It Is What It IsAccording to ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and Colts owner Jim Irsay are the two most vocal owners arguing against the NFL reducing Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.

“[By reducing the suspension] you’re angering some of the hard-core owners out there,” said Paolantonio on San Diego’s Mighty 1090 Friday. “I know who they are and I’m gonna name ’em right now: Jim Irsay of the Colts. Steve Bisciotti of the Ravens and others in the AFC who believe the Patriots have gotten away with murder for years and have not been publicly punished properly.”

AndBisciotti made it clear in no uncertain terms that he is not putting pressure on anyone when it comes to Deflategate.

“I have not and will not put any pressure on commissioner or anyone representing NFL office to take action in Deflategate,” said Bisciotti. “The story circulating that I’ve put pressure on Roger [Goodell] is 100 percent wrong. The reports are unfair to Robert Kraft, who is honorable person and to his franchise. Let’s talk about football and the start of training camp. Fans and people like me want the issue resolved now.”

Let’s review what Steve Bisciotti is asking us to believe with his denial. First of all, his team was embarrassed by the Patriots in the divisional playoff game, twice blowing leads of 14 points due in large part to a double pass by Julian Edelman and some ineligible receiver formations they were not prepared for. Bisciotti’s coach, John Harbaugh, complained that the formations weren’t legal and the referees mismanaged the game.

The Pats played their next game against the Colts, whose coach, Chuck Pagano, used to be the Ravens defensive coordinator. In the lead-up to the game, Colts equipment guy Sean Sullivan fired off an email to GM Ryan Grigson saying he thinks the Patriots are up to shenanigans with the footballs. Grigson forwarded the email, without any notes from him, to the league office. Then all hell broke loose.

So Bisciotti’ s organization had motive, means and opportunity to go after the Patriots. But what he’s now asking us to accept is that while his team discovered the crime, conducted the investigation, set up the sting, found the evidence and got the conviction it was after all along, now that we’re at the sentencing portion, he himself wants no input. This from the man who got his bae Roger Goodell to look the other way when his franchise player was caught on video dragging his unconscious girlfriend out of an elevator. And who put Ray Rice‘s victim up to a dog and pony show press conference where she apologized for her “role” in getting knocked out cold. He would now like you to believe that he would never try to influence his Augusta National golf buddy Goodell to go after his chief rival in the AFC because … it would be wrong.

Fine. I want to be fair to Bisciotti. So I’ll admit I don’t have clear and convincing proof he’s lobbying his pal to lower the Ginger Hammer on Tom Brady. Instead let’s just say it’s more probable than not that Goodell is at least generally aware Bisciotti would like to see Brady’s suspension stay at four games and leave it at that. That’s all the burden of proof we need these days.

Oh, and since Robert Irsay is saying nothing, you know he’s guilty.


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Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

The co-founders of A Call to Men, an organization that strives for men to end violence against women, are backing former Ravens running back Ray Rice in his attempted return to the NFL.

Tony Porter and Ted Bunch, the co-founders of A Call to Men, have worked with Rice since November and believe he is ready to return to the league.

“We have been around a lot of abusive men, but our experience with Ray has been tremendously positive,” Porter told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “We feel strongly about him having the opportunity of having a second chance. He’s deserving of it.”

Rice has become a symbol of domestic abuse over the last year since the video of him dragging his beaten wife out of a hotel elevator was released last February. However, over the past nine months, Rice has spoken at his alma maters, Rutgers and New Rochelle High School, describing the positive manner in which he has learned from his mistakes and refocused his life.

“He’s held himself accountable,” Bunch said. “He is saying everything that you would want him to say and doing everything that you would want him to do. So why wouldn’t he deserve another chance? His work in the area of educating young men is more important than him getting back on the field. He knows that and has said that to us. He is seeing the bigger picture. He has a desire to compete again, but also to make a difference in the world.

“This is what mistakes should be about: learning from them and teaching others. We’ve been in front of a lot of batterers. He is as transparent as I’ve seen, and as sincere as I’ve seen.”

Though multiple teams reportedly have inquired about Rice, none have stepped up to sign him since he was cut by the Ravens last September. Between his noted domestic violence charges and his 3.1 yards per carry in 2013, teams have been wary of Rice’s baggage. However, Porter believes Rice is in better shape, both physically and mentally, and he is ready to rejoin the NFL.

“We’ll catch flak for this,” Porter said. “A lot of people think we should kick him to the curb and his name should be mud forever. But how great would it be if everyone who made a mistake made it their mission to make sure a million people don’t make the same mistake? To use the influence that he has, what a great way to correct that wrong. And that’s what Ray has committed himself to doing. His intentions are real, his heart is pure, and we’re going to help him to move forward so he can have a positive impact on the next generation of manhood.”

Blog Author: 
Justin Pallenik
Kirk Minihane discusses the premiere of Caitlyn Jenner's reality show.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss the induction of Pedro Martinez into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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

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

MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Rangers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: International Champions Cup, Inter Milan vs. Real Madrid, 8 a.m. (FS1)


— While Baseball Hall of Fame induction weekend will be remembered by Red Sox fans as Pedro Martinez‘s time in the spotlight, New Yorkers are talking about Yankees legend Reggie Jackson’s temper getting the best of him while he dealt with a group autograph-seekers in Cooperstown.

Jackson tweeted an apology Sunday after getting into a confrontation with fans outside a downtown Cooperstown restaurant Friday night and unleashing an obscenity-laced tirade.

Tweeted Jackson: A sincere apology for my profanity in public to all fans. Certainly not a way to communicate. Mad or not, no excuse.

Jackson, 69, was signing autographs when he spotted a fan he believed was trying to get multiple signatures.

“I signed for one guy and he ran to the end of the [expletive] line,” Jackson complained. “That’s [expletive] up. Now it’s my time to eat dinner with people I don’t see but once a [expletive] year for 20 years and I’ve got to [expletive] … Listen, it’s dirty, it feels like [expletive], it really does. Stand in [expletive] line tomorrow and pay like everyone [expletive] else.”

As Jackson got into his car, a brief scuffle ensued between a fan and one of Jackson’s security personnel.

— British cyclist Chris Froome wrapped up his second Tour de France win Sunday, cruising home after race organizers stopped the clock early to minimize the risk of crashes on the wet pavement.

Froome won by 1 minute, 12 seconds over Colombia’s Nairo Quintana — who was runner-up to Froome in 2013 as well.

“The Maillot Jaune is special, very special,” Froome said of the famous yellow jersey signifying the race leader. “I understand its history, good and bad. I will always respect it.”

Froome, who was dogged by accusations of doping en route to the title, became the third British winner in four years as he fought off a late charge from Quintana, the 25-year-old who was named best young rider.

“He’s a great rival,” Quintana said of the 30-year-old Froome. “He suffered a lot to win.”

— Thunder star Kevin Durant and injured Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will attend USA Basketball’s minicamp next month in Las Vegas, according to an ESPN report.

Players interested in representing the U.S. in next summer’s Olympics are expected to attend the Aug. 11-13 minicamp, even if they are not able to participate due to injury.

Previous reports indicated Clippers forward Blake Griffin, Rockets guard James Harden and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who is recovering from a knee injury, would attend as well. Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson also are expected to appear.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 27, 1969, the Red Sox outlasted the Seattle Pilots in 20 innings, 5-3, with Joe Lahoud delivering the key hit, a two-run home run in the top of the 20th. Ray Culp started for Boston and pitched 10 innings of one-run ball but did not factor in the decision. Which former Cy Young winner got the win after pitching the final three innings, despite allowing two runs?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Boston, I don’t have enough words to say how much I love you. … It’s a great honor to be here. It’s a great moment not only for me, for my family, it’s a great moment for the Dominican Republic and Latin America.” — Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez, on his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame

STAT OF THE DAY: 7 — RBIs for Red Sox slugger David Ortiz (a career high) in Sunday’s 11-1 rout of the Tigers

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Franklin Gutierrez smacks a walkoff home run in the 10th inning to give the Mariners a win over the Blue Jays.

The Mariners turn a strange triple play against the Blue Jays.

New Met Juan Uribe delivers a walkoff hit off the wall in the 10th inning to beat the Dodgers.

Lakers guard Nick Young hits a 3-pointer at the buzzer in the second overtime to give his team a win in the Drew League.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bobbie Gentry was born on this day in 1944.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Danny continues to discuss the upcoming Pedro Martinez HOF Speech- with live audio from Cooperstown.
Danny gives a preview to the Pedro Martinez HOF speech. Joe Castiglione joins the show
Greg Dickerson and John Tomase discuss Pedro Martinez's legacy compared to other great players on the day Pedro is inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Boston Herald Patriots beat writer Jeff Howe joins NFL Sunday with Greg Dickerson and Chris Price to discuss the Tom Brady appeal and this week's upcoming Training Camp open for the Patriots.

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