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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Redskins CB Josh Norman wants Roger Goodell replaced; Tony Romo named Cowboys’ backup QB

11.15.16 at 8:24 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Toronto at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (NBA)
NBA: Chicago at Portland, 10 p.m. (NBA)
NHL: Tampa Bay at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Kent State at Bowling Green, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Ohio at Central Michigan, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Niagara at Hartford, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Winthrop at Manhattan, 8:45 a.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Longwood at Stephen F. Austin, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Dayton at Alabama, 1:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oregon at Baylor, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Maryland at Georgetown, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Michigan St. at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Creighton, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Duke at Kansas, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)

NBA: Pelicans 106, Celtics 105
NBA: Spurs 94, Heat 90
NBA: Clippers 127, Nets 95
NBA: Pacers 88, Magic 69
NBA: Pistons 104, Thunder 88
NBA: Rockets 115, 76ers 88
NBA: Grizzlies 102, Jazz 96
NBA: Knicks 93, Mavericks 77
NFL: Giants 21, Bengals 20
NHL: Lightning 4, Islanders 0


— Josh Norman is no stranger to criticizing the NFL brass, but this time he wants the commissioner out.

When asked by The Associated Press what he would do to change the league, Norman had some ideas about how to improve it at the top. Chief among them is to get rid of commissioner Roger Goodell.

“Simple: Get the people who are in there out,” Norman said. “Whoever’s making the rules, just get ’em out. We have a new president; have a new NFL commissioner.”

“The game has been this way for 100 years. Why are people in the [league] office trying to change it?” Norman continued. “What are you trying to make better? Why touch the game? … Change the staff. We changed the president; let’s change them, too. There should be a number of years you can run it. There should be a term limit in the NFL.”

Norman, who has already been fined more than $75,000 this season, added, “I hope I don’t get fined for that.”

Back in August, Norman insulted Goodell in ESPN the Magazine, saying, “I get that [Roger Goodell] makes the owners money, but literally anyone could do that. … A dog could. He’s a dog in a suit. … Horrible. He’s straight horrible.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Buccaneers WR Mike Evans sits for anthem in Donald Trump protest; Kobe Bryant has ‘comfortable’ relationship with death

11.14.16 at 8:16 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 from our news wire.

NBA: Boston at New Orleans, 8 p.m. (CSN)
Philadelphia at Houston, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
Cincinnati at NY Giants, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Connecticut at Florida State, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball:
UCLA at Baylor, 7 p.m. (FSN)
College basketball:
Texas at Stanford, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

NFL: Seahawks 31, Patriots 24
NFL: Chiefs 20, Panthers 17
NFL: Rams 9, Jets 6
NFL: Eagles 24, Falcons 15
NFL: Texans 24, Jaguars 21
NFL: Dolphins 31, Chargers 24
NFL: Broncos 25, Saints 23
NFL: Titans 47, Packers 25
NFL: Redskins 26, Vikings 20
NFL: Buccaneers 36, Bears 10
NFL: Cardinals 23, 49ers 20
NHL: Bruins 2, Avalanche 0
NHL: Jets 3, Kings 2
NHL: Canucks 5, Stars 4
NHL: Wild 2, Senators 1
NHL: Blackhawks 3, Canadiens 2
NHL: Rangers 3, Oilers 1
NBA: Cavaliers 100, Hornets 93
NBA: Magic 119, Thunder 117
NBA: Timberwolves 125, Lakers 99
NBA: Trail Blazers 112, Nuggets 105
NBA: Warriors 133, Suns 120


— Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans staged a Donald Trump protest before his team’s game against the Bears on Sunday.

During the pregame national anthem Evans sat down in protest of a country that elected Trump as president.

“If this happens, then America’s not right right now,” Evans said about Trump becoming president. “I said this a long time ago. When [Trump] ran, I thought it was a joke, and the joke continues. I’m not a political person that much, but I’ve got common sense. And I know when something’s not right.”

The NFL dedicates November to honoring veterans, and Evans clarified he is not trying to disrespect them with this stance.

“I don’t want to, you know, disrespect the veterans or anything. The men and women who serve this country, I’m forever indebted to them,” Evans said. “But the things that’s been going on in America lately, I’m not going to stand for that. When Ashton Kutcher comes out and says we’ve been punked, then I’ll stand again. But I won’t stand anymore.”

When asked if he will continue to sit out the national anthem because of Trump, Evans said he will “as long as he’s the president-elect.”

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Thinking Out Loud: Expect up-and-down season from young Friars squad

11.11.16 at 5:40 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud . . . while wondering whatever happened to leisure suits?

— Providence basketball fans, if you’re wondering at all — or concerned at all — about the scrimmage at Northeastern (allegedly a loss), don’t be. Well, a little bit maybe. But here’s the thing: This is a young team that is going to experience ups and downs through the entire year. Hopefully, more ups than downs. But get ready to ride a roller coaster, right through the season into March.

— Good to see that sophomore guard Drew Edwards has been cleared to return to the floor, after offseason knee surgery. He’s still “day-to-day,” but the Friars need his intensity and defensive abilities. For this team to stay in games and win a few, defense must be a constant every night.

— Vermont comes in for the opener Monday night having already played a game, Saturday against Quinnipiac. It’s a bit of a disadvantage, but hey, what can you do? The Dunk wasn’t available for a Friday opener, thanks to the brilliant idea of bringing in something called the “Rhode Island Comic Con” over the weekend. There’s irony in that very statement, so I’ll just leave it at that.

— Don’t get me started on the Dunk not being a “true” home floor for Providence basketball. Pardon my Belichick, but, “It is what it is.” PC waits until Monday with a later start while the rest of the college basketball world plays on.

— Before opening Friday night with Dartmouth, URI scrimmaged in one of those “closed” deals at St. John’s last week, which probably was a pretty good litmus test for both. According to multiple sources, the Rams took the first half by 14 points, while the Johnnies claimed the second half by one. Means nothing, of course. But it definitely would have been fun to watch.

— Speaking of fun to watch, the Mohegan Sun Basketball Hall of Fame Tourney in Uncasville, Connecticut, should be a blast. Both Brown and URI are in it this year, but all eyes are pointing to a potential final that could have the 23rd-ranked Rams facing No. 1 Duke in the final. That building should be banged out — as a “home away from home” for Rhody. Must see.

— The Rams, however, had best not sleep on Cincinnati, who they get to face in the first game at the Casino arena. The Bearcats are the preseason pick over UConn, barely, to win the American Athletic Conference and boast preseason Player of the Year candidate Troy Caupain.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Bill Belichick hasn’t voted in past 5 years; LeBron James, Cavaliers honored at White House

11.11.16 at 8:44 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 from our news wire.

NBA: New York at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: LA Clippers at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. (NBA)
College football: Harvard at Penn, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Boston College at Florida State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Lafayette at Villanova, 6:30 p.m. (FS2)
College basketball: Marquette at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: American University at Maryland, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Arizona at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Georgia at Clemson, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: La Salle at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Lehigh at Xavier, 7 p.m. (Fox College Sports)
College basketball: Oral Roberts at Baylor, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Houston Baptist at Texas Tech, 7:30 p.m. (Fox College Sports)
College basketball: Campbell at Oklahoma State, 8 p.m. (Fox College Sports)
College basketball: Incarnate Word at Texas, 8 p.m. (Longhorn Network)
College basketball: Indiana at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Tulane, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Ohio State at Navy, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Southeast Missouri State at Illinois, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Harvard at Stanford, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: San Diego at San Diego State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying: England vs. Scotland, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying: France vs. Sweden, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying: U.S. vs. Mexico, 8 p.m. (FS1)

NHL: Bruins 5, Blue Jackets 2
NHL: Ducks 4, Hurricanes 2
NHL: Sharks 4, Panthers 2
NHL: Canadiens 4, Kings 1
NHL: Jets 3, Coyotes 2
NHL: Wild 4, Penguins 2
NHL: Lightning 4, Islanders 1
NHL: Red Wings 3, Canucks 1
NHL: Predators 3, Blues 1
NHL: Stars 4, Flames 2
NFL: Ravens 28, Browns 7
NBA: Bulls 98, Heat 95
NBA: Pelicans 112, Bucks 106
NBA: Warriors 125, Nuggets 101
NBA: Lakers 101, Kings 91


— Bill Belichick did not vote in Tuesday’s presidential election and has not voted in the town since he registered five years ago, according to Hingham Town Clerk Eileen McCracken.

Belichick has insisted he is “not a political person,” yet wrote a letter to Donald Trump expressing his support for him. The night before the election, Trump read the letter to the crowd at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire.

“It says no voter activity is available for this voter,” McCracken said on Thursday, as reported by WEEI’s Chris Villani for the Boston Herald. “We looked in the books. … There is nothing there.”

Belichick is listed as an “active voter” in the secretary of state’s voter registration system and is “unenrolled” in a political party.

McCracken said Belichick switched his voter registration to Hingham from Nantucket in 2011 but the system shows he hasn’t voted since then.

“If he had received an absentee ballot, we would have seen that,” McCracken said. “I don’t see that he received an absentee ballot.”

Patriots spokesman Stacey James told Villani Belichick’s Hingham voting history is “private.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Colin Kaepernick says he did not vote in election, ‘doesn’t care’ who won

11.10.16 at 8:17 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Columbus at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NFL: Cleveland at Baltimore, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network)
NBA: Chicago at Miami, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: LA Lakers at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College football: Louisiana-Lafayette at Georgia Southern, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: North Carolina at Duke, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Utah at Arizona State, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Women’s friendly: Romania at United States, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)

Wizards 118, Celtics 93
NBA: Hornets 104, Jazz 98
NBA: Timberwolves 123, Magic 107
NBA: Raptors 112, Thunder 102
NBA: Rockets 101, Spurs 99
NBA: Warriors 116, Mavericks 95
NBA: Pacers 122, 76ers 115
NBA: Knicks 110, Nets 96
NBA: Hawks 115, Bulls 107
NBA: Suns 107, Pistons 100
NBA: Clippers 111, Trail Blazers 80
NHL: Blue Jackets 3, Ducks 2
NHL: Blackhawks 2, Blues 1
NHL: Senators 2, Sabres 1


— Athletes were still responding Wednesday in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s presidential win.

Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who protested the national anthem before games by kneeling instead of standing, revealed on Tuesday he did not vote in the election and said Wednesday he doesn’t care who won because minorities are still being treated unfairly.

“To me, it didn’t really matter who went in there,” Kaepernick said. “The system still remains intact that oppresses people of color. And to me, it didn’t really matter who went in there, the system still remains intact that oppresses people of color.”

Trump went after Kaepernick in August for kneeling during the anthem, saying Kaepernick “should find a country that works better for him” if he doesn’t like the political climate in the United States.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Athletes tweet range of reactions to Donald Trump’s election win

11.09.16 at 8:17 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Boston at Washington, 7 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Brooklyn at New York, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Houston at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Chicago at St. Louis, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Bowling Green at Akron, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Toledo at Northern Illinois, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

Canadiens 3, Bruins 2
NHL: Jets 8, Stars 2
NHL: Coyotes 4, Avalanche 2
NHL: Sharks 3, Capitals 0
NHL: Penguins 4, Oilers 3
NHL: Canucks 5, Rangers 3
NHL: Red Wings 3, Flyers 2
NHL: Devils 3, Hurricanes 2
NHL: Kings 7, Maple Leafs 0
NBA: Hawks 110, Cavaliers 106
NBA: Grizzlies 108, Nuggets 107
NBA: Kings 102, Pelicans 94
NBA: Nets 119, Timberwolves 110
NBA: Trail Blazers 124, Suns 121
NBA: Mavericks 109, Lakers 97


— As Donald Trump was elected president Tuesday night, many athletes had strong reactions to the news.

Emotions ranged from stunned:

To worried:

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Theo Epstein eats a goat to celebrate Cubs’ World Series win; Steph Curry sets 3-point record

11.08.16 at 8:18 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Boston at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Atlanta at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: New Orleans at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College football: Eastern Michigan at Ball State, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Western Michigan at Kent State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB: Gold Glove Awards, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

NHL: Bruins 4, Sabres 0
NHL: Panthers 3, Lightning 1
NHL: Islanders 4, Canucks 2
NFL: Seahawks 31, Bills 25
NBA: Hornets 122, Pacers 100
NBA: Jazz 109, 76ers 84
NBA: Rockets 114, Wizards 106
NBA: Thunder 97, Heat 85
NBA: Bulls 112, Magic 80
NBA: Clippers 114, Pistons 82
NBA: Warriors 116, Pelicans 106


— After the Cubs won the World Series and broke the “Curse of the Billy Goat,” Theo Epstein celebrated by actually eating a goat.

Restauranteur Kevin Boehm said Epstein, the Cubs’ president of baseball operations, requested the goat from Girl & the Goat, a restaurant Boehm co-owns in the Boka Restaurant Group.


“We were on the phone with [Cubs GM] Jed [Hoyer]. He was recapping the game, and in the background, Theo says he wanted roasted goat for lunch,” Boehm told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I said we’d make it happen.”

The restaurant’s executive chef and “Top Chef” winner, Stephanie Izard, roasted a 9-1/2 pound goat for Hoyer, Epstein and three others to eat at Wrigley Field last week.

“They were all sitting in the left-field bleachers in an empty Wrigley Field. They ate it right there,” Boehm said. “They’ve said there are no curses, that it was just a matter of putting together a great baseball team. But they were happy to eat that goat.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: LeBron James introduces Hillary Clinton at rally; Pacers’ Paul George contrite after ejection for kicking ball into stands

11.07.16 at 7:46 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 from our news wire.

Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
Utah at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NFL: Buffalo at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

NBA: Nuggets 123, Celtics 107
NBA: Jazz 114, Knicks 109
NBA: Kings 96, Raptors 91
NBA: Trail Blazers 100, Grizzlies 94
NBA: Lakers 119, Suns 108
NBA: Mavericks 86, Bucks 75
NFL: Lions 22, Vikings 16
NFL: Dolphins 27, Jets 23
NFL: Ravens 21, Steelers 14
NFL: Cowboys 35, Browns 10
NFL: Giants 28, Eagles 23
NFL: Chiefs 19, Jaguars 14
NFL: Panthers 13, Rams 10
NFL: Chargers 43, Titans 35
NFL: Saints 41, 49ers 23
NFL: Raiders 30, Broncos 20
NFL: Colts 31, Packers 26
NHL: Oilers 2, Red Wings 1
NHL: Blues 2, Avalanche 0
NHL: Rangers 5, Jets 2
NHL: Ducks 4, Flames 1
NHL: Blackhawks 4, Dallas 3
NHL: Devils 4, Hurricanes 1


— LeBron James got political in Cleveland on Sunday when he introduced Hillary Clinton at her presidential campaign rally.

In his speech, the Cavaliers forward encouraged his hometown crowd to get out and vote.

Joined on stage by teammate J.R. Smith and Smith’s young daughter, LeBron said, “We have to get out and be knowledgeable about what’s going on, about what we see that our future entails, and this woman right here has the brightest future for our world.”


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Thinking Out Loud: Patriots continue to be forward-thinking with trade of Jamie Collins

11.04.16 at 5:46 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering what really happened to Reggie Wayne a year ago?

— How soon we forget? Through various means, Lawyer Milloy, Ty Law, Asante Samuel, Richard Seymour, Mike Vrabel, Logan Mankins, Vince Wilfork and others all left New England, seemingly still in their prime. The Patriots’ trading of Jamie Collins this week really shouldn’t have come as such a shock, even if it did.

— It shocked me, but upon further review, I get it. It may not make the Patriots a better defensive team right “now,” but since when do the Patriots ever deal in the “now”? They always look with an eye to the future, and that’s how they’ve stayed at a high, championship level for 16 seasons.

— In Bill Do You Trust? Ya gotta admit, his batting average is pretty good — right, Steve from Fall River? You and I might not make this deal, or any one of several others, but we’re not Bill Belichick, either. He’s not perfect — I wouldn’t have sent Seymour packing in 2009, for instance. Thought that move potentially cost NE another Super Bowl.

— Maybe this move costs the Patriots another? It doesn’t make the defense better today, but there still are eight games left on the schedule — plenty of time to reach a level of competency that, coupled with the offense, makes you championship-worthy.

— Here’s the deal, as far as I can tell: Collins wasn’t re-signing, at least not at the number the team wanted him to sign. Get what you can for him while you can. And to those who wonder why they wouldn’t have kept him around until the end of the year, it’s really quite simple. Based on the compensation they will receive from Cleveland (a compensatory third-round pick), they have the chance to cultivate that compensation and “grow it” at a much faster rate than if they waited until the season’s end.

— Plus, you have to wonder this: If Collins was worth a third-rounder to Cleveland, what did other teams think of him? Not as highly thought of, perhaps? So, did we overvalue his talent, ability and worth?

— Bottom line: It doesn’t matter what we think. Fantasy and reality often are mistaken for each other when it comes to player evaluation in pro football. Pardon me, but … it is what it is.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Steve Bartman ‘thrilled’ with Cubs’ title but will not participate in parade; Penn State faces historic Sandusky case fine

11.04.16 at 8:50 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 from our news wire.

NBA: New York at Chicago, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Golden State at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Winnipeg at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. (NHL)
College football: Central Michigan at Miami (Ohio), 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Temple at UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: San Jose State at Boise State, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Bundesliga: Hertha BSC Berlin vs. Borussia Monchengladbach, 3:20 p.m. (FS2)

NBA: Cavaliers 128, Celtics 122
NBA: Magic 102, Kings 94
NBA: Nuggets 102, Timberwolves 99
NBA: Bucks 125, Pacers 107
NBA: Warriors 122, Thunder 96
NHL: Bruins 4, Lightning 3
NHL: Capitals 4, Jets 3
NHL: Flyers 3, Islanders 2
NHL: Senators 1, Canucks 0
NHL: Stars 6, Blues 2
NHL: Kings 3, Penguins 2
NHL: Maple Leafs 2, Sabres 1
NHL: Rangers 5, Oilers 3
NHL: Panthers 1, Devils 0
NHL: Blackhawks 4, Avalanche 0
NHL: Coyotes 3, Predators 2
NHL: Flames 3, Sharks 2


— The most notorious Cubs fan in history can at long last come out of hiding. But it appears that he still doesn’t want to.

A spokesman for Steve Bartman, Frank Murtha, told USA Today on Thursday Bartman did not seem to express relief about the team’s World Series title when he spoke with Bartman on the phone.

Murtha said Bartman is thrilled with the win but does not want to be in the spotlight.

“He was just overjoyed that the Cubs won, as all the Cubs fans are,” Murtha said. “We don’t intend to crash the parade. The one thing that Steve and I did talk about was if the Cubs were to win, he did not want to be a distraction to the accomplishments of the players and the organization.”

Bartman is blamed for continuing the Cubs’ World Series drought by infamously interfering with a foul ball during the 2003 NLCS. He has kept out of the public eye since then after extreme backlash, including death threats.

Bartman still lives and works in the Chicago area.

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