Christian gives us five topics ranging from the NBA Finals to the FIFA Scandal

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Let’s review for a moment, shall we? We’re two months into the Red Sox season, and when they were tempting us with brief flashes of offensive brilliance early on, they couldn’t pitch. During the rare moments they showed they could pitch, their bats turned to the cardboard tubes in the middle of a roll of wrapping paper. They are rapidly starting to swirl the drain, and if something doesn’t come along to change things it won’t take two flushes to get them down. But it will take half a can of air freshener before anyone can come in after them.

Enter Eduardo Rodriguez. Only 22 and making his major league debut, he goes on the road and holds a good Texas lineup to three hits and zero runs in 7 2/3 shutout innings. He struck out seven. He consistently threw in the 95-97 mph range and not only threw 68 out of 105 pitches for strikes, he did something we haven’t seen here in a while. He pulled a little piece of sorcery in which opposing batters swing at the pitch and actually miss it.

This would be the part where you read all that and the person doing the writing warns you we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves here. Where you’re reminded it’s only one game. Where some discerning know-it-all with a lifetime of experience and a healthy dose of perspective offers a history lesson of all the guys who looked like the Next Big Thing but had the lifespan of a mayfly so don’t get too excited about Rodriguez too soon.

Lucky for you I’m not that guy. To hell with perspective. Experience can go piss up a rope. Screw waiting to get excited. I am all in on this kid. I’m pushing my emotional stack into the middle of the table and letting it ride. I am getting in on the ground floor of Eduardo Rodriguez Mania and suggest you jump in with me.

Why not? The worst thing that could happen right now to the Red Sox is we don’t get excited about E-Rod (copyright, Thornography blog, all rights reserved). Worse than being just garden variety bad, the 2015 Sox are about to hit the beginning of June irrelevant. There are a few mad about how gawdawful they are, but I’m starting to get the impression we are an ever-decreasing minority. Most people are seeing what a dog’s breakfast they are, shrugging their shoulders and prepared to spend the summer focusing on “Mad Max,” the beach, cookouts and wicked sexy singles by my pop music wife, Katharine McPhee.

There are times when it’s not about being rational or reasonable or even having a shred of common sense. It’s about finding something to get excited about and allowing yourself to get excited about it. And now is one of those times. I’m declaring my unequivocal mancrush for Eduardo Rodriguez because I need to. Now more than ever, I need a hero.

My only regret is I didn’t get one of those No. 52 Yoenis Cespedes home jerseys when they were practically giving them away.


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Rookie Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 7 and two thirds of shutout baseball in his debut. The guys discuss his performance and the benching of David Ortiz.
Red Sox play-by-play announcer joins the guy to discuss Eduardo Rodriguez stellar major league debut.

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Adrian Peterson's twitter rant leaves us wondering which troubled running back we would rather have on our team.

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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss the Red Sox decision to sit down their slumping slugger.

Let me get this straight. Tom Brady was sloppy seconds behind Eli and Peyton Manning on that Season 6 episode of “Entourage”? And we’re just finding this out now from Turtle?

On the one hand, obviously I’m proud of Tom for being so gracious and accommodating. Leave it to the privileged little rich kids with the celebrity dad to completely big time the entire production, back out of their commitment at the last second and leave everyone hanging. Like they had something more important to do. But typical of the Manning brothers that their word means nothing.

But nevertheless, I’m not sure Brady did the right thing. Landing him for this role was the casting coup of the 21st century. It’s as if when the History Channel did “The Bible” they got Moses to play himself. But the thought that the cast and crew had the Mannings as their first choice is an insult to all that is decent and just. It’s just lucky for them TB12 is the man he is because if he asked my advice (and I’m sure that day will come) I would have recommended he tell them that if they love that family so much, go ask Cooper to bail them out. And to remind them that he has more Super Bowls than the whole Manning family combined.

But leave it to Tom to come to the rescue again. He’s a clutch performer on the field and off.


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Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter

A bomb threat was made against the venue of the FIFA congress and presidential election, according to police in Switzerland.

“An anonymous threat against the FIFA congress was received,” FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke said. “A search was carried out. The premises have been cleared by the authorities.”

Said a Zurich police spokesman: “It was decided that the congress room will be searched by specialists from local police. The police action is still ongoing, but so far no one had to be evacuated.”

FIFA’s presidential elections are set for Friday. Sitting president Sepp Blatter is running for a fifth term in office. Many officials have called for Blatter’s resignation following the corruption scandal that resulted in the arrests of 14 people.

Blatter has refused to resign and is running in what projects to be a particularly close election. The incumbent will face off against Prince Ali bin Hussein of Jordan. U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati has said the the American vote will go to Prince Ali.

In his address to the congress Friday, Blatter defended himself.

“You can’t ask everyone to behave ethically just like that,” Blatter said.

In order to win the election, a candidate must win a two-thirds majority of the 209 voting-eligible members in attendance. If no candidate wins by such a margin, there will be a second vote requiring a simple majority.

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Josh Slavin

Daily MailThey couldn’t be rattled. They couldn’t be denied. Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar had worked too hard and come close too many times not to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

So they shared the title on Thursday, making history in two different ways.

The bee hadn’t ended in a tie for 52 years — until last year. Now it’s happened for an unprecedented two years running.

Vanya, 13, of Olathe, Kansas, is the first sibling of a past champion to win. Her sister, Kavya, won in 2009.

Vanya’s final word was “scherenschnitte,” which means the art of cutting paper into decorative designs. After being informed he’d be the co-champion if he got the next word right, Gokul didn’t even bother to ask the definition before spelling “nunatak.”

For the record, it means a hill or mountain completely surrounded by glacial ice.

Congratulations, Baby Boomers. Take a bow, Gen-Xers. Good job, good effort, Millennials. This is what all your touchy-feely, self-esteem building, achievement-discouraging social engineering has wrought. This is the Spelling Bee for the participation ribbon generation. For the second year in a row, it ends in a tie.

What happened? Did they run out of words? No one on the panel could log on to and look up some new ones, or did they go through the entire English language? No, they couldn’t be bothered. Or more to the point, no one had the guts because they didn’t want to send poor little Gokul or precious little Vanya home disappointed and damage their delicate psyches.

Well, that’s not the America I grew up in. In my America, being the champion stood for something. It meant you were the best. It was Highlander. There could be only one. The Spelling Bee was a bloodsport. You battled. You kept going until either you or your opponent couldn’t endure another word and one winner stood alone. That’s what made the Spelling Bee championship worth achieving. Now it’s just another pointless exercise in making these little walking Autocorrects feel good about themselves.

Well, guess what. You’ve failed. For the rest of their lives, Gokul and Vanya are going to have to wear the prefix “co-” before the title “winner” like, in the words of Mayor Menino, an Alcatraz around their necks. They’re going to have to bear an asterisk like the Scarlet Letter so the world knows the truth — that neither of them actually won. Do you think for one second Vanya can go home and look her sister Kavya in the eye as equals? Not on your life. Kavya won’t even have to say she won hers outright; they’ll both know. And Vanya will never live it down.

So for all your effort to help these kids you’ve cut up their spirit like scherenschnitte and left their souls as cold an isolated as a nunatak.


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