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Seattle’s Richard Sherman and Jets players Sheldon Richardson and Nick Mangold are keeping the Patriots’ bulletin board fully stocked. (M McKeon/GettyImages)

PHOENIX – The Seahawks wasted no time calling out the Patriots, as at their first availability in Arizona, Richard Sherman called out Robert Kraft when it comes to the Patriots’ possible discipline for Delfategate.

“Will they be punished? Probably not,” Sherman said. “Not as long as Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell are still taking pictures at their respective homes. I think it was just at Kraft’s house last week before the AFC championship, you know. Talk about conflict of interest.”

PHOENIXConsider Sheldon Richardson and Nick Mangold skeptics when it comes to the Patriots’ claim of innocence in Deflategate.

“That’€™s the Patriots,” Richardson, the Jets’ opinionated defensive tackle, said Sunday night after making his first Pro Bowl appearance. “I’m not surprised at all. If they ain’t winning with controversy, they ain’t winning. …

“It’€™s funny when they say, ‘€˜We keep it professional and clean cut,’€™ ‘€™’€™ Richardson said of the Jets’€™ bitter rival while standing in the [Pro Bowl] locker room at University of Phoenix Stadium. “Because they don’€™t. They don’€™t at all.”

Mangold echoed Richardson’€™s skepticism of the claim by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady that they had nothing to do with all 12 of their footballs reportedly being deflated — 11 by at least 2 pounds per square inch (psi) — in last week’€™s 45-7 AFC title game rout of the Colts.

“All 12 of [the Patriots’] balls having something wrong with them does tell you something is amiss,” Mangold said. … “It does seem like it’€™s always something with the Patriots. It does seem that way.”

Richard Sherman is smart enough to have gone to Stanford. Nick Mangold is a bright, articulate guy. Sheldon Richardson is … also a person. So I could point out the obvious to them. I could mention that Sherman’s team has basically been the Cheattle Cheathawks over Peter Carroll’s tenure, leading the NFL in drug suspensions and getting fined $300,000 for holding illegal practices. I could ask Mangold what else has been “amiss” over the years besides pointing a camera at the Jets sidelines from somewhere other than the approved camera-pointing area back when he was in high school. Or take a swipe at Richardson by mentioning if the Jets ain’t going 4-12 with controversy, they ain’t going 4-12.

But I won’t resort to such cheap shots. With these educated men, I’m going to take the high road. I’m going to respond with an appeal to their intellect befitting such learned, erudite gentlemen.

Allow me to refer to Gustave Le Bon’€™s 1895 tome “The Crowd: A Study Of The Popular Mind.” It is a treatise on how to influence the masses with propaganda in order to sway public sentiment to your every whim. Le Bon’s work was a huge influence on facist buttinskis from Hitler to Stalin and everyone in between. I quote:

“It was Napoleon, I believe, who said that there is only one figure in rhetoric of serious importance, repetition. The thing affirmed comes by repetition to fix itself in the mind in such a way that it is accepted as a demonstrated truth.

“The influence of repetition on crowds is comprehensible when the power is seen which it exercises on most enlightened minds. This power is due to the fact that the repeated statement is embedded in the long run in those profound regions of our unconscious selves in which the motives of our actions are forged. … When we have read a hundred, a thousand, times that X’€™s chocolate is the best, we imagine we have heard it said in many quarters, and we end by acquiring the certitude that such is the fact.”

Thus, the Patriots are cheaters. Why? Because we keep hearing they are cheaters. Michael Wilbon says they’ve been caught “repeatedly.” Jerome Bettis calls them “felons.” Albert Breer uses the word “pattern.” Sports Illustrated posts a crazy, incoherent screed that sounds like something out of Infowars about the giant TV outside Gillette Stadium and jammed helmet radios. And all of it is accepted truth by the naive sheeple ready to accept the lie rather than look at the truth.

It’s groupthink. An explanation for why one team is so much more successful than all the others that’s way easier for the great unwashed mob to digest than the truth, which is the Patriots scout, draft, manage, game-plan, practice, coach and play better than other teams. But guys like Sherman, Richardson, Mangold and the media are way too ready to lap up the snake oil they’re selling to each other than face the facts.

Not that I’m mad. Anything that fuels the Patriots’ fire heading into the game Sunday if fine by me. Keep the lies coming.

@JerryThornton1

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Tom Brady joined the show before his trip to Phoenix.

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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Jazz, 9 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Syracuse at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Delaware State at NC Central, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Army at American, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Texas at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Prairie View A&M at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m., 3 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Ray Lewis is at it again, criticizing the Patriots and questioning their integrity.

Lewis, now an ESPN analyst after retiring from the Ravens, said during Sunday’s NFL Pro Bowl pregame show that the Patriots should have an asterisk for their alleged role in Deflategate.

“Every time we talk about the Patriots, you have the Patriots fans … you get all the talk about the jealous of them and all that. I won two Super Bowls, I’ve been Defensive Player of the Year, I’ve been MVP of the Super Bowl, I’ve went to New England and won … so I’€™m not jealous of them at all,” Lewis said.

“But the integrity of this game. Marshawn Lynch … the league clearly said to him, ‘If you come out of the tunnel with those shoes on, we will not only suspend you for this game, but we will suspend you for the Super Bowl.’ Now we’€™re back at another place where we let a team go into an AFC championship, and if it’s proven that they played with deflated balls … because if it’€™s not cheating, then the Colts should have had the same option to play with the same balls. So we’€™re at a place now where we’€™re going to celebrate an organization once again, put an asterisk by it, because they went into a championship game.

“The integrity of this game! That’€™s not the way you go into games trying to win football games.”

Lewis was criticized earlier this month when he claimed that the tuck rule is “the only reason we know who Tom Brady is.” He later issued a “clarification” in which he praised Brady’s accomplishments and called him “one of the all-time greats.”

— After reportedly failing another drug test, troubled Browns receiver Josh Gordon could face a one-year suspension from the league.

“Clearly we are very disappointed to hear the latest report regarding Josh,” the Browns said in a statement Sunday. “At this point, due to the confidential nature of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, we have not been made aware by the league of a failed test. We are in the process of gathering more information and will provide further comment at the appropriate time.”

A repeat offender, Gordon was suspended for 2014 after testing positive for marijuana, but the ban was reduced to 10 games after the league revised its drug policies under pressure from the players association. He returned to play five games before being suspended by the team for the season finale after missing a walk-through.

The 23-year-old has a history of failed drug tests dating back to his college days.

— According to a report in the New York Daily News, Alex Rodriguez wants to meet with Yankees brass to apologize face to face, but the team isn’t interested in a meeting.

The Yankees also reportedly are preparing to argue that they should not have to pay bonuses for A-Rod reaching home run milestones due to his history of cheating by using performance-enhancing drugs.

Rodriguez apparently wants to clear the air before returning from his season-long suspension and showing up at spring training in Tampa next month.

His bosses reputedly said, “We’ll see you in spring training.”

It was reported in the past few days that Rodriguez met with new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Wednesday in New York and was told, “You’re done here. You’re a Yankee and you have to work things out now with them.”

Rodriguez, who has $61 million remaining on his contract that runs through 2017, is due to receiver $6 million if he hits six more home runs to tie Willie Mays at 660, and $6 million each time he catches another of the top three members of the all-time home run club.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 26, 1997, the Patriots lost to the Packers in Super Bowl XXXI, 35-21. Who was the Patriots’ leading receiver, with six catches for 67 yards and one touchdown?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I want your listeners to know, I’€™€™m going to win the Cy Young this year. Just letting everyone know so when I win it you heard it here first.” Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly, to WEEI during the team’s Winter Weekend event at Foxwoods

STAT OF THE DAY: 1,000 – Career victories for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, making him the first Division 1 college basketball coach to reach the mark

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Here are all 29 goals that were scored in Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game.

Suns guard Eric Bledsoe makes a nifty pass behind his head to get Alex Len a layup against the Clippers.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tight end Ben Coates

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jean Knight was born on this day in 1943.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Jazz, 9 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Syracuse at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Delaware State at NC Central, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Army at American, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Texas at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Prairie View A&M at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m., 3 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Ray Lewis is at it again, criticizing the Patriots and questioning their integrity.

Lewis, now an ESPN analyst after retiring from the Ravens, said during Sunday’s NFL Pro Bowl pregame show that the Patriots should have an asterisk for their alleged role in Deflategate.

“Every time we talk about the Patriots, you have the Patriots fans … you get all the talk about the jealous of them and all that. I won two Super Bowls, I’ve been Defensive Player of the Year, I’ve been MVP of the Super Bowl, I’ve went to New England and won … so I’€™m not jealous of them at all,” Lewis said.

“But the integrity of this game. Marshawn Lynch … the league clearly said to him, ‘If you come out of the tunnel with those shoes on, we will not only suspend you for this game, but we will suspend you for the Super Bowl.’ Now we’€™re back at another place where we let a team go into an AFC championship, and if it’s proven that they played with deflated balls … because if it’€™s not cheating, then the Colts should have had the same option to play with the same balls. So we’€™re at a place now where we’€™re going to celebrate an organization once again, put an asterisk by it, because they went into a championship game.

“The integrity of this game! That’€™s not the way you go into games trying to win football games.”

Lewis was criticized earlier this month when he claimed that the tuck rule is “the only reason we know who Tom Brady is.” He later issued a “clarification” in which he praised Brady’s accomplishments and called him “one of the all-time greats.”

— After reportedly failing another drug test, troubled Browns receiver Josh Gordon could face a one-year suspension from the league.

“Clearly we are very disappointed to hear the latest report regarding Josh,” the Browns said in a statement Sunday. “At this point, due to the confidential nature of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, we have not been made aware by the league of a failed test. We are in the process of gathering more information and will provide further comment at the appropriate time.”

A repeat offender, Gordon was suspended for 2014 after testing positive for marijuana, but the ban was reduced to 10 games after the league revised its drug policies under pressure from the players association. He returned to play five games before being suspended by the team for the season finale after missing a walk-through.

The 23-year-old has a history of failed drug tests dating back to his college days.

— According to a report in the New York Daily News, Alex Rodriguez wants to meet with Yankees brass to apologize face to face, but the team isn’t interested in a meeting.

The Yankees also reportedly are preparing to argue that they should not have to pay bonuses for A-Rod reaching home run milestones due to his history of cheating by using performance-enhancing drugs.

Rodriguez apparently wants to clear the air before returning from his season-long suspension and showing up at spring training in Tampa next month.

His bosses reputedly said, “We’ll see you in spring training.”

It was reported in the past few days that Rodriguez met with new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Wednesday in New York and was told, “You’re done here. You’re a Yankee and you have to work things out now with them.”

Rodriguez, who has $61 million remaining on his contract that runs through 2017, is due to receiver $6 million if he hits six more home runs to tie Willie Mays at 660, and $6 million each time he catches another of the top three members of the all-time home run club.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 26, 1997, the Patriots lost to the Packers in Super Bowl XXXI, 35-21. Who was the Patriots’ leading receiver, with six catches for 67 yards and one touchdown?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I want your listeners to know, I’€™€™m going to win the Cy Young this year. Just letting everyone know so when I win it you heard it here first.” Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly, to WEEI during the team’s Winter Weekend event at Foxwoods

STAT OF THE DAY: 1,000 – Career victories for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, making him the first Division 1 college basketball coach to reach the mark

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Here are all 29 goals that were scored in Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game.

Suns guard Eric Bledsoe makes a nifty pass behind his head to get Alex Len a layup against the Clippers.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tight end Ben Coates

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jean Knight was born on this day in 1943.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

Just when you think you can’t be any more fired up – when you’ve spent an entire week standing your ground at the wall fighting off the Orc army of Patriots haters coming at you in waves until you can’t hold back any more and you’re ready to finally drop the gate and go on the attack – along comes Tom Brady with this gem.
Seriously, if I was in the Patriots’ locker room and Brady showed this clip … with it’s seamless back and forth from this year’s playoffs all the way back to Corey Dillon, Mike Vrabel and David Patten-to-Troy Brown … trust me I’d crash through the wall like the Kool Aid guy to get on that field and get him that fourth ring.
Tom Brady: The Jack Horner of Patriots Porn. Is there nothing he cannot do?
@JerryThornton1
Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Dale, Michael and Jerry get some national perspective on the Patriots from our Boston friend, now at NBC Sports, Kathryn Tappen.

[0:00:00] ... Tedy Bruschi was bring in the heat what we talked on the few moments ago and you'll hear at least parts if not a ...
[0:01:54] ... them Boston you're very familiar with the patriots this week recovery. The Seattle Seahawks this. Does that expense. Now it'll be in other so many of us here there's so many different responsibilities that have to ...
[0:02:51] ... probably two or three times Caroline and a will be with the New England Patriots shall be doing the hit some pro football talk with what's the latest from their practices and their media day. So the ...
[0:03:23] ... be probably the top questions asked tomorrow at media day for the Seattle Seahawks I think they've handled it pretty well. In Seattle it seems like all the attention has been off of them and that's probably a good thing if you're the Seattle Seahawks that he's really. You know they're not on headlines of national network news stories coming and you Brian Williams leaving with the ...






Dale, Michael and Jerry get some national perspective on the Patriots from our Boston friend, now at NBC Sports, Kathryn Tappen.

[0:00:00] ... Tedy Bruschi was bring in the heat what we talked on the few moments ago and you'll hear at least parts if not a ...
[0:01:54] ... them Boston you're very familiar with the patriots this week recovery. The Seattle Seahawks this. Does that expense. Now it'll be in other so many of us here there's so many different responsibilities that have to ...
[0:02:51] ... probably two or three times Caroline and a will be with the New England Patriots shall be doing the hit some pro football talk with what's the latest from their practices and their media day. So the ...
[0:03:23] ... be probably the top questions asked tomorrow at media day for the Seattle Seahawks I think they've handled it pretty well. In Seattle it seems like all the attention has been off of them and that's probably a good thing if you're the Seattle Seahawks that he's really. You know they're not on headlines of national network news stories coming and you Brian Williams leaving with the ...