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NBA PB&J craze started with Kevin Garnett, Celtics 03.22.17 at 1:00 pm ET
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ESPNThe legend has been passed down by NBA generations, chronicled like a Homeric odyssey. The tale they tell is of Kevin Garnett and the 2007-08 Celtics, and the seminal moment of a revolution. Bryan Doo, Celtics strength and conditioning coach, recalls it as if it were yesterday, how before a game in December of that season, an unnamed Celtic — his identity lost to history, like the other horsemen on Paul Revere’s midnight ride — complained to Doo of incipient hunger pangs.

“Man, I could go for a PB&J,” the player said.

And then Garnett, in an act with historical reverberations, uttered the now-fabled words: “Yeah, let’s get on that.”

Garnett had not, to that point, made the PB&J a part of his pregame routine. But on that night in Boston, as Doo recalls, Garnett partook, then played … and played well. Afterward, from his perch as the Celtics’ fiery leader, Garnett issued the following commandment: “We’re going to need PB&J in here every game now.”

And so a sandwich revolution was born.

At the time, Doo notes, the Celtics not only didn’t provide lavish pregame spreads, they didn’t offer much food at all. But he soon found himself slapping together 20 PB&J’s about three hours before every tip-off, the finished products placed in bags and labeled with Sharpie in a secret code: “S” for strawberry, “G” for grape, “C” for crunchy. Of vital import: Garnett was an “S” man, and woe unto he who did not deliver him two S’s before every game. “If Kevin didn’t get his routine down, he’d be pissed,” Doo says. “Even if he didn’t eat them, he needed them to be there.”

From Doo’s perspective, PB&J’s were a far better option than players seeking out, say, greasy junk food from arena concessions. “It was a win-win for everybody,” he says. But as the Garnett-Paul Pierce-Ray Allen Celtics steamrolled to a 66-win season and an NBA title, the secret to their success, so cleverly disguised between two pieces of white bread, was eventually leaked. “Boston was doing it at a mass-produced level earlier on than I noticed other people doing it, for sure,” says Tim DiFrancesco, the Lakers’ strength and conditioning coach since 2011. “They were really on the forefront of this revolution.” In time, as visiting teams swung through Boston, opposing players caught wind that a new day had dawned. DiFrancesco recalls hearing from his troops during a visit: “Wait a minute, there’s PB&J’s in the Celtics’ locker room? Can we get some?” Doo’s colleagues around the league were less effusive. “B-Doo, I can’t believe you did this for the guys,” one told him. “Now you got me making them.”

There was no putting the jelly back in the jar. Over the course of the following seasons, as that Celtics championship run ran its course, the pieces of that team would be spread far and wide: Pierce and Garnett migrating the PB&J down I-95 to Brooklyn; Glen “Big Baby” Davis converting the Orlando Magic; Tony Allen spreading the bug to Memphis; coach Doc Rivers bringing the virus across the country to infect the Clippers.

And nothing would ever be the same.

We already kind of knew PB&J is popular in the NBA but this deeper dive into the trend paints the full picture of how much the sandwich means to the players. And I, for one, did not know it began in Boston with Garnett.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Punches thrown in Bulls-Raptors game 03.22.17 at 9:51 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: NY Yankees vs. Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
World Baseball Classic: Puerto Rico vs. USA, 9 p.m. (ESPN2, MLB Network)
NBA: Indiana at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN, WBZ-FM 98.5)
NBA: Atlanta at Washington, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: New York at Utah, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: NY Islanders at NY Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Bakersfield at UT Arlington, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— In a rare NBA occurrence, punches were thrown during the Bulls-Raptors game Tuesday night.

Chicago’s Robin Lopez and Toronto’s Serge Ibaka were both ejected after the physical fight broke out in the third quarter of the game at Air Canada Centre.

It started when Ibaka threw an elbow at Lopez after a shot made by Jimmy Butler. Lopez responded by grabbing the ball out of Ibaka’s hand and tempers exploded.

Lopez threw a punch at Ibaka’s head and Ikaka punched back, slightly swiping Ibaka.

Teammates and coaches rushed to calm the chaos and pulled the players apart. Both were immediately tossed from the game.

“What happened is we were playing physical basketball and he got frustrated,” Ibaka said after the game. “That thing happened where you just start pushing each other, like always happens when there’s contact, and then he throws a punch. You know, like a man, I had to defend myself. I’m not just going to be out there and watch a man like him punch me and just walk away. I had to defend myself.”

Lopez also declined to take blame for the incident.

“Things got heated, we exchanged a few words and it kind of went from there,” Lopez said. “I’m not too surprised [that it escalated]. It happens sometimes.”

As far as punishment from the league, Lopez believes he will be suspended, but Ibaka doesn’t think he should get the same punishment since he didn’t throw the first punch.

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Tom Brady’s jersey thief once took selfie with him 03.21.17 at 11:05 am ET
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TMZ SportsThe man who allegedly stole Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey has been up close and personal with Tom, Robert Kraft and other Super Bowl stars for years … and TMZ Sports has the photo proof.

Mauricio Ortega made a habit of snapping selfies with the big stars from the Super Bowl games he covered during his stint as the news director for La Prensa — a Mexican media outlet.

We’re told the photo with Tom Brady was taken after Super Bowl 39 in 2005. Same with Robert Kraft.
Ortega also posed with Heath Miller at Super Bowl 40, Brandon Jacobs at Super Bowl 42. He also got one with Ben Roethlisberger.

The nerve of this guy.

Tom Brady is nice enough to take a picture with him and then he goes and steals TWO of the most important jerseys Brady has ever worn? Shame on him.

Not only does this guy have a little bit of a klepto streak, but he’s also really bad at taking selfies.

Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Donald Trump rips Colin Kaepernick, takes credit for his unemployment; Gale Sayers battling dementia 03.21.17 at 9:55 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: Tampa Bay vs. Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Philadelphia vs. Minnesota, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: LA Angels vs. Cincinnati, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston vs. NY Yankees, 6:35 p.m. (NESN, WEEI-AM 850)
World Baseball Classic: US vs. Japan, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL: Ottawa at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN, WBZ-FM 98.5)
NHL: San Jose at Minnesota, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Chicago at Toronto, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: San Antonio at Minnesota, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Richmond at TCU, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Mississippi, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— During a rally in Louisville Monday night, Donald Trump switched gears from talking about urban communities to discussing controversial NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick.

“Our inner cities will find a rebirth of hope, safety and opportunity,” Trump said. “Your San Francisco quarterback, I’m sure nobody ever heard of him.”

A relevant and smooth segue if I’ve ever heard one.

Trump then explained he was referencing an article he read about Kaepernick’s free agency. He said he believes NFL teams are afraid to sign Kaepernick because they don’t want Trump to send mean tweets to them.

“It was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump,” he said. “Do you believe that? I just saw that. I just saw that.”

Trump also took a shot at Kaepernick’s reluctance to stand for the national anthem before games.

“I said if I remember that one I’m going to report it to the people of Kentucky,” Trump said. “They like it when people actually stand for the American flag.”

The Bleacher Report article Trump was likely referencing mentions Kaepernick is in “NFL limbo” because he takes public political stances. It quotes an AFC general manager who said “… some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him. They think there might be protests or [President Donald] Trump will tweet about the team.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Wife of Wichita State coach escorted from arena after acting out, writer forced to delete video footage 03.20.17 at 9:53 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: Baltimore at Boston, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: NY Yankees vs. Washington, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cincinnati vs. Kansas City, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Washington at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Golden State at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: New York at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Boston at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Buffalo at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: UCF at Illinois State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Akron at UT Arlington, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Boise State at Illinois, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Bakersfield at Colorado State, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The wife of Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall was escorted from Bankers Life Stadium on Sunday after the team’s loss to Kentucky. 

Lynn Marshall was said to be “loudly cursing” when a police officer approached her and asked her to leave her seats in the lower bowl of the arena.

Later, a police officer escorted her back into the building for her husband’s postgame press conference. 

A reporter on the scene tweeted about Lynn Marshall’s state during the incident. 

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: CBS Sports’ website crashes on first day of NCAA tournament, viewers attack; Mike Francesa explains NCAA matchup mix-up 03.17.17 at 9:24 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: Houston at Boston, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: NY Yankees vs. Detroit, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Kansas City vs. Milwaukee, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
World Baseball Classic: US vs. Puerto Rico, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Boston at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Minnesota at Miami, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Florida at NY Rangers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
College basketball: Oklahoma State vs. Michigan, 12:15 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: New Mexico State vs. Baylor, 12:40 p.m. (tru TV)
College basketball: Seton Hall vs. Arkansas, 1:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Iona vs. Oregon, 2 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: Jacksonville State vs. Louisville, 2:45 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: USC vs. SMU, 3:10 p.m. (tru TV)
College basketball: Texas Southern vs. North Carolina, 4 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: URI vs. Creighton, 4:30 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: UC Davis vs. Kansas, 6:50 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Wichita State vs. Dayton, 7:10 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: Troy vs. Duke, 7:20 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: Kansas State vs. Cincinnati, 7:27 p.m. (tru TV)
College basketball: Michigan State vs. Miami, 9:20 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Northern Kentucky vs. Kentucky, 9:40 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: Marquette vs. South Carolina, 9:50 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: Kent State vs. UCLA, 9:57p.m. (tru TV)

AROUND THE WEB:

— In a case of terrible timing, CBS Sports’ website crashed on Thursday morning, leaving many college basketball fans in the lurch on the first day of the tournament.

When thousands of fans logged on to the website to submit last-minute brackets, they found the website had gone down around 11 a.m. It remained down for about two hours, which angered fans because the first game tipped off at 12:15.

And fans let CBS Sports know about it on Twitter.

“During the hour before the first tip, service was down due to overwhelming demand,” CBS Sports Digital said in a statement. “We certainly regret the outage but are pleased to say that service has since been restored.”

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Investigators find Jose Fernandez was driving boat in deadly crash 03.16.17 at 10:10 am ET
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Miami HeraldMiami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, drunk and speeding, was behind the wheel and to blame when his boat plowed into a jetty off South Beach, killing two others, police concluded in a report released Thursday.

Had Fernandez lived, he would likely have been charged with a host of crimes including manslaughter, according to the final report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Investigators made the conclusion because the physical damage to Fernandez’s body matched the damage on the boat’s center console. His DNA was also found on the throttle and steering wheel.

The boat, investigators concluded, was traveling at more than 65 miles per hour — just over the top speed of the vessel.

“Fernandez operated [the boat] with his normal faculties impaired, in a reckless manner, at an extreme high rate of speed, in the darkness of the night, in an area with known navigational hazards such as rock jetties and channel markers,” the report concluded.

The release of the report comes nearly six months after Fernandez and two others were killed when the pitcher’s boat plowed into a jetty at Government Cut off South Beach just before down on Sept. 25.

Two others on the boat with him, Emilio Jesus Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25, also were killed.

Yikes.

By all accounts, Fernandez was a great guy who made a mistake. A HUGE mistake.

After his death, he was honored by the Marlins and mourned by other teams around the league. If this information had been known at the time, he might have been honored differently. Maybe not as enthusiastically.

He did a lot for baseball and it’s sad he died, but he also killed two people. He knew better than to risk his life driving a boat drunk and on cocaine, especially with a baby on the way.

Fernandez’ daughter, Penelope, was born in February to his girlfriend, Maria Arias.

Fernandez’ lawyer had claimed all along Fernandez was not behind the wheel of the boat. This finding will certainly help the lawsuits filed against the Fernandez estate by the families of the other two men who were killed.

 

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Mike Francesa previews NCAA matchup that doesn’t exist; Adrian Gonzalez rips World Baseball Classic 03.16.17 at 9:52 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: Pittsburgh vs. Boston, 6:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Minnesota vs. St. Louis, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Chicago Cubs vs. LA Dodgers, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
World Baseball Classic: Venezuela vs. Dominican Republic, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Utah at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Nashville at Washington, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL: Boston at Edmonton, 9 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Princeton vs. Notre Dame, 12:15 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: UNCW vs. Virginia, 12:40 p.m. (tru TV)
College basketball: Winthrop vs. Butler, 1:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: South Dakota State vs. Gonzaga, 2 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: Bucknell vs. West Virginia, 2:45 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: East Tennessee State vs. Florida, 3:10 p.m. (tru TV)
College basketball: Middle Tennessee vs. Minnesota, 4 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Vanderbilt vs. Northwestern, 4:30 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: Xavier vs. Maryland, 6:50 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Mount St. Mary’s vs. Villanova, 7:10 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: VCU vs. Saint Mary’s, 7:20 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: Vermont vs. Purdue, 7:27 p.m. (tru TV)
College basketball: FGCU vs. Florida State, 9:20 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Virginia Tech vs. Wisconsin, 9:40 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: North Dakota vs. Arizona, 9:50 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: Nevada vs. Iowa State, 9:57 p.m. (tru TV)

AROUND THE WEB:

— While discussing the NCAA tournament on Wednesday, Mike Francesa pulled a classic Mike Francesa Move and previewed a college basketball matchup that does not exist.

Francesa battled his way through guessing what will happen in the Florida State vs. Maryland game, which is not happening at all.

After an extended period of dead air, Francesa said he thinks this game could go either way. “I could see them winning this game, or losing this game, one way or the other,” he explained.

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Rob Gronkowski movie co-star trashes his acting ability 03.15.17 at 11:50 am ET
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TMZThere is no lovefest behind the scenes of Rob Gronkowski’s new movie — with one of his co-stars RIPPING the NFL star for botching his lines on set … and bailing on promoting the flick.

Joanna Krupa says she flew in from Poland for the premiere of “You Can’t Have It” — in which Rob plays a cop investigating a violent situation at a bar — but Gronk’s gone M.I.A. and she’s pissed.

JK claims Gronk’s done virtually no publicity and says, “To me, he’s not a big team player.”

We reached out to Gronk’s camp for comment — so far, no word back.

It’s obvious why Gronk isn’t promoting this movie– it looks TERRIBLE. The first line of the trailer is “It was a night that everything had changed.” It also includes lines like “All my friends were not my friends and I was just a job to them” and guys calling each other “bro.”

Then there is Gronk’s line: “Someone needs to do some explaining. What’s going on in here?” It’s very convincing. He needs to know. He’s wearing a badge and everything.

I do believe Gronk was the only one who used more than one take to get his lines because he’s the only good actor in the movie and the movie looks like it was shot all in one take. And I don’t blame him for not publicizing it. Even the trailer is an amateur production. It cuts away from scenes in the middle of lines and it looks like the editor just learned how to pan and was very excited about it.

Joanna needs to lighten up. This is a movie in which Rob Gronkowski plays a police officer–it’s not that serious.

Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Under Armour NCAA tournament teams get Tom Brady pajamas; truTV responds to Twitter trolls 03.15.17 at 8:41 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: Boston at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. MLB Network
MLB: LA Angels vs. San Francisco, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
World Baseball Classic: Israel vs. Japan, 6 a.m. (MLB Network)
World Baseball Classic: US vs. Venezuela, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Minnesota at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Portland at San Antonio, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Milwaukee at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Boston at Calgary, 9 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: St. Louis at Anaheim, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: N.C. Central vs. UC Davis, 6:40 p.m. (tru TV)
College basketball: UNCG at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Akron at Houston, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: South Dakota at Iowa, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: USC vs. Providence, 9:10 p.m. (tru TV)
College basketball: UC Irvine at Illinois State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UT Arlington at BYU, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Players at Under Armour school in the NCAA Tournament can now sleep like Tom Brady.

Teams that have apparel deals with Under Armour, including Notre Dame, Mexico State, South Carolina, Northwestern, South Dakota State, Maryland, Seton Hall, Saint Mary’s, Wisconsin, Kent State and Cincinnati, all reportedly received $200 Tom Brady pajamas.

This performance sleepwear promises to help the body recover during sleep to help people achieve greatness.

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