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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Aaron Hernandez identified as shooter in 2012 drive-by shooting; Richard Sherman threatens to ruin career of Seattle radio host

12.21.16 at 8:27 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:
NBA: Milwaukee at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Dallas at Portland, 10 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Washington at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: BYU at Wyoming, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Fairfield at Boston College, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Duke at Elon, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: American University at Villanova, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kentucky at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Missouri at Illinois, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oakland at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Northern Iowa at North Carolina, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UAB at Texas, 8 p.m. (Longhorn Network)
College basketball: Auburn at Oklahoma, 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: SIUE at Marquette, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Clemson at South Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Virginia at California, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Kent State at Oregon State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Aaron Hernandez returned to Suffolk County Superior Court on Tuesday for a pretrial hearing before his second murder trial and was identified by the survivor of a deadly 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston as the shooter in that incident.

Raychides Sanches, who was in a car he claims Hernandez targeted in the South End, said he was the passenger in a car that was stopped at a light when an SUV pulled up next to the car. He said someone in the SUV rolled down his window and said, “What’s up, negroes?” and started shooting.

According to Sanches, the bullets hit 29-year-old Daniel de Abreu and 28-year-old Safiro Furtado.

When asked in court who the shooter was, Sanches nodded at Hernandez and said, “Looked like him. Hernandez.”

Hernandez is facing two counts of murder in the deaths of Furtado and de Abreu. He already is serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

Jury selection for this trial is set to begin on Feb. 13.

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76ers make ‘Full House’ introduction video featuring rookies

12.20.16 at 2:21 pm ET
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Sports IllustratedIf you didn’t already love the Sixers’ rookies, you will now.

The team put Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot in a 40-second, expertly-edited ‘Full House’-themed sitcom introduction. It looks incredibly real, and the three had some fun with it.

This really does look real, right down to the vertical lines running down the screen.

My favorite part is the steering wheel, which is backwards in the second shot of it. Enjoy.

Texans rookie gets stuck with $16,000 restaurant tab

12.20.16 at 11:31 am ET
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SB NationIn the NFL, the practice of sticking a bunch of young dudes with a ridiculous bill has become commonplace, but KJ Dillon of the Houston Texans wasn’t one of bunch of young dudes getting stuck with it. He was on his own.

There is a lot to be said about this bill, but perhaps the best part is ordering 22 glasses of extra fancy Hennessy at $350 a pop. The stuff you can get at CVS in a plastic bottle tastes pretty great already, so I can’t imagine it’s worth the price upgrade. Feel free to prove me wrong though, Hennessy. I can send you my address or whatever.

The good news for KJ Dillon is he at least probably got a big, hearty meal out of the deal.

He did not. He just got a salad.  

I thought it was unfair in the Sopranos when the guys made Christopher pay their $1,184 restaurant bill until I saw this. 

Those Hennessy orders are insane and Dillon doesn’t even drink. And he got a SALAD. 

He could have bought a sensible car with what he had to pay for this. And because of this, he now has to live like a peasant:   

Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Donald Trump taps Florida Panthers owner for Secretary of the Army; Salvation Army sees spike in donations after Ezekiel Elliott’s touchdown celebration

12.20.16 at 8:25 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:
NHL: NY Islanders at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Boston at Memphis, 8 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: San Antonio at Houston, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Utah at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College football: Memphis at Western Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Eastern Washington at Xavier, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Charlotte at Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Georgia at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Maine at Providence, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Charleston Southern at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Creighton at Arizona State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: North Dakota at Iowa, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: Notre Dame at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
Women’s college basketball: New Orleans at Texas, 8 p.m. (Longhorn Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Donald Trump has nominated Florida Panthers owner Vincent “Vinnie” Viola for Secretary of the Army.

Viola is a New York financier and founder and chairman of Virtu Financial.

He graduated from West Point and is a former Infantry officer who served in the 101st Airborne Division.

Viola said his primary focus if confirmed “will be ensuring that America’s soldiers have the ways and means to fight and win across the full spectrum of conflict.”

In a statement, Trump said of Viola, “Whether it is his distinguished military service or highly impressive track record in the world of business, Vinnie has proved throughout his life that he knows how to be a leader and deliver major results in the face of any challenge.”

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Mike Francesa cites cold weather as factor in Cowboys game, forgets stadium has a roof

12.19.16 at 9:29 am ET
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New York Daily NewsMike Francesa fumbled another weather report on Sunday.

During his morning show on WFAN, the Sports Pope rambled on about the cold weather and wind chills for Sunday night’s game in Dallas between the Cowboys and Buccaneers and how it would play a factor in the game.

He wasn’t necessarily wrong about the weather, it was unbearably cold during gametime but fortunately for the players and fans AT&T Stadium has a retractable roof.

“When I went to Dallas and they had that ice storm…”

Francesa’s true talent is not talking about sports, it is flawlessly relating anything he’s talking about back to himself. It’s possible he did this whole thing about the cold weather just so he could remind people he survived an ice storm in Dallas that paralyzed the city for three days.

The day Mike retires will be the saddest of my life because I will miss soundbites like this one. He can build an argument based on wrong information like no one else. Even better is how he reacts when callers call him out on it, as I hope they do about this one today.

He is correct. Always.

Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jaguars fire coach Gus Bradley; Spurs retire Tim Duncan’s jersey

12.19.16 at 8:23 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Monday 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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Carolina at Washington, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Phoenix at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Western Illinois at Purdue, 6 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Eastern Michigan at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. Francis  at Marquette, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Tennessee State at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Delaware State at Indiana, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Colorado at Air Force, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Mississippi State at Southern Miss, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Southeast Missouri State at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Stanford at SMU, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Women’s college basketball: Ohio State at Connecticut, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Central Michigan at Tulsa, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Jaguars fired coach Gus Bradley on Sunday, mere hours after Jacksonville’s 21-20 loss to the Texans. That loss was the Jaguars’ ninth straight and dropped the team to 2-12 on the season.

Bradley leaves Jacksonville with the second-worst winning percentage of NFL coaches who have coached at least 50 games.

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell is expected to hold a press conference Monday afternoon to announce the interim coach for the final two games of the season.

The decision was made by the team’s owner, Shad Khan, who spoke of Bradley’s dedication to the team in a statement on Sunday.

“As anyone close to our team knows, Gus gave his staff and players literally everything he had. Our players competed for Gus and I know they have great respect for him, as do I,” the statement read.  ” … It is unfortunately evident that we must make a change. I thought it would be best to do it immediately after today’s result so Gus can step away, relax and regroup with his family during the Christmas and holiday season.”

The Jaguars are 14-48 since Bradley became coach in 2013. After being fired, Bradley returned home from Houston on the team charter.

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SNL uses Donald Trump news to take another ‘Deflategate’ shot at Patriots

12.18.16 at 8:36 am ET
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Deflategate and Donald Trump are the gifts that keep on giving for Saturday Night Live.

Saturday night the weekly show used a combination of both the President-elect and the controversy involving the Patriots to get a laugh, with “Weekend Update” co-host Michael Che introducing the news item involving Russia reportedly helping Trump with the election thanks to some strategic hacking. (See at :35 of the video posted below.)

“Who snitches when somebody cheats for them. That’s just ungrateful,” Che said. “You don’t expect Tom Brady to tell the ref, ‘Hey, let me try that touchdown pass again. The ball was deflated.’ I guess Donald Trump was just acting like a Patriot.”

Thinking out loud: Were Patriots lucky to beat Ravens?

12.16.16 at 3:25 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud…while wondering whatever happened to Kirk Cameron.

— Were the Patriots “lucky” to beat the Baltimore Ravens? It depends on what you consider “luck.” If luck to you is turning the ball over twice in your own red zone, giving up two easy touchdowns, blowing a 20-point lead and still managing to win – then the Patriots are certainly a little bit lucky.

— But the Patriots also have Tom Brady pitching, and guys like Martellus Bennett and Chris Hogan catching – and compared to last year at this same time, it’s a major difference in depth and playmaking ability for this team.

— The unsung hero on the offense, for my money, is LeGarrette Blount. A career year in rushing yards, but for the life of me, why does this team insist upon throwing the ball from the 2-yard line – when they surely could get two yards on four tries at pounding the line with BFT (Blount Force Trauma), couldn’t they?

— That’s on the offensive line. While improved, no doubt, over a year ago – they’re not particularly strong up the middle. It’s why you see runs bounce to the outside so often. There’s not much room between the tackles, and when there is room, it doesn’t last long enough to get there.

— Overall however, the Patriots have a much better run game (7th in the NFL) than this time last year (27th) going into Denver. The above-mentioned depth and the running game (the Denver “D” Achilles heel this year) should be enough beat the Broncos – as long as you don’t turn the ball over in the red zone.

— The AFC East is all but over, and with a win at Denver the Patriots will claim the division for an 8th straight season, and the 14th time in the last 16 years. They can also clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs with two weeks still to play. Is that a good thing for this team, or not-so-good? Discuss amongst yourselves and get back to me on that one, will ya’?

— TB12 is not only the NFL MVP for this season, he’s also the NFL (and worldwide) poster boy for sucking it up, taking your (unnecessary) medicine/punishment and then unleashing fury thereafter. Yes, if there is a true football god, he will force Roger Goodell into presenting the Lombardi trophy AND the Super Bowl LI MVP award to Brady.

— And smile while doing it.

— Our pigskin pal Kerry Byrne from Cold Hard Football Facts has laid down some pretty impressive TB12 stuff recently. Like the fact that Seattle’s Russell Wilson – who is a pretty good QB, last week’s result aside – has 61 career wins in 4 ½ seasons. He would have to average 12 wins per season for the next 13 years (through 2028) to match Brady’s current career total of 201 victories. And Brady’s not even through yet.

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KFC in Japan introduces plastic ‘finger condoms’ to wear while eating

12.16.16 at 1:07 pm ET
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MashableGloves are sooo last century.

To keep your fingers clean while eating fried chicken, KFC in Japan has now started to hand out two-fingered transparent gloves that slip onto your thumb and forefinger, it announced.

The half-glove look is so that you can wear and take off the “finger naps” (short for finger napkins) easily.

It’s testing out the finger naps first at 222 outlets in Japan, before rolling them out to the other 1,000 restaurants in the country.

Not a terrible idea, both to keep your hands clean and also to keep your food clean from your hands, but I have a feeling this would take a while to really catch on in America.

KFC is one of the last places I would think of to come up with this idea. Their slogan is literally “It’s finger lickin’ good.” I would’ve expected Cheetos to offer these first.

Too slow, Cheetos.

‘Vanity Fair’ writer insults Home Goods in scathing Trump Grill review

12.16.16 at 10:43 am ET
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Us WeeklyNot so great. Vanity Fair writer Tina Nguyen went in on President-elect Donald Trump’s New York City restaurant Trump Grill in a scathing review published Wednesday, December 14.

According to Nguyen, the reality star turned politician’s eatery — located inside Manhattan’s Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue — leaves much to be desired. She and her companions decided to try some of the Trump family’s favorite items on the menu — and they were not impressed.

First, Nguyen and her pals ordered “Ivanka’s Salad,” a toss-up of vegetables named for the future POTUS’ eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump. Nguyen describes it in her review as “a chopped approximation of a Greek salad, smothered in melting goat cheese and dressing and missing the promised olives, that seemed unlikely to appetize a SoulCycle-obsessed, smoothie-guzzling heiress. … But the cuboid plant matter ended up being the perfect place to hide several uneaten Szechuan dumplings.” She didn’t like those either, describing them as “flaccid.”

Next, Nguyen bit into Donald Trump Jr.’s signature dish: filet mignon cooked medium-rare, with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. “The steak came out overcooked and mealy, with an ugly strain of pure fat running through it, crying out for A.1. sauce (it was missing the promised demi-glace too). The plate must have tilted during its journey from the kitchen to the table, as the steak slumped to the side over the potatoes like a dead body inside a T-boned minivan,” she quipped of the unappetizing meal.  

I get that Trump and Vanity Fair are feuding because the magazine’s editor-in-chief Graydon Carter offended him at some point and the food at Trump’s Grill probably sucks, but what do you expect?

This restaurant is clearly for people who want to eat at a place with Trump’s name on it or to just say they’ve been there. People will eat there whether the food is good or not. 

But the big problem I had with this review was this part: 

On another level, Trump Grill falls somewhat short of that lofty goal. The restaurant features a stingy number of French-ish paintings that look as though they were bought from Home Goods.

There is NOTHING wrong with Home Goods. It is a wonderland of classy stuff. 

Tina Nguyen has some nerve insulting one of the greatest stores in this country. You can trash Trump’s Grill as the worst restaurant in America, but don’t you dare take Home Goods down with it.