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Conspiracy theorist says Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen are ‘transgender illuminati’

03.09.17 at 12:26 pm ET
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Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have been dating since December 2006. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have been dating since December 2006. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bündchen are one of the most powerful couples in the world. But one conspiracy theorist says they’re living a lie.

In a YouTube video viewed nearly 33,000 times, a blogger named “MrE3000″ makes an outlandish claim: Brady and Bündchen are ‘transgender illuminati.’ Let’s unpack this declaration step-by-step:

Illuminati (secret organization of the most powerful elite in the world):

At the start of the video, a couple pictures of Brady and Bündchen show up on the screen. In all of them, they’re photographed sticking up their pinky, index finger and thumb. According to Illuminati Rex, this gesture is called the “El Diablo” –– otherwise known as the University of Texas’ ‘Hook ’em Horns’ hand signal. Other notable people who have flashed this supposed Illuminati symbol are President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama and Rihanna.

Transgender:

For the duration of the commentary, “MrE3000″ analyzes pictures of Brady’s and Bündchen’s abdomens. On men, he says the belly button should be above the smallest part of the waist. But that’s not the case with Brady.

“Tom Brady has an indentation above the belly button. Is Tom Brady a woman – a female-to-male Illuminati [transgender]?,” he asks.

He says Bündchen, meanwhile, has masculine features.

“She has a little indentation here [below the belly button] – that’s a masculine feature – then it goes straight up from there,” the conspiracy theorist says. “Some photos are Photoshopped and in others she’s bending her back to give the illusion of an hour glass figure – but it’s an illusion.”

“MrE3000″ isn’t just singling out Brady and Bündchen. He’s also recently released videos theorizing Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper and Miley Cyrus are transgender as well.

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Poll shows majority of sportswriters are opposed to Donald Trump

03.09.17 at 10:17 am ET
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Most sportswriters are opposed to Donald Trump. (Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool Photo/USA Today Sports)

Most sportswriters are opposed to Donald Trump. (Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool Photo/USA Today Sports)

In a feature story last month, the Ringer’s Bryan Curtis said sportswriting is now a liberal profession. Now there are numbers that back up his claim.

The Big Lead recently conducted a sports media political survey, polling 51 industry professionals. A whopping 80.4 percent of respondents say they voted for Hillary Clinton in last year’s presidential election, with only two people expressing support for Donald Trump. Those numbers show how far to the left members of the sports media stand in comparison to the general population, especially considering the vast majority of people polled were male (76.5 percent) and white (82.4 percent). According to exit poll data, 63 percent of white men cast their ballots for Trump in November.

Given those findings, it’s unsurprising most sportswriters identify as Democrats (58 percent). More than one-third said they’re political independents and only three people called themselves Republicans (six percent).

Ever since Trump took office, an increasing number of sports media members have used their Twitter feeds to condemn his policies, lashing out against the travel ban and other controversial initiatives. It doesn’t seem like this trend will stop any time soon.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Julian Edelman reportedly is single, Alex Rodriguez is not; ‘Mike and the Mad Dog’ 30 for 30 has premiere date

03.09.17 at 9:39 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Detroit at NY Mets, 1 p.m. (MLB)
MLB: USA at Boston, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
World Baseball Classic: Australia vs. China, 5 a.m. (MLB)
World Baseball Classic: South Korea vs. Taiwan, 8 a.m. (MLB)
World Baseball Classic: Canada vs. Dominican Republic, 6 p.m. (MLB)
World Baseball Classic: Mexico vs. Italy, 9 p.m. (MLB)
NBA: San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: LA Lakers at Phoenix, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Philadelphia at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. (NHL)
College basketball: Davidson at La Salle, 12 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Miami at North Carolina, 12 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Villanova at State John’s, 12 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Illinois at Michigan, 12 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Iowa State, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Duke at Louisville, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Penn State at Michigan State, 2:25 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: UMass at St. Bonaventure, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: TCU at Kansas, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Marquette, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Utah State at Nevada, 3 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: East Carolina at Temple, 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: New Mexico at Fresno State, 5:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Tulane at Tulsa, 6 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Fordham at George Mason, 6 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Indiana at Iowa, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Florida State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Xavier at Butler, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: South Florida at UConn, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Saint Louis at George Washington, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Rutgers at Northwestern, 8:55 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Virginia at Notre Dame, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Kansas State at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Air Force at Colorado State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Creighton at Providence, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: San Diego State at Boise State, 11:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: USC at UCLA, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Julien Edelman and his model girlfriend Adriana Lima have split up, according to confirmed reports on Wednesday. The breakup is said to be due to scheduling conflicts.

Their relationship reportedly spanned from last summer until just before the Oscars last month. Lima, a Victoria’s Secret model, was in attendance at the Super Bowl in February to support Edelman and the Patriots.

After Edelman’s diving catch in the Super Bowl, Lima was asked if she thought Edelman caught the ball for her.

“I think I’m a better catch than that,” she said.

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TMZ founder reportedly asked Donald Trump to help him book Tom Brady for an interview

03.08.17 at 4:38 pm ET
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Tom Brady hasn't said whether he's visiting the White House with the Patriots this year. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady hasn’t said whether he’s visiting the White House with the Patriots this year. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

President Donald Trump often boasts about his friendship with Tom Brady. TMZ founder Harvey Levin is reportedly looking to parlay that into an interview with the Patriots’ quarterback.

According to the New York Times, Trump granted an unannounced White House meeting to Levin last week. Sources say the topic of their conversation largely focused on securing Trump’s participation for Levin’s new Fox News series, “Objectified.” The President sat down with Levin for a softball Fox News interview last fall.

But apparently, the tabloid tycoon’s guest wish list extends beyond Trump. The Times reports Levin wants Brady to appear on the show, and planned to ask Trump if he could help the two connect with each other.

Though the extent of Trump and Brady’s friendship remains uncertain, they do seem to keep in touch. At a celebratory dinner before the inauguration, Trump said Brady called him to send his well wishes. In an interview with Kirk & Callahan last November, Brady declined to say whether he had voted for his pal.

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Peter King calls Brandon Marshall a ‘good man’ on International Women’s Day

03.08.17 at 2:25 pm ET
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Look at Peter King drooling over Brandon Marshall and defending him despite his repeated domestic violence accusations on International Women’s Day, of all days!

I don’t really care that it’s International Women’s Day but calling Brandon Marshall a good man on any day is a bit of a stretch. It’s hard to call someone with a long list of domestic violence accusations, as well as arrests for other assaults and a DUI, a “good man.”

Exactly.

Marshall talked to King for the MMQB in September and discussed the mental health challenges he’s faced and his regrets stemming from his Borderline Personality Disorder before his official diagnosis in 2011. He seemed very sincere and gave King almost an hour of his time.

The wide receiver is working to turn his life around and founded an organization to spread awareness for mental health issues but that doesn’t excuse him from driving drunk and allegedly beating women.

Marshall has gotten help and that’s great, but it’s tough to look at his rap sheet and call him a good man.

Don’t mock Tim Tebow for playing baseball

03.08.17 at 1:07 pm ET
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Don’t mock Tim Tebow for pursuing a career in baseball.

Tebow will make his Spring Training debut against the Red Sox Wednesday, starting at DH for the Mets in a split-squad game in Port St. Lucia, Fla. It’s the most relevant game of the Grapefruit League calendar, but yet, some of the beat writers seem less than enthused about all of the hoopla at the ballpark.

Ten years after Tebowmania first entered our lives, ridiculing the former Heisman trophy winner is passé and stale. While Tebow’s pious public persona may first come across as self-indulgent, it’s apparent his charitable efforts are genuine. This year, his foundation is planning 375 proms across the country for special needs kids. He also says he wants to adopt at least one child from every continent, in order to embrace diversity.

“I think when you look at God’s family, it’s not about color,” he said, via PEOPLE. “Love knows no color. I want my kids to grow up with an appreciation for every single person, no matter what they look like. That’s what unity looks like to me: knowing that you can love people who aren’t the same as you are. I want to teach that message to my kids; I want them to live it.”

Does that sound like a phony to you?

Tebow never asked for all of this attention. When he held a workout last year, not a single MLB team was obligated to show up. But almost all of them did, sending nearly 40 scouts in total. The Mets eventually signed Tebow to a minor league contract and dispatched him to the Arizona Fall League, where he batted .194 in 71 plate appearances with 20 strikeouts. But apparently, they thought highly enough of his performance to invite him to Major League camp.

Make no mistake: there’s probably a marketing component here as well. But that’s not Tebow’s problem. After flaming out in the NFL, he wants to try his hand at baseball. He’s not responsible for the circus he attracts.

Assuming Tebow makes it out of Spring Training, he’ll probably start the season in the lower levels of the minor leagues. That means there’s a chance he’ll be sent to either Kingsport, Tenn. (Rookie League Mets) or Columbia, South Carolina (Low-A Columbia Fireflies). If Tebow is just looking for publicity, there are easier ways to attain it than riding buses throughout the Southeast during the hot summer months.

During the sleepy months of Spring Training, there are few stories more intriguing than a former Heisman trophy winner and first-round NFL pick trying his hand at baseball. Anybody who doesn’t recognize that is being obtuse.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Rob Gronkowski answers questions at elementary school; Alex Rodriguez signs full-time deal with Fox Sports

03.08.17 at 9:46 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: 
World Baseball Classic: Japan vs. Australia, 5 a.m. (MLB)
World Baseball Classic: Taiwan vs. Netherlands, 8 a.m. (MLB)
World Baseball Classic: Netherlands vs. Israel, 10 p.m. (MLB)
MLB: Boston at NY Mets, 1 p.m. (MLB; WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: US vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m. (MLB)
NBA: Detroit at Indiana, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Boston at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (CSN; ESPN)
NHL: Detroit at Boston, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Miami at Syracuse, 12 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Clemson at Duke, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Penn State at Nebraska, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Saint Joseph’s vs. UMass, 6 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oklahoma at TCU, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgetown at St. John’s, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Rutgers at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Lehigh at Bucknell, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Duquesne vs. St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: DePaul at Xavier, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Rob Gronkowski visited a Massachusetts elementary school on Tuesday to congratulate the students for raising the most money in the statewide One Mission Buzz-Off pediatric cancer fundraiser.

Sheffield Elementary School in Turners Falls raised just under $17,000 for One Mission, a local pediatric cancer charity and 50 people from the school and surrounding community shaved their heads in February. Gronkowski works with One Mission and thanked the school by answering questions from students and posing for pictures.

He was asked about his shoe size, which is 16, said his favorite ice cream is cookies and cream and his pregame snack is chocolate milk and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with smooth peanut butter, not chunky.

When one student asked if he knew Tom Brady, Gronkowski laughed and said “yes.”

Gronkowski also talked about his involvement with the charity since he joined the Patriots.

“I just want to say how incredible it is, how you guys come together as a town, as a school and as a team,” he said. “It’s just like playing football.”

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#GaysForTrump president explains why the LGBT community should vote Republican

03.07.17 at 1:58 pm ET
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Peter Boykin, president of #GaysForTrump, says Donald Trump's administration is pro-LGBT. (Photo provided)

Peter Boykin, president of #GaysForTrump, says Donald Trump’s administration is pro-LGBT. (Photo provided)

The concept of being a gay Republican seems contradictory. While I understand people are more than one-issue voters, it’s impossible for me to embrace a political party that doesn’t recognize my right to marry and thinks parents should be able to send their kids to conversion therapy, which is nothing more than medical quackery. Perhaps that makes me small-minded, but I prefer to support people who aren’t hostile towards my way of life.

It’s no secret the overwhelming majority of the gay community also stands on the left side of the aisle. According to a 2016 Pew poll, 82 percent of LGB voters identify as Democrats, whereas only 18 percent say they lean right. In last year’s election, 78 percent of voters who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender pulled the lever for Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump, despite his relatively liberal stance on gay rights, drew just 14 percent of the LGBT vote. (In 2012, Mitt Romney pulled in 22 percent of the gay vote.)

One of Trump’s most prominent LGB supporters is Peter Boykin, president of #GaysforTrump. The group, which Boykin says has up to 10,000 names in its database, played a central role in organizing the pro-Trump rallies across the country last weekend.

For the most part, Boykin sounds like a typical Trump supporter. He boasts about Trump’s plans to build a wall on the Mexican border and invest heavily in infrastructure.

“[Trump] sees what I see: lots of crappy roads and poor people everywhere, really huge debts,” Boykin says. “And what do we have? A failing economy, no jobs, bad military. America has gone in very bad disrepair, yet we owe ‘craptons’ of money.”

When the topic turns to gay issues, Boykin is quick to point out Trump’s support for same-sex marriage and pledge to protect LGBT people from radical Islamic terror. He also makes sure to tell me President Barack Obama, who’s beloved in the gay community, didn’t support marriage equality when he first took office.

Though those statements are factually accurate, it’s difficult for me to consider Trump a genuine ally. He filled up his administration with a swath of social conservatives, including Vice President Mike Pence. As a congressman, Pence voted against the Employment Non-Discirmination Act and said gay couples signaled “societal collapse.” He continued his anti-LGBT streak as governor of Indiana, when he signed a religious freedom bill that would’ve allowed business to refuse to serve gay people. (He eventually changed the law’s language after immense outcry from social advocacy groups and the business community.)

Boykin recognizes Pence’s history, but says the Vice President is a changed man. He also says factions of Democrats are just as opposed to gay rights as conservatives, despite the party’s LGBT-friendly platform.

In my conversation with Boykin, we further explored the rationalization behind his Trump support. Answers are edited for brevity.

Alex Reimer: Do you think Donald Trump is an ally to the LGBT movement more so than Hillary Clinton and other Democrats?

Peter Boykin: I believe Donald Trump is the first Republican to take office that is pro-LGBT rights –– and particularly our safety. He is still going to be a little bit of the legalese and make sure things are legal. But you’re comparing him to somebody like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton who in their past, especially Barack Obama when he took office, he was not for gay rights. He grew into that.

AR: But you would agree that gay rights improved dramatically under Obama’s presidency, right?

PB: Only because it was coming. Not because of him. We had very good Supreme Court decisions coming through. You had many, many court cases that went through. These things have been going on for a long time. It was because of groups like Log Cabin Republicans and stuff that worked towards those. Not because Barack Obama signed a bill. People think that the president just signs a bill and then all of a sudden he’s the one doing it all –– just like they tried to say that Trump has taken away [transgender] kids rights or whatever, just because they sent back a guideline that already a year ago was struck down, because it was already in the courts struck down while Barack Obama was in office. … All of the guidelines were already null and void. So Donald Trump said that, ‘Well, instead of just continuing on with something that was already broken anyway,’ he said, ‘We’re going to send it back to the courts and let them and states decide and continue and work towards what’s needed and to make it legal.’ The only way to do that is through the court system and state’s rights. You can’t just make things legal. It wasn’t a law.

AR: When I look at Trump, I agree with you. I think personally, Trump is pro-LGBT. He grew up in socially liberal New York, he’s stated support for gay rights personally. But it’s hard for me to consider him an ally when he supported the GOP party platform, which as you know had opposition for [same-sex marriage] …

PB: He went against that platform. When he went on that floor and said he supported LGBT rights and brought Peter Thiel out there, he went against the GOP Platform.

AR: So then what do you make of a guy like Mike Pence, who has opposed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, says being gay is a choice …

PB: We’ve also got Mike Pence who went on an ABC interview and said that kind of LGBT discrimination will not be happening in the Trump administration. Pence is the same guy who looked at my ‘Gays for Trump’ hashtag ‘Make America Great Again hat,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah we’re for you.’ And he was like, ‘OK,’ and he signed my hat. Regardless of what he did in the past –– people always tell me when I bring up Barack Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s pasts, and they always say, ‘Well that’s in the past.’ I’m going to tell you the same thing. That’s in his past. He is the vice president under Trump and there’s a reason he’s doing this job. And he can change just like anybody else. I can give Hillary the benefit of the doubt, I can give Barack Obama the benefit of the doubt, we can definitely give Mike Pence the benefit of the doubt.

AR: So you think Mike Pence, who admittedly has an exceptionally conservative record when it comes to gay rights issues, you think he’s totally changed?

PB: “He has a religious-based record. Liberal LGBT people usually try to put religion with anti-LGBT, and it does not always happen that way. Me and [fashion designer] Andre [Soriano] just went to Catholic mass yesterday and nobody cares. We were two gay guys in a church. They don’t care. Most people don’t care about regular LGBT anymore. Now they’re kind of getting scared about the transgender [issue].

AR: I feel like a lot of what people used to say about gay people –– we’re looking to molest your children, we’re real perverts and deviants. I feel like the stuff they used to say about us, they’re now saying about transgender people. And that’s wrong.

PB: Yeah, like ‘that man in that dress is going to want to mess with my daughter.’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, they don’t care about your daughter. They don’t care about your son.’ Frankly, they just want to go use the bathroom.

AR: Exactly. So on that point, you would agree there still are a lot of prominent voices in the Republican Party that do say that kind of stuff about gay people, transgender people. So how do you align yourself with them after knowing their opposition to your personal lifestyle?

PB: Well, to tell you the truth,I can be in the Republican Party just as easily as I could be in the Democratic Party. There’s a ‘crapload’ of voices in the Democratic Party who hate gays as well.

AR: Who?

PB: We’re talking about southern Democrats, southern Christians. We’re talking about a lot of black people that are black Democrats. They cannot stand homosexuality, and they are Democrats. There’s just as many Democrats as there are Republicans that cannot stand gays.

AR: But then why is the Democratic Party platform supportive of LGBT rights and the GOP platform is not?

PB: Because they can get their vote. Then a lot of religious people just kind of stay back and they don’t say anything. They just want the vote. As long as they get their people in, they just use as a vote. That’s all they care [about]. They’re using black people for their votes, too. But people are waking up. Donald Trump was right: They’re using ya’ll as a vote.

AR: What do you think about Neil Gorsuch and other conservative justices who Trump will likely appoint to the federal courts. What do you think they’ll do when they’re faced with cases about LGBT rights? Does that worry you?

PB: No, because people always talked negatively of Justice Scalia, because he didn’t want to try the gay marriage act. But you know what? He was doing his job as a constitutionalist. … So when Donald Trump says he wants to have a justice who will dictate by the Constitution, it’s not anti-LGBT. It’s basically a justice who will do his job and be supportive of what’s in the Constitution. Period.

We can’t just send everything to the Supreme Court. We have to let state’s rights dictate things. That’s one of the reasons why the Civil War was fought –– state’s rights. Not letting the federal government dictate to every state what we’re going to do.

AR: But throughout history, a lot of civil rights progress can’t be left to the states. Look at African-American [segregation] in the 50’s and 60’s. If it weren’t for a lot of federal initiatives, who knows how long it would’ve taken in some southern states.

PB: Well, we got to the point where we got enough states on board, like we did with the gay marriage issue. … It’s just that, any time you change a law like this, it takes time. It takes time to move things. We’re talking about something that’s economic when you talk about the [transgender] bathroom issue. Some people want a separate toilet, some people say they don’t want a separate toilet because it makes them feel bad. … We have that problem. That issue will have to continue. Maybe it will take a number of generations to ease into it, just like generations eased into the gay issue. Now we have a generation where people don’t give a crap if somebody is gay or not. Maybe the next generation will be fine with transgender people. That’s the reason people are born and die. People’s ideas change. 

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Demaryius Thomas calls out Tom Brady at bar, but then says he’s great

03.07.17 at 9:29 am ET
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Good morning! Here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
World Baseball Classic: South Korea vs. Netherlands, 8 a.m. (MLB)
World Baseball Classic: China vs. Cuba, 10 p.m. (MLB)
MLB: Boston at Washington, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Canada vs. Toronto, 1 p.m. (MLB)
NBA: Portland at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. (NBA)
NHL: Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: N.C. State at Clemson, 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Boston College at Wake Forest, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Milwaukee at Northern Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: St. Francis (Pa.) at Mount St. Ma, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: South Dakota State at Omaha, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Women’s college basketball: Detroit at Green Bay, 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: IUPUI at Western Illinois, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: Marquette at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— In a video obtained by TMZ, Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas jokingly took a shot at Tom Brady while partying at a nightclub on Saturday.

“F— Tom Brady! But he’s great!” Thomas said to the camera while at the Velvet Elvis Grille in Milledgeville, Georgia. The unidentified man with Thomas in the video assured everyone there is no ill-will between Thomas and Brady and said “He’s kidding!”

Thomas is also seen dancing shirtless on top of the bar and buying drinks for other club-goers.

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Mike Francesa doubles down: Hiring woman coach would be ‘publicity stunt’

03.06.17 at 5:07 pm ET
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NY PostMike Francesa allows that females can be CEOs and perhaps even the president. However, the WFAN icon will not concede that a woman has the capability to be a head coach in the NBA.

Digging in further after his controversial comments last week, Francesa used his opening monologue and then five friendly callers to assert that women coaching professional basketball players is an impossibility. Where others may seen misogyny, Francesa believes he sees reality, doubling down on claims that a female coach would be eaten alive by male NBA players.

“There’s no saying that everybody has to do every single job. Some are better for some people. That’s all,” Francesa said Monday, after he told a father of a daughter Wednesday that the caller wouldn’t see a world in which women coached men at the highest level. “That’s not being chauvinist. That’s not being stone aged. That’s just being reasonable. … It is difficult for men to run these rooms.”

Francesa cited the fact that there are zero women coaching men at the collegiate level, extrapolating from there that a woman who would rise up the ranks at the professional level would not have the resume needed to demand players’ respect. He pointed at the latest Knicks drama, in which Carmelo Anthony questioned the adjustments Jeff Hornacek has made, and said that if Hornacek can’t be blindly accepted by players, neither can a woman.

“I have no problem with women advancing in business, they have every right to do and they will do it as well as men, maybe better,” Francesa said. “Same thing with politics, we’ve seen that. … In male sports at the highest level, running young athletes, bringing them along on the college level, coaching them, teaching them, disciplining them, trying to turn them into a cohesive group, is probably harder now, with all the trappings we have, then it’s ever been before.” 

“…That would be a very tall order for a woman. That’s not an unreasonable statement,” Francesa said. “… I don’t see how that in any way is stone age. If it ever happened, I don’t think it would be anything more than a publicity stunt, I don’t think it would last.

You are not going to change Mike Francesa’s mind on this, or anything really because he is always right.

As I wrote last week, there are currently no women next in line for a head coaching position on the NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL level, but that’s not to say there won’t be one day. Right now it’s unlikely a woman can be a head coach because there just isn’t a female candidate up for the job.

Because of this, if a team hired a woman right now it would be a publicity stunt of sorts because she would only have been hired because of her gender. So, again, Mike is sort of right. If an NBA team hired Becky Hammon right now, that would be a publicity stunt. However, it’s not out of the question she could be a head coach someday.

But Francesa said “if it ever happened” meaning even if it happens in the future it would be a publicity stunt. And that is sexist. As is saying a woman in a head coaching position wouldn’t last.

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