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Billy Joel built Bruce Springsteen’s broken down motorcycle

11.28.16 at 9:50 am ET
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NY Daily News — Bruce Springsteen was far from racing in the street thanks to a faulty bike built by Billy Joel.

The Long Island Piano Man told his Madison Square Garden audience this week that he built Springsteen a motorcycle — but said it broke down on a New Jersey highway earlier this month.

“So he takes the bike out on Veteran’s Day and it breaks down. It’s all over national news: ‘Bruce’s Bike Breaks Down,” Joel told his audience, according to Consequence of Sound.

“So I’m reading this and thinking, ‘Oh s–t, I hope it wasn’t the bike I built for him.’ I called him, ‘Bruce, what bike was the bike that broke down?’ ‘It was the one you made for me,’” he continued.

Joel apologized to the “Racing in the Street” singer, to which Springsteen, 67, responded, “Oh no, it’s cool, dude.”

That same night, the “New York State of Mind” crooner paid tribute to his Jersey pal by covering his classic “Born to Run.”

Springsteen did in fact make headlines after his bike broke down as bikers from the Freehold American Legion picked up their hometown hero on the side of the road, bringing him to a local bar while he awaited a ride.

“Bruce was a very down to earth regular guy who fit right in with his fellow, not so famous, Freehold boys,” the group wrote on Facebook. “Bruce did take their names and telephone numbers, so maybe they’ll be riding together some day!”

This story is Bruce Springsteen in a nutshell. It has a motorcycle, New Jersey, the American Legion, a local bar and being a regular guy.

And now it turns out Billy freaking Joel built Springsteen a piece of crap motorcycle, he calls to apologize and Springsteen is completely cool with it. He’s just the greatest.

Even though that jacket Springsteen is wearing probably cost about $3,000 and Billy Joel built his motorcycle, he proves time and again he is still just a regular guy from Jersey.

Springsteen is a client at 20th Century Cycles, Joel’s motorcycle shop on Long Island, and it’s not clear if Joel actually built the motorcycle himself or if someone else did.

Either way, big winner here: Bruce. Huge loser: 20th Century Cycles. This is a very bad look for them.

Monday’s Morning Mashup: Athletes with ties to Cuba react to death of Fidel Castro

11.28.16 at 7:52 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.

NBA: Boston at Miami, 7:30 p.m. (CSN; NBATV)
NFL: Green Bay at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Dallas at St. Louis, 8 p.m. (NHL Network)
College basketball: Kentucky at Arizona State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Minnesota at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Northwestern, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)


— Longtime Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died on Friday at the ago of 90 to the relief of many athletes with ties to the communist country.

Former Red Sox third baseman and current MLB Network analyst Mike Lowell spoke with WEEI’s own Rob Bradford on the Bradfo Show about Castro. Many of Lowell’s family members were killed under Castro’s regime.

On Saturday morning, Lowell tweeted:

Yankees minor league catcher Eddy Rodriguez, who was born in Cuba, also took to Twitter on Saturday morning to express his happiness at hearing the news of Castro’s death:

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Thinking Out Loud: URI needs more balance to crack college basketball elite

11.25.16 at 9:05 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering what I am truly thankful for this year.

— Let’s start this week by saying I’m thankful Rhode Island has college basketball as a marquee sport in this state. Largely ignored elsewhere in New England — and I don’t consider Connecticut real New England, more like Eastern New York — high-level hoops have always been the goal, and more often than not, the reality, too.

— For a hoop-head like me, having watched it, played it and covered it for a half-century, it’s nirvana. When our teams are among the best, the games and the seasons go by way too fast.

— URI’s matchup with then-No. 1-ranked Duke last week at Mohegan Sun was a bit anticlimactic, but then again, Duke has always had a way of making things anticlimactic — by beating up on you.

— The Rams didn’t play poorly, but the Rams also didn’t play well enough to beat one of the best — even without several of their best players. Imagine what the Blue Devils will be like when they’re healthy?

— The good teams — the really good, elite teams — always have a way of picking themselves up when they’re down. Duke’s defense on E.C. Matthews was a decided factor, as the Blue Devils realized Matthews could NOT go off if Duke was to win. Mission accomplished, even if some of it was self-inflicted by Matthews.

— Rhode Island is a good team, make no mistake about that. The win over Cincinnati is a great start. But if the Rams are to challenge and beat the elite, they’ll need everyone to contribute. That’s no surprise. They also might need more of that defensive effort used to get back into the Duke game more often. Plenty of time to work on things as the season unfolds, with a big date at the Dunk looming.

— Next season the Rams will face some of the elite in the NIT Season Tip-Off during Thanksgiving week, with the tournament field announced this week. Returning to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, URI will be joined by Virginia (ACC), Seton Hall (Big East) and Vanderbilt (SEC). In order to be a big dog, you’ve got to run with the big dogs.

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CNN reportedly airs porn in Boston accidentally instead of regular programming

11.25.16 at 3:05 pm ET
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NY PostCNN viewers feasted their eyes on more parts than they bargained for Thanksgiving night when they tuned in for “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.”

Boston viewers hungry for the popular culinary travelogue instead got a hefty serving of hardcore porn for 30 minutes because of a mistake by cable provider RCN, which provides CNN’s broadcasting down the East Coast.

The X-rated gaffe was gleefully shared on social media after the raunchy fare, featuring adult transsexual film star Riley Quinn, appeared at 10 p.m.

Well this is something.

How does this mistake even happen? Why did this local RCN have porn cued up and ready to go? Was this even a mistake?

The national RCN account tweeted this a few hours before the porn happened:

I have a lot of questions, Cody. A lot of questions.

Ice cream for breakfast is good for you, scientists say

11.25.16 at 1:32 pm ET
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  Washington Times — Kyorin University professor Yoshihiko Koga found that test subjects who ate ice cream for breakfast performed better on a computer-based mental-exercise drill than a control group, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday. “Professor Koga found that ice cream eaters fired off an abundance of high-frequency Alpha-waves,” explained the Daily Mail. “These waves are linked with reduced mental irritation and high alertness.”

 According to the Daily Telegraph, Mr. Koga, “is a specialist in psychophysiology, with his studies including looking into links between certain types of food and reduced stress.”

As with virtually all dietary research, however, there’s a caveat. Mr. Koga “has yet to determine a firm connection between the mental boost delivered by ice cream and a specific ingredient,” said the Daily Telegraph, and the boost in performance may well be largely psychological, “in the sense that ice cream is a treat that triggers positive emotions and added energy.”

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that specific ingredient is sugar.

Much like Ross Gellar, I don’t like ice cream because it’s too cold and hurts my teeth. But I do love Dippin’ Dots. It’s been the Ice Cream of the Future for about 30 years now and I still believe it will one day catch on in the mainstream and be the ice cream of the present. 

An alarming number of people are dying trying to take selfies

11.23.16 at 4:54 pm ET
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N.Y. PostMore people are dying for the perfect selfie.

A new study – titled, “Me, Myself and My Killfie: Characterizing and Preventing Selfie Deaths” – found that 127 people have died in a 29-month span through last September while trying to get photos of themselves at dangerous or exotic locations. The overwhelming majority of the deaths compiled by researchers occurred in India, where 76 people died. In the United States, there were eight selfie-related deaths.

The most common factor behind the so-called “selfie deaths” – defined as a death of an individual or group that could have been avoided had the individual(s) not been taking a selfie – was a fall from an elevated location like buildings or mountains. Deaths involving both elevation and water were next, followed by fatalities involving trains, according to researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania and two colleges in India.” 

“We found that taking selfies on train tracks is a trend,” the study reads. “This trend caters to the belief that posting on or next to train tracks with their best friend is regarded as romantic and a sign of never-ending friendship.”

This baffles me to no end.

First of all, I didn’t even know people were dying taking selfies. Now I come to find A LOT of people are dying taking selfies.

There’s even a name for it now and soon “killfies” will be added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

A lawyer is arguing that his client who trespassed on the Brooklyn Bridge to take a selfie shouldn’t be charged because there weren’t warning signs. We now need warning signs that say “No selfies here” to tell us if something that looks dangerous is actually dangerous.

Case against 3 women topless at New Hampshire beach won’t be dismissed

11.23.16 at 10:26 am ET
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Laconia, N.H.A legal motion to dismiss a case against some women who went topless at a New Hampshire beach and were ticketed has been denied.

Three women supporting the Free the Nipple movement were cited by police for appearing topless at Weirs Beach in Laconia over Memorial Day weekend.

Police say the women violated an ordinance prohibiting women from going topless.

The women said their constitutional rights to freedom of expression were being violated and filed a motion to dismiss the case against them early last month. They argue there’s no state law forbidding female toplessness and call the case gender-based discrimination because men don’t have to cover their nipples. reports a judge’s order dated Sunday says protecting “the public sensibilities” is an important government interest based on the difference between the sexes.

There are no pictures of these women here if that’s why you clicked on this.

I agree with this judge. I’m always in favor of public sensibilities over freedom of expression.

But I’m sure there are many people who think allowing women to go topless at the beach is an important issue, so here is a poll:

Should there be topless beaches in New England?

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Wednesday Morning Mashup: Barack Obama pokes fun at Michael Jordan during Medal of Freedom ceremony; MLB owners threaten lockout

11.23.16 at 8:25 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 and scores from our news wire.

NBA: Boston at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: San Antonio at Charlotte, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Minnesota at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Chicago at San Jose, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: LSU at Wichita State, 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: VCU at Baylor, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Michigan at South Carolina, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Charleston at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: William & Mary at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Buffalo at Alaska-Anchorage, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)


— While presenting Michael Jordan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday, President Barack Obama couldn’t resist poking fun at the basketball legend’s status as a pop culture icon.

Obama praised Jordan for his accomplishments and said Jordan is “more than just a logo, more than just an Internet meme,” in reference to the popular “Crying Jordan” image.

The president went to joke about Jordan’s acting career.

“Today, we celebrate extraordinary Americans who have lifted our spirits, strengthened out union, pushed us towards progress,” Obama said. “I always love doing this event, but this is a particularly impressive class. We’ve got innovators and artists … public servants, rabble-rousers, athletes, renowned character actors, like the guy from ‘Space Jam.’ ”

Jordan starred in the 1996 hit movie “Space Jam” with Looney Tunes cartoon co-stars.

The other 20 honorees included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Vin Scully.

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Terry Bradshaw does backstage striptease at Fox Sports studios

11.22.16 at 12:01 pm ET
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Fox Sports host Charissa Thompson shared these videos on her Instagram of Bradshaw doing some impromptu topless modeling behind the scenes at Fox Sports on Sunday.

Thompson seemed to enjoy it but Howie Long (and probably everyone else)? Not so much.

I will never watch Fox NFL Sunday or a shingles commercial the same way again.

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‘Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party’ thankfully renewed for second season

11.22.16 at 9:03 am ET
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VH1The first season of Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner has been a thrill ride. From Martha Stewart and Rick Ross getting steamy in the kitchen, to watching Snoop Dogg terrified of lobsters, to Martha’s gangster method for killing chickens, the show is riddled with comedy gold moments. So much so, that the highly acclaimed cooking show has already been picked up for Season 2. More Snoop. More Martha. What else could you want?

I was really hoping this show would work and I’m pleasantly surprised it does. I wouldn’t call it comedy gold but it’s not terrible.

The third, and most recent, episode features Snoop Dogg in a sweater vest and Stewart having Thanksgiving dinner with Chris Bosh, Naya Rivera and 2 Chainz. 2 Chainz wore sunglasses and a hat at the table but he was endearing, calling Stewart “ma’am” and “Miss Martha.”

As it stands right now I would call this show “watchable.” Who am I to tell VH1 how to structure their shows but I would make a few changes to this one for the second season.

For starters, take out the live studio audience. Completely unnecessary.

The DJ/MC and the live musical performances, also unnecessary. Keep the focus on Snoop Dogg and Stewart and the celebrity guests and it’ll be the new Barefoot Contessa.

And take it off VH1. This show has Food Network potential. It is infinitely better than the shows they have Guy Fieri doing these days.

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