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Looking back: Off-the-field drama

12.29.09 at 12:27 pm ET
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(WEEI.com is counting down the ‘€œTop 10 Things We Couldn’€™t Shut Up About In 2009,’€ with No. 8 being the case involving Sgt. James Crowley and Louis Gates Jr., and the Steve Phillips saga coming at No. 7. Here is a written, visual and audio look at two off-the-field items that dominated discussion.)

No. 10: Bruins getting bounced by the Hurricanes

No. 9: Garnett’s knee injury alters Celtics’ fate

No. 8: The drama between Crowley and Gates Jr.

No. 7: The downfall of Steve Phillips

They were two drastically different stories, although they both had one common bond: The Dennis and Callahan Show talked about them … a lot!

We are lumping together No. 8 and No. 7 on our list because of their unique standing compared to the rest of the topics in the countdown. The cases of Sgt. James Crowley (No. 8) and Steve Phillips (No. 7) both found their names being mentioned incessantly on the WEEI air waves because of non-sports-related activities. But since both stories had two of the longest shelf-lives of anything uttered in 2009.

Crowley’s spot on the list was cemented thanks to another name — Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. It was on July 16 that Crowley arrested the renowned scholar known for his work with African-American history after a neighbor of Gates Jr. called police in regards to a possible break-in at the professor’s Cambridge home. The arrest on the charge of disorderly conduct came only after Gates Jr. displayed what was termed as “loud and tumultuous behavior”, with Gates Jr. telling Crowley at the time that he was being targeted because he was a “black man in America”.

The issue became even more polarizing when President Barack Obama said the police “acted stupidly” when asked about the incident. The president and Vice President Joe Biden would later join the two men for a beer and 40-minute discussion in the White House’s Rose Garden.

Of note was that it was WEEI whom Crowley called after the incident to clarify his side of the story.

Then there was the sad story of ESPN baseball analyst Steve Phillips (No. 7). Phillips, the former Mets’ general manager, found himself embroiled in controversy when a former ESPN production assistant Brooke Hundley was found to be having an affair with Phillips. Making matters worse was the public nature the relationship took on when in late October it was discovered that Hundley had taunted Phillips’ wife with phone calls and descriptive letter.

Both Phillips and Hundley would be fired from ESPN, with the former GM checking himself into sex addiction rehab.

Sgt. James Crowley, Cambridge Police: Sgt. Crowley joins Dennis and Callahan to tell his side of the Professor Gates story: http://audio.weei.com/m/25432556/sgt-james-crowley-cambridge-police.htm

Steve Phillips, ESPN Baseball Tonight: Steve Phillips joins Dennis and Callahan to recap the 2009 Red Sox season and look ahead to 2010. Phillips has an interesting take on what to do with Papelbon this off-season: http://audio.weei.com/m/26908022/steve-phillips-espn-baseball-tonight.htm

See what Tiger paid for….allegedly!

12.14.09 at 8:32 am ET
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Say Hello to Loredana Jolie!  Thanks to thehollywoodgossip.com and thesun.co.uk!

Greatest NY Post Cover Of All Time!

12.12.09 at 11:10 am ET
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Saturday December 12th 2009 — The NY Post does it again.  They ain’t the world’s greatest newspaper for nothing. 

The Chosen one…Are you Bleepin kidding me?

12.11.09 at 9:45 am ET
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Here is the link Gerry was talking about.  Gary Smith from SI December 23, 1996!

Tiger’s Texts With Jamiee Grubbs

12.10.09 at 10:45 am ET
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Thanks to our friends at the NY Post!

Tiger: Hey Sexy I can’t come out this week. Something came up family wise (July 20, 3:04 p.m.)

Jaimee: That’s okay I hope everything is fine … would have liked to see you

Tiger: We will make it happen

Jaimee: I drove out for the night to surprise a friend with a present for there birthday (July 26, 11: 22 p.m.)

Tiger: what kind of present your naked body

Jaimee: haha no a watch I slept alone

Tiger: alone with him that is

Jaimee: haha I wish

Jaimee: miss u (Sept. 27, 6:38 p.m.)

Tiger: now that’s hot so who is your new boy toy

Jaimee: no new boy toy … still running dry… been on 2 real dates in the pat 2 months :(

Tiger: I need you

Jaimee: then get your tight ass over here and visit me! I need u

Tiger: I will wear you out soon

Jaimee: how soon? I got a new piercing

Tiger: really. Where

Jaimee: I just sent u a pic of it … is on my cheek below my eye … implanted a little diamond

Tiger: send it again. I didn’t pick up on that

Tiger: you just need some attention from me

Tiger: do you have a boy friend (8:45 p.m.)

Jaimee: I don’t even have someone I am dating … no … u can be my boyfriend ;)

Tiger: then I am

Jaimee: I wish

Tiger: quiet and secretively we will always be together

Tiger: when was the last time you got laid

Jaimee: if we hang out on a Sundway we can watch desperate houswives again haha (Sept. 30, 3:38 p.m.)

Tiger: oh god

Jaimee: take a break from watching boring old golf

Jaimee: I mean the amazing sport of golf ;)

Jaimee: [more than an hour later] babe I was kidding

Tiger: I know sexy

Jaimee: is it orange county time yet? (Oct. 1, 6:06 p.m.)

Tiger: oh stop :)

Jaimee: hahaha I know … but you canceled on me last time so the anticipation is killing me … im finding myself watching sports center … haha j/k it isn’t that bad

Tiger: its never been that bad

Jaimee: very true … I only watch football

Tiger: Figured you would say that. Big black guys.

Jaimee: u are my first, last and only black guy! U should feel special

Tiger: why do I not believe that?

Tiger: [later, in response to Jaimee's mention of a date who was "full of himself"] you kinda like that for some reason which is weird why you decided on me.

Tiger: having an asian mother and a military father you cannot and will not ever be full of yourself

Jaimee: I have fun with u, you always make me smile and I am not afraid to be myself or say anything to u … the day I met u I thought u were going to kick me out a few times but for someone reason you didn’t and u have told me numerous times I talk to much but slowly as I get to know u iI think your absolutely amazing

Tiger: you are wrong I’m bone thugs in harmon

Jaimee: Something wrong babe?I was excited to sepnd time with u this week (Oct. 15, 6:40 p.m.)

Tiger: I will you Sunda night. Its the only night in which I am totally free but I have to leave at 530 Monday morning to drive up to the valley for an outing for one of my sponsors. See you at 8 pm on Sunday in newport

Tiger: don’t text me back till tomorrow morning. I have to many people around me right now

Tiger: send me something very naughty (Oct. 18, 3:40 p.m.)

Jaimee: some things are worth waiting for lol … besides im at work

Tiger: go to the bathroom and take it

Jaimee: haha ur too much

Jaimee: are u leaving me cause your wife is still in newport :( I am lonely now … i like falling asleep in your arms (Oct. 18, 11:38 p.m.)

Tiger: sorry baby I just can’t sleep. Its just a problem I have.

Tiger: she is not here. They left this morning

Jaimee: well I appreciate you not wanting to wake me up but if y couldn’t sleep I would have rather sat up and talked to u more … find out why I keep falling more and more for u ;)

Tiger: Because I’m blasian :)

Tiger: I’m sorry babe. Im already home.

Jaimee: I’m putting my underwear back on … thats a no no … come take them off

Tiger: :) you are too funny

Tiger: happy thanksgiving to you (Nov. 26, 11:16 a.m.)

Jaimee: u too love