New York PostAdd not-so-instant replay to Goose Gossage’s list of how MLB has gone wrong.

“No manager can run on the field anymore and kick dirt on the umpire,’’ the Hall of Famer told The Post on Tuesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. “That was exciting. That was part of the game. That woke everybody up and everybody loved it.

“Now you sit there for five minutes and wait for a [expletive] replay. And half the time, you can’t even tell. …

Gossage ripped the Bat Flip Generation and the “nerds’’ running baseball last week to ESPN and has doubled and tripled down on his comments. …

“It’s a shame, it breaks my heart to see the direction this game is going. What, do we want a bunch of Cam Newtons running around?”

Lord help me, I love old-timers like Rich Gossage. Cantankerous, bitter old cranks grousing about kids nowadays with their loud music and and no respect for their elders and why is it so cold in here? Goose lives his life perpetually one sentence away from complaining about the clothes these whippersnappers are wearing today and talking about how he had to walk to school with a hot potato in his pocket to keep him warm and then eat the potato for lunch.

The thing I like best about listening to guys like him is the total revisionist history they have to do to make their argument. For crying out loud, Gossage was teammates with Reggie Jackson, who practically invented the art of flamboyant self-promotion and pimping in the batter’s box. Not that he was the only one. There was Pete Rose, Jeffrey Leonard, Deion Sanders and a hundred others so egotistical that when it came to drawing attention to themselves, they made Cam Newton look like a Trappist monk.

The best part is that I agree with Gossage about some things. The replay system is a disaster. Guys should be able to slide hard into second base without it becoming a national scandal. But the other stuff about how these young punks need to straighten up and fly right is so hilarious I forget he’s making some sense.

I’ve spent years planning what kind of old-timer I’m going to be. Loud, obnoxious Irishman? Dirty, profane old coot? Quiet and elegant? But I’m starting to really like the idea of being a grumpy Goose Gossage type. It just seems like he’s having more fun hating baseball than he ever had playing it.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Pablo Sandoval has been criticized all spring training, and now he lashed out at a reporter for writing critical things about him. Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about if Pablo can handle the criticism.

[0:00:00] ... But the candidate Mike Ricci but the candidate Mike Ricci. But the candidate Mike Ricci and here's a story that's I mean what spurred this behind closed doors and I'm not sure. Why it's not mean Britain ...
[0:01:39] ... so many based on the stuff that I've been reading out of Fort Myers has been fairly doled out there and kind of an interesting story should that be. Mentioned should not be revealed. Which protect ...
[0:03:25] ... is sounding more like an Aussie while that was as bad as Carl Crawford you're one. It was a great it was that bad that was a disaster subtle way about a year TO here though ...
[0:06:20] ... so you can't even if if if you had a situation where. David Ortiz got hurt or whatever injured and you can reclaim that position. He's got to beat good at third base defense defensively he ...

Dale and Holley's best Boston athletes bracket is under way and it's time to get Lou Merloni to beat Tom Brady! He's down now, but making a charge.

[0:00:08] ... get to vote on the play in game between Lou Maloney and Christian Fauria when I was right now and last I checked Maloney was ahead. I I I have not checked you know here in the last little bit but when last I checked Louis ahead. And and and I will tell you Michael that the mid day show has taken it upon themselves to take a campaign. There they are doing a campaign to not only get Lou to be Christian. In the playing game but they are begging their listeners to have Lou beat Tom Brady in the first round solidified when I was sixteen matchup. I understand that only added I thought they had the mission's failures ...
[0:01:17] ... are. Yeah maybe I. Yeah you. To vote for liberal O'Neal for Tom Brady and let's face lottery or the bank which housed a year earlier but up next what I'll beg for you'll look. I ...
[0:03:04] ... of passes thrown holding defense number 53. Happen. Wall automatic first down Tom Brady wants a replay that for the. That's the worst played western. He and anyway thank you the back current agreement yes the seniors so this yesterday with the human resources. They found over the long line outside of it after yesterday's carnage was over there also attract. Up next morning guys and ...
[0:05:12] ... to know I think I'm you could you can't do this whole Kansas City Royals they were muddled anecdotal I once the you can only vote once. Most positive you can only vote once they saw bedrooms ...

Goose Gossage won't stop talking and is still upset. This time, he hates that managers can't yell at umps and kick dirt at them. Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about why he's being a hypocrite and a grumpy old man.

[0:01:56] ... supposed to act composed. You're supposed to act like your on the golf course you know you're so she lets keep our editor's note so after last week anyway when it's at this tirade couple of ...
[0:03:21] ... 100 years because of bad coal they sit while we lost the World Series in the loss this perfect game and I said. Who died Wheatley human element in the game you cannot take the human element out of baseball because it is the fabric of the game. Endemic on the flippant about whatever and then gone on to other sports and this is what he said. It's a Shane it breaks my heart to see the direction this game is going at war. We want a bunch of cam Newton's running around. Selling Nolan keeps him in check. Which there is no one keeping it in check first the ball. No one ...
[0:04:18] ... last fifteen you can do anything you wanna do. Always all over Cam Newton. Because the press day aptly to Tammy C am New York this is the end of the modern day athlete is in a long is Cam Newton that's that's that's what they all the right. Which is not even close to being true and again that's the old. You ...
[0:04:58] ... Batiste is back flip. I thought it was outstanding at a profit David Ortiz does David Price on the flip side how's that problem but David Price did David Ortiz on. Did the right way in ring yes you know and the other sports like Cam Newton. You know guys NFL defense that they took him who goes. There electorate showboat right there alone like we're all these other ...

Like many moves before, Patriots fans are standing by "In Bill We Trust," and have overwhelming support to the team's latest trade. The guys go back and forth with fans who think the Patriots got the better end in this deal.
The Patriots traded Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals for a second round pick and an offensive guard Jonathan Cooper. Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about why they think the Patriots should have gotten more out of the trade.

[0:07:07] ... pick overall overall. A seventh pick. Talk about interior offensive lineman you're Steve Hutchinson your your Logan Mankins mean that is the type of player you'd think you're getting your John Hannah. You're here for twelve years. And no we ...
[0:13:03] ... the last what 64 games just one night sacked the 64 games. Kelly Jones is 36 he had 55 games so what's a bigger premium a guy can get after the quarterback or I can set ...
[0:17:28] ... towards. You know beginning of of of the season like they did Logan Mankins they do they do with our Richard Seymour all these guys they knew there are gonna resign under there or make it too much money we. No I talked about ...



It goes without saying that Philip Liu’s gutsy performance on Tuesday night’s “Jeopardy!” was one of the most intense, incredible moments in game show history. But that’s damning him with faint praise. What should be said is that it was one of the great moments in the history of America.

Our great nation was built by men like Philip. Risk takers. Dreamers. Men with the confidence to bet on themselves. To risk it all, with no safety net, no Plan B, just a do-or-die, dare-to-be-great situation with nothing but their wits between themselves and total disaster. And he succeeded.

And for the viewer, it couldn’t have been better. I had the answer before the question was finished. But time stood still while Philip strained, wracked his brain and finally pulled it out just as Alex Trebek was about to sound the buzzer and crush his dream. What this clip didn’t show is it was the last question of the round. And then, sitting on an enormous lead in Final Jeopardy, Philip wagered another $11,000 for an unthinkable $49,900. Once again, fortune favoring the brave.

So huzzah to you, Mr. Liu. A true man’s man. A credit to people of courage, boldness and self-confidence everywhere. The kind of man Rudyard Kipling was speaking about when he said:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss; …

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Someday there’s going to be a Jeopardy question, “The gutsiest person of all time.” And the correct answer will be, “Who is Philip Liu.”

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Curtis and Sausage attempt to record a podcast…Kirk steps in and picks them apart.



I’ve been a staunch supporter of Chandler Jones since the beginning of his career. In the face of vocal opposition, I’ve stood by him and I’ve paid the political price. I’ve literally been shrieked at on the air by callers, shouted down on social media and been the subject of protests by cyberbullies on our text line who’ve double-clicked the shift button to tell us how much Jones “SUCKS!!!!” But I’ve stuck to my guns because he has been a solid and often spectacular defensive end. There are only three NFL players who’ve topped 200 tackles, 36 sacks and 10 forced fumbles since Jones came into the league in 2012: J.J. Watt, Ryan Kerrigan and him.

So on a scale of zero to the Lawyer Milloy trade, I’d say the surprise of the Patriots trading Jones on Tuesday for guard Jonathan Cooper and the Cardinals’ second-round pick was about a five. And yet, I love the trade. Not “like.” Love. Let me count the reasons why:

5. Economics

There was just no reasonable way the Pats were going to be able to sign Jones. If NFL GMs have been spending money like the proverbial drunken sailors this free agency period, then pass rushers have been their $10,000-a-night escorts. Oakland gave Bruce Irvin four years at $40 million, and Jones is appreciably better than he is. The Giants gave Olivier Vernon $85 million, with $52.5 million of that guaranteed. And he has seven fewer career sacks than Jones. It’s a seller’s market for edge rushers, and the prices are, to use the old cliche, innnsaaannne! The Patriots are too smart and disciplined to completely tip over their salary structure and make a defensive end by far the highest-paid player on the roster.

4. Need

What’s the one area on this team every man, woman and child among us has said is the top priority this offseason? Don’t answer. I’ve got this. It’s protecting Tom Brady. By the time we got to the AFC championship game, he was taking so much abuse it looked like he had the title role in a Mel Gibson movie. Granted the offensive line had been decimated by that point. But we’ve learned the lesson that there’s no such thing as too much protection. (Note: that goes for on and off the field, Antonio Cromartie.)

3. The return on investment

I’m an educated man, but I’m afraid I can’t speak intelligently about the blocking habits of Jonathan Cooper. We do know he was the seventh overall pick in the draft three years ago. Nick Caserio confirms that the Patriots had him very highly rated on their board. Their track record on evaluating offensive line talent matches up with anyone’s. And while I’ll concede there’s some risk here because by all accounts it was a make-or-break year for Cooper in Arizona, there’s reward as well, and it’s not often you get a shot at guys with so much potential they were selected in the single digits. The second round pick speaks for itself, and it says, “Hello, New England. I’ve now given you four picks between the 6oth and 96th spots in the draft.”

2. Dispensability

I say again, I like Chandler Jones. But he is not irreplaceable. Jabaal Sheard proved he can give you a fair approximation of Jones’ performance, if not sometimes flash even more. They just added Chris Long, who, in the last four years he was healthy, averaged over 10 sacks a season. Add to that the fact they drafted Geneo Grissom and Trey Flowers in the third and early fourth rounds last year to doomsday prep for this very scenario. Not to mention the afterthoughts they’ve successfully coached up to good seasons, such as rush specialists Mark Anderson, Tully-Banta Cain and Andre Carter. Jones is a loss, no question. But not an insurmountable one.

And finally:

1. In Bill We Trust

Sorry, but as a Patriots homer I’m morally and contractually obligated to say it. Also, it’s true.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

In his eighth and final March Madness as a resident of the White House, President Barack Obama picked Kansas to beat North Carolina in the NCAA championship game.

“Bill Self owes me,” Obama joked about the Kansas coach while filling out his bracket with ESPN’s Andy Katz, as he picked Kansas to win twice before with no success. “I’m putting Kansas in here. Coach, I’m just teasing. I’m not putting pressure on you. But I think the Jayhawks in a squeaker get past UNC.”

Obama correctly predicted North Carolina would win in 2009, his first NCAA Tournament as Commander in Chief, but he has not picked the right winner since.

“This is going to be the year,” he said. “I started off making the right pick, I’m going to end making the right pick.”

Obama also has Texas A&M and Michigan State in his Final Four.

While acknowledging he doesn’t know enough about the smaller programs to predict many upsets, Obama — a native of Hawaii — went with 13th-seeded Hawaii to knock off fourth-seeded California in the first round.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar