If Boston 2024 thinks Bostonians care what other cities think, they're going about it all wrong. (Getty Images)

Boston 2024 thinks Bostonians care what other cities think about us, and they couldn’t be more wrong. (Morry Gash/IOPP Pool/Getty Images)

Boston Globe [T]hese days, it seems like whatever Boston 2024 says or does is the absolute wrong thing. Spruce up Franklin Park? No! Deval Patrick as global ambassador? Not for $7,500-a-day?#$! Sponsor a referendum? Those guys are co-opting the ballot process!

It’s as if we’re witnessing the last stages of a broken marriage.

Now, we can sit here, Bostonians being Bostonians, and have a good chuckle. But know this: We’ve become the laughingstock of the world. Papers in France, Italy and Germany are having a field day chronicling Boston’s self-implosion. Respected Olympic watcher Alan Abrahamson posted a scathing piece on Monday titled “Boston 2024 is doomed: be done with it,” urging the United States Olympic Committee to give the Games to LA. …

At stake is nothing less than Boston’s reputation. So far the world knows we’re great at taking people down, making sure nobody gets too big. Instead we should be showing how a city that pulled off the Democratic National Convention is now emerging as a life sciences capital and undergoing a wholesale makeover of its skyline.

With this Olympic civil war, we risk damaging our city on a rise, not so much with the possible decision to bid on the Games but in the way we go about it. We’re at an important moment here, bigger than any one person.

Once again the Globe proves it’s got its thumb firmly on the pulse of its readership. Nobody gets us like the Globe does. It’s not even like the Globies can read our thoughts; it’s more like an Elliot-E.T. relationship where they feel our feelings. And now they’re using that emotional/psychic connection to try to shame us into wanting this Olympic boondoggle.

Because nothing hits a Bostonian where he lives like the opinions of people from other cities. Wait, you mean they’re saying snarky things about us in Le Monde? We’re being mocked in L’Osservatore Romano? Der Bild is having a laugh at our expense? Please! By all means let’s rehire Deval Patrick and double his pay! Get the backhoes rolling so we can get to work on that 80,000-seat stadium! Get a move on; that brand new water polo pool and state-of-the-art fencing venue aren’t going to build themselves!!!

Riddle me this, though: Where were all these Europeans whose opinions we’re supposed to care so much about and respected Olympics watchers (now there’s an occupation I’d like to see listed on a 1040A form) when we were getting repeatedly bent over and violated by the well-connected, influence-peddling bandits that will be making a killing off of Boston 2024?

Of course I’m talking about the Big Dig, but it goes way beyond that particular money grab. The same system that awards projects and hands out jobs to the relatives and friends of politicians around here is what’s going to run the Olympics. Because it’s the only way business has ever been done around here.

And the International Olympic Committee might be the only organization in the world more corrupt than FIFA. The IOC makes the government of the Commonwealth look like the Jedi Council. Invite them into our world, mix the two together, and you’re just begging them to rip you off.

Boston 2024 organizers want us to trust them because they’re not like all the others? Tell it to the people who were forced to trudge in the snow up train tracks because so many T employees were banging in sick to work on snowy days. They want us to believe it won’t be a huge inconvenience? Try to convince the working people who were trapped in their cars for hours by a dozen or so patchouli-soaked narcissists who brought the city to its knees with some 50-gallon drums and cement mix. They’ll assure us all the jobs to be had will strictly be a meritocracy. Which is what they said about the court’s probation department right up until the head of it was convicted of corrupt hiring practices.

The bottom line is if the people like those with Boston 2024 and The Boston Globe want us on board with this thing, they’re doing a pretty piss-poor job of convincing us. They’re giving us zero assurances this will be anything other than all the other fiascos we’ve had to endure. And if they think we care what any other city thinks — beyond just the satisfaction of knowing all the championships we win drive them freaking insane — then they haven’t the first clue what Bostonians are all about.

@JerryThornton1

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Jordan’s crossover is no joke!

Posted by Tom Brady on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

 

I want to be mad about this. Not because I got fooled, mind you, even with visions of Tom Brady cliff diving still dancing in my head. You’re a dope if you believe anything you read on April 1. No, I want to be mad because this is exactly what my nightmares look like. It’s the adult version of those dreams when I was a kid where I was being chased by an evil clown and my feet were sinking in the mud and I tried to scream but no sound came out. And no joke is worth dredging this up from my subconscious.

But how can you be mad? Tom Brady is doing the impossible: He’s dominating social media the way he dominates the football field. And this picture is the Facebook equivalent of his two-touchdown fourth quarter vs. Seattle. You keep doing you, TB12.

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A caller strongly disagreed with Callahan on Indiana's RFRA law.

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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

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The guys opened the show by discussing the latest news on Boston 2024.

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[0:10:54] ... Is the absolute wrong thing. Spruce up Franklin park. Oh exclamation point Deval Patrick as global ambassador not for 7500 a day. Sports or referendum these guys are cooped in the ballot process. Was of that ...
[0:11:58] ... how a city that pulled off the democratic convinced him. And the Big Dig is now emerging. As a life sciences capital and undergoing a wholesale make over of its sky line. This woman's insane look ...






 

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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Pacers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nets at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Clippers at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: CBI finals, Loyola (Chicago) at Louisiana-Monroe, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
High school basketball: McDonald’s All-American Game, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Flyers at Penguins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Avalanche at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB exhibition: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 1 p.m. (NESN)
MLB exhibition: Cardinals at Mets, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Brewers at Cubs, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Pirates at Orioles, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Kevin Ollie

Kevin Ollie

— UConn is taking a stand against Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law, as the Huskies coaching staff will skip the Final Four in Indianapolis along with the National Association of Basketball Coaches convention that is held at the same time.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy banned state-funded travel to Indiana in response to the new law that critics say legalizes discrimination, but because coach Kevin Ollie and his assistants already had paid for their trip, the school was given the choice how to handle it.

“In support of Gov. Malloy’s travel ban to the state of Indiana, Kevin Ollie and other members of the UConn men’s basketball staff will not travel to Indianapolis for the NCAA Final Four and events surrounding it,” UConn president Susan Herbst said Tuesday in a statement. “UConn is a community that values all of our members and treats each person with the same degree of respect, regardless of their background and beliefs and we will not tolerate any other behavior.”

Earlier Tuesday, USC athletic director Pat Haden, whose son is gay, announced that he would boycott the College Football Playoff committee meetings this week in the Hoosier State.

Tweeted Haden: I am the proud father of a gay son. In his honor, I will not be attending the CFP committee meeting in Indy this week. #EmbraceDiversity

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who previously dismissed opposing views of the bill, took a more open stance Tuesday, saying that he has been meeting with lawmakers and wants new legislation by the end of the week that clarifies that the new law does not open the door for people and businesses to legally discriminate.

“It certainly wasn’t my intent,” Pence insisted.

— An arrest warrant was issued for former NHL player Andre Deveaux in Sweden after he attacked an opposing player during warmups before a playoff game last week.

Deveaux played for Rogle BK, a second-tier team from the southern Sweden town of Angelholm, but the Canadian’s contract was terminated Monday after video of the incident went viral. In the video, Deveaux — apparently upset about a hit earlier in the series — can be seen skating out from the bench and immediately heading for VIK Vasteras captain Per Helmersson. Skating up from behind, Deveaux raises his stick and, with two hands, swings it at Helmersson’s skate and then jumps on top of the surprised player.

VIK Vasteras reported the incident to police Monday, and authorities decided to take action.

“He is wanted for suspicion of assault,” prosecutor Margareta Danielsson-Olvon said. “An investigation is ongoing. We don’t know where he is and have put out a warrant for his arrest.”

— For the third time in four days, an Alabama football player was arrested. Reserve running back Tyren Jones was kicked off the team by coach Nick Saban after his arrest for marijuana possession.

Saban had suspended Jones on Feb. 10 for “conduct not the standard of the Alabama football program,” and Tuesday’s arrest was the final straw.

“Tyren Jones was indefinitely suspended from the football program early in the semester,” Saban said in a statement. “He was given an opportunity academically and from a team rules standpoint, but he failed to do any of the things necessary to comply with the rules of the Alabama football program. He was dismissed from the team when he refused to follow the parameters given to him for reinstatement.”

Jones rushed for 224 yards and two touchdowns as a redshirt freshman last season.

Safety Geno Smith and defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor also were arrested in the past few days. Taylor, who had been dismissed from Georgia last July following his arrest for domestic violence and transferred to Alabama, was booted this week after his arrest on another domestic violence charge.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 1, 2003, in the second game of the season, which Red Sox newcomer hit a home run in the 16th inning for a 9-8 victory over the Devil Rays in Tampa?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I understood there was an incident that had transpired, and I wanted to know whether he was involved, and if he was, any player that comes into our system, I consider part of our extended family, and I wanted to get him help. … He said he was not involved. That he was innocent and that he hoped that the time of the murder incident came out because he said he was in a club.” – Patriots owner Robert Kraft, testifying in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial about his conversation with Hernandez two days after the death of Odin Lloyd

STAT OF THE DAY: 20 – Goals this season for Loui Eriksson, who scored in the first period of the Bruins’ 3-2 victory over the Panthers

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Heat guard Mario Chalmers nails a shot from beyond midcourt just before the halftime buzzer.

Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin fires a quick wrist shot past Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward for his 50th goal of the season.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Kevin Millar

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jimmy Cliff was born on this day in 1948.

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Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss Robert Kraft's testimony and the Hernandez trial overall as it continues to unfold.

[0:00:16] ... said the unit just as an aside you expect Bob Kraft or. Bill Belichick will test bikers they were on the initial witness list. And Harry said now I don't think so you know you put ...
[0:11:26] ... can't be a member of the nor in the patriot. You know Kevin Faulk had somebody else's jacket on what when he went too little way concert. And you know he was suspended four games and elect Kevin Faulk happened at the jacket of the only person belittling concert only first there is nobody else there was smoke at all. It's O. This one of the best third down backs in franchise history. Look across the league just in Houston with the with the Kansas City Chiefs the reason he felt that a third round. Was marijuana use so that's how did you think about. The patriots this this ...
[0:12:31] ... if you're the patriots in your Robert Kraft and Jonathan Kraft and Bill Belichick is Satan Robert crafts office music list. This was the aberration this'll never happen again I would never happened before. I mean ...
[0:13:47] ... have legal handguns and I I'm I am a handgun or a Matt Light it's a hunter on an out route you're not a shooter talking about at a young age. If there is a recklessness. ...






Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss Robert Kraft's testimony and the Hernandez trial overall as it continues to unfold.

[0:00:16] ... said the unit just as an aside you expect Bob Kraft or. Bill Belichick will test bikers they were on the initial witness list. And Harry said now I don't think so you know you put ...
[0:11:26] ... can't be a member of the nor in the patriot. You know Kevin Faulk had somebody else's jacket on what when he went too little way concert. And you know he was suspended four games and elect Kevin Faulk happened at the jacket of the only person belittling concert only first there is nobody else there was smoke at all. It's O. This one of the best third down backs in franchise history. Look across the league just in Houston with the with the Kansas City Chiefs the reason he felt that a third round. Was marijuana use so that's how did you think about. The patriots this this ...
[0:12:31] ... if you're the patriots in your Robert Kraft and Jonathan Kraft and Bill Belichick is Satan Robert crafts office music list. This was the aberration this'll never happen again I would never happened before. I mean ...
[0:13:47] ... have legal handguns and I I'm I am a handgun or a Matt Light it's a hunter on an out route you're not a shooter talking about at a young age. If there is a recklessness. ...