Wednesday's Mashup: Stallworth says no tank in Belichick

Nick "Fitzy" Stevens
July 29, 2020 - 5:15 am
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I regret to inform you that you are not eligible to opt out of Wednesday. Or The Mashup. You're just gonna have to hang in there like the rest of us and keep going.

BROADCAST HIGHLIGHT

Red Sox @ Mets - 7 p.m., NESN

Maybe you're a die-hard. Maybe you're shame-watching because things are so crazy now. Either way...we watch.

OPT-IMISM FOR HOPE IN FOXBORO?

No denying Tuesday was a tough one for both the Patriots and their fans. And it couldn't have been easy on the players, of course. Six players total - four of them multiple Super Bowl winners - opting out of the 2020 season for COVID-19 related reasons. Fans were anxious immediately about the team's ability to compete in 2020, or at least lean heavily on their solid defense as it's suffered significant losses through free agency and now the pandemic.

But if there's one person, one gridiron mastermind, one evil genus you should be able to count on to find a way, to devise and scheme, to retool and reconfigure even in the face of such unexpected personnel attrition? It's your head coach. Who time and again this offseason has had to face countless inquiries as to his plan, or his team's depth and ability, or even questions as to whether he'd want to play in earnest this season...

This idea of Belichick ever tanking for Trevor, or Losing for Lawrence...just not trying to be as competitive as possible no matter who's on the roster...is as insane as signing me to fill in for Marcus Cannon. Fortunately, one bright former Patriot mind shone a light of insight through the idiocy Tuesday to set the record straight.

Coaching football is all Belichick does. He is the Terminator of coaching. He only wants to win. Doesn't care how. Just wants to do what's in the best interest of the footbal team. And catch Don Shula for most wins of all-time. Even if I am at right tackle. I know it. Stallworth knows it. And through the fog of surprise that came with the Brady departure and opt-outs, you know it too. We clear?

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE... 

Make it 4 (with an exhibition game Thursday @ 7p)!

And Saturday there's so much playoff hockey. Why it's even got the dowdiest among us excited!

NOW, ABOUT THE MARLINS...

They'll be tested daily now after their games were suspended through Sunday, with 15 players testing positive for COVID-19. How'd it happen, you ask? Well, there's this one rumor...

A PRE-GAME WITH PUNCH

Anyone who's a sucker for an exhibition fight with names, or lighting $50 on fire, will be interested in this; the Mike Tyson / Roy Jones Jr. exhibition time and price was announced. And it's the night before the first Sunday, supposedly, of NFL Football this season. As that famous Futurama meme says, "Shut up and take my money!"

BECAUSE WE NEED THIS

For any 80's rock fan, or anyone with a twisted sense of humor in need of :09 of laughter, here you are; my favorite find on the internet this week.

THIS IS THE WAY

Oh, and no big deal, but the greatest TV show ever featuring intergalactic bounty hunters received an Emmy nomination for Best TV Series, Drama. It should win. I have spoken.