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Texans rookie gets stuck with $16,000 restaurant tab 12.20.16 at 11:31 am ET
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SB NationIn the NFL, the practice of sticking a bunch of young dudes with a ridiculous bill has become commonplace, but KJ Dillon of the Houston Texans wasn’t one of bunch of young dudes getting stuck with it. He was on his own.

There is a lot to be said about this bill, but perhaps the best part is ordering 22 glasses of extra fancy Hennessy at $350 a pop. The stuff you can get at CVS in a plastic bottle tastes pretty great already, so I can’t imagine it’s worth the price upgrade. Feel free to prove me wrong though, Hennessy. I can send you my address or whatever.

The good news for KJ Dillon is he at least probably got a big, hearty meal out of the deal.

He did not. He just got a salad.  

I thought it was unfair in the Sopranos when the guys made Christopher pay their $1,184 restaurant bill until I saw this. 

Those Hennessy orders are insane and Dillon doesn’t even drink. And he got a SALAD. 

He could have bought a sensible car with what he had to pay for this. And because of this, he now has to live like a peasant:   

Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Donald Trump taps Florida Panthers owner for Secretary of the Army; Salvation Army sees spike in donations after Ezekiel Elliott’s touchdown celebration 12.20.16 at 8:25 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:
NHL: NY Islanders at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Boston at Memphis, 8 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: San Antonio at Houston, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Utah at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College football: Memphis at Western Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Eastern Washington at Xavier, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Charlotte at Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Georgia at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Maine at Providence, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Charleston Southern at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Creighton at Arizona State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: North Dakota at Iowa, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: Notre Dame at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: New Orleans at Texas, 8 p.m. (Longhorn Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Donald Trump has nominated Florida Panthers owner Vincent “Vinnie” Viola for Secretary of the Army.

Viola is a New York financier and founder and chairman of Virtu Financial.

He graduated from West Point and is a former Infantry officer who served in the 101st Airborne Division.

Viola said his primary focus if confirmed “will be ensuring that America’s soldiers have the ways and means to fight and win across the full spectrum of conflict.”

In a statement, Trump said of Viola, “Whether it is his distinguished military service or highly impressive track record in the world of business, Vinnie has proved throughout his life that he knows how to be a leader and deliver major results in the face of any challenge.”

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Mike Francesa cites cold weather as factor in Cowboys game, forgets stadium has a roof 12.19.16 at 9:29 am ET
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New York Daily NewsMike Francesa fumbled another weather report on Sunday.

During his morning show on WFAN, the Sports Pope rambled on about the cold weather and wind chills for Sunday night’s game in Dallas between the Cowboys and Buccaneers and how it would play a factor in the game.

He wasn’t necessarily wrong about the weather, it was unbearably cold during gametime but fortunately for the players and fans AT&T Stadium has a retractable roof.

“When I went to Dallas and they had that ice storm…”

Francesa’s true talent is not talking about sports, it is flawlessly relating anything he’s talking about back to himself. It’s possible he did this whole thing about the cold weather just so he could remind people he survived an ice storm in Dallas that paralyzed the city for three days.

The day Mike retires will be the saddest of my life because I will miss soundbites like this one. He can build an argument based on wrong information like no one else. Even better is how he reacts when callers call him out on it, as I hope they do about this one today.

He is correct. Always.

Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jaguars fire coach Gus Bradley; Spurs retire Tim Duncan’s jersey 12.19.16 at 8:23 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:
NFL: Carolina at Washington, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Phoenix at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Western Illinois at Purdue, 6 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Eastern Michigan at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. Francis  at Marquette, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Tennessee State at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Delaware State at Indiana, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Colorado at Air Force, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Mississippi State at Southern Miss, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Southeast Missouri State at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Stanford at SMU, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Women’s college basketball: Ohio State at Connecticut, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Central Michigan at Tulsa, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Jaguars fired coach Gus Bradley on Sunday, mere hours after Jacksonville’s 21-20 loss to the Texans. That loss was the Jaguars’ ninth straight and dropped the team to 2-12 on the season.

Bradley leaves Jacksonville with the second-worst winning percentage of NFL coaches who have coached at least 50 games.

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell is expected to hold a press conference Monday afternoon to announce the interim coach for the final two games of the season.

The decision was made by the team’s owner, Shad Khan, who spoke of Bradley’s dedication to the team in a statement on Sunday.

“As anyone close to our team knows, Gus gave his staff and players literally everything he had. Our players competed for Gus and I know they have great respect for him, as do I,” the statement read.  ” … It is unfortunately evident that we must make a change. I thought it would be best to do it immediately after today’s result so Gus can step away, relax and regroup with his family during the Christmas and holiday season.”

The Jaguars are 14-48 since Bradley became coach in 2013. After being fired, Bradley returned home from Houston on the team charter.

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KFC in Japan introduces plastic ‘finger condoms’ to wear while eating 12.16.16 at 1:07 pm ET
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MashableGloves are sooo last century.

To keep your fingers clean while eating fried chicken, KFC in Japan has now started to hand out two-fingered transparent gloves that slip onto your thumb and forefinger, it announced.

The half-glove look is so that you can wear and take off the “finger naps” (short for finger napkins) easily.

It’s testing out the finger naps first at 222 outlets in Japan, before rolling them out to the other 1,000 restaurants in the country.

Not a terrible idea, both to keep your hands clean and also to keep your food clean from your hands, but I have a feeling this would take a while to really catch on in America.

KFC is one of the last places I would think of to come up with this idea. Their slogan is literally “It’s finger lickin’ good.” I would’ve expected Cheetos to offer these first.

Too slow, Cheetos.

‘Vanity Fair’ writer insults Home Goods in scathing Trump Grill review 12.16.16 at 10:43 am ET
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Us WeeklyNot so great. Vanity Fair writer Tina Nguyen went in on President-elect Donald Trump’s New York City restaurant Trump Grill in a scathing review published Wednesday, December 14.

According to Nguyen, the reality star turned politician’s eatery — located inside Manhattan’s Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue — leaves much to be desired. She and her companions decided to try some of the Trump family’s favorite items on the menu — and they were not impressed.

First, Nguyen and her pals ordered “Ivanka’s Salad,” a toss-up of vegetables named for the future POTUS’ eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump. Nguyen describes it in her review as “a chopped approximation of a Greek salad, smothered in melting goat cheese and dressing and missing the promised olives, that seemed unlikely to appetize a SoulCycle-obsessed, smoothie-guzzling heiress. … But the cuboid plant matter ended up being the perfect place to hide several uneaten Szechuan dumplings.” She didn’t like those either, describing them as “flaccid.”

Next, Nguyen bit into Donald Trump Jr.’s signature dish: filet mignon cooked medium-rare, with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. “The steak came out overcooked and mealy, with an ugly strain of pure fat running through it, crying out for A.1. sauce (it was missing the promised demi-glace too). The plate must have tilted during its journey from the kitchen to the table, as the steak slumped to the side over the potatoes like a dead body inside a T-boned minivan,” she quipped of the unappetizing meal.  

I get that Trump and Vanity Fair are feuding because the magazine’s editor-in-chief Graydon Carter offended him at some point and the food at Trump’s Grill probably sucks, but what do you expect?

This restaurant is clearly for people who want to eat at a place with Trump’s name on it or to just say they’ve been there. People will eat there whether the food is good or not. 

But the big problem I had with this review was this part: 

On another level, Trump Grill falls somewhat short of that lofty goal. The restaurant features a stingy number of French-ish paintings that look as though they were bought from Home Goods.

There is NOTHING wrong with Home Goods. It is a wonderland of classy stuff. 

Tina Nguyen has some nerve insulting one of the greatest stores in this country. You can trash Trump’s Grill as the worst restaurant in America, but don’t you dare take Home Goods down with it.

Friday’s Morning Mashup: Athletes react to Craig Sager’s death 12.16.16 at 8:19 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: Charlotte at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: LA Lakers at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Dallas at Utah, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Los Angeles at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football:
James Madison at North Dakota State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager died on Thursday at 65 after a battle with leukemia. Athletes from the NBA and beyond reacted on social media after hearing the news.

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A few of Craig Sager’s best moments 12.15.16 at 4:38 pm ET
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Legendary sideline reporter Craig Sager has died after a brave fight with leukemia. He was an absolute style icon and will be missed.

Here are some of his great moments, fashion and otherwise:

Kevin Garnett trashes Sager’s suit, tells him to burn it, Sager takes it like a pro:

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Ryan Lochte announces he and fiancée are expecting a baby 12.15.16 at 1:39 pm ET
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Huffington PostCould a water birth be in their plans?

Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte announced that he and fiancée Kayla Rae Reid are expecting their first child ― from a swimming pool.

A photo posted to Lochte’s Instagram account Wednesday shows him kissing Reid’s belly underwater.

“My Christmas gift came early this year, can’t wait for next year! Best news I’ve ever received,” the caption reads. Reid, who modeled for Playboy, posted her own version.    

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Tim Tebow might bring ‘Tebowing’ to baseball 12.15.16 at 1:39 pm ET
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TMZ SportsTim Tebow says he could be bringing back his signature move for his baseball career … telling TMZ Sports … “Tebowing” could be making a Lazarus-like return.

“Tebowing” was a social media craze a couple years ago … while Timmy was still an NFL player … with the whole world kneeling down to mimic Tebow’s celebration.

Tim’s taking on a different professional sport now … so when we saw him at LAX Wednesday we had to ask … is the epic move making a comeback?

He answered … and he’s saying there’s a chance!!

Even if Tebow ever has a real baseball career, he will never be as good as the original baseball Tebow-er: Nomar Garciaparra.