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To steal a line from Al Pacino in “City Hall,” “The first and perhaps only great mayor was Greek. He was Pericles of Athens, and he lived some 2,500 years ago, and he said, ‘All things good on this Earth flow into the City, because of the City’s greatness.’ ”

Well, there was another great mayor. And he flowed into the city of Toronto many years ago on a river of booze and became legend. His name was Rob Ford. Now he is gone all too soon, succumbing to cancer at the tender age of 46. And I’m afraid we will never see his like again.

How do you describe the man among men that was Mayor Ford? Politician. Populist. Sports fan. Recreational crack user when in one of his drunken stupors …

And we can add, football coach. Champion of the taxpayer. Opponent of big government. Rabble-rouser who spoke truth to power. Antagonizer of the mainstream media. But mostly, Rob Ford was a friend to bloggers everywhere. A perpetual motion machine of comedy who never failed to produce blog fodder. He was a living, breathing, real life Chris Farley skit with a majority of the electorate in love with him.

Now, alas, he is no more. He’s gone up to that big legislative body in the sky, smoking rock and doing shots with the choir invisible. Gone, but not forgotten. So in closing I’m going to pay tribute to Hizzoner the only way I can do him justice. In his own words and images. Good night, Mayor Ford. This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Harlan joins Dino and Gerry to discuss his latest release and what he's currently up to.

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[0:09:46] ... will not comment politically. We will say that boasts some purposely boat George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. I have told me that that they read me and the New York Times and back to back weeks. ...




Dino, Gerry and Kirk open it up to the callers for suggestions for the play-in game in their Biggest A-Hole Bracket.
The former Mayor of Toronto/admitted crack smoker, Rob Ford, has passed away.

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[0:11:21] ... us in an hour we will auction off. You're name in his new book for the Jimmy Fund. ...





The guys discuss whether Bill Belichick's antics are amusing.

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[0:05:31] ... history of football in the history Bob corkum high school called pros. Canadian football arena league football. There's never been a coach. Who acquired a couple of good players couple of new players including this big ...
[0:07:02] ... male yes. At link for you to jail I don't know. Here's. Bill Belichick's answer about Marty. That Marty Barrett Marty Bennett really the heart of. Again we'll have village panel we're committed to our team. ...
[0:12:40] ... well coached my point is will be born an adversary and says John Cooper's had a string of bad block. Would benefit from curry is that there's a there's cynical man if you're a patriot fan ...






The guys look at ESPN's coverage from Cuba and Obama's decision to take in the game with Raul Castro.

[0:01:53] ... press the United States to get on a plane get back the White House when they're Americans who were injured you know what's going on in the terror immediately to a third yet ray I don't want went to Argentina and he's not he's been enough I want him back in the way well that's this thing though he's very defiant and in a way almost respected he says everyone in the world wants them back the White House. I mean after Mbenga as he went to a fund raiser in Vegas and after the chopped James Ford had off he played 36. I mean he he did the press coverage was golf shoes on after James. Fully yesterday he giggled with the SPN. And in those stooges. A boat baseball and hot dogs and apple pie right after the bombing who was sick. It's always challenge. When you have a terrorist attack and we're in ...
[0:04:19] ... you know Kirk led the best point like he's a senior in high school knock on a call and she's done. And he's his mail and and then he he doesn't camera please in Peoria in ...
[0:06:51] ... hours before the game it is important elect cardboard cutouts like his North Korea. There's no different. No difference and heaviest in place along like they're part of the script. Like yours you know some within ...





Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss Tom Curran's interview with Jonathan Kraft. Kraft says he is frustrated with the league but it doesn't sound like it.

[0:01:48] ... I'll bet he could he use visible a used resemble on penguins TV show us. Such as to provoke laughter well in the earlier match showed. You don't ever. Never swore you'd never going to try ...
[0:02:26] ... that trump here there's the lead is it. Don't get dictators or Robert Kraft credit for channeling the political savvy his pal Donald Trump let's pull. That's that's off you can think it's a good column when he says that perhaps bureau or has it right. ...
[0:05:09] ... to court. We've done a year do you tricky placated any fans Bob Kraft and at that idea just hear the Donald to depend on the tree. Punk rock I don't think this one friend who ...





Sean Payton

Sean Payton

The Saints and coach Sean Payton have agreed to a five-year contract extension. Payton announced the news himself Wednesday morning at the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton, Florida.

The new deal will keep Payton at the helm through the 2020 season. With the Saints’ struggles the past few seasons, there was some speculation that he and the team would be parting ways this offseason. The Saints have gone 7-9 each of the last two seasons. According to Payton, however, the deal had been in the works for quite some time.

“There’s so much of you in there, that I don’t see myself working anywhere else,” Payton said. “There’s been really good stability and consistency at ownership. We just had dinner with Mr. [Benson] last night, Mickey [Loomis], and I think that doesn’t guarantee anything, but it gives you a chance. It’s been very functional. That stability, obviously, I don’t take for granted.”

Payton is one of the longest-tenured coaches with one team, as he has coached the Saints for nine seasons (he missed all of the 2012 season as punishment for the Bountygate scandal). Over that span, he has a regular-season record of 87-57 and has appeared in the playoffs five times with a record of 6-4. He coached a Super Bowl champion in 2009.

The team reportedly also has been in talks to extend quarterback Drew Brees, who has one year remaining on his contract.

“I know Mickey and [Brees’ agent, Tom Condon] have had quite a bit of discussion in the last week and a half,” Payton said. “I would say ongoing now. It always takes a little longer than you want it to, and they’re never the same. This was a different type of negotiation than the last one. But I know there’s been quite a bit of dialogue.”

Blog Author: 
Travis Upham

After Tuesday’s media availability at the NFL owners’ meetings, when Bill Belichick pretty much treated the assembled press the way Keyser Soze treats Armenian mobsters, we discussed his manner of dealing with the media on Dale & Holley With a Shot of Thornton.

And while most of the callers and texters have Belichick’s back on this, I’m amazed at the number of them that are offended and appalled by his ill-mannered behavior. I can’t quantify it, but I get the sense it is not some tiny fringe element I always assumed it was. I’m starting to think it’s a fairly high percentage of New Englanders. Not a majority by any means. But not just a statistically insignificant number either. And to them, to the people who call themselves Patriots fans and say they find the coach’s demeanor to be boorish and off-putting, I have a question to ask.

Who are you people?

I feel as though I’ve never met you. Where do you live? Is there a colony of you? Or do you live among the general population like the rest of us. Do you look different from the rest of us? Talk the way we do? Do you wear certain kinds of outfits so you can recognize each other like the members of a religious sect?

I’m being semi-serious here. Maybe I live a sheltered life and only make certain kinds of acquaintances, but I never come across anyone outside of the radio show that is truly offended by the way Bill Belichick is dismissive toward the press. Maybe some moms I know are uncomfortable with the awkward silences, the snorking when he clears his sinuses and the occasional monosyllabic answer. But even they appreciate it’s how the man controls the message and it’s helped make him as successful as anyone has ever been.

But beyond that, everyone I know in my life is entertained by it. It’s Theater of the Awkward. A comedy of manners. Like a Larry David bit or Ricky Gervais’ “The Office.” Not to mention it’s raw meat for Patriots fans who are fed up to the eyebrows with the way the national press has treated the Patriots, ripped Belichick’s “arrogance” and tried to discredit everything they’ve done since the Tuck Rule, Lawyer Milloy, Spygate, Fictional Rams Walkthrough Tapegate, Warm Gatoradegate, Deflategate and dozens of others. And those people tailgating in Julian Edelman jerseys, going to bars to watch the games or posting on the PatriotsPlanet message board don’t give a tinker’s damn about the feelings of the media members who have to slap asterisks on everything the man has done.

Like I said, though, maybe I existed in a cloistered social circle. Perhaps there’s more diversity on this issue than I realized. So I’ll put it up to you, the Thornography readers. (Thornies? Thorn Stars? I’ve got to come up with something.) I’ll let you vote in what will be a highly scientific and statistically representative poll. What say you?

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Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
People gave their votes for the biggest a-hole in Boston sports media.