A pair of Ethiopians won titles at Monday’s 120th running of the Boston Marathon, with 21-year-old Lemi Berhanu Hayle pulling away late in the men’s race and Atsede Baysa storming back from a late 37-second deficit to win the women’s title.

Lemi Hayle crosses the finish line. (Brian Fluharty/USA Today Sports)

Lemi Berhanu Hayle crosses the finish line to lead an Ethiopian sweep. (Brian Fluharty/USA Today Sports)

A pair of Ethiopians won titles at Monday’s 120th running of the Boston Marathon, with 21-year-old Lemi Berhanu Hayle pulling away late in the men’s race and Atsede Baysa storming back from a late 37-second deficit to win the women’s title.

Hayle was running alongside defending champion and countryman Lelisa Desisa when he made his move without about a mile to go and won with a time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, 45 seconds. Desisa held on for second in 2:13:32, followed by Yemane Adhae Tsegay in 2:14:02 as Ethiopia completed a sweep of the top three spots.

Hayle had run just five marathons before Boston, winning three.

Tirfi Tsegaye and Joyce Chepkirui were leading the women’s race when Baysa, trailing the lead pair by 37 seconds with about 5 miles to go, rallied and took the lead at about 24 miles. She went on to win in 2:29:19. Her win breaks a streak of five straight Kenyan women’s winners. Tsegaye, also from Ethiopia, finished second in 2:30:03 and Chepkirui, a Kenyan, was third in 2:30:50.

Defending champion Caroline Rotich began walking shortly after the start and dropped out about 5 miles into the race. She was spotted getting her ankle taped.

In the wheelchair division, Sweden’s Marcel Hug defended his 2015 crown and American Tatyana McFadden won the women’s race for the fourth straight time.

About 30,000 runners took over from the start line in Hopkinton, including Adrianne Haslet, who lost a leg in the 2013 bombing at the finish line. She was one of 21 survivors competing this year.

Most of the top American runners sat out this year so they could focus their preparation on this summer’s Olympic Games.

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Jerry Spar

Bill Richard, the father of Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard, joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Monday morning from the finish line and said that he wishes Mark Wahlberg’s “Patriots Day” movie wasn’t being made.

Bill Richard, the father of Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard, joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Monday morning from the finish line and said that he wishes Mark Wahlberg’s “Patriots Day” movie wasn’t being made.

“We quite frankly did not want to be portrayed in the movie,” Richard said. “We did not want any actors playing the Richard family. Those were the plans. We received assurances that we wouldn’t be portrayed. There’s just no benefit to us being onscreen having actors play a family of five when everyone knows what the outcome is.”

The Richard family met with Wahlberg before filming to express their concerns. Like Wahlberg, they are Dorchester natives.

“I’m comfortable that Mark is a local guy doing it,” Richard said. “If it was anybody else, we might not have even been given the courtesy of a conversation with them. We don’t have any ill will towards them. I think a lot of people share the sentiment that we do — it’s a little too soon.”

Asked if he believed the movie would respectfully portray the events of the 2013 Marathon, Richard said he didn’t know. Bombing victim Jeff Bauman and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who will portray him in the film, threw out first pitches at Fenway on Monday.

“It’s Hollywood,” Richard said. “While we’re not personally looking forward to it, nor do we think it should be portrayed by Hollywood, we can only control so much. Mark is a standup guy. We talked to him about it, we told him our feelings. We respect their process. There are many survivors who are involved in it.”

Richard chose instead to focus on the work of the Martin Richard Foundation. His son was eight when he lost his life following the second explosion, but he keeps his memory alive with a team of roughly 100 runners partaking in the race as part of their team. The foundation has also partnered with John Hancock to build a park in his son’s name on the Boston waterfront, with $8 donations possible by texting the name “Martin” to 91999.

“I don’t subscribe to the idea that things happen for a reason, that God has a list,” Richard said. “We got dealt a bad hand and we’re going to deal with it in the future going forward. Martin’s going to live a full life, through these hundred runners, previous runners, and the runners we have in years ahead.”

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John, Gerry, and Kirk talk about the strength of Bill Richard, and the families of those who lost loved ones in 2013's Boston Marathon bombing.

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Kirk has had enough of John Farrell and his awful in-game managerial decisions.

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A former lover of Clarence Thomas revealed some intimate secrets, and Laura Ingraham yells at her producers.

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Bill Richard lost his son, Martin, in the 2013 attacks on the Boston Marathon. Bill joined the show today to discuss the "Martin Richard Foundation," what it means to return to the finish line, and how you can donate to Team MR8. The link to the Martin Richard Foundation is here: http://www.teammr8.org/

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The Red Sox lost last night, and Chris Young despite a .224 career batting average against righties. Farrell chose to let Young hit in the 9th (He was 0-3 at the time) instead of letting a healthy Brock Holt pinch hit for him.

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Current Roster: Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett, Michael Williams, A.J. Derby, Clay Harbor

Positional Overview: You might be saying, “Say, Jer. You’re an expert on Patriots draft strategy and also smart and a really handsome man, but is tight end really a priority for this team?” Or maybe not. But if you’re asking that last part I will answer, “When has it ever not been?”

Your average NFL team drafts about 2.5-3 wide receivers for every tight end they select. Which makes sense when you look at your typical football alignment. I use the words “average” and “typical” because the Patriots are neither of those things. In 16 drafts in the Belichick Epoch, they have taken a total of 13 receivers and 10 tight ends. Two of those were first-rounders, and they took Gronk with the 42nd overall pick. And that doesn’t mention all the free agents they’ve signed or guys like Jake Becquette who, having washed out as a defensive end, was given a long look as a converted tight end.. The point being that having multiple pass-catching tight ends is crucial to what this offense tries to do.

Last year’s failed experiment was Scott Chandler, who horribly underachieved. But in the early games, before Chandler proved he could be covered by cornerbacks almost a foot shorter than him, the red zone attack looked undefendable. Josh McDaniels worked his Optimus Prime offense to switch from a power running look to five-wide and back again without changing personnel, dictating what look the defense had to give and then creating and exploiting the mismatches. Bennett will be a huge part of that in 2016. But he’s on a one-year, produce-and-cash-in deal. So the next great bookend opposite Gronk needs to come from this draft to keep the McOffense rolling in 2017. To me, this position is the No. 1 priority in this, the Year of the Stolen First-Rounder. Unfortunately, it is not a great crop overall. But there should be some quality developmental prospects to be found in the remainder bin.

Consensus best tight end in the 2016 class from the specialty boutique:

Hunter Henry, Arkansas 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, 4.70 40 time

Henry was the best tight end in college last year, even if he was underutilized in the Razorbacks’ multiple-tight end pro schemes. He has lined up inside, outside and in the slot. No one questions his toughness or his run blocking, though in pass protection he’s a holding penalty waiting to happen. His biggest liability is his lack of speed. He opted not to run the 40 at the Indianapolis Got Talent auditions, which didn’t help his stock any since he didn’t exactly kill the other drills or make NFL personnel people fall in love at his interviews. Still, he’s the best in this lot. But don’t expect him to be an Eric Ebron or a Tyler Eifert. Expect him to go in the second round, at the earliest.

Next-tier tight ends, aka one from the chain store:

Austin Hooper, Stanford 6-foot-4, 254 pounds, 4.69 40 time

Hooper was a sophomore last year, having redshirted as a freshman. One can hardly argue with his decision declare for the draft, since he did so right after former Cardinal Zach Ertz signed a $40 million deal. That, and the fact that Stanford is a virtual tight end assembly line, with no less than six tight ends in the NFL last season, made great business sense. The knock on Hooper is he’s raw. And there is disagreement among the draft gurus about how good a seam runner he’ll be, due to his lack of explosiveness. But everyone agrees he’s got great hands, with the ability to high point and a great catch radius. He’s a guy who’ll hand catch a tough throw, as opposed to having to haul everything into his chest. He’s also an effective but not elite blocker who probably could fit into an H-back role while he adds some necessary bulk to his frame. The word out of Indy is that he hit it off with a lot of scouts at the speed dating portion of the combine.

Prospective hybrid receiver/tight ends you’d find at a specialty store:

Thomas Duarte, UCLA 6-foot-2, 231 pounds, 4.72 40 time
Tyler Higbee, Western Kentucky 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, 4.88 40 time

I’m trying, Ringo. I’m trying real hard to come up with a way to describe the kind of tight end who lines up primarily off the line and is more of a pass catcher than a blocker without mentioning Aaron Hernandez. But sadly, he’s the prototype. It’s like referencing running back legends who gave good performances in great cop comedy trilogies and trying not to mention O.J. Simpson. It’s unavoidable. Duarte was good for 53 catches, 872 yards and 10 touchdowns as a flex receiver/tight end for the Bruins. Higbee, while bigger, is a converted wide receiver who added 50 frigging pounds to his frame in college. He didn’t run at the combine due to an injury. The jury is out on both of them when it comes to blocking, as it was with Mr. Orange is the New Red, Blue and Silver. But either could be the complementary weapon to take advantage of mismatches.

Pure Y tight end out of the big box retailer:

Nick Vannett, Ohio State 6-foot-5, 256 pounds, 4.88 40 time

Vannett was primarily used in a block-first/third-tackle role to blast open holes for Ezekiel Elliot and J.T. Barrett with the Buckeyes. And at the Senior Bowl he confirmed the lack of trust by flashing some true pizza-paddle hands. It’s easy to see him go to an NFL team as its Michael Hoomanawanui, but as a route runner/pass catcher it’s going to take a leap of faith and a lot of work.

Fastest athlete, via the convenience store:

Jerrell Adams, South Carolina 6-foot-5, 247 pounds, 4.66 40 time

Adams is arguably the best pure athlete in this bunch, having played five different positions in high school, including (but not limited to) quarterback and punter. Part of his problem is that the Gamecocks weren’t exactly loaded at QB. So the stat geeks don’t take his production numbers into the bathroom for a little “alone time.” But he did crush the drills in Indy. One concern I have with him is his freakishly small, almost Dooneese-like hands. I had the same reservations about Aaron Dropson Dobson, and his current bust status speaks for itself.

No sale:

Jake McGee, Florida. Who cares? Doesn’t matter. Not interested.

McGee went to Florida. Chad Jackson. Jermaine Cunningham. Aaron Hernandez. Brandon Spikes. Dominique Easley. I’m giving the Gators my worst Yelp review and not walking in the store ever again.

Raw, developmental, small-school prospects from the futures market:

Darion Griswold, Arkansas State 6-foot-3, 249 pounds, 4.67 40 time
Temmarick Hemingway, South Carolina State 6-foot-5, 244 pounds, 4.66 40 time

Griswold is a converted quarterback and a tremendous pure athlete. Every part of his game needs time to develop, though he already has the ball-catching skills. There’s potential there for a patient team with great coaching to turn him into one of the best in this class. He only caught 13 balls last year but made enough of an impression at the East-West Shrine game to score a late invite to the Senior Bowl. Hemingway weighed only 180 pounds coming out of high school, which explains how he ended up at an FBS program. Still, he managed to bulk up enough to be a versatile, do-it-all tight end, playing in line, outside the numbers and everywhere in between. He doesn’t have enough of a repertoire yet to fool defenders, and he ran almost exclusively short to intermediate routes, but he’s good at using his size and strength to climb the ladder and grab balls over them. Both Griswold and Hemingway are considered Saturday if not Sunday selections, ideal for a team looking for a cheap way to strengthen itself in 2018.

Funny namers:

Griswold and Hemingway, obviously. But I can only dream of “Hooper drives the boat, Chief,” “Hooper! Ain’t you watching him?” and a thousand Knee-Jerk Reactions blogs that will write themselves.

Perfect Patriot:


With the addition of Bennett to satisfy their second tight end need for 2016 and a few potentials like Derby and Harbor under contract, it just makes sense that they take a guy with Hooper’s upside at “value” spot, then let him ferment for a year or two. Plus they’ve shown a recent affinity for Stanford guys like Jordan Richards and Cameron Fleming. And he nailed his job interviews with all the personnel people. He seems like the ideal fit.

Whom the Patriots will pick:

Hooper. And, if he’s off the board, they take a late-round flyer on Hemingway.

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Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton