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TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rockies at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Marlins, noon (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Padres at Giants, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Warriors at Thunder, 9 p.m. (TNT)
WNBA: Dream at Liberty, 11 a.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Sparks at Sky, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Lightning, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— On the same day Tom Brady’s legal team filed an appeal of his Deflategate suspension, the government took the NFL to task for trying to influence a study of football’s effects on the brain.

The NFL had agreed in writing to donate $30 million to the National Institutes of Health to fund brain research, but after the NIH awarded a $16 million grant to Boston University researcher Robert Stern — an expert on the link between football and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy — the league withdrew its donation, forcing taxpayers to pick up the cost, a government report concluded.

To make matters worse, some members of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee apparently pursued the grant for themselves despite the obvious conflict of interest.

The league’s actions violated NIH policy on donors interfering in the grant process and were part of a “long-standing pattern of attempts” by the NFL to steer concussion research in the direction it wanted, the 91-page report concluded.

“Our investigation has shown that while the NFL had been publicly proclaiming its role as funder and accelerator of important research, it was privately attempting to influence that research,” the report states.

“This investigation confirms the NFL inappropriately attempted to use its unrestricted gift as leverage to steer funding away from one of its critics,” New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone said. “Since its research agreement with NIH was clear that it could not weigh in on the grant selection process, the NFL should never have tried to influence that process.”

The NFL, which denied the allegations when ESPN first exposed them in an “Outside the Lines” report, acknowledged raising concerns about Stern but continues to insist it was done appropriately despite evidence to the contrary.

“The NFL rejects the allegations,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement Monday.

— Warriors forward Draymond Green escaped a suspension for his kick to the groin of Thunder center Steven Adams during Sunday’s game, but the NBA fined him $25,000.

The league also upgraded the foul to a flagrant 2. If it was called a flagrant 2 by the game officials, Green would have been ejected. With the upgrade, he now has three flagrant foul points this postseason, and if he accrues one more he would receive an automatic suspension.

Green, who did not comment after the league’s decision was announced, insisted after the game that the kick was not intentional, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he thought the flagrant 1 would be rescinded.

NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe did not agree, noting, “During a game, players — at times — flail their legs in an attempt to draw a foul, but Green’s actions in this case warranted an additional penalty.”

Adams said Monday that the video made it appear intentional to him.

“Yeah, [it was worse] from what I had in my mind,” he said. “Kind of confirmed it almost.”

— Josh Hamilton’s season is over before it ever got started, as the Rangers announced that the 2010 American League MVP will have another surgery on his left knee.

Hamilton, who has had surgery twice on the knee in the last nine months, will have his latest surgery June 8. General manager Jon Daniels said this surgery will be different than the previous two, as the 35-year-old looks for a way to resurrect his career.

“Physically, he can’t play,” Daniels said. “He’s frustrated.”

Hamilton, reacquired from the Angels last year after he left Texas as a free agent following the 2012 season, is signed through 2017, and Daniels said he plans to play next season.

“It’s been a tough road for Josh,” manager Jeff Banister said. “I know he wants to compete, I knows he wants to play, I know he wants to be a part of this and is not going to be able to. … It’s another long road back to play this game.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 24, 1988, a power outage forced the suspension of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Bruins and Oilers at 16:37 of the second period with the score tied at 3. Which Oilers player set a record when he opened the game by scoring the quickest goal in finals history, 10 seconds into the game?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The facts here are so drastic, and so apparent, that the court should rehear it.” — Ted Olson, one of the lawyers representing Tom Brady, on the decision to appeal Brady’s four-game suspension for Deflategate

STAT OF THE DAY: 67 — Combined points for Raptors Kyle Lowry (35) and DeMar DeRozan (32) in Toronto’s 105-99 victory over the Cavaliers in Monday’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals

‘NET RESULTS: Raptors center Bismarck Biyombo meets Cavaliers forward Kevin Love at the rim and denies his dunk attempt.

The Cardinals slow down the league-leading Cubs as Randal Grichuk hits a walk-off home run in the ninth inning.

With a runner at first base and two outs in the ninth inning of a scoreless game in San Francisco, Giants batter Hunter Pence hits a pop-up to right field that the Padres misplay into a walk-off single.

Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella dives to snag Adrian Beltre’s looper up the middle with the bases loaded in the eighth inning and Los Angeles protecting a two-run lead over the Rangers.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Glenn Anderson

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bob Dylan was born on this day in 1941.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Hour 4 of The Planet Mikey Show w/ Christian Arcand.
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Hour 1 of The Planet Mikey Show w/ Christian Arcand.
We discuss the latest developments in the story that won't die (Deflategate) with the great Michael McCann of SI and UNH law school.

[0:00:01] ... and see if we can figure out what goes next year for Tom Brady. Our Michael McCann has been the preeminent analyst of this whole thing 491 days ago it all started by the way for ...
[0:01:59] ... what Ted Olson. And what Dupree come with those guys do for Tom Brady that state Jeffrey Kessler and the NFL PA could do for him. Technical and in particular. Is. Arguably the best appellate litigator ...
[0:04:17] ... because. If it judges picked escape with just about Roger Goodell and Tom Brady. And just about and I felt that an NFL players that's not good for Brady Brady needs to make that case I think also try to do that in the briefed. As general as possible this is not a but you know felt this is about labor management relations. We're talking to Michael McCann Sports Illustrated and SI dot com UNH law professor. About the filing expected this afternoon I don't know that it's been done officially yet but that. The appeal for Tom Brady's case let's play this out logistically here up first they asked for a re hearing from the three judge panel that's probably not gonna happen. They did ask for at a hearing and bomb to the thirteen judge panel let's say for the sake of our discussion they don't get the seven of thirteen that they need. Then all of a sudden Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in charge of whether Tom Brady plays opening day or not. Yet restraint system and in that. The most likely scenario. But he just sent dale that he ...
[0:06:43] ... much money were talking about here much is this. This defense. Costing Tom Brady in his side. Well yeah you know Mike by I don't think you can hear that the group of the union going ...






We discuss the latest developments in the story that won't die (Deflategate) with the great Michael McCann of SI and UNH law school.

[0:00:01] ... and see if we can figure out what goes next year for Tom Brady. Our Michael McCann has been the preeminent analyst of this whole thing 491 days ago it all started by the way for ...
[0:01:59] ... what Ted Olson. And what Dupree come with those guys do for Tom Brady that state Jeffrey Kessler and the NFL PA could do for him. Technical and in particular. Is. Arguably the best appellate litigator ...
[0:04:17] ... because. If it judges picked escape with just about Roger Goodell and Tom Brady. And just about and I felt that an NFL players that's not good for Brady Brady needs to make that case I think also try to do that in the briefed. As general as possible this is not a but you know felt this is about labor management relations. We're talking to Michael McCann Sports Illustrated and SI dot com UNH law professor. About the filing expected this afternoon I don't know that it's been done officially yet but that. The appeal for Tom Brady's case let's play this out logistically here up first they asked for a re hearing from the three judge panel that's probably not gonna happen. They did ask for at a hearing and bomb to the thirteen judge panel let's say for the sake of our discussion they don't get the seven of thirteen that they need. Then all of a sudden Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in charge of whether Tom Brady plays opening day or not. Yet restraint system and in that. The most likely scenario. But he just sent dale that he ...
[0:06:43] ... much money were talking about here much is this. This defense. Costing Tom Brady in his side. Well yeah you know Mike by I don't think you can hear that the group of the union going ...






We discuss Joe Kelly's triumphant return from the DL, and why Michael isn't ready to back off of his stance on the pitcher just yet.

[0:03:22] ... get it absolutely happens and. And this is where there when when Goose Gossage and those guys in the old guys complain. About how soft we've become and how the modern game is nothing like it ...
[0:08:16] ... text line I was available to be at 37937. Michael what can Sports Illustrated SI dot com will join us at 315 to run through Tom Brady's. All legal options here but we dive right at the phone calls with you guys coming up next Galen Hollywood fort Sports ...




We discuss Joe Kelly's triumphant return from the DL, and why Michael isn't ready to back off of his stance on the pitcher just yet.

[0:03:22] ... get it absolutely happens and. And this is where there when when Goose Gossage and those guys in the old guys complain. About how soft we've become and how the modern game is nothing like it ...
[0:08:16] ... text line I was available to be at 37937. Michael what can Sports Illustrated SI dot com will join us at 315 to run through Tom Brady's. All legal options here but we dive right at the phone calls with you guys coming up next Galen Hollywood fort Sports ...




 

Ron Borges in the Herald  – The Fellowship of the Miserable, Fenway Park Chapter, is in fine fettle today. The Red Sox are in first place after seven weeks of the season, which of course means disaster looms around the corner. …

Now the Sox are beating up everybody, so the Fellowship argues they’re 27-17 because they haven’t played anybody yet. To the Miserable those first seven weeks have proven nothing because all they did was beat up on bad teams. …

So it goes in these parts, where if you’re the best hitting team in the American League the discussion becomes, “What about the pitchin?!! They can’t hit like this fa-evah!”

Suggest that struggling Clay Buchholz has a history of pitching as he has lately and just as suddenly morphing into one of baseball’s most consistent starters, and they look at you as if you remind them of Mary Poppins.

“Whatz a madda with you? They gotta get rid of him.”

God love him, nobody does the strawman argument like Ron Borges does.

For the better part of four decades, old Ctrl+C Borges has been indiscriminately spraying bullets of negativity in all directions. Ripping ownership, coaches and players of all four teams in town and deriding any fan who dared challenge his assertions that everyone in his crosshairs is an incompetent, negligent and sometimes even corrupt drooling moron. It’s how the sports media business stayed relevant, right up until Adam Vinatieri’s kick against the Rams in February of 2002 ushered in an era of unthinkable success. Ron is not the only guilty party, but he’s one of the last.

So what’s a career troll supposed to do when the Red Sox are a pleasant surprise and everyone is starting to feel good about their prospects for 2016? Pretend otherwise. Make up an argument. Paint the fans as cartoons, blindly negative, delusional and completely uninformed.

In other words, Borges is pulling the Dan Shaughnessy. And like the Curly Haired Boyfriend, he does what every old school sports media type in town does, print, radio and TV. And that is, they put words in a fictitious fan’s mouth. And when they do, it’s always something exceptionally stupid. There needs to be a name for it. “The Boston Strawfan Voice.” Thick-accented. Exaggerated. Stupid. And always, always dead wrong.

Seriously, does this sound like you to you? Or your friends? Family? Co-workers? People sitting next to you at Fenway? I confess to still having serious doubts about Clay Buchholz – with good reason – but have you heard more than some lunatic fringe still saying “What about the pitchin?!! They can’t hit like this fa-evah”? I know I haven’t.

But that’s the playbook these olde timey writers operate from. When times are bad, bitch. When times are good, find something to bitch about. And always, always remember to show contempt for your audience. And they wonder why blogs like this exist and these dinosaurs are going extinct.

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Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton