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About John Tomase

John Tomase joins after nine years at the Boston Herald, including five as Red Sox columnist. A Mansfield native and Tufts grad, he has also written for the Sporting News, Baseball America, Pro Football Weekly, and Men's Fitness. He grew up on Steve Grogan, Ray Bourque, and Larry Bird, and will always believe Hagler beat Sugar Ray.

03/30/17 11:21 EST
Bring on LaVar Ball. Bring the entire ridiculous package to Boston. The father of one of this year's best NBA draft prospects, UCLA freshman guard Lonzo Ball, LaVar is a reality TV universe unto himself, as if the skankiest Real Housewives pooled their DNA with Shaq to produce one miraculous, braggadocious baby. LaVar believes crazy things that aren't remotely true. He believes his son is already better than Steph Curry, even though he couldn't even get UCLA out of the Sweet 16. He believes he could beat Michael Jordan one-on-one, even though rec league videos reveal he's basically a lumbering ox. He believes Charles Barkley could've won a title, "if Charles thought like me," whatever the hell that means. LaVar Ball never stops talking. He's a Don King for the modern age, except he's here to extol the virtues of only four people: LaVar Ball and his three sons: Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo. The oldest, Lonzo, has a legitimate shot at being the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. He'll
03/29/17 11:10 EST
The Red Sox opened spring training as a World Series favorite. They end it showing the strain of watching their plans rip apart at the seams. Losing David Price, perhaps for the season, was not part of the plan. Losing yet another new reliever, Tyler Thornburg, to yet another arm injury, was not part of the plan. Watching Hanley Ramirez go two months without playing first base was not part of the plan, nor was disabling backup Josh Rutledge less than a week before Opening Day. Drew Pomeranz's struggles and Steven Wright's knee brace? Unplanned. When Mitch Moreland's trip to the influenza quarantine chamber qualifies as good news, that's an indicator of how the last week has unfolded. And Red Sox decision-makers are starting to wear it. On Tuesday, manager John Farrell chastised reporters for blaming Thornburg's injury on the team's shoulder program, even though Thornburg's the one who brought it up and we just wrote it down. Farrell appeared to be channeling White House press secretary
03/28/17 10:03 EST
Minutes before the Red Sox faced the Orioles on Monday, the announcement sounded in the press box: right-hander Tyler Thornburg had been scratched due to "an upper right trapezius spasm." If that sounds like someone twisting themselves into a pretzel to avoid saying the word "shoulder," well you, my friend, must be a cynic, because the Red Sox are adamant this has nothing to do with any shoulders. The trapezius barely touches the shoulder. Stop being so crazy. Thornburg hasn't pitched in a real game since March 1, when the Orioles pummeled him for four runs, leaving him with nine runs (7 earned) allowed in 1 1/3 innings. The Red Sox shut him down to tinker with his delivery, the result, they said, of his unfamiliarity with the club's shoulder program, which had led to weakness in the body part in question. That sounds like a shoulder injury to me, but what do I know. In any event, it's now a virtual certainty that Thornburg opens the season on the disabled list, which
03/20/17 01:20 EST
Random thoughts while secretly hoping the Russians help me win the K&C A-Hole bracket . . . Let's just get the political stuff out of the way first. If Patriots owner Robert Kraft wants to fly on Air Force One and be photographed disembarking from Marine One alongside a disheveled Steve Bannon, as he was on Sunday, that's his prerogative. But he should also recognize it's a look plenty of his fans won't like, and I'm not just talking about Susan from Lincoln. Trump's travel ban clearly discriminates against Muslims. His ludicrous border wall is offensive not only to Mexicans, but Latinos. His proposed budget cuts impact the poor. His lies about voter fraud further disenfranchise African-Americans. His stance on abortion would deny a woman her right to choose. Not every Patriots fan is a well-off white man. Muslims, Mexicans, African-Americans, women, the poor – they like the Pats, too. Kraft can make the case he's simply supporting a friend who was there for him in times of need,

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Phil Perry, CSNNE on the …

Phil Perry, CSNNE on the Patriots and NFL free agency

Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency

NFL SUNDAY...the final segment of the year -- 2-5-17

Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.

Gabe Morency, Sports Rage TV and FNTSY Sports Net, joins NFL SUNDAY to go over the various props for Super Bowl 51 -- 2-5-17

Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.

LaVar Ball with Dale, Hol…

LaVar Ball with Dale, Holley and Keefe

Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.

Kirk and Callahan- Will Isaiah Thomas win a title in Boston? 3-7-17

Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.

Kirk and Callahan- Celtics lose after Thomas mishandles the ball 3-6-17

Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 19: Being…

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 19: Being Drew Pomeranz

Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 18: Tom Caron

Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 17: The curious case of Carlos Quentin

Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.

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Saturday Skate - Bruins and the All-Star break

Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break

Saturday Skate - Firing Claude

Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian



Kirk shared his feelings about the afternoon show.


Curtis finally shared his feelings on Dino.

K&C- Interesting Comcast promos; Curtis hated Dino 3-30-17

Hour 4. The promos for Tanguay’s show are definitely more interesting than the promos for Holley’s show. Michelle DuBois tipped off illegal immigrants.

OMF - Reimer vs Jet, "LaV…

OMF - Reimer vs Jet, "LaVar Ball" joins the show, and what happens if Danny drafts Lonzo? 3-30-17

HOUR 4 - Alex Reimer and Jet Striar got into a little tiff during "Mut at Night." Reimer was on Jay Leno at age 12 (he sounds the same.) "LaVar Ball" joins the show. Greg Hardy was rejected from another football league.

OMF - Which NBA coach could handle LaVar Ball? 3-30-17

HOUR 3 - How much is LaVar Ball hurting his kids? Which coach could handle Ball being involved this much? Working with people you don't like. Jerry Thornton embarrasses himself writing about Michael Irvin. Glenn's verbal crutch is revealed.

OMF - The Celtics lose a heart breaker at home, and OMF wants to steal LaVar Ball from DHK, 3-30-17

HOUR 2 - Fauria is working to steal the LaVar Ball interview from Dale, Holley and Keefe. The Celtics lose for all the same reasons they've lost all year. Glenn has a Celtics dream. Fauria confirms LaVar Ball. When Tyler Zeller wins the "Tommy Award" you probably lost the game.

LaVar Ball - I'd prefer t…

LaVar Ball - I'd prefer the Celtics not select my son, rather he go to the Lakers

Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.

Roger Goodell is coming to Foxborough! Welcome home Rog!

The NFL commissioner is claiming that he will attend the opener at Gilette Stadium next fall... does this put Deflategate to bed finally? Or will Roger find a way to duck out of his verbal commitment?

Patriots off-season talk - who outlasts who? Brady or Belichick?

Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the Patriots off-season and it becomes a conversation about longevity for Brady and Belichick, and which will be around longer for this team.

Ep. 56: Howie Carr

Ep. 56: Howie Carr

Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.

Ep. 55: Kirk has a proposal for Callahan and the Producers

Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.

Ep. 54: Richard Deitsch

SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.

The Real K&C - Fails, ran…

The Real K&C - Fails, rants, & interruptions 3-29-17

Ken Laird and Chris Curtis have the Tuesday & Wednesday recap from the K&C show, including Kirk's epic rant at Dale & Holley with Keefe.

#DORK 7: WrestleMania 33 Preview

Rich Keefe is joined by Dale Arnold and Ben Kichen to preview WrestleMania 33. Is it a good card? What will be the best match? Plus Ryan Davey is in for "This Week in #DORK" with a look a couple new trailers and the always great "Black Panther Reads #DORK iTunes Reviews."

Sports Check Up - Ep. 10: Christian Fauria and Dr Gill discuss NBA and NHL Playoffs

Christian Fauria and Dr Gill go over the difficulties of staying healthy through the long grind of the playoffs in the NBA and in the NHL.

K&C- The outlook for the …

K&C- The outlook for the Red Sox; Michael Irvin being investigated for alleged sexual assault; Renee Graham says Boston is racist 3-29-17

Hour 4. Trenni, Kirk, and Gerry discuss the upcoming Red Sox season. Michael Irvin is being investigated for sexual assault, again. Renee Graham, from the Globe, thinks Michael Che is right about Boston being racist.

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K&C- Trenni doesn’t wan…

K&C- Trenni doesn’t want immigration reform; Curtis sucks at song and movie trivia; Reimer interrupted Kirk’s rant on Tuesday 3-29-17

Hour 3. Trenni battles Gerry on immigration. Joe Mixon’s future is discussed. Curtis will get a second chance at music trivia on Friday.

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K&C- Joe Mixon’s chance…

K&C- Joe Mixon’s chances, Adrian Peterson is a bad guy; Headlines with Kirk; Kirk vs. Keefe 3-29-17

Hour 2. Trenni, Gerry, and Kirk discuss Joe Mixon’s draft chances. A horrible hazing story from Texas is the topic in headlines. Keefe responded to Kirk (kind of).

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K&C- O’Reilly comments …

K&C- O’Reilly comments on Maxine Waters’ hair; The Globe out Globed itself 3-29-17

Hour 1. Roger Goodell is going to New England, Belichick wore the same clothes, and O’Reilly commented on Maxine Waters’ hair. Renee Graham, from the Boston Globe, thinks Boston is racist.

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K&C- Curtis’s epic Dino…

K&C- Curtis’s epic Dino rant; Headlines with Kirk 3-30-17

Hour 2. On The Real K&C podcast, Curtis buried Dino in an epic rant. Mut and Kirk don’t believe the Red Sox will win the World Series. Headlines features sound from Pastor Brad McLean and Bob Dylan.

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