Arbella Early Edition show meeting: Monday, April 21, 2014

Arbella Early Edition show meeting: Monday, April 21, 2014
April 21, 2014, 2:45 pm
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Each day, the Comcast SportsNet staff gathers in the early afternoon to discuss that evening's Arbella Early Edition show. And each afternoon, Gary Tanguay will post the minutes of that meeting, giving you an idea of what to expect on that night's show, which begins at 6:30 p.m.

DATE: Monday, April 21, 2014
SITE: CSNNE Conference Room
TOPIC: Arbella Early Edition Content
ATTENDING: Nate “I’m in Boston Common magazine not once but TWICE” Long; Jason Levine (he is not in Boston Common Magazine), and Kevin Miller (in charge of Marathon winner’s name pronunciation). And featuring . . . Gary Tanguay (I turned down the cover).

At today’s meeting I learned something about thongs.

1. Since Kirk Minehane, tonight's co-host, ran the Marathon, we all agreed his race experience will lead the show. Then we'll discuss the importance of an American man winning for the first time in more than 30 years. If Kirk was really committed to the show, he would have called in from the route. Heck, @bradfo is tweeting from the course.

2. The meeting got derailed when I told a story about my weekend. My wife Randi wanted her second tattoo when she turned 40. (She had a butterfly put on her navel long before she met me.) So, a year-and-a-quarter after turning 40, she decided to get number two. Being the ever-supportive husband, I sat next to her in the waiting room of Fat Ram’s Pumpkin Tattoo Parlor. Man, they do great work. While waiting, an artist brought out a black backdrop and put it in the lobby. She was planning to take a photo of a tattoo she just did to put on the parlor wall or in one of their photo books. Next, out walks a lovely, physically fit young lady in what I thought was her underwear. Nope, it was a thong. I noticed just before I turned my head and looked out the window. She had a great tattoo on her hip and the artist wanted to photograph it. What was supposed to do? If I look straight ahead, I'm gawking at this 20-something girl in a thong while sitting next to my wife, who was not phased by this at all. So, I continued to look out the window until the photo was taken. This brought us to my question: “Why do women wear thongs? They look uncomfortable as hell.” Nate, Kevin and Jason looked at me like I had three heads. I seriously didn't know the actual reason. Then Nate explained it: “So, they don’t have LINES!”


Now I get it! Thank you, Nate, for taking the time to explain it to me.

But if I was a woman, I would put up with the lines and be comfortable.

3. In the 'B' block, Ron Borges -- who I don’t think wears a thong --  will join us to talk Red Sox. Clay Buchholz should have slept at home. Of course, if he had pitched well today all of us would be talking about how tough and committed Buchholz to stay overnight at the ballpark and then go out and pitch well.

4. In the 'C' block, Minehane and I will sing the Bruins' praises. How much better does Kevan Miller make them?

That's our show on paper. Tune in tonight at 6:30 to see if that's what it winds up looking like on the air.