If you had the misfortune of listening to Chris “Mad Dog” Russo’s appearance on WEEI this morning, you may well feel, as I do, that you lost 20 IQ points from the exchange.
Kirk Minihane and Gerry Callahan did a good job challenging Russo, who would not hear or acknowledge any of it. He screamed for the entire segment. I know that’s his schtick, “Mad Dog” and all, but WEEI probably should’ve just hung up on him when Russo admitted that he had not read the Wells Report.
He also said he will not read the Patriots response at WellsReportContext.com.
He said he doesn’t have time for that, it’s not his job! (His exact words)
What’s interesting is that you can take this segment and pretty much get the entire national view of deflategate (God, I hate that term) from Russo. How he feels is how much of the nation outside of New England (and plenty inside New England too – just read the letters to the Globe).
These are Russo’s main points, and he will not take any rebuttals to them:
MCNALLY TOOK THE BALLS WHEN HE WASN’T SUPPOSED TO AND BROUGHT THEM INTO THE BATHROOM!!!!! OF COURSE HE WENT IN TO DEFLATE THEM!!!! HE CALLED HIMSELF THE DEFLATOR!!!
McNally taking the balls to the field was what he did, and no one in the crowded room thought it unusual enough to ask him what he was doing.
As for the bathroom, he was in there for 95 seconds. What’s more plausible – that he actually used the facilities, or that he went in and took air out of all the footballs in that time? Remember, a team of officials did not have enough time to gauge all the footballs at halftime, but he could do this?
The “deflator” nickname was from a May text. Russo made it sound like McNally took the balls into the room, did his thing, and then sent out a text calling himself the deflator.
Russo, like all of America, has latched onto the “deflator” text, without knowing any context. They know the Patriots rebuttal said it referred to weight loss, which was dismissed by most people as ridiculous.
It may be ridiculous, but if it were made up, you’d think the brains down there would’ve come up with something slightly more plausible.
Former Patriot Matt Chatham has said that it was very common for staff at the stadium to have had weight loss competitions in the offseason. “Deflation” is a fairly common term used by weightlifters (and steroid users) – who knows? On the surface, it is a damning term when used in this case. Being unwilling to look at context (there was a second text using deflate and referencing a JKT.) is lazy and intellectually dishonest.
But that’s what most HotSportzTakers are, right?
TOM BRADY HAS NOT SPOKEN ON THIS TOPIC!!! HE DIDN’T HAND OVER HIS PHONE!!! IT MEANS HE’S GUILTY!!!!
Pretty much his entire case is built on this. Brady hasn’t come out, guns firing and denied this, so he’s guilty. Guilty. Guilty. GUILTY.
Did these guys not notice that Brady hired the biggest anti-NFL gun out there in Jeffrey Kessler? When Brady does his talking, it will be final. He’s taking the legal steps to defend himself and at the same time punish those who made those allegations. Mr Brady will be heard from.
As for the phone, why can’t people see it was an NFLPA thing? Stephen Gostkowski also refused to hand over his phone. Where’s his suspension for non-cooperation?
The sad thing, Russo is speaking for much of the country with his takes here. Those two points, he just screamed over and over and over again. No pause for reason. That’s what most other fan bases are doing as well.
He didn’t even read the reports.
A couple links to read: