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Former Giants WR Amani Toomer: For Ray Lewis, it’s definitely ‘all about him’ 01.31.13 at 9:14 am ET
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Former Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer is taking some shots at the retiring Ray Lewis.

“It’s definitely all about him,” Toomer told USA Today. “Once a guy goes to the center of the field, goes into the victory formation on the last play of his last home game … I just don’t think the Giants or any organization I’ve ever been a part of, even growing up, would allow somebody to single themselves out like that.

“If you single yourself out after you make a play, that’s one thing,” Toomer continued. “But to walk out on the field reminds me of the WWE, like the Rock coming out. You’re becoming a caricature of yourself. It’s exhausting. I don’t know why somebody would want that.”

Toomer, whose Giants lost to the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV when Lewis earned MVP honors, did mention how he “loves” Lewis as a football player and called him a first-ballot Hall of Famer. However, he also talked about Lewis pleading guilty to obstruction of justice after two men died during a Super Bowl XXXIV party in Atlanta in 2000.

“If you want to say you’re Mr. Religious and all of that, have a clean record. Don’t say all of that stuff if you know there’s stuff that might come back,” Toomer said. “Those are the things that, when I look at him, I just think hypocrisy.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: BU reportedly to study Junior Seau’s brain 05.04.12 at 7:59 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA playoffs: Hawks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE, ESPN; WEEI)
NBA playoffs: Bulls at 76ers, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA playoffs: Lakers at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Coyotes at Predators, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WRKO)
MLB: Phillies at Nationals, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)

SATURDAY:
NBA playoffs: Pacers at Magic, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Grizzlies at Clippers, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Thunder at Mavericks, 7:30 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Spurs at Jazz, 10 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Capitals, 12:30 p.m. (NBC)
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 1:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: White Sox at Tigers, 4 p.m. (Fox)
MLB: Braves at Rockies, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLS: Revolution at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. (CSNNE)

SUNDAY:
NBA playoffs: Hawks at Celtics, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, TNT; WEEI)
NBA playoffs: Bulls at 76ers, 1 p.m. (ABC)
NBA playoffs: Heat at Knicks, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
NBA playoffs: Lakers at Nuggets, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Blues at Kings, 3 p.m. (NBC)
NHL playoffs: Flyers at Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Yankees at Royals, 2:10 p.m. (TBS)
MLB: Dodgers at Cubs, 2:20 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Phillies at Nationals, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Fans paid tribute to Junior Seau by leaving flowers and memorabilia in the driveway outside the former linebacker's home in Oceanside, Calif. (AP)

♦ According to a report in the New York Daily News, Junior Seau‘s family told a Chicago brain research institute that it plans to donate the former Patriots linebacker’s brain to Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. The BU center has become well known for its work studying deceased players’ brains for evidence of trauma.

“This specimen needs to be examined,” said Dr. Julian Bailes, director of the Brain Injury Research Institute in Chicago. “It doesn’t matter who does it. There are only two groups doing this kind of work.”

The San Diego County medical examiner ruled Seau’s death a suicide Thursday.

♦ Former quarterback Kurt Warner, now an NFL Network analyst, said Thursday that he would prefer that his kids do not play football because of the health risks.

Ex-Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer did not appreciate Warner’s admission.

“I’d definitely have my son play football,” Toomer said. “That’s what the Toomer family does. We all play football. But what this reminds me of is the guy at the basketball court, who once he gets done playing takes the ball and ruins the game for everybody else. I think Kurt Warner needs to keep his opinions to himself when it comes to this. Everything that he’s gotten in his life has come from playing football. He works at the NFL Network right now. For him to try and trash the game, it seems to me that it’s just a little disingenuous to me.”

Jose Canseco, who announced last month that he will play for the Worcester Tornadoes of the Can-Am League this summer, is asking fans to vote him into the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Tweeted Canseco: Haters and Cansecomaniacs. Let’s do history. Please write me in MLB all star ballot. That’s all I ask. One wish in whole world.

Canseco went on to include a link for the ballot and suggest that fans write him in as the American League’s designated hitter, representing either the A’s, Red Sox, Rangers or Rays.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 4, 1974, which Red Sox rookie tied a major league record when he made three errors in his first game?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jets QB Mark Sanchez rips ‘gutless’ unnamed teammates 03.16.12 at 7:32 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Kings, 10 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NBA: Heat at 76ers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Spurs at Thunder, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Texas vs. Cincinnati, 12:15 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, NC State vs. San Diego State, 12:40 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Alabama vs. Creighton, 1:40 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Virginia vs. Florida, 1:40 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, St. Bonaventure vs. Florida State, 2:45 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Belmont vs. Georgetown, 3:10 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Vermont vs. North Carolina, 4:10 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Norfolk State vs. Missouri, 4:40 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Saint Louis vs. Memphis 6:50 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Lehigh vs. Duke, 7:15 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Ohio vs. Michigan, 7:20 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Purdue vs. St. Mary’s, 7:27 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Long Island vs. Michigan State, 9:20 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Xavier vs. Notre Dame, 9:45 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, South Florida vs. Temple, 9:50 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Detroit vs. Kansas, 9:57 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NIT, Northwestern at Washington, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
College hockey: Hockey East semifinals, Providence vs. Boston College, 5 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
College hockey: Hockey East semifinals, Maine vs. Boston University, 8 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Twins at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. (WEEI)

SATURDAY:
NBA: Celtics at Nuggets, 9 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NBA: Spurs at Mavericks, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Kansas State vs. Syracuse, 12:15 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Gonzaga vs. Ohio State, 2:45 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Murray State vs. Marquette, , 5:15 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Vanderbilt vs. Wisconsin, 6:10 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, VCU vs. Indiana, 7:10 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Iowa State vs. Kentucky, 7:45 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Colorado vs. Baylor, 8:40 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, New Mexico vs. Louisville, 9:40 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: NIT, UMass at Seton Hall, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Flyers at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN, NHL Network)
NHL: Blues at Lightning, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Hockey East championship, 8 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Orioles at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at Sporting KC, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

SUNDAY:
NBA: Magic at Heat, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Thunder, 9:30 pm. (ESPN)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, third-round games (CBS, TBS, TNT)
College basketball: NIT, Northern Iowa at Drexel, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Bucknell at Nevada, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, Iowa at Oregon, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Penguins at Flyers, 12:30 p.m. (NBC)
NHL: Capitals at Blackhawks, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Red Sox at Rays, 1:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

Mark Sanchez finally answered the unnamed teammates who criticized him this offseason. (AP)

♦ Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez lashed out at the unnamed teammates who criticized him following the team’s disappointing finish to the 2011 season, calling the comments “a gutless thing to do.”

“If you’re not going to put your name on something, why waste anybody’s time?” said Sanchez, who last week signed a three-year, $40 million extension. “Obviously, they had strong opinions about it, but not strong enough to say who they are.”

Sanchez, who has been quiet almost all of the offseason while reports came out about problems between him and receiver Santonio Holmes, took some responsibility for the issues.

“I don’t want to speak for Santonio, but I know I underachieved,” Sanchez said. “I think there were some things I could’ve handled better with him and our communication.”

That said, Sanchez insisted the “feud” is not nearly as bad as it’s been portrayed, and he and Holmes have talked about how it’s been overblown.

“It was something where we just kind of smiled,” Sanchez said. “When I first saw him, it was like, ‘Man this kind of took on a life of its own.’ He said, ‘You’re telling me.’ ”

♦ Former Giants teammates Amani Toomer and Jeremy Shockey had an interesting exchange on Twitter Thursday. It started when Toomer wrote that Shockey was a “bad teammate, worse person” after hearing speculation that the tight end might want to return to New York as a free agent.

Shockey responded by accusing Toomer of urinating on his ex-wife’s clothes and later calling him an idiot.

Answered Toomer: Thanks 4 proving my statement about being a bad person.

♦ After agreeing to stay in Orlando through next season, Dwight Howard professed his loyalty at a Thursday press conference. “I’m not like those guys, or those people they’re trying to paint me as,” Howard said, with the assumption that he was referring to LeBron James and friends in Miami. “I’m too loyal. That’s not my nature.”

He got support from Hornets guard Jarret Jack, who tweeted: S/O to @dwighthoward for being loyal and not following this whack trend in the league of dudes trying to team up. #standonyourown2.

That got a response from Heat guard Dwyane Wade, who tweeted: Loyalty hahahahaha.

Wade will get a chance to make a statement on the court Sunday, as the Heat host the Magic.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 16, 1960, the Red Sox made a trade with the Indians, sending which catcher who chose to retire instead, negating the deal?

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