Buster Olney has been suggesting all season long that the Red Sox could still win the AL East, given that the division is bad this year. Lou, Christian and Tim let him know, that it's not his fault that he had faith in this awful 2015 team.

It looks like retirement is agreeing with Jeff Bagwell. When you’re one of the most prolific sluggers in Astros history, you pretty much get to sit wherever you want, do what ever you want to do, and grab whatever part of Mrs. Bagwell wherever you’d like to grab, whenever, as they say in the erectile dysfunction ads, the mood strikes. He might not ever make it to Cooperstown, but like the true native son of Boston that he is, his boob-groping game is Hall of Fame-worthy.

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The Red Sox have lost 6 in row. No one has had a better view of the current free fall than WEEI Boston Red Sox play-by-play man Dave O'Brien.
Lou, Christian and Tim discuss some of the comments made my Red Sox brass earlier in the season, and the fact that they've gone very quiet since the team has fallen off a cliff.

[0:00:29] ... we're as good shape as we've ever been around. In that regard. John Kerry back in spring training back in February. About Tom Warner in me echo those statements. The consistency is important and and it's our intention to play baseball October every year. We we know that we made some mistakes last here in those mistakes were compounded by injuries. Looked at. And the group this morning and I saw. Healthy Mike Napoli and I saw healthy chain victory know and a healthy Dustin Pedroia. So I think health is really yeah. Key component of consistency but. Certainly part of of what we're encouraged about is that ...
[0:04:15] ... acquired hole for him to workable team drip Eddie Rodriguez for. For Andrew Miller popular folk. I mean Colgate. Was a good deal and we'll see it was a good deal but it really good deal ...




Brian Johnson's call-up to the big leagues didn't go well as the Sox dropped their 6th in a row. Hanley Ramirez struggled in left field, again.

[0:04:33] ... about the bullpen. And it series situation you big John Ferrell and Carl Willis set it to what's a good opportunity to get this guy in this game what it is planning on getting blown out ...
[0:17:00] ... okay because it's heating. They got Kerry Edwards because it has been book club better than Dustin Pedroia 21 days that need to gloat at least it if you look back to see a ball come and Adam. But the ...




Sports Illustrated is doing a feature it calls NFL Worst Week, a kind of reverse-superlatives list to celebrate the lowest of pro football lows. And Don Banks does the honors on Worst Play Call with this little gem:

A new season is always the start of a new story, serving as the annual reset button that wipes the slate clean and puts the past in its place. But there is no way forward in 2015 without first looking back, back to the stunning play on 2nd down in Glendale, Ariz., that essentially ended the 2014 NFL season. The play that was and remains the worst call in NFL history. Not just Super Bowl history. NFL history. Bar none. …

Just 36 inches stood between the Seahawks and legitimate dynasty chatter, but instead Pete Carroll‘s team suffered the most gruesome and grievous self-inflicted wound imaginable on a football field. The Seahawks passed when they should have run, and because of it, they lost when they should have won. Simplistic, but still so true. …

But the Seahawks threw a pass, throwing New England a lifeline in the process, and with that chance, that shred of hope granted, Butler made an exquisite play for the ages and the sea of impending despair switched sidelines in an instant.

I don’t want to quibble with Banks’ choice here. I acknowledge that one man’s Worst Play Call can be another man’s Best Defensive Call. A few knowledgeable voices, not the least of whom is Bill Belichick himself, have defended Pete Carroll‘s decision to turn to Ricardo Lockett to win him a Super Bowl instead of Marshawn Lynch. And I prefer to point out that the Patriots coaching staff recognized the formation, noted the Seahawks’ tendency to run that pick play, prepared for it and reacted by sending in Malcolm Butler, who (as we see on the “3 Games to Glory IV” DVD) had practiced that very play. All, by the way, while the clock was running.

So it’s an eye-of-the-beholder situation. A kind of a glass-is-half-full/half-empty thing. You can go negative and say Seattle screwed up, or appreciate the brilliance of the way the Pats had prepared for the situation and executed the play. How they goaded the Seahawks into thinking they were facing a goal-line defense, just before Butler was sent in as the third corner. Or how earlier in the game they stopped a Seattle drive by stuffing Lynch on a similar third-and-1, which had to have weighed into Carroll’s thinking.

So call me a cockeyed optimist who sees the world through Lombardi Trophy-silver glasses. But I prefer to look at that interception as a triumph of the Pats, not a failure of the Seahawks.

Either way, it’s exactly the thing we need to keep talking about so long as it takes our minds off the white hot garbage that is baseball this summer. Plus it’s an excuse to revisit this, which makes it a pure good:

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Patriots cheerleaders sing along to OMI’s “Cheerleader”

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You say that ever since the Super Bowl nothing has gone right in the Boston sports scene? That the winter teams combined couldn’t win one playoff game? That you’re suffering from Deflategate fatigue because Tom Brady has been on trial now longer than the defendants at Nuremberg? That the Red Sox are not only the worst team in the American League but starting to make you hate them with the heat of a thousand car seats?

Well, we’re all suffering from the same fever. And the only cure? More Patriots cheerleader bikini videos to OMI’s “Cheerleader.” It’s like a trip to the beach, a premium Margarita, a Jimmy Buffett medley and a Cuban cigar all wrapped in a warm tortilla of implied, family-friendly sexuality. Enjoy.

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We discuss the controversial comment made by Peter Alliss during the British Open and ask are people just looking to be offended?
Dino, Kirk & Gary discuss if the Red Sox need to start valuing the youth more, regardless of how hard they fall.

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