Gary Tanguay walked out of the station last Thursday, but didn't stay away long. GT tells John Dennis, and fill-in co-host Jon Meterparel, why he came back.

[0:00:15] ... sense so that babble it was coming out of the mouth of Jesse Jackson was a pathetic display of putting their belief look at the situation we have some very irresponsible rhetoric coming from some very powerful people Jerry Kelly. And when you say black lives matter. That's inherently racist. And you make it big national thing and all of you in ...
[0:15:54] ... for John to make the transition from television. Seriously good looking guy Talking Heads here you don't understand coach sector two I've been shock jock I've been seriously to shock stock quotes troll I mean you ...
[0:21:20] ... any said that. The reaction. On social media. By not supporting a police officers. Drove this individual to do this. This individual was gonna do something like this regardless of what happened I mean it was ...





Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: All-Star Home Run Derby, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Nets vs. Hawks, 4:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Raptors vs. Mavericks, 6:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Heat vs. Nuggets, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Cavaliers vs. Timberwolves, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Kings vs. Pelicans, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Warriors vs. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Rumors have been circulating for months that New England native Dana White and his UFC co-owners were looking to sell the mixed martial arts franchise, so Sunday night’s news that they reached an agreement with a group headed by the talent agency WME-IMG is not a complete surprise. The price, however, is turning some heads.

According to multiple reports, UFC was sold for $4 billion — the most expensive sports transaction in history — to WME-IMG, Silver Lake Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and MSD Capital.

WME co-CEO Ari Emanuel confirmed the deal in an internal email Monday morning.

“We’ve been honored to have UFC and a number of its athletes as clients and couldn’t be happier to take our relationship to this next level as the organization’s owner and operating partner,” he wrote (via ESPN.com).

Brothers Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta bought UFC in 2000 for $2 million. They reportedly will retain a minority interest. White, the UFC president (and a minority owner) said Monday he expects that his role with the company will remain the same, adding that this deal with help grow mixed martial arts.

“Sport is going to the next level,” he said.

— The Nets have been busy in the past week, attempting to add some promising free agents to one of the league’s weakest rosters. Unfortunately for Brooklyn — but fortunately for the Celtics, who can swap first-round draft picks next year — their two most recent targets won’t be heading to New York.

The Trail Blazers and Heat reportedly decided to match the Nets’ offers for Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson, meaning those restricted free agents will be returning to their original teams.

Portland will pay Crabbe $75 million over four years, while Miami agreed to pay Johnson — who has played just 68 NBA games — $50 million over four years.

The Nets still have more than $30 million available in cap space, but there aren’t many appealing free agents remaining.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 11, 1960, which Red Sox pitcher started and lost the All-Star Game (the first of two played that year)?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I was never discouraged. I never lost confidence in my abilities and I know my coaching and my teammates didn’t either.” — Red Sox pitcher David Price, after ending a personal two-game losing streak with Sunday’s 4-0 victory over the Rays

STAT OF THE DAY: 72 — RBIs for David Ortiz after hitting a two-run home run Sunday, the most RBIs ever at the All-Star break for a major leaguer 40 or older

‘NET RESULTS: After tying the game with two outs in the ninth inning, the Astros walk off against the Athletics on a throwing error in the 10th.

Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria makes a diving catch for an out against the Reds.

A fan in Milwaukee dives onto the top of the Brewers dugout to catch a foul ball.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bill Monbouquette, who allowed four runs in two innings in the American League’s 5-3 loss

SOOTHING SOUNDS:
Suzanne Vega was born on this day in 1959.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
This show is going to have our attention all summer. (Craig Blankenhorn/HBO)

This show is going to have our attention all summer. (Craig Blankenhorn/HBO)

By this point, you’€™ve probably heard the phrase “€œThe Golden Age of Television.”€ In addition to being just about the most pretentious qualifier you can bequeath a TV show you watched live as opposed to on-demand, “The Golden Age of Television” refers to a Mount Rushmore grouping of TV shows that zigged insanely hard when the rest of mainstream television was zagging along nonchalantly.

While the list of shows allowed to carry the “€œGolden Age”€ banner varies from critic to critic, the venn diagrams overlap the most over “The Sopranos,” “€œThe Wire,”€ “€œLost,”€ “€œBreaking Bad”€ and “Mad Men.”€ These shows were very unique, very polarizing, and were not for everyone, but each shared one significant trait: they proved what a TV show was capable of being.

While time will tell if “The Night Of”€ enters the G.A.O.T.G.O.A.T.(Golden Age of Television Greatest of All Time) discussion, its very existence is due largely in part to the aforementioned list of shows. They held the door open for HBO’€™s newest project and our Sunday nights are better for it.

What we needed was as an episodic-junk-food-show to snack on between the end Game of Thrones and the debut Westworld, and what we’€™re getting is the eight-course-tasting-menu-at Babbo when Mario Batali just happens to be in the back making pizzas. Oh, and we’€™re eating with Action Bronson. The show is going to be good is what I’€™m trying to say.

Recently, the “€œlimited series”€ has had its finger so squarely on the pulse of what is cool, it is altering the collective heartbeat of prestige pop culture. “€œSerial,”€ “€œThe Jinx,”€ “€œMaking a Murderer”€ and “True Detective” have each had a moment at the top of the queue of the collective pop culture connoisseur. Each of these limited series felt like genre-bending efforts, but that has more to do with the execution of the material than anything else; both True Crime fiction and nonfiction pre-date the audio and visual mediums themselves.

Like the series of events that make up “The Night Of,” the right things have to happen at the right time in order for a show like this to make an impact. At a time when new media” — €Špodcasts, blogging, instant reacting via social media, and content streaming — €Šis at its apex, and a new series that resembles something we already know we like — €Ša limited run mystery with a True Crime flavor — €Ša gem like “€œThe Night Of” has the chance to really lock in the Sleeper Hold on the pop culture conversation.

From the opening moments of the premiere, you can tell that you’€™re watching something that will go right up on the shelf between “The Wire”€ and “Homicide.”€ The pedigree on this show is ridiculous; €Šthe fingerprints of the creators of “€œThe Wire,”€ “€œClockers,”€ “€œSchindler’€™s List”€ and “€œThe Sopranos”€ are all over this project.

The 75-minute premiere of “€œThe Night Of”€ begins with the Pakistani college student from Queens “€œborrowing”€ his father’€™s car and livelihood” — €Šan NYC taxi cab — €Što go to a party in Manhattan, and ends with him in jail as the lone suspect in the murder of a 22-year-old woman from the Upper West Side. Each of those 75 minutes gives us the framework of what we’€™ll be getting over the next seven weeks: €Ša painstaking examination of the case against Nasir Khan. We get to see the the version of Nasir we want to believe. We get to see the series of decisions that will come back to haunt him. We get to see hints of the portrait of Nasir the show is going to paint.

It was one hell of a 75 minutes.

DON’€™T @ ME – SPOILERS COMIN’€™ 

From the earliest frames of the trailer for “The Night Of,”€ you know something truly terrible has happened. As soon as we meet our protagonist, the pit-in-stomach feeling that accompanies any true crime story triples in size. There is something so instantly relatable about Nasir — or Naz for short — €Šand instantly likable about Riz Ahmed (the actor portraying him) that you can’€™t help but feel awful that something bad is about to happen. It’€™s not anticipation of watching a well-acted drama that is seeping into our pores; it’€™s guilt for wanting to keep watching the life of this character unravel heartbreakingly quickly before our eyes. If it is possible to wash film in anxiety, the production team of “œThe Night Of” has figured out how.

Naz is the kind of New York kid even the staunchest of homers can get behind; a protagonist of near pre-radioactive spider bite Peter-Parkerian levels. The first few minutes of the episode establish him as a good student, a basketball team tutor, and a respectful son, so right there we know the events that befall Naz are going to be gut-wrenching.

The first 20 minutes of “€œThe Night Of” is a fun house mirror version of a teen movie. We’€™ve seen it before: The studious kid finally gets invited to a real party downtown, makes a bold decision in his attempt to make this specific night one for the ages, meets a manic pixie dream girl and has the kind of experience his friends will never believe.

Act One of “The Night Of”: “Can’€™t Hardly Wait” crossed with “€œDazed and Confused.”

What teen movies rarely show the audience are the dire circumstances that follow these seemingly lighthearted choices, the consequences of which make up the remaining 55 minutes. Every questionable decision, every seemingly out-of-character move Naz makes gets stacked like an elaborate pattern of dominos. By the time we’€™ve watched Naz rescue a girl from unknown evil, take pills of unknown origin and chase tequila with cocaine, something bad happening to Naz is as inevitable as the sun coming up. These actions stand so staunchly opposed to the actions we would normally associate with a “good kid from a good family” we can’€™t help but feel like we want to scream at him, “Naz! Get Outta There!”€

Act Two of The Night Of: Every horrible thing your parents warned you would happen when you break curfew. 

What follows is what great TV shows are made of: agonizing detail portrayed by brilliantly cast actors acting against beautiful set pieces all designed to oscillate that pit in your stomach that’€™s been growing since the opening credits.

Until BOOM.

And the dominoes fall.

And everything unravels.

And you know you’€™re in real trouble now.

In the final act of the premiere, fate connects Naz with John Stone (played by John Turturro), a lawyer whose whole body is screaming “I HAVE SEEN TOO MUCH,”€ as he’€™s crushing an outfit that includes a trenchcoat and open-toed sandals worn to aerate the eczema on his feet; a general demeanor is one of I’€™m-Getting-Too-Old-For-This-Stuff-Of-Which-I’€™m-Getting-Too-Old.

Stone is starting from the deep, dark place that Naz has fallen to, and the audience feels, much like Stone does, that he has been down there in the deep for far too long. Sheer coincidence has paired these two together and a lifeline the width of dental floss have them bound to the floor.

Act Three ends with the sun coming up on the worst night in the life of our main character and dominoes falling all around every person his life touches. Guaranteed all the clues we need to solve this mystery have already been shown to us.

Did you see them?

THE NOTEPAD
Clues and Questions We’€™re Tracking During ‘€˜The Night Of’€™

  • Naz is writing with his left hand on his math classŠ — seems inconsequential, but will most likely be important.
  •  Naz seems like a good kid, but is he? He takes a pill with a happy face on it and starts doing bumps of cocaine awful quick for a math tutor who lives at home with his parents and little brother.
  •  How does Andrea (the victim) have her own brownstone on the Upper West Side of Manhattan?
  •  Theory: She’€™s the daughter of a 9/11 victim. She inherited the house, or received a settlement and was able to buy it. How else would a 22-year old live on 87th street by herself?
  • Naz parks in front of a fire hydrant and gets a ticket. What time did he get the ticket? How long was he in the house?
  •  The timeline will become very important. There are several time stamped events in Episode One:

When Naz leaves Queens:

Courtesy: HBO

(Courtesy: HBO)

When Naz gets pulled over after fleeing the scene of the crime:

(Courtesy: HBO)

(Courtesy: HBO)

When the police find the knife on Naz in the station, Detective Box asks the arresting officers what time they picked him up. The officers respond with, “at about oh-two-hundred,” or 2:00 a.m.

The arresting officer listing the discovery of the body at 2:30 a.m.:

(Courtesy: HBO)

(Courtesy: HBO)

The whole thing took place in less than five hours?

  • Due to the amount of substances that Naz took, are we dealing with an unreliable narrator? Are we seeing his version of the story and only what he is able to remember?
  • How did Naz end up in the kitchen? And how is he not covered in blood?
  • The knife and presumed murder weapon is on the coffee table where Naz and Andrea left it when they went upstairs.
  • Coroner lists the fatal wounds on Andrea to be chest, stomach, and hands. Are the hand wounds defensive wounds or is it the wound from when she and Naz played the knife game from Alien and she lost incredibly badly?
  • WHAT IS WITH THE CAT?!

Andrea lets her cat out prior to she and Naz getting after it:

(Courtesy: HBO)

(Courtesy: HBO)

An eerily similar-looking cat stalks around Naz’€™s house the morning after all of these events take place:

(Courtesy: HBO)

(Courtesy: HBO)

This means:

  1. The cat has gone from the Upper West Side of Manhattan/ The scene of the crime, to Queens/ The home of the prime suspect in approximately six hours.
  2. A unknown party€Š — €ŠThe “Jay of The Night Of”‘€Š — €Šhas moved the cat on purpose.
  3. The cat is a literary device to show that the truth is closer than you think/ under our noses the whole time/ it’€™s some sort of Malcolm Gladwell “What The Dog Saw” type of clue.
Blog Author: 
Padraic O'Connor

This isn’€™t really a space for vulgar language, so we’€™ll just have to paraphrase El-P’€™s Twitter account and say that the hip hop artist/producer showed his age (41) and made fun of Pokemon Go this weekend.

As someone who had the Pokemon Game Boy game (Red all the way) but got out of there before the trading cards became a thing, I can safely say I never understood Pokemon and 100 percent did it because other people were. This is interesting because as an elementary school kid I had the guts to tell my friends I wasn’€™t interested in wrestling, yet when it came to silly little animals/monsters(?) in middle school, I kept my mouth shut and went along with it.

I’€™ve got no problem with people making fun of Pokemon. It’€™s really, really silly stuff, but I’€™m happy for the people who are having a blast with this new game, which may or may not end up getting a lot of people my age (28) killed.

Anyway, El-P made some jokes about it and because probably 75 percent of Run The Jewels fans are in their 20s and 30s, a lot of Pokemon apologists freaked out on him.

To calm things down, El-P dropped a freestyle in which he pronounced “Pokemon” the way my dad did every time he told me to stop playing the game when I was a kid.

Pokemon rappin

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The lyrics, which have yet to make an appearance on Genius:

Pokie man rap, Pokie man rappin’€™
This is the Pokie man rap
I like Pokie man; you like the Pokie man
Rap about Pokeman ‘€˜cause we like it
We all are a community
We are a community that likes the Pokeman and I’€™m just glad that I’€™m one of you
Eh

Because El-P is super interactive on social media, he started a contest for his followers to send in remixes. Perhaps not surprisingly given Run the Jewels’€™ obsessive fanbase, they came in heavily.

Honestly, I wasn’t going to care or pay attention to any of the Pokemon Go stuff. I still definitely won’t download the game, but I’m going to watch this remix contest like a hawk. I’ll also probably buy whatever shirt RTJ inevitably makes out of this.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
Rick Porcello talks about his 1st half, the All Star Game determining Home Field for the World Series, and vacationing in Vermont.

[0:01:03] ... Vermont in the all star break and your team. No I'm not Dustin Pedroia is going to northern Vermont. So. He's the if there. So so now after adopting yet the bad year last year how ...
[0:03:14] ... here in the last week when he yet. A proven guy like Aaron Hill and then you went out amid trade for for Brad Ziegler is welcome to get some of these guys and we're talking ...
[0:05:27] ... home starts this year. Just talk about the comfort of playing in Fenway Park and and pitching you obviously have different different kind of ballpark pitching around some of the some of the things the ballpark ...
[0:11:48] ... game. The all star game counts for home field advantage in the World Series. Tell me health fraudulent that is or tell me why I'm wrong in saying it fraudulent. Arm. I think it's. You know ...






Rick Porcello talks about his 1st half, the All Star Game determining Home Field for the World Series, and vacationing in Vermont.

[0:01:03] ... Vermont in the all star break and your team. No I'm not Dustin Pedroia is going to northern Vermont. So. He's the if there. So so now after adopting yet the bad year last year how ...
[0:03:14] ... here in the last week when he yet. A proven guy like Aaron Hill and then you went out amid trade for for Brad Ziegler is welcome to get some of these guys and we're talking ...
[0:05:27] ... home starts this year. Just talk about the comfort of playing in Fenway Park and and pitching you obviously have different different kind of ballpark pitching around some of the some of the things the ballpark ...
[0:11:48] ... game. The all star game counts for home field advantage in the World Series. Tell me health fraudulent that is or tell me why I'm wrong in saying it fraudulent. Arm. I think it's. You know ...






Danny talks about Porcello's great outing and how this will effect pitching and trades going forward
Danny talks about Porcello's great outing and how this will effect pitching and trades going forward

[0:00:19] ... infielder. Some of that to play third base which are looking and Aaron Hill. If we could strengthen our bullpen kind of fill in for the Carson Smith acquisition. I'd that was the Dave Dombrowski. I'm ...
[0:04:02] ... on the mound. All the Red Sox. And I know I've defended John Farrell many times in the last what three weeks to a month I think around there you'll sit last month I've defended barrel. ...
[0:07:05] ... they're gonna try to do is go out and get that stud Scott Padgett I really I didn't think to try to do that. The question is will they be able to pull the trigger on a deal will they be able to make the right deal that makes sense for them. Gobbled it up Boise because we have some time until the trade deadline almost a Red Sox are making right now utility play as you know Aaron Hill I look at Martinez any. You look at Sigler. Dan making the moves that they can't make right now home because these ...
[0:11:48] ... what do I say god I'm not even thought I was gonna John Farrell odd time. Well George Ferrell so what you know Arctic O'Sullivan. Is going to be a good piece of the pie scored ...






The Red Sox lose Kimbrall for a few weeks. The guys discuss this and what pitching answers may be out there.