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NESN Continues to Disrespect Don Orsillo

By on September 5, 2015 at 9:00am

Does anyone working at NESN have any idea what they are doing? Do the network’s decision makers put any thought into their actions, or do they just throw things against wall and hope they stick? We have reached the point where something needs to change in the hierarchy at NESN because the Red Sox’ flagship network is quickly becoming a complete joke among the fan base, which will do absolutely no good for their precious ratings.

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1. Vindication of Brady:

* Name a guy (maybe Jeter) who has so consistently done and said the right thing as much as Brady – while Tiger, Armstrong, Tyson, Peterson, Kobe, Floyd Mayweather, etc have allowed to thrive and be promoted

* A team player who cares so much about team and winning that he accepts a salary $6,500,000 less than Jay Cutler (see #2)

* Brady causes – Pan Am Challenge, Special Olympics – Best Buddies

* People criticized him for doing a speech at Salem State as greedy money grabbing – not knowing that he donated the entire $170,000 to charity Best Buddies

* A player who has earned everything from Michigan to New England

* They hate Brady so much – people called for his suspension for swearing

* How can ESPN celebrate the likes of Brett Favre like he’s William Wallace even though he is a drug addict, alcoholic, sexting fiend, womanizer who won one Super Bowl

* No quarterback has accomplished more and he has done it with less weapons than Tom Brady – think about the casts these guys had – Brett Favre, Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, Jim Kelley, Dan Marino, Terry Bradshaw, John Elway, Peyton Manning

* In the middle of all this – the Globe follows his family to the playground and national publications take shots at his marriage Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Bingo – We Win Again! »

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Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension initially handed down by the NFL has been overturned by a Judge in federal court as reported by the Associated Press. It appears the “Free Brady” chants echoed all the way from New England down to a courtroom in New York. The Deflategate Saga has finally come to an end and Brady will be eligible for the week one match up next week against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium kicking of the NFL season on Thursday Night Football.

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News broke this morning that Tom Brady had won his appeal in Federal Court and his four game suspension was overturned. With that ruling by Judge Richard Berman, Brady is eligible to play in all 16 regular season games for New England and will not lose any game checks.

The news is fantastic for New England, a team with an opening stretch that includes trips to Buffalo and Dallas. The Patriots season kicks off next Thursday night in the league opening game, they will be facing the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The ruling does not necessarily mean that this unfortunate saga is over yet. The NFL could choose to appeal to a Second Circuit Court, at which point Brady could still play while a legal battle was being fought. The only requirement for Brady in that situation would be to get a court order stating he can play while the appeal is being heard, a tactic that would be easy given that he has already won.

Second year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo would have been the starter had Brady been suspended. He will now continue his role as backup and potential successor to Brady. New England would’ve had to change their offense slightly if Garoppolo had been the starter. A second year quarterback who has never started could not be expected to have the mastery of New England’s playbook that Brady does. With Brady back, everything should be full go for September 10.

This decision should also provide some relief to coaches and teammates. They have been the ones having to answer the questions throughout the past seven months and although there will still be some questions, they will fade over the next few weeks and the players have positive news regarding the situation to discuss. The coaching staff also has more certainty while preparing for Pittsburgh.

Although this may not be the complete end to a PSI scandal in which a molehill was turned into Mount Everest, a major step towards ending it all was taken this morning. The ball (fully inflated, one would assume) is now in the NFL’s court. They have a choice: to appeal and continue the process or to finally put all of this to rest. Given how much pride resides in the league office, one can’t predict what Park Avenue will do.

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Patriots fullback James Develin has been placed on the injured reserve list with a season-ending leg injury. The fullback fractured his right leg, falling after catching a Jimmy Garoppolo pass in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s preseason victory over the Carolina Panthers. Develin underwent surgery in Charlotte after the game and has now made it back to Foxborough.

Coach Bill Belichick had this to say following his return: “Saw him yesterday; he’s doing well…I think he has a good attitude. It was good to see him back here.”

Develin, who is widely liked in the locker room and by New England fans, is likely to miss the entire season. When Patriots fans think of last year’s winning slogan “Do Your Job” they think of James Develin. Continue reading James Develin Out For Season with Broken Leg »

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ramirez masslive

When you spend $88 million on a player he better be worth every red cent. Hanley Ramirez is not worth the high-priced contract he signed with the Red Sox.

Hanley Ramirez reminds me of a movie from the 1980s starring a young Tom Hanks, called The Money Pit. A newlywed couple buys what they think is their dream house, only to find that it is littered with bad wiring, poor construction, and a renovation that goes south before it even begins. Ramirez has not lived up to all the hype. Last winter Red Sox Nation hoped that 2015 would be the season of our dreams, only to find it had a lost, injury-prone left fielder that cannot seem to hit over .300.

Continue reading The Hanley Ramirez Experiment, In General, Must End »

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Alejandro De Aza

Yesterday the Red Sox traded Alejandro De Aza to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for minor league reliever Luis Ysla. According to a tweet from Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Red Sox will still have to pay $650K of De Aza’s remaining salary as part of the deal. This is the second time De Aza has been traded this year, after Boston acquired him earlier in the season from the Baltimore Orioles.

At the time the Red Sox were still in contention but needed outfield help and De Aza filled that void. During his time in Boston De Aza performed above expectations; in 161 at bats he hit .292 with 9 doubles, 5 triples, 4 home runs, and 25 RBI. He also played great defense in the outfield. Continue reading Red Sox Trade Alejandro De Aza to San Francisco Giants »

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