Mut and Rob get into the Red Sox and Dave Dombrowski's decision to trade an elite pitching prospect for starter Drew Pomeranz. Both agree that Boston gave up too much, but they also understand that it was time to strike to add a starter and try to fix their problems in the rotation.

[0:02:42] ... show. Because Erin hill are not to include Mike Michael Marti is Aaron Hill. Brad Ziegler. And pomerantz. But I'll look at the first two acquisition I thought that the Ziegler trade it was may end ...
[0:07:56] ... Roberts by the west with that was a plot okay in the Rich Hill argument. I like the fact he'd miss a month with a groin injury. That was good. Keep our not a big fair ...
[0:08:41] ... get traded what prospects to the other teams at the trade for. Rich Hill product against Dell any other starters acute they'll. Does Palmer it's a little mentioned this Friday this pop rates up to be ...
[0:09:24] ... left with the relief pitching market a couple years ago with the Andrew Miller into Miller was he the last. Relief high leverage relief pitcher available and the Red Sox were able to use that. Them ...






Mut and Rob get into the Red Sox and Dave Dombrowski's decision to trade an elite pitching prospect for starter Drew Pomeranz. Both agree that Boston gave up too much, but they also understand that it was time to strike to add a starter and try to fix their problems in the rotation.

[0:02:42] ... show. Because Erin hill are not to include Mike Michael Marti is Aaron Hill. Brad Ziegler. And pomerantz. But I'll look at the first two acquisition I thought that the Ziegler trade it was may end ...
[0:07:56] ... Roberts by the west with that was a plot okay in the Rich Hill argument. I like the fact he'd miss a month with a groin injury. That was good. Keep our not a big fair ...
[0:08:41] ... get traded what prospects to the other teams at the trade for. Rich Hill product against Dell any other starters acute they'll. Does Palmer it's a little mentioned this Friday this pop rates up to be ...
[0:09:24] ... left with the relief pitching market a couple years ago with the Andrew Miller into Miller was he the last. Relief high leverage relief pitcher available and the Red Sox were able to use that. Them ...






Mut is in on a Sunday to go in the "way-back machine" and do a show with Mr. Rob Bradford. The guys start with the end of DeflateGate and how it ended so quickly. They give their thoughts on Brady's decision to end it, not having Brady for 4 games, the overall feeling in New England and if Jimmy Garoppolo can get the job done. If he does, do you trade him?
Mut is in on a Sunday to go in the "way-back machine" and do a show with Mr. Rob Bradford. The guys start with the end of DeflateGate and how it ended so quickly. They give their thoughts on Brady's decision to end it, not having Brady for 4 games, the overall feeling in New England and if Jimmy Garoppolo can get the job done. If he does, do you trade him?

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[0:20:39] ... the losers I heard the last 7296 hours. Other once or getting Tom Brady here locally not actually bought locally. For giving up this fight. After 544545. Days thing on who's counting. Who did that I ...






We are very sorry about all of this. (Steve Jennings/Getty Images)

We are very sorry about all of this. (Steve Jennings/Getty Images)

Paul McCartney is playing at Fenway Park on Sunday and to celebrate the occasion, we did the worst thing possible: We ranked Paul McCartney’s songs.

This is a very stupid exercise because Paul McCartney is the best pop songwriter ever. He’s churned out so many hits that there is no right or wrong answer as to what his best song is.

(Note: There actually is a wrong answer. If you think “Hey Jude” is his best song, you’re wrong. DJ here, by the way.)

Either way, Scott McLaughlin and I each came up with our own top 20 lists, a hard enough task (which can be seen below), and then negotiated to make WEEI’s Top 20 Paul McCartney Songs, a List for Which We Are Sorry:

20. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

The mixing of the “Let It Be” recordings were infamous for Paul’s disagreements with Phil Spector as to how his music should sound. During the recording of “Abbey Road,” the other Beatles dreaded work on songs like “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.” The best thing about McCartney’s solo stuff is that he was left to his own devices, for better or for “Temporary Secretary.” Less than a year after the Beatles’ breakup, McCartney got a lot of his silliness out uninterrupted on “Ram” and this song in particular. -DJ

19. For No One

McCartney might be the best sad song writer ever, and “For No One” is a classic breakup song set to beautiful music. Alan Civil’s French horn solo is brilliant. -Scott

18. Live and Let Die

This is one of the best songs from McCartney’s post-Beatles career, and it’s easily the best-ever James Bond theme. The orchestral arrangement is outstanding, which shouldn’t be surprising since McCartney reunited with George Martin. “Live and Let Die” is also one of the top highlights of a McCartney concert. -Scott

17. Paperback Writer

Debating who the Beatles’ best songwriter was is fun, but the truth is it isn’t close. It’s Paul by a mile. Many of John Lennon’s (and some of George Harrison’s) were better than many of Paul’s, but here’s one of the many examples of how much better Paul was than the others: When the Beatles needed to release a single while working on “Revolver,” John came up with “Rain.” Paul came up with this. -DJ

16. Blackbird

The fact that this is what came out after McCartney tried to learn Bach says all you need to know. -DJ

Screen Shot 2016-07-16 at 11.07.41 AM15. Helter Skelter

It will never cease to amaze me that McCartney just heard Pete Townshend talking about loud, dirty music, decided he wanted to make a song like that, and proceeded to make one as great — and as loud and dirty — as “Helter Skelter,” which can accurately be called one of the first heavy metal songs. -Scott

14. Eleanor Rigby

McCartney makes a song about loneliness and death without any of The Beatles playing an instrument on it, and it still becomes a hit. One of George Martin’s best string arrangements. -Scott

13. I’m Down

As this list progresses you’ll find that I’m a fan of the Paul screamers, and though his best screamers came in the late 60s, this helped pave the way. A pretty straightforward rock song that falls in line with their earlier stuff, it’s insane to think that they made “Rubber Soul” just four months after recording this. -DJ

12. I’ve Just Seen a Face

“Help!” was an album mostly filled with sad (but still great) songs, but “I’ve Just Seen a Face” stands out as one of the happiest, most upbeat songs in The Beatles’ catalogue. Also, fun fact: “I’ve Just Seen a Face,” “Yesterday” and “I’m Down” were all recorded in the same session, which is about as good a recording session as anyone’s ever had. -Scott

11. Maybe I’m Amazed

The Beatles were guilty of committing some cliche key changes (looking at you, “Penny Lane”), but McCartney knew how to modulate the cool way: from one section to another and back. In perhaps his best post-Beatles love song, McCartney changes keys from the intro to the verse to the chorus throughout the song. Also, he screams. -DJ

10. Too Many People

Perhaps lost in the ex-bandmates using their solo work to snipe at each other: Some of those songs were truly great. Though the best Beatle-on-Beatle crimes were actually committed by Harrison (“Wah-Wah,” “Isn’t It A Pity” to a degree), this shot at John and Yoko was easily one of McCartney’s best post-Beatles songs, from the wonderfully sticky acoustic guitar to the pointed lyrics. -DJ

Paul McCartney is playing at Fenway Park on Sunday. (Jim Dyson/Getty Images)

Paul McCartney is playing at Fenway Park on Sunday. (Jim Dyson/Getty Images)

9. All My Loving

There are certain songs I like to describe as “perfect pop songs” and this is one of them. Lennon’s guitar is excellent and the moment when the harmony kicks in on the third verse (Paul sang it himself) is one of my favorite moments in any Beatles song. -Scott

8. I’ve Got a Feeling

Tragically left off this list is “Let Me Roll It,” but this is another one with a simple-yet-outstanding riff. Recorded the same year as “Oh! Darling,” this was peak Screaming Paul. -DJ

7. Let It Be

“Let It Be” is one of The Beatles’ most peaceful, soothing songs, which is ironic since it was recorded during the tumultuous time when they were well on their way to breaking up. I go back and forth between which version I like more — the single version with the smooth guitar or the album version with the crunchier guitar. -Scott

6. I’m Looking Through You

From one year to the next, the Beatles found that acoustic guitar and lap percussion — the same combination that logically served a ballad in “I’ll Follow the Sun” — could also deliver an outstanding rock song. The hero of this one isn’t Ringo’s organ in the chorus, but the tambourine that accompanies it. -DJ

5. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

We debated whether it was cheating to combine these three into one entry, but they obviously fit together and they’re often played together, whether on radio or in McCartney’s live performances. These three make for an amazing finish to the Abbey Road medley, highlighted by McCartney’s vocals on “Golden Slumbers,” the “You Never Give Me Your Money” reprise on “Carry That Weight,” and the drum and guitar solos on “The End.” -Scott

4. Hey Jude

Everything about how “Hey Jude” builds is perfect. It goes from just McCartney and his piano to start, to more instruments joining throughout the first half of the song, to the climactic transition from the verses to the “Na-na-na-na” coda. Then during the coda itself, you get a 36-piece orchestra and McCartney going crazy with his descant. Also, shouts to everyone responsible for leaving in the “Oh, [expletive] hell” you hear just before the three-minute mark. -Scott

3. Band on the Run

McCartney owned pop, but he only played by its rules when he wanted to. Though he could be nostalgic and/or stick to basic structure (particularly when dipping into other genres, such as in “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”), McCartney often threw out the verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus playbook. As he aged into his late 20s, McCartney unapologetically mashed bits and pieces of songs together, resulting in sharp turns and melodic abandonment not commonly found in pop. This is perhaps the best (though not greatest; see No. 1) example, and each of the three sections are outstanding in their own right.

The best part is that despite the sections not having much in common melodically, the is still able to use the vocal to build, going from the murmur of “stuck inside these four walls” to the double-tracked “If I ever get out of here” and finally the magnificently spacey “Well the rain exploded with a mighty crash.” -DJ

2. Yesterday

It’s the best breakup song ever made, and there have been lots of great breakup songs. “Yesterday” is essentially a McCartney solo song (he’s the only Beatle on it), but George Martin deserves major props for pushing the idea of using a string quartet, something The Beatles hadn’t done before. -Scott

1. You Never Give Me Your Money

This is the aforementioned melodic abandonment at its finest, easily surpassing Lennon’s “Happiness is a Warm Gun” as the best Beatles song to embrace such herky-jerky structure. Where Lennon often called for effects to alter his voice, McCartney loved deploying different characters and voices throughout songs, a move of which Billy Joel would eventually make a career. Screaming Paul makes an appearance at the end and the nursery rhyme bit is an “Abbey Road” highlight, but the combination of tack piano (which actually isn’t even tack piano) and Paul’s mock-baritone in the “Out of college” section is the true winner. That mock baritone can be found time and again in Paul’s work; it’s sneaky good on the harmonies during the second verse of “Too Many People.” -DJ

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DJ Bean and Scott McLaughlin
Mutt discusses Brady deciding to end his deflategate fight in court and what people think of the Sox new Pitcher Drew Pomeranz
Mutt discusses Brady deciding to end his deflategate fight in court and what people think of the Sox new Pitcher Drew Pomeranz

[0:00:51] ... either way a long ass time. It appears to placate is over Tom Brady take into FaceBook today. And apart saying I'm very grateful for the overwhelming support I've received. From mister Kraft the Kraft family coach Belichick my coaches and teammates. It has been a challenging eighteen months at a difficult decision no longer proceed with the legal process. I'm going to work hard to best player I can be for the New England Patriots I'll look forward to having the opportunity. To return to the field this fall he is. A lot of new every wants ...
[0:04:17] ... waiting for a appeal. In the eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and Adrian Peterson 280. Something days. Says the oral arguments in that case were going on a ten months here folks. Without an answering Adrian Peterson now it's two different things. Brady appealed and fought on the process. Where is Peterson is appealing on punishment NAFTA factor in ...
[0:05:02] ... law when midway. If the Peterson thing goes away at a player Adrian Peterson now the league in not a dale. The NFL PA even without Brady involved. Passive ammo to try to get listing her ...
[0:07:12] ... of the highlights of this whole thing. Like the deflator nickname. And Tom Brady's fault this is an ices. And of course you have the laughable. Predictable. If not comical. Dan Shaughnessy piece today arts tonight Boston Globe dot com. It'll be in your globe tomorrow. Tom Brady did assault favor Annie goes the whole thing. Rips the patriots. So it's actually. Pretty spot on to be fairway Dan a bit hypocritical nature Robert Kraft and Elvis. But in the end. He goes what he does what he does. Goes after the patriots. Calls them arrogant and basic health and this is their fault in the last paragraph Brady's owner repeatedly made things worse. Is coach Bill Belichick steer clear of the best and now it's a take of rough free look at Brady's replacement. If placate goes and the books a total smackdown for Brady the patriots in the union at the patriots would secede from the NFL they go anywhere but they don't. The subtle warning of a Super Bowl rubbing it with space. Tom Brady's Dayton as punishment and it's scorched her time and in patriot nation at our long national nightmare is. Saw the ad Shaughnessy ...






Mike Mutnansky talks Red Sox baseball including the win over the Yankees and the Drew Pomeranz trade with our listeners.
Mike Mutnansky talks Red Sox baseball including the win over the Yankees and the Drew Pomeranz trade with our listeners.

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[0:12:24] ... start after the doctor's excuse me. And what he showed John about Yankee Stadium. And I guess may I can't believe I'm saying this but may be Buchholz is still part of a conversation. But that ...






Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering if Pikachu, Squirtle or Charizard might be lurking around the corner.

— Well, then. That’s it? What do we have to complain about now?

— Eighteen months after the torturous tale began, Tom Brady has decided not to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, effectively ending Deflategate. And my initial reaction is a deflated one, like the way I felt after watching “The Sopranos” finale. That’s it?

— All along, the smarter Kool-Aid drinkers (and I’m still one of them) believed TB12’s best chance at playing in September was through a stay granted by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg, if we are to believe in her precedents, generally has sided with labor over management in labor-related causes.

— However, the burden of proof was on Brady’s team to show this case traveled well beyond a simple football spat between a player and a commissioner. Ultimately, based on case precedent, the odds weren’t on TB12’s side. And we know how he loves to win. So let’s strike up the band and climb aboard the Jimmy Garoppolo bandwagon.

— Perhaps the recent public display of “dislike” for presidential candidate Donald Trump could have caused a problem with Justice Ginsburg’s consideration of TB12’s case – especially with Brady as a Trump “friend”? You’d like to think not. You’d like to think our Supreme Court justices can be impartial, even though they are human. But impartial enough to keep TB12 in the fight? Nope. You have to think his legal team suggested as much.

— The media pundits/blowhards who said Brady should pack it in? They’re cackling now. But would they have quit if faced with the same situation? Hardly. The surprise here is with the legal team’s added influence of attorney Ted Olson, who has plenty of experience arguing cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, and still deciding to pack it in.

— Not for nuthin’, but if you really believe in your innocence, don’t you fight this to the bitter end? There’s nothing to lose, except four games in your career you’ll never get back. Surely Tom knows most of the country outside of New England has already branded him as a cheater. Maybe that’s why he’s moving on. But what about legacy? Pats fans know what he’s accomplished, as do most reasonable NFL observers. Should this dismal chapter affect his future? Could he be branded as a quitter in the sports world, and is that better than being tagged as a cheater?

— Herein lies the rub: It might actually be in the better long-term interest of the team to have Garoppolo playing in September, if only to potentially try to improve his trade value for next summer. That’s the silver lining in an otherwise dark storm cloud that now has — finally — passed us by.

— There was a slim chance at a stay, and to my way of thinking, ol’ slim is better than ol’ nuthin’. Far be it for me to tell Brady what or what not to do — I don’t have his life, his talent, his money, his anything. Just hope he’s ready to deal with any fallout after pulling the plug, and after Patriots fans initially turned on Robert Kraft for not fighting the NFL to the bitter end. History says we fight things well beyond a reasonable means to an end in New England. That’s how we became “New” England in the first place.

— Las Vegas still gives the Patriots the best odds to win the Big One next season, even without TB12 at the QB helm for September’s four games. The good ship Patriot remains on a championship course, in spite of the choppy waters.

— Speaking of the best, the Patriots have the best fan base in the NFL. At least, according to sports analytics research conducted by Emory University in Atlanta, they do. You knew that, right? In terms of which cities’ fans are more willing to spend to follow their teams, taking into consideration market size, team performance and social media equity, Pats fans are No. 1.

— The Patriots rank at the top because fans will pay premium prices on tickets, show up for all games (including the crappy, put-us-all-to-sleep preseason ones) and follow religiously on social media. Dallas, Denver, San Francisco and Philadelphia round out the top five.

— The bottom five? Bills, Rams, Chiefs, Raiders and Jaguars fans. Chiefs fans surprise me, just because of the noise they make at Arrowhead Stadium. Bills fans? Not much of a shocker there, when you haven’t made the playoffs in 50 years. OK, it’s really 16 years, but it seems like 50. Just sayin’.

— Holy 50th anniversary, Batman! Fifty years ago this week, the made-for-TV “Batman” series (starring Adam West as the Caped Crusader) debuted on ABC. Cesar Romero played the Joker, Frank Gorshin was the Riddler and Burgess Meredith was the Penguin. Yes, that Burgess Meredith — who also played boxing trainer Mickey Goldmill in the “Rocky” movies.

— What an all-star cast on the “Batman” series, though. In addition to the aforementioned actors, how about Julie Newmar (Catwoman), John Astin (also played the Riddler), Victor Buono (King Tut), Bruce Lee, Ethel Merman and Milton Berle? Other big-time actors later played villains in the “Batman” movies as well (Jack Nicholson, Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Heath Ledger, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Uma Thurman). Yes, Robin. Those are examples of fine actors, and good citizens! DA-da-DA-da-DA-da-DA-da-DAH! Batman!

— Good citizen Bill Koch at the Providence Journal was kind enough to introduce us this week to the Rhode Islanders who will be Olympians in Brazil next month, giving us local rooting interests to follow. Elizabeth Beisel (swimming), Molly Huddle (track), Louisa Chafee (sailing), Anders Weiss and Michael DiSanto (rowing) are qualified and will march into Rio on Aug. 5.

— Beisel already has a silver and bronze medal to her credit from London in 2012, and the native of Saunderstown, Rhode Island, is an 18-time All-America swimmer at Florida. Huddle is a native of Elmira, New York, who attended Notre Dame but lives in Providence and is trained by PC’s track and field guru, Ray Treacy. Chafee is the daughter of former Governor Lincoln Chafee, and was a three-time All-America sailor at Brown. Weiss is from Barrington, Rhode Island, and twice earned all-Ivy honors in rowing, while DiSanto was all-Ivy at Harvard and traditionally spends his summers in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

— Get the feeling you’ve found fool’s gold? That’s the feeling I had with the Red Sox at the All-Star break. Is Drew Pomeranz the answer for the questions in the starting rotation? Methinks we’re all fools for believing this team can win in October. We may get a show, but a pennant? Doubtful.

— Craig Kimbrel’s knee surgery certainly is a setback. But the Sox still are slightly better off in the bullpen than they are in the rotation. There is mix-and-match ability, as long as they don’t have to rely too much on Koji Uehara’s rapidly-diminishing talents. Uehara’s fastball reminds me of a balloon that’s leaking air, making that irritating, squeaking noise.

— The pickup of Brad Ziegler is a good one. His sidearm style is tough on right-handed hitters, and his performance (18 saves, 2.82 ERA) for an underachieving Arizona team stands out. John Farrell’s job might be safe right now, but use Uehara over Ziegler two or three too many times? His employment issue might be revisited with the team in the heat of a pennant race.

— Red Sox relievers — eighth in the American League in ERA. Starters? They’re ninth. ‘Nuff said.

— Although David Price did have a statement game against his former employer, Tampa Bay, before the break. I would argue he should pitch like an ace against one of the worst teams in baseball. You?

— While I understand the strategy, I didn’t like Kansas City and AL manager Ned Yost keeping the Sox’ Stephen Wright from pitching in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in San Diego. That’s chance-of-a-lifetime stuff Yost messed with, right there.

— Did you watch any of the Home Run Derby? Giancarlo Stanton’s 61 big ‘ol mashed taters was beastly.  That is all.

— I was reluctant to watch what has become a rather mundane, repetitive, uninteresting event, until I saw the format change for the derby included a time limit for at-bats with a clock. Clocks make the game better. Keeps things moving. Adds a sense of urgency. Does anyone get bored with someone trying to beat the buzzer?

— PawSox first baseman/outfielder Chris Marrero won the Triple-A Home Run Derby in Charlotte this week. Marrero, who is tied for second in the International League at the break with 16 homers, launched 44 of them into the North Carolina night, also aided by a timing clock like the major leaguers.

— Marrero is a former top draft pick of the Washington Nationals, and wasn’t even in Pawtucket’s opening day lineup this season. He got his chance when Sam Travis went down with a knee injury. That’s a good story, picked up and expanded upon by our buddy Brendan McGair of the Pawtucket Times.

— Remember when I said Yoan Moncada might be the best trade bait the Sox have? He’s still bait, but it should take a lot more than just a starting pitcher for Boston to put him on a hook now. Moncada hit a two-run blast in the All-Star Futures Game for the World team in its win over the U.S. team, and his star is rapidly rising. He was named the Futures Game MVP, and his bat is headed to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

— The International Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport still is the only event played on grass courts outside of Europe. It’s also the only chance to see pro tennis in the northeast before the U.S. Open starts late next month. American tournament tennis got started in 1881 on the grass courts of the Newport Casino.

— Is Serena Williams the best, ever? Williams won her 22nd major career championship at Wimbledon, and she deserves to be in any discussion of “Best Ever.” But if you’re playing by the numbers, Margaret Court is the Queen of Best Ever. Court won 24 singles grand slams and owns 64 total grand slam tournament titles overall, which is the record for women. And men. Whoa.

— Tim Duncan’s retirement this week from the NBA was classic in its understatement. No farewell. No press conference. No interviews (yet). Just a press release from the San Antonio Spurs, after 19 Hall of Fame-caliber years. The game could use more Tim Duncans, couldn’t it?

— As I’ve recited previously, Duncan’s near arrival at Providence back in the mid-’90s is a story that borders on the incredible in several circles. For one, Wake Forest fans generally never knew they nearly never had Duncan. Two, if Duncan had played at PC, Rick Barnes doesn’t leave for Clemson and the Friars have a potential national title team on their hands.

— Jason Williams and Greg Buckner in the backcourt? Duncan with Austin Croshere and Eric Williams in the frontcourt? That would have been a hellish lineup in the powerful Big East, and a commanding, program-changing follow-up to the program’s first-ever BE title in ’94.

— You’d like to think you’re important enough to be remembered in historical terms, but God bless the late Father John Cunningham, PC’s president who was in charge 20-plus years ago. I recall a conversation I had with Father Cunningham, who didn’t understand how Coach Barnes could offer a scholarship to a student-athlete when he didn’t have one to give, as the basketball program was at the scholarship limit at the time.

— It’s clear he didn’t quite understand (or didn’t quite like) present-day realities in college athletics, as he was preparing to retire from the school presidency when Barnes sought his (and then-athletic director John Marinatto’s) approval to make Duncan a formal offer. The incoming president at the time, Father Philip Smith, also figured into the decision, and the timing of the change in leadership at the school didn’t help Barnes’ potential coup. Ultimately, the request was denied, and the rest — as the saying goes — is history.

— Trying to leave their own marks on history, the very early NBA returns on Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil are mixed. Dunn has had some early “wow” moments for Minnesota, and then he suffered a concussion and is currently following the league protocol for rest and recovery. But he’s already being mentioned in some circles as a prime Rookie of the Year candidate.

— Bentil’s situation is vastly different, as he attempts to win a job and stick with the Celtics. While Jaylen Brown may be better than originally advertised (outside of Danny Ainge’s purview), Bentil has shown strength and agility in limited summer league minutes. His biggest areas of improvement needed? Defense and rebounding. Where have we heard this before?

— Jared Sullinger leaving the Celtics for Toronto could eventually work in Bentil’s favor in his attempt to make the Boston roster. Best bet? Unless a late summer rush raises a few more eyebrows, Bentil spends his fall and winter with the Maine D-League affiliate. If he’s lucky.

— Keep the Celtics rumors coming. Although, I prefer the Russell Westbrook one to the Blake Griffin one. Griffin could make Boston as tough as they come in the East, but Westbrook could make this team championship-caliber within the East. Which would you prefer?

— On the ladies side, PC’s Yoyo Nogic has been playing for Serbia’s national team in the FIBA U20 European Championships. She’s averaged 9.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game through group play, and shooting 41 percent from 3 — good news for new coach Jim Crowley. He needs a sharpshooter, among other items. Serbia defeated Portugal in the knockout round to advance, ICYMI.

— Larry Brown “retired” at SMU, stepping down late last week after reaching a contract impasse. Silly man. He had the gall, at age 75, to ask for a five-year extension as he was preparing to enter his final contract year this fall. Never mind he’s the only coach to ever win an NBA title and an NCAA national championship. Never mind his resurrection of a once-moribund program in Dallas into national relevancy.

— There were these little issues called NCAA infractions (unethical conduct, academic fraud) that SMU was slapped with a year ago, and Brown served a nine-game suspension last season as part of the sanctions against the school. The NCAA has slapped Brown wherever he has been (Kansas and UCLA, too). The NCAA might not have him to slap around anymore.

— My buddy Statbeast sez his son, Statbeast Junior, got into an argument on the playground recently. The kids were bragging on their dads, and Junior said, “My dad scribbles a few numbers on a piece of paper and gets paid for it!” Another boy said, “That’s nothing. My dad scribbles a few words on paper, he calls it a story, and he gets paid a hundred bucks!” Then a third kid chimes in. “I got you both beat. My dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a sermon, and it takes eight guys to collect all the money.”

— If you’re thinking that Fox Sports 1 and NBC Sports Network are gaining notoriety and viewers in the TV world, you’re not wrong. But somewhat surprisingly, ESPN is appealing to an age group that FS1 and NBCSN originally coveted. The Four Letter Network presently is No. 1 in the entire TV industry (broadcast and cable) in male viewers age 18-34.

— Former Hendricken Hawk, Boston College Eagle and current Washington Redskins defensive back Will Blackmon will host his second annual USA Football FUNdamentals Clinic next Saturday, July 23, at Bishop Hendricken in Warwick, Rhode Island. The one-day camp is free and open to boys and girls aged 7-14, and is designed to introduce kids to football by teaching basic skills.

— Several notable camp counselors will be in attendance, including former East Providence Townie, BC Eagle and Indianapolis Colts DB Jamie Silva and ex-LaSalle Academy and UMass QB Liam Coen, who now is an assistant at Maine. There will be two sessions. To preregister, visit Will Blackmon Football.

— A reason why soccer has a harder time catching on in America, as opposed to the rest of the world: penalty kicks. Portugal defeated France on PK’s for the 2016 Euro Cup. It’s like deciding an overtime basketball game with a free throw competition. Or a hockey game on penalty shots — wait, wut?

— If you haven’t heard — Pokemon are back. Big time. The Pokemon Go craze has swept the nation, about two weeks after the game was released for mobile applications. It has quickly become the hottest app out there — and also one of the most distracting apps out there. Literal mobs of people have been seen wandering neighborhoods, parks and urban areas in search of imaginary creatures on their smartphones.

— ICYMI, Pokemon are animated animal or plant-like characters that each possess special abilities or “powers,” based on their creation and release in the 1990s. As they progress, or age, they can turn into bigger, more powerful and authoritative creatures. Pikachu (electric powers), Squirtle (water) and Charizard (fire) were three of my favorites when I had little kids running around the house years ago. Key words here? “Little kids.”

— It’s more than a bit alarming to see so many alleged adults wandering aimlessly like zombies in search of fictional characters through their phones. But I’m also glad to see so many people with so much time on their hands, with nothing else to do with their lives, choosing to “hunt” for said fictional beings. Too much sarcasm?

— But if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. In the World of Pokemon, 20 years ago I may have started out as a simple “Voxasaur.” Now? I’ve morphed into “HolyMolyodon.” Patent pending, of course.

— Laughed Out Loud this week, thanks to Ted from Providence posting on Facebook: Would love to read John Rooke’s thoughts on Wimbledon, Euro Cup 2016, US Women’s Open, Alberto Contador’s exit from Tour de France and who he thinks will be on the women’s gymnastics team in Rio next week. No. MakeTheGuyWorkHARDForHisColumn. Ted: Glad you’re not my boss. But I was happy to see that Needham, Massachusetts’ Ally Raisman is back on the Olympic gymnastics team. Does that just about cover it for you?

— Interested in having your questions on local Rhode Island sports (and yes, that includes the Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics) answered in a somewhat timely fashion? Send ’em to me! It’s your chance to “think out loud,” so send your questions, comments and local stories to jrooke@weei.com. We’ll share mailbag comments/Facebook posts/tweets right here! Follow me on Twitter, @JRbroadcaster, and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/john.rooke.

— Don’t forget to tune in to Providence’s 103.7 FM every Saturday from 7-9 a.m. for Southern New England Sports Saturday! Call in at 401-737-1287 or text us at 37937.

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