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Sports world reacts to Manchester terror attack 05.23.17 at 1:27 pm ET
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In response to the terror attack in Manchester, England after an Ariana Grande concert on Monday, many in the sports world reacted to the tragic events on social media.

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Peter King writes thrilling Pete Abraham day in the life log 05.23.17 at 1:26 pm ET
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MMQB— No violins, please. But I thought it might be a cool note—seeing that I did not travel last week—to record a travel day in the life of the Boston Globe’s Red Sox beat man Pete Abraham, in the middle of a road trip:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17
11:35 p.m. Central Time: Boston-St. Louis game ends in extra innings at Busch Stadium: Red Sox 5, Cards 4.

THURSDAY, May 18
12:56 a.m. CT: Abraham files final story for BostonGlobe.com, leaves Busch Stadium press box, walks to hotel.

1 a.m. CT: At hotel, Abraham packs.

1:45 a.m. CT: Finishes packing. Goes to sleep.

3:30 a.m. CT: Wakeup call. He also set a phone alarm.

4 a.m. CT: Leaves for St. Louis airport. Rides in a cab that smells like unwashed clothes. Quite a coincidence, seeing that there was a pile of unwashed clothes in the back seat.

4:47 a.m. CT: Writes a Facebook post about his evening/morning. “So why is this fun? In the end, I’m going somewhere to get paid to watch baseball and write about it. Those are just about the two things I like best, so there’s no sense to complain about it.”

5:10 a.m. CT: Boards Delta flight 844, St. Louis to Salt Lake City. Abraham takes his coach window seat and sleeps most of the way to Salt Lake.

7:55 a.m. Mountain Time: After landing in Salt Lake City, Abraham finds the Delta club and finishes his early story for BostonGlobe.com. He has cranberry juice and a blueberry muffin.

9:46 a.m. MT: Delta flight 2001, Salt Lake to Oakland, departs. Abraham sleeps most of the way to Oakland. Abraham gets on the car rental shuttle and picks up a National car.

11:45 a.m. Pacific Time: Abraham, after a stop for a large Red Bull at a convenience store, is able to check in early at the Marriott Courtyard near the Oakland Coliseum. He puts on workout gear and hits the workout room at the hotel. He does 45 minutes on the treadmill (speed 4.5, incline 2).

1:45 p.m. PT: Abraham leaves the hotel, stops and picks up a turkey sandwich at Subway, and arrives in the Oakland press box around 2:30.

5 p.m. PT: Abraham, in a gaggle, interviews manager John Farrell at the stadium.

6:35 p.m. PT: Abraham does the NESN pregame show, televised back to New England, in a booth at the stadium.

7:07 p.m. PT: Game number 40 for the Red Sox is underway. Sonny Gray throws ball one to Mookie Betts.

11:30 p.m. PT: Oakland 8, Boston 3. Twenty-two hours after the final pitch in St. Louis, Abraham leaves the press box in a city two time zones away.

I honestly love daily logs like this of people’s lives but a lot of times they are interesting and there are things in there that are unique and humanizing, maybe even funny. And you learn something about the person.

What we learned about Pete Abe: likes blueberry muffins and treadmill on incline, takes a long time to pack.

Spice it up a little, Pete. You are not packing for 45 minutes straight. “Finishes packing. Goes to sleep.” So does the reader. Snoozefest. Then he gets a wakeup call AND sets his phone alarm? Pete actually gave Peter King this detail.

I want a weekly one of these on Pete Abe. Even in the offseason. Especially in the offseason. I want to know what he does when he’s not working and setting alarms and writing Facebook posts about loving his job. Not that I really care what he does, but the more mockable Pete Abe material the better.

Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Boston writer denounced nationally for terrible tweet about Manchester terrorist attack 05.23.17 at 9:12 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Tuesday 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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
San Francisco at Chicago Cubs, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Texas at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLB: St. Louis at LA Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Boston at Cleveland, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— As news broke of the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday, a Boston-based writer tweeted a tasteless joke about the incident and faced massive and much-deserved backlash.

David Leavitt, a freelance writer, posted the initial tweet (which he deleted much later) and then a series of follow-up tweets before tweeting a poor excuse for an apology:

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: David Ortiz receives honorary doctorate degree from Boston University 05.22.17 at 9:34 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:
MLB:
 San Francisco at Chicago Cubs, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Golden State at San Antonio, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Anaheim at Nashville, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— David Ortiz stole the show at Boston University’s graduation on Sunday and all he said was “Thank you very much.”

Ortiz received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letter from the university in front of more than 20,000 people at Nickerson Field.

BU president Dr. Robert A. Brown introduced Ortiz by highlighting his career stats, his leadership, charitable endeavors and speech after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

The crowd chanted “speech!” as Ortiz accepted his degree but Ortiz only said those four words when he took the mic and then returned to his seat.          

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Trenni on Colin Cowherd: ‘If I saw him right now I might punch him in the face’ 05.19.17 at 9:17 am ET
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Colin Cowherd (Jerry Lai/USA Today Sports)

Colin Cowherd (Jerry Lai/USA Today Sports)

Trenni Kusnierek went on a rant Friday morning on Kirk and Callahan about Colin Cowherd’s treatment of women in sports media, mainly in reaction to his response to Kristine Leahy confronting Lavar Ball this week.

“My theory’s always been on this is that we should give women opportunities,” Cowherd said. “When I left my former employer … and I was listening to all the radio out there and it was all guys. And I thought, you know, I finally have real power in this business. And the power is going to be to change radio.”

Trenni took issue with this statement and called him out on it.

Kusnierek called Cowherd a “lying sack of crap” because ESPN once hired Jen Lada, a friend of Trenni’s, to work on a show with Cowherd, but he ditched the show and moved to Los Angeles at the last minute.

“So don’t talk about how Fox has given you, has just given me this freedom to just lift women up from the bottom dredges of media,” Trenni said. “Screw you, you pretentious a-hole.”

“It’s so infuriating,” Trenni went on. “If I saw him right now I might punch him in the face.”

Hear is the full rant here.

Friday’s Morning Mashup: Kevin Pillar gets 2-game suspension for slur 05.19.17 at 8:37 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:

MLB: Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cleveland at Houston, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston at Oakland, 9:35 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
NBA: Cleveland at Boston, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB: 

Kevin Pillar suspended 2 games for anti-gay slur (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Pillar has been suspended two games for anti-gay slur (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports)

— The Blue Jays have suspended center fielder Kevin Pillar after he shouted a derogatory term at Braves pitcher Jason Motte during a game on Wednesday night.

After Motte struck Pillar out to end the seventh inning, Pillar yelled the derogatory term toward the mound. Pillar spoke the next day about the incident and owned up to what he did.

“I regret saying it,” Pillar said. “I’m going to use myself as an example of how there are words out there you can’t use. It’s not a word I use ever … It’s something that just came out.”

Pillar went on to say using the word, “helped extend the use of a word that has no place in baseball, in sports or anywhere in society today. I’m completely and utterly embarrassed and feel horrible to have put the fans, my teammates and the Blue Jays organization in this position.”

“I will be an example of how words can offend a lot of people,” Pillar said to reporters. “I hope people see this as just an error in judgment.”

Toronto’s general manager Ross Atkins flew to Atlanta to announce the suspension and personally apologize on behalf of the Blue Jays.

“A large group decided that was appropriate,” Atkins said of the suspension. “There is no question that was in the heat of the moment, but that’s no excuse.”

Pillar will sit out Thursday’s game against the Braves and Friday’s game in Baltimore. He will also donate approximately $6,066 to charity and pay an undisclosed fine.

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Cubs fan dies after falling over railing at Wrigley Field 05.18.17 at 1:22 pm ET
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A Cubs fan died at Wrigley Field on Tuesday. (Jerry Lai/USA Today Sports)

A Cubs fan has died after falling over a railing while leaving Wrigley Field after Tuesday night’s game.

Richard Garrity, 42, hit his head when he fell around 11 p.m. The game ended around 10:20 p.m.

Garrity was pronounced dead on Wednesday at 3:33 a.m. at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

“The thoughts and prayers of our entire organization are with his family during this difficult time,” the Cubs said in a statement.

Garrity was at the game with colleagues and his wife, who was not with him when he fell and tried to call him after the game. The circumstances surrounding the cause for the fall are unknown and an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

“He was a great guy, everyone loved him,” his father Richard Garrity Sr. said. “When he walked in a room, there were no strangers.”

Garrity was a marketing manager for Heineken and a lifelong Cubs fan.

Terry Bradshaw, Dr. Bennet Omalu respond to Gisele Bündchen concussion comments 05.18.17 at 11:43 am ET
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TMZ Sports — Terry Bradshaw says Gisele hung Tom Brady out to dry by talking about his alleged concussions on national TV … telling TMZ Sports, “My wife would never say that.”

In fact, Terry suspects Tom is really upset over the situation — “I would imagine someone’s having a talk with somebody.”

“I don’t know why she would say that,” Bradshaw added … while explaining that when it comes to private health matters, it’s not up to the spouse to share that information with the world.

“That’s my wife right there and she’d never say a word,” Terry said pointing to Tammy.

Terry’s wife says it’s not a black and white issue … it’s complicated.

The good news … Terry’s confident Tom and Gisele will ultimately work things out.

It’s reassuring that Terry Bradshaw thinks Gisele and Tom will make it through this.

I honestly think Gisele didn’t mean to say that because she stopped short once it came out of her mouth. She tried to backpedal slightly when she said, “I mean we don’t talk about it.” I think if she had intentionally brought up concussions she would have expanded on it and she glossed over it pretty quickly.

Basically, Bradshaw’s point is Tammy is a better ride or die wife than Gisele.

Meanwhile, Dr. Bennet Omalu, famous ‘Concussion’ neuropathologist, believes Gisele did the right thing.

“I believe it is something angelic to speak up,” Dr. Bennet Omalu told TMZ on Thursday. “She’s an angel. An angel of truth and an angel of love … The truth will always prevail. We should not be afraid of the truth because of the inconvenience of the truth. But when we embrace the truth, just like Gisele has done, the truth is empowering, is enlightening and is vindicating … So, [Gisele] is my hero.”

The NFL stated there are no records Brady ever suffered a concussion. So who is telling the truth?

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Mike Francesa has never listened to podcasts, wants to host one 05.18.17 at 9:36 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:
MLB:
Washington at Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: NY Yankees at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m. (FS1)
MLB: Boston at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
NHL: Anaheim at Nashville, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— In a profile for The Ringer published on Tuesday, Mike Francesa said he has never listened to a podcast but believes he knows how to improve the art form once he retires in December.

“Problem is, they’re handing out podcasts like they’re Pez, OK?” Francesa said. “Right now, my producers have a podcast. No offense, but they have a podcast. If you showed up here as an intern, they’d give you a podcast. … They give everybody a podcast. How can that work? Can you give everybody a show? If you can’t give everybody a show, how can you give everybody a podcast?!”

Francesa said the format is flawed and he knows how to improve it even though he has never listened to a podcast in his life.

“It’s a folly. They’re doing it so wrong,” Francesa said. But when asked how he will make podcasts better he said, “I’m not telling you yet because I know how to fix it.”

He also said podcasting is “possibly” his next career move.

In this piece, the WFAN host of 30 years also revealed what his final show will entail.

“There will be no guests, no updates … No anything,” Francesa said. “I’m not even sure yet there’s going to be commercials. We’re still working on that. It’s just going to be me and the callers, that’s it.”

As an aside, in the open of his show on Wednesday Francesa hinted he is just about ready to retire. He rushed into the studio just in time for the start and then fumbled over his own name. He went on to explain he lost track of time and how much he wanted to be outside rather than hosting his show that day because the weather was so nice.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Gisele opens up on marriage to Tom Brady; Former fellow Aaron Hernandez inmate trying to sell autographed note 05.17.17 at 9:46 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Wednesday 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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB
: Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 12 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: LA Dodgers at San Francisco, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN, NESN, WEEI)
NBA: Cleveland at Boston, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Gisele Bündchen sat down for an interview with Charlie Rose airing Wednesday on CBS This Morning and discussed her “wonderful” life with husband Tom Brady.

“He’s playing football. It’s a contact sport and a very aggressive sport. But he knows I will always support him. And I want him to be happy,” Gisele said. “And if that makes him happy, and he loves to do that, then I’m always gonna support him like I always have. So I want him to be happy and fulfilled.”

“You’ve changed him, and he’s changed you,” Rose said.

“Yeah, I think that’s what we’ve done,” Gisele said. “We do most of our growing in relationships because … they see all of us, right? All the sides of us … I think we have been growing and learning a lot from each other. You know, walkin’ this life with a partner where you can always grow and learn from, it’s wonderful.”

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