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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Chargers players react to plan to move team to Los Angeles; Tim Tebow not invited to Mets major league camp

01.12.17 at 8:28 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

NHL: Boston at Nashville, 8 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Montreal at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Indiana at Denver, 3 p.m. (NBA)
NBA: Chicago at New York, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Detroit at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Belmont at Morehead State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: La Salle at URI, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Miami, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Ohio State at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Arizona State at Arizona, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Austin Peay at SIUE, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Northwestern at Rutgers, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: SMU at Cincinnati, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Washington at California, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Saint Mary’s at Portland, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UCLA at Colorado, 11 p.m. (FS1)


— The Chargers organization is expected to announce as early as Thursday the team will move from San Diego to Los Angeles.

The Chargers notified NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and league owners of their plans to move the team for the 2017 season but nothing is set in stone. The team’s chairman has not yet sent a formal relocation letter to the NFL nor notified members of the Chargers organization or public officials in San Diego or Los Angeles.

“At first, I hoped it was fake news,” said former Charger Dan Fouts. “It’s something that is unfathomable, but it is reality.”

The organization has reportedly scheduled a staff meeting for 11 a.m. on Thursday but the topic of the meeting is unknown.

Chargers players reacted on Twitter with a lot of emojis:


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Would you pay $50 for a selfie with Johnny Manziel?

01.11.17 at 10:34 am ET
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ProFootballTalk — If you’re going to the Super Bowl next month, start saving your pennies.

Johnny Manziel will be in Houston, too, and he’ll be charging for autographs and pictures.

Manziel will be at two different Stadium Signatures stores, one on Feb. 2 and one on Feb. 3, to greet fans. Per the Stadium Signatures Facebook page, selfies will cost $50. Manziel will sign any item for $99, and the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and Browns 2014 first-round pick will personally inscribe those items for an extra $29.

Manziel’s quest to be relevant again continues.

There are absolutely people who will pay for this and good for Manziel and his people for realizing this and taking advantage of his Texas connection to the Super Bowl.

I’m sure he will use this money to turn his life around.


Barstool Sports’ David Portnoy compares Roger Goodell going to Foxboro with Hitler visiting Israel

01.11.17 at 9:25 am ET
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The question of if Roger Goodell will come to Foxboro has been a hot topic. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports)

The question of if Roger Goodell will come to Foxboro has been a hot topic. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports)

El Presidente’s stance is pretty clear.

After being the topic of conversation over the last 24 hours for the insinuation that he would wish bodily harm on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Barstool Sports’ David Portnoy went on the Kirk & Callahan Show Wednesday to clarify his stance (listen to the interview here).

“I would like him to come [to Gillette Stadium],” Portnoy said. “If somebody tripped him, he fell down and he broke his arm, I would laugh. I’m glad that happened. I would not be the tripper. I do not condone murder. I do condone spitting on him. I think you can spit on him fairly.”

Portnoy also explained he can understand Goodell’s hesitation to come to Foxboro considering the commish’s status in New England.

“It should be risky and I don’t think it’s because of anything I said or what anybody else has said. It’s because what that jerk has done,” Portnoy said. “You make your bed and you sleep in it. We’re responding to him. That’s like Hitler killed a bazzalion Jews and he goes to Israel and they thought it would be a great spot for him.”

So will Goodell show up? Portnoy said you shouldn’t be holding your breath.

“No chance,” he stated. “Not maybe ever. Maybe in like 20 years, but not now.”

To read more on why Goodell might not get near the Patriots, read John Tomase’s column by click here.

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Duke’s Grayson Allen shoves FSU assistant, appears to not have learned lesson

01.11.17 at 8:27 am ET
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Sports IllustratedDuke guard Grayson Allen shoved a Florida State assistant coach as he was falling into the bench chasing a loose ball during Duke’s 88–72 loss to the Seminoles on Tuesday.

The game was Allen’s third since serving a one-game suspension for tripping an opponent.

Late in the game with Florida State leading by 14, Allen is chasing a loose ball near the Florida State bench and saves the ball before it goes out of bounds. As he is mid-air and about to fall into the Florida State bench, Allen shoves Florida State assistant Dennis Gates with two hands.

Both Allen and Gates fell to the floor. Allen left the game minutes later with a head injury and did not return, finishing with nine points, five assists and three rebounds.

It appears as no one was asked about the incident after the game, but Duke interim head coach Jeff Capel said Allen did not appear to be affected by Florida State’s crowd.

“I don’t think what other people say, chant or do wears on him that much,” Capel said. “The kid has been through a lot — he brought a lot of it on himself, but some of the things that have happened are just crazy.”

Boy, this kid just won’t quit.

Seems like his “indefinite suspension” that lasted just one game wasn’t enough to wake him up and stop being a brat.

But here we go again. Allen is back at it, this time shoving an innocent assistant coach.

And how about Capel saying Allen has “been through a lot”?

He has not been through a lot and is not a victim and has obviously not learned his lesson here. Capel should not be defending Allen, he should be benching him.

Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Athletes react to Barack Obama’s Farewell Address

01.11.17 at 8:11 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

NBA: Washington at Boston, 8 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: Memphis at Oklahoma City ESPN
NBA: Cleveland at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Washington, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Women’s college basketball: St. Bonaventure at Saint Louis, 12 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball:
George Washington at VCU, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Houston at East Carolina, 6 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Dayton at UMass, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Georgia at Mississippi, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Marquette, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Memphis at Tulsa, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: North Carolina at Wake Forest, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Butler at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Iowa State at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: North Carolina State at Boston College, 9 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Temple at UConn, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)


— President Obama gave his Farewell Address on Tuesday night and athletes took to social media to react to the speech.

THANK YOU Prez!!! Barack

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And then Jose Canseco dropped this bit of crushing news:

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Bill Walton dresses as Uncle Sam, goes on marijuana rant during ESPNU College Football National Championship game

01.10.17 at 9:41 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

NBA: Boston at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. (CSN, NBATV)
NBA: Miami at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Boston at St. Louis, 8 p.m. (NBCSN, NESN)
College basketball: Baylor at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Kentucky at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Syracuse at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Xavier at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Florida at Alabama, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Indiana at Maryland, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Kansas at Oklahoma, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Providence at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kansas State at Texas Tech, 9:15 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: San Jose State at San Diego State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: South Florida at Connecticut, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)


— Bill Walton was part of ESPNU’s broadcast coverage of the College Football National Championship game on Monday night and did not disappoint when it came to unconventional commentary.

At one point, the broadcast came back from commercial to Walton, dressed as Uncle Sam, explaining why he thinks marijuana should be legalized.

“Marijuana should not be a Schedule 1 drug,” Walton could be heard saying after the commercial break.



Walton also showed he did very little preparation for this game:

        And he invited ESPN’s Michelle Beadle back to his room:

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Rob Gronkowski makes 300-pound pal ride bull, doesn’t work out well

01.09.17 at 3:01 pm ET
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At least Gronk wasn’t on the bull.

That was the first thought that must have gone through anybody’s mind the minute they see video of Rob Gronkowski watch his 300-pound best buddy, “Bobby Goons,” — who is the tight end’s contractor/chauffeur — get on the 1,200-pound bull named “Lieutenant Dan.”

(To watch the video on TMZ Sports, click here.)

The endeavor, which took place at the Monster Energy Buck Off in New York City this weekend, lasted just one about second. Gronk attempted to get his friend back on the bull in an attempt to beat the performance of former Patriot Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson.

Bill Belichick spotted napping on Nantucket ferry, photographer declines ESPN’s request to use photo

01.09.17 at 10:06 am ET
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We’ve seen this before when the person who shot the video of Brady throwing a football around during his suspension denied ESPN’s request to use the video, citing Deflategate as the reason.

Why would ESPN even want this picture of Belichick? Why would anyone want this picture of Belichick? A little creepy of Markopoulos to take the picture, but at least he’s using it to defend the wall. 

Monday’s Morning Mashup: Odell Beckham Jr. reportedly punches hole in wall after Giants loss; Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter arrested for assault

01.09.17 at 8:55 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Monday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

NHL: Washington at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College football: Clemson vs. Alabama, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: St. John’s at Georgetown, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
Women’s college basketball: Rhode Island at La Salle, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)


— Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was so angry after his team’s 38-13 playoff loss to the Packers on Sunday he allegedly punched a hole in a wall outside the grounds crew locker room at Lambeau Field.

Members of the grounds crew told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio they heard someone hitting a wall outside the locker room and when they came out of the locker room, they saw Beckham and a hole in the wall.

Beckham also banged his head against the door of the Giants locker room, according to Paolantonio.

He was also seen banging his head against a wall after a loss to the Eagles a few weeks ago.

Right before the incident in Green Bay, Beckham was reportedly composed while answering questions in the locker room.

“I’m sure it’s going to be a long offseason,” Beckham said. “At the end of the day, you just have to take it and you have to grow. You have to learn from it and find ways not to have this feeling again.”

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Pittsburgh’s Primanti Brothers ban fish sales for Steelers-Dolphins game

01.06.17 at 5:30 pm ET
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The ComebackPrimanti Brothers, a Pittsburgh institution since 1933 best known for putting fries and coleslaw on everything, is banning all fish sales in anticipation for the Steelers’ AFC Wild Card Weekend matchup against the Dolphins. There is one problem though – a dolphin isn’t a fish, it’s a mammal.

While the semantics of where a dolphin falls in the animal kingdom may be annoying to some, the real reason for Primanti’s to ban fish this weekend is to get some free marketing ahead of the big game.

Toni Haggerty, a long-time employee of the Strip District location of Primanti’s, had this to say about the ban.

“We’ve been trying to think of what we could do for the team and then we realized it’s more about what we shouldn’t do, and that’s support anything that comes from the ocean.”

The restaurant also confirmed that they are aware dolphins aren’t fish and were instead banning anything with a fin.

“We know that a dolphin is a mammal, but we’re just hoping people have fun with this,” says marketing director Ryan Wilkinson. “We’re banning anything with a fin.”

In addition to the ban, the restaurant is asking for people to tag all of their social media posts at the store with #NoFishFriday. People who use the hashtag will win gift certificates and other gifts at random throughout the weekend.

I guess it makes sense to ban anything with fins because of DolPHINS. But then they took it a step further and banned everything from the ocean. Brutal.

When the marketing director says “we’re hoping people just have fun with it” he means “I am aware a dolphin isn’t a fish but #NoFishFriday sounds a whole lot better than #NothingthatcomesfromtheoceanFriday so shut up and go with it.”

This is really going to do a lot for the team.

This ban is akin to San Francisco’s ban of the song “Royals” on the radio during the Giants-Royals World Series in 2014. That one made more sense but you work with what you’ve got.