Quick – which is the bigger story:

A) David Ortiz benched again against a lefthanded pitcher amidst a deep slump.

B) Malcom Butler has to sit out offseason field drills in June for a few days because his flight was cancelled.

Based on reaction yesterday, it was B, definitely B.

What does that say about the state of the Red Sox and Patriots, respectively? For all the insistence from the old guard that this is a Red Sox town, even with the Celtics and Bruins out of the playoffs, and the Patriots still about seven weeks away from the start of training camp, the Red Sox are mostly an afterthought.

The Butler news, first broken by Jeff Howe, immediately set off reactions on Twitter and sports radio. It continued into the evening on television. National guys like Albert Breer and Ian Rapoport weighed in.

While the initial report was three weeks, it actually is more like two, and we don’t know how many actual on-field practices the team had in that span. They’re allowed up to 10 days of OTA’s in total, plus a mandatory minicamp.

Patriots.com has their OTA schedule thusly:

Bill Belichick’s team will hold its 10 OTA sessions on May 26, May 28-29, June 1, June 3-4, June 8-9 and June 11-12, leading up to the mandatory mini-camp June 16-18.

I’ve heard, but not confirmed that Butler was on the field this week. June 8-9. He is supposed to be on the field today and presumably tomorrow.

So it would seem, at most, that Butler missed six days of on-field OTA sessions.


A little different than:


OK, six days. And the whole time he was in facility, working out, watching film, etc etc.

Still, you might say, holding a guy out for 60% of the OTA sessions because his flight was cancelled?

I take it like this, the Patriots think Butler is a pretty special talent. They also know that since the Super Bowl, he has been lauded and fetted and fussed over wherever he’s gone. This sends a message that that time is over. It’s time to focus, it’s time to be fully committed. Would they do this to Tom Brady? Probably not. Would they do it to Daxton Swanson? I don’t think so either.

Butler is a guy they’re going to need to contribute and they need his complete focus. This sends that message.

Edit: Tom Curran says it much better than I: Butler helps Belichick gets message out


Patriots TE Davis looks to make good on second chance – The Patriots released TE Tim Wright this morning, which makes this article on Fred Davis by Phil Perry even more relevant.

Red Sox are still searching for real Rusney Castillo – Rob Bradford looks at a player we are all desperately trying to figure out.

Claude Julien knows Bruins need to change – Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins coach acknowledging the need to make adjustments, while…

Meet the new Claude, same as the old Claude – Joe Haggerty had a much different takeaway.

Sticky situation for David Ortiz – Scott Lauber says things are starting to get awkward around the Red Sox slugger.

Kentucky’s Dakari Johnson tries to show Celtics what he can do – Adam Himmelsbach looks at a guy who could be an intriguing prospect, having not had much opportunity in college to really shine.


60 thoughts on “BUTLER SUSPENDED FOR THREE WEEKS….or something…

    1. Not sure if this answers your question:


      1. Beyond “nearly three weeks” in the first sentence he wrote “Still, the three-week ban is longer than any known related incidents for past players, especially during a voluntary workout program.”
        What detail is he referring to? May 26-June 10 is 16 days. No media type pulled three weeks out of thin air; they took it from Howe. I like him for calling out Volin, whom I dislike, but call it like it is.


  1. From Lauber’s article about Ortiz: “Farrell said he has noticed teams trying to “attack” Ortiz more, whereas they once did everything possible to avoid letting him hurt them.”

    This is what is truly worrisome. Fact is, if Ortiz can’t get his act together, quickly, this team has no chance of going on a BIG run and making the playoffs. There is no bigger Sports optimist than me and after the last two nights, I’m just about ready to give up on the season.

    The pitchers know if a hitter is all done or if an injury has altered their approach (Pedroia during the last couple of seasons), long before the media and the fans. Pedroia is not being pitched to, this season, in the same way that he was in the last two, because he’s healthy again and the pitchers know that he’ll DESTROIA their mistakes.


    1. Rich Hill with the line of the day from that article:

      Precedence implies that teams found in violation will be punished with a
      loss of practice time, which means that the Patriots will probably lose
      their draft picks until the year 2027.


      1. I disagree with him. Banning them from the next three drafts is probably as far as Goodell would be willing to go; though, as I noted above, ordering that all of their 2015 regular season games will be forfeited is probably still “on the table.” But, for the sake of preserving his close relationship with Kraft (LOL; no, seriously, they’re STILL good buddies even after all that’s happened), Mr. Good Bar will probably just stick with taking away all of their 21 assigned draft picks from 2016 through 2018. Fans of other teams, and the media, will say, naturally, that the Patriots “got off easy” and that BB, at the very least, should have been subjected to having the torture scene from the original “Lethal Weapon” re-enacted against him……by the same guys who played “Endo” and “Mr. Joshua” (actually, any excuse to get the totally insane Gary Busey involved with the Patriots would be welcomed).


    1. After they’re found guilty in another “independent and thorough” report issued by Ted Gordon Liddy, Roger The Jet will then issue his punishment. My guess is that this time he dresses up as the “Soup Nazi” from Seinfeld, points his finger at the camera, and says: “Patriots….no draft picks for you!. You come back to the NFL Draft in three years!!”


      1. I actually think the Pats are ok here, since the last the league would ever do would be to come to the defense of a player.


      2. Tony,

        Not to pick on you too much because I generally like reading your stuff…but do you know who G. Gordon Liddy was? He was not the investigator. He was the criminal (or national hero if you were raised in my family). It read Ted Archibald Cox.


        1. I know who he was….I was merely using the analogy because Wells kind of resembles him physically (save for the bald head). I’m well versed in Watergate, trust me (I was a journalism major, and that story is the industry’s Holy Grail, so we were taught just about every detail from pillar to post). It was a joke about Wells’ physical appearance, nothing more (though I do think Wells is a liar, too…).


          1. I never know people’s ages…I am old enough to remember the event, the hearings and the disruption of the Flip Wilson show for the hearings. I did not get the Wells looks like Liddy joke. Too subtle maybe?


          2. I do remember a lot of the coverage, though I was a bit young. I definitely remember watching Nixon resign on live TV. Since history is one of my keen interests I also studied up on Watergate even before I got to J-School, read “All the President’s Men” (much better than the overhyped, star-studded Hollywood film depiction), etc. As for the Liddy/Wells physical similarities, the first time I saw Wells’ picture after that “report” was released, I immediately thought of Liddy because of the thick mustache. The similarities pretty much end there, but for some reason Liddy is the first image that came to mind when I first saw Wells’ mug. Could be that my reference was too subtle. I did hear some other people compare him to Liddy, including one media guy, but I’m sure the comparison was not widespread, nor common.


  2. God, this CBA stuff is idiotic. The language in the CBA is there to make sure teams don’t do an end-around on the maximum permitted INVOLUNTARY team preseason practices (which, remember, players aren’t paid for, outside of a small stipend for meals and incidentals) by threatening them with benching or some other sort of retaliation if they don’t attend voluntary OTAs.

    If the Patriots CUT Butler for being late to a voluntary OTA… that’s something that the union would object to strenuously. But sitting him down? Give me a break.


    1. It’s the Patriots, therefore, it’s a serious crime against football humanity and the, wait for it…….integrity of the game. They must be punished, again, and harshly, again. I jokingly posted earlier that Goodell will ban them from the draft process from 2016 through 2018. On second thought, he may just order that all of their 2015 regular season games will be forfeited and they will become the second team in NFL history to finish 0-16. I’m sure Mr. Kraft’s beloved “other 31” would go along with that. Tough, but fair, will say the tongue-clucking media pig-pile’rs. After all, something had to be done to stop this rogue franchise from continuing to flaunt the rules so egregiously. It’s like giving SMU the “death penalty.” Something had to be done…..for the sake of the children, if for nothing else!


    2. By your logic Dave, Butler would have been better off skipping coming to OTA’s altogether once he missed the flight. The Pats could not retaliate.

      Instead he shows up late and Bill says…”Malcolm, we love you buddy, we are expecting a lot out of you this year…but you were late…other guys who made the effort to be here on time will get looks at least the first few days. I can’t have players being late…either you are here or you are not here.”

      I agree with you it is much ado about nothing. I also think that if the union wanted to make a mountain out of this molehill they could. In the end this should not be an argument over what the word VOLUNTARY means. It should be a discussion as to what is best for the team and the player.


  3. Bruce,

    If this were 2005, 2008 or even 2014 and the team was coming off a WS victory (or deep playoff run) the Ortiz story would be 24/7 and Butler being late to OTA’s because of weather, a small note. The real problem that you are illustrating and one that the Sox brain trust seems to be failing at combating is the apparent apathy that has settled over Red Sox Nation. I have been saying for a long time that the Sox ownership/upper management is tone deaf to what Sox fans demand. Their lack of sense of urgency (at least until 1/2 empty Fenway is shown on a national broadcast) has befuddled fans like me, even with them winning 3 championships over past 12 years. Their reliance on Bill James and Sabrmetrics depersonalizes the players. So when they build an uninteresting, unmotivated team as they have currently constructed, apathy sets in.

    Apathy is a very difficult enemy to battle. Ask the 1990-2004 Bruins, the Pre 1994 Patriots or the Jacksonville Jaguars. Apathy sucks the soul out of a franchise because the lack of fan energy manifests itself in not only empty stadiums and falling TV/Radio ratings but in a lack of discussion. When they stop talking about you, then the real problems start.

    In past years I would be writing emotionally charged screes ripping the Sox from pillar to post for the way they have played, been constructed and the way they are marketed to me. However now I just don’t care. I have no rooting interest in any of the players or the way the game is presented to me, I don’t see John Henry’s end game nor am I likely to stick around if it is more of the same.

    To fix everything I would start with firing the manager. If he did not put Miley through a wall last night then he is useless to me. At the same time I would fire Jery Remy. The game’s TV presentation greatly influences the fans enjoyment of the team. If I am apathetic towards the team and a viscerally hate Remy because he enabled a murderer, then what is there for me to like or better yet why would I tune in.


    1. I have been saying for a long time that the Sox ownership/upper management is tone deaf to what Sox fans demand.

      I think that they bank on the DNA of Boston being a sports town here. It’s part blind faith but also a “we can’t fail”. Look at the TV aspect of it. They’re still pulling in 180-200m alone on carriage fees, before probably 100-150m on non-gate (gameday) revenue.

      Problem is that they’ve had these up-down seasons and wound up bouncing back (getting lucky, whatever), which rekindles the same forest fire. Problem is that this is now getting to a point where.. you’re beyond just “we’re trying but hey parity means its not every year” level that breeds the real, real bad apathy you mention.

      You highlight the “engaged” theme. I think that a # of fans (how many, I don’t know) care here. The Liverpool/Sox part bothers fans on both sides. I think this will plague this ownership group until they sell one or the other interests. As both sides continue to delve deeper into mediocrity, that “decision” will become a stronger theme. This might be something I harp on but I really think it matters. When I talk to Liverpool fans, they bring this up as much as Sox fans do. Again, no clue on the % or really how big of an issue it is.

      You can buy up or own 40% of the media in town, influence another 10-20% who shill for your interest because they want a job, but if your on-field product is a joke, it still won’t convince the fans. Apathy, as you said, is a really hard thing to overcome.


      1. BSMfan wrote:

        “I think that they bank on the DNA of Boston being a sports town here.”

        You are absolutely right. They take their fans for granted. I can’t speak for all fans but I hate it. I do know some people on these boards will argue…3 championships in 12 years…this ownership team knows what they are doing. You can’t win it all every year.

        My response is I don’t need them to win it all. I just do not want to be condescended to by owners and management who take me for granted, I do not want to be mocked by players who put in half efforts and I want to believe there is a returned value in the product I consume.

        Give me the Patriots method/philosophy of the Sox any time.


      2. Yeah, all correct.

        I could agree with all your saying – my #1 reason is ticket prices. The prices are much too high for a game that’s supposed to be a few hours of relaxing summer entertainment. Football can get away with it only because it’s eight games that are “events,” but there’s nothing “event-ish” about a 9-inning game at 9:30 at night against Minnesota in August.

        And it’s not just the boxes – infield grandstands at $50? For what? Mediocre seats for a game with little at stake?

        So that’s the big reason for the decline in interest, I believe.


        1. I have a different theory although i think yours is as valid as the one I am about to espouse.

          I think baseball was never meant to be played at night. It was never meant to be an “event”. The lack of a clock. The rituals between batters, between pitches, between innings all point to as George Will so adeptly identified a pastural game rather than a sport, grid iron contest or prize fight. It is the GAME of baseball not the SPORT of baseball. As such the game was designed to be enjoyed over time when nothing else infringes on the experience. That happens best with a 1:00 start. I have never heard someone complain about a 4 hour Sunday afternoon game. Growing up I never heard anyone complain about a 6 hour daytime twin bill (not this day/ night double header crap). On the other hand, when baseball shifted to predominantly night games, things changed. It tried to become an event. The advent of cable (WTBS, WOR, WGN and eventually ESPN, the regional Fox Networks and now team owned channels like YES and NESN) took the game for the most part off of free TV, put it on only at night, and forced the clubs to market each game as an event. This has killed the sport. Kids no longer watch. I don’t accept that it is because of the competition from other sports like LAX and Soccer, or from video games or the plethora of channels. It is because the games start late and end when they are asleep. Kids do not want to follow teams in the box scores. They would watch the games if they were on during the day. The human condition has not changed. The times of the television broadcasts has.

          I could save baseball from itself tomorrow. Eliminate the guaranteed contract, put games on during the day…at least on Saturday and Sunday. Problem solved. Too bad no one in the MLB office is listening.


          1. Yes – that’s exactly right too.

            It was meant to be fun during the summer – not an all-day investment into the middle of the night. Obviously, it’s necessary for TV revenues, but at the expense of the fan experience of going to the game.

            But yeah, pretty much what you said is totally correct. Even a few days games over the season would help, I think.

            I won’t get into the guaranteed contract – while it makes economic sense from the owners standpoint, simply arguing to “eliminate” is akin to communism. Haha. But seriously, you can’t tell someone what they can or can’t make in an open market.


          2. Yes, totally agree. All day games if possible. Really enjoy being able to see the ends of games when they’re scheduled during the day – the 8th and 9th are usually the most exciting innings – and like most people (and young kids) I am rarely awake to see the finish of any night games. Allowing kids to see the ends of games, which are often more dramatic than any other sport, would draw more of them into the fold.


          3. Here is the reason I mention the guaranteed contracts. If you look at football, fans see teams moving past unproductive players who underperform contracts. In doing so they stay invested in the team.

            I do not despair any negotiated contract or right. I am saying that eliminating the guaranteed contract would go a long way to keeping fans emotionally invested in teams because they would know that the team would not have to suffer through 3-5 years of mediocrity if it is stuck with an under performing contract.

            One other thing. I disagree that it is obvious baseball has to be played at night for revenue reasons. Football has not problem being played at 1:00 on Sundays. Golf has not problem being played at 2:00 pm on Saturday and Sundays. NASCAR has no problem running races at 4:00 on Sundays. Soccer is played all over the world during daylight hours. The reason baseball is now played at night is because CABLE networks want night time programming in the spring and fall. They believe that there is greater TV revenue. I challenge that assumption. I wonder if a Saturday 1:00 game would have better ratings that a Saturday night game if the audience was trained to look for it at 1:00. More importantly I wonder if a 1:00 Sat game would skew younger and if it did would it make sense to cultivate a younger fan base with day time games on Saturday/Sunday to assure a future fan base. These are all marketing questions I think the Bud Selig and co have failed to ask, investigate and test. I think they sold their soul for short term dollars and they could care less about the next generation of fans or owners.

            My grandfather had season tickets to the Red Sox and the Brooklyn Dodgers (he was a huge Koufax fan because of the Jewish thing) My father had tickets to the Sox and for a while the Mets (it was more a business thing). I was offered my father’s tickets in 1989 but instead I bought Pats tickets which I kept through 2001. My point is baseball was huge in my family. It replaced religion. Now my daughters barely know the rules. My nephew who plays first base on a traveling team has turned me down several times to go to Fenway to see a game (he never turns me down when I take him to Pats or Celtics games). He tells me his mom (my sister) never lets him finish games so he stopped watching. Now he only likes playing. Its apathy just in a different form and I believe it is what is killing baseball. MLB has no answer for it because they are guided by people who are not asking the right questions.


          4. Thank you but the reality is I am selfish. My daughters don’t like going to games…so…


          5. The guaranteed contract I’d the #1 reason I don’t like MLB anymore. I call BS on the communism comment above. Nothing pisses off average fans more than watching a guy getting paid 20 million forget which leg to limp on. Give me a lunch pail gang playing for their jobs and afternoon games on weekends and I’d be able to watch some games with my kids. Heck, the weekday night games are too late for a lot of adults. Sunday night games? Forget about it.


          6. This is a GREAT point. Didn’t even cross my mind at first, but now that I think about it, when I was growing up the Red Sox NEVER scheduled any home night games until the last week of April because of the cold weather in Boston during that month. Almost all of their home games during the first month of the season were during the day, and there was no such thing as a Sunday night ESPN game. Nowadays, fans are forced sometimes to sit out there in 38-degree game time weather for three and a half hours. By the time the game is over their beers have a layer of ice on the top because the temperature has dropped even more. Moreover, back in the day, three-game weekend series were a Friday night, and then two afternoon games, period. With the advent of Fox’s Saturday night games a couple of years ago, now it’s possible that an entire weekend series will be played at night. That’s crazy. I wonder I would have become such a big fan if most of the games were played at night?


    2. Baseball fans are dying off like WWII vets. TV presentation? I have never been able to watch a sox game with my boys who are 10 and 7. Heck, I’m not sure we’ve ever made it through an inning. Took my oldest boy to his first game at age 8. He wanted to leave. And MLB has been losing me bit by bit my entire adult life. Manny Ramirez was the straw that broke the Camels back with my season tickets. The days of taking the fans for granted are over.

      Meanwhile in the NFL,which admittedly is a hot mess, at least a team can cut an idiot. And the TV presentation is light years ahead of baseball even with all the commercial breaks.

      Boston is not a baseball town any more. NFL football is now 24/7 365.


      1. The ironic thing is that from the beginning of the “idiots” era (around 2003) right up through the “fried chicken and beer” collapse of 2011, I’m not sure I ever saw this town more “into” the Red Sox. Sellouts night after night; tickets selling at 200% (or higher) mark-ups on the secondary market; tickets for a spring training game against the Yankees in Ft. Myers selling for $500; sky high NESN TV ratings; Hollywood movies being made about being a Red Sox fan; and the list goes on and on. Of course, the key factor is that during those years the Sox were perennial contenders, won a pair of World Series and went to the 7th game of the ALCS (and lost) two other times. They also had a fun team to watch, full of great hitters and great, somewhat endearing personalities (at least in the early part of that era). Since they entered September of 2011 with a 9-game lead in the AL playoff race and proceeded to collapse, fan interest has been declining along with the product on the field. Heck, it took the fans probably a good three months to “buy into” the 2013 Red Sox and the intensity didn’t ramp up until it was clear they were at least going to make the playoffs. No doubt part of it is the aging demographic of baseball fans. I think my generation (a “kid” during the 70s and a teenager/college years during the 80s) may have been the last true “baseball” generation, and we were becoming fans right around the time the game was “resurrected” in the eyes of the American public by the 1975 World Series and the advent of free agency. By the time my generation starting having kids in the 90s, the NFL was beginning to take over, Jordan and the Bulls were the most high-profile franchise in sports, and baseball had been killing itself with non-stop labor/management bickering. The steroid-charged homerun chases of the late 90s (along with the dynastic resurgence of the most famous franchise in the world’s biggest TV market — New York) helped the game to bounce back a bit last decade, but I think the die is cast; it may never become just a “niche” sport like hockey, but it will never be a dominant sport again IMO. I come from that “last generation” of true baseball fans, and so following the Sox (even in bad years like this one) will always be one of my sports interests, but I don’t think the demographics are on their side, or the game’s. The ownership group currently in place may very well be slow to recognize that fact. Heck, forget 2004, that’s ancient history. The fact is, it is almost a decade now since the second World Series was won in 2007, and everyone except Pedroia and an old Papi is long gone from that team. The core of the 2013 team, which was never intended to be kept together over the long term anyway, is also pretty much gone or on its way out the door after this season. Bottom line: they have to contend every year now, or they simply won’t draw or garner TV ratings like they used to, because the days of people going to the games (especially at today’s prices) because they “love baseball” are just about over. Case in point: during the summer of ’84 when the Tigers were running away with the AL East all season long and the Sox were 20+ games out of first from late May onward (no wild card back then either), I still attended 11 games at Fenway. Eleven. Why? Because I loved the game, loved going to the games and, more importantly, even as a high school senior and soon-to-be college freshman, I could AFFORD to go to 11 major league games in one season. Now? Can’t do it……11 games, if I wanted decent (not even great) seats, would cost me something like $600, minimum. Not a hell of a lot of “regular” people can afford that, and they’re not going to spend that kind of dough to come out and watch a boring or bad team.


  4. I am really enjoying the dynamic of media members being outraged with BB instituting a punishment that they feel excessive and without precedent relative to Butler’s infraction. Jeez. why does that sound familiar?


  5. From Finn’s chat

    Q: How much longer does WEEI plan to go with Tim Benz? Please say not much longer.

    CF: Get this one a lot. The program director, Kevin Graham, has a history
    with him and has stuck up for him in the past when I wondered on Twitter
    who exactly Benz is supposed to appeal to. Spring ratings come out next
    month, and they’ll be better than they were a year ago, which is
    probably all the justification they need to keep him around.

    Person asked for more Eck:

    Won’t happen unless Remy takes time off at some point. Lyons is a
    favorite of Joseph Maar, who hired him but not Eck. The more Eck, the
    better, but NESN doesn’t seem to see it that way.


  6. Somebody on Boston.Com wrote that Patriot fans can’t laugh at the Colts “AFC FINALIST” banner because of the Patriots 2007 undefeated season banner… say what?… no matter how you feel about the Pats banner, it does signify something no other team has ever done, go through a 16 game regular season 16-0… the Colts banner directly relates to a game it LOST 45-7 .. apples and oranges.. (not that I expected anything less from Boston.com)


    1. The thing about Google is that one person will generally get the same results as another person (within the same time period). So this is the “first result” i got:

      The Kraft Group – Philanthropy


      The Kraft GroupThe Kraft family, through its family foundation and the New England Patriots CharitableFoundation, is committed to giving back. Numerous institutions and ..

      So, Ben, just because the “first result” you got is a link to the charitable page of the Kraft Group’s website, you may want to follow the link to see if it ever mentions the Kraft Foundation. Because it doesn’t. You must have also been pissed at Bob for Kraft Mac & Cheese’s new recipe.


      1. As I’ve posted before, I teach a class on digital literacy for teenage students. I have used this Deflate Gate story more than once. Looks like I have another lesson for the end of the year on how to judge and interpret search results.


    2. Not to bring politics into this, because it’s never a good idea on a non-political site, but what really strikes me about Volin’s original “gotcha” tweet is the fact that he apparently had no qualms about including the “incriminating” link from a site called “rightwingwatch,” which clearly would have a pre-ordained agenda against an entity such as the AEI. If you work in an industry (and for a paper) that has for years been accused of, shall we say, not exactly calling things “down the middle” — and favoring the left side of the political spectrum — when it comes to politics (charges vehemently denied by just about every member of said industry), perhaps it’s not the best idea to broadcast to the entire world that one of your key sources for a story is a watchdog group whose main focus is to spread damaging info about conservative organizations. Not very good optics there……he could have at least had the common sense to not include the link in his tweet and just cited a Google search as his source. Not very bright, is he?


      1. I said below that it’s no secret where AEI stands. Interesting thing, someone on the “opposite” side, the NYT, featured it.

        I’ll again apply the “know the agenda” rule but outlets can still produce interesting/good work.

        The one thing I thought people would hit AEI on is they helped the Saints during the Bountygate review. I was unable to find the motivation behind it ie: if it was paid or just someone investigating.


        1. I hear ya. I am still pretty amazed that Volin would actually post the link to a clearly agenda-driven site given that the Globe has long been accused of a leftist bias, while publicly denying that any such bias exists. As I said, very bad optics to display to the entire world that you’re sourcing a leftist watchdog site in order to further your agenda against the Patriots, and anyone who would try to defend them. Not very bright.


    3. Has the editorial process there broken down so much that because one of your guys finds this “oh we’ll expose the bias link because it fits our agenda”, they just hit send/publish? How quickly could have he or someone who is supposed to be editing confirm it? 5 minutes? That’s the state of modern journalism.


    4. There are two highly successful Billionaire Kraft families in America…the one who started Kraft foods and the one who owns the International Paper and the Patriots. With so many choices out there and so much footwork needed to see which one contributed to AEI, I can understand how someone with the resources of the Boston Globe at his disposal could make such a mistake.


  7. For the Big Show Unfiltered fans, I just saw this via Ordway’s Twitter:

    I don’t know why he didn’t make an official mention of why the show went on hiatus due to his daughter’s health, but he says it’s coming back soon.


    1. What has it been now, six weeks of re-runs? How many listeners does he have left? This is the problem with running a shoestring operation – there’s no Pete or Meter or whomever to fill in when emergencies crop up.


      1. Same thoughts. He never even made a formal announcement, which I don’t get. Moreover, he was also doing fill-in duty on D+C during all of it.

        Can’t imagine it made the affiliates happy, either


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