Bloggers all over the country rip Tom Brady for not denouncing Donald Trump.
Meter, Gerry and Kirk discussed the shooting in Eastie and Tom Brady's relationship with Donald Trump.

The hell, Alex Trebek?!?

Where did THIS come from? I get that not everyone can own Trebek’s level of street cred. But why the hatred for my girl here? First of all, Nerd-core Hip Hop sounds like fun to me. People who identify as “nerdy” rapping about video games, science fiction, archetype meaning and romantic partners would probably be my favorite form of Hip Hop for all I know. I’ve never experienced the joys of free-styling about boy wizards, “Doctor Who” or dragons, but I’d sure like to.

And yet here’s Trebek, a man who can feign interested in his contestants’ stamp collections or their boring art gallery anecdotes has to throw shade at this cute nerdette for no reason. Geeks are “Jeopardy’s” target demographic. He is a godlike figure to trivia buffs. And to have him call us “losers” feels like the real life version of the William Shatner “SNL” skit where he told a convention hall full of Trekkies to “Get a life.”

You cut me, Alex. You cut me deep.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

The SunSHOCKING photos show a dead woman being laid out on the aisle of a busy plane packed with tourists flying home from Turkey.

 She is said to have died just 45 minutes into the three and a half hour flight from the resort of Antalya to Moscow, Russia. …

Attendants had no choice but to lay the victim in the aisle for the rest of the journey, covering her with a blanket.

Larger planes are usually equipped with a closed area unofficially known as a “corpse cupboard” to store the bodies of passengers who die suddenly in mid-air.

Budget airlines operating smaller planes normally have procedures to put a body on an empty row of seats.

It goes without saying that I feel bad for the lady that died. (Although last summer when I was stuck on the tarmac for three hours before a non-stop from Seattle to Boston and was subjected to “Batman v. Superman,” I was begging for the sweet release of death.) But I have no sympathy for the other passengers.

Having a dead person on the plane next to you is “shocking”? Not to me. I’d welcome having a recently departed passenger in the seat next to me and I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t. I mean, short of having an empty seat (and good luck with hitting that lottery these days), isn’t a dead person the ideal travel partner? They don’t fight you for territory along the disputed Arm Rest Borderland. They don’t get up to go to the bathroom every 20 minutes. They don’t snore or make a ton of noise when they eat. Or worst of all, try to engage you in small talk while you’re trying to read, sleep or watch Zack Snyder destroy your childhood with “Batman v. Superman.”

Sitting next to a dead person on a flight is the closest thing to living next to a cemetery you can experience. It’s just peace and quiet with neighbors who’ll never bother you. At least until their nervous system shuts down. loosening their sphincter and emptying their bowels. Until that happens, I’ll switch seats with whomever is stuck next to our fresh corpse, thanks. It’s better than being next to anyone living. No “corpse cupboard”? No problem.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

When Tom Brady politely ended his Wednesday press conference rather than placate the shouted, morally indignant question of some nincompoop from NECN about Donald Trump joking he can get away with grabbing women in their bikini areas, you’d think he’d be cut some slack. After all, he’s got a game to get ready for. And he’s not the one getting all handsy. It’s not like there are Brady victims out there being handed anatomically correct dolls and being asked to show some investigator where the Patriots quarterback touched them.

You’d think that. But if you do, you’re naive. Welcome to America, 2016. Where you do not have the right to remain silent.

Here’s what my fellow WEEI Dot Commie John Tomase had to say: Brady instead flashed that swoony, aww-shucks smile while his eyes said, “I will murder you,” and left the podium by wishing everyone a good day. And again, I do not blame him. … It does highlight, however, the opportunity Brady missed last fall when Trump’s demagoguery hadn’t yet veered into Cosby territory, when the momentum of his hateful campaign was still being shrouded in platitudes about winners, like Trump’s good friend Tom.

Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk upped the Outrage Level to 11: Brady’s perfectly within his rights to support whichever candidate he wants, and to do so as actively or passively as he chooses. But by not even expressing a polite level of discomfort with a man bragging about kissing and groping women whether they invited his advances or not, Brady has tacitly implied that it wasn’t a big deal to him.

Before he went on Kirk & Callahan and got completely vivisected, Adam Silvers of Elite Daily chimed in with all the civil discourse of a YouTube commenter: Sorry dude, but you’re not getting a free pass here. Calm down, Pats fans: I know Brady won’t read this article, but I’m going to call him out nonetheless. … Tom Brady, you acted like a real pussy on Wednesday. That’s all.

And these are just small samples. This is what happens when Tom Brady doesn’t weigh in on a topic. Regardless of the fact it has nothing whatsoever with his task at hand. No matter that it’s not his job to defend or attack a candidate. Notwithstanding that he was asked the smarmiest-phrased question thrown at him since the infamous “People want to know what’s up with their hero?” in the Deflategate press conference.

He’s not only expected to answer to a diatribe about how he chooses to raise his children, he’s somehow got an ethical obligation to match the outrage of Donald Trump’s media critics. Why? Because he’s a football player? Because he’s golfed with The Donald? Because he stuck his golf buddy’s hat in his locker? For that, if he doesn’t pound the podium and denounce all “locker room talk” and issue a Public Service Announcement about the rules of consent, he’s a monster who’s corrupting not only his own kids, but all of society?

So where does this end? If you see a Hillary Clinton sign on someone’s lawn, do you get to pull into their driveway and demand they explain Benghazi? If you’re behind someone at the toll booth with a Gary Johnson sticker, do you get out of the car and demand he tell you … um … who Gary Johnson is? What about the toll taker? Do I get to ask whom she’s voting for as well, with a full rundown of her take on every issue?

Of course not. This is only directed at Tom Brady. Because in America 2016, only certain people are allowed to have the hat of their choice in their own locker. And he isn’t one of them. I weep for my country. And my quarterback.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Boston at Columbus, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL:
Washington at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB playoffs: Los Angeles at Washington, 8:08 p.m. (FS1)
NFL:
Denver at San Diego, 8:25 (CBS; NFL Network)
College football: 
North Carolina A&T at Bethune-Cookman, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Women’s U-17 World Cup quarterfinal, 8:55 a.m. (FS2)
Soccer:
Women’s U-17 World Cup quarterfinal, 11:55 a.m. (FS2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Derrick Rose rape trial will continue after a motion to dismiss it was denied.

After Rose’s lawyers petitioned for a mistrial on the basis of the accuser deleting a crucial text, the judge, Michael Fitzgerald, ruled it is not a reason to throw out the trial. But he did rule the jury will know the accuser did not disclose all the texts in question in the correct time frame.

This continuing case was shrouded in tragedy on Tuesday when one of its investigators was found dead in her California home.

Natalie Hernandez, 44, died of gunshot wounds and her death it being investigated as a suicide. She was a detective investigating Rose’s case and it is not clear if her death is related to that case.

— Tim Tebow might actually be a miracle worker.

On Tuesday the former NFL quarterback and current Mets prospect came to the swift aide of a fan in the stands who was having a seizure. One day later he explained why he did it.

“It’s what you are supposed to do,” Tebow said prior to Wednesday’s Arizona Fall League game in Scottsdale. “In my opinion just try to in those moments try to be there for people and try to help people, because there is not a bigger, better more important thing you can do in life than be there for people in need.”

Tebow, a famously devout Christian, was signing autographs when he saw the man in need, went to him and tried talking to him. Tebow then put his hand on the man’s leg, bowed his head and began praying. He stayed with the man even after paramedics arrived.

The man, Brandon Berry, is grateful for Tebow’s help.

“I just remember just being very disoriented,” Berry told The Associated Press. “Then I saw Tim.”

Berry was released from the hospital and is doing well at home.

— Ronda Rousey will officially make her triumphant return to the Octagon. UFC announced Wednesday that Rousey will fight current champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in Las Vegas on Dec. 30.

This will be Rousey’s first fight since November 2015 when she lost to Holly Holm in UFC 193.

Rousey also said if she beats Nunes she will then “definitely” fight champion MMA fighter Cris Cyborg.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I love the fact that we’re in a place there is so much scrutiny and I embrace it and I know that people follow closely.” — Red Sox manager John Farrell, on criticism of his management abilities this season

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: In 1903, Boston won the first-ever World Series, beating Pittsburgh 3-0 in Game 8 at the Huntington Avenue Grounds to take the championship five games to three. Boston pitcher Bill Dinneen got the win over Pittsburgh starter Deacon Phillippe. Dinneen made four starts in the series and went 3-1 with a 2.06 ERA.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
Christian talked about the Red Sox focusing on John Farrell, Ortiz, and what the Red Sox need to do in the off season.
Chris and Rob talk with former MLB Infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora. Alex talks about some of the moves he saw in the Red Sox-Indians ALDS, and talks about the core group of young players the Red Sox have

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