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Barstool Sports Founder Dave Portnoy Talks Roger Goodell

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Barstool Sports Founder Dave Portnoy Talks Roger Goodell And Chances Of Goodell Clown Shirts At Gillette

Almost everyone in the Boston market has heard of Barstool Sports at this point. Their founder, Dave Portnoy or El Presidente, has been a vocal member of the Anti-Roger Goodell crew.

Portnoy and fellow Barstool Sports staffers were the ones who were arrested at NFL headquarters several years ago for protesting Goodell for his investigation into Patriots QB Tom Brady and the alleged deflation of footballs.

On WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan, Portnoy talked about Goodell and his rivalry with the NFL commissioner.

“[Goodell] is a thin skinned little prick,” Portnoy said about Goodell still being upset about the shirt. “I mean the guy is making what 30-40 million dollars a year. He was wrong on this one. By the way who knows, as much as I hate Goodell, I chose to believe it because it helps us move merch. Every time I wake up it’s like a gift from God. This story and the t-shirt is back in the news again. There is no context to it. It’s just like he supposedly he is mad again. I believe anything with him.”

The t-shirt Portnoy is talking about, is one of Roger Goodell portrayed as a clown. A shirt that Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has worn and one that Portnoy wore on National TV during his appearance on Seth Meyer’s Late Night.

El Prez has been known to stir up controversy in the Boston market. Some antics have cost him, but ultimately it is what has helped him build Barstool Sports.

One of his Goodell takes is one where he compares the NFL commissioner to Adolf Hitler. A comparison in which he still stands behind.

“Of course I do,” said Portnoy. “It seems like something [Hitler] would be mad about. If you put a clown nose on [Hitler’s] face I’m sure he would be talking about it months after the fact.”

While the comparison is extreme, it is one that has helped propel Barstool Sports into relevancy.

Potential For Goodell Clown Shirts At Patriots Home Opener

Portnoy’s clown shirt could be on display at Gillette Stadium on opening night with Rogel Goodell in attendance. This idea is one he has discussed, but at the moment the logistics have gotten into the way.

“It’s a very utopian idea. We cracked the numbers on that, you know it’s like 70,000 times six. It gets fairly expensive, so if someone wants to pony up that money, we will pony up the t-shirts,” Portnoy said.”

The idea of every Patriots fan wearing a Goodell clown shirt on National TV is one that gets Patriots nation filled with glee. 98.5 The Sports Hub radio personality Scott Zolak is one that fully supports a “Goodell Clown Out” at Gillette.

While the likes of Pardon My Take has put Barstool Sports into the stratosphere, the base of Barstool still sits with its founder. Portnoy still drives the narrative and in turn much of the sports talk in this town.

If El Presidente is able to get every Patriots fan into the Goodell Clown shirt for the home opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, it will be one of his biggest accomplishments. While the chances of that happening are unlikely if there is one man that can do it, it’s Portnoy.

If interested in wearing the shirt at the home opener, here is the link to purchase.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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NFL Talk: Wild Card Recap and Divisional Playoffs

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The NFL is going through some crazy news this week but that is all for later. I will do some recaps from the previous week of football to start out. It was a pretty wild week of playoffs and there was quite abit of unexpected results. I was only 2-2 last week as I had the Kansas City Chiefs over the Tennessee Titans (27-21), but somehow Chiefs Head Coach, Andy Reid, managed to out do himself in that game. I also had the Los Angeles Rams beating out the Atlanta Falcons (28-24) yet it seems that the Rams have yet to take that next step.

 

The other two wild card games I was pretty much on the nose. Buffalo Bills losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars (20-10), I nearly lost if the Bills got within the red zone but the Jags pulled through somehow. It was pretty predictable of the Saints to win over the Carolina Panthers but now the NFC playoffs should be interesting from here on.

 

AFC Divisional

Tennessee Titans @ New England Patriots: Winner – Patriots

 

The Titans are a team that have been a odd team. They are quite possibly one of the worst teams we have seen in the last decade to make it into the playoffs. However, that is still debatable. What isn’t debatable is that they will likely lose to the Patriots in Foxboro. When it comes time for the playoffs, Bill Belichick is quite possibly the most dangerous man in the NFL. His recent interview had him talking about for a full 10 minutes of nothing but the kicking side of football. Even former NFL punter Pat McAfee appreciates the respect he has for the game in that retrospect.

 

Football is a game of territory. It’s a game of gaining territory and losing territory until you end up in the end zone. And if you’re a lover of the original sense of football, field position is monstrous. … (Belichick’s) deep appreciation for field position and ownership of territory is something that should not go unnoticed as why he’s one of the greatest coaches of all time or the greatest coach of all time.

 

The Tennessee Titans are a team that will need to take a lot of steps moving forward if they hope to keep this game close. However, I have the Patriots winning this game 27-20. It will be a closer game then most expect, especially if Marcus Mariota manages to keep his composure in the pocket. But his Head Coach, Mike Mularkey, will need to get a much better offensive coordinator going into next season that much is a certainty if he still keeps his job.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Pittsburgh Steelers: Winner – Steelers

 

The Jaguars are a team that are just up and down this season. I will be honest in admitting that Blake Bortles didn’t cost them last game but this time around it could be very different. The Jaguars secondary is dangerous and will likely have their hands full just trying to cover both Antonio Browns and Juju Smith-Schuster. This will be a game that Le’Veon Bell will be a key factor in.

 

The Jaguars offense will need to step up big time for this match up. Blake Bortles was shut down hard by the Bills defense and held him to only a  TD. I doubt even the Jaguars secondary will have the same result with the Steelers offense.

 

As of this writing, I have the Steelers taking this game, 27-17. I have little confidence in Blake Bortles and unless he shows up at Heinz Field, I doubt the Jaguars will be able to manage with Leonard Fournette powering the offense alone.

 

NFC Divisional

New Orleans Saints @ Minnesota Vikings: Winner – Saints

 

It’s odd for me to say it but Minnesota could pull an upset here if the pieces fall into place. I believe that the Saints are a team that can manage the game clock better. Time of possession is always something that is critical in games like these. The Vikings have a great defense with a well managed offense. The Saints are just all around great on both sides of the football.

 

If we were to just pick which team has the better QB between Drew Brees and Case Keenum? Drew Brees wins out every single time. The long time Saints signal caller will be a first ballot Hall of Famer yet will likely be overshadowed for playing in the same era as Aaron Rodgers, Tome Brady, and Peyton Manning.

 

The Vikings defense will seemingly match-up well against the Saints offense but it will depend on how well the Saints running back core hold up. Alvin Kamara and Melvin Ingram are a duo that has rocked the NFL and are likely to be the play makers in this if Micheal Thomas and Teddy Ginn Jr. get shut down.

 

I have the Saints winning this game 24-23. This is a game that will be a must watch. I have a lot of faith in the Vikings defense with Harrison Smith, Xavier Rhodes, Anthony Barr, Everson Griffin, Linvall Joseph and Danielle Hunter, but that Saints defense is also quite deadly. This will be a game that will be very close.

 

Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles: Winner – Falcons

 

I feel bad for the Eagles fan base. Not those who are just over hyped band wagoners from ealry in the season, I mean those who felt that this was ‘their’ season. Carson Wentz still led the league in TDs despite missing a good afew games left of the season. The team could have gone all the way through the playoffs and make a Super Bowl apperance.  But with his ACL tear, Nick Foles is the starting QB and I doubt he manages to pull through this game.

 

The Atlanta Falcons are a team that have been tested and somehow pulled through. They are a team that wants to get back to the Super Bowl at all costs. They are team that has been through some UGLY games this season. But they have shown they can do it.

 

I don’t trust the Eagles offense without Wentz as they have lost quite abit on the offensive line and in their running back core. (that includes Jay Ajayi) However, they will pull this game close, but I have the Falons still winning 27-24 as they upset the Eagles at home.

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Patriots Talk: James Harrison’s Decision Was An Easy One

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James Harrison’s Decision Was All Business

 

Last week was nothing but drama coming out about James Harrison being released and signing with the New England Patriots. Many sources came out regarding the former Pittsburgh Steeler Line Backer that he had ‘destroyed his legacy.’ Let’s get one thing straight: If Harrison signed with ANYONE but the Patriots, this would have been a none story. Period.

 

On Friday, December 22nd, Harrison was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He shopped around for several days and ultimately signed with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, December 26th, the day after Christmas. The shock wave that was felt after the signing was immediate.

 

I didn’t wish to talk about the signing till after Harrison had released his full thoughts. This felt like a decision that didn’t come easy at first to me. However, his public statement that he made was on Instagram made things clear: He wanted out of Pittsburgh.

 

This will be my only comment.

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Harrison made it clear that it was a business decision and nothing else. He simply stated “At the end of the day, they made a business decision, and so did I.” But to many of his former teammates, that is not at all the case. In particular, was Pittsburgh Linebacker Bud Dupree was the most vocal of the team regarding Harrison. This was his statement to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Sean Gentille.

 

It feels like he went to the Patriots just to spit in Coach Tomlin and Mr. Rooney’s face. That’s all it was to us, like basically you spit on your teammates, you spit on us because the whole season you’ve been shown as someone different than what you were supposed to, so-called, be to us—other than a leader.

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NFL Week 17 Picks

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NFL Week 17 Picks

Its finally here. The New Year has arrived at last and we will be seeing the last week of the NFL season for the year 2017. Even though this was a year where the season was mixed for awhile and heavy with injuries, its looking like we might be seeing some new faces come playoffs. However, the final standings for the playoffs will still be decided largely by key match ups. And all the games will be at 1:00 PM so get ready.

Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions: Winner – Lions

Both teams are eliminated from the playoffs, and are basically just playing for pride really. This season was a huge let down for both teams and It’s not hard to see why. Aaron Rodgers getting injured basically assured that the Packers weren’t making the playoffs. Brett Hundley showed that he is at best a  backup QB but Rodgers is the franchise. Couldn’t have come at a better time since his contract is up this year. His contract extension in the off season is going to be ridiculous.

Detroit is on the other hand, they are too inconsistent and it has been confirmed that Jim Caldwell is officially done as the Head Coach of the Lions. Despite all of this, the Lions still need some serious motivation to get them back to the playoffs but I think this game being Caldwell’s last could bring a strong determination to this team. I will give the Lions the win here, 24-21 just because neither are playing for anything.

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