Posted on: November 20, 2009 5:28 pm


I gotta give the nod to THE SPORTS HUB....  WEEI's host have become insufferable for the most part.  Let's go over the shows from morning to evening:

Dennis and Callahan are so old, ornary and off their rockers, I can't even listen to them anymore...  Somehow over the past 3 years, have become "Ted Sarandis-like" in their ways, from how they think if they yell louder, they'll somehow make their their growing animosity towards Bill Belichick... They are getting more Greek and bald every day.  BB has taken his fair share of abuse from various media outlet, but none has been as downright venomous as Dennis and Callahan. 

Dale and Holley.  I'm sick of Dale's holier than thou attitude... and has Michael Holley ever argued a point to which he feels he NOT right?  Plus, he's a buckeye, can't stand him.  Although he did write Patriot Reign, which is one of the more solid of the exploit books that have barraged the shelves of Barnes and Noble the past 8 years.  Net-Net, they are boring.

The Big Show.  I agree with Bill Simmons.  Ordway surrounds himself with subpar talent to make himself sound good.  This show is an absolute dinosaur.  They have failed to do anything interesting in the past 5 years, and just about the only thing worth listening to is the Belichick spot on Monday's during football season. 

Planet Mikey.  I love Mike Adams, but I'm just not his target market.  I long for the days of his NECN show, and his old "hide the salami" bits.  Mikey brings nothing to the table.

So how about THE SPORTS HUB? 

Toucher and Rich:  had the potential to completely strike out, but man they have done anything but.  Their Jon Gruden bit on Tuesday morning is literally "piss your pants while driving off the road laughing" radio, followed closely behind by "Drunken red Sox recaps."  They are doing what D&C used to do 7-8 years ago:  Entertaining their listeners!  The John Wallach dynamic works, as well as the teasing of Tanguay.  This will be a higher rated show than D&C in 6 months, mark my words.

Tanguay and Zolak.  I really enjoy Zolak.  Tanguay is terrible....he's the thin Pete Sheppard of 98.5.. good voice, zero sports knowledge other than what he's told or what he reads online/in papers.  But Zolak carries this show to make it interesting, and he does his homework.  I've always liked him on All Access anyhow, so I'm biased.

Felger and Mazz.  It's all about Mazz.  I can't stand Felger, but at least he brings it every day.  That being said, I'd listen to these guys one million times over before ever listneing to the Big Blow ever again.

DA:  Best sports show on the radio.    Sorry Mikey, but Damon is killing you here.

Category: NFL
Posted on: November 15, 2009 9:27 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2009 10:22 pm

Key to beating the Colts? Vollmer vs Freeney

If the Patriots can avoid doubling Freeney like they have thus far, they may hang 40 on the Colts inexperienced backfield tonight.

By the way, how uncomfortable was the NBC pre-game with Harrison and Dungy?  Talk about a worthless pre-game analysis due to the excessive amounts of bias on both sides.  Also, I didn't appreciate Bob Costas' dramatic montage about Pats-Colts being the rivalry of the decade, when he referred to Bill Belichick simply as "the rule bender."

Category: NFL
Posted on: November 6, 2009 9:59 am
Edited on: November 6, 2009 12:53 pm

Checking in with old friends: Kansas City

Jason Whitlock has an entertaining column this week about the happenings in and around the Chiefs locker room, highlighting some of the antics taking place in the fall out of the Larry Johnson "Tweet-gate."  Have a read:

it seems as thought Pioli and Chiefs' head coach Todd Haley have "coincidentally" put various signage up in private and public sections of Arrowhaed Stadium's locker room.  This isn't Lou Holtz 'Play like a champion today boys' stuff either.... this is more like the DHARMA Initative.  (See "Lost")

Whitlock references Pioli as "Egoli," and how he was simply a part of an overrated group that "stood around the pile while Bill Belichick and Tom Brady racked up Super Bowls."  And if that wasn't enough of a smack down, he goes on to say that Todd Haley is apparantly a crappy leader, but is one of the NFL's best at "yelling." 


Do you recall ANY such negativity regarding the great Pioli in the 10+ years here in New England?

My advice to Whitlock and the Chiefs' faithful:  HAVE PATIENCE.  Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither were the Patriots.  The Pats were already a playoff-caliber in 1999 when Belichick resigned as H-C of the N-Y-J, and took over the Pats.  They went 5-11 the following "housecleaning" year, and in year two they won it all (With hard work, one big Mo Lewis hit, and a little luck).

Todd Haley is no Belichick for sure, but Pioli brought him on for a reason.  Have trust Chiefs faithful.... at least for a couple years.  :)

Posted on: November 4, 2009 10:06 am
Edited on: November 5, 2009 1:00 pm

Best Defense vs. the Wildcat?

With the fish in Foxboro this Sunday, and the Boston sports media having an extra week to fill the sports pages between Patriot's games, much has been written about how the Patriots (or any team for that matter) should go about defending the Miami Dolphins "Wildcat" offense.  It was a little over a year ago to the day when the Wildcat was in essence "born."

The Dolphins last year, coming in as two touchdown underdogs, shocked Bill Belichick's defense, the Gillette Stadium crowd and the NFL watching world as a whole, with a complete and utter dismantling of the Patriots with this new wildcat formation that seemed to score at will that sunny Sunday afternoon.  Ronnie Brown scored TDs every which way possible.  Chad Pennington caught a couple passes.  The name "Tony Sparano" became an instant coach of the year candidate.  Not a single player on the Pats D had an answer.  Not a fan in those blue seats had seen such horror since the last days of Pete Carroll.

So how do the Pats stop them this time?  The same way they did the 2nd time these two teams met last year:  With OFFENSE.

The most important "Wildcat-stopper" player on the field for the Patriots on Sunday will be none other than Tom Brady.  Run out to a 14-0, 21-0 lead, and simply take away the run.  Period.  Is it that simple?  I think so. 

What do you think?

Category: NFL
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