Field Yates calls Pete Sheppard, Chris Price and Tom E. Curran to preview the Pats game at 1pm. He talks about the Rex Ryan craziness, if Tom Coughlin is a serious possibility to take over in Buffalo and what Rex needs to do to stay there. He also gets into the Jaguars/Colts game going on in London and some other league-wide news.

[0:01:47] ... a nice quarterback at developing quarterback but the sexy pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars being an up and coming team this year is based more on. Perception and fantasy love then reality when this team can't ...
[0:07:15] ... kind of intensity that's necessary I have a question for area. Regarding Tom Brady. And the suspension from which you will return in less than 24 hours now. You're in Bristol here with many different people in many different voices in many different attitudes down there. Obviously bill Belichick's done a great job and team is a great job weathering this storm. So I'm not gonna ask you about that. Is there and all were all feeling all fielder what is the overall feeling regarding. Whether this has all been worth it. We have suspending Tom Brady still having the patriots exe like this. I mean I think it's the other item rarity at some truth Europe and abroad ...
[0:09:43] ... to get back to buffalo earlier this week it was reported bought Tom Coughlin and you know possibility of him going to the bills is agent denied it for cool family. Kind of denied it but I know several people. In that area that say there's still a little bit of fire that is a lot of smoke and it is there any fire any truth to it all that there's a possibility Tom Coughlin could. At some point maybe even this season. Be the next to coach the Buffalo Bills. You know at Anderson ended just ...
[0:11:25] ... forward. Yeah. Acting you know laps into that spot. AT. Against. The Denver Broncos. Aired security issues where past actions and lack running. Eric Wright get on the ball and these messages he ought to do ...






Pete Sheppard and Chris Price kick things off previewing the Pats and Bills at 1pm today. A few minutes in, the great Tom E. Curran from CSNNE joins the guys to give his opinion on the QB position and other big storylines with the team. The guys chat about what the Bills bring to the table after defeating Arizona last week.
Jim Hackett and Rotobahn.com's Pete Davidson get you set for Week 4 in fantasy football going over all of the key injuries and lineup questions as well as your daily fantasy needs. Pete is fiery this week and has no patience for nonsense! The guys talk about the Jets and Pats as well and get into if owners should start Gronk or Russell Wilson.
Danny has Ortiz pegged to take the AL MVP and it has nothing to do with sentimental value.

[0:11:11] ... of them right. As net. Then you come home and play the Toronto Blue Jays and last night. You get reports seller does get the win goes six innings on eight hits three runs. He walked to ...
[0:12:46] ... a ball and you win this camp and you win it because David Ortiz. There are poppy David Ortiz in the seventh inning. Get a two run home run that put the Red Sox up five to three multi debts he singled up the middle to score Pedroia tied the game at three. That this was a we have lineup last night yet Brock called plant their day's second debts and third at Ortiz hit for it. I not I didn't hear Farrell's recent impetus this panel yesterday. What I what I figure is is if they're gonna commit. I hope that their days in the left side of the plate this platoon at third with Aaron Hill and he's gonna play third base Bruck told planned third. Against right handed pitcher in which I agree I told as the ...
[0:15:09] ... I actually did not. I get right to call the call vote David Ortiz really American League MVP I wrote there's three days ago I told it is three weeks ago. I did Jonas for a long time there is nobody. Not just in the American League. Put in all of Major League Baseball there's not want it that is more about people in my opinion and David Ortiz. This season. And I did what I told this comatose and show. One Dave Ortiz is gone. It's gonna hit me hot it's not. I don't know when it's gonna hit me I don't hit me until next April rob watch the regular season game. And I'm looking at the TV Al wait for big poppy get up. And it docket not Amityville wiz David Ortiz why he's been in all they want a fat. Tonight let's go to bed and will Sauna. But he's not going to be a lot of he's gonna be retired. And it debts may be wanna hit it god. When I tell you David Ortiz the American League MVP. No sentimental value. In that club or that feeling of relief. They're you'll wind up every hitter in baseball against the wall somebody out to be in a lineup number one. I'm taking David Ortiz got taken anybody over him. And last night is everybody Sharon Kiefer MVP is it. It's not the middle this isn't the ...
[0:17:22] ... you needed somebody to give you a big hit a big spot David Ortiz as your god. I know look he's advocates I know we have on last night I just find it funny while everybody is Jan MVP. Smoke it that's why is that then it's Ortiz. Puts one in the seats. I did it. Beat every all of the what is the biggest threat to the Red Sox in the American League in the postseason the Toronto Blue Jays poppy last night. We had a two run home run to possibly win that game I have eliminated a blue jays from ...






Danny has Ortiz pegged to take the AL MVP and it has nothing to do with sentimental value.

[0:11:11] ... of them right. As net. Then you come home and play the Toronto Blue Jays and last night. You get reports seller does get the win goes six innings on eight hits three runs. He walked to ...
[0:12:46] ... a ball and you win this camp and you win it because David Ortiz. There are poppy David Ortiz in the seventh inning. Get a two run home run that put the Red Sox up five to three multi debts he singled up the middle to score Pedroia tied the game at three. That this was a we have lineup last night yet Brock called plant their day's second debts and third at Ortiz hit for it. I not I didn't hear Farrell's recent impetus this panel yesterday. What I what I figure is is if they're gonna commit. I hope that their days in the left side of the plate this platoon at third with Aaron Hill and he's gonna play third base Bruck told planned third. Against right handed pitcher in which I agree I told as the ...
[0:15:09] ... I actually did not. I get right to call the call vote David Ortiz really American League MVP I wrote there's three days ago I told it is three weeks ago. I did Jonas for a long time there is nobody. Not just in the American League. Put in all of Major League Baseball there's not want it that is more about people in my opinion and David Ortiz. This season. And I did what I told this comatose and show. One Dave Ortiz is gone. It's gonna hit me hot it's not. I don't know when it's gonna hit me I don't hit me until next April rob watch the regular season game. And I'm looking at the TV Al wait for big poppy get up. And it docket not Amityville wiz David Ortiz why he's been in all they want a fat. Tonight let's go to bed and will Sauna. But he's not going to be a lot of he's gonna be retired. And it debts may be wanna hit it god. When I tell you David Ortiz the American League MVP. No sentimental value. In that club or that feeling of relief. They're you'll wind up every hitter in baseball against the wall somebody out to be in a lineup number one. I'm taking David Ortiz got taken anybody over him. And last night is everybody Sharon Kiefer MVP is it. It's not the middle this isn't the ...
[0:17:22] ... you needed somebody to give you a big hit a big spot David Ortiz as your god. I know look he's advocates I know we have on last night I just find it funny while everybody is Jan MVP. Smoke it that's why is that then it's Ortiz. Puts one in the seats. I did it. Beat every all of the what is the biggest threat to the Red Sox in the American League in the postseason the Toronto Blue Jays poppy last night. We had a two run home run to possibly win that game I have eliminated a blue jays from ...






Post season baseball is right around the corner and a certain Canadian baseball team has Danny feeling uneasy about the Sox in October.
Post season baseball is right around the corner and a certain Canadian baseball team has Danny feeling uneasy about the Sox in October.

[0:01:16] ... one game wild card playoff and they would be host in the Toronto Blue Jays. Detroit the Detroit Tigers. Day. Are a half game behind Toronto for that second wildcard spot Detroit is in Atlanta which at ...
[0:09:30] ... deep it'll. Odd that lost them ale siesta that. Eventual world champion Kansas City Royals. Just Toronto is not a team you wanna play 61777. On. 798376177797. 937. Wright Phillips their wares or team that you have ...
[0:11:17] ... pin and I noticed some people who love him and they want John Farrell the love him. At the end of given you which school is seventy logic islets up they hit. But at the same ...
[0:13:27] ... get that you know the bat single up the middle. And and David Ortiz it's a two run home run and that was huge and that was great. But. I still look at Toronto's pitching him ...






Marvel's next man up, Luke Cage (Photo Courtesy: Netflix)

Marvel’s next man up, Luke Cage (Photo Courtesy: Netflix)

Starting this weekend, Marvel’s latest superhero to capture pop culture curiosity, Luke Cage, hits Netflix with his own self-titled series. Luke Cage, a superhero inspired by the 1970’s wave of blaxploitation movies, is the story of a bulletproof resident of Harlem, New York who returns home to protect his neighborhood in a similar vein to how Daredevil hovers over Hell’s Kitchen. While it is a Marvel property and part of a much larger expanded universe, “Luke Cage” is about as far as you can get from what Marvel fans are used to seeing every few summers. The Avengers aren’t swooping in to save Harlem from being taken over by crooked politicians and gangsters in three-piece suits, but it has to be done. Luke Cage is about the guy who steps up to that plate.

In November of 2013, Marvel and Netflix announced that they’d be forming a tag team to bring more comic book style content into the world by producing four 13-episode series over the next four years culminating with an “Avengers”-for-the-small-screen limited series called “The Defenders.” For all my non comic book heads out there, in the 70’s and 80’s, The Defenders were the Marvel practice squad – the home of such household name brand superheroes like Valkyrie, Nighthawk, and Gargoyle. Opting not to push their luck, Marvel shuffled the deck a bit and went with a cast of known but not over blown Ready for Binge Time Players in “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist,” and “Luke Cage.”

Since launching Marvel Studios in 2008, anything with the word Marvel attached to it has yet to catch as much as a glimpse of pop cultural side eye. They take the most ridiculous premises, seldom read properties, and on the cusp actors and turn them into mega stars. Robert Downey, Jr. couldn’t get a movie studio to insure him on set, Jeremy Renner was making more money flipping houses than he was from acting roles, and Chris Pratt was a doughy goofball on the best NBC show nobody watched before they each got a spin through the Marvel Machine. Now they all carry movie franchises that make more money than the Gross National Product of entire nations.

Seeing that the entertainment model was moving out of cinemas and into living rooms, Marvel investing time, money, and creative resources into new ways to deliver their content which has brought the same kind of success they’re seeing on the big screen to any device their audience can hold in their hands. Marvel’s deal with Netflix has allowed them branch out into a medium much closer to what brought them to prominence in the first place – long form episodic storytelling.

To mirror what has worked on TV, they opted to go with some tattered capes as opposed to gloriously flowing ones. What works on TV is grit; people want to see the cracks in the armor and how they got there, and to paraphrase my man Patrick Kinsey in Gone Baby Gone, Marvel chose the characters that started in the cracks and then fell through.

The characters included in their Netflix deal around aren’t the costumed superheroes people shell out cash to see at the movies, but characters that are trying to get by living in the wake of what happens after heroes and villains do battle in New York City. When Captain America is feeling a little run down after a battle with The Winter Solider, he can take a few days off if he wants. Such is the benefit of being super soldier who was frozen in ice and thawed out to battle whomever or whatever threatens our way of life. When Jessica Jones or Daredevil are licking the wounds of last night’s attempt to clean up the streets of Hell’s Kitchen, they have to do it at their day job because in the world of Netflix’s Marvel, rent is due on the first of the month.

The first three series produced thus far – two seasons of “Daredevil” and one of “Jessica Jones” – has done wonders for both sides of this deal. Netflix keeps growing their content library and Marvel keeps getting to make stories in interesting ways. Starting today, September 30th, the third of the four planned series, “Luke Cage,” looks to push the Marvel Streaming Universe forward much like “Guardians of the Galaxy” did at the movies a few summers ago. Where “Guardians of the Galaxy” introduced new fans to characters they didn’t yet know they cared about, “Luke Cage” is going to introduce fans to a character they definitely should.

With the model so repeatedly proven successful, Marvel has the chance to stretch a little bit, and the entire superhero genre is going to be better for it. So much of the origin stories and subtext for anything comic book related – especially for Cage’s Netflix teammates Daredevil and Jessica Jones – is based on a person with extraordinary powers spiraling downward while trying to keep their city from turning into rubble. Luke Cage is the exact opposite in that this is a story about a character rebuilding the world around him as he rises up.

Strip all the superhero nonsense away – Cage has unbreakable skin; an unfortunate side effect to a governmental experiment gone wrong – and showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker still has more than enough to work with in bringing a black superhero to television. His x-factor here is in the neighborhood – Harlem, New York. Like Boston did for movies like “Mystic River, “The Town,” and “Gone Baby Gone,” Harlem plays just as big of a role in “Luke Cage” as the costumed vigilantes scurrying across the rooftops. Every street, every corner, every crack in the sidewalk has a story behind it. The weight of history meeeeeeans something. Every action, decision, and alliance adds much more depth to the plot when environment has seeped into the bones of every aspect of the story. It’s not just about the choices Cage makes in his superhero story, but what those choices mean this version of Harlem.

In describing his pitch to Netflix, Coker opted to focus on the neighborhood noir aspect of the source material as opposed to Power Man / Hero for Hire origin story of the character. In his interview with Time, Coker described his vision of the role that Harlem would play in “Luke Cage” as being, “like what The Wire did for Baltimore.” Imagine Omar Little impact in “The Wire” and ask if he hadn’t decided to Robin Hood it out in West Baltimore what that would have meant for McNulty, Kima, Bunk, or the kids from season four.

Are you in on this yet?

What is so engaging about the superhero mythos is the process protagonists have to go through in order to become their true selves; constantly having to take off one skin to wear another. Ironically, Luke Cage’s superpower is his skin, and because of that, he just “is.” His only costume (Marvel thankfully retired the look Cage came in with) is a black hoodie and occasionally bullet hole ridden clothes. Like “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” and the upcoming “Iron Fist,” “Luke Cage” takes place in the same universe that houses a giant green rage monster and a Norse God of Thunder that carries a magic unliftable hammer, but he is not a superhero in the same way. The rest of the Marvel Universe uses their powers as a way to deal with the unfortunate happenings that made them ‘super.’ For characters like Iron Man and The Hulk, being a superhero is like therapy with laser beams and Hulk Smash sonic claps with the ‘breakthroughs’ being bad guys going through walls. Luke Cage is different; his powers aren’t a way for him to push back against his issues, they are a way for him to push through them.

“Luke Cage” has the benefit of being the third of the Marvel Netflix projects to launch. With the success of both seasons of “Daredevil” and the critical attention and leeway earned by “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage” makes his entrance in front of an audience already sold on the concept of gritty superhero TV shows; the creators don’t have to spend one minute setting up the pulley system needed to suspend the audience’s disbelief. With that being the case, “Cage” hits Netflix as a much more realized experience from the visual storytelling to the background music.

The soundtrack of “Luke Cage” – expertly crafted by Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge from A Tribe Called Quest – does a lot to build out the environment and tell the audience where this series sits in contrast to the rest of the Marvel Universe. The Harlem surrounding our hero borders the boroughs we grew up hearing Nas, Biggie, and The Wu-Tang Clan rap about.

Just like on albums like “Illmatic,” “Ready to Die,” and “36 Chambers,” once you strip away the scene painting of what these characters had to do survive, we’re left with stories of how good life will be once they make it out of their surroundings with a promise to come back to fix it. That’s a different type of superpower that is so seldom seen and so worthy of exploration.

Blog Author: 
Padraic O'Connor
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