NFL golfing QBs on The Match: Expect trash talk
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Tom VanHaarenESPN Staff Writer
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The four quarterbacks participated in a media event Wednesday, and they showed a glimpse of what fans might expect on the television broadcast of the 12-hole exhibition that seemingly will feature a ton of trash talk.
Brady and Rodgers were paired against each other in the previous event, with Brady partnered with Phil Mickelson and Rodgers with Bryson DeChambeau. They will now face the younger quarterback duo in an event billed as “experience versus youth”.
“I know they tried to make it old guys versus young guys, but I said it when we were doing our chipping [contest] that they showed yesterday,” Rodgers said. “I said, “Who thought of this, you want the two best guys against each other?” “
Rodgers admitted that his previous partner, DeChambeau, came prepared with too many premeditated jokes and that Mickelson’s jabs didn’t land, but he said it would be different this time around.
“When we started [in the NFL], definitely when [Brady] started and when I started playing, there was actual, real trash talk. Rodgers stated that guys used to trash-talk each other and had a lot of good s— conversation. We also knew who the others were in the league. “Now, it’s more buddybuddy, you know? Social media following each other, memes. This emoji is —,, and it’s not quite the same. Talking about Kermit the Frog [Mahomes, per memes] or Josh [Allen] trying s— talk Tom and Tom, two old-school, grizzled vets. You can’t go wrong. “
Rodgers said the two had better get some comedians to help write some material, but Allen had already mentioned that he thinks Brady will have a team of writers to help him out on the course.
“I think once Tom’s script from his team runs out of jokes, I don’t think he’s going to be able to really think on his feet like that,” Allen said. “I feel like I have a lot of practice, just kind of witticisms and wit. Aaron is a little better at that, but Tom will still have his little notecard out there. He’ll run out eventually and I don’t think Tom will know what to do. “
When Brady heard Allen’s remarks and was asked about them, he smiled and immediately had a comeback without any help from any writers or anyone else.
“I will come prepared like I always do to everything, and you know, it’s different, golf s— talk’s a little different than pro football s— talk,” Brady said. “Normally, pro football s— talk means that you have to back it up. Josh has not supported himself on the football field much in his career, let’s be honest, especially when he was playing against me.
“I would just say it’s going to look like what it’s looked like for a long time against him, and Patrick, although he’s played a lot of great games, he didn’t really win the important ones. He has won some of the other ones but not the most important. “
By the sounds of how all four quarterbacks were talking, none has had much time to take golf seriously in the offseason. Mahomes said he has received some tips and Allen has taken lessons, but none felt like they could carry their team.
Allen and Mahomes are hoping that their youth and physical condition will help pull them through in the end. They also hope that their friendship will play a role in their teamwork on course. Allen believes that their competition could be influenced by their egos and that we might witness that play out during match.
“I think it’s a situation where, me and Pat don’t care who makes the putt, who hits the drive,” Allen said. “We want the ball in before their [ball] does. They want their [ball] balls to go in before theirs. I don’t think they will be able to play off each other well. “
Brady is 0-2 in these events, but he and Rodgers have the experience and know what to expect. It is still unclear whether the actual golf will be worthy for a television broadcast. However, if the pre-round trash talking is any indication, there will be plenty to see during the match.
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