PMS 2.0 049 – First Day On The Job With WWE, Nick Mangold, & Darius Butler

Pat is in Orlando recording the show from his hotel room as he finds himself in his first full week as a WWE employee and the guys record a late, slap happy episode. They cover his travels down to Florida, his entire first day at the complex including commentating a dark match at the WWE NXT event, and him hitting a HUGE Frog Splash on a training dummy. They also cover Zion Williamson’s shoe/knee exploding and whether or not it will affect Nike stock, some of the guys competing in a very hot and spicy chocolate eating contest, and break down the sale on St. Paddy’s day shirts available now for 20% off (through Saturday at midnight) at Also included are a couple of incredible interviews. First, 2nd round pick of the New England Patriots and Pat’s teammate in Indianapolis, one of the smoothest athletes to ever play in the NFL, former defensive back, Darius Butler, joins the show. He and Pat chat about him being in the room with the owners when trying to end the Kaepernick situation, what he thinks about the way everything unfolded, what he’s expecting from his new podcast, and he answers a few questions about Antonio Brown, one of his best friends (1:11:15-1:35:21). To close out the show, 7x Pro Bowler, 2x All-Pro, former center for the New York Jets and hilarious human, Nick Mangold joins the show. He chats about what it was like playing for the Jets through the good and bad times, which version of Rex Ryan he prefers, what some of his hobbies are outside of football now that he’s retired, some Ohio St. and Michigan rivalry stories, and whether or not he’ll raise his son as a Jets fan (1:50:38-2:04:38). It’s a hilarious one. Come and laugh with us, cheers.

PMS 2.0 043 – State Of The Podcast

On today’s show, Pat conducts a State of the Podcast from a conference room inside of the hotel in Atlanta and opens up the floor for some questions. The guys discuss the many challenges they’re facing for their Super Bowl week content, Pat recaps his experience on Radio Row at Media day including the radio hits he did with Clay Travis (54:53-1:13:01) and Toucher & Rich from 98.5 in Boston (1:20:23-1:32:38). Pat and the guys also recap their different travel stories en route to Atlanta, get a surprise phone call from AQ Shipley for a quick conversation, check in on the weight loss challenge as it has become a two-horse race, plus Pat puts Gorman’s brain into a pretzel with one of his many illusions. Pat and the guys also discuss the Super Bowl a little bit and what they’re looking forward to, what some of the more interesting prop bets they’re looking at are, and ultimately who they think is going to win the game, and give a quick preview of where to find all of the different ways you can watch what they’re doing in Atlanta. It’s a fun one. Come and laugh with us, cheers.

Sheriff Uses Cardboard Deputies To Slow Traffic

“It’s a creative way to solve a problem without really working the problem,” Chody told Austin’s KTBC-TV. “When you’re going 20, 30 miles per hour and you see the silhouette you’re immediately braking slowing down.”

Oh boy.  I’m typically not a fan of Police administrators and this is a perfect example why.  Obviously, people are going to pump on the brakes when they see the cardboard cut out.  Initially, it’s because they’re like, “Oh shit!  There’s a dude standing on the side of the road and he’s pointing something at me.”  Then they’re like, “Damn it!  It’s a cop!  I’m screwed!”  Then they get a quick feeling of relief as they get right up on it and discover it’s just a cardboard cut out.  Then ultimately, that feeling of relief turns to anger as they realize that the Sheriff’s Department just punk’d them.

Drivers in this city are being put through a 10-15 second emotional roller coaster for no reason.  Police administrators love spreading fake news about how increased police presence slows vehicles down, and that slowing vehicles down reduces crashes.  That’s all horse shit.

I was a cop for 21 years and the “slow drivers down” mantra is strong in the front office.  However, last I heard, the number one cause of automobile crashes is following too closely.  Drivers don’t follow at a safe enough distance to avoid collision with the vehicle in front of them, if that vehicle has to unexpectedly stop or drastically reduce it’s speed.  So, maybe it’s not a great idea to put a freaking cardboard cutout of a cop pointing a radar gun on the side of the damn street.  You’re causing drivers to hammer the brake pedal!  How is this making your streets more safe?!

Plus, it’s going to take all of 3 days for high school kids to discover that their Sheriff’s Department has given them the perfect canvas for creating hilarious works of art for their friends.

Now people are going to be crashing even more because they’re laughing their asses off.  There’s a stock joke cops say to other cops once they get promoted to an administrative position.  “Congratulations.  When’s your lobotomy scheduled?”  It’s a stock joke with a lot of truth behind it.  Even though there are exceptions, once most cops spend a little time in the front office they lose their damn minds.  They fall so out of touch with what’s really happening that they start making decisions as a politician.  Let’s give the people easy fairy tale solutions to their real world problems so it looks like we’re doing something.

The fact is you’re not accomplishing shit with these cardboard cutouts.  We need real cops doing real police work.  Focus less on slowing down traffic and focus more on educating the public on what actually causes crashes.  Even better, lets focus on lowering the violent crime rate in your area and increasing the clearance rate on open cases.  I’m yet to find a department of that has mastered that yet.

If you live in this city I’m sorry you’re dealing with this stupidity but I am excited to see the hysterical vandalism pics.

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Meet The World’s Most Prolific Streaker

Sky News – Mark Roberts (53) of Sefton Park, Liverpool claims to have streaked 568 times across 24 countries, with only 25 of them resulting in an arrest.

Usually, when we think about streakers we picture the blackout-wasted idiot who doesn’t think it’s a party unless you wake up in the drunk tank.  But this isn’t the case.  This guy is a pro.  Mark Roberts says he’s a performance artist and he takes his art very seriously.

Roberts says he respects the event and the athletes that are competing so he never interrupts the game.  Instead, he waits for an obvious break in the action before he puts on his show.  With only 25 arrests out of 568 shows, I’m guessing he puts on a pretty good show.  So, 22 out of 23 times the powers that be were like “Ok, that was funny.”, then showed him to the door instead of tossing him in a wagon.

I don’t mind a good streaker.  By that I mean, if you’re going to do it, don’t just run around naked and make a bunch of out of shape security guards chase you for 30 minutes.  Put on a show!  Entertain us.  If you’re going to enter the game naked, I need the game to be more entertaining because you entered the game naked.  Think themes.  

If you ‘re going to run across the fairway at a PGA event, strap a “tiger” club head on your rod.   If it’s a Notre Dame game, wear a priest collar.  If it’s the opening ceremonies for the Olympics, light your dick on fire.  You get it.  Be creative!  It appears Mark Roberts is that guy but does that mean everyone is going to enjoy his performance?

Mark is a father of three.  That’s unfortunate.  That can’t be easy for the kids.  The odds of at least one of these kids falling in love with heroin is pretty high.  But I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, just because you’re a parent that doesn’t mean you have to stop chasing your dreams.  

You do you Mark Roberts!  I’d be honored to see your naked ass put on a show at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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The First Reviews Are In.. True Detective is BACK

IndieWire“Let’s get this out of the way: “True Detective” Season 3 is good. Whether or not you believe the first season to be an untouchable classic or an overrated but well-acted cop show, Nic Pizzolatto’s new episodes are a big step up from a second season as muddled and meaningless as that water stain above Vince Vaughn’s bed. With strong performances all-around — and a flat-out remarkable turn from Mahershala Ali — HBO’s third season benefits from reliable genre elements, a compelling central story, and aesthetics as lush as they are eerie.”

YES. “Engaging without being enraging, and solid if not spectacular.” Granted, this is only a single review, and I didn’t do much digging to see if any other critics received any screeners, but this is promising. The teaser trailer for season 3 was great, looking more in line with the aesthetics and story structure of season 1, and getting as far away from the muddled mess that many thought season 2 was. Nic Pizzolatto probably bit off more than he could chew with season 2; super convoluted, so many storylines, an odd “mystery,” and a reluctance to let anyone else into the writers room. For season 3, he/HBO brought in David Milch (the creator of Deadwood) to help pen the season and four different directors with other HBO credits under their belts will be helming two episodes each. But the best move, in my humble opinion, was using this season as a star vehicle for Mahershala Ali. He’s one of the hottest, most accomplished stars working in Hollywood right now, and outside of his Oscar winning turn in Moonlight, this looks like it’s going to give him the kind of exposure his career surely deserves. Multiple timelines with a story spanning over three decades, an unsolved murder, and years and years of deep seated guilt, True Detective appears to be getting back to the basics.

The best part about this, is it stands alone. You don’t need any previous viewing history to jump in. Every season is an anthology and stands alone on it’s own legs. No head nods to previous seasons, no loose threads that connects everything. Starting January 13th, everyone is going to be on the same page. We’re heading into the doldrums of January here, and there’s a lot of dogshit that’s going to be on your TV for the next few months until it starts to get warmer. Be thankful that we’re getting a bonafide prestige drama right out of the gates in 2019. 

The best part: If this sucks (highly unlikely), after eight weeks, we just move on and wait until Thrones returns for its final season. No matter which way you slice it, True Detective season 3 is going to be the best TV show available in January. It’ll blow every network TV show out of the water, and likely will be the best show on premium cable to start the new year. If these early critic reviews are any indication (I checked a couple more, glowing reviews from everyone that’s seen it so far), we’re in for one hell of a season that should restore the good name of True Detective and wipe out the bad taste that season 2 left in most people’s mouths, and I for one, couldn’t be more excited. Let me know if youse guys are as excited for this as I am. Buckle up, it’s gonna be a good’un.


Nun Ya Business

WGN News – Two nuns who worked for decades at a Catholic school in California embezzled at least $500,000, over 10-year period, from tuition and other funds and used it to pay for gambling trips to Las Vegas, church officials said Monday.

These nuns party.  Like, it’s wrong to steal.  Especially if you’re a woman of the cloth.  But you have to admit, if you were trapped in an elevator with a couple of nuns…these the nuns ya want!  Everyone is bashing these 2 ladies for taking money from a school to go party in Vegas?!  Hypocrites!  All of you!  Every single one of you laughed your ass off when Bradley Cooper did it in The Hangover!  These sisters had the gut sacks to do it for real!

Plus, in the grand scheme of crimes the Catholic Church needs to be worried about…this is a parking ticket!  Slap them on the wrist, tell them they can’t handle money anymore and make them janitors.  “We’re letting you stay at the school but from now on your janitor nuns.  We don’t want to see you in the office unless it’s to empty the paper shredder.”  I always assume schools administrated by the Catholic Church do a lot of shredding.

Don’t be too hard on these ladies.  They sacrifice a lot in their service to God and for very little pay.  They deserve to let loose every now and again.  We’re talking about the misappropriation of about $50K a year.  That should be about one teacher’s salary but I guarantee you this Catholic-ran school shells that out for 2 teachers!  Paying teachers half the salary of public school teachers…that’s the real crime!  Maybe someone should investigate that!

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He’s Catholic

Massholes Can Now Secretly Record Police. Finally! – In a victory for two very different groups of people, a federal judge has ruled that a Massachusetts law against secretly recording police officers or government officials in public places is unconstitutional.

I have to be honest, I thought this was already legal everywhere.  Hopefully Massachusetts is the last state to hang on to this.  If not, don’t be misled by the fact police officers were protected by this law.  That’s only the case because police officers are technically classified as “public officials”.  This law existed because legislators and heads of government are public officials and they were looking out for themselves.  Police officers were included by a technicality.  

When I worked as an undercover officer in Indiana, I was legally allowed to strap a recording device on my person and record my conversations with whomever I wanted…except “public officials”.  If I wanted to do that, I had to get special approval beforehand.  That meant a government official had to be made aware that another government official, likely of the same political party or affiliation, was under investigation and at risk of making incriminating statements on a recording.  No chance of things going wrong there.

However, the focus of, and other media outlets releasing this court decision, is on citizens being able to secretly record police officers in public and deservedly so.  The internet is full of cell phone recordings of police officers mistreating citizens and abusing their authority so, I personally believe the legal right to record these interactions is a significant check and balance for our society.

That being said, I support this right as long as it’s done in a manner that doesn’t interfere with police officers lawfully performing their duty or in a manner that jeopardizes their safety.  Don’t get in my face with your camera and yell crazy shit while I’m dealing with an escaped mental patient that’s wielding a machete.  I need focus on not getting my arm hacked off and talk a crazy dude into dropping a machete so I don’t have to shoot him.

But as long as you stay at a safe distance, record until your battery dies.  I don’t give a shit.  As a member of your community you have the right to report what I’m doing to your community.  After all, I’m supposed to be treating people fairly and performing my duties in a lawful and ethical manner, so I should have zero issue with you documenting my actions.  What I do in your video should get me promoted, not arrested.

Obviously, not every officer treats people fairly and/or performs their duties in a lawful manner, which is why you’re recording me in the first place and why I support you being lawfully permitted to do so.  So, I’m happy the state of Massachusetts finally agrees with us.  We need to heal the relationship between cops and community and I don’t think we can do that until we identify all the problem cops so we can get them off the job and hold them accountable for their actions.  


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Undercover Cops Buy Drugs From Undercover Cops

Fox2DetroitTwo undercover officers from Detroit’s 12 precinct, posing as drug dealers, were approached by two undercover officers from the 11th precinct, posing as drug buyers, and the fight was on.

This happened last year but I received several requests to cover this in a blog so HERE WE GO!

Evidently, the 12th precinct squad had a “jump out” or arrest team hidden in the house that their undercover drug dealers were standing in front of.  The purpose of the “jump out” team is to literally jump out of the house and arrest individuals that are dumb enough to buy drugs from the undercover officers.  Obviously, the 11th precinct squad had a mobile “jump out” team that would jump out of cars to cuff up the drug dealers that sell drugs to their undercover officers and then secure and search the house they’re working from.

So, in this instance, one jump out team ran into the other jump out team and that’s not good for anyone.  Except the neighbors.  They got a hell of a show.  In police circles, we call this a “Blue on Blue Incident”.  That’s when cops unknowingly face other cops, and each side thinks the other are the bad guys.  It’s a nightmare situation because everyone has a gun out and it’s pointed at someone.  And that someone is a friendly.  Even worse.  That someone is a brother.

So, how does shit like this happen?  Its pretty simple really.  You have multiple units within the same agency, doing basically the same job and they’re not sharing information with one another or reporting what they’re doing to a central repository that checks for things like this.  This is called deconfliction.  Larger agencies have a system for this in-house.  

Before you perform an operation like this, you’re supposed to prepare an Operations Plan that outlines what you are doing, who is participating and where it is happening.  This Ops Plan gets approved by a commander and then gets forwarded to an Intelligence Center that checks against other Ops Plans submitted by other units.  If two Ops Plans are occurring at the same location, or even near each other, and on the same date/time…the commander is immediately notified so he can contact each unit’s supervisor of the conflict.  Crisis averted.

Smaller agencies submit these Ops Plans to Federally-supported Deconfliction Centers.  The same course of action is taken.  Bottom line is you don’t jump until your Ops Plan is 100% cleared.  I don’t know where the ball was dropped here.  Was it at the command level or unit level?  My guess is the unit level, just based on my 21 years in the game.

Cops don’t like to share information.  They’re very territorial and untrusting.  Sometimes for good reason.  There are some dirty cops out there, but usually leaks come from cops that talk too much.  They tell everyone at work and home and all those people tell everyone they know and before you know it, someone that knows the bad guys catches wind of it.  But when it comes to operations where you know guns are going to be drawn, you have to take every precaution to ensure it goes down as safely as possible.

I’ve never been party to this exact situation but I did participate in a raid where, unbeknownst to us, another agency showed up at the same time to raid the same house.  We were assisting the ATF with an arrest warrant for an individual that was inside the house and the other agency was a drug unit there to serve a search warrant on the house.

As we dumped out of our vehicles and approached the house on foot, we were met by a bunch of other cops in raid vests that had just dumped out of their cars to do the same thing.  While each side went through the “What the fuck are your guys doing here?” routine, the guy we were looking for ran out the back door and hauled ass through the alley.  A 12 block foot pursuit ensued with like a hundred cops trying to catch, what seemed to be, the fastest human being on the planet.  It ended well enough, meaning he was eventually captured thanks to a canine unit, and no one on our side was injured.  Sure we looked like a bunch of dumbasses, but as long as no one gets hurt and the bad guy goes to jail…it’s a win.  #BehindTheBadge

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Clint Eastwood’s The Mule Based On Real-Life Hoosier

The New York Times – Leo Sharp, the most prolific drug mule that regional law enforcement had ever tracked, was placed under arrest. The Sinaloa cartel’s nickname for him was well chosen. They called him Tata. Grandfather.

Leo Sharp (played by Clint Eastwood) pleaded guilty on October 8, 2013, to drug conspiracy charges and was sentenced to 3 years in federal prison.  He was 87 when he was arrested and a resident of Michigan City, IN.  He was a WWII vet who owned a Day-lilly farm and became infamous for being the biggest, oldest and most trusted drug mule of El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel.  

The biggest risk for drug cartels is a “cold” stop that results in the seizure of their drugs and/or money.  That’s where the right cop just happens to be in the right place at the right time.  No one tips him or her off ahead of time about the vehicle, he or she is just out working traffic like any other cop. That’s a “cold” stop.

There are law enforcement officers who have specific training and expertise in drug trafficking interdiction.  Sometimes they are directed by narcotics detectives or federal drug agents to stop specific cars because they have direct knowledge that it’s transporting drugs.  But most of their stops are “cold” or routine stops for simple traffic violations.  Usually, the car is driven by an ordinary citizen just trying to get from point A to point B.  But occasionally the car is driven by a drug trafficker or “mule” and the car is loaded down with cocaine or some other drug.  What sucks for that driver is, these cops can usually tell the difference.

Here’s what happens in the second scenario.  The drug interdiction cop stops the vehicle for a simple traffic violation but quickly becomes suspicious of the driver and/or vehicle because of observations made that are consistent with drug traffickers or vehicles used for drug trafficking.  Or the driver simply behaves in a manner typical of someone concealing contraband in their vehicle.  When the cop’s mental drug radar goes off, he or she starts asking detailed questions about the vehicle, where the driver is coming from, where he’s headed, who he’s visiting and why…every question is designed to allow the officer ample time to observe and listen for signs of deception.

These particular cops are very good at what they do and are highly sensitive to the smell of bullshit.  So when the driver’s answers don’t add up, the cop is quick to call for a drug dog to conduct a sniff of the vehicle’s exterior.  Game over.

These seizures suck for the cartel and cost them a great deal of money.  They also usually result in the cooperation of the mule, or at least the seizure and analysis of their cell phone.  Either way, this ends up spurring an investigation on the supplier and the buyer of the drugs, which tends to disrupt the cartel’s operation here in the states.  So, to minimize the chance of cold-stop seizures, cartels began to employee the most inconspicuous people possible to transport their drugs and money.  Enter 87-year-old WWII vet, Leo Sharp.  Even the best drug interdiction cop would never suspect this dude of anything more than senility.  

Leo had a good run.  He successfully transported cocaine from Mexico to the U.S. and money from the U.S. to Mexico for over a decade.  He made more than $1 million cash from his cocaine/money runs in 2010 alone.  But all good things must come to an end and eventually Sharp was caught transporting over 200 kilos of cocaine in 2011, thanks to the DEA wiretap on El Chapo and his organization’s network that ran from Mexico to Detroit. 

It’s an unbelievable true story about a good ole boy from Indiana that, at an age when most men are playing checkers in an assisted-living facility, played a major role in one of El Chapo’s largest drug-trafficking networks.  Who better to take on this role than the legend himself, Clint Eastwood?  The Mule comes to theaters December 14th and I can’t wait.

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SWAT Team Raids Wrong House. Oops!

WKMG News: A Melbourne officer is off the job after the city’s SWAT team raided the wrong house.  

I was a cop for 21 years.  I spent 6 years as a general detective, 10 as a narcotics detective and 3+ on a fugitive task force.  Which means, I’ve served a shit ton of search warrants and I’ve kicked a shit ton of doors.  So, believe me when I tell you…this is not good.

Making forced entry into a home is inherently one of the most dangerous things cops do.  Even when you hit the right house, the potential for something bad happening is very high.  The absolute worst thing that can happen, which is the biggest concern, is causing an innocent person to be injured or killed.  Obviously, when you raid the wrong house the potential for that greatly increases, because everyone there is innocent.

As soon as I saw this headline, I knew immediately what happened.  Reading the article confirmed that.  I have been involved in every aspect of a search warrant.  I’ve been the detective that worked the case and presented the probable cause affidavit before a judge to get the order signed.  I’ve been the guy assigned to legally identify the house to be searched by obtaining the physical address, typing out a physical description of what it looks like and physically taking photos of the house.  I’ve also been on the entry to team that kicks in the door and secures the house so it can be safely searched by detectives and evidence collection officers.

So, what went wrong here?  The detective that worked the case admitted that he never physically went to the house to identify it.  Nor did he assign someone else to do it.  He got lazy and decided to let technology do the work for him.  He eventually admitted to doing all his intel and surveillance work via Google Maps.  Now, as luck would have it, not only am I someone who has executed a lot of search warrants, I’m also someone who lives at an address that is associated with the wrong house on Google Maps.  Getting an Uber or food delivery to my house is a complete nightmare.  So, I’m here to tell you that relying on Google Maps as the sole means of identifying a house that you plan to raid with a SWAT team, is a bad idea.

This is all assuming the detective didn’t just screw up when he went to street view to screen shot a pic of the house and type up the physical description.  This seems even more likely.

Fortunately, in this case no one was hurt.  But the SWAT team did hit the house presented to them on the search warrant, which was the wrong house, and scared the shit out of the poor woman who lived there.  The SWAT team was told this was a drug house so the woman was handcuffed and searched.  Moments later, officers saw the suspects they were looking for walk out of the house across the street.  Oops.  There’s the drug house.

The detective that was responsible for all of this resigned shortly thereafter.  As well he should.  This job isn’t for him.  Raiding someone’s house is a big fucking deal.  It’s the most invasive thing cops do.  Our home is sacred ground.  Someone wrote a whole constitution about it.  So, if you’re going to invade someone’s home you had better make sure you take every available step to not only ensure that a judge agrees, based on your investigation, that there is probable cause to believe evidence of criminal activity will be found there AND you had better make sure you are 1000% sure that there is no possible way you’re about to raid the wrong damn house.

Cops took a big hit public relations hit here but believe me when I say, the cops that hit that house were even happier to see this guy forced to resign than you were.  They don’t go out there every day and put their lives on the line for lazy-ass detectives that would rather put innocent people and other cops in jeopardy, than to do their damn job.  They go out there for you.  Trust me.  I’m one of you now.

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