In the hours after he was arrested in the back of a boat in Watertown, Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev repeatedly asked investigators from his hospital bed if his brother Tamerlan remained alive.

According to documents released by his defense on Wednesday and summarized at boston.com, they lied and said yes.

A judge ordered the release of roughly 600 documents that had been OK’d by both the prosecution and the defense in the trial of Tsarnaev, who was convicted of helping plant two bombs near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon that killed three and injured more than 260.

While handcuffed to a bed and drifting in and out of consciousness, Tsarnaev could not speak. According to records released on Wednesday, he had suffered gunshot wounds to the head, face, throat and jaw, as well as his left hand and both legs. So he scribbled notes to his interrogators.

“Is my brother alive I know you said he is are you lying Is he alive? one person can tell you that,” he wrote. “Is he alive, show me the news! Whats today? Where is he?”

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was already dead at that point, killed, investigators believe, when his younger brother struck him with a stolen car while fleeing a shootout in Watertown.

At another point, Tsarnaev complains that investigators won’t let him rest.

‘€œI am tired. Leave me alone. I want a l[illegible],’€ he wrote, later adding, “I’m exhausted.”

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Boston.comTom Brady got sacked on late-night television like it was the AFC Championship Game.

Jimmy Fallon and Steven Colbert made jokes about the Patriots quarterback following New England’€™s 20-18 loss to the Denver Broncos, during which Brady was hit 20 times and sacked four times.

‘€œBrady was hit so hard, a kid in the stands actually caught one of his Uggs,’€ Fallon joked. ‘€¦

Colbert joined in on the football-mocking fun by joking about a photo of Brady with his hand over his face).

‘€œA tough, tough day for Tom Brady,’€ he said, as the crowded applauded, ‘€œ[He’€™s] seen here trying to cheer up by feeling how fabulous his bone structure is.’€

Imitating Brady, he said: ‘€œOh my god, I’€™m still handsome to blind people.’€

OK, Fallon and Colbert. Well played. And no one in the world can appreciate a decent joke like we can. It comes with the territory. When you’re the center of the sports/pop culture universe, there are no small moments. When you’re in the hunt for a championship every time you take the field, there are no insignificant losses. And when your quarterback comes from obscurity to achieve unimaginable notoriety like some girl stuck on a desert planet who grows up to destroy Starkiller Base and save the galaxy, you come to accept that he’s a pretty big target. I mean, there’s a reason late night talk shows aren’t doing jokes about Blaine Gabbert or Ryan Tannehill. Tom Brady is the butt of jokes for the same reason being president does. Because he owns so much real estate in everybody’s heads that he should be charging them rent.

And besides, what are the actual jokes here? He got hit a lot because his line couldn’t block? That he prefers high quality footwear? And that he’s good looking? Guilty on all three counts. Which is further proof that Brady is the G.O.A.T. He’s so good that even when he loses, comics can’t find anything about him to make fun of.

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Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about an NFL fan who is willing to put his ex-wife's house up for sale so he can get some tickets to the Super Bowl.

[0:00:02] ... Yeah give up to go to Wales. The Super Bowl game is more going supplied on the sending his company's would you would you would you give up if you like your real thing in the ghosts of as tough as around here say a strong reasons why I think the drug don't travel. A lot of people are dead and hope in a World Series or Stanley Cup Burnett gave final live like that I've been don't want and a Super Bowl it would get to give up force. Do you rent out your house beat you house for a week ranger no I ...
[0:01:05] ... Leaving her with enough. Will sell home for two tickets to the Super Bowl with airfare and logic must act fast serious inquiries only. God that's the thing to some actually gotten this is I just I just looked it up though at 2100 square foot house in Erie. About 62 fine. It's still me some tickets Super Bowl six now fare lodging. Coupled be at parties that you guys tell me if a guy's trophy it's the double women this ...
[0:02:36] ... wonder that house and I think that its sailors are of these Super Bowl tickets stories every year like you know there's always the woman that's Craig's list of sex you know for your buck and ...
[0:03:12] ... do. Before the games you played. And then you also have the Super Bowl tickets stories guys trying to get tickets while you wait for tickets well I'd do. I mean that is that's par for ...






Rodney Harrison joined Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about the Patriots losing to the Broncos, the decision to go for it on 4th down late and what he thought about Dave DeGuglielmo getting fired.
The Patriots had seven players voted into the ProBowl...and all seven declined to go. Are the Pats players too injured to play, or are they giving the NFL one last middle finger?

 

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For the Win There’€™s more than a subtle hint of sour grapes in this recently-launched petition attempting to ban Cam Newton for his team’€™s game against the Seattle Seahawks next season. ‘€¦

Some fans were so angry that they launched a harshly-worded Change.org petition attempting to ban Cam for his ‘€œunprofessional’€ behavior.

According to the petition:

Cam Newton is one of the most unprofessional, unsportsmanlike individual on the face of the planet. So I say for the 2016-2017 when the Panthers come to play in Seattle he should be banned from entering the stadium. This should teach him to put his arrogance in check!! ‘€¦ He is one of the most unsportsmanlike quarterbacks in the NFL and deserves to be banned from Century Link Field. He dislikes Washington as a whole anyways, so why not move to make this possible.”

I’d love nothing more than to tear the Seahawks fan base to shreds for this, but somehow I can’t. In a way, I think it’s kind of cute. Something you do when your football fandom is still in its infancy. This is the equivalent of a four year old scribbling a note in crayon and taping it to his door saying no one can come into his room and touch his toys. All this juvenile, poorly punctuated petition does is make the “12th Man” more endearing in a strange way. Because it shows that while they never really learned how to win, they for sure haven’t learned how to lose.

And besides, you can’t be a fan of comedic irony without appreciating the pure, unfiltered, weapons-grade hypocrisy from any Washingtonian who wrote, signed or endorses this. From a team that has lead the NFL over the last few seasons in personal foul penalties, mouth-running, preening, sack dancing, chest thumping and all around classlessness. These are the fans who cheer for Bruce Irvin, who spent the closing seconds of Super Bowl XLIX starting fights and getting tossed from the game. And who have made Richard Sherman into a bigger landmark than that stupid Space Needle. This Richard Sherman:

You keep doing you, 12th Man.

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Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes

The Mets announced their signing of slugger Yoenis Cespedes on Tuesday night. The former Red Sox outfielder signed a three-year, $75 million contract that also includes an opt-out clause after the first year.

Cespedes was acquired by the Mets last year after spending the first half of his season in Detroit. He was by far New York’s biggest offensive weapon, as he enjoyed a career year in the Big Apple. He posted career highs in several offensive categories, including 35 home runs and 105 RBIs. By the end of his run last season he was the recipient of MVP hype.

While the Mets clearly ponied up enough money to keep Cespedes as a fixture in their lineup, they apparently were not the highest bidder. The Nationals reportedly offered Cespedes a deal that would earn him $110 million over five years.

“As I entered free agency, I couldn’t deny the pull to come back and finish what we had started last year. I am excited to finally announce that next season I am coming back to join the New York Mets once again,” Cespedes said in a statement.

Added Mets manager Terry Collins, “It’€™s great to have his big bat back in the middle of the lineup. He really lengthens the lineup and makes everyone around him better. He was a great teammate, and I’€™m really glad he decided to come back.”

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The announcement that the NFL has been and will continue to conduct a “comprehensive” investigation into the Al Jazeera report that Peyton Manning‘s wife got shipments of Human Growth Hormone while he was miraculously recovering from what should have been career-ending neck surgeries has been met with surprise bordering on shock from a lot of people. The consensus seems to be that no one thought the league would ever be interested in catching America’s Sweetheart in any sort of wrongdoing. Some are even suggesting this is a credit to the NFL for wanting to protect the … wait for it … integrity of the game. And to the people saying it I have one question.

Have I taught you nothing?

If you’re naive enough to believe there really is a “comprehensive” anything taking place on this matter, I have some money from Nigeria royal family I want to send you so please forward me your bank account and routing numbers.

This is not an investigation. It’s a press release. A smokescreen. Timed perfectly to coincide with Manning going to the Super Bowl. Do you think for one second that if the Patriots tied up the AFC title game on that conversion try and won it in overtime that the NFL is pulling this thread? Then send your credit card info and don’t forget the three-digit security code on the back. This is all about the league dumping a bucket of water on the match Al Jazeera lit. So that when Roger Goodell takes the podium in San Francisco for the dog and pony show that is his annual press conference, if anyone broaches the subject he can say “Well, that is under investigation so I can’t address it. We trust the process to play out with transparent integrity grow the game our fans corporate partners beep buzz click whistle … next question.”

Then weeks after the game is over and Manning retires, they’ll issue some useless press release written in lawyerspeak that says they looked into it, found nothing, remind you how great football is and the issue will be dead and buried forever.

If you’ve learned anything from me over the last year plus (a dubious prospect, I know), I want it to be that the NFL can’t be trusted. That when they “look into” anything, it’s with a little concept known as “conformation bias,” which basically means finding out exactly what you want to find out. Such as Ray Rice didn’t do much wrong. Tom Brady is guilty and needs to be punished. The Jets tampered with Darrelle Revis but it’s no big deal. Peyton Manning‘s HGH allegation won’t ruin our Super Bowl. And so on.

Thus endeth the lesson. At least until the next time the Patriots are accused of anything.

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The announcement that the NFL has been and will continue to conduct a “comprehensive” investigation into the Al Jazeera report that Peyton Manning‘s wife got shipments of HGH while he was miraculously recovering from what should have been career-ending neck surgeries has been met with surprise bordering on shock from a lot of people. The consensus seems to be that no one thought the league would ever be interested in catching America’s Sweetheart in any sort of wrongdoing. Some are even suggesting this is a credit to the NFL for wanting to protect the … wait for it … integrity of the game. And to the people saying it I have one question.

Have I taught you nothing?

If you’re naive enough to believe there really is a “comprehensive” anything taking place on this matter, I have some money from a Nigerian royal family I want to send you so please forward me your bank account and routing numbers.

This is not an investigation. It’s a press release. A smokescreen. Timed perfectly to coincide with Manning going to the Super Bowl. Do you think for one second that if the Patriots tied up the AFC title game on that conversion try and won it in overtime that the NFL is pulling this thread? Then send your credit card info and don’t forget the three-digit security code on the back. This is all about the league dumping a bucket of water on the match Al Jazeera lit. So that when Roger Goodell takes the podium in San Francisco for the dog and pony show that is his annual press conference, if anyone broaches the subject he can say, “Well, that is under investigation so I can’t address it. We trust the process to play out with transparent integrity grow the game our fans corporate partners beep buzz click whistle … next question.”

Then weeks after the game is over and Manning retires, the NFL will issue some useless press release written in lawyerspeak that says the league looked into it and found nothing and remind you how great football is, and the issue will be dead and buried forever.

If you’ve learned anything from me over the last year plus (a dubious prospect, I know), I want it to be that the NFL can’t be trusted. That when the league “looks into” anything, it’s with a little concept known as “conformation bias,” which basically means finding out exactly what you want to find out. Such as Ray Rice didn’t do much wrong. Tom Brady is guilty and needs to be punished. The Jets tampered with Darrelle Revis but it’s no big deal. Peyton Manning‘s HGH allegation won’t ruin our Super Bowl. And so on.

Thus endeth the lesson. At least until the next time the Patriots are accused of anything.

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Tyler Sash

Tyler Sash

Former Giants safety Tyler Sash is the latest ex-NFL player with chronic traumatic encephalopathy found in his brain. Sash, who died at the age of 27 due to an accidental overdose of pain medications, had his brain donated by his mother to be tested for the degenerative brain disease.

An issue that has been put under a microscope in recent years, CTE is caused by repeated blows to the head that cause brain trauma. Sash’s mother, Barnetta Sash, had noticed dramatic changes in behavior since he was cut from the Giants in 2013 after what was at least his fifth concussion.

Sash returned to his hometown of Oskaloosa, Iowa, after leaving the NFL. Not long after moving back, he was arrested for public intoxication and tried evading police on a motorized scooter. He also had been experiencing memory loss, developed a temper and often showed signs of confusion.

Although his mother felt the prescription drugs he was taking were causing his mood swings and outlandish behavior, she still wanted to have his brain examined after he passed away in September.

Wrote Bill Pennington of The New York Times:

Last week, representatives from Boston University and the Concussion Legacy Foundation notified the Sash family that C.T.E. had been diagnosed in Tyler’€™s brain and that the disease, which can be confirmed only posthumously, had advanced to a stage rarely seen in someone his age.

Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology at the V.A. Boston Healthcare System and a professor of neurology and pathology at the Boston University School of Medicine who conducted the examination, said Tuesday that the severity of the C.T.E. in Sash’€™s brain was about the same as the level found in the brain of the former N.F.L. star Junior Seau, who committed suicide in 2012 at age 43.

Sash is another on what is a growing list of deceased former NFL players with CTE found in their brains.

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