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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Super Bowl restrictions include no tailgating

12.10.13 at 8:11 am ET

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NHL: Bruins at Flames, 9:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Predators at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Kansas at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oakland at Indiana, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Evansville at Xavier, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Boise State at Kentucky, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Gonzaga at West Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NJIT at Seton Hall, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Shakhtar at Manchester United, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


‘€¢ In case you are planning to attend the Super Bowl in New Jersey in February, be warned: The tailgating police will be on patrol. Event organizers on Monday announced a list of rules regarding transportation to the Meadowlands and what fans who park in the limited spots will be able to do. The lucky fans who get a parking pass will only be able to use the immediate space around their vehicle.

“You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car,” Super Bowl organizing committee CEO Al Kelly told ESPN. “And provided you’re in the boundaries of a single parking space, you’ll be able to eat or drink right next to your car. However, you’re not going to be able to take out a lounge chair, you’re not going to be able to take out a grill, and you’re not going to be able to take up more than one parking space.”

Kelly also revealed that fans will not be allowed to be dropped off at MetLife Stadium via taxi or limo, and they can’t park at a nearby lot and walk over. Instead, those without a parking pass will need to ride one of the chartered buses that will take fans from remote locations to the stadium, or take public transportation.

There are less than 13,000 parking spots for the 80,000 ticket-holders headed to the game. That, combined with security issues, made for the restrictions.

‘€¢ It’s been rough season for Ed Reed. After getting kicked out of Houston following the Texans’ demise, the veteran safety signed with the Jets. And things haven’t gone so well since. Although New York ended a three-game losing streak with a win Sunday over the Raiders — the first win Reed has played in this season — he apparently helped cause an injury to a teammate.

Cornerback Antonio Cromartie suffered a concussion, the team announced Monday, although he did not leave the game early. Coach Rex Ryan said he did not know when the injury occurred, but the New York Post notes that Cromartie appeared to be shaken up after colliding with Reed in the third quarter on a 48-yard touchdown by Oakland receiver Rod Streater.

The team is hopeful Cromartie will not miss any action, especially with the Jets struggling to remain in playoff contention.

“I think he’s going to be in the concussion protocol and things,” Ryan said. “He felt better [Monday], so I think that’s a positive thing.”

‘€¢ With the struggling Nets preparing to host the Celtics on Tuesday, more details are emerging about the rift between coach Jason Kidd and recently demoted assistant Lawrence Frank.

According to, Kidd lost his cool with Frank at a coaches meeting early in the season, telling Frank: “Sit the [expletive] down! I’m the coach of this [expletive] team! When you’re on the bench, don’t [expletive] move!”

Frank, who reportedly was complaining about Kidd to others, became less involved on the bench and last week lost his seat, assigned to doing daily reports. According to the New York Daily News, Frank has retained prominent sports attorney David Cornwell, who also represents Alex Rodriguez and Jonathan Martin, presumably to negotiate a buyout of his six-year contract that worth more than $6 million.

“[Frank] worked hard, he did the things that they asked him to do that I thought were on the court,” Paul Pierce said Monday. “But obviously some behind-scenes things that probably went down that didn’t go well with the coaches, and that’s why the decision was made.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 10, 1980, the Red Sox sent the left side of their infield — shortstop Rick Burleson and third baseman Butch Hobson — to the Angels for which three players?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We got booed at halftime. We’€™ve just got such high expectations for our team, and people aren’€™t satisfied with anything less than our best every single game. It’€™s just the way it is around here.” — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, during his weekly appearance with Dennis & Callahan on Monday, on Sunday’s win over the Browns

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 — Boston College players who have been invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation in New York City, with running back Andre Williams joining 1984 winner Doug Flutie after earning an invitation to Saturday’s event

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Raptors guard Terrence Ross hits a shot from beyond halfcourt at the end of the first quarter Sunday night against the Lakers.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Third baseman Carney Lansford, outfielder Rick Miller and pitcher Mark Clear

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Chad Stuart of Chad & Jeremy was born on this day in 1940.

Read More: Antonio Cromartie, Ed Reed, Jason Kidd, Lawrence Frank