Week In Review: 'Deflategate,' Olympics, Baker's Budget, Tsarnaev

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We discuss the big scandal with a growing list of nicknames, including "deflate-gate," "Ball-ghazi," all brought to you by the New England "deflatriots." We also look at developments in the Tsarnaev trial, more details on Boston's Olympic bid, and the budget gap facing Governor Baker and lawmakers on Beacon Hill.


John Carroll, professor of mass communication at Boston University and blogger at He tweets @johncarroll_bu.

Tom Keane, former Boston city councilor and a columnist for The Boston Globe. He tweets@tomkeaneboston.


WBUR: As Lawyers Motion To Move Tsarnaev Trial For 3rd Time, Judge Pushes Back

  • "For a third time, lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dhozkhar Tsarnaev are trying to get his terrorism trial moved out of Boston. They suggest in a new motion there’s now evidence the judge in the case was wrong to believe a fair trial here is possible."

Radio Boston: Belichick: Didn’t Know About Deflated Footballs

  • "'I can tell you that in my entire coaching career, I have never talked to any player, staff member, about football air pressure. That is not a subject that I have ever brought up,' he said during a press conference at Gillette Stadium Thursday."

WBUR: Boston 2024 Releases Olympic Bid Documents

  • "Almost two weeks after Boston was selected as the U.S. bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, we now have a glimpse of what the Games might actually look like here."

Radio Boston: New Details Out About Boston 2024 Summer Olympics Bid

  • "Imagine Dorchester Avenue transformed into an Olympic Boulevard, stretching all the way to South Station. That, it turns out, was just one feature of the presentation given to the U.S. Olympic Committee."

Radio Boston: The State Of The Union And The State Of The Commonwealth

  • "In Massachusetts, which weathered the recession much better than most states, there’s suddenly grim economic news in the form of a yawning state budget shortfall. Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker pegged it at $765 million — raising the likelihood of painful program cuts to come."

The Boston Globe: NFL releases statement on Patriots, Deflategate

  • "The goals of the investigation will be to determine the explanation for why footballs used in the game were not in compliance with the playing rules and specifically whether any noncompliance was the result of deliberate action. We have not made any judgments on these points and will not do so until we have concluded our investigation and considered all of the relevant evidence."

 Time: The Real ‘Deflategate’ Scandal Is That Anyone Cares

  • "The NFL would rather you care about the minor thing they can pretend to fix, rather than the major things they can't."

This article was originally published on January 23, 2015.

This segment aired on January 23, 2015.


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