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Johnny Manziel brings back the money phone at Miami strip club

01.04.17 at 11:56 am ET
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TMZ—  Johnny Manziel brought back the MONEY PHONE at a Miami strip club Monday night … hollering at a fat stack of cash while his new smokin’ hot chick, Bre Tiesi, was right by his side.

It all went down at the legendary King of Diamonds strip club — Johnny’s party crew included Diddy’s son, Justin Combs, and of course … the money phone.

The last time Manziel made a cash call — he was days away from signing his rookie contract with the Browns. Glad to see it still works.

Ah, the money phone. An old favorite.

How in the world does Manziel still have this much money? It doesn’t take a ton of partying and traveling to spend the money he made with the Browns, especially since he travels with a crew.

Plus, he claims he spent $2,000 on SHOES for the girl he’s been hanging out with. And I’m guessing they weren’t even sensible shoes either.

Pffff…like controlla #spoiledbishh$2,000onShoes

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Giants WRs defend trip to Miami, Eli Manning jokes he is ‘disappointed'; Bengals CB Adam Jones arrested for assault

01.04.17 at 8:33 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: Chicago at Cleveland, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Portland at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: NY Rangers at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Villanova at Butler, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Georgetown at Providence, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: South Carolina at Georgia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Iowa State at Baylor, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Creighton at St. John’s, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Oregon at Washington, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Temple at SMU, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Tulsa at Houston, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Boise State at UNLV, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: New Mexico at Utah State, 11 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: San Diego State at Nevada, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
Women’s college basketball: Baylor at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (FS2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— On Tuesday Odell Beckham Jr defended the Giants wide receivers’ trip to Miami on their Monday off-day.

“We were going to [Florida] to get our minds right,” Beckham said. “That’s what we we’re doing. I handle my business. I’m a grown man. I do what I am supposed to be doing. I’m in the building, when I’m supposed to be in the building. I don’t miss team meetings, none of that.”

“I’m not perfect, but everybody knows my passion for football, when I’m on the football field,” Beckham went on. “I’m here for the NY Giants, especially over the next four weeks. Now, we are about to make a run, about to make a push; it’s go time. Everybody is focusing on what they need to be focusing on.”

During his weekly appearance on Mike Francesa’s show on WFAN, Victor Cruz downplayed the hoopla surrounding the trip.

“There’s nothing to really talk about, Mike, to be honest,” Cruz said. “Those things are personal. It’s my personal life that doesn’t need to be discussed. If it doesn’t have anything to do with football, it doesn’t really matter.”

Giants quarterback Eli Manning joked on Tuesday he was upset with his teammates.

“I think as a team we always pride ourselves on being well prepared. So when I saw some of those pictures I was a little disappointed,” Manning said. “Just because obviously they didn’t pack accordingly. They didn’t have any shirts. Kind of long pants. No shorts. No flip flops or anything.”

Manning also joked he was not in the picture on the boat because he was the one taking it.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bills owner Terry Pegula says firing Rex Ryan ‘an executive decision’ ; Ben McAdoo not concerned about Giants wide receivers partying in Miami

01.03.17 at 7:39 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:
NBA: Utah at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Memphis at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Buffalo at NY Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Los Angeles at San Jose, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Mississippi at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: North Carolina at Clemson, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Saint Joseph’s at URI, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: East Carolina at UCF, 7:15 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Kansas State at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oklahoma at TCU , 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas A&M at Kentucky, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Texas Tech, 9:15 p.m. (ESPNews)

AROUND THE WEB:

— In a phone interview with the Associated Press on Monday, Bills owner Terry Pegula explained why he fired coach Rex Ryan last week.

“None of us were happy with the season,” Pegula said.

The Bills finished the season on Sunday with a 30-10 loss to the Jets and a 7-9 record for the year.

This interview came just a day after Bills general manager Doug Whaley held a news conference during which he said he didn’t know Ryan’s job was in jeopardy and was not a part of the decision to fire him.

Pegula backed this up on Monday when he said he made “an executive decision” to fire Ryan.

“(Whaley) had input on the basis of conversations throughout the year, what the problems were,” Pegula said. “But did Doug ever say, ‘Are we firing our coach, are we keeping our coach?’ We never had that conversation. I took it upon myself to tell Rex on the basis of conversations about the games and the aftermath of certain games that, hey, things aren’t going well.”

Pegula said he fired Ryan during a call with the coach and Whaley.

He said as the call ended, Ryan asked Pegula about his future with the team after this season. Pegula then told Ryan he would not be returning and the team’s offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn would take over as interim head coach.

“I was asked a point-blank question and based on the discussions we’ve been having all year, I felt it was better to tell Rex that we were going in a different direction,” Pegula said.

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David Ortiz does damage teaching tennis in new TurboTax commercial

01.02.17 at 3:43 pm ET
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YahooDavid Ortiz is now officially retired, no longer the big slugger for the Boston Red Sox. If he took a post-baseball job, what do you think it would be? Commentator? Motivational speaker? Coach?

There’s another option! Big Papi did a commercial for TurboTax, released on Sunday, and he’s taken on a very appropriate new career.

David Ortiz teaching tennis at a country club is both hilarious and terrifying. Who wouldn’t want to learn tennis from Big Papi? (Related: who wouldn’t want to learn pretty much anything from Big Papi?!) And especially since he’s teaching his students to whack the ball so it travels at the speed of light. That seems like a skill that would come in handy.

I wouldn’t call this ad hilarious, but I get the joke that he plays tennis like he plays baseball which makes him good at baseball but bad at tennis. The connection between this and TurboTax is a slight stretch but the idea that Ortiz is a very rich man and is losing so many tennis balls that he needs to deduct them is a passable plot line.

Ortiz’ racquet flip is perfect and his swing still looks pretty good–might he cancel his retirement????

Probably not. He’s not a terrible actor and his life after baseball looks pretty good so far.

Bob Costas tries to connect hockey with rapper Nelly, fails tragically

01.02.17 at 2:41 pm ET
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Here is Bob Costas at the NHL Winter Classic with the difficult task of connecting Nelly (famous for such hits as “Hot in Herre” and “Ride Wit Me”) to the completely unrelated sport of hockey.

And what a segue it was.

Costas tries to link the two on a couple different levels. The first is location: this one works because the Winter Classic is in St. Louis and Nelly is from St. Louis. That checks out.

The second is sports: Nelly used to play baseball and the event happening in front of Costas is hockey, so it’s tough but Costas finds a way to kind of do it. He mentions Ozzie Smith was Nelly’s hero and Smith and Wayne Gretzky are friends, so that one’s not bad.

But THEN when Costas tries to relate “Hot in Herre” to hockey, things go south.

“So to paraphrase, even though it’s not really getting hot in here: if it’s getting hot in here, then take off all your pads.”

Yikes.

He could have just said, “The entertainment for today includes St. Louis native Nelly and he used to play baseball and idolized Ozzie Smith. His signature tune is ‘Hot in Herre.’ Here is Nelly.” Simple.

Also, the song is not called “It’s Getting Hot in Herre,” it’s just “Hot in Herre,” but that is beside the point and the point is not all segues are going to be good ones and this one was very troubling.

 

Monday’s Morning Mashup: 49ers fire coach Chip Kelly; President Obama appoints Ray Allen to Holocaust Memorial Council

01.02.17 at 8:39 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Monday 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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Boston at New Jersey, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Chicago at St. Louis, 1 p.m. (NBC)
NBA: Charlotte at Chicago, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College football: Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Florida vs. Iowa, 1 p.m. (ABC)
College football: USC vs. Penn State, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Auburn vs. Oklahoma, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Women’s college basketball: Seton Hall at Butler, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
Women’s college basketball: St. John’s at Xavier, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Women’s college basketball: Creighton at Marquette, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
Women’s college basketball: Providence at DePaul, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

–The 49ers have officially fired head coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke, the team announced on Sunday.

“Despite my feelings for Trent and Chip, I felt the decision to change our football leadership was absolutely necessary,” 49ers owner Jed York said in a statement. “The performance of this team has not lived up to my expectations or those of our fans, and that is truly disappointing. We all expected to see this team progress and develop as the season went on, but unfortunately that did not happen. That is why now is the time to find a new direction for this team.”

York will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. on Monday to address the moves.

Kelly was fired as head coach of the Eagles last season after three years in the position, making this the second time in a year he has been fired.

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Now they are both back, it’s time to rank Kirk & Callahan fill-in shows

01.01.17 at 9:21 pm ET
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After a holiday vacation, Gerry Callahan has returned

After a holiday vacation, Gerry Callahan has returned

Filling in on the most listened to sports morning show in New England isn’t the easiest task, which made the past week-plus on Kirk and Callahan fairly inconsistent in terms of delivering good radio. While Kirk Minihane and Gerry Callahan were on vacation, some new and old members visited 20 Guest St. and filled in for the duo. Here’s how the shows fared:

No. 7: Dec. 26 – Chris Villani and Ben Volin

Unless you’re an A-list radio host, it can be extremely hard to produce an effective show with just two hosts. Kirk and Gerry can do it. Dale and Holley can do it. But sometimes it doesn’t make for the best show. It’s even harder to do that when one isn’t a full-time host. Chris Villani has done shows alone and handled himself just fine, but I think Ben Volin even by his own admission would say this wasn’t a great show. Not a whole lot to talk about the day after Christmas and the Patriots played a putrid Jets team and won by 38 points. I actually think Villani is a decent host, but given the circumstances it was difficult to put together a real interesting show on this Monday. As Volin is a Patriots beat writer for the Boston Globe, the show focused mainly on the future of Josh McDaniels in New England, the dominance by Bill Belichick the GM and an MVP-caliber season from Tom Brady. An hour of basketball talk was mixed in as well, with both Villani and Volin dissecting what the Celtics need to do to contend for a championship. The two threw some shade at the guys with Villani saying he doesn’t even listen to K&C and Volin added that the show is “not very good.” Like most shows during the holidays, this one wasn’t winning any awards.

No. 6: Dec. 28 – Meter and Trenni

Jon Meterparel is great when he doesn’t have to be a true No. 1 host in the lead chair. He does a much better job answering the questions and adding insight when he doesn’t have to lead the direction of the show. When the 6 a.m. hour opened with talk about LASIX eye surgery, it was evident the show wasn’t going to be stellar. Trenni talked about her experience on the Change of Heart dating game show and Meter recapped his trip to Detroit for the Quick Lane Bowl. A lot of NFL talk filled the remaining three hours, with debate over whether or not the Patriots will trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and if Josh McDaniels will be a head coach again in the NFL next season. The two welcomed Atlanta Falcons’ play-by-play commentator Wes Durham, who offered up his opinion on MVP candidate Matt Ryan. Most listeners would think a deep dive on the Falcons’ season isn’t real compelling radio in Boston, but the Ryan connection with Meter being the Boston College football PBP man is the only thing I can think of to make this spot appropriate. The show had a great guest in the second hour with Adam Schefter, who said that a trade package involving Jimmy Garoppolo would start with a first and a fourth-round pick, the return for now Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford. Aside from the first segment of the 7 a.m. hour, there wasn’t much must-listen audio to be found here.

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Isaiah Thomas celebrates 52-point game by smelling LeGarrette Blount’s sweatshirt

12.31.16 at 11:13 am ET
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It’s not every day that you score 52 points, hit nine three-points and come two points shy of tying Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA record for most fourth-quarter points (31).

So, when you accomplish all of that, like Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas managed Friday night, you are going to get the celebrity treatment. In this case, it came from Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, who was attending the C’s win over Miami with fellow Pats running back James White.

While we don’t know what words of wisdom were passed along, we do know that Thomas really, really likes the smell of Blount’s sweatshirt.

Thinking Out Loud: Reflecting on good, old days of Big East basketball

12.31.16 at 9:40 am ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud…while wondering what the top local sports story was in 2016?

• For 38 years, the Big East Conference has been a cultural phenomenon within our sports world. Before Dave Gavitt got those small, relatively insignificant Catholic schools together with a few of the bigger boys in 1979, it was “to each his own” and teams were left to fend for themselves.

• But together through the years, this conference – in the past and again in the present – has helped mold the madness that we see in March at the end of every season. This year won’t be any different – in fact, it might be better. Of the 50 starting players on the 10 Big East teams, 34 of them return from last season. Yes, the play might be better.

• If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like in the south, where college football is crowned “king” every fall Saturday, the Big East’s passion, pressure and performance is on par with that kind of pageantry. Not as many in numbers, perhaps, but emotionally? It’s off the charts, just like in Alabama, or Texas, or Florida.

• I grew up in that football culture, and spent many a fall Saturday in crowds of 80,000-plus screaming maniacs. I was one of them. But those maniacs then – have nothing over today’s partisans in Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Omaha or Providence.

• I would even go so far as to say eastern hoop fans are generally a smart lot, perhaps smarter than their southern football brethren as a whole, whose passion can often overwhelm their sensibilities.

• The Big East season is back with us, again, and it is just as power-packed and emotionally-charged as it has always been. So let’s just hope we’re a part of the party, huh?

• The Friars’ start was about as miserable as it can get. Overwhelmed and outperformed by a very good Xavier team – which is also in a state of transition – the younger Friars have a lot of work to do to before climbing back up the ladder within the nation’s top conference.

• Three takeaways from the 82-56 defeat at 17th ranked Xavier – one, Rodney Bullock can’t go 1-for-11 shooting the ball for this team to win; two, this team needs to learn how to rebound, or at least block out the other guys better; three, defend someone like their lives depend on it.

• Because their basketball lives this year will depend on it. Just sayin’.

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Celebrities react to Serena Williams posting poem on Reddit announcing engagement to Reddit co-founder

12.30.16 at 11:55 am ET
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Yahoo— Serena Williams has announced her engagement to Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, via, naturally, a Reddit post.

On the site’s “/r/isaidyes” forum, Williams wrote, “I came home. A little late. Someone had a bag packed for me. And a carriage waited. Destination: Rome. To escort me to my very own ‘charming.’ Back to where our stars first collided. And now it was full circle. At the same table we first met by chance. But by choice. Down on knee. He said 4 words. And I said yes.”

Williams and Ohanian had been dating for about a year, and were relatively private about their relationship prior to this announcement.

Williams, one of the greatest tennis players of all time and one of the premier athletes in American history, holds 38 Grand Slam titles, including 22 won in singles. Her most recent major victory was at Wimbledon earlier this year.

Ohanian is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and in-demand speaker. The happy couple did not disclose a wedding date. Williams is, at present, preparing for the Australian Open next month.

They went to Rome by carriage?

A picture of the ring would have been just fine, but Serena is already proving to be a ride or die by using her engagement announcement to drive viewers to her future husband’s website.

Here is how her celebrity friends reacted on Twitter:  

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