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Top Kirk & Callahan moments from successful Fall Ratings Book

12.21.16 at 10:16 pm ET
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Gary Tanguay executes another Velfie. (Photo courtesy Gary Tanguay)

Gary Tanguay executes another Velfie. (Photo courtesy Gary Tanguay)

Since the 2016 fall ratings book has come to an end and my internship has a week left, it felt appropriate to post a final blog recapping the top moments of the Kirk and Callahan era. I ran through about 15 moments but have narrowed down the Top 10. A lot has happened in the span of four months. Here’s the best of the best:

No. 10: Bart Hubbuch Eulogy

Known Patriots troll and New York Post columnist Bart Hubbuch finally reached his breaking point back on Sept. 21 when he went ghost on Twitter after the people of social media annihilated him for his tweet suggesting that the Patriots are racists because Jacoby Brissett was the first black quarterback to start for New England in the Patriots-Texans Thursday Night Football game.

“Totally not-shocking fact: The Patriots have never had a black QB start a game in their 57-year history,” Hubbuch wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted. “Jacoby Brissett would be the first.”

John Feitelberg of Barstool Sports teamed up with Kirk Minihane to get Hubbuch fired, suspended, etc. along with thousands of other Boston media folks and Hubbuch was off Twitter with no link to his account for 24 hours. The troll ended up coming back a couple days later, but it was nice to silence him for at least a little while. Kirk did a beautiful reading of the eulogy producer Chris Curtis and I crafted behind the scenes on my first day.

No. 9: Podcast Mania

The most obvious change aside from a former co-host of 17 years no longer sitting in the No. 1 chair has been the new podcasts being produced nearly everyday by either Kirk, Gerry Callahan, Curtis or producer Ken Laird. The content has hit an all-time high with the debuts of The Real K&C recap podcast hosted by Curtis and Ken which started back in September and the new Kirk and Callahan Tunnel Vision podcast with Kirk and Gerry which debuted a few weeks ago. Chris and Ken run through the show and discuss the performance of the third co-host on Dino’s Casting Couch and spill beans on any office gossip or drama. Through three podcasts, Kirk and Gerry have taken relatively the same approach, with one State of the Union podcast, a hashing out of their first on-air fight and an airing of grievances podcast in the spirit of Festivus.

Kirk has his own Enough About Me podcast which has been running for nearly a year where he sits down with a personality each week which most of the time focuses on them and their career, hence the name of the podcast. All three are essential for anyone wanting to keep up on all the happenings at 20 Guest Street from 5:30-10 AM.

No. 8: Andrew Mahoney Boston Globe ‘Ski Squad’

The Dennis & Callahan show was at its best and saw its ratings revival during the ‘Whack a Troll’ tour through the Deflategate hypocrites who were quick to hurl character damnations at Tom Brady and Bill Belichick for Deflategate and called for their death.

The same can be said for Kirk & Callahan. The Boston Globe’s Andrew Mahoney showed what is hard to call anything other than a bias against WEEI when he wrote a story about Jimmy Garoppolo‘s interview on K&C and Mahoney didn’t give the station nor the show credit for the interview. This set Kirk off who proceeded to eviscerate Mahoney — who only follows people from the station across the street on Twitter. Curtis did some digging and found that Mahoney is a member of the Globe/station across the street’s Ski Team, which the guys had a field day chastising. Whether a matter of coincidence or Mahoney intentionally omitting the station and K&C from the article, Kirk was rightfully irate about not getting credit.

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Charlie Day of ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ says he’s a Patriots fan, not Eagles fan

12.21.16 at 1:43 pm ET
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TMZThis is blasphemy …

“It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” star Charlie Day is living a LIE … telling TMZ Sports he has no real love for the Philadelphia Eagles … and actually roots for the New England Patriots.

If you don’t watch ‘Sunny’ (you’re missing out, show’s hilarious) Day plays Charlie Kelly — a crazed Eagles fan whose love for the team often gets him into hijinks.

When we got the real-life actor out in L.A. he revealed to us that it’s all a goof … and not only does he not root for the Eagles … he actually sides with the evilest of all football empires.

Is nothing real anymore?

It actually makes a lot of sense that Charlie Day is a Patriots fan because he grew up in Rhode Island and went to Merrimack College. Plus, Charlie Day and Charlie Kelly have very little in common except their name (I’m hoping).

What does NOT make sense is what TMZ has to say about the Patriots. If they replace “evilest” with “winningest” this would make a lot more sense.

Aaron Hernandez’ lawyer blames Russian hackers for leaked jailhouse calls

12.21.16 at 9:44 am ET
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NECNA lawyer for Aaron Hernandez suggested Tuesday that Russian hackers could have been responsible for accessing the former New England Patriots star’s jailhouse phone calls.

“It could be a Russian hacker, with all respect, like WikiLeaks, who was able to backdoor into the system,” attorney George Leontire said during a pretrial hearing. “We don’t know.” 

Much of the discussion at Tuesday’s hearing in Suffolk County Superior Court centered around Securus Technologies, a Dallas-based company that allowed an unknown person to access Hernandez’s jailhouse phone calls as he was awaiting his first murder trial.

Specifically, Hernandez’s legal team expressed concern that attorney-client communications may have been improperly accessed.

“We know these phones were hacked. We still don’t know who hacked them,” Leontire said.

The unauthorized access into a telephone database operated by Securus occurred during the summer of 2014, shortly after Hernandez was transferred to Boston to be closer to his attorneys who were representing him in the Bristol County murder of former semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Hernandez has filed a lawsuit against Securus.

Nice try, Aaron Hernandez’ lawyers.

They don’t know who hacked the phone but it had to have been Russians. It’s very en vogue right now to blame Russian hackers for things and these lawyers couldn’t waste this opportunity to jump on the trend.

This hacking is very unfair to Hernandez, let him go.

 

Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Aaron Hernandez identified as shooter in 2012 drive-by shooting; Richard Sherman threatens to ruin career of Seattle radio host

12.21.16 at 8:27 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Milwaukee at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Dallas at Portland, 10 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Washington at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: BYU at Wyoming, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Fairfield at Boston College, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Duke at Elon, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: American University at Villanova, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kentucky at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Missouri at Illinois, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oakland at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Northern Iowa at North Carolina, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UAB at Texas, 8 p.m. (Longhorn Network)
College basketball: Auburn at Oklahoma, 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: SIUE at Marquette, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Clemson at South Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Virginia at California, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Kent State at Oregon State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Aaron Hernandez returned to Suffolk County Superior Court on Tuesday for a pretrial hearing before his second murder trial and was identified by the survivor of a deadly 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston as the shooter in that incident.

Raychides Sanches, who was in a car he claims Hernandez targeted in the South End, said he was the passenger in a car that was stopped at a light when an SUV pulled up next to the car. He said someone in the SUV rolled down his window and said, “What’s up, negroes?” and started shooting.

According to Sanches, the bullets hit 29-year-old Daniel de Abreu and 28-year-old Safiro Furtado.

When asked in court who the shooter was, Sanches nodded at Hernandez and said, “Looked like him. Hernandez.”

Hernandez is facing two counts of murder in the deaths of Furtado and de Abreu. He already is serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

Jury selection for this trial is set to begin on Feb. 13.

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76ers make ‘Full House’ introduction video featuring rookies

12.20.16 at 2:21 pm ET
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Sports IllustratedIf you didn’t already love the Sixers’ rookies, you will now.

The team put Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot in a 40-second, expertly-edited ‘Full House’-themed sitcom introduction. It looks incredibly real, and the three had some fun with it.

This really does look real, right down to the vertical lines running down the screen.

My favorite part is the steering wheel, which is backwards in the second shot of it. Enjoy.

Texans rookie gets stuck with $16,000 restaurant tab

12.20.16 at 11:31 am ET
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SB NationIn the NFL, the practice of sticking a bunch of young dudes with a ridiculous bill has become commonplace, but KJ Dillon of the Houston Texans wasn’t one of bunch of young dudes getting stuck with it. He was on his own.

There is a lot to be said about this bill, but perhaps the best part is ordering 22 glasses of extra fancy Hennessy at $350 a pop. The stuff you can get at CVS in a plastic bottle tastes pretty great already, so I can’t imagine it’s worth the price upgrade. Feel free to prove me wrong though, Hennessy. I can send you my address or whatever.

The good news for KJ Dillon is he at least probably got a big, hearty meal out of the deal.

He did not. He just got a salad.  

I thought it was unfair in the Sopranos when the guys made Christopher pay their $1,184 restaurant bill until I saw this. 

Those Hennessy orders are insane and Dillon doesn’t even drink. And he got a SALAD. 

He could have bought a sensible car with what he had to pay for this. And because of this, he now has to live like a peasant:   

Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Donald Trump taps Florida Panthers owner for Secretary of the Army; Salvation Army sees spike in donations after Ezekiel Elliott’s touchdown celebration

12.20.16 at 8:25 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: NY Islanders at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Boston at Memphis, 8 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: San Antonio at Houston, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Utah at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College football: Memphis at Western Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Eastern Washington at Xavier, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Charlotte at Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Georgia at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Maine at Providence, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Charleston Southern at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Creighton at Arizona State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: North Dakota at Iowa, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: Notre Dame at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: New Orleans at Texas, 8 p.m. (Longhorn Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Donald Trump has nominated Florida Panthers owner Vincent “Vinnie” Viola for Secretary of the Army.

Viola is a New York financier and founder and chairman of Virtu Financial.

He graduated from West Point and is a former Infantry officer who served in the 101st Airborne Division.

Viola said his primary focus if confirmed “will be ensuring that America’s soldiers have the ways and means to fight and win across the full spectrum of conflict.”

In a statement, Trump said of Viola, “Whether it is his distinguished military service or highly impressive track record in the world of business, Vinnie has proved throughout his life that he knows how to be a leader and deliver major results in the face of any challenge.”

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Mike Francesa cites cold weather as factor in Cowboys game, forgets stadium has a roof

12.19.16 at 9:29 am ET
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New York Daily NewsMike Francesa fumbled another weather report on Sunday.

During his morning show on WFAN, the Sports Pope rambled on about the cold weather and wind chills for Sunday night’s game in Dallas between the Cowboys and Buccaneers and how it would play a factor in the game.

He wasn’t necessarily wrong about the weather, it was unbearably cold during gametime but fortunately for the players and fans AT&T Stadium has a retractable roof.

“When I went to Dallas and they had that ice storm…”

Francesa’s true talent is not talking about sports, it is flawlessly relating anything he’s talking about back to himself. It’s possible he did this whole thing about the cold weather just so he could remind people he survived an ice storm in Dallas that paralyzed the city for three days.

The day Mike retires will be the saddest of my life because I will miss soundbites like this one. He can build an argument based on wrong information like no one else. Even better is how he reacts when callers call him out on it, as I hope they do about this one today.

He is correct. Always.

Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jaguars fire coach Gus Bradley; Spurs retire Tim Duncan’s jersey

12.19.16 at 8:23 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Carolina at Washington, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Phoenix at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Western Illinois at Purdue, 6 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Eastern Michigan at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. Francis  at Marquette, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Tennessee State at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Delaware State at Indiana, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Colorado at Air Force, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Mississippi State at Southern Miss, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Southeast Missouri State at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Stanford at SMU, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Women’s college basketball: Ohio State at Connecticut, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Central Michigan at Tulsa, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Jaguars fired coach Gus Bradley on Sunday, mere hours after Jacksonville’s 21-20 loss to the Texans. That loss was the Jaguars’ ninth straight and dropped the team to 2-12 on the season.

Bradley leaves Jacksonville with the second-worst winning percentage of NFL coaches who have coached at least 50 games.

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell is expected to hold a press conference Monday afternoon to announce the interim coach for the final two games of the season.

The decision was made by the team’s owner, Shad Khan, who spoke of Bradley’s dedication to the team in a statement on Sunday.

“As anyone close to our team knows, Gus gave his staff and players literally everything he had. Our players competed for Gus and I know they have great respect for him, as do I,” the statement read.  ” … It is unfortunately evident that we must make a change. I thought it would be best to do it immediately after today’s result so Gus can step away, relax and regroup with his family during the Christmas and holiday season.”

The Jaguars are 14-48 since Bradley became coach in 2013. After being fired, Bradley returned home from Houston on the team charter.

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SNL uses Donald Trump news to take another ‘Deflategate’ shot at Patriots

12.18.16 at 8:36 am ET
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Deflategate and Donald Trump are the gifts that keep on giving for Saturday Night Live.

Saturday night the weekly show used a combination of both the President-elect and the controversy involving the Patriots to get a laugh, with “Weekend Update” co-host Michael Che introducing the news item involving Russia reportedly helping Trump with the election thanks to some strategic hacking. (See at :35 of the video posted below.)

“Who snitches when somebody cheats for them. That’s just ungrateful,” Che said. “You don’t expect Tom Brady to tell the ref, ‘Hey, let me try that touchdown pass again. The ball was deflated.’ I guess Donald Trump was just acting like a Patriot.”