The first segment of the 7am hour from Thursday, with Kirk, Gerry and Pete Sheppard getting a little Red Sox reaction in before heading back to the QB debate.

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Pete the Meat Sheppard is back in for a second day of auditions, and the 6am hour from Thursday is a spirited Patriots QB debate prior the the Week 3 game against the Texans

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[0:13:47] ... want that you're gonna find a way to get JJ watt. And Vince Wilfork and and coaching involved because they have (%expletive) done squat against the patriots last out but now I doubt he's out but the but they have a lot of different weapons equity JJ watt who's done big cool. Against the patriots over the years into after you run right out of which is what they've done in the past it totally neutralized that. Great Houston Texans defense so that's good for me that's what broken out. And up bill O'Brien have to focus on that's more the issue ...
[0:24:39] ... and Callahan on Sports Radio WEEI. Allied is going to be a Houston Texans your focus now one thing you got to find a way to get JJ watt. Invincible war. And and pushing involved because ...

The StateEight minutes and 30 seconds – that’s how long it took Master Patrol Officer Michael Blackmore to talk a man out of jumping off a bridge into traffic early Saturday morning. …

As they talked, Blackmore made his way closer. The two began to talk football. …

He found out the man was a fan of the Washington Redskins and the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.

“You’re just having a bad night tonight,” Blackmore told him. “But tomorrow night, when you’re sitting around and you’re watching the Gamecocks – or on Sunday when you’re watching the Redskins play or whatever – you’ll look back (like), ‘Man, what was I thinking Friday night?’ You’re just having a bad night. …

“It was pretty much the same exact thing,” Blackmore said. “I ended up talking to the guy about football. He told me he was a Notre Dame fan.”

This is one of the toughest times in American history to be in law enforcement. So there could be no better time to show a heroic cop saving a troubled man’s life with kindness and understanding. And with the shared love of football. More to the point, through their mutual hatred of the Dallas Cowboys.

Whether you happen to be a fan of the Redskins, the Gamecocks or Notre Dame, there is one universal humanity we all share, and that’s despising Jerry Jones little monument to wretched excess down in Valley Ranch. I mean, you watch this video and you can just feel Patrolman Blackmore searching for a way to reach this poor soul on a personal level. To create that interpersonal bond that will give the man a reason to live. And just when you think he might not find it, he touches the man’s soul with Cowboys hatred. Well done, Officer Blackmore. Hopefully the man you saved will get the help he deserves and be detesting the ‘Boys for years to come.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

Pete Sheppard was back for round two as the guest host on Thursday and proved himself worthy of being a permanent host. He can run a Sporty McKenzian show with the energy of a ticking time bomb. He’s even friends with Lou Sorgi and Sorgi’s a great guy. And Pete is not afraid to say diddly poo.  I never thought I’d say this, but he made me not miss Tanguay. 

The big question of the day was who will back up Jacoby Brissett at quarterback tonight? Sheppard thinks it should be Edelman, Gerry thinks that’s insane and Kirk thinks it would be arrogant of Bill Belichick to do that.   

Are Brady’s days numbered? The guys discussed John Tomase’s column in which he suggests Brady’s age will catch up with him and Garoppolo will take over as the starting quarterback sooner rather than later.

Sounds familiar.

And the Red Sox are hot:

Finally and at last, Bart Hubbuch has limped back to Twitter after what seemed like his demise 24 hours ago.

This latest twist might be the last. Kirk ceremoniously and emotionally apologized to Bart on behalf of himself and the city of Boston for making Bart’s life miserable and subjecting him to abuse no human being should have to endure. Twitter “should be a buffet of comfort.” If you didn’t tear up a little listening to that, you’re a monster.

Here is Hubbuch’s pinned tweet after showing up on Twitter again:

Seriously, what a loser.

Gerry Callahan once donated his old jock strap to Goodwill.

Line of the day: Kirk: “Do you think Dave O’Brien could make riots boring if he was doing the play-by-play for it?” Tied with Pete: “My nipples are now hard.”

Call of the day: Albert from R.I.: “If the Patriots lose tonight, I will never call the station again.” I don’t even want to think about that.

Producer contribution of the day: Ken Laird: “One guy tweeted at me that I do a great job with the trending.”

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.

You know all that talk you’ve been hearing all year long about how sick of Deflategate all the other 44 states and 31 NFL fanbases are? How it’s time we quit our bellyaching, just accept it and move on?

Yeah, about that.

You and I might be focusing more on the task at hand, namely figuring out who the starting quarterback will be and hoping to hand a tanned, rested and ready Tom Brady a 4-0 record in two weeks. But apparently the rest of the world can’t just accept that they got away with taking four games from Brady and two draft picks away and get on with their miserable, non-Super Bowl-winning lives.

The NFL’s ministry of truth: New York Times Division picked this time to post a lengthy piece propping up Exponent, the notoriously discredited junk science-for-hire firm that Ted Wells hired to do his “unbiased” “analysis.”

The piece is long and tedious, so I’ll spare you the details. Here is a small sampling of some the money shots:

[John] Pye was one of four primary scientists and engineers leading Exponent’s investigation. Exponent “identified no set of credible environmental or physical factors that completely accounts for the additional loss in air pressure.” …

Soon enough, the Exponent report, too, was submerged by scrutiny. With the name of the firm and the men responsible for producing it now public, the attacks came from swarms of Patriots fans, which was to be expected. …

“The thing that I wanted to make sure came out when we were no longer quiet was that there’s real science here,” Pye said. “There’s real engineering. We didn’t start from feelings. We started from facts.”

By way of full disclosure, the day the Wells Report was released, I was on Comcast Sports Tonight surrounded by anti-Patriots media zealots and exposed Exponent for the frauds they are. How they had been hired before by corporations to “prove,” among other things, that cigarettes don’t cause cancer, asbestos isn’t harmful to workers, and there’s nothing wrong with dumping toxic waste into the rainforest. It was common knowledge, available to anyone with Google and two minutes of time.

In fact, the claims that there was no science behind Exponent’s science was backed up by a lengthy article last January in The New York Times which said, “you can’t ignore the laws of science, unless, of course, you’re the N.F.L.”

But now the paper of record is reduced to doing fawning PR pieces for the corrupt firm Ted Wells hired to reach the conclusion he paid them to reach. It would make me lose my faith in journalism if I had any faith in journalism.

The good news in all this:

“Exponent still receives emails from adamant critics, and its role in Deflategate has cost it several prospective clients, the company said. At least one in the Northeast told Exponent that it could not risk its own credibility by being associated with the company behind the controversial Deflategate science.”

So congratulations, New England. In the end, you won. No matter how the New York Times and the guns for hire at Exponent try to spin it.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

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NFL: Texans at Patriots, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network)
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Rays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Giants at Padres, 11 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: Clemson at Georgia Tech, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Hockey: World Cup of Hockey, United States vs. Czech Republic, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Hockey: World Cup of Hockey, Finland vs. Russia, 3 p.m. (ESPN)


Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett

— Kevin Garnett’s second stint with Minnesota appears headed for an end, as reports emerged Wednesday that the Timberwolves are working on a buyout of the former Celtic’s contract if he does not retire.

With training camp set to open Tuesday, the 40-year-old Garnett reportedly has yet to inform the team if he plans to return for a record 22nd NBA season — 13 1/2 of which he has spent with Minnesota. He is under contract for $8 million this season.

Garnett, who was sent from the Nets to the T-Wolves late in the 2014-15 season, was limited to 38 games last season due to knee and leg issues. Although he only averaged 3.2 points and 3.9 rebounds, he still provided solid defense and has been lauded for his leadership role on the young team.

Garnett has expressed an interested in eventually becoming an owner of the team. He apparently was going to partner with former coach Flip Saunders, but Saunders died a year ago after a battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Tom Thibodeau, who was an assistant coach for the Celtics when Garnett led the team to the 2007 NBA title, is about to begin his first season as T-Wolves coach.

— Colin Kaepernick might be the most disliked player in the NFL (at least according to a poll of 1,100 people conducted by E-Poll Marketing Research), but his protest continues to grow.

During the national anthem before Wednesday night’s WNBA playoff game in Indianapolis, the entire Indiana Fever team kneeled and locked arms. Two members of the visiting Phoenix Mercury also kneeled.

In the pregame huddle after the anthem, Fever coach Stephanie White supported her team.

“I’m proud of y’all for doing that together, being in that together,” White told her players. “That’s big. That’s big. It’s bigger than basketball, right? Bigger than basketball.”

Meanwhile, the NBA and the league’s union sent a joint memo to players saying that the two, “working together, have begun developing substantive ways for us to come together and take meaningful action.”

A number of players have indicated that they plan to join the anthem protests when the season begins, in violation of the league’s rule that dictates players must stand for the anthem. The NBA apparently is trying to head off the protest by coming up with other ways for the players to let their voices be heard.

“These ideas are based on the actions many of you have already taken or supported, including convening community conversations in NBA markets to engage young people, parents, community leaders and law enforcement in a candid dialogue,” the memo read.

— In Seattle, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman spent his entire press conference Wednesday expressing his views about the recent police shootings of black men.

“I think people are still missing the point,” said Sherman, who did not take questions from reporters after his speech. “The reason these guys are kneeling, the reason we’re locking arms is to bring people together and make people aware that this is not right. It’s not right for people to get killed in the street.

“I do a lot of community service. I go out there to try to help kids, to try to encourage them to be better, to aspire to more. When you tell a kid, ‘When you’re dealing with police, put your hands up and comply with everything,’ and there’s still a chance of them getting shot with no repercussions for anyone, that’s an unfortunate time to be living. That’s an unfortunate place to be in. There’s not a lot you can tell a kid.”

Added Sherman: “When a guy takes a knee, you can ignore it, you can say he’s not being patriotic, he’s not honoring the flag. I’m doing none of those things. I’m saying it straight up. This is wrong and we need to do something.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 22, 2002, which Patriots player set a single-game team record with 16 receptions in a 41-38 overtime victory over the Chiefs?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I knew where it came from. I definitely knew where it came from. Like I said, it’s a shot.” — Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, accusing his former agents of telling a reporter he did not work out hard this past offseason

STAT OF THE DAY: 7 — Games in a row won by the Red Sox, following Wednesday’s 5-1 victory over the Orioles, making it their longest winning streak since 2014

‘NET RESULTS: With two outs in the ninth inning and the Mets trailing by a run, Yoenis Cespedes hits a long drive in a bid for a three-run home run, but Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte reaches over the fence to haul it in and end the game.

The Mariners help out the Red Sox by beating the Blue Jays in 12 innings, as Guillermo Heredia reaches on an error, is bunted to third, and scores on Robinson Cano’s walk-off sacrifice fly.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Joan Jett was born on this day in 1958.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
In the second hour Christian talks about the QB situation in New England and why did the Patriots not sign a backup QB during the week

[0:07:53] ... like other dolphins did ten years ago or whatever court heard that Ronnie Brown game. When Ronnie Brown just went crazy and they're in the wildcat Tony's brought out and they beat him by like thirty points but how long ...
[0:21:49] ... don't break mode like they did down the stretch against Arizona when Larry FitzGerald was just abusing Logan Ryan. Or when Ryan to NL was abusing the entire defense. Then. In they're gonna have bigger problems ...
[0:25:02] ... think the Texans or even really take it. The Texans secondary. Outside Johnathan Joseph. Kind of sucked. Andre Allen quit in them so they're two safeties Kareem Jackson is there other corner. Kevin Johnson and AJ ...

Christian talks about the Red Sox win over the Baltimore Orioles and looking towards the playoffs

[0:06:23] ... he saw a picture dude this. I mean we're talking Wakefield maybe Derek Lowe guys who sort of bounce back from the rotation to the bullpen. And that weren't really that effective. As as starting pitchers ...
[0:14:06] ... sorts of weird stuff we saw a lot of curious decisions by Bill Belichick did we not. From those pooch punched. Through. Not taken the ball in overtime against the jets. To that ridiculous game plan ...
[0:14:39] ... is Paul it's much cheaper it's not like that. Injured you know Michael Vick ready these guys any of these guys sit around waiting for a call just you know sit there on their couch watching ...
[0:15:34] ... of a hard time wrapping my head around it. I do trust Bill Belichick I think we all sort of grown to the point now we can say yes Bill Belichick is smarter than me knows more about football than me than I do. If he's a football coach not a doctor. He ...