Tom Brady to Return to Tampa Bay Buccaneers: “Unfinished Business”
TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – April Fools Day is right around the corner, but this isn’t a joke, folks. Tom Brady is returning for his 23rd season in the NFL and his third in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform. Brady broke the news on Sunday evening.
“These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands,” he said via his social media accounts. “That time will come. But it’s not now. I love my teammates, and I love my supportive family. They make it all possible. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. Unfinished business LFG.”
Brady announced 39 days ago that he was hanging up his cleats for the final time after finishing the 2021-2022 season with a career high 5,316 passing yards, 40 touchdowns, and just six interceptions. The Buccaneers fell short 30-27 to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Round.
So what does this mean for Tampa Bay? Fans can breathe a sigh of relief as the hunt for the successor to arguably the greatest player of all-time will be postponed for at least one more year.
If Brady proved one thing last season, it’s that despite being 44 years old, he can definitely still sling the rock. In fact, if it was up to Tommy Terrific he would probably play until he’s at least 50!
And he’ll have one of the best wide receiver duos at his disposable to do so with perennial Pro-Bowler Mike Evans and standout Chris Godwin. While a long term deal with Godwin has yet to be reached, the Buccaneers did place the franchise tag on him, meaning he will be a Buccaneer through the 2022 season. Godwin has a career high 98 receptions and over 1,000 yards receiving.
Will the Gronky and Tommy show return for another season? Gronkowski has said his decision to return to Tampa or the NFL at all returns on his best friend’s decision, and now that decision has been made.
The 2022-2023 season is definitely shaping up to be exciting with the return of Brady, plus one contest slated against the reigning Super Bowl Champion Rams, and AFC Champion Bengals, as well as the likes of Kansas City and Baltimore.
In the famous words of Brady himself, “Lets Go!”
Todd Grasley is a sports reporter for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org
Magic Gaming to Host First NBA 2K League Game at leAD Lake Nona on May 28
Orlando, Fla. — Magic Gaming will host Hornets Venom GT on Sunday, May 28 at 2 p.m. at the leAD Lake Nona Sports & Health Tech Accelerator, (7004 Tavistock Lakes Blvd., Orlando), Magic Gaming’s new home. The game is free and open to the public.
Magic Gaming is one of eight teams selected by the NBA 2K League to host an in-person, in-market game during the 2023 season. After doors open, there will be a pregame show and team/player introductions. Following the game there will be a postgame show and Q&A session with the Magic Gaming team.
The match between Magic Gaming and Hornets Venom GT will take place during week two of group play in THE TIPOFF tournament. It will also be streamed on the OrlandoMagicGaming Twitch channel.
THE TIPOFF is the first tournament featuring 5v5 gameplay of the season. For the first time, the NBA 2K League season was separated into 3v3 and 5v5 halves. The 3v3 portion of the season began with the NBA2KL 3v3 SLAM OPEN on March 8 and finished with the NBA2KL 3v3 Finals on Saturday, May 13. The 5v5 competition tips off on Wednesday, May 23 with THE TIPOFF and will culminate with the NBA2KL 5v5 Finals on Saturday, August 5.
Magic Gaming finished the 3v3 season with a 10-17 overall record after a loss in the STEAL OPEN semifinals against Blazer5 Gaming on May 6. In the 2022 5v5 NBA 2K League season, Magic Gaming clinched their first playoff berth in franchise history.
Orlando Magic, AdventHealth Recognized with Downtown Orlando Partnership Golden Brick Award for AdventHealth Training Center
Orlando, Fla. (May 4, 2023) — The Orlando Magic and its partner, AdventHealth, were recognized with the Downtown Orlando Partnership (DOP) Golden Brick Award for the Magic’s AdventHealth Training Center, taking home its Award of Excellence. The DOP awarded 15 Golden Bricks at its annual luncheon on May 2 with projects nominated for community and development which positively impacted downtown Orlando in 2023.
In August of 2022, the DeVos family, Magic and AdventHealth unveiled the state-of-the-art AdventHealth Training Center as part of the Magic and AdventHealth’s continuing commitment to health and wellness. The new downtown facility serves as the training site for the Magic and a destination sports medicine hub to Central Florida. Together, the two organizations continue to build an innovative health and wellness model that brings whole-person medicine, science and research together to optimize sports performance, bringing those learnings to the broader community.
The center, one block from Amway Center, boasts 130,000-square-feet located on a nearly four-acre site at South Division Avenue and West Central Boulevard. The $70 million facility marks the latest investment in the Parramore community and in the continued growth and revitalization of this historic neighborhood.
The Orlando Magic and AdventHealth also furthered its commitment to Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) with the awarding of $17 million of design and construction contracts for the project to 33 local MWBEs. That amount represented approximately 32 percent of awarded opportunities, which is over the city’s recommended 24 percent MWBE participation.
The facility was designed by HOK, with Balfour Beatty serving as the construction manager.
The Golden Brick Awards is Downtown Orlando Partnership’s exclusive annual awards celebrating the people, projects, and initiatives that propel downtown forward. During the past year, DOP welcomed new projects and introduced those that will enhance the vibrancy and appeal of downtown. Every year, the DOP hosts the Golden Brick Awards to recognize the best community and development projects that impacted downtown.
XFL DC Defenders defeats Arlington Renegades 28-26 in overtime
WASHINGTON DC (FNN SPORTS) – The D.C. Defenders improved to 8-1 Sunday after defeating Arlington Renegades 28-26 in overtime at Audi Field in Washington, D.C.
Currently, the DC Defenders and Houston Roughnecks are still the only teams to clinch playoff spots, giving week 10 a significant amount of consequences for the remaining two spots.
D.C. jumped on the Renegades early as quarterback Jordan Ta’amu threw two touchdown passes and D’Eriq King also had one to give the Defenders a 20-9 halftime lead.
D.C. struck again in the third quarter when former Washington Redskins and longtime NFL safety, D.J. Swearinger intercepted Arlington quarterback Luis Perez and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown. At this point, the Defenders led 26-9.
The Renegades made a furious fourth-quarter comeback after a pair of De’Veon Smith touchdown runs and a field goal to suddenly tie the game on a Taylor Russolino 27-yard field goal with five seconds remaining.
The game went into overtime where Ta’amu found Jake Hammond for the score and another Defenders’ win.
Next up for D.C. is a trip to San Antonio to close out the regular season before returning home in two weeks to host either St. Louis or Seattle for the North Division championship.
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