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Monday’s Morning Mashup

12.28.09 at 8:05 am ET

Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.

The big story in the NFL yesterday was the Colts giving up their pursuit of an undefeated season by pulling Peyton Manning and friends in the third quarter of a loss to the Jets. Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star doesn’t like the decision. In the New York Post, Mike Vaccaro writes that the Jets shouldn’t feel guilty about winning like this. He quotes linebacker Bart Scott: “I’m not apologizing for jack.” (Note to kids: Jack is not one of the players; go ask your mom.)

FOOTBALL: The Patriots routed the Jaguars to clinch the AFC East title. Chris Price has the Ten Things We Learned. Kirk Minihane says the Patriots are rounding into Super Bowl form. Dan Guttenplan considers which teams the Patriots would prefer to play in the playoffs. DJ Bean has the Fantasy Football wrapup.

The Steelers kept the AFC playoff race interesting by beating the Ravens. The Bengals clinched the AFC North. The Eagles edged the Broncos. The Giants were throttled by the Panthers. The Saints were surprised by the Buccaneers in overtime. The Cowboys clinched a playoff spot by blanking the Redskins. The Texans prepared for the Patriots by beating the Dolphins.

Urban Meyer is now taking a leave of absence instead of resigning as University of Florida coach. Dan Rowinski has Five Things We Learned from Boston College’s loss to USC in Saturday night’s Emerald Bowl.

BASKETBALL: The Celtics lost to the Clippers on a Baron Davis buzzer-beater. Jessica Camerato breaks down the loss, starting with two missed free throws by Rajon Rondo with 1.5 seconds left.

Ron Artest was injured in a fall at home and missed the Lakers’ double-overtime win over the Kings Saturday night.

HOCKEY: The Bruins beat the Panthers on a third-period goal from March Sturm. Graig Woodburn has the Hat Trick of Things We Learned.

The Flyers beat the Islanders for the 13th consecutive time.

BASEBALL: Pitcher Kelvim Escobar agreed to a one-year deal with the Mets. Reliever Eddie Guardado signed a minor league deal with the Nationals.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 28, 1963, the winner of Major League Baseball’s Comeback Player of the Year award was announced. Which Red Sox player, who hit 42 home runs and collected 118 RBI, won the award?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Well, the good thing about it is there are going to be some good times and some bad times in football. Just by hearing the fans and the stadium behind me, it felt good, definitely. My last performance here wasn’€™t really too hot, so the good thing about it is everybody had fun. I think that was just the main thing, everybody having fun.” ‘€” Patriots receiver Randy Moss, after Sunday’s rout of the Jaguars

STAT OF THE DAY: 1 ‘€” Punts yesterday by Patriot Chris Hanson

‘NET RESULTS: Comedian David Spade helps Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudamire pick out some new goggles.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Alex Chilton, former lead singer of the Box Tops, is 59 today.