Gronkowski family pitching animated TV show

Posted by Staff October 29, 2013 12:28 PM

Rob Gronkowski is hoping have more on-screen time than he already gets while playing NFL games, practicing, doing interviews, and endorsing Dunkin' Donuts egg sandwiches.

The Patriots' tight end is ready to star, along with his father and brothers, in an animated TV show lightly based on the family’s life.

First reported by Deadspin, the show, tentatively titled “The Gronks,” is being pitched by the family in hopes of landing a television deal.

The show is likely to include real stories about the Gronkowski brothers – Gordy Jr., Chris, Dan, Rob, and Glenn – along with their father, Gordy Sr. (“Papa Gronk”), in their rise to becoming one of the most well-known modern sports families.

See the trailer for the show and read more about it on

Story of Jonny Gomes's Army helmet comes to light

Posted by Staff October 29, 2013 08:37 AM


One of the lasting images of the 2013 Red Sox celebrations has been the headgear of outfielder Jonny Gomes.

Whether it be the party at Fenway Park after clinching the AL East, the clubhouse in Tampa Bay after advancing to the ALCS, or the pandemonium at Fenway again once the team clinched its third AL pennant in the past nine seasons, Gomes has been seen sporting an official U.S. Army helmet, and the story behind the piece of military equipment has finally come to light thanks to an article on the Army's website.

In June, on a visit to Fenway Park with his three children, Master Sgt. Miguel Chacon of Natick’s U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine saw that a pair of batting gloves had been thrown to him from a group of players signing autographs.

Chacon was then told by an usher that the gloves had been thrown to him by Gomes, who is a well-known supporter of the U.S. military, and Gomes had seen Chacon there in uniform and wanted to thank him for his service. Chacon later thanked Gomes personally for the gift, but wanted to do more.

Later in the season, when Chacon was offered tickets to a Sept. 15 Red Sox-Yankees game, he decided to bring along with him the advanced combat helmet from his service in Iraq. During a pre-game tour of Fenway, he told a club official that he had brought the helmet for Gomes, who then escorted Chacon and Spc. Travis Crook downstairs to the door outside the Red Sox clubhouse.

Gomes came out of the clubhouse to greet the two and Chacon told Gomes the helmet was for him, and Gomes was thrilled. The three spoke for some time before Gomes returned to the clubhouse and Chacon and Crook returned to the stands to watch the game.

Chacon was pleased that the helmet has made its way into the Red Sox celebrations this year, which could culminate in a World Series title Wednesday or Thursday night in Boston. He believes Gomes showcasing the helmet is a great honor to the military and all who serve the United States.

Read the full story from Bob Reinert of USAG-Natick Public Affairs here.

'Silverado Strong' promotion canceled

Posted by Matt Pepin, Staff October 28, 2013 08:15 PM


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A promotion at Busch Stadium scheduled for the third inning of Game 5 of the World Series for Chevrolet Silverado, a sponsor of Major League Baseball's postseason, has been canceled following concerns it was insensitive.

The promo was to have spelled out the message "Silverado Strong" in the stands at Busch Stadium. Bostonians adopted the phrase "Boston Strong" in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, and many take offense at the phrase being used in other ways.

Before deciding to scrap the promotion, MLB explained it as follows:

Leading into the top of the 3rd, Ozzie Smith will recognize Chevrolet’s commitment to growing youth baseball in a video played on the scoreboard. He will prompt fans in attendance to hold up placards in front of them, which will unveil an image of the words “Silverado Strong,” Chevrolet’s theme for the launch of the all-new 2014 Silverado, with the Chevrolet and MLB silhouetted batter logos on either side. The Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2013 World Series will receive a youth baseball field makeover in a U.S. location of their choice and a 2014 Silverado High Country. This is a continuation of Chevrolet’s year-long SILVERADO STRONG campaign. For more information, fans can visit

Chevrolet's advertising campaign has roots that date back prior to the creation of the "Boston Strong" message, according to Car and Driver magazine.

Watch: Key moments of ALCS/NLCS re-enacted by toys

Posted by Matt Pepin, Staff October 22, 2013 05:16 PM

A local toy company, Oyo Sportstoys, has re-created three key moments from the ALCS and NLCS using its products.

The moments are David Ortiz's Game 2 grand slam into the bullpen, the final out of the Cardinals' NLCS-clincher, and Shane Victorino's grand slam in Game 6 of the ALCS.

Oyo is based in Acton.

Mayor Menino hopes Red Sox win the 'World Series cup'

Posted by Staff October 22, 2013 11:23 AM
It wouldn't be a championship without a sports flub by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

Over the years, Menino has delivered some memorable mix-ups when it comes to Boston sports. Menino will be stepping down at the end of his fifth term, but there will be at least one more “Menino-ism” that Boston will remember him by, as the following tweet by Globe crime reporter Maria Cramer showed on Tuesday morning:

Menino’s famous flubs over the years have included his references to “KJ and Hondo” (he meant Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo), Wes Weckler (he meant Wes Welker), having a “great guy in Willcott,” (he meant Vince Wilfork), how the Patriots will be without “Gonk” or the play of “Grabowski” (he meant Rob Gronkowski both times), NBA commissioner Donald Sterns (he meant David Stern) and, of course, referring to the great Boston sports moment of “Varitek splitting the uprights” (he meant Adam Vinateri).

Follow the Head of the Charles Regatta on this weekend

Posted by Matt Pepin, Staff October 18, 2013 01:00 PM has a number of ways for you to follow the 49th Head of the Charles Regatta, and also be part of the coverage as well.

Here’s a rundown.

300hocscreen.jpgOn the mobile app, we have a special tile with coverage devoted to the Regatta, including a map, directory of places, live blog, and race schedule. It’s a free download – click/tap here for Apple or here for Android devices. The same content is available on’s mobile site.

On our desktop site, a special page has been launched filled with features about the races as well as the spectator experience.

Features include:

How you can contribute

Some weekend events to note:
  • Author Daniel J. Brown will be at the awards tent on Saturday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 1-2 p.m. to sign copies of his best-selling book "The Boys in the Boat" about the Washington crew at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

  • Athletes will appear at the Concept2 booth at the Rowing and Fitness Expo tent throughout the weekend.

  • The BNY Mellon Championship 8+ trophies will be presented on Sunday at 4:30 at the BNY Tent.

  • The awards ceremonies for all other events will take place inside the main Rowing and Fitness Expo tent, at 4:30 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 3:30 and 5:30pm on Sunday.

  • Tickets to the Eliot Bridge enclosure can be purchased online.

  • Chat with Head of the Charles race director Fred Schoch Friday at noon

    Posted by Staff October 17, 2013 12:51 PM

    Head of the Charles race director Fred Schoch stops by Friday at noon to take your questions on this weekend's regatta.

    All-out brawl in US-Canada women's hockey game

    Posted by Staff October 15, 2013 01:43 PM

    The US and Canadian national hockey teams have had some heated battles on the ice over the years, but what happened Saturday night in Burlington, Vt., may move to the top of the list.

    In an exhibition game between the two women’s national teams, in which Canada defeated the US, 3-2, Monique Lamoureux of the US rushed to the net with just over three minutes to play and bumped into Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados.

    Canadian defender Courtney Birchard did not take too kindly to the bump and immediately put Lamoureux in a headlock, later slamming her to the ice. Chaos ensued, and almost every player on the ice at the time got into the brawl.

    Canadians Birchard and Tessa Bonhomme, along with Americans Jocelyne Lamoureux (Monique’s sister) and Kelli Stack, were given roughing majors.

    Needless to say, the animosity that exists in the game between the men’s national teams and junior teams extends onto the women’s side as well.

    Scott Zolak explains his call of Patriots' game-winning touchdown

    Posted by Matt Pepin, Staff October 14, 2013 02:18 PM
    Those who regularly listen to Scott Zolak on 98.5 The Sports Hub know anything can happen when “Zo” gets behind the mic, and never was that more clear than Sunday during his call of Tom Brady’s game-winning touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins to propel the Patriots past the Saints, 30-27, at Gillette Stadium.

    After the touchdown, an extremely excited Zolak yelled, “He did it! Brady’s back! That’s your quarterback! Who left the building?” and even dropped references to unicorns, show ponies, and a former Wendy’s commercial slogan, “Where’s the beef?”

    The lines were not scripted or written, Zolak joked on Monday, saying some of his phrases were jokes with another host at 98.5. He said at that point in the game, the jubilation and dips and highs of the game came out in the call.

    “I’ve never been one to keep emotions out of it,” Zolak said.

    In a game where the Patriots were fortunate to get another chance at victory after the Saints failed to run the clock out on two separate drives, Zolak felt the randomness of the call was fitting.

    “Maybe that’s why it worked,” he said.

    As for his praise for Brady, Zolak acknowledged fans may take for granted Brady’s greatness at the helm and his ability to do the unthinkable, saying “12’s not gonna be around for much longer.”

    It looked as though fans may have underestimated Brady and the Patriots’ ability to pull out some magic. Fans started heading for exits after Brady was intercepted by Keenan Lewis with 2:16 to play and the Saints on top, 27-23. So many fans likely caught the final touchdown on the radio, and the voice they heard was Zolak’s.

    Zolak's call has been widely distributed via social media, and Deadspin posted one of the most humorous uses – the call set to the same play in the old video game Tecmo Super Bowl.

    Watch: Red Sox clubhouse celebration after winning ALDS

    Posted by Matt Pepin, Staff October 9, 2013 07:44 AM

    Winning a trip to the American League Championship Series on Tuesday also meant another trip to Partytown for the Red Sox.

    In this case, the visitors' clubhouse at Tropicana Field was the venue. The Red Sox shared some scenes from the celebration in Vines posted to social media. Here are some of the best ones.

    High fives in the tunnel to clubhouse:

    The celebration begins:

    Big Papi gets a champagne shower:

    Big Papi gives himself a champagne shower:

    The party rages:

    Just watch:

    Shotgunning beers:

    Major-league ice-bucket shower for John Farrell:

    Mom uses 'Red Sox fever' to get son excused from school to go to Game 1

    Posted by Matt Pepin, Staff October 5, 2013 11:32 AM


    Kerri McKinnon takes education seriously – she's a member of the school committee in Nahant – and doesn't take her son out of school for just anything.

    But she also knows how important the Red Sox and baseball are to her son, Brian Thompson-McKinnon, and their relationship. Brian, she said, "learned to count by watching the Red Sox."

    So with tickets for Friday's Game 1 of the ALDS in hand, she penned a creative note to Brian's teacher to ask for an early dismissal, and she cited "Red Sox fever" as the excuse and a trip to Fenway Park as the only cure.

    "His teacher laughed hysterically at school," she said. She added she knows the teacher, Jude Shanahan, well, and wanted to brighten her day a bit as well because she is having knee surgery soon.

    "I just wanted to bring some laughter to her day," McKinnon said.

    She also said Brian only missed recess and choice time, which on Friday was either chess or drawing.

    Her full letter is pictured below.


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