Here are 12 quick thoughts while wondering if Robert Kraft has any other sons we don’t know about.


For all the nouveau Patriots fans embarrassing themselves with the “OH MY GOD! NO TOM, I’M HAVING A HEART ATTACK! I’M YOUR BIGGEST FAN, YOU’RE THE G.O.A.T! THE G.O.A.T!!! DON’T DO IT!!!” comments on Tom Brady’s latest Facebook post, just know that Tom is messing with you.

The silly section of Patriots Nation went into an online tizzy Monday thinking TB12 was in serious danger by skiing down double black diamond trails at the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana. Not the case I assure you.

Brady — who was on vaca with A-team friend Ben Affleck and his estranged significant other Jennifer Garner — is simply posing for a photo opp at the top of Pioneer Mountain — a 9,860 foot peak — by the sign that points to the Ridge Road access to the double diamond trails. Brady’s skis are pointing in the opposite direction where he has the options of skiing down the Shoulder (most difficult black), Middle Ching (blue trail), or Namaste (green trail). My guess is that Tommy Touchdown — who was spotted strapping on a leg brace before hitting the slopes — took the blue trail and is safe and sound by Gisele’s side so everyone can just Netflix and chill.

At least it’s safer than cliff jumping!

Posted by Tom Brady on Monday, February 15, 2016


Speaking of the G.O.A.T., most fans who are giving Brady the Greatest of All-Time Kanye West Award know nothing of the previous G.O.A.T. — The one and only Joe Montana. Here’s a little history lesson for the millennials and fake football fans.

Joe Montana – The Comeback Kid

Joe Montana – 4 Time Superbowl Champion and arguably the most clutch quarterback of all-time.

Posted by Bored Film Grads on Monday, February 15, 2016


In one of the most Boston moves ever, this old school Red Sox fan brought his A-game to the San Francisco Giants Fan Fest over the weekend and asked Giants manager Bruce Bochy to take back portly Pablo Sandoval, who famously struggled with the Sox in 2015, posting a horrific .658 OPS in his first season in Boston.

“As a @RedSox fan, will you please take back Pablo?” BOOOO!!! #SFGFanFest #SFGFest

A video posted by J.Lynn Johnston (@jlynnjohnston) on


Not everyone is pessimistic about Panda & Co. heading into spring training. The Washington Post tells us “Why the Red Sox will win the AL East in 2016,” giving a lot of weight to the fact that the team has “an under-25 core-of-the-future that might not match that of the Cubs but isn’t terribly far behind.”

(USA Today graphic)
(USA Today graphic)

USA Today is claiming that the “David Price acquisition and slick bullpen remodel is reason enough to love a renaissance for the Red Sox (88 wins).” FanGraphs is so bullish on the Red Sox that they rank them No. 1 in the American League, projecting a 91-71 recordESPN’s Buster Olney says your Boston Red Sox are the most improved team since the end of last season. And on Tuesday, Baseball Prospectus projected the Sox to finish second to the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East, but lists Boston as the top wild-card team in the league.


In an effort to add to the bottom line, the Red Sox have kicked out legalized scapler Ace Ticket and will launch their own resale site this season: Red Sox Replay.

“We recognize that our customers, buyers, and sellers, will continue to use platforms like StubHub and Ace Ticket and myriad other secondary sites out there,” Red Sox team president Sam Kennedy said. “This is in no way an attempt to take on any competitive platforms. We’re not doing this as a result of anything that another platform did.”

Ticketholders will be charged 10 percent to use the service and buyers will be charged 15 percent in addition to a $5.00 processing fee.

Hopefully the team isn’t sliding tickets over to the other side that might otherwise be sold directly to fans at face value and the in-house service works better than the new paper delivery system John Henry “upgraded” to for Boston Globe delivery.


“They Hate Their Coach” remake:

Surely this has nothing to do with the face that Belichick decided to pick Laurence Maroney with pick No. 21 in first round of the 2006 NFL draft while Williams, the Memphis running back, went to the Carolina Panthers with pick No. 27. Oh wait, it does.

And there’s more Bitter-Twitter from the Steelers back.

Hey, if David Price can join the Red Sox, you may be seeing Williams in a Patriots uniform before all is said and done.


Speaking of draft picks, if you want the NFL to restore the Patriots first and fourth round draft picks lost to Deflategate, all you have to do is sign the petition started by Jim Derochea of Stoughton. Derochea cites the old MA GENERAL LAW 93A, section 2 for all sorts of unfairness and unlawful conduct by the NFL in his letter to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.


The best part about the ultimate water hazard and ubiquitous photo of the golf cart that Mookie Betts sunk in a pond over the weekend was the side-eye shade Betts threw at the camera when Scott Zolak called him out on the accident.

“I left my club on the last hole and I went back to get it,” Betts said of the incident at JetBlue Park. “Parked on a hill. Thought I pushed the break, but it didn’t brake, obviously. I didn’t push it all the way in. I ran to get my club and by the time I turned around it was going in the pond. That’s pretty much it.

“That was probably one of the most helpless I felt,” Betts added. “I don’t know how you want to say it, but there was nothing I could do. I couldn’t pull it out, couldn’t salvage anything — well, we got our wallets, didn’t get our phones, but got our keys. We didn’t really lose anything but phones.”


Local radio is doing their best these days to turn the terrible Peyton Manning lewdness incident with the Tennessee trainer in 1996 into a Tiger Woods-like neverending saga. But where was the media uproar when the alleged teabagging incident was first reported in USA Today back in 2003? Or after Christine Brennan’s followup column? All the details from Shaun King’s Daily News story were reported 13 years ago but no one in New England aired any grievances over the incident. Maybe social media has something to do with it, or Manning beating Tom Brady to advance to the Super Bowl, or fans want revenge for Brady being dragged through the mud for a year over Deflategate.


Move over Cam Newton, there’s a new loser in town that’s turning it up to 11 on the drama scale.

In an interview with Ellen Degeneres that aired Tuesday, Ronda Rousey told the peppy talk show host that she contemplated suicide after Holly Holm knocked her out in 59 seconds at UFC 193 in November.

“Honestly, my thought, I was like, in the medical room and I was like down in the corner, I was in the corner and I was like ‘what am I anymore if I’m not this?’ I was literally sitting there and thinking about killing myself and that exact second I’m like ‘I’m nothing, what do I do anymore and no one gives a s— about me anymore without this,’” a teary-eyed Rousey told Degeneres. “And to be honest, I looked up and I saw my man Travis [Browne] was standing up there and I looked up at him and I was like, ‘I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive.’ Really that was it. I haven’t told anybody that. I think I only told him that.”

Compare that sentiment to The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, who had some different thoughts after losing his first professional fight to Joe Frazier in the Fight of the Century in 1971 after Frazier knocked Ali down with his devastating left hook.

Joe Frazier is directed to the ropes by referee Arthur Marcante after knocking down Muhammad Ali in the 15th round at Madison Square Garden in 1971. (AP Photo)
Joe Frazier is directed to the ropes by referee Arthur Marcante after knocking down Muhammad Ali in the 15th round at Madison Square Garden in 1971. (AP Photo)

“I’m not going to cry. I made a lot of people unhappy when I beat them, so it’s my time now,” Ali said after losing the unanimous decision. “I’m not going to cry. A lot of great fighters get whipped. No one can hit as hard as Frazier. I’m satisfied with the fight even though I lost. I know I lost to a great champion, but maybe another time when both of us had been fighting regularly, the result would have been different. I don’t know, but maybe.”

Frazier spent a month in the hospital after the fight and Ali went on to win the next two battles of boxing’s titans.


Wonder why the Celtics have trouble attracting top free agents to Boston? It’s what you think it is — the godawful winter weather. Just ask Isaiah Thomas.

“I talked to somebody. I’m not going to tell you guys who, though. He actually asked about Boston,” Thomas said during All-Star weekend when he spoke on camera about an unnamed player who was interested in joining the Celtics. “I told him just how exciting it is, even if the weather’s not too cool. It’s amazing. The coaching staff is great, and the organization is 100 percent, it’s A-1. I told him, ‘You watch us. It’s fun to watch us.’ We were joking around the locker room about how everyone likes to watch the Boston Celtics and how hard we play.”


Patriots assistant head coach Dante Scarnecchia watches from the sidelines during an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Patriots assistant head coach Dante Scarnecchia watches from the sidelines during an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

It’s great that 68-year-old Dante Scarnecchia can’t sit still and will be coming out of retirement to take his old job as the Patriots offensive line coach. The beloved Scarnecchia retired in 2013 after 32 years in the league, coaching Bill Belichick’s o-line for the last 15 seasons of his career. But at the end of the day, it’s the talent, grit, and teamwork of the guys on the line that’s going to make a difference in how Tom Brady gets protected in Denver next season.