Finally. Autotune serves a useful purpose. Thank you, Blondie.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

N.Y. PostThe greatest trick Bill Belichick pulled so far this season … has been exploiting a massive, new flaw in the NFL rulebook and using it to his team’s distinct, legal advantage in the rule’s infancy. …

[T]he NFL, in its eternal wisdom and frivolous desire to make the game safer, decided to bring out kickoff touchbacks to the 25-yard line. …

The Patriots have kicked off 18 times this season, and haven’t had a team start a drive from beyond the 25-yard line once. Stephen Gostkowski has 10 touchbacks. The other eight led to returns inside the 25 and, on Thursday night, two fumbles. Check and mate. …

Thirteen teams have a lower touchback-percentage than the Pats but Belichick is doing it with more panache. It’s purely intentional. …

It’s time for the NFL to act, not because Bill Belichick is smarter than everybody else and getting an advantage, but because kickoffs are the most dangerous plays and the NFL.

This is not a repeat from 2003. Or 2004. Or 2007. Or 2014. This is just another example of the Patriots playing within the rules in a way that is smarter, more effective and better than everyone else. And so, as in those other seasons, people want the rules changed.

In the 2003-04 seasons, the Patriots defensive backs were beating receivers with a physically punishing style that made it difficult to get off the line of scrimmage. So the Colts got the league to change the rules. In 2007, the Patriots were the greatest offensive team in NFL history, so the Jets got the league to enforce a videotaping rule that had been ignored by everyone. In 2014, the Patriots put the Ravens’ defensive players in a psyche ward with ineligible receiver formations they weren’t equipped to handle. So Baltimore immediately went to the league to get them to … well, you know where this is going.

Now here we are again. The NFL messes with a touchback rule that’s been in effect since God invented football in the Book of Genesis, the Patriots figure out a way to use the new rule to their advantage, and the reaction isn’t “Hey, that’s really smart of Bill Belichick” or “Credit where it’s due, the Patriots’ emphasis on special teams is paying off” or even “Why don’t we do what they’re doing?” It’s everyone immediately going back to Page One of their playbook.

Change the rules to take away the Patriots advantage.

Level the playing field. Redistribute the wealth. Take from the rich and give to the poor. Stop rewarding achievement. Give everybody a participation ribbon and the Colts an “AFC Finalist” banner. Then we can all pretend the Patriots have some unfair advantage. They work, study and prepare harder than every other team. And in doing so look through the rules for ways to work them to their advantage. Meanwhile, the cyberbullies and anti-Patriots zealots prefer to stop them through legislative means instead of demanding their own organizations, coaches and players do likewise.

So go ahead. Go back to the old, 20-yard line touchback rule. Or move it up to the 30. Or midfield. Or to behind the endzone. Hell, eliminate kickoffs altogether for all anyone in New England cares. Because no matter how you write the rule, the smartest coach in the league is going to have the smartest approach to it in the league. And intelligence is something not even your stupid rule changes can stop.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

As we round the clubhouse turn into America’s final presidential election (before we rethink this whole “independence” thing, realize we can’t live on our own and just move back in with our parents in Great Britain), it’s important to note that it’s not all just about ideology. It’s also about personality.

Mark Cuban has been the sports world’s most outspoken critic of Donald Trump. So much so it was rumored that the Clinton campaign was going to put him in the front row of the debate just to get inside The Donald’s head. At least until Trump’s side floated it out there that they might counter with Gennifer Flowers. So it was fun to see this personal letter The Donald sent to Cuban after his “The Apprentice” ripoff show “The Benefactor” was canceled.

I am truly sorry to hear that your show has been cancelled for lack of ratings. When I initially called you to congratulate you on The Benefactor — little did you or I realize how disastrous and embarrassing it would turn out to be for you.

If you ever decide to do another show, please call me and I will be happy to lend a helping hand.

With best wishes,  Sincerely, Donald Trump.

Say what you want about the man, his policies, his terrible debate performance or whatever. But that is some world class spite. Dancing on his rival’s professional grave with a pure, hate-filled vindictiveness I find refreshing. Just taking the low road of utter contempt our country needs in order to truly be great again. Now, if he could just bring some of that to the campaign trail, this election might actually be worth following.

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Jerry Thornton
Glenn, Lou and Christian joke around with audio from a grab-bag of topics, including David Ortiz driving for Lyft, Rex Ryan joining the Buffalo media conference call, and Jim Mora coming back with another great rant.
Red Sox President of Baseball Ops. Dave Dombrowski checks in with Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about what the playoff roster might look like, and to give the latest update on Pablo Sandoval.

[0:04:28] ... you to the first of the season. And Ortiz stayed healthy and Dustin Pedroia stayed healthy and getting career years out of these guys from top to bottom I wonder when you look back at your ...
[0:12:36] ... look way too far ahead morehead didn't you guys do anything in World Series David Ortiz third base and has been thrown out there and I don't think can do it defensively. I don't think it is something ...
[0:15:39] ... football coming up the in the last hour the 1 o'clock hour. Donna Karan will give us the latest from Foxborough would be the Jimmy G. Is your starter on Sunday against buffalo we'll check in ...





Tom E. Curran joins Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about Jimmy Garoppolo & Jacoby Brissett, and talk about what he say from a day of practice and press conferences down at Gillette.

[0:06:08] ... breaking down tape of me you're like. You know Salmonella colonial that Matt Chatham of the all 22 in Seoul based on the fact that the Buffalo Bills fire their offers of corner gray were roaming in right Roman Romer Greg Roman. Critic fire him. DC big different last week as opposed to what they were doing the first two games that'll lead to believe that older you know reinventing the wheel with this team. No I think that was agreed by product of how interceptors in Arizona Cardinals are at this point he real ball against complex. Fully with what with the team and gash that all the little regular ...
[0:09:01] ... it was lower part of your home run here their. Against the Miami Dolphins and it was fairly ineffective. This week he was much more record this past week against Houston. Assumed although. Got to act ...




Showtime mic'd up Bill Belichick for the Thursday night game against the Texans, and we hear some quotes from Bill on the field, including joking with Texans coaches about who will start at QB.

[0:00:01] ... again. Make a run it. Make a run it. Joked last night Bill Belichick might make a lot of talking about with the distilled Omnia on the yourself. So it's like he's taking credit to leave ...
[0:03:42] ... discipline huge penalties. That wouldn't shock me at all come from the Buffalo Bills. But if you're gonna say which gives a better chance of me Jacobi I still think you're running. You're you're you're questioning ...
[0:05:04] ... don't get many options. May hold onto you'll actually get him. Mets' epic game broke out over rock just. I think you mentioned that. It looked OpenId and Steve I heard him talking about record I saw Tim Tebow it's too big to bring Tim Tebow again girl I like on site. Analysts breaking news. This is taking batting box. In the instructional. This great team. Freak injuries. Raking freaking out and Michael Jordan. Like it's news that it. First game we get all the details are quick to seize majority at. Who lights are you ...





Once again, David Price threw a stinker against the Yankees, and this time it prevented the Sox from clinching the AL East and snapped the 11 game winning streak. Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about last night's game and what kind of problem the Sox may have in Price can't come up big in important games.

[0:06:52] ... needs to do some sort of study to figure out why that David Ortiz biggest moment would make the biggest why a guy like David Wright and to meet opposite plenty opportunities. To help OK so you would Bartlett says it was OK let's look at this I ...
[0:11:25] ... manage a bullpen. And between this last night I firmly believe that John Farrell. This year has done a very good job managing this team. But he's very port managing a game. Gay and I think ...
[0:12:06] ... that make me a little scared going into play I noticed that John Farrell makes these mistakes. It could be the difference of winning or losing the game and everything becomes. Exaggerated. Out larger than life when you get into a post season and the other was David Price did a terrific job last nine games but there. Last night. You know ship things out the plastics out something on the line. It's not the same David Price it's that David Price and 08 it starts in the post season. David Ortiz forget about he would own five no fear whatsoever he will come up big deal that would numerous times in a post ...
[0:15:39] ... which is great but if the red Foxx were to make the World Series. And not win has happened when they were fired a manager. Even after a chilling like that I mean a word for it. And moved the World Series on. I think it would be pretty difficult if I'm surprised you beat the division and make a run and they get ...






Gary Tanguay walked out on the show for the second time in three months this morning. Here is the management approved version of today's events.
Gerry, Kirk and the callers react to another abrupt exit by Gary Tanguay. And Curtis discussed the greatest day of his life.