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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Angels, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rockies at Mets, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: White Sox at Cubs, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLS: All-Stars vs. Arsenal, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Ryan Fitzpatrick drama finally appears to be over, as the Jets reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth between $12 million and $15 million with the 33-year-old Harvard product as the team prepares for Thursday’s first practice of training camp.

Jets receiver Brandon Marshall, perhaps Fitzpatrick’s most ardent supporter this offseason, tweeted a photo of him smiling along with two teammates at the team’s facility. Wrote Marshall: Well deserved and great move by @nyjets Congrats bro.. Now go win some dang games..#newyork #fitzmagic

Fitzpatrick posted career highs in passing yards (3,905) and passing touchdowns (31, a franchise record) last year, his first season in New York. He led the Jets to the brink of the playoffs, but he threw interceptions on the final three drives in a season-ending 22-17 loss to the Bills that left the Jets at 10-6 and without a postseason bid. Fitzpatrick has never appeared in the playoffs in his 11 NFL seasons.

Considering the Jets’ first option behind Fitzpatrick is the uninspiring Geno Smith, it seemed likely the team would prioritize re-signing him. However, negotiations dragged out, leaving Fitzpatrick frustrated — but with few other options, as other teams apparently weren’t convinced by the veteran’s breakout season.

A seventh-round draft pick by the Rams in 2005, Fitzpatrick also has played for the Bengals, Bills, Titans and Texans.

— One year after acquiring Nick Foles from the Eagles, the Rams gave the quarterback his release.

Foles has not participated in team activities since the Rams drafted Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick in April.

“We have been in contact with Nick and his representation throughout the offseason, and we feel that this is the best decision for all parties involved,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said in a statement. “We appreciate the contributions that Nick has made to our organization in his time as a Ram and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

The Rams sent Sam Bradford to the Eagles for Foles, a 2013 Pro Bowler. Foles started 11 games in St. Louis, passing for 2,052 yards and seven touchdowns with 10 interceptions. He eventually lost the starting job to Case Keenum.

— Aroldis Chapman’s debut with the Cubs came in Wednesday’s 8-1 rout of the White Sox, and it was impressive. The former Yankees reliever pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, showing the power that has made him perhaps the game’s most intimidating closer.

“I thought we were getting a guy who threw 105. We only got 103,” Cubs starter Jason Hammel joked. “That’s impressive, jaw-dropping to see.”

Following his grilling by the Chicago media Tuesday — and his strange answers to questions about his domestic violence issue and the Cubs’ expectations for him — Chapman was hesitant to speak to reporters after the game, but he eventually relented, with catcher Miguel Montero translating.

“The adrenaline was pretty good even though it wasn’t a save situation,” Chapman said. “It was fun to hear the crowd cheering.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 28, 1983, the Rangers replaced which former Red Sox manager with which other former Sox skipper?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’re going to get [Jimmy Garoppolo] ready the best we can. I don’t know how else I can put it. We have some clarity with [Tom Brady’s] situation, [and] he’ll be our starter when he returns.” — Patriots coach Bill Belichick, on the Patriots’ quarterback dilemma as training camp opens

STAT OF THE DAY: 0 — Major league teams that have not been swept in a series this season, as the Red Sox were the last holdout before a three-game sweep at the hands of the Tigers that ended with Wednesday’s 4-3 loss

‘NET RESULTS: After bobbling a ground ball, Pirates first baseman David Freese flips the ball behind his back to pitcher Gerrit Cole, who snares it with his bare hand and touches first base for an out against the Mariners.

Rays first baseman Logan Morrison catches a foul ball as he falls into the stands during the Rays’ win over the Dodgers.

A Pirates fan makes a nice catch of a foul ball before falling backward over his seat.

The Tigers play a rough game of rock, paper, scissors, with the loser (Ian Kinsler) being punished with an empty water cooler jug to the head from the winner (Jose Iglesias).

TRIVIA ANSWER: Don Zimmer was replaced by Darrell Johnson, the opposite of the situation in Boston in 1976

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jonathan Edwards was born on this day in 1946.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Trags joins Danny to talk about how Bill Belichick destroys distractions, Jimmy G's reps, and Tom Brady's suspension.

[0:00:30] ... get on. On the field in perhaps I believe they sent today Bill Belichick did until the weekend now you know have a few more. OT eight type of practices. My Thursday pride in and they expect the crowds to be unveiled on Saturday. You have a column on WEEI dot com until ballot check. Bride's sister he destroying distractions I guess. Well I'll ask you how shell like Bill Belichick because they. And it isn't distractions this training camp we don't the quarterback situation but tell us about other called the yeah right. Yeah I getting I just thought it was happening go well check whether you know coming in through a training camp where you know Aaron Hernandez six story. Back to 2000 and searching you remember. Our Tom Brady was the story last year. They're in now on several occasions over Nobel Belichick's tenure where he would cut distractions. And stories ...
[0:01:55] ... in and you know. You stand up here in wax poetic about Tom Brady and his emotions and what he might be young he's got a football team to get ready. The season well and it's ultimate sense of kind of the approach in my column today. Is that it's all business would go Belichick always has been always well. And it's back to business what Tom Brady and I think the fact that he accepted the four game suspension. Basically helps destroy a potential distraction right I mean basically ...
[0:03:01] ... for the patriots. In terms of planning it certainly doesn't matter because Tom Brady is starting. Arizona September 11 but in terms of planning getting ready. What to expect I think they're in a better position. ...
[0:04:58] ... this was not a you know justifies suspension whatsoever. Yeah I mean Tom Brady you know you have the all stock cast of attorneys and we know we added on as the thing went on. And I guess I find it hard to believe that if those. Attorneys and lawyers told Tom Brady that they would there was still a chance he wins this battle I don't think he would have stopped fighting so. I mean I brought oddly that he stuck it that they said to him don't you could still win it needs it you know what I'm gonna stop by Mike I think they told Tom Brady that. There was they did probably weren't gonna win this fight is unfair as it was. Good dealt Tom and it's just ...






Keeping with the post-ComicCon theme for this week, this is the final (of many) “Suicide Squad” trailers that dropped in San Diego. I’m glad it’s the last because they are dangerously close to showing us the entire movie in trailer form. But nothing they’ve shown us has convinced me of anything but this will kick ass. As DC Comics tries to build a cinematic universe to rival Marvel’s, this looks like a colossal step in the right direction. This thing is going to be huge.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

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WISNGreen Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday that he hasn’t watched his younger brother, Jordan Rodgers, on the ABC reality program “The Bachelorette.” …

Jordan Rodgers is one of two final contestants on the show who are trying to woo real estate developer JoJo Fletcher. In an episode earlier this month, he dropped a bombshell by describing his relationship with his more famous brother as “complicated.”

Aaron Rodgers declined to elaborate Tuesday on the nature of the relationship.

“As far as those kinds of things go, I’ve always found that it’s a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters, so I’m just — I’m not going to speak on those things, but I wish him well in the competition,” he said.

Loyalty is how I roll. Sticking by your own flesh and blood is the paramount obligations of all decent human beings. If there’s one thing I will never, ever tolerate is someone selling out their siblings for their own gain. And thems ain’t just words; I back it up.

A few years ago I was on a suburban sports radio show and we had on Mark McGwire’s brother, who had just written a book diming Mark out for PED use. So I lectured the guy about how in Dante’s “Inferno,” the innermost ring of hell is reserved for those who betray trust. I could never forgive a guy who would talk crap about his own brother in front of the whole world.

With one, notable exception. If it will help a guy get into a woman’s pants, anything is fair game.

I have no doubt that at some point in my brother’s lives back when they were single, they said or did something that made me look stupid in order to impress a girl. Whether it was telling them stupid stuff I did when I was a kid in order to get a laugh out of them or whatever. And I have no issue with it. It’s part of the job description for any decent brother.

I mean, what is Jordan Rodgers supposed to do? Let JoJo prattle on about Aaron and how awesome his life must be? Answering her stupid questions about being related to a guy who’s worshiped by the entire country? Baring his soul about how cold there it is in Mr. Discount Double Check’s shadow?

Hell no. He’s got to say something to impress this dimepiece, and I think playing up the “I’m all about being close to my family” thing is him handling it perfectly. Making Aaron out to be the selfish bad guy and himself as the loving caregiver? I bet the producers had to put a yellow piso mojado sign next to JoJo’s chair after that. If one of my brother’s said that about me in order to seal the deal with a woman that hot, I’d applaud them for their effort and stay out of the way, like Aaron Rodgers has.

If not, if Aaron is really bothered by the way he’s being talked about, I guess he can always console himself with the fact he’s married to a nerd goddess who’s much hotter than JoJo will ever be.

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Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

Like I said when someone gave Donald Trump’s convention entrance The Undertaker treatment, we as a political system have got to start embracing the wrestling formula. The WWE knows how to present important people and address complex social issues a lot better than either party. So let’s just move to a world where the campaign is like pro wrestling. Lord knows it would get more people involved in politics.

That said, as good as this Hillary/Stone Cold mashup is, I still like The Trumpertaker from last week much better:

And just as a heads-up, when the country finally smartens up and nominates me for president, I’d prefer to come out to Rowdy Roddy Piper’s music. Call me old school, but to me “A Cadence to Arms” on the pipes still is the best wrestling entrance of all time.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

This is Jon Dorenbos, the long snapper of the Philadelphia Eagles, on “America’s Got Talent,” and it is freaky as all hell.

As I’ve said before, magic tricks typically frustrate me more than entertain me, because I can’t stop trying to figure out how they were pulled off. And this is no exception. I want to say he slipped the drawings inside the bag after Simon smashed the bottle. But that doesn’t explain how he managed to draw them and put them in a sealed envelope. So the only conclusion I can come to is it’s sorcery.

I’m just glad Philly isn’t on the Patriots’ schedule this year. I want nothing to do with this guy’s diabolical magic. Nothing.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

Days after signing general manager John Schneider to a contract extension, the Seahawks extended the contract of coach Pete Carroll. Carroll’s contract was set to expire at the end of this season, but he’s now signed through the 2019 season. ESPN was the first to report Carroll’s extension, and owner Paul Allen later confirmed it via Twitter. At 64, Carroll is the oldest coach in the league.

Carroll is 60-36 in six seasons at the helm of the Seahawks. Before Carroll arrived in Seattle, the Seahawks had five 10-win seasons in franchise history. Under Carroll, the Seahawks are tied with the Packers for the most regular-season wins in the NFC. They have made the playoffs in five of Carroll’s six seasons, including two Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl win, the first in franchise history.

In the Seahawks’ latest Super Bowl appearance in 2014 against the Patriots, Carroll made the infamous call to pass the ball on the 1-yard line that ended up in a Malcolm Butler interception, ultimately costing Seattle the game.

In 1997, Carroll took over the coaching duties of the Patriots from Bill Parcells. During his three-year tenure in New England, Carroll went 27-21, including one AFC East title. Carroll was fired following the 1999 season and was replaced by Bill Belichick. He went on to a highly successful stint coaching USC before returning to the NFL.

Blog Author: 
John Hand
The guys listen to Belichick's press conference and break down what he has to say. They also discuss what they think the Pats should do with their qb reps during camp
The OMFers are joined by Red Sox President Sam Kennedy to discuss the current state of the Red Sox.

[0:02:57] ... Is is there anything that you noticed interest stuff for analytics or Brian Bannister kind of chicken spin rates out that they you've seen that's different or is it just. They skew the numbers the ERA in hits allowed at a different you get to me it's just been it's been the results you know it's not in now what we've seen in the past and I think we all noticed the velocity in the beginning of the season you know 9293. And now she's gotten back up to 9495960. Like those are things that to work on with Carl Willis we need to brows ski with my case it was job fair other talking through things all the time. And he he ...
[0:04:49] ... out his team can be sold can only be look at. What James Shields has done the last 45 out he's under fire guys get like a one point seven ERA and we have like an ...
[0:09:28] ... right moves and convert those into Major League pieces hopefully that's a recipe for success so this was a very attractive situation effort gave to brows ski to come into. And he's done so far great job ...
[0:10:38] ... Yeah well that's that's up to the staff of the John Ferrell Carl Willis Brian potter feel Toru who have these guys have a really really tough job to prepare our guys to play donated in ...






Glenn, Lou, and Christian open the show discussing the latest Red Sox pitching implosion. They get into Steven Wright's struggles pitching in humidity, and David Price not living up to expectations.