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Did you ever notice that something happens to a man when he runs afoul of Bill Belichick? Some kind of shellshock overtakes them, like the stress of doing battle against an opponent that is superior in every way debilitates them and they become bumbling idiots.

I mean, look at Charley Casserly here. He can’t answer a question. He can’t tell the difference between rehearsal, taping or live TV. He’s a shell of a man ever since that time five years ago when Belichick came on WEEI and ripped him for telling the world that Tom Brady was playing with three broken ribs:

“Who’s been wrong more than Charley Casserly since he left the Redskins? His percentage is like a meteorologist. He has no relationship to this team. I’d say less than zero. Based on what? He’s never at a practice, never at a game. … At least he put his name on it, which is more than a lot of guys. But, like he usually is, he was 100 percent wrong.”

And now you see the result. Casserly has been reduced to a confused, drooling, doddering shadow of himself, his brain wiped clean like he’s been mind-probed by some species of higher intelligence.

So let this be a lesson to all those lesser beings in the NFL. You Spygate truthers, Deflategate McCarthyites and assorted witch hunters who get rules changed to try to defeat Belichick, this is what happens to his enemies. Proceed at your own caution.

@JerryThornton1

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Brock Holt has a .410/.465/.538 slash line so far this season. (Getty Images)

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Tom Brady is ESPN's No. 4 athlete of the last 20 years. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Tom Brady was reportedly at Gillette Stadium instead of the White House. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Mike Reiss via ESPN BostonPatriots quarterback Tom Brady didn’€™t attend Thursday’€™s ceremony at the White House because of a prior family commitment. But one theory floated in the Boston Herald’€™s ‘€œInside Track’€ gossip column was that his absence might also be tied to comments made by White House press secretary Josh Earnest in the aftermath of Brady’€™s Deflategate news conference in January when Earnest criticized Brady’€™s public-relations skills. If so, that would reflect how deeply Brady was hurt by the widespread questioning of his integrity, including from those at the White House. For what it’€™s worth, I’€™m told Brady was present at the stadium for a stretch of time Thursday while many in the organization were at the White House.

I haven’t written a word about Tom Brady skipping out on the White House until now. Mostly because the whole issue just doesn’t move the needle for me. It seems like whenever someone gets hacked off about some athlete skipping out on the chance the meet the president, it has a lot more to do with the politics of the person talking than it does with the player himself. It’s not about “respecting the office,” it’s about who’s ox is being gored. I mean, if you’re going to go after Brady on this and demand an explanation, you better be ready to say the same thing to dozens of other White House no-shows. Not just the controversial ones like Tim Thomas or Mark Chmura. But guys who took no flak for their decisions like Vince Wilfork, Theo Epstein, Larry Lucchino, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and so on.

Or you can do what I do, which is to acknowledge that a bunch of brave lads bled the ground red at Lexington and Concord just so their descendants would have the right to tell who’s ever in charge to go piss up a rope with no explanation necessary and celebrate it as a good thing.

That said, I have to admit I did wonder what Brady was up to while the team was in D.C. Just as a fan and out of a celebrity-culture sort of curiosity, I am interested to hear if this was some form of protest, what his reasons were and where he was instead. And out of all the possibilities I’d speculated on, this is the absolute best case scenario.

I love the idea of an angry, defiant Tom Brady doing this. After he had to endure the most ridiculous, farcical press conference in the history of football (“The question they’€™re asking themselves is, ‘€˜What’€™s up with our hero?’€™ So can you answer right now: Is Tom Brady a cheater?”€) he gets mocked by some sleazy, obsequious White House public relations hack, and now he’s supposed to play nice with them?

Screw that. And I love even more that he sent everyone else on their way and went to the stadium instead. Not to Costa Rica with the wife and kids. Not to California to visit his folks. He went to go lift weights, hit the film room and eat avocado ice cream because he’s got missile lock on winning Lombardi V next season and nothing is going to take his focus off of it. Not even a chance to go play grabass with the leader of the free world.

I literally could not dream up a better explanation than this. And there is nowhere I would rather have him be than where he was. Just a man on his own, living a spartan life of self-denial because he’s obsessed with being champion again.


OK, maybe I’d add a scream from a mountaintop because it works every time it’s tried. But I don’t want to split hairs. Brady skipping out on the president because he was working out at Foxboro is still the best explanation I could ever hope for.

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That awkward moment your mom catches you rioting 😂😂😂😂 #baltimore #baltimoreriots #prayforthiskid

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Whatever else you think about the chaos going on in Baltimore or what you think should be done about it, the one thing we can all agree on is that this mom has the situation well in hand. Let other people argue where the line between legitimate civic protest and rampant lawlessness begins or ends. With a mother it’s no more complicated than she doesn’t want her son getting involved in that crap and if keeping him out of it means smacking some sense into him, then she’s smacking him upside the head.

This is exactly how Irene Thornton would’ve handled it if her baby boy was going out of the house with his riot gear on. Strike that, it never would’ve gotten to that point because one, “I’m very disappointed in you” from her always hurt a thousand times worse than my dad’s belt across the pockets of my toughskins. Which is why I was never much into the whole looting thing. I’m sure this kid will never try it again, either. And when he’s the CEO of some Fortune 500 company someday instead of adding pages to his CORI, he’ll have one woman to thank for it.

Well done, Baltimore mom. At least someone knows what they’re doing.

@JerryThornton1

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Boston Marathon bombing survivor Marc Fucarile joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Tuesday morning to talk about the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial and what his life is like two years after the tragedy.

Marc Fucarile threw out the first pitch at a game at Fenway Park last year. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Marc Fucarile threw out the first pitch at a game at Fenway Park last year. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Marc Fucarile joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Tuesday morning to talk about the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial and what his life is like two years after the tragedy. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

The Tsarnaev trial is now in the penalty stage, with the jury deciding between life in prison or the death. Fucarile says he goes back-and-forth as to he what he would like to happen.

“To be honest, I don’t know,” Fucarile said. “I really don’t know. I really don’t know what I would do. That is a tough decision they have to make. I kind of sway both ways. I think our death penalty, it’s tough. I think the way we put people down is a little too easy. We actually put dogs down like that because it’s humane. I’m undecided. I think it would be more torturous for him to sit in prison and him being a young man and having to stay there the rest of his life would be pretty torturous.

“But, at the same time, what do you actually have to do in this country to get the death penalty if this guy doesn’t get it? He terrorized the city. Dropped a bomb. Killed little Martin Richard. Killed Lingzi Lu and injured hundreds of people. And executed a cop and went on a wild chase. Hijacked a guy. What do you actually have to do to get the death penalty? That is why I kind of sway both ways. I’m undecided.”

Tsarnaev’s family is now in America as they are witnesses in the case. Taxpayers are funding their trip and accommodations while they are here, which angers many people, including Fucarile.

“I think it’s ridiculous, to be honest,” he said. “I think it’s absolutely absurd. Our country and the people that are even considering that and doing that, signing that paper work should be ashamed. This is a convicted terrorist. He got found guilty on 30 charges. He executed a police officer. Him and his brother. Their rights should be stripped of them.”

Fucarile also had a message for the protestors who have been set up outside the courthouse.

“Those protestors out there — pick another location,” he said. “Go down to City Hall and protest. get away from the front door. ‘€¦ To have to walk by that and deal with that and see that and hear about it, it’s unacceptable in this country. They should be ashamed. Go protest of the stairs of the White House or wherever — City Hall. Wherever they want to go, just get away from the court. We don’t need to hear these people. I understand, but just go somewhere else.”

Fucarile has endured numerous surgeries — to the point he doesn’t even know the exact number. He already has had one leg amputated and is currently in the process of figuring out what will happen to his other leg.

“They are in favor of keeping it unless the pain doesn’t get fixed,” said Fucarile. “If the pain doesn’t get fixed then it’s going to be a big, big decision because if the pain doesn’t go away after a few corrective surgeries then, yeah. The option comes take it off for quality of living and unfortunately in my situation, I was just told pre-op yesterday at the hospital that I would definitely be above the knee — double amputee if I chose that I couldn’t live with it. I deal with other things on the back of my legs that are severely burnt and skin graphed, so it would be pretty difficult for me to get two prosthetics to fit properly without the skin breakdown that I am already enduring on my right leg. I am actually going in for three surgeries on May 5 minimum.”

He said the support he’s received is what keeps him going every day.

“It’s a choice, you just choose to do it,” Fucarile said. “I have a 7-year old boy and a wife, a family and all the support. The support — everybody is supporting you. You don’t want to let them down as well. It’s also a chance and opportunity to encourage others. That’s why you do it.”

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