We opened the show today playing some clips of Rob Parker and Ryan Clark saying that the Patriots were cheaters. Fauria took a cue from "Angry Lou" and went ballistic. This is a MUST LISTEN.
Steelers linebacker, Bud Dupree, told reporters on Monday that their defense was caught off-guard by the Patriots up-tempo offense.

[0:07:27] ... personnel to do with the New York Giants did they got a Justin Tuck they got guys they got a Michael string and they got guys battle the battle NASCAR defense. That you get home to ...
[0:10:41] ... for a lot more. Well being we'll be. Is that Beasley doesn't Rob Ninkovich is big Beasley better than boss sheared Kolb and knowing. McClellan yeah may have had a I don't think I did against ...
[0:19:07] ... rumbles of offenses. Your defense at the right personnel at Miami Dolphins Jason Taylor all those guys they can't run anything crazy it was four upfront. You know three in the back and then your safeties in your corner that was it we always knew where they were going to be. But Jason Taylor was really good Zach Thomas was really good so it was difficult for us to do you think you have some because they they have to do ...





No one in New England seems to be all that keen on the Atlanta Falcons roster. So we got NFL analyst, Randy Cross, on the phone to give us a primer on the Falcons.

[0:00:38] ... only let me ask you because we're trying to figure out. This Atlanta Falcons team and we obviously know Dan Quinn what he didn't Seattle what he did. Against New England it looks to watch like ...
[0:01:14] ... of the ball. Well I actually doing the same thing news so Eric Parker reported brought honor and salute. Against. Any really good option work and especially don't like that. I just think it's. When it ...
[0:02:46] ... front four. So what what I've been seeing is that. That that Atlanta Falcons. Can do with the giants did they can do what Justin Tuck did and they have their own Justin Tuck they have eight Grady Jared they have a date be easily they get after Brady with four guys play covers it with ...
[0:05:55] ... thing the other issue is just the respect. Factor that lives the Atlanta Falcons are getting none outing most people. Probably those of didn't want the Atlanta Falcons they want that Brady Rodgers matchup they want that the Dallas Cowboys and Dak press guide and that whole group there. They'd ...






Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger appeared on Pittsburgh radio today, and when asked about Le'Veon Bell's injury, let on that the team was aware of "that injury" throughout the week. The Steelers did not list him on the injury report at any point leading up to the AFCCG.

[0:00:42] ... course anytime anybody says she could point to the New England Patriots. Ben Roethlisberger in this conversation. Said that. In bell who was on the injury list last week. Was hurt all week long dealing with the that's single problem. Bad did you know before the game that lay beyond bell was dealing with some kind of injury. So did you guys a game plan and go into this game they gain or. Are preparing for the possibility that DeAngelo Williams or somebody else who's gonna have to be a bigger part of the offense. No doubt at all you know we we ...
[0:07:01] ... pull it off as she was an earlier you know at the Justin Tuck we go back of the that they the giants game they had players who could pull off but guess what after awhile. ...
[0:10:26] ... West Coast offense. The dialogue and you all these coaches Hasselbeck to Trent dilfer's of the world the group of the world. Home grants all those coaches from that Bill Walsh three. The all use the ...





ESPN radio host, Dan Le Batard, opened his show hurling insults at Boston radio hosts and Boston listeners. Le Batard then said "I hope we lose the affiliate-ship in Boston." Those comments were walked back later in the show.
Peyton Manning is scheduled to speak at a Republican retreat, with Donald Trump and Mike Pence, for the purpose of mapping out the Republican agenda. The guys predict significantly less outrage when this QB buddies up with the president.

[0:00:30] ... her. You better call buddy your. The Washington Post headline just out Peyton Manning. Reportedly will speak at Republican retreat featuring president Donald. Tracy and it. Blow says big man you spent most of his time doing advertisements watching football games we also found out this past year during the election cycle lot of people and bring up. He was a big donor to the Jeb Bush. A Republican presidential places out. That that's is out. So he could say I'm not a trumka now fair but apparently apparently apparently he's going to well to get together. With Donald Trump so we're gonna see them to get there here. At this Republicans. Retreat and trump saying really nice things about effect before Super Bowl fifty. When Peyton Manning was Kennedy said I have very much always liked Peyton Manning he's a really good guy I know we don't. Mike I know him I know I know I am I know we ...
[0:01:57] ... with Peyton. Because he's a very good guys of his friends with Peyton Manning. And manages admitted that he knows tranche so they know each other it's always asked. Apparently patent any commitment. And help them ...
[0:03:02] ... but do you think you'll allow me I just I look at Peyton Manning. Abs he doesn't have is he should but he doesn't have nearly the I don't shy of a swagger that that Brady has. He's there's no way you're gonna you're Agassi first take doing and not gonna see that it's any. At all crawler and are now nothing though nothing whatsoever to do you think the guy just Baylor removed from winning a Super Bowl all the all the same monster. So that I that I hear about it in this folder that symbol is it's Donald Trump. Asking Peyton Manning to be part of church retreat in which they're gonna mapped out the Republican agenda for the next four years. He's an coach ought shocks you know bush is the man was an all veteran experience and Jeb Bush and Societe supporting the Republican Party. Not trump. Easy Jeb Bush got. Yet but most of its get a lot of the reason I while you're out there I think it's important it's important passwords as they're just playing it up because they need. Bring you this is a way for these people to get a pretty he's been too successful. He's now moved up in the latter reason headed Peyton Manning. As as a as a quarterback he's ahead of Joseph Montana as a quarterback hasn't made the greatest play and play the game. Originally you may hate Triplett U I don't know guys that you need even more guys like that if you feel that way too believe it. You step out. Of the shadows. But it feels like yeah heighten the shadows a guy if you're if you're support Donald front which is basically you're president of the United States. It Peyton Manning who else anatomy without the public not a lot of guys out there. But if you do. The courage to step out and speak up. I mean it's just because they're bashing you it's like nationwide. There are what it would is that the nationwide if underside of your nation pop and needles whatever it is mostly economic unit dropped Peyton Manning and it's lost and I like to come out to the rebound good hands and Donald Trump really isn't that that hey ...
[0:05:21] ... Brady. And this is not playing in a similar fashion. For for Peyton Manning if it isn't if I'm Brady then I'm really sit here sand. Please don't more. I started doing that that you really need this for Brady incidents or what the bleep is going on why did you know that this could this is different little more hopeful for the world and now hoaxes and create realistic. He's already citizen and what the hell is going on is that you don't need this. Big ratings not that gonna jump on Peyton Manning you say off they don't and hypocrites that they hypocrites and of course they are we know why they're doing it. This is too much hatred out there like Tom Brady they're like patriots don't know what we'll abrasive unbelievable Peyton Manning. He didn't have reportedly starting at the Republican retreat with president trump and heat the for the purpose of the retreat. Is to map about the Republican edge. That's big men. All Tom Brady is doing is being a distant friend who picks up the phone and congratulates them on on the fifth. ...






Glenn, Lou and Christian pick apart a piece from Seth Walder (New York Daily News) who isn't satisfied with Tom Brady's explanations about his friendship with Donald Trump.

[0:00:50] ... something we have not picked up on what we said yesterday once Tom Brady opened up. With Kirk and Callahan yesterday and wanted to make sure. That he could get an opportunity to talk about this ...
[0:04:24] ... daily news one dollar believes it is there's this really really news Tom Brady that supports racism and buy it exists. But it's what you beautiful out there are friends with Donald means that that's you'll. ...
[0:06:13] ... every single thing that comes out of his mouth and that's why Tom Brady wasn't done talking about it on Monday. That's why he interrupted Kirk Linehan wouldn't lobbed at the last question he wanted to ...
[0:06:53] ... Like the biggest monster in the world he's making a case that Tom Brady can not. Be friends with a monster for example it will mean friend is there anybody that you just that you look ...






In November, Wizards guard John Wall had to be restrained from going after the Celtics, including Marcus Smart. (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports)

In November, Wizards guard John Wall had to be restrained from going after the Celtics, including Marcus Smart. (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports)

The Celtics scored their biggest victory of the season Tuesday before they even stepped onto the court. The Wizards plan to wear black to their game against the C’s, giving this team an aura of intimidation it has lacked since Kevin Garnett’s prime.

According to the Washington Post, Wizards guard Bradley Beal came up with the idea. Tensions between the two clubs rose following the Celtics’ victory over the Wizards earlier this month, when Jae Crowder and John Wall got into an on-court altercation. The verbal sparring continued as they walked to their respective locker rooms, and police were called to stand guard.

“We’re wearing all black to the game,” Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. said. “So you know where we’re going with that. … We’re wearing all black to the game. It’s a memo that the team is giving away. We’re ready for whatever, man. Round three, let’s get it.”

Isaiah Thomas, who scored 20 points points in the fourth quarter against the Wizards Jan. 11, took the news in stride.

“That’s cute that they’re wearing all black. It’s not a Game 7. It’s not the playoffs,” he said. “I saw the funeral and all black thing last night and I just laughed about it.”

The last time these teams met, Thomas led all scorers with 38 points. Wall, who’s long been considered one of the most talented guards in the league, went 4-for-21 and dropped a season-low nine points in the loss. On Tuesday, Wall said the Wizards were dressing for a “funeral.”

When the Giants dressed in black prior to Super Bowl 42, they were able to back up their wardrobe –– thanks to a dominant pass rush and an all-time great catch by David Tyree. But this stunt from the Wizards seems to channel the 2012 Texans, who wore letterman’s jackets to Gillette Stadium and were promptly blown out by 28 points.

In a lot of respects, it’s even more pathetic than what the Texans did. At the time, Houston was an 11-1 team and wanted to make a statement heading into an important late-season Monday night game in Foxboro. The 24-20 Wizards, meanwhile, are a middling club that’s gearing up for a routine midseason matchup.

Oh, and they’re the home team. That’s right: the Wizards are letting the Celtics get into their heads in their own building. That’s not cute. It’s sad.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

Dan Le Batard came close to saying the Patriots have white wide receivers because they’re a racist organization and Boston is a racist city. But then he stopped just short.

On his ESPN radio show Monday, Le Batard talked about the stylistic differences between the Patriots and Falcons, who will face off in Super Bowl 51.

“Is anyone going to, at any point in 2017 America, point out the contrasting styles we have in this Super Bowl? Two very different cities, the wide receiver cores for both teams are very different,” he said. “When is that going to become a thing as we head towards Super Bowl week and we’re going to have to talk about everything and people are going to get tired of the chess match. Is anybody going to dare to wander into that topic? You’ve got Julio [Jones] and Muhammad [Sanu] and [Julian] Edelman. No? We’re going to avoid that?” Le Batard, like other ESPN personalities who have defamed Boston in recent weeks, refuses to defend his words when challenged. On Tuesday, he implied his comments were said in jest.

Given ESPN’s history of disparaging Boston, it’s difficult to give Le Batard the benefit of the doubt. Earlier this month, when Celtics fans cheered soon-to-be free agent forward Gordon Hayward during pregame introductions, several talking heads at the WorldWide Leader brought race into the conversation. Jae Crowder, who took exception to fans applauding an opponent, is black. Hayward, of course, is white. For some, the low-hanging fruit was too much to ignore.

On Highly Questionable, Bomani Jones appeared to say Celtics fans like Hayward because of his skin color.

“Is there another arena in the whole country that would get this charged about Gordon Hayward maybe coming as a free agent? Clapping for Kevin Durant is one thing. But if you put Gordon Hayward on the same level as Kevin Durant, you might be the city that had the Kevin Love welcoming tour when he wasn’t even a free agent yet,” he said.

Writer Israel Gutierrez made a similar connection on Around the Horn.

“It’s Boston. They’re famous for having Larry Bird on their team. Gordon Hayward looks more like Larry Bird than other players in the league. So maybe there’s that Boston connection there,” he speculated.

Never mind that Celtics fans also showered then-pending free agent Kevin Durant with applause last season or that Crowder said he was upset his remarks were interpreted as race-related. Don’t let context or facts get in the way of a good rant, like when NBA analyst Amin Elhassan said in a recent podcast Boston is the most racist city in the country north of the Mason-Dixon Line.

“Somebody asked me, ‘How would you kind of tabulate or kind of quantify how racist a town is?’ I said, ‘Oh that’s easy. Record scratches per square foot.’ Because I’m telling you, it’s a funny thing from movies, but it’s happened to me for real in Boston. You walk in, the music stops, and everybody who’s all in their individual conversations stops and turns to me. I’m talking places not a stone’s throw from the arena.”

Presumably, Elhassan is referring to the T.D. Garden, the place where Celtics fans cheered for Hayward and within a stone’s throw of where they once cheered for Larry Bird. Apparently, it’s improper for fans to like multiple white players per half-century. They can only choose one. (Jones, Gutierrez and Elhassan all declined invitations to appear on WEEI, by the way.)

There’s no ignoring Boston’s repulsive history when it comes to its treatment of African-American athletes. The Red Sox were the last team to integrate and Bill Russell endured a disgusting amount of hardship. One night, vandals wrote racial slurs on his walls and smeared feces on his bed.

While these shameful episodes shouldn’t be forgotten, it’s reckless to use them as ammunition to support the lazy narrative about Boston being unwelcoming towards black athletes. David Ortiz might be the most beloved Red Sox player of all-time, with Pedro Martinez finishing a close second. Kevin Garnett, who originally didn’t want to play for the Celtics, now says Boston will always have a special place in his heart.

Few black athletes are more outspoken than Martellus Bennett, and he’s seemed to embrace Boston with open arms. This week, in fact, he made a t-shirt that says as much.

If Bennett spoke ill of Boston, race-baiting provocateurs like Le Betard and Jones would probably discuss his comments ad nauseum for the next two weeks. But since he didn’t, his shirt and accompanying tweet likely won’t be mentioned on their respective shows.

At ESPN, slandering Boston sports fans and teams seems to be part of the mission statement. And instead of defending his wild insinuation about the Patriots preferring white receivers, Le Batard decided to deflect. It’s par for the course.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

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