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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Jets WR Santonio Holmes wants media to support team

07.19.12 at 7:59 am ET

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‘™¦ Jets receiver Santonio Holmes, who was widely criticized for his selfishness and lack of production during the team’s late-season collapse in 2011, wants to focus on the positive this year — and he wants the media to do the same.

“If you guys want to be, and this is for the New York media, if you guys want to be a part of our team and want to feel so important, be there to support us, not to try to break us down,” Holmes said on an podcast (as reported by the New York Daily News). “Because [there’€™s] not one day that we all step in that locker room and we try to break each other down, that we talk bad about the way that person played because it affects the team the way one person plays if they don’€™t play to perfection.’€

Holmes, who caught 51 passes for 654 yards last season, was referred to by one teammate as a “cancer” in the locker room and was benched in the season-ending loss to the Dolphins after an argument in the huddle. In the offseason, he has worked to repair his relationship with quarterback Mark Sanchez. Now, he wants the media’s support.

‘€œIf the New York media wants to be a part of our team and wants to continue writing about us, write positive things, stay away from the negative, because it doesn’€™t do anything good for our team that you want to report all the negative things that happen and that’€™s all you want to talk to us players about,’€ Holmes said. ‘€œWe live for one thing and that’€™s to play football and not to entertain you people in the media.’€

‘™¦ The Eagles entered last season with high expectations but fell flat on their faces, finishing at 8-8 and out of the playoffs. That hasn’t deterred Michael Vick from talking about the sky-high potential of his team.

“When I look at our football team and what we have on paper, I think about when I was growing up and the great San Francisco 49er teams, the great Green Bay Packer teams, and the great Dallas Cowboy teams, how they just positioned themselves to compete and be one of the best teams out there,” Vick told CSN Philadelphia. “I think we have a chance to be that. I think we have a chance to develop a dynasty.”

Added Vick: ‘€œI think it’s just a mindset for my organization on down to the players. We know we can do it. We know what we have, that’s the great thing about it. We know what we have as a team, as an organization and what better position to be in than to know that you have an opportunity?’€

‘™¦ The family of a young girl who suffered a fractured skull after being hit by a foul ball is suing the Braves and Major League Baseball for negligence. The girl was 6 when she was hit on Aug. 30, 2010, and suffered damage to her brain.

University of New Haven management and sports department chairman Gil Fried told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that there are about 200 lawsuits every year filed by spectators hit by bats and balls from the majors down to youth baseball, but the chances of winning are slim.

“It’s the baseball rule: Tough luck,” Fried said. “When you come to the ballpark, you assume the risk.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 19, 1933, when the Red Sox played the Senators, brothers on opposing teams hit home runs for the first time in major league history. Who were the brothers (who later teamed up on the Sox)?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: ‘€œIt surprised me that he was a police officer. It’€™s disappointing and all of that kind of stuff, but like I said, I just want to put that stuff behind me and not even worry about that anymore.’€ Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, on the Leominster police officer who faces punishment for uttering an epithet at a minor league game earlier this month

STAT OF THE DAY: 10-for-15 — Batting stats for the top four in the Red Sox’ order through the first six innings of Wednesday night’s 10-1 rout of the White Sox

‘NET RESULTS: LeBron James show Team USA teammates his new “unstoppable” move.

A Knicks fan laments the loss of Jeremy Lin with this parody of “Somebody That I Used to Know.”

TRIVIA ANSWER: Red Sox catcher Rick Ferrell and Nationals pitcher Wes Ferrell, who was traded to Boston after the 1933 season

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Alan Gorrie, bassist, keyboardist and singer for the Average White Band, turns 66 Thursday.

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