In case you missed it because you’re so engrossed in America’s last election like Roger Goodell says you are, Chris Chase of Fox Sports took the occasion of the Bengals’ Vontaze Burfict’s ninth career fine for personal foul penalties to power rank all 32 NFL teams from most dirty to least.

Now, it would be logical to assume Cincinnati would win this title in a rout. After all, this is the team that bounced themselves out of the playoffs just last year with double personal fouls on the same play. First, Burfict delivered a Code Red on defenseless receiver Antonio Brown, then Pacman Jones got all handsy with Steelers’ assistant Joey Porter, who came on the field to check on Brown. And given the fact Burfict was suspended for the first three games of this season, you’d be smart to guess Cincy tops the list.

Smart, but wrong. That dishonor goes to … well, you know who it goes to.

1. New England Patriots

How do you define dirtiness? Is it the kind of late hits made famous by Vontaze Burfict (we’ll get to him in a minute) and headhunters such as (former Patriots) Rodney Harrison and Brandon Merriweather? Is it perennially being near the top of the league in various holding categories? Are you dirty if you whine to the refs like a Golden State Warrior? Or is it the Nixon-like shenanigans of Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots, those videotaping, ball-deflating, John Le Carre wannabes? While the off-field stuff is what propelled the Pats to No. 1, the real answer is that it’s all of them, friends. It’s all of them.

Is it me, or is the national media just not trying any more? You take a perfectly valid argument like who the dirtiest team in the NFL is, and rather than research how many unnecessary roughness penalties Cincinnati (second on the list) commit compared to say, Pittsburgh (fifth), or consider how many times Seattle (third) has had players suspended for banned substances, you just go to your default setting.

The Patriots cheat. Spygate. Deflategate. Nixon. John Le Carre. (Note: John Le Carre? What the deuce?) Whining for calls. (Like Ben Roethlisberger didn’t bellyache last year, claiming the Patriots defensive line had no right to shift prior to the snap.) You go back a decade to find a couple of safeties who drew roughness flags. (What? Was Chase too lazy to look into whether Gino Cappelletti ever got extra-curricular when he was playing cornerback in 1960?)

But this is what it’s come to. If you’re making a list of anything negative about anything to do with pro football, you automatically put the Patriots at the top and fill in the details later. Every NFL argument now is like asking “Who’s the best Chicago Bull ever?” or “Which member of the Jackson 5 had the most talent.” Everything is a non-starter and everyone else is vying for second place.

So come on, Chris Chase’s of the world. Try harder. Put in the effort. Use your imagination a little. The week two Patriots get assaulted with intent to injure by the most notorious, recidivist punk in football is not the time to be calling them “dirty.”

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Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Kirk Minihane, avid runner, talks to Charlie Engle about the passion of running, how running became an addiction that replaced drug related addictions, and Charlie's time in jail. Kirk and Charlie have had similar paths through life and they discuss how a passion for running changed their lives.


Now that the presidential debates are in our rearview, I just want to reach across the aisle, bridge the political divide and, in a spirit of bipartisanship, say one thing.

This is it?

This is what we get. A culturally and economically advanced nation of 330 million people, and this is the choice we’ve produced. In the blue corner, conniving, corrupt, pants-suited succubus who’s used her position at the State Department to sell our foreign policy to enrich herself and who is so insincere her handlers have to advise her on how and when to smile. And in the red corner, a cotton candy-haired orangutan who builds ugly buildings, makes terrible TV shows and has the verbal skills of a first grader. The original colonies were made up of three million people clinging to the coastline on the edge of a vast wilderness and produced George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Ben Franklin. We’ve left ourselves two cartoon characters to choose from because that’s what we deserve. But I have a solution to all our problems.

It’s finally time that we admit this whole “democracy” thing isn’t working out and move back in with our parents.

We gave it a good shot and 240 years was a pretty good run. But we need to call the Queen and say “Remember all that stuff about ‘independence’ and how we don’t need to live by your rules anymore? Yeah, about that…” Explain that we‘re not getting along with our roommates, we can’t pay our bills and maybe getting that degree in Free Markets with minors in Slavery and imperialism wasn’t such a good idea after all. And hope she still has our Abigail Adams poster on the wall and didn’t throw out our stash of Renaissance paintings porn. It’s the only chance we’ve got.

My name is Jerry Thornton. And I approved this message.Anyway, here’s how the Internet responded to the debate. Bad hombres, nasty women and puppets, oh my.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

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

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

New Jersey at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
MLB playoffs:
Chicago Cubs at LA Dodgers, 8:08 p.m. (FS1)
NFL: Chicago at Green Bay, 8:25 p.m. (CBS; NFL Network)
College football:
 Miami at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College football:
Troy at South Alabama, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football:
BYU at Boise State, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: New York at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA Finals:
Los Angeles at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Europa, Internazionale Milano vs. Southampton, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Europa, Krasnodar vs. Schalke 04, 1 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: Europa, AS Roma vs. FK Austria Wien, 3 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: Europa, Manchester United vs. Fenerbahce, 3 p.m. (FS1)

Indians 3, Blue Jays 0 
Cubs 10, Dodgers 2
Jets 5, Maple Leafs 4
NHL: Red Wings 2, Rangers 1


Josh Brown

Josh Brown

— Josh Brown is a bigger monster than we thought.

The Giants kicker served a one-game suspension for domestic violence at the beginning of this season after his now ex-wife, Molly, said he abused her on multiple occasions. The Giants investigated and determined they were standing behind their decision to sign Brown to a two-year, $4 million contract this past spring.

But they might not feel that way now.

Brown’s emails and journal entries from counseling sessions were released on Wednesday and revealed a long history of domestic assault.

“I have physically, mentally, emotionally and verbally been a repulsive man,” Brown wrote in one entry. “I have abused my wife.”

“I have been a liar for most of my life,” he wrote in his journal. “I made selfish decisions to use and abuse women starting at the age of 7 to fill this void. I objectified women and never really worried about the pain and hurt I caused them. My ability to connect emotionally to other people was zero. My empathy levels were zero.”

Brown wrote his behavior is due to being abused when he was 6 years old.

The NFL’s domestic violence policy states it issues “a baseline suspension without pay of six games” but this can be fewer or more games based on each individual situation.

Neither the NFL nor the Giants commented Wednesday on this bombshell revelation.

— Derrick Rose has been found not liable in his civil rape trial.

The jury in the trial determined Wednesday a woman’s rape accusation against Rose and two of his friends is not credible, thus ending the weeks-long trial.

Jurors then posed for pictures with Rose and the judge wished the Knicks guard all the best, “except when the Knicks play the Lakers.”

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Wednesday Rose will not play in the team’s final preseason game on Thursday but “probably” will start in the season opener on Oct. 25.

— The NFL concluded its investigation on Wednesday into why Cam Newton was not removed from the Panthers’ home opener against the Broncos to be evaluated for a concussion.

After sustaining multiple hits to the head, Newton was not removed from the game and his head remained unchecked.

The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement Wednesday explaining their findings that no violation of the concussion protocol occurred in this case, but some adjustments to the concussion protocol were made to increase player safety.

The league found a concussion spotter concluded Newton did not suffer a concussion but there were technological communication issues between the spotter and the sideline, causing Newton to remain in the game. The NFL says these issues were addressed and remedied in the concussion protocol.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’ve never been too much of picture/tablet — I kind of know what I see.” — Tom Brady, on his game preparation style 

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: The Red Sox beat the Yankees, 10-3, in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS to complete their historic series comeback and move on to the World Series. Derek Lowe started for the Red Sox on two days’ rest and pitched six strong innings. Johnny Damon hit two home runs, including a grand slam. David Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give the Red Sox an early lead.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge

Donald Trump (left) and Hillary Clinton (right) held their final Presidential debate on Wednesday.</p>
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Chris Villani has been on the campaign trail as part of his job with the Boston Herald and sums up the Presidential Race to this point before the third and final Presidential Debate
Chris Villani has been on the campaign trail as part of his job with the Boston Herald and sums up the Presidential Race to this point before the third and final Presidential Debate

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[0:02:15] ... meant giving mentioned. And I think he will try to. I think Hillary Clinton's on the defensive a lot tonight beginning Trump's going to be in attack mode for her she's got to run a Foreman ...
[0:04:33] ... environment owl I want a secret court justice matters. And I think Hillary Clinton should ask for example will you confirm pushed the senate to confirm Merrick Garland and recess appointment or would you nominate your ...
[0:05:05] ... issue is not with Merrick Garland. There are issues with the fact Barack Obama nominated him so they might that's kind of didn't get into the weeds with this stuff to they talked about Syria they ...

Mut and Villani are talking about the Cleveland Indians going to the World Series as they beat the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS. They also talk about the Red Sox potential off season moves.
Mut and Chris Villani are talking about the ratings issue the league faces and whether the contributing factors could be oversaturation, Colin Kapernick and other players protesting during the National Anthem