It should come as no surprise that, as good as you think your bachelor party stories are, Rob Gronkowski‘s is better. Hell, I literally met my Beguiling Irish Rose at a bachelor party* 25 years ago and his is better than mine.

Left unanswered though is the obvious follow up question: Who is this girl he accidentally fell on? The world needs to meet her and we need it yesterday. Any chick who can get slammed through a glass table during drunken hijinks, bounce up, demand another shot then go to the wedding with the guy who put her there can drink from my canteen any time. If anything, I’m sorry she’s married because I’d like to see her and Gronk get together to breed a genetically-perfect race of unstoppable party animals. They could help ensure America would close the gap in the crucial Party Rock Moment arms race for generations to come. But we’ll just have to settle for the notion that they undoubtedly had the best wedding party hookup of all time, which they undoubtedly did.

(*The bachelor party in question started out as a golf outing down the Cape with a busload of my Weymouth buddies. The Red Sox had a playoff game that night so after golf we went to Champions, a huge sports pub/night club in Hyannis. Also there to watch the game with her girlfriend was a young lady I started chatting up, got her number and the rest is history. So it’s not like she was dancing on a pole or something. As a side note, my friend Cliffy got in the bus afterward and announced “Jerry met his wife tonight.” True story. But still not as much fun as Gronk’s.)

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This is the video we played on Final Drive on Dale & Holley yesterday. There are almost no wrong ways to confront the KKK. You can counter protest, shout them down, denounce them for the racist, backwardsass, hate-mongering Dorito Dinks they are. But you’re never going to come up with a way as brilliant as this guy marching behind them haunting their steps with goofy sousaphone music.

Not since Joshua’s trumpet brought down the walls of Jericho or maybe the last time a bugler signaled a charge in battle has a brass instrument been used so effectively as a weapon of war. Because for all their hoods & robes and stars & bars, it’s hard to look like an angry, defiant, rebel badass when you’re marching to the music Elmer Fudd used to hunt wabbits to. Well done, anonymous sousaphoner. You are an American hero.

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Pro Football TalkWhen a suspended player exercises his appeal rights, a settlement is always possible. In the case of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his four-game suspension for doing whatever he did in relation to the #DeflateGate controversy, a league source tells PFT that settlement discussions have indeed occurred. …

Per the source, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is being pushed by a small handful of influential owners to hold firm on the four-game suspension. Working against that pressure, however, is the fear that the four-game suspension would be wiped out by a federal court.

For starters, it’s encouraging to hear that the NFL is negotiating with Tom Brady‘s legal team. Even if no settlement comes out of it, the very fact that they’re talking smells like blood in the water to me. It means the league recognizes it’s going to get its junk kicked into the dirt whenever the matter gets before a truly neutral judge. Otherwise these talks aren’t even taking place. As Blake put it in “Glengarry Glen Ross,” nobody walks on the lot unless he’s looking to buy.

Secondly, Brady’s attempt to get justice is being undermined by “a small handful of influential owners?” Gee, I wonder why. Maybe they’re twisting Goodell’s arm out of a sense of reverence for the integrity of the game. It might just be that they see the slight (though unproven) possibility that Brady was behind a plot to tamper with the footballs as such a threat to the future of pro football that they’d support any harsh, over-the-top punishment, even it was their own franchise player getting the hammer dropped on him.

Or, perhaps there’s another reason. I’m just throwing this out there, but maybe, just maybe, they want Tom Brady suspended for 25 percent of the season because it helps their own clubs. There’s a chance they might like having the best player in the league suspended because they want to see the Patriots lose and their teams win. It’s a crazy notion to be sure to think these owners might be motivated by selfishness and putting their own best interests ahead of doing what’s right, of course. Just because we’re talking about a group of privileged billionaires who invite the head of NFL officiating on their stripper-filled party buses or drive around whacked out of their minds on pills with tens of thousands of dollars in cash on them doesn’t mean they’re not about fair play. I’m just saying it’s a possibility.

Just as a reminder, bear in mind that these are the people Mr. Kraft was honoring as partners and colleagues when he capitulated on the ludicrous punishment the league clobbered his team with after the Wells Report exonerated them. With partners like this, who needs enemies?

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Ben Cherington joins D&C to talk about all the issues that surround the Red Sox.
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With the report that Brady and the NFL could be negotiating a settlement, we discuss what would be a win for Brady.

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Dino, Kirk & Gary discuss if Steve Pagliuca will help or hurt Boston's chances to host the 2024 Olympics, in tonight's debate.

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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Astros, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Orioles at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Dodgers at Mets, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Lakers introduced their new trio of players Wednesday, and the most memorable moment of the press conference concerned their reaction to an apparent lack of enthusiasm for their acquisition by franchise cornerstone Kobe Bryant.

Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and former Celtic Brandon Bass were welcomed to Los Angeles by the team, but Bryant — who has been criticized for failing to help land any high-profile free agents — has been noticeably quiet.

Asked if Bryant had reached out to any of them, the players said nothing. Bass smiled during the period of awkward silence, although he later said he’€™s looking forward to “a great opportunity to play with one of the greatest ever to play the game.”

Williams, who averaged 15.5 points per game last season with the Raptors and was named Sixth Man of the Year, spoke highly of the team’€™s aging and injury-prone star.

“You always feel like you have an opportunity to win here,” Williams said. “And when you have Kobe Bryant, that always gives you an opportunity to go far. So for me, they have a winning tradition, they always are one move away from their team going from zero to 100 and you’ve got Kobe Bryant.”

Bass, signed as a free agent after four productive seasons with the Celtics, said he’s long been a Lakers fan and didn’€™t think he’d have an issue switching sides in the league’s most heated rivalry.

“I haven’t thought so much about it,” Bass said. “All I’ve thought about is me playing in purple and gold when I was in college [at LSU]. It kind of got me back to my roots. I remember being in college and being a Laker fan. I haven’€™t thought about the rivalry, but I know I’€™m going to get a lot of questions.”

— Former ESPN columnist and commentator Bill Simmons is headed to HBO, where he will host a weekly TV show and produce other content for the network’€™s digital platforms.

“It’s no secret that HBO is the single best place for creative people in the entire media landscape,” Simmons said in a statement.

Following his success overseeing ESPN’€™s “30 for 30″ series, Simmons will work with HBO Sports to develop shows and documentary films.

“We have been fans of Bill Simmons and his work for a very long time,” HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said. “His intelligence, talent and insights are without precedent in the areas he covers. We could not be more thrilled for him to bring those talents to HBO and to become a signature voice at the network, spanning the sports and pop culture landscape.”

— The fan who caught Alex Rodriguez‘€™s 3,000th hit — and claims to have snatched more than 8,000 balls in his lifetime — caught another home run during Wednesday’€™s game, but he couldn’€™t full enjoy it because he says he was assaulted before the game.

Zack Hample had scratch marks on his neck that he said were inflicted by another fan during a pregame incident when Orioles player Miguel Gonzalez threw a ball in his direction.

Tweeted Hample: Unfortunately the answer to Have you every gotten into a fight for a ball?’€ is now yes. I was flat-out assaulted.

The Yankees acknowledged there was an incident but said “there was not a clear determination of who was the aggressor.” The team relocated the other fan to a different section.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 23, 2002, which Red Sox player hit three two-run home runs in a 22-4 rout of the Devil Rays and tied a major league record with five home runs in two games?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We just haven’€™t put it together, and that is basically it. When we get guys on, we have to find a way get them in.” — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, after Wednesday’€™s 4-2 loss to the Astros, the team’€™s seventh straight loss

STAT OF THE DAY: 5 — Consecutive Gold Cup finals appearances for the U.S. men’€™s soccer team prior to this year, as the Americans were upset by Jamaica, 2-1, in Wednesday’€™s semifinals

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Phillies pinch-hitter Odubel Herrera delivers a gapper to left-center field for a walkoff win over the Rays in the 10th inning.

Cubs left fielder Chris Coghlan makes a nice diving catch against the Reds.

Things get testy in Arizona after Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez hits David Peralta in the head, and D-Backs reliever Dominic Leone retaliates in the following inning.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Nomar Garciaparra

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Tony Joe White was born on this day in 1943.

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Jerry Spar
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss Darrell Revis' comments to SI about the Patriots turning his mother away at the door of their 2015 championship ring ceremony.