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Bart Hubbuch confirms New York Post fired him for tweet comparing Donald Trump to Pearl Harbor, 9/11

01.31.17 at 12:47 am ET
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Former New York Post NFL writer Bart Hubbuch announced Monday night he was fired for his tweet on Jan. 20 comparing Donald Trump’s inauguration to Pearl Harbor and 9/11. That tweet, which Hubbuch even pinned to his profile, has since been deleted, along with the tweet he sent out apologizing for the initial tweet. 

When Hubbuch changed his Twitter bio from “NFL writer/columnist for the New York Post” to “Veteran sportswriter” on Saturday, speculation grew that he had been fired.

WEEI’s own Kirk Minihane confirmed this on Saturday:  

Tom Brady shows his game face in latest Instagram post

01.30.17 at 6:51 pm ET
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Houston Bound #Letsgooooo

A photo posted by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on

Tom Brady showed he’s ready to go in this picture from the Patriots’ Super Bowl send-off rally on Monday at Gillette as the team departed for Houston.

If I’m a Falcon, I’m scared.

But Brady isn’t the only one here showing extreme emotion. Look at Belichick. That’s a smile. Tone it down a little, Bill.

 

Watch Rob Gronkowski’s Super Bowl ad for Tide

01.30.17 at 6:03 pm ET
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Thanks to a herniated disc, Rob Gronkowski will be inactive when the Patriots take on the Falcons in Super Bowl LI. But he’ll still be featured during the telecast.

Gronkowski stars alongside actor Jeffrey Tambor in an ad for the stain remover, Tide. The commercial, which runs 37 seconds, features Gronk as an inept dry-cleaner who cuts the sleeves off Tambor’s shirt to remove a stain rather than use laundry detergent. It’s … moderately amusing.

According to Variety, Fox is charging companies between $5 million and $5.5 million for a 30-second spot in this year’s Super Bowl. Last year, the average 30-second ad was sold for $5 million.

NFL ratings may have decreased this season, but the prices for Super Bowl commercials only continue to increase. For Tide’s sake, hopefully Gronk can help out their bottom line more than he helped the Patriots this season.

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Poll says 53 percent of Americans are rooting for Falcons over Patriots in Super Bowl

01.30.17 at 3:55 pm ET
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In these polarized times, Americans still agree on one thing: hating the Patriots.

According to Public Policy Polling, 53 percent of football fans want the Falcons to win the Super Bowl on Sunday, whereas just 27 percent are pulling for the Patriots. This number shouldn’t be a surprise, considering PPP also finds the Pats are the most disliked team in the NFL.

Despite the Patriots’ ties to President Donald Trump, political ideology didn’t appear to play a factor in the polling. The majority of Republicans (58 percent) and Democrats (54 percent) want to see New England lose Sunday.

Unsurprisingly, Tom Brady also finds himself as the least popular quarterback in the NFL. But he also enjoys his share of support. PPP finds 22 percent of football fans say Brady is their favorite QB, making him the most popular in the sport. He edges out Aaron Rodgers, who garnered 16 percent of the vote. (The Falcons’ Matt Ryan came in seventh with seven percent.)

Ever since the Deflategate scandal, the amount of venom spewed against the Patriots has only increased. The majority of football fans in the country already felt Bill Belichick was a cheater. The discovery that Brady played with illegally deflated footballs, even without hard evidence that shows any wrongdoing, only reinforces the stereotype. It takes more than just winning to create this kind of vitriol.

Though the Patriots are widely detested, they remain respected. The poll says 52 percent of respondents think they’ll win Sunday, compared to just 36 percent who believe the Falcons will be victorious. In this case, hate doesn’t override sanity.

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God bless everyone who attended the Patriots rally

01.30.17 at 1:47 pm ET
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According to announcer John Rooke, fans starting lining up as early as 3:30 a.m.

According to announcer John Rooke, fans starting lining up as early as 3:30 a.m. Monday. (WEEI.com photo)

They came by the thousands, donning Tom Brady jerseys and Patriots knit hats. Adults took the day off from work, and in some cases, pulled their kids out of school. Some of them even arrived before dawn.

It’s easy to make fun of the folks who attended the send-off rally at Patriot Place’s NRG Plaza Monday. While you were sitting through another interminable commute, they were standing out in the freezing cold, watching highlight videos on the jumbotron and cheering for Brady. On the fifth Monday in January, they decided to play hooky so they could do something they enjoy.

Crazy, right?

“Alright, now to all you fans, you are the greatest fans in the world,” owner Robert Kraft said when he addressed the massive crowd. “Twenty-three years ago, we bought the team and you lined up on Route One and you sold out every game we’ve ever played here. We think back, we were talking in the locker room back to the game we played Pittsburgh, that stadium has never been louder. We thank you for that. Since you fans have lined up with us, since 1994, we’ve played 23 home playoff games and you have been an asset in helping us win 20 of them. Thank you.”

Claire Catenucci-Cloutier is one of those fans who Kraft was thanking. She spends her spare time –– OK, almost all of her time –– managing a Facebook page called “Patriots Nation.” Each day, she posts pump up pictures and videos, reaching an audience of more than 4,000 members. After throwing a Patriots-themed wedding in 2006, it seemed like the next logical step to take her fandom.

“Let’s just say I’ll be real depressed next Tuesday,” she says. “They’ll be nothing to do.”

Mark Wilcon says he feels similarly. He’s part of a different Facebook group, Patriots Gang United, which boasts more than 22,000 members. As an apparent act of solidarity, he joins Catenucci-Cloutier’s group.

“They say that everybody hates us,” he says to her. “But look at all of the people here.”

Some who attended the rally engaged in more than hero worship. Mendel Levin, from Central Massachusetts Chabat, was blessing fans with impromptu “bar mitzvahs.” His community center promotes the concept of being a “Proud Jewish Patriot,” complete with shirts that feature “Pat Patriot” in a yarmulke. They were created in order to help students from Clark University Chabad stand out at a retreat in New York. But now, they serve as a rallying cry. Levin’s uncle, Rabbi Mendel Fogelman, says Kraft owns a shirt, and loves it.

“We’re proud to be Jewish,” Levin says. “We’re not afraid, we’re not embarrassed. We’re living it and are proud to be it.”

Levin (center-left) was blessing his fellow Patriots fans.

Mendel Levin (center-left) was blessing his fellow Patriots fans. (WEEI.com photo)

When people say sports teams are public trusts, the scene at Patriot Place Monday is probably what they have in mind. For several hours on a frigid Monday morning, thousands of people from all walks of life got together to worship the holy trinity: Belichick, Brady and Kraft.

Around these parts, few activities bring people closer together.

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The Ted Cruz-Deadspin situation is out of control

01.30.17 at 9:43 am ET
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Awful AnnouncingDeadspin has probably had better weeks, especially on social media. But the Twittersphere has taken some fiendish delight in being upstaged by Senator Ted Cruz earlier this week. While Deadspin likely thought that would go away after responding to Cruz as could be expected, people have not let this spat simply fade away. The fervor with which Twitter has gone after Deadspin has been surprising, but also extremely entertaining.

Editor Tim Marchman was typically defiant against the backlash, asserting that those leaving tweet-by attacks didn’t have the courage to send him a personal email or perhaps even contest him physically.

 

Someone who can definitely do some pushups and spent plenty of time in the UFC octagon is recently retired MMA fighter Tim Kennedy. We don’t know if Kennedy sent an email to Marchman, but he certainly responded on Twitter.

This joke is STILL going on? Even today, every single time Deadspin tweets something, people are tweeting back to them about Ted Cruz.

Cruz’ joke (which wasn’t even his, it was an intern’s) was funny but it wasn’t THAT funny and people are acting like it was the most savage move they’ve ever seen.

It was a little funny at first but when an MMA fighter gets involved, that’s when you stop. It’s gone far enough.

When I saw this Deadspin tweet about the 49ers hiring John Lynch Monday morning, my first thought was someone will reply saying he looks like Ted Cruz.

AND SOMEONE DID!


And someone even did this:

If you’re sitting in front of your computer waiting for Deadspin to tweet something so you can tweet back “Tedspin” just know you’re not doing anything constructive. Deadspin is over it, the world is over it. Let it go. 

Monday’s Morning Mashup: 49ers hire former Patriot John Lynch as new GM; Sports world reacts to Donald Trump’s immigration ban

01.30.17 at 8:28 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:
NBA: Detroit at Boston, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA:  Memphis at Phoenix, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Boston University at Lehigh, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Duke at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: South Carolina State at Howard, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Alabama State at Prairie View A&M, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Oklahoma, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: SIUE at Belmont, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
Women’s college basketball: Tennessee at South Carolina, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Women’s college basketball: Michigan State at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The 49ers have hired retired NFL safety John Lynch as the team’s general manager.

Lynch retired in 2008 and was a nine-time Pro Bowler. He spent 11 seasons with the Buccaneers, four with the Broncos and one with the Patriots. Since his retirement, he has served as an analyst for NFL broadcasts on Fox.

Lynch has no experience as an NFL executive but will replace Trent Baalke, who was recently fired by the 49ers.

In 2015, Lynch said he was convinced to sign with the Patriots in 2008 after Bill Belichick called him every day trying to recruit him.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Everything you have said about Patriots this season summarized in just 3 minutes

01.29.17 at 1:57 pm ET
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Thanks to Fitzy (AKA, WAAF’s Nick Stevens), we now have the definitive compilation of what virtually every sports fan in New England has thought or said.

Bart Hubbuch apparently is unemployed, no longer works for New York Post

01.28.17 at 1:25 pm ET
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Bart Hubbuch apparently no longer is an employee of the New York Post.

The NFL writer removed the Post from his Twitter profile on Friday night and then WEEI’s Kirk Minihane contacted the paper on Saturday and an editor said they “no longer have a business relationship” with Hubbuch.

Hubbuch has said a number of questionable things on Twitter, but his most recent might have been the last straw as he compared President Trump’s inauguration to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor.

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Media ignores Peyton Manning’s ties to Donald Trump while hypocritically hammering Tom Brady

01.27.17 at 6:29 pm ET
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Peyton Manning spoke at a GOP retreat. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Peyton Manning spoke at a GOP retreat. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Much like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning is tied to Donald Trump. But the media doesn’t seem to care. Talk about a double-standard.

Manning spoke to congressional Republicans at a GOP retreat Thursday, focusing on leadership and teamwork. His remarks followed a speech from President Trump, in which he bragged about his general election win in Pennsylvania and once again vowed to investigate voter fraud that didn’t happen. If Brady placing a “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker 16 months ago counts as a Trump endorsement, then Manning’s decision to speak after him at an event is a proverbial wet kiss.

When the Republican presidential race first started, Manning backed former Florida governor Jeb Bush. He and his brother, Eli, each gave $2,700 to Bush last year. But that didn’t stop Trump from name-dropping Manning on the campaign trail. In an interview last February, he showered the all-time leading passer with praise.

“I very much have always liked Peyton Manning,” he said. “He is a very good guy. I know him. And he is a very, very good guy. ”

That’s not too dissimilar from the way Trump talks about Brady. In a recent interview with TMZ about Deflategate, Trump also lauded Brady’s integrity.

“He’s a friend of mine,” Trump said. “He’s a great guy and he’s great athlete, obviously, but he’s a winner.”

Unlike Brady, who’s called Trump a “good friend” and said “it would be great” if he were elected, Manning deflected when he was asked about Trump last year. He admitted to socializing with him, but didn’t say they were friends.

“I’ve met Donald Trump, I’ve played a round of golf with him a few times out in Tahoe … The times I’ve been around him, he’s been extremely nice to me,” he said.

But actions speak louder than words. In July, Manning posed for a picture with Donald Trump Jr. at a county fair in Mississippi. Imagine, for a second, if Brady were photographed schmoozing with one of Trump’s kids. It would probably be one of the lead stories in the country. That wasn’t the case with Manning. In fact, it nary garnered a mention.

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