The NFL released its 2020 schedule last night, promising a lot of Tampa Bay in primetime and a few surprises around the holidays. Teams released their own videos on Twitter, including a pitch-perfect Westworld spoof by the 49ers and the Los Angeles Chargers are featured in today’s Yahoo Sports Good News Tracker as they donate grocery money to first responders. PLUS: Jared knows who’s winning the Ravens game on Thanksgiving Night, Peyton Manning talks trash to Tom Brady, and Earl Thomas had himself a day.
PEYTON MANNING: The tournament had to be in Florida. You know, after Toms BNE arrest, with the ankle monitor, he couldn't leave the state.
So it had to be in Florida. Tiger and I talked to the sheriff in Tampa. He's gonna be allowed to go to Palm Beach.
JARED QUAY: I might have to tune into this Champions for Charity match. The thought of Tom Brady getting lit up by Tiger Woods? Whoo--
- --hoo! Might make your head blow off.
JARED QUAY: But if you missed TB12 on the golf course, do not worry. You'll be seeing plenty of him soon enough.
- Oh good.
JARED QUAY: The NFL released its 2020 schedule last night. The season kicks off on September 10, when the Texans face the Chiefs in a playoff rematch. But that's about the only prime time game without Tampa Bay. Brady's Bucs are featured five times, tied for the most in the league, including week one Sunday against the Saints. At kickoff, Brady and Brees' combined age will be 84-- almost old enough to run for president.
- He got me.
JARED QUAY: Brees is also scheduled to play in the first Friday game in over 10 years Christmas Day against the Vikings.
DREW BREES: I just want to wish all the Who Dat fans a merry Christmas.
JARED QUAY: But this year Thanksgiving is Christmas. That's because my brother's new team, the Ravens, are playing the Steelers on Thanksgiving. And you know the Ravens gonna win, because the Steelers can't win on Thanksgiving 'cause they'd be stealing things. That ain't thankful. What is that?
The studio shows covering the schedule release were what you would expect. But the fire was on Twitter, where teams let loose to varied results. The Niners are gonna have salary cap trouble after blowing all their money on this "Westworld" spoof.
While the Jags social video team went the other way, clearly just spending all afternoon on kittens.
A few of the big cats went a little harder. The Lions went full "Planet Earth."
- On this playing field, the beak should be truly wary of the tooth.
JARED QUAY: The Panthers dropped a fire music video.
- Oh wow.
- And you love to run around the neighborhood.
JARED QUAY: And the Bengals--
--well, I have no [MUTED] idea. The Raiders pulled out all the stops, featuring their biggest stars, like Derek Carr, and that guy, and that guy, and that guy too.
Other teams were less creative, like Baltimore. They tweeted a graphic and a video of some dudes talking football. Of course, yesterday Earl Thomas gave the Ravens enough excitement for 10 seasons. And I really can't talk about it on "The Rush," except to say that this tweet aged beautifully. Whoohoohoo!
But if we're handing out awards, the Los Angeles Chargers get the Grammy, Oscar, and the Tony, because their Twitter video wasn't just great, it was also good.
- So I'm just reading this letter?
- "Dear Juan, you are a hero."
- "If you ever feel alone in this fight, please know that we see you."
- "While there's no way to adequately thank you for your sacrifice--"
- "--we thought we'd at least try by covering $1,000 worth of your groceries to get you through the weeks ahead."
- Thank you!
- I feel so loved and appreciated. And to all the other nurses and all the other staff and everybody out there, we are doing it together as a team.
- Stay together, stay strong, and we're gonna get through with this.