Big John Jinxes Jackie

(Fort Myers, FL, 02/26/15) Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. walks back to the clubhouse at the Red Sox Spring Training facility at Jet Blue Park on Thursday, February 26, 2015. Staff Photo by Matt Stone

My keyboard has been silent of late, I chose to sit back relax and take in the poetic beauty of this 2016 Red Sox season. Well silent I shall be no more. Those of you who read me on a regular basis know I have been a Jackie Bradley Jr fan boy for quite some time, to be honest the meetings of the JBJ admiration society have usually been billed in the plenty of good seats still available category, but I have never been one to shy away from going it alone. I had no problem wading through the dark waters of the Mendoza swamp as Jackie struggled through his first few hundred or so plate appearance, I knew what I knew and I believed in what I had seen,. He gave me glimpses of hope during desperate times last season when it seemed his never ending shuttle ride between Boston and Pawtucket ended and he belted a .324/. 429/. 724 line in 91 Aug plate appearances. But enough about the past.


This season Jackie was the center-fielder when camp broke, Sox manager John Farrell placed him in the nine spot. Many expected me to once again go off on Big John for burying young JBJ in the lineup but I knew this spot was perfect for him, finally he would get the protection of the best hitters in Boston’s lineup without the pressure of himself being at the top of the order. And how did he respond? Only by batting .350 with 8 HR and 34 RBI in his first 180 PA, Not to shabby, but add in a 29 game hit streak? Even that, I the president of the SAY HEY JBJ Society didn’t foresee. Then it all ended

Once again Big John couldn’t leave well enough alone. Last night with number thirty on the line and Mookie Betts getting a deserved night off Farrell chose to moronically move JBJ to the top of the lineup. Batting him lead off, a spot he had only been penciled in twice in his career and hadn’t batted in all year. In 2016 the nine hole has been very kind to Jackie .363 … in the eighth spot? .348… Seventh? .348… the six hole? .313 ….His career average batting lead off? ZERO, and we all saw what happened last night. O’fer


Crash Davis once Told Anne Savoy

“A player on a streak has to respect the streak.

You know why? Because they don’t happen very often.

If you believe you’re playing well because you’re getting laid or

You’re not getting laid, or because you wear women’s underwear

Then you ARE. And you should know that”

Big John Farrell should have known that too. but he tempted fate, he shook his fist at the Baseball Gods, He didn’t respect the streak. you cant do that in this game of inches.. Anyway see you all at the next Say Hey Meeting,make sure to get there early. seats fill up fast these days.

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My Monster Patriots Draft


Lets get one thing straight…I am not here to mock up any damn thing. Nope I am done trying to tell you or Bill where to pick who when where or bloody how. I’m finished, no one can predict what Bill Belichick will have for breakfast never mind what he will do on draft day, so why should I continue to try? It’s an exorcise in futility. I’ve spent hundreds dare I say thousands of hours pouring over tape, reading scouting reports, watching pro-days and combines and have checked wonderlic numbers and depth charts , and for what? Just to be disappointed that he traded down or ignored my advise because he didn’t like TY Hiltons three cone time? Forget it, we are moving on. So without further ado, here’s what the Patriots should but probably won’t do in this years draft.


RD 2 Pick 60

La’Raven Clark: Senior OT Texas Tech


Yes my rabid readers we are going to start this draft out addressing what I feel is the Patriots biggest need and Clark fills the bill. La’Raven was Freshman All American Guard his first year at Tech before moving out side making himself into an all-Big Twelve Left Tackle two straight seasons, Hello Versatility. There are a few technique issues but nothing that “Scar” cant fix. Not Sexy but you want him on that wall you need him on that wall


Rd 2 Pick 61

Kentrell Brothers: Red Shirt Senior ILB Missouri

Brothers is the best ILB in this draft not named Reggie Gagland. This kid is a football genius, reads the play as well as anyone I’ve seen at this level, breaks to the ball as fast as anyone in this draft and wrapping up ball carriers and dragging them to the turf seems to be his favorite pastime. As evidence; more than 120 tackles in each of the past two seasons. I love Red Shirt Seniors, I really do…Red Shirts are more mature, smarter and better prepped for the next level. This kid is a steal at 61.


Rd 3 Pick 91

Kenyon Drake: Senior RB Alabama

Drake – yes the other RB from Bamma. No slight against Derrick Henry but this is the man I want and the spot I want him in.   He is super quick with explosive ability. He is patient and allows holes to open before darting through them to the second level. Drake can also bounce outside and posses amazing hands that Bill and Josh will use in the passing game. Yes I know you all want a bruising-pounding between the tackles guy, forget about it. Blake is the man for the job opening in New England. This kid is not just a third down back, He’s Not a Duck He’s a Drake.



Third RD Pick 96

Kyle Murphy: Senior OT Stamford

But Murph you just went OT in RD 2…yup, and now I’m going back. If Murphy is here you want him. He was second team Pack 12 as a RT in his Jr. year and first team in his Sr. His strength is in the passing game, but don’t overlook his ability to drive block for runners. He sees the field while not losing sight of the job in front of him shedding off one pass rusher to pick up a blitzing LB as well as anyone you will find in this spot of the draft. DEPTH people the Pats need depth…



Forth/Fifth Rd: Hell I don’t know where. The Pats have five sixth rd picks in this draft to play with and I fully expect them to trade back up into the bottom of the forth or top of the fifth with them. The player I want them to grab:


Cyrus Jones: Senior CB Alabama

Hell yeah Roll Tide – Cyrus Jones is my 2016 woobie. He started his career at Bamma as a WR but was moved to the other side of the ball as a Sophomore so he is behind the curve with most other senior CB’s, but I don’t care. He’s short…I don’t care. He’s handsey…I don’t care. He’s aggressive, he tackles through the ball carrier and plays the game smart. Jones is learning and getting better with ever snap he sees. Also is a good special teamer returning four punts for TD as a senior.



That’s it folks, that’s as deep as I’m going this year. After the Murphy pick there is just too much moving and shaking to get a read on anything else that Pats might do. Will they take a shot at Navy stand out Keenan Reynolds – probably. Will we get to hear another Rutgers name called for a trip up RT 95? You bet. But I’m not going to bore you with all that. And to be honest it’s just five or six more aggravating opportunities for me to chance tossing yet another flat screen out the window, so I’ll leave you with this.


Enjoy the draft people.


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Preview 2016 NFL Mock Draft By Mark Merriam

Sports Infusion has a new writer to join Mr. Thomas Murphy. Please enjoy Mark Merriam’s Mock NFL 2016 Draft!


After much deliberation and two trades, I have come up with the final 2016 NFL Mock Draft. Below are my selections:

1. Rams – Jared Goff – QB Cal :  Born leader. Very accurate on short to mid range passes. More NFL ready than the other QBs in this draft. Other than the wiry frame, Goff reminds me of a young Dan Marino.
2. Eagles – Carson Weitz – QB – N.Dakota St.: Huge upside and has the size and physical tools to succeed at the pro level. Will not start right away as he needs time to adjust to the speed of NFL defenses.
3. Chargers – Laremy Tunsil – OT- Mississippi :Could be the best offensive lineman to come out of college in the last few years. He will start right away and probably have ten Pro Bowl selections before he’s done.
4. Cowboys – Joey Bosa – DE – Ohio St.: At one time he was favored to be the overall number one selection. A few off the field issues and a knee injury has put a little doubt in some general managers. Cowboys looking to replace Greg Hardy  and have an insurance policy for Randy Gregory, who is one 4/20 puff away from a year long suspension.
5. Jaguars – Myles Jack – LB – UCLA :  Jaguars need defensive help quickly and Jack is the answer. He can play inside or outside and can even cover receivers downfield. Hits with authority.
6. Ravens – Jalen Ramsey – S- Florida St.: Logically they need defensive line help, but Ozzie Newsome almost always selects best player available. Some people had the Titans taking Ramsey as the  overall number one before the trade with the Rams.
7. 49ers – Paxton Lynch – QB – Memphis : not as highly touted as Goff or Wentz but at 6′ 7″ and 244 lbs. he will be able to absorb punishment as quarterbacks tend to do in a Chip Kelly offense. Lynch’s stats improved every year at Memphis but will likely sit behind Kaepernick for at least part of the year.
8. Browns – Ezekiel Elliott – RB – Ohio St. : Best running back in the draft. He’s quick yet elusive. Browns have a lot of needs at this point but you have to start somewhere.
9. Buccaneers – Deforest Buckner – DE – Oregon : Tampa Bay could really use some secondary help but Buckner is too good to pass up.
10. Giants – Ronnie Stanley  – OL – Notre Dame : Giants grab the best offensive lineman available. They need wide receiver help more but Stanley is a top tier prospect.
11. Bears – Shaq Lawson – DE – Clemson : Off season fire sale has left Chicago with more holes than a pound of swiss cheese. Lawson is best available and can help right away.
12. Saints – A’Shawn Robinson – DT – Alabama : It always  seems like the Saints need defensive help on draft day. This year is no exception. Robinson is equally adept at both run and pass defense.
13. Dolphins – Vernon Hargreaves – CB – Florida : Dolphins need help stopping the run but a home state boy with Hargreaves’ talent cannot be passed up.
14. Raiders – Sheldon Rankins – DT – Louisville : The Silver and Black need help across the board defensively and Rankins will help from day one. He is a little small compared to other DT’s but his technique and strength are off the charts.
15. Titans – Jack Conklin – OT – Michigan St. : Trading out of the top spot worked perfectly as they were able to snag a potential All-Pro lineman, making Demarco Murray’s job a bit easier.
16. Lions – Josh Doctson – WR – TCU : The logical pick after Calvin Johnson retired. Doctson is the top rated WR available. Doesn’t have the burner speed for deep routes but will catch anything over the middle.
17. Falcons – Jarran Reed – DT -Alabama : When your division has the likes of Jonathan Stewart, Mark Ingram and Doug Martin, you better be able to stop the run. Reed has the size and smarts to do just that but needs to work on his pass rush.
18. Colts – Taylor Decker – OT – Ohio St.: Probably should go secondary here but Andrew Luck and his future massive contract need better protection. Decker is very fundamentally sound and will help.
19. Bills – Darron Lee – LB – Ohio St. Rex Ryan loves defense. Super fast Darron Lee will be a ball hawk in Buffalo. Still has some work to do on his pre-snap movements, but his abilitiesand speed cover his faults.
20. Jets – Eli Apple – CB – Ohio St. Jets have numerous places to improve on, but picking in this spot usually means taking the best player available. They steal Apple here as some scouts have him as a top ten talent. Plus, think of the marketing: The Apple playing in the Big Apple… I know, its New Jersey but whatever, it sounds good.
21. Redskins – Kenny Clark – DT – UCLA : Washington has a few holes to fill, but none were bigger than NT Terrance Knighton, who took his wide body to New England via free agency. Clark has an astounding 73 tackles along with 5 1/2 sacks last season. Will start from day one.
22. Texans – Laquon Treadwell – WR – Mississippi : After adding Brock Osweiller at quarterback and Lamar Miller at running back, Texans look for help opposite Deandre Hopkins. Pretty much a coin flip between Treadwell and Corey Coleman. Texans opt for the 6′ 2″ Treadwell over the 5′ 11″ Coleman.
23. Vikings – Corey Coleman – WR – Baylor : 2,482 yds., 138 rec., 32 TDs in the last two years at Baylor. Perfect fit in Minnesota to compliment Stefon Diggs.
24. Bengals – Mackensie Alexander CB – Clemson : They may trade up to select a WR, if they don’t , they have a steal in best player available. Only 5′ 10 ” and 190 lbs. he lacks size for a CB but he is a hard hitter with above average cover skills.
25. Steelers – William Jackson III – CB – Houston : Physical corner who is not afraid to get dirty. Only started one year but had five INTs. Will start right away for Pittsburgh, who gave up more passing yards than any team in the AFC.
26. Seahawks – Robert Nkemdiche – DT – Mississippi : Seahawks need to rebuild their defensive line and take a gamble here.Once a top ten selection. he has slid down due to off the field issues.
27. Packers – Emmanuel Ogbah – DE – Oklahoma St. : 22 sacks and five forced fumbles in the last two years tells me the kid knows how to play. He will help offset the loss of B.J. Raji, who decided to retire.
28. Chiefs – Leonard Floyd – LB – Georgia : Chiefs may trade up for a CB, otherwise Floyd is the best player available.
29. Cardinals – Jason Spriggs – OL – Indiana : Huge lineman with very good speed, Spriggs will have a chance to start right away with the trade of Jonathan Cooper to New England.
30. Panthers – Kendall Fuller – CB : Virginia Tech : Best CB available at this pick, with the sudden release of Josh Norman, the Panthers are in desperation mode in regards to their secondary.
31. Broncos – Reggie Ragland – LB – Alabama : Broncos should probably trade out of this spot if possible to gain an extra pick or two. Ragland is the best player available but they need DL and OL help much more.
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Boston Still Has Minute Men


I Wrote this a Week after The Bombings, and have shared it every Patriots Day Since


A Week ago we all woke up in a much different world. It was Patriots Day in Boston..

The Marathon runners lined up a mile deep and 30,000 strong at the start in Hopkinton. With heads bowed they all observed 26 seconds of silence for The Children and Teachers of Sandy Hook CT. At the same time Boston’s ball players started trickling into Fenway for their traditional 11 AM game. It was another perfect “Patriots Day”

These two words were lost on the twisted minds of two maniacs ( I wont use their names) who had planned maybe for months the destruction they intended to unleash on this great city. If they understood what Patriots Day meant maybe they wouldn’t have dared,

They didn’t realize that the word Patriots here means more than the name of our football team, it’s more than a day off to watch a race or see an early ball game. The word Patriots here in Boston speaks to OUR history and collective state of mind.

If you grew up here in New England you knew this. Here they still teach our children that being a patriot means more than the school you play for or the little flag pin you wear as you are trying to get elected to office. Here Patriots means something.

For over 200 years our forefathers have been heading a call, we were there on King Street as British solders fired into an unarmed crowd, we were at Lexington and Concord when the shot heard round the world was fired. We answered the call when a silversmith road from town to town letting us know “The British Were Coming“ we were there on a hill so short on ammunition we couldn’t dare fire until we saw the whites of their eyes. We stepped off coffin ships and into Union Uniforms; we were the first on the beaches of Normandy. And we were on the front lines of Korea, Vietnam, and still in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For over two hundred years the call has gone out, and we have answered it.

Safe in my home in CT watching the carnage that was unleashed a week ago I watched this horror unfolding before my eyes. Calls went out to my aunts and uncles back home in Boston, checking on family and friends who might have been at the race, making sure everyone was safe everyone was whole. For a week I sat and saw the news casts of the blast and watched the replay of runners, volunteers and first responders rush towards the injured and dead. Not away, towards the explosions. There was no Terror in their eyes.

I watched as our police chased down every lead, I watched as Hero’s fell in our fight against the attempt at oppression of our freedom. And I cheered when our enemies fell.

I ran through a Marathon of emotion this past week. But the first time I smiled the first time I felt normal again was when Butchie reminded me.

“Boston Still has Minute Men dad, don’t the bad people know that”

They do now Son they do now



Red Sox: Carson Smith the Bridge Is Out


When Dave Dombrowski sent Wade Miley off to the Pacific North west for Carson Smith visions of a dominant bullpen to cover up his weak starting rotation danced in his head, well that dance maybe over before the band started playing. On Monday Smith waked off the mound with cramping in his forearm, I immediately cringed when I heard this, the spin doctors said oh “just cramping”. Its never just cramping people NEVER,. Today Mr. Smith went for an MRI that reviled a Strain of the Flexor Mass Muscle, and the sox explained  that rest and rehab will fix what ails Mr. Smith. Color me skeptical; I know you’re shocked. Murph skeptical? No way. As of now the Red Sox and their writers on the worlds largest kiss-ass beat are spinning it that Smith will simply start the season on the DL resting and rehabbing and could be back before the end of April or mid May. yea don’t Bull-Shit a Bull-shitter.

When I hear Flexor Mass Muscle I get visions of much longer-term issues in Carson Smiths future. I have visions of visits to Dr,. James Andrews office for second opinions and eventual, Yep I’m going to say it so brace yourself. TOMMY JOHN surgery. Is this a forgone conclusion? No, but its damn close to being so, to often I’ve seen this very thing eventually send pitcher after pitcher to Andrews waiting room. Add in the fact that the Red Sox medical staff is famous for lying their asses off to the general public and you can see why I feel this way. Even the “Lame-Stream” couldn’t not talk of how poor this Starting rotation is, but there was still hope that this bullpen Dombrowski had put together would be strong enough to if not erase completely the starters shortcomings at least blur the lines a tad bit. Now with the hard throwing Smith (2.31 ERA and 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings in 70 appearances for Seattle) shelved those lines become a bit more legible shall we say.

Now where do the Sox turn? Uehara and Tazawa are here but they are also the reason Dombrowski went out to get Smith, Matt Barnes has had a good spring but do you trust he can do it all year? I don’t. Someone is going to have to step up and maybe for a long time. This story isn’t over my friends. I’m just hoping it isn’t one those times I hate myself for always being right.

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Patriots: Get Deep Man


No, Bill Belichick isn’t a BEAT poet. At least I don’t see him at any of the coffee houses I hang out in – but he did get deep this past week. In the aftermath of the feeding frenzy that will forever happen in the opening week of NFL free agency, Bellichick addressed three of the most glaring needs coming into this off-season. The lack of depth at some very critical position was down right glaring in the final third of the season and blinding in The AFC title game in Denver. And in a 48-hour period BB attacked it in a way I might a bowl of chili. Did these moves cost him? Maybe, we can’t be sure. What we are sure of is the fact that moves had to be made and Bill pulled no punches when making them.



There is no doubt that the best player involved in any of these moves left Foxboro. Chandler Jones is young and talented but is about to be overpaid. Overpaid is not the Patriot Way. So as they have done so many times in the past, they moved on a year to early rather than a year to late. If this move brought back equal value or best value is up for debate. Sure, there are other teams who also could have had use for Mr. Jones who had higher second round picks to offer, but did they also have a interior offensive lineman who happened to be three years removed from being taken in the top ten of his draft class? No. True, Jonathan Cooper has not lived up to the potential he showed in college or that of a top ten pick, but in New England, he doesn’t have too. This is a depth move – Cooper has experience playing on both sides of the line. Youngsters Tre’ Jackson and Shaq Mason are the future, but you can’t hang your hats on them. Cooper brings insurance and camp competition (something Bill loves) to the interior. Returning O-Line coach Dante Scarnecchia must have seen something in this underachieving young man that he thinks can be brought out or he wouldn’t have given a thumbs up to the move.


The other aspect of this first move allowed the rest of the week’s dominos to fall. Jones is gone and that allows Bill to again trade for a player of need – tight end, Martellus Bennett. Bennett is a big physical TE who brings to the table everything the Pats thought Scott Chandler would. He is also someone who can not only compliment Rob Gronkowski, but also step in for Gronk if he goes down AGAIN. Something that was sorely lacking in last year’s roster makeup,


With a lack of Mayo, another portion of this Patriots sub that was looking rather thin and dry (see what I did there) is the line-backing corp. Mayo’s injuries in recent years have now forced his early retirement. Bellichick countered this by signing another former first round pick in Shay McClellin. While McClellin didn’t live up to his first round status in Chicago, again here he doesn’t have to. All he needs to do is fit in behind The Wonder Twins – Hightower and Collins. While Mayo showed flashes of his former greatness last year, it was never sustained and once again he was cut down before the season ended. Bloody shame. But lets digress. McClellin will perform just as well as Mayo did, probably better.



With the cap space and hole created by the Jones and LaFell departures anther wide out was needed, enter Chris Hogan. An ehhh move, another depth move – but depth creates champions. LaFell fell out of favor last season, dropping far too many passes and was completely ignored in the playoffs. A turn around from his previous season, only time will tell if Hogan can gain the confidence of Tom Brady and become a part of his weaponry.


Finally, there is the man who will fill in for the first domino to fall. If it seems like a long time since the Rams drafted Chris Long you’d be correct. That player doesn’t exist anymore. But is Long a player who can go all out in this Pats rotation of defensive ends? Belichick thinks so and I wont judge it, at least not yet – but you know I will at some point.


Is this it? No it’s not.   More moves will be made. The draft is nearing and Bill will be dealing, teams needing to clear cap space will be cutting, and un-drafted talent will be out there for the plucking – all things that Bill lives for. This is only the beginning people so relax sit back and enjoy the show.



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Relax they say, Sandoval Went Yard Monday


“Relax” they tell me, the worlds fattest thin man hit a SOLO HR on Monday his first of the spring, doubling his RBI total and went one for two at the plate holding his average above the Mendoza line at .211. Relax , yea FAT CHANCE, see what I did there ? But lets get back on track here. Have we reached the I told you so point in this Flabby Panda odyssey yet? Do I need to bust out the links and underline the key words to direct you to, I Warned You what was going to happen? No. Because even I didn’t think it would be this bad this fast. Sure I knew and said way back when that Panda would be moving across the diamond to fist base but at this point he isn’t even mobile enough to unseat Hanley Ramirez. At this moment in time The Round Mound of Cant Get Down has three errors in eight partial games played, do you know how that translates over 140 ( I’m being generous here people) games played ? Forget it you do the math its 3 AM and I’m cranky. It’s not good,


But fear not my rabid readers. There is a cure to this clinically obese masterpiece, no its not lap-band surgery and no ones getting out the staple gun. Those are options that should have been taken in say oh October. No the cure for this fat farce is none other than Travis Shaw. Yes I know we all wanted Big Trav to play first base this year. But at this point, no he’s needed across the diamond at the hot corner to take over for Hot Plate, sure lets play how many Fat-Ass digs I can get into one column. I don’t usually put to much stock into spring numbers. After all most pitchers are simply trying to get their work in. so in any other circumstance I would brush off Shaw’s .522/2/9 line. Yea i’m a tough grade, But this year how can I ? One thing you do have to take seriously is that the same pitchers “ Just getting their work in” Shaw is killing, Sandoval can’t touch. Along with the unmitigated fact that the closest Shaw has come to an Error is when he was standing at the top of the dugout watching Pablo boot another out into a mommy’s score book base hit, for a kid who if he’s LUCKY will be playing in Trenton this year. Relax they tell me. I’ll relax when Big John shows some sack and sits Pablo down, preferably in front of a Hometown Buffet where he will never be heard from again.




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New Theme Music for our show

Sports Infusion is please to announce that our shows theme music will now be provided by Boston Band Root 150 . Follow The Band on Twitter @Root_150 and visit their website.

Our show opener will be “Huge”

followed by our shows closing music entitled “Mud”


Sandoval shockingly is still FAT


Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval smiles in the dugout prior to a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Monday, May 11, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The shock and awe of Pablo Sandoval showing up in Fort Myers looking like Pablo Sandoval is the only thing I find shocking in this “ Story “. You people understand this isn’t Tom F’ing Brady we are talking about here. It’s Pablo F’ing Sandoval, where the F’ing stands for I don’t fucking care what you expect me to F’ing look like, Pablo never has and he never will, he didn’t when he broke into the league.. I mean Little League not the MLB. And he doesn’t now. So get over it.


But while we are here, I mean since you took the time to point and click I’ll prepare you, He’s going to get bigger. He always does, right now is the best Pablo will look all season, this is what it is and he doesn’t think there is anything wrong with that. And quite frankly why should he? Pablo made his first MLB team looking exactly like this, was named to two all star teams looking exactly like this, won three World Series titles looking exactly like this and by the way was handed a 95 million dollar contract while looking exactly like this.

So please people save the outrage. Pablo has never tried to fool you. Coaches GM’s and the main stream might have lead you to believe that things would be different this year. But Sandoval himself, he never promised you a thing. If you want to vent your outraged fine, go find Ben Cherington who gave him this contract or John Henry who Okayed it. or anyone in the Boston media who had no problem with them signing Pablo in the first place, Ben and John Henry may be difficult to hunt down but the media that’s easy. it includes everyone in this town that isn’t me


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