Glenn, Lou & Christian open the show by discussing Roger Goodell's comments on the Rich Eisen Show, where he said the NFL did not check PSI every game but that they did "spot checks" instead.
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Six things we learned from Roger Goodell’s ridiculous assertion that after 12 months, $10 million in legal fees and a federal court case, the NFL was never interested in understanding what makes a football deflate:
The NFL is anti-science.
For all the league’s posturing on Deflategate, the last thing the NFL wants is to uncover any truth that is inconvenient for it. As I said when the Wells Report first came out, Ted Wells skipped over thousands of reputable research labs to find Exponent, a notoriously dishonest science-for-hire firm that will give you whatever findings you want. And now that everyone else who’s done the middle school physics lab work to prove footballs deflate in the cold, the NFL chose to not look at data because it knows doing so will prove the Patriots case. The league is the Inquistion in 1633, putting Gallileo on trial for the heresy of saying the Earth goes around the sun, and it’s much easier to threaten him with torture than to actually look at his damned research.
Roger Goodell is a liar.
Granted, this is not exactly breaking news. This latest development just confirms it. The Ginger Hammer went on “60 Minutes” a few months back to talk about the link between concussions and CTE and deflected no less than a half-dozen questions with “We just want the facts.” Right. Unless those “facts” happen to get in the way of a good story he wants to tell about a scheme by Tom Brady to defraud the entire football world. Then what? He can’t be bothered to look at the data? It would somehow be a waste of his time to know whether or not the ideal gas law is an actual law or just a suggestion? And besides, when he handed down his draconian punishment to Brady and the Patriots over the summer, he announced new guidelines for the care and feeding of the game balls, not the least of which was that PSI data would be collected and reported to the league office. I guess we missed his follow-up announcement that ain’t nobody got time for that.
Roger Goodell is good liar.
Seriously. I have to give him props. He is, to steal Tom Brady Sr.’s phrase, “a flaming liar,” but he’s skilled at it. He tells the kind of blatantly disingenuous falsehoods that would make anyone with a conscience choke on the words and never kiss their mother again with that mouth. But the way he drowns the lies in the bottom that word soup of “integrity” and “rules” and “32 clubs” until your eyes glaze over and you can’t even find the original thought takes skill. Whoever programmed that speech pattern into the CommissionerBot 2000 deserves a raise.
Most of the media is thoroughly cowed.
Generally speaking, I like Rich Eisen. I prefer the NFL Network’s coverage of most events like the scouting combine and the draft over anyone else’s. But how was he physically able to sit there quietly while Goodell is spinning this web of lies in his face and not challenge him? How do you possibly listen to that and not follow up with, “Whoa. Hold your wad there a second, Commissioner. Explain to us how you can ‘respect’ Tom Brady and have so much ‘admiration’ for him, when you yourself claim he’s a cheating, lying, conniving cover-up artist who bribed employees to undermine the integrity of your league? So much so that you’re still in federal court over it?” Instead it’s on to the next question, let’s hear some more of that sweet, sweet “growing the game” talk.
The Deflategate Truthers have a lot to answer for.
Let’s say you’re one of those anti-physics Flat-Earthers who throughout this process have taken the NFL and Roger Goodell’s side on this. (You know who you are.) I need you to explain this to me. Explain how this entire clown show boiled down to the single issue of whether Brady had someone take air out of the footballs for him or it happened naturally, and the NFL cannot be bothered to find out. Forget the “Deflator” text. Put aside how long it took Dorito Dink to go to the potty. Tell me how the commissioner you’ve been backing all along can willfully not want to know the answer. It’s the equivalent of a suspect having an alibi and the cops refusing to look into it. And that’s the side you chose to cast your lot with. And if you’re one of those twits who lost his mind when Brady replaced his phone because “he’s got something to hide,” where’s your righteous indignation about Goodell “destroying” the PSI data?
For the NFL, ignorance is bliss.
There can only be two explanations for why the league will not release the football PSI data. Either the numbers would exonerate the Patriots, or the league truly did not record the data because it knew the numbers would exonerate the Patriots. There is no reasonable third option. To believe for one second that the NFL would keep the measurements secret if it thought they’d prove the Pats are guilty, or it honestly wasn’t interested in the facts of the matter requires you to be intentionally, purposely ignorant.
The sad, pathetic part of it is that I just described most of the country outside of New England. The nation will continue to believe what it wants to believe, Brady still will be considered guilty and the Patriots will never get back their draft picks. And on that note, I’m going to add an extra bonus lesson I’ve learned from this.
We are never going to stop having to Defend the Wall.
The beautiful and talented Maria Stephanos joined us in studio.
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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Pistons at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Warriors at Wizards, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Timberwolves at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: St. John’s at Xavier, 6:30 p.m. (FS1) College basketball: Notre Dame at Miami, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Penn State at Iowa, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Creighton at Villanova, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Marquette at Seton Hall, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kansas State at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona State at Washington, 11 p.m. (ESPNU) NHL: Red Wings at Lightning, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Chelsea at Watford, 2:45 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
— The night before Super Bowl 33 between the Falcons and Broncos in 1999, Falcons safety Eugene Robinson was arrested for soliciting a prostitute. Now a radio analyst for the Panthers, Robinson talked to Carolina’s players Sunday, calling the incident the “worst night of my life.”
Apparently the Broncos could have benefited from Robinson’s advice. Practice squad safety Ryan Murphy was sent home by the team Tuesday after being detained and questioned by police as part of a prostitution sting in the San Francisco area.
According to reports out of nearby San Jose, a suspected prostitute led police to a car where Murphy and his brother were waiting, and Murphy’s brother was cited for solicitation.
“Although practice squad safety Ryan Murphy was not cited by police, we decided it was best for the team if we continued our preparations for Super Bowl 50 without him,” Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said in a statement. “Ryan is returning to Denver, but his status as a practice squad player has not changed at this time.”
Murphy, who grew up in Oakland and played at Oregon State, was drafted by the Seahawks in the seventh round last spring. He was waived in September, and the Broncos signed him to the practice squad in November.
— The Browns appear ready to move on from troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel, implying Tuesday that they will make a move in March, when the league’s new year begins and his release would minimize the impact on their salary cap.
“We’ve been clear about expectations for our players on and off the field,” new vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said in a statement. “Johnny’s continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization. His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules.”
Manziel has been a disappointment since being drafted 22nd overall in 2014. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner repeatedly vowed to keep his focus on football but continued to have off-field issues, including a disturbance involving an ex-girlfriend in Dallas over the weekend. Police continue to investigate the matter to determine if charges will be filed.
The 23-year-old graduate student was found in the driver’s seat with a gunshot wound to his head. According to media and police reports, two men arrived in a car and approached Bryan’s vehicle. One of them opened fire and killed Bryant — and also apparently hit the second suspect, who was in the line of fire. The gunman drove off, while the other man was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.
“Jibri Bryan was a special young man who was a great contributor to our team and did everything that was asked of him. He was important to us in every way,” Mercer coach Bob Hoffman said in a statement. “I loved him and cared about him from the very first time he was on our campus. We grew to be very close over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his special family.”
Bryan started all 35 games last season, averaging 7.8 points, but was limited to six games this season due to a knee injury.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 3, 2002, the Patriots beat the Rams for their first Super Bowl title. Who scored the Patriots’ first touchdown?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “That’s extremely frustrating. Every team is capable of winning on any night, but it’s games we should win, especially at home, we need to start getting that in order. It’s different things every time. We’re trying to sort that out. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.” — Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller, on Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs in which the B’s squandered a two-goal lead in the third period
STAT OF THE DAY: 3-for-19 — The Celtics‘ totals from 3-point range — including 0-for-13 in the first half — in Tuesday’s 97-89 victory over the Knicks
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice goes undercover as a Lyft driver in San Francisco and goes unrecognized.
Oilers forward Connor McDavid beats two Blue Jackets defenders and then has a nifty finish for a goal in his first game back in almost three months.
Suns forward Markieff Morris soars down the lane hammers one down on the Raptors.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Ty Law, on a 47-yard interception return
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Dennis Edwards, lead singer of the Temptations on many of their 1970s hits, was born on this day in 1943.