BroBibleBack in 2014, Manziel dropped to the 22nd pick in the NFL Draft. Thanks to a tipster, we were able to obtain the New England Patriots scouting report on Manziel. The veracity was questioned in twitter circles at the time, though we were able to confirm the origins thanks to the authorship information in the MS. Word document. …

[W]hat the Patriots scouts observed about Manziel’s work ethic and character now seem to be playing out in a very real way. A few notable quotes from the document worth revisiting:

  • From the vibe of online articles, father seems a little too involved and overstepping his boundaries.
    Vibeon this guy keeps getting worse. Support staff members are sick of him and ready for him to go. Described as a cocky, me-guy.
  • Loves football, FBI is high as well. Everything has been pretty well-documented in online articles about the kid, but sources say he’s a spoiled brat (grandfather gives him allowance, father bought him luxury car).
  • Comes from ‘outlaw bloodlines’, mom moved the family to Kerrville to get away from father’s wild family.
  • Father’s family is said to be very shady people, always into something, they are the root of Johnny’s personality.
  • Doesn’t study the game, said to know about 60% of the offense in ’12, never watches film; one source said only time he watched film during ’12 was before ALUN.
  • Teammates don’t dislike him, but there’s some resentment, more so in the offseason when he isn’t coming to workouts and they are busting their butt.

Reading it two years later is almost surreal considering everything that has happened.

Wow. The Patriots have more than their share of critics when it comes to scouting and drafting. Every time they lose a postseason game or a draft pick doesn’t pan, there’s somebody jumping out of the weeds to scream that great coach Bill Belichick is getting screwed over by terrible GM Bill Belichick. But when they’re right, they’re right.

I don’t know whom the scout is that wrote this report, but give that man a raise, a corner office and the “Front Office Employee of the Year” parking space near the door because this is practically wizardry. The only way it could’ve been more accurate is if it said “I’d say that within three years, Manziel will be trashing a mansion in a coke-and-shrooms fueled blackout and be wasted out of his gourd, dancing in a ball pit at Coachella.”

So congratulations and thanks to the anonymous personnel guy who saw this train-wreck coming. I only wish he’d been assigned to cover the University of Florida prospects about six failed picks and one murderer ago.

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I’m afraid I can’t speak too intelligently on the wrestling career of Joan “Chyna” Laurer, the ninth wonder of the world. But with the news of her being found dead at her home in California Wednesday at the age of 45, I’d be derelict in my blogging duties if I didn’t say something.

Chyna entered the pro wrestling world in the late 90s, during a time when I wasn’t paying much attention. I could regurgitate stuff about her career off her Wikipedia page, but then again so could you, so I won’t bother. The fact is, you didn’t to be a huge rasslin’ fan to know who she was. Her fame absolutely transcended the sport into the pop culture to a level few other WWE stars have ever experienced.

In the early 2000s she took her high profile to the pages of Playboy (back when that was a thing) and it was one of the highest selling issues they ever produced. She started making appearances on shows like “3rd Rock from the Sun” and “Fear Factor.” And allegedly was up for the role in “Terminator 3″ that eventually went to Kristanna Loken.

But the inescapable element to all of her fame was that with it, there was a sadness. You watch that video and you can’t help but see a bright, strong, articulate woman, but someone who was broken. There’s nothing wrong with a grown woman going into porn if that’s what she wants. But the way she describes it, the choice was more out of desperation. About staying relevant. Of clinging to the fame that the WWE took away from her. So it’s no surprise that her later TV credits are all from the spin cycle of fading celebrity: “The Surreal Life” and “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.” So it’s to Laurer’s credit that she got away from chasing fame, started taking care of herself, went overseas and put her life back together.

Sadly though, that life is over too soon as it is with a disturbing number of former wrestling stars. I have nothing really to add other than the last words of the movie Patton where he quotes the ancient Roman saying that was always whispered in the ears of their conquering heroes: “All glory is fleeting.”

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Tomase calls in to defend his take on Curt Schilling being dismissed from ESPN.

[0:00:18] ... I know you'd think that ESPN's certainly has the right to fire Curt Schilling I think most people do do you think Curt Schilling deserved to be fired. Simply because he knew exactly ESP and that's established what it behaviors are acceptable and not acceptable for ...
[0:02:35] ... did neither of those and then further in your piece you say. Curt Schilling. Blasting groups on sexual orientation. He did not of that. So essentially you are doing to Shirley what Hannah Storm did to you John. Are you eating ...
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The guys discuss Andrew Shaw's suspension among other related topics.

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Erica in Canton calls in and weights in on the debate over Curt Schilling's situation.

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[0:04:20] ... Look it's our women to a men's room at this point. Kirk John Kerry you guys would be uncomfortable. You know somebody's gonna be comfortable one way or the other. At the very least I would ...






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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss Curt Schilling being shown the door by ESPN.
Red Sox President, Sam Kennedy, joins Glenn and Lou to discuss Curt Schilling, social media, and the passion of the Red Sox fanbase.

[0:02:07] ... a business decision. And you know ESP and being a business decision Curt Schilling had the right to express his opinion. So that's about all say about that and and you know my feeling Tucker killing a little bit different because my father as a 2005 World Series three. Thanks in large part to the efforts a Curt Schilling when he did for. For the Boston Red Sox I think of Curt Schilling as a member of the Boston Red Sox and when he meant. To this organization. But it is a different world and ...
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As predicted, ESPN canned Curt Schilling regarding the North Carolina transgender laws. Glenn and Lou react.

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I agree with my fellow dotcommie John Tomase that Curt Schilling brought his firing by ESPN on himself.

Schilling is a bright guy. He had to be self-aware and tuned into current corporate culture enough to realize that weighing in on a controversial topic was putting his job on the line. Companies like Disney are standing in a minefield of opinions and demanding their employees freeze where they stand our of fear they’ll step on the wrong one. So Schilling knew the risks he was taking when he decided to Hoppity-Hop around on transgendered bathrooms. He had to.

And ESPN has every right to can a guy who says things they’d rather he not say. That’s not only the current zeitgeist, it’s simply good business. Corporations like the Mouse exist to make profits, period. Not so save the world or provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas. As Adam Smith said, we get bread not because the baker doesn’t want us to go hungry, but because he wants to make money so he can buy an iPhone 7 the day it comes out. Or words to that effect. So if an employee is shooting his mouth off in a way that will cause you unwanted heat, you have every right to cut him loose. That’s capitalism.

That’s where John and I will part ways. You can disagree with Schilling’s take on whether a society has the right to regulate who should use what bathroom without calling his viewpoints “loony” and his opinions “unsavory.”

I don’t agree with everything Schilling says, but that’s beside the point. When he compares Muslim extremists – and any reasonable person can understand that he was talking about the people who set off pressure cooker bombs on Boylston Street and cut captive’s heads off on the Internet-to Nazis, that’s not a “transgression.” It’s his take. A point of view. Agree with it or make a counter-argument. But to immediately characterize him as throwing hate speech at everyone who adheres to one of the world’s major religions is just demagoguery. Everyone knows Schilling doesn’t believe all Muslims are Nazis. But it’s easy and convenient to put those words in someone’s mouth so you can rail against his made up hatred and make yourself sound enlightened.

Same with this transgendered bathroom issue. There is a reasonable point to be made that to open the doors of any bathroom or locker room to whomever says they “identify” with a gender is inviting trouble. Personally, I won’t stand for keeping someone who’s had gender reassignment surgery out of the facility they’ve been reassigned to. But in a world filled with degenerate sexual predators, people decrying “rape culture,” creeps taking upskirt videos and posting them on the net and college women calling for safe spaces, I am not wrong to ask for better safeguards than a guy walking into a gym and declaring “I identify as a woman so I’m using the women’s locker room. You’ll just have to take my word for it.”

That’s not hate speech. Again, it’s about making everyone safe. LBGT, straight, male, female, young or old. That doesn’t mean I’d have posted the meme that Schilling did, because in no way would I. And if he thought he wouldn’t get any blowback from posting it, then he’s more naive than I ever could’ve imagined.

One point that Schilling, Tomase and I all agree on it that we live in a society filled with those looking everywhere for something to be offended by. It’s Victim Chic. And I’ll add that the hypocrisy here is off the charts. Some of the most offended are the worst offenders. Just to cite a few examples:

  • ESPN devoted an entire day to covering President Obama’s trip last month to Cuba, lauding and celebrating a regime run by an oppressive Socialist dictatorship. Where, by the way, same sex marriage is illegal.
  • Comic Tracy Morgan just canceled his appearance in Mississippi over what he perceives is their hateful, anti-LGBT laws. He would be the same Tracy Morgan who until recently was doing “jokes” about how, if his son was gay, he’d get a knife and stab him to death.
  • Cirque du Soleil just canceled their show in North Carolina over the same issue. The next stop on their tour is Dubai, where homosexuality is punishable by death.

Still, Schilling knew he was putting his professional nuts in the vice and daring the Mouse to close it. And while I’ll never stop defending his right to say what he says without being called a hatemonger, I’ll also defend his bosses’ right to fire him when he does.

But that’s just my opinion. What’s yours?

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