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Troll Bart Hubbuch compares Donald Trump’s inauguration to Pearl Harbor and 9/11

01.20.17 at 12:40 pm ET
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UPDATE: Unsurprisingly, Bart Hubbuch deleted the tweet and apologized for comparing Trump’s inauguration to 9/11, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people.

(Previously): Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post is the worst kind of troll. He’s a dishonest bomb-tosser who deletes tweets and hides whenever he’s called out on his idiocy. With that history in mind, his stupefying tweet that compares Donald Trump’s inauguration to Pearl Harbor and September 11 might not be up for long. But even if he deletes it, he can’t run away. Thanks to the magic of screenshots, it will live on forever.

There’s been a lot of anxiety and fear about Trump’s presidency, but putting his inauguration on the level of the attacks at Pearl Habor and on September 11, which combined to killed nearly 6,000 Americans, is gross and offensive. Hubbuch may say he’s being hyperbolic, but he lost the right to play that card when he tweeted out an edited video of Kirk Minihane joking about Patriots fans murdering Roger Goodell at the height of the Deflategate saga.

In Hubbuch’s world, hyperbole and sarcasm apparently don’t exist. His words here should be read literally, and they’re disgraceful.

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Over next four years, Patriots won’t be able to hide from Donald Trump

01.20.17 at 11:37 am ET
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Tom Brady and Bill Belichick didn’t react well when they were asked questions about Donald Trump this season. But over the next four years, they should get used to it. One of the most divisive presidents ever is tied to the Patriots. It’s perfectly reasonable to ask some of his most high-profile backers to answer for him.

On the eve of his inauguration, Trump name-dropped both Brady and Belichick in front of a room full of supporters –– including Robert Kraft. He credited Belichick for teaching him a great work ethic, and let everybody know Brady called to wish him well.

“In the audience we have somebody that’s under no pressure whatsoever ’cause he’s got a great quarterback named Tom Brady, and a great coach named Belichick: Bob Kraft,” Trump said. “So good luck, Bob. Your friend Tom just called, he feels good. He called to congratulate us, he feels good. Good luck. You’re going to do great things.”

Later in the speech, Trump said he outworked everybody who’s ever ran for president. “I learned that from Belichick, right?” he said while appearing to point at Kraft.

Brady probably didn’t think he was making a political statement when he placed a “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker a year-and-a-half ago. As he said several times throughout the campaign, he’s “good friends” with Trump. It’s perfectly normal for good friends to support each other.

But that doesn’t mean he was forced to stick with Trump at every turn. Even Vice President Mike Pence condemned Trump’s remarks about how much he enjoys sexually assaulting women. Brady, meanwhile, walked out of his press conference when he was asked about the Access Hollywood tape.

Patriots beat writers are obligated to cover more than the games on the field. They write about issues surrounding the team, spanning from a nearly 18-month scandal involving deflated footballs to a murderous former tight end. If Trump sends out a tweet calling for flag-burners to get their citizenship revoked or reintroduces his proposed Muslim ban, Brady should get asked about it. As one of Trump’s “good friends,” his perspective is pertinent.

The same applies to Belichick, who wrote Trump a fawning endorsement letter before the election. It doesn’t matter if Belichick never intended for the note to be public. He said he hopes Trump can “Make America Great Again.” So if Trump signs legislation that leads to the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, including mothers and fathers, it would be interesting to see if that’s the kind of greatness Belichick has in mind.

Brady and Belichick, of course, are under no obligation to answer any of these questions. On Friday, Belichick wouldn’t even bite when he was asked about his reaction when he heard about Trump’s shoutout. But if they didn’t want to be tied to Trump, they shouldn’t have expressed their support. They’re accountable for their words.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Kraft, who’s been spotted around the capital this week, went all-in on Trump.

“Loyalty is important to me, and he has been a wonderful friend,” he said. “I think one of the great problems in the country today is the working poor, the middle class, that there hasn’t been growth in income on an equal basis, and I really think the policies he’s going to bring to bear are going to be great for the economic side of America.”

Kraft doesn’t appear to have a problem touting Trump’s economic proposals, which include starting a costly trade war with China, so he should be asked about them after they’re enacted. As a titan of industry himself, it would be interesting to hear his thoughts.

Trump’s behavior during the transition wasn’t any less inflammatory than it was during the campaign. With that in mind, it’s fair to assume he’ll act similarly once he assumes the Oval Office. That means on many days over the next four years, Trump’s rhetoric or actions will be the No. 1 story in the country. Brady, Belichick and Kraft have aligned themselves with him. They’re forever part of the story, whether they like it or not.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Former Jets DE Mark Gastineau has multiple brain diseases

01.20.17 at 8:57 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Friday 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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: 
NHL: Chicago at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m. (NHL)
NBA: Golden State at Houston, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Indiana at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Eastern Michigan at Akron, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Women’s college basketball: Providence at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS2)
Women’s college basketball: Georgetown at Xavier, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College hockey: Connecticut at Vermont, 6 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College hockey: Bentley at Sacred Heart, 8:30 p.m. (NESN Plus)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Ex-Jet Mark Gastineau revealed Thursday night he is battling brain diseases he believes resulted from concussions he sustained playing football.

“When my results came back, I had dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson,” Gastineau said. “Those are three things that I have.”

The 60 year-old called his diagnosis, which he received a year ago, “disturbing” and believes the problems were caused by poor tackling technique.

“I led with my head all the time,” he said. “Do you remember Marvin Powell? He was one of the best linemen in the NFL. He and I used to have wars [in practice]. … People would come and gather round because when we hit each other, I mean, you would hear pops, like a shotgun going off.”

Despite this, Gastineau endorsed USA Football’s Head’s Up program to encourage kids to play football and disagrees with Bo Jackson’s belief that his kids shouldn’t play the sport because of its dangers.

“I think that if he would have known about the Heads Up program, I don’t think that he would have said that he never would have let his kids play,” Gastineau said of Jackson. “The only reason that I would allow my child to play is because of this USAFootball.com. I would not allow my child to play if I did not have this Heads Up Football. There’s no way in the world. You cannot expect your child not to be injured if you do not enter this program.”

Gastineau also said he has no regrets about his career.

“I am so happy that I went through the times, the trials and things that I went through in the NFL,” Gastineau said. “I wouldn’t trade them for anything.”

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Donald Trump spends night before inauguration talking Bob Kraft, taking calls from Tom Brady

01.19.17 at 9:36 pm ET
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How did President-Elect Donald Trump spend the night before being inducted into office? Taking calls from Tom Brady, of course.

“He’s got a great quarterback named Tom Brady, and a great coach named [Bill} Belichick, Bob Kraft. So good luck, Bob. Your friend Tom just called, he feels good. He called to congratulate us, he feels good. Good luck. Your going to do great things.”

And the Patriots love at the dinner celebrating campaign donors didn’t stop there …

“I outworked everybody, I think I outworked anyone who ever ran for office. I learned that from Belichick.”

Earlier in the day, Kraft was quoted in the New York Times as saying we should look forward to the Trump presidency.

“Loyalty is important to me, and he has been a wonderful friend,” Kraft said. “I think one of the great problems in the country today is the working poor, the middle class, that there hasn’t been growth in income on an equal basis, and I really think the policies he’s going to bring to bear are going to be great for the economic side of America.”

Robert Kraft reportedly still simmering about Tom Brady’s suspension

01.19.17 at 3:44 pm ET
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Patriots owner Robert Kraft last spoke publicly about Deflategate last summer, shortly after Tom Brady announced he would no longer fight the NFL’s draconian four-game suspension. In a statement, Kraft condemned the league, calling Brady’s punishment “unprecedented, unjust and unreasonable.” Five months later, his feelings haven’t appeared to soften.

In a wide-ranging feature story in the New York Times, Kraft is described as still “simmering” about Brady’s ban. He defends his decision to not take the NFL to court –– Kraft said in May 2015 he would accept the league’s penalties –– but takes a couple of jabs at the commissioner’s office.

“Sometimes, the league really messes up, and I think they really messed this up badly,” he said. “But we’ve all agreed to subjugate our right to disrupt everything. I mean, we can, but we’re a partnership. There’s jealousy, there’s envy, there’s stupidity. Sometimes, life is unfair, and you have to suck it up and move on and not use it as an excuse.”

Besides Deflategate, the other big controversy surrounding the Patriots over the last year has been their affiliation with the divisive President-elect, Donald Trump. Much like Brady and Bill Belichick, Kraft maintains a relationship with Trump. He called him a “good friend” ahead of the Massachusetts primary and visited Trump Tower in November. This week, Kraft was photographed at a pre-inauguration dinner party.

Though Kraft has donated to Democratic causes and candidates in the past, he praised Trump when asked about his incoming presidency.

“Loyalty is important to me, and he has been a wonderful friend,” he said. “I think one of the great problems in the country today is the working poor, the middle class, that there hasn’t been growth in income on an equal basis, and I really think the policies he’s going to bring to bear are going to be great for the economic side of America.”

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After pathetic season, Woody Johnson will leave Jets to serve as ambassador to United Kingdom

01.19.17 at 3:12 pm ET
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After a pathetic showing this season, Jets owner Woody Johnson is ditching his team to live in the United Kingdom. According to CNBC, he’s been called to serve as Donald Trump’s ambassador to the U.K. The jokes write themselves:

Johnson, 69, is a longtime Republican donor and served as the vice chairman of Trump’s victory committee. Ironically, he first supported Trump nemesis Jeb Bush in the GOP primary, but quickly shifted his allegiance after the former governor dropped out.

Earlier this month, Pro Football Talk reported Johnson would hand over day-to-day control of the Jets to his younger brother, Christopher Wold Johnson, if he were to be awarded an ambassadorship.

Like many of Trump’s appointments, Johnson has never previously held a job in government. But it’s not surprising he’s been named an ambassador. It’s political tradition to reward big-money donors with cushy overseas posts. Steelers owner Dan Rooney, for example, served as U.S. ambassador to Ireland from 2009-2012.

When Patriots owner Robert Kraft visited Trump Tower in November, there was some speculation he was lobbying to be named ambassador to Israel (the job went to bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman). Though Kraft wasn’t a prominent Trump supporter during the campaign, he did call the President-elect a “good friend” before the Massachusetts primary. On Tuesday, Kraft was photographed with senior Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway at a pre-inauguration dinner.

Given the NFL’s interest in relocating a team to the United Kingdom and Kraft’s role on several league boards, it’s possible he could work closely with Johnson on international expansion over the next several years.

But in order for Johnson to help the NFL make further inroads in the U.K., he’ll have to be a better ambassador than owner. Since he purchased the Jets in 2000, they’ve gone 132-140 and cycled through five different head coaches.

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Donald Trump’s advisors want him to dance with Caitlyn Jenner at inauguration

01.19.17 at 1:35 pm ET
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Donald Trump filled his cabinet with staunch opponents of gay rights, but his advisors think a dance with Caitlyn Jenner at the inauguration will appease the anxious LGBTQ community.

According to the New York Post, people close to the President-elect are urging him to sway his hips with Jenner Friday.

“The image of Trump dancing with Caitlyn would send a strong message that he supports gay rights and trans rights,” one unnamed Republican said. “A picture is worth a thousand tweets.”

A representative for Jenner told PEOPLE Magazine the gold medalist will attend the inauguration, but currently isn’t planning to share the dance floor with Trump.

Jenner is a longtime Republican and reportedly lobbied her stepdaughter, Kim Kardashian, to considering voting for Trump last year. Trump expressed support for transgender rights on the campaign trail, when he told NBC’s Matt Lauer that Jenner would be free to use any bathroom she wants if she were to visit Trump Tower. The following week, Jenner took him up on his offer.

Though Trump never spoke ill of the LGBTQ community during his presidential campaign –– he said he would protect its members from “violence and oppression” during his Republican National Convention speech –– many of his cabinet choices have histories of advocating for anti-LGBTQ policies. Perhaps the most egregious offender is Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who signed a religious freedom law when he was governor of Indiana that critics say would’ve permitted businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians (he signed an amended version of the bill after facing immense national backlash). In addition to that, Pence is a vehement opponent of same-sex marriage and once appeared to express support for gay conversion therapy.

When it comes to domestic policy, Trump’s personal views are largely irrelevant. The people he’s put in charge will shape what the country looks like over the next four to eight years, and it’s a scary visual for many members of the LGBTQ community. It’s insulting for Trump’s advisors to think one dance with Jenner will ease those well-founded nerves.

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Curt Schilling’s status as a right-wing icon grows with each lost Hall of Fame vote

01.19.17 at 11:13 am ET
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Curt Schilling's opinions have hurt his Hall of Fame candidacy, but helped his brand. (David Manning/USA Today Sports)

Curt Schilling’s opinions have hurt his Hall of Fame candidacy, but helped his brand. (David Manning/USA Today Sports)

Curt Schilling may never get into the Hall of Fame, but his status as a right-wing icon only grows with each lost vote. The end game is no longer getting a plaque in Cooperstown. Instead, it’s martyrdom.

The three-time World Series champion received only 45 percent of the vote this year, more than a seven-point decrease from his 52.3 percent total in 2015. In the months leading up to the election, several sportswriters who previously supported Schilling’s candidacy said they could no longer vote for him following a string of incendiary statements. The final straw for many, including the Boston Globe‘s Dan Shaughnessy, was when Schilling tweeted a photo of a t-shirt that advocates the lynching of journalists.

“Schill has transitioned from a mere nuisance to an actual menace to society. His tweet supporting the lynching of journalists was the last straw for this voter. Curt later claimed he was joking. Swell,” Shaughnessy wrote.

It’s disingenuous for Shaughnessy, or anybody else, to say Schilling actually wants to lynch journalists. The t-shirt is a joke, representing the disdain many conservatives hold for what they feel is a venal left-wing press. The fact that Schilling, who statistically is a superior pitcher to Tom Glavine, lost Hall of Fame votes this year only emboldens his case. If he’s serious about running for senate in 2018, his first campaign ad is already written.

“No, it’s not about about being yourself,” Schilling said on Kirk & Callahan Thursday when asked about losing Hall of Fame support. “It’s about being someone the left doesn’t like. That’s the difference.”

It’s smart business for Schilling to portray himself as a victim who’s been persecuted for his conservative viewpoints. President-elect Donald Trump rode this narrative all the way to the White House, even though the media awarded him with $5 billion in free advertising –– adding instant legitimacy to his campaign. Earlier this month, Schilling said he would be in the Hall of Fame if he disparaged Trump instead of Democrats and journalists.

“If I had said, ‘Lynch Trump,’ I’d be getting in with about 90% of the vote this year,” he told TMZ.

It’s insincere for Schilling to say his conservatism is the reason he’s losing Hall of Fame support, because he’s been politically outspoken for years. In 2004, just hours after the Red Sox had won their first World Series in 86 years, he decided to endorse George W. Bush for reelection during an interview with Good Morning America.

“And make sure you tell everybody to vote, and vote Bush next week,” he said.

But in recent years, Schilling’s political musings have become increasingly contemptuous. ESPN put up with a lot during his six years with the company: He wasn’t reprimanded in 2014 for railing against the theory of evolution on Twitter or for saying Hillary Clinton should be “buried under a jail.” Schilling was suspended two summers ago for tweeting a meme that compares radical Muslims to Nazis, but he returned to work afterwards. The end finally came last spring, when he shared an anti-transgender meme on Facebook featuring a burly man in drag.

Schilling was fired for his crassness, not his politics. But in the aftermath of his ESPN dismissal, he’s been playing up his role as a culture warrior, saying the WorldWide Leader employs “some of the biggest racists in sports commentating.” Now a host at Breitbart News, Schilling is wise to further exploit the right-wing persecution complex that Fox News and other outlets have ridden to incredible success.

“Shaughnessy has been calling me names since ’04. He’s just pissed, because he built his entire career on a fallacy and we beat it in 2004 and he’s been inconsequential and irrelevant ever since,” Schilling said on K&C, putting him down in Trump-like fashion. “[Jon] Heyman is a liar. I’ve watched him write lies about us in ’04, because I was one of them he lied about.”

As a player, Schilling’s ultimate goal may have been to get inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. But now, he’s better off sitting out, because he can present himself as a real victim of the so-called liberal takeover. The campaign stump speeches write themselves.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Former Red Sox minor leaguer Jeff Bagwell voted into Hall of Fame; athletes react to Baseball Hall of Fame results

01.19.17 at 8:05 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Thursday 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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Washington at New York, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Minnesota at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Davidson at La Salle, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Maryland at Iowa, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Richmond at Dayton, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UConn at SMU, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: California at Oregon, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Clemson at Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Memphis at Houston, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: UNC Asheville at Winthrop, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona St. at UCLA, 11 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Gonzaga at Santa Clara, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: Wake Forest at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus)
Women’s college basketball: Michigan at Maryland, 6 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: Purdue at Indiana, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Former Red Sox first baseman and native New Englander Jeff Bagwell was one of three former players voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, it was announced Wednesday night.

Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez and Tim Raines were the other two players voted into the Hall. Former MLB commissioner Bug Selig and Braves president John Schuerholz were also voted in.

Bagwell, who grew up a Red Sox fan in Killingworth, Conn. played with the Red Sox in the Gulf Coast League and Winter Haven in 1989. He was traded to Houston and played 15 seasons with the Astros.

“I don’t even know how I’m supposed to react,” Bagwell said Wednesday night. “It’s been a whirlwind. It’s been fun and exciting. My family is very, very excited for this thing. … I could not be more excited. It’s a weird thing to be a Hall of Famer. I wrote it on a ball tonight, and it was kind of crazy. So it was cool.”

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on July 30 in Cooperstown.

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There have been some awful Tom Brady hot takes this week

01.18.17 at 5:17 pm ET
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There’s nothing wrong with a good Tom Brady hot take. In fact, the genre was seemingly invented for him. He fills up the sports page with his Hall of Fame play and the gossip section with his A-list lifestyle. Add in the nearly 18-month Deflategate scandal, and he’s produced perhaps more content than any athlete in history.

For those reasons, it’s tempting to write or talk about Brady –– even when there’s nothing to say. It’s important to keep that in mind this week, because three of the worst Brady takes in recent memory have surfaced:

1) Brady is a liar (Sara Jane Harris, the Sporting News

Sara Jane Harris thought she caught Brady in a lie. During his weekly interview on Kirk & Callahan, Brady said no Patriots player would ever mimic Antonio Brown and stream a video of their locker room on Facebook Live. The team posts an edited video of the postgame celebration on its website after each win, but that’s a professional production. Apparently Jane Harris didn’t catch that when she stumbled upon this week’s version:

“No, there wasn’t any cussing, but we did get to see what happens “inside the walls” of the Patriots’ locker room at Gillette Stadium, something Brady said would never happen,” she wrote.

A simple Twitter or Google search would’ve shown Jane Harris there was nothing nefarious about the video. The article, which amazingly is still posted, is an outright lie. How ironic.

2) Brady is playing for his career with the Patriots Sunday (Colin Cowherd, Fox Sports 1)

It’s probably been a humbling couple of months for Colin Cowherd. Like every program on FS1, his radio show simulcast is struggling to attract viewers. So this week, he decided to throw the talk radio version of a Hail Mary: Claim Brady’s career with the Patriots is on the line.

“If Pittsburgh wins this game and Brady is average, you’re darn right [Robert] Kraft and [Bill] Belichick are having that, ‘Let’s have lunch and talk,’” he said.

According to Cowherd, Brady can’t afford to play poorly in three consecutive postseason games. In his last two playoff contests against the Broncos and Texans, Brady has posted an average QB rating of 62.6.

With Jimmy Garoppolo’s emergence, it’s likely the Patriots will trade a quarterback this offseason. But after an MVP caliber season, it’s not going to be Brady. And even if it is, does anybody really think Belichick would make a decision like that based off just one game?

Cowherd knows better. It’s sad to see somebody so desperately vying for relevance.

3) Aaron Rodgers would have more Super Bowls with Patriots than Brady (Manish Mehta, New York Daily News)

As Christopher Price notes, the world wants to see a Brady-Rodgers Super Bowl. But Manish Mehta is getting a little ahead of himself. In his latest column, he writes Rodgers would have won more Super Bowls with the Patriots than Brady. What’s his reasoning, you ask? Well, outside of talking about “physical tools,” he never gets to it:

“Rodgers, however, would have put up even more ridiculous numbers if paired with Belichick. He’s every bit as smart as Brady with more physical tools.”

Mehta talks about Rodgers’ incredible athleticism and his ability to make plays outside of the pocket. That’s all true, but it doesn’t explain how Rodgers would’ve been able to win more than four Super Bowls in New England. Apparently, Mehta’s theory assumes David Tyree wouldn’t have caught that pass in Super Bowl 42 and the defense would’ve held the Giants in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 46 if Rodgers were standing on the sideline instead of Brady.

That’s the problem with making this argument: there are far too many variables at play. It’s a noble effort for Mehta, but he comes up short.

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