The big story this week is that Tom Brady signed to play quarterback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Well, no, the really big story continues to be the same one that it was last week, and will be for well into the future. There is really no way to make anything else seem very important and we anticipate that will be the case for quite a long time.

But, Brady did sign with Tampa Bay and it seems like such a strange move. The guy has had more success in Massachusetts than Paul Revere, so why would he want to leave the Patriots and why would the Pats let him go?

It can’t really be the two-year contract for $50 million that the Bucs gave him. The guy is already so rich that even as the Dow Jones average continues to tumble, he should be able to own just about anything he wants for the next 50 years or so.

So why would the 42-year-old Super Bowl immortal decide he wants to play for a team that has done absolutely nothing for the past decade?

Perhaps he thinks that he can show everyone how great he is by turning around the fortunes of Tampa Bay, but history shows us that players over the age of 40 do not continue to be game-changers.

George Blanda was old when he kicked field goals that won games, but he was a field goal kicker. His days as a viable quarterback were well behind him. Same thing for Joe Namath and Bart Starr and Jim Plunkett.

Tom Brady is often called the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) player in the NFL; also mentioned in that category is the great Jim Brown of the Cleveland Browns.

Brown went out on top. After leading the league in rushing for nine seasons, he retired at age 30 and became a movie star.

Superstar players who hang around for too long often end up having their images tarnished. It happened to Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle in baseball and Muhammed Ali, Roberto Duran and Larry Holmes in boxing, and so many others in numerous sports.

Why Tom Brady wants to continue to play, especially with Tampa Bay, is a mystery that only he can explain.

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Rick Pitino just got hired as the head men’s basketball coach at Iona. Pitino is a proven cheater, who uses his assistant coaches to illegally recruit players, then pretends that he knows nothing about it.

Pitino is a slightly different version of John Calipari or John Wooden. He tries to come off as an honorable, always above-board guy, who is simply coaching because he wants to turn basketball players into wonderful, productive leaders, who will aspire for greatness when they leave school.

What Pitino actually is, is a slickster. A self-promoter who can’t really be trusted, because all he truly cares about is his own success.

Bob Knight is a horse’s hindquarters in many ways, but he never cheated when he coached.

He threw chairs and tirades and didn’t set a real fine example for his players, but he was scrupiously honest and he hated coaches who were not.

Knight never liked Pitino much, nor Calipari. A year or two ago he admitted that John Wooden was not one of his favorite coaches because Wooden used UCLA alumni to lure players to play for him.

Pitino is the same type of coach. He finds assistants who will do his bidding for him, then acts like he knew nothing about their actions once he is confronted.

Good luck to Iona. You can bet that the NCAA will be watching them carefully now that Pitino is their leader.

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I was surprised last week when the CIAC left open a small possibility that high school spring sports might still play a few games this year.

Maybe they were just trying to keep the kids from becoming even more depressed, but I just don’t see it happening.

How are you going to practice “social distancing” when a runner slides into a base and the fielder dives to make the tag?

How is a relay team going to hand off a baton to a teammate without passing along germs?

In a boys’ volleyball game when one player goes up for a hit, will the player on the other team be told not to meet him at the net to try and block the shot? And isn’t everyone going to be touching that same volleyball many times throughout a match?

These are just a few things that will have to be considered and in the long run, will keep the athletes from playing.

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