Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz spoke with WEEI.com's Rob Bradford about his off-season workouts and his focus on strengthening his legs, prompting Lou to wonder "What the hell have you have been working on the last 5 off-seasons?"

[0:01:51] ... route today. Every not every single pitcher in a country usual her high school when you're talking he'd just figure that out to start working elects. There's just so it just like somebody just told hey ...
[0:05:26] ... kind of set me off as well go to work well. What John Lackey in the offseason news. He. He's found his niche as far as how he goes about Arnold on what he doesn't offseason going to care. Poland. Is this the thing to elect he's been the league a long time he's found his niche here. He knows exactly what he needs to do with 3839 years all at 66 to fifty guys a freak of course. Getting older so he knows what he needs to do ruled just like Curt Schilling knew exactly need to do in Wakefield and Pedro and every other pitchers pitch this game. They know what they need they ...
[0:06:56] ... For sure. Up the Red Sox are concerned that he's taken on John Lackey strong program. On Clay Buchholz is like heat he doesn't do this isn't so much he's been to a double you. Why don't you know what you'll. Meet its its in its funny because every year the Red Sox and happy that where he's does like to throw all our hearts. You know it's gonna. He's working on his legs for the first time in 56 years or whatever urged. Sir I pulled my handle it it's Bob Dole's great trust me you don't work for all you're about injury. It's it's it's kind of mind boggling image is blowing actually ...
[0:09:29] ... that he's going to be throwing before. It's just. It's just let John Lackey tells him what he works for him and he says I'll try it but it's your tablet you'll try it out sick ...






 

#3bills

A video posted by Mookie Betts (@mookiebetts) on

I don’t know if I’ve ever felt more positive about the future of a young Boston superstar than I do about Mookie Betts, right here, right now. That “€œ3 bills” hashtag is his way of saying he rolled a perfect 300, his second in just the last couple of weeks. Not only does that mean 12 consecutive strikes, he actually had 20 straight.

Now, you might be sitting there saying “Sure, Jer. That’s mighty impressive. But what does being a great bowler have to do with playing baseball?” And if you are, then clearly you know nothing about bowling. You’ve never stood at the top of the lane, your back to those hard, plastic seat, feeling the heft of the ball in your hand while your fingers find the grip, staring down that alley and calculating your attack on that head pin. You’ve never known the pressure of the gallery’s eyes upon you. The pins mocking you. The peril of the foul line beckoning as you make your approach.

If you can handle that kind of pressure, then standing in the batter’s box with the tying run on base facing some closer with a nasty fastball-splitter mix is child’s play. Betts has mastered the Sport of Kings, which tells us everything we need to know about his psyche, his makeup and his heart. If you can make it the alleys, you can make it anywhere.

Mookie Betts. Champion at bowling, a champion at life, and it’s only a matter of time before he’s a champion in baseball.

@JerryThornton1

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Dec 14, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots fans cheer from the stands prior to the Patriots' game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

A survey says Patriots fans are No. 1 when it comes to being obnoxious. (Stew Milne/USA TODAY Sports)

Yahoo!SOASTA, the leader in performance analytics, today unveiled the results of its 2016 Super Bowl Second Screen Survey¹, examining online and mobile habits and preferences of Americans watching this year’€™s Super Bowl, as well as their thoughts on which professional football playoff team has the most obnoxious fans. The research revealed that the New England Patriots, who were recently eliminated from the NFL playoffs, are #1 when it comes to obnoxious fans. …

More than 1 in 3 Americans (38 percent) picked the Pats as having the most obnoxious fans, with only 15 percent choosing the Denver Broncos, coming in a distant second place.

Way to go, New England. Take a bow, Massholes. Congratulations on a job well done, everyone from Hero Island, Vermont to Nantucket, from T3 R4 WELS, Maine to the No Man’s Land in Connecticut between Pats and Giants territory. Stick tap to you, Patriots fans living as expatriates across the nation. You did it.

The Patriots are out of the postseason, but Pats fans continue to own so much real estate in heads across America, we can start putting green houses and red hotels on their brains. We are the most obnoxious fans in football by a landslide, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I mean, can you imagine not winning this poll? After all the success the Patriots have had in this century? Four championships, six trips to the Super Bowl, ten AFC championship game appearances, 13 AFC East championships and an incredible 14 seasons with 10 or more wins? Not to mention having all that success questioned, dismissed, smeared and asterisked to death? Think for a second how you’d feel if, after all that, you finished behind say, Denver fans in this survey. You’d never forgive yourselves. It would be dereliction of duty. Laying down on the job. Going AWOL and abandoning your post.

The rest of the country has tried to treat this team and this fan base like a boot scraper, and anything less than returning the sentiment with our own, patented brand of not-taking-your-crap obnoxiousness would be unforgivable. So celebrate, New England and be proud. You earned it. You’re number one when it comes to being obnoxious and you deserve it. Now I say let’s do everything we can to get that number higher for next year. We can do better than a measly 38 percent.

@JerryThornton1

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Jerry Thornton
The Celtics are tied with the Hawks for 3rd place in the Eastern Conference, and trade rumors are starting to swirl.
Tom Brady Sr. spoke with the Boston Globe and said it was "laughable" that the NFL would not be releasing the data from its PSI testing during the season.

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[0:04:00] ... him getting but I Al flat at one you know. But just Super Bowl MVP trophies. So I mean it's easy for you beta came close fewer than I came close forty so this police until ...
[0:04:49] ... don't. The real question witnesses. You have what you every problem. If Tom Brady doesn't show up. You know we did the same thing when it would that was go to the White House we also at it's at. Well I would go to the White House if we're oh sure what did you ever the White House and we got to look at the cuts except I'm not the politics of little. Or predominantly Altria I can't do that in context that Tom Brady. At a QB a bigger communities class individual okay how I used a wedge behind him will you have a problem with Tom Brady here on Monday if he's an -- yes okay that the Dalai I've expressed that I don't flip live bit higher. McCarty said he won't run. Against him. Brady had a dog though delusional ego that's that's I would be what it can always hold it against Mick a city that day. I'm not gonna like rip up a poster of Tom Brady you know comic you root for your post button. On his dealings could have just got to interdict. It second does not ...
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A day after Roger Goodell said the PSI tests were merely "spot checks" serving as a deterrent to prevent teams manipulating the air pressure in game balls, Dean Blandino told the media that the league is, in fact, "evaluating" the PSI data.

[0:07:12] ... pissed because. There's not enough evidence. To sit there and prove that Tom Brady did anything wrong and you certainly don't you gotta be weeping. Could they try to give a four game suspension. Nobody cares ...
[0:08:47] ... could possibly be satisfied with that first round draft at. Is what. Real estate but it doesn't always issue off. When you really believe. That somebody that. He didn't do anything wrong or somebody you know ...
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[0:12:19] ... the bargain and other out there. I think you fear of fear patriot fans that a content I don't know what you possibly depicted that could mean but I think that's one that you should accept ...






 

“We do spot checks to prevent and make sure the clubs understand that we’€™re watching these issues. It wasn’€™t a research study. They simply were spot checks.”

— NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday

“We did spot checks throughout the year and we measured PSI levels and recorded that information. Right now we’€™re evaluating the information …  and then we’€™ll see what that tells us.”

— Vice president of NFL officiating Dean Blandino on Wednesday

And here you have it in perfect microcosm. A classic example of the the problem with conspiracies: Keeping your story straight. When you’re telling the truth, all you have to do is remember what happened. When you’re telling lies, you have to remember the story you’ve made up. And that’s exponentially harder when more than one person is doing the lying.

We’ll collect PSI data and share it with you. We never said we were collecting PSI data, it’s just a deterrent. We don’t have numbers and won’t share them. We did take numbers and we’re evaluating them. Spot checks. Integrity. Transparency. Grow the game. Broadcast partners. 32 teams. Beep. Buzz. Click. Whistle.

Here we have, just 24 hours apart, the president and the attorney general of the NFL completely contradicting one another. Which is what happens when you’re spinning a web of lies. I mean, which is it? Was the NFL only doing random checks to scare those evil Patriots to stop their cheating ways? Or was it part of an evaluation process and right now they’re mining the data for the facts? Because it can’t be both. Unless you believe that there is a study being done and the commissioner doesn’t know about it. Which is lunacy, since he staked what little reputation he has left on the matter and looks more like the conniving weasel he is by the day.

So you either have to believe Goodell that there was never any intention of studying PSI data or Blandino, that he’s got top people crunching the numbers right now. Just whatever you choose to believe, you have no choice but to believe the bigger, far more important issue. That the NFL continues to conspire against their Super Bowl champions and will never, ever admit that the Patriots were the only ones telling the truth all along.

@JerryThornton1

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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

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The guys discussed Tom Brady Sr's comments.

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[0:01:54] ... with him. To his grave for the next fifty years how long Tom Brady probably hundreds of rare process 23. Yeah proposal until ten that's a until he dies he's going to be the cheater of the guys that definitely it'll take a look at that it's depleted. And the dumb jokes from. Comedians in a late night domino. A lot from Bill Belichick cheat to something else and you know it's a great example of that but it's not exactly analogous to this guy in the Super Bowl was nowhere near on the mountaintop the jobless. Yesterday. Eugene Robinson. Met the media. And was talking about the conversation he had with Carolina Panthers about. Don't be stupid like I was in Miami but it missed and blot and get a hooker but when you forgive Eugene Robinson what do you think about a great player no you think about a guy who screwed up. On Super Bowl EU for might have been Friday night adult matter. And got picked up in a prostitution sting. And didn't play in the Super Bowl. And that is stuck on him forever right and then got slots issue in the all the guys learned their lesson ask ...
[0:03:53] ... my mother screaming about for ever that form a break about this. Tom Brady senior. Has the same amount of information as Tom Brady does write my guess is the Sunnis are very close to the debt he shares with him in a where we are on the legal process where we are getting ready for Denver in the AFC champ all that stuff. He knows what Tom knows. Consider the difference between how taught me is responding I do think Tom's gonna show up and he's gonna play nice and I don't know whether he can ignore Roger. Or we gonna Wear to a Super Bowl rings on his middle fingers. But I do think he will show up Tom Brady senior said op play in golf I'm going no where near that to think about the difference Annika a couple of the same cloth. And taught us handling it in a classy take the high road in front of Matt and that's because he read the four agreements. You know he dead agreed that. You keep little perspective yet coach not personal right don't take it personally Tom Brady senior. Has not read before agreements he's a good Catholic as he points out common result the only two people. And you ...
[0:05:47] ... it is physically RC great recruiting class. According to Jim Harbaugh. And Tom Brady senior said he didn't even know Tom was going to we saw on the news. That maybe true but Tom Brady senior nose with a Tom Bradley junior is going to the super yes he does want it he won't reveal it. Which ...






Goodell will not give in.

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