Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Blast from the Past: Dennis and Callahan audio from the day after the 2012 election

November 6, 2012. The day after the 2012 election. The day after Barack Obama was elected to his 2nd term as president.

Over at WEEI Jeff Brown was the market manager. Kirk and Callahan listeners have heard the stories about these days. NO POLITICS! STICK TO SPORTS! If the hosts began to discuss politics the producers were instructed to dump the audio.

Dennis and Callahan followed the boss's orders. They opened the post election day show by discussing "gut-punch 101," the biggest gut punches in Boston Sports history, Paul Gallant's name, the definition of the word "gallant," and even teased a weekly interview with Greg Bedard.

Listen Here:

Link to the video above or the audio on WEEI for mobile: (follow the link and click "download")

If you like this audio or want to hear other old Dennis & Callahan/Kirk & Callahan, give me a follow on Twitter. I'll be posting blogs like this again in the future.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

This Tweet about Muppet sexual orientation is my favorite tweet of 2018

This is my favorite Tweet of 2018. I am not about to go down the Twitter rabbit hole to figure out why Sesame Street needed to tweet that Bert and Ernie are not gay or straight or any orientation. I almost don't want to know because this is so great on its own. I am going to simply sit back and enjoy this Tweet that fully encompasses 2018. We have lost our damn minds.

This is my second favorite piece of Muppets news in the last year or so. Nothing will top last year when CNN had Elmo on to tell us that he spent time in a refugee camp:

Again, we have lost our damn minds.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Brady should have handled the Guerrero questions differently. Had he done so he would have creating avoided a national story.

Yeah...alright guys, have a great day, I'll talk to you later *click.*

By now you have heard Brady cut this morning's weekly interview with Kirk and Callahan short. I think Brady went about the interview the wrong way, and as a result created a bigger headache for himself than he would have had if he just answered (or dodged) the questions. 

Throughout his career Brady has been terrific at dodging questions that he does not want to answer in order to avoid headlines and distractions. In the past three years he has had to answer dozens of questions regarding deflate gate, Trump, Guerrero, and his relationship with Belichick.

When Minihane initially asked Brady about Guerrero taking the team plane, it was clear from the tone of his voice that it was not a topic that Brady wanted to discuss. 

Brady: "You know, I don't want to; I'm not getting into that."

Minihane followed up saying that when he spoke to Guerrero at the Super Bowl, he said that the tension between himself and Belichick had been overblown, and that they had a pretty good relationship. Minihane asked if Brady would say this was true. Brady again diverted, saying "I said I don't want to get into that."

So far I have no problem with how Brady handled the interview. I would like to hear about Guerrero, especially because his presence at the game on Friday was a story over the weekend. However, if Brady just says that he doesn't want to discuss it then I don't have any problem with it. It's his choice whether he wants to speak about it or not. 

Minihane was about to move on: "Ok, go ahead Evan (Drellich)." 

Brady jumped back in: "Yeah. Everybody knows, it's well documented the work he and I do together." 

Here was Brady's first mistake. The conversation is about to move onto a completely new topic when Minihane begins to turn the interview over to Drellich. Instead, the interview stays on Guerrero. 

This isn't the first time that Brady has done this.  

Albeit a different topic and a different tone of the interview, Brady kept the conversation going on a hot topic when discussing Trump in his pre-Super Bowl interview with Kirk and Callahan in 2017.

Callahan initially brought up the fact that Brady would face blowback if he admitted to calling Trump and congratulating him on winning the election. Brady didn't particularly answer the question directly, but instead noted that he is a positive person and that he tries to live his life by trying to take a positive approach in all aspects of his life. 

After Callahan followed up and jokingly asked what is not great in Brady's life, he asked Brady if he did in fact call Trump to congratulate him on his victory. Brady stated that he and Trump have had a relationship throughout his career and that Trump has been supportive of him throughout the years. When Minihane moved on to a sponsor read, Brady cut him off and asked "What makes (his friendship with Trump) such a big deal?" This resulted in the Trump conversation continuing for a few more minutes. 

The discussion about Trump was less contentious than the conversation about Guerrero. However, in both situations Brady continued the interview and it ended up leading to a conversation that would create a national story. Having done a weekly interview with Minihane for six years, he has to understand that Minihane will follow up when Brady keeps the discussion going. 

By getting annoyed and hanging up mid-interview, Brady only draws additional attention to the conversation. I don't think that ESPN, CBS, Pro Football Talk, and everyone in between would have picked the story up had he not hung up the phone early. 

I don't blame Brady for being annoyed with the questions about Guerrero after having to answer questions regarding deflate gate, his relationship with Belichick, and Trump on what seems like a weekly basis over the last three years. However, he has to understand that as one of the biggest stars in sports he will continue to be asked these questions. It is the media's job to ask the questions because their listeners and readers are interested, whether they say they are or not. If it is a story about Brady, people want to know the details. 

Just for the hell of it I ran a "quickie Twitter poll" to see how Patriots fans felt about the interview. The majority of my followers are Kirk and Callahan listeners, so this poll probably isn't an accurate representation of the fan base as a whole. However, I did find it interesting that the results weighed so heavily against Brady. I would have thought the results would have leaned at least somewhat in Brady's favor, or at worst a 50/50 split:

Sunday, February 11, 2018

An Interview with "Nick in Boston"

On Friday morning it seemed like yet another problem was arising for the New England Patriots. 

It had been a week of speculation following the team's Super Bowl loss. Why didn't Butler play in the big game? Is there a chance Belichick is retiring? Now to top it all off, Ron Borges of the Boston Herald published a column saying that "sources" told him that Brady would not practice or attend OTAs until he gets a contract similar to Jimmy Garoppolo's 5-year $137 million dollar deal. 

However, this turned out to be a total sham. Borges got duped by "Nick in Boston," a fan and caller of Kirk and Callahan. Nick pretended to be Brady's agent Don Yee and was able to get Borges to run a column that was completely built on lies.

I found Nick on Twitter and was able to discuss the situation with him. Well, I should say I caught up with a guy who I believe to be the real "Nick in Boston." I had him send me screenshots of his messages with Borges with text written in the message box to show that they weren't fake, screenshots of his DMs with Kirk and Callahan when he let them know that the story was a sham, and other forms of verification.

I stress the fact that I verified that the Nick who I was messaging was the real "Nick in Boston" because this is exactly what Borges should have done. Borges got a text message from a phone number beginning in 508, the central Massachusetts area code. Don Yee lives in Los Angeles where the area code is 213. Instead of doing any form of verification Borges was lazy. He ran the story having made no honest attempt to make sure that the guy he was texting was the real Don Yee. Not only that, he also claimed to have "sources" for the story, implying that he spoke to multiple people about the situation.

"Patriots' Twitter," is a group of tweeters who will go to great lengths to defend their team againt anyone who writes something that they deem to be anti-Patriots. In January of 2017 Borges tweeted out his phone number for all of Twitter to see. Once a tweet is out on the internet it never goes away. This lead to the creation of the account "@DontCallRon" by a member of Patriot's Twitter. @DontCallRon 's bio reads "please dont call Ron Borges" with the cover photo of Borges' tweet containing his phone number. I figured Nick in Boston is a member of Patriots Twitter and just wanted to take down Borges:

"Yea so I saw his number posted on Twitter by someone that was defending Kirk," Nick said. "I thought it would be funny to text him as someone he would possibly respond to like an agent, I picked Don Yee."

"I have always felt he had something against the Patriots so it was fun to mess with him, he also took that shot at Kirk so I said why not mess with him."

A few weeks ago on Borges took a shot at Minihane on Mustard and Johnson. Borges seemed jealous of Minihane, who has been breaking a number of stories surrounding the Patriots.

Nick's plan worked. "Don Yee" messaged Borges "Hello Ron, this is Don Yee." Borges responded: "The bat boy if he Solons...Of the solons that is."

I had no idea what the hell this meant. It seemed like an inside joke. I asked Nick what he thought this meant when he got the message. He didn't seem to know either.

"Haha that’s funny after he wrote that I had to google the term and I think it had something to do with that weekly world news, some old paper that use to publish crazy stories that were fake"

His response of "Bat boy is real sir" worked and he had Borges hooked.

Beginning on January 20th, Nick as Don Yee and Borges went back and forth, building Borges' trust. When Nick told Borges that Brady wouldn't practice without a new contract last Thursday, Borges took the bait.

"He called me a few times before that, I just never answered," Nick said, "We only had one conversation on the phone , that was (the night Borges wrote the column)"

When Nick called in to Kirk and Callahan on Friday morning, he said that it was so difficult not to laugh that he was only able to stay on the line for about 10 seconds.

I asked him if he has any more tricks up his sleeve, and if any of the other beat writers should be on red alert.

"Haha no I’m not doing that again," Nick remarked.

I would believe him, but I have a feeling that if an opportunity to dupe another enemy of Kirk and Callahan came about, Nick might return to his troll ways.

Nick, who is a big Patriots fan, wanted to make sure that Brady was not impacted by this situation in any way. "I love Tom Brady and if this took even 2 seconds out of his day to deal with I would definitely apologize," he said.

Just speculation, but I think that Mr. Positivity Tom Brady would be able to get a laugh out of this situation

You can listen to Nick's conversation with Kirk and Callahan below, or on WEEI.Com.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

A look back at the Patriots' 2001 weekly Power Rankings

To expand on this tweet showing that in week 2 of the 2001 NFL season the Patriots were ranked dead last in the NFL Power Rankings by Dr. Z of Sports Illustrated, I decided to post the rankings for the entire season. Enjoy:

Week 1, Patriots LOSE to the Bengals 23-17:

Week 2, Patriots LOSE to the Jets 10-3:

Week 3, Patriots WIN against the Colts 44-13:

Week 4, Patriots WIN against the Dolphins 30-10:

Week 5, Patriots WIN against the Chargers 29-26:

Week 6, Patriots WIN against the Colts 38-17:

Week 7, Patriots WIN against the Broncos 31-20:

Week 8, Patriots WIN  against the Falcons 24-10:

Week 9, Patriots WIN against the Bills 21-11:

Week 10, Patriots LOSE to the Rams 24-17:

Week 11, Patriots WIN against the Saints 34-17:

Week 12, Patriots WIN against the Jets 17-16:

Week 13, Patriots WIN against the Browns 27-16:

Week 14, Patriots WIN against the Bills 12-9:

Week 15, BYE:

Week 16, Patriots WIN against the Dolphins 20-13:

Week 17, Patriots WIN against the Panthers 38-6:

(I couldn't find the week 17 ranking in the archives, so I had to use a reddit post who posted the rankings a few years ago)

Friday, January 12, 2018

My Review of the Welcome to Boston JD Martinez Live Bradfo Show Podcast

In case you missed it, which I can guarantee you did, last evening was the "Welcome to Boston JD Martinez even though JD Martinez hasn't signed with the Red Sox Bradfo Show Podcast" live from the Baseball Tavern. According to Bradford, this is the first in a series of live podcasts. If last night was even a small sample of what this live podcast series will be then we are in for quite a series of treats.

The time was 7:42 PM. I called a buddy of mine who was coincidentally at the Baseball Tavern with some of his coworkers earlier in the night for happy hour. I let him know that I was on my way over to grab a beer. Unfortunately he had just left, but he did tell me "it was pretty lame, it was just us guys from work and some old guys sitting at a table doing a podcast about the Red Sox." Excellent.

I had assumed that the turnout would be slim, but I decided to stop by anyway. Baseball Tavern is my favorite watering hole in the city, so I didn't exactly need an excuse to drop in.

When I arrived I expected to be able to maintain a very low profile and grab a seat at the bar among the crowd or the regulars.

To my surprise the only people in the bar were myself, Bradfo, Curtis, Kerosene Ken, Alex Speir, Jen McCaffrey, a few other media members who I did not recognize, the bartender, and myself.

All in all it was a WILD night. I grabbed a seat at the other end of the bar opposite of where the podcast was being recorded. Although I am an extremely important member of the Boston Media, I am no where near the level of Ty Anderson or 'Pitcher Nick', so I opted not to mingle. I neglected to get a "JD Martini" and instead stuck with my usual order of a Bud Light. I sat at the bar and enjoyed watching Ohio State blow out Maryland and listen to the bartenders banter. They seemed to be really enjoying the night based on their comments. "What the fuck is a podcast?" "Jimmy, you should do a podcast about how to not get laid." They did not seem too excited about welcoming a baseball player to the team who has not yet signed with said team.

The best way I can describe the night is by comparing it to the scene in The Departed where Leonardo DiCaprio orders a cranberry juice and a townie asks him if he is on his period and they get in a bar-fight. Except instead of a bar-fight it was just a bunch of media guys talking about the Red Sox and Alex Speir ordering a Greek Salad. Stick tap to me for a great analogy.

The worst part of the night was that I forgot to enter the raffle for free Red Sox tickets, as I would have been competing against myself and myself only. Would have been a guaranteed winner, and I blew it. -1 to me for blowing it.

I still do not fully understand what exactly the point of the night was. I still am unclear whether or not JD Martinez has signed with the Red Sox. I remain confused. But I did have a nice cold beer to start the close out of a stressful work week, so I guess thats good. Thanks @Bradfo.