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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Pat McAfee retires from NFL to join Barstool Sports; Patriots get ’19-0,’ ‘Perfect Season’ trademarks 02.02.17 at 8:42 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:
NBA: Atlanta at Houston, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Golden State at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Women’s college basketball: Indiana at Michigan State, 6 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: Maryland at Purdue, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Bryant at Mount St. Mary’s, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Memphis at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Michigan State at Nebraska, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Missouri at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Eastern Illinois at Tennessee State, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Arizona at Oregon State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Belmont at Murray State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UAB at UTEP, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Arizona State at Oregon, 11 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Gonzaga at BYU, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Saint Mary’s at Pacific, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Colts punter Pat McAfee has decided to retire from the NFL after eight seasons to join Barstool Sports.

On Wednesday night, the 29 year-old announced his retirement on Barstool Rundown on Comedy Central before posting his statement on Twitter.

By retiring, McAfee is walking away from the $2.75 million he was set to receive from the Colts this year.

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Hooters to open ‘fast casual,’ less revealing restaurant 02.01.17 at 9:07 am ET
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  NY MagazineFor the man with discerning taste in chicken wings, but who cannot stand the thought of forcing a woman to don clothes that objectify her at the workplace, there is finally a restaurant in which you can feel comfortable. It’s called Hoots.

Perhaps recognizing the abundance of men who aren’t interested in looking at a woman’s chest area until at least the fourth date, beloved “breastaurant” Hooters has a new “fast-casual” chain coming. At Hoots, female and male servers will not wear revealing clothing, and an “abbreviated one-page menu” will get you in and out of there before you can say, uh, Hoot Hoot.

The first Hoots will open in Cicero, Illinois, in February.

So basically it’s just an owl-themed regular restaurant.

I know one person who won’t be a fan of Hoots and he is Michael Gary Scott.

Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Wily Mo Pena signs deal with Indians; Russell Wilson on Donald Trump: ‘This thing is getting out of hand’ 02.01.17 at 8:20 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: Toronto at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Minnesota at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Chicago at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Boston at Washington, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Colorado at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Women’s college basketball: Fordham at George Washington, 12 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Penn State at Indiana, 6:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Marquette at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (FS2)
College basketball: Richmond at VCU, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
college basketball: Syracuse at N.C. State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UCF at Houston, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Villanova at Providence, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: TCU at Kansas State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Northwestern at Purdue, 8:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Baylor at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Cincinnati at Tulsa, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Xavier, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: East Carolina at SMU, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: New Mexico at UNLV, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: USC at Washington, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Former Red Sox outfielder Wily Mo Pena, who has not played professional baseball in the United States since 2011, has signed a minor league deal with the Indians to make his return.

The contract is worth $700,000 if Wilson makes the major league roster.

Pena has played in Japan for the past few years. In 2011, he signed a two-year deal with the Softbank Hawks and also played there from 2013-2015.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Dan Le Batard criticizes ESPN colleague Sage Steele for airport Instagram post; LeBron James goes on Charles Barkley rant, calls him a ‘hater’ 01.31.17 at 10:04 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: Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Oklahoma City at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Charlotte at Portland, 10 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Creighton at Butler, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: George Washington at URI, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa at Rutgers, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Maryland at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Boston College, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at Tulane, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Dayton at Fordham, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Georgetown at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Georgia at Kentucky, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Texas A&M, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: West Virginia at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Illinois, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Wyoming at San Diego State, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— ESPN’s Dan Le Batard went after his colleague Sage Steele on Tuesday after Steele complained on Instagram after protests against Donald Trump’s immigration ban delayed her travel to Houston for the Super Bowl.

“The genie is out of the bottle on this because we all have our own Twitter accounts and all have our own social media,” Le Batard said on his show. “This is what ESPN is trying to prevent because once one person does it, it opens the floodgates for the rest of us because, of course, I, as the son of exiles, look at this and I’m like what the hell are you talking about [that] your travel plans were affected? What are you talking about? The height of privilege. But you can’t give this a voice and then muzzle the rest of us. You can’t give Sage Steele this voice and muzzle the son of exiles.”

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Bart Hubbuch confirms New York Post fired him for tweet comparing Donald Trump to Pearl Harbor, 9/11 01.31.17 at 12:47 am ET
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Former New York Post NFL writer Bart Hubbuch announced Monday night he was fired for his tweet on Jan. 20 comparing Donald Trump’s inauguration to Pearl Harbor and 9/11. That tweet, which Hubbuch even pinned to his profile, has since been deleted, along with the tweet he sent out apologizing for the initial tweet. 

When Hubbuch changed his Twitter bio from “NFL writer/columnist for the New York Post” to “Veteran sportswriter” on Saturday, speculation grew that he had been fired.

WEEI’s own Kirk Minihane confirmed this on Saturday:  

Tom Brady shows his game face in latest Instagram post 01.30.17 at 6:51 pm ET
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Houston Bound #Letsgooooo

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Tom Brady showed he’s ready to go in this picture from the Patriots’ Super Bowl send-off rally on Monday at Gillette as the team departed for Houston.

If I’m a Falcon, I’m scared.

But Brady isn’t the only one here showing extreme emotion. Look at Belichick. That’s a smile. Tone it down a little, Bill.

 

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.

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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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