Good morning, everybody.
And welcome to FBC Radio Live It is Tuesday, December.
It is Wednesday, December 11th 2019.
I just realized I completely forgot to change, or I got halfway through changing the date on sport.
B s here, and it says Tuesday, December 1, 2019.
So I am off to a fantastic start this morning.
So in order to distract you guys for my, uh, mishaps already this morning, I'm gonna bring in my guest, Not my guest.
My co host, Mr Mike.
Hey, he is Mr Rhode Island, and he joins me as he does every Monday through Friday at ADM.
Mike, how we doing today way? Look what I'm doing.
Well, my friend, more snow up here in the New England region, so definitely, uh, definitely winter is here, and unfortunately, it came a little earlier than it has in years past.
But, uh, we deal with it just as we do everything else ever knowing what, my friend? Yeah, I kind of forgot what Snow is like.
I don't know what it is is actually kind of nice here.
It's a little It's a nice Come on.
You should be happy for me.
Should be like You know what? I'm happy that Ian's down there, and he's nice and warm and comfortable and, you know, maybe, you know, each and every day I decided maybe I wear pants today, and Ah, I don't know, I I think today's the day that I don't wear pants so well on behalf of everybody in the English speaking world, we're glad that you're wearing pants, at least, but no.
All kidding aside, it definitely is.
I envy of my friend, But I'm happy for you enjoy the weather because yeah, it's pretty.
It sucks up here.
I'm not gonna mince words that you're really does.
Oh, yeah, Well, I mean, that's why I came down here.
Like I said, I got a jump start on retirement, My friend, I I did the moving parts.
Um, I just I haven't got the money down yet.
So made and join us tomorrow is he had moved into Del Boca Vista.
I'll be running for condo president in no time.
Let me tell you that I got a lot of changes.
I want to make, um, But in order to get that money, maybe Maybe I should have just decided to be a top of the line starter in the major league baseball.
That was an oversight on my part.
I decided I wanted to go work in an office instead.
You know, stupid, younger me.
I should have just decided to throw a ball 95 miles an hour.
So, um, Gary Cole night when I when I was writing these notes last night.
Uh, you know, I was talking about the rumor, obviously.
You know, we've been talking about it as often as we can, you know, in terms of when we bring up baseball and free agents and all that.
It was like, Okay, well, when his Gerrit Cole gonna sign with the Yankees, well, it happened.
I'd wrote my notes out saying it was a rumor.
It was It was heating up.
But by the time I finished writing my notes and who's broke last night that he signed a nine year, 999 nine year contract? $324 million with an average annual value of 36 million, um, nine years for a 29 year old picture.
I love that he just signed that contract with the Yankees because I I just We talked about it yesterday, like you are the last few days.
It's like the Yankees.
And look, I'm not knocking it for doing this because the Red Sox do the exact same thing.
So don't don't mistaking this for me, Kind of knocking them for just spending money.
But, you know, they come out these last several years with this whole mindset.
So we're you know, we're not going to spend money.
We're gonna kind of scale it back a little bit.
You know, the freewheeling spending days of Of of the late George Steinbrenner? Um, yes, thanks, George are over.
Um, but, you know, obviously that changes when you go out and dish out a lot of money to a guy like Giancarlo Stanton.
And then, of course, you go out and sign last night Gerrit Cole, who combined comm pine, they're giving those two players over $600 million I just I laugh.
I laugh because at the end of the day, I don't think this is gonna ultimately when them a world series.
And in when Garrett Cole's 35 36 years old and they're paying him nearly $40 million.
We're gonna laugh like it's that maybe it's not quite Carl Pavano like you said, but I I still have.
Like I said, as a Red Sox fan, I love this move.
I love that the Yankees gave him this much money.
I love that they gave him nine years.
Um, yeah, a perfect fit, That match made in heaven.
Go for it, Yankees.
Yeah, I mean, And what this does is it puts the onus on the Yankees toe win.
And when immediately, I'm not even talking to me now.
This is not, Ah, window of, like, two or three years or anything like that.
You sign a contract like this with roster that you feel that this year, that fan base, that media market.
Do you think it's rough up here in Boston? The New York media is relentless when it comes, especially to the Yankees, and if they don't win this year, I don't even want to think about the scrutiny that this guy's gonna go through, let alone if he comes in and struggles, and we've seen players struggle consistently when they come into the Bronx.
I remember Randy Johnson when he first got there.
He struggled. He was booed off the mound.
This is one of the greatest pictures of yours in my generation or any generation.
When he got there, guys like Alex Rodriguez were booed.
All right, well, there's maybe a reason for that.
But, I mean, we're not gonna get into Alex Rodriguez, But, I mean, still, these guys with track records can come in.
They light it up in other markets.
When they come into New York, the bright lights glare, and it's very difficult to perform sometimes at that level.
So Gerrit Cole seems to be a different type of personality.
He seems to be the type of guy that can handle New York, chew it up and spit it out.
But you never know until you get in there.
And if he has a couple of struggles and that New York media starts warming him after the game, what you think about this pitch? What you think about that *****? Why'd you do this? Why did you do that? Could get frustrating.
And it could be a difficult situation for them.
So, you know, good for Gerrit Cole.
I mean, you know, if you can go out there, get nine years, $324 million you go out there, you take it with both hands.
I don't blame him in the least.
I don't look at him and say, Oh, yeah? Well, you just chase the money.
Well, yeah, he did chase the money, you know? I mean, if somebody dangles $324 million in front of you, you're not gonna take it.
I don't think so.
I don't think of anybody's being honest that they wouldn't take that deal so good for him.
For the Yankees.
They got the guy they targeted.
They got the guy they wanted.
But now let's see it into action.
Let's see if it's gonna work out.
Yeah, and and that's the thing, too.
The Yankees were spending money like I I never understood that.
It's like, look, the baseball, uh, infrastructure is built that way.
It's like larger market teams have an advantage because they you don't have a limit to what you have to spend.
So, you know, spending money and whatever like I could never knock that because again, you could just turn around and look at the Patriots.
Look at the Red Sox and hey, look, they do the exact same thing and you'd be right.
You'd be right, because you know what? Especially in those early 2000 teams, you know, how many Ah, how many times did we see that top payroll being New York one Boston to or Boston one New York to Anaheim Angels, Blah, blah, blah.
It's just it's it's It's as consistent as you can get.
And, um, again to me, I just I love the move because I said it just to me.
I don't see how this is going to be ultimately a good thing.
I mean, you know, I can live with them winning world Siris that at some point over the course of this contract, and then you can sit there and say, Oh, hey, it was worth it, Whatever.
But I don't know, I just I I love the signing.
When I saw the dollar amount, when I saw the year amount, it was great because I just I get I get visions of the Kevin Ah, the Kevin Ah, uh uh, Kevin Brown.
Um, how could I forget the last name Brown.
I mean, it seems like I talk about it every week, but Kevin Brown car Pavano, those guys, you know, the guys that come in and then and looked at the the Red Sox have their fair share of those guys, too.
So, um, you know, I'm not knocking for that.
I just anticipating what the future is in the fact that the Red Sox have won two World Series since the Yankees last one there says, Ah, you know, it makes it a little bit easier for me to gloat a bit here.
So, um what other Yankees news DDO Gregorius.
They're starting shortstop in The guy that they said a couple years ago was better than, ah, standard Bogart's and one of the best young short short stops in the league.
He signs a one year contract with Philadelphia Phillies.
Um, it's good signing for the Phillies.
I mean, a team that obviously ah, is looking for some some veteran presence on that team.
And, ah, look a reunites him with the Joe.
Girardi is former manager with the Yankees so perhaps he can ah regained some of that magic he had from 2016 to 2018 where he averaged 20 home runs a game.
But our 20 home, 20 home runs a game, maybe at Yankee Stadium.
But, ah, how was going to say how much of that is inflated Because you play with a short field over in a Yankee Stadium? Who knows, but look good signing for the Phillies? Um, obviously, the Yankees were ready to move on, and you wonder why they had a lot of money set aside for something else.
And that was Gary Cole. So oh, yeah, absolutely.
And look, Didi Gregorius is actually a very solid player.
I mean, yeah, I think that Red Sox fans can definitely roll their eyes when you say that he was better than Xander Bogart's.
But I think that's a good signing for the Phillies.
I think that, you know it does.
That's a great point about him being reunited with Joe Girardi.
From everything I remember hearing when Girardi was manager of this team, Dede was one of those guys that he really did enjoy.
Uh, you know, having him in the lineup.
So this looks like a good signing.
It looks like you know something solid and takes him away from New York.
So, you know, I'm all for that. Yeah.
And and look, I mean, the Yankees air certainly.
I mean, there were their world serious contenders last year.
They're gonna be world serious contenders this year.
Oh, yeah, they still will be this year.
So you know, it wouldn't shock me.
I just my inner You know what? There's certain teams when you go especially, you know, teams in every sport that have, like that long history Or that that story quote unquote storied history.
There's inherit hate for certain other teams.
And, um, there's nothing I love more than watching uh, the Yankees struggle or lose or humiliate themselves.
The Jets just going about their normal day to day business because they tend to take care of that part of it on there.
I was just gonna say the Jets just kind of all you need to do is just sit back with the Jets is really not a lot of hoping.
It's just it's not a matter of if it's when yeah, well and that's that's exactly why I brought up the Segway.
Because, um, I'm a look.
I'm a bit I love bowling.
Um, I'll be honest.
I I I'm fairly decent at it.
Um, it's one of those games, like, grown up.
And, you know, so far throughout adulthood have realized that I'm good at those those stupid lawn games or a random ah, individual ah, contest or whatever.
So, like, you know, being bag costs. I'm good.
I love you like that.
See, this is this is what I was getting at your stealing the thunder on Festivus.
Ian and I are announcing that we are launching the first Bochy Pro League in the United States here in, and I'm gonna tear it up on that Bochy court.
We're gonna be wearing the sandals with the high, uh, black socks.
You know, we're gonna be there with a tape measure to see what you know, whether the Pauline is there, it's it's gonna be great.
It really, really he's here.
He's He's an honorary pies on on that day.
He's already got all the terminology.
You'll be proud.
I once played Bochy in the snow.
Okay, that that's how dedicated I was.
And ah Oh, that if they go up here, you know? Yeah, that's that.
But you're still gonna throw on the shorts with the with the high black socks.
Well, you know, that's that's standard uniform.
You know, that's like when you know you're throwing your shoulder pads in your home and you go out there on the gridiron.
You know, that's that's what you gotta do.
Well, like like Tom Brady, I have the same pair of sandals and socks for the last 25 years that I've been wearing.
Now again, Judge me, if you will.
But the that's my hibachi get here and I'm sticking to it.
Yeah, I don't think we needed to know that.
Hey, look, my feet haven't grown.
My socks still have most of the cotton left, so it's good.
But that's good.
No, I I I say that to say this obviously, you know, we're talking about the Jets and Levy on Bell Missed last week because of a quote unquote illness.
Well, Saturday night, the night before, he was obviously out bowling, um, and has been told he will not be disciplined by the team because he didn't break any rules.
So I could see from outside of it if I was playing Sunday.
You gotta see ya. Please.
You don't see any world.
Have you guys talked about, You know, just certain perspective is gonna look a certain way, you know? So that's the one.
That's all I think.
What? I wish I was seen doing it.
You know, I feel bad about what I did.
I wasn't distracted.
Distraction until now that you see me Well, I mean, I mean, that's that's kind of how distractions work.
Do we have a laugh track that we could get after that? You know, no one else in the months cued up right now, because I would be I I don't know if our listeners are out there and they like, I don't know.
I just don't know.
It just doesn't.
The concept just doesn't make any sense to me.
I mean, you know Levi in.
You know, like, whatever, if you're you know you're ill, you're not able to play or whatever your videotaped, you know, playing, you know, videotape, bowling.
And then just like That's no big deal.
Yeah, coaching, coach, gays and I talked about it, and it's like, I don't know.
It's just that some organizations that fly some organizations, it doesn't I guess, you know, maybe maybe it's not a big deal in New York.
Maybe I'm just looking at it.
Maybe I'm looking at it through Fox borrow coated lenses year, but that's that stuff's not gonna fly in New England are in a lot of other places.
Do not just you need to know England.
That's not gonna fly a lot of places.
Well, I think I know.
I think you are right.
I think they don't care.
And I think that's the problem.
You know, like, Look, if I called out a work, say I called out of work on a Sunday and I was like, Oh, you know, I've had the flu a weekend.
I can't come in.
I go out drinking on Saturday night and my boss sees me.
Guess what happens.
I get in trouble because I b s them and was obviously well enough to go out, but not well enough to go into work.
And in the same thing with this, I mean this is This is this is this looks really bad.
I mean, the only thing that's not bad about it was that score me to 51 that was pretty impressive.
You know, that's pretty good.
Yeah, that's actually pretty good.
I I have a career high, and I can I can tweet out some evidence because I do have a picture of it.
I bowled a 2 30 once, and I can't do average in the high one nineties right below 200.
So, you know, I'm making my way towards that professional bowling tour.
You know, I I'm following in the footsteps of my, uh, my hero, Big ERN McCracken.
You know, the guy came from nothing.
One of the greatest bowlers of all time and above the law if we all know who he is, but I mean again, I love bowling, bowling movies.
I mean, by that I mean Kington and the Big Lebowski, So I mean, are there any others? I think that was the only to Yeah, well, I mean, don't you look pretty good? Sure.
That's two for two.
That's two for two. That's that's it.
That's a pretty solid you know, that's definitely it's all.
Yeah, that's definitely a so that's nice.
Look, double feature it Like it.
I I I want I want both.
So for my 21st birthday out in Amherst, out.
You know, Western Massachusetts.
I, uh we went to a bowling alley.
It was the night before, so it was, you know, I was 20 going on 21.
So at around midnight, we're like a guy, you know, going up to the bar, my buddy.
You know, my friend talking about me.
He's gonna be 21 at midnight.
Can he drink? Oh, yeah, sure, Whatever.
It's no big deal.
S 00 great. Awesome.
So I got absolutely hammered.
Um, you know, 21st birthday.
You know, a long time ago, whatever.
And I bowled a 32 uh, which it sounds almost impossible, but I got her bald eight straight shots to start.
And and like I said, when I when I tell you I'm a pretty good bowler, I'm a You know, I me and my buddy shoes to go out like every week. It was.
It was kind of our thing.
You know, we go out, drink whatever.
You know, you eat some horrible bowling alley pizza, all that stuff, and I would win every week.
I mean, it was just It was a foregone conclusion, you know, I was I was very Ah, my game is about accuracy.
It's about being efficient, you know, straight down the line under this wacky spin stuff.
You know, I grew up playing Can't candlestick, uh, candle pin bowling.
You know, You know what it is that you're in New England, or you know what? Candles, of course, have been bowling at small bowling balls.
And then Ah, Bullington.
So you've got to be very precise, very deliberate, very accurate in that game.
So, you know, I carried that over to my my bowling game, but no, I I love bowling.
I I'm sure Levy on Bill had a great time, but this is This is just a terrible, terrible look for for something that I thought the second that it happened was webbing on Bell even signed with the Nazi A.
Said he wasn't going to sign for a number as low as what he actually signed for.
And he also said he would not do that to play for the Jets while he did both.
Um, then, you know, early on in the off season we heard that, you know, Adam gays, or there's some in the organization that didn't want to sign him.
And, you know, now there's questions about his, you know, usage in this offense.
So, um, look to May I never thought this was gonna work out.
I was more convinced of it.
Ah, as any Ah, when they added Adam Gates as the coach, this team that this Jets team was just never going to really make that next step.
And, ah, adding a disgruntled um superstar running back to the mix is not going thio make things better.
And the fact that Adam Gates doesn't even discipline him for this that that's I mean, you broke.
You know, I don't I don't care if it's not technically in the rule book like that.
That's not a professional act, in my opinion, and that's something where the team has to discipline you.
If not, I mean, then all of a sudden, and where's where's the team's credibility? You know, where's Adam Gates's credibility? I mean, if you're just gonna let guys do whatever they want, you know, So I don't like it again.
I I I always try to look at things through the eyes of the Patriots just because of you know, their success and how they've run their organization.
And to me, this thing does not pass the smell test whatsoever when it comes to What would the Patriots do in this situation? That's true.
You're absolutely right.
I mean, that's and in that respect, And I know right now people are probably that those of our listeners that aren't Patriots fans are probably going around right now saying, Oh, you know, Well, you've got about He's got it, he's got it.
He's got a lot of room to talk.
Well, you know, we did, Yeah, yeah, we do have a lot of room to talk when it comes to when it comes to being compared to the Jets, you **** right, we d'oh! And there is just a certain protocol on it.
Look, it's not even unique to New England.
I don't think this stuff would fly in San Francisco or Baltimore or anything like that of these teams that are in contention right now and our parentally, you know, in contention year after year, there's a reason why the Jets organization has struggled mightily.
And I really think it's from, you know, the top and just not a whole lot of discipline, not a whole lot of accountability.
And you see, these things happen all the time.
The inmates essentially run the asylum.
So, um, yeah, I don't see this ending well, and we could be seeing the last of ah Vivian in New York.
I don't know how they're gonna unload that contract.
I don't know what they would do is fire is cutting in what the cap it would be.
Haven't really researched it all that much.
But, uh, I will will, you know, definitely do our due diligence on it, but, uh, yeah, it's just, um you know, when you're a jet, you're a jet all the way.
I guess Well, and and that's the thing to it's like I mean, there were you remember the rumblings around the trade deadline that the Steelers were interested in, you know, re acquiring loving on Belle.
And, you know, look, I don't know how much stock you want to put into that report.
But obviously there were some rumblings at the time, so it would not shock me if this is a one and done for Levy on Bell in New York.
But you'll like you said, I mean, how you gonna trade that contract? I mean, I hate giving that type of money toe running backs anyways, and I think, you know, especially after missing a year football Levy on Belle, you know, really great player.
But I always I always kind of I always kind of I never liked his running style in the sense that I think good teams are smart enoughto Ah, neutralize that.
You know, this little hesitating dance behind the line stuff just isn't gonna fly against really good discipline teams who, you know, have that quote unquote gap integrity who aren't gonna overshoot it or or run past them running back, which allows him to get these big gains.
So, you know, that's why against teams like New England, I think he, ah, struggled because the Patriots are really good at kind of keying in on that.
So to me, I don't know who's gonna want to trade for that contract.
Who's gonna want to trade for that player, I'm sure I'm sure there's gonna be some interest, But right now, I just I don't I haven't really thought about it too much.
I just Like I said, I think this is heading towards a quick end to this relationship between these two and then, Ah, you know, again, I think if the jets were smart and, uh, we know they're really not, uh they move on from Adam, gaze to and try to find something else again.
If you have, ah, chance to go out and get a Ron Rivera or someone else, you know, bring someone else that has some discipline, some some ability to to build a, ah, to build a culture in that in that organization because I I just I feel like it's it's lacking quite a bit.
Yeah, it really is.
And I don't know about what's going to happen with gays.
I mean, all of the reports that you've seen out there say that Jets ownership and management has given him a vote of confidence for this year and for next Now, that could start organization.
Yeah, exactly, But exactly.
But you know, you never know.
I mean that could change.
We've seen votes of confidence before.
Remember seeing you know, Chargers brass say that Marty Schottenheimer's job was absolutely secure, and then two days later, he got fired.
So you know, it's it's just it's one of these things where you never know what team is gonna do from one minute to the next.
But if gays is back, the only thing that you can do at that point is if you're gonna put your stocking this guy, you have to surround him with the talent and the quote unquote groceries to quote will p**** cells to be able to, you know, to cook the dinner, to be able to do what he needs to do and run this team.
So it's gonna be an interesting off season in New York.
There's there's talent there, and that's the the terrible thing.
If you're a Jets fan, you're looking at this roster.
You're looking at some of the place that they make in some of the winds.
They've been able to string together, and you can say there's talent on both sides.
The football, it's just not coming all together.
When that happens, then you have to start looking at the top, so I don't know.
I don't know if gays will be back or if he's not. I agree with you.
If I was the one that if I were, you know, running the Jets or if I were in that organization, I probably wouldn't bring him back.
But you know, I'm not running that.
So you know it's It'll be interesting to see what they dio.
And unfortunately for all Patriots fans and a F C East competitors, you are not running that because I think you would do a mighty fine job.
Much better job, then what the Jets are currently doing.
So that's off to you.
Well, thank you, actually, especially especially if you had an opportunity to take over next year when the cap is expected to once again rise at least $10 million.
That was a little bit of that came out yesterday.
Um, the NFL is projecting that the 2020 salary cap is going to be be between 196.
8 million and $201.
So, um, that for the ah, basically what they're saying since ah, for the seventh consecutive year, it's gone up at least $10 million.
Um, and of course, this this ah, was this salary cap era, or at least this version of the salary cap error started in 2011 with the signing of the C B A, which expires at the end of next year.
And, um, you know that at that time the salary cap was under and 20 million, so we've seen a steady increase each and every year.
I mean, that's that's kind of you know what, What? You know, everyone's anticipated, with the increase in revenue and the ratings being a strong as ever.
I mean, the NFL is just dominating every sport.
It's not even close, you know, it's funny.
A couple years ago, you you'll remember what we won't.
We won't name names in this situation, but we had it.
We had a certain person that were we were working around at the time that insisted insisted that the n B a, the N B.
Was traded to take over the NFL, and at the time I laughed.
Ah, every year that's passed since I've laughed even harder and, you know, with all the things that are coming out now about ratings and dropping off for the N B a.
This that and the other.
I laughed myself, sleep every single night thinking about it.
So, um, good for the good for the NFL.
I mean, it shows some pretty steady growth.
That's not to say that we're not heading towards a potential issue here in about a year when the C B A has to be re negotiated established because there's certainly a lot of issues at stake.
And when it comes to this renegotiation, I I think they're in a much better place than they were 10 years ago when they were approaching the last C b A.
However, I think there still are a lot of big time things that they have to settle out before we can sit here and say, Well, you know, the fact that the cap is going up every year is a great sign.
Well, it is, it really is.
I mean, you want to see these teams have money? Ah, the cap going up means the NFL's making money and if the NFL is making money, it means the product's gonna be better and it's a trickle down effect.
So good for the NFL for that.
But there is a lot of things coming up on their rise in.
There's obviously talks of 17 game schedule.
Obviously, there's health implications in terms of you know how What are you gonna put in the next C B A.
What did the players gonna get in terms of Ah ah, little bit of, Ah, help in terms of discipline.
There's so many aspects of the C B A that could still give us a roadblock in terms of getting it done before the season starts.
But, uh, it is a good sign that cat keeps going up, and it means more more money for teams like the Jets to blow on aging, aging skill players.
That won't help it.
It's definitely true, but not, I mean, it is.
It is definitely a good thing for, ah, for teams to be able to spend definitely a good thing for the players.
And with the collective bargaining agreement coming up in looming large and rumors of a work stoppage and all of the issues that kind of gets swept under the rug in the media and awful lot, but they're lurking out there.
They're still there.
So, you know, you see any type of news like this.
It's always good to keep your eye on it, and then we continue.
We will continue to do as well.
But yeah, I did see that tidbit yesterday, and it's it's definitely it's It's probably a good thing all the way around.
Yeah, I mean, like I said, I mean, more money for the players is always good.
So, um, but, you know, it just goes to show we're going to keep seeing those contracts rise and rise and rise.
Switching for quarterbacks I believe Dak Prescott is next one up, and he's such a peculiar case that I will be interested to see what he tends to gain 15 million and lose 16,000,000 week to week in terms of total value of his contract, or at least projected from the talking all the talking heads.
So, um, other NFL news, uh, kind of a big deal for the Saints.
Marcus Davenport is done for the season, suffered that foot injury against the 40 Niners, and the Saints have said he has done um started all 13 games what is first in his first season with ST, 61% of snaps and 21% on special teams.
So this is a big loss for the Saints.
Ah, defense that, you know at times is vulnerable.
But losing your big, big time acquisition like this is tough.
You know, they spent two first round picks and 1/4 to acquiring left draft a weekend.
So big loss for the Saints.
Yeah, this one stuff one.
If you're a Saints fan or if you have obviously the saint's organization, the players What not? This is a big loss for for them, and you know, it's Davenport is one of those players that you know is able to change the type of the complexity of the game.
So, yeah, I was sorry to see that is someone that is followed the Saints and has them.
As you know, my NFC picked to go to the Super Bowl this year.
Uh, I'm not saying that it completely derails those options or that opportunity, but this one was a tough loss, especially in an NFC that right now has a lot of stack teams and teams playing some very good football right now, So, you know, good luck to the saints and whatnot.
Best wishes to ah, markets.
Hopefully, he'll make a full and complete recovery, and I'll be back on the field next season to be able to do what he does.
But, uh, yeah, Ultimately, if you're a Saints fan, this is gonna sting a little bit.
Yeah, and in depth.
I mean, a team that obviously has always had some offensive punch to it, but has lately, at a pretty good defense and something that's really, you know, elevated their team over the last couple of years.
So, uh, all showing, Jeffrey, we talked about it yesterday.
I left the game with a foot injury he has reportedly done for the year, which could only be three games, because obviously the Eagles are on the outside looking in terms of playoff positioning.
But as we know, the NFC East is terrible, so they could still make it to the playoffs.
Ah, however, you know not having Jeffrey and there, despite his struggles, that's gonna be tough for a team who's already riddled with injuries, especially on the wide receiver front.
So another injury plate season for him.
Mark Jackson is Ah, has been dealing with a thigh injury.
There's no doubt he'll play tomorrow night against the Jets.
Those those lowly Jets.
No knowing them, though.
They'll somehow win this game, and it'll it'll fuel their franchise it a little.
Um, it'll give them a reason to give Adam Gates a contract extension right after they signed him for the in the first place.
They'll look signed him to an extension if they win this game and we all win, because again, that would be another dumb Jets move.
But, um, no, I'm just I'm projecting, Mike, That's not gonna happen.
I don't think I mean, I don't think I mean, let's be really I'm never gonna put anything, you know, beneath the Jets.
I mean, let's just put it that way.
Um, Bucks wide receiver Mike Evans.
I think anyone who saw the play figured OK.
That's probably it for him, because, ah, hamstring injury, he's gonna be done for the rest of the year.
You could see it when he big big touchdown ah, score down the field.
I can't remember what the yard, which was, but it was a big play.
Um, running into the end zone.
You saw him pull up right away and grab the back of the hamstring.
And generally that is not a good sign because, well, hamstring injuries suck, especially if you're a wide receiver.
So very painful injury and he will be done for the year.
And that's a shame because, you know, despite all of Ah, Jamie's Winston's ah, negative plays, he makes a lot of positive place to Mike Evans like a lot.
And it's very, very entertaining.
I mean, you know, say what you will about the Bucks.
I know it's been up and down season drilling this year, but that's a fun offense to watch.
What it's clicking on all cylinders between what Winston conduce.
Oh, and his synergy with, like, Evans.
Definitely a big, big part of that.
I mean, for, you know, obviously, he's gonna, you know, rehabbing.
He's going to take care of himself and be a part of, you know, the team hopeful.
I'm sure he will be, you know, next year I don't see a situation where that won't happen, so you know, it's it's just it's one of those things where you see injuries pop up this time of year, and injuries, unfortunately, can be.
You know, they could be season ending at this point. Probably are.
Sometimes they could be career ending as well.
We saw in Vienna, Terry, make it official and he's going.
He's opting for surgery that's going to end his season, and, you know, it's likely that it's gonna end his career.
I mean, we haven't seen that come out yet, but, uh, you know, I mean, it's just when when that announcement does happen, that's gonna hit Colts fans hard.
It's gonna Patriots fans are because, like we've said both times on here, and even though he's played more games with the Colts, I think the two of us always see him with the Patriots.
We see that image of him kicking the ball through the snow in Foxboro Stadium, the old Foxboro Stadium, and sending the Patriots to, ah, the NFC championship game to play the Steelers that year.
And then also there was, you know, the great moment where he kicked, you know, the game when the Patriots their first Super Bowl title.
So those those are moments that you definitely can never ever get back? Yeah, exactly.
And so, uh, I I think, given, especially given the cir***stances we saw him deal with throughout the season and the fact that, I mean, I think he was all but retired until he got talked out of it was, you know, early on this year, So to me, I I think it's ah, Scuse me.
It's a foregone conclusion that he's gonna end up hanging him up at the end of this year.
I mean, I don't think I think I don't think the Colts necessarily want him to return.
I think they did.
I mean, they were in a tough spot because, you know, it's a situation like, how do you deal with a legend like that? I mean, he's not just another guy, you know.
He's not like, Okay, he's gonna miss a few field goals and you're just gonna cut him? No, it's This is Adam Bennett.
Terry, this is a guy who, in my opinion, should be a first ballot Hall of Famer.
And I don't want to hear any nonsense about kickers and all that stuff like this guy, if any, deserves to be a first ballot kicker.
I mean, it's this guy.
Um, So I I think they handled the situation all year Pretty fairly well.
I mean, look, I mean, the previous cultures game, we can sit here and knock and rip for all the stupid dumb things that they did and how they acted and handled themselves.
I think this current regime with Chris ballot is the exact opposite.
So I have a lot of respect for how they run things.
How Frank Reich runs his organization.
So I think they handled this whole situation with Adam.
But Terry very well, um, I think they realized that Look, we want you here.
We're not gonna cut bait on you.
We're going to stick by you.
And, you know, at the end of the year, I think they both I I think they assume that Adam's gonna walk away, too, because it makes the decision for them a lot easier.
They don't have to cut him.
Um, you know what I mean? It could be him.
It's his chance to resign as opposed to being a supposed to quitting type of thing.
And, um, I fully expect an involuntary at some point here.
Tore it when we get closer to the off season to announce his retirement? No. Exactly.
And I think that at that point, you know, you look at it and you call it an amazing career exactly what it was.
And, uh, yeah, that's, you know, it's just it's one of those things where good things do come to an end and, you know, I mean, uh, even a not ready for it.
Not ready to talk about it already.
Talked about it.
The armor younger will play forever, Mike.
Oh, yeah, Exactly.
Oh, yes, yes, yeah, yeah.
We'll get out. Whatever.
Yes, the armor younger will play until literally I think he will die on the ice at the age of like 92 because he won't.
And then and then he's going to live forever.
Yarn, Arriaga the mullet.
And he will live forever.
That is not gonna He's gonna be the first immortal human being.
I I love that man with I mean, that's that's like almost up to Jack Bauer here.
How much I love the armor Yaga.
Just because I don't think I've ever seen someone love Ah, sport playing a sport as much as he does it and it's amazing.
And I was so happy that he he spent such a brief time with the Bruins.
But it was just He was a shell of himself. Not I wouldn't.
I honestly, I wouldn't even stay a shell of himself.
That's incredibly disrespectful.
I I Obviously he wasn't his mid nineties Pittsburgh Penguins, the armor younger, but he was still a pretty pretty decent player for the Bruins at the time, and I just I love see him seat watching a play every day, and then I do.
I love that he just goes out.
We'll just play wherever and good for him.
I I love the armory augur.
So uh, yes, he will not be retiring anytime soon, and that is clearly what you're about to bring up.
Yes, that is exactly what I was about to bring up because no one else that we know no one else that we follow our have been a fan of for years is even thinking about even leaving the region are retiring.
That's just that's what, completely, completely out of out of the realm and none and neither one of us going to talk about I I I'd like Thio.
I'd liketo be able to easily avoid this, but I kind of backed myself into a corner here, Mike, because the next topic I'm gonna bring up is obviously doing compatriots and and yes, we're joking.
We're talking about Tom Brady.
Everyone's freaking out.
You know he's leaving the best buddies, uh, organization.
So of course, he's moving on to another team.
I I've never felt so strongly about something in my life.
Then I do about him playing from the Patriots next year.
I I just to me it just makes absolutely zero sense from any angle.
You look at it from Tom Brady's ankle.
Why, at 43 if he wants to keep again, The only reason the only way I see him not playing next year is if he retires, let's just put that way.
It's either retirement or the Patriots.
That's in my opinion.
That's how I think it's going to go.
And I'm leading towards Patriots because again, the guy's been saying he wants to play till he's 45 until excellent a year for this many years, and I believe him.
I still think he's a really good quarterback.
I'll fight you on that if you want.
Um, so, uh, to me, I I think this is a whole bunch of nonsense.
I think a lot of people are connecting dots that just don't deserve to be connected like everyone.
You know, this whole, this whole thing started with speculation of him selling his house and how it was, You know, it was precipitating a move to another team.
Well, if he sold his house and bought one in Connecticut, that kind of kills that whole narrative.
But as we know, things have cut fire.
And now it's just it's a snowball rolling that is not going to stop.
So, um, we're going to hear the speculation all offseason all the rest of this year, Uh, again, at the end of day, I would bet I don't have that much of a life savings, but I would bet it on the fact that Tom Brady will be under center for the New England Patriots next year, barring a retirement and the Onley Onley, only only only way I see him retiring is if they win the Super Bowl this year.
And even then I don't think that that is really going to happen.
But that's the only situation where I see him saying, You know what, seven Super Wolves.
You know, we're gonna walk off and and that's gonna be that.
But, um, yeah, this silly speculation to me is just that it's it's silly and maybe I'll be wrong.
But I've never felt more right.
My life about this, about something, Yeah, I mean, logistically.
You look at it and you can't imagine someone like Tom Brady, who is predicated on always putting himself in the best position to be ableto win.
It's what means the most to him on the football field, and I can't imagine anywhere else that you go that put you in a better position to win than in New England.
I mean, I know people are saying, Oh, well, Denver in Indianapolis have systems that could be manipulated and they can.
You know Indianapolis is a quarterback away and he could go on.
He could play in a dome, and those rumblings are actually starting.
Believe me, I know the Chargers is the big room are out there right now.
I mean, I why? Why would he never released? Yeah.
What? I just don't see that in the least.
Why would he ever want to play for the question Mark Chargers and I say question Mark, because who the hell knows where they're holed? This? I mean, like, it's It's It's stupid.
No, no, it's true.
I mean, you look at that. I know I've heard rumblings about the Broncos.
I mean, there are rumblings about Denver and saying that he'll he could end up there and he could end up in mile I I just don't see a scenario in which he would leave the Patriots and go to another organization, actually pick up and leave.
I think there were only two scenarios that on one scenario that you didn't give, is if the Patriots, for some reason I don't want him back.
I can't imagine that whatever happened, but I mean, it is a possibility, I guess if you think about it in terms of just logistical possibilities, it's on the table.
But don't put a lot of stock in that, folks.
I can't imagine the Patriots not coming to Tom Brady and saying, You know what? For any price, we don't want you back next year.
Go on, do what you gotta do.
We're moving on, and we're completely done with you.
Uh, you just can't even fathom it.
And I don't think it would ever happen is calculated as Bill Belichick is.
I don't think he would allow that to happen.
And I don't think Robert Kraft would allow that to happen either.
Well, and this is how we're gonna tie these two subjects together outside of the fact that they're both related to the Patriots.
But, um, it was one of the wildest takes I've seen, or at least ah, conspiracy theories out there.
And, you know, it comes from Skip Bayless, So surprise, surprise.
But, um, this whole thing So you know, we're gonna talk about, um um over blown gate 12.
I don't even know what you want to call it, you know, because I'm not refused to call it a quote unquote spy gate, too.
I mean, it's it's I've been using that.
I've been using the hashtag mission misunderstanding gate, and people seem to like that, so I don't think that's the middle of another.
That because again, I'm gonna get into this in just a minute.
But, um, you know, I Skip Bayless tried to make the connection that this, uh this was intentionally done.
Thio, push, help! Push Tom Brady out of town, which again you try.
You try to figure out how that correlates I can, but you can see what this situation is doing because we've seen it before.
We've seen these type of things, catch fire and roll with it because again, yesterday was just a hot take.
Spit him off like they say whatever you want without any sort of research whatsoever.
And we saw that.
And look, this is this is what we know about the case.
And this is again, This is kind of what we're saying.
Yesterday the Patriots were filming a do***entary.
Now they're regular film crew, which again has nothing to do as no connection to the football operations of the totally separate yet which again it.
Okay, I'm getting worked up now because I'm all day, all day, all day it's gonna revved up, folks.
And and this is and this is how.
And this is what drives me crazy about the current state of what we have a sports media and I'm talking about the ESPN C f s ones of the world.
If you look at any one of those bottom thirds, you know, we got we got a nice little scroll in the bottom of our screen year tells you information where to follow us. This that and the other.
What's coming up today? It's supposed to be very informative.
Well, the bottom third on ESPN big blocks, you know, breaking news.
A statin, the other on the top Patriots investigation on the bottom, all the key points that are negative against the Patriots.
So it allows people it shapes.
Pay attention as much as we do.
Not everyone's out there like diving into what's going on.
You know, we'll see the headline that like oh, Patriots investigated for spying again.
Well, that's all I need to know.
And then that's what we get.
And it's not just the fans.
It's it's people on a national platform because you get this dope this absolute, uh, you know, unfortunately, I have to edit myself on the show, So I I just ran through about three or four words that I wanted to say, and I decided to mix all of them.
Um, but this dope Max Kellerman kids up in and and proclaims that the Patriots, the liars and cheaters.
I mean, how on earth have you come to that conclusion, given the information that we have specially since the NFL, any information that's trickle out about the NFL has said there are inclined to believe the Patriots in this situation.
They were forced to hire 1/3 party to fulfill these filming duties because the current crew was with New England against Kansas City.
Something that every team does they film for, for in house do***entaries.
All that stuff footage, all that great stuff, and they're normal crew.
Is that so? They outsourced it.
So this third party organization came in, recorded this scout, which was the whole issue.
They got the credentials from the Browns.
I mean, people that that's never see that's never mentioned in the bottom third, either, did they? They just They shape the narrative the way you want.
You see this come out in the fans.
It's like, Well, of course they cheated.
Everyone knows they cheated this, that and the other.
And now in the future, this is going to be lumped in with the, um, warm Gatorade and the ah, pulling the fire alarms.
And, you know, I saw something today that apparently they stole the Rams Super Bowl playbook.
I don't know that was a new one to, May I not? Not in 2001.
This is last year, apparently. Exactly.
I can't keep track of him anymore, but, ah, look, it's just it's This team breeds the most vile, uh, paranoid reaction from from these fans.
And it's such a fascinating thing because, you know, every good team, every dominant team is hated in some form or fashion.
I've just never seen um, a team hated eso irrationally like the New England Patriots.
Like it's funny because, like, to me, they talk about this quote unquote history of cheating.
And this history of cheating is essentially based on a bunch of paranoid accusations with absolutely nothing to back it up.
Like, I mean, at one point do we sit here and say, Okay, well, this Ah, you know, these accusations are batting about 100 right now, and that 100 is the original quote unquote spy gate in which the Patriots didn't lie.
They didn't try to avoid it.
They admitted to what they did, said it was a misinterpretation.
And again, if you believe that, so be it.
It doesn't matter to me.
That part doesn't matter.
What matters is they accepted responsibility.
They didn't try to hide anything.
They moved on. That was that.
Well, everything else has come out since has never been proven, not one bit of it.
And that's the thing.
Now, all of a sudden, the Patriots have a history of cheating because of all that, because of all those accusations that went nowhere.
It's it's funny.
And if you were a reasonable and logical thinker, you could sit here and look and be like, You know what? At one point, how many times you gonna accuse someone of something to no success and then you sit back and say, You know what? Maybe next time I'll wait until I know more until I jump on the Patriots.
A guilty bandwagon.
But no, all it all it is.
It's like one little tweet about the Patriots and its blood in the water for those sharks.
And, uh, you know, nothing's gonna change that, because trust me if logic, if logic was a part of this situation to flake, it would have never been what it was because they would have.
It would have been over the very next morning and everyone would have, you know, been better off because of it.
So without question, any time you see the Patriots attached to it, it's smelling blood in the water.
It's drinking the sand.
Whatever ****ogy you want to use folks, that's exactly what it is.
And look a lot of this was fuelled yesterday morning by Paul Dinner Junior's article in the athletic who covers the Bangles for the athletic.
And that was essentially when this broke that, according to sources who had viewed the tape, it showed about eight minutes of footage focusing on recording the Bangles sidelines.
Now that sounds ****ing.
You put that little sound bite out there is a tweet, and it's like, Okay, there it is.
It's right there.
They were filming the sidelines. They were filming the coaches. That's it.
They were looking for signs.
What that was was a B roll type of of footage, folks.
And for those of you that don't know, for those of you that don't know the term B roll B roll is an editing and production term.
Basically, what it is is it's background footage that you want to be able to use for cutaway shots and other.
In other words, the main footage that they were filming the Patriots were on this advance Scout, but they want cutaways.
They want a bird's eye view, so to speak, of what he was looking at.
And because of that, this is what they're filming.
It makes perfect sense when you take a look at what exactly happened.
And that's why the NFL is inclined to this.
It's not because Roger Goodell was indebted toe Robert Kraft or anything like that.
It's simply because it's what it waas.
But you're not gonna hear that.
You're not going to hear that narrative.
You're gonna get the Patriots cheating scandal, liars, Cciw estimation, takeaway.
I mean, there was even a blue Twitter checkmark account yesterday, and I'm not gonna name names.
But who said that the Patriots should have their postseason rights revoked for this year and maybe even two or three years beyond this? Yeah, I mean it.
Are you that hard up to cover a team to get an extra wind on your schedule to put out drivel and idiotic.
Really? Come on, that's it.
That's exactly that.
The Patriots are a money maker and integrity be ****ed.
And that's kind of what it is.
It's like these people come up and say, Ah, whatever they want to, you know, with nothing to back it up.
Like I was reading an article on Forbes, and I wish I knew the author's name off my head because I would call him out on this because I thought it was an incredibly terrible article because it started talking about how this team should be.
Ah, are Belichick should be suspended.
This that and the other.
And one of the first lines was, Well, they got caught in Deflate gate softening football's okay, First off, even if you want to believe whatever the NFL says in no part of their investigation or discovery, did they catch the new wing of pages doing anything if in fact, it was all based on cir***stantial evidence.
So the idea that you start your article on Forbes with a blue checkmark talking about how they were caught doing this just tells me right off the bat that you don't know what you're talking about.
But unfortunately, people don't care.
Other people don't care to know those facts and, you know, they'll sit there and read that No form their own opinions.
So now the pages all of a sudden were, um we're obviously they're tapping into a you know, headsets or they're stealing signs, Which again are such a a meaningless thing in 2019.
I mean, that's another key point like, yeah, it's all this is su****ious if you ignore those those big aspects of it that a the Browns credentialed the Patriots and the Patriots announced that they were there.
I mean, it's not like they were like hiding, you know, in the background.
They were they were literally right in front of the Bengals, like the guy was wearing New England clothing while doing this.
I mean, they're not exactly like that.
This is not like someone who's hiding in a dumpster.
Gonna hole is drilling. The l.
A. Is doing all this like tech espionage.
I mean, the guy's sitting right in the press box.
And let me tell you, I've been in the press box before if they see you pull out your phone or do anything you're not authorized to do, there are people up there.
They're gonna call you on it right away.
So, you know, this is if you're trying to get away with something, the press box is not the place to try to do it.
Folks really isn't exactly so.
I mean, like it, you know, ignore that aspect of it.
That's those one that tells you.
This is this is probably just a huge misunderstanding, but no, no, no. People don't care.
Um, again, the fact that it was against the Bengals yet the one in 12 Bangles or the fact that, like, if this was a thing, why hasn't any other team been like Oh, yeah, you know what? By the way, you know, they got credentials for most, too, and did the same thing.
There's a reason why I like less than 24 hours after that Houston Astros store, which is literally gone by the wayside at this point, I mean, it's not even mentioned anymore.
Uhm, you people came out with actual evidence.
You know what I mean? And like we're still waiting for PFC numbers from four years ago with the Patriots.
But it within 24 hours, you know? Yeah, exactly.
Twitter sluice were able to to crack the Houston Astros case.
So to me, it's just a whole bunch of nonsense.
And at the end of the day, I kind of like it because Belichick was reportedly very ****ed off, and I don't blame him because I'm sure this is the last thing.
I mean, he has a a deserve ID.
Contempt towards the media.
And And this this stuff is only what fuels it because, I mean, he deals with obviously the criticism, Which again I'm sure he deep down relishes he deals with the stupid questions, which again, I think at the other day he enjoys kind of putting these people in their place.
But I can't imagine that he loves these type of things where these manufactured controversies quote unquote and again, it all starts with how it's portrayed on TV.
Because of I'd turn on SportsCenter like I did this morning and I see big, bold headlines.
You know, you get the extra header on the top.
You know that's when you know it's a real big, important story.
You get the Patriots investigation and then you get the the Almond is a video of them walking onto the field.
All that, all that nonsense.
I mean, it's all an attempt to shape and shift the narrative.
And it works because the people who hate the Patriots hated up the people that are borderline on the Patriots.
So, um well, say, like I said at the end of day, I think this is going to, ah, backfire and fuel the Patriots because we know how they handle stuff like this.
And the more guys like Max Kellerman, Nick, right, get up on TV and and look like an ass and and start and declared these guys cheaters and Tom Brady as garbage and stuff like that.
I mean, it's just like I said, I'd sooner believe that the Patriots have all these guys on their payroll and pay them to do these things to motivate them.
Then I would any of these other theories, because I mean a double agents, my friend, double agents will think about.
I mean, like, we see it every year the Patriots use it in their video stuff like they listen to it.
I mean, they're not gonna outwardly come, and that's the difference.
They're not gonna attack it in in the public or anything like that.
The Patriots Twitter account called out Rob Parker from making the comment that if the Patriots were goingto win the Super Bowl, he was going to move to Mexico.
I believe they tweeted out something to the effect like Mexico is beautiful this time of year.
Ole, I think there was something that they tweeted out to him.
Uh, and he actually called it out on his Twitter Page two and really, really got snarky and really kind of like very, ah, you know, defensive about it.
I mean, if you're gonna dish it out, Rob, you got to take it.
And, you know, I mean, that's that's just part of the game, you know? I mean, but it's it is what it is.
I mean, the's talking heads.
We've come to expect what we see exactly, and then I don't think there's anybody that expects anything different.
It's part of an agenda.
It's part of their stick, I guess, is what you know you for lack of a better term t be able to d'oh! That's what they've become.
Guys like, you know, the guys you just mentioned as, like, our men and right, they fuel the fire.
They fuel an agenda.
They know what they're relevancy is in sports media.
It's degrade the Patriots, so I could be relevant.
And unfortunately, that's the way they choose to do business.
But you know what? Bottom line is this adds fuel to the fire for the New England Patriots, in my opinion, Yeah.
And like all you did was wake the sleeping giant.
I mean, and to me, it's like, when will you ever learn? I mean, we do this every year.
I mean, I say every Patriotsseason his ground, Hog's day, it's over and over and over again.
I mean, it is, you know, we're we're past the Ned Ryerson moment, OK, We're past that point now.
We're just getting to the point where we're frustrated because each and every day you're just getting more crap thrown at you.
But But at the end of the day, the Patriots are always gonna end up in the Super Bowl like.
I mean, you get that you go through these cycles throughout the season while the paint your normally early on While the Patriots aren't that good, you know, they're obviously struck.
Well, they struggle every every year to start.
Then they started turned around.
It's like, Oh, well, they're scheduled, this or this, that and the other.
It's like, Oh, well, now Brady's too old or there's always an excuse as to why that they can't do it.
And after so many years, I'm just I'm amazed that these air still as you know, these these excuses or stole it still is Ah, out there as they were 56 years ago because you would think people would just kind of give this up after a while, but no going credit where credit's due.
You gotta You gotta commit to you.
It is idiocy, So we'll see.
Um, tomorrow Thursday night football got the Jets G T E s, Jets, Jets, jets.
I got I got to get that clip.
I gotta find that clip of that guy misspelling the Jets.
I mean, that that was that was the jets of minimizing draft announcement form.
Uh, but we got the Jets in the air.
Even so, you know, maybe maybe you upset Alert, upset alert.
What do you think you know.
Okay, well, we'll save it.
T O Mike, that was called the teaser was supposed to say that for tomorrow.
Tune in tomorrow as one of us.
Everybody's gonna wonder what we're thinking.
That Yeah, exactly.
But tomorrow we will.
We will preview the Jets and the Ravens on Thursday night Football will kind of jump into what we have coming up.
So our week 15 rather so thank you very much, folks.
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