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Five things I hate about Mut & Merloni

Posted by bdowd625 on November 16, 2011

(Having trouble sleeping? Tune in!)

It’s time to debut a new feature here at Ramble On, one I’d like to call “Five Things.” Today’s edition centers around Mut & Merloni, WEEI’s midday radio show. I was driving around earlier this afternoon, doing my usual flip-flopping between WEEI and 98.5 The Sports Hub, when I landed on Mike Mutnansky and Lou Merloni bitching about David Ortiz’s contract situation. The duo was having the most pathetically bland conversation you could possibly imagine, which prompted me to come up with my inaugural topic for “Five Things.” Away we go:

* Merloni brings zero to the table except for a little bit of baseball knowledge, and even that’s sketchy at best. He often provides more questions than answers. Hey, Lou, we’re listening to you to get some insight on the local sports teams, not to hear the following: “What’s going to happen in the Red Sox clubhouse next year? Will there still be beer? Will the starting pitchers be forced to sit in the dugout all game? Will I still have a job at this radio station next year? I really don’t know. We’re just going to have to wait and see.” Here’s an idea. Get off your ass and go find out for us.

* Mutnansky would rather talk to New England’s pro athletes about their Twitter accounts instead of asking actual thought-provoking questions. “Hey, Patrick Chung, why haven’t you tweeted about the Oregon Ducks’ latest crappy uniforms?” Newsflash, Mut. No one gives a shit.

* Troy Brown always has to be in studio when they interview any of the Patriots, because he’s the only one who has a clue about football. Thank God we don’t have to listen to the two of them talk to Bill Belichick. That would be unnecessarily painful.

* The constant references to the University of Connecticut (Mut’s alma mater) and Providence College (Merloni’s) make me sick. Congrats, guys, you went to college. So did most of us – we just don’t get paid six figures a year to lull people to sleep on the radio every day.

* The Penn State scandal has forced these two to recycle and regurgitate the same played-out news that we’ve been hearing for the last two weeks. Why don’t you try to focus on a new viewpoint when it comes to this topic? Nevermind, I just changed the station.


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Everything is A-OK

Posted by bdowd625 on October 15, 2010

We had a close call here at Ramble On this afternoon, as WordPress – the site that hosts this magnificent blog – decided to randomly shut us down for “violating” their Terms of Service agreement. When I first realized what was happening a lot of questions ran through my head. Will we be able to transfer all the work we’ve done to another blog? Am I about to be sued? What’s for dinner tonight?

I calmed down quickly, though, and fired off a courteous yet stern e-mail to the powers that be, explaining that there must be some mistake. Within minutes, they turned the lights back on and here we are, back and better than ever. The man can’t keep us down, baby! That is all.

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Random YouTube Video of the Day: A trip down memory lane

Posted by bdowd625 on October 7, 2010

As you all know by now, Randy Moss is no longer a member of the New England Patriots. Still, we felt the need to post this old video of one of Moss’ touchdown grabs against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The whole clip is good, but the real fun doesn’t start until about the 2:10 mark. I can’t do it justice by trying to explain it, so please just watch. We’ll certainly move on from Moss as Patriots fans, but moments like this one won’t soon be forgotten.

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Posted by Bill Koch on October 1, 2010

Yet another milestone today for us here at Ramble On, and we couldn’t have done it without all of your support.

My man BDowd and I extend our sincere thanks to all of you for helping us reach 20,000 hits all-time on our website. We do this writing thing for a living, but Ramble On is strictly fun for us. We fire some opinions out there, try to stoke some opinion, get after some egos that we think need deflating and touch on some topics that we throw back and forth outside of our professional lives. The fact that we get to entertain all of you is nothing but a bonus and a pleasure.

Thanks again to everyone who has visited this page. We promise to keep bringing it like we always have in the weeks and months to come.

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Remembering 9/11

Posted by Bill Koch on September 11, 2010

Take a minute today and reflect on where you were nine years ago.

Think about the pain, the horror and the sadness you felt when you witnessed the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Think about the pride and the togetherness you felt with the rest of America in the following days. Think about what has happened since that fateful day, the wars that have been fought, the lives that have been lost and the futures that have been shaped by a group of people with nothing but hate in their hearts and murder on their minds.

We will never forget.

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T.I. = Total. Idiot.

Posted by Bill Koch on September 2, 2010

For today’s proof that most criminals – especially celebrity criminals – can’t be rehabilitated, we submit T.I. for your reading pleasure.

We can’t say that we’re shocked that the rapper/actor/repeat offender was arrested and charged with drug possession on Wednesday. T.I. and his new wife, Tameka Cottle, got hooked up in Hollywood at 4 a.m. after police smelled marijuana coming from their vehicle. A search turned up potential evidence of ecstasy, methamphetamine and ‘Purple Drank,’ the ghetto version of codeine syrup that sunk Oakland Raiders’ bust JaMarcus Russell, and we’d like to congratulate T.I. for graduating to controlled substances. We suppose that he can only hurt himself while he’s trying to put a little edge on after a long day in the studio.

This would be all well and good if it was an isolated incident, but T.I. is freshly out of federal prison after serving seven months for weapons possession. The array of rifles, automatics and silencers that police found leads us to believe that T.I. might have been planning a trip to Afghanistan to take down Al Qaeda in the near future. There’s no other reason that he could have been hiding enough guns to open his own shooting range in his back yard.

T.I.’s celebrity bailed him out the first time around, along with the self-serving show that he put together to try to sway judges and potential jurors that he truly realized he’d done something wrong. I guess he didn’t pay much attention in jail either while he was teaching a course to his fellow criminals on self-enrichment. Let’s hope the next judge that hears a case involving T.I. gives him a little longer than 210 days behind bars to think about the seriousness of his actions. Doing 5-10 years in a federal hole might be just enough time to knock the celebrity out of his head and make him truly miss his wife and kids enough to keep on the straight and narrow. All of our readers out there already know that they’d be facing the same type of sentence if they weren’t selling out arenas and making movies.

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Sending some love to Love in Stockholm

Posted by Bill Koch on August 26, 2010

We promise pop culture here at Ramble On, and today we’re going to deliver some that is both relevant and can make you a little too cool for school.

Think back and try to remember how it feels to be the first person to know something. How good is it when one of your friends confides in you? How cool do you feel when your friends are talking about something and you already know all the facts? Come on, admit it – we all love it. That’s just human nature.

Pop culture provides daily opportunities to be the famous Saturday Night Live One-Upper. We’re about to hand you one on a platter while we take the next few graphs to talk about one of our favorite bands.

The first time we caught Love in Stockholm’s act was in December. It was some grungy Irish bar in Cranston, RI (to be fair, right in our strike zone), and these guys lit it up. Their searing blend of jazz, funk, soul and a little taste of pop caught our attention right away. It felt like it must have the first time someone saw Dave Matthews Band at Trax or the first time someone caught moe. or O.A.R. at some dive when they were first starting out. We were hooked immediately, and we think you all should check these guys out.

Imagine Maroon 5’s Adam Levine – if he could actually sing. That’s Love in Stockholm frontman Charlie Rockwell. Any band worth its salt needs someone dynamic leading the way, and Rockwell has ‘it.’ ‘It’ isn’t something tangible. ‘It’ isn’t something that can be taught. ‘It’ just happens, and this man has ‘it’ covered from start to finish the way he prowls the stage and commands attention. His range is unlimited and his ability to connect with a room, whether it’s four people, 40 people or 400 people, demands attention.

Rockwell is backed by a robust rhythm section, led by drummer Jesse Humphrey and bassist Alex Staley, and features plenty of power from its horns and keyboards in Dave Carroll and Evan Sanders. Brendie McBrien holds it down on guitar. These are the type of guys who will hang with you before the show, blow your mind during the show and have a beer with you after the show (Narragansett, PBR or something along those lines – these guys don’t do high maintenance).

We’ve seen them play big venues and small venues, to big crowds and friends and family only. We saw no difference between the intensity, tightness and professionalism of the shows, a tribute to how solid and focused these guys are. They don’t seem to ever have a bad night. You likely won’t either if you head out to catch their show when they come to your town.

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Random YouTube Video of the Day: Antoine Dodson represents

Posted by bdowd625 on August 25, 2010

I’m always pretty late to the party when it comes to these viral videos, and this post is no exception. I was told about this clip by one of my co-workers today, so I decided to check it out. IT DOES NOT DISAPPOINT. There must be something in the water in Alabama because between these people and those leprechaun stalkers/crackheads, shit is just outta control down there. I’m thinking we should just annex the entire state out into the Atlantic Ocean to avoid further incidents like this one.

The only redeeming quality about Alabama is that it’s home to Forrest Gump, a movie, I might add, that I just watched for the very first time last night. I may or may not live under a rock.

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Is this real life?

Posted by bdowd625 on August 19, 2010

I was doing my usual perusing of the Internet yesterday when I stumbled upon this absolute gem on Barstool Sports New York. Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck is allegedly – and I mean that in the strongest sense of the word – getting divorced from his wife after she found out he was having an affair with – get this – FERNANDO FREAKIN’ TATIS. For those of our readers out there who don’t know who Tatis is, the guy’s a Major League journeyman, made famous for the fact that he hit two grand slams in one inning off of Chan Ho Park back in 1999. Big friggin’ deal. I could take Chan Ho Park deep in my sleep. I’d expect more out of Buck. At least shoot for a future Hall of Famer, my friend.

This rumor sounds absolutely ludicrous – I’ll give you that. But let’s just think this through for a second. What person out there was sitting around thinking, “I wonder what outrageous scenario I could make up about Joe Buck and Fernando Tatis that would defy all logic?” Other than angry Mets fans, that is. Either way, this story is just so ridiculous that it might actually be true. I only wish it was Tim McCarver instead of Joe Buck. I loooooathe McCarver and would love nothing more than to see his name soiled like this.

Hey, speaking of that, did you know Tim McCarver has an unhealthy obsession with circus midgets? Now you do.

UPDATE: My buddy Russ just read this blog and summarized the situation perfectly. “Joe Buck sucks on the air, so why not off it, too?” Damn it, why didn’t I think of that?

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Random YouTube Video of the Day: Kenny Powers to the people

Posted by bdowd625 on August 16, 2010

Since the Red Sox have the night off tonight, I needed to get my “baseball” fix somehow. And what better way to do just that then by bringing the world of Eastbound and Down to Ramble On? For those of you that haven’t seen this HBO masterpiece yet, all I can say is, where the hell have you been? Season 2 returns next month so we’re getting pretty excited around here. Enjoy Kenny Powers – played brilliantly by Danny McBride – and his antics, and we hope you’ll be tuning in with us when the show comes back in September.

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