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Thinking out loud: Should we be happy Clay Buchholz was traded?

12.24.16 at 10:29 am ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud…while wondering why we still hate Christian Laettner.

— Are we happier that Clay “couldn’t care less” Buchholz has been traded to the Phillies because of the obvious salary dump, or because it’s more of an insanity dump? Let’s face it, every time he took the mound, it was like having a cavity filled without Novocain.

— But is there more to come in the aftermath of his departure? Our buddy Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe suggests as much, that the dispatching of Buchholz’ $13.5 million salary might – might – set the table for a big(ger) bat to enter the picture. Maybe even Ortiz’ bat?

— Edwin Encarnacion is off to Cleveland. But some bats need to appear from somewhere. With all of that pitching, to not have the offense to go along would be like giving a Porsche a tune-up, but forgetting to fill the gas tank.

— Were Tom Brady’s demons exorcised with the Patriots’ win over the Broncos in Denver? Nah. All good players have their trouble spots, and Denver certainly hasn’t been an oasis for Brady. But to the team – it felt good to slap those guys at least once, after getting slapped themselves twice a year ago.

— But is the defense really that good? Well, yes and no. The Broncos’ ineptitude on offense helped. But the Patriots are beginning to make plays – and they are better at getting off the field on 3rd downs. Execution at both ends are two trends that will need to continue for a run to Super Bowl LI.

— J-E-T-S? Just End The Suffering. That is all.

— It’s easy to say you wouldn’t sign Michael Floyd after seeing the video(s) emerge of his DUI arrest in Arizona. Bill Belichick did say this week they had seen everything they needed to see before adding him to NE’s roster. Does Floyd need some help? Sure. Perhaps some stability with his employment is part of the path he needs to travel.

— But there is a big difference in saying the right things – which Floyd did this week – and in doing them. It’s up to Michael Floyd to take the next step. No one can push him in the direction he should travel, that’s entirely up to him.

— There’s also this compensatory pick thing, if Floyd leaves in free agency, the Patriots will receive if things don’t work out with him. Shrewd is BB’s middle name.

— What is this? Someone else guilty of ch-ch-cheating in the NFL? What else would you call the New York Giants’ use of walkie-talkies during their win two weeks ago, against Dallas? It’s against the rules, no matter the situation – as the Giants had a malfunction with their headsets at the time.

— The NFL fined the Giants $150,000 and hit coach Ben McAdoo – who certainly should have known the rules, right? – with another $50K punishment.

— A fourth-round draft pick in 2017 has also been moved to the end of the round after any compensatory picks. Ok, so it’s not Deflategate-worthy, but this shows two things – one, that teams still do whatever they can to gain an edge. And two, the NFL isn’t completely biased against the Patriots. Equal opportunity punishment?

— Notice use of the word “completely” in the above sentence.

— LeGarrette Blount. Malcolm Butler. Nate Ebner. Marcus Cannon. Four Patriots’ who might have a beef over the Pro Bowl selections this week. But if you ask me, the entire team may have been snubbed with just four picks for the honor (TB12, Dont’a Hightower, Devin McCourty, Matthew Slater). Why?

— Not for nuthin’, but don’t the Patriots have the best record in the NFL (along with Dallas)? And only four guys get the nod? Maybe that’s because no one expects any of them to actually play in this farcical sporting event, held in Orlando next month.

— Did you see where the Seahawks’ Richard “Big Mouth” Sherman threatened a member of Seattle’s media this week, just because he didn’t like the question he was asked? “I’ll ruin your career,” was what Sherman told the ESPN 710 radio reporter, threatening to have his credentials revoked.

— Oh, Richard. Threatening the media is never a good idea. Quite the contrary, because in this day and age it only takes two seconds to go viral, smart guy. He later apologized, sort of, via Twitter. “I appreciate the role the media plays and they have a tough job. I let it get personal today and I regret that.”

— You know, I always thought the only dumb questions out there were the ones that don’t get asked?

— The story out there this week on the San Diego security guard fired from his job at Qualcomm Stadium because he was, uh, pleasuring himself while on the field in front of thousands at a Chargers’ game? Wrong on so many levels.

— But we’ll start with this – what could he have possibly found pleasurable about watching the San Diego Chargers? Aren’t they moving to Los Angeles, anyway? Just sayin’.

— This weeks’ “grumpy ol’ man gripe session” features two young men, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey and LSU’s Leonard Fournette, who are undoubtedly talented football players with a ton of professional potential in front of them. That they’ve both chosen to sit out their team’s bowl games to “prepare for the draft” is yet but another sign that an athletic apocalypse is right on our doorstep.

— And it is the NCAA who is ultimately to blame. Sure, everyone needs to be accountable for oneself, and in today’s world of immediate gratification, why would we expect anyone in this age bracket (looking at you, millennials) to behave differently?

— When the collegiate poohbahs grabbed the dough, all right-minded, selfless thinking went out the window. And that’s what these two players are doing – giving up on team, principles, commitment, all that rah-rah stuff they’ve been taught for years – that WE’VE been taught for years – to move into the business of pro football.

— You reap what you sew. Or sow. Oink.

— You’ve heard the saying “there is no ‘I’ in T-E-A-M?” Well, there ain’t no WE, either.

— We may as well drop all bowl games short of the big-money playoffs. Bowl games, once a reward for a good season, are only so much cannon-fodder and obscure cable-channel programming these days and are barely noticed outside of the New Year.

— When do players start to quit on the NCAA basketball tournament because they need to get ready for the pros? That day is coming, because college coaches have long been able to “quit” on teams to jump to other jobs with little-to-no real repercussion.

— True amateurism in this country died in 1984, as far as I can tell, when the Olympic Games were marketed and sold like no event had been sold previously. To keep taxpayers from paying more than their fair share (a noble thought), “sports business” bought and sold our athletic souls along the way, replete with all the requisite sportsmanship ideals that are a part of our younger, innocent days. It shows that the almighty buck is the ultimate winner in these endeavors.

— We should have seen this coming.

— Before the season started, if you had told me the Providence Friars would have 10 wins (or more) before Big East play began, I would have told you to put down whatever it was you were drinking. And give me some of it.

— While PC has forged a new identity for the most part – through a thorough buy-in to defense – several individuals have also grown considerably in stature, if not in size.

— Kyron Cartwright has developed into a top-flight, Big East-caliber point guard. Jalen Lindsey is an elite defender. Emmitt Holt is tough and talented in the middle. And Rodney Bullock, as unassuming as he may sometimes appear to be, is lethal as a scorer and potential go-to guy.

— Just when we may have thought this team, this program, was a year or two away from being a part of March Madness again – they’re right back in the discussion for this year. That’s not just the mark of a good a team, you know. It’s the mark of a good a program.

— The Friars’ turning heads and potential tail-whoopin’ of foes this season should make for an interesting conference schedule, certainly. But they’ll have to go out there and earn it. The Big East has a history of eating its’ young in league play before they’re ready, in case you haven’t been paying attention.

— Talking about turning some heads, I mentioned recently the rapid descent of the once-vaunted Syracuse program – and was quickly chastised by a reader who reminded me “they were in the Final Four last year, weren’t they?” Yes, they were. I was there.

— But this year’s Syracuse team isn’t even a shell of the team on the floor last year, as I said. As evidence, I present to you a stunning, shocking 93-60 defeat to St. John’s at the Carrier Dome this week. St. John’s? Yup. Worst loss in the 36-year history of the Carrier Dome – by one of the worst teams (for now) in the Big East.

— Told ya’. St. John’s had beaten only one team with a winning record before squeezing the Orange. This Syracuse team isn’t good. All that traveling down Tobacco Road has been bad for their health.

— Our friend Edward, the women’s hoop nut, will be watching this – Fox Sports will be offering an all-access game in the Big East between St. John’s and Seton Hall on Dec. 30. The coaches will be mic’d up – LIVE – and no commercials. That’s right, no commercials, live on the sidelines, live in the huddles and even live in the locker rooms. Fox Sports Go will also stream dedicated cameras of each of the coaches with live audio.

— Will actions ever meet expectations for the URI Rams? Perhaps, now that Atlantic-10 play is at hand. But most assuredly, if Hassan Martin is able to find his way back into the lineup. His toughness and ability are a part of the Rams’ fiber. Next up, Saint Louis Dec. 30.

— Tough homecoming, of sorts, for former Rhode Island College head coach and PC assistant Bob Walsh this week. His Maine Black Bears did a lot of scrapping in a 79-59 loss to Providence Tuesday, and succumbed to a 55-point second half by Brown in an 82-77 loss to the Bears Thursday.

— More examples this week of just how tough times remain in the media business, with two familiar names (and friends) let go from CSNNE – Bob Neumeier and Sean McAdam. Word has it that more changes are coming from Comcast, partially as a result of the trickle-down effects of “unbundling” cable channels from your service. And all you’re trying to do is save a few bucks. Bet you didn’t know that.

— My buddy “Big E” sez he has a friend who is a government employee, and out of sheer boredom, decided to do some rummaging in an old file cabinet he found buried in his building’s basement. To his surprise, he found what looked like an old, brass lamp – so for kicks, he took it home.

— Wouldn’t you know, while polishing it, a genie jumped out and granted him three wishes. First, he wished for an ice-cold drink – and the genie delivered. Next, while sipping the drink, he asked to be on an island with beautiful women all lusting after him. Again, the genie delivered, with several beauties staring at him in admiration. Finally, the guy told the genie “I wish I’d never have to work again.”

— And just like that, he was back in his government office.

— Watching Duke’s Grayson Allen trip another player this week – for a 3rd time in the past year – and reading the fallout immediately set my thoughts to the most-hated Blue Devil of all time. It has to be Christian Laettner, doesn’t it? Laettner hit one of college basketball’s most iconic shots (at least before Villanova’s Kris Jenkins hit his national title game-winner last April) when he beat Kentucky at the buzzer in 1992’s NCAA Regional Finals. He had stepped on a Kentucky player during the game that started the “hate” – which still flows today. ESPN produced a 30-for-30 documentary on why he’s reviled – I Hate Christian Laettner.

— Perhaps, however, he’s hated simply because he was good? Laettner was a college player of the year, was elected into both the Basketball Hall of Fame and the US Olympic Hall of Fame, and was the only collegiate player selected for the original “Dream Team” back in ’92. Today, he’s retired from basketball, but still into fishing, real estate and youth basketball camps.

— Nick in Las Vegas, Nevada posted on Facebook this week, on the Patriots’ play without Gronk: “I, for one, am at least a little amazed that they are performing this consistently without the Gronk. I understand, at least, I thought I understood more so than anyone how watered down the league is, but we also know that it’s never easy.” Nick: Replacing Rob Gronkowski is an impossible task. That the Patriots have been able to overcome (for now) his absence is due to the overall talent the team possesses, and the abilities of the players and coaches to game plan around his absence. Would they love to have him back? Of course. Can they win without him? Of course. To say they wouldn’t is to discredit a deep and still-talented roster.

— Here’s hoping you have a very Merry Christmas holiday season! It’s not much in the way of a gift, really, but your reading, following and commenting are greatly appreciated. Exchanging views is one of the best gifts we can give each other.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Edwin Encarnacion signs with Indians; Heat retires Shaquille O’Neal’s jersey

12.23.16 at 9:36 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

NHL: Boston at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Oklahoma City at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN; NBATV)
NBA: Dallas at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College football: Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
College football:Louisiana Tech vs. Navy, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Ohio vs. Troy 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Providence at Boston College, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Harvard at Houston, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Auburn at UConn, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Tulsa at San Diego State, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Rutgers at Seton Hall, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Arkansas State at Minnesota, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: DePaul at Missouri State, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Florida A&M at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: San Francisco at Illinois State, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Wyoming at USC, 11 p.m. (FS1)


— The Indians have signed free agent Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million deal, pending a physical, ESPN confirmed.

The deal also includes a $20 million fourth year club option or a $5 million buyout.

Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis tweeted this after the deal was finalized:

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Tiger Woods breaks internet after posing as ‘Mac Daddy Santa’

12.22.16 at 5:29 pm ET
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It’s not the holiday season until Tiger Woods weighs in.

(To view Tiger’s tweet, click here.)

‘Patriots Day’ review: Marathon bombing movie would’ve been better with less Mark Wahlberg

12.22.16 at 2:16 pm ET
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Mark Wahlberg is everywhere in "Patriots Day," and that's not a good thing. (Credit: Sipa USA)

Mark Wahlberg is everywhere in “Patriots Day,” and that’s not a good thing. (Credit: Sipa USA)

Much of the debate around “Patriots Day,” the new film about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, has focused on whether the movie should have been made this soon, or at all. It’s a legitimate, interesting debate that has been going on for a while. There are bombing survivors and local residents on both sides of the argument, people who were willing to work with the movie and support it and people who wanted nothing to do with it and have no intention of ever seeing it. Neither side is wrong in its approach.

I never had a strong opinion either way. That’s not to say I didn’t care, because I did. But I knew a movie was going to get made eventually, and whether it was too soon didn’t seem like something I was qualified to decide. I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of “Patriots Day,” but I wasn’t disgusted with it either.

So, I think I went into it with a fairly open mind. After seeing it, I’d love to be able to give you some sort of hot take — that it was an incredible film that will win over even the biggest skeptics, or that it was a total trainwreck that every Bostonian should avoid.

But “Patriots Day” is neither of those things. It’s a movie that does some things really well, but that also makes too many unnecessary and, quite frankly, distracting changes to a story that was more than dramatic enough already.

The most unnecessary and distracting change is its star: Mark Wahlberg. His character, Boston Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders, isn’t a real person. It’s a composite, but it’s unclear why anyone associated with the movie felt that a composite lead character was needed. A cynic would say it’s just so there would be a big role for a big star. Others might say it’s to give the audience a connective tissue as the film bounces all over Boston, Cambridge and Watertown.

If it’s the former, shame on Wahlberg and director Peter Berg. If it’s the latter, then Wahlberg and Berg seem to underestimate the intelligence of their audience. Maybe being a Bostonian and knowing so much of the story clouds my judgment here. Maybe someone not as familiar with it would have a tough time keeping up if they didn’t have Saunders to follow. Read the rest of this entry »

Duke suspends Grayson Allen indefinitely for repeated tripping

12.22.16 at 10:31 am ET
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SB NationDuke has suspended Grayson Allen indefinitely for tripping Elon’s Steven Santa Ana, the program has announced. This is the third time Allen has been caught tripping an opponent. Being a repeat offender was finally enough for coach Mike Krzyzewski to discipline him.

Here’s Coach K’s statement on Allen:

“We have had the opportunity to thoroughly review the incident involving Grayson Allen from last night’s game against Elon. As I stated last night, the incident was unacceptable and inexcusable. He took an important step last night by apologizing in person to Steven Santa Ana and Coach Matt Matheny. As a program, we needed to take further steps regarding his actions that do not meet the standards of Duke Basketball. To that end, we have determined that Grayson will be suspended from competition for an indefinite amount of time.”

Allen’s latest trip earned him a technical foul for the officials. 

Allen promptly threw a tantrum on the bench that was caught by ESPN cameras. He and Krzyzewski apologized to Santa Ana and Elon coach Matt Matheny after the game. Coach K called Allen’s act “unacceptable” in a postgame press conference but stopped short of saying he would suspend him.

Now it’s finally happened. Allen has a history of this exact thing. He tripped a Louisville player in February of last year, then tripped a Florida State player later in the month.

Allen was No. 1 on our preseason list of the best players in college basketball. His brilliant sophomore campaign was marred by tripping opponents and he’s done it again as a junior.

Good. This kid is a brat.

If you’re really that good at basketball you shouldn’t have to be tripping people. Plus, he’s not subtle about it at all. You can’t blatantly stick your foot out and trip someone and then throw your arms up at him like you have no idea on earth how he fell.

His latest trip was so comically obvious there was no way he wasn’t getting caught.

Duke finally did the right thing here.

Brock Holt becomes a dad, welcomes son with wife, Lakyn

12.22.16 at 9:59 am ET
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According to Lakyn’s Instagram, baby Griffin Wyatt was born on Dec. 20. 

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Manny Ramirez preparing for baseball comeback; Steph Curry likes comparison between Red Sox, Warriors

12.22.16 at 8:06 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

Boston at Florida, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Boston at Indiana, 7 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: LA Lakers at Miami, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: San Antonio at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NFL: NY Giants at Philadelphia, 8:25 p.m. (NBC; NFL Network)
College football: Idaho vs. Colorado State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tulsa at Stephen F. Austin, 4:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UNCG at Georgetown, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: San Diego St. at Southern Miss., 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Furman at Michigan, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Marshall at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Yale at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Wyoming at DePaul, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Delaware State at Iowa, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Kansas at UNLV, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: LSU at Wake Forest, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UNC Asheville at Ohio State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: San Francisco at Utah, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: USC at Missouri State, 11 p.m. (FS1)


— We might see a resurgence of Manny Being Manny in the near future.

Manny Ramirez’s wife, Juliana, suggested Ramirez is gearing up to play professional baseball again. She told TMZ the 44-year-old former Red Sox star is spending time in the gym in preparation for a comeback.

“He is training extremely hard,” Juliana said. “Batting, CrossFit, Orange Theory. He never stops.”

She also said she supports his attempts at another baseball career.

“I told him, ‘Go for it!’ Baseball is the love of his life other than his family and I totally support him 100 percent … ’cause I know how much it means for him.”

The last time Ramirez played professional baseball was for the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate in 2014. He then worked as a hitting consultant for the major league team and its minor league clubs.

He spent eight memorable seasons with the Red Sox from 2001-08.

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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.