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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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ESPN analyst Louis Riddick calls out Josh Gordon critics

ESPN analyst Louis Riddick calls out Josh Gordon critics

Josh Gordon's announcement that he was stepping away from football to work on his mental health, and subsequent announcement from the NFL that he had violated the conditions of his reinstatement and would be suspended indefinitely, provoked a lot of reactions from all over the football world

From a football aspect, the Patriots relied heavily upon Gordon, and will now be working through the rest of the season without the threat of Gordon on the outside. 

From a personal aspect, Gordon has to do what is best for him, not what's best for the Patriots or their fans. Mental health is nothing to be trifled with and if Gordon must step away for his well-being, then so be it. 

ESPN analyst Louis Riddick emphasized this last point in a passionate speech on "Get Up", and explained that the situation isn't as simple as some of his critics are making it out be. 

Riddick blasted those who said that Gordon was blowing a huge opportunity and if they were in that spot, they would "just stop doing the dumb things that he's doing." 

Riddick put an exclamation mark on his point by telling those who were ready to hop on Twitter and explain why Gordon is just being ignorant to "be very careful, because you don't know when this could happen to you." 

Gordon may go down as one of the biggest "what-ifs" in NFL history, but as Riddick reminded us, Gordon's life is more important than his career. 

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