Today we talk about some of the moments that forever changed our lives as Boston sports fans.

[0:05:28] ... had eight. Seventeen to three lead that quickly became 1717. And if Tom Brady and Charlie Weis and Bill Belichick has done. What John Madden asked him to do and I'm not jumping on mat in the mean you look you look at the circumstances that have ...
[0:06:46] ... a period. You had. Out of those twenty years seventeen years of Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. As your head coach of course. I think how could you not how could you not be transformed. Having two hall of ...
[0:10:12] ... of famers all that stuff. Think how it changed the legacies of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. I mean those guys alone yeah the hole while it won't what's at target target target target you know all I ran ...





National Baseball Writer Jerry Crasnick joins the show to talk about the Red Sox signing Cuban sensation Yoan Moncada.

[0:05:52] ... on. Probable cent of all this to a lot of money on Hanley Ramirez what do you think of this this sudden surge from the Red Sox. Well it's charge you a little bit funny it ...
[0:07:13] ... and that everyone's gonna make the logical leap that he's here replaced Dustin Pedroia has is that what you're saying. You know I think it up on the look at it like with the cubs look ...
[0:11:23] ... as they did. Back in the day when they outbid everybody for Daisuke Matsuzaka and yet hope this works out better than Matsuzaka did. Please while he watches for a couple of years so. For a ...
[0:13:34] ... of rushing prospects mean that there are a couple of big ones Craig Hansen. It is equivalent. Obviously I was the one Callahan and I had the argument about rocker's talent and wanted him here immediately ...






Jim Craig of the 1980 Mens US Olympic Hockey team and the Miracle on Ice team joins the show to talk about the 35th anniversary of beating the USSR team.

[0:05:13] ... collectively. And I think that's the real big part. You know fellow Bill Belichick that good buddy of mine we always talk about the change saying it's your. You get help would be playing and you ...
[0:11:10] ... that could be topped. What you hope that you were for the next generations to have something that is you know. Real and I think the movie miracle that great job of bringing things back and ...
[0:13:36] ... it you know we. We were Americans trying to play in the National Hockey League we couldn't talk about it. And then you know you you can never want talk about how he used to do we ...





National Baseball Writer Jerry Crasnick joins the show to talk about the Red Sox signing Cuban sensation Yoan Moncada.

[0:05:52] ... on. Probable cent of all this to a lot of money on Hanley Ramirez what do you think of this this sudden surge from the Red Sox. Well it's charge you a little bit funny it ...
[0:07:13] ... and that everyone's gonna make the logical leap that he's here replaced Dustin Pedroia has is that what you're saying. You know I think it up on the look at it like with the cubs look ...
[0:11:23] ... as they did. Back in the day when they outbid everybody for Daisuke Matsuzaka and yet hope this works out better than Matsuzaka did. Please while he watches for a couple of years so. For a ...
[0:13:34] ... of rushing prospects mean that there are a couple of big ones Craig Hansen. It is equivalent. Obviously I was the one Callahan and I had the argument about rocker's talent and wanted him here immediately ...






Jim Craig of the 1980 Mens US Olympic Hockey team and the Miracle on Ice team joins the show to talk about the 35th anniversary of beating the USSR team.

[0:05:13] ... collectively. And I think that's the real big part. You know fellow Bill Belichick that good buddy of mine we always talk about the change saying it's your. You get help would be playing and you ...
[0:11:10] ... that could be topped. What you hope that you were for the next generations to have something that is you know. Real and I think the movie miracle that great job of bringing things back and ...
[0:13:36] ... it you know we. We were Americans trying to play in the National Hockey League we couldn't talk about it. And then you know you you can never want talk about how he used to do we ...





I really have to applaud Mike Tyson here, because he’s doing what all great artists must. He’s challenging himself. For a long time now he’s been playing nothing but Mike Tyson. He played Mike Tyson in the “Hangover” movies. He played Mike Tyson in “Rocky Balboa.” He was Mike Tyson on “Entourage.” He’s appeared in a host of other places and always as Mike Tyson.

Don’t get me wrong, he nailed it every time. Mike Tyson is the most convincing Mike Tyson I’ve ever seen. He does the “lovable tough guy boxer with the tribal tat on his face” like nobody else. But still, you hate to see a talent like his go stale. Which why it’s so rewarding to see him branch out, take risks and push the edge of the creative envelope like this.

An action movie where he doesn’t play Mike Tyson, but a Mike Tyson look-alike? You can count me in. This will be like watching Tom Hanks go from “Bosom Buddies” to “Philadelphia.” Just a total departure that will showcase Iron Mike’s true range as an actor.

All I ask is that he never stray too far from his roots. He might be able to play the Mike Tyson look-alike Albania ass-kicker. But no other actor has the chops to portray him in gems like this:

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Lou, Christian and Tim recap the 2015 Academy Awards, talking about some of the night's most memorable moments

[0:01:46] ... I got enough to see Doogie Houser and his underwear. And then Patricia Arquette speech a kind of caught in the middle there but Emma get back to hotel room. I just sort lost interest oh didn't actually put the Patricia Arquette speech for second would you please tip. Every women who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation. We. Have ...
[0:02:37] ... say this right you're right definitely it cannot go any luck and Meryl Streep who is going crazy not Maria at least we'll go a little. No facility unethical things could always be better but we ...
[0:04:07] ... get an address at the she was bending overlapping in yellen would Meryl Streep probably at another another quarter inch to other. Quarter and shy guy to halt the eight apocalypse until. He was giant is yes you go goes like OK all right for. Me. I don't know looked better jail lowered Jerryd Leno I mean that they both look really gorgeous and sweet sue you don't. That was slate blue sky blue with the way choose who's good at Joseph please put it also the judge John Travolta indeed amend that last moment that was from last year Bristol is welcome the wickedly talented. When and not only. Attend does ...
[0:05:16] ... best original song are you I mean doing. What was his deal Scarlett Johansson as he was all over her also what is weird face touching ghoulish I'm a boy now but he could. Just coming in that hair yet but only lightweight they're little yet we did what do you what do you what I like there now. What do not like getting out is not a lawyer I've not needed now this I don't know what's that at all. No none and I think they're like Delaware she's still with Scarlett Johansson forgot six. You don't let let's let their flow a little bit early this thing off legit little chill flat top going. ...






I can’t believe UMass fell for this. The old “fake shot clock countdown” gag? Really, Minutemen? This is the oldest trick in the book! It’s like falling for the “I got your nose” bit or “What’s that? Made you look!” thing. It’s the water bucket over the door of basketball, and they walked right into it. You might as well just start catfishing these guys or send them Nigerian money-laundering emails because they’ll fall for anything.

This is not a good look for the once-proud UMass hoops program. I mean, what’s next? Are teams going to start telling the Minutemen their shoe is untied and when they look down dribble by them for the layup? Will there be depantsing? They might as well. If you’re going to play like the Washington Generals, you’re just asking to be treated like them.

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Gregg Doyel, IndyStarSooner or later the NFL will release its investigation into Deflategate, at which point the league will tell us who lost this stupid saga. Though we don’t need the Wells Report to know who lost:

Everybody lost.

There will be no winners in this thing, because in the world we live in, there is no way for anybody to win. Everybody has lost, no matter what the Wells Report says. At this point, we’re just waiting to find out how badly someone, or everyone, lost. And it could be bad. …

But even if the NFL concludes that the Patriots didn’t deflate the footballs themselves — that it was done atmospherically or otherwise (more on that in a minute) — it won’t matter. Because the country has decided, and we’ve decided the Patriots are guilty. …

The Colts lost

That seemed pretty clear this week during the NFL scouting combine when Colts coach Chuck Pagano had to answer a question about a report … the Colts got their hands on one of the Patriots’ footballs when linebacker D’Qwell Jackson intercepted Tom Brady in the second quarter. Jackson brought the ball to the Colts sideline, where someone deflated it and turned it into the NFL, blaming the deflation on the Patriots. Kid you not, that’s the report, or theory, or outright lie, being spread in New England. …

As it relates to me, who went as hard after the Patriots as anyone in this or any other market, did I lose? Depends on your perspective. Some Colts fans told me I was embarrassing our city, making us look like whiners and poor losers. …

If I assumed the Patriots cheated, well, Bill Belichick‘s behavior during the Spygate scandal gave me license to make that assumption. And if the Wells Report concludes that cold temperatures deflated those footballs, well, my assumption will stand. Because that’s ludicrous.

Whatever else I think about Gregg Doyel’s writing or his being a house man for the Colts organization, I have have to give him this: He has a genius for hypocrisy. Seriously, he has not only raised talking out of both sides of his mouth to an art form, he’s perfected it.

I’m going to put aside the part about how he and his fellow anti-Patriots bomb-tosser Bob Kravitz have been attacked by Patriots fans over this. Because welcome to the club. It’s called the Internet. It reflects society. There are idiots and anti-Semites and goons among the populace, and if you can’t take them calling you names the web is not the place for you.

Instead I’ll just take Doyel’s main points here, which seem to be that everybody lost in this Deflategate claptrap and that no matter what happened he thinks the Colts did nothing wrong and the Patriots did.

As to the former, nice try. But you won’t find a soul in New England or on the Patriots roster who feels like they lost. We as a region have done pioneering research in the field of not giving a bleep what anyone west of the New York border thinks about anything. The world can try to put an asterisk on this Super Bowl if it makes people feel better, but I’ve seen that Lombardi trophy and it looks exactly like the other 48 the league has given out. Trying this “There are no winners here” is like the Empire saying the Rebel Alliance didn’t win just because it blew up the second Death Star.

But Doyel’s real genius is in the way he draws his moral line. It goes to one side of the theory that the Colts were behind the deflated footballs, then loops way over to the other side to curve around the notion the Patriots did it. The idea Indy could have doctored the balls is an “outright lie.” But when the Pats are accused? Well he has “license to make that assumption.” And if the Wells report concluded scientifically that the balls could have deflated naturally, that’s just “ludicrous.”

So to review: When the Patriots get accused, Greg Doyel says they are guilty, the coach should be fired and the Colts should go to the Super Bowl. But when the exact same thing is said about his beloved Colts, Patriots fans are all trolls, scumbags and liars. And even though the Patriots won the Super Bowl and Indy got trounced in the playoffs by New England for the second year in a row, nobody really won. And if the Wells report exonerates the Patriots and pins Delfategate on the Colts, they’re still losers because people like Gregg Doyel will believe what they want to believe.

Glad we straightened that out.

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Even in the best years for movies, the Oscar broadcast can turn out to be white-hot garbage. Vapid Hollywood celebrities squinting at the teleprompter and 3 1/2 hours of speeches by cinematographers and sound editors you never heard of thanking other people you never heard of.

Well, 2014 was not a good year for movies. At least not for good Oscar-nominated movies. Aside from “American Sniper,” there wasn’t another popular, widely seen film anyone could give a crap about. And once the nominations came out and you saw a Best Actor and a Best Actress who played people with horrible, debilitating illnesses, you knew who was going to win.

Still, they could’ve salvaged this year’s Oscars. If they’d gotten a really good host like, say, Seth MacFarlane two years ago, it would’ve been gold. But the Academy Awards crowd couldn’t stand him. He was hilarious but irreverent. Hollywood demands reverence. These folks want some unctuous, starry-eyed fan girl like Ellen DeGeneres to fawn over them, not someone actually entertaining. And this year the lack of popular movies and any sort of worthwhile entertainment produced arguably the worst show ever. My personal list of the five worst moments:

5. John Travolta creeps on Idina Menzel

Last year when Travolta mangled Menzel’s name, it was a moment of brilliant unintentional comedy. So it was good idea to put the two of them together and make a bit out of it. A bit ruined by not being funny and Travolta bizarrely clutching her like the face-hugger from “Alien.”

4. The musical number

Gerry said it best Monday morning on Dennis & Callahan: What is this, 1955? This is the kind of thing that would have been great if Bob Hope was doing it with Danny Kaye. You know a musical number is terrible when even Jack Black can’t save it.

3. Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson

Boy, you could just feel the mother-daughter bond there, couldn’t you? No one else can have that kind of interpersonal chemistry. And by “chemistry” I’m also referring to whatever kinds of pharmaceuticals are flowing through Melanine’s bloodstream, face and bewbs because she’s got an entire CVS in there right now. I had better banter with stoners at the Cannibis Convention.

2. Sean Penn

What a dink.

1. The comedy stylings of Neil Patrick Harris

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I get that he ad-libbed a line about the lady wearing the weird Tribble dress. But if you’re an adult, don’t you kind of self-edit that out given the woman just finished talking about her son’s suicide that inspired her documentary? As for the rest, did they have a staff of writers work on this? Who thought the lock box idea was going to work? Especially when the show ran a half-hour behind and he kept going to the well on it? Or the weird joke about Oprah that made no sense whatsoever? Just an awful performance that made an awful show even awfuler. From now on they should leave these major award presentations to the professionals: Julian Edelman and Malcolm Butler.
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