Well, I’m glad that’s settled.

In Roger Goodell’s quest to make football safer for all players, he will not stop, he will not leave a single stone unturned, until he has eliminated all cheap shots from the game and punished all perpetrators to the full extent of the Article 46 law.

Unless it’s Vontaze Burfict willfully and intentionally diving at Martellus Bennett’s knee. That gets a free pass. As does him head-butting Rob Gronkowski. And as far as Burfict going out of his way to stomp on a defenseless LeGarrette Blount? That’s more of a grey area. Sure, you take some money away from him. But take him off the field for a game or two? That would be too severe. Even if he’s a notorious, recidivist, habitual offender.

So the price point as been established. If you’re having trouble defending some opponent’s best offensive weapons? Dive at someone’s ACL, go helmet-to-helmet and try to tear his ankle ligament while he’s at the bottom of a pile, and it will only cost you 75 grand. That might be a lot to you and me, but in the big picture of an NFL season, to get a Bennett, a Gronk or a Blount out of a crucial game? It would be a bargain at twice that price.

To review: If a player continues continues his career as a serial cheap shot artist with obvious intent to injure, that will cost him a fraction of a paycheck. But if he’s at least generally aware some employees mess with the footballs at home games, that costs him a quarter of the season and his reputation. That’s justice, Roger Goodell style.

wendysOctober marks the return of two legends: Wendy’s Original Taco Salad is back and so is our favorite quarterback. Wendy’s is celebrating these two historic returns by giving you a chance to win $12,000 in cash. Enter to win and see complete rules at WEEI.com/return.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

On Tuesday’s Dale & Holley with me show, Michael heard from his old roommate Paul Zeise, who writes for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette saying Patriots fans won’t like his new column. Of course, Pats fans tend to like columns in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as much as Bill Belichick loves Microsoft products. But I’ll be the judge of this one.

As it turns out, Zeise was wrong. I love his column. I haven’t read a good piece of nonsensical, paranoid, Belichick-isn’t-a-good-coach-he’s-just-lucky-he-has-Tom-Brady claptrap in a long time. And Zeise delivers.

Brady’s legacy is simple and mostly untarnished — despite some under-inflated footballs he threw against the Colts in the AFC title game two years ago. …

Belichick’s legacy, though, is far more complicated and far tougher to gauge. The stench of several cheating scandals, the fact that he’s never really won anything without Brady and his conveniently forgotten stint in Cleveland will forever tarnish his accomplishments. …

Chuck Noll wasn’t a world beater after Terry Bradshaw retired, but in 1984 he got to the AFC championship with Mark Malone as his starter, and he got to the second round in 1989 with Bubby Brister.

Joe Gibbs won three Super Bowls with three different starting quarterbacks, Bill Parcells had success everywhere he went with different quarterbacks — including a Super Bowl with Jeff Hostetler — and Tony Dungy in Tampa had success with guys like Shaun King.

I love it. And I say again, anti-Patriots jihadists are divided into two radical ideologies. The “It’s Belichick, Not Brady” faction and the “It’s Brady, Not Belichick” sect. Michael Holley’s old roomie obviously belongs to the latter. Unfortunately for us non-deranged sane people, the two sides seem to get along and have yet to engage in an all-out war and destroyed one another. But I’m hopeful.

The worst part of this used diaper of a column is that it reads like a term paper. It’s as if Zeise had to start with a thesis so he picked “Belchick only wins because of Brady” and had to stick with it, even when all his researched proved the opposite.

Chuck Noll proved he was great by going to the second round of the playoffs. “Bill Parcells had success everywhere he went.” “Tony Dungy had success.” So he’s measuring “success” by winning one playoff game? Well, Belichick did that in Cleveland. With Vinny flipping Testaverde. Against Bill Parcells. Not to mention in 2008, he squeezed 11 wins out of Matt Cassell, who hadn’t started since high school. And won games last month with Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett. But rather than just throw up his hands and admit his argument has no merit, he does the Patriots-hater thing. Which is to press on with his point and hope no one lets the facts get in the way of a good, illogical screed.

He thought we’d hate it? No chance. In fact, I need more of these in my life. It’s the best way to enjoy a season following the best team in football. Now we’ll just have to wait for the next, “Brady only wins because of Belichick” column. You know those dopes will want to weigh in.

wendysOctober marks the return of two legends: Wendy’s Original Taco Salad is back and so is our favorite quarterback. Wendy’s is celebrating these two historic returns by giving you a chance to win $12,000 in cash. Enter to win and see complete rules at WEEI.com/return.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB playoffs:  
Cleveland at Toronto, 4:08 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs: Chicago Cubs at LA Dodgers, 8:08 p.m. (FS1)
NBA preseason: New York at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA preseason: Golden State vs. LA Lakers, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Detroit at NY Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Women’s exhibition, United States vs. Switzerland, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Champions League, Barcelona vs. Manchester City, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Champions League, Arsenal vs. Ludogorets Razgrad, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: Champions League, Bayern Munich vs. PSV Eindhoven, 2:30 p.m. (FSN)
Soccer: Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain vs. Basel, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Blue Jays 5, Indians 1
Dodgers 6, Cubs 0
NHL: Sharks 3, Islanders 2
NHL: Capitals 3, Avalanche 0
NHL: Canadiens 4, Penguins 0
NHL: Devils 2, Ducks 1
NHL: Senators 7, Coyotes 4
NHL: Wild 6, Kings 3
NHL: Blackhawks 7, Flyers 4
NHL: Flames 4, Sabres 3
NHL: Lightning 4, Panthers 3
NHL: Stars 2, Predators 1
NHL: Oilers 3, Hurricanes 2
NHL: Canucks 2, Blues 1


— Right after Colin Kaepernick made his first controversial protest of the national anthem, he consulted one of the biggest names in basketball for his opinion.

In an interview with ESPN’s Howard Bryant released on Tuesday, Carmelo Anthony talks about his text conversation with Kaepernick regarding the 49ers quarterback kneeling during the pregame national anthem.

“I said, ‘You just showed a lot of courage in what you just did, but now is the hard part because you have to keep it going. So if that was just a one-time thing, then you’re f–ked,” Anthony said.

“But now you keep it going and be articulate and elaborate on why you’re doing it, and be educated and knowledgeable of why you’re doing it so when people ask, you can stand up for what you believe in and really let them hear why.’”

Anthony himself is also an advocate for social justice. In July he posted a long message on Instagram encouraging athletes to speak out against injustices.

First off let me start off by saying ” All Praise Due To The Most High.” Secondly, I’m all about rallying, protesting, fighting for OUR people. Look I’ll even lead the charge, By Any Means Necessary. We have to be smart about what we are doing though. We need to steer our anger in the right direction. The system is Broken. Point blank period. It has been this way forever. Martin Luther King marched. Malcolm X rebelled. Muhammad Ali literally fought for US. Our anger should be towards the system. If the system doesn’t change we will continue to turn on the TVs and see the same thing. We have to put the pressure on the people in charge in order to get this thing we call JUSTICE right. A march doesn’t work. We tried that. I’ve tried that. A couple social media post/tweet doesn’t work. We’ve all tried that. That didn’t work. Shooting 11 cops and killing 5 WILL NOT work. While I don’t have a solution, and I’m pretty sure a lot of people don’t have a solution, we need to come together more than anything at this time. We need each other. These politicians have to step up and fight for change. I’m calling for all my fellow ATHLETES to step up and take charge. Go to your local officials, leaders, congressman, assemblymen/assemblywoman and demand change. There’s NO more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore. Those days are long gone. We have to step up and take charge. We can’t worry about what endorsements we gonna lose or whose going to look at us crazy. I need your voices to be heard. We can demand change. We just have to be willing to. THE TIME IS NOW. IM all in. Take Charge. Take Action. DEMAND CHANGE. Peace7 #StayMe7o

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— Tough times for Raiders offensive tackle Donald Penn.

His team was demolished by the Chiefs on Sunday, and now Penn’s wife is accusing him of impregnating a reality star.

Dominique Penn posted on her Instagram that she believes her husband was secretly having an affair with “Bad Girls Club” star Camilla Poindexter and got her pregnant.

“My husband cheated on me with this hood rat,” Dominique posted. “She knew he was married from jump!! He knew that he was married! They did this to my family!”

Poindexter had a daughter in March, and Dominique believes her husband is the father.

“He has 4 kids now (paternity test pending) to worry about,” she wrote.

Dominique apparently is willing to stay with her man. As for Poindexter, sources say all she wants is for Penn to support his daughter.

— Under Armour has scored a huge deal with Major League Baseball.

According to Sports Business Daily, beginning in 2020 the athletic wear giant will provide all MLB uniforms, replacing current uniform supplier Majestic Athletic and uniform undershirt provider Nike.

Majestic has been the supplier since 2005 and Nike inked its deal in 2009.

Under Armour has sponsorships with individual athletes, including Bryce Harper, but has never signed a deal for professional sports uniforms.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “And as you probably noticed, I’m done with the tablets. I’ve given them as much time as I can give them.” — Bill Belichick on the Microsoft Surface tablets the coaching staff uses on the sideline

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: The Red Sox beat the Mets, 9-3, to take a 2-0 lead in the 1986 World Series. The Red Sox had 18 hits and Dwight Evans and Dave Henderson each hit a home run.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
Mut and Tomase talk about the Red Sox off season, front office changes, and possible role changes for some of the Red Sox players in 2017.
Mut and John Tomase are talking about the NFL's declining television ratings, too many penalties, league decisions alienating fans. They also give some thoughts on the NFL's breast cancer awareness campaign
Mut is talking about the NFL losing viewers, and what some of the contributing factors could be.
We check in with former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer for a complete breakdown of the Patriots and the rest of the NFL.
We check in with former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer for a complete breakdown of the Patriots and the rest of the NFL.

[0:00:02] ... Daylon Hollywood Thornton Sports Radio WEEI time for our weekly conversation with Trent Dilfer of ESPN. Brought to buy north and Subaru Mazda and by town fair tire print joins us on the AT&T hotline hey ...
[0:03:57] ... the best guys arts today. We're talking and a quarterbacking yesterday were Bill Belichick for obvious reasons Tom Brady. Had this 5000. Completion only four guys in history had done that. And and then I kind ...
[0:06:23] ... critical moments and how you play in those moments. We're talking to Trent Dilfer of the ESPN that the statement you made about quarterback play that there is this number who were you know really good ...
[0:08:53] ... build an example where he every label of the defense of god Bill Belichick knows more offensive football has forgotten more offensive football at Auburn well. And I think pretty highly of my football I Q. ...

Dale, Michael and Jerry spend hour number one talking all Patriots.