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Colin Cowherd: Tom Brady Is Talking About Bears In The Shop Clip

Colin Cowherd said on The Herd on Tuesday he believes the quarterback mentioned by Tom Brady in The Shop tease is Mitch Trubisky.

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Contrary to what happens in MLB and the NBA, marquee free agents that can change a franchise do not typically come available in the NFL. That is especially true at quarterback, as provisions such as the franchise tag make it very difficult for an elite signal-caller to reach the open market. Tom Brady was an exception to that commonality last offseason when he decided to leave the New England Patriots after two decades for reasons that are still not set in stone to this day. On a tease for an upcoming episode of The Shop, Brady is heard speaking dismissively about a quarterback whose team elected to keep him instead of pursue the at-the-time six-time champion.

The mystery around whom Brady is referring to in the clip has become fodder for internet sleuths trying to unearth which of the other 30 teams it could have been. Longtime Brady advocate Colin Cowherd said on The Herd on Tuesday he firmly believes it is Buffalo Bills backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky. The ex-Tar Hell was on the Chicago Bears at the time, who were still presumably trying to see what they had the former No. 2 overall pick before each side cut ties this offseason.

“It’s Mitch Trubisky,” Cowherd said. “(Brady) really considered three teams: Tampa, the Chargers, and Chicago.”

Cowherd eliminated the Colts and Chargers as neither had an incumbent to speak of, as well as the Saints, Titans, Raiders, and 49ers for various other reasons. Trubisky had arguably his best season with the Bears in a 2020 playoff run, but even then, his numbers did not stack up to one of the unquestioned all-time greats in Brady.

“What Tom is saying now as the GOAT to a now backup is a reasonable thing to say,” Cowherd said. “It is Trubisky. That’s the answer, and it’s the truth.”

Will we ever find out the real answer? If so, it will be on Friday night, when the newest episode of The Shop debuts on HBO.

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ESPN’s NFL Programming Sees Big September Growth

For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

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For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

Sunday NFL Countdown is averaging 1.4 million viewers per show thus far in 2022. That up 15% from 2021’s first three shows of the NFL season. The season premiere – Sunday, Sept. 11 – averaged 1.6 million viewers, tying the network’s best Week 1 audience for the show since 2016 and is up 35% year-over-year.

NFL Live experienced large growth too. The episode airing after the first NFL Sunday, on Monday September 12, averaged 664,000 viewers which beat every NFL Live episode last season, including the most-watched episode on 2021 (December 17) which grabbed 635,000 viewers.

Monday Night Countdown is averaging 1.3 million viewers for its two, non-staggered September episodes, which aired in its traditional timeslot (6-8 pm).

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ESPN Assigns Broadcast Teams for MLB Wild Card Round

In preparation for the postseason, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

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There are just a few games left in the MLB season and the postseason begins this weekend with the Wild Card round. In preparation, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

Andrew Marchand reports that the team assigned to the presumptive New York Mets Wild Card series will be Karl Ravech, David Cone and Eduardo Perez. The Mets still mathematically can win the NL East but they trail the Braves by two games with three to play.

He also reports that the St. Louis Wild Card series will be called by Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez. The Cleveland series will be broadcast by Boog Sciambi and Doug Glanville while the Toronto series will be called by Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza and Tim Kurkjian.

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Stugotz: ‘Sean McDonough Hates The Aaron Judge Cut-Ins’

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

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College football fans are not being shy with how they feel about Aaron Judge. Whether it is private conversations or social media posts, people are making their disdain for the cut-ins to college football games on ESPN networks when the Yankee slugger comes to bat known. On Monday morning, Stugotz added that it isn’t just fans that are unhappy.

The Dan Le Batard Show discussed the second straight week of cut-ins on Monday morning. Stugotz pointed out that one of ESPN’s primary college football voices sounds just as annoyed as fans are.

“Sean McDonough hates the toss to Aaron Judge,” he said. Hates it!”

Last week, ESPN and ABC cut into games when Judge was sitting on 60 home runs. This week, he was sitting on 61. A 62nd home run would be the most in American League history.

Stugotz added that has to be part of McDonough’s frustration.

“In his defense, what are we cutting in for? I have no idea if [Aaron Judge] is breaking a record, what record he’s breaking, if he’s clean. I have no idea!”

Producer Mike Ryan Ruiz said the fact that Judge is yet to deliver is making the cut-ins more frustrating for fans.

“I think what hurts the whole thing is that Aaron Judge has been terrible during these cut-ins,” Ruiz said. “He’s been God awful during these cut-ins. I haven’t seen a single home runs during one of these cut-ins. There was genuine fury at a watch party I was at. Fury! At Aaron Judge.”

A popular criticism of ESPN has been that this kind of attention would not be paid to Aaron Judge if he was chasing a mark that wasn’t the home run record if he played anywhere other than New York. According to Ryan, the mistake is bigger than that. Why would regular season baseball ever interrupt college football?

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

There are four games left in Major League Baseball’s regular season. You can bet college football fans will make plenty of signs for College GameDay if Judge cannot hit number 62 before the playoffs start.

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