Christian delves into the hot topic of the day, Colin Kaepernick's protest of the National Anthem. There's no shortage of callers giving Arcand their opinions on the matter.
Christian opens his show talking about the hot bat of Dustin Pedroia and his thoughts on the Red Sox as they approach the playoffs. He also talks about the decision to play Tom Brady in the Patriots' third preseason game
Danny breaks down the current state of the AL East and where the Sox figure into it. He also touches on the apparent resurgence of David Price.
Danny discusses Colin Kaepernick's seated protest of the National Anthem. He also discusses the state of Jimmy Garoppolo with some callers.

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Danny talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about the Patriots preseason, Tom Brady's relationship with Jimmy Garoppolo, and what to expect going forward.

As mentioned earlier on The Mashup Blog, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has doubled down on his decision to sit during the national anthem at all Niners games until “there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to.”

Now comes the part where I’m required to acknowledge that Kaepernick has every right to protest the way he is. That the First Amendment and the basic, very American right to free expression allow him the opportunity to note his contempt for his country the way he is. The blood of way too many brave men has been spilled to give him that right.

Here’s the beautiful part. His right to park his ass on the bench during the “Star Spangled Banner” is every bit as sacred and important as my right to say the following.

Screw you, Colin Kaepernick. Screw you in the ear. Screw you in the eye. Screw you in the 6-year, $114 million contract and in your $19 million average annual salary. You have the right to disrespect your nation’s anthem for exactly the same reason you should be respecting it. Because the nation gives you the right.

I’m not about to dive into Kaepernick’s politics or anyone else’s. Maybe he’s right on some level that a nation that duly elected an African American president, a justice department appointed by him, has scored of minority legislators representing their districts in Congress, and judges of all colors at all levels of the court system is somehow oppressing people. All I ask is respect. Simple, basic respect. I ask nothing more, but I’ll except nothing less.

I’m not even asking for extraordinary shows of patriotism, like the Olympic pole vaulter who stopped in the middle of an attempt to honor the country he fights for. The kind of respect I’m talking about is that of Usain Bolt stopping in mid-sentence during an interview because the American anthem started playing.

The respect hockey fans afford the “O, Canada” every time it’s played on U.S. soil. It’s just the basic recognition of that which is important, even sacred. And it worthy of being appreciated. Especially by someone who’ll make $61 million in guaranteed money in a nation that has somehow stripped his people of all human rights.

The part of this story that has me most in a red-eyed, purple-faced rage is that while Kaepernick is considered ballsy for taking this stand, he is being the furthest thing from it. He has chosen the one institution you can trash in 2016 without turning into a pariah. Let an NFL player come out in protest against Islam, gays, Mexican immigrants, Jews or women and see how fast his team distances themselves from him or Roger Goodell warms up his throwing arm to toss Article 46 at him. And well they should. No company – including a sports franchise – is required to keep someone around if they object to the things he says (just ask Curt Schilling). I just want to see that same standard applied to guys like Kaepernick who publicly shame the country that has provided them so much.

But I seriously doubt there’ll be any consequences coming out of this. If he can play, San Francisco will keep him around. If he gets dumped, it will be because of his play. And the NFL will do nothing other than to say “standing for the anthem is requested but not required and oh, by the way, honor our troops by purchasing your officially licensed NFL merchandise, on sale now.”

All the rest of us can do is root for Kaepernick to be cut because he’s terrible (he’s had a lot of practice lately with that whole sitting-on-the-bench thing), leaves the great game of football in disgrace, is shunned by the public and ends up broke. That’s the “significant change” I’m rooting for. You might think it’s harsh, but I’m just exercising my right to protest his protest. As are these Niners fans. Because ‘Murica.


Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

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MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mariners at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m. (ESPN); 6 p.m. (ESPN2)


— Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he will continue to sit through the playing of the national anthem before games to draw attention to the problem of race relations in America.

“I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed,” Kaepernick told reporters Sunday, two days after he sat on the bench during the anthem prior to Friday’s loss to the Packers, his third such protest this preseason but the first to garner national attention. “To me this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

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Reactions have been mixed from the around the league, although Kaepernick — who is battling to regain his starting job from Blaine Gabbert after a disappointing 2015 season — said no NFL representative has reached out to him.

“No one’s tried to quiet me and, to be honest, it’s not something I’m going to be quiet about,” he said. “I’m going to speak the truth when I’m asked about it. This isn’t for look. This isn’t for publicity or anything like that. This is for people that don’t have the voice. And this is for people that are being oppressed and need to have equal opportunities to be successful. To provide for families and not live in poor circumstances.”‘

Kaepernick, who is black but was raised by white adoptive parents, criticized presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and said he’s taking a stand for those people who do not have the ability to do so themselves.

“There’s a lot of things that need to change. One specifically? Police brutality,” he said. “There’s people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable. People are being given paid leave for killing people. That’s not right. That’s not right by anyone’s standards.”

Kaepernick explained his decision to his teammates Sunday morning, and while some agreed with his stance, there were concerns about how he was expressing himself.

“I agree with what he did, but not in the way he did it,” wideout Torrey Smith said. “That’s not for me. He has that right. Soldiers have died for his right to do exactly what he did. … I know he’s taken a lot of heat for it. He understands that when you do something like that it does offend a lot of people.”

Coach Chip Kelly on Saturday deferred to Kaepernick, implying he didn’t plan to get involved.

“That’s his right as a citizen,” Kelly said. “We recognize his right as an individual to choose to participate or not participate in the national anthem.”

— On the same day dozens of people gathered in a Chicago church for a prayer service to remember Nykea Alrdridge, the 32-year-old cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade who was shot to death last week, Chicago police announced that two brothers were charged with her murder.

Darwin Sorrells Jr., 26, and Derren Sorrells, 22, appeared in court Sunday and were charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder. They were ordered held without bail.

Aldridge, a mother of four, was shot in the head and arm while pushing her baby in a stroller Friday afternoon near a school where she was going to register her children. Police said she was not the intended target.

Wade, who signed with his hometown Bulls this offseason, tweeted his frustration over the weekend, writing Saturday: The city of Chicago is hurting. We need more help& more hands on deck. Not for me and my family but for the future of our world. The YOUTH!

Added Wade: These young kids are screaming for help!!! #EnoughIsEnough.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 29, 2000, Pedro Martinez had a perfect game for eight innings in a beanball-marred game in Tampa. Which Devil Rays hitter — a former Red Sox player — ended the bid with a single to open the ninth inning?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Obviously, always the biggest inning is the shutdown inning after we take the lead.” — Red Sox manager John Farrell, after his team allowed eight sixth-inning runs, turning a two-run lead into a six-run deficit in Sunday’s 10-4 loss to the Royals

STAT OF THE DAY: 534 — Career home runs for David Ortiz, following his solo shot Sunday night, tying him with Jimmie Foxx for 18th place on MLB’s career list

‘NET RESULTS: From a high school soccer game in Colorado, Columbine junior Dylan Prichett-Ettner does a full front flip over the ThunderRidge goalie to avoid a collision, then finds the ball at his foot for an easy goal. However, Prichett-Ettner was called for offside and then had to leave the game with an injury.

Rangers left fielder Carlos Gomez heads back to the wall and makes a fine leaping catch for an out against the Indians.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Catcher John Flaherty

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Michael Jackson was born on this day in 1958.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

Naz and John Stone on the finale of the show of the summer. (Craig Blankenhorn/HBO)

Naz and John Stone on the finale of the show of the summer. (Craig Blankenhorn/HBO)

That’s how you do it.  

That’s how you end a TV show.

I don’t know how many people watched “The Night Of” in real time, but it is a fraction of how many people will catch up on this show in the age of Streaming Entertainment.

Like its ancestors, “The Sopranos” and “The Wire,” “The Night Of” is destined to be remembered as a complete piece of work — everything matters and everything is connected. Unlike its ancestors, it only got eight episodes to reach a satisfying conclusion. I would argue that any more time spent on this story would have lead to a split decision in its battle for a place in the modern television pantheon instead of the devastating knockout it delivered in the finale.

Over the last few years, the most popular show on television has been AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” and that’s not surprising because it is about zombies. Like the undead flesh monsters that haunt post-Apocalyptic Atlanta in “The Walking Dead,” we as TV watchers are stomping around the vast entertainment landscape scrounging for anything we can find and consuming as much of it as possible before we move on to the next feeding.

In that stomp-stomp-feed-stomp-stomp-feed approach to consuming content, we walked right into the trap Steve Zaillian, Richard Price, their brilliant cast and HBO set for us; they zigged when we assumed they’d be zagging and we tumbled right over a cliff while chasing the honking car of troupey cop drama television. The red herrings never stopped jumping and seemed to have sprouted wings during the finale.  

Try counting how many times you thought to yourself, “Well, this is what gets the jury to vote Naz guilty, and then he is going to die in prison.”  I clocked in at ninety-two — one for each minute until the greatest moment of the series. I won’t recount all of them, but here were the highlights:

RED HERRING #1: The Usual Suspects. In court, we got to see Trevor, Duane Reed, Mr. Day, and Don Taylor all take the witness stand to get grilled by the defense. While each was presented as a viable alternative to Naz being the person who killed Andrea, ultimately all were let go.  

GUT REACTION: With no viable options, Naz is the only person who could be found guilty.  

RED HERRING #2: What Are You Doing, Chandra?! The last time I audibly shouted “OH MY GOD” at the TV, Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson’s pass in Super Bowl XLIX. Chandra went from prosecuting attorney to drug mule in no time flat. I’ve been watching, analyzing, and discussing TV for a LONG time… I did not see a lawyer smuggling a bag of opiates to her client coming.  

GUT REACTION: Obviously they both get caught, the prosecution finds out, Naz is found guilty, and Chandra goes to jail. Everyone loses.  

RED HERRING #3: Naz gets put on the stand. After abstaining from cross-examining all of the defense’s suspects, D.A. Weiss winds up a balled fist and knocks Naz into the middle of next week. This scene was the prestige courtroom drama version of Ivan Drago beating Apollo Creed to death in front of Rocky with John Stone play the Duke role screaming, “THROW THE DAMN TOWEL!” This was Johnny Lawrence sweeping the leg of Daniel LaRusso. She put him in a bodybag. She boxed him into a corner where he doubted his own innocence in front of the jury.  

GUT REACTION: She got Naz to doubt himself, so obviously he’s going to jail for life where he will receive many more neck tattoos.  

RED HERRING #4: Naz looks like he’s going to get got. Back at Rikers, the prison guard on watch gets his hands on some surveillance camera footage and shows it to Freddy. Obviously, this is the footage of Chandra delivering the package of opiates to Naz, which he has obviously hidden from Freddy, and he is obviously going to heat up that razor blade and take Naz out before the verdict is rendered, not unlike he did to Victor in the previous episode. Freddy has already shown the audience what he does to people who step out of line in his organization. Even for his protege, the swift hands of The King of Queens are going to wrap around his neck because Naz stepped out of line.

GUT REACTION: Guilty or innocent, Naz doesn’t make it out of Rikers alive.  

Luckily, “The Night Of” is a much different show than any other crime/courtroom drama in which any of these resolutions would have sufficed.  I expected all of these things to happen because this is what we have seen before in every other TV show.  This was the zig for which we content zombies were secretly clamoring.  What we got was something so much better.  

GIFT #1: John Stone gets his one moment in the sun. John Turturro, in what needs to be an Emmy nominated performance, steps up to the plate and BLASTS a home run of a closing argument.  

GUT REACTION: This might be good enough to get Naz acquitted, but not necessarily prove his innocence to the viewer.  

GIFT #2. Box Comes Through Like We Knew He Would.  Det. Box, after weeks of questioning the facts, unearths a suspect we mentioned (previously he was mentioned as “guy-at-funeral”) but didn’t focus on, Ray Halle. I could watch a sequel series of Box following leads, Weiss attacking in the courtroom, and Dr. Katz collecting and explaining forensic evidence forever.  

GUT REACTION: We might actually get justice in the last 20 minutes.

GIFT #3: The Cat Theory Conclusion. I called it in my first recap, I mentioned it every week since, and I shouted it at my television in real time: THE CAT MEANS EVERYTHING  As if the ASPCA commercial on the TV in Stone’s apartment wasn’t enough to tug at our heartstrings, we learned that he saved the cat after all. Throughout the series, the connective tissue from theory to theory has been that the cat represents the truth and how close Stone has been to it all along. John Stone, for all the setbacks that have befallen him over the run of this limited series, is a character with a rich backstory worth exploring. He wasn’t always a psoriasis-riddled, quixotic attorney scrapping his way to $60k a year on plea deals. At one point, he wanted to become a lawyer because he believed people need defending. His unwavering belief in the legal system, despite the wheels of justice having ground him into a fine powder over the years, was the gas in the tank of this show. Pursuing the truth is dirty work and we see him doing all of it in both episodic and metaphorical instances — from scrounging up business at 4 a.m. in police stations to chasing suspects down alleys to emptying litter boxes, etc. The pursuit of justice has done nothing but hurt this guy but he knows it is worth it and even if it is going to make him uncomfortable. I’m now almost positive his surname is Stone, because, like the Greek mythological figure Sisyphus, he is going to push a boulder of the responsibility of truth and justice up a hill every day for eternity.    

GUT REACTION: I was right on the money from day one.  

Unlike the true beauty of a show like “The Night Of,” these are exactly what they are labeled as being: red herrings and gut reactions. They are the troupes and obvious turns that we can expect from a TV show. Even after marveling at what the show did and didn’t do, I was still looking for reasons to point at and detract. Zaillian and Price too met this head on. Even in introducing, explaining, and zeroing in on the real killer in the final episode — a move I promised myself I would hate if they did — fits perfectly. It answers the question I’ve been asking throughout the entire series: Is this a show about who killed Andrea Cornish or is this a show about what happens in the wake of a tragedy? “The Night Of” is most certainly the latter and by showing that life — while not pretty, resolved, or free from strife — will continue. The ripple effects of what happened on October 24th will reverberate in the lives of everyone involved. I’m not sure we’d get the same result if this show were simply about a murder, even if it were filmed as exquisitely or presented on premium cable.  

It took one night — three hours, really — for unthinkable events to take place. It took roughly eight weeks for Naz’s life to unravel. It took insurmountable adversity for the true nature of each character to reveal itself. Therein lies what the show really was; “The Night Of” was much more than a summer TV show — it was a promising glimpse of what TV could be.  

Blog Author: 
Padraic O'Connor
Villani and Bradfo take some calls on John Farrell and the job he has done thus far. They chat about why Farrell's performance continues to be such a hot-button topic. Then the boys move on to the Colin Kaepernick story - he protested the treatment of minorities by sitting during the National Anthem. The guys do NOT agree with his approach.

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