John, Gary and Meter discuss the Red Sox at 11-games over .500 at the All-Star break. John Farrell is safe? Buchholz is back in the rotation, and E-Rod too? The guys discuss several Sox topics.

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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.

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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.


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?

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?

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

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
"The Secret Life of Pets" had an excellent cast and was horrible. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

“The Secret Life of Pets” had an excellent cast and was horrible. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

This week I intentionally went to hate-watch “The Purge: Election Year” and I excitedly went to see “The Secret Life of Pets.”

“The Purge: Election Year” was the best movie I saw this week.

As a person who grew up with dogs and doesn’€™t really like “I love my dog more than I love my wife” jokes because I truly think that’€™s an acceptable way to feel, a movie about pets tickled my fancy. Add in that it was made by the people behind “Despicable Me” and “Minions” and had a cast that included Louis CK, Jenny Slate and Hannibal Buress and this figured to have the makings of a borderline perfect movie.

It wasn’€™t just that it fell short of those expectations. It’€™s that it legitimately wasn’€™t funny or enjoyable at all.

The previews (which many first saw when going to see “Minions”) painted a here’€™s-what-goes-down-at-home-when-the-owners-are-away picture, which is a hilarious premise. Yet all those bits are out of the way in the opening minutes and it’€™s downhill from there. Louis CK’€™s Max gets a housemate against his will when his owner brings in Duke — a gigantic rescue dog that could be something of a nod to Louis CK’€™s hilarious bit about how Clifford the Big Red Dog wouldn’€™t be a story if the author hadn’€™t made the dog so big — and, although the other pets in the neighborhood like Duke, the original pet is put off by the new guy’€™s presence.

(If you haven’€™t picked up on this by now, the movie is just a much worse version of “Toy Story”).

Soon, Max and Duke get separated from the rest of the pets because the local dog-walker neglects them at the park because he’€™s got really bad allergies and keeps sneezing. That’€™s the one funny part: The dog-walker is a guy with allergies. Of all the professions, right? At least there was that one funny thing.

Nope, that didn’€™t even happen. The dog-walker neglected the animals because he told a girl wearing a hat that he liked her hat. What a horrible movie.

Anyway, Max and Duke are separated from the pack and eventually get saved from animal control by another group of animals led by Snowball the bunny, who is voiced by Kevin Hart. It’€™s at this point that I must say that Kevin Hart’€™s character was perhaps the only redeeming part of this movie. There is way too much Kevin Hart in the world, but he absolutely killed this performance.

Yet while it seems like the pets are in good hands, it actually turns out the leader of these other animals (Snowball) is crazy and won’€™t let them escape.

(If you haven’€™t picked up on this by now, the movie just a much worse version of “€œToy Story 2.”)

Led by a dog voiced by Slate, Max and Duke are rescued from Snowball’€™s gang, but Duke and some of Snowball’€™s crew are soon seized once again by animal control. Together, Max and Snowball hijack a bus and race at furious speeds over the Brooklyn Bridge.

(If you haven’€™t picked up on this by now, the movie just a much worse version of “€œSpeed” and “Monsters vs. Aliens.”€ Yes, both of those movies take place in Los Angeles, but this is still worse than both of these movies. “Monsters vs. Aliens,” by the way, is excellent.)

Normally, aspects like these aren’€™t worth picking apart because it’€™s a kid movie. Surely there are funny jokes filling in all these gaps, or at least there are more interesting story lines happening simultaneously. Not the case here. Aside from the occasional outburst from Hart’€™s Snowball, there really weren’€™t any funny jokes. There was also a lack of adult jokes sneakily inserted, which are known to be staples in these types of movies.

In the end, Max rescues Duke, everyone goes home and the owner (Ellie Kemper) returns home and gives both of her dogs a big hug. Man, even Ellie Kemper was in this movie. Lake Bell, too. Such a good cast. Ugh.

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone writes in his review that he “choked up a little.”€ Where? I cried my eyes out at “Toy Story 3″ and have been out of commission for like a year after every pet’€™s death in my life. I can honestly say there wasn’€™t one second of this movie that tugged at my heartstrings, and I’€™ve got heartstrings in spades.

All things considered, this movie would have been better-served as a short consisting only of the stuff in the beginning of the movie when the owners aren’€™t home. There’€™s a party scene in the middle of the movie that could be thrown in there for good measure, and it would make an entertaining five-ish minute watch. Ninety minutes was just way too long and way too boring, and that’€™s saying something. How in the world can you make something with a bunch of dogs so bad?

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
Dino, Kirk and Mut finally get to the anticipated discussion of the day, Gary Tanguay's Thursday walk-out and his future at WEEI
The 8am hour of D&C as Dino, Kirk and Mut take some emotional calls discussing the racial divide in America between cops and shootings; the Dallas police chief gives a live update on details of the deceased shooter.
The 7am hour of Friday's D&C with more callers and reaction to the tragic shooting of 12 police officers in Dallas
John Dennis, Kirk Minihane and Mike Mutnansky spend the first hour grabbing what facts exist in the shooting of 12 police officers in Dallas, Texas during the overnight.
Dino, Tanguay and Minihane spend the 8am hour discussing the big overnight news of another black man shot to death by a cop in Minnesota after a traffic stop.

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