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Welcome to the first edition of The Wolf Sports Newsletter! A ton has happened in sports in recent days, so let’s jump right in.
🙏🏻 Legendary NFL running back, actor, and activist Jim Brown, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest athletes in history, died at 87.
- In the past, Bill Belichick, who had a strong friendship with Brown, has called him “the greatest player that ever played.”
- Brown retired before age 30 but left the game as an NFL champion, three-time NFL MVP, and eight-time All-Pro for the Cleveland Browns.
- He was named to the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team and was also considered by many to be the greatest college player in history.
- Brown is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, College Football Hall of Fame, and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
- Brown went into acting and appeared in over 30 films.
- The Syracuse product also became a prominent civil rights activist and made a huge impact throughout his entire life.
We are heartbroken by the passing of the legendary Jim Brown.
One of the greatest players in NFL history, a true pioneer and activist. Jim Brown’s legacy will live on forever. 🕊️ pic.twitter.com/byBcZ0c7KG
— NFL (@NFL) May 19, 2023
1964 NFL champion
9x Pro Bowler
8x first-team All-Pro
Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 1971
NFL 100 All-Time Team
Jim Brown will forever be one of the greatest to play the game we love. pic.twitter.com/JXF5dBlA38
— NFL (@NFL) May 19, 2023
Although it’s been 58 years since Jim Brown played his final NFL game, his reputation as one of the most dynamic players to ever step on a football field transcends generations. #HOFForever pic.twitter.com/VqAlyr8J1s
— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) May 19, 2023
Legendary NFL running back Jim Brown has died at 87.
Rest in Peace. 🧡🤎
📷: AP Photo pic.twitter.com/0c6wlusj3n
— Wolf Sports (@wolfsports) May 19, 2023
📺 Peacock will have the first ever exclusively streamed NFL playoff game.
- The Peacock exclusive game will be the Saturday night game during Wild Card Weekend.
- According to the Wall Street Journal, NBCUniversal is paying around $110 million to stream the one playoff game.
- NFL postseason games have all been available for free via over-the-air broadcasts in the past.
- This is a follow up to the NFL last season making all of Thursday Night Football streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
- Many fans are not happy about a playoff game not being free.
.@peacock becomes home of the first-ever exclusive live streamed NFL Playoff game, presenting an NFL Wild Card Playoff in primetime on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024.
— NBC Sports PR (@NBCSportsPR) May 15, 2023
.@peacock will become the home of the FIRST-EVER exclusive live-streamed NFL Playoff Game! pic.twitter.com/iUwwhsidWW
— Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) May 15, 2023
This is a step too far.
— Blake Stackpoole (@BlakeStackpoole) May 15, 2023
I have Peacock …but a NFL Playoff game on Peacock? I don’t like it. I miss the days when football only came on 3 channels, and that included MNF.
— Hilary (@HilareeBanks) May 16, 2023
I’m not paying $ for a game that should be on basic cable television.
— Tanner Phifer (@TannerPhiferNFL) May 15, 2023
🎙️ After weeks of rumors, Pat McAfee is officially going to ESPN this fall (NSFW video).
- McAfee walks away from a four-year, $120 million deal with FanDuel.
- McAfee says that four different companies were in the mix but that ESPN was the best fit.
- The former Colts punter, who was a regular on ESPN’s College GameDay last year, had direct talks with ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro.
- ESPN had been seen as the heavy favorite for McAfee, who recently posted a picture with Disney CEO Bob Iger.
- McAfee is also a contributor to the WWE.
- Some fans of The Pat McAfee Show have voiced displeasure with his move to ESPN.
Hello beautiful people…
We appreciate and love you all.. together we've truly changed the game.
🗣🗣 #UpToSomethingSZN UPDATE: pic.twitter.com/Yv8SpyNH0E
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) May 16, 2023
🚨NEWS: The Pat McAfee Show is headed to ESPN, The Post has learned.https://t.co/8O9Rya87UT
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) May 16, 2023
❄️ Matt Ryan is not retiring from football yet, but he’s joining CBS’s NFL coverage this season.
- Ryan told SiriusXM NFL Radio that “all the stars would have to [align]” for him to play again.
- The 38-year-old Ryan was the 2016 NFL MVP and has thrown for 62,792 yards (seventh all-time) and 318 touchdowns (ninth all-time) in his career.
- He and the Falcons were of course victim to the epic Tom Brady “28-3” comeback in Super Bowl LI, a game where Ryan couldn’t have played much better with a 144.1 passer rating against New England’s defense.
- The third overall pick in the 2008 draft lived up to his draft status, with a Super Bowl being the only thing missing on his resume.
Excited to join the @NFLonCBS family! Looking forward to breaking down the game this season.
P.S. – this is not a retirement post 😉 pic.twitter.com/4fCTVpFxK0
— Matt Ryan (@M_Ryan02) May 15, 2023
🏈 Steelers bring back quarterbacks Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolph to keep together a strong room behind starter Kenny Pickett. Pittsburgh also signed XFL star receiver Hakeem Butler.
- Trubisky’s 2023 cap number is lowered while now staying under contract with the Steelers for two more seasons.
- Rudolph rounds out a quarterback room that certainly looks like the deepest in the league.
- Butler, a 2019-fourth-round pick of the Cardinals out of Iowa State, caught 51 passes for 599 yards and eight touchdowns for the XFL’s St. Louis BattleHawks this spring.
We have signed QB Mitch Trubisky to a new three-year contract. @BordasLaw
📝: https://t.co/ONKLiS2VqB pic.twitter.com/ahdDlKkfen
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 19, 2023
Hakeem Butler is getting another NFL shot after a superstar XFL run.
The Iowa State product was an intriguing prospect after a 60/1,318/9 final college season filled with big plays.
His quarterback that year?
Some freshman named Brock Purdy. 🎯
— Wolf Sports (@wolfsports) May 19, 2023
Other Sports Updates
⛳️ Brooks Koepka wins the PGA Championship for the third time. And PGA club pro Michael Block hit an insane hole-in-one earlier in the day.
𝐊𝐨𝐞𝐩𝐤𝐚 𝐂𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐊𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐭 𝐎𝐚𝐤 𝐇𝐢𝐥𝐥 👑#PGAChamp | @BKoepka pic.twitter.com/lgphyG9rHU
— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) May 21, 2023
MICHAEL BLOCK JUST DUNKED A HOLE-IN-ONE! pic.twitter.com/Qin8FYXFQV
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 21, 2023
🏒 Panthers beat the Hurricanes in QUADRUPLE overtime, the sixth-longest game in NHL history, to take Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Panthers then also won Game 2 in overtime to take a 2-0 series lead.
ONLY ONE MATTHEW TKACHUK pic.twitter.com/fY9XfKdqdn
— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) May 19, 2023
After nearly seven periods of hockey, Game 1 between the @Canes and @FlaPanthers is in the record books. #StanleyCup#NHLStats: https://t.co/7Nc25cibAJ pic.twitter.com/DUhpBlUfO9
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 19, 2023
🎾 Tennis legend Rafael Nadal says that he expects 2024 to be his final season.
Rafael Nadal expects 2024 to be his final year as a pro tennis player. But he does not want it to amount to a farewell tour. He wants to be able to win.
by @howardfendrich https://t.co/9uCJ2yB1MJ pic.twitter.com/HQRkM5Pt31
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) May 19, 2023
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