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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.

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

A photo posted by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on

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.