Jim and Pete get you set with all of your fantasy football needs heading into Week 11. They discuss all of the major injury concerns, the variety of running backs fantasy football owners are forced to turn to and a little about the fantasy implications of Pats/BIlls. The guys get bombarded with texts from frantic fantasy owners and get into the best starts of the week.

 

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In a world filled with inhumanity, chaos, economic peril and “Two Broke Girls,” there are enough crises to worry about besides ESPN’s constant harping of the worst statistic in the history of sports journalism. But since no one has asked me to solve all those other problems and since over the past year ESPN has pretty much been the ninth Circle of Hell for New Englanders, I figure, what the hell.

I mentioned the toweringly backward illogic of the World Wide Leader’s Quarterback Rating (QBR) stat after the Week 5 game this year when Tom Brady had one of the statically best games of his career but ESPN had him ranked the second-worst quarterback in the league. That alone was enough to discredit the metric for good, like a physics equation that proves gravity doesn’t exist or trigonometry function that shows triangles have more than three angles, the whiteboard should have been erased and the brainiacs in Bristol should have started over.

But they didn’t. They continue to push this thing like it’s real. Which is what makes Pro Football Talk’s latest take down of QBR that much more entertaining:

[A]ccording to QBR, the greatest game any quarterback has ever played: Charlie Batch’€™s 186-yard, two-interception performance against the Buccaneers in 2010.

Really. Under “All-Time Best Games” on ESPN.com’€™s QBR page, the top game on the list is an utterly forgettable game that Batch played in place of the suspended Ben Roethlisberger. … I’€™m sure Charlie Batch doesn’t think it was the greatest game in NFL history. I’€™m sure Charlie Batch’€™s mom doesn’t think it was the greatest game in NFL history. No sane person could possibly think it was the greatest game in NFL history. Only ESPN’€™s super-secret QBR formula could possibly arrive at the conclusion that it was the greatest game in NFL history.

Here’s where it gets really good. If you click the link to ESPN’s own rankings of greatest QB performances of all time, Charlie Batch’s game no longer appears on the list. They didn’t change his rating, mind you. You can still find it buried somewhere and it’s still the highest ever. They just removed it from the list the way the Soviets would erase an enemy of the state from the history books.

I used to think the worst things ESPN ever foisted on the world were “Jacked Up!”, Tim Tebow‘s birthday and Ray Lewis wearing a microphone. It turns out I wasn’t even close. Nice work, WWL. It couldn’t happen to a better organization.

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Danny talks about who should start in place of Marcus Smart while he nurses his knee injury and reacts to hearing about David Ortiz' retirement this week

[0:09:31] ... symphony to lock out of Fenway and not acknowledge the fact that. David Ortiz big poppy. Has announced he will retire. After the 2016 season and give you my take on that and gives a lot of people out there and opportunity. That there to give their take on. To respond to that 61777979837. Now when I heard the news that David Ortiz. Was gonna retire at the 2016. I wasn't shocked. Shocked I was not a shock value to. I would have been shocked. If David Ortiz came out on the plays Tribune the other day and said. I'm retired at a begins now every said that EB said I. I'm Big Papi and I am not gonna play 2000 at sixteen I would be shocked. You shock value that. We're high it's I'd be like hey something happened what went on. Somebody told them they need to put him as the DH. Right up. Like there was argument. They said they make it popular guy at the raiders. And I don't wanna and on about not. I'd be shocked by that but that's not happen this new apple wants David Ortiz at a plant one more season. You guys can do whatever you want and Hanley planet first page. Do what Danny that ...
[0:11:41] ... ball stretch it out. Make a play at first I can't envision Hanley Ramirez doing that would help get I can't. But it doesn't look like they're gonna manage it but David Ortiz basically said hey you know. I don't want more season left you got to do whatever you want with Hanley Ramirez planet that are planet Mars. Wanna take me out of a couple games planet yet but I'm going to be you ought ...
[0:12:28] ... has hit 500 home run that god has done he's won a World Series and it. The guy is on everything that you need to do in the sport when it comes to all fame credentials ...
[0:13:00] ... vice Versa great regular seasons and they they sucked in the politics. David Ortiz has done a ball. He's not at all these not at all he's done had he said the regular season dominance. And he's at the post season dominance. And the number is that I can't get over know that David Ortiz has had regular season dominance but not the last nineteenth season but not all ninety obviously. When he began what Minnesota. I mean he was even use and what he does his last name right. And then deal that's being brought in mid 2003. And you know all the short I sit there and tell you everything that David Ortiz is Donna not even his eyes. And it inside of Fenway Park in his head football game going on out there and an hour and a half what Tom. I really need to point out some numbers and and just that a defend my comments I'm not shocked Eddie's called it quits he's got everything. That he could do as a Major League player. Three championship World Series MVP regular season. Dominance 500 home runs mean what else you want got to know its twentieth season this year did you start forty years old. It lets these numbers in post season. Okay post season. 82 post season games to David Ortiz at 295. Per apologies and at about how about the World Series. Some guys play this game. The vote ten to fifteen years and they gave us a World Series and sometimes when I get baked don't yell up. They've please not only did he let the Red Sox to the World Series. These. Metal watch the World Series any of the World Series career at bat an average of 455. Bought 55. Three home runs fourteen RBIs and fourteen. World Series and post season games. Derek guys don't edit a post season Koreas. And even have those numbers. Earning a play that many games they've achieved what fourteen World Series games and he's a career full 55 minutes and don't get me as well David Ortiz he's the DH doesn't play and a nationally pocket the World Series. The World Series he does. Art isn't actually marquee player. So aren't all Dodgers kick. Although when you go back and now book equities group ...






Live from Fenway Park, Butch Stearns, Rob Bradford, and John Tomase discuss the hot stove baseball season as well as the news that David Ortiz is retiring after 2016
Broadcasting live from Fenway Park and the Shamrock Series where Notre Dame will host Boston College, Butch Stearns, Rob Bradford, and John Tomase discuss the great moments in Boston College history and what the program has become
Craig and Larry discuss the media's role in covering Tom Brady and his refusal to discuss Deflategate related topics with GQ magazine

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[0:22:51] ... up so you know hopefully it's simple we get some guys back. Tom Brady knows that if you're gonna be a high functioning quarterback at the NFL level you're gonna have to you would deal with ...





In hour one of the show, Craig Mustard and Larry Johnson discuss the news that David Ortiz plans to retire after the 2016 season. Larry is skeptical that Ortiz will follow through, and does not think he should retire yet.
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Mut and Villani talk with WEEI.com's Chris Price about this week for the Patriots leading up to their Monday Night matchup with the Bills.