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LEEinks List: When sports and food go bad

11.05.10 at 7:24 am ET
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By now, most people have heard that Randy Moss is not a fan of Tinucci’s Restaurant and Catering, the Minnesota establishment that was invited to cater the Vikings’€™ post-practice meal last Friday. According to a Yahoo! Sports report,  Moss yelled “What the [expletive]? Who ordered this crap? I wouldn’t feed this to my dog,” in reference to the spread of chicken, pasta, ribs, and other dishes. Gus Tinucci, co-owner of Tinucci’s Restaurant and Catering, confirmed the report to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Moss isn’€™t the first athlete to be part of a controversy involving food. Here, we’ll give you a look at some of the most interesting incidents combining sports and food in recent years. So, as Rex Ryan would say: “Let’€™s go eat a snack!”

10. August 2009: Antonio Cromartie fined for tweet critical of Chargers’ training camp food

During training camp before the 2009 NFL season, the Chargers fined their star cornerback $2,500 for using Twitter to contemplate whether the team’s “nasty food” contributed to the Bolts failing to make it to the Super Bowl in recent years. Though he thought the fine was a bit excessive, Cromartie still had a good laugh over the matter. “It was just me talking about the food and stuff,” he said. “I took it as a joke. But other people took it as a different kind of way.” In response to the incident, teammate and fellow Twitter enthusiast Shawne Merriman commented on his account “And by the way i thought the food was AMAZING today haha yea im a suck up.”

9. August 2006: Lions assistant Joe Cullen suspended after naked drive-through incident

Cullen, then the defensive line coach of the Lions, was suspended by the team after being arrested twice in the same month. The first offense occurred on Aug. 24 when Cullen was arrested for obscene and indecent conduct after driving up to a late-night drive-through window naked. According to the police reports and eyewitness accounts of the Wendy’s restaurant manager, Jim Lett, Cullen was subdued as he pulled up to the window, ordered a combo meal, and then was told to pull over in the restaurant parking lot while his meal was prepared. “He didn’t say a word,” Let told the Detroit Free Press. “I said, ‘Here you go with your food, sir.’ ” The restaurant manager took note of Cullen’s license plate and notified police.

The second incident occurred less than a week later, on Sept. 1, when Cullen was arrested for driving under the influence.

8. April 2007: Pizza-throwing incident in the stands at Fenway Park

A Red Sox fan not only got a beer spilled on his jacket while trying to catch a foul ball, he then got a flying pizza off his shoulder for good measure. NESN’s Jerry Remy had a good time reviewing the tape of the fan throwing the slice of pizza (it turns out it was the continuation of an earlier dispute).

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Isiah Thomas wants another shot with Knicks

11.05.10 at 7:00 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Bruins at Capitals, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Bulls at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE, ESPN; WEEI)

NHL: Blues at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)

NFL: Patriots at Browns, 1 p.m. (CBS)
NBA: Celtics at Thunder, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)


‘™¦ Despite being coach at Florida International University, Isiah Thomas doesn’t mind letting everyone know he would prefer to be in New York. In an interview with ESPN, Thomas was asked if he thought about eventually replacing 69-year-old Donny Walsh as Knicks president. Thomas replied, “Every single day of the week.”

Thomas had hoped to lure LeBron James to New York but was removed as Knicks president and coach in 2008, two years before James became a free agent. Now, James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Thomas all are in South Florida. “I do find it ironic that we all ended up here in Miami instead of us all ending up in New York,” Thomas said. “But it’s a four-year deal [for James].”

‘™¦ ESPN reported that Heisman Trophy favorite Cam Newton was being offered to at least one school for $180,000 by an agent when he was transferring from junior college. Newton’s family denies having anything to do with it. Dan Wetzel at Yahoo! Sports writes that this is the way the system works, and, if the story is true, Auburn got a bargain.

‘™¦ Meanwhile, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez got off lightly when the NCAA only said that he was guilty of failing to “monitor” his program instead of something more serious. Bob Wojnowski in the Detroit News writes that Rodriguez still has a long way to go to right the Wolverines ship.

‘™¦ With the Rockets 0-4 and center Yao Ming being coddled due to doctor’s suggestions that his minutes be limited, frustration is building in Houston. In the Houston Chronicle, Richard Justice writes that its time to leave Yao on the floor for more than 6-7 minutes at a time and see what he can do.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 5, 1986, the Bruins fired which coach after an 8-3 loss to the Sabres, replacing him with former Bruins winger Terry O’Reilly?

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Agent: Adrian Gonzalez will test market after 2011

11.04.10 at 10:04 pm ET
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John Boggs, the agent for Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, told The Associated Press that it is “pretty much a fait accompli” that his client will test the free agent market following the 2011 season. Earlier in the week, the Padres exercised a $6.2 million option on Gonzalez for the 2011 season, in what will be the final season of one of the most team-friendly contracts in baseball.

The 28-year-old turned in his third straight All-Star campaign in 2010, hitting .298/.393/.511/.904 with 31 homers and 101 RBI, helping to lead the Padres within one game of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. According to The Associated Press, Padres GM Jed Hoyer said that San Diego would not be in a position to work out a multi-year deal with Gonzalez along the lines of either the eight-year, $180 million deal that Mark Teixeira signed with the Yankees or the five-year, $125 million extension to which the Phillies signed Ryan Howard, starting in the 2012 season.

From the AP story:

Hoyer says the type of contract Gonzalez will seek in free agency is something that only a handful of markets can support, “and San Diego is not one of them.”

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Albert Pujols wants a new deal

11.04.10 at 9:44 pm ET
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While the St. Louis Cardinals picked up the $16 million option on the contract of superstar first baseman Albert Pujols, the slugger told the Associated Press that he is hoping to reach agreement with his club on an extension before the start of the 2011 season. The three-time National League MVP hit .312 with a .414 OBP, .596 slugging mark, 1.011 OPS, 42 homers and a league-leading 42 homers and 118 RBI in 2010.

Pujols has 408 career homers, fourth most ever by the age of 30, trailing only Alex Rodriguez (464), Ken Griffey Jr. (438) and Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx (429). The nine-time All-Star is at the end of deal he signed after his second season, a seven-year, $100 million deal that included a $5 million buyout for a $16 million option for the 2011 season. The Cards exercised the option, but while Pujols says that he wants to remain in St. Louis for the duration of his career, he acknowledged, “That is something that I cannot control.”

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Former Red Sox first baseman Casey Kotchman becomes free agent

11.04.10 at 4:01 pm ET
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Former Red Sox first baseman Casey Kotchman, who was traded to the Mariners last January, refused his assignment to the minor leagues, which will make him a free agent immediately. The move was announced on Thursday, the Associated Press reports.

Kotchman hit .217 in 152 games for Seattle, adding nine home runs and 51 RBIs. The .217 batting average was the lowest of his career. His .280 on-base percentage was also the low mark of his career.

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Steelers linebacker James Harrison fined for third time for hard hit

11.04.10 at 4:01 pm ET
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Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who was fined $75,000 just a few weeks ago for a hit on Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, was handed another fine by the NFL this week, this time $20,000, after a late hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees in Sunday night’s game in New Orleans, reports.

Harrison, who contemplated retirement after the NFL implemented its new policy change on hard hits, has been fined a total of $100,000 this season for hard or late hits. The latest fine was given to Harrison just two days after he met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York , a meeting in which he said was “semi-productive.”

Harrison’s first fine this season stemmed from a hard hit on Titans quarterback Vince Young in a game on Sept. 19.

Read More: Drew Brees, James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers, Rumor Mill

No Carl Crawford for Yankees?

11.04.10 at 10:26 am ET
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The Yankees are holding internal meetings to decide what to do in free agency. It’s no surprise that Cliff Lee is at the top of their wish list, but according to the New York Daily News, the Yankees won’t go hard after Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth. The Red Sox are expected to make Crawford a priority this offseason.

A source tells the News that the play of Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher convinced the Yankees that they don’t need an expensive upgrade in the outfield.

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Eagles linebacker Ernie Sims fined $50K for unnecessary hit

11.04.10 at 10:03 am ET
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Eagles linebacker Ernie Sims was fined $50,000 for a vicious hit against a defenseless receiver against the Titans on Oct. 24, The Associated Press reported. Sims’ fine is the first major penalty given out since the NFL implemented new policies about helmet-to-helmet hits a few weeks ago.

Sims, who has been fined twice for unnecessary roughness in the past while with the Lions, was warned that one more future flagrant hit would result in escalated fines and would possibly include suspension.

All 32 teams in the NFL were sent a video emphasizing which hits would bring penalties prior to Sims’ offense.

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Rangers don’t pick up option on Vladimir Guerrero, might re-sign

11.04.10 at 10:03 am ET
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The Texas Rangers announced on Wednesday that the team would not pick up the mutual option on designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero for 2011, but manager Jon Daniels said that they are interested in re-signing the hitter, ESPN Dallas reported. Guerrero signed a contract last year that included a $9 million option for 2011.

Daniels said that neither side intended to pick up the option when the contract was originally devised. Guerrero hit .300 in 2010 with 29 home runs and 115 RBIs, a team high, in 152 games. In the playoffs, however, the slugger struggled, batting .220 with no home runs and just six RBIs.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Surfing champion Andy Irons’ death a shocker

11.04.10 at 7:55 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

No games scheduled


‘™¦ The surfing world is in shock following the death of three-time world champion Andy Irons, who was found dead Tuesday morning in a Dallas hotel room during a layover on a trip to his home in Hawaii. The 32-year-old Irons had withdrawn from a tournament in Puerto Rico because of an illness related to dengue fever, according to his sponsor, and his illness apparently worsened during his flight home.

‘™¦ With the Big East Conference set to expand, Andy Staples at Sports Illustrated writes that it’s time for Notre Dame football to end its run as an independent and jump aboard. ND already is a member of the conference in other sports.

‘™¦ Former Boston-area high school track star Alberto Salazar is now a respected coach of runners. With the New York City Marathon Sunday, The New Yorker looks at Salazar’s controversial techniques in bringing out the best in his pupils. Meanwhile, another product of Greater Boston, Shalane Flanagan, will make her marathon debut at New York, and its being called the most anticipated debut of an American woman marathoner in nine years.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 4, 1993, which Bruins player recorded a hat trick in a 6-3 victory over the Flames and in the process became the ninth player to score 250 goals as a Bruin? (Answer below)

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