Brock Purdy is becoming a huge sensation on social media
1. Three weeks ago, Brock Purdy was called to the scene after he had to replace Jimmy Garoppolo as Niners quarterback. He is already a popular player in the NFL.
Sports fans love a Cinderella story and have a great time with it. The last pick in this year’s draft takes over a team That he has a legitimate chance of winning the Super Bowl is as Cinderella-esque as it gets. He plays well.
People seem to be obsessed with the phrase “Mr. It’s irrelevant. It’s like the random sports facts that people keep bringing up as if they’re news. As a child, Todd Frazier was there next to Derek Jeter at a game. Then he became a Yankee. Or “Ryan Fitzpatrick went on to Harvard.”
Purdy’s story is appealing because he is a 22-year old rookie who looks 16 but plays like he is 30.
In his three games since replacing Jimmy G (all wins), Purdy has completed 58 out of 84 passes for 612 yard while throwing six touchdowns, running for another, and throwing one interception.
Purdy is now a cult-like figure within the NFL. Here’s how social media has reacted to Purdy’s new star in the NFL.
2. Monday was Monday’s Monday. I wrote that Sunday night’s Chargers-Dolphins match featured the worst roughing the passer call of the season. We were given this gem by the refs last night because they clearly wanted to make the competition tough for the honor.
3. Derek Jeter was a guest host on Eli Manning’s internet show. At the 13-minute mark, the duo held a competition to see who could make a peanut butter sandwich, double-knot sneakers, change a diaper, and double-knot a pair.
4. I don’t think I’ve ever seen players join their fans in doing the wave, but that’s exactly what happened Thursday night when Grizzlies’ players joined the fun while they were blowing out Bucks.
5.ESPN will go all out for the College Football Playoff semifinals, which will be played Dec. 31, There will be nine different telecasts for each game that you can tune in to.
6.The latestSI Media Podcast Features three segments
The show starts with a conversation with Sports Illustrated Jon Wertheim speaks out about Grant Wahl, a long-time colleague who tragically died while covering the World Cup. Wertheim speaks about Wahl’s passion for soccer, his rise to SI and the kind person Grant was.
After Wertheim, Greg Olsen, Fox Sports’ lead NFL analyst joins the podcast to discuss his first year, how it was to have Tom Brady waiting in the wings, what it was like to have Brady take his job, and what he told Brady when he saw him earlier in the season. He also discusses what he would like to improve on his broadcasts, his partnership, and much more.
Following Olsen’s segment, Sal Licata of WFAN radio in New York and SNY TV TV in New York joins us for our weekly “Traina Thoughts.” segment. This week, we discuss a few Bill Belichick stories, Twitter’s new checkmark system, and holiday tipping stress.
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7. RANDOM VIDEO DAY: This video is about Jim Leyland, the Pirates manager, and his temper on TikTok. I saw it last night and wanted to share it.
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