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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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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Georgia gas station bans sale of Sam Adams before Super Bowl; Tiger Woods struggles in PGA Tour return 01.27.17 at 9:09 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: Orlando at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Houston at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College hockey: Northeastern at UMass Lowell, 6 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Bowling Green at Ferris State, 8:30 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball:  Quinnipiac at Monmouth, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Dayton at VCU, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Green Bay at Oakland, 9 p.m. ESPNU
Women’s college basketball: DePaul at Creighton, 8 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A gas station in Georgia has banned the sale of Sam Adams beer leading up to the Patriots-Falcons Super Bowl matchup.

Viral Chhadua, a gas station manager in Gainesville, Georgia, said Monday he made the decision to stop selling the beer, which is made by Boston Beer Company, after reading a Boston Globe column written by Dan Shaughnessy.

In the column, which is titled “It’s hard to get pumped up about a Super Bowl against . . . Atlanta,” Shaughnessy called Atlanta a place with “absolutely zero enthusiasm for professional sports.”

“I was already pumped that we were in the Super Bowl and matched up against living legends in Bill [Belichick] and Tom [Brady],” Chhadua said. “Then this article pops up and belittles our sports teams and fan base. I was irritated at the shots this guy took at the fan base and Atlanta as a whole.”

Chhadua said he wants to show “America and Dan that Atlanta has a passionate fan base” and will stop selling Sam Adams until after the Super Bowl.

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The Gary Tanguay Velfie power rankings 01.26.17 at 1:21 pm ET
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If you haven’t heard, the Gary Tanguay Velfie phenomenon is currently sweeping the country. Gary has velfied from his kitchen, living room, Guitar Center in Natick and Troy Brown’s driveway. He even velfies while he sleeps.  

  My Dream Velfie. @csnne #tanguaytakesamerica   A video posted by Gary Tanguay (@gntanguay) on

Do you put mustard on that dress?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Louisville argues for leniency for Rick Pitino in stripper scandal; Dwayne Wade rips teammates after Bulls loss to Hawks 01.26.17 at 7:56 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: Pittsburgh at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: St. Louis at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Dallas at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: LA Lakers at Utah, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
Women’s college basketball: Nebraska at Purdue, 6 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: North Carolina at Miami, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: Campbell at Radford, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Robert Morris at Mount St. Mary’s, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Miami, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: Xavier at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Nebraska at Northwestern, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at North Carolina, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oregon State at Colorado, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Indiana at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UT Martin at Austin Peay, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Oregon at Utah, 10:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: BYU at Santa Clara, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— On Wednesday, Louisville released their response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations for the stripper scandal involving men’s basketball team staff member, Andre McGee. The school argues the team’s coach Rick Pitino should not be charged with a major violation of NCAA rules from the incident.

In October, the NCAA claimed the school had four major violations, one of which was Pitino’s failure to monitor McGee while he spent $5,400 over four years on strippers and escorts for players, recruits, AAU coaches, and others.

The NCAA ruled Pitino was “presumed responsible” for McGee’s behavior because he failed to “frequently spot-check the program to uncover potential or existing compliance problems” according to NCAA rules.

“The University believes Coach Pitino fostered a culture of NCAA compliance within the basketball program and exercised appropriate supervisory oversight of McGee,” read Louisville’s response. “McGee’s furtive conduct was not detectable by reasonable monitoring practices, as McGee purposefully intended to avoid detection.”

If it is ruled Pitino committed a major violation, he could face a multi-game suspension during the 2017-2018 season.

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National Police Organization executive: Roger Goodell ‘has no moral courage’ 01.25.17 at 1:02 pm ET
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TMZ SportsThe head of one of the largest police groups in the country is calling out Roger Goodell — saying he has “zero confidence” the NFL commish will punish Pacman Jones for wishing death on a Cincinnati cop.

TMZ Sports spoke with Bill Johnson, Executive Director of the National Association of Police Organizations — a group that represents more than 241,000 officers — and he tore into Goodell.
“Unfortunately, I have zero confidence in Roger Goodell to do anything meaningful as far as punishment.”

“Under Goodell, the NFL has stood for Not For Law enforcement. He continuously fails to discipline for disrespecting officers. From Kaepernick’s anti-police socks, to not allowing the Cowboys to honor the fallen officers, to supporting Beyonce’s halftime show. He doesn’t have the moral courage to do the right thing.”

As for the video of Jones cussing out a police officer during his Jan. 3 arrest … Johnson says, “The video is obviously disappointing and vulgar.”

“This is something that law enforcement deals with all the time, but once an athlete or celebrity gets involved, that’s when it becomes newsworthy.”

“The video shows how dangerous this job is for cops. It’s a tragedy that this happens all the time. Law enforcement shouldn’t have to deal with this.”

I love this. Bill Johnson is a true hero and I am a big fan of his.

And he is exactly right. Obviously we all know Goodell should spend more time handing out punishments to players who commit actual crimes rather than focusing on petty infractions, like celebrating a touchdown or the amount of air in a football, but it’s fantastic when people call him out on it like this.

Further proof Goodell has none of the integrity he’s constantly talking about and is very bad at his job.

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Ted Cruz is funnier than I thought 01.25.17 at 9:32 am ET
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Ted Cruz beat Deadspin at their own game Tuesday night on Twitter when he responded to Deadspin’s tweet requesting someone send proof Cruz plays basketball.

Cruz absolutely nailed that joke but Deadspin didn’t think it was so funny.

To which Cruz responded:

Winner? Cruz in a landslide. Well played by him.

I did not know he had this kind of sense of humor and I sincerely hope he came up with this himself. In Deadspin’s defense, Cruz did call a basketball hoop a “basketball ring” last year, which isn’t really a great look for the founder of the Republican senators’ weekly basketball game.

And why is Deadspin so angry? Even after their aggressive response, Cruz kept the game going with another tweet showing he relates to today’s youth, burying Deadspin once again.

However, I would still like to see actual video footage of Cruz playing basketball because I do want to see what someone who says “basketball ring” playing basketball looks like.

Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Peyton Manning reportedly to speak at Republican retreat featuring Donald Trump; Celtics to wear GE patches on uniforms next season 01.25.17 at 8:30 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:
NBA: Houston at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Golden State at Charlotte, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: LA Lakers at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Philadelphia at NY Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Memphis at Temple, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: SMU at UCF, 6 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: St. John’s at Providence, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Florida State at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Minnesota at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: UConn at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas A&M at Mississippi, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Baylor, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: URI at Richmond, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Butler at Seton Hall, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Alabama at Georgia, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Boston College at Miami, 9 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Iowa at Illinois, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Nevada at Boise State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: UCLA at USC, 11 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Washington at Arizona State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is reportedly scheduled to speak at a Republican retreat in Philadelphia which begins on Wednesday.

Speakers at the retreat include President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Before Super Bowl 50, Trump spoke about his admiration for Manning.

“I very much have always liked Peyton Manning,” Trump said. “He is a very good guy. I know him. And he is a very, very good guy. So, I have to go with the person I know and I like. I like the other team. I think the other team looks fantastic. Probably, they would be favored by something. But I will stick with Peyton, because he is a very good guy.”

Manning has donated to many Republican campaigns in the past, most of them in Tennessee where he went to college.

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Johnny Manziel: A week in review 01.24.17 at 10:22 am ET
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Here is a recap of what Johnny Manziel has been up to the past few days: It begins, as all moments of clarity after torpedoing your NFL career do, with an interview with TMZ:

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yordano Ventura reportedly robbed after deadly accident; video of Bengals’ Adam Jones verbally assaulting police officer surfaces 01.24.17 at 9:01 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 MORNING MASHUP:
NBA: Boston at Washington, 7 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: San Antonio at Toronto, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Detroit at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Kansas at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Louisville at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Purdue at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Rutgers at Maryland, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Southern Illinois at Wichita State, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Villanova at Marquette, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kansas State at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kentucky at Tennessee, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Penn State at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Tulane at Houston, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Utah State at New Mexico, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Reports from the Dominican Republic claim as Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura lay dying after a fatal car crash, the people who found him robbed him instead of helping him.

This report has yet to be confirmed by police. The report is Ventura was found still alive after the accident and looters robbed him of his World Series ring, among other belongings. Dominican journalist Euri Cabral reported this claim in an appearance on a Dominican radio station.

Pedro Martinez heard Cabral and commented on this alleged new development on Twitter:

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