Kirk & Callahan with Mut react to the latest Roger Goodell NFL wheel of justice ruling
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Mike Mutnansky has the news headlines of Tuesday with Kirk & Gerry in tow.
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Minihane and Callahan are at opposite ends of the grading scale for an Andrew Benintendi catch in Tampa on Monday night. The guys also welcome producer Chris Curtis back in the studio and a new NESN hire.
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Kirk, Gerry and Mut start off the Tuesday show back in studio discussing the strange absences of Tom Brady throughout training camp, as well as all the sponsors that have bailed on swimmer Ryan Lochte.
This is an abomination. Lewd, lascivious, salacious, outrageous!
Theft is bad enough. Grand larceny like this is even worse. But to have someone in a Tom Brady jersey commit a heinous act like this is an affront to everything we stand for. It’s treason. And like treason, should be dealt with in the most severe way the law allows.
So it’s up to all of us to catch this guy. Right away. I’m so incensed, I don’t know which movie white guy/authority figure in a suit to quote:
“I want this little steal-happy bastard caught and hung up by his Buster Browns!” (Mayor Vaughn, “Jaws”)
“I want him found. Not tomorrow, not after breakfast — now.” (Warden Norton, “Shawshank Redemption”)
“All right, listen up, people. Our fugitive has been on the run for 12 days. What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area. Checkpoints go up at 15 miles. Your fugitive’s name is Thieving Weasel. Go get him.” (Lt. Gerard, “The Fugitive”)
But in the meantime, while the posse and I are out combing the area around Foxboro and Wilmington for any sign of this sticky-fingered scumbag, investigators will have to rely on the good citizens of New England to keep an eye out for him. That means pawn shops, collectibles stores, anywhere he might try to fence the helmet. Or maybe his friends and family. If they suddenly find an expensive looking Tom Brady autographed skull bucket appearing on a shelf in this jagoff’s house, let’s hope they care more about law and order than they do the Hamburglar here and alert the authorities.
Either way, this guy cannot escape justice for long. It’s only a matter of time before we nab him. And we better do it quick. Before Roger Goodell says the video implicates Brady and suspends him for another four games.
The Athletics fined third baseman Danny Valencia and designated hitter Billy Butler after a reported clubhouse fight between the two that forced Butler to the seven-day concussion list.
According to John Shea and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, two witnesses said the altercation was over an endorsement contract that Valencia lost due to Butler. The incident happened before batting practice on Friday, when an equipment rep questioned Valencia regarding off-brand spikes in his locker. Valencia said he only used those cleats during batting practice and pregame workouts, and Butler jumped in and said Valencia was lying, often wearing the off-brand cleats in games.
After the rep left, witnesses said Valencia confronted Butler and said, “Don’t you ever loud-talk me in front of a rep. That was wrong.” Butler said, “I can say whatever I want, and your [expletive] isn’t going to do anything about it.”
The sources said that the men bumped heads and began pushing one another, with Valencia drilling Butler in the temple. Butler has not played since the incident, and Valencia sat out Saturday’s game.
“There was an altercation in the clubhouse, we’re aware of it, both players have been disciplined and fined and we’re moving past it,” A’s general manager David Forst said. “That’s it. From the organization’s standpoint, it’s resolved and we’re moving past it.”
Said Valencia: “You’d like to handle things differently, but we’re handling it in here. As with anyone in the game, you have to overcome obstacles. We all have to persevere in here.”
A’s outfielder Coco Crisp and Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, a former teammate of both Valencia and Butler, tweeted out their support for Valencia on Sunday.
Don't understand all the negativity towards Danny Valencia. One of the better teammates/friends I've had in this game.
Bleacher Report – United States Olympic gymnastics star Aly Raisman did a segment for Yahoo Sports about what she looks for in a date.
To summarize: Zac Efron is off-limits, and Rob Gronkowski, though he’s a partier, will be allowed to try on her gold medal.
At the end of the video, the 22-year-old received a date invitation from Oakland Raiders tight end Colton Underwood, and she accepted with a smile.
The connection is 2008 gold medalist Shawn Johnson, who is friends with Raisman and married to Raiders long snapper Andrew East.
Look, I appreciate that Aly Raisman wants to be choosy. Simone Biles likes Zac Efron and Aly is all about putting sisters before misters. And Gronk is too wild for her to keep up with, so they’ll just stick to being Masshole pals. I respect that.
But Colton Underwood? That’s her fallback? A guy not only from the Oakland Raiders, a team people from Needham of her parents’ age were raised to despise, but an undrafted rookie out of Illinois State?
No. Absolutely not. Until now, I have not gotten involved in Aly Raisman’s romantic life, but on this one I have to put my foot down.
Aly is an Olympic champion. More than that, she is an icon. An inspiration to millions of American girls. She owes it to them and to her country to date up about 100 levels from Colton Underwood. Even if there’s some sort of friend-of-a-friend thing going on with Shawn Johnson and the Raiders’ frigging long snapper. Even if she was put on the spot with that pathetic video. Her position in life requires her to have higher standards than this. In the same way that the royals can only date people from their same station in life, she can’t be seen slumming with a guy who doesn’t have as much tight end talent as Gronk’s shadow.
So forget it, Aly. You’ve got to blow off this Colton person. Fast. Or let him down easy. Tell him, “Something suddenly came up.”
Or dump him, cruelly and viciously, for all I care. But just dust this guy off, pronto. We can’t be having champions like you dating nobodies.
I present this clip as a sizzle reel for NESN’s newest anchor and reporter Kacie McDonnell. Kacie comes to us from Philadelphia by way of Kansas City. And as you can see from even this small sample, she’s the total package, able to present every kind of news story — from the fluffiest weather reporter to the heaviest tragedy to the most serious crime drama — with the same skill and professionalism. And since you no doubt were going to ask, yes, she is seeing somebody. She’s reportedly dating Royals Gold Glove first baseman Eric Hosmer. Regardless, she is going to be a superstar in this town.
I’m sorry to be late to the party on introducing you to Kacie. But the news broke just as we were going on the air with Patriots Monday. And since my focus was all on doing a great show (and on signing a copy of my book at Bill Belichick’s request) I could not afford to give her a welcome worthy of a future media superstar. I now will try to make up for it.
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Nationals at Orioles, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball World Series: Japan vs Texas, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball World Series: Canada vs. Mexico, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball World Series: Iowa vs. Rhode Island, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball World Series: Australia vs. Curacao, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball World Series: Tennessee vs. California, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Champions League, Hapoel Be’er-Sheva vs. Celtic, 2:30 p.m. (FSN)
Soccer: Champions League, Moncao vs. Villarreal, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: Champions League, Roma vs. Porto, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
— Dwight Gooden insists he has not used cocaine in years and lashed out at Darryl Strawberry following his former Mets teammate’s comments that he is “a complete junkie-addict” whose life is danger. However, Strawberry responded by insisting, “Everyone knows that I’m telling the truth.”
Strawberry and Gooden — back in the spotlight following the release of ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary “Doc & Darryl” that detailed their accomplishments as well as their fall from grace due to substance abuse — were scheduled to make a public appearance together last week, but Gooden failed to show.
Strawberry then told the New York Daily News that Gooden’s son called to ask for help before the former Cy Young winner dies.
Said Strawberry: “He’s a complete junkie-addict. I’ve been trying behind the scenes to talk to him and get him to go for help, but he won’t listen.”
Gooden responded Monday in multiple interviews — including one with the Daily News outside his Jersey City apartment in which appeared gaunt — and later in a statement, criticizing Strawberry for making “our differences personal, going back to our days with the Mets.”
Said Gooden: “I forgave him for a lot of stuff. I never threw him under the bus, never said anything about him publicly. For him to say that stuff, you have to draw a line somewhere and I guess do a better choice of picking friends.”
Strawberry stood firm later Monday, saying in an ESPN Radio interview: “I just felt like I needed to do this. And regardless what anybody else thinks or they can call me whatever they want to call me. As long I’ve known in my heart that I stepped up to do the right thing to help this man try to save his life, maybe just one day if he gets there and gets a recovery and realizes how good he is, he can come back and say, ‘Thank you, you helped save my life.’ ”
Added Strawberry: “He’s very good at BS-ing, he’s very good at blowing smoke up people’s behinds and telling them what he wants them to hear. If he wants to get well he’s going to have to get real. Because this is crunch time for him. This is public for him. Everyone knows that I’m telling the truth.”
— Disgraced Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte was dropped by four sponsors on Monday following his false accusation of a robbery at the Rio Olympics.
Speedo, Ralph Lauren, skin-care company Syneron-Candela and mattress maker airweave announced their sponsorships were ending.
“While we have enjoyed a winning relationship with Ryan for over a decade and he has been an important member of the Speedo team, we cannot condone behavior that is counter to the values this brand has long stood for,” the swimsuit company said in a statement. “We appreciate his many achievements and hope he moves forward and learns from this experience.”
The U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Swimming also indicated that the 32-year-old Lochte will face punishment.
— Former NFL quarterback Todd Marinovich, whose career was derailed by repeated issues with drugs, was arrested over the weekend in a stranger’s backyard near his home in Irvine, California, when he was walking around naked with marijuana and another substance that appeared to be methamphetamine, police said.
Marinovich was arrested Friday night after police received a call about a naked man on a hiking trail near homes. The 47-year-old was discovered in a backyard holding a brown bag with the drugs.
A former USC star, Marinovich was a first-round draft pick of the Raiders in 1991, but he bounced out of the league after two seasons due to drug problems and has continued to have issues since then.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 23, 1974, which Red Sox pitcher won his 20th game of the season after outdueling Vida Blue of the A’s, 3-0?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “That was the best one by far. I’ve never had a chance to do that. It’s something I’ve talked about doing, but never got the chance. It was fun to do.” –– Red Sox rookie left fielder Andrew Benintendi, on his home run-saving catch during Monday’s 6-2 victory over the Rays
With two outs in the ninth inning, David Freese reaches when the throw from third gets past Astros first baseman Marwin Gonzalez, but he’s thrown out at second to end the game with his Pirates losing 3-1.