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Barstool Sports Founder Dave Portnoy Talks Roger Goodell



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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Patriots Talk: The Two Bills Premiers Tonight



Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells

The Tale of Two Legends

It’s hard to believe how long ago Bill Belichick became the Patriots Head Coach in 2000. It came shortly after Belichick had turned down the New York Jets Head Coaching job only a day after being accepted.  Understanding the man has been a very difficult ordeal for the sports media over the years. However, tonight we will get a small peek into his world, as well as his former mentor, Bill Parcells in ESPN’s newest 30 For 30 documentary, ‘The Two Bills’.

This is a documentary that has been 3 years in the making. Director Ken Rodgers stated that it took several years in development due to scheduling errors and both men not being able to set a date together. It’s quite understandable considering Belichick is still an NFL Head Coach and Parcells spends most of his time acting as a courtesy consultant for the Cleveland Browns.

The two Bills formerly worked together for the New York Giants from 1981 till 1990. Parcells became the Head Coach in 1983 while Belichick became the team’s defensive coordinator in 1985. For the next five seasons, the Giants would go on to Super Bowls XXI (21) and XXV (25).

The two men would go their separate ways after the 1990 season, with Belichick becoming the Cleveland Browns Head Coach in 1991 and Parcells going to the New England Patriots in 1993. Its interesting that it took so much effort to get these two men together again but this is a must see for sports enthusiasts. Fans of American football owe it to themselves to watch this.

As of this article, it is Thursday, February 1st. I wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s day, and boy I think sports fans will be getting a special Valentine today. ESPN’s “30 For 30” Documentary, titled ‘The Two Bills’ will premier tonight at 9 P.M. EST.

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NFL Talk: Divisional Recap And Championship Preview



Sorry this is coming in late everybody. But man, last week’s games were something else. I hate when I am wrong, but its so awesome when I am right. The only games I was dead on were the Patriots vs. Titans. I knew the Titans weren’t going far in the playoffs and with the firing of Mike Mularkey, they will need to work overtime with getting their new hiring of Former Patriot Mike Vrabel, up to date.


But I was wrong on the Falcons making a redemption run. I was wrong on believing the Steelers wouldn’t play down to their competition, which they did. The Jaguars winning their game 45-42 I did not expect at all. I new the game was going to be somewhat close but not even I could see that.


But the Vikings vs. Saints Divisional game, that will go hands down, as one of the greatest finishes in NFL history. No game have I seen in my life ended like what the Vikings game did in those last four seconds. It was straight out of a fantasy. Vikings fans are riding on a destiny sort of run where they feel like the team can actually make it. But being 1-3 right now in the playoffs hurts me but only two more games left till the Super Bowl. It’s going to be intense.

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NFL Talk: Wild Card Recap and Divisional Playoffs



Rob Gronkowski, NFL Tight End For The Patriots

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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