Like I said when someone gave Donald Trump’s convention entrance The Undertaker treatment, we as a political system have got to start embracing the wrestling formula. The WWE knows how to present important people and address complex social issues a lot better than either party. So let’s just move to a world where the campaign is like pro wrestling. Lord knows it would get more people involved in politics.

That said, as good as this Hillary/Stone Cold mashup is, I still like The Trumpertaker from last week much better:

And just as a heads-up, when the country finally smartens up and nominates me for president, I’d prefer to come out to Rowdy Roddy Piper’s music. Call me old school, but to me “A Cadence to Arms” on the pipes still is the best wrestling entrance of all time.

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Jerry Thornton

This is Jon Dorenbos, the long snapper of the Philadelphia Eagles, on “America’s Got Talent,” and it is freaky as all hell.

As I’ve said before, magic tricks typically frustrate me more than entertain me, because I can’t stop trying to figure out how they were pulled off. And this is no exception. I want to say he slipped the drawings inside the bag after Simon smashed the bottle. But that doesn’t explain how he managed to draw them and put them in a sealed envelope. So the only conclusion I can come to is it’s sorcery.

I’m just glad Philly isn’t on the Patriots’ schedule this year. I want nothing to do with this guy’s diabolical magic. Nothing.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

Days after signing general manager John Schneider to a contract extension, the Seahawks extended the contract of coach Pete Carroll. Carroll’s contract was set to expire at the end of this season, but he’s now signed through the 2019 season. ESPN was the first to report Carroll’s extension, and owner Paul Allen later confirmed it via Twitter. At 64, Carroll is the oldest coach in the league.

Carroll is 60-36 in six seasons at the helm of the Seahawks. Before Carroll arrived in Seattle, the Seahawks had five 10-win seasons in franchise history. Under Carroll, the Seahawks are tied with the Packers for the most regular-season wins in the NFC. They have made the playoffs in five of Carroll’s six seasons, including two Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl win, the first in franchise history.

In the Seahawks’ latest Super Bowl appearance in 2014 against the Patriots, Carroll made the infamous call to pass the ball on the 1-yard line that ended up in a Malcolm Butler interception, ultimately costing Seattle the game.

In 1997, Carroll took over the coaching duties of the Patriots from Bill Parcells. During his three-year tenure in New England, Carroll went 27-21, including one AFC East title. Carroll was fired following the 1999 season and was replaced by Bill Belichick. He went on to a highly successful stint coaching USC before returning to the NFL.

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John Hand
The guys listen to Belichick's press conference and break down what he has to say. They also discuss what they think the Pats should do with their qb reps during camp
The OMFers are joined by Red Sox President Sam Kennedy to discuss the current state of the Red Sox.

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Glenn, Lou, and Christian open the show discussing the latest Red Sox pitching implosion. They get into Steven Wright's struggles pitching in humidity, and David Price not living up to expectations.


USA TodayAll kinds of things affect the way we think about other people’s teams. Fans, for example. As a neutral, you can’t like a team if you don’t enjoy being around its fans. Uniforms, too. Hard for neutrals to root for an eyesore. Good ownership is also important, and the team is question has to be fun to watch. Not necessarily good, just fun. Surprising. Interesting.

Mix all that stuff up and you come out with the neutral’s likability rankings. The order goes from most likable, to least. …

31. New England Patriots

The coach is an evil genius, they drafted one of the best quarterbacks ever in the sixth round, and the fans are never shy about boasting about it all. Only once since 2001 have the Patriots [won fewer] than 10 games, and that year — in 2002 — they won nine. Absurd. Four Super Bowl wins plus two more finals over the same period along with a host of different scandals means Pats fans can count themselves lucky, very lucky, that they’re only second-last on this list.

What the actual hell? Lucky, USA Today? Patriots fans are supposed to think themselves lucky the Pats are only the second-most unlikable team in the NFL. Way to prove you haven’t been paying attention for the last 15 years.

To have someone say the Redskins are more hated than the Patriots because of their name and vile, despicable owner is an insult. It’s lewd, lascivious, salacious, outrageous! If all it takes is a nickname to get the top spot, I move to immediately change the team name to Doomsday Cult Guys Who Take Teenage Wives and Horde Weapons in a Compound and Call Themselves Patriots. It’ll be hard to fit on a logo, but it’ll be worth it because the football-loving people of New England deserve nothing less than to have the most hated team in the nation. We’ve earned it.

Seriously, how can you justify calling the Redskins less likable than the Pats after all we’ve been through? Not just because of all the supposed scandals, the allegations of cheating and the systematic discrediting of everything the franchise has accomplished. Do I have to remind USA Today that there is a different set of rules for the Patriots than for the other 31 teams? That Tom Brady is barred from going anywhere near Gillette or talking to anyone on the team while he’s suspended, but Josh Gordon can come over and have playdates with his Browns friends anytime he wants? Or that when the Jets owner was found guilty of tampering with Darrelle Revis, he only had to pay a small fine and not give the Pats any draft picks, which is the usual punishment? How about that the team had draft picks taken away after the Wells Report said they had nothing to do with tampering with footballs?

I could go on. But the point I’m trying to make is that as long as you have a franchise that gets openly screwed by its own league with the full support of the public, you can’t argue it is less than the most reviled team in existence. And a long time ago we learned to embrace the hate. Call the coach evil. Say the team cheats. Admit you resent all the success. Just don’t ever let us hear you say anyone is more hated than the New England Patriots.

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Jerry Thornton
John Dennis and Gerry Callahan bring Gary Tanguay in the podcenter to discuss Tango's bargaining position for Dino's job when it opens next year. The guys also discuss Kirk Minihane's latest podcast with Lenny Clarke.

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Dino, Gerry and Tango discuss a few Patriots storylines as Pats camp is about to open.

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