Pro Football TalkEagles coach Chip Kelly was not happy with the hit that Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs put on quarterback Sam Bradford. Now Ravens coach John Harbaugh is not happy with the Eagles for criticizing Suggs. …

“I read most of the Eagles’€™ quotes, I thought they understood the play. One or two of them didn’€™t understand the play. When you start popping off about somebody’€™s character, you’€™ve crossed the line. That’€™s not really something that we respect. But most of those guys understood the play and understood that 55 [Suggs] was playing hard and trying to get it stopped,”€ Harbaugh said.

The debate about whether or not Terrell Suggs‘ hit on Sam Bradford was legal or a cheap shot is a perfectly legitimate one. The balance between protecting quarterbacks versus taking all the hitting out of the game is an issue that football needs to address and there are reasonable positions on both sides.

Which is why I don’t want to talk about it here. Instead, I’d prefer to just demagogue the hell out of what John Harbaugh said.

So we’re clear, Harbaugh is now on record saying that if you question someone’s character, you’ve crossed a line. Putting aside for a second the fact that the “character” he doesn’t want questioned belongs to Terrell Suggs, a misanthropic, rageaholic spouse abuser who once threatened his girlfriend and their infant child with a bottle of bleach, broke her nose across her face and dragged her from a moving car, this is the same John Harbaugh who basically accused Bill Belichick of cheating for lining up in legal formations Harbaugh’s team didn’t know how to defend.

This is the same John Harbaugh who’s team decided that Tom Brady was up to illegal shenanigans involving the inflation rate of the footballs so they contacted their pals at the Colts to collude on a conspiracy to catch him in the act. The same John Harbaugh who then lied repeatedly that his team ever had anything to do with Deflategate.

And just to go back a couple of years, this same John Harbaugh accused the Patriots of manipulating the game clock at the end of the 2011 AFC championship game to excuse the fact his kicker Ray Finkled the potential game-tying kick.

That John Harbaugh is now lecturing people on not questioning his player’s “character.” Not that we should be surprised. He coaches a team that “crossed a line” the minute they commissioned a statue to a man who plead guilty to obstructing justice in a double homicide case. Not to impugn anyone’s character, of course.

@JerryThornton1

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Pro Football TalkEagles coach Chip Kelly was not happy with the hit that Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs put on quarterback Sam Bradford. Now Ravens coach John Harbaugh is not happy with the Eagles for criticizing Suggs. …

“I read most of the Eagles’€™ quotes, I thought they understood the play. One or two of them didn’€™t understand the play. When you start popping off about somebody’€™s character, you’€™ve crossed the line. That’€™s not really something that we respect. But most of those guys understood the play and understood that 55 [Suggs] was playing hard and trying to get it stopped,”€ Harbaugh said.

The debate about whether or not Terrell Suggs‘ hit on Sam Bradford was legal or a cheap shot is a perfectly legitimate one. The balance between protecting quarterbacks versus taking all the hitting out of the game is an issue that football needs to address and there are reasonable positions on both sides.

Which is why I don’t want to talk about it here. Instead, I’d prefer to just demagogue the hell out of what John Harbaugh said.

So we’re clear, Harbaugh is now on record saying that if you question someone’s character, you’ve crossed a line. Putting aside for a second the fact that the “character” he doesn’t want questioned belongs to Terrell Suggs, a misanthropic, rageaholic spouse abuser who once threatened his girlfriend and their infant child with a bottle of bleach, broke her nose across her face and dragged her from a moving car, this is the same John Harbaugh who basically accused Bill Belichick of cheating for lining up in legal formations Harbaugh’s team didn’t know how to defend.

This is the same John Harbaugh who’s team decided that Tom Brady was up to illegal shenanigans involving the inflation rate of the footballs so they contacted their pals at the Colts to collude on a conspiracy to catch him in the act. The same John Harbaugh who then lied repeatedly that his team ever had anything to do with Deflategate.

And just to go back a couple of years, this same John Harbaugh accused the Patriots of manipulating the game clock at the end of the 2011 AFC championship game to excuse the fact his kicker Ray Finkled the potential game-tying kick.

That John Harbaugh is now lecturing people on not questioning his player’s “character.” Not that we should be surprised. He coaches a team that “crossed a line” the minute they commissioned a statue to a man who plead guilty to obstructing justice in a double homicide case. Not to impugn anyone’s character, of course.

@JerryThornton1

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Jerry Thornton

 

Well this is just a damned shame. Don Orsillo is one of those rarest of New England public figures, someone that nobody doesn’t like. A pro’s pro with the gifts that not every baseball play-by-play guy possesses: The ability to call the exciting parts of a game, the personality to mix in a few laughs during the dull parts, and the wisdom to tell the difference. The Dynamic D.O. was never guilty of yukking it up over the action or treating a long baseball season like it’s Homer’s The Iliad and for that we will be eternally grateful.

The only reason we can logically infer for his dismissal is that NESN is struggling in the ratings and needs to cut payroll. Not that that’s any excuse when they’re owned by a baseball team that can throw $22 million a year at a disinterested clubhouse virus like Hanley Ramirez, $20 million a year at a batting cage pitching machine like Rick Porcello and toss $72 million at Rusney Castillo who, at the age of 28 (in Cuban years) can’t count to three.

But that is the business Orsillo has chosen. He’s getting replaced by someone younger and lower paid in the way that he replaced Sean McDonough. It’s only fair by the harsh realities of the ecosystem that is broadcasting in which the young and cheap eat the alpha male, regardless of how much velvet he has on his antlers. Or in Orsillo’s case, how many Duckboat parades he’s emceed.

The fact is he’ll be replaced by some Syracuse or Connecticut School of Broadcasting grad because there are millions of guys out there who can call a baseball game. But there are few who can do game in and game out for years on end while making it fun every night and not making the public grow sick of him. Don Orsillo is just such a guy. So in tribute, rather than do what everyone will, which is list Orsillo’s best calls, I instead present his best moments of funny, game-filling funny banter:

5) The Boob Grab:

4) The Typo:

3) Orsillo mocks Remy’s Masshole accent:

2) Orsillo and Remy riff about the holidays:

1) The Pizza Throw:

Farewell, D.O. You’ll be missed.

@JerryThornton1

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Jerry Thornton

 

Well this is just a damned shame. Don Orsillo is one of those rarest of New England public figures, someone that nobody doesn’t like. A pro’s pro with the gifts that not every baseball play-by-play guy possesses: The ability to call the exciting parts of a game, the personality to mix in a few laughs during the dull parts, and the wisdom to tell the difference. The Dynamic D.O. was never guilty of yukking it up over the action or treating a long baseball season like it’s Homer’s The Iliad and for that we will be eternally grateful.

The only reason we can logically infer for his dismissal is that NESN is struggling in the ratings and needs to cut payroll. Not that that’s any excuse when they’re owned by a baseball team that can throw $22 million a year at a disinterested clubhouse virus like Hanley Ramirez, $20 million a year at a batting cage pitching machine like Rick Porcello and toss $72 million at Rusney Castillo who, at the age of 28 (in Cuban years) can’t count to three.

But that is the business Orsillo has chosen. He’s getting replaced by someone younger and lower paid in the way that he replaced Sean McDonough. It’s only fair by the harsh realities of the ecosystem that is broadcasting in which the young and cheap eat the alpha male, regardless of how much velvet he has on his antlers. Or in Orsillo’s case, how many Duckboat parades he’s emceed.

The fact is he’ll be replaced by some Syracuse or Connecticut School of Broadcasting grad because there are millions of guys out there who can call a baseball game. But there are few who can do game in and game out for years on end while making it fun every night and not making the public grow sick of him. Don Orsillo is just such a guy. So in tribute, rather than do what everyone will, which is list Orsillo’s best calls, I instead present his best moments of funny, game-filling funny banter:

5) The Boob Grab:

4) The Typo:

3) Orsillo mocks Remy’s Masshole accent:

2) Orsillo and Remy riff about the holidays:

1) The Pizza Throw:

Farewell, D.O. You’ll be missed.

@JerryThornton1

DraftKings Kick off this football season with the biggest fantasy football contest ever on DraftKings! Prizes worth $10 million are up for grabs, including $2 million for first AND $1 million for second! PLAY IN THE WEEK 1 MILLIONAIRE MAKER, CLICK HERE.

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Jerry Thornton
The guys discussed the news surrounding the Sox play by play announcer.
The guys discussed Goodell's future in New England.
The NFL embarrassed itself again.
The top stories of the day.
Gerry, Gary and Ben opened the show discussing the latest on deflategate.

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, 37, who was struck in the head with debris during the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway Sunday, passed away Monday, according to IndyStar.

Wilson was hit by a piece of debris from Sage Karam’s car. Karam, who led the race at the time of the accident, spun out on his own, spreading debris across the track. The open cockpit style of IndyCar racing left Wilson vulnerable to the nose cone of Karam’s car, which came back and struck him in the helmet.

Immediately after he was hit, Wilson went unconscious. His car began to veer sharply and he crashed into the inside wall.

Wilson was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he went into a coma.

IndyCar announced Wilson’s death at approximately 9 p.m. Monday. The organization said he was surrounded by his family when he passed away. He’s survived by his wife Julia and their two children.

“This is a monumentally sad day for IndyCar and the motorsports community as a whole,” IndyCar CEO Mark Miles said in a statement. “Justin’s elite ability to drive a race car was matched by his unwavering kindness, character and humility — which is what made him one of the most respected members of the paddock. As we know, the racing industry is one big family, and our efforts moving forward will be focused on rallying around Justin’s family to ensure they get the support they need during this unbelievably difficult time.”

IndyCar said it would answer more questions about Wilson’s death in the coming days.

Wilson is the first IndyCar Series driver to die since Dan Wheldon in 2011. Wheldon was killed after suffering a massive head injury in a large crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

A native of Sheffield, England, Wilson had seven major U.S. open-wheel wins, including three in the IndyCar Series.

Blog Author: 
Justin Pallenik