The focus shifts towards the match up on the field, and we talk to Tom E. Curran, who helps preview the AFCCG and gives his insight on why Goodell is avoiding Gillette Stadium.

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are both tied to Donald Trump, but somehow Robert Kraft gets to skate, even though he appears to be closer with the President-Elect than either his coach or quarterback.

Trump made the rounds at a pre-inauguration dinner in Washington D.C. Tuesday, mingling with a plethora of diplomats, politicians and donors. The Daily Mail posted photographs from the event, one of which featured Kraft arm-in-arm with senior Trump propagandist, Kellyanne Conway (pictured above). Billionaire real-estate developer Richard LeFrak, who Trump asked recently to lead a new infrastructure council, was also in the shot.

It’s not surprising that Kraft is celebrating Trump’s victory. He called the former reality television a star a “good friend” ahead of the Massachusetts primary last year and was seen at Trump Tower in November. When I reached out to the Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks to ask about the meeting, she said it was a “congratulatory visit.”

While Brady and Belichick have tried to distance themselves from Trump since the election, expect Kraft to only get cozier with the President-Elect. If the Patriots advance to the Super Bowl, perhaps Trump will be seated in Kraft’s box. He’s been there before, and in fact, even once paid a visit to the Patriots’ locker room after a victory in 2012.

The New England Patriots are the official football team of Donald Trump. There’s no debate about that.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

Over the last couple of years, Bill Belichick has made a habit of botching the names of popular social media platforms. His apparent ignorance of the Internet came to the forefront again this week, when he was asked on Dale & Holley about Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown live-streaming a video of the team’s locker room on Facebook Live.

“Yeah, as you know I’m not on SnapFace and all that, I don’t really get those,” he said. “I’m just really worried about getting our team ready to go. I’m not really too worried about what they put on InstantChat, or whatever it is.”

While InstantChat is a new addition to Belichick’s repertoire, SnapFace is an old favorite. He first dropped the term around Patriots reporters last year and it seems to be picking up steam. According to NFL Network’s social team, “SnapFace” has been used on Twitter more than 12,000 times over the last day.

At his press conference Wednesday, Belichick referenced InstaFace, which might be an offshoot of SnapFace.

Malapropisms aside, it’s worth noting that the pre-fixes Belichick’s fictional social media networks are up to date with the latest trends. Back in 2011, he was talking about MyFace. As John Tomase points out, maybe Belichick is more aware of the social media landscape than he likes to let us believe.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

NY Daily NewsOn the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers.

Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,” which outed players as steroid users, claims in one tweet that Mike Piazza — inducted last year — used steroids and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez should definitely get in because of that.

Rodriguez was one of the players Canseco specifically mentioned in his book who used steroids. He also calls Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci an “idiot” for thinking Jeff Bagwell did not use steroids.

Canseco is a tough one because he’s insane and I never know whether or not to believe anything he says. Do we ignore him because he sounds crazy or he is actually telling the truth? He says he’s an expert on the PED era since he was a part of it, but is he too off-the-wall to be helping the MLB with this?

I don’t know, but here are some of his ideas and thoughts:

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
Alex's personal life comes up on the show.
Hour 4. Gerry enjoyed Charlotte Wilder's latest article about Tom Brady's new sleepwear. Gerry talks about the range of topics he posts on Twitter. Alex #2 calls in to talk about the breakup.
Hour 2. Kirk, Gerry and Alex discuss the reports that Roger Goodell is once again skipping out on visiting Gillette Stadium this weekend.
Hour 1. Kirk, Gerry and Alex react to Betsy DeVos's confirmation hearing. Colin Cowherd thinks Tom Brady is playing for his job this weekend against the Steelers.

Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: 
NBA: New York at Boston, 7:30p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Milwaukee at Houston, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Oklahoma City at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Boston at Detroit, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: San Jose at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Indiana at Penn State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Missouri at Alabama, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Florida State, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: Oklahoma at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Saint Joseph’s at UMass, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Temple at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Tulane at Tulsa, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: Illinois State at Bradley, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Kansas State at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Ohio State at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Colorado at Washington, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Colorado State at Fresno State, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Baseball Hall of Famer and Giants legend Willie McCovey was one of the 273 people to be pardoned or have a sentence commuted by Barack Obama on Tuesday in the last days of his presidency.

In 1995, McCovey and fellow Hall of Famer Duke Snider pled guilty to tax evasion and received a $5,000 fine and a two-year probation.

“I want to express my sincere gratitude to President Obama not only for this kind gesture on my behalf, but also for his tireless service to all Americans,” McCovey said in a statement made through the Giants. “He will be deeply missed and I wish him all the best in the future.”

McCovey, the cove namesake, is now a senior advisor to the Giants.

Obama pardoned 64 people and commuted the sentences of 209.

— Clippers guard Chris Paul will undergo surgery on Wednesday to fix a torn ligament in his left thumb, which he sprained during the Clippers’ win over the Thunder on Monday night. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

And MRI revealed the torn ligament on Tuesday.

Paul underwent surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament during the 2012 offseason. He also broke his right hand in a game during the 2016 playoffs.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I could not care less. I’m focused on Pittsburgh and their defense and studying them as much as I can this week, watching them as much as I can so I can go out there on Sunday prepared.” — Chris Hogan, on Roger Goodell deciding not to attend the Patriots-Steelers AFC Championship game

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge