I Have No Use For You If…

If YOU say Tom Brady should just drop the case and move on, I have no use for you.

If YOU sigh and moan that Brady is going to take this ridiculous case (over air in a football!!) to the Supreme Court and waste all our tax dollars, I have no use for you.

If YOU espouse the theory that Brady’s suspension isn’t the worse thing in the world “because now we can see Jimmy G” I have no use for you.

Brady going to be 39 years old in August. No matter what shape he stays in, he doesn’t have many seasons left. We’re willing to just sacrifice a quarter of one?

That’s like saying I sure am glad Larry Bird missed almost all of the 1988-89 season so we could see what we had in Reggie Lewis!

If YOU say this – or any variation of this:

I have no use for you, although, to be fair, I never did to begin with, you Troy Vincent stooge.

If YOU report on the air that the court ruled yesterday that NFL acted within the parameters of the CBA, and treated Tom Brady fairly” as ESPN did yesterday, I hope you lose another 10 million subscribers very soon. 

If YOU are another NFL team and post this on your official Twitter page within minutes of the court’s decision:

I’m hoping for multiple opening-day, season-ending injuries.

If YOU are a local columnist who lost his job because of plagiarism, were guilty, and you still used your union to fight to the bitter end, and you say “It’s tap out time, Tom.”

It’s far past time you tapped out.

I have no use for a lot of people, apparently.

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Doc Rivers Charity Auction On eBay Now

doc_riversCeltics Coach Doc Rivers is partnering with leading destination club Ultimate Escapes to raise money for Shepherd’s Hope, a non-profit organization of volunteers that provides access to health care for the uninsured. Through Ultimate Escapes signature ‘Ultimate GivingSM’ program, individuals will have the chance to bid, via a series of eBay auctions, on six extraordinary packages including a VIP Golf Experience with the world champion coach in Orlando and a VIP Celtics package during the 09/10 season.

The first auction, June 25 – July 4, 2009, includes three offerings that grant the winners access to the exclusive collection of luxury homes usually reserved for members of the club: a VIP Golf Experience with Doc Rivers in Orlando, a five-night stay in a London home, and a five-night stay in a private residence in Turks & Caicos. As part of the Ultimate Giving initiative, all proceeds from the auction will be donated to the charity of Doc Rivers’ choice, Shepherd’s Hope. The auctions and details about each offering are available at www.UltimateGiving.com. Ultimate Giving has already raised more than $350,000 for non-profits, with a multi-year goal of collecting over $1 million for deserving causes.

The Doc Rivers VIP Golf Package Includes:

  • A golf foursome (the winner and two friends, plus a celebrity) at the Doc Rivers Celebrity Golf Invitational on July 17, 2009 at Grand Cypress
  • Meet & Greet with Doc Rivers during the private celebrity pairings party July 16, 2009
  • Photo opportunity for the winner and guests with Doc and other celebrities
  • Autographed Doc Rivers memorabilia
  • Two-night stay in Ultimate Escapes Luxury Destination Clubs’ $2 million Orlando home
  • Golf Tournament Awards Luncheon for three

 VIP Package Retail Value: $5,000

This package is currently available for bidding on eBay.

Additionally, a second auction taking place July 2–July 12, 2009 will offer three additional packages, including the following one: 

Celtics VIP Package

  • Two night stay in Ultimate Escapes Luxury Ultimate Collection 5 star hotel partner – The Eliot Suite in Boston
  • Four tickets to a Boston Celtics home game during the 2010 season
  • Meet & greet with Doc Rivers just after the game.
  • Autographed Doc Rivers memorabilia

Check the Ultimate Giving page for the rest of the Auctions as they come on-line.

SoSH Raising Money for ALS Research

The Sons of Sam Horn messageboard is more than just a discussion group of all things Red Sox. The folks over there (and there is a lot of cross-pollination between BSMW and SoSH) have always used their community to raise money for worthy charities, such as The Jimmy Fund.

For the second straight year, SoSH will run an auction to benefit the Massachusetts Chapter of the ALS Association, and will partner with Curt’s Pitch for ALS during the event, which will take place from July 6-19. Details below:

SONS OF SAM HORN HOLDING ANNUAL

AUCTION TO BENEFIT ALS RESEARCH AND CARE

Last year, popular Red Sox message board raised over $63,000

for the Massachusetts Chapter of the ALS Association

Boston, Mass. (June 24, 2009)—The web site that made its reputation on dissecting Jimy Williams’ lineups, analyzing Nomar Garciaparra’s penchant for hacking away at the first pitch, and analyzing the latest moves by general manager Theo Epstein is going to bat against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The Sons of Sam Horn (SoSH), a popular message board dedicated to the discussion of the Boston Red Sox, will hold its annual online auction July 6-19. All proceeds will benefit the Massachusetts Chapter of the ALS Association.

SoSH will partner with Curt’s Pitch for ALS during the event. Founded in 1993 by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, the organization is committed to ALS patient care and the search for a cure.

“I am proud to join with the members of the Sons of Sam Horn in their efforts to raise money for ALS patients and their families,” Schilling said. “The goal of Curt’s Pitch has always been to help improve the quality of life for those living with the disease and their loved ones, and fundraisers like the on-line auction run by SoSH go a long way toward helping meet that goal. I sincerely hope you will join us and participate in this year’s auction.”

Last year, SoSH’s online auction raised over $63,000 for the Massachusetts Chapter of the ALS Association. Winning items included a Red Sox clubhouse tour with Curt Schilling, a week’s use of a beach house on Cape Cod, original artwork, and a visit to the set of the NBC television hit “The Office.” Auctioned items and services are mostly donated by SoSH members, but anyone can donate an item, and bidding in the auction is open to everyone. This year’s auction items can be found at www.sonsofsamhorn.net.

Since 2003, SoSH has also held an annual pledge drive that benefited the Jimmy Fund. The drive has raised close to $250,000, with a high of nearly $75,000 in 2007. Over the years, SoSH has received donations from a variety of organizations and businesses, including the Boston Red Sox, Rotoworld, the Ryan Center, NBC Sports, Kittery Trading Post, The Red Seat, Sports Propaganda Print, and Limo’s by Liz.

For more information, visit www.sonsofsamhorn.com/index.php/sosh-auction-for-curts-pitch-for-als.

I would like to encourage all to consider participating in this event.

Moss, Samuel Updates

It’s a busy day for the Patriots blogs today, with multiple updates being published throughout the morning.

John Tomase explores why a new deal for Randy Moss has not been announced as of yet.

Here is his third possible reason for no deal:

3. The sides are merely negotiating. Technically, they weren’t allowed to talk about a new deal until this morning, so maybe this is just taking some time. We shall see.

Tomase is incorrect here. The Patriots and Moss could do all the talking and negotiating they wanted to do prior to today. They just couldn’t sign a new deal until the new league year began. He was their player, so they certainly had the right to talk to him about contractual matters, but they couldn’t sign anything until today.

Whether they get a new deal done or not remains to be seen, but they had the ability to talk to him all along. So have speculated that the Patriots haven’t announced the deal because they don’t want people to accuse them of “cheating” again for working on a new deal prior to today. That theory doesn’t hold water either. There was nothing to prevent the Patriots and Moss from working on a new deal, and even drawing up all the papers to have ready to sign at 12:01am today if that is what they wanted to do.

Speaking of Tomase, Patsfans.com isn’t pleased with him, and they’ve removed the Herald headlines from their website in protest.

It sure looks like Asante Samuel is headed to Philadelphia, but I thought he wanted a $100 million dollar deal…

Meanwhile, Donte’ Stallworth is going to visit with the Cleveland Browns.

Belichick, Pioli, Break Silence on Spygate

Mike Reiss has the big scoop tonight, with Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli each breaking their silence on the whole Spygate scandal, and strongly denying that any opponent walk-throughs were ever taped.

Pioli also says that Matt Walsh was fired from the club because he was caught secretly tape-recording conversations, something that Walsh’s lawyer denies.

Steroid Hearings Updates

There’s plenty of live coverage of this morning’s hearings by the Committee on Steroids and Baseball taking place today.

You can watch it live on ESPN, NESN and CSN and other channels as well. Online, CSpan is streaming the hearings, though the stream is choppy at times.

Both the Herald’s Clubhouse Insider and Globe’s Extra Bases blogs are providing constant updates on the hearings.

You can also check the Washington Post baseball blog which is covering the hearings.

Clemens claims in his opening statement that he was raised never to take shortcuts, treated Brian McNamee as family – like he does everyone he meets and that if he is guilty of anything, it is “only of being too trusting.”

He ended by saying “Let me be clear – I have never taken steroids or HGH.”

McNamee opened his statement by saying he injected Clemens multiple times with steroids and HGH.

Schilling Can’t Go

It looks like a lot of the work on the site move will get started this afternoon, so it’s possible the site could be down later today. When we take the site off of this server and move it to the new one, it’s going to involve a DNS change, which can take 24-48 hours to propagate, and that’s when the site will be unavailable to most.I’ll try to keep you posted.With the uncertainty of the site availability here, I’ve posted on Patriots Daily a column entitled The Most Miserable 18-1 Season in History, which believe it or not, has nothing to do with the Super Bowl.

Yay, a Red Sox controversy to take our mind off football! The first one of many sure to come along this season. Curt Schilling has a sore shoulder. There was all sorts of speculation yesterday about the team trying to void his contact and whether he was going to have surgery or not. Gordon Edes and Rob Bradford report that even though Schilling isn’t going to undergo surgery, he will be out for a long time, and his pitching future is in doubt. Joe McDonald and Sean McAdam report that this injury could end Schilling’s career.

Nick Cafardo and Michael Silverman examine how this injury will impact the Red Sox rotation.Bradford has a feature on the Red Sox players who are working out at Athletes’ Performance in Tempe, Arizona. He also runs through a day in the life at the center.

Peter May has a feature on Kevin Garnett’s return to Minnesota tonight, even though the Celtics superstar is not expected to play. Steve Bulpett talks to Kevin McHale about the Garnett trade, and the ‘Wolves GM has no regrets about it. Mark Murphy has a look at Tony Allen starting to get his legs under him again.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has Comcast SportsNet bringing their Celtics coverage to a new level.

Fluto Shinzawa and Jeff Horrigan have Glen Murray hoping to get back in the Bruins lineup tonight in Buffalo. Shinzawa’s notebook has Alex Auld hoping to another chance in net soon.

Pat Bigold has Asante Samuel wishing to stay with the Patriots, but saying that “it’s gonna take a lot” to keep him here. Bigold also has Mike Vrabel defending Bill Belichick leaving the field with a second left on the clock. Douglas Flynn has hard look back at the Super Bowl. Robert Lee says that the Patriots will need to aggressively rebuild their defense for next season.