We close out the show with the best soundbites of the day.

[0:00:35] ... Celtics won game four then you missed the newest press conference starts. Isiah Thomas has two sons. Hate us today it's. I. It. Hit hit it. It. Am. I'm me. Radio ...
[0:05:07] ... great for guys generally when my favorite players hovering. Today another one New York Rangers cleaning up lockers problem at night or two ago and of course my old former colleague. Larry Brooks it's not someone else ...
[0:06:15] ... I usually I mean it. Hello. I just finally got salt on Wall Street I usually leave I don't mind missing it. This and my right. No it's not Iraq eight no you don't get to tell them to leave. By the way Dan Boyle did that exact same thing a couple of years it'll Vancouver. Tried to do that hold you get back out Lotta air shot up. But I. One nit wit. Ryan leaf. Throw under someone's brains to do that are out I don't I everything that prepared us for a barrel you like Larry ...
[0:08:12] ... your own mission guarantee. While hostility okay home. To wiggle back to Isiah thomas' cute kid is now. I think why Arab ally and I need appellate colon where are not done the other day mavericks ...






Inspired by Marcus Smart's game 4 performance, we look at four other guys who came out of nowhere to help in a playoff push.

[0:01:15] ... first one did in 2001 the divisional round patriots vs raiders. And Jermaine Wiggins came up real big in the second half and everything thrown his way. Side and Jermaine Wiggins. First down. Receivers have a choice in the second half of in the tight end Jermaine Wiggins and wide receiver David back. Ten catchers of Obama's. Relevant data at the best they excoriated me people and I and I ...
[0:08:08] ... the years that 2008 teams alone you had we ample. You had Eddie House Dexter just about Eddie House for the same playoff ahead James Posey yeah. I was not not to observe them now non us have to sell PJ brown and underground again or Atlanta yes. Cleveland was Eddie House ice cold what was that like the next year or so that was its. Officers are and yes just could inch the ...




Inspired by Marcus Smart's game 4 performance, we look at four other guys who came out of nowhere to help in a playoff push.

[0:01:15] ... first one did in 2001 the divisional round patriots vs raiders. And Jermaine Wiggins came up real big in the second half and everything thrown his way. Side and Jermaine Wiggins. First down. Receivers have a choice in the second half of in the tight end Jermaine Wiggins and wide receiver David back. Ten catchers of Obama's. Relevant data at the best they excoriated me people and I and I ...
[0:08:08] ... the years that 2008 teams alone you had we ample. You had Eddie House Dexter just about Eddie House for the same playoff ahead James Posey yeah. I was not not to observe them now non us have to sell PJ brown and underground again or Atlanta yes. Cleveland was Eddie House ice cold what was that like the next year or so that was its. Officers are and yes just could inch the ...




This is from the YouTube toy channel 5MadMovieMakers. It serves no useful purpose. It won’t teach you anything or make you laugh. But I defy you to look away because it’s oddly mesmerizing.

This is how I tried to make every Hot Wheels track I ever assembled operate. But I probably never got a car to roll more than three seconds before it fell off the track, the pieces off track separated or the car just rolled to a stop. This? This is how it always looked in my head before reality struck and the Hot Wheels went tumbling down the stairs. I wish I’d thought of this beach idea, because it’s genius. Now you’ll need to excuse me I spend the next hour or so recapturing my childhood.

 Have you come across a video you’d like to see posted? Send the link to your Afternoon Delight-worthy vid to me at jthornton@weei.com. If I use it I’ll make you sports radio station website Internet famous.

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ESPN the Magazine contributor Sam Alipour has a piece in the new issue where he explores life in the fast lane at the intersection of sports, fame, sex and the fascination of every older guy in a committed relationship in 2016: Tinder.

Seriously, as a married guy, the idea of digital dating apps is something I have an endless curiosity about. It’s like anthropology to me. A chance to study the mating habits of singles in a world where you can arrange to hook up with complete randoms without ever leaving your chair is mind boggling to someone who can’t experience it. A while ago I did a podcast with Lucy the Intern on the subject and it was one of the my favorite ones I’ve ever done.

So naturally I read Alipour’s article with interest because I can’t imagine what guys with athletic fame, looks, money and talent could do with a technology that gets even nobodies instant, commitment-free sex. He did not disappoint. Because of course, it ended up being about two very different Patriots players:

Patriots star Rob Gronkowski tried Tinder four years ago just for laughs, he says, “and I was matching like crazy!” I tell the “chickmagnet4life” — seriously, that was his AIM screen name — I’m not faring as well. It hits him like a bolt of lightning. “You’re not killing it?” Gronk says. “You’re not doing it right.” The tight end offers two fixes: First, … “Swipe right on everything. Get the ball rolling.” Second, … “Make them laugh. Just Google ‘Tinder pickup lines.'” (Sample: You must be a dictator, cuz I have an uprising.) …

Entertainment aside, some lovelorn pros see Tinder as a means to enter the game sans their jersey [such as] Terrance Knighton. “A lot of the guys over there who are on Tinder are looking for love, and that’s hard to find in a club where people have the wrong intentions,” says the Patriot. “Tinder weeds out those people. They just set up a semi-blind date with photos that aren’t too revealing. It’s working out for them.”

If you’d asked me going in what Rob Gronkowski’s approach and Terrance Knighton’s approach to scoring with strangers on Tinder would be, I’d have guessed that Gronk swipes right on everything and uses cheesy, Googled pickup lines and Pot Roast wants to avoid jock chasers and meet women who like him for who he is. That just seems like the most Gronk and most Knighton thing ever.

So anyway, it’s yet another look into a ecosystem I can’t inhabit. One, because I’m not available and two, because I’m not attractive, have nothing to offer and would rather stay home and watch “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” than go out to boink a stranger. But at least I have another reason to live surreptitiously through some Patriots players.

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Steve Kerr won the NBA's Coach of the Year award. Brad Stevens finished 6th.

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[0:02:39] ... vote. You mean they vote for coach of the year that she Brett Stevens go it's a once it's a great point that we've argued this before and players of the same biases coaches of the ...
[0:03:43] ... fro so they're more people voting they missed them. So Portland's coach Terry Stotts up in the second. Greg Popovich third always Steve clipper which he's always in the right clippers on a great job Charles ...
[0:05:16] ... Felix got go to that and it's sort of unique way and Luke Walton. First MB of a coach coached his team at. To a better record in the guy he just gave it for more ...






George Atallah, Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs at the NFLPA, joined the show to discuss Jeffrey Kessler's approach, the progress that the union has made, Goodell's power, and the possibility that Tom Brady and the NFL will discuss a settlement.

[0:00:04] ... players association. And George we just put it cut would you want Dan Patrick show where you kind of ran down out there using Tom Brady. They're making stuff up. They're throwing some evidence that really is circumstantial. To this entire case. And I think all of us ...
[0:03:29] ... went window in the courtroom with Richard Berman everybody felt pretty good patriots fans. The last one in March. Not so good we felt like almost like Brady sect took a hit. Was there that feeling ...
[0:04:49] ... different yet with the appellate court but. I everybody is talking about Tom Brady in this being a case with Tom Brady and nationally and ESPN's Tom Brady to meet this is really about article 46. And the fact that they were 212. Yet the courts have now ruled that he the commissioner has unilateral power she can pretty much decide. When somebody does something wrong. What the penalty is without having a menu up front for the players so forget about Tom Brady what the players. In the NFL PA what do they. I think about this does this the mini. Is more start went ...
[0:05:58] ... inception of the league. And those powers with the same power the Paul Tagliabue had to don't remember any issues we had with Paul. Over player discipline and all the sudden this commissioner comes in and ...






The idea of reading mean tweets on camera is almost as old as Twitter itself. But this twist on it, having the worst stuff sent to female sports media people by regular, non-scumbag guys that didn’t send them, is as clever as it is fascinating to watch. Congratulations to Not Just Sports for putting this together.

As someone who lives a substantial part of each day on the Internet, I know what kind of vile, inhuman troglodytes populate it. But I have no illusions that it’s infinitely worse for women. Particularly for women in traditionally men’s worlds like politics, gaming and especially, sports.

I decided a while ago that the online universe is a garden. Things grow in it that are beautiful to look at. Some give you nourishment. They can fed by manure and decorated with the mulch of dead stuff that used to grow there. And underneath it all are slimy, grotesque creatures, crawling around in the ooze that you don’t want to know about. But every once in a while, you’ve just got to turn over the soil and take a look.

Which is why this video works so well. To watch normal dudes try to fathom why any of their own gender would post this stuff for the universe to read is an amazing case study in human nature. Somehow my own Twitter timeline and the WEEI text screen just got way easier to tolerate.

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Mike Freeman, Bleacher Report When the New England Patriots were penalized first- and fourth-round picks in May 2015 because of Deflategate, the reaction around the league could only be described as massive joy. Fist bumps and high-fives flew inside NFL front offices and locker rooms. 

“When they were busted,” one front-office executive said, “I thought, ‘Good! The league finally caught those cheating douchebags.'” …

In the year since, something really strange and unexpected has happened.

I spoke to many of these same sources, 10 interviewed in total, and they now have completely the opposite view. …

A significant portion of the league now believes the Patriots did not in fact deflate footballs in the 2015 AFC title game against the Indianapolis Colts. And begrudgingly, these people also believe the Patriots should get those picks back. …

They think, in effect, that what happened to the Patriots could happen to any of them.

I can’t begin to express how warm it makes me feel inside to know that so many people in the NFL have chosen to take the Patriots’ side now. It’s really satisfying to hear how much support they’re getting. Especially this groundswell of sympathy about getting the draft picks back.

Of course, it could have come sooner. Or been more public. Hell, maybe some of this sudden compassion toward the Patriots’ plight could have taken some form other than a few anonymous comments a couple of days before the first round of the draft. I don’t know, maybe they could have spoken out on the record. Or taken it up with the NFL. Maybe realized that their silence is allowing the megalomaniac in the commissioner’s office to run roughshod over the most successful franchise in their game and said something months ago.

But I guess that’s asking too much. Instead, these cowards are like neighbors who stared out their window watching the Patriots’ house get ransacked and could never be bothered to call 911. Now they’re coming over with a “Gee, that sucks about your house. Hope the thieves don’t hit our street again. Well, see ya around” and go back to their Barcalounger and 60-inch LCD TV. With friends like these, the Patriots are set on enemies.

The best we can hope for is that what has come around to New England goes around to these frauds. When they came for the Patriots, I said nothing because I did not like the Patriots. When they came for Tom Brady, I said nothing, because I was not Tom Brady. By the time they came for me, there was no one left to speak up.

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ESPN Insider Adam Schefter joined the show to discuss the latest with Tom Brady's re-instated 4-game suspension.

[0:10:56] ... guarantee. An aborted second better than not out there right now. Yeah Charlie Whitehurst or Tarvaris Jackson or their mid thirties those guys would that. Militant. Outfit that also I don't think the patriots. Are concerned one bit about her right now like I think we've already spent more time talking about it. They apps just get back the case real quick if you anybody in talking Wetherbee lawyer experts are GMs or anybody or anybody in the league office. Say at this Adrian Peterson case could have something to do whether Tom Brady can get the speck in the quarter not. Well I I don't I don't lose it I'd not heard any connection what the connection. Lloyds that did the correlate that with eighth Court of Appeals beat the whatever it is and it's still hearing his case in Minnesota that they ruled against the NFL leader opens a door for. The Supreme Court disable one court said paper Goodell get the full courts have favour of Tom Brady maybe we need to hear this thing. Adam my jurisdiction I don't know. I I couldn't. Yeah right over ocean occurred. Good ...