Dr. Fauci had one ultimatum for the NFL that no one wanted to hear

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Dr. Fauci’s ever growing media profile is turning heads.

Americans cannot believe what they are hearing Fauci tell them.

And now Dr. Fauci had one ultimatum for the NFL that no one wanted to hear.

Americans want to get back to normal life.

And that means football at 1PM on fall Sundays.

Dr. Fauci has other ideas.

In an interview with left-wing football commentator Peter King, Fauci went even further than claiming there might be games with no fans in the stands this season. Fauci declared that he would take it upon himself to cancel the season because of the coronavirus.

Facui told King that “I think it’s feasible that negative testing players could play to an empty stadium,” Fauci said. “Is it guaranteed? No way. … There will be virus out there and you will know your players are negative at the time they step onto the field. You’re not endangering. … Also, if the virus is so low that even in the general community the risk is low, then I could see filling a third of the stadium or half the stadium so people could be six feet apart. I mean, that’s something that is again feasible depending on the level of infection. I keep getting back to that: It’s going to depend. Like, right now, if you fast forward, and it is now September. The season starts. I say you can’t have a season—it’s impossible. There’s too much infection out there. It doesn’t matter what you do. But I would hope that by the time you get to September it’s not gonna be the way it is right now.”

When Fauci and other so-called “experts” sold Americans on these shutdowns the goal was to “flatten the curve” so the health care system could buy time to restock supplies and expand capacity.

The point was to build up healthcare infrastructure that would allow Americans to go about their daily lives – and that included tailgating and having your friends over to the house for some beers and the games – by eliminating the threat of shutdown because hospitals beefed up to handle whatever came their way.

But now that the NFL held their draft to record ratings and released their 2020 schedule, Dr. Fauci is literally moving the goal posts on “flattening the curve” from buying time for the hospitals to everyone go hide under their bed until the number of new coronavirus cases is zero.

NFL’s 2020 Season Schedule is out . . . These are the top six games to look forward to!

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There are a lot of questions for football fans as teams prepare for the 2020 season.

What will training camps look like?  Will the season start on time?  Will fans even be allowed in the stadiums?  Can Tom Brady or Bill Belichick still win when they’re apart?

Nobody knows right now. But with the NFL 2020 Season Schedule out, these are the top six games our Sports with Balls experts picked you’ll want to look forward to!

WEEK 1:  NEW ORLEANS SAINTS vs. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

If you’re looking to see if Bill Belichick can win without Tom Brady, Week One against Miami may be a telling game.  If he wins, it’s against Miami and that tells us nothing. If he loses, well, it could be a long season for Patriots fans.

Instead, the real matchup to watch is in N’awlins – with Brady’s Buccaneers going head-to-head against their division rival, the New Orleans Saints.  This will be the first NFL game played with quadrenarian starting quarterbacks as Brees (40) and Brady (41) battle it out in the Superdome.

In the last two seasons, the Saints have won three out of the last four matchups, only losing to the Buccaneers in a 48-40 shootout in 2018 – the highest scoring game of the rivalry.  Look to see if Brady and Gronk still have it after all these years.

WEEK 3:  KANSAS CITY CHIEFS vs. BALTIMORE RAVENS 

The reigning Super Bowl Champs will face what is quite possibly their toughest test of the season in Week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens.

Lamar Jackson may not have a Super Bowl ring like Patrick Mahomes, but both young quarterbacks are guaranteed to put on an offensive show.  This game is guaranteed to have a playoff feel to it, even so early in the season.

Look for this showdown to break Monday Night Football records – especially if fans are forced to watch from home!

WEEK 5:  PHILADELPHIA EAGLES vs. PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Pennsylvanians’ dream of an all Pennsylvania Super Bowl may never happen – and let’s face it, it’s probably for the better to avoid an all-out war between both teams’ fans

But that’s part of what makes this early season matchup such an exciting game.  Currently scheduled for a 1pm kick-off, the battle between these two teams is guaranteed to draw plenty of attention from NFL fans – more-so than the primetime Sunday Night Football matchup of the Vikings Seahawks.

With the Eagles adding some speed at wide receiver during the offseason, this game will provide both quarterbacks time to shine.  Look for the Steelers defense (that’s been a longtime work-in-progress) to prove they can still bring the Steel Curtain down.

WEEK 8:  NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS vs. BUFFALO BILLS

Alright, alright.  We definitely gave Belichick are a hard time about Week 1 starting off against the Miami Dolphins.  So the Bills?  Really?  Here us out.

While the Patriots remain the favorite in the AFC East, the Buffalo Bills think they’ve built a winning team.  Their mid-season matchup against the Patriots at New Era Field will be time for the Bills to put up or shut up.

Look to see if either the Bills have any hopes of a double-digit win season or if Belichick can coach a winning team without Brady.  Either way, this is a game to watch.

WEEK 9:  PITTSBURGH STEELERS vs. DALLAS COWBOYS

“America’s Team” against “Steeler Nation.”  Does it get any better than that?  These are the only two teams who’ve faced one another three times in the Super Bowl (1976, 1979, and 1996).  Anytime two storied franchises like these go head-to-head, it’s worth tuning in.

Both of these teams hope to go deep in their respective playoffs in 2020, after falling short in 2019.  But regardless of their records by this point in the season this matchup is sure to be a showdown as two high-powered offenses collide.

Coming off a bye week, analysts are betting against Pittsburgh at this point.  Once again, look to see if the Steelers defense can step up when it counts and shut down the Cowboys’ wide receivers.

WEEK 16:  MINNESOTA VIKINGS vs. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

What a gift from the NFL – Saints fans get a chance for their team to seek some sweet revenge on the Minnesota Vikings for handing them defeats in two out of the last three postseasons on Christmas Day.

Sports Illustrated’s Conor Orr says, “Regardless of what kind of position both of these teams are in (are you ready for Sean Mannion vs. Jameis Winston!?!?!) this will be worth emerging from an eggnog hangover for.”  We’d have to agree.  Pour yourself a glass of whiskey and hang on.

Despite the myriad of predictions from your favorite sports sites, one thing analysts across the board agree on – this matchup will be one of the “most intriguing” games to watch this season.  Look for Sean Payton to fire his team up as they look for revenge in hopes of securing himself and Brees one more Super Bowl win.

What NFL games are you most looking forward to in 2020?

Leave a comment below to let our Sports with Balls experts know!

ESPN tried to get Michael Jordan to spew left-wing propaganda. MJ’s response floored them

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ESPN’s “The Last Dance” is a trip down memory lane for many NBA fans as the show explores the Bulls Dynasty.

But while fans may be enjoying the behind-the-scenes look into Michael Jordan and the golden years of the NBA, ESPN couldn’t help but interject politics into the story.

And in Episode Five, ESPN tried desperately to get Michael Jordan to spew liberal propaganda in response to a contrived controversy.

Let’s face it.

You probably saw it coming. The 10-part documentary series was just too big for ESPN not to throw in some left-wing social justice warrior commentary in there.

Though truth be told, the only politics our Sports with Balls team of experts were hoping to see in “The Last Dance” were those of the back-office when Jerry Krause decided to break up the Bulls Dynasty and scatter the greatest NBA team ever built to the wind. Not that we’re bitter.

Of course, being from Chicago, seeing former President Obama comment in the earlier episodes tipped ESPN’s hand that there was more to come.

And in Episode Five is where they made their move.

ESPN decided to bring out President Obama and a bunch of left-wing commentators to bash Michael Jordan for refusing to appear in an ad in 1990 for Harvey Gantt, an African American running for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina against longtime Republican Senator Jesse Helms.

After his mother asked him to appear in the ad, Jordan recalled telling his mother “Look, Mom, I’m not speaking out of pocket about someone that I don’t know. But I will send a contribution to support him.”

At the time, Jordan reportedly joked with his teammates, Horace Grant and Scottie Pippen, “Republicans buy sneakers, too.”

Even thirty years later, that was too much for ESPN, as they trotted out several guests, including Obama to express their disappointment.

“I’ll be honest, when it was reported that Michael said, ‘Republicans buy sneakers, too’ — for somebody who was at that time preparing for a career in civil rights law and knowing what Jesse Helms stood for, you would’ve wanted to see Michael push harder on that,” Obama said.

ESPN appeared to be hoping Michael would recant, or modify his position, holding him up to Muhammad Ali who was stripped of his boxing titles for refusing to serve in the U.S. Army during Vietnam.

“I do commend Muhammad Ali for standing up for what he believed in,” Jordan said. “But I never thought of myself as an activist. I thought of myself as a basketball player.

“I wasn’t a politician when I was playing my sport. I was focused on my craft. Was that selfish? Probably. But that was my energy. That’s where my energy was.”

Isn’t that what Americans truly want from professional athletes? To excel at their craft? To make sports fun to watch?

Don’t Americans watch sports to tune out the world and its troubles for a bit? If so, why is ESPN so desperate to continue ramming Washington, D.C. politics down fans’ throats?

After all, Republicans watch ESPN too. Or at least, they used to.

Brett Favre was just caught with his pants down when this scandal hit the newswire

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Ok, so maybe this scandal isn’t as bad as when Favre was *allegedly* sending explicit pics to that Jets’ reporter, Jenn Sterger.

On a side note, did y’all know she’s married to former minor league First Baseman Cody Decker? Yeah, we don’t know who he is either.

Anyway . . . Brett Favre’s name is back in the news for all the wrong reasons after news of this scandal broke.

During an audit of questionable welfare spending by the Mississippi Department of Human Services, the Mississippi state auditor’s team stumbled across $1.1 million that was paid to Brett Favre’s nonprofit group for several speaking engagements, a radio appearance, and a keynote address.

The only problem? Favre never spoke at or appeared at the events. Ouch.

The revelation was part of a broader investigation that revealed nearly $100 million of money intended for poor Mississippians was instead directed toward lobbyists, concert and sports tickets.

Favre for his part responded quicker than he did to Stern’s allegations – maybe he recalled the $50,000 fine he received from the NFL for his failure to cooperate – and promptly wrote a check to the state.

“Today my office has received $500,000 from Brett Favre in repayment for TANF [Temporary Assistance for Needy Families] money he was paid through MCEC and a commitment to repay the remainder in installments over the next few months …”

Mississippi State Auditor Shad White said in a statement cited by CBS Jackson, Mississippi, affiliate WJTV. “I want to applaud Mr. Favre for his good faith effort to make this right and make the taxpayers and TANF families whole.”

Favre defended himself on Twitter, saying: “My agent is often approached by different products and brands for me to appear in one way or another. This request was no different, and I did numerous ads for Families First.”

“I have never received monies for obligations I didn’t meet,” Favre added. “To reiterate Auditors White’s statement, I was unaware that the money being dispersed was paid for out of funds not intended for that purpose, and because of that I am refunding the full amount back to Mississippi.”

“I have spent my entire career helping children through Favre 4 Hope donating nearly $10 million to underserved and underprivileged children in Mississippi and Wisconsin,” he said.

“It has brought a ton of joy to my life, and I would certainly never do anything to take away from the children I have fought to help! I love Mississippi and I would never knowingly do anything to take away from those that need it most.”

Fox News noted six people are facing criminal charges from the scandal – Brett Favre is not among them.

You won’t believe who Isiah Thomas thinks are the best NBA players ever

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ESPN’s new series “The Last Dance” on Michael Jordan and the Bulls Dynasty is drawing lots of attention back to some of the best days of the NBA.

Back when teams like the Lakers, Celtics, and Pistons absolutely hated each other – on and off the court – and dominated the game in the process.

But Pistons great Isiah Thomas left jaws on the floor when he listed the best NBA players from his perspective – and dissed an all-time great in the process.

Michael Jordan is undeniably one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

But while many Americans are enjoying reliving Jordan’s epic career through “The Last Dance,” not all his former competitors are happy about what they see and hear.

And in a new interview, Pistons great Isiah Thomas didn’t hold back his thoughts about MJ.

“When you put Jordan and his basketball team in the ’80s, they weren’t a very successful team,” Thomas told CBS Sports.

“They just weren’t. When you talk about Jordan and his team dominating, they dominated the ’90s. But when you put him with those Lakers teams and those Pistons teams and those Celtics teams, they all beat him. They just did. … What separated Jordan from all of us was he was the first one to three-peat. But he didn’t three-peat against Magic, Larry and Dr. J.”

Asked to rank the five best players he ever played against based on his own experience, Thomas ranked Jordan fourth.

Somebody get some ointment for that burn!

But really, Isiah Thomas was venting to a reporter after Jordan called Thomas an “asshole” in Episode four of ESPN’s series on Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

It’s understandable.  The two-time National Champs, the Detroit Pistons, got swept in the Eastern Conference Finals, ending their dream of a three-peat.

And clearly, nearly thirty years later, by walking off the court in the final seconds of the game and refusing to shake hands with the Bulls the bitterness still lingers on both sides.

“I hated them,” Jordan said of the Pistons in documentary. “And that hate carries even to this day.”

While Thomas may not be as direct about his feelings toward Jordan, “I do. I do,” like Mike he told the reporter, there’s plenty of reason to see his rankings as less than objective.

When Jordan began with the Chicago Bulls in the ’80s, they were a dying team.  At one point in the ESPN series, Jordan recounts how his teammates were having a party with blow, weed, and women.

“The Traveling Cocaine Circus,” one article called them at the time.

So perhaps it’s no surprise the Bulls took a little while to build a team that could win a National Championship.

But even in those losing years Thomas refers to, Jordan showed signs of greatness that the ’80s greats who preceded him like Larry Byrd and Magic Johnson will quickly admit.

In his rookie season, two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Sydney Moncrief admitted, “I don’t think there’s anyone who can defend Michael.”

When Jordan and the Bulls faced off against Larry Byrd’s Celtics, Byrd said, “That wasn’t Michael Jordan out there.  That was God disguised as Michael Jordan.”

Jordan set a single game playoff scoring record with 63 points that game, which still stands today.

Truthfully, is there any denying Jordan’s greatness?  How many Americans quit watching after Jordan retired the second time?  Does anyone have an Isiah Thomas tattoo like this?

Truly the undeniable influence Jordan had on the game and NBA culture can’t be overstated.

Our team of experts at Sports with Balls took a look around the web to find some of the greatest clips of Jordan’s career and discovered a copy of Michael Jordan’s Playground (1991) is on YouTube.

Especially if you didn’t grow up watching this VHS tape over and over and over again before going out to try some of those moves on your own hoop you owe it to yourself to watch as players pay homage to the G.O.A.T. – even before his two three-peats.

Top 5 List of Best White Sox Uniforms of All Time

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“I believe him because he’s a real religious guy. Someone else tells me they have a migraine, I know they are hung over.”

That’s quote is from former White Sox player and manager Ozzie Guillen – sometimes referred to as the Hispanic Yogi Berra – discussing one of his relievers who said he wasn’t feeling well enough to pitch in a Spring Training Game.

That’s just good judgement – something the White Sox haven’t always been known for, especially when picking uniforms.

Sports With Balls reviewers have braved the White Sox’s eye-searing uniform history to present you – our loyal readers – with the definitive list of Top 5 White Sox Uniforms of All Time.

#5 – Baseball Grit With Softball Fashion

You know what baseball needs more of?

Hairy man knees!

In 1976, someone in the White Sox’s upper office apparently thought that, rolling these beauties, which the White Sox actually wore in three games.

To date, the 1976 White Sox are the ONLY Major League Baseball team to rock shorts.

Our guess is that when this decision was made, alcohol was involved and someone lost a bet.

But it’s the clear use of beer in decision-making process that puts these softball-style uniforms on the list.

#4 – Hot Around the Collar

For several years throughout the 1970s, the White Sox rocked uniforms with collars.

Our guess is that this move was made to solve players’ nagging problem of not being able to wear a tie with their game jerseys.

Imagine rushing into a post-game wedding in your baseball uniform and not being able to put on a tie. You’d feel out of place – underdressed even.

If there’s one thing men like is versatile pieces of clothing.

That’s why these uniforms make Sports With Balls definitive list of Top 5 White Sox Uniforms of All Time.

#3 – We Got Them Lowdown Dirty Chicago Blues

In pro sports, it’s fairly rare that a team will just completely ditch their color schemes and adopt another. It happens (consider the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ old creamsicle uniforms). But not terribly often.

While Major League Baseball may be resistant to change, the White Sox have never been content to stand pat.

In 1971, the White Sox decided to ditch their previous team colors and go with red and baby blue road uniforms.

Why?

The road versions especially look like old St. Louis Cardinals uniforms.

The Cards, after all, did win the World Series in 1964 and 1967.

Emulating other teams’ path to success is certainly something many MLB front offices try to do.

But that’s not the real reason Sports with Balls believes the White Sox chose these uniforms . . .

You see, the St. Louis Cardinals’ remain to this day the other Second City ballclub – the Chicago Cubs’ – arch rival.

What better way to stick it to the crosstown Cubbies than to copy the uniforms of their nemesis?

Well done, White Sox. Well done indeed.

#2 – Say It Ain’t So Sox

You can’t talk about White Sox team history without talking about Black Sox scandal of 1919 where eight players from the White Sox were banished for life for throwing the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.

It’s a sad chapter in Major League Baseball history – but thankfully it was the last time baseball has had a cheating problem of any kind.

Ok, maybe not the last time.

The 1919 Sox uniforms were great though.

They’re crisp and bold with a simplistic design . . .

The way the “S” slithers deceptively through “Sox” on from left chest hints at something devious . . . sneaky even.

It’s almost like they were trying to tell us something.

#1 – Woke Before it Was Cool

We know how devastating sports teams name are to certain communities.

While some people roll their eyes and say team names are “No big deal,” ESPN commentators have repeatedly shown us how team names can be the greatest impediment to success in many people’s lives.

In fact, ESPN’s Max Kellerman even argued that Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish mascot should be changed, stating:

“Many Irish Americans are not offended, but many are. Should that also change? The answer is unequivocally yes. Pernicious, negative stereotypes of marginalized people that offend even some among them should be changed. It’s not that hard.”

Sports With Balls agrees with Kellerman that we should never offend Irish people.

They will fight you!

Likewise – while historical protests have been minimal throughout the United States – Sports With Balls suspects that many white people are horrifically offended by the southsiders’ name “White Sox.”

While the Sox have never owned up to it, Sports With Balls suspect this was the logic behind the Sox’s decision to be more inclusive and diverse look in 1982 – going simply with “Sox.”

Wouldn’t sports teams would do well to follow the Sox’s example of shortening their names, leaving out potentially offensive words?

Isn’t it time for the Dallas Cows?

That’s why these stripe-y beauties are Sports With Balls number-one White Sox –sorry, we meant “Sox” – uniform of all time!

Agree? Disagree?

Let us know in the comments!

Americans are about to riot after finding out how the Lakers tried to cash in on the pandemic

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Forbes lists the Los Angeles Lakers as the second most valuable NBA franchise worth a whopping $3.7 billion.

Hollywood’s team is also one of America’s most hated because of what they represent.

But Americans are furious after finding out how the Lakers tried to cash in on the pandemic.

Americans are still reeling from the economic shutdowns resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

Many small businesses are barely staying afloat.

That’s why President Trump signed the Coronavirus Relief Package that was designed to help small business get by until Americans can get back to work.

While politicians may have had good intentions in passing the bill, more information is coming out that it’s not helping the people it’s supposed to.

ESPN reported that the Los Angeles Lakers pulled in $4.6 million from the loan program designed for small businesses.

The $4.6 million loan would have been “forgivable” if they team spent at least 75% of the amount on payroll.

In other words, “free” money for the Lakers at the taxpayers’ expense.

In an interview with CNBC Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said “I’m not a big fan of the fact that they took $4.6 million. I think it’s outrageous.”

Who in the Lakers’ organization thought it’d be a good idea to steal from a federal program designed to help mom and pop shops?

Meanwhile, news reports say Congress is pushing for a second round of small business loan funding because the program ran out of money.

Only after they were found out and faced public backlash did the Lakers agree to return the $4.6 million.

The Lakers would have been more than happy to bilk American taxpayers out of millions if they could’ve gotten away with it.

After all, sports teams have a long history of taking sweetheart deals paid for by taxpayers.

When the STAPLES Center was constructed back in 1999, taxpayers financed $70.5 million of the $400 million cost.

One more note on the $4.6 million the Lakers ended up returning, this would’ve paid for LeBron James’ salary for about 10 games.

Do you think the Los Angeles Lakers should’ve taken $4.6 million in taxpayer money from the small business fund?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Dancing pirates? Who’s better.

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Newly-minted Tampa Buccaneers Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are known for their prowess on the football field.

But some of their off-the-field activities may shock you.

Now, Sports With Balls is asking our loyal readers to decide who has the best off-season training regimen.

Rob Gronkowski’s 2015 (and former SI swimsuit model) Camille Kostek recently told Fox News she and her husband have been loving the “quarantine” because they’re “always living that ‘never not dancing’ life. We just turn up the music wherever we are . . . and just dance it out.”

In this video, Gronkowski shows a little bit about how he keeps in shape during the off-season.

Of course, quarterbacks who’ve won multiple Super Bowls take everything as a serious competition.

Tom Brady is no exception. He’s never one to be outdone by a dancing teammate.

While in Brazil with is wife Giselle not long ago, he too busted a schmoove move while wearing a man ponytail looking as beefy and masculine as anyone ever has.

So which of these swashbuckling Bucs do you think is a better dancer?

Vote below!

The end in sight? Will this sport be the first to return live to television?

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When the NBA suspended its regular season in March, other major sporting events quickly followed suit.

Soon, sports fans had nothing to watch but reruns, documentaries, and the occasional high-pressure marble race.

But with one announcement, this sport could be the first back in mid-May and have fans back on their feet cheering.

Did you actually think fans would be allowed in-person at a sporting event? If so, sorry to get your hopes up.

While live sports may resume shortly, fans must watch from an approved socially distant space – their couch.

Still, after more than two months without any live sports, the long-awaited return – of NASCAR – was announced.

Sunday, May 17 the Cup Series will resume at Darlington, continuing on through America’s Home for Racing, the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600 — the “toughest test of man and machine” — on Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday, May 24.

NASCAR fans might not be able to spend the day guzzling down frosty cold beverages (responsibly), scarfing down grilled meats, or playing cornhole next to their pickup trucks at the racetrack.

But Sports with Balls experts don’t see any reason why you can’t just do those same things in the comfort of your own home.

Challenge your neighbor to a couple rounds of cornhole, setup the 10×10 canopy in the front yard with your tailgate down, bring the TV outside, and crack open those beverages throughout the day while you await the race.

Of course, it may be harder to replicate the roar of 36 750+ horsepower engines, the smell of the fuel and burning rubber. But we’re sure some of our more resourceful readers may find a way . . .

Once considered “America’s fastest-growing sport” by Forbes magazine in 2005, NASCAR has since seen its viewership plunge from 8.4 million that year to 3.3 million in 2019.

In its rush to expand in traditional left-wing strongholds like California – a state that barely allows cars to begin with – NASCAR began cancelling races at beloved southern tracks like Rockingham and North Wilkesboro, alienating their diehard fans in the process.

To make things worse, NASCAR execs are exploring pursuing hybrid engine technology . . . Yeah, ‘cause that’s what a bunch of macro-beer drinking, diesel truck driving fans want to watch.

Still, you have to wonder: Will NASCAR’s return to live racing on television with no other live sports on the air lead to a boost in its ratings?

Share your thoughts with Sports with Balls in the comment below.

POLL: Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

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Tom Brady’s signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers left many people in New England heartbroken . . .

Except for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick who – according to many news reports – wanted the six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback gone.

Brady and Belichick have proven they can win together. And you can be sure both will now fight like hell to prove they can win apart!

After this break up, who do you believe will get the last laugh – Tom Brady or Bill Belichick?

*Sports with Balls Official Polling*

 

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