Mikey, Mut, and Lenny discuss how the Patriots can stop Russell Wilson, and Jimmy Garoppolo is brought up as a potential weapon for the Patriots in practice to give the defense a Wilson-esque look from the QB position.

[0:02:00] ... Julie Thompson on our boundaries say something if you you would be Super Bowls for our child I don't assume that the what went through. The most important Greenberg and we'll practice signatures I know complete ...
[0:05:05] ... say though he won't which are not in the cuts has to Judy Garland. And I understand. I think I think the path to gonna win this game I think they're gonna win it going away ...
[0:06:25] ... to keep pushing him to the outside. Because I think it was Herman Edwards talk about today's in this when he would do keep them out of the middle where he'll Ilya. I keep with the ...
[0:11:25] ... it then my. You know you guys got agree that like a White House in the the F eight. I like that that's very poetic. A lighthouse in the seat of hate nice write a shining ...






Mikey, Mut, Lenny and Dave Russo talk about Danny Amendola stepping up this season, and the comments made by Dean Blandino about the inspection done to the game balls before the AFC Championship game.

[0:00:19] ... what did you get once again want to game absolutely. Some chilled Tom Brady it. He had so been with a bug deflated that it better second half in the first half that it is a ...
[0:05:57] ... they could've gotten there but we Amanda yeah. Roger Goodell is gonna Bob Kraft is closer to his apology already quite a while I don't forget the apology be certainly closer look at the edit anything Lanny you know 825000 dollar fine you can bet your sweet ass at 130 tomorrow Roger Goodell. It's the podium but he stated the NFL he's going to be asked about this a better have a better answer than it. Well whatever team Blaine Neal said yes I know how about this for punishment for Dell if they're wrong nevermind is an apology because that's not even good enough tech. How about he has to kiss Robert Kraft but yeah naked by New Year's Eve in Times Square while the ball is coming down. While a lot with Ryan Seacrest ...
[0:12:17] ... has this keeps up I won't get to go to the next Super Bowl Dave Russo is here. Yeah at Eds subs let me exit my corporate pac man. ...





Mikey and Mut are talking more about the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl and what conversation about that would be complete without deflate gate talkl

[0:01:46] ... I do two things that sports ice when when the when the Super Bowl ends and sometimes it is ladies like February 7 or whatever. That's what I flipped my switch. And a lot of people ...
[0:02:19] ... games that's what I do starting February whatever. The day after the Super Bowl I've become Bruins Red Sox Bruins Red Sox. And normally to there'd be some Celtics throne and I can't. I got to ...
[0:05:30] ... up Wii or three days away price yes three days away. From Super Bowl XI Al V what does it. XV I except you know gonna tell you LX LI. Yanks. I XXL I X 49 ...
[0:07:03] ... looked agreement at all. I think he's pretty much fringe about our Ramon Martinez. Ramon Martinez dual role the arts C countries teaching in Spanish corset communities deal way to prevail we should be doing. Go to do ...






For today's four at four we elect our own inductees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Did Ty Law make it?

[0:03:04] ... in the whole history of football played middle linebacker as well as Junior Seau. Advocates say. I'd be shocked if he does it. If it ever get it this weekend and it's all. It's just so obvious it's so obvious at all yet yet talent yet his health. You know he he really missed games yet longevity. It was Hewitt DM good when the patriots who played him even in sort of love of you know first and second now role he was Hewitt DM productive leadership's bill. You know I don't think they've talked about that leadership. It out Tedy Bruschi joke about sale go round. You know calling everybody's body is gonna remember everybody's name. But it doesn't want everybody to feel ...
[0:05:16] ... it was a great I've got all the things are clearly at Walter Jones do. Another great left tackle all of this thing done. And. Next stop was drafted in the third round 74 overall of ...
[0:08:15] ... of with the New York Jets talking about patriots hall of Famer Ty Law. Do you want to know how good a time long lines. Have you heard Ty Law rule. When the league cracked down on the physical play and bump and run coverage in 04. In affectionately became known as ...





For today's four at four we elect our own inductees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Did Ty Law make it?

[0:03:04] ... in the whole history of football played middle linebacker as well as Junior Seau. Advocates say. I'd be shocked if he does it. If it ever get it this weekend and it's all. It's just so obvious it's so obvious at all yet yet talent yet his health. You know he he really missed games yet longevity. It was Hewitt DM good when the patriots who played him even in sort of love of you know first and second now role he was Hewitt DM productive leadership's bill. You know I don't think they've talked about that leadership. It out Tedy Bruschi joke about sale go round. You know calling everybody's body is gonna remember everybody's name. But it doesn't want everybody to feel ...
[0:05:16] ... it was a great I've got all the things are clearly at Walter Jones do. Another great left tackle all of this thing done. And. Next stop was drafted in the third round 74 overall of ...
[0:08:15] ... of with the New York Jets talking about patriots hall of Famer Ty Law. Do you want to know how good a time long lines. Have you heard Ty Law rule. When the league cracked down on the physical play and bump and run coverage in 04. In affectionately became known as ...





Monday Night Football host Mike Tirico stops by to preview the Super Bowl and give us his analysis of Russell Wilson.

[0:05:21] ... Paulson fifteen and a half pounds or nine and a half pounds Tom Brady's could be better with that then. Robert Griffin is it be better than geno Smith or whoever the jets have around this ...
[0:06:53] ... with me pre game in Detroit. And I got to see how Bill Belichick prepares. It is small way you're Seattle. And here's Pittsburgh two teams in the game and I sit down in the office ...
[0:07:53] ... the last generation they won't went you'll wake the state. Tom Brady Bill Belichick it with a took very different guys along the way that you see in about the staple. We'll take you and grew ...
[0:08:32] ... respect to the race you government lose what bigs which is there Tedy Bruschi taught and it felt like every day that's the most watched two years ago. I don't think worked Adam come with the ...






Monday Night Football host Mike Tirico stops by to preview the Super Bowl and give us his analysis of Russell Wilson.

[0:05:21] ... Paulson fifteen and a half pounds or nine and a half pounds Tom Brady's could be better with that then. Robert Griffin is it be better than geno Smith or whoever the jets have around this ...
[0:06:53] ... with me pre game in Detroit. And I got to see how Bill Belichick prepares. It is small way you're Seattle. And here's Pittsburgh two teams in the game and I sit down in the office ...
[0:07:53] ... the last generation they won't went you'll wake the state. Tom Brady Bill Belichick it with a took very different guys along the way that you see in about the staple. We'll take you and grew ...
[0:08:32] ... respect to the race you government lose what bigs which is there Tedy Bruschi taught and it felt like every day that's the most watched two years ago. I don't think worked Adam come with the ...






Former player and coach Herm Edwards stops by to preview the Super Bowl and explain how to slow down Russell Wilson.

[0:00:39] ... fourteen years there's a lot about who they are with the stare. Tom Brady. Went went this game. You'll village equity which is gave up in my pocket there first battle for years. If the story. ...
[0:03:11] ... this so make make make make make this perfectly it's got like Tom Brady. You know Tom Brady's a lot numbers I don't know about operated it. He's had different coordinators he's a different offenses he kept saying they're coached ...
[0:03:57] ... coaching in this league that you were coach and Sunday. Against the New England Patriots would you do with Rob Gronkowski. Me personally yeah well it's not something. I Iowa won't allow what we'd go. I'll never ...
[0:05:49] ... At the net coordinator to you look at bass defense as the Seattle Seahawks are extremely fast. The patriots controlled reference that they can Greeks are matter. Well it that's we've just passed be quite honest ...






Former player and coach Herm Edwards stops by to preview the Super Bowl and explain how to slow down Russell Wilson.

[0:00:39] ... fourteen years there's a lot about who they are with the stare. Tom Brady. Went went this game. You'll village equity which is gave up in my pocket there first battle for years. If the story. ...
[0:03:11] ... this so make make make make make this perfectly it's got like Tom Brady. You know Tom Brady's a lot numbers I don't know about operated it. He's had different coordinators he's a different offenses he kept saying they're coached ...
[0:03:57] ... coaching in this league that you were coach and Sunday. Against the New England Patriots would you do with Rob Gronkowski. Me personally yeah well it's not something. I Iowa won't allow what we'd go. I'll never ...
[0:05:49] ... At the net coordinator to you look at bass defense as the Seattle Seahawks are extremely fast. The patriots controlled reference that they can Greeks are matter. Well it that's we've just passed be quite honest ...






Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinsky with their biggest fan. (Photo: Jerry Thornton)

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinsky with their biggest fan. (Photo by Jerry Thornton)

PHOENIX — I’ve spent my entire life watching coverage of Super Bowl media day… Wait. Let me start over. I’ve misspent my entire life watching coverage of Super Bowl media day. And it always seemed like a totally chaotic crapstorm. But having been to my first one, I wouldn’t say that. Because it would be an insult to chaotic crapstorms.

— You know that part in Lord of the Rings when the gates of Mordor open up and all the good guys get completely encircled by Orcs? That’s what it’s like for players and coaches. And for a non-professional media rookie at his first one, it’s like being Frodo and Sam trying to sneak their way through the smelly buggers trying to get to Mount Doom without getting cooked and eaten.

— If you happen to be a fan of rubbing up against complete strangers, this was the year for you. Roger Goodell decided to ride his bad idea hot streak by moving media day for the first time from the massive stadium that’s hosting the game to the friendly confines of Cramped Quarters Airlines Arena or whatever it’s called. So a football field sized event was squeezed literally into a space the size of a basketball court. And the result was like trying to have sex in backseat of a car, with none of the fun and all of the ‘€œWhoops! Sorry…’€ and ‘€œHey, watch where you’re putting that thing!’€

— Media day is a biodome with the whole human race represented. Old and young. Fat and skinny. Ugly and stunningly good looking. People wearing suits and ties and some slob walking around in a barrel. English speaking, Spanish speaking and Warren Sapp. Everybody.

— And there’s not a guy in the place who focusing on the ‘€œstunningly good looking’€ population. The best part about media day is that it’s a judgment-free ogling zone. Suffice to say that if you’re hot enough to melt a cheese sandwich in someone’s pocket from across a room and buy your clothes in one of those boutiques that specializes in pencil skirts that are tighter than a tourniquet, there is a job waiting for you covering the Super Bowl.

— Seriously, every time you scanned the room there was another preposterously put-together TV babe followed by a phalanx of goons hauling her video equipment. The kind of people that own more than one cat and the kind that own more than one gun. There was one TV Azteca brunette in particular who, no matter what angle you looked at her from, made all the problems of the world go away. I seriously have about 20 minutes that I cannot account for spent fixated on her.

— Bizarrely, as much as you prepare yourself for the fact that you are going to see a lot of famous people in the flesh, it’s unnerving how many there are. Sports anchors walking past former players talking to writers rubbing elbows with players not cool enough to warrant a spot on a riser like the stars. It’s like walking around at a sports ComicCon where people dress like Chris Berman instead of Captain America.

— Speaking of Warren Sapp, he does NOT like to be asked to compare Deflategate to Brad Johnson bribing ball boys to doctor balls for the Buccaneers‘ Super Bowl. Consider this a public service. I’ll shoot the Warren Sapp Attack Prevention PSA as soon as I get back to Boston.

— But no one owned the place like America’s ‘€œIt’€ couple, Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski. I’ve met a few famous persons of interest in my life. I’ve done TV and radio. I’ve worked a million comedy rooms and I’ve rocked them all. Hell, I once rode in a helicopter through the Grand Canyon. But meeting my purple-suited spirit animal and his lovely broadcast partner was the best moment of my time on this spinning blue marble. I immediately called my beguiling Irish Rose to gush about it and she said, ‘€œWhat are THEY doing there?!?’€ … ‘€œBeing fabulous,’€ I answered.

— Just to give you a sensory idea of what all that walking, talking, bumping and rubbing does to a throng of media people, on the way out the door they handed everybody a gift bag filled with essentially worthless flyers, an energy drink sample and Old Spice body spray. They should’ve gone around and just crop dusted every guy in the place with it instead.

— One thing you get a lot of when you’re working in the media center is paper. Lots of papers. They hand out printed press releases like they are going out of style. Which they are, because who doesn’t have this stuff available on digital? They print off enough useless paper to let Jim Halpert and Pam Beasley retire to the Poconos. Reams, woods, glades, redwood forests, Moon of Endors of the stuff. Most of it is transcribed quotes of things the players and coaches said that day which are not, um … worth the paper they’re printed on. I mean, who isn’t copy & pasting that stuff? What am I suppose to do, retype it? Who am I, Max Mercy?

— The rest of the non-quotey stuff consists of notices for NFL-themed symposiums and panel discussions with topics like “The Evolution of Fantasy Football and its Impact on Fans, Players and the League” featuring Pro Football Hall of Famer and first ballot Patriots Hall of Haters inductee Marshall Faulk. I briefly considered going to this just for the Q&A portion so I can ask Marshall what tastes better, Brady’s rings or his ass. But then I realize the price of getting that off my chest is to sit through a panel discussion about the evolution of fantasy football and its impact on fans, players and the league featuring Marshall Faulk and I thought better of it. But I really am interested in the topic, so instead I had drinks and pondered the impact the Patriots sitting everybody down in the Buffalo game had on my losing the championship.

— Later that night was the media party, a huge outdoor venue way out in the desert past the kind of places where Walter White conducted meth transactions at a place called ‘€œThe Bird’s Nest.’€ As far as I can tell, the party’s theme was ‘€œMedia members eat and get drunk without spending their per diems.’€

— The Media Party basically consisted of a huge stage with a string quartet. And by string quartet I mean an all-female violin rock band in leather minis and women in cheerleader outfits dancing on platforms in a way that was part ‘€œGo-Go Dancer in a Cage at an Austin Powers Party’€ and part ‘€œChampagne Room.’€ So Roger Goodell’s whole NFL-as-a-bastion-of-family-values thing is a little behind schedule.

— The media celebs there pretty much consisted of John Clayton, whom I keep hearing is the coolest and most genuine superstar in the business, and Woody Paige, who was doing Woody Paige things in a shirt that looked like it was made from a 1930s sofa. But the absolutely brightest burning star in the constellation was Kid of Kid ‘n’ Play:



— The night ended with the Kongos. Which is to say my night ended with Congo, because once they came on, myself, Tim Benz and the rest of the WEEI contingent ran for the shuttle buses like disaster was striking. And it did. In the form of ‘€œCome With Me Now,’€ which we weren’t fast enough to escape. We escaped with our lives, but in critical condition from the near fatal ear worm. The real heroes never came back.

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