Now What?

Kevin Durant would’ve been fun to watch here in Boston. Kevin Durant will be very fun to watch with the Warriors.

The former Thunder star disappointed Boston fans when he announced yesterday that he was choosing to join the Golden State Warriors, a team that won a league record 73 games but lost in the NBA finals to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Durant is under criticism in some corners for choosing to go to a team that already has three established stars, with the knock being that should the Warriors win the NBA title, Durant will have just tagged along for the ride, rather than taking a team on his own to the championship.

I don’t really buy into that. If all Durant wants is to win, and to win right away, Golden State was the choice. This doesn’t feel the same to me as when superfriends LeBron, Wade and Bosh teamed up in Miami. Durant was also smart in signing the two year deal with the option after one, not only for the raise he’ll be able to command next offseason, but also in case this just doesn’t work out.

It’s tough to swallow as a Celtics fan, but I can’t get too upset over this.

The Celtics still have more building to do. Al Horford is a nice piece and will make them better, but he’s not the star they need to really challenge the Cavs in the East. They need more shooting, though the youngsters put on quite a show in that area in last night’s Summer League game.

The extremist factions of the Boston sports media will paint this as another failed offseason for Danny Ainge and his “assets.” They can be ignored on this topic, just as you would on many of their other precious opinions.

  • The Brady en banc decision should be coming down any day now. I was optimistic that the court would at least order the NFL to respond, but my hopes are going down in that regard. I now think it is Supreme Court or bust, and I think Brady’s team believes that as well, which why Ted Olson was brought on in the first place.

  • The calls for John Farrell’s head on certain sports radio shows has been loud and adamant. My thoughts on Farrell is that in-game decisions, which is the most visible part of his job, is also his weakest area. I don’t know this for sure, but my sense is that Farrell is strong in the other aspects of the job, the parts that aren’t seen by the media and fans. This could explain why he’s hung onto this job through multiple last-place finishes.

A Familiar Scenario

Stop me when this sounds familiar:

  • Sports league has annual draft.
  • Local team has a ton of draft picks shrewdly acquired through various trades.
  • Lots of anticipation and speculation as to what local team should do with picks.
  • Local GM with Championship experience makes draft selections based on players he and his scouts like.
  • Internet scouts and airchair GMs decry picks because they’re not in line with their own rankings and expectations.
  • Same people shout that trades should be made, ANY TRADE.
  • When trade IS made, it involves future picks, not players.
  • TV analysts left scrambling for highlights of said picks because they’re being taken out of the generally prescribed order.
  • Fanz and media are generally underwhelmed by results.

Following the NBA and NFL drafts on Twitter can be one of the most frustrating experiences ever. Instant judgment! Should’ve done THIS instead! Oh, Player X is still on the board, they’re foolish not to take him! WHAT AN AWFUL PICK!


Ah well. What can you do?

I’m largely in agreement with Chad Finn today on Mike Adams:

Mikey Adams was a lock for laughs at WEEI

I was not a fan of the Mike Adams schtick in the early days, but recently as the sports radio landscape became more and more negative, panic-mongering and hot-takez-oriented, I began to appreciate the show more.

It’s odd how that works.


WEEI Commits Mundicide

The Planet Mikey show is no more.

Effective immediately.

WEEI removes longtime host Mike Adams from evening program – Finn.

A Phil Zachary quote in that article reads:

“As you know, WEEI has extensively–and successfully–revamped every major weekday show over the last three years. The time is right to extend that thinking to nights.”

Two of those moves have involved bringing back longtime hosts who had been removed from their shows, namely Dale Arnold and Glenn Ordway.

I can only assume that this means the return of Ted Sarandis is imminent.


The More Things Change…

…The more they stay the same.

Especially in the Boston sports media.

After years of trashing “Pedro the punk,” Manny Ramirez’s lack of hustle, David Ortiz’s annual requests for a new contact, the sports radio airwaves have a new Dominican target: Hanley Ramirez, who has been a steady topic on the WEEI mid-day show. For some reason, the affable, goofy Christian Fauria, really hates Hanley.

It couldn’t be an act, could it?

Dan Shaughnessy rips the Patriots. Rinse. Repeat.

Dan Shaughnessy shows he is clueless (or more likely willfully obtuse and ignorant) about Deflategate. Let’s break down his most idiotic statement from yesterday and put it on blast:

3. Love the high-powered legal frauds who had no issue with other Goodell punishments, then expressed outrage in amicus briefs (solicited by the Patriots) in the name of justice and labor fairness . . . all because it was Tom Brady.

This is awesomely stupid. The best known arbitrator in the country, Kenneth Feinberg is a “high-powered legal fraud?” So the former Solicitor General of the United States, Ted Olsen is a “high-powered legal fraud” as well because he recently joined Brady’s fight?

Even if the Patriots did solicit the amicus briefs, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, the parties who submitted them could’ve refused, but chose to do so.

They had no issue with other Goodell punishments because the NFL lost those cases and Goodell got smacked around by Judges, who made specific reference to his dishonesty.

And sure, what Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson did and their punishments are exactly like what Tom Brady is accused of doing. If Shaughnessy can’t see the difference, he’s…well, we know what he is.


Bill Simmons is wildly rich and famous. So why does he have to keep playing the diva and crying about past slights?

This from the guy who got snubbed at a breakfast 20 years ago and has used every opportunity since that day to take it out on the Krafts.

Why am I talking about Shaughnessy? He’s irrelevant, right?

Things just never change around here.

A few things to check out:

Latest retelling of O.J. saga is ESPN at its very best – Chad Finn with a look at the latest 30 for 30.

Bill Simmons doesn’t hold a grudge. No, really. – Finn also has a piece in the Globe Sunday Magazine about the abovementioned Simmons.

Sports Illustrated debuted their “Tech & Media” vertical, which looks like it will immediately become one of the best destinations for sports media.

CSNNE’s “THE ‘86 CELTICS” Debuts Wednesday

Their release:




In-Depth Interviews with Celtics All-Time Greats Larry Bird, Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, Bill Walton, Danny Ainge & More in this Exclusive CSN-Produced 2-Hour Documentary on the Exceptional 1985-86 Celtics Team…30 Years Later 

BURLINGTON, MA, June 9, 2016 — The 1985-86 Boston Celtics team has long been considered one of the greatest teams in NBA history, fielding one of the strongest and deepest talent pools and bringing the storied franchise to its 16th NBA Championship.  Featuring NBA legends like Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, and Larry Bird  (who once again confirmed his MVP status that season), the 1985-86 Celtics team is still revered and celebrated, even 30 years later.

On Wednesday, June 15th at 8PM, CSN New England will debut a 2-hour documentary — “’The ’86 Celtics” — recounting this incredible season of NBA dominance with 67 wins, just one loss at home all season, and culminating with an NBA Championship. This CSN-produced original documentary, almost a year in the making, includes exclusive and insightful interviews with the team’s key constituents who are now spread across the country.

The documentary — narrated by Glenn Ordway who served as the Celticscolor commentator along side the legendary Johnny Most during the 1986 season — features exclusive interviews from every key member of the ‘86 Celtics team and others.  Interviews include the original “Big Three” Bird, McHale, and Parish as well as Bill Walton, Danny Ainge, Greg Kite, Jerry Sichting, Sam Vincent, and Rick Carlisle. In addition, the show includes interviews and guest appearances from several who battled against this formidable Celtics team, including Dominique Wilkins, Doc Rivers and James Worthy, as well as former Celtics great Cedric Maxwell.  The journalists who covered the team during this amazing journey to Banner 16 will also be featured with their perspective, including Bob Ryan, Jackie MacMullan, Dan Shaughnessy, Peter May and Mike Gorman.

Highlights from ”The ’86 Celtics” will include:

  • A summary of how Celtics legend Red Auerbach assembled one of the greatest teams in NBA history.
  • A look back from Bill Walton and Cedric Maxwell on how Auerbach made the trade with the Clippers to bring Walton to the Celtics.
  • Player interviews and insight on how their dynamic roster — which included five future Hall of Fame players –were able to mesh to become one of the most prolific teams in NBA history.
  • A plethora of Celtics nostalgia as the film takes viewers back inside the original BostonGarden to the glory days of the Bird era.
  • A retrospective on how the Celtics battled Michael Jordan in one of the greatest playoff games in NBA history.
  • A recount of the Celtics supremacy in the Playoffs over the Hawks and Bucks, culminating in a showdown with Rockets in the NBA Finals.

Leading up to the documentary debut, CSN has been running an “86 Days until the 86 Celtics Special” countdown initiative (#86Celtics) in an effort to get viewers and fans ready for this exclusive 2-hour show.  CSN will also begin running dedicated podcasts which will include additional exclusive content and interview material related to the ‘86 Celtics that can only be seen online.

This documentary, produced by the same network and production team that just won the New England Sports Emmy for Sports: One-Time Special for the “Tommy Heinsohn: An NBA Masterpiece” documentary, promises to provide CSN New England viewers with an exclusive and honest look back at the 1986 Boston Celtics franchise with unique viewpoints from the players and media who were part of that era and others that have been part of the franchise since. Anyone tuning in – whether it be on TV or online — can bask in the glory of the Celtics Championship title 30 years ago as this cherished team raised Banner 16 to the rafters.

“The ‘86 Celtics” is presented by SpeeDee Oil Change and Auto Service. After its original debut on Wednesday, June 15th, it will repeat throughout the month, only on CSN New England (check local listings for airtimes).

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The Blocklist – Thursday on BSMW

As most of my punditry (and posting) is being done via Twitter these days – look in the right hand sidebar for proof – I thought I’d put together a list of people who I have apparently angered so much that they felt the need to block me.

I only bring this up because, if you know me at all, or have followed me, you know a couple things. 1. I rarely, if ever make personal insults, and 2. I am never profane.

So why would these people block me?


It’s an illustrious list, no?

Let’s break them down.

Ron Borges – I think the first thing Ron Borges did when he got a Twitter account was block me. Ron was always willing to spar via email, and never give an inch. On Twitter, where it is public and the whole world can see, he is less inclined.

Tony Massarotti – I definitely have given Massarotti a hard time about his moronic takes, his lapdog status and the fact that he sold his soul, betrayed everything he once stood for to make a few bucks more on 98.5 FM weekdays. He might be entitled to the block.

John TomaseWhy won’t you leave John alone? It’s been almost 10 years now. As long as people are claiming that the Patriots taped the Rams walkthough, and by extension that the Patriots “taped practices” Tomase should be reminded of it. He won’t be, by me, on Twitter anyway. Because I’m blocked.

Kevin Paul Dupont – Dupes is a fairly recent addition. It came after I responded to this Tweet:

My response was “You can’t fix stupid.” So, that might’ve crossed the line to personal, but still pretty mild in terms of internet insults. He retweeted, called me a Professional Whiner and blocked me.

Mikey Adams – I honestly don’t know too much about why I’m blocked here. Adams had an undercover account on the older BSMW Forums, and probably didn’t like how he was talked about there. He trolled me on Facebook once, and I blocked him there, so maybe this is retaliation.

Sun Chronicle Sports – Wow, blocked by an entire sports section of a newspaper! Actually this is the account of Mark Farinella, who has had a back and forth relationship with BSMW for many years now. I believe the block came during the time he was being extremely critical of the Krafts for having a backup power line to Gillette Stadium, meaning they had power and the rest of the town did not during a power outage.

Michael Silver – The only national media in the bunch, Silver blocked me during deflategate after I challenged some of his ridiculous posturing and questioned the NFL Network’s ability to report straight – especially after Judy Battista had reported the leak that Brady’s camp desperately wanted the transcript of his appeal to be sealed, when in fact it was the exact opposite. Another lifetime ago, I had interviewed Silver for PFW, and found him a quirky, interesting guy.

I’m sure I’m blocked by other people, but these were ones that I was aware of.

Do you see who isn’t on the list?

Dan Shaughnessy, for one, I don’t think he actually reads mentions on Twitter, but I have to grudgingly give him credit for not blocking people. Albert Breer is another who takes a lot of crap and doesn’t block people left and right. Gary Tanguay, John Dennis, Gerry Callahan are others I’d think might block me who haven’t.

I think Twitter blocks say something about character. Especially when they’re blocking someone who isn’t confrontational, isn’t profane at them, or personally insulting them and their family. So why the block? They can’t handle criticism. Can’t be told they’re wrong, and can’t be called out for their manufactured hot takes?

It’s interesting that the people on this list have no problems viciously and spitefully calling out the people they cover. But when the spotlight is turned to themselves, they do not like it.

The Streak Continues

No, not Jackie Bradley Jr, who unfortunately had his hitting streak snapped at 29 games last night.

I don’t really mean Xander Bogaerts, who increased his streak to 19 games last night.

Clay Buchholz’s streak of lousy performances however, is alive and well.

Also alive and well is the ability of sports radio hosts to make ridiculous statements which have no basis in reality or fact.

I present to you Tweedledum and Tweedledee:



Of course, last night was the SIXTH different spot Bradley had hit in the lineup during his streak.

Tim Britton:

In fact, to blame the end of Bradley’s 29-game hitting streak on misplaced managerial meddling or the interruption of well-worn, superstitious habits is to ignore both a series of facts and the gravity of the accomplishment in the first place. Bradley’s hits were not the result of his spot in the order, and his lack of them on Thursday wasn’t either.

Sean McAdam:

First of all, Thursday night marked the sixth (SIXTH!) different spot that Bradley has hit during the hitting streak. He had hit second, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth. So the notion that any change was disruptive was absurd.

As for the notion that Bradley would treat his at-bats differently because he was leading off? Also wrong. Bradley’s major adjustment since spring training has been being aggressive early in the count. So, do you know how many pitches Bradley saw in four at-bats as the leadoff hitter? Eight.

Does that sound like someone who was being forced to be more patient for the night, or someone changing their approach by working the count more?

Common sense and facts though, aren’t going to sway the tidal wave of #hotsportztakes.

I’ll expose my ignorance here and say I had no idea who Jim Breuer was prior to this week.

The comedian made big news this week by revealing he had an encounter with John Jastremski of Deflategate fame down in Mexico.

There are enough holes in his story to make it dubious, and his appearance on Toucher and Rich yesterday – the day before his album was released today, make the whole thing just a bit too convenient for me.

The by-the-book Ravens were punished by the NFL yesterday for breaking offseason training rules.

The punishment was a fine and loss of a week of OTA activity. Some wondered why the punishment wasn’t more severe.

Yet, this was the second violation for the Ravens since 2010:

It was then explained that this was their first violation during THIS CBA period.

Huh. The Patriots are still being punished for things that happened in 2007, isn’t that before this CBA?

Media should pipe down about Matt Harvey’s silence – Chad Finn looks at the media outrage over the Mets pitcher choosing not to talk to them.

Chris Berman to leave longtime ESPN gigs at end of 2016 NFL season – The longtime ESPN broadcaster refutes reports that he is retiring, however.

My Question

So here’s my question:

If Roger Goodell is “really not focused” on the Tom Brady appeal and he “didn’t see the report” from Congress on the NFL interfering with the concussion study, what exactly has he been doing?

Furthermore, if he “didn’t see the report,” (he said it TWICE) how was he able to spend considerable time in his press conference yesterday disputing the allegations made in the report?

Then there is this:

A Congressman issued that report without even talking to any of our advisors. I don’t think that’s appropriate. I don’t think that’s the right way to do things.

So all Congressional reports should be cleared with the NFL before being released. Got it.

I’ve said this ad nauseum, but with very few exceptions here and there, the media does not directly challenge Goodell on his deception and outright lies.

It’s baffling.


Tuesday Quick Hits

Catching up following a recent sojourn to Jamaica…

I like the new formatting for the Boston Globe sports articles. It’s a nice, clean, easy to read look. In a time when  web pages are cramming as much as possible onto a page, it’s nice to be able to see something like this.

HOW BOSTON CAUGHT ARIAN FOSTER FEVER – I enjoyed this piece from Tom E Curran for how he exposed that certain writers allow themselves to be used to carry water for agents. In this case Jason Cole.

Similarly, Mike Reiss gets props for calling out the hypocrisy of the media over the Baltimore Ravens being investigated for a full pads minicamp:

Contrast that with Peter King, who, on the very same subject wrote:

Now this is downright strange. The NFL is investigating the by-the-book Ravens for violating one of the simplest and clearest rules in the collective bargaining agreement: practicing in pads during their rookie minicamp.

The “by-the-book” Ravens, who were previously penalized for something very similar. Got it. Pete doesn’t think this is a big deal, no draft picks will be taken, just a stern talking to should do it.

Kevin Paul Dupont is a Twitter coward and an unabashed troll, but his Saturday piece on CSNNE’s Trenni Kusnierek and her battles with anxiety and depression is definitely worth a read.

Some solid thoughts from Chad Finn on the revamped NESN Red Sox broadcasts. It’s hard to tell if they’re more enjoyable because of the talent or because the team looks like it might not finish in last place this year.

How’d you like to work in NFL PR these days? The league is in a protracted battle with the greatest quarterback it has ever had – over nothing – and got blasted by Former US solicitor general Theodore Olson who is part of Tom Brady’s legal team in a brief filed yesterday, which opens:

“This case arises from an arbitration ruling by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that undermines the rights and expectations of parties to collective bargaining agreements, and runs roughshod over the rule of law.”

Also yesterday, a Congressional study found that the NFL tried to influence a government concussion research overseen by the National Institutes of Health.

But you can be sure of one thing, all NFL owners, especially Robert Kraft, are going to say that Roger Goodell is doing a great job.