Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk RNC: highlights include Melania Trump's plagiarism, and The Donald's Rockstar entrance.

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I can’t begin to tell you how much I wish this had actually happened.

As our whole system of self-governance swirls the toilet in faster and faster circles, there might be a way to save it from going down the drain altogether. And the answer has been right in front of us for decades.

We need to make elections just like wrestling.

Seriously, no one has tapped into the American psyche the way the WWE has. The presentation. The clearly defined heroes and villains. Good vs. evil presented in a way you’ll never get in a hundred carefully scripted conventions. If Donald Trump had come out on stage Monday night to the Undertaker’s music like this, he’d win in a landslide.

Of course, it’s still early. There’s time to salvage this campaign before election day in  a way that would make our forefather’s proud. I call for us to WWE the hell out of this thing, including having election night go like this:

The Founding Father’s would’ve wanted it this way.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

If you know me, you know that the first places I go for my news and information are the fashion Instagram accounts. So it was quite a shock to log onto the Givenchy Jeans page to find Gisele Bundchen canoodling topless with some swarthy bohunk. But that’s haute couture for you. You never know what you’re going to come across in the wild world of designer jeans.

Now, I’m sure some people will see this as Tom Brady being cuckolded, and they couldn’t be more wrong. It’s exactly the opposite. Nothing so bespeaks a man’s masculinity like having the confidence to let his wife release the twins around another guy. Especially if it’s a perfectly put-together pile of abs and cheekbones like this specimen. Because it sends the message that you know you’ve got it all going over this squid. That he might be a world class male model, but he’s no threat. That not only are you better looking than him, he’s four Super Bowl titles (and counting) away from ever being able to challenge your Alpha Male status. So this is ultimately a power move by TB12. His wife can Free the Brookline Two around any guy she wants because no man can compete with what he’s got. Savage.

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Jerry Thornton
Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

Speaking publicly on Monday for the first time since Knicks president Phil Jackson made a series of roster moves, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony applauded the front office and was hopeful about the team’s chances of being a contender in the Eastern Conference.

“The front office stepped up,” said Anthony, an 11-time All-Star who has been a Knick since 2011. “It was a collective effort. They did their job and they did what they had to do to make some moves and make things happen. They put us in a situation to give us an opportunity. All we have to do is take advantage of that.”

“I think we have a good opportunity to do some things this year. It’s all about what we do. It’s all about us now. It’s all about how we come together, how we jell together. For the most part, the pieces are there, so it’s up to us.”

The Knicks, who have not had a winning season since they won 54 games in 2012-13, were able to trade for point guard Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls the night before the NBA draft. Jackson and the front office brass then had the cap space to sign Rose’s teammate Joakim Noah, swingman Courtney Lee and point guard Brandon Jennings.

Although Anthony believes the Knicks “have a very special team on paper,” there are plenty of red flags. Noah and Lee are 31 and 30, respectively. Jennings, once a top young star in the league, averaged seven points per game with Orlando last season. And Rose, the 2011 league MVP, is 27 years old and injury-prone. He has not played more than 70 games since that MVP year.

Despite the injury concerns with Rose, Anthony said he is not worried about the point guard’s health.

“As far as injuries go, it happens,” Anthony said. “But I think sometimes you just need a breath of fresh air, in Derrick’s case. I talked to him maybe once or twice, but he’s locked in right now. He’s focused. I’m hearing he’s healthy.

Anthony also said he has been working out with some of the new guys in order to get ready for next season.

“I had Joakim with me working out a couple of times,” Anthony said. “I had Brandon Jennings the other day with me in L.A. … I’m just trying to get everybody in the gym working. That’s how you build those relationships off the court.”

In 2014 as a free agent, Anthony almost joined Rose and Noah in Chicago, saying he was impressed with the team’s competitiveness.

“Just seeing that team as a competitor and playing against them always knowing what that team was missing,” Anthony said. “That’s why I was really looking at that opportunity at that time. They came to me now. It’s kind of a couple of years out but we’ll take it.”

Anthony now is 32 years old and only has so many more years left in the NBA. He may go down as one of the greatest players to never win a championship. Now with an All-Star worthy point guard in Rose, a young phenom in power forward in Kristaps Porzingis, and a defensive-minded center in Noah, this may be Anthony’s final chance to get a title.

“Now is a time when we can go out there and put a competitive team out there and play,” Anthony said. “For me the time is now. For us as a city, as an organization, that should be the mindset — the time is now.”
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Nicholas Frazier

So, Melania Trump used two paragraphs worth of the exact same combinations of words as a Michelle Obama speech. Is that really something the whole world should be freaking out about?

Before we blow this into a major scandal and start bloviating about how un-first ladyish this is and drone on about how much damage this will do to the Trump campaign, let’s bear in mind this is a candidate’s wife’s speech. Every spouse who’s husband has ever run for political office has been operating off the same template since Martha Washington. Whether the husband is running for president, governor, congress or your local comptroller, it’s the same things. It’s like Candidate Wives’ Mad Lib. “Values work family integrity dignity respect.” Just a run-on sentence of buzz words to let the world know you’ll stand by your man, even when he’s reaching shoulder-deep into the public’s money and boinking his interns on his taxpayer-funded desk.

Did Melania’s speechwriters rip off Michelle’s speechwriters? Probably. Just like Michelle’s in all likelihood lifted her speech from the millions of other wives who came before her. And, judging by the speech, a million more valedictorians, commencement speakers and beauty queens in the Q&A portion of their pageants. I’m 90 percent convinced I heard the same words on the last season of “Toddlers & Tiaras,” so let’s pump the brakes on making this a major controversy.

The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter what Melania says. Regardless of the words that come out of her mouth, the message she’s projecting is “I am insanely hot. I have the body of a game show hostess and the accent of a Bond girl and will represent America as the sexiest first lady in the nation’s history. Your choice is between me, or putting that unwrapped mummy Bill Clinton back in the White House to run wild for another four years.”

If she’d just stuck with that, this election would be over.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Gerry, Mut and Kirk dig back into the Melania Trump speech on night one of the RNC and discuss how the Trump team will and should handle things going forward.

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This is how conspiracies start to unravel.

The NFL’s head of officiating/Chief Apologist/Minister of Truth Dean Blandino went on Pro Football Live with Mike Florio and slipped up when he revealed his league took PSI measurements of some game balls, but didn’t tell the referees what they were.

That’s a direct violation, not only of the NFL’s written policy which says, “All game ball information will be recorded on the Referee’s Report, which must be submitted to the League,” but about 30 pages of the Wells Report. Remember all that bloviating about the integrity of the game officials, how vital they are to measuring the balls, the importance of the balls staying in their care and control and how they need to defend the balls with their lives like the Knights Templar guarding the Holy Grail?

Yeah, about that. It’s none of their damned business whether the footballs conform or not. That information is given on a strict need-to-know basis.

Why is this important, you ask? Let me answer your question with a question. Why wouldn’t you share that information with your game officials, unless you’ve got something to hide? The more people know that, for instance, the footballs were deflated naturally in cold weather late in the season, the more likely it is the whole sordid LieGate mess gets exposed. And if the NFL’s own policy has to be violated in order to keep a lid on things, that’s a small price to pay.

Maybe Blandino didn’t screw up. Maybe this is just a reflection of the fact everyone in the NFL is free to say whatever they want now because the Patriots have been punished, Tom Brady is about to be punished and they will never be unpunished. And you can argue to keep exposing their pack of lies is futile. But there are plenty of organizations out there like the Innocence Project who never stop digging for the truth, even long after the wrongly accused has served a sentence. And neither will I.

If Tom Brady is not free, no man is truly free.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Gary Tanguay is upset at Gerry, Kirk and Mut that they weren't discussing Melania Trump's speech when he woke up at 8am, so he calls in to complain about their topic choices.
Mike Mutnansky defends baseball play-by-play and its' difficulty as a profession much to the delight of Gerry and Kirk.
Mut reads the day's 'Headlines' with most focused on the fallout from Melania Trump's lifted speech language.