We tackle four (or five) of the most memorable player vs coach verbal (and physical) battles.

[0:00:52] ... Well last night in the mavericks' game. Last night the mavericks game. Rick Carlisle the coach of the mavericks was telling Rajon Rondo who's bring in the Paula to call time out. Rhonda chose to ignore ...
[0:06:23] ... our eighteen. Then coach of the 49ers Mike Singletary decides to follow Vernon Davis and it just gave us audio gold. Bernard Brennan just it was something that I told everybody at the very beginning of ...
[0:07:58] ... guy that's a horrible thing from a few days I don't. But Vernon Davis. Well we have sweater I've followed that up to raise Vernon logic the amendment ask him paper bags about don't burn it Byrd went out. Where's Mike Singletary. Where's Vernon Davis that. It for an Davis tools we'll yeah well we don't want to be in that situation you want to effort Davis ...
[0:13:44] ... one because he wasn't our guy at the time. KG and in Wally Szczerbiak. Supposedly that was legendary nobody in big baby. We've made her cry and I thought there a name on them bids. Which ...






Tim, Christian and Joe sprint the halls of 20 Guest Street. Bragging rights on the line. Injuries and excuses are to be expected.

[0:05:54] ... get the stairs I think this is like training camp with the Carolina Panthers all over again. Doing specialty magazines. Acted like I was hurt I just need more re having an extra spot data that ...
[0:06:47] ... got a better start doing. There were put you on long term injured reserve and we're getting shatter mean here go to work on that debt first. That start of the explodes the Christian loses because ...
[0:07:47] ... 45. You can help out people and what knowing he plays Buckley's baseball game all the times and we always come back story ices elbow ice output ports which are. Ankles hips and David I got ...
[0:10:12] ... the first base he literally did that a couple years ago to ground rule single. Oh that was bad he watched one the wicked hop. Events debt edit it yet one hop at short hop the ...






At his first press conference of spring training, David Ortiz was asked about the new rules changes to increase the pace of play. He was critical and verbose, citing a hitters routine as an important part of an at-bat. He also thought the pitchers seem to avoid any criticism for slow play.

[0:00:57] ... playing I mean to be why am. Very good DH for life David Ortiz demands when Maloney. Christian Fauria it's been days with an FB united threesome WEEI Lou is down in Fort Myers with the Red Sox there get raped ...
[0:01:41] ... sends those too much of the hello talents I'm guessing that's that's Mike Adams. Mike's yet is Mikey probably doesn't need one dynasty is in much. But on eight I said Rasmussen advocates might or errant ...
[0:03:17] ... not good anymore you know that's not fun he needs to be. David Ortiz needs to walk up the play in Knoll. What he Kenny can't you be confident about that so. Everything when it comes ...
[0:05:46] ... Joey don't worry about it. Does this is in back of the David Ortiz having nose can be a quick as bomb in there. Just about every sound byte so basically I don't care what rules ...






The NFL rule committee has reportedly discussed creating a "15 yard" pass interference penalty for less egregious fouls that occur down the field.

[0:01:35] ... eggs half measure. That the NFL is doing here there's talk from Troy Vincent your favorite guy GAAP. That we might seep pass interference. Becoming a fifteen yard penalty as opposed to spot yeah. When it's ...
[0:02:44] ... mom pro football talk here. They've got the article linked for a Troy Vincent telling Judy Battista and at the media the league may explore making defense the past affairs fifteen yard penalty as an alternative ...
[0:06:48] ... let everything be reviewed remember idea and that was shot down by Jeff Fisher talked about this earlier in the week from the comp two companies' point of view. There's going to be an argument of ...
[0:12:34] ... CJ Spiller talked do you believe the prospect of them looking at DeAngelo Williams now he's been let go by Carolina. Love the Deloitte and play Carolina. And it seems like. The fans love to hear this'll sound about one of the debt the debt. You know which you hate I hate these ticket let's make it kid let's strip it on the Internet at our joy it made me cry as my dad that missiles. It got some bad news. Currently I have worked at it but DeAngelo Williams is not on the campus anymore. Public Larry Lucchino. And I can't be on the silent ever again. And won't see him ...






The Boston Bruins are still 2 points ahead of the Florida Panthers for the 8th and final seed in the playoffs. NESN's Andy Brickley spoke about last night's loss to the Canucks and what the team could do with David Krejci's cap space.

[0:00:11] ... Brooklyn to show from NASA and talk Bruins losers last night the Vancouver Canucks 21 before talk Bruins any. First or good job on the Beanpot finals of very entertaining game to broadcast while. Thought they ...
[0:07:55] ... Well first let's say they're you know I totally believe in the Boston Bruins believe it Amal organization and you know franchise and it looks to L Powell broke for an owner. Other great leadership that ...
[0:12:45] ... great night for Chicago he goes down Derrick Rose goes down the Chicago Bulls to. Black guys got out of there before they happen to you when you're Chicago but did did you see the video ...





Mike Reiss weighed in on a potential rule change regarding defensive pass interference, and threw out some possible numbers for a contract involving Darrelle Revis. Surprise, surprise... they're big.

[0:00:50] ... at a corn to NFL media interview that Judy Batista did with Troy Vincent de might be considering moving. Deep pass interference rule from being a spot felt just a fifteen yard penalty. As opposed to ...
[0:04:29] ... Absolutely nothing I've heard nothing I can get the sooner that we Bill Belichick at the Columbine and with agents are Darrelle Revis at Columbine. Common sense would tell that they probably at least. Started a ...
[0:07:23] ... I could heal and wide like say that I need. Look at Tom Brady and and what you've done for them turn that bit cash flow we had a big discussion when he you know. Read ...
[0:12:17] ... or off again joy that's what this is listen this exchange Richard Rick Carlisle reporter in Dallas after. I'll Rajon Rondo started yellen Rick Carlisle on the court last night and heated exchanges. Six thought. Well it's emotional game and we had a difference of opinion. There ...






The show kicked off talking all Red Sox and specifically, some comments that Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino made on the D&C show regarding the perceived "power struggle" within the organization, expectations for Dustin Pedroia, the departure of Jon Lester and the signing of Yoan Moncada. Curt Shilling was also on the morning show to discuss Jon Lester, and the huge contracts that positional players are getting at early ages.

[0:06:49] ... that exist are on the team is whether or not organist seed Dustin Pedroia that a lot of us remember. Prior to his wrist and thumb and hand acting up and this is how. The Kuna responded that. There is a bias I would say in favor and players certainly evident ours. I decide this outbreak cut plated Politico where it talks on a Dustin Pedroia happily it's cut number thirteen. Because as Dino was discussing and and there's a lot of things at play here about the middle of the lineup and was gonna set the table at the top liners are gonna beat the Dustin Pedroia that we remember. And yet the MBP arron Dustin Pedroia but a closer facsimile of that. If I were a betting man. It got me the dates and I think it does ...
[0:08:28] ... a thinking right that's such a naked that's what you want from Dustin Pedroia. I think based on the fact that two seasons whenever there's an injury where there's a guy high and guy a grinder like Pedroia. And he has two years either one your like victory now. Right where that there you want motivation you won a seat he can he geeky come back if he can live up to be expectations and live up to the experts you have a horse in plain. You bet on them. Dustin Pedroia immediate Paula talked about yesterday I mean there's a lot riding on him right to me he's an actual hole he hits a lot of doubles on music get. He's put the ball play the cares of its home run. Outside prosciutto. See I think part of the reason why. The ball up middle part of the order is so important is that you can't count on. Dustin Pedroia as much as you used to anymore I think he's going to be better hope the surgery helped. I think a bounce back some but I I don't expect him to be back near. MVP form I think that's. Asking a lot from a guy who's getting older and whose numbers have been declining I think he'll bounce back a little. And him being on base and having more thump behind him after Ortiz will feel like he's contributing more because it beat driven and he'll be scoring more. A piece sets the table for those guys to get RBIs you'll feel like Dustin Pedroia is back maybe more than what the stats eventually will show. By the end of the season but I do think that part of the reason why they had a ball cult as much they did by getting Ramirez by getting Pablo Sandoval. By signing rose because steel. At the end of last year part of past to be about you just can't count on Dustin Pedroia to produce runs as much as he did in the past. Yeah okay but just a little bit better right what's a ...
[0:10:40] ... So he was hurt two years in a row so little bit Dustin Pedroia is maybe it's 42 doubles and its 45 doubles. He's he's back in it 300 to agree that the. Faith in Dustin Pedroia being back being healthy be a contributor for this team is as much at debate as anything else we've talked about so ...
[0:11:22] ... are gonna pan out it's how much faith should we have the Dustin Pedroia. Is going to be back to the player that he was prior to. These injuries that he's had last few seasons 6177797. ...






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USA TodayThe Oakland Raiders must dramatically increase their payroll over the next two years. The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and eight other teams must ramp up spending as well.

The 2011 collective bargaining agreement says teams must spend 89% of the salary cap in cash over two distinct four-year periods (2013-16 and 2017-20). …

Also underspending ‘€” as of Feb. 9, when the NFLPA calculated the numbers ‘€” were: the Carolina Panthers (80.8%), New York Jets (81.16%), Jacksonville Jaguars (82.2%), Dallas Cowboys (82.6%), New England (82.7%)New Orleans Saints (86.2%), Washington Redskins (87%), New York Giants (87.9%) and Pittsburgh Steelers (88.3%). 

Top spenders for the 2013 and ’14 league years were: the Green Bay Packers ($296.9 million, 116% of the cap), Atlanta Falcons ($279.3 million, 109.1%), Seattle Seahawks ($274.9 million, 107.4%), Chicago Bears ($271.5 million, 106%) and Denver Broncos ($269.8 million, 105.4%). …

If teams don’t meet their individual 89% thresholds (and/or the league as a whole its 95% aggregate minimum), the difference must be paid to the union, which can distribute the money at its discretion to current and former players who were on the affected rosters.

At the risk of stereotyping all we super attractive people, I’m not very good at math. And the salary cap is an unfathomable mystery to me. If Capology was a real science, I wouldn’t exactly be in the A.P. classes. I’d be characterizing myself more as “working toward my G.E.D.”

But you don’t have to be Amedeo Avogadro to read these numbers and realize what this means for the Patriots, past, present or future.

The football media in this town is lousy with people who rip the way the Patriots’ handle their salary budget and say “The cap is crap” and all that. Who act like the Pats limit what they spend on players not because it’s sound planning, but so that Mr. Kraft can sleep every night under a giant pile of gold like Smaug.

But the results speak for themselves. All the Patriots have accomplished in the last two seasons is take an injury-decimated team to the AFC championship game and win the Super Bowl against the defending champions. All while spending as much on payroll as the bottom feeders in the league. Again, I’m hesistant to do math, but according to my calculator, the other teams listed here in the Pats’ underspending neighborhood went a combined 54-73-1. And only Dallas and Carolina (a sub-.500 team) won a playoff game.

“Sure, Jer,” you’re no doubt saying “We agree that’s really impressive and you are a handsome cat. But what do we care if they saved a few bucks so long as they win?” And you’d have good points. But what this means is that the Patriots have managed themselves into a situation where they not only can spend money to keep their free agents and sign new ones, they have to.

The CBA calls for them to get up to that 89% or pay the NFLPA the difference. So there’s no incentive not to. They’ve put themselves in a position where they’re like traveling businessmen with an expense account that if they don’t spend it, it just goes back to the company. So why not order the Surf & Turf with the tenderloin and lobster tails? And while you’re at it, bring us a bottle of your most expensive wine and a box of Cubans for the trip home?

Meanwhile, their main competition in the league – your Seattles, Denvers and Green Bays – maxed out while (pick the Patriots-critic cliche’ of your choice) “loading up” and “going for it.” To continue the metaphor, those teams spent their whole per diem money and will be spending the rest of the sales conference eating out of the vending machine.

And just as a kicker, the Patriots not only won that Super Bowl while socking money away for this year, they did it with really only one of their drafted rookies, Bryan Stork, making a major contribution. So they have the equivalent of a red-shirted freshman class of guys like Dominique Easley, James White and Cameron Fleming (who to be fair did play a decent amount) ready to take the Year Two jump.

Again, I’m no mathlete. But I’m smart enough to know when good news is staring me in the face. And these numbers don’t lie.

@JerryThornton1

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CraigslistCheck out the state of the art Pats-mobile – covered from hood to trunk in stickers featuring the New England Patriots. Tom Brady, old-school logo, newer logo, helmet and more. Featured in ESPN the Magazine and ESPN.com!

In actuality, this is an old car. A 1998 Chevy Cavalier with a leaky radiator and over 250K miles.
Serious offers only. 

I find it ironic that this seller says, “Serious offers only,” then asks a thousand bucks for this thing. I don’t care if it is a ’98 Cavalier with a quarter of a million miles on it, a leaky radiator and a hood that’s rusting through. The Tom Brady shield on the front by itself makes this thing worth a lot more than that. Add all those Pat Patriot decals and the Flying Elvises and this stops being just a pimped-out ride; it’s a tableau. A work of art. This went from a beater that belongs in a compactor somewhere to a certified P-Wagon that will attract more chicks than the Batmobile. And believe me, I’d be bidding on this masterpiece right now if I wasn’t afraid people will think I’m too pro-Patriots.

Well done, unspecified Craigslist poster. Well done indeed. You’re the Michelangelo of 1998 Chevys.

@JerryThornton1

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Jerry Thornton

I wasn’t expecting Marshawn Lynch to be the Stanley Kubrick of his generation, but this trailer for “Family First,” the vanity project movie about his life, is actually worse than I could’ve possibly imagined.

I mean, can anyone watch this and sum up the plot for me? There’s a youth football game. Then some kids playing pickup basketball. A woman talking about not having money. Some kid yelling at his teacher. Then at the 2:10 mark there’s this random knockout walking around in lingerie for no reason. Then Marshawn Lynch shows up out of nowhere, presumably as himself. It’s like watching someone flip around the cable dial for four minutes. Just absolutely weird, though I’d expect nothing less from Beast Mode.

Look, I’m no film expert myself, but my advice to Lynch is that if he’s going to make a boring movie comprised of randomly put-together scenes about growing up that has absolutely no narrative, film it over 12 years and call it “Boyhood.” Because “Family First” isn’t cutting it.

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Jerry Thornton