This is the first game the Patriots have to prepare for without wide receiver Julian Edelman, and we'll find out how the offense functions without him. But first, the guys joke around with some Christian bloopers.
Christian has had some critics over his rant this week that didn't agree with how mad he got over the BC vs Notre Dame game at Fenway. Christian is still mad, and responds to the D&C Show and Mut, who all took shots at Christian earlier this week.

[0:00:00] ... with more affordable lemur ammonium Fauria talk Sports Radio. Home game for Notre Dame I I can't think that's what eucharist. Yes it is. Heroes. When things that it was it made sense just wasn't a deal seems like out of the picture and the energy picture of the aerial photograph I just don't notice him rebel and zones. And nobody gets to choose its collar which are upbeat he's white that's right that's it they don't have any other advantages. But I don't I don't hear the BC's get blown out Ayers Wright doesn't actually state Notre Dame and the fighting Irish and get us yet is that it's don't want tailed it out as well. She she doesn't he with the candidate. You have an expert about for you is that he does know everything users to know about it. Mass when he got on my old has nothing about college football for. You hear his rant about not Notre Dame and how ridiculous it is that they're the home team knows game at Fenway Park when he didn't. I guess didn't bother to look that he debuted this all the time the shamrock series they Doherty place home games away from Notre Dame and part of a deal and in fact. Minority in gonna come back and play at BC in 2017. So Boston actually it's two home games to Notre Dame won at Fenway Park and one at the heights while. But we have a twenty minute rant from forays signal strength and ...
[0:03:08] ... of letters over the green spots there. The ball player on a football team that to happen to my club. I would be playing Rudy you have to be promoting her and so they're doing all ...
[0:03:48] ... way so it connects your past. With your present what you're allowing Notre Dame to be home a connecting your past past. Don't get this BS about shamrock series taking over your city. Charge an arm ...
[0:04:45] ... amazed that this or any team would allow the snap and on Notre Dame doesn't know kind controls that they Obama and LA they have the tendency on hydra. It's casino allowed them right to do this in your sight for miles. What's your schoolwork and we're going to be there but they'll wait he. Gold due to Santonio go to go to New York. Go to notre some little small little chemical got to get duel with Wake Forest north army. Do what the Naval Academy by doing without that makes more sense of things and he's real Texas thoughtful about this. Still not what do you won't ...



UKA quarter of British men believe that they experience a monthly “man period,” according to new research.

As part of a study of 2,412 people (50pc men and 50pc women), male participants were asked if they frequently suffered the same common side effects of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) that women experience during their menstrual cycle, including tiredness, cramps and increased sensitivity. … [P]erhaps a more shocking statistic is that 58pc of their female partners believed them. …

Men identified several PMS-related symptoms as indicators of their “man periods,” from constant hunger to general irritability.

Increased cravings, tiredness and a “bloated” feeling were also reported, with 12 pc confessing that they were “more sensitive about personal weight”. 5pc of respondents even reported suffering from “menstrual cramps.”

Sure, we could scoff at this. We could point out that just a few generations ago the British male was building an empire, conquering Everest, breaking the four-minute mile and liberating Europe, and now he’s getting visits from his Aunt Flo. We could discuss basic biology, break out a copy of “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” or point out to these guys that that Very Special Episode about menstruation happened on “Blossom,” not “Walker, Texas Ranger.”

But I won’t go there. First, because I was raised old-school Irish Catholic, which means my mom instilled in me the basic premise that all people’s bodies and biological functions were to be treated with the same amount of shame and embarrassment.

But also because I have to respect these guys’ game. Anything that gives you a built-in, unassailable alibi to miss work, lie on the couch all day binge-watching sports and excuse any moody, anti-social behavior deserves our admiration. Granted, I’d die before I ever tried anything so pathetic and emasculating. But I won’t judge. Well played, British guys. Well played, indeed.


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Patriots linebacker calls in to answer some texters' questions on some funny topics, and in his usual fight with Christian, Mayo says he'll fight Christian's nephew, Joseph Fauria.

[0:02:08] ... ago here you go. A male who would you rather fight. One Christian Fauria sides duck or 100 ducks' eyes Christian warriors. I won't the Warren news anchors reported. No word on. The long Macs. Aren't ...
[0:05:48] ... has worked her way up to blossoms of Jerod Mayo period during pepperoni pizza. You wait out and got other guys the other players Dell's have you. Forget so much attention. I. I don't know him can't check and that's that the election you talk about that north admirable argued that. A I hope he reaches back though and I like eight feet tall as they eat Salt Lake. Thank you all alert there are going to be my admit slugger called up with all of these really weird keep your. But the setup personalities she and dance in New York scene ended their choosing give you a side dance on the side or anything or is it just. Opening an already require yet figured out about it and such or I'm sure. So believable I've never seen more Paul about a practice up yeah I'm honest I hate us and the NFL films gonna do a piece on him. Food haunt me it will. I listen listen to coach is saying nice things that you ...

GQ writer Chuck Klosterman joined Bill Simmons on a podcast to talk about his short but controversial article on Tom Brady for GQ's Man of the Year. The guys call out Klosterman for how he handled the interview.

[0:04:14] ... I could I would. I think I would realize very quickly. That Tom Brady was not going to answer any specific questions about the so women about the so called crime. Because there's an appeal going ...
[0:07:17] ... generally well up there is still. This is like real life to Tom Brady. You know like he still has a hearing it's not over yet there's an appeal process. I'm member and a month before the area and it's trial we had a Mon we asked and he murders and that he murder of the got a Jack she'd do it. He said no comments at trial we got pissed yeah I wouldn't expect them it's the middle of cities and really get some guy before their trial like two months ahead and just ask him questions about it. It's stick that that patriots Tom Brady Bill Belichick a greater danced around everything right. But when there's an actual open investigation. Is the easiest thing in the world that's your ...
[0:08:53] ... to say to answer because this really had nothing to do with Tom Brady saying you don't want. I'd like this chart cluster of and you got to raise him US on some court stuff he's ...
[0:12:40] ... didn't answer it and had his his opinions. What that means. About Tom Brady for not answering. The case I don't care about trucks opinions on what what he feels. It means it's umbrage that it's ...

During a conference call with the New England media yesterday, Rex Ryan lashed out at media on the line. Glenn, Lou and Christian discuss Rex's latest media circus stunt and talk about their upcoming Monday night game.

[0:00:21] ... a better quarterback and I know that ever came here to kiss bill Belichick's. You know range here. I think we have staff find somebody out there could be going on besides us. And I think ...
[0:03:10] ... Because Jeff Powell said you've lost eight out of the last nine Bill Belichick noticed that every answer he gave from that point on. The only loss a little state is wrong path that's out of ...
[0:06:48] ... sort of lose credibility. Right is that losing credibility it's if your Bill Belichick. And you say this is how we do you look at my history. Instantly should believe because of my god look at ...
[0:10:18] ... AC title games. Even if in the offseason if you eat traded Drew Brees or Philip Rivers or not he sent forget it but. Somebody Kenny went like this with a quarterback with a breeze that discipline moped eventually ...

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There’s an issue I’ve been meaning to get to all week. But it’s had to take a back seat to Patriots-Giants, Peyton Manning, Holly Holm’s vagina, Chuck Klosterman’s War on Brady and Charlie Sheen’s bodily fluids, among other matters. (Note: I’m a grown man and this is what I do for work.)

The Patriots recently added another chapter to “The Wells Report in Context,” in the section marked “Critical Science Articles.” It’s yet another dismantling of the Wells Report, taken from the presentation MIT professor John Leonard gave to the Deflategate class regular Dale & Holley show guest Michael McCann teaches at UNH. I guess the Patriots’ thinking is that, like the U.S. Constitution, “in Context” is a living document that needs to be amended to stay current with the times. And the fact they are still adding evidence to support their side of the story begs this question for me:

Exactly what the hell is going on with Deflategate anyway?

Not from the Patriots’ point of view. That’s obvious. They believe they and Tom Brady have been proven in the right every step of the way and I agree. I’m talking about the rest of the NFL.

We are well into November. By my math there have been 146 NFL games played thus far. Have we heard word one about the air pressure in the footballs? From January to September it was the most important matter facing the game. The rock upon which the NFL’s church was built. And the mere suggestion there were any monkeyshines involved with the conditions of the footballs threatened the very integrity of the game itself.

But now? Nothing. Since that opening night game against Pittsburgh when Al Michaels could not shut up about it, not a word. Remember when the league announced new protocols that were so stringent it sounded like the balls would be delivered to the field in a Brink’s truck by an armed strike team? And league reps were going to test the balls at halftime of randomly selected games to test the theory that they lose pressure naturally? Have they released those numbers or even mentioned they exist? No chance.

How about the competitive advantage the Patriots concocted with their elaborate scheme? Now with Tom Brady playing with, one would assume, properly inflated footballs for the first time since the rules change in 2006, all he’s doing is leading the league in passer rating, has a surreal interception percentage of 0.8, is the unanimous first-half MVP and, oh, by the way, his team is undefeated.

And remember that business about how sketchy it was that they don’t fumble, which only can be attributed to ball tampering? This year they have lost four fumbles, tied for eighth in the league. And so far through nine games they’ve fumbled nine times. In 2014 they fumbled 16 times in 16 games. I’m just a public school kid, but I’m pretty sure both those average out to the exact same rate.

While I’m at it, what ever happened to the talk about Jim McNally and John Jastremski? The Deflator and Dorito Dink. The R2-D2 and C-3PO of this epic saga of Good vs. Evil? All summer long they were the International Men of Mystery that the Bob Kravitzes and Bart Hubbuchs couldn’t stop going on about. They were portrayed as outlaws on the lam and their silence was proof of wrongdoing. Where are they now? At Gillette Stadium. Every single week. The two co-conspirators the NFL is convinced were taking bribes to significantly cheat the other 31 teams, and they are still working, still drawing a paycheck like nothing ever happened. It’s the equivalent of two bank guards being accused of pulling an inside job who are back on the job, guarding the vault.

The bottom line is that everyone is trying to forget Deflategate because the whole thing has been so discredited. It’s the week-long bender in Tijuana they all went on that included eating the worm out of the tequila bottle, a donkey show and a night in jail that they’d like to pretend never happened. Everyone that is, except the Patriots, their fans and certain bloggers who will never forget, never relent and never stop talking about it until the football world admits it was wrong and those two stolen draft picks are returned. Which is never. We didn’t start this, but we’re not going let anyone else finish it.


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Wait a second. So Derek Jeter not only denies he confiscates the phone of everyone who walks into his place, he says he never gave gift baskets to his sexual conquests as he kicked them out the door? Can’t I believe in anything anymore?

Look, I’m not the world’s biggest Jeter fan by any stretch. He was a solid ballplayer for a long period of time and won a lot of titles with teams that were ridiculously stocked with talent. And that’s a nice resume. But he was vastly overrated. He was a Craig Biggio who was treated like he was Joe DiMaggion.

That said, I have taken a back seat to no man when it comes to admiring his off-the field accomplishments. That biracial angel was the Willie Mays of the bedroom and over his career batted 1.000 with women in scoring position. And the whole gift basket story was part of his legend. It was proof that he was a pro’s pro. A guy at the top of the babe food chain whose nocturnal game was unparalleled in the annals of sport. Now, hearing him say the whole thing was just tabloid newspaper gossip column fiction is like finding out Babe Ruth didn’t really call his home run or Ted Williams wasn’t really a Marine pilot or Wade Boggs didn’t down 64 beers on a cross-country flight.

Sure, Jeter still has his roster of A-list celebrity women with whom he did the beast with two backs and they’d win the matchup against anybody’s, including Justin Timberlake and Leonardo DiCaprio. But the legend of how he operated just got a whole lot duller.


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