Trags joins Danny to talk about how Bill Belichick destroys distractions, Jimmy G's reps, and Tom Brady's suspension.

[0:00:30] ... get on. On the field in perhaps I believe they sent today Bill Belichick did until the weekend now you know have a few more. OT eight type of practices. My Thursday pride in and they expect the crowds to be unveiled on Saturday. You have a column on WEEI dot com until ballot check. Bride's sister he destroying distractions I guess. Well I'll ask you how shell like Bill Belichick because they. And it isn't distractions this training camp we don't the quarterback situation but tell us about other called the yeah right. Yeah I getting I just thought it was happening go well check whether you know coming in through a training camp where you know Aaron Hernandez six story. Back to 2000 and searching you remember. Our Tom Brady was the story last year. They're in now on several occasions over Nobel Belichick's tenure where he would cut distractions. And stories ...
[0:01:55] ... in and you know. You stand up here in wax poetic about Tom Brady and his emotions and what he might be young he's got a football team to get ready. The season well and it's ultimate sense of kind of the approach in my column today. Is that it's all business would go Belichick always has been always well. And it's back to business what Tom Brady and I think the fact that he accepted the four game suspension. Basically helps destroy a potential distraction right I mean basically ...
[0:03:01] ... for the patriots. In terms of planning it certainly doesn't matter because Tom Brady is starting. Arizona September 11 but in terms of planning getting ready. What to expect I think they're in a better position. ...
[0:04:58] ... this was not a you know justifies suspension whatsoever. Yeah I mean Tom Brady you know you have the all stock cast of attorneys and we know we added on as the thing went on. And I guess I find it hard to believe that if those. Attorneys and lawyers told Tom Brady that they would there was still a chance he wins this battle I don't think he would have stopped fighting so. I mean I brought oddly that he stuck it that they said to him don't you could still win it needs it you know what I'm gonna stop by Mike I think they told Tom Brady that. There was they did probably weren't gonna win this fight is unfair as it was. Good dealt Tom and it's just ...

Keeping with the post-ComicCon theme for this week, this is the final (of many) “Suicide Squad” trailers that dropped in San Diego. I’m glad it’s the last because they are dangerously close to showing us the entire movie in trailer form. But nothing they’ve shown us has convinced me of anything but this will kick ass. As DC Comics tries to build a cinematic universe to rival Marvel’s, this looks like a colossal step in the right direction. This thing is going to be huge.

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Jerry Thornton



WISNGreen Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday that he hasn’t watched his younger brother, Jordan Rodgers, on the ABC reality program “The Bachelorette.” …

Jordan Rodgers is one of two final contestants on the show who are trying to woo real estate developer JoJo Fletcher. In an episode earlier this month, he dropped a bombshell by describing his relationship with his more famous brother as “complicated.”

Aaron Rodgers declined to elaborate Tuesday on the nature of the relationship.

“As far as those kinds of things go, I’ve always found that it’s a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters, so I’m just — I’m not going to speak on those things, but I wish him well in the competition,” he said.

Loyalty is how I roll. Sticking by your own flesh and blood is the paramount obligations of all decent human beings. If there’s one thing I will never, ever tolerate is someone selling out their siblings for their own gain. And thems ain’t just words; I back it up.

A few years ago I was on a suburban sports radio show and we had on Mark McGwire’s brother, who had just written a book diming Mark out for PED use. So I lectured the guy about how in Dante’s “Inferno,” the innermost ring of hell is reserved for those who betray trust. I could never forgive a guy who would talk crap about his own brother in front of the whole world.

With one, notable exception. If it will help a guy get into a woman’s pants, anything is fair game.

I have no doubt that at some point in my brother’s lives back when they were single, they said or did something that made me look stupid in order to impress a girl. Whether it was telling them stupid stuff I did when I was a kid in order to get a laugh out of them or whatever. And I have no issue with it. It’s part of the job description for any decent brother.

I mean, what is Jordan Rodgers supposed to do? Let JoJo prattle on about Aaron and how awesome his life must be? Answering her stupid questions about being related to a guy who’s worshiped by the entire country? Baring his soul about how cold there it is in Mr. Discount Double Check’s shadow?

Hell no. He’s got to say something to impress this dimepiece, and I think playing up the “I’m all about being close to my family” thing is him handling it perfectly. Making Aaron out to be the selfish bad guy and himself as the loving caregiver? I bet the producers had to put a yellow piso mojado sign next to JoJo’s chair after that. If one of my brother’s said that about me in order to seal the deal with a woman that hot, I’d applaud them for their effort and stay out of the way, like Aaron Rodgers has.

If not, if Aaron is really bothered by the way he’s being talked about, I guess he can always console himself with the fact he’s married to a nerd goddess who’s much hotter than JoJo will ever be.



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Jerry Thornton

Like I said when someone gave Donald Trump’s convention entrance The Undertaker treatment, we as a political system have got to start embracing the wrestling formula. The WWE knows how to present important people and address complex social issues a lot better than either party. So let’s just move to a world where the campaign is like pro wrestling. Lord knows it would get more people involved in politics.

That said, as good as this Hillary/Stone Cold mashup is, I still like The Trumpertaker from last week much better:

And just as a heads-up, when the country finally smartens up and nominates me for president, I’d prefer to come out to Rowdy Roddy Piper’s music. Call me old school, but to me “A Cadence to Arms” on the pipes still is the best wrestling entrance of all time.

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Jerry Thornton

This is Jon Dorenbos, the long snapper of the Philadelphia Eagles, on “America’s Got Talent,” and it is freaky as all hell.

As I’ve said before, magic tricks typically frustrate me more than entertain me, because I can’t stop trying to figure out how they were pulled off. And this is no exception. I want to say he slipped the drawings inside the bag after Simon smashed the bottle. But that doesn’t explain how he managed to draw them and put them in a sealed envelope. So the only conclusion I can come to is it’s sorcery.

I’m just glad Philly isn’t on the Patriots’ schedule this year. I want nothing to do with this guy’s diabolical magic. Nothing.

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Jerry Thornton

Days after signing general manager John Schneider to a contract extension, the Seahawks extended the contract of coach Pete Carroll. Carroll’s contract was set to expire at the end of this season, but he’s now signed through the 2019 season. ESPN was the first to report Carroll’s extension, and owner Paul Allen later confirmed it via Twitter. At 64, Carroll is the oldest coach in the league.

Carroll is 60-36 in six seasons at the helm of the Seahawks. Before Carroll arrived in Seattle, the Seahawks had five 10-win seasons in franchise history. Under Carroll, the Seahawks are tied with the Packers for the most regular-season wins in the NFC. They have made the playoffs in five of Carroll’s six seasons, including two Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl win, the first in franchise history.

In the Seahawks’ latest Super Bowl appearance in 2014 against the Patriots, Carroll made the infamous call to pass the ball on the 1-yard line that ended up in a Malcolm Butler interception, ultimately costing Seattle the game.

In 1997, Carroll took over the coaching duties of the Patriots from Bill Parcells. During his three-year tenure in New England, Carroll went 27-21, including one AFC East title. Carroll was fired following the 1999 season and was replaced by Bill Belichick. He went on to a highly successful stint coaching USC before returning to the NFL.

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John Hand
The guys listen to Belichick's press conference and break down what he has to say. They also discuss what they think the Pats should do with their qb reps during camp
The OMFers are joined by Red Sox President Sam Kennedy to discuss the current state of the Red Sox.

[0:02:57] ... Is is there anything that you noticed interest stuff for analytics or Brian Bannister kind of chicken spin rates out that they you've seen that's different or is it just. They skew the numbers the ERA in hits allowed at a different you get to me it's just been it's been the results you know it's not in now what we've seen in the past and I think we all noticed the velocity in the beginning of the season you know 9293. And now she's gotten back up to 9495960. Like those are things that to work on with Carl Willis we need to brows ski with my case it was job fair other talking through things all the time. And he he ...
[0:04:49] ... out his team can be sold can only be look at. What James Shields has done the last 45 out he's under fire guys get like a one point seven ERA and we have like an ...
[0:09:28] ... right moves and convert those into Major League pieces hopefully that's a recipe for success so this was a very attractive situation effort gave to brows ski to come into. And he's done so far great job ...
[0:10:38] ... Yeah well that's that's up to the staff of the John Ferrell Carl Willis Brian potter feel Toru who have these guys have a really really tough job to prepare our guys to play donated in ...

Glenn, Lou, and Christian open the show discussing the latest Red Sox pitching implosion. They get into Steven Wright's struggles pitching in humidity, and David Price not living up to expectations.


USA TodayAll kinds of things affect the way we think about other people’s teams. Fans, for example. As a neutral, you can’t like a team if you don’t enjoy being around its fans. Uniforms, too. Hard for neutrals to root for an eyesore. Good ownership is also important, and the team is question has to be fun to watch. Not necessarily good, just fun. Surprising. Interesting.

Mix all that stuff up and you come out with the neutral’s likability rankings. The order goes from most likable, to least. …

31. New England Patriots

The coach is an evil genius, they drafted one of the best quarterbacks ever in the sixth round, and the fans are never shy about boasting about it all. Only once since 2001 have the Patriots [won fewer] than 10 games, and that year — in 2002 — they won nine. Absurd. Four Super Bowl wins plus two more finals over the same period along with a host of different scandals means Pats fans can count themselves lucky, very lucky, that they’re only second-last on this list.

What the actual hell? Lucky, USA Today? Patriots fans are supposed to think themselves lucky the Pats are only the second-most unlikable team in the NFL. Way to prove you haven’t been paying attention for the last 15 years.

To have someone say the Redskins are more hated than the Patriots because of their name and vile, despicable owner is an insult. It’s lewd, lascivious, salacious, outrageous! If all it takes is a nickname to get the top spot, I move to immediately change the team name to Doomsday Cult Guys Who Take Teenage Wives and Horde Weapons in a Compound and Call Themselves Patriots. It’ll be hard to fit on a logo, but it’ll be worth it because the football-loving people of New England deserve nothing less than to have the most hated team in the nation. We’ve earned it.

Seriously, how can you justify calling the Redskins less likable than the Pats after all we’ve been through? Not just because of all the supposed scandals, the allegations of cheating and the systematic discrediting of everything the franchise has accomplished. Do I have to remind USA Today that there is a different set of rules for the Patriots than for the other 31 teams? That Tom Brady is barred from going anywhere near Gillette or talking to anyone on the team while he’s suspended, but Josh Gordon can come over and have playdates with his Browns friends anytime he wants? Or that when the Jets owner was found guilty of tampering with Darrelle Revis, he only had to pay a small fine and not give the Pats any draft picks, which is the usual punishment? How about that the team had draft picks taken away after the Wells Report said they had nothing to do with tampering with footballs?

I could go on. But the point I’m trying to make is that as long as you have a franchise that gets openly screwed by its own league with the full support of the public, you can’t argue it is less than the most reviled team in existence. And a long time ago we learned to embrace the hate. Call the coach evil. Say the team cheats. Admit you resent all the success. Just don’t ever let us hear you say anyone is more hated than the New England Patriots.

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Jerry Thornton