Glenn, Lou and Christian took phone calls from Bruins fans to talk about the return of Claude Julien.

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Don Sweeney and Claude Julien held a press conference this morning at 10 AM. As soon as it was over, the guys shared their views on the news that Claude Julien would be returning with the team.

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To repeat what I said Wednesday on Dale & Holley With a Shot of Thornton when news broke that the Patriots had released Dominique Easley, the most surprising part of it is that the Patriots are still capable of surprising me.

Easley is young. Appeared to be turning into the elite interior pass rusher that they’d hoped he be when they drafted him in the first round in 2014. He was under team control for the next three years. I can’t ever recall hearing the man speak, so from the outside looking in he appeared to the quiet team leader and diligent film room junkie the pre-draft profiles said he was.

So it begs the question, why? What reasons did they have for getting rid of him, now of all times. We speculated on the air that there had to be something more. Some off-field issues. Something dark and sinister, which, given the recent history of the franchise, we can be forgiving for assuming the worst. Tom E. Curran of CSN, who broke the story, came on the show and said it was all related to Easley not cooperating with team doctors regarding his treatment and also that he was just considered a bad element in a locker room that is in need of strong leadership.

Thursday, Patriots troll/Deflategate Truther/friend of our show, Ben Volin in the Boston Globe elaborated, detailing what multiple sources are telling him about Easley. The highlights:

  • Two league sources said independently on Wednesday that Easley is “a 25-year-old in a 40-year-old’s body.”
  • [I]t’s clear that Easley and the Patriots were never a good fit.
  • [A] portrait emerged Wednesday of a player who struggled with maturity and his responsibilities of being a professional athlete.
  • “Saw that coming,” one of Easley’s former Patriots teammates said upon hearing the news. “Injuries and locker room cancer.”
  • Multiple league sources said Easley was unreliable and immature. “He’ll make an appointment for a massage and not show up,” one source said. “He’s just very disrespectful and irresponsible.”
  • “I think he rubbed a lot of people the wrong way,” another source said. “He comes across as an entitled kid. He reneges on everything. He thinks he’s invincible.”
  • When it came to football, Easley played by his own rules, which didn’t go over well with Belichick and staff. He routinely ignored requests to rehab his injuries with the Patriots’ trainers, and instead did it on his own.
  • The Patriots grew so fed up with Easley during his rookie year that they placed him on IR in December. … When the Patriots were raising the Lombardi Trophy in Arizona, Easley was partying in Las Vegas.
  • The Patriots “never liked him from the get-go, and part of the problem was he would never listen to the medical advice,” one source said.

It’s important to note that this isn’t all coming from the team. This isn’t one person feeding dirt to a reporter like to kick a guy down the stairs on his way out the door like someone from the Red Sox did in 2011 to paint Terry Francona as an unstable, pill-addicted philanderer. Volin talked to multiple sources from outside the Patriots and a former teammate (Vince Wilfork? Just spit-ballin’ here…) who all give us a picture of a guy who’s body is breaking down, a loner who doesn’t buy into the team concept, doesn’t accept the same medical program everyone else has to, and who ultimately is a team-killing, self-entitled, clubhouse carcinogen.

If these reports are accurate, then there’s no crime here. Nothing nefarious. Just a team that values everybody working together and having each other’s backs as part of their formula for winning deciding that it’s not worth wrecking team chemistry, even if the unstable compound in the formula can get after quarterbacks. And it’s something we should have seen coming when he missed parts of his rookie workouts after being mauled by his own pit bull. Dead giveaway. DEAD giveaway.

By way of full disclosure, I owe a lot to Easley. If I hadn’t accurately predicted the Patriots would draft him when I was at Barstool, it’s possible Dennis & Callahan don’t start inviting me on as a fill-in host, The Belichick Whisperer never graduates from the Stool and maybe I’m not on the best radio show in the market. So I appreciate Dominique Easley’s place in my life. But he’s not worth keeping if he’s as bad as we’re hearing.

Now, if someone in the Patriots office could show Belichick how to block Urban Meyer on his phone, we’d all be better for it.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

This, in case you missed it (and if you did, you make thank your loving and merciful God), was the National Anthem prior to Kobe Bryant’s last game Wednesday night. No disrespect to Flea, who’s a virtuoso on the guitar and has earned everything in his Rock God career filled with oceans of groupies and mountain ranges of cocaine. But this was a traveshamockery.

If you took a Fender Stratocaster, plugged it into the amp system at Coachella at full volume, laid it in front of them for maximum feedback, then proceeded to drive over it repeatedly with a ride-on mower while throwing flash-bangs, it wouldn’t have sounded any worse than Flea’s rendition of the Anthem.

But then again, maybe it’s just me. You might have liked it. But to me, it sounded less like a song of national pride and more like Free Form Jazz Odyssey:

And to be fair, I couldn’t hear it all that well. Like I Tweeted at the time, it was a little hard to make out the chords over the sound of Francis Scott Key clawing at the lid of his casket. Somewhere, Jimi Hendrix weeps.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

 

TMZJohnny Manziel was a passenger in a car that allegedly hit a light pole and fled the scene in Hollywood this weekend … and the person who picked him up after the crash was Josh Gordon. …

Manziel was interviewed by LAPD about a crash that occurred on the Sunset Strip around 10:45 PM on Saturday night.

We’re told cops believe the driver of the car was Manziel’s good friend Ryan Silverstein — aka OVO Ryan from Drake’s OVO crew.

Law enforcement sources tell us cops believe Silverstein and Manziel left the scene on foot after the crash — and were picked up by Cleveland Browns WR Gordon.

After cops arrived to the crash scene, we’re told Silverstein and Manziel came BACK to the area … and witnesses identified Ryan as the driver because of his recognizable beard.

This is one of those stories you have to Google-check before you blog it to make sure it didn’t come from a parody site like The Onion or Sports Pickle. But it is real life. The real life of Johnny Manziel.

To be clear, I’m not talking about the hit-and-run. I’m not all that up-to-speed on the California penal codes, but I’m fairly certain it’s not a crime to be the passenger in a car that strikes a light pole. It’s not a great idea, either. But it’s probably not against the law.

It’s also not a crime to be riding shotgun with a guy who does hit a pole and doesn’t report it. Or to have Josh Gordon be the first guy you call for a ride. But if you’re a disgrace, swirling the drain of Draft Bust status and your football career is doing the St. Vitus Dance, it might as well be a felony. Seriously, reading that Johnny Football called Gordon, who’s suspended indefinitely for substance abuse violations, I was convinced it was a fake article. I had the next paragraph written in my head like “Manziel and Gordon then drove to LA to pick up Lindsay Lohan, did a bag of oxys with Gary Busey, then broke El Chapo out of prison.” Premise, set up, punchline, then it’s on to the next Donald Trump piece.

But no. This actually happened. Manziel rolling with probably the one NFL player whose number he should have deleted, apparently because Aaron Hernandez is not available. And the sand continues to run out of the hourglass in the career of Johnny Soon to Be Permanently Out of Football.

 

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Schill checks in after the Red Sox sent Pablo Sandoval to the DL. He also comments on Clay Buchholz and his struggles.
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Pablo Sandoval is headed to the DL.

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The guys discuss the possible reasons behind the former first round pick's release.

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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss Kobe Bryant's final game and the media coverage that overshadowed the Warriors' record.

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