We look at four major gaffes made by the Sox front office... all in less than 12 months!

[0:01:30] ... turn back time we go back to last spring training. And the Jon Lester contract saga. He said he would take the hometown discount and that it really offered up to them a low balled and ...
[0:02:18] ... camp with a somewhat reasonable offer. I think they could have had Jon Lester for significantly. Less than they ended up offering and certainly. I wait less than what he ended up signing. We tried to insulting his intelligence and he decided he would rather not talk about it the recipient jeez jeez would you think I still wanna know. Who came over the book came up with that number. But what I wanna know what that meeting was like where we're gonna then offered Jon Lester something and that is what we're gonna offer him. Who was there anybody disagrees. Were they that if they all think it's ...
[0:03:36] ... 115. You're you know you can do something like that you think Jon Lester recent hometown discount that 115120. Would've got that done I think so at. Less than that would've gotten it but. You know and now. Yes Michael yes we are. We go back to the trading deadline last year and John Lackey was dealt away to the cardinals are. Joseph Kelly and Allen Craig would much crap out clause. Now Lackey had a 500000. Dollar deal and I think the more than. I don't really tell that Alley you know bad I appreciate the constructive criticism and adult. Try to strive harder for that John Lackey had a 500000 dollar deal waiting for him and he said he didn't wanna do that here in Boston. Would you go ...
[0:05:19] ... don't ask Larry let let let's assume and I always felt that. John Lackey would not have played for the 500 and some odd thousand here that he is playing four in Saint Louis I heard ...






Lou, Christian and Tim discuss a number of off-topics, including the Red Sox having the highest beer prices in MLB, an angry movie critic reviews "Pixels" and Kobe Bryant's teammates go silent when asked about the Lakers star.

[0:02:52] ... their teams saw that the clippers do with judge Audrey jordin and Paul Pierce -- Michael of the Jersey you know being introduced hundreds of all right but like he was always here all they did it in Los Angeles also. Good to have a beer so they had Roy Hibbert a Lou Williams and Brandon Bass that's not that department into saying what they did is. They asked all the players if anyone had heard from Colby and ...
[0:04:38] ... other confused. Nobody. It's not like Roy Hibbert is some scrub. Like Brandon Bass the baby. He should be nervous about it there's the question what's it like you'd probably just. I did it quite difficult. ...
[0:05:28] ... here yet. Was gonna ask you was anybody wins he pixels. Or video games come to life in terrorize the cities and oh yeah. Movie involved dot com gave the best that movie review I've ever ...





Lou, Christian and Tim react to Ben Cherington speaking to the media in Houston and also his interview earlier this morning on the Dennis & Callahan Show. Fans call in to give their opinion on the Red Sox GM after what looks like his third last place finish in four years.

[0:18:35] ... levels would do without we come back and we ought to bring John Farrell and this discussion to Chris he said something else that might make Lou go down the F bomb packed again. We'll investigate ...
[0:19:39] ... be our goal today Steve Begin to see it it does involve Dustin Pedroia itself we're gonna get that here oh very quickly want to give you another deplete gate updates into gonna get like memorial ...
[0:20:46] ... based on what you had to say yesterday about the concept of Dustin Pedroia and not going down the minors for rehab start before it came out of the gates was again all three team before ...
[0:21:40] ... and get a couple of extra. Arctic Cadillac parked outside. Stressing about Hanley Ramirez that the working so hard to justify it on everything is a silver lining Hanley is better on the road than he ...






Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk joins MFB to talk about his report that said Tom Brady and the NFL have had some conversations about a settlement, but no agreement has been reached.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News joins MFB as part of the AFC East preview to give insight on the Jets heading into training camp with new head coach Todd Bowles.

[0:00:16] ... you're talking about optimism and some of the other cities in the AFC east as we go around the division and spent especially buffalo Rex go in there and there's a lot of enthusiasm about the ...
[0:01:15] ... geno Smith that's all we are just talking about so he got Brandon Marshall is saudis tomorrow in his second year Eric Decker. Hopefully you know he plays better because maybe doesn't have to be the number one anymore how efficient and productive can geno Smith beat. Especially since he has all these these new weapons. Wait at the peak at the plate so if you look at it that way he certainly better off at this point anyway it a year ago. What's interesting to me you know he'll stop that we've been a lot according to Chan Gailey will run a style that. Much better suited at least on paper to Gina skill that if you look at looking at ...
[0:02:38] ... you know me to use him utilize him and now we get Brandon Marshall and Aussie great talent or below Brandon Marshall but. Let's face it if he can't get the ball to Brandon Marshall probably lets you nobody is there concern moving forward with. Maybe the quarterback situation in Britain Marshall. Well that's a great question and that is an unknown even though when you look at Brandon Marshall history he does have a history of voicing displeasure. In dongle particularly well. He thought it detonate at this point I like ...
[0:03:28] ... I would imagine that you'd get at least a similar mindset. From Brandon Marshall this year but you're right you know reform overprotective in deep you know. You'd like to see how Brandon Marshall will react because they're at it yet personally articulate it how light it up from job. The learning and a lot tension and learning to play with Brandon Marshall so edit the big question mark but. At least sort talent standpoint he's the best he would get its act and it's audio all day. Sure on yourself ethernet 31 years old Brandon Marshall eating much better player than canceling all alert that as a younger player. British male this from the daily news talk about the jets are AFC east preview and a decent look at the schedule or Russert before he came on buffalo weak hands until that Thursday night game. In mid November that you get the big Rex rematch gamer kind of open now what apple bit earlier on the calendar. Yeah it would have been nice they are opening week released earlier this equipment subject you don't know. How either keep it in him being one week and roll that around an interpreter standing. But I even more intriguing matchup I'm actually in week seventeen which is the jet apple low. And there's the realistic chance that no one of the two ...






If you saw “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No” Wednesday night – and if you missed it, the lonely emptiness of your meaningless existence saddens me – you know that with each new entry into this landmark movie franchise, they up the ante on the  celebrity cameos. It’s become the new interactive game while watching these. Whereas with the original “Sharknado,” we all watched it together in a sort of communal cheesy movie shared experience on social media that pushed the Internet to the breaking point, with the sequels, the cameos come so early and often that you don’t even have time to Tweet or else you’ll miss a handful of them. It’s become a game of M-list celebrity “I Spy,” and a true test of your pop cultural knowledge.

At the risk of bragging, I feel like my cultural radar is as finely tuned as anyone’s, and even mine was taxed to the limit. I might have been getting 75 percent, which is a testament to the creative geniuses responsible for these cinematic masterpieces.

Fortunately for us all, the folks over at George Costanza’s favorite bathroom erotic magazine Glamour compiled a list of all 55 “celebrity” cameos. Which I will present here, as a public service to all faithful WEEI and “Sharknado” fans. You know who you are:

Al Roker, television personality, as himself
Alexis Ohanian, founder of Reddit, as himself
Ann Coulter, political pundit, as VP Sonia Buck
Anthony Weiner, politician, as NASA director
Bill Engvall, comedian, as Gary Martin Hayes
Bobak Ferdowsi, the NASA guy with the mohawk, as Matt Mason
Blair Fowler, YouTuber juicystar07, as Jess
Brian Mitchell, football player, as Technician Howe
Brad Keselowski, NASCAR driver, as a NASCAR Driver
Bruno Salomone, actor, as NASA Tech
Chad (Ochocinco) Johnson, football player, as Sergeant
Chris Jericho, wrestler, as Bruce the ride attendant
Chris Kirkpatrick, NSYNC, as Lifeguard
Elvis Duran, radio personality, as himself
Frankie Muniz, actor, as Lucas Stevens
Genevieve Morton, model, as Guest at White House
Grant Imahara, former MythBusters host, Agent Lodge
Harvey Levin, TMZ founder, as Lester Williams
Hoda Kotb, television personality, as herself
Holly Madison, television personality, as Lieutenant Harrison
Jack Griffo, actor, as Billy
Jackie Collins, author, as herself
Jedward, singers and television personalities, as tourists
Jerry Springer, talk show host, as Mr. White
Joey Logano, NASCAR driver, as NASCAR Driver
Jorge Bernal, footballer, as Bernie
Josh Barnett, MMA fighter and wrestler, as Sergeant Richards
Kathie Lee Gifford, television personality, as herself
Keltie Knight, television personality and dancer, as Alves
Kendra Wilkinson, television personality, as Flo
Kim Richards, television personality, Babs Jensen
Lorenzo Lamas, actor, as Sergeant Rock
Lou Ferrigno, the Hulk, as Agent Banner
Mark Cuban, businessman and Shark Tank host, as President Marcus Robbins
Marcellus Wiley, ESPN broadcaster, as Specialist Iverson
Maria Menounos, wrestler and television personality, as C.J. Sorkin
Mark McGrath, actor and Sugar Ray, as Martin Brody
Maryse Ouellet Mizanin, wrestler and model, as Park Police Guard #2
Matt Lauer, television personality, as himself
Max Kellerman, sports host, as Airman Joseph
Melvin Gregg, actor, as Chad
Michele Bachmann, politician, as herself
Michelle Beadle, ESPN host, as Agent Argyle
Natalie Morales, news anchor, as herself
Ne-Yo, singer-songwriter, as Agent Devoreaux
Penn Jillette, magician, NASA Lieutenant Colonel Stylo
Ray J, singer, as NASA tech Tom Major
Reza Farahan, Shahs of Sunset star, Park Police Guard #1
Rick Fox, actor and former basketball player, as Principle SSA Webb
Ryan Kerrigan, football player, Technician Garber
Ryan Newman, actress, as Claudia Shepard
Savannah Guthrie, television personality, as herself
Teller, magician, as NASA Major Caissier
Tim Russ, actor, as General Gottlieb
Tom Compton, football player, Reporter

That’s quite a list. And it will be tough to top for “Sharknado 4.” But if anyone can pull it off, they can.

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It should come as no surprise that, as good as you think your bachelor party stories are, Rob Gronkowski‘s is better. Hell, I literally met my Beguiling Irish Rose at a bachelor party* 25 years ago and his is better than mine.

Left unanswered though is the obvious follow up question: Who is this girl he accidentally fell on? The world needs to meet her and we need it yesterday. Any chick who can get slammed through a glass table during drunken hijinks, bounce up, demand another shot then go to the wedding with the guy who put her there can drink from my canteen any time. If anything, I’m sorry she’s married because I’d like to see her and Gronk get together to breed a genetically-perfect race of unstoppable party animals. They could help ensure America would close the gap in the crucial Party Rock Moment arms race for generations to come. But we’ll just have to settle for the notion that they undoubtedly had the best wedding party hookup of all time, which they undoubtedly did.

(*The bachelor party in question started out as a golf outing down the Cape with a busload of my Weymouth buddies. The Red Sox had a playoff game that night so after golf we went to Champions, a huge sports pub/night club in Hyannis. Also there to watch the game with her girlfriend was a young lady I started chatting up, got her number and the rest is history. So it’s not like she was dancing on a pole or something. As a side note, my friend Cliffy got in the bus afterward and announced “Jerry met his wife tonight.” True story. But still not as much fun as Gronk’s.)

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This is the video we played on Final Drive on Dale & Holley yesterday. There are almost no wrong ways to confront the KKK. You can counter protest, shout them down, denounce them for the racist, backwardsass, hate-mongering Dorito Dinks they are. But you’re never going to come up with a way as brilliant as this guy marching behind them haunting their steps with goofy sousaphone music.

Not since Joshua’s trumpet brought down the walls of Jericho or maybe the last time a bugler signaled a charge in battle has a brass instrument been used so effectively as a weapon of war. Because for all their hoods & robes and stars & bars, it’s hard to look like an angry, defiant, rebel badass when you’re marching to the music Elmer Fudd used to hunt wabbits to. Well done, anonymous sousaphoner. You are an American hero.

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Pro Football TalkWhen a suspended player exercises his appeal rights, a settlement is always possible. In the case of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his four-game suspension for doing whatever he did in relation to the #DeflateGate controversy, a league source tells PFT that settlement discussions have indeed occurred. …

Per the source, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is being pushed by a small handful of influential owners to hold firm on the four-game suspension. Working against that pressure, however, is the fear that the four-game suspension would be wiped out by a federal court.

For starters, it’s encouraging to hear that the NFL is negotiating with Tom Brady‘s legal team. Even if no settlement comes out of it, the very fact that they’re talking smells like blood in the water to me. It means the league recognizes it’s going to get its junk kicked into the dirt whenever the matter gets before a truly neutral judge. Otherwise these talks aren’t even taking place. As Blake put it in “Glengarry Glen Ross,” nobody walks on the lot unless he’s looking to buy.

Secondly, Brady’s attempt to get justice is being undermined by “a small handful of influential owners?” Gee, I wonder why. Maybe they’re twisting Goodell’s arm out of a sense of reverence for the integrity of the game. It might just be that they see the slight (though unproven) possibility that Brady was behind a plot to tamper with the footballs as such a threat to the future of pro football that they’d support any harsh, over-the-top punishment, even it was their own franchise player getting the hammer dropped on him.

Or, perhaps there’s another reason. I’m just throwing this out there, but maybe, just maybe, they want Tom Brady suspended for 25 percent of the season because it helps their own clubs. There’s a chance they might like having the best player in the league suspended because they want to see the Patriots lose and their teams win. It’s a crazy notion to be sure to think these owners might be motivated by selfishness and putting their own best interests ahead of doing what’s right, of course. Just because we’re talking about a group of privileged billionaires who invite the head of NFL officiating on their stripper-filled party buses or drive around whacked out of their minds on pills with tens of thousands of dollars in cash on them doesn’t mean they’re not about fair play. I’m just saying it’s a possibility.

Just as a reminder, bear in mind that these are the people Mr. Kraft was honoring as partners and colleagues when he capitulated on the ludicrous punishment the league clobbered his team with after the Wells Report exonerated them. With partners like this, who needs enemies?

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Ben Cherington joins D&C to talk about all the issues that surround the Red Sox.