Tuesday's Mashup: Hey Patriots fans, take a look at Big Ben

Nick "Fitzy" Stevens
May 18, 2020 - 10:06 pm
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Rise and shine! It's Tuesday, May 19, 2020. We've got sports, or at least some sports-related topics, to discuss.

BROADCAST HIGHLIGHT

Classic Celtics: 1981 NBA Finals, Game 6: Celtics vs Rockets - NBC Sports Boston, 8 p.m.

Wanna watch Larry Bird win his first Larry O'Brien trophy?

HEY KIDS, BIG BEN!

Steelers QB, and longtime Patriots foe, Ben Roethlisberger, announced via social media Tuesday that he didn't want to look like a wilderness warrior anymore, and that he was prepared to enter the ranks of the National Football League again. Big Ben had maintained that once he recovered from elbow surgery and could complete passes to NFL players again that he would remove his homage to DiCaprio in "The Revenant" and regain a look of civility. This is exciting for Steelers fans, and interesting for an AFC in flux. Big Ben is back, Ravens looking to repeat in AFC North, new kid in Cincy, new coach in Cleveland, plus Brady gone in New England, Rivers lands in Indy, Mahomes' Chiefs the cream of the conference crop. This could have quite the ripple effect and only add to the excitement of a season in the balance.

IS IT SAFE?

As states like California continue to announce that sports without fans will be permitted soon, or as soon as next month, the question remains: will there be protocols, [rocedures or PPE to prevent players from getting sick? We've heard about baseball's 67-page handbook on a possible return. But what about football, a sport that relies on constant contact? News from the NFLPA reveals efforts to develop an N95-esque mask to shield players from contracting the virus. Encouraging if effective. Every effort counts.

WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE?

The answer: weird! We've gotten some glimpses at live sports without fans already, a touch surreal to say the least. But this idea of fans getting to purchase cardboard cutouts of themselves to place in the stands of games is next-level creepy. Like "King of Comedy" sports. But hey, it's "like" you're there!

BECAUSE YOU NEED THIS

Enes Kanter continues his dominant quarantine of excellent content. And here he is, as the kids say, owning again.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We weren't cursed. We just didn't have enough good starting pitchers, that's all." --The late great Bobby Doerr on the fabled "Curse of the Bambino". Doerr was an ace second baseman, friend of Ted Williams and Baseball Hall of Famer, and his number was retired by the Boston Red Sox on this day in 1988.