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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets WR Brandon Marshall ‘got into it with a teammate’ after loss to Patriots

10.28.15 at 7:43 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

World Series: Mets at Royals, 8:07 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-AM)
NBA: 76ers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Spurs at Thunder, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Timberwolves at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Penguins at Capitals, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Predators at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLS playoffs: Revolution at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE Plus)


— The Patriots’ 30-23 victory over the Jets on Sunday ended with New York receiver Brandon Marshall failing to line up properly, causing his team to incur a game-ending penalty for illegal procedure. Apparently that did not sit well with at least one teammate.

During an appearance on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL,” Marshall said he “got into it” with a fellow Jet after the game.

Marshall was making a comparison to the situation in Dallas, where Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy exchanged words — and shoves — with an assistant coach and a couple of teammates Sunday.

“There’s a lot of testosterone,” Marshall said. “I mean, you put so much into the week, you know, you get disappointed and you get frustrated in those moments. This Sunday I got into it with a teammate, but we got in the locker room, we talked it out and we love each other.”

This might not be a big deal except for the fact that Marshall has a history of off-field issues during previous stints with the Dolphins, Broncos and Bears. He reportedly was traded from Chicago last season after berating a teammate to the point where other Bears had to intervene.

To his credit, Marshall — who also dropped a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter Sunday — did not shy away from his mistake, tweeting after the game: My A** should be walking back to New York. How you bounce back after moments like this produce CHAMPIONS or CHUMPS.. . #jets

And Marshall said he understands how he’s perceived by the public and the media and how that affects his treatment — something Hardy apparently has not yet figured out.

“Every game I know there’s going to be two or three cameras in my face. Why? Because I’m a high-emotion guy and because of my history. I am aware,” Marshall said on “Inside the NFL.” “When I look at Greg and how he’s handled himself, on the field and in the locker room, I see a guy that is not aware.”

Jason Pierre-Paul is back with the Giants, agreeing to a one-year deal reportedly loaded with incentives that will give him a chance to prove he still can produce despite losing a finger in a fireworks accident over the summer.

The two-time Pro Bowler also suffered damage to his thumb and burned his hand. He had been rehabbing and working out in Florida prior to his return.

“I’m getting ready to do what I have to do,” Pierre-Paul said. “I’ve been training down in South Florida with my trainer. Every day, I got up at 7:30 and lifted weights, I’ve been doing what I have to do to stay in football shape.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yet again, NFL’s Monday night game marred by controversy

10.27.15 at 7:32 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

World Series: Mets at Royals, 8:07 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-AM)
NHL: Coyotes at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Lightning at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Cavaliers at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Pelicans at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)


— Communications issues persist in NFL games, although the Patriots seem to be the only team that has faced accusations of cheating because of it.

During the Ravens’ 26-18 loss to the host Cardinals on Monday night, Baltimore mounted a late comeback and had the ball in the closing seconds looking for the tying touchdown and two-point conversion before the possession ended with an interception. During that drive, the Ravens could not use their wireless communications system to call in plays to quarterback Joe Flacco.

“We lost our phones, so [Flacco] couldn’t heard Marc [Trestman], offensive coordinator,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said, noting there were issues throughout the game but especially at the end. “I don’t know why the phones were going out. They went out on that drive.”

Trestman had to yell the plays to Flacco from the sideline, forcing the team to take more time to get the right personnel on the field.

“It was way too much communication going on for the amount of time we had left,” Flacco said. “Guys were just confused — and rightfully so.”

A day earlier, in the Bills’ loss to the Jaguars in London, Rex Ryan complained about frequent problems with his team’s electronics.

“I don’t get it,” Ryan said. “I don’t understand it. But this one was absolutely miserable.”

The communications issues began in Week 1, when Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said his coaches were hearing the Patriots’ radio broadcast instead of each other on their headsets. After the game, Tomlin said there have been frequent problems in Foxboro and implied something nefarious was going on.

Monday night’s game also featured an officiating controversy (for the third time in a Monday game this season), as Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel was called for illegal formation after catching a pass even though replays showed him reporting as an eligible receiver before the play. According to Harbaugh, referee Ronald Torbet said he did not see Urschel signal to him.

— After a day to think about it, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was not as supportive of controversial defensive end Greg Hardy for his sideline outburst during Sunday’s loss to the Giants, although the coach said he will not discipline the player.

In an interview Monday with Dallas’ 105.3 The Fan, Garrett played down the altercation that occurred when an angry Hardy stepped into the special teams huddle following New York’s 100-yard kickoff return, slapped at special teams coach Rich Bisaccia’s clipboard, then pushed a teammate before exchanging words with injured wide receiver Dez Bryant.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones defends Greg Hardy after sideline dispute with teammates

10.26.15 at 7:56 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NFL: Ravens at Cardinals, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NHL: Ducks at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NHL Network)


— It didn’t take Greg Hardy long to show that he has not learned to control his temper. The Cowboys defensive end, playing his second game since returning from a four-game suspension for a domestic violence incident that led to his departure from Carolina, got into an argument and shoving match with a coach and then some teammates during Sunday’s loss to the Giants.

Hardy was upset at Dallas’ special teams unit after it allowed a 100-yard kickoff return to Dwayne Harris that gave the Giants a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Hardy stepped into the special teams huddle, slapped coach Rich Bisaccia’s clipboard, then got in the coach’s face before being pushed away. He then exchanged words with, among others, injured wide receiver Dez Bryant.

Said Bryant: “There is no issue. That’s just football. People want to make nothing into something, especially when we lose. That’s just football.”

Special-teamer Danny McCray said Hardy “pushed me a little bit,” but he downplayed the incident.

“Greg Hardy is such a passionate player,” McCray said. “He’s all over the place. He’s in the defensive huddle, the offensive huddle, and today he made our special teams huddle. I was a little surprised he was in there. … I didn’t realize who it was. Then I realized it was Greg. He was showing his passion that we gave up the lead and we needed to fix it. “It’s football. Those guys love each other, and we’ll get in the meetings tomorrow and talk it over. We’ll see what the coach says about it. [Hardy] was just trying to get us fired up.”

In the locker room after the game, Hardy responded to all questions from the media by repeatedly interrupting and saying, “No comment. Any other questions?” before eventually turning his back.

Owner Jerry Jones continued his approach of enabling Hardy, calling him “one of the real leaders on this team” and saying he had no problem with his behavior Sunday, insisting, “As a matter of fact, I would encourage it.”

Said Jones: “He’s just getting guys ready to play, in my view. I don’t have any issue with him being involved in motivating or pushing in any part of the football team because he plays and walks the walk.”

— Condolences and tributes poured in Sunday for Flip Saunders after the Timberwolves coach and president died following a battle with cancer. Saunders, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in June, was 60.

“Flip was a symbol of strength, compassion, and dignity for our organization,” owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. “He was a shining example of what a true leader should be, defined by his integrity and kindness to all he encountered.”

Timberwolves legend Kevin Garnett posted a photo on Facebook of him sitting in front of Saunders’ empty parking spot, with a caption of “Forever in my heart….”

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Thinking Out Loud: URI poised for run at A-10 basketball title

10.23.15 at 4:39 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to the Worcester Sharks?

— No surprise here: URI was picked second in the Atlantic-10 preseason men’s basketball poll by the A-10 media and coaches. Dan Hurley has this team poised to go where Rhody basketball hasn’t been for a while, which is exciting. With excitement comes expectation, however.

— Part of that expectation surrounds not one, but two Rams named to the preseason first-team all- Atlantic-10 team — E.C. Matthews and Hassan Martin. First time that’s happened since Tyson Wheeler and Cuttino Mobley ran the show in the late ’90s. Not coincidentally, Matthews and Martin also appeared in’s list of the nation’s top 100 players for 2015-16.

— Still think URI could use a little size, and perhaps the Rams have found some of that for the next couple of years. Providence faces the same situation this year as well.

— Dynamic guards — Matthews and the Friars’ Kris Dunn — might make this upcoming winter move along a little more quickly around here. Certainly, they’ll help heat things up. Just sayin’.

NCAA Tournament Friars-killer Dayton was the preseason No. 1 in the A-10, but the Flyers will miss arguably their best player for the first semester. Dyshawn Pierre, who scored 20 points against PC in Dayton’s 66-53 NCAA win last March, has had his reinstatement request rejected by a federal judge in Cincinnati. Pierre was suspended by Dayton for a semester for his role in a sexual harassment case. While he continues to pursue his exoneration, chances are he could return in time to be a factor for the Flyers in conference play.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Louisville coach Rick Pitino ‘will not resign,’ gets support from Muhammad Ali

10.23.15 at 7:49 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB playoffs: Blue Jays at Royals, 8:07 p.m. (FS1; WEEI-AM)
NHL: Bruins at Islanders, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Canadiens at Sabres, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA preseason: 76ers vs. Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA preseason: Rockets at Spurs, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football: Yale at Penn, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Memphis at Tulsa, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Utah State at San Diego State, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN2)


Rick Pitino is determined to remain as Louisville coach despite calls for him to step down.  (Elsa/Getty Images)

Rick Pitino is determined to remain as Louisville coach despite calls for him to step down. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Rick Pitino, in a message on Louisville‘s website, apologized to fans for having to “endure the pain” caused by the team’s sex scandal, but he said he “will not resign and let you down” despite the heavy criticism he has endured.

Katina Powell, an escort who wrote a book about her alleged sexual services provided to Louisville recruits and players, said Pitino had to be aware of what was going on in the basketball players’ dorm from 2010-14, but the 63-year-old coach has staunchly denied it.

Pitino said he will ignore the issues — something he claims he could not have done when he was younger — and “let the investigators do their job and we will play basketball.”

Said Pitino: “Someday I will walk away in celebration of many memorable years, but that time is not now. I do not fight these accusations by others, but rather turn the other cheek.”

Pitino received support from boxing legend (and Louisville native) Muhammad Ali, as the 73-year-old tweeted: From one champion to another, I will always stand behind and support UofL. Go Cards! #UniteLouisville.

— Mets fans better have deep pockets if they want to see the Amazin’s appear in the World Series for the first time in 15 years. According to a New York Daily News survey of ticket resellers, the average price for tickets to Games 3, 4 and 5 and Citi Field is $1,667.82, the highest in baseball history.

“The are slightly more expensive than the Red Sox in 2013,” Chris Matcovich, vice president with ticket aggregator TiqIQ, told the Daily News. “The biggest reasons, I’d say, are the 15 years since their last appearance and the New York market.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Ray Lewis continues bizarre defense of role in 2000 brawl that ended with 2 dead

10.22.15 at 8:07 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NFL: Seahawks at 49ers, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network)
College football: Temple at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Georgia Southern at Appalachian State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: California at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Knicks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA preseason: Warriors at Lakers, 10 p.m. (TNT)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Borussia Dortmund at Qabala, 10:50 a.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Tottenham at Anderlecht, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Rubin Kazan at Liverpool, 3 p.m. (FS1)


Ray Lewis finally is talking about the 2000 brawl in Atlanta that ended with two men dead and the then-Ravens linebacker arrested — later to cut a deal and plead guilty to obstruction of justice, and settle with the victims’ families.

Lewis has been mostly quiet about the incident, and perhaps now we’re seeing why. Because his claims as to why he wasn’t involved in the fight are strange, to say the least.

It was reported Tuesday that in his forthcoming book, “I Feel Like Going On: Life, Game and Glory,” Lewis insists he wouldn’t have fought because he was dressed too nice (clothes that he apparently discarded and have never been found).

“Remember, I was dressed out, had my jewelry on, my fine mink coat,” Lewis writes (via “I wasn’t about to start mixing it up looking like that. That’s the general rule of thumb when you’re doing the town and looking good. The nicer you’re dressed, the less inclined you are to get in a fight — that is, if you’re even inclined in that way to begin with.”

On Wednesday, in an interview with ESPN, Lewis again asserted his innocence in the brawl, saying he had too much of a height advantage to mix it up with the “gangbangers” who approached his entourage.

“First of all, they’re 4 or 5 freaking inches shorter than me, right? Why would I fight somebody anyway,” the 6-foot-1 Lewis asked.

Lewis also claims the fallout after the killings had “nothing to do with me, but everything to do with my skin color and everything to do with my name.”

Lewis spent one night in prison — a night in which he said he cried at length and spoke to God. He also said guilt was not what drove him to enter into a settlement with the victims’ families.

“Guilt is only when you feel guilty and you say, ‘Listen, I’m gonna slide this to you because I really feel bad,’ ” he said. “I don’t feel bad about that because I sat there and spoke to both families and I said, ‘Listen, what I’m doing, this ain’t about me. This is about because you let somebody confuse my name.’ ”

— Minnesota coach Richard Pitino spoke out in support of his father Wednesday, insisting Rick Pitino had “zero knowledge” that a former Louisville staffer paid women to have sex with recruits and players in a school dorm.

“I know, and I told him this, ‘Put your head on the pillow at night and know that you did nothing wrong and that you certainly had no knowledge of this,’ ” Richard Pitino said Wednesday. “That’s the biggest thing that I’ve told him and tried to comfort him with.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Seahawks RB Fred Jackson denies report of drag racing after accident

10.21.15 at 8:02 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB playoffs: Royals at Blue Jays, 4:07 p.m. (FS1; WEEI-AM)
MLB playoffs: Mets at Cubs, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NHL: Flyers at Bruins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: Wizards at Heat, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College soccer: Holy Cross at Boston University, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus)
Soccer: UEFA Champions: Monchengladbach at Juventus, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Women’s exhibition, Brazil at United States, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)


Seahawks running back Fred Jackson denied a TMZ report that he was drag racing teammate Marshawn Lynch outside the team’s facility in Renton, Washington, when he crashed his car late Tuesday afternoon after practice.

Jackson, who was not injured, was driving his black Chevrolet Corvette down Seahawks Way when the accident occurred at the end of a long straight road with a slight bend at the end, leaving a stop sign and street signs knocked over.

Jackson, who signed with the Seahawks just before the start of the season after being a surprise cut by the Bills, tweeted that he lost control of his car.

Tweeted Jackson: Thanks 2 everyone worried about me. I lost control of my car. My teammates, including Marshawn, stopped 2 check on me. They weren’t racin me.

The Renton police supported Jackson’s assessment, declaring in a statement: “As of this time, there is no indication that Jackson was racing another vehicle. He remained on scene until officers could speak to him. He was polite and cooperative.”

Jackson has been used sparingly through Seattle’s first six games, accumulating 10 carries for 52 yards and 12 receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown. The Seahawks, off to a disappointing 2-4 start, host the 49ers on Thursday night.

— Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt chased away a couple of suspected burglars outside his Louisiana home early Saturday morning, but he paid the price for his bravery. The 61-year-old fell during the pursuit, suffering a torn Achilles tendon and broken wrist.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Darrelle Revis’ ex-manager accuses him of using drugs

10.20.15 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB playoffs: Royals at Blue Jays, 4:07 p.m. (FS1)
MLB playoffs: Mets at Cubs, 8:07 p.m. (TBS)
NHL: Stars at Flyers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: Warriors at Clippers, 10:30 pm. (ESPN)
College football: Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas State, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Bayern Munich at Arsenal, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Roma at Bayer Leverkusen, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)


— Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was profiled favorably by “60 Minutes” Sunday night, and that apparently did not sit well with one former member of Revis’ inner circle, who claimed in a Twitter rant that Revis is a drug-using phony.

John Geiger, Revis’ childhood friend from Pittsburgh who was the player’s business manager since Revis was drafted by the Jets in 2007, sent out a long and sometimes confusing series of tweets Sunday that he later deleted.

Wrote Geiger about “Team Revis,” the player’s support crew: When Revis was getting drunk every night and smoking where was the “team.”

Added Geiger: The team was me. I made sure he was cool. I made sure the drugs came in. I made sure he was cool.

Geiger then tweeted at the NFL to suggest that the league test Revis for marijuana.

Geiger told that he had a falling out around the time Revis helped the Patriots reach Super Bowl XLIX, blaming Revis’ agents for the divide.

“I was at the Super Bowl. He won the Super Bowl, and I tried to get on the field after and I couldn’t. I didn’t talk to him for a week after that,” Geiger said.

The aspiring sneaker designer claimed Revis owed his fashion sense to him, tweeting at 60 Minutes: you wrote a bs story based on a guy [that] lived my life. That d-khead don’t look at art. That’s me. I dressed his ass.

Added Geiger: Revis is A [expletive] liar.

Geiger also implied a connection between Revis and commissioner Roger Goodell, writing: I have dm from Revis and the commissioner about hiring his uncle. Ppl fake.

On Monday, Geiger deleted the tweets and claimed he was hacked. He also tweeted that Revis severed ties with him despite some challenging family issues.

Wrote Geiger: Both of my parents had cancer. I was called up saying I was fired by Revis. Not a care in the world.

Added Geiger: I will get deleted. [Jets owner] Woody Johnson is paying to delete this.

— Lamar Odom reportedly was flown via medical helicopter from Las Vegas to a Los Angeles hospital Monday night to continue his treatment, six days after he was found unresponsive at a Nevada brothel and put on life support.

According to ESPN, the former Lakers star was accompanied by his estranged wife, reality TV star Khloe Kardashian.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Broncos teammate rips ‘fake fans’ for criticizing interception-prone Peyton Manning

10.19.15 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB playoffs: Royals at Blue Jays, 8:07 p.m. (FS1; WEEI-AM)
NFL: Giants at Eagles, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
Soccer: Premier League, Stoke City at Swansea, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)


— The Broncos might be 6-0, but Peyton Manning has not been close to his normal standard, and fans’ criticism of the quarterback is not sitting well in the locker room.

The Broncos managed to defeat the Browns in overtime Sunday, 26-23, but it came despite a bad Manning interception in overtime — one of three he threw on the day. His receivers didn’t help much, dropping a number of passes.

“I’m not having a ton of breaks,” Manning said. “I won’t be going to Vegas for my bye week. I’m not feeling really lucky.”

Through six games Manning has seven touchdowns vs. 10 interceptions, with a 72.5 quarterback rating.

However, he did lead Denver from its own 12 to the Cleveland 16 to set up the game-winning field goal.

“We’re not playing as well as we would like, but we’re playing well enough to win,” Manning said. “We’re doing some things right at critical times, whether it’s the last drive of the game or in overtime.”

After the game, running back Ronnie Hillman tweeted out a message to those who have lost faith in the future Hall of Famer.

Wrote Hillman: Ya need to get off Peyton that’s our QB bottom line. You fake fans don’t say anything when he is winning us the game smh.

— The Dolphins routed the Titans in the first game for interim Miami coach Dan Campbell, but Tennessee was not in a very congratulatory mood. That’s because the Titans were upset about a late and low hit by Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon on Marcus Mariota’s left leg.

Mariota, the No. 2 overall draft pick, stayed in the game, although he put a brace on his left knee after the possession ended.

“That should be taken out of the game,” Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “That’s not the way you play football. I think it was done with the idea of trying to hurt our quarterback, and that’s [expletive] football.”

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Thinking Out Loud: Patriots fans will settle for nothing less than embarrassing Colts

10.16.15 at 4:44 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering whatever happened to Jim Harrick?

— Should we allow for a mea culpa on URI football? Rhody earned a win last week, beating Delaware, 20-0, for just its fifth win in the past 41 games. I know there’s an old adage that says, “Winning cures all ills.” The trouble with that here is that there’s probably not enough winning available to cure anything with Rhode Island football.

— And speaking of URI football and success, former URI player and coach Darren Rizzi was named assistant head coach of the Miami Dolphins this past week. Good luck with that. No, seriously, good luck with that.

— Don’t know about you, but I felt let down that the Patriots-Cowboys game last week wasn’t a bit more competitive. Dallas is a mere shell of its former self, without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. But I will say this: New England’s defense was surprisingly stout across the board, and completely locked up tight end Jason Witten.

The Pats secondary is improving each week. They don’t have Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner back there, but the two young players in Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan are athletic and physical and they can make plays in the mold of a Revis. They make mistakes, too, but haven’t been burned much. Yet.

— Losing Nate Solder to a season-ending biceps tear is a blow, no doubt. But injuries are always a part of the game, and to get into Week 6 before having someone lose their season to an injury is about as good as it gets these days. The rotation system the offensive line has learned should pay off from here, as the Patriots now work to protect TB12’s blind side.

— Part of protecting the blind side is for Tom Brady to get the ball out to his receivers as fast as he can. Expect teams to muddle the middle of the field in an effort to reach him more often — which also puts a premium on using a talent like Dion Lewis. Get the man the ball, as often as possible. He makes defenders miss, and the move he busted to get into the end zone against the Cowboys? It was a video game-quality move.

Julian Edelman already calls Lewis “Jitterbug” for his stopping and starting, cat-like quick reactions. How about “X-box?” More relatable?

— Love the suggestion from Pats fan Max in San Diego, who wrote in to suggest the Lewis-LeGarrette Blount duo be nicknamed “Sonic Boom.”

— If the Patriots don’t lay a 40-dog or 50-burger on the Colts this week, I get the impression most fans around here will be disappointed. Revenge can only carry you so far, so let’s move on. Are the Colts a chief culprit in the whole Deflategate mess? Of course, but what would you rather be? The snitch who tried to make something out of a deflated football or the bully set to pound the snitch into the ground?

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