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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Patriots third-most valuable in Forbes NFL rankings

09.08.11 at 7:55 am ET
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WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY THURSDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Forbes magazine published its annual ranking of the most valuable franchises in the NFL. Based on 2010 evaluations, the Patriots are worth $1.4 billion and rank third behind the Cowboys ($1.85 billion) and Redskins ($1.55 billion).

The Cowboys are second in the world to only the English soccer team Manchester United, valued at $1.9 billion. The Yankees top baseball and sit third in the world at $1.7 billion.

‘™¦ Former NFL defensive end Hugh Douglas did not hold back when criticizing Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio for his handling of the team’s quarterback situation and alleged lack of trustworthiness. Douglas is not pleased that the Jags released veteran David Garrard just days before the season, after presenting him as the starter in the preseason.

“This is not unlike Jack because he did Byron Leftwich the same way,” Douglas said on Scott Van Pelt‘s ESPN Radio show. “My statement is this: If there was ever a head coach that needs to be punched in the face for not being truthful to his players, it has to be Jack Del Rio.” Added Douglas: “How can I follow you into battle and believe in what you’re doing when you’re pulling stuff like that.”

‘™¦ At Real Clear Sports, Jeff Neuman has 11 predictions for the NFL season. He goes with the Saints (behind MVP Drew Brees) beating the Chargers in the Super Bowl, and he predicts the Colts and Ravens will fade from contention.

‘™¦ Wednesday’s tragic plane crash in Russia claimed the lives of 36 members of the hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. In the Toronto Star, Dave Feschuk has the story of the team’s goalie coach, Jorma Valtonen, who was told to stay behind and work with the organization’s youth team. “I don’€™t know what to say. It seems I was lucky. But it’€™s horrible. Horrible,” Valtonen said. “I’€™ve been answering emails and text messages from my friends asking if I am alive or not.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 8, 1966, the Red Sox fired manager Billy Herman. Who replaced him for the rest of the season but turned down an offer to manage the following year?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This is the darkest day in the history of our sport.” ‘€” Rene Fasel, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, after the plane crash that killed the Russian team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

STAT OF THE DAY: 73-3 ‘€” The Red Sox’ record when leading after seven innings, after they blew a lead to the Blue Jays Wednesday night

‘NET RESULTS: Women’s tennis player Caroline Wozniacki imitates Rafael Nadal‘s press conference cramp.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Pete Runnels

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Benjamin Orr, who died in 2000, was born on this day in 1947. Here he is singing lead for The Cars.

Read More: Byron Leftwich, David Garrard, Hugh Douglas, Jack Del Rio