The Jets are leaking to the New York media that they're going to make a strong move to sign Darrelle Revis. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Jets are leaking to the New York media that they’re going to make a strong move to sign Darrelle Revis. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Manish Mehta, NY Daily NewsWoody Johnson is positioned to pull off a coup by bringing back a defensive force that will bolster his wayward franchise.

The Daily News has learned that Johnson has been involved in serious internal discussions with Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan to make a push for perennial All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis if/when he becomes a free agent next week. …

There are few images more nauseating in Florham Park than Revis hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in a Patriots uniform, but Johnson can electrify everyone from his fan base to his players and coaches by reacquiring one of the NFL’€™s biggest difference makers at the exact right time. …

Johnson’€™s admission the day he fired [head coach Rex Ryan and [GM] John Idzik in December that he’€™d ‘€œlove to have Darrelle back’€ prompted a hissy fit by the Patriots that resulted in a formal tampering charge against the Jets. Although Johnson’€™s words were harmless ‘€” he didn’€™t even know who the new GM and head coach would be when he praised Revis in response to a direct question ‘€” it makes perfect sense now to help the organization land a dynamic player, who will yield myriad benefits.

Manish Mehta joined MFin’B MFB Tuesday afternoon and repeated what he wrote here, which is that Woody Johnson wasn’t tampering. To review: The owner of one team stands before the assembled media and announced to the world that he lusts after a player who not plays for a division opponent (I’m pretty sure at this point the word “rival” no longer applies), but who was in the process of getting ready for a Super Bowl run and oh, by the way, is under contract with that team.

But that’s “harmless.” And if anyone suggests it’s tampering, like say, the team that holds the 2015 club option for Darrelle Revis, well they’re just having “a hissy fit.”

Look, I don’t know exactly how the NFL’s bylaws define tampering, but I do know how dictionary.com does: “to engage in underhand or corrupt dealings, especially in order to influence improperly.” And Woody Johnson‘s open open coveting of Revis weeks before he and the Pats would start talking about an extension not only violates that definition, I’m pretty sure it violates a couple of the Ten Commandments.

Of course Mehta doubled down on the “Woody Johnson is a dumb Lucky Spermer who can’t be held accountable for the nonsense that comes out of his mouth.” But what good does pleading ignorance do the Patriots if Revis’ agents are being sent every signals short of morse code that the Jets will pay him stupid money to come to New York and them get from four wins to five next year?

If Johnson saying what he did in December, and then the Jets leaking this to the Daily News now isn’t tampering, then tampering is not a thing. And if it isn’t, it’s time for the Patriots to list every good player in the NFL and saying they’ll pay them anything to get them to come to New England. Then again, they can’t hide behind the stupidity defense the way Woody can.

@JerryThornton1

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News joins MFB to talk about his column about Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets' possible pursuit of Darrelle Revis

[0:00:27] ... final year of his contract. The more topic goes away from the Super Bowl the more often I hear it's just not gonna happen they're not gonna hold to it like to talk or when he came all this earlier said it's. Is going to poison the relationship between Darrelle Revis and the patriots if they work to do that. Yeah kind of (%expletive) you off because that's I kept the meat is no option C if you work so long term deal with them. You pick up the twenty million dollar bonus and he's on eighteen is option C is free agency gone. I as a patriots fan I don't want options city. In free agency he will be gone at least according to some of the things were re ...
[0:05:12] ... the jet. To do something. Clearly better because you just won a Super Bowl to draw read it you're great situation. And at the numbers are similar or comparable. And that speaking personally under already I would say New England. Now you you'd Noam are jewel covered in there with the jets lot of people here believe that. I don't want to came in the wing William yellowish thing to note that our players wanna stay here forever he won a Super Bowl I would wanna combatant didn't have a better chance I didn't. Now is go back civil Revis the businessmen he's been like ...
[0:09:28] ... that is going to be different system under their lot what you're Chan Gailey. They do have a very complicated electoral system under my morning went you're gonna have more spread out but under Gailey if ...





Jackie MacMullen of ESPN Boston joins MFB for their weekly to talk about Patriots offseason moves and news from the NBA

[0:02:21] ... I let you with the Celtics is your energies. This is clearly Brett Steven to see. And you know the last remnant of that Rondo get screen all that on it seemed Israel is way late ...
[0:03:25] ... three stretch for. So why are or sold expands in hammered by Isiah Thomas and everything that he could do. And is that why people are saying Isiah Thomas is better than Rondo and nobody misses Rondo on this guy did help you win. The championship so is right just sour ...
[0:04:01] ... thing is Rhonda it added that wet when he would play with Ray Allen. And Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. That's when he was as best we knew acted to BP guys dominated the ball. He's not and number one we've talked about this a thousand aren't eager to Isiah Thomas by. I think it comet is a wonderful spark off the bench like the perfect pick and create an acute problem. At ...
[0:05:18] ... know it's kind of it's easy to osu the issue here with Rick Carlisle being suspended and in the issues and it's like oath he visited him Rondo being Rondo but. It also flip side of me was it just a bad Mexico Rick Carlisle what he seized on the he's involved in a play calling so Rhonda that Rondo kind of deal with that on the court you get a guy like that what you it's comfortable out that you would let him. Call the plays in the Corbett is it just a bad mix or is it more on Rondo. Leone he'd never let it regards nearly all the plays that there are met and it'll. I honestly believe that Rick Carlisle really didn't want Rondo in the first place when Maine before Rhonda they have been number one opt in Italy. And that ...






Tom E. Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England talks about the Patriots placing the franchise tag on Stephen Gostkowski and what is going on with Darrelle Revis' contract situation

[0:00:18] ... the AT&T hotline to talk about the offseason activity going around the New England Patriots specifically the franchise tag on a Stephen Gostkowski. As a DeVon according. On top what Jamaica that. It. And business I think you don't discuss ski in nontraditional. Clear when ...
[0:02:53] ... play defense of player in the league I'm talking JJ watt money Mario Williams were not Patrick Peterson not. It Joseph Haiti corner money on talking and number one deep at the player in the league ...
[0:08:16] ... player which is going to camp string and offseason. Period for the New England Patriots are they have their Pro Bowl safety loose and hanging out there waiting to hear the sugar dropped. Exclude the mop the ...
[0:13:08] ... rebates he's an outside player they have got on the roster 48 Super Bowl DelHomme without Darrelle Revis patriot to convert the AFC championship. Returns are without them and didn't move Super Bowl when the civil code and injuries. But safety committee. I don't know got a degree liken your feedback I think that forty ...






In today's Three For All, Tim talks about Sharknado 3, Christian talks about Lakers Guard Nick Young's beef with SportsCenter Anchor Robert Flores, and Lou talks about a high school basketball team that was disqualified from the playoffs for wearing breast cancer awareness jerseys.

[0:00:32] ... gotta start this I was reminded when I looked up and saw Mark Cuban on sports center. You guys see that Mark Cuban is going to be in the new shark did help yes I did for so I didn't even know there's going to be a shark bit of Korean and us your spin the original who amongst us was not. Never got around to seeing shark NATO here I can't imagine what they're gonna do for shark NATO three all I dvi and but my gosh Mark Cuban did it and Mark Cuban played the president. And colts are playing the vice president. They got god for shark NATO they're also are they were fill ...
[0:02:12] ... week if you ask but I did that the house is the White House this yes sir Mark Cuban to get much Arctic. I thought from me. He got here about what happened with Robert Florence and Nick Young you azalea. ...
[0:04:51] ... here. Not bond not on our school and it's. It's not on high school woman's basketball team. Today is this you believe that this in the category of what the hell's wrong coat with the world you know rules that people who make decisions but they've played. Semi final game in the playoffs city section open division weather for the women's basketball. And their colors are they get a high school like green and white but they decided to in the quarterfinals as well. We're pink right or breast cancer awareness though they've played quarters they want. Save pink uniforms in the semis they won. And they were actually. They're forced to forfeit their semi final win because of a violation of uniform violation. This is the breast cancer awareness is an October it is a process for people request color change this guy and of where this not pronounce his ...
[0:06:09] ... because they did not Wear the proper uniforms. And wearing pink for breast cancer awareness of on Florida. You're in the wrong apparently I don't with the wrong month but. We're gonna make this team forfeit the rookie rules of Kate can't Wear this you know I. Underwriting Evander by the rules dammit there's got to be some sort of Q would you sit back once in awhile and just that knowing the rules under battle all the rules you can't overdose. Breast cancer so I think the you know we let their let this one slide well what do you think the kids are gonna ...






 

I’d like to thank the good people over at NFL Memes and Daily Snark for teaming up like the SuperFriends to put this little project together. Obviously they’re doing the Lord’s work during the dead zone of the sports calendar.

So I want to be supportive rather than critical, I really do. But there are few things in this world I care about as much as NFL football and geek culture. So with all due respect I have one one word for the artists who put assembled this particular group of avengers:

Really?

Come on guys, Tom Brady as Gambit? That’s the best he gets? A second-tier X-Men character not even good enough to make it into more than a bit part in one the 27 movies they’ve made about them? That’s what the undisputed G.O.A.T. quarterback gets? Why? Because Gambit throws playing cards and Brady throws footballs? That’s some weak reasoning right there. Consider this description of him:

Few X-Men trusted Gambit, who was originally a professional thief, when he first joined the group. … Gambit remains fiercely proud of his Louisiana heritage, and speaks in a very thick Cajun accent. … [He] is just the sort of tortured soul that X-readers love…

A former thief with a thick Cajun accent and a tortured soul? Does that even remotely sound like TB12? Brett Favre, perhaps. But not the four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback. If anything, Brady is perfect for Captain America, whom you miscast as JJ Watt. Again, respectfully, who would have a good looking, clean cut hero who’s legendary for his leadership and who plays for the Patriots, and not make him be the Captain? It makes no sense.

And as far as Rob Gronkowski as Thor — sure, I get that Gronk’s spikes are a lot like Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. But Thor is a cerebral, almost Shakespearean figure. A vain, proud Norse god and a prince in his home realm. Gronk is Hulk. Pure unleashed power and rage. His name even sounds like “Hulk,” and there’s not a man, woman or child among us who hasn’t said “Gronk SMASH!!!” at least once when he was spiking the ball. But you gave that to Clay Mathews, for reasons that are unfathomable to me.

So while I appreciate the effort on this, I have to fault NFL Memes and Daily Snark for the execution. If you don’t get these things right, then we’re nothing but a bunch grown men with too much time on our hands obsessing over trivial nonsense that has no importance whatsoever.

Oh. Right…

@JerryThornton1

P.S. Peyton Manning as Iron Man? Are you kidding me? The way he’s moving around the pocket now he’s more like Groot.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

This one video sums up the winter of 2015 in Boston better than anything else I’ve seen yet. The whole Snowpocalypse reduced to 3:09 of pure insanity. Like this video should be preserved so future generations will understand the madness to which their forebears were driven in this dystopian frozen hellscape, with nothing but a Patriots championship to keep our morale up.

Though to be fair, I don’t see how you make a video about this winter and not include things like the traffic jams, streets being turned into one-ways, the parking wars or the T shutting down and leaving thousands of people walking the tracks just to get home. But the way things are going that will probably be in the sequel. Still, I give this a solid A-.

@JerryThornton1

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
(Photo by Jerry Thornton)

Robert Kraft’s Patriots are valued at $2.6 billion. (Photo by Jerry Thornton)

Forbes’ Richest People List: #381 Robert Kraft

New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft celebrated his team’s fourth Super Bowl victory in February. The team’s success with future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady have pushed the Patriots to a franchise valuation of $2.6 billion, second only to the Dallas Cowboys in revenue and profit. Kraft bought the team for just $172 million in 1995 with profits from his paper manufacturing conglomerate. Kraft got into that business in 1972, buying up packaging firm Rand-Whitney; The Kraft Group now has $2.7 billion in sales. More recently the Columbia University and Harvard Business School alum joined the board of Apollo Global Management and was one of the largest venture capital investors in drug start up Acetylon, which agreed to be sold in 2013 to Celgene for $1.7 billion.

Ho hum. Another day, another billion dollars. How many people can say they moved 199 spots on the Forbes billionaires list and it was only the second coolest thing to happen to them in the last month? One, that’s how many.

You know I get unfairly characterized as a shameless honk for Mr. Kraft. And I do admit I’ve said largely positive, supportive things about the way he’s done business the last 20 years. And not just because we once met and he agreed to take a photo with me which pretty much makes us besties for the rest of our lives, but because I sincerely admire any self-made man who’s been as success as he has.

But the real pertinent question is, how can anybody not? I mean, look at that curriculum vitae. Paper products, pharmaceuticals, not to mention real estate. And that little football team he’s turned into the most valuable franchise in North America’s most valuable sports league was once a worthless laughingstock playing in a dilapidated, Eastern Bloc tenement slum of a stadium that nobody in their right mind would’ve purchased unless their plan was to move the team as far away as possible.

But as we’ve learned time and time again, great men of vision often aren’t in their right mind. They’re minds operate at a much higher plane than merely “right.” Schopenhauer said, “Talent hits a target no one else can. Genius hits a target no one else can see.” Mr. Kraft has the type of genius that looked out over a seedy, run down stadium surrounded by a dirt parking lot that looked like the lunar surface and saw a state of the art sports, retail, dining and entertainment complex, and against the wishes of his own darling wife, conventional business principles and all common sense, bought the Patriots and made it a reality.

So if I come across as slightly pro-Kraft family, just try and hold it against me. There are four Lombardi trophies and 4.3 billion other reasons to prove I’m right.

@JerryThornton1

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
All the latest stories brought you by Kirk Minihane.

[0:07:22] ... think it is well Warren Buffett who cellulose in New York QB Jimmy Johnson signed this is rules this time yeah this whole deal is Jimmie Johnson that you had I think that I all of ...
[0:08:14] ... Jordan's on the list is tiger analysts had not to tiger analyst New Zealand. Eagle reasons like if not on the list. That golf for her court come while. But didn't take no heard from source ...
[0:09:19] ... was standing on the porch. When this it was a wall. Like Jesse Jackson that is not accurate we have the sound of that. Currently yet apparently did happen yeah I got it where he committed ...
[0:10:41] ... yeah that's an accurate that is not that's not that the level Brian Williams. One. Because finally once not twice about the level bright criteria luckily once so far one Budweiser different and finally seeing him. ...






Dino, Gerry and Kirk look at the Patriots choice not to use the franchise tag on Devin McCourty.

[0:03:04] ... I think big think he's absolutely critical. To get back on this football team long term. Deal yeah well obviously right you know and and you hear shift yesterday and you don't know. You know that's ...
[0:05:56] ... his money I mean I think it makes all the sense in Saint Louis blows them away he's gonna go course and I don't think career thirty. You know this 31 teams out there. Gotta be ...
[0:10:32] ... calls as the applaud you. Has settled in to jetBlue park in Fort Myers, Florida Kurt shelling into this subtle plot. ...