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.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

My prop bet picks for Superbowl LII


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.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Kirk Minihane staged a MASSIVE protest to #FireFelger

On Wednesday Michael Felger got himself into some hot water after saying that Roy Halladay "got what he deserved" after he died in a plane crash. I was VERY OFFENDED by Felger's statement:.

On Thursday morning it became clear that I was not the only one offended by that sorree-ass jackwagon Felger's statement. Kirk Minihane of WEEI staged a MASSIVE protest to #FireFelger.

Minihane stood outside of the Sportshub studios asking "WHERE IS THE JUSTICE!?!?"

Because I was not at the rally it is difficult to tell how many people were there, but if I had to guess I would say there were approximately 2,000 people who came out to protest Felger's job.

Things began to turn ugly when Minihane was confronted by a morning show host from the lowly rated "Carlson & McKenzie":

As you can see from the picture above, Minihane was assaulted by the morning show host. Minihane made it clear that nothing would get in the way of fighting for what's right:

To further his point Minihane turned the protest into a sit in:

Things for so far out of hand that the police were called:

Minihane and the other protesters were very respectful. They did not act like a bunch of Antifa-thugs, throwing their urine at the officer. They handled the situation with class. Allegedly the officer admitted that he too believes that Felger should be fired.

This story is a 617 Report exclusive. You will not hear about this from the biased Boston Globe. Their main concern is defending this monster Michael Felger. It is truly embarrassing that the Globe would completely ignore this story. I guess the only place you can get your news is from completely unbiased blogs that write about Boston sports radio and how much ESPN sucks.

The full protest can be viewed on WEEI's Facebook page.

Monday, October 23, 2017

ESPN Canceling Barstool Van Talk is just another classic ESPN Move

Last week Barstool Van Talk was set to premiere in the 1AM time slot on ESPN2. The show featured Big Cat and PFTCommenter from Barstool's Pardon My Take podcast. Pardon My Take is one of if not the most successful podcast of all time, especially in the highly coveted 18-34 demographic.

 This seemed like a huge win for ESPN. The new show would bring in younger viewers who ESPN has been struggling to captivate in recent years. Also, it would come at a relatively cheap price. The cost of having two first time TV hosts at 1 AM couldn't have been very expensive.

And then the winds turned.

Barstool, as most know, has never shied away from controversial content. Throughout the years Barstool has made headlines by posting crass content that some people without a sense of humor consider offensive. As Barstool becomes a national brand this only seems to intensify.

Prior to the premiere, Sam Ponder of ESPN fired off a string of tweets voicing her displeasure for Barstool after they had insulted her in the past. These insults of course came after she had posted that blogs who "disrespect women" can't comment on Ray Rice back in 2014. Adam Best of formerly of Fansided (a sports website with a whopping 36,000 followers on Twitter) lashed out against Barstool as well.

The lashing out from these D-list sports media personalities lead to headlines in the papers. While some employees at Barstool lashed back out at Ponder and Best, Big Cat and PFTCommenter stayed out of the crossfire for the most part.

The first show aired and was relatively successful. Barstool Van Talk drew 88,000 viewers. Though this was down in terms of tota viewers from prior shows in the 1AM time slot on ESPN2, their lead in at midnight only had 61,000 viewers. The show picked up 44% from its lead in. Additionally, they were the #2 show in target demographics that day.

To put this in perspective, SC6 loses approximately 38% of their viewers from lead in PTI. SC6 also has a host who calls the president a white supremacist and tells her audience not to patronize advertisers of her network. That host was suspended, with pay, for her comments about advertisers and was not suspended for calling the president a white supremacist. Anyway, I digress.

 President of ESPN John Skipper issued the following statement, canceling Barstool Van Talk effective immediately. The show was scheduled to air Tuesday at 1AM through the Super Bowl.:

This is just a classic situation where ESPN is putting its finger in their to the wind to make a decision. They couldn't care less about ratings. Barstool Van Talk was an opportunity for cheap talent that could develop into a long term relationship that would help draw in more viewers, especially viewers in the 18-34 demographic.

Disney owns ESPN. If I was an investor in Disney I would have a lot of questions about the struggling ESPN. At every turn it appears that the network is sacrificing ratings and therefore revenue to please Twitter and critics. The network's apparent goal to become more and more politically correct has turned its brand from what was once a cool sports station into the punchline of a joke. As ESPN continues to pull these stunts the ratings will continue to plummet, and so will the network's bottom line.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

This is the globiet thing a herald writer has ever done

I apologize for any typos, I am writing this on my phone, but this was too good not to blog. As you know, Jemele Hill called Trump and all republicans white supremacists. I expected huge support from the Globe. To my surprise the most outrageous form of support came from Jason Mastrodanado. This clown changed his god damn Twitter picture to Hill's twitter picture. When I first saw this I thought it was photoshopped. Turns out it isn't just the Globe who have lost their mind to Trump derangement syndrome, the Herald has gone off the deep end as well.

I don't understand this considering Hill isn't sorry for her actions, and she didn't even get repremmanded by ESPN!

Do us all a favor Mastrodanado, stick to writing love letters to David Ortiz begging him to come back.