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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 WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
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)

AROUND THE WEB:

— 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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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees sign Aroldis Chapman to record 5-year, $86 million deal; Ravens’ Steve Smith wears Yoda onesie at press conference

12.08.16 at 7:32 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: Colorado at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NFL: Oakland at Kansas City, 8:25 p.m. (NBC; NFL Network)
NBA: Minnesota at Toronto, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: San Antonio at Chicago, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa State at Iowa, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Nicholls at Florida State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: Texas A&M at TCU, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Aroldis Chapman signed a five-year, $86 million contract with the Yankees on Wednesday, the largest contract ever for a closer.

Chapman told ESPN his decision came down to the Yankees or the Marlins.

“I love the [Yankees organization],” he said. “They welcomed me with open arms and that’s why I decided to go back. I was hoping I had a chance to go back and it happened. Every player dreams of being a Yankee, and if they don’t it’s because they never got the chance.”

The signing was first reported by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

The Yankees acquired Chapman from the Reds last offseason, but Chapman missed the first 29 games of the season sue to a domestic violence suspension. He was dealt to the Cubs in July and became a free agent after winning the World Series with Chicago.

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Two morons arrested after doing Mannequin Challenge with guns

12.07.16 at 4:24 pm ET
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NY PostTwo Alabama men were arrested Tuesday after a gun-wielding Mannequin Challenge went viral, authorities said.

Kenneth Fennel White, 49, and Terry Brown, 23, were busted after the duo was spotted in the heavily armed video, WHNT reported.

The clip, which has nearly five million views on Facebook, shows what appears to be a frozen drive-by shooting. More than a dozen people pose in various positions while hoisting handguns as music blasts in the background.

Once social media got hold of the video, Madison County Sheriff’s investigators received a warrant and searched the property.

“You have a lot of people with firearms at one address,” Capt. Mike Salmonsky said of the video, which was posted in November. “And you have to ask yourself the question, ‘Why?’”

Once they arrived, cops seized two handguns, an assault rifle, a shotgun, along with multiple rounds of ammunition.

Cops charged White, a convicted felon, with first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a violent felon.

Authorities also charged Brown with possession of drug paraphernalia, loitering and promoting prison contraband.

What the hell was THAT?

I don’t think there were this many guns in all of the six seasons of The Sopranos.

There are about fifty guns in this video and only two people were arrested?

Also, if you’re already a convicted felon this might not the smartest thing to do with your afternoon. When you post things online other people can see it and the police also have access to the internet.

I do give these people credit for coordination and not accidentally killing each other.

Luckily none of the guns went off, but something was killed here and that is the Mannequin Challenge itself.