Opinions are still pouring in regarding Adam Laroche's abrupt retirement from MLB after the team informed him his son, Drake, could not be around the locker room anymore.

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“I personally wrote a letter to the commissioner responding to his comment that if any new facts came up, he would take them into consideration and I personally believe that when the league made their decision they did not factor in the Ideal Gas Law. They admitted that publicly. They have had a full year of being able to observe Tom Brady play with all the rules of whatever the NFL was and make any judgements there. We have laid it out pretty straight forward and now it’s up to them to decide.”

“I want our fans to know, I empathize with the way they feel.”

Mr. Kraft is back in the game.

I’m sure this won’t be nearly enough for a very vocal subset of the population of Patriots fans. And I respect where they’re coming from. This fanbase is in no mood for diplomacy. They want war. This isn’t the time for polite communiques between envoys; it’s a time for Mr. Kraft to pick up the red phone and tell the Kremlin the B-2s are scrambling and we’ll nuke you back to the czarist days if you don’t stand down and give us back our draft picks.

I get it.

But this is still a positive step. It at least shows the man who Kraft-pitulated back in May is not sitting this one out. On the eve of the NFL’s owners meeting, he’s willing to be the skunk at the lawn party, making Roger Goodell answer for why his team got whacked with a draconian punishment when the league’s own multi-million dollar investigation said, “In particular, we do not believe that there was any wrongdoing or knowledge of wrongdoing by Patriots ownership, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, or any other Patriots coach in the matters investigated.”

Granted, I’d like more. I’d rather he unleash a battalion of attorneys and tell them to do their worst. At the very least, I’d like him to amp up the rhetoric. Tell the world what a fraudulent, conniving, soulless, thin-lipped automaton Roger Goodell really is. But for now I’ll settle for the fact he’s making life uncomfortable for the Ginger Despot.

There’s a theory that every superhero franchise follows the same pattern. The first movie is an origin story. And the first sequel always involves the hero regretting his powers, giving up his super abilities to pursue a quiet, normal life until some major threat gets him back to kicking bad guy ass. Superman II, Spider Man 2, The Dark Knight, Iron Man 2, have all explored the same, familiar theme. Well last May was Mr. Kraft surrendering his powers. Temporarily. But it looks like he’s determined to go after New England’s number one super-villain. Sure it could be more, but at least he’s back in game. Stay tuned.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Glenn, Lou and Christian, go over some of the proposed rules changes for the 2016 season, including an embarrassing and ridiculous proposition from the Baltimore Ravens.

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Pablo Sandoval continues to struggle, Travis Shaw gets more playing time at 3B, and John Farrell suggests that Sandoval is not a lock to start the season at 3rd.

 

SI.comOn the latest episode of “The Bill Simmons Podcast,” Jay Glazer stopped by to chat with the writer about his life as an NFL insider, discussing his close relationship with many NFL players as well as his love of mixed martial arts.

While telling a story about a fight he  nearly got in with Peyton Manning at a Pro Bowl , which is certainly interesting enough on its own, he unveils an impressive record held by John Lynch: He once drank 34 Mai Tais in a single day.

I knew there was a reason I respected John Lynch. I always assumed he was a true man’s man, and this seals it. It’s one thing to prove your toughness through a long and storied career as an NFL safety, fighting off the blocks of men twice your size in order to stick your nose into the breadbaskets of elite athletes coming at you with a full head of steam. But having the capacity to put your liver through the rigors of a 34-Mai Tai day, that is even more impressive. Now I’m even more sorry Lynch’s career in New England never made it out of training camp. His alcohol intake would have made him a folk hero around here.

That said, I have to admit that as great as Lynch’s drinkathon was, it’s not as impressive as Wade Boggs’ legendary 64 Miller Lites on a cross-country flight. I concede that Mai Tais have more alcohol than light beer, but there are just too many variables. Maybe the bartender was giving him a light pour and there wasn’t much booze in there. Perhaps the drinks were mostly ice. It could be the glasses were small. Boggs’ feat involves a known commodity. 64 12-ounce cans of mass-produced refreshment, with all the alcohol content and filled bladders that implies.

So while I have total respect for Lynch’s accomplishment, the sports binge-drinking title still belongs to Wade Boggs. May he rest in peace.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

 

SB NationDwight Howard was caught using Stickum spray on the ball in the Rockets’ game against the Hawks.

With 3:36 to go in the first quarter, Paul Millsap was fouled and was taking free throws. Between the first and the second attempt Howard went to the bench, returned, and asked the official for the ball. Seconds later referee Monty McCutchen passed the ball to Millsap, who noticed something was wrong with it. The officials then checked the ball and realized it had a foreign substance on it.

 They then approached the Rockets’ bench and saw a can of Stickum spray that was covered up, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore. McCuthen issued a warning, saying “Stickum is illegal in the NBA.” Then the officials replaced the game ball and the game resumed.

There are a few parts missing from this story, right? I mean, it obviously can’t end with the referee warning both benches, replacing the ball and then getting back to the game. There has to be more.

Where’s the part about the collective outrage from a shocked nation? The NBA official grabbing a Rockets’ employee to say, “We checked the balls. You’re in big f-ing trouble”? I missed the news last night, but I imagine all the networks led their newscasts with this story, correct? A big time, superstar athlete doctoring the ball to his liking in order to gain a competitive advantage and covering it up? That’s a huge story, is it not?

What night is Dwight Howards’ press conference, anyway? He needs to answer these charges with more than just saying “it’s not a big deal.” America deserves answers. What did he give the team employee to bribe him to cover up the Stickum label? How much has he talked to the guy? When will he hand over his phone and turn over all his texts? And will he look into the camera and speak directly to all his fans who want to know “What’s up with our hero?”

Oddly though, it seems as though none of those things are happening. Which is shocking, I know. Just as it did with the St. Louis Cardinals’ hacking scandal, the New York Jets tampering with Darrelle Revis and lying on injury reports, Aaron Rodgers admitting to over-inflating footballs, the Atlanta Falcons piping in crowd noise or the Cleveland Browns texting with coaches in the middle of the game, America is showing its infinite capacity to look the other way when anyone gets caught cheating. Just so long as the cheaters in question don’t play in New England.

Here’s hoping the NBA looks into this matter. And whatever they find, I just hope it doesn’t get Tom Brady suspended.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
The guys grilled Schapp.

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The guys grilled Schaap.

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[0:06:23] ... that that the Castro's crackdown. Even more aggressively when the present the United States is making this an unprecedented trip to the island. I know that not surprise me at this is a government the press ...
[0:07:50] ... athletes want they wanna be like the dominicans that can come the united states of venezuelans. Play baseball and go back and forth with some sort of freedom beyond that small select group of of of ...
[0:09:36] ... these fugitives who that woman. Two win Chisholm our crew killed the new Jersey state trooper I guess she lives free leave there. I mean do you think. And that will be a day that in them that the relations have improved to the point where we can extradite our aspect the New Jersey. You know I I don't. I don't know it's really not and here in my expertise I would think. You know. Samples like that are there are either going to eat it we opened up in higher leave it there all relations and you Argo is that it. Low Castro Fidel Castro all of the picture I think every. One last question we just asked this what the Red Sox in Dubow Pablo Sandoval. ...






What is Pablo's future with the Red Sox?
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