CBS LocalFramingham high school football coach Gary Doherty is happy to be back with his coaches and his players after being suspended last week for a conditioning drill called the bear crawl that left some of his players with blisters on their hands. …

The drill took place on the upper artificial  turf field that’s a bit worn out. The day they did the drill the temperature was hot but nothing like they haven’t practiced in before.

While coach Doherty and his staff were suspended the players rallied behind their coach. They felt the entire situation was blown out of proportion and today the school concludes all the coaches can return back to practice.

Welcome to life in 2016. The beginning of the end of the great experiment known as America.

There’s a phenomenon that historians like Dan Carlin refer to as “Wooden Shoes vs. Silk Slippers.” It basically illustrates the difference between an emerging civilization, working hard to survive, thrive, build and conquer, and what becomes of it once it becomes safe, secure and prosperous. When the struggle to eke out an existence is over and the good times begin, societies become soft and complacent and lose the toughness that brought them all that wealth in the first place.

And there is no better evidence that that is exactly what’s happening with us than what just went down in Framingham. It’s world history in microcosm.

Believe me, this isn’t going to be a “back in my day” rant. This isn’t about the toughness of these Framingham High School players, not by a damned stretch. I don’t question them in the slightest. The fact they backed their coaches says it all.

This is all about the parents and administrators. The kids got blisters from doing bear crawls. It’s unfortunate. The coaches obviously didn’t intend it. It never happened before. But these were bear crawls. A drill football players have been doing since Curley Lambeau crawled out of the sea, adapted to breathing air, lost his tail, grew a whistle and invented the sport. And these are blisters. There weren’t any compound fractures or arms severed at the shoulder. Blisters. The kind you get from raking leaves, using a shovel or pulling a rope. You know, working. The kind that callous up in a couple of days and don’t bother you again.

In “Jaws,” Quint grabs Hooper by the wrists and says “You got city hands, Mr. Hooper. Ya been countin’ money your whole life.” But the parents of Framingham High Football found signs of hard work on their sons’ hands and were horrified. And the administrators, instead of solving the problem with a simple “Watch out for that turf field; it’s nasty in the heat” to the coaches and a “Sorry, folks. That practice kind of got away from us but your sons will be fine” email, suspended everybody like they’re Roger Goodell.

But this is how we do things now. We are so pampering our precious little snowflakes that we treat blisters like they’re bullwhip scars and our only solution to any problem is to humiliate working people with suspensions and cost their families paychecks.

It’s insane to think this is what we’ve come to, just a few generations after our ancestors escaped oppression, eked out an existence in the wilderness, built the greatness nation in the history of Man with their bare hands and saved the world from tyranny. You should be ashamed of yourselves, Framingham High School. But if the silk slipper fits, wear it.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Gary Tanguay has a few theories about Tom Brady's latest cosmetic looks; then the guys get back into the Brady vs. Garoppolo talk in the 9am hour of the show.
Gerry and Kirk read a few mailed-in resumes from wannabe Kirk and Callahan hosts.

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[0:02:05] ... consult Boston. Work experience. Security guard delivery driver. Education. No degree. From Bunker Hill. No degree from Saint John's University. And diploma in everything. From west and it doesn't do resident commissioner degree from everywhere Georgia with. He's got to colleges in ...
[0:08:45] ... will tell you. I am not changing I am. What I am. Apollo creed. Steve I battalions that. Sounds like they amongst. ...





Callahan, Minihane and Tanguay talk about the continuing fallout around Colin Kaepernick from an NFL perspective.

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[0:09:04] ... McManus thinks he's one of the best news that went to the Super Bowl where he was a disaster area. Because he was the first one to criticize Camden for a jump on the ball that ...






Kirk, Gerry and Gary discuss a Red Sox day-game win over Tampa which featured Junichi Tazawa blowing a lead before the Sox came back to win.

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[0:06:26] ... What's in Woodson in relegated back Robert. He's going out that a Ty Law. For fun to a pitiful fund and waved to the crowd and clipped the coin if I'm not saying he won't. For ...
[0:08:51] ... does anyone think the Campbell couldn't and got four outs Nell and John Farrell type a private additional thought on that but here's the manager. The dope. The more on the boob after the game after ...






 

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Inside TrackWe hear …

• That Gisele Bundchen, who retired from the runway but not from her other lucrative modeling gigs, hung onto her title as the world’s highest-paid supermodel in 2016, according to Forbes maggie. Mrs. Tom Brady, who has topped the list since 2002, hauled in a whopping $30.5 million last year, down from the year before, but still more than enough to lead the catwalking pack. Gisele was followed by fellow Brazilian Adriana Lima, who came in a distant second with $10.5 million. But Adriana is also hooking up with a Patriot — wide receiver Julian Edelman. So there’s that. …

• That, speaking of Gisele, she and Tom have listed their Manhattan pied-a-terre in NYC’s Flatiron District for a whopping $17.25 million. If you’re keeping track, that’s almost $8 million more than they paid for it in 2014!

What’s that we’re hearing? That the top two most beautiful, most successful, best and richest fashion models on Earth are (respectively) wife and girlfriend to Patriots players? And that when Gisele isn’t running her fashion empire, she’s dabbling in Manhattan real estate and crushing the competition on the side?

We can react in many ways to this report. Pride. Envy. Lust. But we can’t be surprised. Successful people want to be around other successful people. Winners only understand other winners. In the same way that if you took all the animals on the Serengeti, scooped them into a giant Yahtzee cup, shook them up and then rolled them back onto the savannah, within hours they would all regather themselves into the same groups. Lions with lions, zebras with zebras, warthogs back with their little warthogs friends.

So it is with humans. Super achievers want to live among other super achievers. As successful as Leonardo DiCaprio is, he’s not on Gisele’s level, so she dumped him for Tom Brady. Adrian Lima tried being married to Marko Jaric, but knew he wasn’t good enough, so now she’s with Julian Edelman. It’s nature.

Whether you’re dominating the runway, growing your modeling empire, eclipsing everyone else at the Rio Olympics with your world famous Brazilian hotness (see here and here) or simply out-tycooning New York City’s most powerful moguls at their own game, the best deserve nothing but the best. And when you are the best of the best, that can only mean one thing. Be the WAG of a New England Patriots player.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Kirk MInihane reads the Thursday morning news headlines he deems fit for air with Gerry and Gary alongside.

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Donald Trump gave a thorough speech on his immigration plans on Wednesday night. Gerry has the review, and battles with Kirk and Gary over a few issues including the wall and drug legalization.
The 6am-hour podcast from Thursday's show as Gary Tanguay is back in for a second day. The guys open up discussing next week's auditioning host schedules, then get into Tom Brady flying to New York for the Pats' fourth preseason game.

Fox 5, San DiegoIn an interesting coincidence, the San Diego Chargers will hold their annual Salute to the Military before Thursday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers – whose starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick drew criticism for refusing to stand for the national anthem last week.

It’ll be the 28th year that the Chargers host a Salute to the Military game. The game gets heavy attendance from service members and veterans. A Navy sailor will perform the national anthem and the Leap Frogs will parachute into Qualcomm Stadium before kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

I have to hand it to the San Diego Chargers. Just when I think they’re a joke of an organization, they do something like this and totally redeem themselves.

This might be the same Chargers organization that celebrated Shawn Merriman’s idiotic “Lights Out” dance, then whined about how the Patriots “disrespected” them with the same dance. The team whose MVP player said afterwards the Patriots “have no class” then a season later was a complete no-show in their revenge game. This is the ownership who congratulated their fans for actually selling out a game in 2014, only to have it turn out to be mostly Patriots fans, so many of whom made the 3,000 trip Vince Wilfork said it was “like a home game.” And whose media asked their fans to “cheer loudly.” And the franchise who only now just signed their number three overall draft pick.

But no matter how Marshmallow Fluff-soft the Chargers have been down through the years, they are on the side of the angels on this stunt. And it is a stunt. Not the honoring our troops part, which is sincere and genuine and exactly what you’d expect from a city with a huge military presence. Not to mention the Naval Medical Center. The Chargers do a Salute to the Military game every season, and well they should.

Yet there can be no doubt they’ve scheduled it for the San Francisco game purely as a dig at Colin Kaepernick, and they do so with my respect and appreciation.

To be clear, patriotism does not just belong to the members of the armed forces. They sacrifice the most – and sometimes everything – to defend us. But the National Anthem, the flag and the nation for which they stand belongs to all. That said, I love the idea of Kaepernick having to face the people who put themselves in harm’s way to preserve the very democracy he has such problems with. To present to this petulant child of privilege the best the country has to offer. The men and women who do more to affect real change in America than sit down during a song and who practice the kind of racial diversity Social Justice Warriors like him only talk about. And they do it for a lot less than $19 million a year.

So thank to San Diego. This should be a great moment. Tonight … we are all … Chargers.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton