Jerod Mayo dropped by the studio to talk with Lou, Christian, and Gary about the stress that some guys go through on "cut-down" day. He also made fun of Christian for his focus on fashion, and how exaggerated he thought HBO's "Ballers" was.











Can HBO and the NFL just work out a deal right now where the “Hard Knocks” cameras just stick around Houston after the show is over and follow Vince and Bianca Wilfork around? The world needs more Vince, not less. He’s a natural. You just can’t create this kind of persona. He gives new meaning to the term “larger than life.” And it seems like the Internet agrees.


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Lou, Christian and Gary (and the rest of us) are all patiently waiting for Judge Berman to decide Tom Brady's future. The guys wonder.... What is he waiting for?



Rest easy, people of America. Our long, national nightmare is over.

The scourge that was the underinflation of footballs, which had eaten away at the very foundations of our society and threatened to send us into a death spiral of anarchy and lawlessness, has been eradicated at last. NFL executive vice president of football operations and handing out ridiculous punishments Troy Vincent has seen to that.

Vincent has released to an anxious world the guidelines by which footballs will be handled in the 2015 season and beyond. And as you can well imagine, they are magnificent. Here are just some of the highlights:

Two hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff, both teams will be required to bring 24 footballs (12 primary and 12 back-up) to the Officials’€™ Locker Room for inspection. Two Game Officials, designated by the Referee, will conduct the inspection and record the PSI measurement of each football. The League’€™s Security Representative will observe the inspection process. Primary game balls for each team will be numbered one through 12, and any game ball within the allowable range of 12.5 PSI to 13.5 PSI will be approved, and the PSI level will not be altered. …

Once the game balls are approved by the Referee, the K-Ball Coordinator (KBC) will take custody of and remain responsible for the security of the game balls and back-up balls for each club. They will remain in the custody of the KBC until 10 minutes prior to kickoff. …

At designated games, selected at random, the game balls used in the first half will be collected by the KBC at halftime, and the League’€™s Security Representative will escort the KBC with the footballs to the Officials’€™ Locker room. During halftime, each game ball for both teams will be inspected in the locker room by designated members of the officiating and security crews. …

All gauges will be certified prior to each season by Wilson Sporting Goods. Each Referee will be provided with a primary and backup gauge. NFL Football Operations will maintain a backup supply as well. The same gauge will be used for pregame, halftime, and postgame testing.

Bravo, Troy Vincent. A hearty “well done” for your iron-willed leadership on this. These rules and regulations are such an upgrade from the guidelines you had in place for the 2014 season:

Prior to the game, in violation of rules set forth in the game operations manual, the officials’ locker room will be filled with league personnel all in there watching the end of the earlier game on TV. The referee will have the duty of inspecting the footballs but not required to jot down the PSI because that’s too much work. The NFL will take his word for it that they all conformed, unless of course his memory is inconsistent with the fact the Patriots cheated, in which case we’ll determine that his otherwise flawless memory was, in this one instance, dead wrong.

The inspected footballs will then be carried to the field in a bag in full view of a dozen or so NFL executives by a per diem employee who’s real name nobody knows but who answers to “Bird” or “Dorito Dink.”

The K-ball will be placed in the sole possession of a league employee who steals them before they can be auctioned off to help underprivileged kids so that he can sell them on Ebay.

When it suits the purposes of the Colts (in collusion with the Ravens), officials from the league office will swoop down on the Patriots sideline, confiscate the footballs and test the PSI using random, haphazard and uncoordinated methods  and in complete ignorance of standard middle school physics. An official will then be permitted to tell a low-level equipment man “We weighed footballs. You are in big f***ing trouble.”

All footballs will be measured with $5 Walmart bicycle aisle pressure gauges that register different readings. A set of utterly fictitious numbers will be leaked to a willing media hack, setting off a national excrement storm. A league-appointed investigator will then conduct a witch hunt in which he will use the numbers from whichever gauge makes the case the Patriots cheated, and ignoring the other one.

Of course I could point out that since Vincent decided these guidelines had to be established now, that it would discredit the entire way the league did things before and invalidate this preposterous phony non-scandal. But I won’t. Rules is rules. Even the ones you only enforce retroactively in order to screw over the Patriots.


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Schilling emailed Awful Announcing.

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Florio gave us the latest on Brady vs Goodell.

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The top stories of the day.
Judge Berman has yet to rule in the Brady case.

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MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 4:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Angels at Athletics, 3:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Nationals at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Mystics at Mercury, 3:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m. (ESPN), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)


Curt Schilling has been mostly quiet since his suspension from ESPN last week following his retweet of a post that compared Muslims to Nazi-era Germans, but on Tuesday he lashed out at a website for what he considered biased reporting, and in the process he took a swipe at ESPN colleague Chris Mortensen.

The website Awful Announcing published an email Schilling wrote to one of its writers in which the former Red Sox pitcher complains that the site misrepresented Schilling’s tweet by implying he was comparing all Muslims to Nazis.

Wrote Schilling: If you want to rip me, or talk [expletive] about me, please do it with more than an ounce of pride in your job. Nowhere, ever, before during or after, have I ever compared “Muslims” to “Nazis”, ever. Normal every day peace loving Muslims have as much to do with “radical” as I do with “fleet afoot”.

However it appears, like many, you ‘made me say it’ anyway.

Added Schilling: You chose to make it up, ‘misremember’ as best you can, and create something that didn’t exist because it was the ‘flavor of the day”. Even if it wasn’t true> Very Chris Mortensen of you.

I don’t have a racist bone in my body, never have. Anyone that knows me even a little knows that.

Yet you, like so many others, continue to destroy what’s left of the publics trust and confidence in media by creating a story of your own design and liking when you didn’t need to, and smearing someone’s reputation ato do it. Any thought at all as to my children and their thoughts if they read the lie you created? That’s an honest question. I dealt with it in my home, but I always wonder when people of your ilk give ruining someone a shot, if you ever do think about the family you impact. Especially when you are creating a story that never happened to do it.

Schilling asked that the email “remain between us,” and asked for God’s forgiveness for “this rant.” However, the site reprinted the email and included a response from writer Dan Levy.

Wrote Levy: You have no idea how hurtful your messages are to people, so you can hide behind your love of soldiers, the flag and the bible all you want, but what you publish is vile and racist, no matter what Sarah Palin says in your defense. That has nothing to do with my integrity.

— Veteran running back Fred Jackson is looking for new employment after being released by the Bills — he took a physical for the Seahawks on Tuesday — but he isn’t leaving Buffalo quietly.

Jackson, the third-leading rusher in Bills history, thanked fans for their support during his nine years with the team, but he expressed his frustration with general manager Doug Whaley.

“There’s only one person in that organization that I haven’t gotten honesty from, and that was [Whaley],” Jackson told The Buffalo News.

The 34-year-old is convinced he still can play, and he’s not pleased with how his tenure in Buffalo ended.

“It was a tough pill to swallow, especially because I felt like I can still contribute,” Jackson said, adding: “[The Bills] gave me a shot. I’ll always be happy about that, but … they closed the door on me playing there, too.”

Whaley, for his part, said Monday that “everybody was on board” with the decision, including the team’s owners, but he would not go into detail about the reasons behind the move.

“There are a lot of circumstances that go into that, but we will keep that in-house for competitive reasons,” he said.

— About a month after Boston backed out of the bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles was officially named as America’s candidate Tuesday.

The announcement came after the Los Angeles City Council voted 15-0 in favor of striking an agreement with the United States Olympic Committee.

“I want to thank Los Angeles for standing up, once again, as America’s bid city,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said.

Los Angeles previously hosted the Summer Games in 1932 and 1984.

“This is a quest that Los Angeles was made for,” L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a press conference at Santa Monica Beach, where the beach volleyball competition would be held. Garcetti added that the Games would be profitable for the city.

While Boston’s politicians balked at accepting responsibility for any cost overruns, Los Angeles apparently is willing to take the chance with the host city contract — should it be awarded the Games.

“We are in this to win it, and I think we will,” Councilman Paul Kerkorian said. “We can’t do that at the risk of exposure to our taxpayers.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 2, 2001, with Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina one strike away from a perfect game, which Red Sox pinch-hitter broke it up with a single to center field?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “What escalated the whole thing is that [Tom] Brady and the Patriots were going to cooperate fully, and then when it came down to it, they didn’t. If it was J.J. Watt, I think he would have been cooperative, and it wouldn’t be a question. … I don’t think J.J. would destroy his cellphone.” — Texans owner Bob McNair, on Deflategate

STAT OF THE DAY: 13 — Strikeouts for Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello — a career high — in Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to the Yankees

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Ryan Goins hits a walkoff home run in the 10th inning to give the Blue Jays a win over the Indians.

With two outs in the ninth inning of a tie game, Brandon Moss hits a three-run walkoff home run for the Cardinals against the Nationals.

Rangers baserunner Elvis Andrus is successful on a straight steal of home against the Padres.

Diamondbacks pitcher Rubby De La Rosa tries to quick-pitch the Rockies, but it goes badly as he throws the ball to the backstop and is called for a balk. Acknowledged De La Rosa: “I don’t know what I was thinking, but I know it wasn’t a good idea.”

The Rockies turn a triple play against the Diamondbacks without much effort.

Mariners batter Mark Trumbo crushes a home run that hits the train sitting high above the outfield at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

Controversial tennis player Nick Kyrgios appears to take a nap during a break in his first-round loss to Andy Murray at the U.S. Open.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Billy Preston was born on this day in 1946.

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