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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Linebacker Bart Scott tries, fails to organize Jets’ media boycott

11.19.12 at 7:56 am ET
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MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Bears at 49ers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Magic at Hawks, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Marquette vs. Butler, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Indiana vs. Georgia, 5:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: North Carolina vs. Mississippi State, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas A&M vs. St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UCLA vs. Georgetown, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas at Chaminade, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kasas vs. Washington State, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: USC vs. Illinois, midnight (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Just when you thought it might be quiet in the Jets locker room following Sunday’s win over the Rams that ended a three-game losing streak, linebacker Bart Scott provided the controversy this team seems unable to avoid. Scott, unhappy about unnamed players criticizing backup quarterback Tim Tebow in a New York Daily News story last week, ordered his fellow defensive players to say nothing but, “Both teams played hard — anonymously,” to reporters.

Scott’s influence apparently isn’t as strong as he thought, as at least two players — safety Yeremiah Bell and linebacker Bryan Thomas — ignored Scott’s instructions. Scott yelled at Thomas, calling him “a [expletive] sellout.” Interjected Bell: “Stop it. Just stop.”

Scott then relented and spoke “calmly and openly to the media,” according to the New York Post.

‘™¦ Andrew Bynum, who has yet to play for the 76ers since being acquired from the Lakers in the offseason because of a bone bruise in his right knee, said Sunday that he injured his other knee bowling last Saturday night.

Bynum said the left knee swelled after the bowling, and on Tuesday an MRI revealed damaged cartilage.

“I didn’t twist it or fall or nothing,” Bynum said before his team played the Cavaliers. “It kind of broke off cartilage and it made the bone bruise bigger. Obviously [how] is the question, it’s relatively nothing, it’s three steps [and roll]. That’s the most important thing and why everyone is being so cautious. I can’t answer and [doctors] can’t now either, we’re trying to figure out what’s going on.”

Added Bynum: “Obviously in hindsight you shouldn’t go bowling, but it’s not more than anything I’ve done in my rehab.”

‘™¦ Red Wings defenseman Ian White is the latest player to check in with some negative comments about NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, and his might be the harshest.

“I’ve got to be honest: I personally think he’s an idiot,” White said. “Since he’s come in, I think he’s done nothing but damage the game.”

This is the NHL’s third lockout during Bettman’s tenure. The last one forced the cancellation of the 2004-05 season.

“If you think of all the moves he’s made, teams that are all struggling seem to be the teams that he put in places where there’s not viable markets for hockey,” White added. “Three work stoppages — I don’t know if he’s in control of the owners or what he’s saying, but I think it’s only seven of the owners that have to agree on something to have something pass. You’d think it’d be at least 50 percent. It just doesn’t seem like they’re running a democratic process, if you will.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 19, 2000, who became the Patriots’ all-time leader in games played when he started his 207th career game?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “That’s team football. That’s what it’s about. Julian’s been dying to get out there and make plays. He certainly did today. We needed it. Next week, it could be someone else.” – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, on wide receiver Julian Edelman‘s performance in Sunday’s win over the Colts

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 – Consecutive seasons with at least 10 touchdown receptions for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (who had two Sunday), an NFL record for a tight end

‘NET RESULTS: That Maryland freshman wide receiver Stefon Diggs caught this pass one-handed is impressive enough. The fact the he then got hit by a Florida State defender but still managed to hold on makes it that much more impressive.

LSU football coach Les Miles gives an enthusiastic introductory statement to his press conference after his team’s win over Mississippi on Saturday.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Offensive lineman Bruce Armstrong

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Big band legend Tommy Dorsey, who died in 1956, was born on this day in 1905. Here he is playing the trombone and leading his band in the 1947 movie “The Fabulous Dorseys.”

Read More: Andrew Bynum, Bart Scott, Bryan Thomas, Gary Bettman