(Photo by Jerry Thornton)

(Photo by Jerry Thornton)

Inside TrackThe Rolling Stones are in town to play a private event for the Kraft family at Gillette Stadium tonight for several hundred friends and business associates of The Kraft Group.

The super-exclusive soiree in the Optum Field Lounge will be followed by a show starring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood on the Gillette field.

A spokesman for the team said the party is “a private function.”

Invitations went out several weeks ago and the Krafts reportedly were hoping to keep the whole shindig under wraps. You know, to avoid those “why wasn’t I invited” calls.

As a close, personal friend of the Kraft family, you might assume I feel slighted that I’m not on the guest list for this super-exclusive soiree at the stadium.

It’s only natural. They’re inviting several hundred people. Having met family members on at least two occasions now, I’m easily in their inner circle. Way deeper than whomever was last on the guest list. Not to mention, I like the Rolling Stones.

But in no way am I upset about not going. To me, this falls under what I call the “Clean House” theory.

There are two kinds of friends in your life. There are the kind that you try to impress. So before you invite them over, you clean the house from top to bottom. Vacuum rugs. Swiffer the floors. Scrub the toilets. You do it because, even if you like these people, there’s an element to the friendship where you think you’re going to be judged.

The better friends are the ones you don’t have to clean for. They like you and your place just the way you are. Dust bunnies, towels on the floor, skid marks in the toilet and all. Those are your true besties.

Sure, the Krafts are having people over. But they’re putting their best foot forward for them, sprucing up Gillette, and presenting them with the foremost rock band in history. Their real, true BFFs are the guys they don’t invite down to a swanky party to be privately entertained by the epic songbook of the world’s most iconic Rock ‘n Roll front man and one of the great blues guitarists ever.

So if anything, I feel bad for those poor, lesser Kraft friends who will be there. Unless it turns out my invitation got lost in the mail or something and they call to invite at the last minute. Then, I’d go. I don’t want to be rude. But either way, I know how tight we are.



Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

Steelers DepotIt wasn’t the defining play of the game but it sure could’ve changed the final outcome. Chris Hubbard was flagged for a holding call on Jamie Collins late in the second quarter, negating a touchdown to Darrius Heyward-Bey. With it, the Pittsburgh Steelers would’ve roared back, tying the game at 14.

Instead, they retreated backwards. Two plays later, Chris Boswell pushed a 42 yard field goal wide right. A missed opportunity, a running theme for the game.

Speaking to reporters in the locker room after the game, Hubbard didn’t feel he did anything wrong and Collins slipping as he tried to turn the corner influenced the referees call. …

“He slipped,” he said via Steelers.com. “And I was trying to put my hands out and I did. They called it and I was pretty upset about that one. …

“The ref came over to me and said he didn’t think that was a hold call,” Hubbard said. “I didn’t pull [Collins] down. He slipped. I guess they felt the need to still call it.”

Breaking news: The Patriots beat the Steelers, followed immediately by Steelers players and coaches whining about how it wasn’t fair and they got cheated. And note that this is not a repeat from 2015, 2013, 2007 or the AFC championship games of 2004 and 2001. Or any of the other dozens of times people in the Steelers organization have bellyached that they didn’t really get dominated by the Patriots; the game just wasn’t on the level.

Last year it was Mike Tomlin convinced that the Patriots surreptitiously jammed his sidelines-to-helmet communication with the radio call of the game. And Ben Roethlisberger making up a rule that says the Pats defensive linemen aren’t allowed to shift. Working backwards before then, it was James Harrison crying that Tom Brady gets special treatment no other quarterback gets. Joey Porter saying Spygate cost him rings. And in between, rampant paranoia from the entire Pittsburgh franchise about hidden microphones, Pats assistants pawing through locker room garbage cans looking for play sheets, and on and on and frickin’ on.

It would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic. Wait. Strike that. It is funny. It’s funny any time an organization can’t face their own shortcomings and instead blame their problems on everything else. On secret spying systems and mysterious, unnamed, crooked officials admitting they blew calls without picking up the flag and making it right.

It’s funny in that way that it was funny to watch Scooby and Shaggy thinking they were being chased by ghosts, when the fear was only in their heads the whole time. So keep it up, Steelers. Keep thinking the Patriots’ phantom is real instead of pulling off its mask and realizing it was you all along.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Callers weighed in on the Josh Brown disaster and Heath Evans still needs more info on Josh Brown.
Chris Russo called in to defend himself on comments he made regarding John Mara's handling of the Josh Brown domestic violence case.
Nate Burelson said he still needs more information on Josh Brown and headlines with Kirk.
Gerry, Kirk and Meter talked about Tom Brady's comments regarding domestic abuse and reacted to Rashad Jennings continued support of Josh Brown.

For The WinWhen it comes to speaking out against domestic violence in the league, there’s some players who won’t blink. …

But then on Monday, came the powerful figures in the league who could make a statement — and instead chose to push the topic away. Tom Brady told Boston radio station WEEI that while he thought domestic violence was “a terrible, terrible thing,” it’s the league’s responsibility to deal with Brown.

“I grew up with three sisters, and I was very fortunate to learn from a loving father and a loving mother how to treat and respect women,” Brady said. “I have a daughter of my own and domestic violence is a horrible issue. It’s a tragedy when it happens. Any type of abuse or bullying of people who can’t defend themselves or fight for themselves, I have no respect for that.”

But when asked about the league’s suspensions?

“I’m just going to stay in my lane,” Brady said. “Like I said, it’s up to them to decide whatever they want to do. …

Brady may be trying to stay out of trouble with the league, but if a player like Smith can speak out then Brady … can — and should — take a stronger stance on what the league is doing. And when given that opportunity this week, [he] failed to do that.

Remember this blog the next time you think how great it would be to be Tom Brady. That life as Brady would be a never-ending pleasure orgy of fame, money, celebrity friends, trophies and your own private lingerie model beta testing Victoria’s Secret prototypes for you.

Guess again. Because this is how the media is treating him now. Even when he takes the not-at-all controversial stance of Domestic violence: Bad, Women: Good, he gets convicted of the crime of insufficient outrage for not ripping the NFL to someone else’s liking.

Think about that. Giants owner John Mara, who’s all but been canonized by a worshipful press and is without question one of the most powerful men in pro sports, knew about Josh Brown repeatedly beating his wife and gave him a contract extension and a raise. Roger Goodell, who spent millions of dollars over the last two years to win a court case that proves he has absolute power to discipline any player to any extent he wants, used that power to suspend Brown one measly game.

So ends up the target of the “Let’s get him!” crowd? Who gets chased through the village by For the Win? Who has to escape the torches and pitchforks of moral outrage on the matter? The quarterback of the Patriots.

The same quarterback who was the victim of Goodell’s (to borrow Judge Berman’s phrase) own brand of institutional justice, denounces domestic violence, points to his own life of respect for women and anger toward abusers of any kind. And ends up taking more crap in this column than the spineless, multi-millionaire weaklings who not only didn’t do the right thing by Mrs. Brown, they enabled her torturer. Hell, Mrs. Brown’s attacker doesn’t take as much sniper fire here as Brady does. When all he’s guilty of is taking a pass on criticizing a league that went to court to prove they can – and will – punish him and his team for nothing.

Personally, I prefer to direct my great vengeance and furious anger at the men who are, you know, actually responsible for Josh Brown’s reign of terror. But I guess I’m out of step with how these things are supposed to work.

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Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

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

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

Minnesota at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Anaheim at San Jose, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Chicago Cubs at Cleveland, 8:08 p.m. (Fox)
NBA: New York at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: San Antonio at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)

Broncos 27, Texans 9
Canadiens 3, Flyers 1
Flames 3, Blackhawks 2


— Dolphins running back Arian Foster announced his immediate retirement Monday after eight years in the NFL.

Foster, 30, only played four games this season due to hamstring issues. His history of injuries likely is a factor in his decision to retire midseason.

Digital media company UNINTERRUPTED tweeted this message from Foster on Monday night:

The sudden announcement was a shock for some.

“It was pretty surprising,” said Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, a longtime teammate of Foster’s. “Obviously, I think the world of him as a football player. It’s not easy to see guys step away from the sport.”

Texans tackle Duane Brown also didn’t see this coming.

“That’s a good friend of mine. Wow, I didn’t know that,” Brown said. “Hat’s off to him, salute to him. He had a heck of a career, and I’m honored to be able to share the field with him and be able to contribute to some of his success and have him contribute to some of my success.”

Foster played for the University of Tennessee and was signed by the Texans in 2009 as an undrafted free agent.

— Jets coach Todd Bowles responded on Monday to Ryan Fitzpatrick’s postgame comments on Sunday. 

After Fitzpatrick said the team ownership and coaching staff has stopped believing in him, Bowles said it doesn’t bother him at all.

“If pissed off is going to stop the turnovers, I’m more than happy to have him play pissed off,” Bowles said.

Fitzpatrick replaced starting quarterback Geno Smith on Sunday after Smith reportedly tore his ACL and had to leave the game.

Fitzpatrick was benched after Week 6’s 28-3 loss to the Cardinals in favor of Smith.

— Noah Syndergaard can add sitcom star to his impressive resume.

The Mets pitcher will appear in Kevin Nealon’s CBS show “Kevin Can Wait” next Monday, reportedly playing the role of Thor.

James and his character in the show are both Mets fans. Syndergaard announced his cameo in this tweet:


BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Happy 45th, Pedro Martinez!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There are certain parts of the year where things are going better than they did in another part. If they’re not going good, then you do something to try and change that course.”– Bill Belichick, on Dale & Holley with Thornton on Monday expressing his support for Stephen Gostkowski, who has missed three extra points in his last seven games

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: The Red Sox beat the Rockies, 2-1, in Game 2 of the 2007 World Series. Curt Schilling struck out four and got the win in his final appearance in the majors.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
It seems Tom Brady wasn't clear enough for some people on his stance on the NFL's domestic abuse policy. We replayed Brady's K&C interview so you can hear for yourself. The Red Sox aren't in the World Series and Christian is tired of people griping about it. And redundant Celtics draft picks are redundantly redundant.

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[0:08:01] ... suddenly the South Boston blitzes out. That that's an easy way for Tom Brady to pick you apart. Now they want Tom Brady rolled out of the ball. They want him looking around they want him uncomfortable and they want him doing now while Von ...
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