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Dolphins, Steelers decline to be mic'd up on ESPN after Sam Darnold incident

Dolphins, Steelers decline to be mic'd up on ESPN after Sam Darnold incident

Adam Gase and the Jets weren't pleased by ESPN airing Sam Darnold's "seeing ghost" remark vs. the Patriots in Week 7, and it looks like the incident has had a ripple effect on the rest of the league.

Both the Steelers and Dolphins declined to be "mic'd up" on ESPN's "Monday Night Football," according to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal.

It doesn't come as much of a surprise that teams have become more cautious about wearing microphones following the Darnold incident. The Jets quarterback has been trolled by opposing players and even mascots since admitting to "seeing ghosts" vs. the "Boogymen" Pats defense.

Pittsburgh and Miami clearly want nothing to do with the risk of being exposed like that on national television, and we should expect more teams to follow suit. For ESPN, that's a tough break as the "mic'd up" segment is an integral part of their "Monday Night Football" broadcast.

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Tom Brady buries Max Kellerman (again) over ill-advised 'cliff' take

Tom Brady buries Max Kellerman (again) over ill-advised 'cliff' take

Max Kellerman's three-year-old hot take is still pinned to Tom Brady's bulletin board.

How do we know this? Check out the latest update on the New England Patriots quarterback's Instagram story:

For context, Brady's 61-mph throw would have ranked as the second-fastest in NFL Scouting Combine history since throwing velocity began being tracked in 2008, behind Josh Allen at 62 mph.

It appears Brady can still bring the heat, contrary to the belief of Kellerman, who predicted on ESPN in July 2016 that Brady's play would "fall off a cliff," and that the veteran QB would be a "bum in short order."

To state the obvious, Brady has not become a "bum;" in fact, he's led the Patriots to Super Bowls in two of the three seasons since Kellerman's prediction and literally was named the NFL's best player (MVP) in 2017.

But even after making Kellerman eat his words on several occasions, the 41-year-old is using that take (and the haters in general) as motivation entering his 20th NFL season.

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Paul Pierce throws shade at ESPN cohost Jalen Rose on Twitter

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Paul Pierce throws shade at ESPN cohost Jalen Rose on Twitter

Paul Pierce's legendary 19-year NBA career has put him in the top-20 in all-time points scored, threes made and minutes played. He'll always reside on lists next to the names of the very best basketball players ever.

But there's one list he'll always get left off of: John Stockton, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Steve Nash, Allen Iverson and Reggie Miller.

Those are some of the many great NBA players who, unlike Pierce, never won a championship. Pierce feels sympathy for this group, which includes NBA Countdown cohost Jalen Rose. 

Of course, Rose's trophy case isn't necessarily empty, just lacking the big one. Rose played 16 seasons himself and earned a spot on the All-Rookie second team as well as the 1999-00 Most Improved Player award.

Pierce, on the other hand, has a Larry O'Brien trophy and a Finals MVP award on his mantel thanks to Boston's 2008 title run. Pierce's tweet was likely nothing more than a lighthearted jab at a friend he developed great on-air chemistry with on NBA Countdown this year. 

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