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Pa. Gov. Wolf responds to Trump’s hope of normal NFL season

Pa. Gov. Wolf responds to Trump’s hope of normal NFL season

Less than a week after President Donald Trump reportedly said he believed the NFL season would start on time despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf isn’t so sure. 

Wolf, during his press conference on Wednesday afternoon, was asked if Trump’s timeline is realistic. 

“I think it’s too early to call what happens in the fall,” Wolf said, via PennLive.com.

Trump said he believed the NFL would start on time on a conference call Saturday with commissioners of the country’s major sports leagues, according to ESPN. Trump also reportedly said he hoped to have fans back in stadiums by August and September. 

Wolf is just the latest governor to express trepidation about the NFL’s starting on time in September — at least starting normally. 

According to ProFootballTalk, the governors of Ohio, California and Illinois have also expressed some skepticism about a normal start to the NFL season. 

California is home to four NFL teams, the most of any state in the country. And its governor doesn’t expect a “normal” start to the NFL season. 

“I’m not anticipating that happening in this state,” Newsom said Saturday, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “We’ve all seen the headlines over the last couple days in Asia, where they opening up certain businesses, and now they’re starting to roll back those openings because they’re starting seeing some spread and there’s a boomerang. One has to be very cautious here, one has to be careful not to overpromise.

"It's interesting, I have a lot of friends that work in Major League Baseball and the NFL, they've been asking me -- in fact, a well-known athlete -- a football player -- just asked me if he expects to come back. I said, 'I would move very cautiously in that expectation.'"

In addition to the question about the NFL, Wolf was also asked about winter and spring high school sports. He said every winter sport — professional and amateur — has shut down and Pennsylvania needs to follow that. 

"We need to stay safe,” Wolf said. “Again, our first priority is to keep people safe.”

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President Trump enters the endless Pete Rose Hall of Fame debate

President Trump enters the endless Pete Rose Hall of Fame debate

The Houston Astros' cheating scandal has rocked the baseball world, leaving both current and former players questioning the integrity of the great American pasttime. 

It's also re-ignited the debate over former Phillies All-Star Pete Rose, and whether Rose deserves in the National Baseball Hall of Fame after he admitted to betting on games during his 24-year playing career. 

On Saturday afternoon, one notable voice re-entered the fray: President Donald Trump.

Trump tweeted about Rose's exclusion from the Hall of Fame 17 different times before Saturday, which makes his latest assessment of Rose's Hall chances par for the course. This does, however, mark Trump's first tweet about Rose in nearly four years, and his first tweet about Rose since being elected President of the United States in 2016.

He last tweeted about Rose on March 13, 2016, when the former Phillie sent him a baseball during Trump's campaign:

Rose, who was banned for life from Major Leauge Baseball in 1989, has recently tried to use the Astros' scandal as a foil for reinstatement, this week petitioning MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to remove his name from the league's ineligible list.

"There cannot be one set of rules for Mr. Rose and another for everyone else," Rose's petition for reinstatement argues, per ESPN. "No objective standard or categorization of the rules violations committed by Mr. Rose can distinguish his violations from those that have incurred substantially less severe penalties from Major League Baseball."

Rose played for the Phillies from 1979 to 1983, racking up 826 hits and 255 RBI while slashing .291/.365/.361 and landing on four All-Star teams.

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A Donald Trump decision could help Eagles sign a new offensive lineman, Brett Toth

A Donald Trump decision could help Eagles sign a new offensive lineman, Brett Toth

A decision by President Donald Trump might apparently help the Eagles sign a new offensive lineman. 

Really. 

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Eagles are interested in signing former Army offensive tackle Brett Toth, who “is seeking a waiver from senior Army leadership” that would allow him to join the Eagles. 

In June, Trump signed a presidential memorandum that ordered the Pentagon to develop a policy that would allow players from military academies to play professional sports after graduation, deferring their service obligation. 

In that memo in June, Trump said military academy athletes should be allowed to defer because of the “short window of time” they have to play pro sports. 

In 2018, Toth became the first player from West Point to be invited to the annual Senior Bowl. Toth graduated last May and is a second lieutenant in the Army. He’s now a year removed from football. 

“The NFL dream waits until my service is done,” Toth said last January, via USA Today. “You have that dream ever since you started playing ball, or even being young and in the backyard playing ball. But again, being at West Point, initially thought it was going to be five years (of military service), for me at least. Going in, I didn’t think (the NFL) was going to be something for me. But now, under the current administration, the requirement is two years, so it looks like I might be doing both.” 

Even if the Eagles sign Toth, he won’t have a great shot at making the 53-man roster. Perhaps he could stick around as a practice squad player. 

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. 

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