This story broke a few hours ago and is already getting all the Patriot haters out from hiding a little earlier than scheduled, here is my official stance:
It wouldn't shock me at all if Jules took a banned substance. It's football. Everybody is on something. Plus it's not like baseball, people don't really care. Other than Patriots nobody really cares from a national standpoint. Like does anybody in Minneapolis know/care Thomas Davis of the Panthers is suspended for PEDs too?
Coming back from a torn ACL at 32 no sure thing so I'd bet he's doing whatever it takes to get back on the field. Maybe that means a little HGH? Who can really say?
What I just don't understand is why this is news yet? Yes, I understand a Patriot getting in trouble will create clicks and buzz which is all media companies care about but when has a player getting caught with PEDs ever been broken like this? I could be wrong but I feel like every time a player is busted with steroids its after the fact when we know it to be true and the suspension is official. Maybe it's a done deal and they just wanna be the first with the story? idk. But personally, obviously as a Patriots I'm biased but I think for any athlete in the future this is kind of fucking bull shit. What happened to innocent before proven guilty? That just doesn't exist anymore in America. Let's say some how he gets cleared (which I don't expect to happen)...people will still think of him as a juicer bc of this story. Not fair! It's like sexual assault, if you get accused (for juicing) even if you're proven innocent that shit will stick with you for the rest of your life like pissing your pants in middle school.
Just when it seems like things are getting back to normal at One Patriot Place as Brady and Gronk show up for mini-camp or whatever they call this session past voluntary shit this happens. Personally as much as I love Jules I think everything will be fine. They can survive four weeks without him. Berrios time. baby.
If I'm not mistaken the offense seemed to be pretty decent last year w/o him. Honestly coming off a knee injury at this age four games off to start the season might not be the worst thing. Don't have to worry about the PUP list. More time to rehab and not use a roster spot. Belichick you did it again you son of a bitch. See you in NOLA.
Song: Baby Don't Forget My Number
Artist: Milli Vanilli
Album: All or Nothing
greatest song of all time? probably, yes.
Dwight Clark; the man who made The Catch is dead at the age 61 after a battle with ALS.
It doesn't seem like too long that we found out the former 49er WR was battling this horrid disease. That's because it wasn't that long ago. Clark publicly announced his diagnosis in March of 2017. A little over a year later he's gone. Although he did first begin to show symptoms in late 2015 according to yahoo. That's how quick this can happen. It's amazing to see people like Steve Gleason battle this disease for over a decade. There are countless more people afflicted by this disease but he's one of my personal heroes from how he's attacked ALS. I feel Dwight Clark's family, I'm sure they're very sad but at the same time in some sort of peace. Nobody wants to see a loved one suffer like how this disease makes you suffer, I'm glad he's out of pain now but it's just a really sad situation, only 61 years old.
What else can really be said? ALS bums me the fuck out. Of all the diseases it is my least favorite and nobody I personally know has ever been affected by it. It breaks my heart whenever I hear about it. Seeing a man who made one of the most important catches in NFL history be stripped of his ability to move or speak and just have to helplessly take it is tragic, nobody should have to go through that.
Last season against the Cowboys the 49ers had a Dwight Clark Day where the fans and former players got to collectively say goodbye. One of the more touching forgotten moments from last season.
Rest In Peace Dwight Clark.
January 8th, 1957-June 4th, 2018.
Despite the shitty rainy day in Rhody today, for the most-part the weather has been getting better. I promise you this is not some small talk bs blog about the weather, but rather me using that to get to a point. Warmer weather means shorts time for us men like myself. Also women too. Everybody wears shorts. Even Lebron James, a man you'll rarely see wearing such garments, occasionally wears shorts.
So on Saturday after spending hours cleaning my room I was like:
"Ya know what Ryan? you're a semi-successful young man with some money spend, who also legitimately needs shorts because he put on a light 40 over the winter like depressed grizzly. Now he has to breathe in for 20 seconds to fit into his old shorts. Go get yourself some shorts."
And then I ended up at DXL. Now I can find clothes that fit me at normal stores, but the DXL is like 6 minutes away from my house and I knew for sure they'd have me because I'm on the lower end of big and tall stores. Fuck you, I'm fat again.
With today also being Monday, I'm obviously on my #dsm swag (diet starts Monday). I am in a conundrum. DXL is kind of awesome. I don't want to be needing to shop at DXL, but it's also a dopeeee store. I liked being there even though it was a little pricey. Although as a large baller I'd never bring that up.
What was crazy is that I had a hard time finding shorts I wanted. There aren't a ton of 44's around because that is on the smaller end of clothes they sell. I feel like they start 42 since you can find 40 and below at most regular stores. It definitely made me feel a little better about being a fat piece of shit. I was Nicole Richie compared to these mouth breathing Big Dog shirt wearing gentlemen. At least I'm not like everybody else in there. A size dozah (58 for people who somehow after 2.5 years of these doesn't know that by now) pant is lunacy but they have those there. That's another foot and half of waist than me and I'm like the hindenburg rn.
But I gotta give DXL some credit, and no this isn't an ad but if you're looking for a model please hmu. I have the London Look.
But seriously the brands are legit. Ralph Lauren, Nautica. (two of my favorites), others as well that I don't remember. Surprisingly large (no pun intended) selection. The graphic T's were a little too directed at 47 year dads for my taste, but that's okay. It's there store, not mine. I'm just visiting on my journey.
To their credit DXL does something no other stores other than Bob's does in this state. They actually sell Boston sports apparel. They sold multiple T's for all four Boston teams, and URI & PC too. No stores at Warwick Mall or PPM could say that. Olympia is a fucking joke. Dicks too. Their section for team gear was emaciated. I looked the entire state for a Celtics T to avoid paying $40 at the Garden and who would've guessed the fat guy store had them right down the street? I'm serious man DXL is legit. If you ever find yourself tipping the scales at 3 bills plus give them a look-see.
Oh and to top it all off, guess what song was playing when I checked out? If you follow me on twitter you already know.
I'm well aware there's a typo in the first one. S/o Nino for being a smart ass.
That's right at DXL they serenade you with pop-punk styling of one miss Hayley Williams and Paramore.
This store is really making it hard to not just say "fuck it" and stay a fat guy. It's gotten to the point where I'm just used to not getting butt.
I know this story is a few days old but I've been pretty busy/tired/pissed off and don't feel like writing because it seems like I'll never get where I want to be, meanwhile Barstool keeps adding hacks who could've sniff my typo-ridden jockstrap behind a keyboard.
I just really need to vent on this whole Cassius Marsh situation.
Former Patriots defensive end Cassius Marsh took some heat from New England fans when he said he’s glad to be with the 49ers because the Patriots don’t have any fun. But unlike some athletes whose words get them in trouble, Marsh isn’t claiming he was taken out of context or misunderstood.
Marsh released a video in which he doubled down on those comments about the Patriots, saying that if New England fans don’t like what he had to say, that’s their problem.
“I just want to address all you Patriots fans who don’t like this new article. I’m sorry to hurt your feelings. Seems to be breaking your heart. But if you can’t handle the truth, stay off my page. Don’t read articles. That’s how I felt. That’s how I still feel and I’m grateful to be away from there, grateful to be where I’m at.”
It’s to Marsh’s credit that he’s not trying to weasel out of his previous comments. Even if, given that Marsh lasted only a couple months in New England before the Patriots cut him, it appears that the Patriots didn’t think much of him, either.
Dude who the fuck do you think you are?
What planet am I on?
I know me writing this blog kind of disproves what I'm about to say but nobody gives a fuck about what you thought about New England. No fans case about whether or not you had "fun" during your brief stint in New England. You are more irrelevant the a floppy disk case.
The only reason Patriot fans knew who you were is because they all were shocked to find out they traded 2 (two) draft picks for a guy with 3 career sacks. You don't forget the names of the horrible decisions. That's why Patriot fans will never forget Ras'I Dawling or Tavon Wilson. You sir, and your horrible sleeve tattoos were a horrible decision.
Patriot fans care about one thing: winning the Super Bowl. That's it.
Okay maybe whatever Tom Brady is doing on instagram but that's it.
It's Super Bowl or bust.
They just went 13-3 and lost the Super Bowl and it was viewed as a failure. We're spoiled douche bags who expect nothing but Super Bowls and if you can't help us get one you are worthless. Maybe if you weren't some bum ass scrub and could've actually produced on the football field you could've stuck around and help win a ring? But believe me I couldn't care less about how much fun you do or don't have. I don't need to know how the sausage is made. Super Bowl rings are made with blood diamonds. Just don't show me South Africans getting their hands chopped off.
Idc how hard things were or how much fun you didn't have? Nobody feels bad for you. It's fucking professional football, not subbing at your old high school. Plus you're just adding fuel to you're a "I'm a loser fire". Idk about you guys, but to me winning is pretty fun, and the Patriots did that 9 times while you were on the roster. You just sound like a bitch complaining because they weren't playing. You're the guy who cares more about their personal stat line than winning. I guarantee you this guy would rather have a 10 sack season than a Super Bowl ring. The most fun season of my glorious high school career was my junior year when we won and made the playoffs. Newsflash Cassius, maybe if you were a better football player you would've had more fun! The NFL is a business. Business is all about competition. You probably weren't having fun because you were behind bums like Deatrich Wise, Jr. and Lawrence Guy on the depth chart? Here's another excerpt of Marsh's interview with the San Francisco Chronicle
In New England, Marsh, a classic speed rusher, said he was miscast as a “coverage” linebacker. And he became so disenchanted with his role and the Patriots’ culture that he “wanted to get waived” when he requested a meeting with head coach Bill Belichick that precipitated his exit.
“They asked me to do a bunch of stuff that I had never done: covering running backs and receivers and basically almost never rushing the passer, which is what I did in playing defensive line,” Marsh said. “They don’t have fun there. There’s nothing fun about it. There’s nothing happy about it. I didn’t enjoy any of my time there, you know what I’m saying? It made me for the first time in my life think about not playing football because I hated it that much.”
I love how he tried to spin it like he "tried to get cut". In a way I guess maybe he kinda did? Because if what he said about "confronting" Belichick is true then what he did was basically the football version of suicide by cop. Bum ass D ends with a handful of sacks don't last long after confronting the greatest coach of all time.
Thanks for all the help Cassius!
You can tell just by looking at this dude that he's a piece of shit who definitely would scream at his girlfriend in a public setting.
Former Patriots who actually accomplished things here said it best. Winning is fun. They had fun. As a man who's spent a Malcolm Gladwell-ian amount of time watching Patriots games, highlights, interviews, documentaries etc I know they had fun. They might've hated Bill at times, and not had fun on certain days, but I bet if you ask any Patriot worth mentioning about their time in New England they'll say how much they loved it.
At the end of the day this guy is a fucking loser who does not matter. I'm done wasted my time blogging about him. I honestly didn't even know he was on a team until this story broke. I can just remember being happy when he got released. He shouldn't have had fun here because he was a terrible football player. I don't have fun when I try to put the fitted sheet on my bed because I'm terrible at that. It all makes sense. Have fun getting cut during training camp, Cassie!
Artist: San Cisco
heard this song at pac sun (yes in 2018) the other day for the first time since Obama's first term.
They say a series doesn't start until the home team loses so given the results of tonight's game this series either just started today or never happened. Cliche alert but it's the two greatest words in sports tn "game 7". First of two Conference Final Game 7's. First time that's happened since 1979.
The Boston Celtics host the three-time defending conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers for game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. It's been mentioned ad nauseam but it really is unbelievable the Celtics are here. We all know what they've dealt with. Despite all of that if they win a home game tonight the Boston Celtics are going to the NBA Finals. Something the team has done every time it's played home this postseason.
Am I nervous?
Of course, but in a weird-way I feel like the Celtics are in a no lose situation.
Obviously it will fucking suck if they lose. I don't need to deal with all the Lebron dick sucking from every media outlet, but this team shouldn't be here. Appreciate what we're seeing. Jaylen Brown is 21. Jayson Tatum is only 19 (ik he's 20). They're becoming stars before our very eyes. When Kyrie was ruled out for the year everybody stuck a fork in the C's. Tbh I thought they'd lose to Milwaukee. I didn't think they'd be able to beat Philly. Now they're a win away from a trip to Finals, and possibly ending Lebron's time in Cleveland for a 2nd time. This run is one of the most unexpected in Boston sports history.
What's even more shocking is that the C's should win this game. They're slight favorites as of now. Undefeated at home in the playoffs (which honestly makes me more worried about tn) It's always scary when you're in a game 7 and the best player is on the other team, but man this Celtics team is just different at home. Even without Gordo and Kyrie this roster is way better than Cleveland's excluding Lebron. His supporting cast is arguably the worst it's ever been and at 33 Lebron is being asked to do more than ever. I expect the Garden to be crazy, but I also expect Lebron to put on a show. Just gotta hope his supporting cast can continue to suck. I think if the C's can hold the non-lebron Cavs to under 70 points they have a great chance. Luckily for the Celts Kevin Love. easily the Cavs 2nd best player is out for tonight's game.
I'm not just saying this to make potential loss easier to deal with but I do honestly C's are in a no lose situation. They're playing with found money. This is the closest thing to a Cinderella run in today's NBA. Nobody saw this coming. But with Brad Stevens at the helm that shouldn't be too surprising. As long as there's no injuries that fuck up next season I'll be fine win or lose tonight. I just really fucking hope this team wins man. It'd be just like 2010. Send Lebron home. To me that will be like winning it all.
As for the game itself. Deep down I have a bad feeling that it ends tonight, but even if it does the future is sooooooo fucking bright for this team that it needs to wear shades. The Hayward injury was in a way a blessing in disguise since it lead to massive growth and development for Jaylen and Jayson. I cannot wait for next season, but I sure as hell don't want this one to end yet.
I know we're gonna see a classic Lebron performance tonight, so the key to this game imo is can the Celtics keep up offensively? We've seen throughout this series and all playoffs long that the C's can hold teams to below 90 offensively. It's will they have the fire power offensively? Can't have Al Horford and Tatum combining for 21 (why you got a 12 garage when you only got 6 cars?) points and expect to win. I think Tatum is gonna make up for a disappointing game 6. Already within striking distance of the all-tine rookie playoff scoring record. If he can break it tonight I love our chances. Home teams have dominated up to this point, just gotta hope the trend continues. Let's go Celtics!
Song: Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
Artist: Florence + The Machine
First off I fucking despise this move. Hanley is so much more important to this team than his stats. Very rude move by the Sox imo.
I found out the news that the Red Sox were DFA-ing Hanley from a text. I couldn't believe it. I was hoping since I hadn't gotten any notifications from the many sports apps on my smart phone that I was just getting fucked with. Sadly, I was not. It's very real.
Hanley's career with the Red Sox has been a roller-coaster for sure. But I'd call his time here a success. He was a big part of two teams that went to the playoffs and through April when the Red Sox were rolling at 17-2 he was a major reason why.
He signed with the Red Sox as an international free agent in 2000. Hanley was called up at the end of the 2005 season, I can still remember him down in Tampa wearing #60. He went 0-2 with two K's, then was traded to the Marlins for Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell. A deal that won the Red Sox the 2007 World Series. Mike Lowell was World Series MVP and Beckett went 4-0 with a 1.20 ERA and was the ALCS MVP. After a decade away Hanley signed back with Boston after the 2014 season.
A hot first month in 2015 where he hit 10 home runs it seemed like the Sox struck gold. Then after further examination it was only pyrite. Things went all down hill from there. In 2015 Hanley played in only 105 games hit 19 home runs and batted .249. The Left Field experiment was a disaster (just like with Swihaet...funny how that works). Between him and Pablo Sandoval it looked like the Red Sox made two colossal free agent mistakes.
Then in 2016 he moved to first base and seemed to turn things around hitting .286 with 30 home runs and a career high 111 RBIs. My favorite Hanley moment happened that season when he hit an absolute cock-rocket missile to CF off Dellin Betances (who at the time was still good) to walk it off for the Sox. I was listening on the radio on the way to a tinder meet-up that surprisingly did not go well. Hanley has been low key clutch throughout his time in Boston.
As much as I hate the move, I understand financially why the Red Sox did it. They had to get rid of somebody to make room for Pedroia. I just figured it would be one of the bottom feeders on this roster. If you were to rank the players on the Red Sox roster 1-25 I'd put Hanley around 7th for best players on the team. Mookie, Sale, J,D, Martinez, Kimbrel, Price, Xander, then I'd go Hanley. Luckily they're getting Pedroia, his four gold gloves and career .300 batting average back, but there are so many more possibilities of what the Red Sox could've done. They could've kept both.
Hanley's 22 million dollar option vests after 497 plate appearances, a number he was on pace to surpass. Don't believe for one second about what Dombrowski said about Alex Cora's request to move on from Hanley. This was all about money. Why would the President of Baseball Ops would risk their job over a second month manager's request?
Instead of sending down JBJ, releasing Sandy Leon or making a fucking decision to do with Blake Swihart who has done nothing but waste a roster space all season the Red Sox went with the option that saved them the most money. Which is pretty ironic considering between Pablo, Rusney Castillo and now Hanley Ramirez the Red Sox are paying more money to these three to not play on their major league roster than the Oakland A's have spent on their entire payroll since 1998 (please don't fact check).
I think there's a v high chance this fucks up the rest of the season for the Sox. I'm worried about how the guys on the ream react. From what I've read and observed he seemed to be very well liked in the clubhouse and a big part of the team dynamic. And as I said he was beloved by most fans. Seeing this video as his last time leaving Fenway as a Red Sox legit breaks my heart.
After hearing the Red Sox told him at 3:45 am this morning I am even more mad at how they handled this. I already am on record (ask anybody at my job or twitter dot com) that the Sox are going to get swept by the Braves this weekend.
Hanley has been struggling lately going 0-20 to end his Red Sox career. But I don't think that's why they DFA's him. If that's the case, if I'm Jackie Bradley Jr I'm already starting to pack my bags. This was all about money. I don't care what Dombrowski says.
To me this is going to fuck up the clubhouse. Hanley is beloved by players and fans alike. He's grown on me sooo much since 2016. The dude has mountains of swag, can rake when healthy, and seems like just a fun guy to be around. I think the Red Sox cut off their nose to spite their face with this move. I don't hate Mitch Moreland but I also think having both of these options and the added flexibility it gives the just makes the Red Sox ever more dangerous. That is no longer going to be the case.
I'm going to miss you El Trece.
I've had a few hours to process the news but honestly I am still shook af. I was torn between him and Joe Kelly for my next shirsey. I legit love Hanley.
I know the Red Sox had to make a roster move with Pedroia coming back but designating Hanley for assignment is the last thing I was expecting. To me this move is up there with the Nomar trade and 2012 Dodger dump for most surprising in-season moves for the Red Sox. I just don't understand why they'll let guys who suck like Nunez, and Leon waste a roster spot or let JBJ strike out 4 times a game but get rid of one of their more intimidating bats over money. Sure he's had a bad May but one month shouldn't be enough to move on so suddenly. Especially after his April.
I do understand the move from a finanical stand point but the thing is the Red Sox can fucking afford it. Maybe if they didn't give out so many bad contracts to guys who don't deserve it ( I actually think Hanley did) this wouldn't be an issue. I am extremely worried they're gonna let their own studs like Mookie and Chris Sale walk because of all the bad deals they've given.
Gun to your head are the Red Sox better today than they were yesterday?