Sunday, December 31, 2023

Better Late Than Never Series: Joey McIntyre on the Mortified Podcast

Joey was interviewed on the Mortified Podcast in 2016. Joey shares some of his memories from the early days of the New Kids on the Block (including exact dates) and his thoughts after seeing Madonna in concert.  Joey also said the first song he ever wrote was called "8 O'clock" and he sang a line from it! Listen to the interview below (starts about 24 minutes in).  

Happy birthday Joey!

Happy birthday Joey! Wow, what an amazing year it has been! I’m so proud of all your accomplishments and your willingness to have us (your Bravehearts/Blockheads) be a part of it! Cheers to you!🥂🎉

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Better Late Than Never Series: Jordan's interview 1075 KISS FM

Jordan did this interview as a part of his "Live and Unfinished" promotion. I am missing several radio interviews with Jordan from this era (let me know if you saved any of them), so I was recently hunting for old interviews and came across this one out of Vernon, Canada that I don't think I had posted previously. Jordan is asked about playing more intimate venues, being a dad, plans for more solo music, his Old Navy commercial, hockey, and more!

Friday, December 29, 2023

Better Late Than Never Series: Joey McIntyre's duet with Ashlyne Huff

Recently, as I was looking at some older posts, I realized I had posted that this song was coming out, but never posted the actual song...  

Back in 2011 Joey recorded a song called "Not Over You" with Ashlyne Huff (who opened for them during the NKOTBSB tour).  Listen to the song below:

Video courtesy of Ashley Rose

Also, here is a "behind the scenes" video of them in the studio recording the song!

Video courtesy of retrorewind

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Better Late Than Never Series: Donnie and Jenny interview D-Nice (2020)

In the spring of 2020 D-Nice started going live on Instagram and playing music to help cheer people up and “Club Quarantine” was born. Jenny and Donnie interviewed him on the Jenny McCarthy Show to talk about Club Quarantine, Donnie and D-Nice meeting for the first time at Donnie’s 50th birthday, and more! Listen to the interview below: 

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Catching up with Jonathan

Jonathan has been somewhat quiet lately, so I don't have a lot of updates.  His brother David posted some new photos today with the caption: "Checking out the renovations. Lakeside family fun in New England. Maybe this property will be featured on HGTV? We will see😁". So I'm guessing these were taken on the property that will be featured in "Farmhouse Fixer: Camp Revamp"

Kristina posted this photo a couple of weeks ago: 

Harley posted a video from Jonathan's birthday party here!

Victoria Levy posted a photo of her with Jon and Harley at some other friends at a Japanese restaurant a couple of days before Christmas: 

Other than that, Jonathan has been volunteering at Root North Shore. He was spotted in this video they posted!

For some reason he was driving around with a fox(?) in his backseat...

The only time I believe “Don’t ask don’t tell” is appropriate. 😂
(From Jon's Instagram)

And he has been spending time at "the lake" and hanging out with their dog, Oliver: 

Sunday, December 24, 2023

One year anniversary special about Joey's Carnegie Hall performance coming soon

Adam Ray put together a special behind the scenes video and interview with Joey about his show at Carnegie Hall! The video will premiere on Adam's YouTube channel on January 14 (the one year anniversary of the show). Joey and Adam went live on Instagram last night to talk a bit about it, and they announced they will be hosting a very intimate premiere at the Garry Marshall Theatre in Hollywood. More details about how you can get one of these spots will be announced on their socials soon. Check out the replay of their IG Live and the promo video below: 

By the way, I think Adam posted something about this way back in February and I was thinking Joey was just going to be a guest on Adam's podcast. But it looks like this "poduMentary" (as Joey calls it) as been in the works for awhile!

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Donnie Wahlberg filming season 14 episode 3 of Blue Bloods and more!

While Donnie was home last weekend he made an appearance at Jenny's Formless Beauty signing at the French Med Spa in St. Charles:

Donnie flew back to New Jersey on Sunday night and posted these pictures on his Instagram stories: 

This week he was filming episode 3 of the 14th season of Blue Bloods and new photos have been posted at Getty Images! Here is a sampling of them. Click here to view the rest!

Donnie shared a few photos/videos of his own:

Derek Gaines, who is pictured in that second post by Donnie posted a couple of videos on his Instagram:

Donnie also posted some Thursday love: 

If you see this — you’re loved. Have an awesome Thursday. 🙏🏼❤️🤖❤️♾💫✨🤟🏼 #thursday #love

He wrapped up filming for the week by Thursday night and he flew home!

Jenny posted a new photo of herself with Donnie and Evan last night:

Friday, December 22, 2023

Better Late Than Never Series: Clip of Jordan on B104

Ok this one barely qualifies as “late” since it’s less than 2 months old, but I just came across this clip while looking for an old interview Jordan did with B104. It’s just a short clip, but it’s Jordan and we don’t get to hear from him nearly enough!

Better Late Than Never Series: 2016 interview with KTU

While looking for a different radio interview, I came across this interview that Hollywood Hamilton from KTU did with the New Kids on the Block from 2016! They talked about memories about hearing "Hangin' Tough" on the radio, "Rock This Boat" (the reality TV show about the NKOTB cruise they had at the time), Remember Betty, and more!

Video courtesy of Debra Palmer

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Donnie's article about the New England Patriots

Donnie can now add newspaper columnist to his resume! Here is an article he wrote for the Boston Herald about the New England Patriots and Coach Belichick: 

Wahlberg: Hold your fire Patriots Nation, Belichick’s still the GOAT


PUBLISHED: December 21, 2023 

Dear Pats Nation,

Before I begin, I want to stress that any mention of Tom Brady is in no way a slight of him, his legacy or my admiration for him as a person or player. This really has nothing to do with Tom Brady. It’s about Bill Belichick.

Sad that I even have to preface it this way, but that’s what it’s come to nowadays. It seems one can’t speak glowingly of Coach Bill Belichick anymore without being treated like a Cowboys fan at an Eagles game — or worse. It’s no surprise that hysterical sports media pundits are rejoicing over Coach Belichick’s apparent “fall from grace.” They’ve been waiting to dance on his football grave for two decades. What is surprising, however, is how many Pats fans have subscribed to the Belichick slander.

Did we get so used to winning that we are punishing Bill Belichick for our own unrealistic expectations?

Will Bill Belichick Coach the Patriots After This Season?

Did we get so used to winning that we forgot how easy it was to lose?

Did we get so spoiled by all that winning, that we’ve become unaware of how much we sound like one of those obnoxious and entitled fan bases that “only other teams have?”

While I can’t change the way the sports media types think about Belichick, I can appeal to the greatest fan base in all of sports. To try to reach those in Pats Nation who’ve gone from ignoring the noise, to embracing the noise. Gone from believing in Bill, to belittling Bill. To engage with those who have become exactly like that which they have historically purported to loathe — the Patriots-hating talking heads, who have sought to diminish us fans and our beloved Patriots Dynasty for the last 20 years.

So, Pats fans, it’s time to confront some hard truths, and unpack some of the many biting criticisms of Bill Belichick. Hopefully by doing so, we may be able to bring some perspective, gratitude and respect back for our once beloved coach.

“Tom Brady was more responsible for The Pats Dynasty than Belichick.”

Does any reasonable human being on the planet really believe that Brady, or Belichick, won six rings without Ty Law, Willie McGinest, Tedy Bruschi, Matt Light, Vince Wilfork, Corey Dillon, Devin McCourty, Stephon Gilmore, Julian Edelman or the most clutch kicker in history, Adam Vinatieri?

Ironically, Belichick and Brady never forget to acknowledge their teammates, their assistants, their trainers, their staffs or that gentleman who signs the checks, owns the team and made all of this possible — Mr. Robert Kraft.

Sincerely, if we are going to credit one person for being the biggest reason for the Patriots dynasty — shouldn’t Mr. Kraft at least be considered in that conversation?

I digress.

“Belichick never won a Super Bowl without Brady.”

No coach has ever had a dynasty without an all-time great QB.  So why is this criticism only reserved for Coach Belichick?  He’s either being held to a higher standard — or this is a serious double standard.  After all, did Chuck Noll have a dynasty without Terry Bradshaw? No. Did Bill Walsh without Joe Montana? No. How come we never hear “Bill Walsh never won a ring without Montana?” Did Jimmy Johnson without Troy Aikman?  Not even close.

How about Andy Reid — the sports media’s new darling of a head coach?  The guy that many of the so-called experts now refer to as the GOAT. Surely Andy has built a dynasty without an all-time great QB, since that is the new criteria for defining a coach’s legacy.  Did Andy win in Philly without Donovan McNabb?  He never even won a Super Bowl with Donovan McNabb, never mind without him. Did Andy win a Super Bowl in KC, without Patrick Mahomes? No. In fact, if memory serves me, he never even got to a Super Bowl with Mahomes until after Belichick and Brady’s final game together.

“Belichick never won, with the Pats, without Brady.”

At what point does Belichick get kudos for the pivotal role he played in Brady’s career, instead of being bashed because of the pivotal role that Brady played in his?

Belichick drafted Brady. He kept Brady on the roster as a fourth QB (unheard of), as a rookie. He started Brady when Bledsoe got hurt. He started Brady when Bledsoe got healthy. He even started Brady in the Super Bowl, after Bledsoe led the Pats to an AFC Championship game victory over the Steelers. He did all of this, despite a number of Pats players (and a majority of Pats Nation) wanting Belichick to start Drew Bledsoe in the Super Bowl against the Rams. Belichick may be the one and only coach (and possibly the only person not named Tom Brady) that actually believed in Brady as an NFL starting QB. Coach Belichick entrusted his team, his job and his coaching career, to a lanky kid that nobody else would even use a draft pick on.

Tom Brady acknowledged this, himself, in his ESPN Docu-Series — “Man In The Arena.”

“Belichick never won without Brady” — The Prequel.

It always amazes me how many people do not recall Belichick’s Browns beating our Patriots, and Coach Bill Parcells, in the playoffs back in the ’94-’95 season. The year before Art Modell announced that the Browns were leaving Cleveland and moving to Baltimore.  Fans turned on the team, the team fell apart at the seams and Coach Belichick was subsequently fired. If you’ll recall, many in the local media did not want Coach Belichick to come to the Pats because they considered him such a dreadful coach in Cleveland. Many more thought Mr. Kraft was insane to trade a first round pick for Belichick. How ironic that many of those same media types are now perpetuating the rumors that the Pats might get a first-rounder in exchange for Belichick.

“Brady won without Belichick.”

If you truly love and support Tom Brady, then his seventh ring should have been a joyful experience for you. Even if it wasn’t in New England. Instead, it has become part of the reason that so many Pats fans have turned on the guy whose defense was very much part of the Pats winning the other six rings in Brady’s collection. I was so glad that Tom Brady got that ring. For him, for his legacy and for all of us in Pats Nation. He literally saved all of us from ever having to hear the outlandish “Mahomes, Manning or Rodgers is the GOAT,” silliness again.

“Belichick can’t draft.”

For some strange reason, we Pats fans really think we know football better than Belichick. Sure, he has made us scratch our heads more times than we should with some of his selections. But we sure do focus an awful lot on the misses, while ignoring the many times he’s hit the jackpot with his draft picks and undrafted free agents. When he drafted Sony Michel, I remember asking my TV “why the heck are we drafting a running back in the first round?!” Then came the playoffs in Sony’s rookie season. He helped lead a ground-and-pound offensive attack to a Super Bowl win, rushing for 100 yards per game and scoring 6 TDs — a playoff record. Three in the first round against the Chargers. Two more against the Chiefs and the only touchdown in the Super Bowl.

“Belichick can’t draft wide receivers.”

I could end this debate by asking “have you ever heard of Julian Edelman?” But, to be fair, this point is not so simply settled. Although I’d argue that drafting Deion Branch and David Givens in the same draft, was absolutely brilliant. They helped the Pats win two more Super Bowls.

The misses have hurt, but the guys that he has hit on have helped us win the only thing that matters in New England — Super Bowl Championships. I’d also argue that drafting the greatest tight end in history (Rob Gronkowski, in the second round, when few other GMs in football would touch him after his college injuries), deserves some acknowledgment in this debate.

“Belichick didn’t give Brady any weapons.”

This may be the most widespread mistruth of all of the Belichick criticisms. I mean, did we all forget the Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Donte Stallworth era? Here’s the one problem with those teams — they won ZERO Super Bowl titles. ZERO. The period when the Patriots had the greatest array of weapons, and Brady put up his gaudiest numbers, is the same period when the Pats became what they had always defeated — a juggernaut offense with all of the weapons that couldn’t win the tight games in the post season.  In fact, we became an awful lot like Peyton Manning’s Colts teams of the early 2000’s. We always laughed at those Colts teams. Because, despite the weaponry, they could never outsmart a Bill Belichick defense.

Let’s not forget 2018-19, either. The Pats signed Antonio Brown, had the league’s top defense and the experts said “The Pats are gonna go undefeated,” after starting 8-0. Then they lost AB and Josh Gordon, they lost to the run-heavy Titans in the playoffs and those same experts complained that “Belichick never gave Brady any weapons.” Talk about revisionist history.

Now go tell Kevin Faulk, Troy Brown, Shane Vereen, James White, LeGarrette Blount, Gronk, Brandon LaFell and Danny Amendola that they weren’t weapons.

“He doesn’t pay his players.”

You don’t commit $60 million to Aqib Talib, and screw up your cap flexibility, when you can simply sign Darrelle Revis and win another Super Bowl, instead.

“He benched Malcolm Butler and cost us a Super Bowl.”

I know many people still hold a grudge against Coach for never explaining why he didn’t play Malcolm in that game — although they’d probably never accept it if he gave them one. Ironically, Malcolm Butler isn’t holding a grudge against him. To be honest, I’d say that not having Dont’a Hightower cost us that Super Bowl, more so than not having Malcolm Butler.

We also had what any Pats fan wants in any game, Tom Brady with the ball in his hands with a chance to win at the end of regulation.

Unless Butler was gonna block for Brady, and prevent that strip fumble, his absence didn’t cost us that game.

“Belichick drove Brady away.”

Just consider this one point before continuing to hate Coach for the heartbreaking decision to move on from Tom Brady. Even if he was 100% wrong about the decision. If Brady winning with Tampa proves that Belichick was wrong about moving on from him — doesn’t Jimmy G leading the Niners to a Super Bowl prove that Belichick was right about him? Just consider it.

“Belichick ruined Mac Jones.”

To suggest that the greatest coach of all time “ruined” a one-year college player — a player that most experts thought was only going to be average at best — is completely insane. You’d have to have believed that Mac Jones was on the path to greatness. So how come I never heard a single soul claim that Mac was going to be anything close to great?  Even after his decent rookie season. Look, I really like Mac.  I still have high hopes for him (though it will likely be elsewhere). But if I’m going to judge Mac vs Belichick on their track records, I’m sorry, I’m taking the guy who oversaw Tom Brady’s development.

As for the Matt Patricia debacle, I’d go as far as to argue that several current QBs in this league could’ve contended for a ring with last season’s Patriots roster and coaching staff. Give me Justin Herbert with Belichick, last year’s coaches, weapons, defensive unit and Nick Folk — and we would have been contenders. I’d have wagered a lot on it. If you are being honest with yourself, you would have to.

Look, like most of you, I’ve been a Pats fan since the 70’s. I know that this season really does suck. I know this season may not even be as bad as last season. But I also know this — the Patriots have lost every starting cornerback on the roster to injury. They lost the best pass rusher in the NFL. Despite everything, the team hasn’t quit. They keep playing hard and Belichick deserves credit for that, not criticism.

At the end of the day, I certainly respect whatever decision Mr. Kraft makes about Coach’s future.  He is the man who risked it all for Belichick.  He is as much responsible for “The Patriot Way,” as anyone.  If he decides that Coach is being replaced, it will not change my opinion of him nor my love for the team. Nor will it change my opinion of how poorly so many fans in Pats Nation have treated Bill Belichick. He deserves better. He may not be our coach next season, but he deserves our respect — forever.

Remember fans, the greatest QB to ever play the game only comes around once in a lifetime. The same can be said for the greatest coach of all time.  Be careful what you wish for.