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MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Indians, 1:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Tigers, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Premier League, Chelsea vs. West Ham United, 3 p.m. (USA)
Olympics: Men’s volleyball, United States vs. Mexico, 10 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Track and field, 7:30 p.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Marlins acknowledged having internal discussions about whether to put into a call to Alex Rodriguez after losing Giancarlo Stanton on Sunday with a strained groin that could sideline him the rest of the season.

Stanton, who leads the Marlins with 25 home runs and 70 RBIs, was injured trying to stretch a single into a double — in the process making the game’s final out — in an 8-7 loss to the White Sox. He was placed on the disabled list.

Even before the Stanton injury there was speculation that the Marlins would consider reaching out to Rodriguez, who grew up in South Florida and still lives there. Rodriguez, batting .200 with nine home runs and 31 RBIs in 225 at-bats, played his final game for the Yankees on Friday.

“We’re going to look at everything,” Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “There has been information out there about his situation. I have no idea what his interest level is to continue playing. He has something set up to move into the Yankees front office; I don’t know where his head is on that.”

The Marlins, who have not been the postseason since winning the World Series in 2003, are a half-game behind the Cardinals, who hold the second wild card spot.

— U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte confirmed that he and three teammates were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning in Rio De Janeiro, another embarrassment for Olympic organizers.

Lochte said thieves posed as police officers and stopped his taxi, which was taking the swimmers back to the athletes’ village after a night out at the French Olympic team’s hospitality house in an upscale area south of the city.

“We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over,” Lochte told NBC’s “Today” show . “They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like, we didn’t do anything wrong, so — I’m not getting down on the ground.

“And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, ‘Get down,’ and I put my hands up, I was like, ‘Whatever.’ He took our money, he took my wallet — he left my cellphone, he left my credentials.”

While there have been other issues surrounding the Games, Brazil’s sports minister, Leonardo Picciani, said there have been no problems at the venues or in the athletes’ village. Picciani said the swimmers were “outside their places of competition and outside the appropriate time.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 15, 1971, the Patriots played their first game in Foxboro, a 20-14 preseason victory over the Giants. What was the name of the team’s original Foxboro home?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s pretty amazing, she’s an amazing woman, an amazing mother, and she represents the best of Brazil, as far as I’m concerned. It was a pretty amazing spectacle and she’s an amazing person.” — Tom Brady, on wife Gisele Bundchen’s appearance at the Rio Olympics opening ceremony

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 — Home runs for Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts in Sunday’s 16-2 rout of the Diamondbacks, the second time this season he’s had a three-home run game

‘NET RESULTS: With the Marlins leading by a run and two outs in the ninth inning, left fielder Christian Yelich throws out White Sox baserunner Carlos Sanchez at home to close out the victory.

Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin reaches over the railing and makes an acrobatic catch against the Astros.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Schaefer Stadium

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bobby Caldwell was born on this day in 1951.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

The defense on the defensive. Credit Craig Blankenhorn/HBO

The defense on the defensive. Credit Craig Blankenhorn/HBO

With 75 percent of the show of Summer ‘16 in the books, “Samson and Delilah” delivered some of those sweet, sweet procedural goods that we’ve missed thus far in “The Night Of.”  With only two episodes left, both the audience of the show and the characters within the show are no closer to pinpointing exactly what happened on October 24th while red herrings continue to pop up all over the place.  

Heading into Episode 6:

  • Is Freddy actually helping or hurting Naz?
  • What happened after John chased Duane Reed down the alley?
  • Whose funeral did we see in the previews?
  • At what point will we see some holes poked into the murder scene evidence?
  • Does Det. Box actually believe Naz is guilty? How much is his retiring weighing on his approach to this case?

Even when removing the vastness of the Dick Wolf cannon, the courtroom procedural is the backbone of television. Lawyers defending and prosecuting good guys and bad guys in gorgeous, aesthetically pleasing, and well-lit courtrooms is right up there with “situational comedies” as a staple of television. What the creators of “The Night Of” did with this classic aspect of the procedural in “Samson and Delilah” was one of the most engaging aspects of this series.  It was the least sexy courtroom I have ever seen on TV. Drab, dreary, and dark with only a few streams of light coming through the windows to illuminate a courtroom that has seen better days was just as telling about what we’re dealing with in this case as actual plot developments.  

Ask any lawyer and they’ll tell you that legal work is not the sizzle you see on TV; it is a plodding stomp through the dirt to find a shred of evidence or doubt to lay at the feet of the judge and jury.  “The Night Of” is at its best when its characters are digging around in the dirt where only a few shards of light are allowed to poke through.

Everything about this week’s episode was designed to crank the audience’s anxiety level up to 11. The introduction of flashbacks to the first episode, the music, Chandra and John’s bedroom eyes at each other, etc. While no episode has yet to match the anxious feeling we got when watching Naz get first brought into the precinct, the sixth episode’s presentation of just how far each character has come is a very close second. The shock of the situation has completely worn off and reality is setting in as each character is dealing with accepting where exactly they are now. Life is not going back to normal, and most likely never will. While this trial will be wrapped up shortly, they’ll be living with the aftershocks of this case for the rest of their lives.  

Hanging on to the idea that Naz is innocent is getting harder and harder every week. He is changing before our eyes, and while all credit goes to Riz Ahmed’s star-making performance, it really shines a spotlight on the question, “what comes next for Naz?” At this point, the verdict doesn’t matter; the Naz that stole his father’s cab to go to a party in Manhattan is dead and buried even if he is found innocent. Naz may get out of Rikers, but he is never getting out of prison, and I think that is what the show is trying to tell us. It’s not about who killed Andrea Cornish; it’s about how a seemingly small series of events can dictate the rest of one’s life. There is no going back for this character no matter what the jury decides. The damage is real and has already been done. 

“The Night Of” has been big on drawing parallels between its characters and the steps they are taking in the aftermath of Andrea’s murder. Last week, we saw John go off on his own to chase down Duane Reed and tonight we saw Chandra track down Mr. Day, the driver of the hearse in episode one. In both instances, our characters wound up chasing ghosts.  This device — John and Chandra willing to explore every possible theory — does two things specifically:

  • It establishes that this is not a story about the solving of a murder, it’s a story of redemption.
  • It allows the audience to vicariously pursue every red herring swimming down the premium cable river.

As menacing, creepy and misogynistic as Mr. Day is, he’s not the guy that killed Andrea Cornish. As easy as it would have been to have the murderer be the most likely suspect from the first episode, it wasn’t Duane Reed either. That theory literally got up and ran off-screen before we could accuse it of a crime.  What “The Night Of” is doing with exploring these theories (in addition to giving the people what they want), is reinforcing that the answers we’ve been looking for the entire time are right in front of us, and we’re too busy chasing ghosts in order to see them.  

The only lead that came up in “Samson and Delilah” that looks like it might pan out is super creep step-dad Don Taylor may be the culprit after all, or at the very least be closely involved. In the preview for next week’s episode, we see Det. Box on the witness stand stating that he’ll take evidence over a confession any day. While the evidence is lacking as of right now, Don Taylor is the only character we’ve met with the motive to commit this crime. At this point in the series, motive counts for something. By next week I’m sure we’ll see evidence to back it up.  

Notepad

  • Stone finally found something that cured his ailing feet. He found it by chasing down every possible remedy for the problem and found success with least conventional means. What does say about the case? What non-traditional tactic is going to prove to be their best defense?
  • Naz’s two tattoos – “Sin” and “Bad” or “SINBAD” across his knuckles and a howling wolf on his arm; one tattoo about a protagonist of Middle Eastern origin that survives a number of trials and tribulations, and another of an animal answering the call of the wild. Two very appropriate tattoos for someone who is coming to grips with possibly being in prison for life.   
  • Det. Box is so focused on the evidence of the case, but no one has mentioned how Naz left the crime scene with no blood on him save for the cut on his hand.  How can that possibly be and why hasn’t anyone brought it up?
  • Where was Stone’s independent forensic scientist this week?
  • Is Don Taylor another red herring or is he actually a suspect in this murder case?  
  • My theory after six episodes is this: Naz is innocent, but winds up being convicted, or is guilty and winds up being found innocent. Either way, the final scenes of the series will be the audience finding out what truly happened.
Blog Author: 
Padraic O'Connor
In the second hour, Danny discusses the Red Sox pitching and who he would want to take the hill in a one game playoff scenario. He also discusses the possibility of the Red Sox reuniting with former closer Jonathan Papelbon

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In the second hour, Danny discusses the Red Sox pitching and who he would want to take the hill in a one game playoff scenario. He also discusses the possibility of the Red Sox reuniting with former closer Jonathan Papelbon

[0:00:07] ... golf game is over in the Red Sox roll bass weight the Arizona Diamondbacks. In a big way here at Fenway. I'll run a high total this afternoon at the right side to pound Arizona. Sixty. ...
[0:16:13] ... up this. Cool one guy image rotation that would actually go to John Farrell and say you got to give me the damn ball for this game. Just get a sense that the report selling 2016. ...
[0:19:55] ... Dustin Pedroia post gam me and it began those comments talking about Zack Greinke be starting pitcher today for the. Arizona Diamondbacks. Greg was yanked in the second and it. And he's got a struggles this season and if you just look at his season ERA at. Zack Greinke right now all four point 31 on this season he's eleven and for however. Rip those struggles we saw the mostly early ...





Danny opens up the show reacting to the huge three home run game from Mookie Betts. Danny also points out that Rick Porcello should also be the story, as he continues to be the Red Sox clear number one pitcher.
Jim and Pete preview the fantasy football season.
Jim and Pete preview the fantasy football season.

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John joins Gary and Rob and weighs in on Papelbon coming back, John Farrell, and other Sox thoughts.

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John joins Gary and Rob and weighs in on Papelbon coming back, John Farrell, and other Sox thoughts.

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[0:05:27] ... Well it's if it would be tougher for Dave Dombrowski the fired John Farrell after you win after sweep this series no matter who it's against. And you're technically in the playoffs that's the top. While ...
[0:06:58] ... So and I'll be RC I don't know if that's typical for John Farrell. Of him coming out and saying this guys are stopper I think he has been more directly. I agree that OK so ...
[0:08:17] ... it. You have and Rio is as good joke Cali was good Rich Hill who was good reports Helen was did. Who wells missing some monetary fund. We get the point while men and their pitching ...






Gary and Rob discuss Rob's most recent article where he talks about Jonathan Papelbon and the Red Sox need for bullpen help.

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[0:04:58] ... here's the ironic thing that I think some teams who might need Jonathan Papelbon. Will be shying away from them because the clubhouse thing because he's got a bad reputation being right law. I actually think ...
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