Sam Kennedy spoke with John, Gerry, and Kirk about expectations for 2016 and Pablo Sandoval.
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When the itinerary for the Gronk party ship was first announced, I said it would be way too much for my blood. And the videos coming out of it this weekend confirm it.
I like a good time as much at the next guy. Cutting loose. Getting a little over-served. Putting the life on hold for a while and letting it rip in a tropical setting without a care in the world. What’s not to love. But as Dirty Harry put it, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” And the combination of the Gronkowskis, Flo Rida, Waka Flocka Flame, getting chicks pregnant and offering couples cash to bang in public exceeds mine. Party Level: Gronk is way beyond anything I can achieve at this point in my life.
Rob in particular is the human spring break. A rave made flesh. Few men walking the Earth could keep up with that and I for sure am not one of them. I watch him party like I watch people do extreme sports. Climb up cliff faces, jump out of planes in wingsuits or swim with sharks. In theory, I envy them and dream of switching places with them. In reality, I open another beer, put my feet up and watch Netflix.
So kudos to anyone who took the cruise, dared to go where angels fear to tread and was able to hang with the best. The ship comes back to port on Monday, and we await the first hand accounts with breathless anticipation. And with any luck, there’ll be a few actual pregancies, because in the future we’ll need more men like the Gronkowskis.
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NHL: Blue Jackets at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN) NHL: Sharks at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Timberwolves, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Warriors at Hawks, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Suns at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV) College basketball: Virginia at Miami, 7 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Texas at Kansas State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: Iowa State at West Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Coppin State at Norfolk State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: FA Cup, Manchester United at Shrewsbury, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
— This time last year, the national media was coming down hard on the Patriots for Deflategate. A year later, it’s a different story.
Writes King: Based on the weight of the evidence from the past 13 months, and that weight being circumstantial and not convincing, there’s one conclusion I’ve reached entering the 2016 draft season: Roger Goodell needs to give back the picks.
Whatever happens in the appeal of the case — which isn’t centered on the Patriots’ guilt or innocence but rather on a point of labor law in the judge’s decision — Goodell needs to realize he acted without nearly enough scientific evidence against the Patriots. The NFL has some significant circumstantial evidence in the case, the kind that should have prompted a strongly worded letter and $250,000 fine. Instead, Goodell killed an ant with a sledgehammer.
King notes that the lack of a “smoking gun,” combined with referee Walt Anderson’s failure to maintain proper oversight of the footballs plus the flaws in the Wells Report, should be enough to reduce the penalties.
Concludes King: The Patriots deserved to be slapped for Deflategate, not crushed. In fact, I’d propose giving back the draft picks but keeping in place the $1 million fine. These were reactionary, overblown sanctions. With time to reflect, they look even worse than when they were levied last May.
— Former Cowboys running back Joseph Randle continues to run afoul of the law, earning another stint in jail Sunday on suspicion of aggravated battery, possession of drugs and criminal damage to property.
The 24-year-old was arrested Sunday morning in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas.
Randle, who was released by the Cowboys in early November after a series of incidents — including an alleged gambling issue — and his refusal to seek counseling.
He was arrested earlier this month in Irving, Texas, on an outstanding warrant after attempting to visit his ex-girlfriend in the middle of the night.
— A woman who taunted LeBron James during Sunday’s Cavaliers-Thunder game in Oklahoma City has become an Internet sensation, and she can thank the NBA superstar for helping to promote her.
The comment was caught on the national TV broadcast and quickly made its way around the web. James, who did not respond to the fan during his team’s 115-92 victory, later posted the video clip on his Instagram account.
Wrote James: I guess she told me!! Hahahaha. #JustSuckItUpLeBron #NoMomo #Classic
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 22, 1934, which Bruins defenseman played his final game and then became the first NHL player to have his number retired?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “No, I don’t got nothing to prove. I just prepare myself to perform well, for my teammates to perform well, to try to get to the World Series. That’s what I’m doing. I put some goals in my mind, and I’m working hard to get it done on the field.” — Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval, upon his arrival at spring training Sunday