The 6am hour upload here features plenty of Hillary vs. Trump talk from the NBC forum, as well as the debut of Christian Arcand as third-man in. The Sox win in San Diego is also discussed.
Brady banner talk carries another day as Kirk Minihane rails against the so-called message Robert Kraft's Brady banner is sending to the NFL. Gerry and fill-in host Christian Arcand are along for the debate.
Auditioning host Christian Arcand goes after weekly guest Curt Schilling for blocking him on Facebook over discussions about various political memes.

As mentioned previously on It Is What It Is, in his weekly press conference before facing the Patriots, Carson Palmer was asked his opinion of Tom Brady’s suspension. Naturally, he came to the defense of his fellow quarterback. If by “came to the defense of” you mean “gave the most passive-aggressive, low-info, willfully pig-ignorant answer you can imagine regarding”:

“I tried not to follow it, just because it was everywhere for so long,” Palmer said to reporters. “But I go back, and you follow what the rule book says, and you go about your business and your work, and if they tell you not to do it, and you get busted, and what happens happens, then you suffer the consequences. I’m sure you guys (in New England) look at it a lot differently, but I know a lot of players around the league, just looking at it, I don’t know if you can feel too strongly one way or the other.”

He was asked a follow up question, directly asked if he believed Brady and the Patriots were guilty?

“I don’t know, to be honest,” Palmer said. “I felt like there was — supposedly the balls went somewhere where they weren’t supposed to go there. There was humidity, not enough humidity or altitude, whatever it was. I don’t know. I didn’t follow the story. As soon as it came on, I just turned it off because I was so sick of hearing about it. Whatever the league comes down upon, whatever ruling they make is what they make. You don’t have much of a decision after that. You can fight it for a little bit, but after a while, you’ve just got to abide by what they say.”

Let’s review. Carson Palmer, who plays the same position as Brady, is a member of the same union as him and is subject to the same rules of engagement when the league doles out punishment, actively decided that he didn’t want to hear about what has been going down for the past 20 months. An NFL quarterback made a conscious decision to “not feel strongly one way or the other” about his brother union member being forcibly removed from a quarter of the season. As the NFLPA was using his dues to take the matter to within a judge’s decision of going to the Supreme Court of the United States, he heard something about humidity or altitude and turned off the TV.

This is just a preview of what’s to come in the Patriots 2016 season. Palmer’s towering stupidity and intentional obtuseness is what we are going to hear from every player asked about Brady’s persecution. That, if for no other reason, is why the Patriots need to go all scorched earth this season. Just to get back at ignoramuses like him.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

As mentioned previously on It Is What It Is, in his weekly press conference before facing the Patriots, Carson Palmer was asked his opinion of Tom Brady’s suspension. Naturally, he came to the defense of his fellow quarterback. If by “came to the defense of” you mean “gave the most passive-aggressive, low-info, willfully pig-ignorant answer you can imagine regarding”:

“I tried not to follow it, just because it was everywhere for so long,” Palmer said to reporters. “But I go back, and you follow what the rule book says, and you go about your business and your work, and if they tell you not to do it, and you get busted, and what happens happens, then you suffer the consequences. I’m sure you guys (in New England) look at it a lot differently, but I know a lot of players around the league, just looking at it, I don’t know if you can feel too strongly one way or the other.”

He was asked a follow up question, directly asked if he believed Brady and the Patriots were guilty?

“I don’t know, to be honest,” Palmer said. “I felt like there was — supposedly the balls went somewhere where they weren’t supposed to go there. There was humidity, not enough humidity or altitude, whatever it was. I don’t know. I didn’t follow the story. As soon as it came on, I just turned it off because I was so sick of hearing about it. Whatever the league comes down upon, whatever ruling they make is what they make. You don’t have much of a decision after that. You can fight it for a little bit, but after a while, you’ve just got to abide by what they say.”

Let’s review. Carson Palmer, who plays the same position as Brady, is a member of the same union as him and is subject to the same rules of engagement when the league doles out punishment, actively decided that he didn’t want to hear about what has been going down for the past 20 months. An NFL quarterback made a conscious decision to “not feel strongly one way or the other” about his brother union member being forcibly removed from a quarter of the season. As the NFLPA was using his dues to take the matter to within a judge’s decision of going to the Supreme Court of the United States, he heard something about humidity or altitude and turned off the TV.

This is just a preview of what’s to come in the Patriots 2016 season. Palmer’s towering stupidity and intentional obtuseness is what we are going to hear from every player asked about Brady’s persecution. That, if for no other reason, is why the Patriots need to go all scorched earth this season. Just to get back at ignoramuses like him.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Kirk Minihane loves TV and movies, he sits down with TV critic and author of the new book "TV (The Book)" Alan Sepinwall to discuss the best TV shows of all-time and which show should be number 1. Kirk and Alan disagree on which shows is the best of all-time and they both have compelling arguments. Kirk and Alan talk about "Cheers" being one of the most underrated and forgotten TV shows of all-time.

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rangers at Mariners, 11 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL: Panthers at Broncos, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Roger Goodell

Roger Goodell

— NFL commissioner Roger Goodell finally weighed in on Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest, telling The Associated Press, “I don’t necessarily agree with what he is doing.”

“I support our players when they want to see change in society, and we don’t live in a perfect society,” Goodell added. “On the other hand, we believe very strongly in patriotism in the NFL. I personally believe very strongly in that.”

Goodall, whose late father, Charles, was a U.S. Senator, said it’s important to handle this issue by showing the proper respect for everyone.

“We have to choose respectful ways of doing that so that we can achieve the outcomes we ultimately want and do it with the values and ideals that make our country great,” he said. “I think it’s important to have respect for our country, for our flag, for the people who make our country better; for law enforcement; and for our military who are out fighting for our freedoms and our ideals.”

Meanwhile, Megan Rapinoe was stymied in her effort to protest the national anthem before Wednesday’s National Women’s Soccer League game between her Seattle Reign and the Washington Spirit in Boyds, Maryland, as the Spirit played the anthem before the players took the field.

“We decided to play the anthem in our stadium ahead of schedule rather than subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent,” the Spirit said in a statement.

“We understand this may be seen as an extraordinary step, but believe it was the best option to avoid taking focus away from the game on such an important night for our franchise. While we respect every individual’s right to express themselves, and believe Ms. Rapinoe to be an amazing individual with a huge heart; we respectfully disagree with her method of hijacking our organization’s event to draw attention to what is ultimately a personal — albeit worthy — cause.”

Rapinoe, following the lead of Kaepernick, took a knee when the anthem was played before her team’s game Sunday in Chicago. The U.S. national team star, who won a World Cup title last year and played in the Rio Olympics last month, indicated that she planned to continue her protest the rest of the season.

After the game Rapinoe said she did not appreciate the choice of words in the Spirit’s statement, adding she was “saddened” by the move.

“It was incredibly distasteful, four days before [the anniversary of] one of the worst tragedies in our country, to say I tried to ‘hijack’ this event,” she told The Washington Post.

NWSL commissioner Jeff Plush, who was at the game, said he was not aware of the Spirit’s plans, and he questioned the team’s handling of the matter. Plush called the issue “bigger than us.”

“I would have preferred to have had an honest dialogue of what we wanted to do, what their goals were, and then work through it,” Plush told The Washington Post. “I don’t suggest I have all the answers, but it’s better to talk about it. I’m disappointed.”

— Ryan Lochte reportedly will be suspended 10 months by the United States Olympic Committee and USA Swimming for his behavior at the Rio Olympics, as he claimed he was robbed at gunpoint when in fact he was confronted by security guards for vandalizing a gas station bathroom.

If the report is accurate, the 12-time Olympic medalist would miss the 2017 world championships.

Lochte already has been abandoned by four sponsors, although he landed a spot on the upcoming “Dancing With the Stars” season.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 8, 1966, the Red Sox fired manager Billy Herman. Who replaced him for the rest of the season but turned down an offer to manage the following year?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Tom’s the greatest in the world, and I mean that.” — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, on Patriots QB Tom Brady

STAT OF THE DAY: 6 — Consecutive wins for David Price, after he pitched the Red Sox to sole possession of first place in the AL East with Wednesday’s 7-2 victory over the Padres

‘NET RESULTS: After tying the game in the 10th inning on Anthony Rendon’s infield single, the Nationals walk off the Braves in the 11th on Wilson Ramos’ hit to left-center.

Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton leaps high over the fence to steal the potential game-tying home run from the Cubs in the ninth inning.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Pete Runnels

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Benjamin Orr, who died in 2000, was born on this day in 1947. Here he is singing lead for The Cars.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Our weekly visit with the Red Sox skipper, as John Farrell gives us the state of the Sox live from San Diego.

[0:00:09] ... now it's time for our weekly conversation with a manager of the Boston Red Sox John Ferrell. Our conversation is brought to buy a belly insurance John joins us from San Diego hey John how Rio. You're ...
[0:08:32] ... very much. Bigger partner actually they care. That is Red Sox manager John Carroll joining us from San Diego. As expected you want McConnell get the night off tonight he might get a couple of nights off. I Getty got an off day in their tube but yet he might he might need a couple of nights off. They're kind of clears hadn't. I founded interest Igman cotta said after the game that at one point during the game David Ortiz came and sat with them in the dugout was talking to. And David Ortiz was telling him how many times he struck out four times in the game. And in other words the message here is ...




Our weekly visit with the Red Sox skipper, as John Farrell gives us the state of the Sox live from San Diego.

[0:00:09] ... now it's time for our weekly conversation with a manager of the Boston Red Sox John Ferrell. Our conversation is brought to buy a belly insurance John joins us from San Diego hey John how Rio. You're ...
[0:08:32] ... very much. Bigger partner actually they care. That is Red Sox manager John Carroll joining us from San Diego. As expected you want McConnell get the night off tonight he might get a couple of nights off. I Getty got an off day in their tube but yet he might he might need a couple of nights off. They're kind of clears hadn't. I founded interest Igman cotta said after the game that at one point during the game David Ortiz came and sat with them in the dugout was talking to. And David Ortiz was telling him how many times he struck out four times in the game. And in other words the message here is ...