Acronyms abound, as Glenn, John Tomase, and Tom Caron discuss the MLB Hall of Fame, and PED's. Also, is David Ortiz a Hall of Famer?

[0:00:00] ... Pete Rose by the way came out today again Patrick and apparently clarify his comments that he'd like anybody gives a rat's ass what pizza right. I mean when you watch you watch him in the all star game it was almost Pacific you've been paying attention to anything that's been going on here. He is like watching him in the playoffs last year I was awful totally out. So apparently he had made some mention that David Ortiz did not deserve. Thabeet in the whole thing. And it's a Patrick get them on and Patrick asked the man he's kinda ...
[0:02:12] ... a little bit of the pressure off they deliver lets you were Pete Rose said then we'll try to interpreted as we sat with him Patrick quotes correct you don't think David Ortiz big poppy is a hall of Famer. How hard that I sit out yeah I'd eat it all favored based on his. ...
[0:02:49] ... no idea speedster he doesn't get. He doesn't he doesn't realize that David Ortiz is having trouble getting the chilies out of the field that gets the bad it gets the arms gets the upper torso. How to on the feels the killings he can't get out and it's always people who aren't around Ortiz and dollar like there's no way he acts act is not Pete Rose says not a drugs it would retire. He's got to own light there's that. Somehow takes away from Ortiz. There and MVP ...
[0:04:15] ... Because he's a DH and we know how difficult it's been for Edgar Martinez to give them a little bit pop is a better computer. Then Martinez but meant Martina is in good if and the ...






Glenn, John Tomase, and Tom Caron discuss Clay Buchholz' current state of limbo.

[0:00:37] ... room for quite buckle up on this team right now. And what John Farrell said pregame was even more telling to me I mean he you know I thought you were purgatory and meet you John ...
[0:08:18] ... do think this is one of those cases that. You know like Brian Bannister or saved Rich Hill. Brian Bannister is gonna go all spin rate with. Drew yeah in different help and his gullet power the only difference here is you ...
[0:16:02] ... had at nine run lead. I. Look at. And talking about pool. John Smoltz. Or. All right John Smoltz and any clothes and save fifty games are comparing that mop up clay buckle I don't stand on. I. Evan your question ...
[0:21:05] ... In early early July yet and they did so. And passed on Rich Hill for six million dollars because they thought buckles was gonna go one of those. Andy rod I mean they have lots ago. ...






Glenn, John Tomase, and Tom Caron reflect on Donald Trump's speech last night, and John battles the listeners.

[0:05:44] ... we definitely normally slow he sort of blind to white like let us troop minister but he's not the only one I mean you can look at people from all I don't understand that's an area ...
[0:07:20] ... the touch you could credit. You know some of the people like Rudy Giuliani and Bloomberg and others in new York and the tough stance they took on law and order and that was the point ...
[0:10:13] ... thing next week that the Republicans gonna beat up everything that that Hillary Clinton says some of that will be accurate some of. Will be the C this is ordeals dangerous though where people say we ...
[0:12:42] ... trade agreements overseas for the last fifteen years and how he's known George Bush threatens don't republic as well as Democrat that's where he probably made some ground last I think these. Untenable trade agreement and ...






No one is safe from OMF's Whiner Line

[0:00:56] ... and deal. Yeah. Whiner line we DMF series and the big go. Dennis Green we lost him today coach of the vikings coach the Arizona Cardinals age 67. Cardiac. Laws is one of the all time great grants one of the all time great risk is an acute ...
[0:04:23] ... at the end of these is always he always dozens are good Abu Abdullah. I think it's a particularly good today as Spain's record. Saying I have heard the door wide spread on the European plants. ...
[0:09:17] ... None of love really speak ill legitimate. So. Stand let's say. And Barry Bonds. And message I think that's pretty legitimate actually earlier I asked them. Earlier wizard curly aboard Urlacher early doesn't it doesn't go ...





 

.

Meet Morgan Reid, the 21-year-old Duke soccer player who took over the Internet this week after appearing on my alma mater, Barstool Sports. Thornography readers, Morgan. Morgan, Thornography readers. I’m sure you guys will get along fine. I don’t usually piggyback on the Stool’s work, or just post photos for the sake of posting photos. But when the entire sports/smut-osphere is talking about a new sensation, you’ve got to publish or perish. Besides, Ivanka Trump’s speech at the convention was all about women’s empowerment, so I figure there’s no better time than the Friday of a summer weekend to celebrate a rising female athletic star.

  .  

 

A photo posted by Morgan Reid (@morgan_reid) on

A photo posted by Morgan Reid (@morgan_reid) on

 

 

A photo posted by Morgan Reid (@morgan_reid) on

A photo posted by Morgan Reid (@morgan_reid) on

 

A photo posted by Morgan Reid (@morgan_reid) on

 

A photo posted by Morgan Reid (@morgan_reid) on

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
No one is safe from OMF's Whiner Line

[0:00:57] ... and feel. Yeah. Whiner line with the ambassadors and the big go. Dennis Green we lost him today cuts the vikings coach the Arizona Cardinals age 67. Cardiac. One of the all time great grants one of the all time great risk is had a huge lead ...
[0:11:23] ... go look at your calendar. It's that it wouldn't patriots. And the Houston Texans in game three. He's gonna miss that game OGQ bishop and known don't know Tom Brady jets and capture you would not be fearful. That you put JJ watt in a game with a Rob Lowe I would ...





.

Tokyo (AFP) From lonely pensioners to Japanese schoolgirls with shattered dreams, Takanobu Nishimoto and his crew of middle-aged men will lend an ear to clients who would never dream of spilling their guts to a therapist or worse, their families.

Anyone in need of company can sign up to his online service to rent an “ossan” — a man aged between 45 and 55 — for 1,000 yen ($10) an hour.

“For me, the service is a hobby more than anything,” says Nishimoto, who first came up with the concept four years ago and who now has a growing network of some 60 men across Japan. …

“There’s a different ‘me’ depending on whether I’m with my friends, my family, or my boyfriend,” says 24-year-old Nodoka Hyodo after her session with Nishimoto.

I’ve missed my calling. Up until now I thought I was suited to writing, sports radio and stand-up comedy. But that was before I found out you can get paid to listen to women vent about their problems. Which is something I’ve been doing most of my adult life for free.

First of all, I completely understand the age requirement to be a Rent Man. Sure, if you’re under the age of 45 you might think you know how to listen to women, but you don’t. That is a skill that takes a lot of flight hours. And until you reach that age there is no way you’ve logged enough time in the cockpit to understand the finer points.

Not to give away trade secrets, but I know that earlier in my career I used to make the common mistake of talking with a woman about her problems. Trying to work through them. Offer advice. Look for solutions. Which us utterly futile. “Well, if Susan doesn’t know that Kelley took credit for your work, maybe you should ask for a meeting and talk to them both directly?” and stuff like that.

Seriously, looking back, I shudder to think I could have been so green as to think that could work. But it’s what inexperienced Rent Men – paid or unpaid — do. When really, the key is to say nothing other than off short list of pre-approved phrases. “Yeahhh …” “Really?” “That’s awful.” “I feel so bad for you,” and the like.

Beyond that, the hard part is occupying your brain so you can appear to be listening as you hear for the fifth time she’s repeated herself about how her mother doesn’t respect her or how rude the snotty woman in the coffee shop was. It’s a discipline that takes years to master, because if you get caught tuning out mentally, it’s curtains. Personally, I’ve mastered the art to which I’ve written entire days worth of blogs in my head while pretending to pay attention to stories about how bad the traffic was and there was no place to park.

The bottom line is that if Mr. Nishimoto ever opens a Boston branch of Rent Men, I’m his guy.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

Sonny Figueroa/The New York Times

Sonny Figueroa/The New York Times

When Jerry Seinfeld was asked a few years ago what TV shows he watches, he said, “I don’t watch that much television. I was television.”

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s book, Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything proves this was true to some extent.

If you’re a die-hard Seinfeld fan, you probably already know all the stuff in this book. But if you’re a younger or more casual fan, or you just get off on reading about the show, then this book is for you.

Forbes

Forbes

The book is basically a complete history of the show. It begins with Larry David and Seinfeld realizing their funny back-and-forth in a deli could be a television show and goes all the way up to the hoopla surrounding the finale a decade later. It explains the origins of “yada yada yada,” the Soup Nazi, Susan’s death, Elaine’s “little kicks” dance, the J. Peterman Reality Tour, and even the development of the theme song.

It also details all the ways in which the show almost died on the vine and what it almost was before it was fully developed into what we know today. Elaine wasn’t even going to be a character at first and it was originally going to be called The Seinfeld Chronicles. Gag me.

Some of my favorite Seinfeld moments not mentioned in this book: When Kramer starts Kramerica Industries and hires his own intern, the whole Merv Griffin Show episode, George’s answering machine song, and one of the greatest scenes in television history: When Kramer unfolds his coffee table book about coffee tables into a coffee table.

Eventually, Seinfeld will be irrelevant to a generation so far removed it can’t relate to it at all, but the the main point of this book is the show is still a dominant force in pop culture almost thirty years after it debuted. 

Heavy on the nostalgia, this will make you want to go back and watch the show over again. When Armstrong recounts the extreme public interest in the finale and that episode’s enormous viewership, it’s easy to see how Seinfeld can make the case that he was, in fact, television.

Solid book, I’d give it a B.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge

It’s with a heavy heart that I share the news that Denny Green died Friday morning at the all-too-tender age of 67. And there is no other way to pay tribute to him than with his postgame rant for the ages. It launched a thousand tributes, millions of imitations and forever added the catchphrases, “They were who we THOUGHT they were,” and, “You wanna crown ’em? Then crown their ass!” to the lexicon.

He was a disappointed coach, indeed. But he didn’t disappoint us. Good night, sweet prince. RIP.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton


.

In case you’re unaware, San Diego Comic-Con is going on right now. It’s like the Geek National Convention times the Nerd Super Bowl to power of Fanboy/girl Coachella. Crowds of 130,000 are expected to nerd out and get the first look at dozens of new Hollywood releases. Going to SDCC is right near the top of my Bucket List, while I sit instead blogging on my back deck on the South Shore. But that’s a rant for another time.

What this blog is about is Oliver Stone kicking off the convention with one of the most Oliver Stoney conspiracy theories of all time. He’s there to promote his new movie “Snowden.” Bear in mind that it is unusual for a straight, non-sci fi/fantasy/comic book film to appear at Comic-Con. And when one apparent gamer decided he needed Stone’s take on “Pokemon Go,” he did not disappoint:

“It’s a new level of invasion. Nobody has ever seen, in the history of the world, something like Google, ever. It’s the fastest-growing business ever, and they have invested huge amounts of money into what surveillance is, which is data-mining. They’re data-mining every person in this room for information as to what you’re buying, what it is you like, and above all, your behavior.”

“Pokemon Go kicks into that. It’s everywhere. It’s what some people call surveillance capitalism. It’s the newest stage. You’ll see a new form of, frankly, a robot society, where they will know how you want to behave and they will make the mockup that matches how you behave and feed you. It’s what they call totalitarianism.”

So there you have it. Straight from the mouth of the man who told us how the CIA, Lyndon Johnson and/or defense contractors killed JFK. You might think you’re harmlessly catching Pikachus and Charizards. But, in fact, it’s an invasion where you’re really under surveillance, getting data-mined AF and being turned into robots by a totalitarian entity of some sort. Got it.

It’s just too bad this guy who got tazed by the cops for refusing to leave a park after closing because he was looking for Pokemon didn’t hear Stone’s rant first. It could have saved him a lot of aggravation:

 

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton