Tuesday's Mashup: Patriots' critic calls team Super Bowl contenders

Nick "Fitzy" Stevens
July 07, 2020 - 6:00 am
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Hello and happy Tuesday to one and all!

Here are a few things to read, see, know and the like.

BROADCAST HIGHLIGHT

Bruins Classics Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (from 10/28/99) - NESN, 8 p.m.

A random Bruins win, just three and a half weeks from the restart of the NHL season, plus Ray Bourque and Hal Gill sightings! And a goalie I've never heard of before!

WRIGHT CALL ON PATS

Noted Patriots hater and perpetual Brady critic Nick Wright, of FS1's "First Things First" (who's probably still giddy over the Mahomes deal), took to the airwaves Monday to do what must have been positively excruciating for him; call the Pats a Super Bowl contender. You can just see in his face, and hear in his voice, the pain admitting the Newton signing betters the Pats has caused him. YA HATE TO SEE IT. But also he's not wrong.

From pretenders to Cam-tenders? Ooh...that as rough. Anyway, what an AFC this should be this year, and maybe for years to come. Cam, Lamar and Mahomes for ever, because...

REACTIONS TO MAHOMES EPIC DEAL WITH CHIEFS

After Adam Schefter tweeted out Monday that Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs agreed on a ten year extension, reportedly worth approximately $450 million (said best in supervillain voice, pinkie finger to lips), tying him to the Chiefs through 2031, reactions from all over poured in, with one prevailing thread; someone just got paid!

Well, OK, it wasn't all in astonishment over how much the reigning SB champ would be hauling in. There was some outright skepticism for sure. Though it's hard to argue with locking up someone of his talent and accomplishment for what should be the entire prime of his career. Still some have to rain on the parade. A bit.

Former Chiefs, well a legendary Chief really, was thrilled for Mahomes and the franchise.

And then some had fun with the idea that the contract is so long. He'll only be 36 when it finishes. That's nothing! Why just look at that whipersnapper down in Tampa these days! Still...

By the way, let's not play the "This is good for Dak Prescott" game (who apparently is hanging out in Scituate, MA?), because one is the best player n the NFL and the other is Dak Prescott, K?

Scary part? No matter the impact of Cam Newton, Stidham or any Patriot to come, the Chiefs are going to be good for a long time to come.

STAT OF THE DAY

Stumbled across this the other night. It's kind of...amazing. And it's true, and not just because I read it on the internet. Now we know why Tampa made such a push.

BECAUSE WE NEED THIS: INSPIRATION DEP'T.

Think we could all use encouragement, support and lessons like this at a time like now.

BECAUSE WE NEED THIS: ADORABLE DEP'T.

Please zone or zen out, however you prefer it, to a raccoon eating grapes. Don't knock it till you try it. And seriously, who would steal this guy's snack?