Mike Westhoff joins the show and explains other cheating scandals and if he thinks the Patriots are guilty of deflate gate.

[0:00:32] ... the air comes out of the balloon I tell you. You would Antonio Cromartie but his was more of a cameo which pretty good name as kids you are you had a great run by his ...
[0:09:28] ... a thousand miles an hour. But gosh it was a picture of Bill Belichick I don't know I don't I don't honestly don't know culpability. Well then whatever it. But I know this with a loss ...
[0:14:09] ... have they changed the rule because of us when I was in Miami Dolphins weeks to get a guy you were allowed to carry him out. We would carry out from over to bench. With him over the bench I have a clip we played Indianapolis Colts I had two guys in a vice one publisher of the that Sam Madison I was talking to. We caught it got a twenty yard line random back out at the end zone in thrown into ...
[0:15:51] ... stupid. Final question before we let you go which who worked for Bill Belichick. You know. No I wouldn't it is true that would watch out there's too many quirks that there's just things that he ...






Four-time Super Bowl Champion Bill Romanowski joined the show to share his thoughts on the greatest QB he ever played with, and his Super Bowl experiences.

[0:00:52] ... best reply is that regardless did you guys think of how many Super Bowls has been to. Age you title exactly. Did you confirm that you'll want to use at nine point five PSI football. What ...
[0:02:38] ... into that really check every ball to give it to squeeze says Robert Royal aide just. Give it won the prize. Right and and I think that's a lot of people feel that way. Yeah others feel that a couple Boyle win it till bathroom for ninety seconds to play all their allotted jealous people out there. That do not light to New England Patriots can they win all the time. And they're just jealous well guess what get over. A tag the outlet Bruschi he's got the ball the way he likes it. He wants it at any softer because he knows the DTL. Up the ball that much where I there's 98 person quarterbacks. Just go out there and if you rhetoric but guess what the New England Patriots are so detailed. Everything date do. And hats off to them. Bill O'Reilly. Like you missed Alex Rodriguez for pre towards the ...
[0:05:38] ... Parcells the way coach and I have a lot of respect for Bill Parcells. But that was old school thinking Bill Walsh was head of his time. We practiced with him. I guess why. We were ...





Chris Mortensen, ESPN, joined the show to talk about all the reports regarding "Deflategate." He thinks that people are making too big a deal out of it. He also hints that he's skeptic of Bill Belichick's attempt to blame science on the balls dropping in pressure.

[0:00:02] ... WEEI broadcasting live from radio row in Arizona get rid of the Super Bowl. A lot of game related stuff orient just a few moments here about. The Thomas the Brandon Browner made regarding going after injured Seattle Seahawks that's coming up surely would join us the AT&T hotline right now. This guy whose report from ESP and really change the ...
[0:05:24] ... they'll ever be because this is a great game. And they're great football team and they were about to Arctic erases Spain and whatever. Spy gate. We would lingering over the previous Super Bowl score your hole. There and I understand their their their passion tenacity. And the thing about it is we get that latency ...
[0:07:09] ... so off I love this game Ari. The patriots go to the Super Bowl I've been girl won a Super Bowl caliber I think they're gonna work because of the better. So that we're talking about this we are understand. How are unique. ...
[0:11:16] ... all around six. I love the game of football I love this Super Bowl matchup so yes to both Lamar and that. We're dealing with this actually last week Iran might wake Erica they're going early ...






The Rogue Ball Boy Theory picks up steam...then dies. Is the Rogue Ball Boy the fastest ball deflater ever or is he simply someone with a healthy prostate who probably doesn't even wash his hands. Also, Ted Wells says the investigation will take a while. And Robert Kraft demands an apology if the investigation finds no wrong-doing by the Pats.

[0:07:08] ... Paula does to our entire team and in particular. Coach Belichick and Tom Brady. For what they have had to endure this past week. Basically what Kraft is saying is stop worrying about the weeks out ...
[0:10:10] ... Tower that oral eloquently tell Edinburgh Edinburgh yeah idea really like the Led Zeppelin album exactly exactly because they're sitting there. An article based on how badly. The NFL we Bob. Oldest and that's what it ...
[0:11:55] ... because I don't my stance on this really has waiver. I think Tom Brady under which the football's I don't think it's all that common practice to stick a needle in the football and checks I ...
[0:14:16] ... that's out there is Israel's because this was supposed to be the Super Bowl they cleanse them. This was the hands sanitized or yeah your right right this this was the OK we showed you weakened ...






Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.

[0:00:31] ... did notice that time. Hey Ben I brought in thinking. But it Aaron Rodgers. Had discovered they discovered Aaron Rodgers had over or under inflated football for Tony Romo for that matter. This wouldn't even be a blip on the Super Bowl ...
[0:08:10] ... Wilson can do it then went to tip your cap would did Green Day toot too I think just that. There they rushed for the eight tried to keep them in the pocket he's not your ...
[0:09:38] ... haven't handed it's worked out well so far does he listen to Ty Law. Yes all a 100% he does and and and Sean Gilbert those like his guys will elvis' uncle yes. Laws the you ...
[0:12:57] ... you supplemental. No anomaly and we cannot let that what happens of Christian Fauria wants that seat. It is guide foot so let me just this move well now he's got the I'll I got the ...






Kirk wasn't taking any crap from Woody in North Reading.
Tony Kornheiser joins Dennis and Callahan in Arizona to discuss his comment comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger.

[0:00:01] ... this to build ballots checked in any way. Then the penalty for Bill Belichick should be not to be allowed to coach in the Super Bowl. And indefinite an immediate suspect we've told them that not a futuristic it's like you're asking me I know how I don't feel I don't legal Bill Belichick is the Whitey Bulger. Of the NFL as far as people are concerned yeah if it's Tom Brady and it's a fine it's apparent that apple does look it's stopping the base I'm. Excellent we're gonna get that the answer ...
[0:00:59] ... that but. Your partner will wants patriots should be disinvited. To the Super Bowl and so we have Michael on. That day he was the crazy ones you with the the voice of reason well. I mean. I will say it is working with him for as long as I have he is really. Exercised about this particular thing and really recently. Means last week he comes on the irony believes Belichick. I find Belichick. I believe reasonable on this you know. Ideal Belichick and Monday Night Football it was a very unpleasant experience all the time really all the time categorically all like but taught me a savings in ...
[0:02:25] ... suspension because he's aggressiveness if he can't that shut up. Okay it Tom Brady's case he'd be taking a position seems to me. That any athlete would take which is if I can gain an advantage ...
[0:04:41] ... Washington regrets. I can't say that took some guts to take down Tom Brady like but I would like Andre already we're just we're source of that audience he's really emotional. Don't you think it's most ...






All of the latest Headlines brought to you by Kirk Minihane including Joe Biden's visit with Ellen.

[0:00:58] ... it was yesterday was Ellen's birthday and our vice president that states Joseph Biden. Which the contemplating a run for the presidency in 2060 not to came by to wish her happy is the birth that ...
[0:08:24] ... saint Bernard parish they're all closed saint Camilla spratt Arlington is closed Saint Catherine a general school is closed. Saint Catherine a gentle wit and Somerville is closed. Saint Catherine of Siena Dell already in Norwood is closed saint Clair parish is closed. I think it's close Chistov put them crawl at ...
[0:10:01] ... the colts. In order to implicate. Coach bill at check in or Tom Brady. To implicate. And so specifically what story are you talking about present that he false premise is not. That far off a ...





While the latest storm of the century bears down on New England, Gerry and Kirk have arrived at radio row.

[0:00:34] ... here. And the ridiculous tone and tenor surrounding the peck patriots in Super Bowl. 49 in Glendale Arizona according Kirk and Jerry hardy boys. Compare this to more so it's just I know I said two ...
[0:10:22] ... heroin and am. Ian O'Connor and all the people who wanna see bill Belichick's belt hanging up on the up on the wall. Oil storage differently historically storm when I first saw the throw we got ...
[0:13:26] ... week's media availability please. I've spoken with coach coach. I've spoken with Tom Brady. I have taken the time don't understand to the best in my abilities. What goes on in the preparation. Of denbury football's. And I want to make it clear. That I believe unconditionally. In him. That the New England Patriots have done nothing inappropriate. In this process. We're in violation. Of NFL rules. He goes on to say if wells fine is ...





The Phoenix Convention Center: Home of Radio Row and really bad directions. (Photo by Jerry Thornton)

The Phoenix Convention Center: Home of Radio Row and really bad directions. (Photo by Jerry Thornton)

PHOENIX – Random observations from Day One of Super Bowl week:

–I was one of the lucky ones who got away from Snowmageddon early. And while a region of people clawing their way out of snow coffins doesn’t want to hear a guy sitting under a palm tree bellyache about anything, even leaving on Sunday was no magic carpet ride. We got stuck at the gate for a good two hours while the crew did the airplane mechanics’ equivalent of the guys at Jiffy Lube looking under your hood and shaking their heads while you look through the glass in the waiting room wondering how much each head shake will cost you. Personally, when it comes to people fixing planes I’m about to get on, I’m less of the ‘€œWhat’s Taking So Long???’€ type of passenger and much more of the ‘€œTake You Sweet Time and Get it Right’€ school. To my undying credit, I held out a good, solid hour before sending out a ‘€œThey’re checking the air pressure’€ Tweet. And it’s possible the pilot saw the Tweet because they eventually booted us off to make our own arrangements.

–Fortunately for us those arrangements wound up being a direct flight. Unfortunately they meant going from an empty plane where I had a row to myself to being crammed into the hold of a prison ship bound for Van Dieman’s Land. My fellow dotcommie Ryan Hannable got stuck next to a nervous meth tweaker. I got Steve Buckley. Ryan’s tweaker sat up on the arm of the window seat the whole flight and one time randomly popped his head up like a prairie dog, looked at the back of the plane in a panic, jumped over Ryan and the old guy next to him and sprinted down the aisle. When he came back he said he did so because it looked to him like someone was about to punch the stewardess. Buck said he thought Ryan got a better deal than he did.

–My first impression of Phoenix is that it has no reason for being here. Every city has some explanation for why it is where it is. A deep water port. The junction of a couple of rivers where goods flow. Something. But Phoenix just… is. It kind of pops up in the middle of the desert like a family was traipsing across the beach looking for a spot and mom just randomly dropped the cooler and blanket and said ‘€œWe’ll park it here.’€ Picture Wile E. Coyote chasing Road Runner past that same cactus-mesa-boulder combination over and over and suddenly they find themselves at Phoenix Convention Center and you get the idea.

–They say Massholes are way ruder than everyone else in the country and I won’t argue the point. I’ve found all the people around here are unfailingly nice. Especially the people working the Super Bowl. They always smile when they tell you the wrong entrance to pick up your media credentials and tell you to have a nice day when they’re pointing you in the opposite direction from where you need to go.

The Adult Boutique is conveniently located across from our hotel. I didn't ask what the "Parking in the Rear" is all about. (Photo by Jerry Thornton)

The Adult Boutique is conveniently located across from our hotel. I didn’t ask what the “Parking in the Rear” is all about. (Photo by Jerry Thornton)

–If you’re into absorbing local culture as much as I am, there is much to choose from. For instance, right next to the convention center is an old Catholic Diocese mission, which is significant in so far as it has an old Catholic Diocese underground parking garage. And next to that is a Hooters. Also the hotel is right across from the Adult Boutique shop, featuring videos and and arcade. What kind of games they have in an adult arcade staggers the imagination. But if they don’t have Donkey Schlong I’ll be crushed. And I think the owners knew damn well what they were doing with that “Parking in the Rear” sign.

–The famed Radio Row is in some subterranean lower level of the Convention Center and it’s hard to describe. But try to imagine the auto show, except instead of Mustangs, Rolls Royces and SUVs being presented by models, they’ve got fat guys from sports radio in Houston wearing free t-shirts they got from some car dealer promotion their station did blathering on about what a cheater Bill Belichick is.

–After doing Dale & Holley I hopped the shuttle for the Patriots hotel, which is somewhere about 30 minutes straight into the desert past strip malls, U-Store It facilities and billboards for OUI lawyers, Human Trafficking (I assume the sign was agin’ it, not fer it), and Christian Rock stations. There is a golf links on the premises, so Christopher Price said the place looked like a course you’d see on Golden Tee. But I’m sticking with my theory it looks like an old nuclear test site.

–This was not only my first Super Bowl press conference, it was my first witch hunt as well. So it was no surprise to see the glitterati of the sports press on hand, national and local. Everybody who’s nobody was there. I couldn’t help think that if there was a roof collapse, there’d be no one left to cover the Super Bowl. Which I’m sure would be just fine by Bill Belichick.

–I learned two very important things. One is that being in the media means you get free snacks. The other is that John Clayton looks and dresses like he does in that ESPN ad where he’s listening to Slayer and screaming for his mom to make him meatloaf.

–The NFL spreads people out into different sections of the ballroom based on importance. So for instance, Mr. Kraft, Belichick and Tom Brady get the big room with so many TV cameras and news babes this could’ve been the launch of Apollo 11, only with digital technology and much better boob implants.

–The other players divvied up the smaller room. I won’t embarrass any of them by saying who got the most coverage. But let’s just say that if you’re all about attracting attention, offensive line and special teams are not the careers for you. The whole scene is the grown up version of the high school cafeteria, and the owner, coach and quarterback are the Plastics.

–A lot of the media had come out on the team charter so they were dressed up, whereas I was dressed like I’d just come from four hours of sitting on Radio Row besides ‘€œThe Sports Locker with Buster & The Dude’€ or whomever. So I hung out in the back with all the behind-the-camera people, most of whom reminded me of Chris Elliot in ‘€œGroundhog Day.’€ (‘€œThis an art-form! Most people just think that I hold a camera and point at stuff…’€ )

–This being my first press conference, I’m ruined for them forever because it was such a great one. I’m that kid who goes to Fenway for the first time and gets a foul ball and is spoiled for life because he thinks it’ll happen every time. When Mr. Kraft game out, pulled his white glove off, slapped the NFL across the face and dared them to a Duel of Honor over Deflategate, the tension hung in the room like the camera guys’ BO. It was electric. Then Belichick spoke. I waited through three questions to see if after the third time he was asked about ball boys and air pressure he’d use the Force to choke the reporter out. He didn’t. So I went out for some more freebie Diet Coke and mini bags of pretzels. And there was a line. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who knows that when Bill isn’t in a killing mood his pressers aren’t really worth watching.

–Everyone was covering this thing from print to TV to regular news. I kid you not there were even these guys in Army fatigues whom I assume were covering it for some Armed Forces network. At one point I overheard them talking to a massively built civilian who was probably retired military who was telling them ‘€œI hate house fires…’€ I assume he’s either a firefighter or the most uncaring claims adjuster in the world.

–After the pressers were done, the tables fill up with laptops; reporters filing reports, tech guys editing photos, cameramen uploading videos. Just a massive sprawl of people peering into screens. It’s like my 8th grader and his buddies playing Minecraft, but without as much bandwidth. I’m not sure I wouldn’t prefer the way it was 50 years ago, when they wore hats with cards in them that said ‘€œPRESS’€, asked questions like ‘€œSay, Slugger, that’s quite a shot you put into that bullpen. What kind of pitch did that southpaw throw you?’€ then phone in the report and go drink scotch all night. But I’ve got to do business as business is being done.

–I was scribbling down a few notes when ESPN Desportes set up a live shot next to me with two reporters chatting up what took place. In my limited middle school Spanish I was able to pick up, ‘€œSomething something Julian Edelman, blah blah Tom Brady, yadda yadda Kraft…’€ And still they made a lot more sense than Cris Collinsworth.

–Still, for my first ever live Super Bowl press conference it was a hell of an experience. One where there was some actual news and drama. And free snacks.

–We’re onto Media Day.

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