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Report: Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen potentially not welcome at The Country Club

07.01.15 at 10:24 am ET
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The Boston GlobeJust how exclusive is The Country Club in Brookline? We’€™re about to find out.

Word around the club’€™s meticulously manicured grounds is that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel spouse, Gisele Bundchen, whose mansion is just an errant tee shot away, would like to join. But it’€™s not clear if the club famous for understatement and insularity will accept the glamorous power couple as members.

Why? Because the 133-year-old institution prizes privacy and discretion above all else. And Brady and Bundchen, trailed as they often are by paparazzi, and occasionally controversy, attract the sort of attention abhorred by the multimillionaires who belong to the primrose playground on Clyde Street in Chestnut Hill. …

The club has a well-deserved reputation for being exclusive –€” some would say exclusionary –€” when it comes to its members. Consider this: No Jews were admitted until the 1970s, no women (as full members) until 1989, and no blacks until 1994. In his memoir, ‘€œA Reason To Believe,’ former governor Deval Patrick revealed that he and his wife, Diane, were rejected “€œblackballed,’€™’€™ he wrote — by The Country Club.

Those snot-nosed, over-privileged, trustafarian blue blood Brahmins at The Country Club can talk all they want about understatement and insularity but the rest of us know better. We know pure, unfiltered, institutional bigotry when we see it.

This is “No Irish Need Apply” of the 21st century. These pretentious, idle rich twits and their bony, dowager wives could never accept a working class kid who pulled himself up from nothing through hard work and dedication to achieve greatness. Because having a self-made man like Tom Brady around would just remind these plutocrat lucky spermers that their only accomplishment in life was to be born in a family that came over on the Mayflower and claimed some prime real estate the way you lay your blanket and chairs down at the beach.

I mean, what are they going to say to Tom or Gisele at the first club dinner dance? “Oh, you won your fourth Super Bowl and you retired from your billion dollar career as the last of the supermodels? Do tell. How absorbing for you. Not to brag, but Mimsy and I here won the club Bridge tournament and she’s on her fifth round of Botox. So we had quite a year too…”

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Report: Florida State mascot killed in argument over gumbo recipe

06.30.15 at 12:31 pm ET
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TallahasseeA man who formerly portrayed Osceola at Florida State University was killed in Panama City Beach this week after an argument over gumbo spices at a restaurant there.

Caleb Joshua Halley was stabbed at a seafood restaurant by his coworker 26-year-old Orlando Thompson, who has been arrested on charges of manslaughter by the Panama City Police Department.

According to police reports the two men were arguing over the amount of spice to put into Buddy’s Seafood Market gumbo Tuesday where the two men worked.

Thompson armed himself with a wooden board and Halley with a small wooden knife.

Thompson then retreated and returned with a knife, slashing Halley, causing three lacerations across his torso.

When you work at WEEI, the last thing you want to do is seem like you’re condoning workplace violence of any kind. So it’s with a heavy heart I report the death of Caleb Joshua Halley, who by all accounts was one of the legendary Osceola’s in Florida State history.

That said, at least we can say he died doing what he loved: Making the perfect gumbo. In this world there are far too many people just going through the motions. People with no passion for anything. Who aren’t trying to leave their mark on the world; they’re merely content to exist.

Well not so, Caleb. He understood that some things are important, even sacred. He believed that to make a perfectly-seasoned gumbo was to be part of something greater than himself. And that delicious Cajun dish was worth sacrificing for. Even if it meant the paying the ultimate sacrifice. So while I hope justice is served to Orlando Thompson like a gumbo with too much cayenne and not enough salt, and I mourn for Caleb, I feel I have to quote from “Braveheart” and remind you all that every man dies; not every man really lives.

P.S. This might be the most Florida story in the history of Florida.

@JerryThornton1

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Troy Vincent’s comments about NFLPA are as wrong as wrong gets

06.30.15 at 11:24 am ET
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It is What It Is  – In an interview with ESPN’€™s Ashley Fox, NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent was critical of the NFLPA in their decisions to take cases to court when challenging rulings set by commissioner Roger Goodell. …

“Look at the amount of money being spent on legal fees for a handful of people,” said Vincent. “It’€™s millions and millions of dollars, and we’€™ve got players that are hurting. We’€™ve got young men who don’€™t know how to identify a good financial adviser. Men are in transition who aren’€™t doing well, and yet $8-10 million a year is spent in court fees about who should make a decision on someone, who in some cases has committed a crime.

“Think about that logically. Wouldn’€™t it be better to spend our time and resources on the issues that are vital to our players ‘€” past, present and future ‘€” such as the players’€™ total wellness and growing the game together?”

To review: Troy Vincent works for a league that gave $5 million to a character assassin named Ted Wells and hired him to take out a hit on the sports most recognizable and successful figure, a player with a 15-year spotless record of integrity on and off the field. For that $5 million, the NFL gets handed a 243-page document that if it were a high school research paper would get a D, with a note from the teacher that says, “You never proved your thesis!” And yet Vincent felt empowered to whack said player and his team – which the report itself found guilty of no wrongdoing – the harshest penalty ever handed down.

And now Vincent’s beef is that the Players Association chooses to fight back?

Seriously I keep rereading his comments and I wonder if you can cram any more wrongness into a half a dozen sentences. And I don’t think you could. He could have replaced that first crack about “a handful of people” with “I traveled back in time on a flying unicorn and helped Abe Lincoln win the Revolutionary War” and it wouldn’t be any wronger than what really came out of his actual mouth.

But such is the towering, pig-ignorant arrogance coming out of NFL management these days. Even after Mr. Kraft opted to take the dreaded high road in the name of partnership, fraternity and general nice-guyness, Vincent is out for nothing less than total surrender from Tom Brady and the NFLPA too. And this coming from a former member of the union, who rose and slept under the blanket of the very protection they provided for them. Now he questions the manner in which they provide it.

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Enjoy this bit of Patriots Porn while you can

06.29.15 at 1:25 pm ET
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This video was originally posted in May, then taken down, and now it’s back. It’s 13-plus minutes of pure Patriots Porn but it’s entirely cobbled together from NFL clips, which means any minute now Big Brother Goodell’s Fun Police gendarmes will kick YouTube’s door in and demand it come down again. So enjoy it while you can.

(As an aside, sports leagues ridiculous, paranoid guarding of their video copyrights is not only draconian, it’s self-defeating because all clips like this one do are drum up interest in the product. And if you’d like to hear two guys bellyache about this topic, it’s one of the things that grinds Uncle Buck’s gears on this edition of Unsportsmanlike Podcast.)

I’m starting to feel at this point that anyone who allows themselves to count Tom Brady out, question his integrity or cast doubts on his greatness are just vamping so they can end up on future “Tom Brady: G.O.A.T.” fan videos.

@JerryThornton1

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Vince and Bianca Wilfork do karaoke and it’s magical

06.29.15 at 12:45 pm ET
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Come on, Vince and Bianca Wilfork. It was hard enough saying goodbye back in April. Just when I was ready to move on, look back fondly at the last ten years, wish you well in Houston and embrace the Malcom Brown era in Foxboro, you have to go and do this. Seeing you two do You’re All I Need would make it hard enough to move on. But having Vince do the Mary J. Blige part and Bianca do Method Man makes it damned near impossible.

I wish I could quit you, Vince. But still, well done.

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Wells Report ‘science’ firm Exponent gets whacked by court order

06.29.15 at 11:29 am ET
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The court document pictured here was sent to me anonymously. It’s a judgement by the Third Judicial District Court of of Madison County, Illinois regarding a lawsuit against the 3M Company in which the court lambastes Exponent, Inc.

Exponent, you’ll recall, is the notoriously disreputable “science” firm that Ted Wells handpicked to help him prove the Patriots were guilty in Deflategate. In the past Exponent has been exposed as a junk science gun for hire that will basically say anything a client wants if the money is right. They’ve claimed at various times that tobacco doesn’t cause cancer, asbestos isn’t bad for workers exposed to it and toxic waste is good for the rainforest. They’ve proven time and again they’ll tell you radioactive nuclear fuel rods will whiten your teeth and freshen your breath if there’s a buck to be made.

Well in this particular case Exponent is involved in, presiding Judge Stephen A. Stobbs has has had just about enough of their monkeyshines. The following are direct quotes from his court order, dated June 2, 2015:

  • “On May 11, this Court granted Plaintiffs’ Motion to Compel Production of Documents contained on Exponent, Inc.’s Privilege Log … within seven (7) days of the Court’s Order. Exponent has failed to comply with this Order and had indicated that it will continue to disregard this Court’s May 11 order.”
  • “[T]he Court cannot allow Exponent to stand in violation of a valid Court Order compelling the production of documents.”
  • “Methodologically sound science has nothing to fear from full and open disclosure.”
  • “[T]he Court finds that Exponent’s refusal to comply with its May 11, 2015 Order is unreasonable and evidence of deliberate disregard for the court’s authority.”

Judge Stobbs then goes on to order Exponent to pay the Plaintiff’s legal fees, produce the documents in question and pay a thousand dollar fine for each day it fails to comply.

That is the scientific firm Ted Wells chose to prove his case against the Patriots. He could have hired AEI or any number of neutral, reputable firms, but after an exhaustive, nationwide search he went all the way to the West Coast to find a company that is so afraid of  “full and open disclosure” that they’ll ignore court orders rather than have their research exposed for the fraud it is.

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Christian Fauria, Kirk Minihane have a crossover for the ages

06.26.15 at 7:18 pm ET
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In case you missed it, this is the audio of Friday’s on-air fight between Christian Fauria and Kirk Minihane. As a colleague of theirs, I’m not here to get into who was right and who was wrong, who’s an aggrieved party and who’s an angry rageholic. The only important takeaway from this is that when two grown men have a crazed, intense screaming match on live radio, we all win.

And on the positive side for Christian and Kirk is that since it didn’t escalate into a fistfight in the courtyard of the building, it’s not too late. I say they get together over Shark Week and they’ll be best friends in no time.

@JerryThornton1

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Bill Belichick spends Brady appeal chilling in Greece

06.26.15 at 11:57 am ET
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TMZWhile his superstar QB was fighting the NFL to drop the Deflategate suspension, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was chillin’ in Greece … looking like he didn’t have a care in the world. 

TMZ Sports obtained pics of Bill hangin’ out with his GF, Linda Holliday, on the Greek isle of Santorini this week … doing some shopping, eating and hanging out at a local bar.

We’re told the couple spent a lot of time in Oia — known for being incredibly beautiful … and one of the most relaxing places on the planet.

BTW — looks like Bill was rockin’ a Fitbit on the trip. No cheat days …

What’s the trendy political term all the wonks like to use now? Optics? Well I love the optics on this.

Where most football coaches would be understandably freaking out if their franchise player was in a steel cage match in the basement of the NFL office building with a quarter of his season on the line, he’s taking his honey shopping in Greece. While your typical coach in his position would be on the phone with his doctor asking if Cymbalta is right for him, Belichick is sipping Ouzo with his feet up in a Santorini bar. As a lesser man would spend 18 hour days huddling in his office with his coaching staff trying to figure out how they can best use Jimmy Garoppolo, the Hooded One is getting his 10,000 steps a day on in one of the most beautiful, relaxing places on the planet.

I just love the message this sends. It’s like a president going on vacation in the middle of an international crisis. This is President Obama yukking it up at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner when Seal Team 6 was about to put a couple of live rounds of justice into Osama bin Laden’s forehead. It tells your supporters that the man in charge has complete control of the situation and your enemies that if they think they can mess with you, they do so at their own peril. Bill Belichick might be kicking it in the Greek isles, but he’s still carrying the football version of the nuclear launch codes in his head.

The rest of us might be sweating out Brady’s appeal hearing, but that is not the look of a man who’s worried about a thing. And as Belichick goes, so goes Patriots Nation.
@JerryThornton1

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Emmanuel Sanders is another cheating hypocrite

06.26.15 at 10:54 am ET
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November 9, 2012The NFL announced Friday it has fined Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders $15,000 and the Steelers organization another $35,000 for Sanders’ faking of an injury against the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 21.

June 25, 2015“You aren’t supposed to cheat. Cheating is not good, especially when you’ve got guys who are working they’re butts off for 365 days out of the year and one person cheats ‘€“ whether it helps them win the Super Bowl or not, they still cheated and shouldn’t be a champion.” – Emmanuel Sanders

Whoops! Gee, this is awkward. It’s like the Jerry Rice situation all over again. A player who calls out the Patriots for “cheating” and tries to invalidate everything they won gets exposed as a cheater himself.

I guess there’s only one thing to do. We need to apply Emmanuel Sanders’ own high moral standard of honesty and fair play. Cheating is not good when you’ve got guys who are working their butts off 365 days out of the year and one person cheats – whether it helped them win the Super Bowl or not, they still cheated and shouldn’t be a champion. And Emmanuel Sanders is a convicted cheat. So Pittsburgh and Denver will just have to relinquish the Super Bowls they’ve won.

Or at the very least, let’s suspend Sanders for four games for failure to cooperate with the NFL’s investigation and take away his teams’ draft picks. Because it’s more probable than not he is at least generally aware he talks out of both sides of his mouth like the double-dealing weasel he is.

It’s the only fair thing to do and I’m sure Emmanuel Sanders will agree. He might be a faker and the worst kind of moralizing hypocrite. But that doesn’t make him wrong when he says you aren’t supposed to cheat.
@JerryThornton1

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Emmanuel Sanders calls Patriots cheaters out of pure jealousy

06.26.15 at 10:49 am ET
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KUSA‘€”It took a kid to pry the most honest reaction, yet, to #Deflategate.

Denver Broncos‘ receiver Emmanuel Sanders told a group of young football campers Thursday that he doesn’t think the New England Patriots should be Super Bowl champions because they cheated.

Sanders was the featured speaker at the Ed McCaffrey 14th Annual Football Camp for kids aged 8 to 15 at Valor Christian High School. Following his talk, Sanders opened it up to questions. One of the young campers asked Sanders if he was mad about #Deflategate …

“Yeah, yeah, I’m kind of mad. I don’t think that they should be the Super Bowl champion this year.

“You aren’t supposed to cheat. Cheating is not good, especially when you’ve got guys who are working they’re butts off for 365 days out of the year and one person cheats ‘€“ whether it helps them win the Super Bowl or not, they still cheated and shouldn’t be a champion.”

I suppose I should be mad at Emmanuel Sanders. I could try to straighten him out on the “cheating” thing by pointing out all the evidence presented by reputable scientific sources that show the footballs were not even underinflated to begin with. Or remind him that even the Wells Report itself couldn’t claim it proved its case beyond some laughably low standard of probableness that wouldn’t hold up if they were trying to figure out who stole the cookie from the cookie jar. Or I could even clue him in that by the Emmanuel Sanders Standard, the Broncos two Super Bowls would be vacated because they were caught dead-to-rights for the much more egregious crime of cooking the salary cap books, a clear and illegal competitive advantage.

But I won’t. Because I’m feeling Sanders here. I understand where he’s coming from. He had the chance to come to New England, and he chose to sign with Denver instead, only to watch his quarterback extend his own career record of playoff losses (13) and one-and-dones (nine). Sanders got a full education in what it’s like to be Peyton Manning‘s receiver in the playoffs last year while he was picking up 47 receiving yards in a Wild Card loss to the same Indy team the Patriots trounced by 38 points. And to make matters worse, the Broncos have been shopping Manning around and finding no takers.

So hell yeah, I can understand why his bitterness would boil over to the point he lashes out at the Pats and tries to discredit everything they accomplished last year. It’s what a lot of people would stoop to if they realized they’d made a horrible life decision.

Then on the other hand, Sanders might simply be bored.

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@JerryThornton1

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