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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.

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

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

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


‘™¦ 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.”


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jose Feliciano is 65 today.

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

The Roger Clemens soundtrack

09.09.10 at 6:03 pm ET
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I’€™ve always wondered what it would be like if our lives were set to soundtracks — kind of like the ‘€œFoxy Lady’€ scene in Wayne’€™s World.” After a tough day at the office, ‘€œTake this Job and Shove It’€ might play throughout the building. Or you walk into the bathroom, and R. Kelly’€™s ‘€œBlow it Up’€ could start blaring. Then, I thought, what would someone like Roger Clemens‘€™ soundtrack be? It goes a little something like this ‘€¦

1. ‘€œBlame it on Texas‘€ by Mark Chesnutt
TIME: 1977-84
LYRICS: Blame it on Texas. Don’€™t blame it on me. I am who I am, and that’€™s what I’€™m gonna be.
SCENE: Everything’€™s bigger in Texas. Even a**holes. I’€™m convinced Leonardo DiCaprio planted the ‘€œgrow up to be a pompous blowhard’€ seed in Roger’€™s head Inception-style at some point between his graduation from Spring Woods High in Houston and his 1983 College World Series victory at the University of Texas.

2. ‘€œRocket Man‘€ by Elton John
TIME: 1984-96
LYRICS: I’€™m not the man they think I am at home. Oh no, no, no, I’€™m a rocket man, rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone.
SCENE: Remember when we liked Roger? Doesn’€™t it make you feel like Fergus from The Crying Game after he discovers Dil’€™s dill? With the Sox, he won three Cy Youngs, struck out 20 batters ‘€¦ twice, thought he was a chicken on The Simpsons and got in Ishmael’€™s face for mowing another man’€™s lawn in Kingpin. Not too shabby.

3. ‘€œIf I Don’€™t Stay the Night‘€ by Mindy McCready
TIME: 1990
LYRICS: There are many ways I want to love you, but only when the time is right.
SCENE: At this point, Roger started spending quite a bit of time with ‘€œclose family friend’€ Mindy McCready, because it’€™s totally normal for a 28-year-old Major League Baseball player to hang out with a 15-year-old blonde from Florida. I’€™m sure they were just discussing their favorite My Little Pony episodes. Nothing to see here ‘€¦ move along.

4. ‘€œIn This Twilight‘€ by Nine Inch Nails
TIME: 1996
LYRICS: As your time is running out ‘€¦ you can find a better a place in this twilight.
SCENE: Following failed contract negotiations, Dan Duquette uttered the famous ‘€œWe had hoped to keep him in Boston during the twilight of his career’€ line. Come to think of it: Was this the inspiration for the terrible Twilight series? I mean, it is about a guy who chases a 15-year-old girl.

5. ‘€œBlue Jay Way‘€ by the Beatles
TIME: 1997-98
LYRICS: And I’€™d really like to go ‘€¦ here in Blue Jay Way.
SCENE: After expressing his desire to play somewhere closer to home in Texas, Roger of course signed with Toronto. Apparently, by ‘€œsomewhere closer to home’€ he meant ‘€œwherever they offer me $40 million.’€ I know I always confuse my apartment with a giant pile of money.

6. ‘€œShoot ‘€˜Em Up‘€ by Bone Thugs ‘€˜N Harmony
TIME: 1998, 2000-01
LYRICS: What, did you think I’m scared? Shoot, shoot, shoot ‘em up, shoot ‘em up, shoot ‘em up.
SCENE: Any time a strange guy tells you the solution to your problems is bending over and shooting something into your butt, you’€™ve gotta do it. Especially when that strange guy looks like Brian McNamee. Is that a steroids needle in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

7. ‘€œTwo Timing Woman‘€ by Johnny Cash
TIME: 1999-2003
LYRICS: She blossoms in the spring, but then she’s gone in the fall. A two timin’ woman with a heart of solid stone.
SCENE: Just to make sure nobody in Red Sox Nation would ever root for him again, Roger joined the hated Yankees, becoming the first person in history to look fatter in pinstripes.

8. ‘€œAbout to Rage‘€ by Government Rule
TIME: 2000
LYRICS: Time to discover what’s really, really, really right instead of what makes us feel strong. Blood is on your hands, but it’s what the part demands. The storm’s about to rage.
SCENE: As if drilling Mike Piazza in the head with a fastball earlier in the season wasn’€™t enough, Roger decided to throw a splintered bat at the Mets catcher in the World Series. I wonder why he was so angry at Piazza. Either he hated mustaches, or he loved steroids.

9. ‘€œMama, I’€™m Coming Home‘€ by Ozzy Osbourne
TIME: 2004-06
LYRICS: Times have changed, and times are strange. Here I come, but I ain’t the same.
SCENE: For somebody who hates carrying his own luggage, Roger sure likes to travel a lot. It only took him 20 years to get closer to home. Houston, we have a problem: anabolic steroids. On the bright side, he captured his seventh Cy Young Award and led the Astros to the World Series.

10. ‘€œMight as Well Get Juiced‘€ by the Rolling Stones
TIME: 2005
LYRICS: If you really want to have you some fun, spit right down on everyone. If ‘€¦ the wheels of life are passing you by, you might as well get juiced.
SCENE: Jose Canseco isn’€™t normally one to name names, but in an out-of-character move he threw Roger under the bus in his best-seller, ‘€œJuiced’€. The Rocket may have denied steroid use, but he might as well have been wearing those little shorts that say ‘€œJuicy’€ on the butt.

11. ‘€œGone Again‘€ by the Indigo Girls
TIME: 2007
LYRICS: Every dog don’t got it’€™s day, if we take the love we’re given, and we throw it all away.
SCENE: Roger returned to the Yankees midway through the season–just in time to watch the Red Sox win the World Series for the second time in four years. At this point in his career, his stamina wasn’€™t what it used to be. After all, steroids do shrink your testicles.

12. ‘€œSixty Minute Man‘€ by Billy Ward and The Dominoes
TIME: January 6, 2008
LYRICS: If you don’t believe I’m all that I say, come up and take my hand. When I let you go, you’ll cry, “Oh, yes, he’s a sixty-minute man.’€
SCENE: After his 60 Minutes interview, Roger had me convinced he never took steroids. It was my only logical conclusion after he spent the entire time avoiding eye contact, fidgeting around, getting defensive, deflecting the subject and chugging water like Wade Boggs pounds Miller Lites.

13. ‘€œI Fought the Law‘€ by the Bobby Fuller Four
TIME: February 13, 2008-present
LYRICS: I needed money, ’cause I had none. I fought the law, and the law won.
SCENE: We may not have learned much from Roger’€™s testimony to Congress that earned him his indictment, but we learned one thing: he’€™s awesome at making up words. We can all benefit from the term ‘€œmisremembered’€: ‘€œWhat do you mean you asked me to have this report on your desk by Friday? Boss, I think you’€™re misremembering.’€

Read More: Brian McNamee, Dan Duquette, Jose Canseco, Mike Piazza

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. involved in domestic battery case

09.09.10 at 5:22 pm ET
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An ex-girlfriend of boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has filed a domestic battery complaint, leading Las Vegas police to seek Mayweather for questioning, according ESPN. The ex-girlfriend reportedly claims to have been hit by Mayweather in an argument.

Depending on the result of the questioning, Mayweather could be charged with a criminal battery domestic violence charge. The 33-year-old has been in the news more than he would care to be recently after the fallout from a racially offensive video made about Manny Pacquiao.

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Ray Lewis calls out Mark Sanchez and Jets, LaDainian Tomlinson responds

09.09.10 at 5:16 pm ET
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Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis sounded off on the New York Jets Thursday, suggesting the team boasts too much for a team with no recent hardware. In speaking with the Baltimore and New York media prior to Monday night’s season-opener against Rex Ryan‘s squad, Lewis said there are teams they should be more worried about.

“The bottom line is — and I’m going to be very careful with this — we’re talking about the Jets like we’re talking about the Saints,” Lewis said. “That’s the Super Bowl champs. Until they play tonight, that’s the only people that can be dethroned — Drew Brees and the Saints, not Mark Sanchez and the Jets.

“All of this ‘We’re the Miami Heat of football.’ If you’re the Miami Heat, we got to be the Lakers. We’re aiming for multiple rings. But you listen to all this yap, yap, yap, the bottom line is you got to buckle up your chin straps.”

Lewis advised the Jets and Ryan to only talk a big game if they can back it up.

“The game ain’t played through tongues,” Lewis said. “The game is played when you buckle up your chin strap. So all this pressure that [Ryan] put on his team? I hope they can cash the check that he’s writing. . . . [T]he bottom line is there ain’t no man over there that’s just gonna flat-out whoop me, so I’m good with that part of it.”

Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson responded to Lewis’ remarks, saying, “I’€™m going to cash any check. Written. Said. We’€™re going to cash it. Just part of being confident.”

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Report: Marc Colombo will miss opener

09.09.10 at 3:00 pm ET
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According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com, Cowboys right tackle Marc Colombo will miss the Cowboys’ season opener against the Redskins with a knee injury.

Columbo, 31, had arthroscopic surgery last month on the knee. With the Boston College product out, Alex Barron will start in his place.

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