John Dennis, Gary Tanguay and Jon Meterparel discuss the recent shootings in America and the various viewpoints of police officers, blacks, and victims.

[0:01:52] ... much of that and read it do you ID tells from a police officer. Who talked about how hard that job was in the inner city that not only are we trying to serve and protect. ...
[0:02:57] ... should let me ask you this but I am probably not a police officer but let's pretend you are the next fifteen seconds and you walk up on that car and some way somehow. It's been it's. Communicated to you that this guy has a gun ovaries and I've got a permit to carry all right have a license to carry gonna have a gun would have the case may be a gap I'm not finding. Well be the cup or the guy at this particular point is I don't know what happened up at the time that video was turned on what she said however if you're Randy the police officer. And hey you know this guy has a gun because he told you. You have a heightened sense of anxiety. And then ...
[0:04:03] ... gun. According to the police officers. Attorney. He presented the gun. The police officer saw the gun so are you supposed to wait Randy in your estimation until he fires that you first and then react ...
[0:07:34] ... sure we keep your fingers it's O. Come to a global really police officer I am going to reach more from PG battle aimed. At airing our our. Make it clear I want to hear back that we saw I just a few days go all over bad neighborhood. I want to hear back rapidly these young police officer he's scared need to be open over super. And it was like all our calls remark I ought not one of Bart police officer I would watch the comparable purple green but it won't. I don't or reached or IIERT. Gonna stay cool. And cannot be ...

John, Tanguay and Meter discuss baseball's Home-Run Derby format and the state of the Red Sox manager after the team surges to a 49-38 record at the break.

[0:08:45] ... out. And I think they can still make a run at the World Series if they pick up a pitcher they get out of the right time I mean price is gonna have to pitch well in the playoffs for the first time the slight. But I think the pat that the Red Sox can be dangerous team in the playoffs. There are dangerous but as currently constituted are they do enough to one. The World Series are probably not no no no outside now. It could get there Mattel is a real far against the break you know not a I don't know what the clock is no we're fine play regularly and it's 67 minutes and I wanna talk about Rich Hill. Because he's a guy that I was screaming. In the offseason bridle to give ritual six million dollars the guy it was ...
[0:11:31] ... guy thing is a little overrated. It was a dumb browse to Brad Ausmus Jim Leland Jack McCain more but if you could let them browse but it committed to general manager don't you wanna hire ...

As you might have gathered over the last week and a half, I’ve been in Alaska. And this is my first post since getting back from the great, untamed wilderness. America’s Last Frontier. And before I get back to blogging about the pressing issues of the day, I want to acclimate myself to civilization with a few observations I learned up in the great northwest.

Lesson 1: You are not tough. Not at least by Alaskan standards. No matter how manly you think you are, to them, you’re only Lower 48 tough. And that don’t account for much up there. Bear in mind, I’m not talking about bar fight-tough. I’m not suggesting they’re all a bunch of surly rednecks looking to bust skulls with pool cues. I’m saying that they’re rugged. To a person. Hearty. The way we laugh at, say, Washington, D.C. when an inch of snow brings the city to its knees, is how they perceive us struggling through our piddling little winters. And every other person you meet up there is either a bush pilot, a helicopter tour operator or works on a boat. Every time I open my mouth to talk to an Alaskan, I realize to them I sound like Sheldon Cooper. No matter how hard I try not to. And my advice to any foreign power looking to conquer the U.S., having taken a tour of my niece’s new husband’s gun collection, you do NOT want to start your invasion in Juneau.

Lesson 2: See Lesson One. I once met a couple who live on a remote inlet in the middle of nowhere who not only wash their clothes in sea water, the wife has, on numerous occasions, killed bears and moose and canned their meat to feed to their kids. I can’t get anyone in my family to kill a moth. As a matter of fact, I’m still convinced I was roughing it because I couldn’t get the TV remote in the rental house to work so I had to walk across the room to work the on/off button on the back of the set.

Lesson 3: Darkness is your friend. You know how miserable you get when the sun sets at like 4:15 around Christmas time and you’d give your left nut to see some daylight? Yeah, about that. Try living someplace where it practically never gets dark. It’s unnerving to have it be light out at 11 at night, only to wake up thinking you slept til nine and find out it’s actually 4:00 a.m.

Lesson 4: In New England, we have no idea what wildlife is. I’ve been to New Hampshire and seen a black bear from a distance and I know there are moose tours and I’ve been on a whale watch. But that is nothing. We had bears kicking around our back yard. Porcupine running around like squirrels here. Spotted grizzlies from the boat on a fjord tour. Saw mountain goats in the hills. And bald eagles there are a constant, awe-inspiring presence. At least when you’re seeing one soar overhead or zoom low along a glacial river. And not so much when you’re watching your national symbol eat out of a french fry box in a parking lot. But then again, that’s probably not a bad metaphor for where the country is headed.

Lesson 5: If you wear Patriots gear, you’re asking for it. This isn’t particular of Alaska, mind you, but pretty much everywhere. You haven’t really traveled until you’ve had a TSA agent tell you you’re facing an extra inspection because he doesn’t appreciate you wearing a Patriots shirt. In fairness, he was a transplant from Miami and a long-suffering Dolphins fan, so I forgive him. And as I told the poor guy, “You can check my bag all you want. Where I’m from we only cheat to win football games.”

Even on a vacation, you’ve got to stay in character. But it’s great to be back. Now what the hell is this about Kevin Durant not signing with the Celtics even after Tom Brady tried to recruit him?

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Dino, Meter and Tanguay talk a little Celtics as it appears Jared Sullinger's days are done and Isaiah Thomas is already campaigning for a big payday in a few years.

[0:00:32] ... to him and we opium. Sounds a little harsh for me. The Boston Celtics renounced. Jared summoned to renounce Satan and go to have. You know this is this such a waste. God given. And I know that you his family's been very worried about a lot of people worried about his condition in the cinema John Lucas last summer. You train them lose wouldn't know we did as well I don't look at the largest drug base I guess ...
[0:02:18] ... idol recently yes I believe that. And if he's going to the John Lucas situation. Go to athletes performance and lose weight get in shape. It sounds like there's another component. Of this that might be ...
[0:03:46] ... Months off fab Melo you hubris and low spot fat you have Isiah Thomas rant that Eric right now I'm gonna trap I'm gonna get in trouble for this. But I can't take it I mean ...
[0:04:50] ... Tony our triple a right to swivel down Alec you left handed Allen Iverson so I am tired of these icons. He used the phrase specifically back up the Brinks truck up please you don't. Think he should say what you think he thinks that yes and so you don't want him to say what he thank Rex arrogant of me come on and he said good players. Isiah Thomas thinks he's better at any AD is that may be the case but he is a cordial guy he is a media ...

Dino, Meter and Gary talk a little more about why Tanguay came back to WEEI so quickly, including Kirk Minihane's endorsement of him as the Dino replacement next year

[0:01:24] ... the July if you stop waving his arms in front of the Boston pop right on the us an odd when they just stop. It's really necessary. I mean with the exception with the exception of saying 012 large walk of one to start once they get started couldn't leave. I couldn't really do any thing no hatred yes. So so this keeps this late in my hand since you can't see me like Keith Lockhart as keep everybody yes I was right pace on the same page is exactly mean to you to a failure or about ...
[0:11:08] ... didn't have. Writing get any action until like my senior year in high school in high school and it happened twice in one week. I was in your colleagues call I was indeed that we're we're we can't get ...
[0:12:17] ... until a certain time it was reckless and your senior year in high school. Yeah and where were you camp. I was not a camp I wish it was a camp at RT yes I was ...
[0:13:51] ... club us and everybody had the one and you hit at a National Geographic with naked women and invest in a National Geographic and you put it like up a Nissen bread bag so we get wet when it rained. Now our kids have it's ...

John, Gary and Meter discuss the Red Sox at 11-games over .500 at the All-Star break. John Farrell is safe? Buchholz is back in the rotation, and E-Rod too? The guys discuss several Sox topics.

[0:01:24] ... little. Muscle too much. Little little search and to what what do John Farrell the wrong today. Well that's that's that's the parlor game. Your nightly. Every single game I don't know but it did he ...
[0:06:58] ... right it was a while overreaction by Terry Francona did not let. Pedro Martinez start this game he showed up late. We come to find items like the fourth time in a row yearn for lemon ...
[0:09:41] ... example could. Any pitching coach. Fix what's wrong. With Clay Buchholz no Dave Duncan. Command here the other great pitching coach Leo Mazzone illegal commander and fix what. Rather like buckle which club holding out against unfair by the way who was at the amazonian he was in his good. Of a pitching coach football helps when you have bilateral national. School you know 800 for a while about it and Jones automatics. And John Ferro Pedro Martinez. My dad shilling their candidate look good nagging at it yet no buckles to John's point. Is the players that he mentioned ...

Gary Tanguay walked out of the station last Thursday, but didn't stay away long. GT tells John Dennis, and fill-in co-host Jon Meterparel, why he came back.

[0:00:15] ... sense so that babble it was coming out of the mouth of Jesse Jackson was a pathetic display of putting their belief look at the situation we have some very irresponsible rhetoric coming from some very powerful people Jerry Kelly. And when you say black lives matter. That's inherently racist. And you make it big national thing and all of you in ...
[0:15:54] ... for John to make the transition from television. Seriously good looking guy Talking Heads here you don't understand coach sector two I've been shock jock I've been seriously to shock stock quotes troll I mean you ...
[0:21:20] ... any said that. The reaction. On social media. By not supporting a police officers. Drove this individual to do this. This individual was gonna do something like this regardless of what happened I mean it was ...

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

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MLB: All-Star Home Run Derby, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Nets vs. Hawks, 4:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Raptors vs. Mavericks, 6:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Heat vs. Nuggets, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Cavaliers vs. Timberwolves, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Kings vs. Pelicans, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League, Warriors vs. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)


— Rumors have been circulating for months that New England native Dana White and his UFC co-owners were looking to sell the mixed martial arts franchise, so Sunday night’s news that they reached an agreement with a group headed by the talent agency WME-IMG is not a complete surprise. The price, however, is turning some heads.

According to multiple reports, UFC was sold for $4 billion — the most expensive sports transaction in history — to WME-IMG, Silver Lake Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and MSD Capital.

WME co-CEO Ari Emanuel confirmed the deal in an internal email Monday morning.

“We’ve been honored to have UFC and a number of its athletes as clients and couldn’t be happier to take our relationship to this next level as the organization’s owner and operating partner,” he wrote (via

Brothers Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta bought UFC in 2000 for $2 million. They reportedly will retain a minority interest. White, the UFC president (and a minority owner) said Monday he expects that his role with the company will remain the same, adding that this deal with help grow mixed martial arts.

“Sport is going to the next level,” he said.

— The Nets have been busy in the past week, attempting to add some promising free agents to one of the league’s weakest rosters. Unfortunately for Brooklyn — but fortunately for the Celtics, who can swap first-round draft picks next year — their two most recent targets won’t be heading to New York.

The Trail Blazers and Heat reportedly decided to match the Nets’ offers for Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson, meaning those restricted free agents will be returning to their original teams.

Portland will pay Crabbe $75 million over four years, while Miami agreed to pay Johnson — who has played just 68 NBA games — $50 million over four years.

The Nets still have more than $30 million available in cap space, but there aren’t many appealing free agents remaining.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 11, 1960, which Red Sox pitcher started and lost the All-Star Game (the first of two played that year)?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I was never discouraged. I never lost confidence in my abilities and I know my coaching and my teammates didn’t either.” — Red Sox pitcher David Price, after ending a personal two-game losing streak with Sunday’s 4-0 victory over the Rays

STAT OF THE DAY: 72 — RBIs for David Ortiz after hitting a two-run home run Sunday, the most RBIs ever at the All-Star break for a major leaguer 40 or older

‘NET RESULTS: After tying the game with two outs in the ninth inning, the Astros walk off against the Athletics on a throwing error in the 10th.

Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria makes a diving catch for an out against the Reds.

A fan in Milwaukee dives onto the top of the Brewers dugout to catch a foul ball.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bill Monbouquette, who allowed four runs in two innings in the American League’s 5-3 loss

Suzanne Vega was born on this day in 1959.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
This show is going to have our attention all summer. (Craig Blankenhorn/HBO)

This show is going to have our attention all summer. (Craig Blankenhorn/HBO)

By this point, you’€™ve probably heard the phrase “€œThe Golden Age of Television.”€ In addition to being just about the most pretentious qualifier you can bequeath a TV show you watched live as opposed to on-demand, “The Golden Age of Television” refers to a Mount Rushmore grouping of TV shows that zigged insanely hard when the rest of mainstream television was zagging along nonchalantly.

While the list of shows allowed to carry the “€œGolden Age”€ banner varies from critic to critic, the venn diagrams overlap the most over “The Sopranos,” “€œThe Wire,”€ “€œLost,”€ “€œBreaking Bad”€ and “Mad Men.”€ These shows were very unique, very polarizing, and were not for everyone, but each shared one significant trait: they proved what a TV show was capable of being.

While time will tell if “The Night Of”€ enters the G.A.O.T.G.O.A.T.(Golden Age of Television Greatest of All Time) discussion, its very existence is due largely in part to the aforementioned list of shows. They held the door open for HBO’€™s newest project and our Sunday nights are better for it.

What we needed was as an episodic-junk-food-show to snack on between the end Game of Thrones and the debut Westworld, and what we’€™re getting is the eight-course-tasting-menu-at Babbo when Mario Batali just happens to be in the back making pizzas. Oh, and we’€™re eating with Action Bronson. The show is going to be good is what I’€™m trying to say.

Recently, the “€œlimited series”€ has had its finger so squarely on the pulse of what is cool, it is altering the collective heartbeat of prestige pop culture. “€œSerial,”€ “€œThe Jinx,”€ “€œMaking a Murderer”€ and “True Detective” have each had a moment at the top of the queue of the collective pop culture connoisseur. Each of these limited series felt like genre-bending efforts, but that has more to do with the execution of the material than anything else; both True Crime fiction and nonfiction pre-date the audio and visual mediums themselves.

Like the series of events that make up “The Night Of,” the right things have to happen at the right time in order for a show like this to make an impact. At a time when new media” — €Špodcasts, blogging, instant reacting via social media, and content streaming — €Šis at its apex, and a new series that resembles something we already know we like — €Ša limited run mystery with a True Crime flavor — €Ša gem like “€œThe Night Of” has the chance to really lock in the Sleeper Hold on the pop culture conversation.

From the opening moments of the premiere, you can tell that you’€™re watching something that will go right up on the shelf between “The Wire”€ and “Homicide.”€ The pedigree on this show is ridiculous; €Šthe fingerprints of the creators of “€œThe Wire,”€ “€œClockers,”€ “€œSchindler’€™s List”€ and “€œThe Sopranos”€ are all over this project.

The 75-minute premiere of “€œThe Night Of”€ begins with the Pakistani college student from Queens “€œborrowing”€ his father’€™s car and livelihood” — €Šan NYC taxi cab — €Što go to a party in Manhattan, and ends with him in jail as the lone suspect in the murder of a 22-year-old woman from the Upper West Side. Each of those 75 minutes gives us the framework of what we’€™ll be getting over the next seven weeks: €Ša painstaking examination of the case against Nasir Khan. We get to see the the version of Nasir we want to believe. We get to see the series of decisions that will come back to haunt him. We get to see hints of the portrait of Nasir the show is going to paint.

It was one hell of a 75 minutes.


From the earliest frames of the trailer for “The Night Of,”€ you know something truly terrible has happened. As soon as we meet our protagonist, the pit-in-stomach feeling that accompanies any true crime story triples in size. There is something so instantly relatable about Nasir — or Naz for short — €Šand instantly likable about Riz Ahmed (the actor portraying him) that you can’€™t help but feel awful that something bad is about to happen. It’€™s not anticipation of watching a well-acted drama that is seeping into our pores; it’€™s guilt for wanting to keep watching the life of this character unravel heartbreakingly quickly before our eyes. If it is possible to wash film in anxiety, the production team of “œThe Night Of” has figured out how.

Naz is the kind of New York kid even the staunchest of homers can get behind; a protagonist of near pre-radioactive spider bite Peter-Parkerian levels. The first few minutes of the episode establish him as a good student, a basketball team tutor, and a respectful son, so right there we know the events that befall Naz are going to be gut-wrenching.

The first 20 minutes of “€œThe Night Of” is a fun house mirror version of a teen movie. We’€™ve seen it before: The studious kid finally gets invited to a real party downtown, makes a bold decision in his attempt to make this specific night one for the ages, meets a manic pixie dream girl and has the kind of experience his friends will never believe.

Act One of “The Night Of”: “Can’€™t Hardly Wait” crossed with “€œDazed and Confused.”

What teen movies rarely show the audience are the dire circumstances that follow these seemingly lighthearted choices, the consequences of which make up the remaining 55 minutes. Every questionable decision, every seemingly out-of-character move Naz makes gets stacked like an elaborate pattern of dominos. By the time we’€™ve watched Naz rescue a girl from unknown evil, take pills of unknown origin and chase tequila with cocaine, something bad happening to Naz is as inevitable as the sun coming up. These actions stand so staunchly opposed to the actions we would normally associate with a “good kid from a good family” we can’€™t help but feel like we want to scream at him, “Naz! Get Outta There!”€

Act Two of The Night Of: Every horrible thing your parents warned you would happen when you break curfew. 

What follows is what great TV shows are made of: agonizing detail portrayed by brilliantly cast actors acting against beautiful set pieces all designed to oscillate that pit in your stomach that’€™s been growing since the opening credits.

Until BOOM.

And the dominoes fall.

And everything unravels.

And you know you’€™re in real trouble now.

In the final act of the premiere, fate connects Naz with John Stone (played by John Turturro), a lawyer whose whole body is screaming “I HAVE SEEN TOO MUCH,”€ as he’€™s crushing an outfit that includes a trenchcoat and open-toed sandals worn to aerate the eczema on his feet; a general demeanor is one of I’€™m-Getting-Too-Old-For-This-Stuff-Of-Which-I’€™m-Getting-Too-Old.

Stone is starting from the deep, dark place that Naz has fallen to, and the audience feels, much like Stone does, that he has been down there in the deep for far too long. Sheer coincidence has paired these two together and a lifeline the width of dental floss have them bound to the floor.

Act Three ends with the sun coming up on the worst night in the life of our main character and dominoes falling all around every person his life touches. Guaranteed all the clues we need to solve this mystery have already been shown to us.

Did you see them?

Clues and Questions We’€™re Tracking During ‘€˜The Night Of’€™

  • Naz is writing with his left hand on his math classŠ — seems inconsequential, but will most likely be important.
  •  Naz seems like a good kid, but is he? He takes a pill with a happy face on it and starts doing bumps of cocaine awful quick for a math tutor who lives at home with his parents and little brother.
  •  How does Andrea (the victim) have her own brownstone on the Upper West Side of Manhattan?
  •  Theory: She’€™s the daughter of a 9/11 victim. She inherited the house, or received a settlement and was able to buy it. How else would a 22-year old live on 87th street by herself?
  • Naz parks in front of a fire hydrant and gets a ticket. What time did he get the ticket? How long was he in the house?
  •  The timeline will become very important. There are several time stamped events in Episode One:

When Naz leaves Queens:

Courtesy: HBO

(Courtesy: HBO)

When Naz gets pulled over after fleeing the scene of the crime:

(Courtesy: HBO)

(Courtesy: HBO)

When the police find the knife on Naz in the station, Detective Box asks the arresting officers what time they picked him up. The officers respond with, “at about oh-two-hundred,” or 2:00 a.m.

The arresting officer listing the discovery of the body at 2:30 a.m.:

(Courtesy: HBO)

(Courtesy: HBO)

The whole thing took place in less than five hours?

  • Due to the amount of substances that Naz took, are we dealing with an unreliable narrator? Are we seeing his version of the story and only what he is able to remember?
  • How did Naz end up in the kitchen? And how is he not covered in blood?
  • The knife and presumed murder weapon is on the coffee table where Naz and Andrea left it when they went upstairs.
  • Coroner lists the fatal wounds on Andrea to be chest, stomach, and hands. Are the hand wounds defensive wounds or is it the wound from when she and Naz played the knife game from Alien and she lost incredibly badly?

Andrea lets her cat out prior to she and Naz getting after it:

(Courtesy: HBO)

(Courtesy: HBO)

An eerily similar-looking cat stalks around Naz’€™s house the morning after all of these events take place:

(Courtesy: HBO)

(Courtesy: HBO)

This means:

  1. The cat has gone from the Upper West Side of Manhattan/ The scene of the crime, to Queens/ The home of the prime suspect in approximately six hours.
  2. A unknown party€Š — €ŠThe “Jay of The Night Of”‘€Š — €Šhas moved the cat on purpose.
  3. The cat is a literary device to show that the truth is closer than you think/ under our noses the whole time/ it’€™s some sort of Malcolm Gladwell “What The Dog Saw” type of clue.
Blog Author: 
Padraic O'Connor