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NFL appeases Peyton Manning regarding umpires

09.07.10 at 5:13 pm ET
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Colts quarterback Peyton Manning wasn’t happy with the placement and duties of umpires in the preseason, as they made it difficult for teams to utilize no-huddle offenses, something Manning has mastered in his career. With quarterbacks having to check with umpires before being able to snap the ball, Manning was flagged in an August 26 game in which he took the ball illegally.

“The one [illegal snap] on me I thought was ridiculous, down there by the goal line when you’re snapping the ball to keep them from potentially getting a replay,” Manning said after the game, a loss to the Packers. “Also, they are unsettled. To throw a 5-yard penalty is absolutely ridiculous in my opinion. So I think that’s one thing that will be re-evaluated — at least a do-over of some sort, or a warning. But a 5-yard penalty? That’s ridiculous.”

The NFL corrected the rules by making it so the quarterback can snap the ball once the umpire is behind the deepest running back, according to the Associated Press. Also, after being positioned 15 yards from the line of scrimmage once the ball was snapped in preseason, umps will now work from 12 yards away.

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The National Buffalo Wing Festival

09.07.10 at 2:22 pm ET
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The announcer couldn’t be more right when he says, “Sonya Thomas, as elegant as ever!” Because nothing says elegant like eating 181 chicken wings in 12 minutes. I have so many questions after watching this video. How does somebody who weighs 105 pounds beat Joey Chestnut? Why doesn’t Chestnut just eat the Black Widow? And wasn’t there already a Black Widow in pool? Sonya Thomas needs a new nickname, like The Nutcracker.

Notre Dame ratings up 77% from last year

09.07.10 at 1:59 pm ET
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Maybe it was the debut of head coach Brian Kelly, maybe it was new color analyst Mike Mayock (a massive upgrade from Pat Haden) maybe it was spotty weather around the country. Whatever it was, it worked for NBC on Saturday.

Notre Dame’s 23-12 win over Purdue was the highest rated home game for the network since 2006 and up 77% from the 2009 season opener vs. Nevada.

NBC reports a 2.3 overnight rating and six share for the game, compared to a 1.3 rating and three share for the 2009 opener.

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2010 Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride

09.07.10 at 11:02 am ET
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One more reason never to live in Philadelphia: The Naked Bike Ride. If you haven’t already been dissuaded by those awful Southwest Airlines commercials (“there’s a lot, a lot of culture here” … “It’s like a baby New York!”), try avoiding a thousand nude people riding their Huffys along the Schuylkill River. And trust me–it’s nobody you’d ever want to see naked. Remember, this is a city that prides itself on cheesesteaks. There’s no hiding those rolls. By the way, a bike seat causes me enough trouble when I’m fully clothed, nevermind when I’m wearing a tiger-print thong. Um, I mean …

Report: Possible contract extension for Indians’ Choo

09.07.10 at 10:41 am ET
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Agent Scott Boras was asked Monday by the Cleveland Plain Dealer if his client — Indians’ outfielder Shin-Soo Choo would be able to land a contract extension this coming offseason or instead head to arbitration this winter.

“Things have a way of working out with the good players,” Boras said.

Choo is eighth in on-base percentage in the American League this season with a .390 mark.

Read More: Rumor Mill, Scott Boras, Shin-Soo Choo,

Report: Bush to be stripped of Heisman

09.07.10 at 10:14 am ET
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According to a report on Yahoo! sports, the Heisman Trophy Trust will strip former USC running back Reggie Bush of his 2005 award and will do by the end of September.

Bush would be the first player in the 75-year history of the award to be stripped of the Heisman Trophy.

In June, the NCAA found that Bush accepted gifts, cash and other benefits from an agent while playing at USC. The running back was was ruled retroactively ineligible for part of the 2004 season and all of 2005.

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Report: Jayson Werth might hook on with Scott Boras

09.07.10 at 8:41 am ET
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According to NBCSports.com, Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth is “way down the road’ in his talks with agent Scott Boras. Werth, thought to be one of the most prized free agents-to-be in the upcoming offseason, recently reportedly left his agent Jeff Borris, who is a member of the Beverly Hills Sports Council.

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Bad news for Al Davis, who is rated the worst owner in the NFL

09.07.10 at 8:12 am ET
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Yahoo! Sports has come out with its list, rating the NFL owners. Bad news for a league pioneer, Al Davis, who is rated as the worst owner in the entire NFL. The following is the first half of the list, with Patriots’ owner Bob Kraft making the yet-to-be-announced Top 15. (Click here for the ratings.)

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Pats supporters file suit after alleged abuse from Jets fans

09.07.10 at 7:57 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 TODAY:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ A family of Patriots fans from New Jersey filed a lawsuit against the bosses of the old Giants Stadium based on a situation during last year’s Patriots-Jets game. The suit alleges that Michelle Munoz, a 43-year-old mother, was sworn at, punched and eventually thrown over a row of seats for holding up a sign that read, “I love Tom Brady.” Her 14-year-old daughter, wearing a Patriots jersey, also was the target of abuse. The family claims security ignored their pleas for help because they are Pats fans.

In the New York Post, Steve Serby has the behind-the-scenes drama that led to the Jets’ contract agreement with holdout cornerback Darrelle Revis. Coach Rex Ryan explained how he nearly lost it with Revis’ agents toward the end of the negotiations.

‘™¦ The Jets promised they wouldn’t have a TV blackout for their opener as owner Woody Johnson will buy up the remaining tickets, but other teams probably won’t be so fortunate, writes Sean Leahy in USA Today. At least 11 teams could be facing blackouts due to unsold seats, including three 2009 playoff teams, the report states. The Los Angeles Times reports on what the NFL is doing to improve the fan experience at games.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: September 7, 1975, was the debut of which infielder who would go on to a productive career with the Red Sox?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When you have done so much and put so much work in, it kind of feels like I am not wanted. I am taking that in stride and playing my final year out and whatever the future holds is what it holds, but it is kind of a bad feeling ‘€” feeling not wanted. It is not like my production has gone down.” ‘€” Patriots receiver Randy Moss

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 ‘€” Grand slams this season for Ryan Kalish, tying a record for Red Sox rookies

‘NET RESULTS: A youngster scores on a header ‘€” only, it’s hockey, not soccer. But the goal still counts.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Butch Hobson

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Buddy Holly was born on this day in 1936.

Read More: Darrelle Revis, Rex Ryan, Woody Johnson,

Colts favored to win it; Las Vegas not so optimistic about Patriots

09.07.10 at 7:06 am ET
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According to Las Vegas Oddsmakers, the Patriots have the fifth-best odds of winning the Super Bowl in Arlington, Texas, coming in at 9-to-1. The best bet? The Indianapolis Colts, who are at 13-to-2, edging out the Saints and Cowboys, who are both slated at 8-to-1. The lines are set by Las Vegas Sports Consultants, who advise Nevada’s sports books on betting lines.

Click here to see the lines for all of the teams.

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