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The Thomas Crown (Super Bowl Trophy) Affair

What’s good with it my peeps? It seems like all everyone is talking about these days is how Tom Brady (former Patriots player) left the Patriots to go to the Tampa Buccaneers. More like Tompa Buccaneers am I right girls (pretend my hand is up but nobody is high-fiving it like Tommy)?

For those of you who don’t know, Tom was a player on the Patties for over 15 years and won several Super Bowls (Championships) here with the Hoodey. He even went undefeated one year. He set several records, but ironically the one thing he could not do was run. Until he ran to Tampa. There were rumblings about him leaving Boston for years. As a woman in sports, you get some inside knowledge sometimes. I never disclosed it, but I heard Brady had an Eastern-medicine trainer who put Avocados in his ice cream. Lol Avocado ice cream WUT!!!! Also, he sired a baby out of wedlock. I also heard that Tom hated Jimmy Garop so much that his trainer wouldn’t let him into his dojo. I’ll take some of this info to my grave, like Tom sent a guy to take .2 air pounds out of a football so he could throw it to the Colts one game just to mess with them. Luckily nothing came of it.

There were some days that Brady got along with the coaching staff

Enough of the silly rumors though. We ain’t spilling anymore teas. It’s time to talk facts. Brady and coach Belichick have hated each other for years. Even when they won Super Bowls and kissed, it was a spiteful kiss like the Godfather Corleone. Now they get a chance to go head to head to definitively settle who is better at football this weekend when the Pats play the Bucks. The only way we will not know who is better at the sport at the end of the game is if they tie. There is a chance that happens.

A young Belichick early in the dynasty with old uniforms

So you guys don’t just read this to hear juicy rumors. You want bold takes. So here it is: My prediction for Pats v. Buccaneers. A tie. 24-24 or 28-28. Last time these two teams played, the Pats won, so that is a huge factor, but I think it was in London so honestly not sure if it counts.

One last thing my loves. Over the past few weeks, #the15 has been so good to me and my family (furbabies) that I have to shout them out here. They have provided emotional support by taking me out for drinks, but they have also given me thousands of dollars when I needed it most (cable / internet) just to help me bring my thoughts to you. I know #the15 is not for everybody. It can be stressful and demanding. Just know, as they requested, I am working on that monthly bikini calendar they have asked me to put together and it will be done in time for Christmas (or other race/ religion holidays). Like Jewels Edelman said — #the15forever.

Anita Thrust is the lead writer for Competent Ladies Against Mansplaining section of The15net dot com. She lives in the Greater Boston Area with her rescue doggo Yodel, and her cats, Alice B. Toklas and Lil Wobey. Follow her @anitafifteen on the Twitter machine.

Mental Heal(yes)th

Wuss good my peoples? It’s ya gurly Anita coming back to you with a quick but important message. Now normally I just chop it up about sports. You know, touchdowns and extra innings and WNBA career leader in blocks Margo Dydek. But recently I’ve been seeing some startling stuff on the ol’ web about how some people are actually depressed. Trust me, there is nothing harder than being a woman in sports (other than getting a floater off against Margo). Between deadlines with #the15 and keeping up with my social calendar, I’m more stressed than Remington Steele at an art gallery and no getaway car.

Through my spirituality I have learned a very valuable lesson about mental health. If you are feeling depressed, like there is no end in sight to the drudging plague and torture of everyday existence, just stop feeling like that. Don’t have bad mental health!

be less depressed lmao

So you may be saying “easy for you to say sporty what about my mortgage and kids?” To that I say “Mental heal(yes)th.” You’ve just got to stop being depressed you silly geese!

Let me give you an example to show this isn’t just me being a know-it-all. Last month I had 4 deadlines for #the15, my ex’s fiancee was posting thirst traps on the ‘gram (Instagram) and the Taliban surged back into power two decades after a U.S. led regime toppled its regime in Kabul, Afghanistan. Did I get all emotional and depressed? Hell to the uh uh. I sat on my couch for 2 weeks and did nothing. As Charlie Sheen would say: Victory!

this house sucks and they’re probably fine. Positive vibe time

For you sportsers like me, I’ll end this with an analogy you can relate to. Life is like a 4th quarter in the WNBA. You’re always up by 1. The other team has the ball. Maybe its Delilah Henderson with the ball on a string. You’re guarding her with all your might. She releases her silky smooth set shot and it goes through the rim. Do you crawl into the fetal position and die. No. It’s overtime.

Anita Thrust is the lead writer for Competent Ladies Against Mansplaining section of The15net dot com. She lives in the Greater Boston Area with her rescue doggo Yodel, and her cats, Alice B. Toklas and Lil Wobey. Follow her @anitafifteen on the Twitter machine.

MAC and puhlease

Whatup my peeps!! Back from a mucho necessito mental health break. Before I get into why it is absolutely clear that Cam should be QBone, I just want to thank everyone for the messages, calls and letters checking in on me. It is hard to be a woman in this world, and even harder to be a woman in the world of sports.

Anyway, after a 3 and 0 preseason, the Patties and the Hoody are looking to dominate the NFL once again. The NFL these days is all about analytics. No more George Lombardi waving his fedora around screaming about lifting weights. It’s the Nine’s and the O’s not the Jimmies and Pros. So in a completely dispassionate and meticulous way, I have come to the irrefutable conclusion that Cam Newton needs to be Qbe1.

It’s not my opinion, it’s just facts. Let’s start with the Giants game. See below as Exhibit A.

There’s no way this was incomplete

Later in the game, maybe the 3rd or 2nd quarter, Cam did this.

Refs not even looking lol

That is what the NFL is all about. Also, show me one time Mac Jones ever looked this cool.

Swagger on a hundred thousand trillion – Jay-Z

You can debate this until the cows come home, but we’ve seen enough. It’s like in The November Man when Devereaux has to choose if he will kill Ulanova. There’s no choice. Mac may be a better passer, decision maker, more vaccinated, protector of the football, communicator of pass protections, know the playbook better, with a quicker release and greater accuracy, but Cam owns up to his mistakes, something Mac has never had to do.

It’s a no brainer. Lets’ go dollar Bill. As a famous sports fan once said: Do the Right Thing – Spike Lee.

Anita Thrust is the lead writer for Competent Ladies Against Mansplaining section of The15net dot com. She lives in the Greater Boston Area with her rescue doggo Yodel, and her cats, Alice B. Toklas and Lil Wobey.

The big omg

Ayeeeee! There are certain moments in life where you can’t forget where you were when it happened. Like, I can still smell the leather of my bff’s dad’s friend’s couch when Brady was throwing lasers to Gronk and Moss to go 19-0 only to lose to the Giants. And days later, when Spygate happened, the smell of my mom’s perfume filled my nose while she rubbed my back, assuring me that Brady would never cheat.

Spygate

Yesterday was no different. When I heard that Glen O was leaving the radio, I froze. It’s like that scene in the Thomas Crown affair when Crown offers to return the Monet. Chills. Not because I was going to miss Glenn, but because I knew that the time was now to change the landscape.

So who is going to step up to the mound and take over for the O? Here is one gal at the game’s take at the honorable mentions:

  1. Courtney Fallon – this gorg diva knows her stuff and isn’t afraid to back it up or delete what she said.
  2. Lucy Burge – this bombshell knows how to drive the boys crazy and eats up hot takes like hot cakes.
  3. Jen Royal – when she isn’t giving the boys the business lol, she’s cooking up hot takes like hot cakes.
  4. The girl who did the poem at Biden’s election.
Literally knows more about basketball than anyone including Bird or Jordan

But the winner is: Jacquilene Mack Macmullan. Jacky is by far the most knowledgeable sports person in the United States. Her mind is like a weapon, and when she gives it a cock, you know she’s going to teach you something. It’s well known by people in my industry that she would advise Al “Red” Auerbach about who to draft and what defense to play and would, at times, defend the Celtic’s hall of famers. Her D was a known secret, so to say. So farewell big O and hello big D.

Anita Thrust is the lead writer for Competent Ladies Against Mansplaining section of The15net dot com. She lives in the Greater Boston Area with her rescue doggo Yodel, and her cats, Alice B. Toklas and Lil Wobey.

ime not impressed

Sports are like life. One minute you’re waving the ball fair in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Reds like the O.G. Carlton Fisk, and the next your ex is posting engagement party pictures with your sorority sister on the gram and your bff is liking the pic wuuuuuuuuuuuttt.

Just when I thought the Celts were going to wave the ball right around Pesky’s pole on the monster, they airball a foul throw. Nobody, not Beyonce or Meg the Stallion or Meryl Streep or Michael B. Jordan or Michael A. Jordan can tell me that this dude Ime Udoka is a better coach than Kara Lawson.

Didn’t the Seventy-Sixers just get eliminated? Boy bye.

I thought Brad was going to do the right thing. I really did. Like, remember when you first heard Driver’s License by Olivia Rodrigo and you cried and ate Nutella and drove to your besties’ house to spill tea and watch Pierce Brosnan movies? Remember that emotion? That’s real. If I’m being really real here, like really, really, real, I have to say that this is another example of Boston’s reputation as a sexist town being confirmed.

Boston fans want to rant and rave about how the stereotypes are wrong, and that beantown is a bastion of inclusiveness and progressive thought. They get aggressive and defensive about it, but facts are facts. From the school bus issues in the 70’s to Carol and Charlie Stuart and so on: It’s a hard truth: Boston is a sexist city.

Ime not smiling. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

So where do we go from here? I mean, the Cees could draft Mississippi center Shakira Austin (like they should). The Red Sox could hire Jennie Finch as pitching coach. The Patriots could hire Sarah Fuller as kicking helper. The Bruins could hire Nancy Kerrigan as skating coach.

All examples off the top of my head. Will it happen? Well, in Olivia Rodrigo’s words:

I got my driver’s license last week
Just like we always talked about
‘Cause you were so excited for me
To finally drive up to your house

I hope Brad is listening. I hope Boston is listening.

Why the wnba has next

Hey y’all! Let me start by saying this isn’t a story designed to get you to watch the WNBA; You’re already watching.

It wasn’t an easy decision to get involved with the 15.  When you are a woman in sports, you have to deal with waaaay more than any dude. It’s basically like trying to hit John Papelbon’s 98 on the red with a wiffleball bat from Osco Drug. I’ve written some things you’ve read before, but the time is right for me to take it to a much bigger stage. This is Kyrie moving on to the Big Apple. When the 15 asked me to be the lead writer for Competent Ladies Against Mansplaining, I decided to take on the challenge.

Back to the Queens of the hardwood. The WNBA is more popular than ever, with ratings for last Sunday’s Atlanta Dream tilt outdoing the boys’ Atlanta Hawks game 1 win over the Philadelphia Sixers. it doesn’t end there. As of Saturday, June 12, here were the hottest jersey sales in America.

  1. Tom Brady (Don’t get me started…UGH)
  2. Kobe “Bean” Bryant
  3. Lebron “King” James
  4. Sabrina “Buckets” Ionescu
  5. Patrick “Patty no-look” Mahomes
  6. Cam “Super Cam” Newton
  7. Tina “Goat” Charles
  8. Brianna “Goat” Stewart
  9. Lamar Jackson
  10. Betnijah Laney
This could be us but you playin’

So when you see the title the WNBA has “NEXT,” I’m talking about you, Boston.  The time is right, the stars are aligned, and a little birdie who would know has whispered that this is a real possibility. Think of the best moments in Boston sports history: Brady’s game winner to upset the Rams in Super Bowl 36, Dave Roberts’ steal in 2003 to reverse the Curse of Babe Ruth, Marchand’s hat trick in 2011 to hoist the trophy, and the 1998 all star game.

Now, think about actual meaningful basketball in Boston.  Think about what it would mean.  Local girls and boys and those who haven’t decided what they are would have female gay role models to look up to.  I grew up watching the Celtics with my dad and I remember seeing Larry’s final game. I was there at the FleetCenter. I fell in love with the sport. Since then, the Celtics have won one title and been to the finals only three times.  It’s time to try something new.  Give the ladies a chance. I think they’ve earned it.

The world is already watching the WNBA, and soon the world will be watching Boston. We got next.

Anita Thrust is the lead writer for Competent Ladies Against Mansplaining section of The15net dot com. She lives in the Greater Boston Area with her rescue doggo Yodel, and her cats, Alice B. Toklas and Lil Wobey.