Big Papi Stable Back In Boston

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David Ortiz back in Boston. He had a second surgery last night after arriving in Boston and is stable and awake in the ICU. When the news of this first came out late Sunday night i was hoping it was just another twitter rumour, because I just couldn’t see this happening to David Ortiz in his country he has done soo much for. When the news first broke, we were told he was shot in the leg, but then as the night went on we all found out that he was in fact shot between the left side of the back and came out through the lower abdomen. When we heard that the emergency doctor said that David Ortiz told him not to let him die and that he was a good man, thats when the world started to realize just how serious this situation was for the larger than life Big Papi.

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David Ortiz is the most influential person of all time in Boston sports. Yes i know Tom Brady has six Super Bowls, but Big Papi will always and forever be the face of Boston to me. He single handedly changed the narrative on what playing for the Boston Red Sox was like and put the team on his back to break the curse of the bambino in 2004. The game of baseball was just the start of what David Ortiz has done and continues to do for the city of Boston and the country of the Dominican Republic. After the Boston marathon bombings in 2013, the city of Boston turned to David Ortiz to help them get back on track after that horrendous day. 

I know how much David Ortiz means to me and I’m just a die hard Sox fan from Canada. David Ortiz is soo much more than just a baseball player, the impact he has had on the city of Boston is something we could possibly never see again. He came to Boston in 2003 and made that city his own. To see someone want to do something like this to him is truly shocking, especially in his own hometown. Thankfully he is stable and awake at this point and is on the road to recovery. Im still dumbfounded that something like this could happen to a man like him, after everything he has done and the way he influences soo many people lives in such a positive way. David “Big Papi” Ortiz is and always will be more than just a heroic ball player. Fortunately we will continue to see his larger than life smile and personality for many more years to come. Cant wait to see him back on his feet, Get well soon Papi.

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In Franchise Defining Game 4 Raptors Get Crucial Win

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This offseason the Toronto Raptors went all in, they decided that one year of Kawhi Leonard was worth the risk and went all in to try and get this team finally over the playoff hump. When Leonard is on the court he is without debate one of the best players in the NBA. After games two and three with the Sixers though it looked like that idea could be coming completely undone and they’d be looking at another early exit in these NBA playoffs.

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I myself thought they looked out of it, but yesterday Kawhi’s supporting cast finally showed up in a pivotal game four. They have now regained home court advantage in this series and look once again like one of the better teams in the East. As good as the Raptors were yesterday, the Sixers just did not look like the team we saw in games two and three. For whatever reason this Sixers team has to be pushed with their backs against the wall to get the best out of them. Jimmy Butler has looked like the superstar hes always said he is this series, but without help from Joel Embiid this team just won’t get over the hump in these playoffs.

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This series is now a best of three heading back to Toronto, whoever takes game five will have a massive advantage heading into game six. I still think this goes seven games regardless of who wins the next game though. You’d have to think the Raps have the advantage now but I also thought the exact same thing after the Sixers weren’t even close in game one. Every time we think we have these playoffs figured out the next game is an absolute curveball. Either way this has been a great series, with great back and forth between these two teams. Im excited to see how this one plays out and if your a Raptors fan you’ve got to hope that they make it out of this round. This could very well be the last time you see Kawhi Leonard in a Raptors uniform and the thought of a team being led by just Kyle Lowry isn’t gonna get you very far in this NBA. Hope y’all enjoyed the weekend and our enjoying these playoffs as much as I am. Lets have a week.

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After Days Of Thought Im Officially All In On The Josh Rosen Experiment

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It is officially a new era in Miami, these aren’t the same old Dolphins throwing as much money as they can at random free agents. For once it looks like there could actually be a plan in place. When the trade first went through, Ill be honest i wasn’t sold on the idea at all. Ive been all in on the idea of going full tank and trying to get Tua next year, or even waiting for Trevor Lawrence out of Clemson. 

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After days to think about the trade and what we are getting, Ive really come around on the idea of Josh Rosen being a Miami Dolphin. The Dolphins didn’t trade a first round pick for him, they didn’t even trade their 48th overall pick for him. They traded that to the New Orleans Saints and ended up getting a second rounder for next year. In the end the Dolphins gave up the 62nd overall pick and a 5th rounder for next year. This was probably the best offer Arizona was going to get, when everyone knew they wanted rid of him. If your like me and were very skeptical of this pickup by Miami, let me sell you on what I’ve come around on. Arizona paid Rosen his bonus last year and ended up paying him 11 million in total. The Miami Dolphins have Josh Rosen under control for the next 3 years for 6 million. Thats 2 million a year for the next 3 years for a guy who went 10th overall last season. 

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Who knows how this thing turns out, I for one think FitzMagic will still be at the helm come opening Sunday for these Dolphins. At best we get a first rounder who could very well be a franchise quarterback, at worse we get a backup for three years at a very cost efficient price. Let me remind you that Matt Moore got 4 million per when he was the Dolphins backup quarterback. Im far from all in on Rosen, but this trade was worth the risk and Im very excited about this Dolphins team after the draft. Which is something i haven’t honestly been able to say since the Ryan Tannehill era started years ago. The quarterback room of Fitzmagic and Rosen looks a hell of a lot better than last years Tannehill and the Brocketship. All i know is things are changing in Miami and from what i can tell its definitely for the better. Hope y’all enjoyed the draft, FinsUp.

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PMS 2.0 059 – The NFL’s All-Time Leading Scorer In Studio. Let’s. Go.

On today’s show, The GOAT, 4x Super Bowl Champion, 3x 1st Team All-Pro, the undisputed points king of the NFL, Adam Vinatieri, joins Pat and the guys in studio to chat about his record breaking season. He goes through his thought process before the record breaking kick in Oakland, what the NFLPA has been up to among all the rule change proposals, how many more years he has left in the tank, he tells a couple of stories that define the Adam Vinatieri competitive nature, and he breaks down his plans for the rest of the offseason at his ranch in Missouri (2:21-27:54). The guys also chat about the new commercial they’re shooting, dive into a little hockey talk, discuss the return of Game of Thrones and whether or not Pat plans to catch up before the start of the final season, they chat a little more about the Road Hawk Wrestlemania roadtrip, Pat tells a story about one of friends dogs that is half German Shepard half wolf, which spirals into whether or not a human could kill a wolf with his bare hands if he had too, and the guys also discuss the golden days of the internet with dial-up internet, bum fights/the Kimbo era, and AIM. It’s a good one, come and laugh with us, cheers.

PMS 2.0 058 – Zion Williamson

On today’s show, Pat and the guys dive deep into everything that happened over the weekend in March Madness including the legend of Zion Williamson continuing to grow with an incredible performance in Duke’s win over UCF, teams utilizing the 4 and 5 point play, whether or not the tournament has lived up to expectations this year with almost all chalk moving on to the Sweet Sixteen, and Orange Vanilla Coke’s quest to become the official drink of TV timeouts during March Madness. Pat also details one of the worst customer service afternoon’s he’s ever had while at Applebee’s with some of the guys, and gives an update on the engagement ring he bought for Sam. Pat also gives a heartfelt ode to Gronk as the guys discuss his retirement, his legacy in the NFL, and what comes next. Pat also recounts a couple of stories from his NFL career, including his wild poker run during the early part of his career, and he thinks back to his glory days playing soccer in high school and with the U18 national team as he recalls how other players probably remember him, and how he was a footsal national champion. This one has a little bit of everything. Come and laugh with us, cheers.

PMS 057 – March Madness, A Vegas Legend, & The Hardy Boyz

On today’s show, Pat and the guys are locked in on the start of March Madness and chat about who they think is going to make some noise in the tournament, which spawns a conversations about the greatness of Zion Williamson, and whether or not he is the next LeBron. Also, one of the most electric guys around, sports handicapper, inspiration for the film “Two for the Money,” and friend of the show, Brandon Lang, calls into the show to talk March Madness and give the guys a few sure fire locks as well as some other plays for deeper in the tournament, and tells some hilarious stories. If you’re looking for free money, look no further (3:17-30:02). Also joining the show are two of the most accomplished entertainers in the history of sports entertainment. Holders of various titles, icons of the sport, The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff Hardy) join the guys in studio to chat about their illustrious careers, what has changed in the wrestling business over the years, whether or not either one has any fear doing the insane stunts that they’ve pulled for years, what they still want to do in their careers before it’s all said and done, who some of the wrestlers that helped them early in their careers were, and they each share some hilarious stories about their different concepts along the way and take a look back to their early days when they were wrestling in their backyard and appearing on RAW at the ages of 16 and 18, respectively. It’s an incredible conversation with two incredible humans (50:01-1:21:39). Today is a really fun one. Come and laugh with us, cheers.

PMS 2.0 055 – Triple H On The Podcast

On today’s show, Triple H officially joins the show while Pat records from his hotel room in Orlando as the guys battle a couple of technical issues to get the everything up and running. They discuss everything Pat has done on his trip in Orlando so far including exploring Pandora at Universal Studios and Pat gives his overall assessment of Disney World as he spent the entire day there earlier this week. They also do a deep dive into all the chaos of NFL free agency so far including AB to Raiders and what Jon Gruden’s thoughts on the entire matter are, Lev Bell landing in New York and whether or not that makes the Jets a contender at all, and OBJ being shipped from the Giants to Cleveland and how the Browns might finally be ready to take over the AFC North with all the acquisitions that they’ve made so far this offseason. To close out the show, lead commentator for Smackdown Live and all around electric human being, Tom Phillips, joins the show live from the WWE performance center. They discuss everything pertaining to the NFL draft as Tom is an NFL nut who enjoys the draft process. He gives out a couple of his picks for where he thinks certain players will wind up, and gives his thoughts on AQ Shipley, as well as the cult of Penn State football. Also included are some special appearances by Triple H and Michael Cole (1:22:59-1:56:38). It’s a great one. Come and laugh with us, cheers.

The Celtics Are Back From The Dead

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After a long battle testing drought for these Celtics it looks like they could finally be back to what we all thought they would be. One of the best teams in the East and possible NBA championship contenders. After a massive blowout win against NBA champion Golden State Warriors they carried on the momentum without Kyrie last night with a win in Sacramento. 

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If Gordon Hayward and Kyrie are fully engaged and playing like this on a daily basis come playoff time there’s no reason at all to think this Celtics squad can’t come out of the East. This is a small sample of how these guys can play i know were gonna need to see it on a more consistent basis, but it gives us Celtics fans reason for hope again. After watching them get blown off the court again on Sunday against the Houston Rockets, I was even ready to throw in the towel on this season. But here we are with a possibility of being back on track and with a legitimate chance in the East again.

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I still think Kyrie is gone this offseason but lets see what we can do this year and lets ride this two game wave to hopefully a nice little playoff run here. This could just be a two game thing but even the scenes on the bench and the players reactions, I get a sense of togetherness with this team again like we saw last year to get to the Eastern Conference finals. Add Hayward and Kyrie to that team and we have ourselves a shot and for whatever reason these Celtics love playing against the Warriors. Lets enjoy the rest of this season and hope things stay on the up and up for these Celtics. Lets have a Thursday y’all.

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PMS 053 – Tim Tebow, Ben Askren, & A Slew Of Magic

On today’s show, Pat and the guys welcome in 2X State Champion, 2X NCAA Champion, member of the 2008 Olympic wrestling team, former ONE and Bellator Welterweight Champion, and one of the hottest names currently in the UFC coming off a victory at UFC 235, “Funky” Ben Askren, joins the show for an incredible conversation. They cover why the UFC/Dana White ducked him for so long and why Dana still hates him, what he wants to do with the rest of his career in the UFC, what it was like fighting in Asia for a large part of his career, some of his hobbies outside of the Octagon, his thoughts on Conor McGregor, and what some of the defining moments of his career have been (2:01-45:07). The guys also have some HUGE Tim Tebow news, chat about kids today and the issues with a participation trophy society, discuss winter weather sports, where Antonio Brown’s landing spot will be as the Steelers say he should be traded by Friday, what the deal with the anti-vaccine crowd is and where it all started, what the deal with Jim Carrey is right now, and Pat chats about his upcoming plans for Orlando including going to the Avatar theme park down there. It’s a good one. Come and laugh with us, cheers.

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