The bulk of the 8am hour Thursday was filled with a sporty-fiesta Patriots discussion as Tom E. Curran sat in for Kirk Minihane. The guys discussed a number of Patriots scenarios for the upcoming season with Jimmy Garoppolo looking like he'll play for four weeks.
Dino, Gerry and Tom E. Curran discuss the Bleacher Report rumor that Russell Westbrook will be moved sooner rather than later, and that the Celtics are the most-obvious destination.

[0:00:16] ... of this at you might be getting the better player on the Boston Celtics. You might be getting the better player for shorter time but he still saved roll the flip and dice. Because there are ...
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Dino, Gerry and Tom E. Curran are joined by 33-year Army vet and possible Donald Trump vice president-candidate Lt. General Michael Flynn to discuss his plan for fighting Islamic terrorism.
Dino reads the notable 'Headlines' of the day, including the breaking news of who will speak next week in Cleveland at the Republican National Convention.
Mike Florio from joins Dino, Gerry and Tom E. Curran to discuss Tom Brady's next moves after the Circuit Court denied his appeal.
Dino, Gerry and Tom E. Curran react to some of the memorable speeches from the 2016 ESPN 'ESPY' awards including one from cancer-stricken Craig Sager.

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CSN's Tom E. Curran sits in with Dino and Gerry the day after Tom Brady's appeal was denied by the US Circuit Court of Appeals. The guys open the show discussing what now looks like a suspension in the books.

Fun hashtags are great, but Taylor Swift isn't going anywhere. (Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Fun hashtags are great, but Taylor Swift isn’t going anywhere. (Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

If Taylor Swift survived everyone’s first listen of “Shake it Off,” she can survive anything.

As such, the fact that this week’s messiness regarding ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris has turned into #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty being a thing shouldn’t be taken seriously. It should definitely be given attention — this is the internet and nothing beats a ridiculous hashtag — but it just shouldn’t be taken seriously.

Taylor Swift is overrated, but she’s important. Even if her songs are just her trying to doing something cool by a cooler artist she heard six months earlier, the type of music that Taylor Swift does helps inform what young people’s ears find appealing. Is she a particularly good singer? No. Is she a great songwriter? Probably not, Rolling Stone dummies. Yet as long as she is one of the primary outlets for people like Max Martin’s writing, she’ll be extremely important to pop music.

This week, folks are in a huff because one of Swift’s representatives told People that Swift wrote Harris’ hit song “This is What You Came For” under a pseudonym. Harris was upset that this information, which Swift wanted to keep secret while they were dating, was leaked after they broke up, seemingly in an effort to make him look bad.

I don’t care what happened in between that and this hashtag becoming a thing. Unless she admitted to paying the kid to go into Harambe’s enclosure in what would prove to be a successful hit attempt, Taylor Swift is not over. In case you want to know what did happen in between the People story and the birth of the hashtag, here’s pretty much it.

Nobody can actually think Taylor Swift being petty is enough to end her. This is a minuscule amount of adversity for someone who has both been famous this long and has had a number of high-profile relationships. She pretty much has to live in a bubble and possibly work out strange deals with people to maintain friendships. Embrace the hashtag all you want, but it’s nonsense. 

The best evidence that the hashtag is garbage is that there aren’t even any funny tweets with it. Every trending hashtag is good for at least 20 or 30 classics, and after reading them for five minutes these are the only two that at least induce a grin: 

Swift hasn’t released an album since October of 2014, but it’s pretty much a guarantee that the follow-up to 1989 will be good-to-really-good and get nominated for more Grammys than it deserves. She’ll do another world tour and all of the shows will sell out in hours.

If there is honestly a party celebrating 26-year-old Taylor Swift being over in July of 2016,  don’t go. You never want to be the only smart person at a party.

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DJ Bean
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