Injecting fake crowd noise, music and other audio sounds to try to mimic in-game situations is a common tactic being used around the league given the absence of preseason games in 2020. Obviously, this fake noise doesn't represent the energy actually felt during real games, but it's one of the better alternatives.
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"I thought it was one of the Colts' old tapes when they used to pump all that sound in the RCA Dome," Brady said. "I was telling coach Clyde, he must have pulled that out of his basement for today's practice. We had a great time with it.
"It's something to get used to. That definitely has challenges. If that's how loud it's going to be that's going to be tough for everybody. The communication's tough and you don't have a down moment. You're screaming the whole day to people on the sideline, which is very unique to a game because normally it ebbs and flows. But with that pumped in crowd noise, it doesn't ebb and flow -- it just flows. We're going to have to get used to that.
"I'm going to have to draw on my earlier days. That was a joke, everybody. Just want to make that clear."
For context, the Colts have been accused of pumping fake crowd noise into the RCA Dome during the mid-2000s. The RCA Dome is where they played from 1984 through 2007. The Colts were never found to have broken any rules and never were punished for anything related to fake crowd noise. Clyde Christensen, who is now the Buccaneers' quarterbacks coach working with Brady, was on the Colts' coaching staff from 2002 through 2015.
This is one of several times that Brady has mentioned this subject. He also took a friendly jab at former rival and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning over the alleged fake crowd noise during an episode of "Peyton's Place" last year.
Depending on how the COVID-19 situation in the United States progresses, it's possible many games will be played without fans during the 2020 NFL season. If that happens, Brady might be hearing a whole lot more fake crowd noise in the coming months.
Tom Brady jokingly throws shade at Colts with fake crowd noise comment originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston