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Osaka vows to block out negatives after ‘toughest year’

first_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At LongerCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Best Cars Of All TimeFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Loading… But she then exited Roland Garros in the third round and Wimbledon in the first round, and her defence of her US Open crown similarly fell flat.The Japanese roared back with titles in her native city of Osaka and then in Beijing in the autumn, and in December hired the Belgian Wim Fissette as her coach – her fourth in less than a year.The world number three, who faces Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic in her opener in Melbourne, said she was “in a better head space” compared to 12 months ago, and playing better tennis.“But honestly, last year was the toughest year of my life, so I would hope it gets better,” Osaka added.Pushed as to what she meant, she said: “I guess just before everything (success), if I lost, it wouldn’t be an (news) article.“Now if I lose, like, there’s news. It was tough adjusting to that.”Osaka described herself as “a bit more seasoned” compared to a year ago and hopes feeling more relaxed can bring success, starting with the defence of her Australian Open crown.“Last year I feel like I was young,” the Japanese said was a smile.“I was just this young kid that was going out. My goal was to win and I wasn’t going to let anything stop me.“I feel like now I appreciate more every single win because I know what it took to get it.“Of course I want to win every match and I want to go out there and do that.“That’s what I’m here for. I think maybe last year I was a little bit more fearless.” The 22-year-old began last year in spectacular fashion, winning in Melbourne for back-to-back Grand Slam titles and soaring to the top of the world rankings.center_img Read Also: Serena Williams, back in the wins, aims to end long Slam record questOsaka, who has been open about her struggles with the pressure that comes with success, says she is trying to ignore what is said and written about her.“I’ve been training my whole life for this (tennis),” she told reporters.“I shouldn’t let outside noise – no offence to you guys, love you guys – but outside noise dictate how I’m feeling.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka said Saturday that 2019 was the “toughest year of my life” after the Japanese ploughed through several coaches and suffered a major dip in form.Advertisementlast_img read more

Ibrahimovic drops cryptic post amid talks of EPL switch

first_img Promoted Content6 Best Movie Cars You Could Own But Probably Can’t AffordThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsWhy Do Americans Consider Him To Be The Best President?It Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last Movie8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right NowPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?World-Ending Scenarios: This Is How The Apocalypse May Happen Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken to social media to  tease Leeds fans with a cryptic post amid intense speculation linking him with the Premier League club.The 38-year-old Swedish striker returned to AC Milan in January and has scored an impressive 11 times in 20 appearances across all competitions last season.But Ibrahimovic hasn’t penned an extension with Milan and is expected to leave the San Siro this summer.Leeds were linked with the former Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain star during the January transfer window.And now Ibrahimovic’s latest post on social media has caught the attention of many fans about his potential club future.The former Sweden international posted on Instagram Stories a first-person view from what appears to be a boat.And Ibrahimovic dropped a simple message accompanying his post: “Next destination.” Credit: Instagram/Zlatan Ibrahimovic Loading… Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani only admitted last month that it could be “too late” to bring Ibrahimovic to Elland Road.“Ibrahimovic will certainly be difficult,” he said.“We tried to sign him in January, but he chose to join Milan and the deal vanished.“Now I think it’s too late, the intensity of English football is different.”Ibrahimovic, who turns 39 in October, has suggested that it is unlikely he will remain in Italy for the new season. Read Also: Barca to start Messi, Suarez, Griezmann in attack against Napoli“I still have three games, still 10 days, nobody said anything to me and I don’t expect anything else,” he said last month.“There are things that we cannot control, but that seems strange to me, but we are doing great things.“We play with great confidence and we believe in what we do. I’m working, I’m fine, the team is fine and doing good things.“When I arrived we are second or third in the standings, it means it is not bad.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Everest Under-17s turn tables on Cold Fusion

first_img… Club gets new uniforms, compliments of HACCAFTER going down to Zeelugt’s Cold Fusion in their tapeball encounter recently, Everest turned the table on their opponents in a feature Under-17 35-over clash, played last Saturday at their Camp Road, Georgetown venue.In a game that fluctuated throughout, Everest triumphed by a mere seven runs in a thrilling affair. Set a challenging 131 for victory after the home team were limited to 130 all out in 31 overs, Cold Fusion were restricted to 123 all out in 33.3 overs.For Everest, Aaron Beharry led the way with a top score of 23 with extras playing a big role with 36, including a whopping 31 wides. The bowling honours were shared by P. Binand (3 for 8 off 3 overs), Kapildeo Charandeen (3 for 16 in 3), Aaron Mohabir (2 for 10 in 4) and Andre Seepersaud (2 for 26 off 7).Everest skipper Vishal Persaud collects the winning trophy from sponsor Prem Raghubir.Seepersaud completed a fine all-round performance with a fine 39 and received solid support from D. George who stroked 21. The rest of the batting however floundered to the bowling of Mohamed Jameer who captured four for 19 in 5.3 overs. There were two wickets each for Andre Tilku, Demerara Under-19 selectee Renaldo Mohamed and Vishal Persaud. Jameer was named man-of-the-match for his brilliant bowling performance.The winning trophy which was handed over to Everest skipper Vishal Persaud was donated by Prem Raghubir of Royal Woodworking Establishment.Opportunity was also taken to hand over cricket gear and uniforms to the recently-formed Cold Fusion players. Manniram Shew handed over a set for uniforms to the club’s president Bhudnarine Persaud on behalf of Narchand ‘Archie’ Mohan, owner and president of Hawaiian Arctic Cricket Club (HACC) of Toronto, Canada.Saheed Mohamed of Everest also presented two helmets and a pair of batting gloves.last_img read more

Ruthless Jamaica hit six past Aruba in Curacao

first_imgMAALIQUE Foster scored a brace while Chavany Willis, Shemar Nicholson and Lamar Walker all scored, as Jamaica hammered Aruba 6-0 in the return leg of their Group C match at the Ergillo Hato Stadium in Curacao on Tuesday.Junior Flemmings also scored his first goal for Jamaica in what could be described only as a rout.Following a lack-lustre performance at the Kingston National Stadium on Saturday when the Jamaicans won 2-0, the visitors would have been hoping for an improved performance on Tuesday night.Jamaica got on the score sheet early when Willis delivered from the penalty spot after only seven minutes.Jamaica netted their second 10 minutes later when Maalique Foster slammed home a half volley from just out of the 18-yard box past a stunned Eric Abdul, who stood motionless as the ball crashed into the back of the net.Foster turned provider two minutes later, putting through Lamar Walker on goal. The 19-year-old Bethlehem Steel midfielder, demonstrating composure that belies his age and experience at this level, rounded Abdul and slotted home to put the Reggae Boyz up 3-0.Jamaica continued to threaten the Aruban goal and found a fourth in the 34th minute when Abdul parried a shot from Willis into the path of an onrushing Shamar Nicholson for a tap-in from two yards.Jamaica went to the break leading 4-0 completely in control of the match.At the resumption, it did not take long for Jamaica to add to their lead.Flemmings, who was very effective down the left flank early in the half, drove past several defenders and into the box before passing the ball into the far corner, well out of Abdul’s reach for Jamaica’s fifth.Flemmings sank to his knees and raised his arms to the heavens in celebration after he scored, was integral to Jamaica’s sixth that came in the 53rd minute. His shot from the left side of the box was parried by Abdul into the path of Foster who tapped into net for his second on the night.The win means Jamaica have the maximum of 12 points from their four matches so far in the group and Theodore Whitmore’s side have yet to concede a goal while scoring 18.Aruba remain at the bottom of the table with no points from their four matches.last_img read more

Guyana to participate in FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifiers

first_imgTHE Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (ONCACAF), yesterday announced the details for the 2020 CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship. The men’s world cup qualifying competition will be disputed in three stages, in February, June and July of 2020.Unlike the previous format, which included regional qualifiers in the Caribbean and Central America and one final Championship, the redesigned competition mirrors the format used for the men’s under-17, women’s under-17 and women’s under-20 competitions, ensuring that all participating teams have an opportunity to qualify for FIFA World Cup and to play more top-level competitive football matches.The first stage of the competition will kick off in February of 2020. For this initial group stage, 17 participating countries ranked from 17-41, according to the Concacaf Under-20 Ranking as of June 2019, will be divided into three groups of four teams and one group of five teams. After round-robin play, the top finisher in each of the groups will advance to the knockout stage.The participating countries for the qualifying stage are Anguilla, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and US Virgin Islands.The second round of the competition, which will also be played in a group format, will take place in June of 2020. The top ranked 16 participating teams, according to the Concacaf Under-20 Ranking as of June 2019, will be divided into four groups of four. After round-robin play, the top three teams in each of the groups will advance to the knockout stage.The participating countries for the group stage are Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and USA.The final stage of the competition, knockout stage, will take place immediately following the second stage. All knockout round matches (round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal and final) will be played in a single match elimination format, with the semi-finalist qualifying to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Indonesia 2021.An official draw to sort the participating teams into the qualifying and group stage groups, as well as the parings for the round of 16, will take place on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. The draw will be conducted from the CONCACAF Headquarters in Miami, FL. Fans will be able to follow all the action beginning at 11:00hrs ET via Concacaf.com.The host countries for each of the rounds and further scheduling details will be publicised after the draw.last_img read more

Bees rebound from first loss, complete sweep of F-M

first_imgThis was different from their first encounter three weeks earlier at Baker High School, for while it won that game 50-36, in that instance B’ville jumped out 22-6 in the first quarter and essentially maintained that margin the rest of the way.Here, the teams stayed close for most of the first half, though the Bees did outscore F-M 14-8 in the second quarter. But the Hornets fired back in the third period, converting some baskets and moving within three, 36-33.As before, F-M concentrated its production on the duo of Lexie Roe and Lily Fish, Roe earning 17 points and Fish getting 11 points, but other than that the Hornets only managed four total field goals. And it was B’ville’s defense that ultimately decided matters, keeping F-M quiet for long stretches of the fourth quarter as it steadily pulled clear, with the duo of Katie Pascale and Sydney Huhtala at the forefront.Pascale finished with 15 points, just ahead of Huhtala’s total of 14 points. Kyrah Wilbur earned eight points as Hannah Mimas and Ola Bednarczyk got four points apiece.A big week of home games now looms for B’ville as Nottingham brings a 7-6 record on Tuesday and then West Genesee visits on Friday, the three-time defending sectional champion Wildcats burning to avenge a 52-40 defeat to the Bees back on Dec. 10.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Baldwinsvillegirls basketballcenter_img When the Baldwinsville girls basketball team’s 12-game win streak ended at Cicero-North Syracuse on Jan. 17, the pressure of maintaining an undefeated mark was off.However, the Bees now stood in second place behind the Northstars in the Salt City Athletic Conference Metro division standings. What was more, C-NS had now passed them in the state AA rankings, sitting at no. 17 to the Bees’ no. 19 mark.For a week, B’ville waited for a chance to show that it could recover from a setback. And the Bees would do so Friday night at Fayetteville-Manlius, pushed hard by the Hornets, but emerging with a 50-39 victory.last_img read more

Sportech agrees to sell Football Pools for ‘£83 million cash’ to OpCapita PE

first_imgShare Ian Hogg joins RPM Gaming as Chairman May 5, 2020 Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Share Updating the market, Sportech Plc has confirmed that it has entered a ‘conditional agreement’ to sell its Football Pools division for £83 million to ‘FP Acquisitions Limited’ a newly created company controlled by the funds of London private equity firm OpCapita.Seeking deal clearance, Sportech governance will now present the cash offer to its investors for approval.The Sportech board details that the funds generated from the sale will be used to invest in long-term product and technology development. Furthermore, any net proceeds from the disposal will be returned to Sportech shareholders.Governance further points that the cash £83 million deal is an attractive proposition since the company is now primarily focused on expanding its US Racing & Digital services.Focusing on its US divisions, Sportech details that its Football Pools product may not have the ‘material synergies’ for the firm’s future growth strategy.Updating investors on the proposed disposal Ian Penrose, Chief Executive of Sportech, said: “The sale of The Football Pools Business represents an important strategic development for Sportech, having established a strong platform for growth, following completion of an extensive and successful modernisation programme. We have delivered our objective of stabilising earnings, and are delighted to have concluded this deal for Sportech’s shareholders, The Football Pools Business and its employees.”Potential new owner OpCapita stated that it had been reviewing the UK betting and gaming sector for a period of time, seeking for viable investment opportunities.The private equity firm detailed that it was drawn to the Football Pools by ‘its loyal customer base, providing a solid foundation on which to build, through new distribution channels, additional new games and fresh marketing’. John Von Spreckelsen, Chairman of OpCapita, said: “We are delighted to be acquiring The Football Pools, which occupies a unique place in British culture. Sportech has successfully modernised the business and we look forward to realising its significant growth potential. As part of that growth strategy, we plan to ensure existing loyal customers continue to enjoy the game and bring The Football Pools, already loved by so many, to an even wider audience”.“We look forward to partnering with Conleth Byrne and his team to help develop the company further and supporting the community with its commitment to charitable causes.” UK Tote gains international ‘commingling pool ecosystem’ with Sportech April 17, 2020 Related Articles Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

Latest loss sends LA Dodgers on the road for NLDS

first_imgKershaw’s day was finished after that inning. He threw 82 pitches in his final playoff prep. He walked one – his 11th of the season in 149 innings – and struck out only four. For the season, his strikeout-to-walk ratio of 15.6 shatters the former record set by Phil Hughes in 2014 (11.6).“Sure. Yeah. I mean, I don’t have a choice,” Kershaw said when asked if he felt ready for the post-season. “I feel good. Arm feels good. I want to be perfect. It wasn’t perfect today but good enough for sure, yeah.”Kershaw wasn’t the most dominant left-hander in Saturday’s game. Giants rookie Ty Blach pitched eight scoreless innings in just his fourth big-league appearance and second start.The Dodgers made very little hard contact against him all day and managed just singles by Adrian Gonzalez in the second, Yasiel Puig in the fourth and Joc Pederson in the eighth. Only Gonzalez made it as far as second base.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had expressed optimism this week that his team was turning around its fortunes against lefties after beating Padres left-hander Christian Friedrich and getting to Giants ace Madison Bumgarner early in Friday’s game.Saturday put a big dent in that optimism.“We just couldn’t figure him out,” Roberts said of Blach who also pitched three hitless innings in relief against the Dodgers in September. “He was throwing fastballs and getting ahead of guys. We just couldn’t really put any good swings together, let alone consistent at-bats consecutively.“Today wasn’t a good day. … I think we gave away a lot of at-bats today. We’ve got to be better. We’re going to see a lefty in the next series (Washington’s Gio Gonzalez). We’ve got to be better.”The Giants’ win set up a photo finish for the final playoff spot in the National League Sunday. The three teams vying for the two wild-card spots – the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals and Giants – each won Saturday. The Mets clinched the top spot with that win. The Giants maintain a one-game lead over the Cardinals heading into the final game of the regular season.If the Giants win or the Cardinals lose Sunday, the Giants would play the Mets in the wild-card game Wednesday in New York. If the Dodgers beat the Giants on Sunday and the Cardinals win, it would set up a one-game playoff for the final wild card on Monday in St. Louis. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It’s only exciting if we win so we’ll try to win on Friday.”They’ll try to win without homefield advantage in the first round for the first time since their 2013 run to the NL Championship Series. The Dodgers had the homefield edge but lost in the first round anyway in 2014 (to the St. Louis Cardinals) and 2015 (to the New York Mets).“To me, it doesn’t matter,” said Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen who pitched a desultory eighth inning on Saturday. “We just don’t want to go home after the first round again.”Kershaw will again figure prominently in that. He certainly looked ready for the task most of the day Saturday.He retired the first 11 Giants batters in order and allowed just three hits in the first six innings, cruising along on 69 pitches. One of the hits was a solo home run by Angel Pagan, however, and the Giants added two more runs in the seventh inning when Brandon Crawford’s comebacker caromed off Kershaw and was thrown away for an error by Justin Turner when he recovered the ball.center_img SAN FRANCISCO >> Clayton Kershaw will be on the mound at Nationals Park next Friday. That is both a relief and a disappointment for the Dodgers.Kershaw made his fifth start since spending 75 days outside the lines with a herniated disc in his back and pitched well again, going seven innings for the second consecutive start and allowing just one earned run. But the Dodgers did nothing offensively against another left-handed pitcher and lost to the San Francisco Giants 3-0 Saturday afternoon.The fourth loss in five games since they clinched the National League West title last Sunday ended any possibility of the Dodgers catching the Washington Nationals for homefield in their NL Division Series matchup. That best-of-five series will open on Friday at Nationals Park.“It looked bleak there for a little bit in the middle of the season,” Kershaw said of drawing the Game 1 assignment for a fourth consecutive fall. “Didn’t know if I was going to be able to make it to this point. Now that it’s here it’s exciting.last_img read more

Wellington Fire/EMS incident report: Nov. 4- Nov. 6, 2013

first_imgThe Wellington Fire/EMS incident report for Nov. 4-6, 2013 is as follows:  Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 11/4   12:35 PM                  Vehicle Accident                             2000 block E. 16th11/4   2:34 PM                    Medical Emergency                       2000 block E. 16th11/4   3:14 PM                    Medical Trauma                             300 block W. Harvey11/4   3:57 PM                    Brush Fire                                         50th South & West11/5   11:54 AM                  Medical Trauma                             300 block N. Washington11/5   6:30 PM                    Transfer to Wichita11/6   7:58 AM                    Medical Trauma                             1800 block Madison11/6   9:02 AM                    Medical Emergency                       1000 block College11/6   11:12 PM                  Medical Emergency                       1000 block Collegelast_img read more

Tom Brady’s NFL Combine highlights: 40 time, bench press, old scouting reports & more

first_imgView this post on Instagram MORE: Why Brady is the NFL Athlete of the DecadeWe all know by now the opposite occurred. Thanks in part to Brady’s Combine showing being received as average at best, nobody saw a record six Super Bowl rings in his future. Brady famously slipped to the Patriots in the sixth round of the draft, at No. 199 overall. Only one of the six QBs picked ahead of the Michigan product (Marc Bulger, No. 168 by Saints) appeared in a Pro Bowl.Brady’s story now serves as an annual reminder to NFL Draft prospects who don’t test off the charts that their potential is not defined by a 40-yard dash, a vertical leap, a Wonderlic test score or anything else from the Combine.And yes, provided the context of the 42-year-old’s unprecedented success in the NFL, his Combine performance 20 years ago can be viewed as a comedic masterpiece.Below are the highlights (if one can call them that) and stats from Brady’s notoriously ho-hum workout in Indianapolis.MORE: Ranking Tom Brady’s best fits in NFL free agencyTom Brady Combine: The pictureThe photo makes the rounds on social media every late February and early March when NFL fans turn their collective attention to the Combine.Brady, shirtless, looking … not like a future Hall of Fame football player.With the NFL Combine starting today, we thought it’d be a good time to remember Tom Brady at the event in 2000. pic.twitter.com/uTBMyLhYcM— Sports Photos (@sportsphotos) February 26, 2019Brady has dealt with the viral nature of the photo for years, but he now cherishes the picture with good reason.”It’s actually a great thing for me to see because it reminds me of where I started,” Brady said during the NFL 100 All-Time Team finale last year, via NESN. “We all have our story, and I started at a place where I always felt like I was looking up at everybody. I was looking up at everybody in high school and then college and certainly when I started in the pros.”Through a lot of help and a lot of support, I just learned and I kept trying to get a little bit better and a little bit better and keep growing and keep evolving. I still feel like I’m trying to do that today.”Tom Brady’s 40-yard dash timeBrady ran a 5.28-second 40-yard dash, the second slowest time among QBs at the 2000 NFL Combine. Only Louisville’s Chris Redman (5.37) was slower.The fact that Brady’s straight-line speed was and is irrelevant doesn’t take away from the delight one experiences watching him sprint awkwardly in his floppy white tee.It’s worth noting that Brady evidently was faster in 2019 than he was in 2000. In July, he was timed running a 40-yard dash in 5.17 seconds.Must be the TB12 stuff.Tom Brady’s bench press & other statsWith the exception of the 20-yard shuttle, a drill in which Brady randomly posted a decent time, the QB’s Combine results made him seem as unathletic as the video did.One measurement that worked in Brady’s favor was his height; at 6-4, he and Michigan State’s Bill Burke were the tallest QBs in Indianapolis that week.Below are all of Brady’s stats from the 2000 NFL Combine, including the results of his workout and his measurements (via NFLCombineResults.com).Workout resultsDrillTime/measurementPercentile among QBs40-yard dash5.28 seconds0.7Bench pressN/AN/AVertical24.5 inches2.9Broad jumpN/AN/A20-yard shuttle4.38 seconds45.360-yard shuttleN/AN/AMeasurementsDimensionBrady’s measurementHeight76.4 inchesWeight211 poundsBMI26.03Arm length32.75 inchesHand size9.38 inchesMORE: All-time NFL Combine recordsAs for the throwing drills, Brady performed as well as a QB can when throwing to random wide receivers against no coverage or pressure.Below are the NFL’s complete highlights from Brady’s Combine performance, including some of those throwing drills.Tom Brady’s Wonderlic scoreBrady scored a 33 out of a possible 50 on the Wonderlic test at the 2000 NFL Combine, a solid number considering the average score for the Wonderlic is 20.Only one player, punter Pat McInally in 1975, has scored a perfect 50 on the Wonderlic test at the Combine. The high mark for quarterbacks, who average a 25.9 based on data from wonderlictestsample.com, is held by Ryan Fitzpatrick, who scored a 48.Of course, as Sporting News wrote in 2016, the Wonderlic test is a good cognitive measure for anything but football.”I can basically tell you, from what we see, it’s a huge waste of time and money,” University of Louisville business school professor Frank Kuzmits told SN.MORE WONDERLIC:Highest, lowest test scores in Combine historyTom Brady scouting reportsBrady himself is a recent source of some of the language used in the scouting reports that knocked his abilities ahead of the 2000 NFL Draft.In an Instagam post a few years back, the QB recollected the negatives and used them to encourage those who were participating in the 2017 NFL Combine.”Poor build … Skinny … Lacks great physical stature and strength … Lacks mobility and ability to avoid the rush … Lacks a really strong arm … Can’t drive the ball downfield … Does not throw a really tight spiral … System-type player who can get exposed if forced to ad lib … Gets knocked down easily.” I found my combine shirt from 17 years ago and it got me thinking. This is what they said about me then….. Poor build, Skinny, Lacks great physical stature and strength, Lacks mobility and ability to avoid the rush, Lacks a really strong arm, Can’t drive the ball downfield, Does not throw a really tight spiral, System-type player who can get exposed if forced to ad lib, Gets knocked down easily As @edelman11 always reminds me … “You can prove em right or you can prove em wrong!” Good luck to all of you this weekend!!A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Mar 3, 2017 at 7:53am PSTBelow are a few more recollections of how Brady was viewed as the 2000 NFL Draft approached:— “I don’t like him. Smart guy. That’s it.” — Anonymous NFC scout (via The Athletic)— “I always thought you should look at any senior who is starting; maybe they have something. You watch four, five, six plays, and if they don’t show anything you leave them off the list. I watched Brady, and he was actually pretty good. He was very careful with his passes, very accurate, no interceptions. I wondered if his arm would be strong enough. If you saw him — and he was listed that day at 6-5, 195 pounds — he didn’t look good. He looked kind of emaciated, with no muscle definition. … “I put him on the list and figured, it can’t hurt. Let’s give him a grade and at least we can talk about him. Turns out nobody else (with the Giants) had his name down. I gave Brady a middle-to-late-round grade, and when I was in the draft room I guess I got drowned out. Whoever heard of Tom Brady?” — Giants scout Whitey Walsh (via ESPN)— “He had that great bowl game but I think he’s just very common. He’s a bony, very thin kind of guy. God, you can see his ribs on his build. His arm is just adequate. That bowl game against Alabama, he was just unconscious. Other than that, I didn’t like him. One thing he doesn’t do is force a lot of balls. He competed and hung in there.” — Anonymous NFC scout (via The Athletic)— “Very accurate, good toughness, good leadership. Has a chance to be a good player in the league in time. I think he’d be a real solid backup initially and end up growing into a starter.” — Bears director of college scouting Bill Rees (via The Athletic)— “Brady needs to work on reading blitzes and elaborate defenses. Like Brian Griese and Scott Dreisbach, his Michigan quarterback predecessors, he could use long-term training with a team that already features a prominent running game and a talented, veteran receiving corps — similar to Brady’s situation at Michigan with Anthony Thomas and Marcus Knight. Projected as a third-round pick, Brady is likely to wear the headset of a backup at first. He knows it will require a lot of patience before he will fit into an NFL team’s scheme.” — Sporting News— “Interesting, interesting guy. He looks like one of them poles you hang coats on. He’s got big knobs on his shoulders. But this guy is a very good deep passer. He’s highly competitive. He can’t run worth a lick but he has enough where he can step out of the way of people.” — Lions vice president of player personnel Ron Hughes (via The Athletic)— “I understand the players wanted (Brady) to play (over Drew Henson in 1998 and ’99). Brady handled it excellently. He was one of the captains, and had to display that. He’s got a lot of character about him. … I’ve seen him escape people. He’s not going to scramble around and light you up that way but he’s got a little feel to him … he has had some excellent games. He got sacked six times against Penn State and they won the game.” — Anonymous AFC scout (via The Athletic) — “I was a big advocate of Tom Brady’s. He looked like he belonged. He was comfortable in the pocket. He had good delivery mechanics. The knock on him was that he was slow-footed, but he played the game faster than he ran. He just stood tall in the pocket, scanned the field well, made his progressions from one receiver to the next. He looked like a team leader on the field, a decision-maker, and his ability to get the guys around him to play hard jumped off the tape. I wasn’t brilliant enough to put a first-round grade on Brady. I think I put a second- or third-round grade on him. I really liked him.” — Ravens offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh (via ABC News)— “Outstanding leader. Priest-like personality. Calm, wise and thoughtful. He’s accepting of what comes his way. Doesn’t appear to be dynamic. Has a calming demeanor. Well-liked, class kid. Has work ethic. Respected by his teammates. Two supportive parents who attend every game.” — Anonymous NFC scout (via The Athletic)Go figure: The person who nailed the scouting report on Brady ahead of the 2000 NFL Draft was Brady himself: “I think my best asset as a player is that in the fourth quarter, with the game on the line, I have the desire to win and the feeling that our team is not going to lose. Twenty years ago, the player who would go on to become the greatest quarterback of all time made his Hall of Fame-caliber future evident with an NFL Combine performance for the ages.This is what every NFL team not named the Patriots wishes it could say about its glimpse of Tom Brady a couple months before the 2000 NFL Draft.last_img read more