For years, Court has publicly renounced LGBTQ+ rights and has advocated for conversion therapy, and there have been to remove her name.
- Instead, Tennis Australia of Court’s tennis achievements ahead of last year’s Open (though they to this year’s event) and the Australian government awarded her with the just last month. To that we say, WTF?
The women’s on-court action: Fortunately, Serena Williams is aiming to erase Court from the record books. Williams is fighting for her 24th major win, which would tie Court’s all-time record, though a may hold her back.
- Well, that and the fact that reigning U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka is the heavy favorite to win, while fellow American Sofia Kenin is looking for her .
The men’s on court action: A back injury may also prevent Rafael Nadal from becoming to win each major singles championship twice. But something tells us reigning champ and tournament favorite, Novak Djokovic (pronounced JOKE-OH-VITCH), isn’t going to let that happen.
- And on the men’s side, Denis Shapovalov (11), Milos Raonic (14) and Felix Auger-Aliassime (20) are all seeded in the top 20 to start the show. Bring it home!
The Americans: The U.S. field is stacked. Along with both Williams sisters and Kenin, we have Coco Gauff, Sloane Stephens and Jennifer Brady on the women’s side, and Taylor Fritz and Sam Querrey on the men’s side. And though Osaka plays for Japan, she grew up in New York, so we consider her one of ours, too.
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🎾Tennis: Australia, rightfully so, is very serious about COVID-19. After one staff member at the Melbourne Park tennis facility , all Australian Open warm-up tournament matches were cancelled for today.
- Organizers will release an updated schedule , which is great because even though Bianca Andreescu and Team Canada was from the ATP Cup, we’re still excited to see Canadian phenom Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Murray River Open’s round of 16.
🏀Basketball: If you haven’t seen of Toronto Raptor Fred VanVleet celebrating his 54-point game with his team on Tuesday night, then watch it right now. And if you have seen it, watch it again. It’s adorable.
- And get this: Freddie set a league record, too. That 54-point performance was the highest-ever single-game points total for an undrafted player.
- Next on Freddie’s list — — is to become the 30th NBA player to score 60 points in a game, or just the 7th player to score 70. Bet on yourself.
🏒Hockey: The NWHL isn’t the only league having COVID-19 troubles; the American NHL divisions have been having a rough go, too. The and are the latest teams to postpone games and close their training facilities due to COVID-19 protocol, and the ’ next few games are in jeopardy.
Meanwhile, things are rolling along nicely *knock on wood* in the North Division. The Ottawa Senators are in Montreal tonight to face Canada’s , the Canadiens, while the Vancouver Canucks are visiting Canada’s wannabe best team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Check out the schedule .
🏈Super Bowl Preview: Chiefs and Buccaneers
The game: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are playing host to the reigning champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET. There are a ton of storylines to follow in this game, like quarterback (QB) Tom Brady looking for his record-extending seventh Super Bowl win, and Kansas City looking to be the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since Brady (of course) and the New England Patriots in 2004.
- For all of the dirt on what should be the most exciting championship game in a long while (and we’re talking all major sports, TBH), look out for a super special email in your inbox Sunday morning.
The outcome: The big question everyone wants an answer to is: who the heck is going to win? If we’re going by history, KC won the pair’s most recent regular-season matchup in November, 27–24.
- The often-accurate (which simulates the game via the Madden 21 video game) has KC with the win, and are in agreement, with the Bucs going into this game as the underdog despite having a home-field advantage.
- As for our official prediction, we’d love to go along with the experts, but...can we really bet against Tom freakin’ Brady?
- You have $60,000 to choose just five players. Each player has a dollar amount associated with him, and the better the player, the higher the dollar figure — so budget accordingly!