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Bills asking for fans’ help to shovel stadium

11.20.14 at 9:28 am ET
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Despite the amount of snow the area in and around Buffalo has seen in recent days, the Bills say they still plan on hosting the Jets Sunday at 1 p.m. But, in order to make this happen, they are asking for fans’ help.

The Bills say they need to remove 220,000 tons of snow to clear the Ralph Wilson Stadium for Sunday’s game. They are seeking at least 500 fans, working three different shifts, to shovel out the stadium. For the work, the Bills will pay fans $10 per hour and offer free game tickets.

“We don’t have a maximum number [of people to shovel],” Bills vice president of operations and guest experience Andy Major said. “We can’t have too many people helping.”

With the snow and driving bans in place, the Bills have been unable to get to the stadium to hold practice. It is possible the NFL could move the game to either Monday or Tuesday.

The Bills tweeted the following picture of the stadium on Wednesday:

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Plaudits roll in for retiring Jason Collins

11.20.14 at 7:57 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Chiefs at Raiders, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
College football: Kansas State at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College football: North Carolina at Duke, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Arkansas State at Texas State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Wild at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Clippers at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Bulls at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: New Mexico vs. Boston College, 5 p.m. (ESPN2; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Texas A&M vs. Dayton, 10:30 a.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: College of Charleston vs. UConn, 12:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Drexel vs. Miami, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Penn State vs. Charlotte, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas vs. Iowa, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Jacksonville at NC State, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: George Mason vs. West Virginia, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Bucknell at Villanova, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Syracuse vs. California, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Praise rolled in for Jason Collins after the one-time Celtic announced Wednesday that he is retiring after becoming the first openly gay player in major North American professional sports history.

“Twin is a role model for a lot of people in this country and throughout the world,” former Nets coach Jason Kidd said of the 35-year-old. “To have him around last year, as a person but he knew how to play basketball. He wasn’t one that could jump and touch the top of the backboard, but he knew how to be a true pro.”

Tennis legend Billie Jean King called Collins “an influencer on and off the basketball court,” and said: “I hope his decision to live his truth and do so on his own terms will inspire him on the next phase of his journey.”

Collins, who signed with the Nets in February and played 22 games, said in a press conference in New York that he had decided over the summer to step away from the game.

“After last season, especially over the summer, my body was talking to me like it does to all professional athletes after a certain while,” Collins said. “It’s a young man’s game and Father Time is undefeated. Got another one.”

— On the heels of the NFL’s controversies regarding domestic violence, the NBA sent a message Wednesday, suspending Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor 24 games without pay after he pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property related to an incident in Michigan in September.

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Poll: What should Jerry Thornton name his blog?

11.19.14 at 1:41 pm ET
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Jerry Thornton needs a name for his WEEI.com blog, and he wants your help. Vote for your choice in the poll below. If you think you have something better than these options, feel free to present your write-in option in the comments section.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Tiger Woods lashes out at Golf Digest for ‘grudge-filled piece of character assassination’

11.19.14 at 8:02 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at 76ers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Lakers at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Creighton, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: St. Joseph’s at Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Flyers at Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Bowling Green at Toledo, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Kent State at Buffalo, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

Tiger Woods is not pleased with Golf Digest’s attempt at humor, and he wants to make sure everyone knows it.

Writer Dan Jenkins said he was denied an interview with Woods — something the golfer’s agency denies — so he created a fake interview in which Woods is portrayed as a selfish, uncaring individual who, in the real Woods’ words, “mistreats his friends, takes pleasure in firing people, and stiffs on tips — and a lot of other slurs, too.”

Wrote Woods in The Players Tribune: “Jenkins faked an interview, which fails as parody and is really more like a grudge-filled piece of character assassination.”

MASHUP POLL: Is Tiger Woods overreacting to Golf Digest's parody?

  • No, the piece is a cheap shot and he's right to be upset (57%, 290 Votes)
  • Yes, a guy with his history should not question anyone else's ethics (43%, 215 Votes)

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Here’s an excerpt from Jenkins’ piece:

Dan: “Why haven’t you fired Steiny, by the way? You’ve fired everybody else …”

Tiger: “I’ll probably get around to it. I like to fire people …”

Dan: ‘€œIn many cases, tips are a part of their salary.”

Tiger: “So let ‘em go find a better job.”

Dan: “Marko [O’€™Meara] was your best friend in golf at one time.”

Tiger: “I’m sorry. I can’t place him. Did he play the tour?”

Wrote the real Woods: “The truth is, Jenkins has no idea how I think or feel about any of the things he claims to know about, which is why he had to make things up. Frustration or resentment because I have not been more available to him should not give him a license for an underhanded attack on me as an athlete, as a professional and as a person.”

— Steelers safety Mike Mitchell, who made news a week ago when he leaped over the line of scrimmage in the closing seconds of his team’s 20-13 loss to the Jets while New York was preparing to take a knee — a play even his coach said was “not professional” — is back in the news once again for the wrong reasons.

Following Pittsburgh’s 27-24 victory over the Titans on Monday night, Mitchell took to Twitter and address some of his haters. He let the obscenities fly, and he told one person to “kill yourself.”

“If people tweet me, I tweet them back,” he told KDKA-TV.

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Report: Hockey legend Gordie Howe’s health declining

11.18.14 at 10:53 am ET
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About a month ago, hockey-legend Gordie Howe suffered a stroke. It is now learned Howe has “taken a turn for the worst,” after suffering another stroke, according to his family.

The 86-year-old has been staying with his daughter in Lubbock, Texas after suffering his first stroke a month ago, and suffered another one last week.

Mark Howe, his son, says his dad is dealing with chronic back pain, advanced stages of dementia and high blood pressure. The family is focused on him being comfortable and pain free.

“Mr. Hockey,” as he was known as, finished his NHL career with 801 goals and 1,850 points.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: RB LeGarrette Blount leaves Steelers game early after getting no carries

11.18.14 at 8:22 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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Blues at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Sharks at Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Iona at Wofford, 7 a.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Northern Iowa at Stephen F. Austin, 9 a.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Manhattan at UMass, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Baylor at South Carolina, noon (ESPN)
College basketball: Wichita State vs. Memphis, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Utah at San Diego State, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Toledo at VCU, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Michigan State vs. Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Long Beach State at Xavier, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Marquette at Ohio State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPn2)
College basketball: Kansas vs. Kentucky, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Drake at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Texas Tech at LSU, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Northern Illinois at Ohio, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Exhibition, Mexico at Belarus, 11:55 a.m. (ESPNews)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States at Ireland, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— LeGarrette Blount is having trouble finding a fit since leaving the Patriots in the offseason, and he apparently showed his frustration with his lack of playing time with the Steelers by leaving the field early during Pittsburgh’s 27-24 victory over the Titans in Nashville on Monday night.

Blount, second on the team with 266 rushing yards (on 65 carries), did not have a carry Monday, as starter Le’Veon Bell rushed 33 times for a career-high 204 yards and a touchdown.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Blount “has been an internal problem for a least a month.” His early departure Monday did not sit well with at least one teammate who suggested the club should have left Blount behind in Tennessee.

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Blount, who started his NFL career with the Buccaneers, rushed 153 times for 772 yards and seven touchdowns with the Patriots last season. He then became a free agent and signed a two-year, $3.85 million contract with the Steelers in March. He was arrested in August for misdemeanor marijuana possession after he and Bell were pulled over on the way to Pittsburgh International Airport to catch a team flight to Philadelphia for a preseason game. Coach Mike Tomlin said he would discipline the players, although they did not miss any playing time.

Blount complained to a Pittsburgh reporter about his lack of playing time last month.

— The Saints fan who took a ball intended for a Bengals fan during Sunday’s game in New Orleans tried to defend himself Monday, after taking heavy criticism nationally for his obnoxious behavior.

Longtime season ticket-holder Tony Williams insisted he had every right to grab the ball Bengals tight end Jermaine Greshman tossed to a female Bengals fan after a touchdown, even though Greshman clearly intended it for the woman.

“He tossed the ball,” Williams told the New Orleans Advocate. “It’s fair game, to me. My whole mindset was my grandson [who was sitting a few sections away].”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Adrian Peterson criticizes NFL for ‘refusal to be fair’

11.17.14 at 8:19 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Steelers at Titans, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Suns at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nuggets at Hornets, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Bulls at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Miami at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Maryland-Eastern Shore at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Winthrop at Clemson, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Georgia State at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Binghamton at Providence, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Women, UConn at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: SMU at Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Detroit at Oregon, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Auburn at Colorado, 1 a.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: New Mexico State at St. Mary’s, 3 a.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: High Point at Hawaii, 5 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Adrian Peterson criticized the NFL on Sunday, saying the league is treating him unfairly by not allowing him to return to the Vikings since he pleased no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault for spanking his 4-year-old son with a tree branch.

The NFL Players Association field a grievance seeking to allow Peterson to play while commissioner Roger Goodell determines his punishment. The running back remains on paid leave.

MASHUP POLL: Is the NFL treating Adrian Peterson unfairly?

  • Yes, the league should announce its decision and not leave him in limbo (51%, 117 Votes)
  • No, he's the one who misbehaved, and the league has the right to take its time (49%, 111 Votes)

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The league offered to have a hearing this past Friday, but Peterson objected to “outside people I don’t know” attending the hearing and turned it down.

“At this point, I’ve resolved my matter in the criminal court; I’ve worked to make amends for what I’ve done; I’ve missed most of the season, and I stand ready to be candid and forthcoming with Mr. Goodell about what happened,” Peterson said in a statement issued by the union.

“However, I will not allow the NFL to impose a new process of discipline on me, ignore the CBA, ignore the deal they agreed to with me, and behave without fairness or accountability. The process they are pushing is arbitrary, inconsistent and contrary to what they agreed to do, and for those reasons, I never agreed to the hearing.

“I’m sorry for all of this, but I can’t excuse their refusal to be fair.”

Peterson is slated to participate in a grievance hearing Monday before arbitrator Shyam Das.

— Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration paid surprise visits to NFL medical staffs Sunday as part of an investigation into teams’ alleged misuse of prescription drugs.

At least three road teams — the 49ers, Buccaneers and Seahawks — were spot-checked after their games to determine if they were following the law. Former players accused teams of pushing prescription drugs on players in an effort to keep them on the field, without regard for players’ long-term health.

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Gisele Bündchen shoots down reports: ‘I’m not renting my apartment’

11.14.14 at 5:15 pm ET
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Over the past day or so, many reports have surfaced online of Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen renting out their New York City condo.

Gisele took to Twitter Friday afternoon saying the reports are wrong. “Enough is enough… Please stop creating lies to sell your paper, I’m not renting my apartment,” she tweeted.

The reports said the couple were looking to rent out their apartment for $40,000 a month unfurnished, and $42,500 furnished.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Patriots mocked after highlighting racist tweeter

11.14.14 at 8:05 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:
NBA: Cavaliers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nuggets at Pacers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Spurs at Lakers, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UNH at Boston College, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Hampden-Sydney vs. Coast Guard, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Presbyterian at Duke, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Tennessee vs. VCU, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Minnesota at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Georgia at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: N.C. Central at North Carolina, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Michigan State at Navy, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Milwaukee at Auburn, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. Colombia, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Patriots’ attempt to highlight their 1 millionth Twitter follower backfired spectacularly Thursday evening when they tweeted out a racial slur.

A person who used a Twitter handle with the N-word (with IHATE before it) tweeted the Pats in an effort to get a retweet. The Patriots tweeted at the individual: Thanks for helping us become the first NFL team with 1 million followers! #1MillionPatriots.

They also included an image of a Patriots jersey with the offensive tag listed where a player’s name would be, along with a handwritten note from Rob Gronkowski thanking Patriots Nation for becoming the first NFL team with a million followers.

The team eventually deleted the tweet, writing: “We apologize for the regrettable tweet that went out from our account. Out filtering system failed & we will be more vigilant in the future.

That didn’t stop the Twitterverse from taking shots at the team.

Wrote @JesseBealJr: Congrats to Riley Cooper on being the Patriots millionth follower! #1 MillionPatriots.

Added @AndrewLucksHead: Has Roger Goodell suspended the @Patriots twitter feed yet?

— The hearing regarding Adrian Peterson’s possible reinstatement to the NFL is scheduled for Monday, with veteran arbiter Shyam Das slated to hear the sides speak via conference call.

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Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen’s New York condo available for rent

11.13.14 at 11:02 am ET
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If you’ve ever wanted to live in Tom Brady and Gisele’s New York condo, you’re in luck — if you have a lot of money.

The couple has listed its Manhattan condo for $42,500 a month and $40,000 unfurnished, spotted by Curbed.com. The three-bed room condo is on the 47th floor of New York’s One Madison development. The quarterback and supermodel paid $14 million for the property last year, which has “river-to-river plus park views.”

The entire listing reads:

Step off your keyed elevator into your private Entrance Foyer with framed unprecedented unencumbered views South. Move into an open great room looking North over Madison Square Park with iconic never before positioned views of the Empire State Building, West to the Hudson River, and well beyond. Watch the sunset each evening from the Southwest corner Living Room with the soft light reflecting off the Freedom Tower and all of Manhattan’€™s bridges. The Master Bedroom Suite captures arguably the most magical and romantic night views North of the twinkling Empire State Building and East for soft morning sunrises over the East River.

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