After a weekend whirlwind of Tom Brady’s retirement pump-fake, the GOAT made it official on Tuesday. TB12 is officially done, and he’ll get The Underdog nod in tomorrow’s edition. We also preview the looming NBA trade deadline with today’s Sportsletter special from contributor Matthew Cahill.
After 22 Seasons & 7 Super Bowl Rings, Tom Brady Officially Retires From Football
Now it’s over. After Sunday’s media blitz with the leaked news reporting Tom Brady’s retirement, the GOAT has officially hung it up. TB12 announced the news on social media Tuesday morning.
Tom Brady’s Retirement Post
“I have always believed the sport of football is an ‘all-in’ proposition—if a 100% competitive commitment isn’t there, you won’t succeed, and success is what I love so much about our game. There is a physical, mental, and emotional challenge EVERY single day that has allowed me to maximize my highest potential. And I have tried my very best these past 22 years. There are no shortcuts to success on the field or in life…
“This is difficult for me to write, but here it goes: I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore. I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention.”
Tom Brady’s Career (By the Numbers)
7 Super Bowl Rings (1st All-Time)
5 Super Bowl MVPs (1st All-Time)
3 NFL MVPs (T-2nd All-Time)
243 Wins (1st All-Time)
624 Passing TDs (1st All-Time)
84,520 Passing Yards (1st All-Time)
35 Playoff Wins (1st All-Time)
The greatest quarterback of all-time rides off into the sunset…
NBA Trade Deadline Heats Up
Sportsletter Special: Previewing the NBA Trade Deadline (Thursday, Feb. 10)
By Matthew Cahill
When February comes around on the calendar, it usually means that a few major trades are brewing. The annual trade deadline puts pressure on general managers across the league to either shake things up or stand pat with the roster they have. This year’s trade market is an interesting one that has certain teams with assets looking to make a splash, while other teams with bigger names have struggled to move their stars for various reasons.
With a little more than a week to go before the deadline, here’s a look at the players and teams to keep an eye on in the coming days.
Players to Watch
Ben Simmons (76ers)
Domantas Sabonis (Pacers)
John Collins (Hawks)
Harrison Barnes (Kings)
Eric Gordon (Rockets)
Goran Dragic (Raptors)
Teams to Watch
Pacers, Celtics, Hawks, Kings, Lakers
Read Full Story (TheSportsletter.com)
The Dunk Contest Field is Locked
2022 NBA Slam Dunk & Rising Stars Participants Revealed
The 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend is fast approaching, and Tuesday brought out the list of players taking the stage for the ancillary events. Four new high-flyers will join the dunk contest while the Rising Stars rosters feature plenty of firepower. Here’s the who’s who of All-Star Weekend:
Dunk Contest Participants
Jalen Green (Rockets)
Obi Toppin (Knicks)
Cole Anthony (Magic)
Juan Toscano-Anderson (Warriors)
Rising Stars Challenge
Rookies: Scottie Barnes (TOR), Cade Cunningham (DET), Ayo Dosunmu (CHI), Chris Duarte (IND), Josh Giddey (OKC), Jalen Green (HOU), Herbert Jones (NOP), Davion Mitchell (SAC), Evan Mobley (CLE), Alperen Sengun (HOU), Jalen Suggs (ORL), Franz Wagner (ORL)
Sophomores: Precious Achiuwa (TOR), Cole Anthony (ORL), Desmond Bane (MEM), LaMelo Ball (CHA), Saddiq Bey (DET), Anthony Edwards (MIN), Tyrese Haliburton (SAC), Tyrese Maxey (PHI), Jaden McDaniels (MIN), Isaac Okoro (CLE), Isaiah Stewart (DET), Jae’Sean Tate (HOU)
*3-Point Contest & Skills Challenge Participants TBD
NBA All-Star Weekend
Friday (Feb. 18) — Sunday (Feb. 20)
Yahoo! Sports: NBA Rising Stars Player Pool Revealed for Revamped Format
Giannis Antetokounmpo got Tuesday’s game ball with a 33-point triple double (33-15-11) in the Bucks’ win over the Wizards (112-98). Giannis shot 66 percent from the field (14-for-21) to push Milwaukee within 1.5 games of the Eastern Conference lead.
The Rangers kept pace with the Hurricanes in the Metropolitan Division by striking down the Panthers and ending their four-game win streak on Tuesday (5-2). Chris Kreider scored twice in the win to give him the NHL lead in goals (33).
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