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Boston HeraldTwo Iowa men are behind bars today after prosecutors say they plotted an armed attack on last weekend’€™s Pokemon World Championships in social media threats that invoked another ‘€œBoston massacre’€ and Columbine.

Kevin Norton, 18, admitted to the cops that he and 27-year-old James Stumbo had made the 25-hour drive from Iowa with a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15 rifle with a high-capacity feeding device and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, prosecutors said. The duo was ordered held without bail at their arraignment on weapons charges in Boston Municipal Court pending a Sept. 1 dangerousness hearing.

“They were referencing Columbine and another Boston massacre,”€ assistant Suffolk District Attorney Joseph Janezic said in court.

Judge Lisa Grant ordered a stunned-looking Norton and Stumbo held after Janezic said their “alarming’€ social media” posts included Stumbo’€™s boast that, “My AR-15 says you lose.” …

Janezic said Norton had recently been blocked from an online Pokemon forum and allegedly said of the moderator who barred him from getting him back in, “Oh, OK, that’€™s fine. I will just shoot him Friday, thanks.”

First of all, I’d like to offer a huge thank you and a “job well done” to Boston’s finest for their amazing police work on this. Who knows how many members of our beloved Pokemon-playing community owe their lives to the work of the Thin, Blue Line? As the saying goes, adults with arrested development sleep peaceably in their gamer chairs in the afternoon because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf to keep them safe.

That said, I want to sympathize with Kevin Norton and James Stumbo. I mean, it has to be traumatic to be banned from an online Pokemon forum. It’s never happened to me, but if I try to walk a mile in Norton and Stumbo’s Pikachu slipper, I can only imagine how hard that must be. Once you’ve sunk that low, where really do you have to go from there?

But to threaten violence is to forget what Pokemon is all about. Have we learned nothing from the teachings of Ash Ketchum? Did Norton and Stumbo forget that Pokemon is a religion of peace? Would Charmander ever threaten someone with death? Try to imagine Dragonite flying halfway across the continent with assault weapons in order to do someone harm. It’s impossible. That’s something Team Rocket might do. Or maybe Mewtew. But no true Pokemon aficionado who respect the sanctity of the institution would even consider such a thing.

Remember, Norton and Stumbo. It’s “You gotta catch ’em all.” NOT “You gotta kill ’em all.” Otherwise you’re just a couple of stupid jagoffs going on a killing spree and obsessing on a stupid kids toy.

@JerryThornton1

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Pro Football TalkEagles coach Chip Kelly was not happy with the hit that Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs put on quarterback Sam Bradford. Now Ravens coach John Harbaugh is not happy with the Eagles for criticizing Suggs. …

“I read most of the Eagles’€™ quotes, I thought they understood the play. One or two of them didn’€™t understand the play. When you start popping off about somebody’€™s character, you’€™ve crossed the line. That’€™s not really something that we respect. But most of those guys understood the play and understood that 55 [Suggs] was playing hard and trying to get it stopped,”€ Harbaugh said.

The debate about whether or not Terrell Suggs‘ hit on Sam Bradford was legal or a cheap shot is a perfectly legitimate one. The balance between protecting quarterbacks versus taking all the hitting out of the game is an issue that football needs to address and there are reasonable positions on both sides.

Which is why I don’t want to talk about it here. Instead, I’d prefer to just demagogue the hell out of what John Harbaugh said.

So we’re clear, Harbaugh is now on record saying that if you question someone’s character, you’ve crossed a line. Putting aside for a second the fact that the “character” he doesn’t want questioned belongs to Terrell Suggs, a misanthropic, rageaholic spouse abuser who once threatened his girlfriend and their infant child with a bottle of bleach, broke her nose across her face and dragged her from a moving car, this is the same John Harbaugh who basically accused Bill Belichick of cheating for lining up in legal formations Harbaugh’s team didn’t know how to defend.

This is the same John Harbaugh who’s team decided that Tom Brady was up to illegal shenanigans involving the inflation rate of the footballs so they contacted their pals at the Colts to collude on a conspiracy to catch him in the act. The same John Harbaugh who then lied repeatedly that his team ever had anything to do with Deflategate.

And just to go back a couple of years, this same John Harbaugh accused the Patriots of manipulating the game clock at the end of the 2011 AFC championship game to excuse the fact his kicker Ray Finkled the potential game-tying kick.

That John Harbaugh is now lecturing people on not questioning his player’s “character.” Not that we should be surprised. He coaches a team that “crossed a line” the minute they commissioned a statue to a man who plead guilty to obstructing justice in a double homicide case. Not to impugn anyone’s character, of course.

@JerryThornton1

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Pro Football TalkEagles coach Chip Kelly was not happy with the hit that Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs put on quarterback Sam Bradford. Now Ravens coach John Harbaugh is not happy with the Eagles for criticizing Suggs. …

“I read most of the Eagles’€™ quotes, I thought they understood the play. One or two of them didn’€™t understand the play. When you start popping off about somebody’€™s character, you’€™ve crossed the line. That’€™s not really something that we respect. But most of those guys understood the play and understood that 55 [Suggs] was playing hard and trying to get it stopped,”€ Harbaugh said.

The debate about whether or not Terrell Suggs‘ hit on Sam Bradford was legal or a cheap shot is a perfectly legitimate one. The balance between protecting quarterbacks versus taking all the hitting out of the game is an issue that football needs to address and there are reasonable positions on both sides.

Which is why I don’t want to talk about it here. Instead, I’d prefer to just demagogue the hell out of what John Harbaugh said.

So we’re clear, Harbaugh is now on record saying that if you question someone’s character, you’ve crossed a line. Putting aside for a second the fact that the “character” he doesn’t want questioned belongs to Terrell Suggs, a misanthropic, rageaholic spouse abuser who once threatened his girlfriend and their infant child with a bottle of bleach, broke her nose across her face and dragged her from a moving car, this is the same John Harbaugh who basically accused Bill Belichick of cheating for lining up in legal formations Harbaugh’s team didn’t know how to defend.

This is the same John Harbaugh who’s team decided that Tom Brady was up to illegal shenanigans involving the inflation rate of the footballs so they contacted their pals at the Colts to collude on a conspiracy to catch him in the act. The same John Harbaugh who then lied repeatedly that his team ever had anything to do with Deflategate.

And just to go back a couple of years, this same John Harbaugh accused the Patriots of manipulating the game clock at the end of the 2011 AFC championship game to excuse the fact his kicker Ray Finkled the potential game-tying kick.

That John Harbaugh is now lecturing people on not questioning his player’s “character.” Not that we should be surprised. He coaches a team that “crossed a line” the minute they commissioned a statue to a man who plead guilty to obstructing justice in a double homicide case. Not to impugn anyone’s character, of course.

@JerryThornton1

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Jerry Thornton

 

Well this is just a damned shame. Don Orsillo is one of those rarest of New England public figures, someone that nobody doesn’t like. A pro’s pro with the gifts that not every baseball play-by-play guy possesses: The ability to call the exciting parts of a game, the personality to mix in a few laughs during the dull parts, and the wisdom to tell the difference. The Dynamic D.O. was never guilty of yukking it up over the action or treating a long baseball season like it’s Homer’s The Iliad and for that we will be eternally grateful.

The only reason we can logically infer for his dismissal is that NESN is struggling in the ratings and needs to cut payroll. Not that that’s any excuse when they’re owned by a baseball team that can throw $22 million a year at a disinterested clubhouse virus like Hanley Ramirez, $20 million a year at a batting cage pitching machine like Rick Porcello and toss $72 million at Rusney Castillo who, at the age of 28 (in Cuban years) can’t count to three.

But that is the business Orsillo has chosen. He’s getting replaced by someone younger and lower paid in the way that he replaced Sean McDonough. It’s only fair by the harsh realities of the ecosystem that is broadcasting in which the young and cheap eat the alpha male, regardless of how much velvet he has on his antlers. Or in Orsillo’s case, how many Duckboat parades he’s emceed.

The fact is he’ll be replaced by some Syracuse or Connecticut School of Broadcasting grad because there are millions of guys out there who can call a baseball game. But there are few who can do game in and game out for years on end while making it fun every night and not making the public grow sick of him. Don Orsillo is just such a guy. So in tribute, rather than do what everyone will, which is list Orsillo’s best calls, I instead present his best moments of funny, game-filling funny banter:

5) The Boob Grab:

4) The Typo:

3) Orsillo mocks Remy’s Masshole accent:

2) Orsillo and Remy riff about the holidays:

1) The Pizza Throw:

Farewell, D.O. You’ll be missed.

@JerryThornton1

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Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

 

Well this is just a damned shame. Don Orsillo is one of those rarest of New England public figures, someone that nobody doesn’t like. A pro’s pro with the gifts that not every baseball play-by-play guy possesses: The ability to call the exciting parts of a game, the personality to mix in a few laughs during the dull parts, and the wisdom to tell the difference. The Dynamic D.O. was never guilty of yukking it up over the action or treating a long baseball season like it’s Homer’s The Iliad and for that we will be eternally grateful.

The only reason we can logically infer for his dismissal is that NESN is struggling in the ratings and needs to cut payroll. Not that that’s any excuse when they’re owned by a baseball team that can throw $22 million a year at a disinterested clubhouse virus like Hanley Ramirez, $20 million a year at a batting cage pitching machine like Rick Porcello and toss $72 million at Rusney Castillo who, at the age of 28 (in Cuban years) can’t count to three.

But that is the business Orsillo has chosen. He’s getting replaced by someone younger and lower paid in the way that he replaced Sean McDonough. It’s only fair by the harsh realities of the ecosystem that is broadcasting in which the young and cheap eat the alpha male, regardless of how much velvet he has on his antlers. Or in Orsillo’s case, how many Duckboat parades he’s emceed.

The fact is he’ll be replaced by some Syracuse or Connecticut School of Broadcasting grad because there are millions of guys out there who can call a baseball game. But there are few who can do game in and game out for years on end while making it fun every night and not making the public grow sick of him. Don Orsillo is just such a guy. So in tribute, rather than do what everyone will, which is list Orsillo’s best calls, I instead present his best moments of funny, game-filling funny banter:

5) The Boob Grab:

4) The Typo:

3) Orsillo mocks Remy’s Masshole accent:

2) Orsillo and Remy riff about the holidays:

1) The Pizza Throw:

Farewell, D.O. You’ll be missed.

@JerryThornton1

DraftKings Kick off this football season with the biggest fantasy football contest ever on DraftKings! Prizes worth $10 million are up for grabs, including $2 million for first AND $1 million for second! PLAY IN THE WEEK 1 MILLIONAIRE MAKER, CLICK HERE.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
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