Now that more reports have surfaced that the Houston Rockets are soliciting offers for center Dwight Howard, the guys discuss and take calls on the idea of the Celtics packaging some players and picks to go get the big man.
Podcastgate was still alive on Friday, and after listening to Kirk's podcast with Barstool Sports found Dave Portnoy, Glenn wanted to address some of the accusations levied against him.

 

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Boston.comStill looking for someone to spend Valentine’s Day with? Don’t worry, you’ll find someone soon — at least, according to real estate site Zillow. Boston is the number one place to find love, per a study commissioned by the website.

Zillow looked at where to best find romance by taking into account the walkable areas with plenty of date spots, the amount of singles, and how well they can afford a night out. …

Boston was the top place for lesbians to find love, the second best place for straight men and women, and the third best place for gay men.

Ordinarily I’m happy to celebrate any category in which my sacred birthplace is number one. And I’d love to congratulate all the lesbians, straights and gays who find themselves living in the top place to be single. But I’m not really sure that’s a good thing.

Think about it. If you live in the city that’s filled with the most desirable singles and you’re still flying solo, that’s really not much of a compliment, right? I mean, isn’t that pretty much saying, “This place is crawling with people who are looking for somebody, they just don’t want you”?

Believe me, I want to spin this into a positive, but I’m having a hard time. It’s a lot like having your contract expire in an offseason where the market is glutted with free agents. Frankly, I think you’d be better off in the worst city for singles. Death Valley, California, or Point Barrows, Arkansas, or anyplace where you’re at the top of the food chain, all along in an uncrowded field. It’s a supply-and-demand thing.

Still, you unsigned free agents out there can take some comfort in knowing the study says you have lots of money and a great selection of walkable dating spots. So that’s something. And Boston is a target-rich environment, so there’s hope.

And best of all, as a guy who’s been happily locked into a long-term, cap-friendly deal myself, I can tell you Valentine’s Day sucks. Restaurants are crowded so the quality is the worst, everything is jacked up to natural-disaster-price-gouging levels, the pressure is on because you never know whether you’re not doing enough or too much. If ever there’s a good day to be single, that is it. So stay home, out of the cold. Fly solo. Netflix and chill and leave the suffering to the rest of us.

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Jerry Thornton

This is the video of Bob Lobel’s historic “Sports Final” broadcast in December 1992 featuring Bobby Orr, Ted Williams and Larry Bird. It was the one and only time all three legends were in the same room at the same time, and without a shred of doubt one of the great moments in the history of Boston sports media.

I was fortunate enough to be invited in as the sidekick on Adam Cormack’s “Uncle Buck’s House” podcast where we were joined by Lobel to get his impressions on being the guy who got to sit down with three-quarters of the Mount Rushmore of Boston sports.

He explains how it all came together, his abject fear that he would screw up this once-in-a-lifetime moment, what he thinks of it after all these years, and how it never would have happened were it not for the horniness of Ted’s son, John Henry Williams.

Thanks to Adam and Bob for allowing me to be a part of it. Enjoy.

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Jerry Thornton
Matt Forte

Matt Forte

In an Instagram post Friday morning, running back Matt Forte announced his days as a member of the Bears are over.

“Despite my wishes, my days as a member of the Chicago Bears have sadly come to an end,” wrote Forte. “I was informed earlier this week from the GM that they will not be attempting to re-sign me in free agency.”

Although he seemed disappointed with the team’s decision to move on, the two-time Pro Bowler made it clear he harbors no ill will toward the organization.

“I will remain forever grateful for my time spent in Chicago and being able to play for an organization with such a rich history,” Forte said. “My only regret is not being able to win a Lombardi trophy for the best fans in all of sports. I’m excited about the next chapter of my NFL career. But, Chicago will always be home.”

Forte played eight seasons for the Bears, who drafted him out of Tulane in 2008. Statistically, he is the second-most productive running back in team history.

“These decisions are never easy, especially given what Matt has meant to our team and community. We have a tremendous amount of respect for him,” Bears owner Ryan Pace said. “Matt is one of the all-time great Bears and did an excellent job for us on and off the field last season. He was a tremendous teammate. We thank him for his professionalism and wish him the very best as he continues his career.”

Forte is set to hit free agency, where he undoubtedly will be a hot commodity for teams in need of a feature running back.

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Travis Upham

In a televised statewide address on Thursday night, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards warned citizens of what might happen should lawmakers deny his proposal for a package of tax increases.

While the Governor had a long list of potential consequences if his proposal is not passed, some of the most significant included shutting down hospice services and taking people off of kidney dialysis.

“The health care services that are in jeopardy literally mean the difference between life and death,” Edwards said.

He did not stop there, however. He went on to add that there would be cuts to higher education in the absence of these taxes. LSU, one of the state’s most prominent universities, would suffer major blows for both education and athletics .

Writes Julia O’Donoghue of NOLA.com: The governor went so far as to say that LSU football was also in jeopardy, due to a threatened suspension of spring classes that would jeopardize college athletes’ eligibility next year. He said the state would no longer be able to afford one of its most popular programs with middle class residents — the TOPS college scholarship — without tax hikes. 

“Student athletes across the state would be ineligible to play next semester,” Edwards said. “I don’t say this to scare you. But I am going to be honest with you.” 

The Tigers have been a perennial championship contender in college football. They finished the 2015 season ranked 20th in the nation with a record of 9-3.

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Travis Upham
Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel

While Johnny Manziel had doubters in Cleveland from the day he was drafted, Browns left tackle Joe Thomas was one of those who believed the former Heisman Trophy winner could be successful in the NFL. Manziel’s most recent off-field issues apparently will cost the QB his roster spot with the team.

“Obviously we hoped Cleveland was going to be where he became that starting NFL quarterback and was the starter in Cleveland for a long time, but it didn’t work out for a lot of reasons,” Thomas told reporters. “I’m sure he’d say that a lot of them were his own fault. So hopefully he’ll get his life on track and be able to use those talents at some point here in his career.”

When he first arrived in Cleveland, Thomas quickly took a liking to Manziel both on and off the field. Needless to say, the way Manziel’s Browns career will end is not how Thomas envisioned it.

“It’s a sad end to the story in Cleveland for Johnny,” Thomas said. “He’s a guy that personally I like. I believe he has a lot of talent. He’s got the talent to be an NFL quarterback, but it obviously hasn’t worked out so far.”

The story that most recently has haunted Manziel is an alleged domestic violence incident with his ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, which is under investigation by Dallas police. Many have voiced strong concern for the quarterback’s mental health and well-being, including Manziel’s own father.

“It’s just a sad turn of events right now,” Thomas said. “It’s hard to really say too much about allegations because plenty of innocent people get accused of things all the time, so you don’t really know exactly what happened and obviously I wasn’t there so I don’t have a first-hand experience to go off of. … But whatever he’s dealing with, I hope that he’s able to get that under control and get things straightened out, and hopefully if football’s important to him, be able to put everything he has in his life into football.”

In order to have any chance in the league, Manziel will need to prove he has changed off the field.

“I hope that he has success with that, but obviously the other things that are going on in his life are more important right now,” Thomas said. “He needs to get those things solved and straightened out before he wants to make a comeback in football.”

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Travis Upham

I have one question to ask. What the actual hell was this?

I like Kristen Wiig as much as the next guy. She was the last truly good female “Saturday Night Live” cast member. “Bridesmaids” is all her and quite possibly the funniest chick flick of all time. So what was this? I can’t believe it ever got past the planning stage before someone involved said, “This’ll be funny for about five seconds, but not as a full segment on a network talk show.” I mean, at least come up with a premise. Write some material. Break character and admit this is going nowhere instead of beating the dead horse to a bloody pulp.

That said, this is exactly the world I feared we would wake up to Monday morning. All Peyton Manning, all the time. Celebrated, talked about, debated, lauded, glorified and now parodied. And we haven’t even gotten to his retirement announcement yet. Good Lord, this makes me long for the days of the Patriots victory tour and Deflategate speculation. It’s going to be a long offseason.

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Jerry Thornton

 

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Allow me to introduce you to @blondebeautybri, the self-proclaimed cosmotologist, elite powerlifter and “fit hustle athlete.” And I have to say, I love this chick’s style. She not only happily posted this video, she’s proud to see it make the rounds on Fox Sports, ESPN and, one can dream, Thornography. Which should teach all you aspiring elite female athletes out there an important life lesson. When you’re in the middle of competing and projectile vomit all over the officials, don’t hide from it. Own it. Granted, if movies have taught me anything, there’s about a 90 percent chance she’s possessed by Satan. But that’s neither here nor there. With or without Lucifer inside her, she’s still pretty badass.

I’ve watched this literally dozens of times. And call me a simpleton, but I laugh out loud every time. And the punchline is the kid behind her who does the Eli Manning face. You can’t script that kind of comedy. So thanks, Bri. You can drink from my canteen any time. Provide you use a ton of mouthwash first.

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Jerry Thornton
Robert Kraft on WCVB.

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