Are the Buccaneers going to the White House?
Bryan Glazer said the Bucs got their invite to the White House because the 2020 team "did the impossible," but also called the Bucs' White House visit an honor "20 years in the making." ... Fortunately, the team's incredible journey in 2020 did include a trip to Washington, D.C., for which Arians was very grateful. Buccaneers.comTampa Bay Buccaneers Visit President Biden at White House
How many times has Brady been to the White House?
Brady, 43, last visited the White House in 2005 during the George W. Bush administration after Super Bowl XXXIX when he clinched his third title as a New England Patriot. Brady celebrated three wins at the White House during Bush's four-year term. BuzzFeed NewsSuper Bowl Champion Tom Brady Is Back At The White House, Again
The 43-year-old quarterback took to the stage with a subtle dig towards Donald Trump, which Biden and the crowd found hilarious. Brady said, “Not a lot of people think that we could’ve won [the Super Bowl]. In fact, I think about 40 per cent of the people still don’t think we won. You understand that, Mr President?”, to which Biden laughed and agreed, “I understand that.”
While Twitter found the football star’s jokes hilarious, with one user tweeting, ‘this is what I needed today’ – others made it clear that they weren’t at all amused by the comments. Brady’s jokes seemed to trigger the right-wing news site, Breitbart, who clearly felt personally hurt by the remarks against the former President.
This prompted several headlines to insinuate that the quarterback was a traitor with not one, not two, but three ‘backstabbing-Brady’ headlines.
One dramatically read: ‘Five times Tom Brady called Trump a friend before stabbing him and his supporters in the back’.
A second read: ‘Tom Brady teams up with Joe Biden to mock Trump supporters’.
‘Trump defended Tom Brady during deflategate scandal’, a third said.
Breitbart felt betrayed by Brady’s comments which forced their senior editor, Joel Pollak, to tweet about Brady’s ‘disgusting’ sense of humour. In ‘one of the funniest thing[s] you’ll read today’, Pollak tweeted:
‘Whatever you think of Trump, watching Tom Brady stab him in the back is disgusting. The mark of a true tragic hero is that even his friends betray him. The man has sacrificed more for this country than Tom Brady — or Joe Biden, for that matter — ever will.’
Meanwhile, Twitter broke out into a frenzy about the one-sided feud.
Hopefully, time will heal all.
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22 July, 2021 - 02:10am
Jeff Bezos had his 'best day ever' aboard a historic flight to space. And Harvey Weinstein was extradited to Los Angeles. It's Tuesday's news.
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Jeff Bezos blasted into space Tuesday on his rocket company’s first flight with people on board. The Amazon founder flew with his brother, a Dutch 18-year-old and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer – the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space. (July 20) AP Domestic
Jeff Bezos completed a successful flight to space alongside a historic crew. Super Bowl champions the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visited the White House. And Harvey Weinstein was extradited to California for a new trial.
👋 It's Laura. Like the rocket that launched this morning, Tuesday's news is technically out of this world!
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Another rich guy shot off to space Tuesday morning – and this one brought along some seriously historic company. Billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origin rocket crew blasted off from the west Texas desert, reaching space and returning to Earth with a smooth parachute landing minutes later. On board were Bezos' brother Mark, longtime women-in-space advocate Mary Wallace "Wally" Funk, and Oliver Daemen. Funk, 82, is now the oldest person ever in space. Daemen, 18, is the youngest. The New Shepard has large windows to enjoy the view, and the crew was also treated to three or four minutes of weightlessness. "Best day ever," Jeff Bezos said after touchdown. Just over a week ago, space competitor Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic crew hurtled historically to the edge of space. Bezos and his team said they breached it.
Tom Brady's got jokes at the White House. The Super Bowl MVP surprised the crowd at the White House on Tuesday when he cracked a joke about the 2020 election with President Joe Biden while celebrating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Super Bowl 55 win. "Not a lot of people think that we could've won, in fact, I think about 40% of people still don't think we won," Brady said. "I understand that," Biden replied to a laughing crowd. It was the first ceremony Brady has attended at the White House since 2005. He had turned down three other invitations when he won Super Bowls while playing for the New England Patriots. Brady led Tampa Bay to a 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Everyone wants vaccines to be perfect – and the COVID-19 ones nearly are. Only a tiny fraction of those who are vaccinated end up seriously ill from an infection. But still, some fully vaccinated people will get sick, some will pass on the virus and a very small number will die despite their shots. "It's not 100%. But nothing in this world is 100%," epidemiologist Carlos del Rio said. At a time when the infection rate has doubled, many remain unvaccinated and the delta variant is vastly more contagious than the original, it's important to recognize vaccines aren't flawless.
📊 Of the more than 159 million fully vaccinated Americans, 5,492 have been hospitalized, and 791 have died related to COVID-19, according to the CDC.
A massive wildfire in Oregon that's grown to one-third the size of Rhode Island has prompted fire officials to call for outside help to prepare for additional blazes across the parched state. The Bootleg Fire, now some 568 square miles in size, is burning 300 miles southeast of Portland. The worry is that dry conditions, a drought and the recent record-breaking heat wave in the region have created tinderbox conditions, so resources are being recruited from Arkansas, Nevada and Alaska. At least 2,000 homes have been evacuated at some point and another 5,000 threatened. In all, 83 large wildfires are burning across 13 states, most of them in Western states. Almost 20,000 firefighters were battling the blazes, which encompass nearly 1.3 million acres of land.
Bringing an end to his long effort to avoid or delay extradition to face more sex-crime charges, movie mogul-turned-convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein was on his way to Los Angeles on Tuesday. Weinstein, 69, faces 11 felony counts of sexual assault, including forcible rape, against five women in encounters dating back to 2004. Weinstein's lawyers said he sought to delay the extradition to continue medical treatment for various ailments. He has been serving a 23-year sentence in Buffalo, New York, after being convicted of two sex crimes in Manhattan in 2020, including first-degree sexual assault and third-degree rape.
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22 July, 2021 - 02:10am
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The 2020 free agency period that resulted in Tom Brady landing on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will forever be remembered as a league-altering moment. The legendary quarterback took his talents to Tampa and won his seventh Super Bowl, adding to his already elite résumé.
Brady might’ve picked up another Lombardi Trophy and set up his return to the Bucs in 2021, but he still hasn’t fully let that time period go. Earlier this offseason, the 43-year-old quarterback blasted the organizations that passed on him in free agency in 2020.
Brady still seems to be using those franchises as fuel to keep him motivated. When the Buccaneers quarterback saw another opportunity to bash those teams recent and didn’t let the chance go by.
“There’s private things for me that are going to remain motivational for me. They know who they are,” the Buccaneers quarterback told Meirov, saying that he said he wouldn’t reveal the names of the teams that he was referencing earlier this offseason. “Yeah, they know. It’s fine. Everyone’s got a choice to chose. I think what you realize is there’s not as many smart people as you think. I think it’d be a no-brainer if you said, ‘Hey, you’ve got a chance to get Wayne Gretzky on your team, or you got a chance to have Michael Jordan on your team.’
“… In my mind, I’m kind of thinking, ‘well let me go show those team what they’re missing.’ At the same time, let me go prove to the team that did bet on me and the team that showed they really wanted me, and committed to me, that I’m not going to let them down.”
Tom Brady says he can’t believe teams passed on signing him when he was a free agent: “I think it’d be a no-brainer if you said, ‘Hey, you’ve got a chance to get Wayne Gretzky on your team, or you got a chance to have Michael Jordan on your team.’“
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) July 22, 2021
Brady never seems to let any perceived slight go by him and it seems like he’s still holding onto this one, even after winning a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers. There’s no doubt that this specific mentality has helped contribute to his tremendous success over the years, so maybe he’s looking for something to motivate him in 2021.
The Buccaneers will have an opportunity to repeat as Super Bowl champs next February. If they do, maybe Brady will then let the past be the past.
Zach is a writer at The Spun.
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President Biden hosted the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the White House on Tuesday, both Biden and star quarterback Tom Brady "wearing sunglasses and grins," Annie Linskey writes at The Washington Post. "It was in many ways the most traditional of presidential rituals — the visit of a championship team to the White House, allowing athletic stars and political leaders to bask in each other's all-American glow" — and in this case "the very point was to be normal, traditional, even dull."
At the same time, "it was a scene straight out of a Donald Trump nightmare, and quite possibly the worst day of Donald Trump's life," Jonathan Chait writes at New York. "To grasp why such an anodyne scene would produce such a wounding effect on a man who has endured misfortunes such as bankruptcy, losing a presidential election, two impeachments, and innumerable legal setbacks, one needs to understand his peculiar psychology. Here, in rough order, is Trump's hierarchy of needs: 1. To be treated as a winner; 2. To pal around with celebrities; 3. To not be laughed at; 4. To gain the specific approval of Tom Brady."
In Trump's mind, he and Brady are both "Winners," Chait explains. But now, after "avoiding Trump's White House on a flimsy pretext" following his 2017 Super Bowl victory, Brady "went to Biden's" and "used his appearance to mock the candidate he defeated." Brady made two jokes at Trump's expense, one about Trump's refusal to accept his defeat and the second about being called "Sleepy Tom" after forgetting what down it was during a game.
While the "Sleepy Tom" joke "sounds more gentle than the first joke, it is in fact much more deeply vicious," Chait argues. "In Trump's mind, Biden is a pathetic loser, and he is the winner. Like Tom Brady. Yet here was Brady, inverting the whole hierarchy. Biden is the winner, like Brady, and Winners now are guys who get called sleepy by the Losers for making a small mistake on the way to their triumph."
Being mocked by Tom Brady wasn't the only reason Trump might have preferred to avoid the news on Tuesday. His longtime friend and adviser, Thomas Barrack, was arrested for allegedly being an unregistered foreign agent, and Jeff Bezos, the much-wealthier nemesis he frequently attacked, flew to space and, upon exiting his rocket, declared it his "best day ever."