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America’s 1st penis transplant recipient gives exclusive interview to Boston Magazine

12.12.16 at 8:51 am ET
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Thomas Manning, a Massachusetts native, probably has the greatest attitude about life of all time. The guy LOST HIS PENIS to cancer and persevered enough to get a new one.

I know guys who would rather die than live without a penis and this guy pushed through like a champ.

Manning is the perfect person to receive this country’s first penis transplant. When you hear someone underwent a surgery of this nature, you automatically have questions and want details. Others would naturally be uncomfortable talking about it, but not Manning. He will tell you anything you want to know.

Here are some excerpts from the interview. Notice how the interviewer is subtly trying to get Manning to talk about his sex life now, knowing that’s what readers will care about most, before finally outright asking him.

How did you pee?

They sent me home with a catheter and I became rather comfortable with it. I think it made it easier for me to learn to accept the position that I was in. Without the catheter, I just had a wound, and you couldn’t expose that wound. The only way to deal with it was with a catheter.

Did you still think about sex?

 I didn’t think there was going to be any more of that. I just came to terms with it. I didn’t dwell on it.

Were you resigned to living the rest of your life without a penis?

Oh, yeah. I wasn’t getting anywhere with the doctors for a long time. Your whole life is upside down. I was dealing with it, but I kept thinking there were [other patients in the hospital] all around me who were much worse.

How does it work? What is a successful outcome in the eyes of your doctors, and what is a successful outcome in your eyes?

The first milestone was, could I use the toilet? They didn’t think that would happen for a while, but they were very, very happy with the progress because it happened so fast. They say I’ll be able to do everything I’m supposed to do—go to the john, have a sex life, and regain full sensation. In my eyes, if I have to live without one of those things, then I learn to live without. I’ll learn to live with what I have. I expect to be in and out of the hospital for a long time. There are so many things involved here.

Based on what you’re telling me, I assume you’re not able to masturbate or have sex with your new penis?

Not yet, and I’ll tell you up front, I’m not even going to attempt to do that until March, maybe longer.

Are you nervous about that?

I’m not dwelling on it. You know, it’s important to me that I can do that. If [sex or masturbation] does happen, it would be a miracle, if you really think about it. I mean, when you think about what I had four years ago compared to what I have now—that’s a lot. It’s emotional for me. I get emotional about this. I sometimes want to be alone to think about how I really feel about this. I belong to a very exclusive club.

Monday’s Morning Mashup: Two Louisville football players shot at Heisman after-party; Johnny Manziel attends Heisman ceremony, celebrates with Lamar Jackson at hotel

12.12.16 at 7:53 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

NFL: Baltimore at New England, 8:30 p.m (ESPN)
NHL: Boston at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Arizona at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (NHL)
NBA: Washington at Miami, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Portland at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Auburn vs. Boston College, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Jacksonville St. at Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: South Carolina vs. Seton Hall, 9 p.m. (FS1)


— Two University of Louisville players were shot early Sunday morning at a party celebrating teammate Lamar Jackson’s Heisman Trophy win.

James Harries, a junior linebacker, and Henry Famurewa, a sophomore linebacker, were shot along with an unidentified Louisville student at an off-campus apartment complex.

Their injuries are non-life threatening and the police are still looking for suspects.

— Meanwhile, troubled former Browns quarterback and 2012 Heisman winner Johnny Manziel showed up at this year’s Heisman Trophy ceremony to see Lamar Jackson’s win.

say what you want, but this thing lasts forever #HEISMAN

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  Manziel stood alongside Tim Tebow and other Heisman winners and gave a thumbs up as his name was announced.

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Massachusetts native John Cena does spot-on Rob Gronkowski impersonation on SNL

12.11.16 at 10:23 am ET
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Saturday Night Live has found their go-to Rob Gronkowski impersonator — WWE superstar/actor John Cena.

It probably doesn’t hurt that Cena is a Massachusetts native, who played football at Springfield College.

Thinking Out Loud: Defense fuels Providence basketball’s early season success

12.09.16 at 5:34 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering if ad execs, TV producers and power brands ever realize that “less” actually can mean “more.”

— Don’t look now, but the Providence Friars might be one of the surprise teams this season — not just in the Big East, but in all of college hoopdom. A win over a nationally ranked URI Rams team opened some eyes in several corners of the country.

— And just why is this Friars version better than originally thought or hoped for? One word: defense. These kids take to it like a duck takes to water. Defense is all about desire, even if it takes some talent to play it well. Defensive stops lead to offensive transition, which for a team still searching for scoring options is the best option of all.

— But the shooting? Whoa. Fourteen 3’s the other night against the Bears shouldn’t be considered the norm, but it sure is a bonus.

— The road ahead for PC shapes up quite nicely, if the Friars can MTOB (mind their own business). UMass, Maine, UConn-killing Wagner and at Boston College — if all plays out to form — should have the team on or at least near the cusp of the Top 25 again (!) as the Friars travel to Xavier to open league play later this month.

— Not for nuthin’, but young teams traditionally experience growing pains. So, without big expectations, this season already has been fun to watch. It could get a lot funner from here.

— Rodney Bullock’s Big East Player of the Week honor should thrust him into the spotlight as one of the league’s go-to guys. Strange that he wasn’t considered potential all-Big East before the year began. What do these coaches look at, exactly, that they couldn’t tell this before the season started?

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Is Erin Andrews engaged?

12.09.16 at 2:17 pm ET
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Based on this tweet, I would say yes. Based on her replies to people asking if she is engaged, I would say definitely yes.    


Also, this guy tweeted on Wednesday he thinks he witnessed the engagement actually happen.

So there you go. I’m not a professional detective but it seems to me these are pretty solid clues pointing to Erin Andrews being engaged. If not, then that original tweet is a little weird. 

She and current NHL free agent Jarret Stoll have been dating since 2012 and are now, we can assume, engaged. 

People really do not like idea of Bobby Valentine as Ambassador to Japan

12.09.16 at 2:00 pm ET
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When WEEI’s own Rob Bradford broke the news early Friday morning that Donald Trump is considering Bobby Valentine for Ambassador to Japan, the reactions on Twitter were swift and they were unforgiving.

Here are a few of the negative responses to Rob’s original tweet, many of which are memes of facial expressions in various states of exasperation and confusion: 

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Victor Cruz blames ‘specific mindset’ after Donald Trump election for racist graffiti at Nikita Whitlock’s home; Kobe Bryant welcomes another daughter

12.09.16 at 7:57 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

NBA: Toronto at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Houston at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Phoenix at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: NY Rangers at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. (NHL)
College football: Sam Houston State at James Madison, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Longwood at Creighton, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)


— Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz commented on Thursday on the racist graffiti found at teammate Nikita Whitlock’s home in New Jersey on Tuesday. Cruz said he believes this act is a reflection of the current state of the country and the collective mindset after the election of Donald Trump.

“I think it’s definitely a direct reflection of how this country’s being run and how this country’s reacting maybe to some of the decisions … and things that are being said by people at the helm of this country and at the helm of our day-to-day lives … from social media all the way up to the White House,” Cruz said. “These are things that are being spoken of and talked about on a daily basis, the good and the bad, more so the bad at this point right now because that’s all we have to work with. It’s just an unfortunate situation we’re going through right now.”

The graffiti included the “KKK” initials and the message “Go back to Africa.”

“I think there’s a specific mindset that comes with supporting a guy like Donald Trump and supporting what he stands for, and there’s a certain type of person that comes with that, and I’m not sure that person is always a positive-minded person,” Cruz continued. “You just have to be careful. As a minority you have to be careful. As a person of influence you have to be careful, and you’ve just got to make sure your family’s safe and give them the knowledge to stay safe in this world.”

Cruz went on to say the way the death of Joe McKnight was handled is also a reflection of the racism in this country.

“I mean, look at this country. Joe McKnight dies in the middle of the street, ya know?” Cruz said. “If you’re angry about … my opinion and you’re not angry at guys dying without a care, without being armed, they’re not causing harm, they’re not doing anything wrong, then that’s our issue.”

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LeBron James, Cavaliers do ‘water bottle challenge’ on bench during game vs. Knicks

12.08.16 at 2:26 pm ET
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ESPNWith the Knicks providing little resistance, some of the Cavaliers resorted to playing the water-bottle challenge to kill time on the bench Wednesday night during the closing moments of Cleveland’s 126-94 win.

Cameras caught LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and other Cavs flipping a water bottle and trying to land it upright while the Cavs were up by 31 with less than a minute to go at Madison Square Garden.

Irving successfully nailed a flip, but it wasn’t caught on camera. The video that went viral showed a few Cavs players failing miserably. At one point, James tossed the bottle forward and it landed on the court. James sprawled out to quickly grab the bottle while play went to the opposite end of the court.

This looks immature and disrespectful and like something a bunch of middle school basketball players would do on the bench, but I think LeBron knew exactly what he was doing here.

He started this as a jab at Phil Jackson for referring to his friends as his “posse” back in November and LeBron took offense to that term and you all know the story.

Coming into this game against Jackson’s Knicks, LeBron stated he would not talk to Jackson about the comment and said, “My only mindset is to get our guys ready and execute the game plan. I got a job to do every night and that’s to lead this group, and I’ll do that.”

And he did, he led them in the water bottle challenge to send a message to Phil Jackson about what he said instead of talking to him about it like an adult and then dropping it.

LeBron is right: he has a job to do because he is a professional basketball player and this was a pretty amateur thing to do. Blowing out the Knicks is enough of a jab at Jackson without having to do this.

Julian Edelman posts Instagram of new daughter, Lily

12.08.16 at 11:28 am ET
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my biggest #wcw of all time, happy to welcome a new squirrel to the tree, my baby girl lily #proud

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Julian Edelman introduced his brand new baby daughter, Lily, to Patriots fans on his Instagram on Wednesday. Lily is Edelman’s daughter with Swedish model Ella Rose and Edelman flew to Los Angeles to be with her for the birth on Nov. 30.

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Will Doris Burke be Drake’s Rihanna rebound?

12.08.16 at 9:50 am ET
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Awful AnnouncingESPN basketball reporter and analyst Doris Burke was a guest on the Mike & Mike show Wednesday morning, presumably to talk about the NBA and the women’s college basketball clash between No. 1 UConn and No. 2 Notre Dame. But Greenberg and Golic just wouldn’t be doing their jobs properly if they didn’t ask about what listeners really want to know.

So with Burke on the phone, Greenberg got right to the big topic: What is going on with her and Drake?

After admitting that she gets the exact same question from her children, Burke attempted to explain what has to be the most surreal circumstance of her career. How many basketball reporters have international rap stars declaring a crush on them, all of which became public during last season’s Eastern Conference Finals between Drake’s beloved Toronto Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Burke explained that other than Drake making heart signs at her during last season’s Eastern Finals and her phone getting flooded with messages after the rapper made his feelings known on TV, she knows as much as the rest of us. So apparently, Burke has not taken Drake up on his invitation to dinner at his house. Maybe she’s insisting on bringing her disbelieving son and daughter along, just to confirm that it really happened.

That is, unless the visit and meal already took place. Burke did tell Greenberg and Golic that she wouldn’t be gossiping about it afterwards.

If you’re going to move on from Rihanna, Doris Burke is not a bad way to go. She’s way classier and more talented and can get Drake tickets to any game he wants.

It seemed like Drake was just wearing that shirt and saying he loves her ironically, like I do with Mike Francesa, because she is a somewhat obscure crush, but then Burke said he was making heart signs to her in public and I would not do that to Mike Francesa. So Drake might actually have a crush on Doris Burke.

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