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Behavior with Vikings led Randy Moss out of town

11.02.10 at 8:56 am ET
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According to Yahoo! Sports, Randy Moss departure from the Vikings was due in part to his behavior since arriving back in Minnesota. The report singles out one incident in which Moss demeaned those serving food following a Friday practice. Writes Michael Silver:

As is the team’€™s custom on Fridays, a local food establishment was invited to the training facility to serve a catered, post-practice meal in the locker room. In this case, a St. Paul restaurant that is a favorite of former Vikings center Matt Birk. As the proprietors helped serve chicken, ribs, pasta and other dishes to Vikings players, Moss paced up and down the serving line and loudly expressed his displeasure with the offerings.

According to one player who witnessed the scene, Moss yelled, ‘€œWhat the [expletive]? Who ordered this crap? I wouldn’€™t feed this to my dog!’€

Said the witness: ‘€œIt was brutal. The truth is, he deserved to be cut after that. It was such an uncomfortable moment. You know that feeling where you just can tell someone feels so small? That’€™s what it was like being there.

‘€œThis wasn’€™t a chain ‘€“ it was a mom-and-pop restaurant, and you could tell it was their best stuff. They had a special carving station set up, and there were players and other support staff lining up to eat it. And [Moss] is at his locker saying, ‘€˜You know, I used to have to eat that crap ‘€“ but now I’€™ve got money.’€™ You just felt so sad for them. I had never seen anyone treated like that.

‘€œAnd by the way, the food was actually really good.’€

To read the entire report, click here.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Former athletes running for office

11.02.10 at 7:54 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Pistons, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE, WEEI)


‘™¦ There are five former professional athletes running for office in Tuesday’s elections: former NBA centers Shawn Bradley (Utah state house of representatives) and Chris Dudley (Oregon governor), and former NFL players Jon Runyan (U.S. congress representing New Jersey), Keith Fimian (U.S. congress representing Virginia) and Heath Shuler (U.S. congress representing North Carolina). Said Bradley: “As a professional entertainer in sports, you get a lot of real-world experience in a world that’s not very real ‘€” which is a lot of what politics are.”

‘™¦ Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb was forced to watch backup Rex Grossman blow the end of Sunday’s game vs. the Lions. In The Washington Post, Michael Wilbon rips coach Mike Shanahan for his decision to sit McNabb.

‘™¦ Kye Allums of George Washington University is the first transgender Division 1 basketball player.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 2, 1946, Red Auerbach made his pro basketball coaching debut, but it wasn’t for the Celtics. Which team did he first coach?

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Report: J.P. Ricciardi weighing offers from Mets, Red Sox

11.02.10 at 7:25 am ET
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According to the New York Post, former Blue Jays general manager — and regular guest on WEEI — J.P. Ricciardi is expected to let the Mets know Tuesday if he will be accepting a “key role” in the New York front office with new GM Sandy Alderson. Ricciardi, the reports states, is also weighing an offer to join the Red Sox front office. To read the complete report click here.

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Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham gave choke sign to Florida kicker

11.02.10 at 6:54 am ET
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According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was caught giving the “choke” sign to Florida kicker Chas Henry prior to the Gators lining up for an attempted game-winning field goal Saturday. Henry would make the kick, giving the Gators a 34-31 victory.

The report also cites Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun as writing on Twitter, “Just checked the CBS broadcast again. Todd Grantham grabs his neck and says, ‘You’re gonna bleepin’ choke. You’re gonna choke’ to Henry”)

Thanks to the AJC report, here is a screen capture of the moment in question:

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Panthers to start Matt Moore against Saints despite poor performance

11.01.10 at 4:09 pm ET
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Even after another poor outing, the Panthers announced Monday that they will stick with Matt Moore as their starter for Sunday’s game against the Saints. Moore, who threw three interceptions Sunday against the Rams, has 12 turnovers in just over four games this season.

Moore was named the starter over rookie backup Jimmy Clausen going into Week 8. Clausen has thrown for just one touchdown and turned the ball over five times in just over three games.

Carolina is dead last in QB rating this season at 54.3 and rank second to last in passing yards with 165.9 yards per game and touchdown passes with six. The Panthers lead the league in interceptions thrown with 13. That’s 11 more than Peyton Manning and the Colts have thrown.

Read More: Jimmy Clausen, Matt Moore, Peyton Manning, Rumor Mill

Colts have new offer to make Peyton Manning highest-paid player in NFL

11.01.10 at 2:47 pm ET
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Colts owner Jim Irsay didn’t get Peyton Manning to sign on the dotted line but said the team does have a new offer for the All-Pro quarterback. Irsay said the deal would be structured similarly to the contract Tom Brady signed earlier this season. The Patriots locked up Brady for an additional four years at an average of $18 million per year, making him the NFL’s highest-paid player.

Irsay wanted to pitch the proposal during the team’s bye week, but Manning has stated that he wants to wait until the offseason to start any contract negotiations. Manning and the Colts take on the Texans on Monday Night Football with first place in the AFC South at stake.

Read More: Jim Irsay, Peyton Manning, Rumor Mill, Tom Brady

Video: Flyers’ Danny Briere suspended three games for cross check

11.01.10 at 2:40 pm ET
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Flyers right winger Danny Briere will miss three games for a cross check on Islanders center Frans Nielsen Saturday. Briere swung his stick at the head of Nielsen off a face off with Nielsen, after the pair had exchanged words prior to play resuming. Briere drew a five-minute major on the play.

The play occurred with a minute left to play in a Flyers 6-1 victory that featured 120 penalty minutes doled out. This will not be the first time Briere has been suspended for a hit. The NHL has punished Briere twice before for  illegal hits, including once last November.

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Browns still undecided on quarterback vs. Patriots

11.01.10 at 1:45 pm ET
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As of Monday midday, the Browns had yet to make a decision on who will start at quarterback Sunday when they host the Patriots. Cleveland is coming off its bye week with both starting quarterback Jake Delhomme and backup Seneca Wallace recovering from ankle injuries that kept them out of at least the team’s previous two games.

Neither quarterback practiced Monday morning, and coach Eric Mangini told The Associated Press he hoped the two would be back by Wednesday. Mangini did indicate that Wallace is closer to 100 percent in his recovery than Delhomme is.

The alternative to the veterans is third-string rookie Colt McCoy out of Texas. McCoy has thrown for 355 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in a road loss to the Steelers and upset win over the Saints.

Read More: Colt McCoy, Eric Mangini, Jake Delhomme, Rumor Mill

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson returns to practice, Michael Vick ‘100 percent’

11.01.10 at 1:14 pm ET
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According to Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, one of his favorite targets, DeSean Jackson, returned to practice Monday morning. No official report had been released as of Monday midday, so whether Jackson was limited or a full participant had yet to be determined. Jackson is recovering from a severe concussion after a horrid collision with Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson.

Meanwhile, Vick, who had been recovering from a rib injury, declared himself as “100 percent” following the Eagles’ Week 8 bye. Vick was named the Week 9 starter immediately following Kevin Kolb‘s shaky performance against the Titans last week.

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Titans’ Kenny Britt out an ‘extended period of time’

11.01.10 at 1:04 pm ET
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The roller coaster that has been Kenny Britt‘s 2010 season continues to plow forward at full steam, this time dipping again to a low. A week after after getting in trouble with the law, and then exploding for seven catches, 225 yards, and three touchdowns despite being benched until the second quarter, the Titans receiver’s torrid scoring pace was halted with a hamstring injury. Coach Jeff Fisher believes his emerging wideout will be out for “an extended period of time.”

Britt suffered the injury while trying to run down a deep pass from quarterback Vince Young. He stayed down on the field for a few minutes before limping to the sideline, and spent the second half on the sideline in street clothes.

‘€œI felt it pop when I was just running out there on that last couple of steps,’€ Britt said. ‘€œI had my hands out and it popped, and I knew I was down for the count right then and there.’

Though the extent of the injury has yet to be determined, Britt’s comments suggest something serious. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI Monday morning, and had reportedly been feeling tightness in his hamstring during the practice week leading up to the game. The team has a bye this week before returning to action Nov. 14 against Miami.

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