Michael Jordan joined NASCAR because of his desire to turn “fake news” into real news. Did Tom Brady take a page out of his book?
Back in early 2022, Netflex revealed a six-episode documentary series about NASCAR Holds the title of Driver’s Cup Series Bubba Wallace Race: Bubba Wallacewhich goes into great detail about how Mobile, 28, of Alabama got to where he is today and how he deals with who’s on and off the track.
One of the topics discussed during this documentary series was how 23XI Racing, the current Wallace team, got started. The team, which debuted with the #23 Toyota in the 2021 season, is owned by NBA legend Michael Jordan and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin.
In the summer of 2020, various rumors circulated linking Jordan and Hamlin to the ownership of the team. Wednesday, August 26th A false report has been published (and later deleted) stating that they would acquire an ownership stake in Richard Petty Motorsports, Wallace’s team at the time, along with Wallace.
Ironically, Hamlin came across this supplemental article, which appeared in a still shot during the documentary, while playing golf and shared it with Jordan as a way to try to “get his temperature.”
Jordan confirmed what we all knew at that point: that the rumor itself was “fake news.” But he asked Hamlin if he wanted to make it “real news”.
The rest is history.
Now let’s shift gears for a second here: Did Tom Brady take a page out of Michael Jordan’s book and turn “fake news” into “real news”?
When I say shift gear, I really mean shift gear.
I’m not talking about some news outlet publishing and then deleting a false report of Brady joining the Cup series with TB12 Racing and entering the #7 car as a nod to the record-breaking seven Super Bowl episodes. Although talking about this into existence would be a thing, wouldn’t it? without our knowledge, It’s happened before.
I’m talking about an entirely different matter, but one that might effectively reflect Jordan’s path to NASCAR.
In early February, Brady retired from the NFL after 22 seasons after losing the NFC Divisional Tour Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Los Angeles Rams, which happened just over a week earlier.
But then the conversation revolved around Brady who would probably not calm down and return to the NFL. Some have even joked that goats will want to beat Jordan’s record for three retirements.
Have we seen Jordan’s scenario play out here?
After only 40 days, 40 days full of rumors From the moment he said he was going away, Brady announced that he would be returning to the Buccaneers for the 2022 season.
Was it really about time, not if, he took Jordan’s line to Hamlin, found himself on the phone with a hacker and some of his mates, and said, “Haha, obviously, fake news. Not real. But if you want to make it real news, tell me.” ..”?
We know for a fact that Jordan had He previously opposed Cup Series ownership, and he made it perfectly clear. We also know for a fact that Brady actually planned to retire, and he made it perfectly clear.
However, here we go: Jordan is a Cup Champion for the second year, and Brady will set a Super Bowl VIII record for the second year in a row.
TB12 Racing probably doesn’t seem such a far-fetched idea just yet.
The Buccaneers are set to open their season tonight against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. NBC is set to broadcast the game live starting at 8:20 p.m. ET.