Jerry Remy Done For The Season, WEEI Still Not Happy At Globe

NESN and Jerry Remy announced last night at the Red Sox analyst will not return to the booth this season as he deals with the aftermath of his son having been arrested for murder.

JERRY REMY TO REMAIN WITH HIS FAMILY THROUGH THE REST OF THE SEASON

August 29, 2013 – Beloved NESN broadcaster and Red Sox Hall of Famer Jerry Remy will sit out the remaining games of the 2013 season to be with his family.

“I am full of grief for the Martel family,” Remy said. “My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to them. My wife and I are sick about this senseless tragedy. It’s clear this isn’t the time for me to return to broadcasting Red Sox games. It’s my hope that I can do so in the spring. I thank NESN and the Red Sox for their support through this nightmare.”

“We met with Jerry and conveyed our support,” said NESN President and CEO Sean McGrail, “and when Jerry feels the time is right, we will welcome him back. All of us at NESN and the Red Sox once again express our deepest sympathies to the Martel family for their terrible and tragic loss.”

It’s for the best. I still have my doubts as to whether Remy will return at all, despite the statement above that he will be welcomed back whenever he feels the time is right.

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The WEEI morning show again spent a good chunk of time today refuting the Boston Globe story from yesterday. Kirk Minihane also wrote a rebuttal column about it:

New low for Boston Globe with amateurish takedown piece on WEEI

It really is rather strange that the author of the story used two friends/acquaintances as the only “listeners”  to provide quotes to support his premise. As we’re in full disclosure mode, he did contact me, and I gave him quotes, and information, some of which was posted here yesterday about my views of Entercom’s expectations for the station going forward. None of it was used in the article. I did say Dennis and Callahan dragged the station down, which makes for a poor lead-in to the rest of the day’s programming, but my focus was more on Entercom.

Dan Kennedy also has a look at the entire situation, including the salvos launched from this site:

Globe, Herald at center of multimedia sports battle

A good look from an unattached outsider of the various battles going on within the Boston sports media at this time.

NBC eager to kick off ‘Sunday Night Football’ – Chad Finn has his weekly sports media column, which looks at real football kicking off next week, and various other local notes.

Reiss: “I have lost control over the tone and direction of the Patriots blog on ESPNBoston.com”

If you’ve visited the ESPNBoston Patriots blog recently, you’ve probably noticed some changes. In addition to the material from Mike Reiss and Field Yates, now, every single time the Patriots are discussed on any ESPN platform, there is an entry on the blog for it.

Reiss addressed the changes in his chat today, and I was surprised by the tone from the mild-mannered Reiss:

max (my cube)
Mike,I don’t see the “Patriots blog” section on the ESPN Boston homepage anymore. Has it been removed for some reason?
Mike [via mobile]
Can you get rid of all the extra links that have been popping up on the blog lately? I don’t need a link to a clip of any ESPN show that mentions the Patriots. Most of it is overlap with information you have already posted.
Mike
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Max and Mike, I see quite a few comments similar to yours in this chat. I think over the last four years, we’ve established a community that is straight-forward and honest, so I’m going to shoot you straight here: I have lost control over the tone and direction of the Patriots blog on ESPNBoston.com. Since I started a Patriots blog back in 2003-2004, back at the MetroWest Daily News and then at the Boston Globe, I’ve always had control, for the most part, of the tone and direction of the blog. Over the last three days, that has changed as ESPN has introduced its NFL Nation project. Based on the personal investment I’ve put into it, there are a lot of emotions that come with that, and still a lot of questions ahead as to how things will unfold going forward as it relates to the tone and direction of the blog. I’m going to stay positive at this point, knowing that any time there is change there is some level of patience involved.

As a BSMW member put it: That’s the Mike Reiss equivalent of coming into the office and shooting the place up. He’s furious.

For what its worth, I agree with Mike. He’s established a proven formula for success in this market. He’s got a right to be upset that these changes are being forced upon him and his own work is being diluted in the process. Add this to the recent change to Facebook comments, which really angered a lot of regulars, and we’re seeing some real blowback at ESPN here.

The Globe Writes About WEEI, Continued Fallout From Rolling Stone Piece

Before getting into the Boston Globe piece on WEEI, it needs to be noted that despite the struggles of the station, the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-telethon raised over $3.3 million for the Jimmy Fund. That’s outstanding. It’s just a notch below last year’s total of $3.4 million.

Congratulations to all involved. There isn’t a more worthy cause out there, and this event means so much to it.

Questionable moves hamper once-dominant WEEI

The article is fairly light in its criticism of the station, largely relying on the testimony of a few listeners to make its points. Rather than diving deeper into the business side of things, and the thinking of parent company Entercom, the article seems to place blame on the programming.

The comments from Entercom chief David Field sort of confirm my own thinking on the subject of competition with 98.5:

“We have two very successful sports stations with huge audiences that are both doing great work and are very effective for their advertisers,” Field said. “That’s really the big picture, when you frame it from a business perspective. We’re going to continue to fight for the crown, but we’re both thriving.”

In my mind, Entercom is not really interested in competing with 98.5, at least not in the ratings area. They may well be content being a smaller, second-rate sports radio station in the market, operate cheaply, get middle-of-the-pack ratings, perhaps only on AM which may be enough to keep them making a little money and their shareholders happy. Is that their plan? It’s hard to say. Looking at Entercom’s other sports radio stations, the only other really major market they’re in is San Francisco, with 95.7 The Game, but that station is number two in the Bay Area behind the powerhouse KNBR. Other Entercom sports stations are in places like Kansas City, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Wichita, and Milwaukee. What they did here in Boston with the big salaries and huge numbers in a major sports market seems to be something of an anomaly for them.

The author probably also should’ve noted that he interned for WEEI at one point too.

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On Twitter and elsewhere, camps are lined up on opposing sides of the Rolling Stone feature on Aaron Hernandez.

What Rolling Stone got right, wrong on Aaron Hernandez – Ben Volin runs down what he thinks was accurate and not-so-accurate in the story.

The points in that piece were attacked by Borges’ colleague at the Herald, Jeff Howe on Twitter today. Others in the media also came rushing to Borges’ defense, a curious move given the man has disgraced their profession on more than one occasion.

Borges is doing the victory tour on radio today, having appeared on both WEEI and WBZ-FM. He admits Frank Mendes is a friend of his. Thus the nice words and insinuations in the article.

Borges was challenged by Kirk Minihane on his repeated statements that the Patriots claim they are better then everyone else. Asked when Belichick has ever said such a thing, Borges turned around and asked how can you be sure Belichick never said it. Great debate skills there.

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Speaking of media rushing to other’s defense, we’ve got Fred Toucher rushing the defense of little Bert Breer.

Apparently Bill Belichick was a big meanie to Bert earlier this week – watch here, about two minutes in – “same thing, every day” which apparently enraged the sensibilities of the former rock music DJ to the point that he felt the need to go on CSNNE last night and rail against the bully coach.

Who the hell are you?” Toucher asked “You’re coach of the Patriots. I’m a grown man and you’re talking down to me, you’re patronizing me.”

Pathetic.

Fred likes to talk about the lodge of writers, but there is apparently one for the on-air people as well. Or maybe Fred is just upset at the treatment his Jets are getting from their local media and needs to take it out here.

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In Red Sox news:

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Plagiarist Ruins Perfectly Good Rolling Stone Feature

Why’d you do it, Rolling Stone?

After already angering much of Boston last month with the cover story on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the magazine this time ruins an otherwise sterling feature on Aaron Hernandez by allowing plagiarist Ron Borges to sully the work of writer Paul Solotaroff.

While Joe Sullivan was having his Boston Globe writers out talking to private investigators and handwriting experts, Solotaroff was putting together perhaps the most complete investigative profile of Hernandez yet.

Much of the feature is outstanding – it really puts together a lot of the pieces, and background that brought Hernandez to the point where he is now. Where we’ve heard so many disjointed accounts of incidents, the narrative of this story puts them all together in context, along with testimony about Hernandez’s upbringing and the events that put him on this path. It’s really compelling and fascinating material.

But then, out of nowhere, Ron Borges swoops in, takes a steaming dump on the Patriots, and then flies out again.

It really is amazing. You can tell precisely where Borges’ takes over the narrative (the stoop-to-conquer Patriots of Bill Belichick) and when he gives it up. It’s not a smooth transition at all.

Solotaroff brings the piece to the point where the Patriots come into the story – the 2010 NFL Draft. Then this;

Time was, the Pats were the Tiffany franchise, a team of such sterling moral repute that they cut a player right after they drafted him, having learned he had a history of assaulting women. But Beli-chick, the winner of three Super Bowl titles and grand wizard of the greatest show on turf, had decided long before he got to New England that such niceties were beneath him. Over a decade, he’d been aggregating power unto himself, becoming the Chief Decider on personnel matters. He signed so many players bearing red flags they could have marched in Moscow’s May Day parade (Randy Moss, Donte Stallworth, et al.), and began drafting kids with hectic pasts, assuming the team’s vets would police them. Some of this was arrogance, some of it need: When you’re picking from the bottom of the deck each spring, you’re apt to shave some corners to land talent.

The writing style, the tone, everything is completely different from the rest of the piece. It’s all Borges catch-phrases, too.

He continues:

Belichick signed both to big extensions years before their rookie deals expired, giving Hernandez $40 million and Gronkowski $54 million, while stiffing Wes Welker, the slot receiver.

“Stiffing Wes Welker.” How that little tidbit – even if true – is at all relevant to the rest of the story is completely beyond me.

Borges then launches into how Belichick fired Frank Mendes, and “replaced the Pats’ security chief with a tech-smart Brit named Mark Briggs.” (In 2003, mind you, 10 years ago!)  That paragraph ends with a law-enforcement official who “dislikes Briggs” complaining that the Patriots aren’t receptive to tips and it isn’t a friendly environment to call over.

More:

In his first remarks after Odin Lloyd’s murder, Robert Kraft described himself as “duped” by Hernandez, saying he’d had no knowledge of his troubles. That is arrant nonsense: Every team knew him as a badly damaged kid with a circle of dangerous friends and a substance problem. Once a Patriot, Hernandez practically ran up a banner that said STOP ME! I’M OUT OF CONTROL!

Funny, that’s not how Borges himself described Kraft’s initial statements on the case.

Speaking publicly for the first time against the advice of his attorneys, Kraft said he felt the need for the public to hear from the organization — and frankly he is the organization. One can talk all they want about Bill Belichick or anyone else but when push comes to shove one voice dominates all others in Foxboro and it is Kraft’s. The team is still here because he kept it here and it will be here long after Belichick and Tom Brady are gone and so on his first day back in his office he spoke from the heart.

I’m confused; was Kraft speaking from the heat, or was he dishing out arrant nonsense?

And then, POOF, as quickly as Borges swooped in, he’s gone, and Solotaroff wrestles back control of the narrative.

It didn’t have to be that way. By adding Borges to the story, someone with an axe to grind against the franchise, and who left the Boston Globe under a cloud (shouldn’t that have been a RED FLAG?) undermines the effectiveness of the feature.

Question: What does the Boston Herald think about this? How could they not even get an exclusive excerpt out of the fact that their writer was working on this? How can they not be pissed?

Some other points:

We know what the sports radio talking points will be:

The flophouse was Belichick’s idea, Mike!!!

They knew what a scumbag he was, and looked the other way!
If Belichick didn’t arrogantly fire the security director, no one would’ve been killed!

He was walking around the locker room high on angel dust, and they did nothing about it!

So all those locals (Media especially) who swore they would never again read a word that Rolling Stone published after the Tsarnaev cover are going to completely ignore this article right?

Lots of suggestion that Urban Meyer covered stuff up at Florida, but seemingly not a lot of sourcing.  Nor specific details.

Angel dust? One source, and a cop from Bristol who says it was a problem in the city.

The thing about this is, while there is a ton of detailed about Hernandez’s life, when it comes to his Patriots tenure, material prior to this spring is not in abundance. Points about the combine meeting, (how many sources on that one, I wonder?) the missed workouts, the threatened release, those are new. Otherwise, there besides unnamed friends saying Hernandez smoked several blunts while driving home after every game, there isn’t much that seems to indict the organization.

About That Globe Feature On The Private Detectives…

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Really?

I’d love to have been a fly on the wall when the concept for this story was being  tossed around.

I get that the Aaron Hernandez case is one of the most sensational murder cases that we’ve had around these parts in some time. I get that stories about it are going to be written and are going to attract attention and be well-read.

But this story, and the accompanying piece using handwriting analysis on Hernandez’s jailhouse letters are just ludicrous. This is not really to insult to Shira Springer, who I sort of get the feeling is laughing at the subjects she’s writing about in these stories, but the Globe could not have teed up a better tailor-made story to slap at the Patriots than this one.

The only surprise about it is that it didn’t appear two Sundays from now, on the morning of the Patriots opener at Buffalo. We can only wonder what Joe Sullivan has planned for that day.

So read these, and tell me there isn’t an intentional theme that is being pushed here:

“To say Kraft only knows what’s going on in the building, it’s like having blinders and earmuffs on,” said private investigator Bob Long. “Is that all he wants to know?”

“A lot of teams are willing to take some risk. They keep their fingers crossed that nothing happens and have blinders on and earmuffs on and hope nothing blows up. Well, in this case, it did.”

“It sounds unfathomable that something wasn’t done before they re-signed him.”

“Over the years, I have discussed doing background due diligence for certain sports teams,” said private investigator and attorney John Nardizzi, whose company, Nardizzi & Associates Inc., has conducted roughly a dozen athlete-background checks for professional teams. “The response from some who say they recognize the value of such research, but decline to do it, is that they believe their contacts on the ground — former coaches, ex-players who are with the college or team and ‘knew the guy real well’ — are in a superior position when assessing character.”

“I don’t think it’s a question of [giving them] advice. Some of them I just don’t think believe it’s really important, so they’re not going to do it. They’re willing to take a risk with cowboys, villains, and gamblers and say, ‘This is the team that we’re going to field.’ They’re not too worried about everything else.”

So the Patriots were a) lazy, b) cheap, c) negligent d) arrogant and e) enabling.

But they’re not being blamed for this, no, not at all.

The sources in this article are businessmen trying to sell their services. This tragedy could’ve been prevented if they had just hired us! Free advertising!

Meanwhile, I get that Jerry Remy is an extremely nice guy, a private person, and a media member – all of which make him pretty much untouchable, even though he is a public figure.

Are we going to see anything about how all three of his children have had violence issues with the law, including the latest of his son being charged with the murder of the mother of his child?

I’m not saying there should be. I have no desire to see an article of that type. I don’t think Remy should be subject to that kind of scrutiny. But at the same time, the Globe and others are going all-in with this theory that murder could’ve been prevented had the Patriots been more diligent in monitoring their employee during his off hours, but there will be nothing said about a father’s role in the behavior of his own children, and if such a suggestion is even made, it is dismissed as a private matter?

I saw this over the weekend - Time For A Change In NESN Booth - from WBZ-TV sports producer Scott Sullivan, but Sullivan’s premise is as much about Remy’s performance in the booth as it is about his family issues. I don’t agree really, I don’t think Remy should have to give up his job, and I don’t want to see him put through the type of scrutiny the Patriots are being put under, it just seems unbalanced to me to be pursuing one with zeal and not even mentioning the other.

Patriots Mauled In Detroit, Sox To Face Dodgers

The Patriots put on an incredibly inept display of football last night, as they lost to the Detroit Lions 40-9 in their third preseason game.

Not much good to take out of this one, you can catch up on the gory details at PatriotsLinks.com.

Almost as bad as the game was this halftime “interview” by Steve Burton. WOW.

The Red Sox are in Los Angeles to face the Dodgers, the team that helped them completely change the future direction of their franchise with the blockbuster trade last August.

Consider the alternatives: Where would Red Sox be without golden wrecking ball offered by Dodgers? – Alex Speier looks at how the Red Sox might’ve proceeded had the Dodgers not bailed them out all at once with the trade.

A year later, effects of Red Sox-Dodgers trade still felt – Peter Abraham also offers his thoughts on the impact of the deal.

Tonight’s game (10:10om) is on NESN, while FOX has tomorrow (4:05pm) and ESPN on Sunday night (8:05pm).

Turning to the media side of things, there are a couple columns today:

Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole show Fox Sports 1’s promise – Chad Finn gives his initial thoughts on the new sports network, as well as some notes on the latest happenings at WEEI and on Jerry Remy.

Fouracre to host spiritual sports show on Emmanuel Radio – Bill Doyle looks at sports talk of a higher calling being done by the longtime radio voice of Holy Cross football and basketball, Doyle also touches on WEEI and Remy.

Some national notes:

FOX Sports 1 and MLB Productions Collaborate For “Mission October – Each week this series will focus on a postseason contender.

NBC Sports Group To Produce Live On-Site Pre-Game Show Prior To All Notre Dame Football Home Games – The Fighting Irish are going to have their own nationally televised pre and post game shows.

ESPN.com Expands NFL Nation Network with Sites for All 32 NFL Teams – ESPN announced this week that they will have a blogger and site for every NFL team.

Bleacher Report Bolsters NFL Coverage, Fantasy Football Offerings – The blogging network continues its foray into the big time, with recent hires of Mike Freeman, Matt Bowen, Matt Miller, Aaron Nagler, Ty Schalter and Michael Schottey as featured NFL analysts providing year-round, in-depth NFL coverage for the site.

Entercom Announces Hiring of Kevin Graham as WEEI “Brand Manager”

Here is the release from Entercom:

Entercom Announces Kevin Graham to Lead WEEI as New Brand Manager

Graham Will Direct Entire WEEI Ecosystem from On-air, Online, Mobile, Red Sox Play-by-Play, and the WEEI Regional Sports Network

BOSTON, MA – Entercom Boston announced today that it has hired Kevin Graham to lead WEEI as their new Brand Manager. Graham comes to WEEI from 1320 KFAN in Salt Lake City, where he served as Program Director and afternoon drive co-host. Graham will begin work at WEEI in early September.

One of the original architects of 1320 KFAN, Kevin Graham went on to a successful programming career assembling and building sports stations in Columbus, Pittsburgh, ESPN Radio New York City, Detroit and Salt Lake City. He returned to KFAN again in 2012 to re-launch the station serving as Program Director and host of the Gunther and Graham afternoon show. Graham also has extensive experience in the digital sports arena assisting in building ArizonaSports.com in Phoenix and as the Founder/Editor of SportsMashup.com.

“WEEI is more than a radio station; it is an entire sports ecosystem. From our on-air talent to Red Sox play-by-play to WEEI.com, where we had 1.4 million unique visitors just last month, WEEI is a more complete sports brand than ever before,” said Entercom General Manager Jeff Brown. “We are thrilled to announce today that Kevin Graham will lead WEEI as our new Brand Manager. His background both in front of and behind the mic, along with his years of digital sports experience made him the best choice to lead WEEI. Kevin will bring a fresh perspective to the entire WEEI team and our complete package of digital sports assets.”

“I am honored and excited to join the WEEI team. WEEI is one of the most recognizable and powerful sports radio brands in the country,” said WEEI Brand Manager Kevin Graham. “With great resources, amazing talent, and one of the best digital brands in sports, the sky is the limit. I can’t wait to get started, especially with the Red Sox in the midst of such a great season.”

OK then. We’ll see if Graham can save the WEEI “ecosystem.”

Next WEEI Casualty – The Boston Celtics

As WEEI continues to circle the drain – everyday new rumors are coming fast and furious, (shutting down the FM signal and going back to AM?) today there was officially another casualty:

The Boston Celtics will no longer be airing on WEEI. From Jeff Brown:

WEEI has had an incredible run with the Boston Celtics, from being a part of their 17th Championship Banner to the end of the Big 3 era.

Unfortunately we were unable to come to terms on a new contract moving forward. We thank the entire Celtics organization for our tremendous time together and wish them the best of luck in the future.

It speaks to how bad things are at the station when you would think the Celtics broadcast rights would be trending downward cost-wise as the team rebuilds and the station still can’t come to an agreement. Broadcast rights were one of the few assets the station still had.

How the mighty have fallen.

No word yet on the new radio home for the Celtics. You’d think the 98.5 airwaves would be a bit crowded with the Bruins games airing there, but it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Celtics end up at that station too.

Lester Lifts Sox

Coming off a late night game and a cross-country flight, it seemed natural that the Red Sox would be a bit sluggish last night in San Francisco. Instead, Jon Lester pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning, and the Red Sox beat the Giants 7-0.

Lester showing that Sox can count on him again – Sean McAdam says that this was the Lester that the Sox need the rest of the way.

Bogaerts left strong impression on PawSox – Tim Britton has those who worked with Xander Bogaerts at Pawtucket raving about his future.

Xander Bogaerts a real big deal – Scott Lauber has the Sox looking for the young phenom to give them a boost.

Brandon Spikes, Adrian Wilson hit it off – Jeff Howe has the hard-hitting pair looking to set the tone for the defense.

Practice is perfect for ramping up NFL coverage – Abraham Madkour in Sports Business Journal has a look at Patriots coverage here for training camp, particularly from The Boston Globe.

The writer concludes:

Five quick conclusions: First, the amount of coverage from camp gives each NFL team an additional six weeks of news footage in its market. Two, with all this coverage, young writers should know there are going to be opportunities. Three, the challenge for editors and writers to differentiate news, analysis and personality coverage will be steep, but vital. Four, teams need to invest in their news and video departments because they are best positioned to offer rare, unique and behind-the-ropes access. Finally, there is already an ad-supported element here, but someone may introduce an additional monetization element by making this news and analysis accessible to premium insider subscribers.

Are you going to pay for practice recaps? I don’t think so.

Meanwhile, our buddy Bert Breer is back at it:

I thought Hernandez was a loner with his teammates? Now they’re involved in his murder plot(s)? That’s quite a sweeping judgment to make.

Then there is this:

Can anyone interpret that for me?

Xander Time Is Finally Here

With the Red Sox scuffling, going 3-7 in their last ten games, and their recent four game lead in the AL East down to one, Boston has made the move that has been anticipated all season:

The X-Man cometh: Why Red Sox are giving Xander Bogaerts his shot – Alex Speier has the scoop on the call-up, as well as a couple of other roster moves for the Red Sox.

Last night’s nationally televised game on ESPN between the Red Sox and Yankees had plenty of drama, along with a note of irony. The broadcast team spent much of the game detailing the cheating of Alex Rodriguez and listing out his misdeeds, then named him the  Chevrolet Player of the Game at the end of it all.

Most seem to be applauding the actions of Ryan Dempster in drilling Rodriguez to lead off the second inning, but there are different schools of thought out there on it:

Many probably applauding Dempster – Joe McDonald has the Sox pitcher a popular figure with his actions.

Plunking Alex Rodriguez didn’t make any sense – Nick Cafardo says it was not a smart move by Dempster.

Dempster ‘made a lot of fans’ plunking A-Rod – Lou Merloni had no problem with Dempster breaking “unwritten rules” because this was a “special circumstance.”

MLB needs to halt vigilante players – Steve Buckley says that Dempster cost the Red Sox the game with his actions.

Only problem with Ryan Dempster was flunking after plunking – Mike Salk says that hitting Rodriguez didn’t lose the game for Dempster, it’s what he did afterwards that lost it .

Elsewhere and from the weekend:

Tom Brady says last week’s knee injury was an overblown storyline – An overblown storyline involving the Patriots? Never happens.

Guess who:

And how about a shout-out for David Ortiz? The man is simply amazing. The Yankees have the easily mocked, cheatin’ and lyin’ Rodriguez. Here in Boston, we have Big Papi, who Saturday crushed his 24th home run and continues to be the best American League hitter this side of Miguel Cabrera. Last week in Toronto, Ortiz hit a home run that left the bat at 118.8 miles per hour. According to ESPN Stats, that represents the 37-year-old Ortiz’s top bat speed in seven years. Clearly, all the hard work is paying off.

Why not just say it? You are the “bravest columnist in town” after all.

Speaking of reading between the lines, did you figure out who Joe Fitzgerald was talking about in his Jerry Remy column this weekend:

One night a celebrated Globe columnist called here with a plea, not as a competitor but as a heartsick dad. His kid had just been picked up for an incident that would eventually lead to his incarceration.

“Look, I know what you guys are probably going to do with this,” he said. “But my kid’s in enough trouble without your paper piling on to get at me. Can you do anything to help?”

Hmm. Could it be this? Or someone else?

I also enjoyed this post over the weekend from PFT:

Belichick takes a shot at “experts who have it all figured out”

In, Belichick is quoted thusly:

“I don’t know how you can know that unless you’re really part of the team and know exactly what was supposed to happen on that play. I know there are a lot of experts out there that have it all figured out but I definitely don’t,” Belichick said.

It’s awesome that a quote like that can lead to comments like this:

Bill Belichick is one of those guys that you see getting his coffee every morning at the local Tim Horton’s, You say good morning and he grunts and walks away shaking his head. One of those guys that needs shock treatment to be social. I feel bad for the media up in New England. Those guys must have amazing self-control, because I don’t think I would last 5 minutes in the same room as him. The guy literally thinks he knows it all.

That comment has it all, ignorant mention about Tim Horton’s, (shouldn’t it be Dunkin Donuts? Must be a Canadian.) Who makes conversation with strangers at coffee shops anyway? The line about feeling bad for the media. Who feels bad for the media? Anyone? The tough guy line about how he wouldn’t stand for it. Then the breathtakingly bad reading comprehension by stating that the coach think he literally knows it all when he specifically states he doesn’t. Only thing missing was the Spygate reference. (Though there were plenty of those elsewhere in the comments section.)