One of my favorite movies of recent vintage is “300.” And one of my favorite lines is the part where the Spartans just got done kicking Persian ass in battle, and the Persian god-king Xerxes tries to talk terms with Leonidas. “There is much our cultures could share,” he says. To which Leonidas responds, “Haven’t you noticed? We’ve been sharing our culture with you all morning.”
Behold, the culture of my people. This was from the Irish hurling match between Dublin and my ancestral homeland of Galway at Fenway Park on Sunday. Now, the only hurling I understand is the kind where you did too many shots of Jameson the night before. But I do understand a little thing we call “Shillelagh Law,” and that seems to be what hurling the sport is all about. And if that’s how the Irish choose to present their sport in this country, count me in. It’s a hell of a lot better than us sending the Dolphins vs. the Jets or Bills vs. Jaguars overseas.
Irishmen, clubs and all-out brawls? As far as I’m concerned, you don’t even need the ball, the nets or a scoreboard. Just keep that stuff coming and you’ll do just fine over here. Slainte.
Meet 7-year-old Ethan, who is blowing up the Internet with the way he soldiered on through his rendition of the Australian national anthem despite a bout of hiccups that might have killed a lesser man.
You know, the word “courage” gets used far to often in today’s world. But what Ethan did is the very definition of a profile in courage. No holding his breath and swallowing a bunch of times to get rid of the hiccups. No drinking water from the opposite of the glass. And certainly no dropping the mic and running off the field because he has zero quit in him. He merely manned up, stared those hiccups in the eye and played them like a musical instrument. And in doing so, no doubt inspired his nation like probably no one not named Mad Max ever will.
So, I salute you, kid. You can drink from the other side of my canteen any time.
The Patriots play the Bills on ESPN tonight for Monday Night Football. The recap some things from Sunday's games, talk about how the Patriots are snubbing ESPN, and preview tonight's game.
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On the one hand, I’m glad that David Ortiz‘s fame has reached the level where to he’s “Saturday Night Live” character-worthy. That’s some rarefied air he’s breathing, the 2015 version of what a Sports Illustrated cover was 20 years ago. And good for him. That is reaching the kind of national icon status that even superstars like Bryce Harper and Mike Trout can only dream about.
That said, what the hell is this? This is how you parody a nationally known sports legend entering his last year? Have him rattle off the names of Dominican-sounding foods and talk about eating pigeons? And what does a dating app called Go Outside possibly have to do with Big Papi. Trust me, in no way am I offended. It’s just that I honestly don’t get the joke. If you’re going for satire a guy, satirize. Make fun of Ortiz. Write jokes about his career, the stuff he’s done, the things he’s said. Not just talk in a Carlos Mencia voice and turn up the laugh track.
But anyway, that’s just my opinion and there’s nothing in the world as subjective as comedy. So tell me what you think.
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Welcome to Tom Brady’s life. The perfect dog. The perfectly landscaped yard. Even the perfect pile of leaves so perfect they all look they were purchased in the Seasonal Decor aisle at A.C. Moore. Even his off days of doing chores around the yard look like scenes out of a cholesterol medicine ad.
But to all the Brady Bashers and anti-Patriots Deflategate flat-earthers, if you think the whole time he and Scooby were man’s-best-friending each other he wasn’t scripting plays in his head and working out which route combinations will create mismatches he can exploit against the Bills, you’re living in a fantasy land. The pursuit of perfection never takes a moment off.
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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
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