Wednesday's Mashup: Belmont Stakes continues live sports return

Nick "Fitzy" Stevens
May 20, 2020 - 6:15 am
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Hello and happy Humpday, sports fans! It still might not feel like your normal Wednesday, but as we continue to see signs of the return of live sports, which is the closest thing to normalcy we can think of, we'll try and keep things as normal-ish as we can here. All while sharing crazy videos like this:

Now that we have your attention, on with your Wednesday Mashup!

Hope you enjoyed the Virtual Return of Tom Brady last night. That was a matchup only a computer could put together. Because I don't think the real fans could handle assembling that madness. Lots of emotions for something truly in the cloud. Had a blast calling the shots and shooting the breeze with Wiggy. If you'd like to relive it in all of its binary glory click HERE.

BROADCAST HIGHLIGHT

Bruins Classics Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (from 5/13/13), NESN - 8:30 p.m.

You know you can never rewatch the Beez overcome a three-goal deficit with just over 10 miutes left in a game 7 against the hated Leafs too often! This game is like the 28-3 of Bruins lore.

BELMONT STAKES ITS CLAIM

The slow roll return of live sports continues, as horse racing has thrown its hat into the ring. Tuesday the Belmont Stakes, normally the final leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, announced it would be the first leg this year with a race date of June 20th, the NYRA announced. The event, to be held without spectators (normally Belmont holds approximately 100,000 fans for the final leg of the Crown), will be run at a shorter distance of one and one-eighth of a mile. The Belmont is normally one and a half miles, longest of the Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby will be the Crown's middle race, rescheduled for September 5th, with the Preakness scheduled as the conclusion on October 3. MLB continues its return discussions. NHL and NBA working overtime to come together. Small victories, sports fans. Small victories...run very fast.

TODAY IN PATRIOTS

Couple Foxborough friendly items of interest coming your way...

--Count Jonathan Jones as another Patriot who embraces "The New New England" D-Mac wrote about in The Players Tribune. The slot corner, who's not afraid to get in the action (see below), is looking forward to the challenges ahead for the Pats.

--My bet for the impactful UDFA that makes the 2020 Patriots? WR Jeff Thomas, Miami. He's got the moves and the speed, and it's a position where the Pats need to add some of both, or just youth and talent overall. Plenty of other names making some pre-summer UDFA waves, like RB JJ Taylor and WR Will Hastings (Stidham's Edelman at Auburn). But if Thomas can push past size and character concerns, put his head in the books and stay on the field? He could fight for a spot on an offense in flux and be the 2020 steal for the Pats.

--Add this to the pile of doubt logs we'll hopefully be burning on the playoff pyre come January 2021: oddsmaker Todd Fuhrman, saying betting under 9 wins for the 2020 Pats is the play. Let the list of doubters and etractors in the posst-Brady era continue! The more motivators the merrier.

--Finally...the My Plans / 2020 mememmade the rounds Tuesday. And of course there were Pats entries aplenty. After Brady emerged for his first Buccaneers practice this one stung a bit.

BECAUSE YOU NEED THIS

Easily the best My Plans / 2020 meme from Tuesday. You can make one if you'd like, but chances are it won't top this (you'll love it when you remember it).

ON THIS DAY IN BOSTON SPORTS HISTORY

Some hotshot rocket-armed youngster named Roger Clemens struck out seven and beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 for his first MLB win. Look at how young he was!