Tomase talks about being embedded with the Seahawks and the festivities at the WEEI dinner.

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[0:06:55] ... we'll look forward to playing this game on some you know what. Green Bay get wrapped it that's what I shouldn't be in this amazed that he that is a great time okay you know the trouble or five times against term broad agreement would 22 point normal defense greeted with afforded to us it's as good their defense is very good I just don't think it's like the rest of Airbus a world 6220. Touchdown passes this year fewer than Derek April and he threw for 200 yards a concrete economic before last the just not good enough ...





Funny man Frank Caliendo sits in with Gerry and Kirk from Arizona. He talks about his process and voices some of his greatest hits.

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Millen joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk from radio row in Arizona. He details the advantages of deflating footballs and provides the Seattle perspective on Patriots-Seahawks.

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[0:06:59] ... figured turning our attention the game it's it's safe to assume that Tom Brady and Josh and bill will test. The Seahawks safety and and and quarterback. Aaron Rodgers certainly did not and it is a sickness and naval task that early in the game and what form will that take ...
[0:11:10] ... gonna win again. Flight. A taillight. My kids are over the top Tom Brady fans got affected in the Roman they got Brady. Jerseys and now I gotta get Tom Brady. You know you're talking about a defense that. That's as you know for the last. It's been. Through just that 6970. Sheets ...






Jacksonville Jaguars Quarterback join the show to discuss the future of his team, his friendship with the very attractive Jimmy Garappolo and how he feels about Johnny Manziel

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[0:03:50] ... if you are listening I looked. Particulate. Does things that are equitable Tom Brady's looks untouchable throughout well aware doubles here and I think you're good so you're good. Worst case scenario of them and patriots ...
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The latest news brought to you by Kirk Minihane including Bruce Jenner's new reality show and Kim Kardashian's thoughts on 'dad'.

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Gerry and Kirk recap the WEEI staff's dinner in Arizona including Jerry Thornton confronting a high profile Seattle Seahawk.

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[0:25:06] ... figure out what these five entities. Have in common. Apple. Elvis. McDonald's. The Beatles. And Taco Bell to that for a while all went it will talk with you there in Arizona at William Becker. ...





 

Jeff Blake says quarterbacks have been deflating balls for decades (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Jeff Blake says quarterbacks have been deflating balls for decades (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

PHOENIXIs New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady a cheater? And if so, does he have a lot of company around the NFL?

Retired Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Blake says that removing air from footballs was common when he played in the NFL from 1992-2005.

“I’m just going to let the cat of the bag, every team does it, every game, it has been since I played,” the ex-Jets QB said Wednesday in a radio interview on the “Midday 180″ show on Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone. “Cause when you take the balls out of the bag, they are rock hard. And you can’t feel the ball as well. It’s too hard.

“Everybody puts the pin in and takes just enough air out of the ball that you can feel it a little better. But it’s not the point to where it’s flat. So I don’t know what the big deal is. It’s not something that’s not been done for 20 years. … I would say (to a ball boy), ‘Take a little bit of air out of it. It’s a little bit hard,'” Blake said. “And then he’d take a little bit out and I’d squeeze it and I’d be like, ‘OK, it’s perfect.’ That’s it.”

Oh dear Lord. This is a scandal I don’t think we’ll ever recover from.

I mean, the air pressure inside eleven footballs during one half of a blowout football game has been the biggest story of 2015. So this ought to rock America to it’s very foundation. Apparently football pressure integrity is one of the pillars of our republic. Written into the Constitution somewhere between free speech and right to a jury trial.

So the fact that NFL quarterbacks have been letting the air out of balls since Tom Brady was wearing Garanimals just gives lie to everything we stand for. Forget Watergate or Teapot Dome or the 1919 Black Sox. This is the kind of crisis that gives lie to everything you ever believed in. Once you’ve lost faith in your ability to believe in the sanctity of “12.5-to-14.5 PSI,” how can you trust anything ever again?

We might as well just take all the Lombardi trophies won over the last twenty years and just melt them down into asterisks, disband every NFL team, raze all the stadiums, close down civilization and go move back to the forest because our whole lives have been a lie. This is exactly what the Fall of Rome must have felt like.  Oh well, America. It was fun while it lasted.

@JerryThornton1

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Jerry Thornton
Archie Manning joins the guys to preview the Superbowl and at (6:25) to discuss Peyton's future in the league and with the Broncos.

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[0:01:34] ... his father didn't know anything about football's. Remember when Tom and Peyton Brett Favre in the budget as. Got together and to the footballs are too slick. You know we're going to game in the regular ...
[0:04:00] ... sons of you very polarizing in Boston right kit Beatty lied a Super Bowl. And the brick in the Brady Peyton I debate is just aren't going it never ends it almost seems like. There is ...
[0:11:25] ... good luck to the patriots tonight a lot of phone that is Archie Manning here and 937 WEEI. ...






Welcome to Thursday’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 Thursday’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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Islanders, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Canadiens at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Ducks at Sharks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Nuggets at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Bulls at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Dayton at UMass, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Maryland at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UConn at Cincinnati, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Kentucky at Missouri, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Eastern Kentucky at Murray State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Colorado at USC, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Utah at UCLA, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: San Francisco at BYU, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tennis: Australian Open, 3:30 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A former Jets quarterback has come to the Patriots’ defense — sort of — claiming deflating footballs is such a common practice that “every team does it, every game.”

Jeff Blake, who started his career with the Jets in 1992 and went on to play for the Bengals, Saints, Ravens and Bears before retiring after the 2005 season, made his claim during a radio interview Wednesday with Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone.

“I’m just going to let the cat out of the bag, every team does it, every game, it has been since I played,” said Blake, who made the Pro Bowl as a Bengal in 1995. ” ‘Cause when you take the balls out of the bag, they are rock hard. And you can’t feel the ball as well. It’s too hard.

“Everybody puts the pin in and takes just enough air out of the ball that you can feel it a little better. But it’s not the point to where it’s flat. So I don’t know what the big deal is. It’s not something that’s not been done for 20 years.”

Blake said he used to order ball boys to let the air out of his footballs just before games throughout his time in the NFL.

“Well, I would say [to a ball boy], ‘Take a little bit of air out of it. It’s a little bit hard.’ ” Blake said. “And then he’d take a little bit out and I’d squeeze it and I’d be like, ‘OK, it’s perfect.’ That’s it.”

Added Blake: “I guess it wasn’t a big deal back then, but it is now.”

— While we’re on the topic of Deflategate, apparently the practice is not limited to football.

Knicks president Phil Jackson admitted in a 1986 Chicago Tribune article that his Knicks championship teams of the early 1970s used to deaden the basketballs in order to compensate for New York’s lack of height.

Jackson claimed it helped the team’s rebounding.

“What we used to do was deflate the ball,” Jackson said in the story. “We were a short team with our big guys like Willis [Reed], our center, only about 6-8 and Jerry Lucas also 6-8. [Dave] DeBusschere, 6-6. So what we had to rely on was boxing out and hoping the rebound didn’€™t go long.

“To help ensure that, we’€™d try to take some air out of the ball. You see, on the ball it says something like ‘inflate to 7 to 9 pounds.’ We’€™d all carry pins and take the air out to deaden the ball.”

Added Jackson: “It also helped our offense because we were a team that liked to pass the ball without dribbling it, so it didn’€™t matter how much air was in the ball. It also kept other teams from running on us because when they’€™d dribble the ball, it wouldn’€™t come up so fast.”

Asked about it Wednesday, Jackson tried to downplay the Knicks’ actions, insisting the balls were not deflated below the NBA-mandated minimum weight of 7 PSI.

Tweeted Jackson: joy of tweet is correcting errors. Knicks used under inflated balls. wrong! ball has7-9lbs psi. we wanted 7 psi softer but not illegal.

— Soccer star Ronaldo was suspended two games Wednesday for his behavior in a match over the weekend, when he received a red card for kicking an opponent.

Ronaldo, who earlier this month won his third Ballon d’Or as the top player in the world, will miss Real Madrid‘s next two games.

During his team’s 2-1 victory over Cordoba on Saturday, Ronaldo kicked defender Edimar in the leg (causing Edimar to grab his own face and flop on the ground) and put his arm in the face of Jose Crespo, whom he appeared to punch earlier in the game. Ronaldo later apologized for his actions.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 29, 1996, the Red Sox sent outfielder Lee Tinsley, reliever Ken Ryan and minor league outfielder Glenn Murray to the Phillies for which pitcher (and two minor leaguers)?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You know why I’m here.” Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch‘s reply to every question but one during media availability Wednesday

STAT OF THE DAY: 55 – Points by Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving in Wednesday’s 99-94 victory over the Trail Blazers, Cleveland’s eighth straight victory — despite playing without LeBron James

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): 76ers forward Jerami Grant delivers the monster slam on Pistons big man Jonas Jerebko.

Zach Lavine takes a half court alley-oop pass from Timberwolves teammate Andrew Wiggins against the Celtics.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Heathcliff Slocumb

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Charlie Wilson, former lead singer of The Gap Band, was born on this day in 1953.

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Jerry Spar