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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie calls Jets reporter ‘a complete idiot’

08.27.13 at 8:18 am ET

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MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Reds at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (WGN)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Fenerbahce vs. Arsenal, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Basel 1892 vs. Ludogorets, 2:30 p.m. (FSC)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m., 7 p.m. (ESPN2)


‘€¢ New Jersey Governor Chris Christie inserted himself in the Jets’ quarterback controversy, blasting New York Daily News reporter Manish Mehta for pestering Rex Ryan with questions after Saturday night’s preseason game vs. the Giants.

Co-hosting WFAN’s Boomer & Carlton morning radio show Monday, Christie said of Mehta: “Idiot. The guy’s a complete idiot. Self-consumed, underpaid reporter ‘€¦ the only way he’s empowered is because we’re spending all this time talking about Manish Mehta this morning ‘€¦ who, by the way, I couldn’t pick out of a lineup, and no Jets fan gives a damn about Manish Mehta.”

Christie, who is friends with Ryan, continued: “We shouldn’t be giving this dope, you know, the amount of airtime we’ve given him already.”

Meanwhile, Mark Sanchez, who injured his right shoulder after being hit in the fourth quarter, following his insertion with the second-team offense, hopes to return in time for the team’s regular-season opener.

Sanchez said he was “a little sore,” but he refused to criticize Ryan for rushing him into action Saturday with the backups.

“If they call your number, you’ve got to play,” Sanchez said. “That’s what I do, and that’s what I’ve always done. They said to be ready to play, and I was ready to play.”

‘€¢ According to an ESPN report, NCAA investigators met with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel for about six hours Sunday to talk about allegations that Manziel was paid by memorabilia dealers for his autograph.

Multiple dealers have said they paid the Heisman Trophy winner to sign thousands of items following last season.

Texas A&M administrators reportedly plan to let Manziel play despite concerns that this situation could affect his eligibility.

‘€¢ The Astros, who have the worst record in the major leagues, are on pace to set a record as the most profitable team in league history, according to a report in Forbes.

With pitcher Erik Bedard the team’s only player making more than $1 million a year and the active payroll sitting at about $13 million (down from $26 million at the start of the season), owner Jim Crane should make $99 million this season, thanks in part to soaring television revenues.

The Astros have steadily decreased their payroll since Crane bought the team in 2011, although he recently told ESPN The Magazine, “Once our minor league system is filled in, we’ll move up into the top five or 10 in payroll.”

The report notes that 64 current major leaguers — including nine Yankees — each make more than the entire Astros roster.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 27, 1967, in another memorable game during the Impossible Dream season, the Red Sox held off the White Sox, 4-3, in the first game of a doubleheader after which Sox right fielder threw out Ken Berry at home in the ninth inning?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m just focused on today. ‘€¦ I learned very early on in my career at Florida to worry about what I can control, and the things that I can’t control I’m not going to spend time worrying about. But I can control my attitude, my focus every single day, and those are the things that I’m going to worry about.” — Patriots backup quarterback Tim Tebow, on surviving Monday’s round of cuts

STAT OF THE DAY: 0 — Undrafted rookie quarterbacks who have started a season-opener since the NFL merger in 1970, with Jeff Tuel set to be the first when he starts for the Bills against the Patriots on Sept. 8

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Quarterbacks Colin Kapernick and Russell Wilson are the stars of Madden 25’s new commercial, called “Summer Camp.”

As a prank on his football team, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini pretends to get in a fight with senior Thad Randle over a cell phone interruption during a team meeting.

From the WNBA, Candace Parker accidentally causes a bloody mess for teammate Nneka Ogwumike when their heads collide during a celebration after a basket.

From a soccer game in Paraguay, a player kicks the referee in the face after three of his teammates were ejected.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jose Tartabull

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Edward Patten, a member of Gladys Knight & the Pips, was born on this day in 1939. He’s the one in the middle.

Read More: Chris Christie, Johnny Manziel, Mark Sanchez, Rex Ryan