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Courtesy: San Diego Comic Con website

Courtesy: San Diego Comic Con website

I have a love-hate relationship with movie trailers. Have I been known to disappear down an internet rabbit hole of movie trailers from time to time? Yes; 100 percent. I have blown off rehearsal dinners to watch movie trailers. I have faked illnesses to watch director’s commentaries. I used to tape (like with a VCR) the show “Coming Attractions” on the E! channel. Movie trailers are kind of my thing.

But without question, they ruin movies. Earlier this week, Chris Ryan wrote a piece for The Ringer advising people to stop watching movie trailers. He’s not wrong: Movie trailers make good movies seem great and bad movies seem good.

In either case, the bar is set too high. Walking into the movie theater, the thought of “I hope I haven’t seen all the best parts of this already,” is hanging in the air, and walking out of the movie theater, the feeling of being swindled sticks to your feet along with gum, popcorn, and various other concession stand left-behinds.

Trailers make going to the movies seem predictable, which is the last thing you want from a $12.00 ticket to escapism.

Having said that… movie trailers are the best, right?!

This past week, the San Diego Comic-Con wrapped up and in the wake of the SuperBowl of nerd culture, we got a batch top-notch expectation raisers. Let’s dissect the best of the best and hand out some Movie Trailer Superlatives:

WE DON’T NEED THIS MOVIE… OR DO WE?

“Kong: Skull Island”

Based On The Trailer: A movie with a cast this strong, that looks like a cross between “Saving Private Ryan” and “Apocalypse Now,” with special effects this good, stands a 0.0 percent chance of living up to the hype. Warner Brothers is pushing all of their chips into the middle of the table with this potential franchise starter, which means the script probably got rewritten into oblivion.

Having Said That: I will be seeing this movie

The Bar Has Been Set: Too High. No way it can be this good.

WHAT EXACTLY AM I LOOKING AT HERE?

“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”

Based On The Trailer: “What is this, when does it take place, how did I get here, and when can I leave?” are all of the thoughts I had in the first three seconds of this trailer. As far as I can tell Jax Teller is King Arthur, but it’s set in modern day London, only it takes place in a universe where modern day London looks like the 12th Century.

Having Said That: I will catch this on a plane and be excited about it.

The Bar Has Been Set: Adequately. I do not and will not understand this movie because it has obviously not been made for me. It will however do hundreds of millions of dollars in Europe.

THERE IS FAR TOO MUCH RIDING ON THIS TO BE BAD

“Wonder Woman”

Based on the Trailer: This might be the first DC movie of the Zak Synder era to not look like it was filmed exclusively to push merchandise at Hot Topic and Newbury Comics. Wonder Woman is the best chance at being DC’s version of Captain America in the sense that:

  • It will be both the anchor and the spirit of the DC cinematic universe for the next decade.
  • It is an origin story that takes place in the past, jumps to the present, and bridges the gap between the casual viewers and comic book truthers.
  • Gal Gadot looks like she belongs in the lead role, Chris Pine is there to be a male Bond girl, and if I’m not mistaken, she’s fighting in World War I. Lots going on, but that’s fine — the golden lasso is pretty cool looking.

Having Said That: I will see this movie after the internet makes its judgement call, which will inevitably ruin the movie for me.

The Bar Has Been Set: Lower than it should be because I do not trust DC comic book movies.

EYE-ROLLAPOLOOZA

“Justice League”

Based on the Trailer: This looks like less fun “Ocean’s Eleven.” I want this to be good, I really do. I’ve been pulling for Ben Affleck ever since he was the bad guy in “Mallards” and seeing Khal Drogo get to be the Khal Drogo of the ocean sounds great on paper, but I don’t know. There are a lot of ideas jammed into this sizzle reel and I’m not sure there is a steak underneath it.

Having Said That: I will mean to go see this for two months and never go.

The Bar Has Been Set: Insanely too high. Even if this movie is “Ocean’s Eleven,” the hype surrounding every post-“Dark Knight”-Trilogy-DC-project is insurmountable.

I FEEL LIKE I’VE SEEN THIS BEFORE BUT WHO CARES BECAUSE I LIKED IT THE FIRST TIME

“Doctor Strange”

Based on the Trailer: So this is part “The Matrix,” part “Inception,” stars Sherlock Holmes and is based on a Marvel Comics property? I’m in. They made me care about a walking tree, a talking raccoon and turned the fat kid from “Parks and Rec” into a half-Indiana Jones, half-Han Solo mega star. Marvel Comics is on a David-Ortiz-retirement-season hot streak; this will most likely be fantastic.

Having Said That: I will see this movie opening weekend and the think-piece I write about it will be packed with hot takes.

The Bar Has Been Set: At the formulaically perfect height. Marvel knows what it’s doing at this point; this won’t push any new boundaries, but it will be a mega-enjoyable 120 minutes.

Blog Author: 
Padraic O'Connor

Welcome to Wednesday’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 Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Tigers at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Nationals at Indians, noon (MLB Network)
MLB: Rays at Dodgers, 3 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: White Sox at Cubs, 8:05 p.m. (ESPN)
Basketball: Women’s exhibition, United States vs. France, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: Champions Cup, Real Madrid vs. Paris St. Germain, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions Cup, Bayern Munich vs. AC Milan, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions Cup, Chelsea vs. Liverpool, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— New Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman said he’s “working to be a better person” — but only after he dodged questions from Chicago reporters about his domestic abuse issue and what the Cubs expected of him.

During a meeting with the media in the visiting dugout at the White Sox’ U.S. Cellular Field, the former Yankees closer was peppered with questions about the incident that led to him serving a 30-day suspension at the start of this season. With Cubs coach/Spanish translator Henry Blanco interpreting, Chapman was asked about a conference call with Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and owner Tom Ricketts in which expectations about his behavior were presented to him. After initially being evasive, Chapman at one point responded that he was sleeping when the call began, so he had trouble remembering what it was about.

He later had a one-on-one interview in Spanish with ESPN’s Pedro Gomez and was more forthcoming.

“I knew that no matter where I was traded to, this would resurface — that the controversy is going to follow me,” Chapman told Gomez. “But I’m with my girlfriend. Our family is together. We’re working toward making things better in our lives. And really, it’s going to be with me.”

Added Chapman: “I’ve grown tremendously from that time. I’m with my girlfriend still, with the family, and I feel that I have absolutely changed as a person. I’m working to be a better person.

“And now that I remember — because they just asked me in the previous press conference what the owners asked me — one of the things they did ask me was about being a better person and being a better neighbor to people. And that’s something that I think that I am now, much more so.”

Epstein explained that the confusion about Chapman’s initial response likely had to do with a translation issue.

“I think there is a lot to be said that he was nervous and not speaking his native language and being translated,” Epstein said. “Look, I was on the call. Tom was on the call. Aroldis was on the call, and Barry Praver, his agent, was on the call. It happened, and it was real. We talked to him about the incident and made sure that statement reflected his real feelings on it.

“Because that was important to us, and to hear it directly from him. Tom laid out the exact same standards that he lays out to everyone in spring training.

— Penn State has finished serving its punishment for the Jerry Sandusky scandal, but athletic director Sandy Barbour said opposing programs are trying to scare recruits into believing the Nittany Lions could be punished further.

Speaking at Big Ten media days Tuesday in Chicago, Barbour insisted that the NCAA is “very pleased” with Penn State’s handling of the situation, and recent news that coach Joe Paterno and the school were made aware of accusations about Sandusky molesting children as early as the 1970s will not affect the program.

“It’s not factual,” Barbour said of the alleged comments by negative recruiters. “It’s one thing to take facts and skew them a little bit. It’s another thing not to be factual.”

— Russian athletes — except for track and field — are being allowed to compete in the Olympics, but at least 105 team members have been ruled ineligible by individual sports federations as part of the fallout from the country’s doping scandal.

Federations governing canoeing, sailing and modern pentathlon banned eight athletes Tuesday, including 2012 canoeing gold medalist Alexander Dyachenko.

Some of the banned Russians have indicated they will appeal their bans to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 27, 1969, the Red Sox outlasted the Seattle Pilots in 20 innings, 5-3, with Joe Lahoud delivering the key hit, a two-run home run in the top of the 20th. Ray Culp started for Boston and pitched 10 innings of one-run ball but did not factor in the decision. Which former Cy Young winner got the win after pitching the final three innings, despite allowing two runs?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Tom’s going to be pissed. And him pissed is a good thing for the New England Patriots faithful. We love seeing him like that. Because he’s as focused a human being as I’ve met anyway.” — Actor Matt Damon, on Tom Brady’s mindset as he prepares to miss the first four games of the season due to Deflategate

STAT OF THE DAY: 31 — Home runs hit by the Red Sox since July 4 — the most in the majors during that span — after they hit a pair in Tuesday’s 9-8 loss to the Tigers

‘NET RESULTS: After falling behind the Padres by two runs in the top of the 12th, the Blue Jays score three in the bottom of the inning and win on a wild pitch.

The Indians rally for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 6-5 win over the Nationals.

Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun lays out for an impressive catch against the Royals.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jim Lonborg

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bobbie Gentry was born on this day in 1944.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Dale and Holley w/Thornton talk about some of the lingering issues about the Pats heading into training camp.
Dale and Holley w/Thornton talk about some of the lingering issues about the Pats heading into training camp.