Marc Daniels: Brady And Numbers And Friday Notes


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Tom Brady is the best to ever play the position but his position on the NFL easing their jersey number policy is...well out of bounds. The league will now allow quarterbacks, kickers and punters to wear numbers 1-19. Defensive backs, running backs, tight ends and receivers can wear 1-49 and 80-89. Offensive linemen can wear 50-79 and 90-99. And now linebackers can wear 1-59 and 90-99.

Brady went on Instagram and ripped the new policy saying "Good luck trying to block the right people. Going to make for a lot of bad football." He added "DUMB. Why not let linemen wear whatever number they want too. Why have numbers? Just colored jerseys, why not wear the same numbers, DUMB."

Stop it Tom. You are not going to get confused about who is on offense and who is on defense. You will be able to pick up the Mike linebacker and if your wide receiver is wearing number 1 and the defensive back guarding him is wearing number 1, throw the ball to the guy from your team.

This is nothing. Try looking at a college game where teams have multiple players wearing the same jersey number. Linemen have been wearing single digits for years.

One note for NFL players who want to change their jersey number, the agreement between the NFLPA and league requires a player to buy the remaining inventory of their old number before they can switch. The league doesn't keep that much inventory on hand, but it is something required before the new jersey can be made.

Now the notes, Larry King style:

I don't know about this soccer Super League, but how can so many billionaires not think this through and have it blow up in a matter of days?...I like a good reuben sandwich but don't overdo the dressing...The Magic lose by 35 to the Pelicans and good for Steve Clifford saying after the game that just because a player makes a big dunk it doesn't mean he had a good game. Nothing good can come from a loss like that...College football has tweaked its overtime rule where teams now have to go for 2-points after a score in the second overtime and if a game goes to a 3rd overtime teams will just go for two. I am fine with this...Florida may be getting closer to allowing sports betting in a deal between the state and the Seminole Tribe. With so many other states passing laws to allow for this it makes you wonder what took this state so long...My wife loves scented candles. They are all over my house and yet I never smell the scent...Mike Trout, great. He would be even better if played on the east coast where people could watch most of his games before midnight...Former NFL quarterback and now member of the media Chris Simms believes Texas A&M's Kellen Mond might be the most NFL ready quarterback in this draft. That's interesting...I think I like pie better than cake...The app Clubhouse is said to be worth $4B. Clubhouse allows people to pick topics of interests and hear people talk about those topics. Sometimes the speakers are famous entertainers, athletes or business people. If ever other social media platform offers the exact same thing how in the world can this be worth $4B? Of course, we had Zed Run, where people are not only buying digital horses for six-figures, then digitally breed those horses. I am not sure if it's brilliant or creepy...Michael Scott may have been the best boss ever...I don't care who wins the MVP in the NBA but Joel Embiid is fun to watch...In the last 20 years, James Shields is the only pitcher to toss double digit complete games in a season. Shields had 11 complete games in 2011. In 1985, Bert Blyleven had 24 complete games in 37 starts. Think about that...

Final thought: Georgia may be known as the Peach Tree state. But it ranks third peach production behind California and South Carolina

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