Chris squared talk all about the Patriots brutal 16-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills, what went wrong in the game, Tom Brady's return to the team after the Deflategate suspension, and look ahead to their game Sunday against the Cleveland Browns


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Poor Ben Affleck. He really is one of us. Except he was forced to work Sunday while the rest of us were having the exact same reaction watching the Pats-Bills game live.

Of course the world is throwing shade at the guy. Saying he’s slurring his speech because he’s on something. But the only people who say that are the haters who don’t understand what it’s like for us to watch the Patriots get shut out at home by fricking Buffalo. That’s not booze or pills. It’s unfathomable sadness. I was talking the exact same way in the fourth quarter. Because of sadness. Mixed with beer.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Danny Amendola didn't see the pregame altercation with Jacoby Brissett, Malcolm Mitchell and some of the Bills players, but he got caught up this morning and says it pissed him off. He sits down with Glenn, Lou and Christian and talks about the frustrating loss.

[0:07:00] ... draw maybe a little bit more swollen Neely guys senate under senator Tom Brady. Yeah we're gonna I feel like we haven't played their best football yet in. And it's it's and it's coming up in the future. They come. What does mark tells currently. Huddle and on the south because it could you just seems like this always positive as I know that I've known Marty since high school so. We're from Houston and known as brother Michael's entire school so I've I've been. I've been blessed with the opportunity get to be around Marty it we came into Dallas who are rookies on the doubt countless Ian so we need an absolute freak we did talk to you guys agree with. Literally burst with a tight end he's like LeBron kinda I think they if LeBron would be plan from bullies there. He's actually I. And he is it's ridiculous how how do you simulate real classy guy. Because it really because I saw a quote from him about the same figure relating to the sideline incidents before the game ...
[0:09:18] ... feel like they wanna suitable quickly they feel like they won the Super Bowl like this was just like the second coming. I mean. I can't change in the field for us through it you can't. ...




Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower talks to Glenn, Lou and Christian after a loss to the Buffalo Bills.

[0:00:02] ... forty plus Sports Radio WEEI. I've backed down here in Foxboro at Gillette Stadium to I've stressed to us talk to don't a hightower brought you by heiress restoration specialist complaints insurance. And the scoreboard sports ...
[0:06:42] ... and in knowing that he's gonna come on back here today and Rob Ninkovich entries well. It's it's definitely been going to be great and especially after not last night but no almost just. Just more guys got to come in and just just be great to go into the deters movement and yeah about logo. And you know we now have to go on the road again so you know monster Tom and and moderate go to work to. It's going to be different feel if you defensively though right I mean. Haven't Tom Brady knowing he needs your quarterback as opposed to Colby who you know let's that you game and after that a college's top ...




After getting shutout by the Bills at home, the Patriots get Tom Brady back. Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the return of the quarterback, and how the team moves on after a 3-1 start.

[0:00:51] ... AM in the pool when you haven't pulled that yet I think Tom Brady was like you know it's only Cleveland. Reckon I can sleep and and I've been away for full week's second sodas and ...
[0:05:50] ... deliberately let the. It later today to me it's almost like a Bill Belichick and airboats that obviously. He doesn't because doesn't give the media anything's isn't really DB any answers so you're sort of left ...
[0:11:57] ... critical question Ito was. You know talking about a wrecks out coached. Bill Belichick in his game and listen you're Al coach any coach I don't care how good they nor is there on the third string quarterback with other players missing. True quarterback who's as per it would knowing the guys if they're string quarterback isn't com. Some has been in the league. A new exported to rob quote not operating here. That's right you are right Rex but here's the thing. So bows to tell you with the Tom Brady with the with the with the new information that was Jimmy grappled that the bill would only score sixty points. Do you ...
[0:22:30] ... going to assume. That you know darn heat is Egypt's image is Tom Brady get easier to want. You want to play and you're like. That's the last thing they're gonna remember conjure up again and ...






Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the celebration that lasted all weekend for David Ortiz, including the bridge named after Big Papi himself.

[0:00:09] ... You guys get an opportunity that should never judge well I get David Ortiz on my lawn like I kept David Ortiz out in my about a popular wild card. Spectacular. Spectacular Jonny Gomes is on the front part of my house. I guess David we're gonna go still but he's still kind of just around ...
[0:03:10] ... big celebration at Fenway Park the two people you need them. A Matt Chatham and Jonny Gomes. And don't shows up with the open data don't don't. I don't but don't I don't know I. To Gomes. It's just. ...
[0:04:11] ... scout for everyone in the big leagues. So everybody is calling up Jonny Gomes I think hey would you see would this guy got into the scouting or forties in the fight and this guy is still believes whoever wins the World Series can be because of Johnny golf should get around in his. Don't touch with a lot of guys on the mall between playing Houston Texas. You're in there you know what he's he was suspect got back touched us. Between games take some alas that bad it's the fourth inning and had a text Jonny Gomes how do you think he set me up there we think what you expect when next at bat. The key he still. ...
[0:06:27] ... his craft. Deserves some recognition but now taking it out into society David Ortiz great at what he did a blue said this again this weekend and I can't argue the point. And he got a ...






After winning 11 straight games, the Red Sox lost 5 of 6 when they knew they had the division in the bag. Does this hurt their chances in the playoffs? Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the ALDS matchup with the Cleveland Indians.

[0:02:36] ... right handed hitter. That is not gonna get pinch hit for is Mike Napoli. So with that I look at a garlic bread ziglar and say what the hell is he gonna do this year's is ...
[0:03:10] ... down to just one guy in his lineup these jobs to get. Mike Napoli out you keep Palmer and shorter neutralize one of the better relievers does this line that you put farmer and some instruction ...
[0:13:29] ... to keep runs probably why did the Dave and I think the David Ortiz a distraction if you wanna call that. Was was employ here I I think this helps the question about that. But you ...
[0:16:01] ... Wednesday. He rolling to a series against that it did you know Texas Rangers in game one his half game to a Sanchez in threes Estrada. I trial should be favored. Yes I do a better ...






Westworld (HBO)

James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood star in “Westworld.” (HBO)

My favorite video game of all time is “Red Dead Redemption,” a 2010 PS3 game overlaid “open world” gameplay onto a cowboy movie. When it came time to upgrade to a PS4, I held off for six months longer than I should have largely in part because PS4 can’t play PS3 games and I wasn’t ready to hang up my digital spurs yet.

As “Red Dead Redemption” was an open world concept, you could go anywhere and do anything. It featured hundreds of extra missions you could play based on the characters you interacted with. You couldn’t help but wonder what happened to the storylines you didn’t engage in or the missions you chose to skip. “Westworld” answered that question in its premiere and the answer is when “newcomers” (real people) don’t engage the “hosts” (robots/AI/characters at the theme park), they get woke.

Based on the 1970s movie written and directed by “Jurassic Park” author Michael Crichton, “Westworld” arrives on HBO just as the endgame has been announced for “Game of Thrones.” Whether “Westworld” is the successor to Westeros remains to be seen. If not, it won’t be for lack of trying. This world is HUGE. The possibilities extend as far as the eye can see, or at least as far as the meticulously crafted landscape have been designed to go.

Despite being a high-concept sci-fi show, “Westworld” opens — not surprisingly — like a western. The first 15 minutes of the show looks like an homage to John Ford’s technicolor classic “The Searchers” right down to the do-gooder audience proxy, Teddy (James Marsden) and wide-eyed, optimistic, dusty rose of the old West, Delores (Evan Rachel Wood). It’s obvious we’re watching a fantasy be played out in front of us in all of its classic Western trope gloriousness, but it isn’t until the end of the first act that we’re sure whose fantasy it is. What is set up to be a completely immersive experience for some guests is a chance for others to explore the darkest fantasies they can dream up. Regardless of which camp is occupying “Westworld,” our “hosts” deal with the consequences. It’s a real TV funhouse mirror type of realization once we meet the other half of the cast, lead by Jeffrey Wright and Anthony Hopkins, as we watch them reset all of their walking, talking set pieces for another day of making the dreams of “newcomers” come true.

“Westworld” feels more realized and cinematic than its HBO contemporaries, and maybe that’s because there is just so much history and recognizable stereotypes to pull from given the genres on display. The performances — specifically by Marsden and Wood — are so good, but given that we know we’re watching a play-within-a-play, they seem almost over the top. This is no mistake, either; it’s a genre-bending gift. It’s a very clear signal for the audience to look for glitches in the matrix and to start to wonder just how deep in trouble the creators and patrons of this park will be when the programs they have designed start to do their job too well.

Given that this is the pilot episode and we’re dealing with a ton of world-building here, the expositional dialogue that explains just how the gears fit together is handled by Anthony Hopkins and Jeffrey Wright, who I’m pretty sure are the Dr. John Hammond and Ian Malcolm of “Westworld” insomuch that there’s a philosophical debate going on as to what “Westworld” is and what it could be. The longing in Hopkins’ Dr. Ford’s eyes tells more than half the story here — a creator marveling at his life’s work and also disappointed that this is all it is. Bernard Lowe (Wright) presents the other side of the coin as a man who sees the genius in the binary code and asks how can we fine tune the inward experience of the world we’ve built, because haven’t we outwardly expanded enough?

“Westworld” aims to close out 2016 like a Now That’s What I Call Premium Cable Drama compilation pulling together some HBO “best of”s: The size and scope of “Game of Thrones,” the marvelous set pieces and aesthetic of “Deadwood,” and the benign and optimistic naivety of the subjects as seen on the always heart wrenching “Hard Knocks,” starring one of the largest and most accomplished casts on television.

Regardless of what it looks and feels like, “Westworld” is a sci-fi show, not that it is running from that distinction. The best type of sci-fi asks big questions and explores the limitless variations of the answers. 2015’s “Ex Machina” did so as well as did 2016’s “Stranger Things.” The focus is entirely on asking great questions and not worrying about outsmarting the audience with an answer. There doesn’t need to be a ship’s wheel at the center of the island in order for me to wonder why there are polar bears running around on the surface — just show me as many polar bears as possible and let my mind expand.

To paraphrase Ed Harris’ Man in Black, the creator of this world had something specific in mind. It is clear to see that the creator of this world does.

ROGUE THEORY: The Man in Black discloses to Teddy and Delores that he has been coming to Westworld for 30 years. Meanwhile, Bernie Lowe discloses that there hasn’t been a massive issue in the world they’ve created for 30 years. My guess is that Ed Harris is either the cause of the problem or has been lost in Westworld for that amount of time. He’s a real person, but he is also the malware in the program.

Blog Author: 
Padraic O'Connor

Just in case anyone thinks that the Deflategate war ended with Tom Brady’s suspension, I present to you Billy Lacey. Patriots fan. Masshole. Citizen soldier. A man who refuses to relent. Who will not go quietly into the night. Who will not vanish without a fight. A man who will not play nice with ESPN, the media wing of the NFL Ministry of Propaganda.

My man Billy is someone who puts his loyalty where his mouth is. Even with the WorldWideLeader tempting him with the siren song of Faltering Sports Media Outlet fame. Sure, he could have had that sweet rush that comes from being able to tell your buddies and coworkers you took the video that’s going around the Internet and TV. But his #loyaltytoTom is not for sale. No fame is so dear that he’s willing to pay for by selling out to the four-letter network.

It just proves that there are heroes living among us. And that the Wall will never go undefended as long as there are those of us who refuse to ever give in. You can drink from my canteen any time, Mr. Lacey. Godspeed.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Tim called in and discussed the toughness of Jimmy Garoppolo. Would Tom Brady have played with the same injury?