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ForbesESPN is the biggest sports outlet, and the NFL is the most popular sport in America. Given enough news and enough stories, could ESPN simply appear to be favoring the NFL with biased stories, peddling misinformation, and making moves to protect the NFL? …

ESPN has oddly handled the controversial stories in the NFL, with the Ray Rice story being one.

But it’s the Deflategate matter that has really called into question whether ESPN has been carrying water for the NFL and [Roger] Goodell. … [W]hen you look at emails between the Patriots and the NFL, you’ll find that the story was clearly a plant of misinformation and that the only source that would have had a reason to pass on the misinformation to [ESPN’s Chris] Mortensen was the NFL. The whole case against Brady in the court of public opinion begins with that ESPN story. …

ESPN has kept the pedal to the metal on Deflategate as the sordid matter has now wound its way into a Federal court. … Judge Richard Berman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on August 12 could only be described by the overwhelming majority of the media as “grilling” NFL lawyers over the process used to dole out Tom Brady‘s suspension and Commissioner Goodell upholding the suspension on appeal. And yet, ESPN legal analyst Lester Munson … went so far as to say that for all the figurative spankings that the NFL lawyers have been getting in Berman’s court, it’s all part of a plan to show that the NFL is actually highly favored to win the case. …

There’s nothing saying ESPN is sitting there with Goodell and is complicit in some grand scheme to become a mouthpiece for the NFL at every turn. … But what I am willing to say is the relationships are becoming unnerving and edging on uncomfortable.

Hear, hear, Forbes. Bravo. For years now Patriots fans have been derided, castigated and ridiculed for suggesting that the four-letter network has a hair across its collective ass for the Patriots. But now no less respected a source than Forbes — which clearly does not have a rooster in this particular cockfight — confirms it.

It’s becoming obvious to the rest of the country what we knew a long time ago, that ESPN is the monkey to Roger Goodell’s organ grinder. That when he tells the ESPN people to sit down, they don’t bother looking for a chair. He is their Kim Jong Goodell, and they are his state-run news agency, happy to report how he’s written 60 operas and shot 18 holes-in-one in a single round of golf.

ESPN’s problem is that this is not North Korea. (Note: No yet, anyway.) The public is still allowed to think for themselves. We’re armed with social media and, thank God, blogs that can counter ESPN’s arguments, disprove its lies and come down from Defending the Wall to launch a counteroffensive armed with flaming arrows of red-hot truth. And the longer we keep up the fight, the more other armies like Forbes will be inspired to join the attack.

So congratulations to the Patriots and Pats fans. And kudos to Forbes for exposing the people at ESPN as the lying, unethical, NFL lackeys they are.

@JerryThornton1

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The Red Sox worked out Hanley Ramirez at 1st base before the game yesterday. Torey LoVullo said this was not a move the Sox had considered before the arrival of Dave Dombrowski. The funny thing is...is that Lou suggested this move on the 1st day of June.

WJBQ-FM, MaineOur Director of Sales, Mike Marcello, went to get some green peppers at a Hannaford in Scarborough, Maine and discovered that Roger Goodell and his wife were shopping there that day too.

A true New Englander, he took the opportunity to defend Tom Brady in the presence of the very man giving our team so much grief. Tom Brady has a lot of people behind him throughout this whole “Deflategate” scandal, and Roger Goodell seems to be making more enemies than friends.

While of course I would never condone a radio station employee shouting something at a man and his wife in a public place just because said man is an enemy of the Patriots, there are, to use the NFL’s term in federal court, extraordinary circumstances. And Mike Marcello found himself in just such a circumstance.

You can’t very well ask a Patriots fan like my boy Mike here to see Roger Goodell in person and not yell “Free Brady.” It’s what a liberated people do when they see their hero’s oppressor. They express their displeasure and their yearning for justice. Mike was no different than the crowd at the Colosseum chanting “Max-i-mus! Max-i-mus!” right in Commodus’ little rat face. This was Scotsmen demanding that Longshanks let William Wallace go. This was the people of Panem finally standing up to President Snow, and Mike Marcello was our Katniss.

Granted, Mike needs to learn to tell a story, and we could have lived without him burying the lead behind details about green peppers and trash bags. But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t taking up the cause of freedom and justice for all of us. You can keep running into supermarkets, commissioner. But you cannot hide from Patriots fans who are mad as hell and not going to take it any more.

@JerryThornton1

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McCann joined us with his thoughts of Schilling.
Hilary Sargent defended her column on Curt Schilling.
The top stories of the day.

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The guys discussed Schilling's tweet.
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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Astros at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Twins at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Giants, 10L15 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Sparks at Fever, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester United at Club Brugge, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Curt Schilling was removed from ESPN’s coverage of the Little League World Series on Tuesday after he retweeted an inflammatory comment about Muslims, and the former Red Sox pitcher — scheduled to join the Dennis & Callahan show at 9:05 a.m. — said he understands it.

The tweet featured a graphic with a photo of Adolf Hitler saluting. The text read: IT’S SAID ONLY 5-10% OF MUSLIMS ARE EXTREMISTS. IN 1940, ONLY 7% OF GERMANS WERE NAZIS. HOW’D THAT GO?

Above the graphic was a line that read: The math is staggering when you get to true #’s.

ESPN yanked Schilling and released a statement that read: “Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable and in now way represents our company’s perspective. We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.”

Schilling removed the graphic and followed with a tweet acknowledging a lapse in judgment, writing: I understand and accept my suspension. 100% my fault. Bad choices have bad consequences and this was a bad decision in every way on my part.

Michael Vick has gone from one Patriots rival to another, landing with the Steelers after playing for the Jets last season.

The 35-year-old signed a one-year deal Tuesday night to back up Ben Roethlisberger — or serve as a third-stringer behind third-year pro Landry Jones.

Vick had a mostly forgettable year in New York in 2014, although he did manage to lead the lowly Jets to an upset of the Steelers on Nov. 9, throwing two touchdown passes in a 20-13 victory. He finished the season with 10 appearances and three starts, completing 64-of-121 passes for 604 yards and three TDs with two interceptions. He ran 26 times for 153 yards (5.9 yards per carry) and was sacked 19 times.

“There’s not a throw on the field he can’t make from an arm strength standpoint,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “He’s a very experienced guy at what he does at this point in his career and the mobility is still unique even at 35.”

— USC football coach Steve Sarkisian publicly apologized for his profane speech at a team rally this past weekend, claiming that it was a combination of medication and alcohol that led to his odd behavior and promising to seek treatment.

“I was not right, and I think the moral of the story is this: When you mix meds with alcohol, sometimes you say things and/or do things that you regret, and I regret it,” Sarkisian said before Tuesday’s practice. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for all of our fans and donors and all the people that were in attendance, but I’m going to move forward, and we’re going to be great. I can’t wait to start coaching again today.”

While saying, “I don’t know if I even need rehab,” Sarkisian said he will “have a meeting to figure that out.”

The second-year Trojans coach also said he would not drink again this season, and alcohol would be banned in the coaches’ rooms on campus and at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Senior quarterback Cody Kessler said the team’s leadership council sentenced Sarkisian to do physical punishment drills Monday as penance, and the coach obliged. Now he’s forgiven.

“He came to us as a man, apologized, looked us in the face, told us things, and that’s hard to do,” Kessler said. “But at the end of the day, I think he earned more respect from us and the team, and I think it brought us closer together.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 26, 1945, which Red Sox pitcher won his 20th game of the season, winning the game for himself by hitting an RBI double in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Philadelphia Athletics, 4-3, in Game 1 of a doubleheader sweep?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think with me at first, we’re going to have a better team on the field, competing every day.” Hanley Ramirez, on his pending move from left field to first base for the Red Sox

STAT OF THE DAY: $250,000 — Amount the Clippers were fined by the NBA for violating the league’s rules in their pursuit of free agent DeAndre Jordan last month, for promoting a potential third-party endorsement opportunity

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Angels center fielder Mike Trout races a long way and makes a diving catch against the Tigers.

Carlos Gomez of the Astros exchanges words with some Yankees players who don’t care for his antics.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Dave “Boo” Ferriss

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Valerie Simpson, of Ashford & Simpson, was born on this day in 1946.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar