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Wall Street JournalThe National Football League has been ordered to return what its union calculates is more than $100 million to the pool of revenue that it shares with its players.

The ruling, handed down last week by arbitrator Stephen Burbank, found that the NFL owners had mischaracterized what Players Association officials say is roughly $120 million of ticket revenue over the past three years by creating an exemption that had the effect of keeping about $50 million in salary out of players’ pockets. …

“They created an exemption out of a fiction and they got caught,” said NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith.

I’d like every Thornography reader (every Thorny? Thornstar? I’ll work on it …) to file this story away for the future. The NFL’s appeal of Tom Brady‘s appeal goes to federal court next week. Which means you’ll once again be hearing from those deranged, misguided, uninformed twits who chose to pledge their allegiance to the league instead of the quarterback who’s represented pro football with honor and integrity since the turn of the century. So here is more ammunition for your arsenal: 120 million bullets of pure reality you can fire at your opponent next time he/she wants to tell you how Brady “cheated.”

There is no more basic way to cheat someone than by cheating them out of money. It’s the world’s oldest profession. The first time a bunch of Neanderthals took down a woolly mammoth, there was one caveman trying to tell another caveman he had to take less meat and fur due to a “spear exemption.” Ripping off workers happened in Biblical times and the Middle Ages and right through the Industrial Revolution and it’s happening today in Roger Goodell’s little Land of Make Believe.

The commissioner can talk all he wants about having the players’ best interests at heart. He can make all these high-minded pronouncements about how their safety and well-being is his top priority. But all that noise about “integrity” and “transparency” goes out the window when it comes time to write the checks. He’s the innkeeper from “Les Miserables,” a “gent of good intent” when he’s not “rooking the guests and cooking the books.” And once again he’s been whacked by an arbiter, like he was in the Brady case or any other time he’s been dragged before a neutral arbiter.

So again, just be aware, New England. This is the kind of deceitful, thieving weasels the rest of the country is backing instead of the Patriots. The struggle is real. Keep Defending the Wall.

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(This is the complete video of the sound we played on Dale & Holley with Thornton’s Final Drive Monday. It is highly NSFW, language. So don’t play it at work unless you’re fixing to get fired.)

As we continue to do post-cruise analysis of the Gronk Party Ship, The Boston Globe has released a shocking report that not everyone on the ship was there as part of the Gronkowski family party rock package:

There were also plenty of cruisers who had no idea that good-time Gronkowski was among them. The Norwegian Pearl holds more than 2,300 passengers, but only 700 of them were part of Gronk’€™s cruise. The rest thought they were on the boat for an ordinary vacation to the Bahamas.

Non-Gronk fans interviewed said they were unfazed by the shenanigans; in fact, some of them enjoyed the additional color.

What the actual hell? How is that even remotely possible? More than three-quarters of the passengers on board didn’t know they were signing up to cruise with the Gronkowskis? It’s 2016. A time and a place where all the knowledge in the world is available on a device in your pocket. And Rob Gronkowski is a black hole of the Information Age, a gravitational field so strong that no attention can escape him. And yet 75 percent of the people booking this vacation managed to be unaware they’d be stowaways on the greatest party boat ever to set sail.

I feel like those other passengers should have to pay extra. A Gronk surtax of some sort, payable to the 700 who enlisted to sail under the Gronkowski banner. Just as a make-do for all the free entertainment, party atmosphere and raging hormones the Gronk loyalists brought with them. It’s not only fair, I’m pretty sure it’s required under the Law of the Sea or the Pirate Code or something. You can be unfazed by the shenanigans, but all that additional color doesn’t pay for itself.

@JerryThornton1

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Jerry Thornton

(This is the complete video of the sound we played on Dale & Holley with Thornton’s Final Drive Monday. It is highly NSFW, language. So don’t play it at work unless you’re fixing to get fired.)

As we continue to do post-cruise analysis of the Gronk Party Ship, The Boston Globe has released a shocking report that not everyone on the ship was there as part of the Gronkowski family party rock package:

There were also plenty of cruisers who had no idea that good-time Gronkowski was among them. The Norwegian Pearl holds more than 2,300 passengers, but only 700 of them were part of Gronk’€™s cruise. The rest thought they were on the boat for an ordinary vacation to the Bahamas.

Non-Gronk fans interviewed said they were unfazed by the shenanigans; in fact, some of them enjoyed the additional color.

What the actual hell? How is that even remotely possible? More than three-quarters of the passengers on board didn’t know they were signing up to cruise with the Gronkowskis? It’s 2016. A time and a place where all the knowledge in the world is available on a device in your pocket. And Rob Gronkowski is a black hole of the Information Age, a gravitational field so strong that no attention can escape him. And yet 75 percent of the people booking this vacation managed to be unaware they’d be stowaways on the greatest party boat ever to set sail.

I feel like those other passengers should have to pay extra. A Gronk surtax of some sort, payable to the 700 who enlisted to sail under the Gronkowski banner. Just as a make-do for all the free entertainment, party atmosphere and raging hormones the Gronk loyalists brought with them. It’s not only fair, I’m pretty sure it’s required under the Law of the Sea or the Pirate Code or something. You can be unfazed by the shenanigans, but all that additional color doesn’t pay for itself.

@JerryThornton1

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
John Farrell joined the show to discuss his comments about have "5 number 1 pitchers" last year, Sandoval's weight, and what he expects out of Hanley Ramirez at 1st base.

[0:00:38] ... any way you look at your job you look at managing a Major League Baseball team just in general your outlook. I would limit it to just those life in general the ability to take some of ...
[0:07:28] ... if indeed this comes to fruition. A including Jackie Bradley junior with Chris Young I mean you were talking about a world class center fielder Jackie Bradley is that overstating it. He even knew what the best defense he's a very good defender yes right he's probably and I would admit he's probably one of the top defense in defensive center fielders. In in in Major League Baseball and if he hits with a modicum of success early on. Are you still comfortable with or have any reservations about pulling him out and tuning him. With a with a crush on I. I think it's important to note that we've got four very good outfielders and if Jackie Bradley is about good against left handers that doesn't mean necessarily sets. He is he your center fielder. We start opening day against a right every day is a sort of curious and if if he sets and Chris Young goes in those smoky wood to center or you don't wanna move him around I I'd prefer not to move more kid ...
[0:14:24] ... to get in the spring I would I would certainly hope so John Farrell good to see if thanks for taking some time good luck this year OK guys John Farrell with Dennis Callahan minicamp broadcasting live from jetBlue park. In Fort Myers, Florida. ...





 

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ESPNAn allegation by a former University of Tennessee trainer who accused NFL star Peyton Manning of pressing his buttocks and genitals against her face while she examined his ankle was cataloged in 1996 by a sexual assault crisis center worker as “sexual assault/abuse,” according to documents reviewed by Outside the Lines.

Less than three hours after the Feb. 29, 1996, training room incident, then-trainer Jamie Naughright called a Knoxville sexual assault crisis center hotline and said she had been victimized that evening by a “very well-known public figure … an athlete at UT” and that she had already reported the incident to her supervisor.

According to the document, Naughright did not name Manning and did not want to discuss details of the assault over the phone because she “feared for her job, worried and feared for her life.” Notes written by the crisis center worker quote Naughright as saying, “I can’t believe this … sense there will be a cover-up.” …

The document from Naughright’s call to the crisis center is buried in more than a thousand pages of court documents that were part of a 2002 libel and defamation lawsuit she filed after Manning and his father, Archie, published a book that described the incident as a “mooning” and referred to Naughright (though not by name) as having a vulgar mouth.

I’m going to say something I haven’t had much cause to over the last year or so. And it’ll probably feel sore tomorrow morning, but here goes: Kudos to ESPN. This is an outstanding piece of journalism, and I applaud the effort.

The article goes on to say how the supervisor Dr. Naughright reported the (alleged) assault to was head trainer Mike Rollo. And how Rollo advised her not to go to the police, then testified under oath in a deposition that not only was she genuinely, sincerely upset that night (which was unusual, given that she had always rolled with the jock culture of a major D1 athletic program), but that she never called it a “mooning.” That word, he admitted, came from him. And that she had witnessed “moonings” before and they didn’t bother her in the least. Again, she was no stranger to working with testosterone-fueled, 19-year-old morons.

And ESPN deserves all the credit in the world because Peyton Manning is as holy a sacred cow as they have in Bristol. For almost 20 years the Manning Apology Machine has been firing on all cylinders, excusing his terrible play in big games, his ties to HGH, the bullying/buying off of Charlie Sly and, of course, this incident with Dr. Naughright. So it’s to ESPN’s credit it dug deep on this part of the story because it is truly damning to its Chosen One.

There’s no way for the Manning apologists to polish this turd, no matter how hard they’ll try. Women who are immersed in the environment of a big school athletic program don’t call sexual assault crisis hotlines whenever some dope shows his ass cheeks to some other dope. Gold-digging opportunists (as she’s accused of being by some media bottom-feeders) don’t refuse to name their attacker. And there’s no reason to believe Mike Rollo would have perjured himself if the “mooning” alibi actually came from her.

In court, they have a form of evidence known as an “excited utterance.” It refers to the words the alleged victim said immediately after the incident in question. A 911 call. Statements said to the police when they arrive on the scene. Upset calls to a sexual assault crisis hotline. It’s a way of giving weight to what a person said before they had time to reflect, be intimidated or be bought off.

The fact that Jamie Naughright was so traumatized by what went on between herself and Peyton Manning that she’d make that call is a terrible look for him. And one that won’t easily be explained away by his people. Nor, shockingly, by ESPN. It’ll be interesting to see if after this he has any defenders in the press at all. Because the more we find out about this guy, the worse a human being he seems.

@JerryThornton1

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Kirk talks about the OJ Simpson show, Adolf Hitler's micropenis, and Donald Trump telling an audience he wanted to punch a heckler in the face.
The folks in Bristol are starting to see the light.
ESPN's "Outside The Lines" brought some new evidence in the story of Peyton Manning's assault of Jamie Naughright from 1996.
Dave Dombrowski spoke about Pablo Sandoval's health, and the guys were accused of "fat shaming" Sandoval, by other members of the media.

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