general http://www.weei.com/taxonomy/term/22/%3A%20http%3A/www.nypost.com/p/sports/mets/bay_can_hear_bench_calling_j7Zas699eK73snApNGRqVI en Brady haters have gone insane http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/brady-haters-have-gone-insane <!--paging_filter--><p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Guess what dominated the front page of the New York tabloids this morning? <a href="http://t.co/azOccshrVu">http://t.co/azOccshrVu</a> <a href="http://t.co/aVienOgcps">pic.twitter.com/aVienOgcps</a></p> <p>&#8216; NESN (@NESN) <a href="https://twitter.com/NESN/status/639757659386851328">September 4, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>.</p> <p><a href="http://nypost.com/2015/09/03/lying-tom-brady-proves-that-cheaters-do-win/" target="_blank">Steve Serby, New York Post</a> &#8212; <em>Teflon <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm">Tom Brady</a> got himself a free pass when his four-game NFL suspension was overturned Thursday.</em></p> <p><em>Just because Judge Richard M. Berman ruled in favor of your appeal does not mean that you are not guilty in the court of Roger Goodell and the NFL, or in the court of public opinion.</em></p> <p><em>If you are not convinced this signals Vindigate for Teflon Tom &#8212; and you should not be &#8212; then you have no other conclusion to reach than:</em></p> <p><em>Crime pays. In this case, the crime of cheating.</em></p> <p><em>The truth is Teflon Tom lied about his balls, and virtually everyone outside New England knows it. &#8230;</em></p> <p><em>Balls well that ends well. But Deflategate doesn&#8217;t end well with Teflon Tom and Patriots Nation celebrating Elategate.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2015/09/03/doyel-tom-brady-wins-deflategate-patriots-lost/71640202/" target="_blank">Gregg Doyel, IndyStar </a>&#8212; <em>Don&#8217;t do it. Don&#8217;t fall for the DeflateGate magic trick, the illusion that the rest of the country is falling for today. &#8230;</em></p> <p><em>Not here, not in Indianapolis, the one city in America that has the NFL team that was denied the right to a fair football game in the AFC championship against <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm">Tom Brady</a> and the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/new-england-patriots.htm">New England Patriots</a>. &#8230;<br /> </em></p> <p><span id="more-4368"></span></p> <p><em>You see the illusion, right? The left hand is over there snapping and smirking and destroying a cell phone while the right hand is reaching &#8212; has already reached, and been caught doing it &#8212; into the Colts&#8217; pocket and stealing their chance at a fair fight in the AFC title game. &#8230;</em></p> <p><em>The carnival is DeflateGate, and while <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm">Tom Brady</a> was preening like the fat lady for eyeballs, the real rides were over and the cleanup had begun and the NFL had found the Patriots guilty of cheating the Colts.</em></p> <p><em>And the Patriots agreed. &#8230;</em></p> <p><em>Let&#8217;s not be stupid &#8212; let&#8217;s not be like some folks in the New England area, OK? &#8212; and deny that the other side has some merit, even as we hold firm to our overall point: The Colts got cheated. The Patriots got caught.</em></p> <p><em><a href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm" class="r_lapi">Tom Brady</a> gets to play? Fine, whatever. You ask me, he&#8217;s guilty and should sit out four games. &#8230;</em></p> <p><em>Let Brady use this victory to reaffirm his innocence.</em></p> <p><em>Doesn&#8217;t change what happened Jan. 18. Doesn&#8217;t change that the Colts lost their biggest game of the season. Doesn&#8217;t change that the Patriots cheated.</em></p> <p><em>And it doesn&#8217;t change that everybody knows it.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.latimes.com/sports/nfl/la-sp-brady-nfl-plaschke-20150904-column.html" target="_blank">Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times</a> &#8212; <em>The only thing worse than deflated footballs is an inflated celebration over their apparent irrelevance. Yet such parties were being thrown throughout New England on Thursday when a federal judge lifted Patriots quarterback Tom Brady&#8217;s four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.</em></p> <p><em>No pun intended, but get a grip.</em></p> <p><em>Just because the NFL was dirty, doesn&#8217;t mean Tom Brady was clean.</em></p> <p><em>Just because Goodell was condemned doesn&#8217;t mean Brady was exonerated. &#8230;</em></p> <p><em>At halftime of January&#8217;s AFC championship game between the Patriots and <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/indianapolis-colts.htm">Indianapolis Colts</a>, some of the Patriots&#8217; footballs were discovered to have been underinflated, which is against the rules and makes them easier to handle. &#8230;<br /> </em></p> <p><em>The act of deflating a football obviously can&#8217;t be compared to steroid use, but in many places, the lingering effects on Brady will be the same.</em></p> <p><em>Not in New England, of course. On a day when the region&#8217;s cheating quarterback was allowed back in the lineup because of the bumbling NFL, there were 30 digital billboards around town blazing with one word, &#8220;Vindicated.&#8221;</em></p> <p><em>False advertising.</em></p> <p>This is really alarming. I&#8217;ve understood for some time now that Deflategate Derangement Syndrome is a serious disease. For months now we&#8217;ve seen its debilitating effects. I&#8217;ve watched otherwise semi-intelligent sportswriters driven mad by it. Seen how it turns them into shadows of their former selves. Makes them blind to the truth. Gives them hallucinations. Takes away all their cognitive abilities. Robs them of their sense of reason. Eats away at all their higher-level thinking until they wither into babbling, incoherent, emotional cripples who no longer can separate reality from their delusions and only believe what they&#8217;re told by a national laughingstock like Roger Goodell.</p> <p>But I had no idea DDS was <em>this</em> bad.</p> <p>The other symptoms were bad enough. And I&#8217;d hoped that once Tom Brady was vindicated, it would run its course. Instead, the disease has metastasized into something much, much worse. This latest strain its absolutely terrifying. DDS now apparently causes its victims to lose all their reading comprehension, develop an irrational hatred of New Englanders and gives them a sort of Tourette&#8217;s where they make really terrible puns.</p> <p>It&#8217;s tragic. You read these three poor guys I just cited and you have to empathize. I&#8217;ll bet Deflategate Derangement Syndrome has them so divorced from reality they believe it all began with D&#8217;Qwell Jackson intercepting that Brady pass in the AFC title game and saying &#8220;Gee, this ball feels kinda squishy &#8230;&#8221; That&#8217;s a complete fiction, and the truth that the Ravens and Colts worked with Mike Kensil and others to run a sting has been proven both in writing and <a href="http://no longer separate reality from their delusions and" target="_blank">their own comments</a>. But believing the story is a classic symptom of advanced DDS.</p> <p>For these guys and thousands of other writers like them, I&#8217;m afraid it&#8217;s far worse. So my sympathies go out to all of them. I hope in the months to come they can find a cure and beat this thing, because I know the sight of Tom Brady taking the field for all 16 games is going to be more than they can bear. It&#8217;s especially sad when you realize these poor afflicted sportswriters are making less sense about Framegate than this guy:</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AEsPpCAnXts" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><em>@JerryThornton1</em></p> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/1FaCm7U"><img class="alignleft wp-image-2070" src="http://thornography.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/DraftKings.png " alt="DraftKings" width="50" height="50" /></a><em> 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, <a title="draft" href="https://www.draftkings.com/gateway?s=843596951" target="_blank">CLICK HERE</a>.</em></p> Blog general Other Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:42:01 +0000 1500196 at http://www.weei.com Patriots fans win Internet on ‘#BradysFree Day’ http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/patriots-fans-win-internet-%E2%80%98bradysfree-day%E2%80%99 <!--paging_filter--><p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Photoshop of 2015 by my man <a href="https://twitter.com/GraigMurphy">@GraigMurphy</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BradysFree?src=hash">#BradysFree</a> <a href="http://t.co/8ElLtEpa9c">pic.twitter.com/8ElLtEpa9c</a></p> <p>&#8216;€” Jerry Thornton (@jerrythornton1) <a href="https://twitter.com/jerrythornton1/status/639523602392612869">September 3, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script>  </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Come at me, Go(odell). <a href="http://t.co/rTiHnMNxbG">pic.twitter.com/rTiHnMNxbG</a> &#8216;€” Eric Orvieto (@eorvieto) <a href="https://twitter.com/eorvieto/status/639489553649172480">September 3, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" data-conversation="none"> <p dir="ltr" lang="und"><a href="https://twitter.com/jerrythornton1">@jerrythornton1</a> <a href="http://t.co/O9GTKSisZr">pic.twitter.com/O9GTKSisZr</a></p> <p>&#8216;€” Snarky&#8217;s Machine (@ScribeAtNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/ScribeAtNews/status/639533059168190464">September 3, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script>  <span id="more-4363"></span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Now fans of hard cider will know who won <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Deflategate?src=hash">#Deflategate</a>. <a href="http://t.co/IVHdKKEDWC">http://t.co/IVHdKKEDWC</a> <a href="http://t.co/QSrsNIagfC">pic.twitter.com/QSrsNIagfC</a> &#8216;€” Sporting News (@sportingnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/sportingnews/status/639567093575258113">September 3, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hey <a href="https://twitter.com/jerrythornton1">@jerrythornton1</a> How about THEM apples?! <a href="http://t.co/NGMmjCtxgv">pic.twitter.com/NGMmjCtxgv</a></p> <p>&#8216;€” G-Store (@Grantstore) <a href="https://twitter.com/Grantstore/status/639557243684286464">September 3, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script>  </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm">Tom Brady</a> today after Judge Berman ruling <a href="https://twitter.com/scottzolak">@scottzolak</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/jerrythornton1">@jerrythornton1</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/NFL">@nfl</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/nflnetwork">@nflnetwork</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/RealSkipBayless">@RealSkipBayless</a> <a href="http://t.co/VehgWK55jl">pic.twitter.com/VehgWK55jl</a> &#8216;€” PatsFanFotoShop (@PatsFanFotoShop) <a href="https://twitter.com/PatsFanFotoShop/status/639557364958408704">September 3, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm" class="r_lapi">Tom Brady</a> gets the news about his suspension being overruled. <a href="http://t.co/CkqDSJu5Of">pic.twitter.com/CkqDSJu5Of</a></p> <p>&#8216;€” Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) <a href="https://twitter.com/DJJazzyJody/status/639445066327588864">September 3, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script>  </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>BREAKING: Per AP, Tom Brady beats NFL in &#8216;Deflategate&#8217; court case, judge nullifies league&#8217;s 4-game suspension. <a href="http://t.co/m65LTPDPJP">pic.twitter.com/m65LTPDPJP</a> &#8216;€” Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) <a href="https://twitter.com/OnlyInBOS/status/639441608723709956">September 3, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/jerrythornton1">@jerrythornton1</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/DaleHolleyWEEI">@DaleHolleyWEEI</a> best one ive seen <a href="http://t.co/K4COfNxr3c">pic.twitter.com/K4COfNxr3c</a></p> <p>&#8216;€” Kevin (@kclangley13) <a href="https://twitter.com/kclangley13/status/639546153768484864">September 3, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script>  </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" data-conversation="none"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/jerrythornton1">@jerrythornton1</a> <a href="http://t.co/3GXGGBeVC2">pic.twitter.com/3GXGGBeVC2</a> &#8216;€” Jesse Evans (@jevans032) <a href="https://twitter.com/jevans032/status/639487250263216128">September 3, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="und"><a href="https://twitter.com/jerrythornton1">@jerrythornton1</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/defendthewall?src=hash">#defendthewall</a> <a href="http://t.co/M29tRSS6Uo">pic.twitter.com/M29tRSS6Uo</a></p> <p>&#8216;€” Chris (@ChrisNothing) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChrisNothing/status/639531340468256769">September 3, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script>  </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/jerrythornton1">@jerrythornton1</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FreeBrady?src=hash">#FreeBrady</a> <a href="http://t.co/8oqJf80Et0">pic.twitter.com/8oqJf80Et0</a> &#8216;€” Guy Lessard (@Guy_Lessard) <a href="https://twitter.com/Guy_Lessard/status/639543548786839552">September 3, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">&#8220;I think it&#8217;s a good day for the players,&#8221; <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/aaron-rodgers.htm">Aaron Rodgers</a> said: <a href="http://t.co/i9X6la1n1s">http://t.co/i9X6la1n1s</a> Good day for these kids too. <a href="http://t.co/p90CHj6bjv">pic.twitter.com/p90CHj6bjv</a></p> <p>&#8216;€” ESPN (@espn) <a href="https://twitter.com/espn/status/639614011596763136">September 4, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script>  </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>This is my most of my favorite things in one magical package. Thanks, universe <a href="http://t.co/ppartZks25">pic.twitter.com/ppartZks25</a> &#8216;€” Jerry Thornton (@jerrythornton1) <a href="https://twitter.com/jerrythornton1/status/639533910418980865">September 3, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>.</p> <p>In his world-changing essay &#8220;The American Crisis,&#8221; Thomas Paine wrote, &#8220;Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.&#8221; Well in this crisis, Patriots fans put their cleverness, creativity and talent to work and did conquer tyranny. They did win a glorious triumph.</p> <p>I&#8217;ve said throughout the Framegate ordeal that no fan base in the nation is better at the Internet than Pats fans. And at no time did the fans disappoint. They responded to every development in this sordid mess with the best photoshops, GIFs, memes and posts social media has to offer. Chris Voldemortensen might not understand how this Twitter thing works, but New Englanders do. And to the surprise of no one, #BradysFree Day was their finest moment. Well done, everybody.</p> <p><em>@JerryThornton1</em></p> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/1FaCm7U"><img class="alignleft wp-image-2070" src="http://thornography.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/DraftKings.png " alt="DraftKings" width="50" height="50" /></a><em> 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, <a title="draft" href="https://www.draftkings.com/gateway?s=843596951" target="_blank">CLICK HERE</a>.</em></p> Blog general Other Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:00:21 +0000 1499941 at http://www.weei.com Mashup: Rodgers calls Brady ruling 'win for us' http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211499676/mashup-rodgers-calls-brady-ruling-win-us <!--paging_filter--> <p>Welcome to Friday&#8217;s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our <a href="http://www.weei.com/" target="_blank">WEEI.com home page</a> or <a href="http://weei.stats.com/multisport/front.asp" target="_blank">click here for the top stories from our news wire</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/211499676/mashup-rodgers-calls-brady-ruling-win-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> general Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:56:16 +0000 Jerry Spar 1499676 at http://www.weei.com Friday’s Morning Mashup: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers calls Deflategate dismissal ‘a good day for the players’ http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/friday%E2%80%99s-morning-mashup-packers-qb-aaron-rodgers-calls-deflategate-dismis <!--paging_filter--><p>Welcome to Friday&#8217;s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our <a href="http://www.weei.com/" target="_blank">WEEI.com home page</a> or <a href="http://weei.stats.com/multisport/front.asp" target="_blank">click here for the top stories from our news wire</a>.</p> <p><strong>FRIDAY&#8217;S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:</strong><br /> MLB: Phillies at <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm">Red Sox</a>, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)<br /> MLB: Diamondback at Cubs, 2:20 p.m. (MLB Network)<br /> MLB: Twins at Astros, 8:10 p.m. (MLB Network)<br /> MLB: Pirates at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. (MLB Network)<br /> College football: Charlotte at Georgia State, 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)<br /> College football: Baylor at SMU, 7 p.m. (ESPN)<br /> College football: Fordham at Army, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)<br /> College football: <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/ncaa/michigan-state-spartans.htm">Michigan State</a> at Western Michigan, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)<br /> College football: Kent State at Illinois, 9 p.m. (BTN)<br /> College football: Washington at Boise State, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)<br /> Soccer: Exhibition, Peru at United States, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)<br /> Soccer: Euro 2016 qualifying, Germany vs. Poland, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)<br /> Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m. (ESPN), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)</p> <p><strong>AROUND THE WEB:</strong></p> <div id="attachment_37116" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://mashup.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Rodgers_Aaron-Packers-head-15.jpg" data-id="37116"><img class="size-full wp-image-37116" src="http://mashup.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Rodgers_Aaron-Packers-head-15.jpg" alt="Aaron Rodgers" width="150" height="211" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/aaron-rodgers.htm">Aaron Rodgers</a></p></div> <p>&#8212; Count Packers quarterback <a href="http://media.weei.com/football/aaron-rodgers.htm" class="r_lapi">Aaron Rodgers</a> among those <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/177493/aaron-rodgers-on-tom-brady-ruling-a-good-day-for-the-players" target="_blank">pleased by Judge Richard Berman&#8217;s ruling</a> Thursday that vacated <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm">Tom Brady</a>&#8216;s four-game suspension for Deflategate.</p> <p>Rodgers, who has said he likes his football inflated on the higher end, spoke in general terms about Brady&#8217;s case and what it means in terms of taking some power back from the commissioner.</p> <p>&#8220;I think it&#8217;s a good day for the players,&#8221; Rodgers told <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/green-bay-packers.htm">the Packers</a> TV network from the sideline during his team&#8217;s preseason finale Thursday night. &#8220;I think that anytime we can get one of own back, that&#8217;s a good win for us. I think there is maybe a little bit of the, too much absolute power that frankly the players, we had a chance in 2011 to really make a difference in the CBA, and we didn&#8217;t. We left the commissioner in charge of a lot of those things, but our unions did a good job of appealing and helping our guys out.&#8221;</p> <p>Meanwhile, Falcons owner <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/arthur-blank.htm">Arthur Blank</a> acknowledged that it might be time for the league to consider reworking the way it doles out discipline, implying that commissioner Roger Goodell might have to surrender some of his power.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s not healthy for the NFL to be in the kind of litigious position that it&#8217;s been for last several years,&#8221; <a href="http://www.myajc.com/news/sports/football/blank-said-brady-ruling-is-unhealthy-for-nfl/nnX4P/" target="_blank">Blank told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution</a>. &#8220;I think that the commissioner is working hard to hold up the respect and integrity of the game, the competitive balance of the game and the shield. Having said that, I think we have to find ways to get to a better place sooner with the NFLPA than the process that we&#8217;ve gone through.&#8221;</p> <p>Added Blank: &#8220;This Deflategate thing &#8212; which isn&#8217;t about Deflategate any longer, it&#8217;s about what has been collectively negotiated for decades in terms of the commissioner&#8217;s responsibility in terms of disciplining players. If we have to look at that differently in today&#8217;s light, in today&#8217;s environment, as an ownership group we should be prepared to do that. The commissioner should be prepared to do that. &#8230; I think the commissioner and the ownership around the league have to be prepared to look at things, look at change, and change may be appropriate.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8212; On the same day the NFL was getting its hat handed to it in the Deflategate ruling, the league <a href="http://weei.stats.com/multisport/story.asp?i=20150903173054000556208" target="_blank">suspended Broncos safety T.J. Ward one game</a> for an incident last year, and the player is none too happy about it.</p> <p>Ward was charged with misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace for a May 2014 incident at a Denver strip club in which he allegedly threw a glass mug at a female bartender who told him he could not bring alcohol into the club. The charges eventually were dropped.</p> <p>&#8220;I feel it&#8217;s really unfair,&#8221; Ward said. &#8220;I&#8217;m getting punished for being accused of doing something, not for doing something but being accused, and I&#8217;ve got to pay the consequences for it. And I just don&#8217;t feel the whole process is very fair.&#8221;</p> <p><span id="more-37115"></span></p> <p>The tone of Ward&#8217;s comments to reporters contrasted with a statement from the team in which Ward apologized to the organization and its fans.</p> <p>&#8220;I take full responsibility for the incident that occurred in May 2014 and am willing to accept the consequences of my actions by serving my one-game suspension,&#8221; the statement read. &#8220;Although I was never arrested and all charges against me were ultimately dismissed, I have no one to blame but myself for being in the predicament that evening.&#8221;</p> <p>Added Ward: &#8220;I have learned from my mistakes and will continue to be a pillar in the community to make myself a stronger person and player for the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/denver-broncos.htm">Denver Broncos</a>.&#8221;</p> <p>Ward is the second Denver defender to be suspended for the opener against the Ravens on Sept. 13, joining Derek Wolfe, who will miss four games for violating the league&#8217;s substance abuse policy.</p> <p>&#8212; The Rutgers football team, already with a cloud over its head due to an ongoing academic investigation, <a href="http://weei.stats.com/multisport/story.asp?i=20150903123210010474308" target="_blank">will be without five players for its opener</a> Saturday against Norfolk State following their arrest and suspension.</p> <p>One of the players, starting defensive back Andre Boggs, was charged in two home-invasion robberies in April and May.</p> <p>The four others, starting cornerback Nadir Barnwell, defensive back Ruhann Peele, fullback Razohn Gross and starting defensive back Delon Stephenson, were charged with aggravated assault, riot and conspiracy to commit a riot for a fight in April in which a man suffered a broken jaw.</p> <p>Barnacle is the player at the heart of the academic issue, as coach Kyle Flood allegedly called a faculty member about the player&#8217;s academic status. The school has been investigating the situation for about a week but has yet to make an announcement.</p> <p>&#8220;I have no reason to believe I won&#8217;t be coaching on Saturday,&#8221; Flood said.</p> <p>Flood, in his fourth season as head coach, said he does not believe the investigation is a distraction.</p> <p>&#8220;I feel right now this has brought the team closer together,&#8221; he said. &#8220;I feel good about where the team is at mentally. Ultimately, we&#8217;re going to find out Saturday at 12 noon.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below):</strong> On Sept. 4, 2000, the <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> retired a former Sox player&#8217;s number for the first time in 11 years, with which legend taking his place among the all-time greats?</p> <p><strong>QUOTE OF THE DAY:</strong> &#8220;As I have said during this process and throughout his Patriots career, <a href="http://media.weei.com/football/tom-brady.htm" class="r_lapi">Tom Brady</a> is a classy person of the highest integrity. He represents everything that is great about this game and this league. Yet, with absolutely no evidence of any actions of wrongdoing by Tom in the Wells Report, the lawyers at the league still insisted on imposing and defending unwarranted and unprecedented discipline. Judge Richard Berman understood this and we are greatly appreciative of his thoughtful decision that was delivered today. Now, we can return our focus to the game on the field.&#8221; <em>&#8212; Patriots owner Robert Kraft, <a href="http://itiswhatitis.weei.com/sports/newengland/football/patriots/2015/09/03/robert-kraft-greatly-appreciative-of-judge-bermans-decision-in-deflategate-case/" target="_blank">after Tom Brady&#8217;s four-game suspension was nullified in federal court</a></em></p> <p><strong>STAT OF THE DAY: 2 &#8212;</strong> Touchdown passes for <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/football/tim-tebow.htm">Tim Tebow</a> (vs. one interception) in the Eagles&#8217; preseason finale, a <a href="http://weei.stats.com/fb/recap.asp?lg=NFL&amp;g=20150903020&amp;ref=hea&amp;tm=&amp;src=" target="_blank">24-18 loss to the Jets</a> on Thursday</p> <p><strong>&#8216;NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos):</strong> Royals catcher Salvador Perez races over to make a sliding catch on a foul popup against the Tigers.</p> <p><iframe src="http://m.mlb.com/shared/video/embed/embed.html?content_id=448469783&amp;topic_id=6479266&amp;width=600&amp;height=360&amp;property=mlb" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0">Your browser does not support iframes.</iframe></p> <p>During a match at the U.S. Open on Thursday, Andy Murray takes a backhand from Adrian Mannarino off his back.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zOqyQperAMg" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Vine star Logan Paul, a former standout high school athlete from Ohio, surprises New Yorkers by doing splits.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/iWNAXse1wYs" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><strong>TRIVIA ANSWER:</strong> Catcher Carlton Fisk (27)</p> <p><strong>SOOTHING SOUNDS:</strong> Beyonce Knowles was born on this day in 1981.</p> <p><object width="600" height="360"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/4m1EFMoRFvY?hl=en_US&amp;version=3" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="//www.youtube.com/v/4m1EFMoRFvY?hl=en_US&amp;version=3" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="600" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" /></embed></object></p> Blog general Other Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:53:38 +0000 1499681 at http://www.weei.com Chris Villani and John Tomase: All hail the great and obvious Judge Berman http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/chris-villani-and-john-tomase-all-hail-great-and-obvious-judge-berman <!--paging_filter-->Chris Villani and John Tomase discuss Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned by Judge Richard Berman and discuss in hindsight how obvious this should have been. Audio general Planet Mikey Fri, 04 Sep 2015 02:29:00 +0000 1498546 at http://www.weei.com Planet Mikey - Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Brady Exonerated! http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/planet-mikey-zip-dee-doo-dah-brady-exonerated <!--paging_filter-->Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the Thursday federal court decision to overturn Tom Brady's DeflateGate punishment. Audio general Planet Mikey Fri, 04 Sep 2015 02:22:00 +0000 1498551 at http://www.weei.com ESPN suspends Curt Schilling for remainder of season http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/espn-suspends-curt-schilling-remainder-season <!--paging_filter--><div id="attachment_37054" style="width: 160px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="http://mashup.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Schilling_Curt-head-12.jpg" data-id="37054"><img class="size-full wp-image-37054" src="http://mashup.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Schilling_Curt-head-12.jpg" alt="Curt Schilling" width="150" height="222" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"><a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/curt-schilling.htm">Curt Schilling</a></p></div> <p><a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/curt-schilling.htm" class="r_lapi">Curt Schilling</a>&#8216;s suspension from ESPN has been extended to the entire season, including the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/american-league.htm">American League</a> wild card playoff game, <a href="http://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2015/09/espn-statement-on-curt-schilling-2/" target="_blank">the network announced Thursday</a>.</p> <p>Schilling was pulled off the network&#8217;s coverage of the <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/little-league.htm">Little League</a> <a class="r_lapi" href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/world-series.htm">World Series</a> and the Aug. 25 edition of Sunday Night Baseball after he <a href="http://mashup.weei.com/sports/2015/08/26/wednesdays-morning-mashup-curt-schilling-accepts-espn-punishment-after-inflammatory-tweet-about-muslims" target="_blank">retweeted a graphic</a> that pictured Adolf Hitler and compared Muslims to Nazi-era Germans.</p> <p>The tweet read: <em>IT&#8217;€™S SAID <strong>ONLY</strong> 5-10% OF MUSLIMS ARE EXTREMISTS. IN 1940, <strong>ONLY</strong> 7% OF GERMANS WERE NAZIS. HOW&#8217;€™D THAT GO?</em></p> <p>Above the graphic was a line that read: <em>The math is staggering when you get to true #&#8217;€™s.</em></p> <p>He acknowledged his poor decision and accepted the network&#8217;s punishment. The former <a href="http://media.weei.com/baseball/boston-red-sox.htm" class="r_lapi">Red Sox</a> pitcher was back in the news this week when he <a href="http://mashup.weei.com/sports/2015/09/02/wednesdays-morning-mashup-curt-schilling-goes-on-defensive-about-controversial-tweet-takes-shot-at-espn-colleague-chris-mortensen-in-process" target="_blank">wrote a harsh email to the website Awful Announcing</a> and criticized a writer for misrepresenting the tweet and implying Schilling was comparing all Muslims to Nazis.</p> <p>Said ESPN in a statement: <em>At all times during the course of their engagement with us, our commentators are directly linked to ESPN and are the face of our brand. We are a sports media company Curt&#8217;s actions have not been consistent with his contractual obligations nor have they been professionally handled; they have obviously not reflected well on the company.  As a result, he will not appear on ESPN through the remainder of the regular season and our wild card playoff game.</em></p> Blog general Other Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:02:36 +0000 1498111 at http://www.weei.com Thanks for defending the wall http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/thanks-defending-wall <!--paging_filter--><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/k40U6LAx2TU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Blog general Other Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:09:53 +0000 1497716 at http://www.weei.com SI's Michael McCann: The NFL Embarrassed Itself http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/sis-michael-mccann-nfl-embarrassed-itself <!--paging_filter-->Now that the ruling has been overturned, Dale and Holley with Thornton check in with the legal analyst that was at the forefront of this case... SI's Michael McCann Audio Dale & Holley general Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:16:00 +0000 1497581 at http://www.weei.com SI's Michael McCann: The NFL Embarrassed Itself http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/sis-michael-mccann-nfl-embarrassed-itself-0 <!--paging_filter-->Now that the ruling has been overturned, Dale and Holley with Thornton check in with the legal analyst that was at the forefront of this case... SI's Michael McCann<br/><br/><b>[0:00:46]</b> ... in fact. Deeply perplexed by the NFL's. System for investigating a punishing <b>Tom</b> <b>Brady</b> it's clear that the judge. Didn't file find that it added up then and this was a real repudiation. How the NFL what about punishing to Auburn. After I saw how <b>Tom</b> <b>Brady</b> does defeated the NFL I've found myself wondering. What would <b>Robert</b> <b>Kraft</b> do get an FL how would he have faired if he had gone forward and try to get those draft picks back. ... <br/><b>[0:01:49]</b> ... don't think you probably William but that's said you never know. But <b>Robert</b> <b>Kraft</b> could now say that. Look I residents form correctly I was misled that my acceptance is afforded. And then he could potentially ... <br/><b>[0:02:35]</b> ... the result of superior lawyering. And how much if it was just <b>Tom</b> <b>Brady's</b> side had the facts in their favor. Yeah I I think <b>Tom</b> <b>Brady's</b> dad had the facts in its favor because the reality there are so many problems with this case. That not a civic effort that we didn't do a great job advocating for Brady Brett. Because it's the little confuse narrative from the beginning. Wait no we don't really know which rules are used to punish <b>Tom</b> <b>Brady</b> who was it a series of equipment rules. Well that's the case and worry coming up with a four game suspension was that game competitive rules. I don't know how do we get different lines from Ted Wells from <b>Troy</b> <b>Vincent</b> from Roger Goodell from the attorney Daniel and Nash. It's as if they all had their own theory as to why <b>Tom</b> <b>Brady</b> should be punished and they wind a wind and I think the big mistake to me for the NFL was doing a ... <br/><b>[0:07:52]</b> ... Much of the nation needed if they don't like the patriots are <b>Tom</b> <b>Brady</b> found this story to be ridiculous right this is fundamentally. And equipment violation that may or may not even have occurred. And ... <br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/> Audio general The Big Show Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:16:00 +0000 1497706 at http://www.weei.com The Patriots Haters Ball Montage http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/patriots-haters-ball-montage <!--paging_filter-->Now that Brady is free, here's a recap of a good amount of the hate they faced the last 8 months. Audio Dale & Holley general Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:14:00 +0000 1497586 at http://www.weei.com The Patriots Haters Ball Montage http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/patriots-haters-ball-montage-0 <!--paging_filter-->Now that Brady is free, here's a recap of a good amount of the hate they faced the last 8 months.<br/><br/><b>[0:00:52]</b> ... this significantly under inflated. It's. You're close you know it's not my <b>daily</b> <b>life</b>. I think he's because they broke the rules there are rules in place to keep things like this from happening to help make no mistake throwing it deflated football is a <b>huge</b> <b>advantage</b> for quarterback. So and aren't known. Elements that's that's what it means when you get caught. Who you are in the there are known felon. All of a lethal as it. That's just <b>Tom</b> <b>Brady's</b> it will also got yeah got a few more important to hold yeah. When you had to be culture of cheating they will do. Maybe they have to take some things are even as <b>Saint</b> <b>Louis</b> and we know for sure you take out walk through the day before pistols. So let's say that let the filming of ... <br/></br/></br/></br/> Audio general The Big Show Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:14:00 +0000 1497711 at http://www.weei.com Eddie George isn't very happy with Tom Brady's suspension being overturned 9-3-15 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/eddie-george-isnt-very-happy-tom-bradys-suspension-being-overturned-9-3- <!--paging_filter-->Former NFL running back Eddie George is upset that Judge Berman overturned Tom Brady's suspension and is speaking out, calling Tom Brady a cheater. Audio Mut & Merloni general Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:02:00 +0000 1497551 at http://www.weei.com Tedy Bruschi speaks out in support of Tom Brady and Judge Berman's ruling 9-3-15 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/tedy-bruschi-speaks-out-support-tom-brady-and-judge-bermans-ruling-9-3-1 <!--paging_filter-->The guys continue to embrace the breaking news and listen to comments from Tedy Bruschi who happily reacts to the news that his former teammate is eligible to play on Opening Night. Audio Mut & Merloni general Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:02:00 +0000 1497556 at http://www.weei.com Adam Schefter talks to M&F about tom Brady's overturned suspension 9-3-15 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/adam-schefter-talks-mf-about-tom-bradys-overturned-suspension-9-3-15 <!--paging_filter-->Adam Schefter joins the show to talk about the breaking news that Tom Brady's suspension has been overturned, and gives his inside opinion on the result.<br/><br/><b>[0:00:10]</b> ... Ray Rice is overturned this is great party was overturned this is <b>Adrian</b> <b>Peterson</b> was overturned and both sides in this particular case Bob. We're all in. Out of character is all over this so we get story first from him on Twitter. Lou reloading had an orgasm when you heard the news or did I mean you're out of what went nine to five favorite. That's right you had odds and I'm Sheffield he was the leader in your club out of my way <b>weather</b> <b>report</b> brought your arrival five cents savings. Let's bring out shelter right now premieres began atom thank you for joining us here on ... <br/><b>[0:02:34]</b> ... any part of this but they're going over prosecute procedures. It was <b>Tom</b> <b>Brady</b> was guilty of the principles on January cheat or mistreatment that George back with the answer it was a resounding. No. He'll ... <br/><b>[0:05:56]</b> ... and it was thinking is legal people. And remember the NFL. Sued <b>Tom</b> <b>Brady</b> year it looked to have its decision affirmed in court it shows that shedding eight shows lower Manhattan. Blocking and so if ... <br/><b>[0:06:30]</b> ... in any meaningful. Settlement talks because you have an appellate settling wouldn't <b>Tom</b> <b>Brady</b> admitted to the findings in the world report which he never ever. In our lifetimes we going to deal. And so. That ... <br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/> Audio Mut & Merloni general Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:01:00 +0000 1497561 at http://www.weei.com