Dave Portnoy, Barstool Sports — Ah the mythical blue twitter checkmark. Only reserved for the finest of ex Barstool employees. People I invented and moved onto greener pastures. The Jerry’s, Mo’s, and Jenna Marbles off the world. Even ex interns like Tall Guy getting into the mix. It’s blue checkmarks for everybody! Happy Thanksgiving everybody!
I can’t explain why some people who move on from Barstool Sports get the coveted Twitter verification and the people who still work for them don’t. Any more than I can explain why I didn’t make Chad Finn’s list of best 75 Twitter follows when Stoolies like Portnoy, Rear Admiral and John Feitelberg and WEEI guys like Kirk Minihane did. I mean, some followers took my case to Finn and he said I just missed the cut. But like Apollo Creed said about losing to Rocky by one second, “Do you know what something like that does to a man of my intelligence?” All I can do is take comfort in the little blue check mark that I’ve been granted and they haven’t.
Because let’s face it, being verified is all that matters. The blue check mark is what gives a twitterer his power. It’s an energy field created by all social media things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the Internet together.
But you can’t be envious of us who have been anointed by the Twitter gods like this. All you can do is salute the fact that those of us who have joined this elite and exclusive club are getting the recognition we so richly deserve, and strive to be like us someday. That said, like a guy putting on the gold jacket in Canton, I want to offer my thanks to my boys back at Barstool who set me on this path to immortality. Someday I hope you get to join me in Twitter Valhalla.
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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: 76ers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Grizzlies at Rockets, 8 p.m. (NBATV) College basketball: Gonzaga vs. Washington, noon (ESPN2) College basketball: Charlotte vs. Syracuse, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2) College basketball: St. John’s at Chaminade, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: High Point at Georgia, 5 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: Indiana vs. UNLV, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Yale at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Wake Forest vs. UCLA, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UMass vs. Creighton, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Vanderbilt vs. Kansas, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: San Jose State vs. Toledo, 11:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: San Diego vs. Loyola-Chicago, 2 a.m. (CBSSN) NHL: Bruins at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NESN) NHL: Flyers at Islanders, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN) NHL: Blackhawks at Sharks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Benfica at Astana, 9:50 a.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Wolfsburg at CSKA Moscow, noon (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, PSV Eindhoven at Manchester United, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
— Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey is recovering in a Miami-area hospital after being shot in the head Tuesday night, according to multiple reports.
The Rams released a statement late Tuesday saying they been in touch with Bailey, who is halfway through a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
“We are aware Stedman Bailey was involved in an incident this evening,” the statement said. “We have spoken with Stedman and he is in the hospital in critical, but stable, condition. We are gathering facts about the situation and will provide updates as we learn more.”
Players from around the league offered support for Bailey via social media.
Tweeted Rams defensive end Chris Long: Keep our brother @iamSB3 in your thoughts, prayers tonight. I don’t wanna believe it….
Tweeted Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell: prayers to my brother Stedman Bailey.
Bailey has 12 receptions for 182 yards and a touchdown this season. He had 30 receptions last season, despite missing the first two games while suspended for performance-enhancing drugs.
— Greg Hardy might be Public Enemy No. 1 to many NFL players and fans, but some of his former Panthers teammates still view him with respect.
“Greg Hardy is a guy that you flat-out want on your football team,” linebacker Thomas Davis said Tuesday. “He’s a guy that’s a game-changer. He can go out and totally wreck a game plan if you allow him to. Of course we went and spoke up for him, trying to get him back.
“But a few details came out with this whole situation. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get him back. Now he’s a part of the Dallas Cowboys. Guess who we play this week?”
Fullback Mike Tolbert said he remains close with Hardy and won’t abandon him while he’s facing heavy criticism following the release of photos and details about Hardy’s domestic-abuse case.
“He’s always been there for me when I’ve needed something,” Tolbert said. “In the Panthers’ locker room, it’s more than just football. We’re there for each other on and off the field. When somebody is going through something, we’re there with him.”
Added Tolbert: “Just because somebody goes through something you can’t drop them by the wayside and say I’m not going to talk to them. If Jonathan [Stewart] goes through something, I’m not going to say he’s not my friend no more because he made a bad decision. Everybody makes mistakes.”
Safety Roman Harper also was willing to stand behind Hardy despite his troubles.
“I’m happy Dallas has given Greg another chance and he has the opportunity to go out there and take care of his family and do the things he needs to do,” Harper said.
“It’s unfortunate all this stuff has come out and there’s all these whirlwinds and stuff. Greg is a hard-nosed player. He goes out there and gives it every play on Sundays and throughout the week in practice.”
Alexander, who is on injured reserve after tearing his Achilles in training camp, was suspended twice last season. He said in the offseason that his 2014 suspensions were for positive marijuana tests.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Alexander spent 16 days in a Boston-area rehab facility last summer after flunking a test for a fourth time.
Hill, who also suffered a season-ending injury in training camp (knee), was cited for possessing marijuana paraphernalia over the summer, leading to his one-game punishment.
Horton, suspended for for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances, had seen limited action for Carolina this season, starting one game but appearing on the inactive list this past Sunday. He was cut after Week 3 and re-signed for Week 5.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 25, 2002, the Red Sox named Theo Epstein general manager. Who had been filling in as interim GM since the dismissal of Dan Duquette?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I was pretty agitated all night. For three hours and 20 minutes I was pretty agitated. I don’t remember who I was talking to at that particular point. When you’re the quarterback and you’ve been around, you see things and you want to try and create some urgency and see if we can get in the game and start tightening things up because things like that happen in practice, too.” — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, during his weekly appearance with Dennis, Callahan & Minihane, on yelling at teammates during Monday’s win over the Bills
We check in with the best football analyst on Boston radio, former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi.
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We check in with head coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday for a look at all aspects of the win over the Bills, and a look ahead to the Broncos.
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