NESN Diary: Making A Case To Integrate Virtual Sports On Opening Day (And Other Random Thoughts)


Each individual working day during the sports pause stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, will publish a diary whole of random feelings, thoughts, takeaways and other amazing tidbits we’ve stumbled throughout in the absence of precise video games. Mainly because why not? We’re all in this collectively.
We’re an additional working day nearer to the weekend, people today.
1 day closer to relocating from our desks or work stations in our dwelling places of work and onto the at ease dwelling room couch — a complete a person home away. And as a result a person day nearer to a Netflix binge (just started out Designated Survivor myself) and the only sporting party on the calendar — NASCAR’s iRacing Pro Invitational Series.
When it is absolutely unfortunate stay sports activities are not taking place, it appears NASCAR has discovered a diamond in the rough through an unprecedented time. The virtual series, which consists of drivers practicing social distancing strategies, has taken off. You do not have to search any further than the 905,000 viewers, or the reality FOX Sports discovered it valuable adequate they will broadcast the remainder of the sequence.
What’s upcoming?
Very well, we think other sporting activities should take notice. And as a result, attempt and undertake — in some shape or type — the virtual encounter them selves.
How magnificent would it have been to enjoy Boston pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez personally (he’s plainly into video clip games) throw seven-as well as innings when shortstop Xander Bogarts dealt with a bat and went four-for-5 with 3 homers and 5 RBIs? Which is what a simulation sport courtesy of ‘MLB The Present,’ as pointed out by CBS Sporting activities, took portion in Thursday. Oh yeah, and the Purple Sox wiped the flooring with the Blue Jays with a 9-one digital victory.
It goes to establish we all missed Opening Day currently. And looking at how nobody, not even commissioner Rob Manfred, understands when baseball will return, is not it worthy of a shot?
Here’s what the Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets simulation seemed like Thursday. And it would absolutely include extra excitement if the players them selves were able to get concerned.

Washington @Nationals at New York @Mets:baseball:Starting off NOW:baseball: MLB The Exhibit 20 Year Simulation: Opening DayCatch The Action: #MLB #Baseball #TheShowGoesOn#MLBTheShow #MLBTheShow20 #TheShow20 #TheShow
— MLB The Present (@MLBTheShow) March 26, 2020
And which is just baseball. What about other sports activities?
If there is a time to check out anything at all — shorter schedules, an altered postseason, or even a digital component to the NFL Draft — this is the time to do so.
(It’d definitely beat observing TikTok videos. No offense, Benny.)

Right here we go 🤣
— Andrew Benintendi (@asben16) March 27, 2020
— Even though Tom Brady may well have explained to his father, Tom Brady Sr., to play pleasant in media appearances soon after the quarterback’s departure, the elder Brady had no challenge showing joyful about the alter.
Here’s a single excerpt we identified particularly interesting from Brady Sr.’s interview on the “Raising Fame” podcast introduced Thursday.
“Bill has a ton of obligations to hold the Patriots on observe, and which is a even bigger obligation than holding Tommy underneath the hood. So, equally of them are experienced people, and I genuinely respect Bill’s determination and regard Tommy’s determination as properly.”
Past rumors have hinted at how the Brady camp feels about Belichick’s stance on the 42-year-outdated quarterback, and it wouldn’t be a massive shock if they were hoping the 6-time Super Bowl champion would transfer on.
— Drew Brees is the leader in the clubhouse for the NFL Walter Payton Gentleman of the Yr honor.
Brees continues to be as extraordinary a male as he has been a quarterback. The New Orleans Saints sign-caller has created a $five million pledge (!!!) to the Condition of Louisiana and designs to provide 10,000 foods for every working day to little ones, family members and seniors in require “for as extensive as it takes.”
Twitter had rather a response to the news.

Brees Relatives for the win….
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 26, 2020

Thank you, @drewbrees. On behalf of the Excellent Point out of Louisiana, we are all grateful for your family’s assistance and generosity through this hoping time. We are 1 Louisiana and we will get via this, alongside one another. #lagov #whodat
— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) March 26, 2020

Dayuuum. Drew Brees would’ve been hailed as a heroic citizen if he’d donated $one million to battle the coronavirus outbreak. But $five MILLION??!! 1 of most important & most effective showings of problem for other folks & generosity I’ve at any time observed. Just wow. Bless Drew Brees.
— Kenny BooYah! (@KwikWarren) March 26, 2020

Drew Brees is great. That’s all.👏👏
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) March 26, 2020
We all salute you, Drew.
— Celtics’ Jayson Tatum held a late-night Q&A for all of Twitter on Wednesday evening. And in addition to answering the hilarious ‘He’s only 19’ jokes, the Boston star was questioned, and discovered, his top-five NBA gamers of all-time.
“Mike, Bron, Bean, Magic, Kareem,” Tatum tweeted, insinuating Michael Jordon, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Mike, bron, bean, Magic, Kareem
— Jayson Tatum (@jaytatum0) March 26, 2020
Not a lousy listing.
Movie of the Working day
The coronavirus and Tom Brady have independently consumed the news cycle.
Well, they were being impartial until President Donald Trump brought both of those events into a person of his solutions all through a push convention Thursday. The POTUS had only nice matters to say about the Buccaneers (it even now appears unusual) quarterback.

‘I like Tom Brady’: The new @Buccaneers quarterback earned a mention in President Donald Trump’s coronavirus briefing this night
— WFLA Information (@WFLA) March 26, 2020
Stat of the Day
We know Tampa Bay was among the NFL’s simplest tickets in 2019, but a four,000 percent maximize?! Yikes.

When information came out on March 17 that Tampa Bay was the expected landing location for @TomBrady, targeted visitors on ticket market Vivid Seats’ Buccaneers web page was up extra than 4,000 p.c over the exact same date the prior yr.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 26, 2020
Tweet of the Working day
The MLB and Fanatics have taken an magnificent (an really intelligent) stage to enable out throughout the tricky instances. Masks and robes will now be the similar cloth MLB jerseys are designed from.

Rapid forward to these days – @Fanatics and @MLB have halted creation of all MLB jerseys and instead making use of that identical fabric we make the jerseys with to make masks and robes!! We have approx 100 associates doing the job (more distanced and in a pretty clean up and safe surroundings of course)
— Michael Rubin (@MichaelGRubin) March 26, 2020
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