Friday, May 8, 2015


Just so there's no misunderstanding: This is a lighthearted piece about the Patriots and
two of their employees who are at the center of Deflate-Gate along with Tom Brady. As
with texts, there is no real tone to this article so unless you know me, you might not be
sure if I'm kidding around or being serious.

If I didn't put that disclaimer in, a lot of you would probably inject your own "tone" just
like so many of us do when we receive a text from somebody. Those who read the Wells
Report and came across the texts between Jim McNally, locker room attendant, and John
Jestremski, an assistant in the Patriots locker room, will probably surmise all those texts
were totally serious.

They were not.

I have to say, the exchange between McNally known as "Bird", and his own words,
"The Deflator" and Jastremski, had me rolling on the floor in laughter. It was "SNL" worthy
and you can bet this will be great content on the show in the near future.

If there is a sit-com about "Deflate-Gate", I'd love to see Jimmy Fallon play the "Bird" and
Seth Meyers play Jestremski, which by the way, is a really bad name. I mean, Yastremski
was cool because it could be shortened to "Yaz", an icon in New England. But Jastremski?
It's right up there along with Tonya Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly who was involved
in the scandal that saw another dude whack Nancy "Why me?!" Kerrigan.

Jeff Gilooly is now Jeff Stone

Gilooly went on to change his name (now Jeff Stone) because the name would always beassociated with the scandal and jobs would probably be harder to come by, but let's face it,
the scandal was a great excuse to get rid of one of the worst names in the history of the world.

Anyway, back to the texts between "The Deflator" and Jastremski. They were LOL funny.

Jim McNally, "The Deflator"

McNally: Tom going make that next ball a [expletive] balloon

Jastremski: I checked some of the balls this morn... The refs [expletive] us...a few of
then were at almost 16.

McNally: [expletive] tom ...16 is nothing...wait till next sunday. The only thing that
will be deflated will be his passer rating.

You may think McNally despises Brady from the tone, but I look at it just smack-talk
and two guys being funny on texting. It's part locker room bravado, part being sarcastic.
I covered the Patriots every day for two seasons and can tell you that everyone who
works for the organization respects Brady, just as the Broncos do Peyton Manning.
Sure, there is behind the back, rolling of the eyes, sarcastic comments, but that's all that
it is.

John Jastremski

Jastremski: Can‟t wait to give you your needle this week :)
McNally: F— tom....make sure the pump is attached to the needle f—in watermelons
coming next week.

I hope after these guys getting fired by the Patriots, they get their own reality show on
Bravo or AMC or even NESN. "Bird" and Jestremski are creative, hilarious, and have
the balls to bring in viewers to any program they're involved in.

McNally: Chill buddy. I'm not going to ESPN....yet.

Yep, McNally, a.k.a, "The Deflator" should be heading for Bristol to audition for "NFL
Live." I have little doubt he'd bring more to the program than Ray Lewis and you'd probably
be able to understand what the hell he's saying, too.

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