It has been an interesting 24 hours for those hoping quarterback Tom Brady signs with the Las Vegas Raiders as they got a dose of reality.
We live in an era where information is available fast and at our fingertips. Unfortunately, that also translates into errors and lack of due diligence by media outlets. Raider Nation you could say, was a victim yesterday and got a dose of reality. Yes, they got trolled.
A Brilliant Troll Job
Exhibit “A” was Tom Brady’s cryptic tweet, which sent Twitter into a frenzy. But as everyone knows (or should know) a post like this doesn’t mean anything. For all we know, it’s a tribute to his time in New England, a farewell kind of thing.
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) January 30, 2020
Exhibit B were the reports (later proven to be wrong) that Brady had purchased property in Las Vegas. Again, even if this turned out to be 100% true, it doesn’t really mean anything. News flash, wealthy folks buy property all the time, usually as an investment, which doesn’t correlate to Brady going to the Silver State. Now, if he bought a home next to head coach Jon Gruden or owner Mark Davis, that would be too much of a coincidence and definitely something.
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Even the NBC affiliate from the Raiders old home in the Bay Area got in on the fun. Doug Williams of NBC Bay Area news reported that the rumors had an impact on betting odds as well.
The news prompted one oddsmaker to change its odds on Brady’s landing spot in 2020. While the Patriots remain the favorite to re-sign their star, the Chargers, Colts and Titans are considered the next-in-line most likely teams. But with the news of his purchase of Nevada real estate, Draft Kings jumped the Raiders to the next-likely spot along with four other teams (Panthers, Browns, Bucs, Broncos).
You cant blame people for getting their hopes up after word originally got out via The Adam Jones Show on 98.5 Boston’s The Sports Hub. Many fans are tired of the underwhelming performances by the Raiders so a sign like this created excitement. Then, Vincent Bonsignore of Las Vegas Review Journal put a nail to the coffin on that report via Twitter.
— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) January 30, 2020
For now, Raider Nation can sit back and examine everything and if you’re a Carr supporter you can breathe easy. Funny enough however, it seems the beset quarterback’s wish won’t come true as the Brady rumors are probably just getting started.
Well done Tom, well done.
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