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First Pitch: George W. Bush vs. Barack Obama

09.11.10 at 11:10 am ET
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Regardless of your political stance, you’€™ve gotta admit one thing: George W. Bush’€™s first pitch in 2001 dominated Barack Obama’€™s first pitch in 2009. It was like Sandy Koufax vs. Heathcliff Slocumb. It’€™s difficult to imagine that W. ever got a standing ovation. At any time during his presidency. Anywhere in the world. Especially New York.

(tip of the cap to onemansjunk.tumblr.com)

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The worst high school football plays ever

09.11.10 at 10:51 am ET
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(Courtesy Prep Rally)

This has to be at the top of the charts …

Another good one …

Johan Santana to have second-straight season-ending surgery

09.10.10 at 8:46 pm ET
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The Mets have announced that for the second year in a row, Mets lefty Johan Santana will have season-ending surgery when the anterior capsule in his left shoulder is operated on. Santana, who has an 11-9 record and 2.98 ERA this season, his third as a member of the Mets. At exactly 199 innings on the year, Santana will fall just one inning shy of reaching 200, something he has done five time already in his career.

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Royals sign former Dolphins QB Pat White

09.10.10 at 6:34 pm ET
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The Royals announced Friday that they signed former Dolphins quarterback Pat White to a minor league deal.

“We are excited about the level of interest Pat has in becoming a Major League player and being a Kansas City Royal,” Director of Baseball Operations Lonnie Goldberg said in a press release. “Any time that you can add an athletic-type player to your organization, you try to do it. We know the NFL may still be an option and we have discussed that with Pat, but are excited that he is open to the idea of playing professional baseball for the Royals.”

White was drafted in the fourth round by the Angels as an outfielder out of high school, but he opted instead to pursue football at West Virginia. The Angels drafted him again in 2007 and the Reds chose him in 2008. He instead stuck with football and became a second round pick of the Dolphins in 2009. He was cut last week after just one season in the league.

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What’s your Sports Twi-Q? Episode 2

09.10.10 at 3:13 pm ET
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Welcome back to ‘€œName that Tweet’€–the game show where everybody’€™s a loser (including the host)! If you didn’€™t watch the first episode, here’€™s the deal: An athlete or celebrity posted the following 140-character thought on his/her twitter account over the last week. It’€™s your job to figure out who produced these Shakespearean efforts.

1. ‘€œRIP Tupac. 14 years later, and we miss you more than ever.’€

Terrell Owens or Spencer Pratt?

These guys are definitely ‘€œ2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted‘€. I can see T.O. pumping Tupac through his headphones before playing against on Sunday, but I’€™m having trouble picturing Spencer blasting ‘€œWhen Thugz Cry’€ before he does whatever he does on Sundays (probably worshiping the devil).

Answer: Click here.

2. ‘€œwatched some footbal on the precor…was going to skip the gym but went for it…I’m not doing anything but relaxing the rest of the day!’€

Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Ryan Seacrest?

It’€™s the battle of the Pretty Boys. Floyd knocks people out in the ring, making a boatload of money prancing around the mat. Seacrest knocks people off of American Idol, raking in a ton of cash just plain prancing around.

Answer: Click here

3. ‘€œSitting pool side in Maui getting a foot rub who wants to trade places with me’€

Paul Pierce or Paris Hilton?

They’€™ve both earned a foot rub. Pierce has appeared inside the lines of an NBA court 985 times, and Paris has appeared inside a courtroom for blowing lines approximately 985 times. At the Buzz Club in 2000, Pierce was stabbed 11 times in the face, neck and back. In House of Wax In 2005, Paris was stabbed once, directly in the face.

Answer: Click here. 

4. “The devil is at work tonight bothering me about my music in my room where i pay the bills, my music is low as hell, playing Joss Stone”

Chad Ochocinco or Lady Gaga?

Ochocinco’€™s outrageousness includes too much clothing, while Gaga’€™s outrageousness includes too little clothing. Neither of the names they’€™ve made for themselves are their given monikers. Chad went from the ordinary (Johnson) to Spanish gibberish, as Gaga went from Italian (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) to baby gibberish.

Answer: Click here.

5. ‘€œi just got another part in a big movie , stay tuned for details. I’m so grateful to still have opportunities at this stage in the game.’€

Mike Tyson or Bob Saget?

Fifteen years ago, just as Saget was wrapping up his stint on Full House in 1995, Tyson was wrapping up his stint in the Big House. As Danny Tanner, Saget had to feed three children. Meanwhile, as Iron Mike, Tyson wanted to eat Lennox Lewis’€™ two children.

Answer: Click here.

Thanks for playing again, folks. Two more terrible Twitter puns this week: If you got four or more wrong, you’€™re a Twidiot; if you got four or more right, you’€™ve got Twingenuity. So long everybody, and, as Truman Burbank said, ‘€œIn case I don’€™t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight!’€

Titans lineman and NFLPA president Kevin Mawae to retire

09.10.10 at 2:05 pm ET
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The president of the NFL Players Association, eight-time Pro Bowler Kevin Mawae, is retiring from the NFL after 16 seasons. The mauling blocker most recently helped pave the way for Chris Johnson‘s 2,000-yard season, starting all 16 games for the Titans. The LSU product also played for the Jets and Seahawks. Despite ending his playing career, Mawae will finish out his term as NFLPA president, which ends in March 2012.

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Jay Cutler rips Josh McDaniels

09.10.10 at 11:25 am ET
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Jay Cutler didn’t get off to a good start with Josh McDaniels when the former Pats offensive coordinator took over in Denver and apparently, he hasn’t forgotten. Cutler told the Chicago Sun Times, “I just didn’t feel I could trust Josh.” Cutler said that he knew he wasn’t McDaniels choice to be his quarterback, but the relationship broke down after he felt that McDaniels didn’t own up to his attempts to trade him. ”He acted like he had no idea what I was talking about,” Cutler told the paper. ”Then it took him two or three days to finally admit that he tried to trade me.” McDaniels had no comment.

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Cowboys’ Miles Austin receives six-year extension

09.10.10 at 8:51 am ET
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After reiterating throughout the offseason his desire to sign Miles Austin to a long-term deal, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones finally locked up his star receiver to a six-year extension worth about $54 million. The undrafted 26-year-old from Monmouth College enjoyed a breakout season following a Roy Williams injury, piling up 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns on 81 catches. He did that despite not starting until Week 5, where he exploded onto the scene with 250 yards and two touchdowns against the Chiefs. The deal will keep Austin with the team through 2016.

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Carmelo Anthony to the Bulls?

09.10.10 at 8:35 am ET
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Unlike his fellow draft class of 2003 alums, Carmelo Anthony was not a free agent this past summer. You’ve probably heard of the other guys — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh. Perhaps ‘Melo was feeling left out because he has become the hottest trade target on the NBA market. Yahoo! reported that the Knicks and Bulls were tops on his wish list, while ESPN Chicago has a source saying that the Bulls would be very interested; but not for Joakim Noah.

As Chris Webber would say, “Good luck.” At this point it seems like more smoke than fire, but until he signs the three-year, $65 million extension the Nuggets have on the table, the longer he’s in play.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Ron Artest talks to kids about mental health issues

09.10.10 at 7:10 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Athletics, 10:05 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at Chivas USA, 10:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

SATURDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Athletics, 9:05 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

SUNDAY:
NFL: Bengals at Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)
MLB: Red Sox at Athletics, 4:05 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Lakers guard Ron Artest talked to East Los Angeles middle school students Thursday about his long history of mental issues and encouraged them to seek counseling to work through their own troubles. He also said he’s considering auctioning off his NBA championship ring and donating the money to mental health care.

‘™¦ In the New York Daily News, Mets outfielder Angel Pagan remembers being a 20-year-old minor leaguer in Brooklyn on Sept. 11, 2001, and watching aftermath of the terrorist attacks.

‘™¦ Pete Thamel in The New York Times write about the influence the television show “The White Shadow” had on basketball in Turkey, as the Turkish team heads into the semifinals of the world championships in Istanbul.

‘™¦ Forbes.com has a list of the NFL’s most overpaid players, featuring Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush, Eli Manning and former Patriots receiver Deion Branch.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 10, 1999, Pedro Martinez pitched a one-hitter at Yankee Stadium, striking out 17 batters and not walking anyone in a 3-1 victory. Which Yankee had the lone hit ‘€” a second-inning home run?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The game ain’t played through tongues. The game is played when you buckle up your chin strap. So all this pressure that [Rex Ryan] put on his team? I hope they can cash the check that he’s writing.” ‘€” Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, on the Jets’ arrogant behavior in the preseason

STAT OF THE DAY: 71.7 ‘€” The quarterback rating for Brett Favre in Thursday night’s season-opening 14-9 loss to the Saints

‘NET RESULTS: Penguins star Sidney Crosby hit a home run at PNC Park before a Pirates game.

If you’ve got 14 minutes to kill, here is a compilation of “the top 50 NCAA dunks of all-time.”

TRIVIA ANSWER: Chili Davis

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jose Feliciano is 65 today.

Read More: Angel Pagan, Eli Manning, Matt Leinart, Ron Artest