In case I haven’t been clear about this before, I love “The Walking Dead.” I’ve been riveted to it since the first scene of the pilot six seasons ago. It’s the one show with the power to get me to turn off all (non-Patriots) football coverage in the Fall. I live Facebook DM most episodes with three of my neighbors. And the mid-season premiere last week was one of the best in the series’ run.

That said, this past Sunday night’s episode was awful. One where Rick and Daryl, the Alpha and Beta Males of the Zombie Apocalypse, just weirdly morphed into Bo and Luke Duke, making reckless, pointless decisions, engaged in wacky hijinks and ended up with their vehicle in a pond. Just an inexcusable creative decision, made worse by the fact they ended the episode with the TV trope that has ruined shows from “Moonlighting” to “X-Files” and dozens between.

So the perfect solution? “The Benny Hill” theme. There is no TV misstep so egregious it can’t be cured with a little “Yakkity Sax.” Well done, Internet.

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Sarah Spain of ESPN was on Gronk's Party Cruise and it was exactly what you could expect -- a lot of dudes drinking and dancing to loud music.

[0:02:20] ... a before talked dale. And talk about in embarrassing this week. Is Boston College one I hope so so they announced today that they're putting together new facilities 200 billion dollars of new facilities. Over the air in the on the campus. They played. Wake Forest this weekend was one of the thirteen in the ACC. Lost the last night yeah yeah it was yes yes and they were trailing in the game. But scored 37. To fool out of the gate yeah sure this is a team that's well. At thirteen the ACC and you're born thirteenth but the one ACC game. Wicket with its it was a bad night but it's pretty bad season for them. For football we have to go back to what march of last year. The final last time that Boston College men's program basketball or football won a game and he CC you're advocate winners when they played as little. You know elevate ...
[0:03:50] ... innings on bail out as he does have a when you allowed Notre Dame to come in and play beat the home team at Fenway Park as stadium at your stadium right down the road from your school. You deserve never to win a trust for trust me wait force is coming in next year's going to be although he already forest and and this is an element is out billboard this is embarrassingly awful quickly people set their tool or college sports rigor and his down. Then it was because Boston College is the once called it as an opportunity to be big and they are right Dale Arnold was here cross over brought ...
[0:04:50] ... what's the the king of flip flop but he is upset that Peter King is look but he floppy disk. Aren't you that by. In particular but I don't know that I can look at it ...





Ordinarily I’m a loud, outspoken critic of these stunt engagements. Some emasculated showboater trying to make a big, public display of popping the question, just to draw attention to what a sweetheart of a guy he is and how he’s way more romantic than those of us who do these things in private. (Say, in a hotel room after an out-of-state comedy gig at 1:00 a.m. because there was a World Series game on and you wanted to watch it until the end. Just as a for instance). These engagements in front of a big crowd always smacked way more of desperation than real love to me.

But in this case, I’ll make an exception. I can see where a guy like this would get caught up in the hopeless romance of the Gronk party cruise. I’m sure he couldn’t help himself. Nothing says, “lifetime of fulfillment and mutual happiness” like witnessing the constant rock moments of the Gronkowski boys. Watching Rob Gronkowski twerking up in girls faces and Chris getting hit on by all the drunken cougar talent is practically like going to the top of the Eiffel Tower or taking a gondola through Venice. How can you not get swept up in that vortex of emotions and know that’s the right time to join in holy matrimony? The heart wants what the heart wants.

It’s just a shame they didn’t plan it any better, because I’m 99 percent sure that according to international maritime law, Gordy Gronkowski could have performed the ceremony. I guess there’s always next year.

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Ordinarily I’m a loud, outspoken critic of these stunt engagements. Some emasculated showboater trying to make a big, public display of popping the question, just to draw attention to what a sweetheart of a guy he is and how he’s way more romantic than those of us who do these things in private. (Say, in a hotel room after an out-of-state comedy gig at 1:00 a.m. because there was a World Series game on and you wanted to watch it until the end. Just as a for instance). These engagements in front of a big crowd always smacked way more of desperation than real love to me.

But in this case, I’ll make an exception. I can see where a guy like this would get caught up in the hopeless romance of the Gronk party cruise. I’m sure he couldn’t help himself. Nothing says, “lifetime of fulfillment and mutual happiness” like witnessing the constant rock moments of the Gronkowski boys. Watching Rob Gronkowski twerking up in girls faces and Chris getting hit on by all the drunken cougar talent is practically like going to the top of the Eiffel Tower or taking a gondola through Venice. How can you not get swept up in that vortex of emotions and know that’s the right time to join in holy matrimony? The heart wants what the heart wants.

It’s just a shame they didn’t plan it any better, because I’m 99 percent sure that according to international maritime law, Gordy Gronkowski could have performed the ceremony. I guess there’s always next year.

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Lou Merloni didn't realize he was on the air when talking down at spring training...and revealed his true feelings on playing first base.

Pardon me for being new to the party on this, but apparently for UNH hockey, throwing a gutted fish on the ice is a thing. I guess it’s meant to taunt the opponents, like they’re dead fish or a small fish in a big pond or it’s a Sicilian curse directed at Luca Brasi? I’m not real clear on the concept.

All I do know is that if you’re going to play in the man’s game of tossing a colossal fish on the ice, you’d better be able to pull it off. You can’t be standing there like a dope taking self-inflicted wounds because you’re incapable of firing your own weapon. And whatever message/threat you’re trying to convey is lost in the translation when you’re skulking back to your seat covered in guts, scales and shame.

And to the rest of you Wildcats fans sitting there watching that pathetic display, the next time a kid makes you look bad like that, there’s only one correct response:

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Lou is down at Fort Myers while Christian and Glenn are back here in Boston. He's been scouting the Red Sox at spring training all morning, and so far Hanley Ramirez hasn't been very good at first base.
Peter King wrote that the Patriots should get their first round pick back -- something people around here have been saying all year! Glenn and Christian discuss what it means now that national writers are starting to think this way.

[0:05:57] ... going. Look at what you're doing to do we don't even with Tom Brady. Not losing those four games. My god don't have a pick the first fifteen point yeah it could have ramifications over the next couple years and a real good job. Up picking guys late the first round. And those guys being really good place. How low this and they are always in the chamber should India grows in the Super Bowl so just by the fact that there. The other winning all the time they're never going to be in the early rounds ...
[0:08:04] ... Google math equations of that. Is the number three point. As did Tom Brady gain an advantage this year. Presumably one of football every war every week exceeded the officials' locker room and Foxboro at at ...
[0:11:12] ... go yeah yeah some are only so that we now we have Bill Belichick. Do you think you know what they never did it. It would hurt their case this was never about that and you just brought up number three did Tom Brady gain an advantage no. And the commission knew that from the get go he knew. This was a child that this was a real estate and this was a way. Of satisfying. And keeping his phony Bologna and collecting his 35 million because Jerry Jones is going to be up because he was gonna slap the crap out of craft. And Tom Brady and those. Awful doing the patriots and do you think anyone of these over the gonna go back and read this piece ...





During the winter, John Farrell said Pablo Sandoval lost about 20 pounds. Now that spring training is here, Pablo Sandoval is still fat -- and said he hasn't even weighed himself all off season.

 

Peter King in TheMMQBIt’€™s been nine months since commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Tom Brady four games, fined the Patriots $1 million and took away a first-round pick in the 2016 draft and a fourth-round pick in 2017 for the deflated footballs incident at the 2014 AFC Championship Game. …

But the effect of the case will be felt in Indianapolis this week, when the New England Patriots‘€™ delegation arrives for the combine missing something invaluable to the care and feeding of NFL franchises. Namely, the 29th pick in this draft, docked from the Patriots by Goodell. This leaves New England with no draft picks in the top 59 of an above-average draft. …

Based on the weight of the evidence from the past 13 months, and that weight being circumstantial and not convincing, there’€™s one conclusion I’€™ve reached entering the 2016 draft season: Roger Goodell needs to give back the picks. …

Goodell admitted his error with Ray Rice in 2014, and was wounded by it. He can admit an error again, and should, because it’€™s the right thing to do. He should give the draft picks back to New England.

There’s an expression out of the Nixon White House that comes to mind as I read this. The administration was waging a public relations battle against the increasing unpopularity of the Vietnam War. And when Walter Cronkite, perhaps the last of the truly influential network news anchors came out against it, the Nixocrats allegedly said, “When you’ve lost Cronkite, you’ve lost the country.”

I bring this up as a lesson to Roger Goodell. When you’ve lost Peter King, you’ve lost the Deflategate argument.

King is a regular guest on Dale & Holley with a side of Thornton. And while he has been critical of Goodell of times, it’s fair to say his coverage of the commissioner has been largely favorable. He’s done lengthy, in-depth profiles of Goodell. And for a while his Twitter avatar was the two of them wearing lobster bibs. But despite that relationship, even King is calling for Goodell to stand down, admit he overreached, undo the wrong he’s done and commute the Patriots’ sentence by giving the draft picks back.

If you drew a short list of influential football media voices in the country, Peter King would easily crack the top three. So him leading his column with this has to be getting heard loud and clear in the NFL’s secret underground lair on Park Ave right now. Granted, hoping for it to do any good is a big ask. Admitting you’ve screwed up and righting the wrong you’ve done takes the one thing Commissioner Goodell has never demonstrated, integrity. To this point, he’s proven time and time again what a feckless, conniving, disingenuous, reactionary, empty-suited meat puppet he is.

On Deflategate, he’s pandered to the mob, appeased 31 other teams at the Patriots’ expense, been willfully ignorant of even the most basic middle school science and sat on a throne of lies while his underlings have conducted a campaign of smears, spin and flat-out orchestrated lies in order to make the Pats look guilty. Then he held those plundered draft picks up before the football public like a severed head to the delighted cheers of the braying, anti-Patriots donkeys. To now ask that he’ll do the right, honorable and just thing and lose all that adulation is too much to hope for.

Still, King is another voice on the side of the angels. It’s a pure good, even if it doesn’t lead to any tangible results. Maybe this column by him will be another voice in the movement New Englanders started and other media moguls will follow suit and something will come out of it. But either way, when you’re right, you’re right. And that in and of itself is worthy of the highest honor it’s in my power to bestow.

Peter King, this slow clap montage is for you:

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