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Damien Woody burns Bill Simmons on Twitter over cancellation of his HBO talk show 03.09.17 at 2:21 pm ET
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Bill Simmons, like many Patriots fans, seems to be salivating over the prospect of Jay Cutler joining the Jets. The Bears released the embattled quarterback Thursday, and the Gang Green have reportedly emerged as one of his top suitors.

For a multitude of reasons, Cutler and the Jets would be the perfect marriage. Placing perhaps the most polarizing and error-prone quarterback in the league under center for one of the most dysfunctional franchises in sports would likely further turn the Jets into a soap opera. There would almost never be a dull moment.

Simmons tweeted about how “Jetsy” the move would be, only to get shot down by ex-Patriots and Jets offensive lineman, Damien Woody. Apparently, Simmons’ former ESPN colleague doesn’t have a lot of patience for those who take shots at his former team.

This isn’t the first time another media member has insulted Simmons with a reference to his short-lived HBO talk show, which was cancelled last year after just 25 episodes. In November, NBC’s lead NFL analyst Cris Collinsworth brought up Simmons’ failed TV endeavor in a tweet after Simmons had critiqued his on-air performance during a game broadcast.

“Somebody needs to gently break the news to Collinsworth that the Pats have a weak front 7 and that’s why Seattle’s o-line looks so good,” Simmons wrote.

Collinsworth responded by saying, “Thanks Bill, we’ll look for you ‘gently’ breaking it down on that hit show of yours.”

In a matter of hours, Collinsworth deleted the tweet. As of publication, Woody’s diss remains up.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ravens fans welcome embattled RB Ray Rice with ovation 08.08.14 at 8:07 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Angels, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Cubs, 4 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Cardinals at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB)
Little League Baseball: Mid-Atlantic semifinal, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: Midwest final, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: Mid-Atlantic semifinal, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: West semifinal, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
Little League Baseball: Southeast final, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: West semifinal, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NFL preseason: Saints at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (NFL Network)
MLS: San Jose Earthquakes at Los Angeles Galaxy, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Women’s U-20, United States vs. Brazil, 9:45 p.m. (ESPNU)
Golf: PGA Championship, 1 p.m. (TNT)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Ravens running back Ray Rice made his preseason debut Thursday night against the 49ers, his first game action since being suspended for the first two games of the regular season because of his domestic violence incident, and he was warmly received by the fans in Baltimore.

Rice received a standing ovation during pregame introductions and was applauded again loudly after his first run. There were no audible boos. He only played one series in the game, carrying the ball three times and picking up 17 yards.

“Our fans are the best fans in the world,” Rice said. “I can’t thank them enough, No. 1, for sticking by me and supporting me throughout my trials and tribulations. I owe my best to these fans for giving me that kind of ovation. I’m looking forward to giving them the best effort that I can every week throughout the season.

“That means the world to me. Everything I went through, I don’t take anything for granted anymore, especially going out there and playing in front of our fans. It’s a lot of respect that I have to go out there and earn because of the position that I put myself in.”

Rice was arrested Feb. 15 after an altercation in an elevator at an Atlantic City hotel, which left his now-wife Janay Palmer unconscious. Rice pleaded not guilty and was accepted into a pretrial intervention program three months later. The league has come under heavy criticism for only giving Rice a two-game suspension (he was fined an additional game check as well).

MASHUP POLL: How should Ray Rice have been received by Ravens fans Thursday night?

  • They should have booed to send a message that his behavior is unacceptable (54%, 88 Votes)
  • They should have responded with silence (36%, 59 Votes)
  • The applause is fine, he plays for their team and it's reasonable for them to show support despite his troubles (9%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 162

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Off-field distractions aside, Rice enters the season with something to prove, as he is coming off the worst season of his six-year career, rushing for 660 yards and averaging 3.1 yards per carry as he battled hip and quadriceps injuries. He shed about 15 pounds in the offseason, getting down to 206, and he appears to have regained some of his quickness.

“I do feel different,” Rice said. “I guess it’s safe to say I feel like back when I was a rookie. That’s the weight I’m continuing to try to play at. Obviously, what I went through when I added a little bit of extra weight, you can’t make the cuts like you want to do.

“Training this offseason and focusing on the stuff that I needed to focus on, diet, exercise, all the stuff I needed to do, finally I got down to the weight I was comfortable at and went out there and executed.”

Metta World Peace, a.k.a. Ron Artest, is changing his name again, coinciding with his decision to play for the Sichuan Blue Whales in the Chinese Basketball Association this season.

After reports surfaced that he had selected Panda Friend, he clarified on Twitter that his Chinese name is The Pandas Friend.

A few days earlier, he hinted where his mind was when he tweeted: First thing I am doing when I get to china will be visiting Pandas with my daughter.

World Peace, 34, will be the highest-paid player in the CBA this season, earning $1.43 million. He last played in the NBA with his hometown Knicks.

— Former Boston College and Patriots offensive lineman Damien Woody, now an ESPN analyst, will be a contestant on the NBC weight-loss show “The Biggest Loser” when the new season begins next month.

The 36-year-old father of seven is up to 388 pounds four years after retiring from the game. H’ll be the fourth-heaviest of the show’s 20 contestants.

Woody played for the Patriots from 1999-2003, winning two Super Bowls. He also played for the Lions (2004-07) and Jets (2007-10).

Woody will be joined on the show by former NFL quarterback Scott Mitchell, former women’s tennis player Zina Garrison and former WNBA player Vanessa Hayden.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 8, 2004, which Red Sox pitcher allowed a team-record six home runs but still got the win in an 11-9 victory over the Tigers?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “€œLosing like that is never fun, but it is a good experience for the first preseason game and I had fun out there I did all right. There is a lot of stuff to improve on. It is a process. For any rookie quarterback, there is a lot to learn from and we will go watch the tape tomorrow and fix those things.” — Rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, after completing 9-of-13 passes for 157 yards in the Patriots’ 23-6 preseason loss to Washington

STAT OF THE DAY: 27 — Consecutive at-bats without a hit for Jackie Bradley Jr., who went 0-for-3 in Thursday’s 5-2 loss to the Cardinals

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Bryce Harper homers in the 13th inning to give the Nationals a walkoff win over the Mets.

Cubs rookie Javier Baez has made an immediate impact, hitting two home runs off the Rockies in just his third major league game.

Marlins pitcher Dan Jennings is out on his feet after taking a line drive to the head against the Pirates. Jennings was kept at a hospital overnight for observation.

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira‘s latest edition of his humorous talk show “Foul Territory” includes an interview with center fielder Brett Gardner and Teixeira reminiscing about making mixtapes for girls in high school.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tim Wakefield

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Creed lead singer Scott Stapp was born on this day in 1973.

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Damien Woody and Jerricho Cotchery expect to play Monday 11.30.10 at 11:06 am ET
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Jets right tackle Damien Woody sat out practice Monday while recovering from a sprained knee ligament, but expects to play at the Patriots Monday night. “It’s too big,” Woody said, with the division rivals tied atop the AFC East with 9-2 records. “So, I’m going to be out there.” Woody sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee against the Texans last Sunday, but played on Thanksgiving in the Jets 26-10 win over the Bengals. Woody said he was “pretty sore” afterwords and spent the weekend rehabilitating.

Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery was limited in practice on Monday, but also hopes to play after already missing two games with a groin injury. “I’m heading on the right track,” Cotchery said. “I didn’t do too much today, but I got some snaps in on offense and got in some routes. We have a lot of time before Monday, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be in good shape.”

The Jets don’t need to release an official injury report until later in the week since they play the Monday night game.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Damien Woody lashes out at Jets haters 11.16.10 at 7:50 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY TUESDAY:
No games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Jets offensive lineman Damien Woody was not pleased after perusing the Internet following his team’s overtime victory over the Browns on Sunday. The former Boston College and Patriots blocker did not appreciate people implying the Jets were more lucky than good. So, he tweeted: “Lots of haters out there calling us lucky … will y’all please check tha stats of the game b4 drinkin tha Haterade.”

On Monday, Woody further explained his feelings to the New York Post: “When I saw some of the tweets I was getting I was like, ‘Hold on now.’ There are a lot of ignorant people out there saying some dumb things. Check the stats out before you start throwing out, ‘Oh, you guys lucked out to beat Cleveland.’ We dominated Cleveland. If we had done a better job in the red zone, the game wouldn’t even have been close and we wouldn’t be having this discussion.”

Woody also compared this year’s Jets team to the two Patriots Super Bowl-winning teams he played on. “We have that feeling ‘€” and it was the same way in New England when we won those Super Bowls — that no matter what the situation is we can win the football game at the end,” Woody said. “Good teams find a way to win. That’s what we’re doing. In New England we knew when we went out there that we were going to win. We didn’t know how we were going to do it, but we were going to win.”

‘™¦ With the Knicks struggling to a 3-7 start, Marc Berman in the New York Post wonders why it’s Amar’e Stoudemire who is standing up and challenging his teammates to show more heart instead of coach Mike D’Antoni.

‘™¦ Martin Fennelly in The Tampa Tribune has the story of Arron Sears, the former Buccaneers offensive lineman who was arrested on a felony charge over the weekend while wandering in a busy street and submitted for mental health evaluation, leaving his ex-teammates saddened by his demise.

‘™¦ At AOL FanHouse, Jon Weinbach has the progress report on Los Angeles’ plan to build a new stadium and attract an NFL team.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 16, 1979, the Red Sox signed which free agent and future Hall of Fame slugger?

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