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Mark Teixiera joining ESPN as baseball analyst

02.08.17 at 12:12 pm ET
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NY Daily NewsFour months after hanging up his cleats, Mark Teixeira is picking up a microphone as an ESPN analyst.

ESPN announced the former Yankees first baseman’s new gig on Tuesday. 

Teixeira will contribute to ESPN’s MLB studio coverage, “SportsCenter” and other platforms on the World Wide Leader. He’ll likely start during spring training.

“I coudn’t be more excited to begin this next chapter of my baseball career with ESPN,” Teixeira said in a statement released by the network. “I’m looking forward to being a part of their all-star rotation of commentators and to share my perspective with the fans.”

ESPN studio and in-game analyst John Kruk left the network in the fall for a television job with the Phillies, but it’s unclear if Teixeira will be filling Kruk’s shoes.

“Mark brings valuable insight from his experience as one of the elite first basemen and hitters of his era,” Seth Markman, an ESPN senior coordinating producer, said. “His star power and credentials, coupled with his modern perspective of the game will benefit our coverage.

“He’s been on our radar for quite some time and we’re looking forward to working with him.”

This seems like a good time to revisit Teixeira’s past TV venture called “Foul Territory” on the YES Network. The then-Yankees first baseman hosted this program in which he interviewed teammates and sometimes even equipment.

It was supposed to be bad and sometimes when something is bad on purpose it turns out to be painful to watch. Some of this is. The opening and most of the show is decently funny and the idea is good. As with all things like this, it’s funnier because of who he is.

The best moment is when Teixeira interviews Masahiro Tanaka through an interpreter and at the end asks the interpreter if he should shake the interpreter’s hand and then the interpreter shake Tanaka’s hand.

Will he be better as a real baseball analyst? Only time will tell.

Here is the work that put him on ESPN’s radar:

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The Root’s senior editor on Kirk & Callahan: Tom Brady might be a racist

02.08.17 at 11:24 am ET
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In a recent column, The Root’s senior editor Stephen A. Crockett Jr. called the Patriots “racist-adjacent” because Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft are friends with Donald Trump. He defended his words in an appearance with Kirk & Callahan Wednesday.

Though Crockett said the article was satirical, he still believes Brady should be criticized for his ties to the President.

Brady continues to catch heat for his relationship with Trump. (Photo by Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today)

Brady continues to catch heat for his relationship with Trump. (Photo by Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today)

“I don’t know if you need to back off, but I feel like there needs to be something said here,” he explained. “If Brady and Trump are friends and then had a private friendship prior to this –– as he continues to escalate, as he runs for president and the White House, as he has proven himself in the first three weeks to be absolutely ridiculous. At some point, you as a public figure have to make a stand or you are agreeing with all of the policies that go along with it. I don’t see how that doesn’t work.”

When pressed about whether he thinks Brady is a racist, Crockett said it’s a possibility.

“I absolutely believe that you are the company you keep,” he said. “At the end of the day, if you are in support of a person who feels this way –– we’re not just talking about me and my friend at The Root feel this way. You’re in support of a person who’s actually changing policy and completely banning seven countries that are populated by Muslims from coming into this country. That’s where we are. I don’t know Tom Brady’s personal beliefs. I know he goes to a job that also employs black people. I don’t know if he has a friendship with them. I know that racists work in America all day. I don’t know where they stand.”

 

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Floyd responds to people angry about his Super Bowl tweet; Ed Markey congratulates ‘Boston Patriots’ on Super Bowl win

02.08.17 at 8:22 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Boston at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: LA Clippers at New York, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Chicago at Golden State, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Chicago at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: DePaul at Xavier, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Baylor at Oklahoma State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: N.C. State at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at BC, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Rutgers at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: South Florida at UConn, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Houston at Tulane, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Providence at Seton Hall, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Iowa at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: UCF at Cincinnati, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: VCU at George Washington, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Oklahoma, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: California at Arizona State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Stanford at Arizona, 11 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: UNLV at Nevada, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— After the Patriots’ Super Bowl win Sunday, Michael Floyd tweeted this:

People were quick to point out Floyd was inactive and did not play in the Super Bowl and also brought up his recent DUI. 

   Floyd noticed this and responded to the haters on Tuesday. 

Floyd was picked up by the Patriots on Dec. 15 after the Cardinals released him following his DUI arrest.

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Deflategate is now one big joke

02.07.17 at 5:04 pm ET
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“Yankees suck!” chants still ring throughout Fenway Park, but the passion is largely gone. After going 13 years between playoff series, the rivalry is on life support. Right now, hating the Yankees is just a part of Red Sox lore –– like the Curse of the Bambino or eating a Fenway Frank.

Deflategate is heading in that direction.

Andrew Belsky (left) says the Patriots parade was "one last hurrah" of Goodell hate. (Photo by WEEI.com)

Andrew Belsky (left) says the Patriots parade was “one last hurrah” of Goodell hate. (Photo by WEEI.com)

At the Patriots parade Tuesday, an estimated 1 million people took to the streets of Boston on a frigid and damp day, cheering on the five-time Super Bowl champions. It seemed like most of them came with anti-Roger Goodell paraphernalia, from shirts that say the commissioner sits when he pees to signs that depict him with an enlarged, Pinochio-like nose. A group of kids from Needham even took the day off from school to stand on Boylston Street and hurl epithets towards him.

“F*** Goodell!,” they screamed, while their chaperon looked on proudly.

In February 2017, more than two years after the start of the Deflategate saga, hating Goodell is a rite of passage for Patriots fans. It’s unlikely the high schoolers who stormed the city wearing timberland boots, sweatpants and Tom Brady jerseys –– an apparent fashion staple of Patriots Nation –– have read one page of Ted Wells’ report. But they know Brady got hosed, and that’s good enough for them.

In the lead-up to Super Bowl LI, a lot of attention was paid to how the Patriots would receive Goodell during the Lombardi Trophy presentation. But following a historic 25-point comeback, the ceremony became an afterthought. Goodell was booed mercilessly while he handed Robert Kraft the trophy, but the Patriots owner bit his tongue –– mostly.

“Two years ago, we won our fourth Super Bowl down in Arizona,” he said. “I told our fans that was the sweetest one of all. But a lot has transpired during the last two years. I don’t think that needs any explanation.”

At the Super Bowl MVP ceremony Monday, Goodell praised Brady, calling him “maybe one of the greatest players of all-time.” The two took a picture together and then Brady fielded questions. There wasn’t any palpable tension, or even a hint of animosity.

That doesn’t mean the Patriots haven’t taken part in some good old fashioned trolling over the last couple of days. Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia wore a Goodell clown shirt when he walked off the team plane in Boston Monday and Danny Amendola sported a “Fire Goodell” hat at the parade. There’s also Brady’s Shields MRI commercial, which concludes with him telling a nurse “Roger that” after she says she’s going to find a locker to accommodate his five Super Bowl rings.

But on the whole, the barbs seem more playful than malicious. When you win, it’s a lot easier to laugh.

Josh Quackenbush praised Brady and took a shot at Goodell in the same sign. (Photo by WEEI.com)

Josh Quackenbush praised Brady and took a shot at Goodell in the same sign. (Photo by WEEI.com)

“Yeah, I’m sick of hearing about it,” said Brandon McCullock, whose friend was brandishing a Brady GOAT sign with the words, “Roger that,” below it. “I think winning was a good enough f— you to the league. I’m tired of talking about it.”

Boston Marathon bombing hero Carlos Arredondo also said he is ready to turn the page on deflated footballs.

“Ready to move on. It’s time for the next season,” he said.

The spirit of Deflategate may never die. “Fire Goodell” merchandise will likely be omnipresent around Gillette Stadium next season and fans will probably look to deride the commissioner whenever they can. It’s fun to root against a villain.

But the venom is gone. Much like when the Red Sox came back from a 3-0 deficit and bested the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS, the Patriots have vanquished their antagonist. Goodell is no longer a threat. He’s a caricature.

“It’s over. Tomorrow is a new day,” said Andrew Belsky, while standing next to his homemade sign that shows Goodell with an outstretched nose. “This is one last hurrah.”

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Jacoby Brissett partied in Tom Brady’s jersey at Patriots parade

02.07.17 at 3:04 pm ET
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Jacoby Brissett, like every Patriots backup quarterback, lives in Tom Brady’s shadow. So much so, apparently, that he decided to wear Brady’s jersey during the Patriots parade Tuesday.

Brissett, 24, played a small role in the Patriots’ Super Bowl run. While Brady was serving his four-game Deflategate suspension, he started two contests and defeated the Texans in Week 3. Jimmy Garoppolo went 2-0 in the two games he played.

As an apparent thanks for their contributions, Brady called Brissett and Garoppolo his “wolf pack” in an Instagram post after the AFC championship game. In a reference to the 2009 comedy, “The Hangover,” Brady said the three QB’s are “blood brothers.”

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Rob Gronkowski went psychotic at Patriots parade

02.07.17 at 2:46 pm ET
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Despite missing eight games this season and the entirety of the playoffs, Rob Gronkowski was the star of the Patriots parade Tuesday.

Gronkowski flaunted Mayor Marty Walsh’s drinking ban, guzzling down Bud Lights and spiking them to the ground. It was a repeat of his performance two years ago, which resulted in Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio calling for him to be cited for public alcohol consumption.

Gronkowski was the life of the party at the Patriots parade. (Photo by WEEI.com)

Gronkowski was the life of the party at the Patriots parade. (Photo by WEEI.com)

Never able to turn down a good time, Gronkowski also took part LeGarrette Blount’s dance party on the top of his duck boat.

While dancing and drinking is normal behavior for Gronk, things got weird while the Patriots were approaching City Hall Plaza. The tight end grabbed a Gronk Doll and started, well, you can fill in the rest.

When the duck boats stopped, Gronkowski took off his shirt and started partying with fans in freezing temperatures. Or, in other words, normalcy returned.

“To tell you the truth, I wasn’t even planning on partying,” he said to reporters. “But the fans were asking for it, and I’m giving the fans what they wanted to get. So I partied for the fans. That’s how we do it. That’s how we roll.”

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Bill Belichick tried to start a cheer at Patriots parade and nobody cheered back

02.07.17 at 2:14 pm ET
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Starting an impromptu chant at a championship rally is a futile endeavor –– just ask Red Sox chairman Tom Werner. But that didn’t stop Bill Belichick from trying at the Patriots parade Tuesday.

In a rare display of charisma, Belichick took the microphone and started speaking to the fans gathered at City Hall Plaza. After thanking the crowd for coming out, he started a cheer:

“No days off!,” he shouted, to thousands of people who took the day off.

The Patriots’ “Do your job” mantra is synonymous to the franchise. It looks like “No days off” has a long way to go before it reaches those levels.

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Patriots ignore Mayor Marty Walsh’s parade drinking ban

02.07.17 at 1:25 pm ET
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Mayor Marty Walsh said no public drinking would be tolerated at the Patriots parade. The Super Bowl champions ignored him.

As the duck boats made their way down Boylston Street Tuesday, linebacker Rob Ninkovich was chugging Grey Goose straight from the bottle. Defensive end Chris Long joined him in the debauchery, slamming down some Natty Light.

Not be outdone, Rob Gronkowski caught a Bud Light from somebody in the crowd and guzzled it down in roughly three seconds. Afterwards, the empty can fell victim to the Gronk Spike.

Two years ago, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio wondered if Gronkowski would be cited for public consumption of alcohol after he was seen drinking throughout the parade. City officials rightfully let his antics slide, and despite the Mayor’s strong words, the same thing will likely happen this time around. Super Bowl champions are allowed to break the rules –– at least for one day.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bruins coach Claude Julien fired; ICYMI: Martellus Bennett’s daughter takes over press conference

02.07.17 at 8:32 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
Patriots victory parade, 10:40 (NESN)
NBA: Orlando at Houston, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Los Angeles at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Maryland at Penn State, 6 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Florida at Georgia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Georgetown at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: LSU at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tulsa at Memphis, 7 p.m (ESPNU)
College basketball: URI at UMass, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Notre Dame, 7p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Illinois at Northwestern, 8 pm. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Butler at Marquette, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa State at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Michigan State at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Mississippi State at Auburn, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas Tech at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: San Diego State at San Jose State, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Bruins coach Claude Julien has been fired, the Bruins announced Tuesday morning. Assistant coach Bruce Cassidy will assume interim head coaching duties effective immediately.

Julien just finished his tenth season as the coach of the team. He coached 759 games with the team with a record of 419-246-94.

–ICYMI: As Martellus Bennett tried to answer questions from the media after the Patriots’ Super Bowl win on Sunday, his daughter also had a lot to say.

She covered a range of topics, including her dog Wendy, as she stole the mic from her dad. Bennett said winning the Super Bowl is great, but he is most proud of being a dad. He even posted a picture of his daughter on Instagram before the game:

Game Day!!!

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ESPN Radio host: Tom Brady ‘should be ashamed of himself’ for not handing James White MVP Trophy

02.06.17 at 5:08 pm ET
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It’s difficult to criticize Tom Brady following his performance in the Patriots’ historic comeback win over the Falcons in Super Bow LI. But one ESPN Radio personality found a way.

Dan Le Batard’s sidekick, Jon “Stugotz” Weiner, went on a rant Monday about Brady winning his fourth Super Bowl MVP. He says James White, who scored the game-tying and game-winning touchdowns while leading all receivers with 14 catches and 114 yards, deserved the trophy. In Weiner’s mind, it was selfish of Brady to take the trophy for himself.

Brady threw for the most yards in Super Bowl history Sunday. (Photo by Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Brady threw for the most yards in Super Bowl history Sunday. (Photo by Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

“I cannot believe that Brady won the MVP, because certainly out of all of his legendary Super Bowl performances, this was not one of his best,” said Le Batard’s underling. “I mean, he was good, I just question whether or not he was great. First three quarters –– lousy. Fourth quarter –– he was Tom Brady. Legend. Classic. Brought his team back. But really, the best player on that field last night for the Patriots or the Falcons was James White.

“He did all of the scoring. He had, I don’t know, 12 catches. How Tom Brady did not hand James White the MVP after the game is beyond me. He should be ashamed of himself. You want to be a leader if you’re Tom Brady? And you want to be the guy that does all of the right things? You’ve done enough winning, you’ve got enough hardware. You’ve got five rings, you’ve got three Super Bowl MVP trophies. Now you’ve got four, one of which you don’t deserve. You should’ve handed that thing to James White. That’s doing the right thing. That’s being a leader. That’s being classy.”

Last month, Le Batard implied the Patriots prefer white wide receivers. When faced with criticism, he cowered and said it was a joke. We’ll see if his minion stands by his words.

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