Meet The Matts Radio: Marino Concussions, MLB GMs Fired, Tommy John for Kids, Mad Dog Rants

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indexHOUSTON, TX –  When most of you rise, Short Matt (click) will be on a plane to this boiling hot and highly humid Texas town that has the Texans, Rockets and Astros calling it home. But that’s got nothing to do with what’s in this week’s Meet The Matts Radio segment.

This week, Big Al Sternberg/Fake Sandy Alderson, Short Matt (also known as Matt McCarthy) and Mad Dog of Satellite Radio fame, discuss/rant about:

Former Dolphins QB and Isotoner hand model Dan Marino joined a class-action lawsuit against the NFL for damages (head and monetary) and then he didn’t. Seems that Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross stepped in at the 11th hour and offered Danny Boy a position in the front office of the team. Satisfied that his head trauma would now pass, Massive Head Wound Harry is now VP in charge of Locker Room Hazing.  This has got to satisfy yet another WFAN blowhard and fellow winner of zero Super Bowls Boomer Esiason. Boomer spends mornings telling listeners that the game’s been good to him and that players knew the risks and therefore shouldn’t be looking for handouts by adding their names to these suits. Boomer is above it all, apparently.  Don’t all ex-NFLers have their own radio shows and lots of endorsements?

Massive Head Wound Harry

Massive Head Wound Harry

The Rash of Tommy John Surgeries is astonishing this year to say the least. And it’s happening now to younger and younger pitchers. Two kids drafted last night in the  first round of the MLB Player draft have already had their TJ! Why is this happening? Well, it could be that 14, 15 year old kids are now throwing hundreds of innings at max effort every week all year long. Growth plates and undeveloped flexor tendons be damned.

Remember Theo Epstein? Boy Wonder GM of the Red Sox? The 12-year-old who resurrected the Boston club and delivered its first World Series Championship in 86 years? Well, he’s running the Cubs now. And aside from beating up on your Metsies last evening, there isn’t much good coming from the North Side these days. Like his great-great grandfather Sandy Alderson, he’s finding out that Moneyball doesn’t work if you don’t have the unlimited resources of the Red Sox and Yankees at your disposal. 

Now, to really understand all of the above, please listen to today’s Meet The Matts Radio Segment! It’s brief, we promise. Feel free to comment below – and most certainly come back tomorrow for Junoir Blaber.

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Matt McCarthy, is the MTM founder and consequently wears many hats: Director, Editor, Writer, Web guy and Podcaster… Also known as Short Matt, he’s also a two-bit actor, voice-over pro, rugby, baseball and ice hockey player and likes hazelnut coffee with rice milk, while strolling in the sand, listening to foreign films… Matt also moonlights on MTM spin-off, RugbyWrapUp.com, often wearing a wig and glasses while butchering a Kiwi accent.

  • toby12

    You guys are better than 90 percent of what’s out there. You should do more.

  • FakeSandyAlderson

    If we banned the use of MRI machines we would see a dramatic decrease in the number of Tommy John surgeries. This…according to Jeffy Wilpon upon seeing the bill from Hosp for Special Surgery for Matt Harvey

  • You Suck

    Good one. Last week’s sucked but this one is better. But you still suck.

  • Cheesybruin

    Mad Dog wouldn’t know hockey from a fire hydrant.

    • Hugh Doosh

      How would you know? He talks with snout full of Milkbones! haha… His take on the Redskins should be on ESPN. Classic stuff, Mac.

  • GrindingAxWalter

    Having actually heard Boomer’s comments regarding Marino, I disagree with your stance .
    NFL players chose their path and are paid handsomely. In the real world, your actions should be your responsibility. If you decide to try boxing, your gonna get punchy (see small matt) you choose sky diving, you could end up a splat on the pavement…..get the pattern?
    These class action suits benefit the lawyers much more than the “group” that they represent.
    The NFL settling or any company whose insurance company settles most frivolous
    lawsuits to get rid of the bottom feeders and scammers cheaper than the thousands of billable hours to fight.

    Marino got hoodwinked by the lawyers who wanted a BIG name and all Boomer did was point out putting on those BIG BOY PANTS of self responsibilty.
    Dan has more brain damage from smoking dubes in college.

    • MartyStein9er

      Marino is no dope. He knew what he was doing when he took the risk to play ball and he knew about the lawsuit and was part of it. He’s a schmuck. Matt was right in the radio thing.

    • FakeSandyAlderson

      No one enjoys taking on Ayn Rand and the self-reliant set who worked their tails off supported only by their trust funds than I do. But I don’t think this is the point necessarily. The vast majority of NFL players-particularly those who played before say 1990 or so-had no understanding or insight into the kinds of injuries they were sustaining week after week. They were never told that concussions would come back to haunt and bury them years later. In the 50-80s, guys would “get their bells rung” and be sent back on the field 5 minutes later. And beginning in the 1960’s for crying out loud, the League and the doctors knew damn well what was happening to the brains of these guys. And they never said a peep. Never advise a guy to sit out a few weeks, take the rest of the season off, etc. The NFL was built on the backs and the shattered brains of guys like Mike Webster, and when Webster was retired, he was a shell of himself-incapable of taking care of himself, and without any pension or health insurance. So Boomer is all tough now, but lets see what kind of tune the Nazi wet dream is singng 15 years from now after his concussions start coming home to roost.

      • GrindingAxWalter

        Webster is a sad story, indeed and the forming of a better pension system and health insurance for retired players is a great thing as the NFL has grown financially and medical knowledge and treatments in the entire world always gains ground.
        I had triple bypass last year. Should I sue all the food manufacturers, beer and wine makers,cigarette makers , parents, uncles, neighbors et al who fed me, sold me smokes ?
        Let’s take the athletes off a “special category” and put them in the real world where most of us are . We pay for insurance, real estate taxes, tuitions and stand by our decisions.

        Back to sports fans. The price of tickets is climbing to where the average Joe, can’t take his kids to a game. Who do you think will pay for Marino’s or any other ex jocks lawsuit? Thats right ….YOU and ME

        ps..plenty of lawyers and more in school in the GAW camp.

        • FakeSandyAlderson

          AxMan…you make some valid points. Many illnesses are not necessarily attributable to “lifestyle” choices though.. People who’ve never smoked a day in their lives come down with lung cancer. Often there is no rhyme or reason other than genetics, which probably play a far greater role in most medical conditions than we know. We know that certain choices we make are detrimental to ourselves, but choose them anyway. But the key there is we “know” We’ve been afforded the information we need to have and then as consenting adults we can then make whatever choices we want. I agree with you 100% on that. But when information about head injuries is concealed from these guys-and they trusted their teams and team doctors-well, that’s different. The NFL players of a generation ago and more were not given that info-in fact it was deliberately hidden from them; then they were not consenting adults. They didn’t have the full info they needed to make an educated decision about what to do.

          • GrindingAxWalter

            I get what you are saying, but science in general was not as advanced about concussions back then. I know first hand both myself and in the nineties my son with concussion. Esiason pointed out that he was never pushed to get back in the game after a bell ringing.
            Bottom line is while there may be some guilt on the NFL for a lack of policing, any law suit, if Any, should be against the individual employer….. the team.

  • bosoxbruins04

    No Bobby! You got me hooked on him and you left him out… er, he didn’t call??? lol.

  • Planes, Trains & Automatons… That’s what the ticker is relaying about Short Matt’s surreal journey from JFK via a JetBlue Buddy Pass to Houston. After burning the midnight oil with Mad Dog and Big Al Sternberg till 4:30 am, the Diminutive Difference Maker (wait, that’s Travis D’arnaud) rose at 5:45 AM to LIRR/Air Tran it to Terminal 5. “Terminal,” being the key word, there. After checking in at a should-be-good-to-go and earlier-than-he’s-ever-been time of 7:16 for an 8:20 AM flight, the Infinitesimal One was greeted to the largest Airport Sea of Humanity he’s ever seen – and he’s seen many – on the Security line. After insisting on ecutting at 7:59 and literally two football fields’ worth of a line still ahead of him, he, along with a dozen other bewildered travelers were brought to the front – only to have to get cavity-searched for a critical 9 minutes… Wait… Gotta go, may finally be boarding…. Stay tuned. P.s… There’s a bidet in this story….

    • GrindingAxWalter

      You look like the “Observer” from the cancelled Fox show Fringe.

    • Cookies Corner

      zzzzzz. ‘Those aren’t two pillows.’

  • Baby

    Haha meet the mikes 🙂

  • AngryWard

    I will never side with the NFL on the injury/concussion issue. That being said, I could care less about Dan Marino as well. I also can’t believe that Troy Aikman is functioning as an on-air personality with all of the concussions he had.

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