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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Avalanche coach Patrick Roy goes ballistic at end of debut

10.03.13 at 8:10 am ET

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‘€¢ New Avalanche coach Patrick Roy got his team’s season off to a memorable start Wednesday night, but it wasn’t all for the right reasons.

Roy, known to have a short fuse during his Hall of Fame career in goal, was unhappy about what he felt was a trip that went unpenalized near the end of his team’s 6-1 victory over the visiting Ducks. So, Roy sent out his enforcers for the final shift of the game and started chirping at Anaheim players.

When Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau expressed his disapproval, Roy screamed at Boudreau and tried to push down the partition separating the two benches. He was given a game misconduct penalty.

“I didn’t expect that,” Boudreau said. “It’s not our job to go back and forth with their players. All of a sudden, I told him, ‘That’s bull, that’s bush league,’ and he did what he did.

“[He’s] going to be in for a long year, if he’s going to yell at every player and yell at the refs at every stoppage of play. It’s not the way the game is played.’

Added Boudreau: “He’s not 25 anymore.”

Roy was unhappy about a trip of top draft pick Nathan MacKinnon that was not called.

“That should have been a penalty, in my opinion,” Roy said. “I don’t think this league needs that type of cheap shot.”

‘€¢ The movement to pay college athletes has its detractors, and one of them is Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim.

“That’s really the most idiotic suggestion of all time,” Boeheim said Wednesday. “I don’t believe players should be paid. I believe they are getting a tremendous opportunity.”

Responding to a comment from former Michigan and NBA star Chris Webber that he received no money from his school even though his team shirt was selling in a campus story for $75, Boeheim noted that Webber got a free education and used Michigan as a steppingstone to a pro career.

Said Boeheim: “He didn’t get his $30,000 or $40,000. But he got his money.”

‘€¢ Niners safety Donte Whitner, who was fined $21,000 for his hit on Rams receiver Chris Givens, not only isn’t apologizing, he’s capitalizing on his reputation as a hard-hitting defensive back.

Whitner announced Wednesday on his Twitter account that he is changing his name from Whitner to Hitner — after first asking his mother, of course.


ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 3, 1995, in Game 1 of the ALDS, the Red Sox lost to the Indians, 5-4, when which former Sox player hit a home run in the 13th inning off Boston lefty Zane Smith?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’€™t think there’€™s anybody who should be favored over us. ‘€¦ There’€™s no question in my mind that there’€™s no one that says they want the Rays. Absolutely not. Whether it’€™s Cleveland, Boston, Detroit or Oakland. Nobody’€™s looking forward to that.” — Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey, before Wednesday’s win over the Indians put Tampa Bay in the ALDS against the Red Sox

STAT OF THE DAY: 79 — Percentage of his 155 rushing yards this season that Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount has recorded in the second half of games

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): From a high school football game in Iowa, Gehlen Catholic converts a two-point conversion against North Union when quarterback Blake Wiltgen throws the ball high into the air as he’s being tackled, and receiver Colton Kneip hauls it in.

A member of the group Improv Everywhere recreates the training scene from “Rocky” on the streets of Philadelphia.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Chubby Checker was born on this day in 1941.

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