Tuesday’s Mashup: Joe Namath calls Tom Brady the ‘best’ quarterback ever, ‘best at answering the challenge there ever was’

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-- Joe Namath appeared on Howard Stern’s Stern Show on Monday and had some high praise for Tom Brady.

When Stern remarked on how Brady has been able to stay healthy for so long, Namath called the Patriots quarterback “the best.”

“Tom is the best,” Namath said. “I’ve been asked that question for many years. Johnny U. (Unitas) was my hero, Otto Graham was great, Slingin’ Sammy Baugh, I go back, these guys are great. But meantime, Tom has been challenged more in recent history certainly with huge games than anyone I can recollect and he’s stepped up every time.”

“Here’s a quarterback, when I watch pro football games, college games, you can literally see — and I actually lost games for our team by throwing poorly, throwing interceptions, I have not seen Tom Brady lose a game for his team,” Namath continued.

Is @TomBrady the best-ever @NFL quarterback? @RealJoeNamath thinks so. “I've not seen anybody have that many big games and answer the challenge as well as he has,” he tells @HowardStern. pic.twitter.com/SmoIzrqp4p

— Stern Show (@sternshow) June 24, 2019

When Stern asked Namath if Brady is the best there ever was, Namath said yes.

“I would have to say he’s the best at answering the challenge there ever was, yes,” Namath said. “I have not seen anybody have that many big games and answer the challenge as well as he has.”

-- The Mets fined manager Mickey Callaway and pitcher Jason Vargas after their run-in with Newsday reporter Tim Healey on Sunday.

The incident occurred in the clubhouse at Wrigley Field after the Mets’ 5-3 loss to the Cubs after Healey, a Boston University alum, said “see you tomorrow” to Callaway and Callaway lost it on him.

Callaway cursed at Healey and Vargas had to be restrained for charging him.

Mickey Callaway told a reporter to leave the clubhouse, calling the reporter a motherfu**er multiple times."Don't be a smartass, motherfu**er*," Callaway said.Jason Vargas, defending his manager, said "I'll knock you the f**k out, bro."

— Deesha Thosar (@DeeshaThosar) June 23, 2019

Vargas charged at the reporter and multiple people, including Carlos Gomez and Noah Syndergaard, had to separate them. The reporter left the clubhouse shortly after.

— Deesha Thosar (@DeeshaThosar) June 23, 2019

The Mets released a statement regarding the incident.

#Mets statement regarding today’s clubhouse incident involving Newsday’s Tim Healey and Mickey Callaway/Jason Vargas. pic.twitter.com/dwqPVxwaVT

— David Lennon (@DPLennon) June 24, 2019

Callaway then apologized on Monday.

"In my meeting with Tim, I apologized for my reaction," Callaway said. "I regret it. I regret the distraction that it's caused to the team.... It's something I'm not proud of. I'm not proud of the distraction. I'm not proud of what I did to Tim. For that, I'm definitely sorry."

Vargas also issued a statement, saying, "I think it's unfortunate for all parties, an unfortunate distraction.”

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