As you no doubt know by now, Chris Mortensen went on the “Doug and Wolf” show in Arizona to do what he didn’t have the grapes to come on WEEI and do: Defend his handling of the whole Deflategate mess he started.

And to the surprise of no one in New England, he did so really, really poorly. He hedged, he equivocated, he spun and he backpedaled so fast I want him starting opposite Malcolm Butler at right corner.

Mostly though, he didn’t make any sense, which is fairly common when someone doesn’t have the facts on their side. So as a public service, I’ve translated what Chris Mortensen actually said into plain English using a little language I’ve invented for just this occasion: Mort Code.

Mortensen: “The whole narrative that somebody from the league deliberately leaked false information to me is so much baloney. It’s actually insulting, because I made the inquiry.”

In Mort Code: How dare you suggest someone in the NFL fed me deliberate lies designed to make the Patriots look bad! First I made a phone call. THEN they fed me deliberate lies designed to make the Patriots look bad. Get your facts straight.

Mortensen: “Where I get into trouble is the fact that I tweet the 2 pounds under. We clarified and simply went to ‘significantly underinflated.’ ”

In Mort Code: The numbers I was fed were completely wrong. But the guys who fed them to me and knew they were wrong wanted the tweet to stay up there, so eventually I changed them to an adverb. That way I didn’t have to be accurate and everyone wins. You know, like when you do your taxes and instead of telling the IRS how much you made you just say you “signficantly underreported your actual income.”

Mortensen: “By the way, it was 11 of 12 footballs. … And not only that, we also know the league itself didn’t even get it right when they sent the notification letter to the Patriots and said that one ball was as low as 10 PSI.”

In Mort Code: My report was a complete lie. But Dave Gardi told a complete lie when he emailed the Patriots saying a ball was 10.1 PSI. So the two lies cancel each other out. It’s like that old saying, “11 of 12 wrongs make a right.”

Mortensen: “[I] never implicated Tom Brady. Never had a source implicate Tom Brady in the original report. And also, didn’t even suggest that the balls were tampered with. … The first person who ever implicated Tom Brady — it was a non-media type and it wasn’t me. It was Bill Belichick.”

In Mort Code: Sure, the media immediately pointed fingers at Tom Brady. The league headquarters immediately jumped on Tom Brady. Ted Wells immediately started digging into Tom Brady. And Bill Belichick deferred the question of how Tom Brady likes his footballs to Tom Brady. But I never once the name Tom Brady so you can’t pin that on me. Thank God for 140 characters or less or else I’d look even stupider.

Mortensen: “Two pounds under PSI — listen, if I could have changed the tweet, and I should have changed the tweet, simply to the dialogue I used, which was 11 footballs — that was my focus — not the PSI, 11 footballs were in fact confirmed to be underinflated. And you can argue whether they were significantly underinflated or not. But I stand by that story.”

In Mort Code: I said 11 of 12 footballs were underinflated by 2 PSI. I got the PSI wrong. And when I changed it I got the “significantly” wrong. And in all likelihood I got the “underinflated” wrong. But there were in fact 11 footballs. So my dialogue was right.

Mortensen: “In the meantime, I understand the passion of the fanatical nation that is in New England, and certainly anybody who’€™s going through this.”

In Mort Code: It turns out Patriots fans know how to read and understand how the Internet works. And I guess when you report a bold-faced lie, leave the tweet up there for months and still have the lie sitting on ESPN.com without correcting it so it turns into the major sports scandal of the decade, they get a little cheesed off at you. Who knew?

Mortensen: “I’ve had both Krafts — Robert Kraft and Jonathan Kraft — call me and apologize for just the way this thing has gone down.”

In Mort Code: I haven’t been honest to this point. Why start now? Like George Costanza said, “Just remember: It’s not a lie if you believe it.”


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Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Another hour of Mort being wrong.
Callers reacted to another mistake by Mort.
The great Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk joined us on the latest Mort screw up.

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WNBA: Sparks at Shock, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Stars at Storm, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)


— Curt Schilling has been quiet since being yanked from the air by ESPN for retweeting a comment comparing Muslims to Germans when Nazis took over the country before World War II, but his defenders are out in full force.

The latest is former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who posted a message on Facebook titled “ESPN is a journalistic embarrassment.”

Wrote Palin: ESPN – what happened to you? Your intolerant PC police are running amok and making a joke out of you!

By picking and choosing who they’€™ll tolerate and who they’€™ll try to destroy, ESPN has zero credibility as a round and reasonable media outlet.

There’s been crude, rude bile spewing from the once-great sports network for years now. Trust me. I know. My name and reputation’s been in it. One ESPN affiliate’s on-air rant featuring their misogynist, animalistic “analysts” grunting and giggling through an entire x-rated celebration of violence against women didn’t even draw a chirp from ESPN’s wussified leaders. Look it up; I don’t want to have to recount it. ESPN radio affiliate in Las Vegas got its kicks out of convicted rapist Mike Tyson describing the next rape he’d want to see. (Warning, graphic language throughout that Sept. 20, 2011 broadcast.)

Palin went on to write that the stats in Schilling’€™s tweet — claiming “only 5-10 percent of Muslims are extremists” — likely is “too generous in estimating Muslims’ attitudes.”

Added Palin: By denying the accuracy of Schilling’€™s tweet, ESPN shows its weakness as it buys into the propaganda of ISIS and other terror organizations, helping mislead the public about the very real threat of terrorism. It shows once again that ESPN would rather concentrate on liberal global politics instead of report well on our beloved sports.

From those of us who used to LOVE the network (to the point of addiction, some would confess!), I say to ESPN – you are awful in this. Stick to sports.

— The NBA community expressed shock and sadness after learning of the death of Darryl Dawkins, the former 76ers star who was known for his thunderous dunks and larger-than-life persona.

Dawkins died Thursday at a hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, of a heart attack, according to his family. He was 58 years old.

“The NBA family is heartbroken by the sudden and tragic passing of Darryl Dawkins,” commissioner Adam Silver said. “We will always remember Darryl for his incredible talent, his infectious enthusiasm and his boundless generosity. He played the game with passion, integrity and joy, never forgetting how great an influence he had on his legions of fans, young and old.”

Known as “Chocolate Thunder” and claiming he came from the planet Lovetron, Dawkins made a name for himself by twice shattering backboards with ferocious dunks in the 1979-80 season. The first player to go directly from high school to the first round of the NBA draft when he was selected fifth overall by the 76ers in 1975, Dawkins took part in some memorable Celtics-Sixers clashes in the early 1980s.

He played 14 seasons in the NBA, averaging 12 points and 6.1 rebounds. His first seven seasons were spent in Philadelphia, where he helped the Sixers reach three NBA Finals. He then played five seasons with the Nets before late-career stints with the Jazz and Pistons. He continued to suit up until 2000, playing in Italy and in American minor leagues and even for the Harlem Globetrotters one season.

Posted Rockets center Dwight Howard on Instagram: You were one of my favorite players of all time. You were very inspirational to a lot of young players. Thank u for the long talks and great memories. I can’t believe that you’re gone. But you are in a better place. You were the originator of the dunk.

Dawkins named his favorite dunks, giving them terms such as the “Look Out Below,” the “In-Your-Face Disgrace,” the “Yo-Mama” and the “Rim Wrecker.”

“If you were a writer, he was a delight because everything that came out of his mouth was shocking or entertaining,” former teammate Jim Spanarkel said. “Win or lose, every night I could barely get to my locker.”

— Johnny Manziel, who has shown improvement this summer after a rocky rookie campaign, will miss the rest of the Browns’€™ preseason slate to protect his right elbow.

Manuel has been dealing with lingering soreness in his throwing elbow, and a recent flareup caused the team to sideline him since Sunday’€™s workout. Coach Mike Pettine said he isn’€™t sure when the former Heisman Trophy winner will return.

“At some point we’ll make the determination,” Pettine said. “Let’s see how it feels, and to me that’s a training room, doctor’s decision: Does he pick up a ball and start throwing again? And how many times does he do it? And how do we test it to make sure we’re not overdoing it and not rushing him back from it?”

Petting said Manziel is upset about being sidelined, but he understands the decision. The 22-year-old was slated to play in the second quarter of Saturday’€™s game at Tampa Bay and for a half in the final preseason game against the Bears.

“You can’€™t get those reps back,” Pettine said. “He will lose out on all that real-game experience, but we are very pleased at where he is currently.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 28, 1967, the Red Sox won a bidding war to sign which high-profile free agent?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I will add this, and I’ll let it be. [I] never implicated Tom Brady. Never had a source implicate Tom Brady in the original report. And also, didn’t even suggest that the balls were tampered with. … The first person who ever implicated Tom Brady — it was a non-media type and it wasn’t me. It was Bill Belichick.” — ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen, defending his coverage of Deflategate

STAT OF THE DAY: 1.61 — Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke‘€™s ERA, by far the best in the majors this season, after pitching seven shutout innings in Thursday’€™s 1-0 victory over the Reds

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Mets get lucky as a grounder deflects off pitcher Carlos Torres’€™ foot to first baseman Daniel Murphy, who flips it to a racing Torres for the out against the Phillies.

Rangers left fielder Will Venable sprints back and lays out for a terrific catch against the Blue Jays.

Legendary Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, waving to the crowd after winning his race at the Track and Field World Championships in Beijing, gets taken out by a photographer on a Segway.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ken ‘Hawk’ Harrelson, who had been waived by the Kansas City Athletics after a dispute with controversial owner Charlie Finley

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Shania Twain was born on this day in 1965.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We break news on the Patriots denying Mort's report of an apology by the Krafts.
Sets a caller straight on deflate-gate.

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Christian discusses Mort's report and the his claim that the Pat's never fumble.

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[0:03:04] ... specific amount the conversation committee determines. His salary annually by the way Bob Kraft is on that committee very interesting stuff there. And I'd just insane Mort is just a big baby doesn't wanna get as ...
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Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?

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