DEVELOPING: State and federal authorities descended Tuesday on the Indiana home of Subway spokesman Jared Fogle, just over two months after the former director of his charitable foundation was arrested on child pornography charges.

Fogle, 37, who became the sandwich chain’€™s spokesman in 2000 after losing weight as a freshman at Indiana University by eating an all-Subway diet, lives in the Indianapolis suburb of Zionsville. Authorities did not say if Tuesday’€™s search warrants were connected to the arrest of his former associate.

Investigators from the FBI, State Police and Postal Service were outside Fogle’s home, where an evidence truck was parked in the driveway, according to the Indianapolis Star. Fogle was seen leaving the truck. …

The development comes two months after Russell Taylor, the former executive director of the Jared Foundation, which Fogle started to raise awareness to and combat childhood obesity, was arrested on federal child pornography charges.

Every show on WEEI was talking about this story Tuesday. And of course at this point we don’t know if Jared is guilty of anything. He might come across as a total creep in those ads that ruin part of your day every NFL Sunday, but that doesn’t mean he’s a pedophile creep in those ads that ruin part of your day every NFL Sunday. To suggest otherwise not only wouldn’t be fair, it would be borderline libelous. And all I want to deal in is facts.

So I’ll stick to what we do know. Jared is a huge Indianapolis Colts fan, so much so that he and his ex-wife fought over their season tickets in their divorce settlement. Those would be the seats where, according to the National Enquirer they used to have shouting matches and he’d make her cry.

Now I don’t know if Jared is a Patriots hater. I can’t say with any certainty he’s a DeflateGate truther. I cannot be sure that he’s ever called them “Cheatriots” or the coach “Belicheat.” I can’t presume he cheered at the news the Patriots lost draft picks and Tom Brady got suspended. To say he has would be like saying he enjoys kiddie porn: scurrilous and irresponsible.

So again, just sticking to the facts, I’ll report that Jared Fogle is a Colts fan who has the FBI tearing his house apart on the heels of arresting his close associate on child pornography charges and leave it at that.

Now the question is: How many draft picks will this cost the Patriots?

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The guys take a look at the list compiled by SI's Andy Benoit, which ranks the current NFL Quarterbacks. Patriots fans will be pleased to know that he put Tom Brady at the top.
The guys discuss some of the WORST moments in each of the 4 sports.
Ben Affleck is rumored to have been involved with "Wolf of Wall Street" star Margot Robie. Jared Fogle was raided by FBI on suspicions of Child Pornogrophy. A couple paid 100K to ensure their baby would be a BOY.
Ned Yost chose Red Sox utility-man Brock Holt to join this years AL American League All-Star team.

This is the video we had on Dale & Holley’s (ala Thornton) “Final Drive” segment Monday and that MFB have been playing as well.

I post it here not just to bring elements of our radio shows to the digital side. And not just because it’s THE viral video of the summer so far. I also post it because it serves as a vital public service announcement. As the weather heats up and we head to the beach more and more, it’s important to remember that the ocean is a shark’s house. And he has the right to eat you up. In the same way that the chicken who comes into your house gets ate, and a pig ends up on your plate. So be safe, be happy, be fat. Whatever meat is on your bones, rejoice. Hallelujah and most of all, stay out of oceans. Words to live by.

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Jerry Thornton

Et tu, Fox News? Et tu? Hating on my people. Throwing out racial slurs. Stereotyping every smallish, mischievous, fun loving Irishman with an impish grin as a leprechaun? In the words of Jackie Chiles, it’s lewd, lacivious, salacious, outrageous! On behalf of Hibernians everywhere, I demand an apology. I want the anchorette who said it to be suspended if not fired. And I want a pledge that anti-Irish slurs of this kind will never be tolerated on the airwaves again.

Ah, who am I kidding? As I’ve said before, if you’re an Irishman who can’t take a little harmless stereotyping or self-deprecating humor, then you’re not really much of an Irishman. Besides, I have to admit Rory McIlroy does have a little leprechaun in him. Nothing to see here, folks. Nothing to see.


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Bucks President Peter Feigin lobbied the Wisconsin legislature Monday to approve public funding for a new arena in Milwaukee. Without the funding, Feigin claimed, the NBA could move the team potentially to Las Vegas or Seattle.

“The window is closing,” Feigin said. “We can’t wait months, even weeks to start the public process.”

The legislation would mandate taxpayers aid in $250 million of the $500 million total cost of the new arena. According to Feigin, construction needs to commence by October or November in order to keep the NBA from finding new ownership for the franchise.

“An NBA team, the Bucks, is a worldwide attraction,” Feigin said. “The NBA is an international beacon. You’ll never be able to replace the revenue if the Bucks leave.”

The Bucks’ lease on the BMO Harris Bradley Center, their current arena, expires in 2017 and Feigin has stated that the NBA does not want the team to renew it. If the lease is not renewed in 2017, the NBA could buy the team and relocate it.

Aside from the economic benefits of keeping an NBA team, Feigin is confident the construction of a new arena would create thousands of jobs, and lead the Bucks organization hiring 50 to 100 more employees.

Legislators have not yet voted on the plan, but the legislation could reach the senate floor as early as this week.

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Justin Pallenik

NerdWallet It’€™s no secret that professional sports teams spend staggering amounts of money on their players. When added all together, the roster payrolls for franchises in the NFL, NBA and MLB total almost $113 billion since 2000.

But not all franchises use their money in the most cost-efficient way. The best teams in sports over the past decade and a half, such as the Patriots and Spurs, have been known to get the most bang for their buck.

NerdWallet analyzed win-loss records and payroll data since 2000 to figure out which teams ‘€¦ have been the smartest spenders. …

As good as the Spurs are, the title of most financially efficient sports franchise of the 21st century goes to the New England Patriots ‘€” the reigning champs and winners of three other Super Bowls in the past 15 years. The Patriots have also won over 70% of their games since 2000.

What puts them at the top of this list is how relatively little they’€™ve had to pay for their tremendous success: New England’€™s average payroll has been among the five lowest in the NFL. With an index score of 2.06 (yes, they’€™ve been more than twice as efficient as the average team), the Patriots are the most financially efficient team among the three largest U.S. professional sports leagues.

I post this not because I’m terribly invested in the Patriots’ profit margin. I’m sure even if they were among the five highest payrolls instead of the five lowest, no one in the Kraft family would be mowing the neighbors’ lawns to help pay the bills.

No, this is for all the arrogant know it alls and malapert smarty pants in the Boston media who rip them time and time again for being a cheap organization. The ones who talk about Bill Belichick like he’s Ebenezer Scrooge and Mr. Kraft like he’s Monty Burns, respectively forcing the help to work Christmas Eve with no coal for the fire and taking the tartar sauce away from the employee cafeteria. We hear the same caterwauling from the same anti-Patriots zealots every time they don’t spend dump trucks full of gold bullion in free agency or there’s protracted contract talks with one of their own players. Like somehow running your fiscal house with some degree of sanity means you’re not trying to win.

The truth is, all it means is the Pats are the best run, most successful operation in all of pro sports. And God bless these nerds for proving it with research. And what the NerdWallet Geek Squad left out that I’ll add now is that when Belichick first took over the Pats in 2000, the team was $10 million over the cap with just 13 players. That’s the payroll hole he dug the franchise out of, won the Super Bowl the next year and has been winning with his fiscal management ever since.

Sure, the Pats could placate all the Haterade drinkers. Ruin their carefully built payroll structure that’s worked all these years. Throw money at free agents like a college football bowl CEO blowing his expense account money in a nudie bar. But to do so is to turn themselves into the New York Knicks of football.

That’s just science. Who knew it had practical, real world applications? I guess nerds really do have their uses.

[h/t to @Jonathan999M]
@JerryThornton1

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Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

NerdWallet It’€™s no secret that professional sports teams spend staggering amounts of money on their players. When added all together, the roster payrolls for franchises in the NFL, NBA and MLB total almost $113 billion since 2000.

But not all franchises use their money in the most cost-efficient way. The best teams in sports over the past decade and a half, such as the Patriots and Spurs, have been known to get the most bang for their buck.

NerdWallet analyzed win-loss records and payroll data since 2000 to figure out which teams ‘€¦ have been the smartest spenders. …

As good as the Spurs are, the title of most financially efficient sports franchise of the 21st century goes to the New England Patriots ‘€” the reigning champs and winners of three other Super Bowls in the past 15 years. The Patriots have also won over 70% of their games since 2000.

What puts them at the top of this list is how relatively little they’€™ve had to pay for their tremendous success: New England’€™s average payroll has been among the five lowest in the NFL. With an index score of 2.06 (yes, they’€™ve been more than twice as efficient as the average team), the Patriots are the most financially efficient team among the three largest U.S. professional sports leagues.

I post this not because I’m terribly invested in the Patriots’ profit margin. I’m sure even if they were among the five highest payrolls instead of the five lowest, no one in the Kraft family would be mowing the neighbors’ lawns to help pay the bills.

No, this is for all the arrogant know it alls and malapert smarty pants in the Boston media who rip them time and time again for being a cheap organization. The ones who talk about Bill Belichick like he’s Ebenezer Scrooge and Mr. Kraft like he’s Monty Burns, respectively forcing the help to work Christmas Eve with no coal for the fire and taking the tartar sauce away from the employee cafeteria. We hear the same caterwauling from the same anti-Patriots zealots every time they don’t spend dump trucks full of gold bullion in free agency or there’s protracted contract talks with one of their own players. Like somehow running your fiscal house with some degree of sanity means you’re not trying to win.

The truth is, all it means is the Pats are the best run, most successful operation in all of pro sports. And God bless these nerds for proving it with research. And what the NerdWallet Geek Squad left out that I’ll add now is that when Belichick first took over the Pats in 2000, the team was $10 million over the cap with just 13 players. That’s the payroll hole he dug the franchise out of, won the Super Bowl the next year and has been winning with his fiscal management ever since.

Sure, the Pats could placate all the Haterade drinkers. Ruin their carefully built payroll structure that’s worked all these years. Throw money at free agents like a college football bowl CEO blowing his expense account money in a nudie bar. But to do so is to turn themselves into the New York Knicks of football.

That’s just science. Who knew it had practical, real world applications? I guess nerds really do have their uses.

[h/t to @Jonathan999M]
@JerryThornton1

DraftKings Play fantasy baseball every day at DraftKings — official daily fantasy partner of the Boston Red Sox — and win part of $300 million in prizes being paid out this baseball season! FOR FREE ENTRY TO THE $10,000 FANTASY BASEBALL CONTEST, CLICK HERE.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton