What to watch with no live sports: Tom Brady Marathon

Nick Friar
March 22, 2020 - 7:49 am
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This whole “no live sports” thing is getting tiresome.

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If you haven’t lost all hope and resorted to books with no pictures, I’ve got viewing options to get you through the self-quarantine. Use them however you see fit: as a guide, a jumping-off point or even a gauge of what you should socially distance yourself from. Whatever helps.

Here are some ideas for Sunday, March 22:

SHOW

If you’re into medieval stuff — especially those who haven’t gotten over Game of Thrones — Netflix has a show called The Last Kingdom. One of my absolute favorites. It takes place in England, before it was even called England. There are Vikings and action, all the good stuff.

But what impresses me most about The Last Kingdom is each episode feels like its own individual story rather than a chapter. There isn’t that feeling of, “They rushed this episode,” or, “They’re just trying to set up for something more important.” Every episode has a unique dynamic or takes an unexpected turn. So even when they are setting up for something bigger, it doesn’t feel like it — because it’s not the sole focus.

If you want to completely shut down for the afternoon, FXX is starting with the Simpsons at noon, switching to Family Guy at 5 p.m., switching back to the Simpsons at 9 p.m. and finishing things off with a pair of Bob’s Burgers episodes starting at 11 p.m.

MOVIE

The No. 3 movie on Netflix right now is 1995’s Outbreak. Given the times, that’s not a huge shocker. I watched it the first or second day after the NBA suspended play. It’s not reviewed all that well (6.6 on IMDb, 60% critics and 56% audience on Rotten Tomatoes), but I think that all goes out the door right now, given it somewhat addresses what’s going on in the world today.

And while this is by no means a horror film like 28 Days Later or a thriller like World War Z, Outbreak might spook you a bit just because of what’s going on in the world, so keep that in mind before committing to this movie.

ON TODAY

With Tom Brady starting the next chapter of his football career by signing with the Buccaneers, ESPN has decided to look back at the QB’s Patriots career on Sunday. The station’s Tom Brady Marathon starts at noon and runs until 7 p.m.

The games that will be aired are as followed: the “Tuck Rule Game” and Super Bowl XXXVI, followed by portions of Super Bowl XXXVIII, Super Bowl XXXIX, Ravens at Patriots in the 2015 Divisional Round, Super Bowl XLIX, Super Bowl LI, Patriots at Chiefs in the 2019 AFC Championship Game, Super Bowl XLIII.

After Brady, you get four hours of 2014’s WrestleMania.

But, if rewatching Brady feels like torture, you can flip on over to ESPN 2. ESPN 8: The Ocho is taking over for a full 24 hours. US vs. Canada in the dodgeball Continental Cup is at 6:30 p.m. and the Tetris World Championship is a 5 p.m., to name a few of the events the day features.

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