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Friday’s Morning Mashup: MLB to test starting runner at 2B in extra innings in minors; Bob Costas steps down from NBC Olympics coverage 02.10.17 at 9:41 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: Indiana at Washington. 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Chicago at Phoenix, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Ohio at Ball State, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Akron at Eastern Michigan, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Dayton at URI, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Monmouth at Manhattan, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: Villanova at St. John’s, 8 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Major League Baseball will test an extra innings rule change in the minor leagues to automatically begin the tenth inning, and every extra inning after, with a runner on second base. This test will determine whether MLB will implement the rule on the major league level.

This rule has been used in international baseball and will be incorporated into this spring’s World Baseball Classic.

“Let’s see what it looks like. It’s not fun to watch when you go through your whole pitching staff and wind up bringing a utility infielder in to pitch,” said Joe Torre, MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer. “As much as it’s nice to talk about being at an 18-inning game, it takes time. It’s baseball. I’m just trying to get back to that, where this is the game that people come to watch. It doesn’t mean you’re going to score. You’re just trying to play baseball.”

“What really initiated it is sitting in the dugout in the 15th inning and realizing everybody is going to the plate trying to hit a home run and everyone is trying to end the game themselves,” Torre continued. “I don’t know what inning is the right inning. Maybe the 11th or 12th inning. But there are a number of reasons.”

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Patriots fan nails deflated footballs to pole near Roger Goodell’s Maine house 02.09.17 at 1:28 pm ET
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Boston MagazineFor one Patriots fan, Deflategate was avenged long before Tom Brady and company mounted the most historic comeback in Super Bowl history; before TB12 received Super Bowl MVP honors the same season he was forced to sit out the first four weeks; before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell contorted his face into something vaguely resembling a smile while congratulating him.

No, for one gloriously petty Pats fan, victory was already theirs.

WCSH-6 reports that someone nailed deflated footballs to a telephone pole at the corner of Black Point Road and Route 1 in Scarborough, Maine, a short distance from Goodell’s $6.5 million summer home on Prout’s Neck.

Scarborough police beefed up patrols outside Goodell’s home after the commish upheld the four-game suspension he handed Brady in 2015 for his alleged role in Deflategate. “[The NFL] did reach out and let us know about the decision and that it might not be popular,” Chief Robbie Moulton told the Portland Press Herald at the time.

That’ll show him.

I don’t think Roger even goes to his house in Maine anymore so if he’s never heard of Barstool (eyeroll) then he clearly doesn’t read news and won’t even see this. But it’s likely the passionate Patriots fan who did this doesn’t even care. It’s one of those “I defended the wall” personal victories.

And those aren’t even NFL footballs, they’re NCAA footballs.

 

Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Former Knick Charles Oakley arrested at Madison Square Garden; Rapper Nelly supports Patriots players not going to White House 02.09.17 at 8:31 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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Cleveland at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Boston at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (CSN, TNT)
NHL: NY Islanders at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: San Jose at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Belmont at Jacksonville State, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Purdue at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Winthrop at UNC Asheville, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: North Carolina at Duke , 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Missouri State at Wichita State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: SMU at Temple, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UNH at Vermont, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Oregon at UCLA, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Washington at Colorado, 10 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: BYU at Pepperdine, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Former Knick Charles Oakley was arrested at Madison Square Garden during the Knicks-Clippers game Wednesday and charged with three counts of assault during an altercation in the stands near team owner James Dolan.

The incident occurred during the first quarter where Oakley was sitting behind the baseline. Oakley was making comments to Dolan, who was sitting in front of him, while Kristaps Porzingis was shooting free throws. Dolan had security escort Oakley from the arena.

Oakley got physical with security guards and players on both teams stopped to watch. Fans chanted “Oakley! Oakley!” in support of the former power forward.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who played with Oakley, called the incident “sad.”

“That was tough for me to watch,” Rivers said. “Honest to God, you could see it. I actually took three steps and I swear I was going to run down there, and I thought, ‘What the hell am I going to do?’ But I didn’t like that. That’s my guy. That was tough to watch from where I was standing.”

“I was there for four minutes,” Oakley told the New York Daily News after being released from Midtown South Precinct. “I didn’t say anything to him. I swear on my mother. They came over and wanted to know why I was sitting there. I bought the ticket. I said why do you guys keep staring at me. Then they asked me to leave. And I said I’m not leaving.”

On Thursday morning, Oakley posted this interview to the Instagram account of Jimmy’s NYC:

#CHARLESOAKLEY #NyKnicks #Jimmy’s

A video posted by Jimmy’s NYC (@jimmysnyc) on

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Bart Hubbuch sues NY Post for firing him 02.08.17 at 2:42 pm ET
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NY Daily NewsA New York Post sports writer fired over an anti-President Trump tweet sued the fact-challenged tabloid Wednesday, alleging the paper treated him unfairly because it “regularly exploits tragedy, violence and death to sell news.”

Bart Hubbuch wrote in the suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court that a tweet he posted comparing President Trump’s inauguration to Pearl Harbor and 9/11 was in keeping with the paper’s “freewheeling, non-conformist style of journalism.”

But Hubbuch charges that honchos at the paper fired him in an effort to maintain a relationship between the new President and the Post’s chairman, Rupert Murdoch.

“The Post does not exist to generate a profit; instead, it is operated in a manner designed to serve the ends of Murdoch and his other business interests,” says Hubbuch.

“The Post does not exist to generate a profit; instead, it is operated in a manner designed to serve the ends of Murdoch and his other business interests, such as 21st Century Fox,” Hubbuch states. “That gives Murdoch a strong incentive to please Trump and to avoid upsetting him.”

After Hubbuch posted the off-duty Inauguration Day tweet reading “12/7/41. 9/11/01. 1/20/17,” his supervisor called him, furious, according to the suit.

“What are you doing? You live in New York City. There are people even in here that want me to fire you. You’re going to take that down right now and apologize or I will fire you,” executive sports editor Chris Shaw allegedly fumed.

Hubbuch complied and subsequently tweeted two apologies.

Nevertheless, on Jan. 27 he was fired — though he said supervisors could not point to any written social media policy.

Hubbuch even cites the Dec. 9, 2015, cover of the Daily News — which showed Trump beheading the Statue of Liberty — to prove his point that concern over the president is widespread.

He seeks damages to be determined at trial.

Holy smokes, this guy.

Bart, you were not fired just because of this tweet. This was a solid reason for the Post to fire you but you were fired because you’re a scummy person and a bad journalist and the Post is better off without you.

The Post should have done this a LONG time ago. And Chris Shaw shouldn’t have said “take that down or I’ll fire you,” he should have said “you are fired.”

At least after this pathetic lawsuit is over this clown will officially be completely irrelevant and have no choice but to go away forever.

Mark Teixiera joining ESPN as baseball analyst 02.08.17 at 12:12 pm ET
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NY Daily NewsFour months after hanging up his cleats, Mark Teixeira is picking up a microphone as an ESPN analyst.

ESPN announced the former Yankees first baseman’s new gig on Tuesday. 

Teixeira will contribute to ESPN’s MLB studio coverage, “SportsCenter” and other platforms on the World Wide Leader. He’ll likely start during spring training.

“I coudn’t be more excited to begin this next chapter of my baseball career with ESPN,” Teixeira said in a statement released by the network. “I’m looking forward to being a part of their all-star rotation of commentators and to share my perspective with the fans.”

ESPN studio and in-game analyst John Kruk left the network in the fall for a television job with the Phillies, but it’s unclear if Teixeira will be filling Kruk’s shoes.

“Mark brings valuable insight from his experience as one of the elite first basemen and hitters of his era,” Seth Markman, an ESPN senior coordinating producer, said. “His star power and credentials, coupled with his modern perspective of the game will benefit our coverage.

“He’s been on our radar for quite some time and we’re looking forward to working with him.”

This seems like a good time to revisit Teixeira’s past TV venture called “Foul Territory” on the YES Network. The then-Yankees first baseman hosted this program in which he interviewed teammates and sometimes even equipment.

It was supposed to be bad and sometimes when something is bad on purpose it turns out to be painful to watch. Some of this is. The opening and most of the show is decently funny and the idea is good. As with all things like this, it’s funnier because of who he is.

The best moment is when Teixeira interviews Masahiro Tanaka through an interpreter and at the end asks the interpreter if he should shake the interpreter’s hand and then the interpreter shake Tanaka’s hand.

Will he be better as a real baseball analyst? Only time will tell.

Here is the work that put him on ESPN’s radar:

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Michael Floyd responds to people angry about his Super Bowl tweet; Ed Markey congratulates ‘Boston Patriots’ on Super Bowl win 02.08.17 at 8:22 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: Boston at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: LA Clippers at New York, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Chicago at Golden State, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Chicago at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: DePaul at Xavier, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Baylor at Oklahoma State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: N.C. State at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at BC, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Rutgers at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: South Florida at UConn, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Houston at Tulane, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Providence at Seton Hall, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Iowa at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: UCF at Cincinnati, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: VCU at George Washington, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: West Virginia at Oklahoma, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: California at Arizona State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Stanford at Arizona, 11 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: UNLV at Nevada, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— After the Patriots’ Super Bowl win Sunday, Michael Floyd tweeted this:

People were quick to point out Floyd was inactive and did not play in the Super Bowl and also brought up his recent DUI. 

   Floyd noticed this and responded to the haters on Tuesday. 

Floyd was picked up by the Patriots on Dec. 15 after the Cardinals released him following his DUI arrest.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bruins coach Claude Julien fired; ICYMI: Martellus Bennett’s daughter takes over press conference 02.07.17 at 8:32 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:
Patriots victory parade, 10:40 (NESN)
NBA: Orlando at Houston, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Los Angeles at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Maryland at Penn State, 6 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Florida at Georgia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Georgetown at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: LSU at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tulsa at Memphis, 7 p.m (ESPNU)
College basketball: URI at UMass, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Notre Dame, 7p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Illinois at Northwestern, 8 pm. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Butler at Marquette, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa State at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Michigan State at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Mississippi State at Auburn, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas Tech at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: San Diego State at San Jose State, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Bruins coach Claude Julien has been fired, the Bruins announced Tuesday morning. Assistant coach Bruce Cassidy will assume interim head coaching duties effective immediately.

Julien just finished his tenth season as the coach of the team. He coached 759 games with the team with a record of 419-246-94.

–ICYMI: As Martellus Bennett tried to answer questions from the media after the Patriots’ Super Bowl win on Sunday, his daughter also had a lot to say.

She covered a range of topics, including her dog Wendy, as she stole the mic from her dad. Bennett said winning the Super Bowl is great, but he is most proud of being a dad. He even posted a picture of his daughter on Instagram before the game:

Game Day!!!

A photo posted by Martellus Bennett (@martellusb) on

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: David Ortiz celebrates Patriots win, Mark Wahlberg leaves Super Bowl early 02.06.17 at 7:36 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: LA Lakers at New York, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: San Antonio at Memphis, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: St. Louis at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Women’s college basketball: Louisville at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Women’s college basketball: Texas at Baylor, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Holy Cross at Bucknell, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Louisville at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Jackson State at Southern University, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas at Kansas State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— David Ortiz tweeted this video Sunday night of his celebration of the Patriots’ Super Bowl win:

 

 

Meanwhile, self-described Boston sports fan Mark Wahlberg was in attendance at the Super Bowl, but ditched the Patriots early when they were losing: 


The NFL also tweeted this video of Gisele celebrating her husband’s Super Bowl win:

Here is how athletes across different sports reacted to the huge win:

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Two years ago, we won our fourth Super Bowl down in Arizona and I told our fans that was the sweetest one of all. But a lot has transpired during the last two years, and I don’t think that needs any explanation. But I want to say to our fans, our brilliant coaching staff, our amazing players, who are so spectacular, this is unequivocally the sweetest. And I’m proud to say, for the fifth time, we are all Patriots. And tonight, for the fifth time, the Patriots are world champions.” — Robert Kraft, accepting the Lombardi Trophy after the Patriots’ Super Bowl LI win

 

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Mike Ditka goes off on reporters for asking Tom Brady about Donald Trump; Johnny Manziel’s first autograph appearance is a success 02.03.17 at 9:04 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: LA Lakers at Boston, 8 p.m. (CSN, ESPN)
NBA: Dallas at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: NY Islanders at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College basketball: Western Michigan at Central Michigan, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iona at Rider, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: URI at Davidson, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Buffalo at Ball State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: Creighton at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— During an appearance on a New York radio station on Thursday, Mike Ditka went on a rant against journalists asking Tom Brady about his relationship with Donald Trump.

“These people are — can I say this? — (expletive). Now, when you don’t have a choice anymore in our country — when people disagree with my choice, fine. That’s what made America great. There’s gonna be disagreements,” Ditka said on the Bernie and Sid Show. “I like Donald Trump. I think he’s the best man, the best qualified person. I think he’ll do a great job for Americans. There’s a lot of people out there who don’t think that. But we’ll have to wait and see. Let him do his job first. If he can possibly screw it up nearly half as much as Obama, I’ll be surprised.”

Ditka is a vocal Trump supporter and also said he would have kicked Colin Kaepernick off his team for kneeling during the national anthem.

“Kaepernick would be an unknown — a complete unknown. He’d be a complete nobody,” Ditka said. “Nobody would know who he was without the game of football, without the sport he’s playing. Not to respect that, you have to be a pretty unintelligent person, I would think.”

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Top 5 WEEI Radio Row interviews from Super Bowl 02.02.17 at 10:38 pm ET
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The WEEI shows were full of guests this week on Radio Row in Houston in the lead-up to the Super Bowl.

Here are five of the best interviews you should listen to:

1. Chris “Mad Dog” Russo

Mad Dog joined Kirk and Callahan on Tuesday and, as usual, was fired up and full of opinions. He thinks Goodell should’ve made an appearance at Gillette this season, has no problem with Brady not talking about Trump, and thinks Belichick is “one hell of a coach.” He still hasn’t read the Wells Report .

2. David Portnoy

Portnoy was cranky because Chris Curtis lied to him about being able to get him press credentials because Barstool’s were revoked by the NFL. So Portnoy talked to Kirk and Gerry from a couch in the lobby of the Marriott down the street. Portnoy said the NFL issued a statement about Barstool being banned and then just a few hours later Goodell lied during his press conference and acted like he’s never even heard of Barstool. Portnoy also explained his Goodell/Hitler comparison and has no proof Goodell does not love ISIS.

3. Bill Belichick

The Coach was in a good mood when he joined Dale, Holley and Keefe on Monday. He referenced Mona Lisa Vito again and called media day a “circus without the trapeze and the dancing elephants.”

4. Mike Westhoff

The former Jets special teams coach joined Ordway, Merloni and Fauria and talked about everthing from Deflategate to Eric Mangini and Spygate. He also thinks this Super Bowl is a matchup between the two most “divaless” teams in the league.

5. Ryen Russillo

Russillo was pretty mellow but he finally dished on what really happened with Dino after he left Russillo the infamous voicemail.

Bonus: Chris Simms

Son of Phil Simms, Bleacher Report NFL Analyst, former coaching assistant for the Patriots, humble guy.

“I’m probably the most qualified person on Earth to talk about quarterback play,” he said. He thinks Brady is guilty in Deflategate because of Murphy’s Law (?) and said, “I’m going to toot my own horn here,” then name-dropped his way through his life story and resume.