Inspired by Syracuse's rise from a 10 seed to the final four, we look at four cinderella-like runs with Boston ties.
We close out the program with the best sound from today and the past weekend.
We close out the program with the best sound from today and the past weekend.

The genesis of me posting this one today is that I have friends whose son has decided to enlist in the Navy, so I sent this to them with the message “Be glad he’s joining the right one.”

The Japanese part of this is real. How did the Imperial Navy ever get the drop on us back in 1941?

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Christian truly believes he is the funniest person around. He also believes his comic style can transcend any type of audience. The rest of the staff isn't convinced.
Free agent safety Husain Abdullah has decided to call it a career. The guys discuss this and concussion issues surrounding the NFL.

[0:00:01] ... concussions story because her couple things happening. In the news in the National Football League a today one of them turns out to be another player at this. Age thirty in this case Hussein ability a safety for the Kansas City Chiefs has announced his retirement. Why we sent five concussions and he's going you know want. A wanna be able have some type ...
[0:01:15] ... they think about it and then you've got the the link with Jeff Miller and him. Admitting the connection in the wake of of CTE in football which aren't good for the National Football League not any surprise but he's the executive vice president. A player health and safety. And he's now come out on the record. ...
[0:03:37] ... correct to a degree. Is that if you're in order in the National Football League is that tactic that they right now well an accountant and I think he's he's just. He's he's as you're I'm here and yours yet just because. He played football is because he had concussions. And suddenly he's developing alzheimer's or he's committing suicide at whatever. You know recipients aids definite. What we've seen enough studies right now in the week starting to admit that there is a connection with all of this you know why would you take that approach if you're an older in the league it's almost that say you know what I don't. Jerry Jones 'cause it's a similar thing the bit. Egypt there's no doubt as it's they're all saying we don't the knowledge to back ...
[0:05:13] ... To opine on the link between CT heat and football. Pummel layman. Jeff Miller is a layman as well he's thrown him under the plus arm. But some of the stuff that. That that hearsay is ...






 

 

It’s stories like this that make me think there might be something wrong with me. That I’m missing some gene that controls sensitivity. Or maybe there’s some internal organ – a gland that secretes an enzyme that makes you feel offended – and I was born without it. Because I just can’t get myself worked up into a lather because Kevin Harlan made a wisecrack about “rising from the dead” on Easter.

Maybe it’s because Harlan is great at his job. Or that he’s been a frequent guest on our show. Perhaps it’s because one of my co-workers is close to starting a crowd funding campaign to build a statue to the man. But mainly I think it’s just because I lack the fundamental capacity to get all upset over a one-liner delivered with absolutely no bad intent.

I went to Mass on Easter Sunday. Got together with family. Ate ham. Watched the kids poke through their baskets and told their parents how nice they look. Went home, watched the Syracuse-North Carolina game and heard Harlan fire off the line. But the whole thing about it being a hate crime just eluded me somehow. But then again, I have a history of missing the boat on this stuff. When Al Michaels said “Do you believe in miracles?!?” I never equated it to him comparing a hockey team to Jesus’ turning water into wine trick. When someone talks about a having “a cross to bear,” I always forget to point out the sacrilege. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen Notre Dame’s Touchdown Jesus and missed out on the whole blasphemy of implying the Lamb of God could be a college referee. That’s on me.

In a way, I envy the Easily Offended. Life must be more interesting when you constantly figure out ways to paint yourself as the victim of someone else’s inappropriateness. It must be rewarding to find offense where others just hear a harmless joke and start demanding apologies. But like I said, I’m not wired like that. I guess it’s just my cross to bear.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
With the playoffs right around the corner, both the Celtics and the Bruins have questions to answer about their respective futures. What does free agency hold for the Celtics? Can the Bruins hang around in the playoffs?

 

Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Wow. I might not have stood a chance against Dan Shaughnessy in the Dennis & Callahan Sports Media A-hole Bracket, but Geno Auriemma absolutely mopped the canvas with him in the “UConn Women’s Team is Bad for Their Sport” debate.

I won’t pretend to follow women’s college hoops. As I typed that last sentence I came up with six new ways to not care about the Lady Huskies program. But I can, at the very least, appreciate excellence in any field of endeavor. So I have to admire a guy like Auriemma, dominating his profession like it’s never been dominated, then having to answer a question about one columnist saying he’s ruining the game because of it. You’ve got love the way he makes no effort to hide his contempt. Or to apologize for being great at his job. He just swats the Curly-Haired Boyfriend’s opinion away like it’s a gnat, while at the same time defending the rights of everyone to not follow his sport if they don’t like it.

Which is part of what makes Shaughnessy’s argument so laughable. Like he’d be riveted to women’s basketball if only UConn didn’t destroy the competitive balance. Who’s does he think is buying that argument? It’s OK to not care about a sport. But don’t try to tell us you would, if only one team wasn’t so much better than everyone else. By that logic, the UCLA men’s team ruined the sport in the John Wooden era. And Red Auerbach’s Celtics should have put the NBA out of business in the 1960s. And baseball would have never survived about three separate Yankee dynasties. Not to mention what Hulk Hogan’s reign would have done to wrestling.

Say you don’t like Geno Auriemma’s sport. Say he probably should have taken the leap into the men’s game. Say you don’t like his tie. But criticize him for being a great winner and you deserve the verbal swirlie he delivered on you.

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Jerry Thornton

 

In order to raise money for the family of Odin Lloyd, the court has approved the sale of Aaron Hernandez’s house at 22 Ronald C. Meyer Drive in North Attleboro. The asking price is $1.5 million, which works out to a nifty $7,038 per month on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. Which must be a bargain because the real estate listing on the place claims “There is a 75 percent chance this home will sell in the next 9 days – go tour it soon.”

The listing also describes Shooty McMurders’ former criminal lair as:

Brick front Contemporary Colonial with 3 car garage located in Prestigious Westwood Estates. Open floor plan with 2 story balcony overlooking family room and foyer. Master suite with private balcony, gas fireplace, wet bar with refrigerator, oversized master bath has jetted tub, double vanity and tiled shower. Custom gourmet kitchen featuring . granite island, wolf appliances, wine cabinet, pantry, wet bar and dining area. Sun filled room off the dining area overlooking the in ground pool and cabana. Pottery Barn look entryway off the garage with built in coat racks, seating and drawers. Finished basement with custom bar, sink, refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher. The finished basement also offers a full bath including a sauna and ice bath a theater room and a possible workout room. Private showings only with pre approval.

I get how real estate advertising works. You don’t say a house is “small,” you call it “a starter home.” You don’t call some dump for what it is, you call it “a handyman’s special.” And like any of you, I want the Lloyd family to get as much out of the estate as possible. I just have a hard time hearing about jetted tubs and wet bars, gourmet kitchens and wolf appliances (Note: please let that be a brand name) when we’re talking about the hideout of one of the most notorious criminals of our time.

I don’t blame the realtors for holding back. But if they wanted to be completely honest, the ad would read:

Here’s your chance to buy a house you otherwise couldn’t afford! If you’re one of the few people who’s not completely weirded out by the idea of living in the former home of a convicted murderer, have we got a deal for you! You’ll be able to sleep in the same master suite where he decided to throw his privileged life away. Relax in the bar area where he used to do drugs with his lowlife accomplices. Prepare meals at the same granite island where he rationalized (allegedly) killing two people outside a nightclub because one of them spilled a drink on him. Luxuriate in the same sauna where he contemplated the cold blooded murder of his friend. Enjoy the view from the poolside cabana where he convinced his girlfriend to hide the murder weapon. And hang up your coat in the Pottery Barn look entryway off the garage where  the police took him into custody. Granted, that’s creepy as hell. But if you have the stomach for it, you can save some money and live in an otherwise nice place. And, the neighbors will love you for not being a homicidal maniac. Comes with a partially damaged home security system.

On second thought, the buyer might really want to consider just leveling the place and building a new house.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton