We wrap up the day with some of the sound from this past weekend that you may have missed.

[0:00:58] ... you know no one player will ever defines the brand and the Dallas Cowboys. It didn't in the seventies and it didn't in the ninety's and it won't today and it won't in the future. And ...
[0:02:08] ... Little League phenom Monet Davis who by the way is now in high school. And was promptly removed from the team by the university. So today Monet Davis was doing that ESPN rounds and she was ...
[0:04:03] ... like that little it was you know kitchen. In the Little League World Series high school kids now which it looks very mature that's there there is some host of this down to a disputed. Just offered Twitter ...
[0:07:33] ... Show last week. Says it's time to let kids go directly from high school with the NBA. This is not an education they get yeah I mean let's face to go to school for six months then that's six per semester then second semester taking an online course so the eight PR soccer which. Certain places it's not about education it's not a good system. So the the bottle let the kids go out of high school there that they don't make eleven voted dearly how does not everybody. You know it's so which is it to making a little bit of a hold talks of a so let kids go at a high school they don't want it they don't want to record book do you regret my idol system to kids that wanna go to ...






Dale, Michael and Jerry tackle the four lowest seeds in our quest to find out the best sports movie of all time.

[0:04:45] ... it will be going up against Karate Kid our original not the Jason Smith one which studying 90%. Rating. On rotten tomatoes. So Owen. Out of. So me and that takes up dot. Site ...
[0:07:35] ... on a true story we could've done an entire bracket of just. Kevin Costner like sports fantasy films. If he's thought this like somebody times as he played an athlete or coach or commissioner Campbell it's ...
[0:09:55] ... But I mean. Rock rock he's the only one here that won best picture. That's what I want the long time ago but it also differs a human when you can't understand half dialogue on. The cut from last we know anything at this. But it also set the template for sports movies of all what is Karate Kid it's rocky does the right. What is. Vision quest rocking those high school wrestling gets it it's been so many times it would basically mean we Cuba rocky Gasquet. Exactly whereas. There is not like ...





Dale, Michael and Jerry tackle the four lowest seeds in our quest to find out the best sports movie of all time.

[0:04:45] ... it will be going up against Karate Kid our original not the Jason Smith one which studying 90%. Rating. On rotten tomatoes. So Owen. Out of. So me and that takes up dot. Site ...
[0:07:35] ... on a true story we could've done an entire bracket of just. Kevin Costner like sports fantasy films. If he's thought this like somebody times as he played an athlete or coach or commissioner Campbell it's ...
[0:09:55] ... But I mean. Rock rock he's the only one here that won best picture. That's what I want the long time ago but it also differs a human when you can't understand half dialogue on. The cut from last we know anything at this. But it also set the template for sports movies of all what is Karate Kid it's rocky does the right. What is. Vision quest rocking those high school wrestling gets it it's been so many times it would basically mean we Cuba rocky Gasquet. Exactly whereas. There is not like ...





.

 

.

Lord help me I love this move by Bill Belichick. For years he’s blown off this annual NFL coaches’ photo. There’d be 31 other, lesser men who were thrilled to be included in this class picture and one who was too important to be bothered. It was a classic power move and it hacked off all these inferior men and most of America. It was glorious.

But this? This is just a next level power move. Walking into the photo so fresh from making sweet, sweet lovin’ with his fourth Lombardi Trophy that the smell of silver still in his skin. He probably just came from getting fitted from his next gaudy championship ring. And he’s surrounded by coaches who’ve alternately accused him of cheating, complained that his trick formation were too much for their inferior brains to handle, are working to get the rules changed so they can compete on his level, and who have tampered with his players during contract negotiations. But he chooses this offseason of triumph to immortalize his dominion over them forever in a photo.

Then on the other hand, he might have just projected a hologram of himself so that he could spend more time scouting potential cornerbacks prospects instead of wasting part of his afternoon being seen with those losers.

@JerryThornton1

P.S. They should just be grateful he didn’t give them Blue Steel or Magnum. They might not have survived it.

 

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
CSNNE's Tom E. Curran responded to Mehta's column which criticized the Patriots requesting a tampering investigation. Lou, Christian and Tim re-visit the viewpoints from both writers, and take a few calls on the issue as well.

[0:02:11] ... 12345. Different daily news in New York Post headlines and cartoons a Bill Belichick would deflated football's. It's a good response. Now is this media homer ism at it's best back and forth patriots vs jets ...
[0:06:38] ... and it ages so maybe you're going to have a there's a Lance Briggs. Couldn't deal with them at a San Cisco 49ers. Gunther Cunningham Gunther Cunningham when he came when he what does he left ...
[0:08:54] ... about tamper. SEC what I when you listen to him talked. You Andy Reid Darko you think that he's bringing up like he's saying that it's headed because just because a look you're trouble does the media this that put get all of us in trouble. Regardless of if it was the Baltimore Ravens with the patriots of what with they have beat out a complaint. The answer is yes but we don't ask yes it ...





A mall Easter bunny turns out to be a registered sex offender. A woman falls in love with (and has sex) a tree she named "Tim." Mo'ne Davis requests that the Bloomsburg University baseball player be re-instated, despite his sexist remarks about the 13 year old.

[0:02:38] ... two the woes the penguins a number three. Megan's law offender is Easter Bunny at mall. That's right. Jose state police discovered that the Easter Bunny at the mall and Westmoreland county was a Megan's law offender. So he's beloved senator Michael Paul Jacobs of Jeanette spent three days dressed in Easter Bunny costume. Posing for photos with children in the west well only Tony ball. My case he says revolved around having consensual sex ...
[0:03:31] ... the Westmoreland mall that was is okay good enough. You can be Easter Bunny and somehow it got out that a Megan's law offender was having little kids and on lap and it turned it at this stage. Craft store how they held even find out right now. The base that is the guy who was like AT. Yeah he was blamed. Maybe somebody that knew him. Knew that he was the Easter Bunny yes complains. Turning it out all those Easter bunnies and Gary and up as they are. I know you're not going to ...
[0:04:33] ... vote Monet Davis ceremony Davis to a result that's a Little League World Series was out stating she's great pitchers. But so Disney's coming a little more evo Monique Davis he sent out a tweet. That basically. Said he can't believe this is making a movie vote 18 David's question mark what a joke. That slot got rocked by Nevada. And obviously that took off and looper came out a statement that is represented student is represented our school in the kicked him off the team was Curt Schilling involves. No but Schilling did retreated saying good job bloom berg you now Monique Davis was on ESPN earlier today this year ...
[0:07:00] ... Hershey at some of the tweets in their culture deal like that Curt Schilling daughter and everything this one here just a stupid stupid comment. You should pay a price to question should people off the team. Permanently. You know that's. I think up for debate here the other ones obviously talking about sexual assault that's what we're calling names right. I don't there was disable I'm with you about what this shameful weapon Ashley Judd or Schilling daughter it to me disorder actually dirt road accountable if she promoted at all about all of the evidence that ...






The NFL owners meet this week and the guys discuss some rules changes that are on the table for the 2015 meetings.

[0:04:21] ... on last year's standings. So in the NFC you representative. Would be. Philadelphia Eagles a tenant six. SO and it. That's fine my because I never want to have a team that was like like the Alec the NFC it happened on edit and in the AFC you would have four teams. 123 yet the fourteenth at 97 records immediately Kansas City Chiefs to Houston Texas San Diego Chargers or buffalo. Which all know god in. Fact that accused it would been a team to the conference record. Yes Saudi that's it up it would NFL playoffs last year had been any more watered down with the NFL playoffs have. Felt like they lost their start because the Philadelphia Eagles running or the Kansas City Chiefs were and it. I don't feel that way no no I don't but if you have a if you have a year ...
[0:08:59] ... them last year when Carolina got him back in 2000 love the Denver Broncos made the playoffs eaten any merit they won their first playoff game. With Tim Tebow so that was the last time other ...




Jeremy Roenick joined the show to cast some light on how he thinks the rest of the season will shake out for the Bruins. Roenick points out that Senators are gelling behind breakout rookie goalie, Andrew "Hamburglar" Hammond. The Senators also have 2 games in hand and are only 1 point behind the B's for the 8th and final spot.

[0:00:01] ... as regards to the ATT hotline right now we are joined by Jeremy Roenick has mentioned before Jeremy thanks operatives to join us aria. I don't know I appreciate it thank you. Let's start off with ...
[0:05:09] ... the schedule you'd have to look at the wake of the Ott Ottawa Senators are playing. And you can see how the plane they're they're rallying around. Our goalie who is having her career start to. ...
[0:07:55] ... do I there Julien or Peter surely lose their jobs if the Boston Bruins failed to make playoffs or getting there and bounced easily in the first round. I think it that can play also is ...
[0:09:07] ... been done. Players that players are moved players are that there are New York Rangers got treated me. Prospect of the peck. We're very tight out there that's when they changed their roster. The day they keep ...






Mel Kiper puts two Patriots in the top ten of his 2009 NFL redraft. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Mel Kiper puts two Patriots in the top ten of his 2009 NFL redraft. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Mike ReissIt’s the NFL draft season, which means various analysts produce their “re-drafts” from the past, looking back on a draft and considering how it would unfold today based on the players’ performance.

As part of an ESPN.com Insider piece, Mel Kiper goes through the exercise for 2009, and the New England Patriots land two players in the top 10: Receiver Julian Edelman  and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer.

Kiper passes along one conversation he had with an NFL general manager who called Edelman, “the toughest cover in the NFL right now.”

There’s a technique in the propaganda game that’s been used by totalitarian dictators from time immemorial. From the Roman emperors to Napoleon, from Stalin to Roger Goodell. It’s what’s known as The Big Lie. Say something often enough, say it loud enough, repeat it ad naseum and no matter how untrue it is, eventually it will become accepted as fact.

I bring this up to address one Big Lie that this article helps expose, and that is this myth that Bill Belichick is a terrible drafter. Specifically, that he can’t draft wide receivers.

I’m not the biggest Mel Kiper guy. He’s never once successfully predicted a Patriots draft pick (unlike your pal Jer, The Belichick Whisperer over here). In fact, even his first round predictions have been so consistently off base they betray a complete ignorance of the Patriots schemes, system and scouting methods. It’s like he just lists his draft board in order and wherever New England is selecting, he gives them the corresponding player at that number regardless of his system fit.

But I have to give Captain Hindsight credit where it’s due here. He does have a firm grasp of how well Belichick drafts with the benefit of years. And also I should point out that right after that 2009 draft he gave the Pats a grade of B+, though that was due largely to his love of colossal failures like Darius Butler and Ron Brace. So it’s one of those right pew, wrong church situations. But why quibble?

The fact is that the Patriots got two starters who are among the very best at their positions. Vollmer with the 83rd overall pick and Edelman with the 234th. Neither of whom was considered a good selection by anyone when the Pats made them. Vollmer was on practically no one’s draft board and the few who did have him considered him to be an enormous “reach” in the third round. Edelman was little more than a curiosity. A project who was unlikely to make it past the second roster cutdown, much less make the team. Now here we are in 2015 and they’re not only stars, they’re champions.

But the biggest fallacy of all is this notion that Belchick can’t draft receivers. Here we’ve got an anonymous NFL talent evaluator saying Edelman is the toughest guy to cover in the NFL. And yet Belichick gets no more credit for having the foresight and balls to draft a college QB and convert him into one of the most feared weapons in the league than he would if he found Edelman floating down the Nile in a basket.

The fact is Belichick’s track record for drafting wideouts is probably better than most GM’s in football. If he hasn’t hit any tape measure grand slams in that area, it’s got more to do with the fact he doesn’t take many swings than his lack of scouting acumen.

Consider the numbers. In his fifteen drafts with the Patriots, Belichick has selected the whopping total of 13 wideouts. THIRTEEN. Six of those were drafted in the 5th round or later. And two of those, Mathew Slater and Jeremy Ebert, were taken as Special Teamer WRINOs (Wide Receiver in Name Only). Of the remaining picks, he struck gold with Edelman, Deion Branch and David Givens, and the jury is still out on Josh Boyce and Aaron Dobson, who remain on the roster. But he has yet to whiff on a high value, costly, truly damaging WR draft failure in his Patriots career. What he has done however is trade mid-round picks for studs like Randy Moss and Wes Welker, develop stars like Edelman and consistently maintain one of the best offenses in the league, year in and year out.

But don’t take my word for it. Listen to America’s number one draft guru and that unnamed GM. Of course they’re just saying it now and I’ve been saying it all along. But after all there is but one Belichick Whisperer.

@JerryThornton1

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

NY TimesThe actor and comedian Will Ferrell arrived [at SXSW] with Kevin Hart to present the comedy “Get Hard.” Last week, we asked readers to submit questions for Mr. Ferrell. He sat down with us at the Four Seasons to answer some of them. Here are his responses:

Q. Will, we are fraternity brothers of Delta Tau Delta, albeit different chapters and years. The recent awful situation with SAE has brought out the “frat haters” in droves. Could you comment on your own fraternity experience and why (or why not) fraternity membership is still a worthy consideration for a college student? ‘€” Stephen Browning,
Seattle

A. The incident in Oklahoma, that is a real argument for getting rid of the system altogether, in my opinion, even having been through a fraternity. Because when you break it down, it really is about creating cliques and clubs and being exclusionary. Fraternities were started as academic societies that were supposed to have a philanthropic arm to them. And when it’€™s governed by those kind of rules, then they’re still beneficial. But you gotta be careful. I was lucky in that the one I was in, we were really kind of the anti-fraternity fraternity. … It was just about having fun. But I think it’€™s an interesting dilemma for universities these days.

What the hell? Now Frank the Tank himself is coming out against fraternities? Has the whole world gone mad? Is there nothing I can believe in any more?

By way of full disclosure, I was never in a frat. I barely had a college experience at all, never mind signing on for the Greek Life. The Weymouth guys I grew up with hung out together all through our college years and beyond. And I realized early on they would be my friends without some hazing ritual where we’d have to get weird with each other’s butts or whatever it is frats do. So the whole frat thing had no appeal for me.

But that doesn’t mean I want to do away with the whole fraternity system. Just because it wasn’t for me doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate its role in society. If the movies have taught me anything, it’s that we need frats. Without frats, who’s going to get hammered and go on hilarious adventures? Who’s going to exclude the unpopular kids and make them feel more inadequate than they already do? Who’s going to be the mortal enemy of nerds on campus? Who’ll pull harmful but entertaining pranks on the stuck-up snobs in the adminstration? Where’s the pointless vandalism and wanton destruction going to come from if not the frats? Not from commuter students like I was, that’s for sure. And not to mention, those barely legal sorority girls aren’t going to seduce themselves.

Like I said, I was never a frat guy so I’m not qualified to defend them. But I do know someone who is: Eric Stratton, who took pre-law. Or pre-med. What’s the difference? As he put it so eloquently, “The issue here is not whether we broke a few rules or took a few liberties with our female party guests. We did. But you can’t hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few sick, perverted individuals. If you do, shouldn’t we blame the whole fraternity system? And if the whole fraternity system is guilty, then isn’t this an indictment of our educational institutions in general? I put it to you, Greg, isn’t this an indictment of our entire American society? Well you can do what you want to, but we won’t sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America!”

@JerryThornton1

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton