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Monday's Mashup: Is there a Belichick cheat code?

Nick "Fitzy" Stevens
May 18, 2020 - 6:00 am
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And a good Monday to you, sports fans. Hope you enjoyed your weekend, chock full of sun and sports! Well, two live events feels like a lot of live sports these days. Sunday saw the return of NASCAR with the Real Heroes 400 from Darlington, a return to action that paid tribute to the frontline workers of the COVID-19 crisis (and NASCAR is a sport where you don't really miss the live fan interaction due to the enhanced auto and field noise). Plus the Driving Relief golf match, where Roy McIlroy and Dustin Johnson teamed up against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff for pandemic charities as well. The pre-match broadcast had the early highlight of the day; an interview with the OG groundskeeper, Bill Murray ... quirky as ever. And just in case anyone thought all that time off would allow the pros to lose their edge or dull their swag game? Rory McIlroy reminded us rather quickly he's as sharp and feisty as ever. A sight as welcome as our favorite athletes back in live competition.

BROADCAST HIGHLIGHT

Chiefs @ Broncos, MNF, from Oct 1, 2018 - ESPN, 8 p.m.

The Mahomes MNF debut where he threw the famous left-handed pass and now former MNF play-by-play voice Joe Tessitore lost his mind.

BELICHICK "CHEAT CODE"

Former Patriots cornerback, and possibly soon-to-be-NY Jet, Logan Ryan revealed in a recent interview that he and Duron Harmon both owed their chance to play in Foxborough to Devin McCourty, who coached them up on how to prepare for their pre-draft workout for the Pats. D-Mac knew exactly how to impress Belichick, sort of a "cheat code" prep, if you will, which turned the coach's head enough to want to draft the two former Rutgers players. They both play elsewhere now, but sport lots of fancy Pats jewelry thanks to Bill's faith and McCourty's test prep. Others who aspire to play for the Pats may want to listen and look D-Mac or Logan Ryan up for some help.

This story is incredible. With the help of @mccourtytwins, there would’ve been no Logan Ryan in New England & probably Duron Harmon as well

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BACK UP TO SPEED

Celtics center Enes Kanter, very vocal and playful during the COVID-19 shutdown, said in a recent interview with Colin Cowherd that, while NBA players are anxious to get back to the court and finish their season, that players would need adequate time to get in shape. Basketball shape. Something many of us forget; there's "in shape" and then there's "game shape". Honesty from the outspoken Kanter, aka "Not Blake Snell" is always refresahing in any form.

Huge thanks to @theherd --

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THE THRILL OF VICTORY...AND THE AGONY OF DEFEAT

More like "the thrill of da feet" here, this is beyond wild. No idea how you do this. If I had this ability it's the first thing I would do when I meet someone new.

SHEESH. ---- (via @dac_on_track, @worldstar)

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Also, this:a gentle reminder that not all of us who have been practicing our favorite sports during quarantine have gotten good at them. At all.

Nooooooooooo. -- (via @haydenac4/TW) @highlighther

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SET YOUR SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY NIGHT PIXELS

Alongside Jermaine "Wiggy" Wiggins I'll be doing play-by-play for the virtual matchup of the year: EA Sports & Radio.com present Buccaneers at the Patriots, Tuesday night, May 18, 8 p.m. at facebook.com/WEEI. Why wait till the real Buccs come to town in 2021 when virtual Tom and digi-Gronk visit fake Foxborough and take on binary Bill's team. This should be a blast. And it will serve as mine and Wiggy's MNF broadcast booth audition. Let's hope the game doesn't get as ugly as the commentary for the Pats.