With the Patriots not on the clock until day two (thanks Roger!), we look at four reasons to be optimistic that the Patriots will get something good on Friday night.

[0:01:27] ... here. In 2001. Draft. The 48 pick of the 2001 draft. The New England Patriots select offensive lineman. Matt Light. Shall now place. Offensive lineman. Don't put position on offensive line and Obama Purdue that he's one of my favorite teammates ever ...
[0:02:06] ... assume that was her career highlight. So yeah west anyway back to Matt Light I get a kick back ballad don't position on them if it's that. Just as the lie of Purdue what what a draft in the first round that you did. Richard Seymour. Their second round pick to get that life. Thank you. Is building block on the defensive line of building block coming up at them like thank you very much what they would do to room I have no doubt was all book Koren Robinson. Gotta get myself some weapon yet. Sima let's see how is putter Ron Borges raise it Seymour is too small to plea knows anything slowed hopefully end. And Matt Light won't help anytime soon. All of those guys won races rookies and by the time they've been at least four years at 13 pretty good at actually. Pretty good draft through a mail overall that draft who of that the Michael Vick. LaDainian Tomlinson. With that that draft coming right before seeing more. You also had you know Gerard Warren who. Really great player but you know they in the first round weapons everyone want it didn't work out I don't want our guys daily had a lot of guys. He ought to. With the 65 pick in the 2002 NFL draft the New England Patriots selected future Super Bowl MVP. Deal rates. Okay. Are different here I'm. Were applicable. It doesn't go. Like. The great like break ...
[0:05:04] ... Freak me. But the 34 pick in the 2009. NFL draft the New England Patriots elect Patrick Sean. It's the west. Now ...
[0:06:49] ... finally we come to. Probably the second best second round selection. In New England Patriots history the first. Is Andre Tippett is the only hall of famers that are taken in the second bout that. Second round pick for Andre it's nice but this next guy if he keeps going is a sure fire hall of Famer. None other than Rob Gronkowski. With the 42 pick in the 2010 NFL draft. The New England Patriots select. Rob Gronkowski and fight and Arizona. It OK okay. Or does is also set another record that may never be broken ...






You might think this is dumb, and you’d not be wrong, but it’s up over 8.2 million views for a reason. Because it’s oddly fascinating. If I hadn’t seen the drawing in progress and just looked at the finished product, I’d swear it was real. Then again, when I was a kid I used to get fooled by my older brother doing the pulling-your-thumb-off trick. All I can say is to get this good at palm drawings, the artist who did this must have never paid attention in class.

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For those who missed it, I did another Facebook video chat on Thursday (after some technical difficulties on the first try). We talked about the NFL draft, Deflategate and everything else Patriots. Check out the replay below and keep an eye out for the next one.

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On yesterday's "Breaking Balls" podcast, John, Gerry and Kirk opined that the Midday show never fights with each other. Upon hearing the audio of those opinions, Glenn, Lou and Christian immediately get in a fight about what was said on Thursday morning's conference call.

[0:00:00] ... T could come and advice listen to eat meat they she'll export way Loney and forty Sports Radio. The mid day show you know I never heard Lou encryption have a ...
[0:05:23] ... And what to look for front page of the sports page. The Atlanta Hawks I said to you that at each and the other night on TV show that that the date of game five. She showed the news once wanna get in this and the front page of the ...
[0:06:14] ... out a different share responsibility. But. Those people of course number one Tom Brady. Put pressure on the equipment people to make the royals go way way he'd like com. The next guy is to strap ...





Suspected Deflategate whistle-blower, Mike Kensil, has been re-assigned to "VP of Operations - International" which means he'll be less and less visible in the U.S.

[0:02:20] ... to NFL owners this week on background. What they describe in the Tom Brady situation after a brief second circuit court of appeal. Came out with a fluent in favor of the NFL. They would like ...
[0:03:50] ... off on a you know look easy here. It's jealousy of the New England Patriots but the cancel stuff is really fascinating. Because. Two days after. The court rules in favor of the commissioner in the national football so we might cancel has been transferred. Out of his job. Now we believed it might cancel was the guy who was the investigator and all of this correct. Yes sure blame him okay yeah aircraft and is out for the patriots you guys are believed to gotcha yeah. And for Bill Belichick dating back to the jets days okay the animosity that exists between the jets and patriots. Played big into it to deflect ...
[0:07:25] ... the who's next ago. Or events that. With the dollar and out Troy Vincent is idle wells this was the video he was he was against Detroit terrific it has its hands off ultra militant. It's I don't you try and arm I am including human he's a puppet for the torture he's exactly he's and a team player works perfect for the division charge of I got this international development. You know talent look for some look for the next Tom Brady in China you'll get the NFL's version of yeah I'll meet Jack but they get this niche they get their leak. The ...





Roger Goodell is doing the media rounds touting his success over Tom Brady and NFLPA to anyone that will listen.

[0:00:03] ... homer in Maloney and 48. Right now on Sports Radio WEEI. So Tom Brady will not play the first four games while the court was very clear on the fact that the suspension was reinstated. That ...
[0:02:00] ... in order to get your power. It's exactly thought you'd just used Tom Brady is upon it was it why would he ever take down Tom Brady at face of an organization the face of the league. He's just the party just got in the way of an opportunity ...
[0:02:39] ... violation. Was let him go in the basement New York City near Tom Brady and his lawyers and obvious I fight about it wasn't about. Trying to find out whether he actually did something Basel the ...
[0:05:59] ... come out and said that the outlook and our numbers. Com. Take Tom Brady to pick it did nothing wrong. But that's got nothing to do with this case. Soul gonna continue without you know go moving on to the second appeal court with a gonna win because affected Brady actually may have done nothing. That's gonna do with this and. Have you spoken to Tom Brady your Robert Kraft or anybody from the patriots organization since the ruling and how you all move forward from this. Yes I ...






I love the NFL draft. Lord help me, how I do love it so. It’s my favorite non-competition event on the sports calendar and has been for as long as I can remember. Even this year, when the evil, vindictive despots at the NFL have told us every fan base gets to open their presents but we’ll get nothing and like it, I can’t look away. Because it’s not all about just finding out what the Patriots do. It’s the whole odd and essentially pointless exercise that has always fascinated me.

And a huge part of the spectacle for me is what this video is all about. The cliches. I can’t get enough of them. They’re a part of the fabric of our lives this time of year. The perfect intersection of sports, punditry and language that only happens when people try to talk like experts on a subject they know nothing about and try to be definitive about something no one can predict.

So we get all the cliches in the video, time-honored gems like “physical specimen,” “character concerns” and “football IQ.” If I were writing this bit, I would have included some of my personal favorites like “hand in the dirt,” “sand in his pants,” “pad level,” “workout warrior,” “fluid hips” and the classic “lots of red flags.” And my all time favorite, courtesy of Mike Pettine, which was so great I committed it to memory. I once read where he was looking for “a bitch-kitty pass rusher who would smell a warm quarterback and become an insatiable, unblockable, pocket-infiltrating force of war-daddy bedlam.”

That said, this video pretty much nailed it. Especially at the end when they mention “sports fan fiction from an underpaid blogger.” I guess you count me among those who are like addicted lab rats.

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USA Today has a feature on these four old U.S. Marine buddies who reunited to recreate a photo they posed for 50 years ago. Bob Falk, Dennis Puelo, Tom Hanks (“not that one”) and Bob DeVenenzia took the original photo back just before they shipped off to the living hell that was Vietnam, a war that split a nation – and the four friends – apart.

“We just broke up,” DeVenezia said. “Life is funny like that. I didn’t keep in touch with any of them. There was something about the Vietnam War and the negativity we kept hearing.”

In 1966, the four U.S. Marines were stationed together in Camp Pendleton, outside San Diego. …

Over the next two years, they’d train together and deploy together. Once in Vietnam, they’d separate, enduring many of the same horrendous conditions, if not the same action. Two of them would earn Purple Hearts. Each would experience the unexplainable fear of war.

“We had the tools. We had the training,” DeVenezia said. “But nothing trains you for your first combat. Nothing. Zero.” …

But they had survived, and more than that, they had lived.

“We all know,” Puleo said, “that we’ve been given a gift of 50 years.”

I post this as a reminder of what true manhood is all about. It’s about courage. Toughness. Duty. Honor. And it’s also about friendship. I’m fortunate to still be with the guys I grew up with, and I appreciate that. But ours is a bond forged by sports, beer, Fantasy Football and telling the same stupid stories about high school. Falk, Puelo, Hanks and DeVenezia have a bond forged by bravery. And it’s a sin against nature that the attitude of the country ripped them apart until now.

Every guy likes to think his buddy would be there for him in a bad spot. But these guys literally were covering each others’ backs in the worst situation imaginable. And it’s great to see they’re every bit the badass old men they were as young Marines. Here’s hoping they pose for this photo again in 50 more years. Semper Fi.

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Kirk rants on the company's decision not to send the show to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention.

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[0:03:58] ... vice presidential candidate. Ought to talk about lefty lefty in OPS and Isiah Thomas is shooting percentage because that's what they want to put out so what's. Let's how the political oh let's door and talk. All of our. ...




There’s nothing like a Roger Goodell interview to make you long for the days when Roger Goodell wasn’t giving interviews.

Remember those halycon days when the Commissioner’s silence was golden? When his crooked attorneys were being kicked down the steps of every courthouse they went to, their designer briefcases flying open and the legal briefs full of lies blowing in the wind? Those were good times because Goodell would skulk back to his bunker on Park Avenue and not see the light of day for months.

But now that he’s finally got a victory, you can get rid of the guy. He’s tweeting like Kanye off his meds. He’s on TV more than Michael Strahan. Ted Cruz couldn’t get this much attention if he announced he’s getting gender reassignment surgery.
Unfortunately, he’s delivering the same old tired, pre-programmed, robotspeak. Apparently we’re still a long way from developing lifelike, “Blade Runner”-style replicants because you don’t need the Voght-Kampf Test to tell Goodell isn’t really human. Process. Negotiated. Independent. Buzz. Process. Click. Whistle. Fairness. Same words, same witch hunt, different day.
Still, I have to give a stick tap to my girl Norah O’Donnell for giving the Commissionerbot and this whole steaming mess he created the lack of respect they both deserve. If he could register emotions, you know he would have been uncomfortable when she mocked him about blowing $20 million on Deflategate. Just by the way he asked her to repeat the question to work on his answer you could tell he didn’t see it coming. CBS is a “broadcast partner” to Goodell’s empire, so I imagine she’ll end up in whatever prison camp they hauled Kelly Naqi off to and Norah will be never heard from again. But it was worth it.
Now the only question is when Goodell will decide he’s had enough of teabagging Patriots fans in the face and go back into hiding. Because if this is the “transparency” he’s always talking about, bring back opaqueness.

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