Tom Brady couldn’t catch a pass in Super Bowl LII, but he did catch COVID-19 after the Buccaneers’ parade for their Super Bowl LV victory.
He’s fine now, of course, so it’s okay to kid about it, as well as to note that the treatment of the subject by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, who got Brady to confirm he had the virus, was curious.
“Among the last players to get vaccinated was running back Leonard Fournette,” Stroud wrote. “Of course, it’s still a personal choice and Brady hasn’t been walking around sticking shoulders. But when the quarterback who helped put a Super Bowl ring on your finger has had COVID-19 and is vaccinated, it may be a good idea to fall in line behind him.”
It’s true that a news article is not the space to editorialize, but heartily promoting vaccination in a pandemic isn’t editorializing. Not when the other side of the “personal choice” is recklessly contributing to the spread of a disease that has killed more people in this country than the population of Vermont. Not when the other side of what “may be a good idea” is horse deworming solution. And since when is Brady reduced to “the quarterback who helped put a Super Bowl ring on your finger?” The guy may have some strange self-care practices, but this is a time to point out that he is Literally. Tom. Brady.
Good that he’s vaccinated. Lousy that the newspaper in a place where funeral homes are swamped because of disastrous handling of public health is so wishy-washy.
Georgia 10, Clemson 3.
Well, maybe it’s not that surprising, since Clemson hasn’t named a new coach in the wake of Dabo Swinney’s principled resignation after players started getting NIL money.
What’s that? Dabo is still there? Huh. Weird.
For completeness’ sake, here’s how the FA Cup qualifying games highlighted yesterday in this space turned out.
Anstey Nomads 0-1 Stone Old Alleynians
Biggleswade Town 0-3 Hitchin Town
Bootle 2-2 FC United of Manchester
Cray Wanderers 1-3 Sutton Common Rovers
Kidlington 2-3 Bishop’s Cleeve
Leek Town 0-2 Mickleover
Poole Town 5-0 Swindon Supermarine
Runcorn Linnets 2-0 Liversedge
Weston-super-Mare 2-2 Flackwell Heath
Worthing 1-1 Corinthian-Casuals
But the game of the day was Newton Aycliffe going on the road to Mossley and delivering a 15-4 thrashing.
In the Welsh Cup, Ynysygerwn lost, 3-1, to Cambrian and Clydach Vale, while Finland beat Kazakhstan, 1-0, in World Cup qualifying, and Gibraltar got shut out by Turkey, 3-0.
Army +2 at Georgia State — Army won, 43-10, the kind of rout that would make General Sherman proud. WIN
Pittsburgh -38 vs. UMass — Pittsburgh covered, 51-7, thanks to Daniel Carter’s six-yard touchdown run with 2:44 left. WIN
Texas A&M -29.5 vs. Kent State — The Aggies had to sweat a bit on the cover in a matchup that made no logical sense to ever have happened, but they pulled out the “tight” one, 41-10, thanks to a missed field goal at the gun that could have given the Golden Flashes the backdoor cover. (Ed. note: They… attempted a field goal?… down 31?… with time running out? That hurts my brain and soul — Rich O.) WIN
Texas-San Antonio +4.5 at Illinois — The Roadrunners won outright in Champaign, 37-30, giving them a transitive victory over Nebraska, to boot. WIN
Had I put any money on any of this, none of these picks would have come in. That’s how it works. (4-0 on the season)