Bissonnette critical of Jeremy Jacobs in radio interview


Bissonnette critical of Jeremy Jacobs in radio interview

Gary Bettman has been the target of scrutiny and angry, pejorative words from the players throughout the NHL lockout process, and from a general public that feels like its watching a replay of a 2004-05 movie they hated the first time around. He was called an idiot by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ian White, and both he and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly were called cancers to the game by Florida Panthers forward Kris Versteeg.
Not so surprisingly the 30 NHL owners -- or 29 owners if you consider that the league is basically running the Phoenix Coyotes -- that Bettman speaks for have been largely spared the harsh words and insulting jibes during the 67 days and counting of the current lockout. Those owners are the ones that sign the NHL players paycheck and will ultimately becomes their bosses again once the NHL season resumes, and most players are still wary of biting the hand that feeds them.
Coyotes' tough guy Paul Bissonnette has always been a thoughtful, fun personality within the game, and he brought his always-interesting perspective to that whole dynamic during a Wednesday morning interview with Sirius XM Home Ice Radio. It also appears that he isnt going to be playing for the Bruins anytime soon after lighting up Bs owner Jeremy Jacobs, looked at by just about everybody as the hawk-ish owner bloodlessly driving the lockout bus.
"I just try to stay away from carving up anyone. Gary Bettman is just trying to do his job. I know that's against what we're about as far as the players are concerned, said Bissonnette. But I know he's the messenger. If they're going to pay him 8 million to save them hundreds of millions, well there are a lot of people listening that would do the same job for the money he makes.
I'm more upset with a guy like Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs. It just sounds so hypocritical for him to think the last CBA was so awful and how garbage it was, and then go out and sign three of his top guys right before the last one expired. If it was that bad, why rush to sign those guys? Why not wait until the new CBA comes?
The Bs contracts Bissonnette is referring to are the deals Jacobs okayed for Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin immediately prior to the Sept. 15 lockout starting date with at least Seguins six-year deal flying in the face of what the NHL is seeking for player contract rights in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.  

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 


Mitchell rising fast but somehow totally unaware of fantasy football


Mitchell rising fast but somehow totally unaware of fantasy football

FOXBORO -- It seems unlikely that a 23-year-old who has spent much of his life around sports would be unaware of how fantasy football works. But Malcolm Mitchell insisted on Friday that he was that 23-year-old. 

Over the last seven days, Mitchell has been the second-most added player in fantasy leagues behind only Steelers tight end Ladarius Green. The rookie wideout went undrafted in many fantasy leagues before the start of the regular season, but his production has spiked over the last three weeks making him one of a hot commodity for people headed into the fantasy playoffs.

In wins over the Niners, Jets and Rams, Mitchell has caught 17 passes for 222 yards and three scores. 

"I have family members mention it, but I never know what they're talking about," Mitchell said when asked if he was asked about his newfound popularity among fans of fantasy football. "I'm not sure how that works. If someone said it, I'd probably have no idea what it means."

A fewer lockers down from Mitchell is the stall of rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who cut into Mitchell's back-and-forth with reporters joking, "I've got him on my team!"

Mitchell's confusion over the phenomenon that is fantasy football seemed to be genuine as he asked questions about how teams operate and what fantasy free-agency means. 

Those who've picked him up probably don't mind that Mitchell is in the dark on the subject -- and the same goes for the Patriots coaching staff, it's safe to assume -- as long as he continues to do his job as well as he's done it in recent weeks.