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Five things I hate about Mut & Merloni

Posted by bdowd625 on November 16, 2011

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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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Five thoughts from Pats/Dolphins

Posted by bdowd625 on October 4, 2010

I’m not usually a big fan of the Patriots playing on Monday Night Football. The normal seven-day wait is long enough, and I have even more trouble controlling my nerves for that extra 24 hours. Moreover, I feel like every time they have a big game on national TV they shit the bed (i.e. last year’s debacle at New Orleans). I had nothing to worry about tonight, though, as the Pats’ special teamers exploded in the second half to help New England absolutely dismantle the Miami Dolphins. Here are five thoughts from tonight’s game:

*  Brandon Tate gave us a little taste of his ridiculous talent with his kickoff return against Cincinnati in Week 1, and Tate’s 103-yard touchdown return tonight proved it wasn’t a fluke. Tate likes to dance around for a while to throw off opposing defenders, then clicks the fast forward button on his remote control and flies down the sideline and into the end zone. You really can’t afford to blink when he has the ball in his hands.

*  How about Patrick Chung? A second-round selection out of Oregon in the 2009 NFL Draft, Chung is rapidly becoming New England’s best defensive back. You didn’t actually think Brandon Meriweather, the self-proclaimed “party-starter” was the Pats’ best safety, did you? Whatever the case, Chung seems to be in on every tackle, and his blocked punt tonight gave New England a short field to work with early in the second half. He also blocked a field goal and had an interception return for a touchdown, you say? Screw the party-starter. Chung for president.

*  Speaking of defensive players… Rob Ninkovich snagged not one but two interceptions after an entire career without one? Yes, please! The defense needed a couple of game-changing plays like that early on and Ninkovich was there to grab a pair of awful Chad Henne throws. It’s a damn good thing Henne made those bad decisions because Miami was moving the ball at will for the ENTIRE first half.

*  The legend of Danny Woodhead continues to grow. I really don’t have anything else to say about this. It’s just awesome to see short white guys play in the NFL and be successful.

*  On a personal note, I needed Tom Brady to have a 40-point night for my fantasy team to win. Brady looked exceptional when he actually had the ball in his hands, but for the most part, the Pats didn’t need him. Special teams and – surprise! – defense ruled the day and that’s certainly fine by me. I don’t care how they win, just that they win.

The Pats are now tied for first in the AFC East, bitches! Hopefully everyone who listens to sports radio will back off the ledge until they resume play in Week 6 following their bye. As always, thanks for reading. Now check out our poll question.

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Five more thoughts from Pats/Bengals

Posted by Bill Koch on September 12, 2010

Since this is opening week of the NFL season and may as well be a national holiday, we here at Ramble On will toss in five additional thoughts from today’s battle between the New England Patriots and the Cincinnati Bengals. These come free of charge and are solely for your entertainment in the aftermath of the Patriots’ 38-24 victory at Gillette Stadium.

— How great was it to see Wes Welker back in the end zone? The little guy with one of the biggest hearts in the league scored twice and looked his usual sharp self operating in the slot and over the middle in the center of the Cincinnati defense. Keep in mind that he’s just eight months removed from major knee surgery and you’ll realize that it’ll only get better from here for No. 83.

— No, you weren’t imagining things. We also thought that Patrick Chung was in on just about every tackle made by the Patriots’ defense. The second-year safety from Oregon finished as New England’s leader with 12 stops on the day, a terrific performance for a guy who had just 37 tackles all last season. We like to see players who are fast and physical on that side of the ball and Chung was all of that and more on Sunday.

— When was the last time New England scored a defensive touchdown? We couldn’t think of it either until Gary Guyton returned an interception 59 yards for a score in the second quarter. Guyton’s big play made it 24-0 and was the highlight for a defense that didn’t look so good throughout training camp. We’d like to see the Patriots’ defenders be a little more active than they were last season – this was a decent start.

— Get used to hearing Devin McCourty’s name this season. Opposing teams are going to try to pick on the rookie defensive back from Rutgers all year long. The Bengals tried it on their first play from scrimmage, throwing a deep ball intended for Terrell Owens that McCourty broke up at the last minute. How he plays will go a long way toward determining just how effective the Patriots will be trying to stop opposing passing attacks.

— Good riddance, Laurence Maroney. Anybody else even notice that he was deactivated on Sunday due to a thigh injury? (And if you believe that nonsense we’ve got a bridge we’d like to sell you.) Fred Taylor (14 carries, 71 yards), BenJarvus Green-Ellis (22 yards) and Kevin Faulk (70 total yards) filled in quite nicely for Maroney, who has been nothing but a bust since being drafted in the first round out of Minnesota. We won’t be too heartbroken if we never see him or his fumble-prone hands ever again.

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