First, does anyone under the age of 30 have any idea who Mike Tyson used to be? Back in his Iron Mike days when he was the baddest man on the planet? The one who used to scare me just staring into his opponent’s eyes while I was sitting safely on my couch thousands of miles away? The guy who did prison time for rape? I get the feeling the answer is no. To a generation he’s just our most beloved crazy uncle. Doing one-man shows, comedy movies, Chinese action films and my favorite Cartoon Network series and taking pratfalls off kids’ toys. As his old manager Don King used to say, only in America.
Second, I’m the last guy to get all worried about the newest popular craze. Latest Fad Paranoia and its cousin, Dangerous Toy Fear Mongering have been the life’s blood of your local TV newscast since they got the poor, gone-but-not-forgotten lawn dart outlawed. So typically I laugh at the obsession over how every new popular Christmas gift is killing our kids. That said, the hoverboards are death on two wheels. Between the crashing, the falling and the bursting into flames without warning, we ought to be confiscating them and shipping them to the Middle East because they’ll wipe out ISIS in a matter of weeks. Just saying.
Miami Herald — When the Dolphins visited New England in late October, they took extra precautions to guard against potential malfeasance, multiple sources tell the Miami Herald.
Most notably: the organization traveled to New England this year with more equipment staffers than they do for a usual road trip. It wasn’t a coincidence. It was a preventative measure.
The extra staffing ensured that no Patriots employee would have any reason to touch (and potentially tamper with) their gear ahead of or during the Thursday night game.
There will be no such concerns when the two teams meet again in Sunday’s season finale. The game is in Miami Gardens.
But history has shown, at least when it comes to the Patriots, that it’s not paranoia if they’re actually out to get you.
First of all, that bit about “paranoia”? That’s my line, Miami Herald. Used during the dozens, scores, hundreds of times the football world has tried to explain away the Patriots status as the NFL’s only remaining superpower by accusing them of cheating, subterfuge and spycraft. And ironically enough, this story is just another example of why it’s Patriots fans paranoia that’s justified.
Second, I’m not even mad. I embrace this. It’s a badge of honor to pull for a team that has the Dolphins so far up their own collective ass that they’ve turned inside out. While the Dolphins were checking for spies in the air ducts and searching around in the light fixtures for bugs, the Patriots were preparing for the game. While Dan Campbell was assigning low-level staffers to stand watch at the door and practicing his phony alpha male angry-resting-face sideline antics, Bill Belichick was game-planning how to beat Miami’s defense.
And what was the result of all that guarding and counter espionage? The Patriots dominated the game from beginning to end in a 36-7 win. It wasn’t some Pats employee rifling through the Dolphins’ garbage that made Ryan Tannehill fumble a snap in the end zone. It wasn’t dirty tricks that held Miami’s run game to 15 yards on 13 carries. And it wasn’t skulduggery that made Tom Brady throw for 356 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. It was superiority.
But by all means Miami, keep checking for spies behind every woodpile. Worry about your precious state secrets being stolen. And please do keep blaming all your failures on the Patriots cheating. Because all that does is help assure things will stay like this.
Mike Florio joins the guys to talk about the Peyton Manning/HGH story and most of all, the way the media is covering it.
[0:00:35] ... get to the media coverage and all of this sort talking about PeytonManning I think he's guilty as hell we'll get the thoughts on this the first Chris mortenson and his coverage and ESPN let's ... [0:02:37] ... yet about why this guy recanted do we know anything about what. PeytonManning's lawyers are Ari Fleischer anybody else said Charles slide or get him to recant if anything we don't now but. You know ... [0:05:00] ... I got real concerns about the entire PR push backed effort from PeytonManning and company I think the only winner in all of it is Ari Fleischer because we now all know he's available to provide crisis management for. Sports figures are having issues. I I think the better approach would have been to say either nothing or something very middle one statement that's all I'm saying about it because the constant statements from PeytonManning needed three interviews he. He he issued statements that team issued statements his old team issued statements are dire institute issued statements. And it kept churning this thing throughout the day on Sunday and really overtook an entire sleigh games. So was genius. By Al-Jazeera in the Huffington Post to throw this thing out there on Saturday night. I don't know that they anticipated that PeytonManning's reaction. And the entire coordination of that response was going to result in this thing. Just consuming. The entire cycle on ma on Sunday but that the way PeytonManning responded to this really did help would become a bigger story than it was I don't know how big of a story wasn't. Oh where we are not really anybody had any reason know about any of us. Until they drop that thing on Saturday night speaking of how big a story it is now you unite here knowing and I don't know how many interviews you done knowing in this market the last couple of days but. The way it's being played here is. Correct me if I'm wrong guys look what the free pass that PeytonManning's getting and look at the wave. The entire media world and fans across America beat up our guy TomBrady. You as an outsider which are take on that are you aware that that's how it's being played here. Yeah I have I've heard some of that stuff and lock it makes sense to me went when Roger Goodell the commissioner NFL justifies a four game suspension for TomBrady by comparing it to a PD violation and you've got. Evidence now all the possible PD violation from PeytonManning. Why is Ted Wells not. While we know why Ted Wells whenever being art again by the NFL but why is not someone investigating this and here's the prod the NFL said after days of no comment. That they will look into it that they're they're limited what they can do unless somebody in Indianapolis who has the authority to prosecute people. Launches an investigation. Churns up evidence it becomes. Available to the general public. We're never gonna know in the NFL is never going to be able to do anything more than as PeytonManning did you do it he's gonna give the same denials the gate leases source Chris Morton Peter King. So that day. For ... [0:07:49] ... for HGH and during the lockout. There were no rules in theory PeytonManning pretty used HGH from march 11 1000000 July and not violated the single NFL rule. But the NFL has beyond the testing ...
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Lakers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Wizards at Raptors, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Nuggets at Trail Blazers, 10 p.m. (NBATV) College basketball: New Hampshire at Boston College, 2 p.m. (WEEI-AM) College basketball: West Virginia at Virginia Tech, noon (ESPNU) College basketball: Indiana at Rutgers, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Houston at South Florida, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Michigan at Illinois, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Northwestern at Nebraska, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Penn State at Maryland, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oakland at Virginia, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Clemson at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Marquette, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Arkansas at Dayton, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Georgetown at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Syracuse at Pittsburgh, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Wyoming at San Diego State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Fresno State at UNLV, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Birmingham Bowl, Auburn vs. Memphis, noon (ESPN)
College football: Belk Bowl, NC State vs. Mississippi State, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Music City Bowl, Texas A&M vs. Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College football: Holiday Bowl, Wisconsin vs. USC, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM) NHL: Rangers at Lightning, 8 p.m. (NBCSN) NHL: Flyers at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Liverpool at Sunderland, 2:45 p.m. (NBCSN)
— If the Patriots needed a little more incentive to beat the Dolphins in Sunday’s regular-season finale in South Florida, they might have just gotten it.
According to a report in the Miami Herald, the Dolphins were so distrusting of the Patriots that they took extra equipment staff to Foxboro for the team’s game in October as a preventative measure. The Dolphins reportedly wanted to ensure that no Patriots employees would have access to Miami’s equipment prior to their Thursday night game.
Mike Tannenbaum, Miami’s executive vice president of football operations, has a long history with the Patriots, as he was the Jets general manager when New York reported the Patriots’ Spygate videotaping operation to the NFL. The Jets coach at the time was Eric Mangini, who is rumored to be a candidate to be the Dolphins coach next season.
Meanwhile, interim coach Dan Campbell is looking to end his run with an upset of the Patriots, who are aiming for the top seed in the AFC.
“This may sound crazy, but, yeah, I want what they have and let’s see if we can challenge these guys,” Campbell said Monday. “Let’s see if we can compete.”
— Chip Kelly was fired by the Eagles, and many players reportedly are relieved by owner Jeffrey Lurie’s decision.
According to an Associated Press story, several players had met to discuss their frustration with the third-year coach in recent weeks. On Tuesday, the Kelly experiment ended with the team at 6-9. Kelly’s teams the previous two seasons went 10-6.
“I spent the last three seasons evaluating the many factors involved in our performance as a team,” Lurie said in a letter to fans. “As I watched this season unfold, I determined that it was time to make a change.”
Kelly took hits for trading away or releasing some of the team’s most visible players since his arrival from Oregon, including wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, running back LeSean McCoy, guard Evan Mathis and quarterback Nick Foles.
Tweeted former Eagles linebacker Emmanuel Acho: Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will coach the Eagles in Sunday’s regular-season finale vs. the Giants.
— It’s been a dream season for Clemson, but the Tigers have some issues as they prepare for Thursday’s national semifinal against Oklahoma.
According to multiple reports out of Miami, the team sent home three players from the Orange Bowl for a violation of team rules, including freshman wide receiver Deon Cain, who is the team’s second-leading receiver with 34 receptions for 582 yards and five touchdowns. The players reportedly failed drug tests.
The other players are backup kicker Ammon Lakip, who earlier this season was suspended three games due to his offseason arrest for cocaine possession, and backup tight end Jay Jay McCullough, who previously was suspended one game for a violation of team rules.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 30, 1973, which Bruin became the first rookie in team history to score four goals in a game?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Even though sometimes I maybe put on a front to try to protect our organization, our team, the people involved on our team — I’m talking about coaches, players, everybody in the organization — I learned from Bill Belichick a long time ago you don’t want to give too much information out about anything, so sometimes I think that comes off as a lack of appreciation [for the media]. But, really, I have a tremendous amount of appreciation for what everyone here does for college football in promoting the game as well as the players who play it.” — Alabama coach Nick Saban, at Tuesday’s media day leading up to Thursday’s national semifinal against Michigan State
Gary, Andy, and Buck discuss the horrible life of an NFL player, and how the fans don't care about HGH and steroids, because it gets their favorite player back on the field.
[0:08:53] ... don't buy it that the wife was using HGH it's a crock. RodneyHarrison if you can do it over again I'm sure would add is aged Yates and his wife instead of him. Stop right ... [0:12:38] ... was and and I spent the entire game watching the silent from MondayNightFootball game away it was quarterback. And I came out of horrified. By an in your use of seat little bits and pieces ... [0:13:30] ... and I think you're right everybody agrees why you always hear that RodneyHarrison did it that's why no one cares that. I mean every year there are guys on virtually every team who missed four games. An every year people forget those people were of people look no care and and I don't. Either in that tells story from my past maybe the Bledsoe had working my side of the street 00 listen and DrewBledsoe. Was when I was in PR for the team. That hit happened is and you're not now shut up. Had hit happens. ... [0:20:51] ... that he took it is there a lot of smoke there is TimHasselbeck set on Monday. Right where there's smoke there's usually fire there is certainly showed earlier but it than what you did it ...
Danny states his opinion on Al Jazeera's report on Peyton Manning and HGH
[0:00:10] ... I'd been getting into my podcast the last couple days is. This PeytonManning scored. And if you haven't heard then you're just evident. You haven't turned on a TV a law that turned on our ... [0:00:41] ... on Sunday and the report came out Saturday not. Bottom line is PeytonManning has been linked. HGH. In this report. By Al-Jazeera. And it today. Even after that big man and Gordy hi Ari Fleischer. Well see he's got his agent he's got the guy a clinic that's the clinic that they say sent HDH to his wife that's the report says. A lot of people died in the stuff from patent side detained the colts the Broncos denials that I'll PeytonManning did a lot of one on ESPN on Sunday. A lot of people just Imus. And today. Al-Jazeera. Actually voting on the ... [0:01:47] ... this that she said quote. Where did not make an allegation against PeytonManning. And quell what she did say quote. Only allegation in the program. From jolly sly is that growthhormone was sent repeatedly from a guy institute. Ashley Manning in Florida Ashley Manning is PeytonManning's. Like what she defends the report. And why Al-Jazeera defends the report is it's yesterday. They released the video. That. Had this ... [0:02:54] ... to tell you that they god did not attain. Any allegations against PeytonManning specifically. And not brought him and hide in from this story or not. It and not talent who dat. They met stop audit report is not true they're actually doing the opposite end defending this story. But they are saying that they don't have any evidence directly to PeytonManning at this time. Because they don't. If you watched report if you see things a coming out they don't have any direct evidence to implicate PeytonManning used HGH we've known that. But the fact that this stuff is getting sent to his wife. The fact that he denied it and now some of the denials. Recovered from the diet clinic about jolly sly. I'll draw on that because the diet clinic and not a statement that's it jolly slide work at the clinic in 2013. And PeytonManning and his wife are in that. That did so at this elders errors or is it true well Al-Jazeera they had summoned ...
The guys look back at the 1996 draft and what could of been had the Celtics taken Kobe Bryant instead of Antoine Walker after seeing an article on ML Carr this morning. Both guys give their thoughts looking back on the draft.