ESPN's Jackie MacMullan are in studio to discuss the state of the Celtics, including Gerald Green's signing over the weekend and a glut of players on the roster.
Dino, Tanguay and Jackie Mac talk a little Red Sox with one week to go before the non-waiver trade deadline in MLB

[0:02:25] ... the writers are reading it in and of central piece in the Boston Herald. Talking about you know his trade philosophy and basically says we are in it to win. Dombrowski told herald yesterday we are ...
[0:05:38] ... an in what do we talked about we don't have. And the Bom Gartner. The doctor was that he's hurt now the Dodgers Kershaw Persia you know it price. There's been a disappointment even though I ...
[0:06:10] ... in the checked us out Kent. I think any pitcher in the American League may be in all of Major League based right about this he has given up more hits than any pitcher in the American League. So when spring training rolls around next February were down there is obligated mobs down populist we'll see what was the problem. Do you think that you will be is going to be. The adjustment because not austerity and it's awful loss is a lot that was at the beginning does not now ally and now he's like you don't guys like he's right he's going to be in the top five numerically and right now pleading for most hits in all of baseball among the American League they've had wildly yeah price. Well in the first inning is killed him but he in the first innings than in his is doubtful. You could still have velocity but if you're not locating your pitches sent out there on Google do reloading here and duke itself up again. You know if you don't locate you're not executing. Because I mean everybody knows if you throw a hundred you throat Adam Melhuse still gonna get it art 6177797937. Our number three coming up Jack McMullen gear tank weighed keynote Dennis with few. When we ...

It seems the door is open for yet another season of Arrested Development, according to one of the show’s stars.



Tony Hale, who played Buster, recently told Entertainment Tonight radio he is pushing for a fifth season of the hit show. But only because he wants to see what happens to his on-screen love, Lucille Austero (or “Lucille Two”), played by Liza Minnelli.

“I want to see what happened to my sweet girlfriend Liza Minnelli,” Hale said. “I want to know what happened to my woman!”

Hale said it’s not out of the question, but it would be more difficult to put a show together now.

“It’s a lot of scheduling. A lot of people are doing different stuff and it’s nine people to get together. I really want to see where the story continues.”

Hale also posted a pic to his Instagram that day with AD costar, Will Arnett:




Now, I loved this show. I think the first few seasons were brilliant. But the fourth season was terrible and I’m grateful they never made the Arrested Development movie because that would have also been terrible. I really hope they don’t come back with a fifth season and I probably wouldn’t watch it if they did.

So please don’t campaign for this, Tony Hale. I don’t care what happens to Lucille Two and it would be pretty selfish to put us through another dreadful season just so you can have on-screen sex with Liza Minnelli.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
Gary Tanguay takes on 'Headlines' with an update on a mass shooting in Ft. Myers, the Democratic Convention, Roger Ailes and Donald Trump, and Gisele at the Olympics.

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[0:03:52] ... real good in the writer wrote that it. But if you school. Michelle Obama he said what Michelle Obama's that was really you know. Then it's it's yours charges that it I like witches but I don't want to say it ...
[0:04:45] ... But trump expanded his lead with white voters who do not holding college degree. From 51 at 31% to 62 to 23%. Right now. Would trumpet of course we have the beauty of it coming up ...
[0:06:19] ... want to do so many goes. Hey remember me I tried to run for president you guys are just trying to get active right. You I don't want to America regardless but politically you had any idea ...

John Dennis, Jackie MacMullan and Gary Tanguay discuss the opening of Patriots camp which is just three days away.
Dino, Gary Tanguay & Jackie MacMullan discuss the weekend's induction of the Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy into the baseball HOF and whether he should actually be in there.

[0:00:22] ... they all want my job. Well congratulations. To baseball hall of Famer Dan Shaughnessy but I will correct you. In not everybody want to drop I would not wanna be a beat writer columnist. Covering Major ...
[0:00:58] ... Jackman and about annals okay urgent change my day is fine. And Dan Shaughnessy who who like I think really sort of highlight. My discomfort with broadcasters and journalist being in the hall of fame. You ...
[0:02:48] ... a completely separate entity. And clearly no one is gonna ever accused Dan Shaughnessy of being in bed that. Was not my point but but it but he gives a way this gives off this perception ...
[0:06:55] ... widen so forth and he didn't help the red sex with a World Series. But the wait didn't cover the team the day of the week it wrote about the team in the weight Dan sparked ...

John Dennis is joined by Gary Tanguay & Jackie MacMullan, and the trio starts the show by reacting to the overnight news of another mass shooting, this one in Ft. Myers Florida at a 'teen' event at a nightclub.

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[0:16:23] ... travel. I would feel very very uncomfortable that he might you know high school kids at a high school kids to Europe in in this climate. Also I'm gonna disagree with you. Just because. You know goes to the Smithsonian well ...
[0:17:03] ... lives but. We travel a lot as a family we were in South America last summer I felt credibly say there. We were in Ecuador Whitman into the lap of notes and but I will tell ...
[0:19:19] ... the how do you combat that that could happen anywhere. I mean Boston Marathon people. Sure city. Our city into the bye and I grew up here right across America on. Every single year from the time I was nine years old right up. Through college give if you were. Historically some and it went to the a diploma on the fourth of July we talk which I did for many many years right would you have gone this year or even last year based on you know the Boston Marathon bombing. That is the kind of target they're looking for a I leak on right rated Brian you know area and and and maybe it was too symbolic may wish to lobbyist maybe there were so much security there was nothing they can do but wouldn't that if you want these whacked out savages. From from from ices say. Fourth of July Boston Pops on the nation's birthday or I with with what was it 200000. Your wife Maria and I mean I heard security was ...

Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

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MLB: Tigers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
Basketball: Women’s exhibition, United States vs. U.S. Select team, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: Champions Cup, Manchester City vs. Manchester United, 8 a.m. (ESPN2)


Aroldis Chapman

Aroldis Chapman

— The Cubs already have the best record in baseball, and now they’re apparently closing in on landing the game’s most intimidating closer. According to multiple reports, Chicago is close to acquiring Yankees left-hander Aroldis Chapman in a deal for 19-year-old shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres.

Chapman, who has 20 saves in 21 chances in his first season in New York and has touched 105 mph on the radar gun, confirmed to reporters that the Yankees have talked to his agent, and he expressed mixed feelings about leaving the Bronx.

“It’s tough. I feel comfortable here,” he said through an interpreter. “I feel like part of the family here.”

The 28-year-old Cuban added that if he were traded, he’d consider returning as a free agent in the offseason.

“Oh yeah, if there’s a possibility, and God willing, yes,” he said.

The Yankees beat the Giants on Sunday to improve to 50-48, matching their season-best mark of two games over .500. They are 7 1/2 games behind the first-place Orioles and 4 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays for the second wild card, leaving some in New York to believe that ownership should give the team a chance to compete.

“We’re very much in this,” Brett Gardner said. “There’s no point in me sitting here campaigning for us to stay together.”

Said first baseman Mark Teixeira: “We don’t want to see him go. We’re trying to win games, and he’s a big part of that.”

— Four people were killed Sunday afternoon on an Arizona highway when their van collided with a bus carrying Cowboys staffers to a fan event in Las Vegas.

None of the Cowboys employees were seriously injured.

“All on the bus came through OK with some bumps and bruises,” team spokesman Rich Dalrymple told ESPN.

The staffers — including columnist Mickey Spagnola and the team’s mascot — collided on U.S. 93 about 30 miles north of Kingman, Arizona.

The Las Vegas fan event was canceled.

— Two college football programs were reeling Sunday after the news that Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler were killed in a car crash in Wisconsin while returning from a kicking camp.

Police said Sadler was driving the car, which went out of control on wet pavement and crashed into a tree. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye also was in the car and suffered minor injuries.

Foltz, last season’s Big Ten punter of the year, and Sadler, a first-team All-American as a junior in 2013 and a four-time Academic All-American who had planned to attend Stanford Law School this fall, had served as coaches at Kohl’s Kicking Camp in Wales, Wisconsin.

“Last night, we lost one of the best young men who I have ever had the honor to coach and who has ever worn the Nebraska uniform,” Cornhuskers coach Mike Riley said in a statement Sunday. “Sam was universally loved and respected by everyone he touched and on whom he had a positive influence each and every day. His tragic loss is immeasurable to his family, his friends, his classmates, his teammates and his coaches and our thoughts and prayers are with all of them. The young men in our football program are hurting but I know that their strength of character and resolve will bring us together and we will honor Sam every day moving forward.”

Nebraska canceled its scheduled appearance at Big Ten media days this week in Chicago.

Michigan State coach Mike Dantonio also released a statement regarding his former player, saying: “Mike impacted so many people not only as a football player, but also from an academic standpoint and in the community as well. The world has lost a rising star who dreamed big and was accomplishing those dreams, one after another. He was one of those people that brightened your day. I always say to try and be a light, and he truly was a light in this world. We will all miss him dearly. Once again, we find out that life is so fragile. The world will be a sadder and lonelier place without Mike Sadler in it. May he rest in peace.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 25, 1966, Ted Williams was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. During his speech Williams lobbied for the induction of which two players?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There are two misconceptions about me: I didn’t work hard and everything I did I made look easy. Just because I made it look easy doesn’t mean that it was. You don’t become a Hall of Famer by not working, but working day in and day out.” — Ken Griffey Jr., at Sunday’s induction ceremony for the Baseball Hall of Fame

STAT OF THE DAY: 10-0 — Rick Porcello’s record at Fenway Park this season, after he picked up the win in Sunday’s 8-7 victory over the Twins

‘NET RESULTS: With the score tied in the ninth inning, Nolan Reimold blasts a home run to give the Orioles a walk-off win over the Indians.

The White Sox get two ninth-inning walk-off wins over the Tigers on the same day, as Adam Eaton wins the continuation of Saturday’s suspended game with a single to left field, then Melky Cabrera wins the regularly scheduled game, also with a single to left.

Tigers left fielder Justin Upton leaps over the fence to steal a home run from White Sox batter Jose Abreu.

Making his first major league start in center field, Michael Conforto lays out to make a great catch for the Mets’ first out of the game against the Marlins.

Pistons center Andre Drummond is on the receiving end of two ferocious dunks (by Sek Henry and D.J. Shumpert) during play in the Drew League.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Negro League stars Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bruce Woodley, former member of the Seekers, was born on this day in 1942. He’s second from left in this video.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

Hello, Michael K. Williams. (Craig Blankenhorn/HBO)

Hello, Michael K. Williams. (Craig Blankenhorn/HBO)

Okay… stay with me.

I say this for two reasons:

  1. After an all-time great premiere episode, the last two weeks of “The Night Of” have been slow for the type of show we assume we’ve been watching: a week-to-week procedural. It should be obvious by now that it is only a procedural in the sense that we’re dealing with crime and those who investigate it.  What gets wrapped up in 60 minutes of “Law & Order: SVU” or “Criminal Minds” is going to take eight weeks to solve on HBO.
  2. The fun part of watching and conversing about a show like “The Night Of” is exploring all of the ins and outs. Dissecting the influences is more than half the battle; you have to stick with it.  

Last week, I drew some heavy comparisons to Season 1 of the This American Life podcast “Serial.”  After a slow-burn episode like “A Dark Crate,” there is an even more apt comparison to draw in how we are consuming this show.  

I, like many other people in the Fall of 2014, discovered the “Serial” podcast in mid-October.  Patton Oswalt — a writer/comedian and cultural commenter/big deal on Twitter — was going Tweet happy about it, so I decided to check it out.  At that point, there were four episodes already released, so I was able to binge through nearly half the season in an afternoon. I was left more than enough time to get thoroughly hooked and re-listen several times before new episodes debuted.  

We’re attacking “The Night Of,” a piece of media with very similar themes, threads, and layered storytelling, in real time. We don’t have the luxury of binging it and allowing it to sink its jaws deep into our culture consuming throats.  

For every minute tonight that was spent away from the crime scene and away from Det. Dennis Box exploring who could have done the crime, we spent learning more about who is being defended and who is doing the defending. It’s all important. It’s all connected. So let’s stick with it.  

Questions heading into Episode 3:

  • Who does Naz meet in prison?
  • How is Box & the DA building the case against Naz?  How is Stone building the defense?
  • What does the crime scene tell us about the killer?

Theory Heat Check:

  • Don Taylor, the step-dad, is no good.  Could his indifference towards Andrea’s behavior, his cold reaction to the events of “The Night Of,” and his reluctance to actually face Andrea’s body or evidence of the murder be masking a guilty conscious? 

You can check out the full Notepad for all three weeks HERE.

About half way through “A Dark Crate,” it became pretty clear that we’re watching two shows at the same time — one is a legal drama that is looking more and more like “The Verdict,” and one is a crime drama that is looking more and more like “The Shawshank Redemption,” with the two sides posturing for top position in the battle for who gets to defend Naz.

We spent a lot of time with Jack Stone this week and I’m not entirely sure that is a good thing. His Willie Loman-esque adventures around New York really painted a picture of the depths through which this character must swim. From being talked down to in the men’s bathroom at the courthouse by a lawyer who looked like he was running late for a Chemistry 201 final, to his podiatrist telling him to rub Crisco on his feet before wrapping them in saran wrap to sooth his ailing feet, to being the funniest guy at an eczema support group, the show “Jack Stone at Home” would be the saddest drama on TV right now.  

Seriously, imagine paying a co-pay to have a doctor tell you to rub baking grease on your feet… and now imagine that man defending you in court. The only detail this was missing was his tightening his tie and muttering, “no respect, I tell ya, no respect at all,” delivered with all the heartbreaking realness of an Arthur Miller play.

For all of those highlights of life kicking sand into Jack Stone’s face, they were shown to us to tell the audience that he can only go up from here because we cannot possibly sink any lower.  

Throughout episode three, Stone break our hearts by resorting to every trick in his bag to treat this case like any other on his desk. This isn’t because he is a bad lawyer, or because he just wants to be rid of another guaranteed loser of a case. His fear is that he won’t be able to pull off saving Naz, and his frequent attempts to take the legal version of a dive builds throughout the episode until he is cast aside.  

As this limited series is much closer to a novel than it is an anthology in the vein of “True Detective,” it is layered with some pretty heavy metaphoric imagery — specifically the worsening eczema. Simply put, something is eating away at Jack Stone and the skin ailment is the manifestation of his guilt he has over what could have been his life.

My theory is that he gave up a promising career as a serious litigator in exchange for as many take-the-money-and-run cases as he could get to support his family. If I were to guess, the eczema starts to get better as his hero’s journey brings him onto the team with the Kahn’s new shark, Allison Crowe, and back into the courtroom. Why else film him starring longingly at the shoes he would have worn to trial?

Meanwhile, things are going from bad to worse for Naz at Rikers which is made even worse because he has no idea how much danger he is in.  While it looks like Naz has made an ally in Freddy — played immaculately by HBO’s strongest go-to guy, Michael K. Williams — the situation that Naz finds himself in is just too big for one person to protect him at all times; Naz is just too naive to know that, which Freddy immediately takes advantage of.

Their interactions are so packed with twists and turns it is nearly impossible to unpack, so I’ll leave it at this: The Naz/Freddy interaction mirrors the pitch that Naz’s new defense attorney, Allison Crowe, gives to the Khans. Both the offers made for protection from persecution and the prosecution are offered to Naz and his parents without any discussion of payment and both hang over the scene like the blade of a guillotine.  

While we don’t know exactly what they want — presumably, material goods in exchange for protection is how Freddy keeps his flow of cash and merchandise coming into prison and TV ratings for high-profile cases is how Allison Crowe maintains great white status in the legal sea of New York City — it is plain to see that neither of these characters care at all what happens to Naz. The only person that does is Jack Stone, who continues to dig into Naz’s case even after his is dismissed.  

Episode 3 did nothing to help the army of internet sleuths solve the case before the finale, but that is completely fine. If the episode titles of the next five episodes are any clue — which include next week’s “The Art of War,” and future episodes, “Sampson and Delilah,” and “The Call of the Wild” — the two separate show threads are about to start getting braided pretty tightly together.


  • Lots of bargaining going on — nothing comes without a price. Family with Crowe, Naz with Freddy.
  • Freddy getting favors from the guards is probably not unique to the two guards he interacted with tonight. His entire setup in Riker’s could be built around payment for protection from other inmates, former inmates, and prison employees.  
  • That veal speech was definitely one he has given before. He has seen many cases like Naz’s and is reeling him in as a big fish. It’s nearly identical to what Allison Crowe is doing to Naz’s parents.  
  • Det. Box ripping into the two arresting officers was fantastic. Telling them to keep Officer Maldenado’s puking at the scene in the official report is a brilliant chess move — humanizing the officers, the victim, and putting the jury directly in the shoes of a “fresh out of the academy” officer seeing his first dead body is genius. It’s also foreshadowing as to the picture that Allison Crowe is going to paint in Naz’s defense. I cannot wait for this.  
  • CROWE vs. STONE: “I got the shotgun, you got the briefcase.”  Even more perfect because Michael K. Williams is part of this show now.

UPDATE: The cat theory is dead. The cat as a literary device is alive and well.  

  • The cat represents the truth and for the third week in a row is right under a character’s nose and just as quickly dismissed.  
  • Just give the truth a little attention and it will open itself up to you, just as the cat wrapped itself around Stone’s leg because he gave it some milk.  
  • Stone bringing the cat to the MSPCA — and almost assured death — is going to haunt Jack, metaphorically speaking. He sent the truth away in this instance, and is going to be searching for it from here on out.  
  • Stone, like Naz, is allergic to cats. He’s defending Naz because he sees himself in him — a young kid with a bright future scraping away in a city designed to destroy him. He is compelled to help Naz and give him the chance he didn’t fight to give himself.  
Blog Author: 
Padraic O'Connor