Tom Brady joined Gerry, Kirk and Mut for his weekly chat. Brady addressed Reggie Wayne's cheating allegations.

[0:03:25] ... know and have been around for all those traits in you know Logan Mankins and you know Willie McGinest leader minister. So many great players and vicious. You know as part of the sport. You know it's not a part that ...
[0:05:48] ... what I love to do I have any complaints. Couple your teammates Heath Evans and and Kevin fall at this weekend talked about the offense and 2007 Tom and they're talking about your offense this year ...

weei-goodbye1I’m leaving WEEI and going back to Barstool Sports full-time as a writer and host of my own pro football podcast. Here’s why:

The best document ever written is the Declaration of Independence (the second best being “From Darkness to Dynasty: The First 40 Years of the New England Patriots,” available on Amazon and fine book retailers everywhere), in which Jefferson states that if you’re going to leave an empire that took you in, took care of you and kept the lights on all these years, you kind of owe it to the world to explain your thinking. Besides, if you don’t state your rationale, everyone will fill in the blanks themselves, and they’ll never do it with things that make you look good.

I’ve enjoyed the hell out of my time with WEEI. Flat-out loved it. Dale and Michael are the two smartest people on Boston radio. They’re great at what they do. They’ve worked together for years, then had me dropped into their world. And yet welcomed me in like Mr. and Mrs. Banks taking in The Fresh Prince. They’ve shown me the ropes, let me put my feet on the coffee table, help myself to whatever’s in the fridge and taught me butt loads about radio. Andy and Ben are the best producers at the station, a fact recognized by every, single person in the business. They are all the reasons our ratings have been so consistently good. On the digital side, Rob Bradford gave me prominent space on his website, let me post my nonsense and almost never edited me.

I’ll add that when I first took the job at ‘EEI, I got a snail mail from an 18-year-old Marine recruit suffering through Camp HellonEarth on Parris Island who wrote “I’m really proud of you, Dad.” So believe me, this is not how I expected the end of my rookie contract to go.

You don’t walk away from a job situation like this unless you have an opportunity too good to pass up. And that’s what Barstool has offered me. I’ve always been proud to have been a part of The Stool as we grew from an obscure newspaper to a brand, then an empire and eventually a lifestyle choice. In the two years I’ve been away, Dave Portnoy’s little blog became a corporation. A gigantic media conglomerate with podcasts that top the iTunes chart and a huge, national following. I won’t lie to you; the pay and benefits matter. But the chance to reach that audience again was the deciding factor.

As you all know, the gossipy little sewing circle that is the Boston sports media is lousy with insecure, dysfunctional, self-loathing wretches whose contempt for New England fans is exceeded only by their hatred for one another. And I have no doubt some of them will try to put a different spin on this move. So if anyone claims I’m leaving WEEI for any reason other than what I’ve just told you, what you need to hear them saying is “I am making this up. I really don’t have the first clue about Thornton or his show because I don’t talk to anyone involved. Ever. I’m really just reaching for something to talk about and you should never trust a word that comes out of this lie-hole I call a mouth. I hate my audience.” And you can quote them on that.

To all the listeners who’ve been so ridiculously supportive and complimentary, I don’t have a “thank you” as good as you deserve. But I’ll keep working on it. My career goal since I joined WEEI was to be there when “Dale & Holley Soon to Be No Longer with Thornton” went from No. 2 in the market to No. 1. And I will be. Only now as a daily listener like you, instead of a co-host.

And to all the Stoolies bros I’ve talked to in bars, parties, tailgates, pubs, campuses and other bars who’ve told me they wanted to see me back at Barstool? See you soon.


Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

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

Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
Utah at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NFL: Buffalo at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

NBA: Nuggets 123, Celtics 107
NBA: Jazz 114, Knicks 109
NBA: Kings 96, Raptors 91
NBA: Trail Blazers 100, Grizzlies 94
NBA: Lakers 119, Suns 108
NBA: Mavericks 86, Bucks 75
NFL: Lions 22, Vikings 16
NFL: Dolphins 27, Jets 23
NFL: Ravens 21, Steelers 14
NFL: Cowboys 35, Browns 10
NFL: Giants 28, Eagles 23
NFL: Chiefs 19, Jaguars 14
NFL: Panthers 13, Rams 10
NFL: Chargers 43, Titans 35
NFL: Saints 41, 49ers 23
NFL: Raiders 30, Broncos 20
NFL: Colts 31, Packers 26
NHL: Oilers 2, Red Wings 1
NHL: Blues 2, Avalanche 0
NHL: Rangers 5, Jets 2
NHL: Ducks 4, Flames 1
NHL: Blackhawks 4, Dallas 3
NHL: Devils 4, Hurricanes 1


— LeBron James got political in Cleveland on Sunday when he introduced Hillary Clinton at her presidential campaign rally.

In his speech, the Cavaliers forward encouraged his hometown crowd to get out and vote.

Joined on stage by teammate J.R. Smith and Smith’s young daughter, LeBron said, “We have to get out and be knowledgeable about what’s going on, about what we see that our future entails, and this woman right here has the brightest future for our world.”


James endorsed Clinton for president in October when he penned an op-ed piece published in the Akron Beacon Journal.

— Paul George was ejected from the Pacers’ 111-94 win over the Bulls on Saturday when he let his frustration get the best of him.

After being charged with a foul, the Indiana forward kicked a basketball into the stands and it hit a fan in the face. The fan did not seem to be hurt and George apologized by giving the fan a hug. The kick looked as if it was not meant to be that hard, and George explained after the game he did it unintentionally.

“Just meant to kick the ball against the mat, the stanchion I guess, and my soccer skills isn’t as good as I thought,” George explained after the game. “I apologized to the beautiful girl I hit.”

— Steelers kicker Chris Boswell pulled off what might be the worst onside kick attempt in football history.

Pittsburgh was trailing the Ravens 21-14 on Sunday with 48 seconds left in the game when Boswell completely whiffed in what looked like a coordination issue.

The Ravens then took possession of the ball and knelt to run out the clock and end the game.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’re halfway through the season, and at this point you can look at the numbers, relative to where we were a year ago, and see there is a significant improvement.” — Bill Belichick, on the health of the Patriots as a team so far this season

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: In 2010, for the first time in his career, Tom Brady lost a game against the Browns. Brady and the Patriots fell to Cleveland, 34-14, for one of New England’s two regular-season losses that year. Brady threw for 224 yards and tossed two touchdown passes to Aaron Hernandez. Fumbles by Sammy Morris and Rob Gronkowski proved costly in the end.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
An off week for the Patriots gave Christian some time to check out the rest of the AFC. Doesn't seem to be much there. Mark Cuban is yanking press credentials. And Late Night takes some time to acknowledge Jerry Thornton as he gets ready to move on to bigger and better things.

[0:19:08] ... people their ideas are good or not here. You're becoming just like talking head on CNN arguing we Giuliani I mean you're very. Public person. You know what things look like you know what people say. ...

Jamie Collins made his Browns debut as the former Pats LB saga rolls on. The Celtics had a game against the Nuggets but it seemed like they forgot to show up.

[0:02:25] ... Denver I figured it's not gonna matter. It's not gonna matter of Peyton Manning's the cornerback Trevor Ximian is the quarterback Tim Tebow as the court wreck or what the hell ever. The patriots go to ...
[0:03:33] ... Taylor in the you know whoever the hell was QB in the Cleveland Browns that day. With those guys Jamie Collins in the way he was playing naked baby get away with it. But once you ...
[0:04:35] ... who I think is a step up slightly ability wise. From what Peyton Manning gave you last year. Maybe not a slight step Bob what's called a major step up from old man Manning and his give B throws last season. Which they somehow won the Super Bowl anyway. What Peyton Manning was able to do and what made him still somewhat effective. Within eager walk up to the line look at the defense ...
[0:06:23] ... dolphins. The bills. That tightens the jaguars. The chargers. The raiders. The Cleveland Browns I mean it's you know it's not. Fred league the prides itself on parity it's really not happening very much these days. ...

The Pats may be off, but there are still 12 big games today. Pete and Price discuss them all!
The always entertaining Gabe Morency joins Pete and Price on NFL Sunday to give his feelings on the games today. He gives us his top 5 picks as well as a bonus play.
The guys discuss Gronk grabbing the Pats TD record and how it is an awesome accomplishment. Then they get into what the playoffs would look like if they started today.

[0:05:28] ... one I can't get my I can't get out of my head. Eli Manning is 18 in his last night home starts against the Eagles at all to predict what an eighth. Because he argued is ...
[0:07:21] ... agreed to Green Bay Packers are 43 at before toward one as Seattle Seahawks and other. The Packers the Packers the Seahawks Packers at the seahawk wildcard weekend wildcard weekend aren't you invest. Indeed a pest ...
[0:07:55] ... weekend pretty FC would be a the 68 to five went through Kansas City Chiefs were play at the number three seed. Five and three Houston Texans are rematch of that god awful pathetic game last year that was over and I think ten. Point six seconds it took ...
[0:12:37] ... summer's top. Place today and see if bite my stat about about Eli Manning. And the and against the Eagles home comes into play I would imagine geez he knows that and around the NFL segment ...

Devin McCourty had some interesting comments the other day on the Pats D and people thinking their not too great. The guys discuss and talk about some other defenses around the league.

[0:01:43] ... a lot of people be interested to watch him columns in the Cleveland Browns ever Canada California it I bit into right and make a lot of sense like it did there are we view things ...
[0:11:31] ... we don't have to be a top notch defense to win the Super Bowl this year yet I don't think there I think a lot of teams of the last three years. Indianapolis new Orleans back ...
[0:15:30] ... did that the faces for the same for yours yours for the Troy Polamalu Joey Porter all those guys were in big basically stuck to the same team play and at the same defense of philosophy this is ...