Meet the Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla. Apparently he has joined the ranks of sportswriters who have figured out that the quickest way increase pageviews is to inject their awful columns with click-bait using the syringe of Patriots trolling. Say stupid, derogatory things about the NFL’s favorite bombing target and it doesn’t matter how bad your writing is. You’ll rile up Patriots fans, they’ll attack you, and you become a hero to your declining readership and what’s left of the staff that hasn’t been downsized in your half-empty office. It’s a tale as old as Twitter.

This is how Kiszla describes Bill Belichick‘s reaction to being asked about his “emotions”€ after losing Rob Gronkowski Sunday night:

“Well, what do you think?” harrumphed Belichick. Then, for good measure, Belichick punctuated his response with a stare so intense it could shoot down the Death Star from outer space.

Well, meaning no disrespect Mr. Grumpypants, but I now sense this season won’t end happily for Belichick. The Patriots are in a heap of trouble. …

The Pats are soft. Soft doesn’t win the Super Bowl. In the playoffs, foes smell weakness.

Players know. Leading up to the game against New England, when told the Patriots were a team for the ages, the Broncos rolled their eyes.

Which, remarkably, isn’t even Kiszla’s worst writing this week. For that, I’ll nominate this steaming pile he dropped on the lawn Monday:

A Broncos legend was born as an undefeated season for New England died.

Hello, Tom Brady. Meet the new kid on the block, Brock Osweiler. He’s 1-0 against you. That’s how legends are born.

On a wicked-cold, snow-swept Sunday night, Denver kicked the Patriots in the gut with a 30-24 overtime victory. As C.J. Anderson crossed the goal line after a 48-yard run for the game-winning touchdown, 75,617 Broncomaniacs in the stadium screamed a message to New England:

We’re tougher than you!

Let’s be clear: I am not making any of this up. This unedited by me. It is what a career columnist submitted to his editors at a supposedly major news outlet in an allegedly large, cosmopolitan city and they published it. I spent years writing for Barstool Sports, a sports/smut site where we prided ourselves on being non-professional writers and never once did any of us put our names to a bucket of word slop this shamelessly, fanboyishly gawdawful.

Yet again though, that isn’t Mark Kiszla writing as badly as he can. For that, we still have to go back to January of 2014 when he produced this turd in the weeks after Broncos coach John Fox had a mid-season heart attack:

In the win-or-be-eaten-alive-by-Twitter world of the NFL, Fox dares to show players and fans alike a little piece of his heart. Belichick would rather show the unwashed masses his disdainful arrogance.

This does not necessarily mean Fox is a better person than Belichick.

But it might help to explain why Fox’s heart broke during the team’s bye week and he had to be rushed to the hospital for repairs.

Could it be that Uncle Foxy takes everything in the NFL to heart, while Coach Hoodie drops his football problems at the curb for the garbage man?

So we’re clear: Fox’s cardiac episode was his heart breaking. Not a high count of low density lipoproteins in his blood or fatty deposits in his arteries. But because he has such a capacity for love. As opposed to Belichick and his tiny, shriveled little grinch heart. This is the opinion a grown man actually put out there for the world to see.

Of course I’m conflicted. I know by posting this I’m only increasing Kiszla’s page hits and encouraging the next talentless houseboy for the next NFL team to troll New England likewise. But I’d be doing those Patriots fans who went on the attack against Kiszla a disservice if I didn’t support their efforts by exposing this hack for what he is. And as I’ve said about other columnists in other cities, the Patriots need to win back-to-back Super Bowls if for no other reason than to take years off the lives of these buffoons.

Defend the Wall.

@JerryThornton1

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The guy's discussed Belichick's latest press conference.
The guy's opened the show by discussing another mass shooting.

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Kings, 10 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Thunder at Heat, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Spurs at Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Kentucky at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NFL: Packers at Lions, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network; WEEI-FM)

AROUND THE WEB:

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to prison for shooting his girlfriend and killing her. (Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius has insisted he did not mean to kill his girlfriend, but an appeals court did not buy his excuses. (Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

— South African double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius was convicted of murder Thursday in Johannesburg, as an appeals court overturned a lower court’s conviction on a lesser charge of culpable homicide in the 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

“The accused ought to have been found guilty of murder on the basis that he had fired the fatal shots with criminal intent,” Justice Lorimer Eric Eric Leach of the Supreme Court of Appeal announced to the courtroom, saying the original ruling was “fundamentally flawed.”

The maximum punishment for murder in South Africa is 15 years, although a shorter sentence could be imposed.

Pistorius has been under house arrest since October after serving one year in prison. He had been sentenced to five years in prison.

Leach described the situation as “a human tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.”

“A young man overcomes huge physical disabilities to reach Olympian heights as an athlete,” Leach said. “In doing so he becomes an international celebrity. He meets a young woman of great natural beauty and a successful model. Romance blossoms and then ironically, on Valentine’s Day, all is destroyed when he takes her life.

While Pistorius has said he thought he was confronting an intruder when he fired shots through a bathroom door, Leach said Pistorius should have known someone could have been killed if he fired his gun.

“The identity of his victim is irrelevant to his guilt,” Leach said, terming Pistorius’ testimony about his actions “unacceptable” and “contradictory.”

A Pistorius spokesman said the defense is considering its options, which include the possibility of appealing to the country’s Constitutional Court.

— Three premier AFC quarterbacks are in different stages as they look to return to action. While Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger was cleared to play Sunday against the Colts, Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck started throwing some passes for but could not say how close he is to game action, and Broncos star Peyton Manning said he’s nowhere close to being healthy.

Roethlisberger was in the NFL concussion protocol after leaving Sunday’s game against the Seahawks a few plays after being hit in the head. He implied Tuesday that he did not have a concussion — something that coach Mike Tomlin questioned — and said Wednesday he’s been OK’d to play.

“I said I didn’t know the results [Tuesday], but I felt good because when I left the training room the trainers told me this looks good,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday. “Don’t see why this would be an issue. That’s why I said I didn’t have a concussion and would be ready to go.”

Luck, recovering from a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle, spoke publicly Wednesday for the first time since being diagnosed with the injuries suffered in a Nov. 8 game against the Broncos and said he’s throwing pain-free and is eager to return.

“It’s been a fair, intense amount of throwing, I’d say,” Luck revealed.

Luck isn’t sure when he’ll be able to be cleared by the team’s medical staff, noting that the injury is more serious that the usual NFL fare

“I feel fine,” he said. “It’s different. It’s not an ankle. It’s not a muscle.”

Manning, meanwhile, told reporters that he has no idea when he’ll be able to play again, and he was in no mood to discuss the quarterback controversy that might ensue when he’s healthy, as Brock Osweiler has played well in Manning’s absence.

“That’s so far ahead of what I’m thinking about,” Manning said. “I’m doing what Coach [Gary] Kubiak asked me to do, is to try to get healthy. I’m following his instructions and I look forward to being healthy yesterday, I can assure you. This cast is kind of like a holding pattern. Everybody asks, ‘€˜Is it better? Is it better?’ The answer is: I don’t know because I’m not putting any pressure on it and it’s sort of immobilized.

“But the idea is for it to help toward the healing process. But there’s no guarantee whatsoever. So, all the other questions and speculation, I don’t have anything for you on that.”

Manning had his walking cast removed Tuesday and is in a walking boot until Friday, with rehab slated to start Saturday.

“After that I’m just kind of on a one-week-at-a-time basis,” he said.

— The 76ers finally won their first game of the season Tuesday, but Jahlil Okafor’s week isn’t going very well. The rookie center was suspended two games for his off-court behavior, including a fight in Boston last week that could lead to criminal charges.

A few days after a video was released showing Okafor shoving a man outside a Boston bar, a second video made its way around the web Wednesday, and this one shows Okafor shouting while a man lies on the sidewalk bleeding from his face.

A man filed a police report Friday claiming he was punched and knocked to the ground, giving him a cut above his eye that required stitches.

“We have a victim from the first incident and we are urging anyone else to come forward if they were assaulted,” police spokeswoman Myeshia Henderson said.

Okafor missed Wednesday night’s game against the Knicks, and the team said in a statement that it will provide support in order to help him be successful on and off the court.

“We have faith in him as a valued member of the Sixers,” the statement read.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 3, 1962, the Bruins sent Andre Pronovost to the Red Wings for which undersized but feisty center?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “No problems. All that’s in the past. Now he is my partner. When a person joins your cause, you must leave the past in the past.” David Ortiz, on new Red Sox teammate David Price, with whom he’s had some confrontations

STAT OF THE DAY: 28 — Points Stephen Curry scored in the third quarter of Wednesday’s 116-99 victory over the Hornets as he finished with 40 to lead Golden State to its 20th consecutive win to open the season

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): From the Hawks-Raptors game, Atlanta’s Kent Bazemore hustles back and blocks Kyle Lowry‘s layup, but the ball bounces into the basket anyhow.

From the NBA D-League, Austin Toros guard Orlando Johnson delivers a thunderous dunk during a game against the Reno Bighorns.

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop makes a toe save on Ducks forward Shawn Horcoff.

TRIVIA ANSWER: 5-foot-8, 150-pound Forbes Kennedy, who spent four seasons in Boston and later antagonized the B’s as a member of the Flyers and Maple Leafs

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Ozzy Osbourne was born on this day in 1948.

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After a caller attacks Jerry for never criticizing Bill Belichick, especially for how he treated ESPN's Michelle Steele, we get into a discussion about how Bill Belichick treats the media, and how the fans DO NOT CARE.
After a caller attacks Jerry for never criticizing Bill Belichick, especially for how he treated ESPN's Michelle Steele, we get into a discussion about how Bill Belichick treats the media, and how the fans DO NOT CARE.
We close out the day with the best of the day in audio, including some must hear Mike Francessa sound.

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[0:11:12] ... had I guess get a fight. Its first game in Boston yeah first night and I think that is in LA he played well and played great. Well two games for him I understand that given ...





We close out the day with the best of the day in audio, including some must hear Mike Francessa sound.

[0:00:54] ... nominated. Will not run if elected how will not serve. Donna Dallas Tony romo's season is over again after being injured again on Thanksgiving. In its weekly radio appearance on Dallas radio owner Jerry Jones said ...
[0:08:07] ... my goes lovable. I know I feel good story. Bobrovsky. So the Cleveland Browns lost on Monday night in the most Cleveland Browns way possible jarred my art robotic guard alerted or this was worth her while I ever read write so they have a potential game winning field goal. Blocked by the Baltimore Ravens and returned for a game losing touch down. And with that loss another brown season is down the drain and that prompted. ...
[0:11:12] ... had I guess get a fight. Its first game in Boston yeah first night and I think that is in LA he played well and played great. Well two games for him I understand that given ...





Dale, Michael and Jerry talk about the Sox blockbuster to get David Price with Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci.