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Thursday’s Morning Mashup

10.22.09 at 6:04 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.

While Major League Baseball continues to stick its head in the sand regarding mistakes by its umpires, at least one college football conference is being proactive. The Southeastern Conference yesterday suspended an officiating crew following two horrendous calls this month. The most recent blunder was a personal foul (a late hit) that set up a Florida touchdown in the Gators’ 23-20 victory over Arkansas Saturday. We linked to the video on Tuesday, and here it is again.

It’s time for baseball to get the message as well.

BASEBALL: The Phillies punched their ticket to the World Series with a 10-4 victory over the Dodgers in Game 5. Ryan Howard was named NLCS MVP. The Yankees look to close out the Angels tonight.

Manny Ramirez is taking some heat for not sticking around in the dugout and supporting his Dodgers teammates after he was lifted in the ninth inning of Game 4. Peter Gammons appeared on The Big Show yesterday and talked about Manny, A-Rod and the playoffs.

The Padres reportedly are set to give their general manager job to Red Sox assistant GM Jed Hoyer.

Alex Speier writes about how David Ortiz turned around his season with the help of hitting coach Dave Magadan. Magadan will be on a WEEI chat today at noon. Check the Full Count blog for more information.

Speier also lists Red Sox players with contract options and discusses the possibilities. Tim Wakefield had successful back surgery yesterday at Mass. General.

Steve Phillips was suspended from ESPN for his role in a sex scandal.

FOOTBALL: Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas stepped in front of the microphones and offered a little insight into his situation. Mike Petraglia writes about the Patriots’ maiden voyage to England for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers. Tom Brady was reminded that he did play a football game in London — at least, a cartoon version of him did in an episode of “Family Guy.” Chris Price writes about receivers Brandon Tate and Terrence Nunn, who have a chance to contribute now that Joey Galloway is gone and Julian Edelman is hurt.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher is defending himself after giving a speech at a fundraiser in Indianapolis while wearing a Peyton Manning Colts jersey — lighten up, it was a joke (he was introducing former Colts coach Tony Dungy). Bengals running back Cedric Benson says his former team, the Bears, tried to blackball him.

Dan Guttenplan makes his Week 7 NFL picks.

BASKETBALL: Despite giving the Big Three the night off, the Celtics defeated the Cavaliers, 96-82. Paul Flannery has some observations from the game.

The Trail Blazers are reportedly close to signing LaMarcus Aldridge to a five-year contract extension.

HOCKEY: First, the bad news: Bruins forward Marc Savard will be out 4-6 weeks with a broken foot. Now, the good: The B’s edged the lowly Predators, 3-2. Joe Haggerty has some thoughts about the much-needed win. And here’s what the Bruins had to say about it. Former Boston University star and Nashville rookie Colin Wilson scored his first NHL goal.

Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar will be out 4-6 weeks with a broken wrist. The Islanders beat the Hurricanes in a shootout to record their first win of the season.

HISTORIVIA: On Oct. 22, 1975, the Red Sox and Reds finished up one of the best World Series ever with an exciting Game 7. Joe Morgan broke a 3-3 tie by singling in Ken Griffey with the game-winning run in the ninth inning. Which Red Sox reliever took the loss?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Bill makes the decision. It is what it is. Whether you like it or not, that’s what it is. I live with it. I’m a professional. I come here, do my job and then go home. That’s basically it.” — Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas, commenting on coach Bill Belichick’s decision to make him inactive for Sunday’s win over the Titans

STAT OF THE DAY: 25 — Consecutive postseason games reaching base for the Phillies’ Chase Utley, who walked last night to tie Boog Powell’s MLB record.

‘NET RESULTS: Patriots offensive  lineman Sebastian Vollmer is getting recognition for his solid play in place of Matt Light. Here’s an early sign that the Pats were on to something with the rookie from Germany (via the University of Houston). He catches a punt at the end of a training camp practice to allow the team to avoid extra conditioning.

HISTORIVIA ANSWER: Rookie left-hander Jim Burton

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Leslie West of Mountain is 64 today.

Lastly, a warm welcome to Boston’s newest sports fan, Lily Burke.

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