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Where’s the outrage over Eli Manning refusing to criticize Josh Brown?

10.27.16 at 1:20 pm ET
By   |   Comments –  Exactly two years ago Saturday, a NFL public service announcement condemning domestic violence titled ‘NO MORE’ was released.

The minute-long ad … featured multiple NFL players, including Giants quarterback Eli Manning. …

But when reminded Friday of his involvement in the PSAs, and asked for his reaction to the fact Mara said Thursday in a radio interview that kicker Josh Brown admitted to the organization he abused his wife, but was still re-signed and retained as a team employee, Manning, a team captain, said he could not offer much comment.

“I saw some new information that was revealed. I didn’t read into what exactly it was, so I’m probably not up to speed on everything,” Manning said. “Right there, you support your teammates, but also support the decision of the organization.

“Again, I’m not aware of what ownership said or any of the announcements. My focus this week has been getting ready for the Rams. Obviously, I don’t know what went on behind the scenes, all I can do is support my teammates and support the organization.”

This a really alarming. Eli Manning, the star of an NFL-sponsored public relations ploy service announcement decrying violence against women, takes a pass when it comes to actually commenting on actual domestic violence actually committed by his actual teammate. That champion of female empowerment, can’t be bothered to offer an opinion on the fact that his own kicker ignored his “NO MORE” campaign and his organization enabled the football- and spouse-kicking monster Josh Brown with coverups and contract extensions.

Of course, you’ve probably heard all about Manning’s non-comments by now. The nationwide shock and outrage over his silence on the matter has been echoing all across the country. From sea to shining sea, America has stood up in anger and shouted out with one voice that Eli Manning is a hypocrite for passing up the chance to denounce his teammate, his owner, and the NFL for this scandal.

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Mike Napoli’s girlfriend is another reason to root for Cleveland

10.27.16 at 10:54 am ET
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Viva la Mexico ✈️ @mikenapoli25

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You can count me among what I think is the majority of Red Sox fans who are pulling for Cleveland to win the World Series. Mainly because of Terry Francona. But also for Boston connection guys like Andrew Miller and Coco Crisp. And especially for me, Mike Napoli. First of all, he won a ring here. But also because I met him once at a party thrown by a mutual friend. Well, now that I find out who he’s dating, I respect Nap more than ever.

Boston? Meet Sophia Phalen. Nashville, Tennessee native. Belmont University nursing student. Baseball WAG. Any man capable of making Ms. Phalen fall in love with him, deserves a second ring. And a dozen more after that.


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Chris Mortensen admits he handled Deflategate poorly, claims he gets death threats

10.27.16 at 10:26 am ET
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Bryan Curtis of The Ringer has posted a long, in depth profile of Chris “The Father of Deflategate Misinformation” Mortensen, talking about his life, his career, his battle with cancer and of course, Deflategate itself.

There’s a lot to unpack here. But let’s start with the aftermath of Mortensen’s infamous tweet saying 11 of the Patriots 12 footballs in the AFC title game were tested at two pounds per square under the minimum:

After the tweet, a second source, with whom Mort had a better relationship, urged him to adopt a broader description: that the balls were merely “significantly underinflated.” In that tweezers-sized distinction, you could see a preview of the madness that would become Deflategate. Mort told me, “That should have raised the journalist in me to a higher level. I’ve got to ask some more questions here. What are we talking about, 2 pounds under? But, no, I got to get on TV.” He had to be an insider.

In appearances on TV and radio, Mort said he immediately backtracked to the safer ground of “significantly underinflated.” But Mort’s January 20 tweet and story that contained the 2 pounds per square inch number remained uncorrected for more than six months . …

Mort’s cool began to melt only when he started to get a number of death threats. “What bothered me is we’re in an era where if your wife goes onto social media, she basically reads that they want you to die,” Mort said. “Even after I got cancer, I got some death wishes.”

The Mortensens live in Arkansas. But when Mort was working in Bristol, they often stayed in a house they leased in Connecticut. As the Deflategate threats began to pile up, Mort told Micki he didn’t want her traveling to Connecticut anymore. “My job is to protect her,” he said. When Mort himself came to Bristol, he behaved like someone who was living under a public threat. He went straight from the ESPN studio to his home, avoiding restaurants and rarely appearing in public.

Look, I want to be kind to Chris Mortensen since he’s going through the living hell that is cancer treatment. I say with all my heart that I’m rooting for him to crush this disease and die an old man in his bed surrounded by loved ones many, many years from now.

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Afternoon Delight: Canadians tell America it’s great

10.26.16 at 5:00 pm ET
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I don’t know about you, but I needed this. I’ve been pretty down in the dumps about America lately. We’re in the middle of choosing between an insane Oompah Loompah and a corrupt shrew. We’re fighting with each other. Fighting with everyone else. We’ve got bills we’ll never be able to pay and now health insurance is going through the roof. So I think we could all use a little cheering up.

And now we have it, courtesy of a bunch of really nice Canadians. So thanks, Canada. Sometimes we just need to hear it, you know? You’re more than just a vast wasteland of caribou, breweries and maple-guzzling lumberjacks. You are America’s hat. And we appreciate the boost.

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Patriots have NFL’s top 2 rated QBs and other mind-blowing stats

10.26.16 at 12:50 pm ET
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As you’ve probably surmised by now, I’m too pretty to do math. When it comes to analytics, I leave the numbers-crunching to other, less aesthetically-pleasing creatures.  Fortunately, my pal Kerry Byrne of Football Nation is a genius for such things when it comes to NFL stats. And he just put together a compilation of Patriots stats from this season as it stands now after seven games that absolutely broke my brain.

Here are just a few:

  • Tom Brady in his first three games this year has completed 75.2 percent of his passes (76 of 101), which puts him on pace to shatter the all-time NFL record for accuracy of 71.2 percent set by Drew Brees in 2011 (468 of 657).
  • Rob Gronkowski is the greatest TD catching machine the NFL has produced in more than 70 years. He has caught 67 touchdown passes in 85 career games, an average of 0.79 TDs per game. … Hall of Fame wide receiver Don Hutston … is the only player ahead of Gronk on the [all time] list.
  • Tony Gonzalez holds the all-time tight end record of 111 TD receptions, a feat accomplished over 270 games. Gronk is on pace to surpass that tight end record touchdown total in just 142 career games.
  • The two highest-rated quarterbacks in the NFL season are Patriots starter Tom Brady (132.6) and Patriots back-up Jimmy Garoppolo (117.1).
  • The Patriots are poised to post the best record in the division for the 16th consecutive season – every year since Brady became quarterback.
  • With four more victories, [Brady will] be the first QB in history to win more than 200 games.
  • Brady’s win loss differential of +137 (197-60) is easily the greatest in history and nobody is close. Peyton Manning is No. 2 (+108) and Joe Montana is a distant No. 3 (+79).

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Meet newest Patriots WAG, Marissa Van Noy

10.26.16 at 10:53 am ET
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As you no doubt heard Tuesday, the Patriots traded for Kyle Van Noy from the Detroit Lions to add some depth at linebacker and special teams. What you may not know is that the acquisition also added an enormous amount of talent to the Patriots’ already championship-caliber roster wives and girlfriends, where you can never have enough depth. Marissa Van Noy is not only Kyle’s lovely and devoted wife, but also Miss Utah USA 2013, a member of the ELITE Modeling Agency out of Miami and, as you’ll see in the last post below, had two lines on HBO’s “Ballers.” Once again, the Patriots are continuing to build their roster around men who are winners on the field and off. Kyle? Marissa? You two are going to fit right in here in New England.

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Chad Johnson tells great story about Bill Belichick ripping Tom Brady

10.26.16 at 10:31 am ET
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Lord knows all Patriots fans take issue with Chad Ochoc Johnson and his career in New England. His utter lack of preparedness, dedication or production. But you have to appreciate him giving us a peek behind the Foxboro Iron Curtain like this.

It’s common knowledge that Bill Belichick has never been shy about laying into his franchise quarterback. He’s such an Equal Opportunity ripper that he probably qualifies for some window stickers from the EEOC. But coming into the first meeting of the season and laying Tom Brady out the way Johnson describes is cold blooded.

The thing is, I’m not sure who it says more about, Belichick or Brady. The coach who refuses to shy away from tearing into anyone or the superstar who’s willing to take what he dishes out. So I’ll just say it reflects on both of them. Two professional but fierce competitors who won’t egos or hurt feelings get in the way of the ultimate goal.

And we can only imagine what witnessing that does for everyone else in the locker room. From the second best player on the squad down to the undrafted free agent trying to dig his fingernails into the last roster spot, seeing the legend get treated like everyone else has to send the message that this team is all about winning. And there can be no better motivation. For anyone besides Chad Johnson, apparently.

“As a coach, you don’t chastise your quarterback, and you definitely don’t do it in front of the whole team”? Belichick and Brady don’t believe in sacred cows. And that’s why they’re the both the G.O.A.T.

[h/t OTM Sports]

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Coach of pre-teen football team fired for playing 19-year-old

10.26.16 at 10:04 am ET
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WPRI, ProvidenceSpectators watching the Buccaneers team compete Sunday during a Rhode Island Preteen Football League game may have noticed a bizarre play on the field.

Spotted among the 13- and 14-year-old players was a 19-year-old man who suited up to compete against players six years his junior. The man is reportedly the older brother of one of the team members. …

“I’m embarrassed, I feel disrespected,” said Alexandra Diaz, the team’s founder. …

According to Diaz, the coach responsible has been fired and the varsity team has been banned for the remainder of its season. …

That means no more games for 60 players and cheerleaders ranging in ages from 9 to 14. …

The coach apologized for what he described as letting his ego get in the way, saying he saw the older teen suited up to play and sent him out to the field. Both the coach and the 19-year-old also said they are remorseful.

Sure, we can all agree this coach did something wrong. But at the same time, I think he deserves a little slack from all of us.

I mean, put yourself in his cleats for a second. He’s tired of losing. He’s got a potential superstar standing right there, fully suited up.Who among us wouldn’t be tempted to put the guy in the game? I’m sure this kind of thing happens all the time. A guy who desperately wants to win looks up and there just happens to be a grown man old enough to command a platoon in Iraq wearing a preteen football uniform. Something like that has to get your competitive juices flowing and, in the heat of battle, make you make a poor decision.

If anything, this coach is guilty of one thing: Caring too much. (Well, that and letting a grownass man with facial hair walk around on the sidelines with his helmet off while trying to pass as a 9 to 14-year-old.) Those 60 families whose kids won’t get to play or cheer the rest of the season might resent him right now, but all he was trying to do was what’s best for Buccaneers football. Would they rather just keep on losing, or miss games because the coach tried to make them great?

This anonymous coach calls it “ego,” I call it “pride.” And if Alexandra Diaz and the Rhode Island Preteen Football League have any pride themselves, they’ll reinstate this good man immediately.

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10.25.16 at 6:38 pm ET
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“It’s almost Halloween,” I said. “I’ll post a few creepy haunting videos this week,” I said. “It’ll be fun.” Now I immediately regret watching this.

I have serious doubts that all of these clips are as unedited as the video claims. But if even a couple of them are real, particularly that baby balancing on the rail of the crib and that poltergeist trashing that redneck’s kitchen, then I am officially freaked the hell out. Keep me awake? Not if I sit up all night with a bat in my hands and 911 already punched into my phone.

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Should I be upset I’m not invited to Kraft family’s private Rolling Stones concert?

10.25.16 at 12:31 pm ET
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(Photo by Jerry Thornton)

(Photo by Jerry Thornton)

Inside TrackThe Rolling Stones are in town to play a private event for the Kraft family at Gillette Stadium tonight for several hundred friends and business associates of The Kraft Group.

The super-exclusive soiree in the Optum Field Lounge will be followed by a show starring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood on the Gillette field.

A spokesman for the team said the party is “a private function.”

Invitations went out several weeks ago and the Krafts reportedly were hoping to keep the whole shindig under wraps. You know, to avoid those “why wasn’t I invited” calls.

As a close, personal friend of the Kraft family, you might assume I feel slighted that I’m not on the guest list for this super-exclusive soiree at the stadium.

It’s only natural. They’re inviting several hundred people. Having met family members on at least two occasions now, I’m easily in their inner circle. Way deeper than whomever was last on the guest list. Not to mention, I like the Rolling Stones.

But in no way am I upset about not going. To me, this falls under what I call the “Clean House” theory.

There are two kinds of friends in your life. There are the kind that you try to impress. So before you invite them over, you clean the house from top to bottom. Vacuum rugs. Swiffer the floors. Scrub the toilets. You do it because, even if you like these people, there’s an element to the friendship where you think you’re going to be judged.

The better friends are the ones you don’t have to clean for. They like you and your place just the way you are. Dust bunnies, towels on the floor, skid marks in the toilet and all. Those are your true besties.

Sure, the Krafts are having people over. But they’re putting their best foot forward for them, sprucing up Gillette, and presenting them with the foremost rock band in history. Their real, true BFFs are the guys they don’t invite down to a swanky party to be privately entertained by the epic songbook of the world’s most iconic Rock ‘n Roll front man and one of the great blues guitarists ever.

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