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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.

Read More: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Rumor Mill,

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.”

Read More: Mark Sanchez, Ray Lewis, Rumor Mill,

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.

Read More: Marc Colombo, Rumor Mill,

‘Cone of silence’ surrounds Peyton Manning’s contract

09.09.10 at 11:52 am ET
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Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have always been linked on the field and as both quarterbacks enter the final years of their contracts, so have their pending contract negotiations. Colts owner Jim Irsay told the Indianapolis Star that there would be a “cone of silence” surrounding contract talks with Manning. Irsay had vowed that he would make Manning the highest-paid player in the NFL, so maybe the Colts are waiting to see the details on Brady’s rumored extension.

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Ron Artest to sell championship ring for charity

09.09.10 at 11:46 am ET
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Lakers forward Ron Artest plans to sell his NBA championship ring to raise funds to put more psychologists in schools. Artest, who publicly thanked his therapist for helping him get ready for Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Celtics, told NBA.com, “You work so hard to get a ring, and now you have a chance to help more people than just yourself, instead of just satisfying yourself,” he said. “What’s better than that? For me, this is very important.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Mets players criticized for skipping hospital visit

09.09.10 at 7:51 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’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.

No local games scheduled


‘™¦ In a repeat of the Red SoxManny Ramirez controversy of a few years ago, three Mets players ‘€” Carlos Beltran, Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo ‘€” skipped the team’s visit to wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington on Tuesday. The New York Times reports on the controversy and gets explanations from two of the players.

‘™¦ Amid reports that Reggie Bush will have his Heisman Trophy taken away, Terence Moore at AOL FanHouse writes that Bush and USC should keep the hardware they earned on the field. Moore brings up other Heisman winners of less-than-stellar character (O.J. Simpson, Billy Cannon, Johnny Rodgers) and wonders if they, too, should lose their Heismans.

‘™¦ The eligibility of another University of Kentucky freshman ‘€” center Enes Kanter ‘€” is being questioned after reports that he was paid by his Turkish team. In the Louisville Courier-Journal, Rick Bozich writes about coach John Calipari‘s “recruit first, ask questions later” approach.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 9, 1973, which former Red Sox first-round draft pick died from a staph infection contracted from an insect bite while catching for Triple-A Pawtucket.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s still the major leagues. We care. It’s hard to show up and not care about winning.” ‘€” Red Sox manager Terry Francona, on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday, discussing his lineups for the final weeks of the season

STAT OF THE DAY: 44 ‘€” The age of Tim Wakefield, who on Wednesday became the oldest pitcher in Red Sox history to record a win

‘NET RESULTS: Two Stephen F. Austin football players are caught faking injuries in an effort to slow down the Texas A&M offense.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Otis Redding, who died in a 1967 plane crash, was born on this day in 1941.

Read More: Carlos Beltran, Enes Kanter, Reggie Bush,

Lakers’ Matt Barnes arrested for domestic violence

09.09.10 at 7:12 am ET
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Lakers’ forward Matt Barnes was arrested Wednesday on domestic violence charges after deputies responded to an incomplete 911 call from a private residence in Sacramento. The call was reportedly cut short when Barnes prevented the woman from talking to 911 operators. Both parties had visible injuries, with it being determined that Barnes was the primary aggressor. Barnes, who signed with the Lakers this offseason, was released on $50,000 bail.

Barnes told a Sacramento television station, “I was the victim but still got arrested.” To see that report click here.

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Report: Carmelo Anthony wants to go to Knicks or Bulls

09.09.10 at 6:55 am ET
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According to a report by Yahoo! Sports, Carmelo Anthony hopes to orchestrate a trade to either the Chicago Bulls or New York Knicks. Anthony is set to become a free agent after next season. According to Yahoo!, the Clippers, Nets and Rockets all figure to have interest in the forward. According to the report, Anthony has been offered a three-year, $65 million deal by the Nuggets. To read the complete report click here.

Read More: Rumor Mill,