ESPN APOLOGIZES…at 12:30 am…because the Patriots asked them to.

After most self-respecting East-coast folks had gone to bed, ESPN issued an on-air apology last night for some misinformation they’ve been reporting on the air.

Well, OK. They even got their apology wrong, but hey, it’s a start. Good job good effort, ESPN.

The events of the report were said to have taken place in 2002, but the actual report was in 2008. Now in 2015, we’re still talking about it.

Why?

Oh yeah. JOHN TOMASE IS WHY.

Thanks again, John.

Wait, you thought ESPN did this on its own? Because they were feeling guilty about the misinformation they’re spreading? That’s cute.

Boom.

Speaking of corrections about the Patriots from ESPN, the network is creating quite a list.

ESPN Corrections

Patriots reports

August 19, 2015 9:52 PM

On two occasions in recent weeks, SportsCenter incorrectly cited a 2002 report regarding the New England Patriots and Super Bowl XXXVI. That story was found to be false and should not have been part of our reporting. We apologize to the Patriots organization.

 

Stadium employee

February 19, 2015 9:30 PM

A Feb 18 story on ESPN.com and ESPN incorrectly listed the job status of a man working at Gillette Stadium. He was a game-day employee. Updated story

 

Patriots fine

February 10, 2015 6:20 PM

A Feb 8 story on ESPN.com incorrectly reported details around New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s NFL punishment in 2007. Belichick was fined $500,000 and the team was fined $250,000 for spying on an opponent’s signals. Updated story

Is there anything missing in that list?

mort-tweet

Mortensen deleted the Tweet, and his story was updated, but no formal mention of this has ever been made.

What is the term that is always used about the Patriots? Pattern of behaviour? 

A New Era For The Red Sox Begins

The timing was perhaps not great, but as Red Sox President-to-be Sam Kennedy explained this morning on WEEI, sometimes things just happen on their own time frame.

We’re talking of course, about last night’s huge Red Sox front office shakeup. The Red Sox announced in the middle of the game, in the middle of the Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon, that Dave Dombrowski was being named president of baseball operations. At the same time it was announced that GM Ben Cherington turned down an offer to remain in his position, and will leave the team, but will assist in the transition.

It truly is a big shakeup. The current structure of things has pretty much been in place since John Henry and his partners bought the team. Larry Lucchino has been the President/CEO and for most of the time Theo Epstein was the GM until leaving and being replaced by his assistant GM, Cherington, who shared many of the same philosophies and methods.

Now things will be completely different. Lucchino is leaving, now Dombrowski will be the face of the baseball side of things. Reports say that he will hire a new GM to replace Cherington, and that the whole organization will be assessed. Things have been gutted, and will need to be rebuilt from the top down.

When you’re looking at last place for the third time in four years, that sort of shakeup is to be expected, especially for a franchise with the resources of the Boston Red Sox.

Alex Speier looks at the incoming: With Dave Dombrowski, Red Sox seek better player evaluations.

And at the outgoing: In difficult business, Cherington never worried about job security.

Check Red Sox Links for the rest of the extensive coverage of this huge shakeup.

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Tom Brady’s legal team and the NFL were in court again this morning, and Judge Berman was once again a bit prickly towards the NFL and how they have handled things.

Adam Schefter had posted this morning that league sources told him:

Tom Brady is open to accepting some form of suspension, but only if it can be for failing to cooperate with the NFL…

Posted by Adam Schefter on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

While it was Schefter reporting it, “league sources” have proved to be somewhat unreliable during this whole case. Albert Breer tweeted the following this morning, which seems to contradict Schefter’s report:

When it came time for court, the NFL got cuffed around again. CSNNE’s Tom Curran who is in NY today, posted the following updates:

Berman seems to agree with Kessler on ‘general awareness’

Berman bombards NFL lawyer with questions about Brady’s ban

Berman zeroes in on NFL refusing to let Pash be questioned

Patriots, Brady Back On The Field

The Patriots opened up their preseason schedule last night with a 22-11 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Gillette Stadium.

Tom Brady made a surprise appearance, taking seven snaps to open the game for the Patriots offense. He wasn’t able to do a whole lot in those seven snaps, but his very appearance on the field seemed to be a statement. As you would expect, he had plenty of support from the crowd.

Check all the local coverage over at PatriotsLinks.com.

The WBZ broadcast last night was much as it has been the last couple of years. It’s still….different. Dan Roche is enthusiastic, Matt Chatham is informative, and Christian Fauria is goofy. The cuts to my pals Andy Hart and Paul Perillo seem unnecessary.  I actually prefered the Packers Preseason TV network which had Kevin Harlan on play-by-play and Rich Gannon on color. Yes, they were both wearing polo shirts with the Packers logo…

Meanwhile, this was announced last night by NFL Network:

This is different from the America’s Game special which will debut on Tuesday, September 8 at 10:00 PM ET on NFL Network.

Frank Gifford was more than just a jock – Chad Finn has a look at the ex-Giant and Monday Night Football broadcaster who passed away last Sunday.

Finn also touches on this:

Since apparently New England just can’t get enough of simulcasted Sports talk radio shows.