You what really bothers me about this New York Daily News cover? It’s the fact that it doesn’t bother me.
This what 2015 did to me. It’s got me so conditioned to unfair treatment and double standards, that if Peyton Manning‘s HGH scandal is lumped in with Tom Brady‘s Deflategate saga, I consider it a victory. That’s my new, lower standard of fairness in this miserable, unjust veil of tears we walk through every day. That Brady, who was exonerated by a federal court gets associated with Manning, who still hasn’t given a straight answer to why his wife was getting shipments of PEDs while he was magically recovering from four neck surgeries, and I’m OK with it. Because at least somebody is talking about Manning.
Manning is the face of the NFL. One of the highest-profile celebrities in the country who does more product endorsements than Bill Cosby in his prime. But in the two games he’s played since the HGH story broke, it hasn’t been mentioned once. Partly because of his status as a media darling, but also because Jim Nantz did both games and he and Manning share an agent and commercial deals. Meanwhile, Nantz’s own network couldn’t shut up about Chandler Jones and his episode at the Foxboro police station. And rightly so. It’s newsworthy and part of the discussion. But Peyton gets such a free pass that I’m actually happy Brady gets smeared, just as long as some of that dirt gets on him as well.
So thanks, Daily News. You’re delusional if you think the two are at all similar. But at least you’re talking about Manning. I promise you CBS will talk about Deflategate Sunday. But won’t mention word one about Inflategate.
First of all, I’d like to thank the news outlets that posted these tweets from Bob “The Father of Deflategate” Kravitz, since I have the honor and privilege of being one of the New Englanders who are blocked by him. Not for abusive language, making threats or bringing family into the discussion, just for firing laser-guided hellfire missiles of truth at him with the predator drone of facts and laying waste his bunker of lies.
Secondly, what kind of a dope celebrates the anniversary of something that is that big an embarrassment to him? Kravitz is the Indianapolis Colts house boy and they made a useful idiot of him. He was their patsy. The front man to “break” the story that was contrived by their GM Ryan Grigson, working with his NFL inside man Mike Kensil in an attempt to bring down Bill Belichick because they couldn’t do it on the field.
The entire scheme blew up in their faces like a Wile E. Coyote trap and exposed Kravitz for the willing dupe he is. So he doesn’t get to say, “I’d like a couple of tweets back” and “I never thought it would end up in federal court.” That damage is done. Both to the Patriots and to whatever credibility Bobby has left. And to talk about it now is like throwing a party to celebrate the time you got pantsed in gym class. Especially in light of the fact that post-Deflategate, with the footballs now seemingly on the level, the Colts collapsed and the Patriots are right back where it all began, in the AFC championship game.
So we’ll decide how and when this gets celebrated. But right now we’re too busy tasting victory and making travel arrangements to Santa Clara. The anniversary will have to wait until after.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss the Patriots’ match up against the Broncos and they start making plans for Santa Clara.
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MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pelicans at Grizzlies, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Magic at Hawks, 5 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Warriors at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Rockets at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT) College basketball: Loyola (Md.) at Boston University, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE) College basketball: Syracuse at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Texas Tech at TCU, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Hampton at N.C. Central, 9 p.m. (ESPNU) NHL: Penguins at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Westward at Swansea City, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
— In case you thought a week would be enough time for the Bengals to get over their bitter loss to the rival Steelers, think again. Steelers players expressed their glee Sunday night after Pittsburgh was eliminated from the playoffs with a loss to the Broncos.
The Bengals were frustrated last Saturday, with much of their ire directed at controversial Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter, who walked onto the field and got into an argument with Bengals defensive back Adam “Pacman” Jones in the final seconds of the game. Jones was assessed a flag after pushing an official who was trying to keep him away from Porter, putting the Steelers in position for an easy field goal that won the game.
Porter later was fined $10,000, as was fellow assistant Mike Munchak, who pulled the hair of Bengals safety Reggie Nelson during an incident on the sideline. A total of $83,665 in fines was assessed for that game.
So, with the hard feelings still lingering, it made the Bengals happy to know the Steelers’ season now is over.
Wrote George Iloka: And just like that all is right in the world again. … I have my closure now.
Tweeted Dre Kirkpatrick under a picture of him smiling: What goes around comes around #karma.
Mohamed Sanu tweeted out a series of smiley emojis following the word “Mood,” then wrote: I guess I can’t be in a good mood outta the blue lol.
Tweeted Rey Maualuga: #icanfinallysleepinpeace.
— In case you missed it, there was some confusion during the coin flip before overtime of the Packers-Cardinals game Saturday night. After the Packers called tails, referee Clete Blakeman tossed the coin, but it never turned over, settling on heads on the ground. Blakeman then decided to toss it again, and again it was heads. Arizona again won the toss. The Cardinals received the ball and marched downfield for a game-winning touchdown.
“There is nothing in the rulebook that specifies [a required flip],” NFL spokesman Michael Signora said in a statement. “But the referee used his judgment to determine that basic fairness dictated that the coin should flip for the toss to be valid. That is why he re-tossed the coin.”
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers claims he would have changed his call had Blakeman given him the chance. He said he looks at how the official is holding the coin before deciding what to call.
“Clete had it on heads,” Rodgers said of the original toss. “He was showing heads, so I called tails, and it didn’t flip. It just tossed up in the air and did not turn over at all. It landed in the ground. So we obviously thought that was not right.
“He picked the coin up and flipped it to tails, and then he flipped it without giving me a chance to make a recall there. It was confusing.”
Added Rodgers: “I think he was trying to avoid the embarrassment of what just happened,” Rodgers said. “He flipped it quickly.”
Coincidentally, Blakeman was the official who tossed the coin before the Patriots-Jets overtime game in Week 16, when the Patriots won the toss but allowed the Jets to have the ball — and special teams captain Matthew Slater questioned Blakeman about wanting to choose which side of the field to defend.
Branes, who reportedly punched Fisher after driving to his ex-wife’s home where Fisher was visiting, did not hold back when speaking to the media before Saturday night’s Grizzlies-Knicks game (a 103-95 Memphis win). Barnes said he wanted nothing to do with Fisher, but the comment that got Barnes in trouble was when he said, “Violence is never the answer, but sometimes it is.”
In announcing the fine, NBA vice president for basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said in a statement: “Matt Barnes‘ comments condoning violence do not reflect who we are as a league or the character of our players. His words are unacceptable and entirely inconsistent with the core principles of this game and the NBA.”
Barnes was suspended two games for the October incident.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 18, 1973, the Red Sox signed their first designated hitter, with the position set to debut that season. Which veteran was obtained to fill that role?
STAT OF THE DAY: 24 — Consecutive points scored by the Seahawks in the second half of Sunday’s 31-24 loss to the Panthers, as Seattle stormed back from a 31-0 halftime deficit but ultimately fell short of advancing to the NFC championship game for the third straight year
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Oregon State basketball player Jarmal Reid, upset about a non-call, sticks out his foot and trips the referee, earning a technical foul and an ejection.
Nuggets guard Will Barton soars in after a jump ball and tosses up a basket to beat the shot clock.
Spurs rookie Boban Marjanovic, a 7-foot-3 center, dunks on Mavericks forward Jeremy Evans and glares at him afterward.
During a Rockets practice, center Dwight Howard makes a backward full-court shot.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Orlando Cepeda, who went on to hit .289 with 86 RBIs in 142 games in his lone season in Boston
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Former Temptations lead singer David Ruffin, who died in 1991, was born on this day in 1941.