Thursday, August 18, 2016

Exceed Sports Performance & Fitness Pushing Athletes in Central Mass

By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

Exceed Sports Performance & Fitness moved into a brand new and expanded facility in Westboro earlier this summer, allowing co-owners and coaches Sean Smith and Shane Davenport to expand the training they do for some of the best athletes in the area.

Exceed's client list includes a number of NFL players, college athletes, prep stars, youth athletes and weekend warriors, and it offers programs for all ages and abilities. I stopped by Exceed last week to chat with Smith, Davenport and one of their more talked about clients, All-State running back Kevin Mensah.

I do want to make it clear that this is not sponsored content or native advertising. In other words, they're not paying me for this video. I just know Exceed works with a bunch of the athletes I cover, and I think they do a great job.

Anyways, check out our video on Exceed below.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

SuiteSports Gearing Up for Football Season

Star West Boylston running back/linebacker and UMass commit Cole McCubrey
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

As you may have noticed, loyal readers, SuiteSports' content has been a bit sparse lately.

While summers are usually slower here (especially since I don't care about the Olympics or Major League Baseball), things are about to pick up in the fall as we throw a ton of pro, college and high school football coverage at you.

SuiteSports is excited to announce that we will once again be covering high school football in Central Massachusetts, with the help of some new local reporters, and will be expanding our coverage to the college ranks as I begin reporting for SB Nation, covering Boston College at BC Interruption. I'll also be covering the other three Division 1 football programs in Massachusetts (UMass, Holy Cross and Harvard) here, and as a part of a feature series on ESPN Boston.

By the way, if you're a high school or college student who would like to join our team, email me at We'll show you the ropes, pay you (a little), and write you a very friendly college/recommendation letter.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Bob Lobel: You Can't Always Get What You Want (in Boston Sports)

By Bob Lobel (@boblobel)

Knowing what you want is easy. Asking for it is much more difficult, so it stands to reason that getting what you want is really tough, since you pretty much always have to ask for it.  

So, every once in a while it's probably good to figure out what you want and then ask for it. Let's begin to ask: I want the Boston Red Sox to figure it out, because they are driving me crazy. What if they figure out that David Ortiz is struggling, and they need to get him out of the lineup in a year where his celebrity has never been higher? I think that’s probably not going to happen. 

I want the fans to give Alex Rodriguez a standing ovation at some point tonight, and them give him a boo beyond boo. It would kinda recognize the conflict within for those of us who really wanted the Red Sox to get him when that opportunity was there. Count that group. 

I remember the  phone call I got at 8 am from Peter Brown, our news director. I said “hello” and he said “we got him!" 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

It Ain't Over, But The Map Looks Bleak for Trump

By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

"Trump can say all the crazy things he wants, and he won't lose any votes!"

That's a line I hear all the time, and up until about two weeks ago, I believed it.

But the Republican Presidential nominee has gone off the rails lately, most recently implying that 2nd Amendment enthusiasts should shoot Hillary Clinton. That coming after a week-long feud with the Gold Star family of a fallen soldier, a rally where he kicked out a baby, an interview where he showed he didn't know Russia was already in Ukraine, and a different interview where he said women who are victims of sexual harassment should just find other jobs.

Oh, and former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough said on his MSNBC show "Morning Joe" that a national security expert he knew met with Trump, and that Trump asked three times why we don't use nuclear weapons.

So, is Trump still Teflon? And, is he bringing new voters into the fold for Republicans?

Welp, the latest polling map says no.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Over Thought Podcast: Breaking Down The 100 Greatest Songs of the Modern Era

The gang returns from hiatus to discuss's list of The 100 Greatest Songs of the Modern Era.

Contributor Andy Dougherty, who compiled the list, joined editors Joe Parello and Jeremy Conlin, along with their buddy Joe Blake, to break down the list, and discuss the future of music in general.

To see the complete list, click here, and check out the podcast below.

Ed. Note and Fact Check: At 22:25 of the podcast, Joe Parello asserts that "Jock Rock" came out before "Jock Jams," and Joe Blake claimed he was mistaken. Well the joke's on you, Joe Blake, because "Jock Rock" came out in 1994 and "Jock Jams" came out in 1995.

Oh, and we chose "Hotel California" as the image for this article solely because Jeremy hates it. Enjoy!