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Rob Gronkowski makes 300-pound pal ride bull, doesn’t work out well

01.09.17 at 3:01 pm ET
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At least Gronk wasn’t on the bull.

That was the first thought that must have gone through anybody’s mind the minute they see video of Rob Gronkowski watch his 300-pound best buddy, “Bobby Goons,” — who is the tight end’s contractor/chauffeur — get on the 1,200-pound bull named “Lieutenant Dan.”

(To watch the video on TMZ Sports, click here.)

The endeavor, which took place at the Monster Energy Buck Off in New York City this weekend, lasted just one about second. Gronk attempted to get his friend back on the bull in an attempt to beat the performance of former Patriot Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson.

Bill Belichick spotted napping on Nantucket ferry, photographer declines ESPN’s request to use photo

01.09.17 at 10:06 am ET
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We’ve seen this before when the person who shot the video of Brady throwing a football around during his suspension denied ESPN’s request to use the video, citing Deflategate as the reason.

Why would ESPN even want this picture of Belichick? Why would anyone want this picture of Belichick? A little creepy of Markopoulos to take the picture, but at least he’s using it to defend the wall. 

Monday’s Morning Mashup: Odell Beckham Jr. reportedly punches hole in wall after Giants loss; Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter arrested for assault

01.09.17 at 8:55 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: Washington at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College football: Clemson vs. Alabama, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: St. John’s at Georgetown, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
Women’s college basketball: Rhode Island at La Salle, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:


— Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was so angry after his team’s 38-13 playoff loss to the Packers on Sunday he allegedly punched a hole in a wall outside the grounds crew locker room at Lambeau Field.

Members of the grounds crew told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio they heard someone hitting a wall outside the locker room and when they came out of the locker room, they saw Beckham and a hole in the wall.

Beckham also banged his head against the door of the Giants locker room, according to Paolantonio.

He was also seen banging his head against a wall after a loss to the Eagles a few weeks ago.

Right before the incident in Green Bay, Beckham was reportedly composed while answering questions in the locker room.

“I’m sure it’s going to be a long offseason,” Beckham said. “At the end of the day, you just have to take it and you have to grow. You have to learn from it and find ways not to have this feeling again.”

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Pittsburgh’s Primanti Brothers ban fish sales for Steelers-Dolphins game

01.06.17 at 5:30 pm ET
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The ComebackPrimanti Brothers, a Pittsburgh institution since 1933 best known for putting fries and coleslaw on everything, is banning all fish sales in anticipation for the Steelers’ AFC Wild Card Weekend matchup against the Dolphins. There is one problem though – a dolphin isn’t a fish, it’s a mammal.

While the semantics of where a dolphin falls in the animal kingdom may be annoying to some, the real reason for Primanti’s to ban fish this weekend is to get some free marketing ahead of the big game.

Toni Haggerty, a long-time employee of the Strip District location of Primanti’s, had this to say about the ban.

“We’ve been trying to think of what we could do for the team and then we realized it’s more about what we shouldn’t do, and that’s support anything that comes from the ocean.”

The restaurant also confirmed that they are aware dolphins aren’t fish and were instead banning anything with a fin.

“We know that a dolphin is a mammal, but we’re just hoping people have fun with this,” says marketing director Ryan Wilkinson. “We’re banning anything with a fin.”

In addition to the ban, the restaurant is asking for people to tag all of their social media posts at the store with #NoFishFriday. People who use the hashtag will win gift certificates and other gifts at random throughout the weekend.

I guess it makes sense to ban anything with fins because of DolPHINS. But then they took it a step further and banned everything from the ocean. Brutal.

When the marketing director says “we’re hoping people just have fun with it” he means “I am aware a dolphin isn’t a fish but #NoFishFriday sounds a whole lot better than #NothingthatcomesfromtheoceanFriday so shut up and go with it.”

This is really going to do a lot for the team.

This ban is akin to San Francisco’s ban of the song “Royals” on the radio during the Giants-Royals World Series in 2014. That one made more sense but you work with what you’ve got.

Thinking Out Loud: Has URI basketball turned a corner?

01.06.17 at 11:14 am ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud…while wondering why Chris Berman really has to go?

— Have Rhody’s “suddenly Runnin’ Again” Rams turned the corner on their season? Perhaps. But not because they hit 16 of 30 three’s in a romp against St. Joe’s. With Hassan Martin’s return to a regular role in the lineup, I’ll like their chances a lot more than without him, for sure.

— But what is URI’s remaining potential? Are they Top 25 material as the pundits predicted before the season started? It’s irrelevant. What the Rams need to be concerned with is relevancy in the Atlantic-10. And that starts with Friday’s showdown at Dayton.

— Very quietly, perhaps, URI has crept into the Top 20 in RPI, #38 at last check. Top 50/100 wins will be harder to come by in the A-10 than they would in the Big East, in terms of opportunities. The Rams need to make haste, not waste.

— Maybe we should have seen the Friars’ stumble from a 10-2 start to the year coming? After all, a team with relative youth and inexperience always finds the going tough in the Big East. This much we’ve learned in the first 37 years of league play.

— Then again, there are players on this PC team who did play bit parts, at the very least, on two NCAA Tournament teams in the past two seasons. For this team to straighten out its stumble, it’s time for the understudies to step into leading roles on a fulltime basis.

— And it’s also time for Ed Cooley and his coaching staff to keep the recruiting fires burning for shooters – for next season – even if there aren’t (apparently) any available scholarships open.

— Maybe we should have seen it coming, Part II: the aircraft used by the Friars for their chartered flights to Xavier last week and to take them home from the Butler game four days later was the same aircraft used by the Hillary Clinton for President campaign this past fall.

— We know how that turned out, don’t we? So how long do jinxes last, anyway?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Tiger Woods went golfing with Donald Trump; Cowboys DE Randy Gregory suspended for violation of NFL substance abuse policy

01.06.17 at 10:40 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Friday 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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Philadelphia at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: New York at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Memphis at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Carolina at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: UMass-Lowell at UNH, 6 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Michigan Tech at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Western Michigan at Akron, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iona at Monmouth, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: URI at Dayton, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Kent State at Ohio, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oakland at Valparaiso, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— In a blog post published on his website Thursday, Tiger Woods revealed he played a round of golf with President-elect Donald Trump over the holidays.

“I recently played with President-elect Donald Trump,” Woods wrote. “What most impressed me was how far he hits the ball at 70 years old. He takes a pretty good lash.”

Woods said the two talked while on the course but did not go into detail about the topics of conversation. He also mentioned there was no competition involved.

“Our discussion topics were wide-ranging; it was fun. We both enjoyed the bantering, bickering and needling. I also shared my vision for golf and what I’m trying to do,” Woods wrote. “We didn’t have a match and played for fun. I was testing drivers and fairway woods, and changed some settings. I think he enjoyed seeing the difference in shots when you experiment. I’ve now had the privilege of playing golf with Mr. Trump, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and I appreciate the opportunity.”

Woods also discussed his upcoming schedule and his ideology going into this new year:

“I am working hard to sharpen my game for 2017, and my goal is simple: to win. Winning takes care of itself.”

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Tom Brady Under Armour super pajamas remind us we’re doing everything wrong

01.05.17 at 11:11 am ET
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TIMEOn Thursday, the apparel giant [Under Armour] is unveiling “UA Athlete Recovery Sleepwear Powered by TB12″ at the Consumer Electronics Show, which is essentially a commercial version of Brady’s tricked-out pajamas that cost between $80-100. The inside of this fitted garment––which comes in long or short sleeves and pants or shorts––is equipped with a soft bio-ceramic print, which can produce something called far infrared energy when combined with the body’s natural heat. The company touts far infrared energy as a sleep aid and is promising its Brady gear will reduce inflammation, regulate cell metabolism, and improve circulation, helping the body recover faster and fostering better sleep. (The packaging includes Brady’s six keys to better sleep, such as “keep your room clean. Contaminants like animal dander and dust restrict your breathing.”)

Under Armour is certain the product works. “We’ve tested it,” says Kevin Haley, UA’s president of innovation. “We’ve had actual third party testing. And it’s clear. Believe me, we have some of the biggest skeptics in the world running around here. This isn’t some outlandish thought, this is something people have been working on for a long, long time. We’ve had our best PhD scientists here breaking down all the science. It definitely works.

Once again, Tom Brady reminds us we’re doing everything wrong.

We’re not drinking enough electrolytes and now we’ve been wearing pajamas incorrectly our whole lives.

How in the world are normal people going to be able to tell if these pajamas are regulating their cell metabolism? Under Armour says “it definitely works” so I guess you just have to trust it.

The six keys to better sleep are enlightening also and they’re just giving those away here FOR FREE. You don’t even have to buy the bio-ceramic, far infrared energy pajamas to get those.

I would only buy $100 pajamas if Tom Brady wore them first.

Haley had such a convincing endorsement of this product, they don’t even need Brady for advertising. First of all, they tested it. Good. Even with some of the biggest pajama skeptics running around, the best PhD scientists prove it’s legit. The best.

But are Haley and the Under Armour people confident this works as advertised?

“When you say “how confident are we?’ I’m confident saying we’re very confident.”

Got it.

And maybe more confidence is even one of the side effects of these pajamas. When your cell metabolism is regulated and your body’s natural heat produces far infrared energy, nothing can stop you.

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Joe Theismann blasts 49ers for giving Colin Kaepernick courage award; Duke’s Grayson Allen returns from ‘indefinite suspension’

01.05.17 at 9:05 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Thursday 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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Edmonton at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Buffalo at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Oklahoma City at Houston, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: LA Lakers at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Davidson at George Washington, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Purdue at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UConn at Memphis, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: California at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Fairleigh Dickinson at Wagner, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Gonzaga at San Francisco, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Minnesota at Northwestern, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Utah at Arizona, 10 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: BYU at Saint Mary’s, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: Tennessee-Martin at Belmont, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: Richmond at VCU, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— NFL legend Joe Theismann criticized the 49ers on Tuesday for giving Colin Kaepernick the team’s Len Eshmont Award, which is given to the player who “best exemplified the inspirational and courageous play” of Eshmont. The recipient of the award is decided on by the players and was given to Kaepernick last week.

“You’re a 2-14 football team. He’s won one football game. What has he inspired?” Theismann said on Fox News’ Outnumbered.

Kaepernick started 11 of the 49ers 12 games this season. He threw for 2,241 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also notably kneeled during the national anthem before the games this season, sparking national debate.

Theismann also had an issue with Roger Goodell’s handling of the Kaepernick kneeling situation.

“I don’t agree with what he’s done,” Theismann said. “As a matter of fact, the American flag … stands for the right to be able to do the things you want to do, to be able to stand up and have a difference of opinion. I agree with that part of it, but not when you’re on the job. Everybody has the right to express their opinion, but not in the workplace.”

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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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