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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Most erroneous sports columns of 2010

01.04.11 at 7:53 am ET
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‘™¦ The website RealClearSports has a collection of the 10 most erroneous sports columns of 2010. There are three Boston-related items in the bunch. One is a New York Post column by Gary Myers predicting the Jets will overtake the Patriots, written in the lead-up to the Pats‘ Monday night rout. Another is Boston Globe Dan Shaughnessy twice predicting the Patriots’ demise. The third is Cleveland News Herald writer Jim Ingraham noting that the Cavaliers don’t have to worry about the Celtics in the playoffs.

‘™¦ Following their 21-point loss Sunday to the Grizzlies in which they were booed by their own fans, the Lakers looked for answers for their recent troubles. Coach Phil Jackson criticized Kobe Bryant for reverting to his ball-hogging ways. In The Los Angeles Times, Mike Bresnahan examines the Lakers’ problems.

‘™¦ Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was named NBA Coach of the Month for December, but LeBron James‘ tempered enthusiasm when asked about the honor makes Fox Sports Florida’s Bill Reiter believe LeBron will only tolerate but never celebrate his coach ‘€” much like his previous coaches.

‘™¦ The embarrassing Terrell Pryor situation at Ohio State continues to get worse. At Yahoo! Sports, Dan Wetzel takes a look at how foolish the school and the NCAA look for allowing the quarterback to play in Tuesday’s Sugar Bowl despite obvious rules violations.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 4, 1985, the Celtics honored Red Auerbach by retiring which number in his honor?

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Brett Favre sued by Jets massage therapists

01.03.11 at 7:37 pm ET
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Two former massage therapists for the Jets claim in a lawsuit that they were fired from their part-time jobs after complaining about sexually suggestive text messages they say they received from Brett Favre.

Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole sued Favre, the Jets and a Jets massage coordinator Monday.

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Former BC coach Jeff Jagodzinski fired by Omaha Nighthawks

01.03.11 at 3:51 pm ET
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Former Boston College football coach Jeff Jagodzinski has been fired as coach of the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. Jagodzinski’s 2010 Nighthawks club, which boasted former NFL players Jeff Garcia and Ahman Green, as well as one-time college star Maurice Clarett, went 3-5, losing its last four games. Omaha did sell out all four of its home games, played at the 24,000-seat Rosenblatt Stadium.

The 47-year-old Jagodzinski’s coaching experience also includes serving as Packers offensive coordinator prior to coming to BC. He also had a brief stint as Buccaneers offensive coordinator heading into the 2009 campaign, ultimately getting fired prior to the beginning of the regular season.

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Ravens LB Terrell Suggs: Bengals taunted me about Tom Brady

01.03.11 at 2:36 pm ET
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Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who is well known in New England for his dislike of the Patriots and Tom Brady, apparently also does not like players who admire Brady.

Suggs did not receive a penalty for his smack to the head (watch the video here) of Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson in Baltimore’s 13-7 win Sunday, although the league undoubtedly will take a look at the play. According to Suggs, the reason for his hit was because of what Simpson said about the Patriots quarterback.

“He came saying Tom Brady was his favorite quarterback,” Suggs said with a laugh. “So, it was instantly beef. It was rap beef, though, it wasn’t street beef.”

On the play leading up to the confrontation, Suggs was demolished on a block by Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, who pushed Suggs back, knocked off his helmet, flattened him and then landed on top of him. While Suggs was on all fours, Simpson picked up Suggs’ helmet and handed it to him, apparently making his comment about Brady. Suggs got up and landed a hard right hand to Simpson’s facemask. Simpson held out his hands awaiting a flag, but none was thrown.

“I was getting into it with him all day, exchanging words,” Suggs said. “I could have cost my team. I’ve got to be better in that area. Luckily, I got away with one. Usually, I don’t get away with anything. They were too busy looking for the spot of the ball.”

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Jets coach Rex Ryan on playing Colts: ‘It’s personal’

01.03.11 at 1:59 pm ET
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Jets coach Rex Ryan talked Monday about his team’s playoff game against the Colts, the team that defeated New York in the AFC championship game a year ago, and said, “It’s personal.”

Since 2005, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is 5-1 with 12 touchdown passes and two interceptions going against teams for which Ryan has been head coach (Jets) or defensive coordinator (Ravens). The one loss came when Manning was pulled in the third quarter of last year’s regular-season finale because the Colts had already clinched a playoff berth and were resting their starters. Manning is 2-0 vs. Ryan’s teams in the playoffs.

“I don’t know when I’m going to beat him, but I want it to be Saturday night,” Ryan said. “Is it personal? Yes, it’s personal. It’s personal against him, Reggie Wayne, all those guys, yeah. [Dwight] Freeney and [Robert] Mathis and those other dudes? Absolutely.”

Added Ryan: “I want to put the show on the other foot. I know this team does, too. We want him to experience [a loss] this time.”

Former Colts coach Tony Dungy said Sunday night on NBC that blitzing defenses like those of the Jets and Ravens aren’t generally successful against Manning. “I don’t think you can beat Peyton Manning with a  defense that’s just trying to fool you,” Dungy said.

Responded Ryan: “When you get out there [in the media], you’ve got all the answers, but you don’t have to play anymore. I respect everybody’s opinions, but the only I care about is my own.”

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NBC reports 4.5 million watched NHL Winter Classic

01.03.11 at 11:46 am ET
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Saturday night’s NHL Winter Classic drew a television audience of 4.56 million viewers, NBC announced Monday. The game, moved to 8 p.m. due to rain forecast for the original scheduled start time of 1 p.m., drew an initial 1.8 overnight rating. NBC won the night for viewers aged 18-49 but finished third with all viewers among the broadcast networks.

Last year’s game at Fenway Park between the Bruins and Flyers ‘€” played in the afternoon ‘€” earned a 2.6 overnight rating.

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University of Florida confirms hiring of Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator

01.03.11 at 11:40 am ET
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The University of Florida confirmed Monday morning that Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis will join the Gators as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Florida also announced Frank Verducci will be offensive line coach and running game coordinator, while George Wynn will be director of football operations under new head coach Will Muschamp.

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell e-mails fans about CBA talks: ‘I know we can and will reach an agreement’

01.03.11 at 11:22 am ET
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent an e-mail to fans in the league’s database Monday, thanking them for their support and updating them on talks for a new collective bargaining agreement with the players’ union.

Following is the complete text of the e-mail.

With one of the most exciting regular seasons now completed and the playoffs about to begin, let me first thank you and all NFL fans for your incredible support. Many fans have been asking me where we stand on signing a new collective bargaining agreement with the players union. Let me update you and be clear at the outset:

I know we can and will reach an agreement.

My goal as Commissioner now is to help our teams and players find a solution that is fair to everyone and ensures that football becomes more popular, accessible, and fun. We want the next decade to be the best yet for our fans, and I’€™m ready to work day and night to make that happen.

We’ve come a long way. Compare where we are today with 10 years ago. From player accountability to player safety, more and better television coverage, upgrading the in-stadium experience, innovations like the RedZone channel, the Draft in prime time and playing the Pro Bowl before the Super Bowl, we are focused on doing what’€™s best for the players, teams, and fans. My priority is and always will be the game and the fans who love our game.

The NFL is great because fans care deeply about it. Economic conditions, however, have changed dramatically inside and outside the NFL since 2006 when we negotiated the last CBA. A 10 percent unemployment rate hurts us all. Fans have limited budgets and rightly want the most for their money. I get it.

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John Elway reportedly to become Broncos’ chief executive

01.03.11 at 11:09 am ET
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Broncos legend John Elway reportedly is set to become the team’s chief football executive, The Associated Press reports.

“Talks with John are progressing, but nothing has been finalized at this point,” team spokesman Patrick Smyth said.

General manager Brian Xanders said of the rumored move. “He’s a winner, he knows football, he’s going to hold people accountable and he knows where we want to go and he’ll be a great leader for our organization.”

Elway, who played his college football at Stanford, reportedly plans to talk to Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh about the Broncos’ job.

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Bengals’ Marvin Lewis reportedly wants changes if he is to return

01.03.11 at 10:30 am ET
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Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is without a contract after his team ended a disappointing 4-12 season Sunday with a 13-7 loss to the Ravens. According to an ESPN report, Lewis is ready to move on if the team is not willing to make changes he’s wanted for years.

Lewis, who is scheduled to meet with team president Mike Brown on Monday, reportedly wants the Bengals to upgrade their training facilities and player personnel department.

“All I know is, officially today I’m no longer employed,” said Lewis, who is 60-67-1 in eight seasons in Cincinnati. “Where I am right now in my coaching career is a different point from where I was eight years ago, and I think this football team is a lot different than it was eight years ago, and that’s good. … We’re in a good spot.”

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