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Thursday’s Morning Mashup

11.12.09 at 9:00 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.

FOOTBALL: Chris Price has his five favorite moments from the Patriots-Colts rivalry. Our It Is What It Is blog has the participants and analysts talking about Sunday’s showdown.

In his weekly NFL picks, Dan Guttenplan says the Colts win this battle.

Brady Quinn will start for the Browns in Week 10.

BASEBALL: Jason Varitek exercised his option and will return to the Red Sox. The Sox are rumored to be interested in Yankees World Series MVP Hideki Matsui. Ken Griffey Jr. re-signed with the Mariners.

National League Gold Glove winners were announced. Jim Riggleman reportedly will return as Nationals manager. The mother of former MLB pitcher Victor Zambrano was rescued from kidnappers in Venezuela. Here’s the latest on the McCourt battle in Dodgerland.

WEEI.com writers Alex Speier and Rob Bradford will chat with the masses today at noon.

BASKETBALL: The Celtics pulled away from the Jazz, and Paul Flannery has a Three-Pointer of things we learned from the win.

Michael Holley has his NBA power rankings, with the Suns soaring to the top.

The Cavaliers beat the Magic in a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference finals. The Nets are 0-8 after losing to the 76ers.

Isiah Thomas is receiving positive press for a change, for signing three recruits to Florida International. Tim Hardaway Jr. (son of the former NBA star) signed a letter of intent to play at Michigan.

HOCKEY: Graig Woodburn writes about the Bruins needing a contribution from David Krejci.

The Hurricanes have lost 13 straight, following last night’s loss to the Kings.

Forbes magazine rates the Maple Leafs as the most valuable franchise in the NHL, worth $470 million. The Bruins come in sixth at $271 million.

MISC.: Kirk Minihane has his weekly mailbag.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 12, 1970, who replaced Clive Rush as coach of the Patriots?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It feels good to be healthy. It feels good to run. It’s like running free in a cornfield.” Kevin Garnett, after the Celtics’ win last night over the Jazz

STAT OF THE DAY: 7 — Celtics who scored in double figures last night

AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED TRANSCRIPT OF THE DAY: Bruins legend Ray Bourque talked with Dale & Holley yesterday. He told a funny story about his youngest son:

“My wife calls me and she says, ‘Ryan didn’t want to get up this morning for his 6 o’clock game.’ And I said, ‘What do you mean.’ She says, ‘Yeah, he said he was sick.’ My wife was telling him, ‘Well, you’ve got to get up.’ And he says, ‘No, no, no, I don’t feel good.’ She says, ‘Well, come on Ryan, let’s get dressed, let’s go to practice.’ He says, ‘No, no, I just want to retire, like Cam Neely.’ So, Ryan took a little more time to get used to the early hours. But he got going and is doing very well for himself right now, too.”

It wasn’t as funny after it went through the automatically generated transcript:

“or couples and Serbs. Random — up the born who is 6 o’clock again. There simply means is you are certain respect. And like crystal — you gotta get out. Reliable shall — so as well. Come on line at the construction school practice since warlords or garlic and really the — Tokyo war time to. Get used to be literally hours and but the he Garko and and do very well and so for now to.”

‘NET RESULTS: And they say there’s no scoring in soccer. It took this guy just two seconds.

TRIVIA ANSWER: John Mazur, who compiled a record of 9-21 before being fired nine games in the 1972 season

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Neil Young is 64 today. I would have preferred going with “Lotta Love,” but this will have to suffice.

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