Roger Goodell Is A Pathological Liar – But We Already Knew That

The NFL’s release on PSI testing in August: At designated games, selected at random, the game balls used in the first half will be collected by the KBC at halftime, and the League’s Security Representative will escort the KBC with the footballs to the Officials’ Locker room. During halftime, each game ball for both teams will be inspected in the locker room by designated members...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots’ “That Guy” 2016 Senior Bowl Edition

Last year, we had our most success yet with Patriots mock drafts. The key came in worrying less about what New England would do with specific picks (their active trading makes that tough), and focusing on the types of players they tend to select in general areas of the draft. You can take a gander at our 2015 draft review that wrapped up the “That Guy” series here. With last...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

No Super Bowl For Patriots, But No Quit, Either

America is happy. The New England Patriots, the very picture of villainy and evil for the sports fans of the country have been vanquished. I’m not unhappy. Sure, I’m bitterly disappointed, I’m frustrated, I’m upset. I’m also proud. This team, what they had to overcome this season, what they had to overcome in this game, and they did not quit. I’m not unhappy with them...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

With A Little Bit Of Luck (2016 Edition)

(Editor’s Note: We ran this column last year and – given the craziness of the past wild card weekend – think it’s worth an updated review.) In the NFL, every team needs some good fortune to win the Super Bowl. Last Saturday and Sunday each provided a startling example. In weather so frigid they could have called in Jack London to write the game story, Minnesota kicker Blair...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Watching The Reporting On Chandler Jones

It will be interesting watching what facts come out in the next few days/weeks regarding what happened to Chandler Jones over the weekend. This is what we know for sure: On Chandler Jones' situation: 1) no arrest; 2) no known failed drug test; 3) HIPAA protects record & 4) he's now ok. — Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) January 13, 2016 What else...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Pats 2015 Fourth Quarter Review

The Patriots flew into Miami for their regular-season finale with only slightly less energy than a potato battery. Their 20-10 loss made them 2-3 over their past five games, the worst mark for New England in December/January since Pete Carroll’s final season in 1999. The Pats beat the teams they should have, keeping pace by demolishing the Texans 27-6 and pushing past the Titans...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Brady vs Manning – Rivals Even In Media Hypocrisy

The narrative of the national sports media never ceases to astound me. On false reports and leaks to well-placed reporters, Tom Brady and the Patriots were villainized, accused of cheating, and became a national story leading the evening newscasts. The media was eager to lap it up and proclaim Brady and the Patriots guilty and demand their removal from the Super Bowl and the record...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Catching Up – Ratings, Red Sox Announcers, et al.

It’s been a busy time for everyone, but especially in the world of sports media, where things are moving fast and furious. A few items: 98.5 The SportsHub once again topped the radio ratings for the Fall book, demonstrating repeatedly that trolling is king when it comes to gaining and retaining listeners. WEEI however, finished a very strong second, with numbers they hadn’t approached...
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December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

So, The NFL CAN Correct ESPN Reports?

Hmmm. OTL report from @SteveFainaru and @markfwespn: NFL pulls funding for Boston Univ. concussion study. — Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) December 22, 2015 Less than 30 minutes later: ESPN story is not accurate. NFL did not pull any funding. NIH makes its own decisions. — Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) December 22, 2015 I don’t trust either entity...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

P.S.A. – Avoiding Toxic Sports Media

No doubt, my absence around this address has been noticed. Part of this has been due to my new job (Though I could count writing this on the new WordPress editor as work-related.), but a bigger part really has to be with my recent total apathy with sports media in general. Apathy over sports media? After having run a sports media site for over 13 years? Yeah. Much has changed since...
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December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots 2015 Third-Quarter Review

New Englanders take to losing about as well as fish take to land: beyond your occasional mudskipper or lungfish, it does not tend to work out well. After two losses in a row, you’d think the Patriots had fallen out of playoff contention. In our Second-Quarter Review, we predicted 3-1 at the worst, noting that the Broncos looked like the toughest opponent in that four-game slate...
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December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Ripped From The Forums…

Two articles, same paper.  (h/t Kevin) Shank Today: How many more weeks can we count on the other guys mismanaging the clock, making stupid decisions, overthrowing open receivers, clanging field goal attempts off the uprights, dropping passes in the end zone, and botching interceptions? How many more times does the Tom Brady interception get called back because of defensive holding...
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November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Another Week of Mini-Controversies For Patriots

Anything but the games. It seems like that’s the focus on the New England Patriots at times. Coming off one of the most compelling regular-season games of the Brady-Belichick era, some of the biggest stories this week have instead been about the actions of Brady and Belichick. We’ve had Chuck Klosterman’s completely mind-numbing article on Brady as GQ’s Man of the Year. There’s...
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November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

David Ortiz Calling It A Career After 2016

He began his Red Sox career with Dan Shaughnessy calling him “a giant sack of you-know-what” on multiple media outlets. (He’ll try to deny it, but it happened. I heard them myself.) He looks to end his Red Sox career attempting to bring a fourth World Series championship to Boston since 2004. Yet, when word trickled out yesterday that Ortiz would likely be retiring after the...
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November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots 2015 Second-Quarter Review

In our First Quarter Review, we figured New England would have some trouble with the Jets, but should take care of their other three opponents without much drama. The Patriots outlasted the over-thinking Colts in Indianapolis, 34-27. Then they hung tough against the aforementioned Jets, 30-23, in a game that had more drops than a bottle of Visine. They cut the Dolphins’ win streak...
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November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

The Gary Tanguay Experience Continues To Mystify

I don’t know how it is possible, but on the occasions that I’m turning on WEEI these days, I am inevitably hearing Gary Tanguay. Why? What is he possibly bringing to the table except predictable contrarianism? I firmly believe that WEEI had a golden opportunity to make up a little ground against 98.5 the SportsHub this summer and fall, and the omnipresence of Tanguay ruined that...
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November 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Yoiks, And Away!

With the Patriots off to a 7-0 start, the media strategy this year seems to involve talking up that week’s opponent (at least one that looks more than half-decent on paper), point out their strengths, and speculate on how they can beat New England. The more exuberant the prediction, the funnier it gets. Much like Daffy Duck as Robin Hood, the prognosticators keep calling, “Yoiks...
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November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics Start Season Right, Patriots Facing Newest Media Darling Coach Tonight

The Celtics began their march to 82-0 last night with an opening night win over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Garden. Isaiah Thomas, Celtics go deep in opening win – Steve Bulpett has the scoring guard coming off the bench to drop 27 points in 27 minutes of play. Opening-night rout fuels Celtics’ optimism – Adam Himmelsbach has the Celtics digging themselves out of an early...
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October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Midweek Thoughts, Media on Media Crime Edition

Since there’s nothing of interest going on sports-wise around Boston, the continued efforts by some of the on-air media “personalities” to stir things up and make themselves the story makes sense. Right? The sad fact is, good old media on media crime gets people’s attention. It gets them talking about the outlets, about the personalities, it’s a win-win for everyone. Except...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Manage Disappointing Road Win Against AFC Finalist

It wasn’t quite the destruction many were expecting, but the Colts did still manage to embarrass themselves last night. The Patriots defeated the Colts 34-27 in Indianapolis thanks in part to a disastrous fake punt attempt by the Colts, who were in desperation mode all night, having previously attempted a first-half on-sides kick. The Patriots were able to pull away in the second...
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October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots 2015 First-Quarter Review

With one-fourth of the season in their rearview, the Patriots have cruised along with four wins and zero losses. It really didn’t have to be like this. They could have had a drop-off from last year, an exhausting odyssey through NFL competition both on-field and off. Letting go of most of their defensive backfield while laying off draft picks of need could have been seen as signs...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Colts Week. So Let’s Talk About Anything But…

It’s the most highly anticipated regular season game in recent memory. The game in which the New England Patriots are expected to exact revenge upon the snitching Indianapolis Colts. Since the schedule was released, everything has been building towards this game. But if you listen to much of Boston sports radio, you’d think the Patriots were on a bye this week. Maybe it’s because...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Back in Action in Big D on Sunday

The Patriots get back at it on Sunday heading to Dallas to take on the Cowboys in a 4:25pm national game on CBS. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will get their first Patriots call of the season. The Cowboys have sent plenty of bulletin board material for the Patriots to use, from Tony Romo (who’s out) making fun of the Patriots at an awards show this summer, to Jerry Jones repeatedly...
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October 09, 2015  |  Discuss

CSNNE Announces 2015-16 Season Coverage of the Boston Celtics

tldr: The biggest takeaway from this announcement is that Brian Scalabrine will be in a full-time role. He will do all road games as color analysts alongside Mike Gorman, and all home games as a studio analyst. BOSTON CELTICS BASKETBALL ON COMCAST SPORTSNET RETURNS NEXT WEEK WITH PRE-SEASON OPENER OCTOBER 6TH FROM MILAN, ITALY AND OCTOBER 8TH FROM MADRID, SPAIN  Broadcast Duo Mike...
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Don Orsillo Says Goodbye in Fenway Finale

Last Fenway Day! Thank u for letting me be a part of your family. I heard you all and will never forget #Donatangelo — Don Orsillo (@DonOrsillo) September 27, 2015 Don Orsillo, who has called Red Sox games for NESN since 2001, was in the Fenway Park booth for the final time as Red Sox play-by-play man yesterday afternoon. His departure sparked a number...
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September 28, 2015  |  Discuss
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