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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Curt Schilling done with chemotherapy in battle with cancer 04.09.14 at 7:57 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rangers at Red Sox, 4:05 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Padres at Indians, 12:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Astros at Blue Jays, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB: Pirates at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
NBA: Celtics at Hawks, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Red Wings at Penguins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Sharks at Ducks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester United at Bayern Munich, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: CONCACAF Champions, Cruz Azul vs. Tijuana, 8 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

– Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling announced Tuesday that he has completed chemotherapy as part of his battle with cancer.

Tweeted Schilling: How ya hanging? Chemo done, 5 radiations remain #Cancergroinkick ftw!

Schilling, 47, announced in February that he was diagnosed with cancer, although he did not reveal what type he has. Schilling pitched for the Red Sox from 2004-07 as part of a 20-year major league career. He most recently served as an ESPN analyst after the well-publicized collapse of his computer game company.

Schilling’s daughter, Gabby, tweeted a photo of her father in the hospital, writing: beyond blessed to be bale to say that my dad finished his LAST chemo today! just 3 more days of radiation

 

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones did not appreciate it when two fans ran on the field during the eighth inning of Tuesday’s game at Yankee Stadium, and he made sure they knew.

“I let them know how I felt, obviously a lot of choice words because I think it’s idiotic for people to run on the field and I think the punishment needs to be a lot harsher,” Jones said after Baltimore’s 14-5 victory. “And they should let us have a shot to kick them with our metal spikes on because it’s stupid.

“You look like a [idiot] when you run on the field. We don’t go to any other events. We don’t go to other sporting events and do that to their jobs, but they come to ours and do that. I get it, you’re drunk and you want to be on SportsCenter. Your [butt] is going to jail with a fine, and you might not be allowed to come back to the ballpark.”

The fans were tackled by security in the outfield after racing onto the field from the third-base stands.

“I remember a couple of years ago, one dude broke his ankle in Baltimore,” Jones said. “I was laughing at him. I wish he shattered his femur because it’s stupid. It’s just plain old stupid. Anybody who does it, I wish the cops tase the living [crap] out of them. I wish that.”

– The wrestler known as The Ultimate Warrior, born Jim Hellwig before legally changing his name in 1993, died Tuesday after collapsing in a parking lot outside an Arizona hotel, three days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He was 54.

The Ultimate Warrior announced during Saturday’s induction ceremony that he had signed a contract with the WWE to be a brand ambassador, returning to the organization after an absence of almost two decades.

The WWE released a statement that read: “WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior. Warrior began his WWE career in 1987 and quickly went on to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history. Warrior became WWE Champion at WrestleMania VI, defeating Hulk Hogan in an epic encounter. We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was also able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans. WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior’€™s family, friends and fans. Warrior was 54 and is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters.”

The Ultimate Warrior had celebrated his return to the WWE by giving a speech in the ring during Monday’s episode of “WWE Raw.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 9, 1982, the Celtics retired which player’s number?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jonathan Papelbon says Red Sox promoted controversial drug Toradol, but not PEDs 02.11.13 at 7:58 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Bobcats, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Spurs at Bulls, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Marquette at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Old Dominion at Delaware, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: TCU at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas State at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Alcorn State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Kings at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Beanpot final, Boston College vs. Northeastern, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Closer Jonathan Papelbon said the Red Sox promoted regular use of the controversial drug Toradol, which his current team, the Phillies, does not use. (AP)

♦ Former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon told ESPN that he was regularly injected with Toradol, a legal but controversial anti-inflammatory drug, during his time in Boston. Papelbon said his current team, the Phillies, told him he no longer would use the non-steroidal drug when he signed as a free agent after the 2011 season.

“They told me, ‘We don’t do that here. That kind of surprised me,” Papelbon said. “I haven’t had a single Toradol shot since.

“But here’s the thing you have to understand. There are so many organizations that do it. Not only baseball, but every sport. Football, basketball, hockey. It’s not just the Red Sox.”

The drug was the subject of some discussion last year when Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz was hospitalized with esophagitis, said to be a side effect of Toradol. In December 2011, some retired NFL players filed a lawsuit accusing the league of indiscriminately administering the drug before and during games.

Following Curt Schilling‘s accusation that a member of the Sox’ medical staff recommended he consider performance-enhancing drugs, Papelbon said he did not have a similar experience.

“No, no, no — never,” Papelbon said. “I think that would be pretty asinine for any team doctor or trainer to say that don’t you?”

♦ An autobiography from former Mets catcher Mike Piazza reveals details about his feud with pitcher Roger Clemens, who beaned Piazza with a 98 mph fastball in 2000. Piazza said he refused an apology from Clemens and took karate lessons to prepare for another altercation, which occurred in the 2000 World Series when Clemens threw a piece of a broken bat at Piazza. However, only words were exchanged.

“There were complications,” Piazza explained. “The least of them was the realization that Clemens was a big guy, and I stood a pretty fair chance of getting my ass kicked in front of Yankee Stadium and the world. That was a legitimate concern.”

Piazza regrets his failure to act in that situation.

“It was not only possible but — circumstances be damned — it was in order.” Piazza said. “It was the story of the Series. I couldn’t deliver a punch.”

Also in the book, Piazza denies rumors that he took illegal steroids, although he admits to using muscle-building supplements and stimulants.

♦ Rapper Lil Wayne claims he was kicked out of Sunday’s Lakers-Heat game in Miami because he was cheering for the visiting team.

Tweeted the rapper:

So I’m @ da Heat game right, rootin 4 da Lakers kuz dats my team & would u believe they got police 2 make me leave?! Wow [expletive] da Heat.

Wayne previously made news during the 2012 Western Conference finals when he complained he was “denied by the team to be in their arena” in Oklahoma City to see the Thunder play the Spurs in Game 3. However, a Thunder spokesman explained that Wayne demanded a front-row seat but was told there were none available.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 11, 1973, which 35-year-old rookie goalie recorded his first NHL shutout in the Bruins’ 2-0 victory over the visiting Kings?

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Top Stories of 2012, No. 2: Bobby Valentine leads woeful Sox to 93 losses, gets fired 12.31.12 at 11:30 am ET
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Over the final week of 2012, WEEI.com will count down the top 10 stories of the year in Boston sports. This entry in the countdown is No. 2: Bobby Valentine’s nightmare season as Red Sox manager.

Check out our previous entries:
No. 10: NHL lockout
No. 9: Wes Welker’s up-and-down year
No. 8: Bruins’ early playoff elimination
No. 7: Ray Allen’s departure from Celtics
No. 6: Tim Thomas’ political controversy and sabbatical
No. 5: Celtics’ Eastern Conference finals loss to Heat
No. 4: Red Sox’ megatrade with Dodgers
No. 3: Tom Brady’s MVP-caliber season

Bobby Valentine

In a forgettable season, the 2012 Sox finished 69-93, their worst record since 1965, and in last place in the American League East for the first time since John Henry and Tom Werner bought the team.

According to multiple reports, Bobby Valentine was not the preferred choice of first-year general manager Ben Cherington, but team president and CEO Larry Lucchino made the hire to replace Terry Francona.

As Valentine was formally introduced to Boston, nobody could have foreseen the outcome of the season.

“I am honored, I’m humbled and I’m pretty damn excited,” Valentine said at his introductory press conference. “This day is a special day, and it’s more than a special day. It’s the beginning of a life that I think is going to extend beyond anything else that I thought of doing. The talent level and the players that we have in this organization, I think, is a gift to anyone. And I’m the receiver of that gift.”

Valentine, 62, would become the first Red Sox manager since 1934 (Bucky Harris) to be fired after just one season with the team.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Jets coach Rex Ryan wants apology from Dolphins RB Reggie Bush 10.25.12 at 8:02 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
World Series: Tigers at Giants, 8 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-AM)
NFL: Buccaneers at Vikings, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
College football: Clemson at Wake Forest, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Clippers at Nuggets, 10 p.m. (TNT)

AROUND THE WEB:

Rex Ryan wants Dolphins running back Reggie Bush to apologize for a comment earlier in the season. (AP)

Rex Ryan and the Jets have moved on from the Patriots to their next controversy. Two days after getting defensive in the face of questions about his team’s conservative play-calling in Sunday’s loss in Foxboro, Ryan said he wants an apology from Dolphins running back Reggie Bush for comments Bush made earlier in the season.

Bush, who left the teams’ last meeting early with a bruised left knee, had accused the Jets of trying to hurt him under orders from Ryan. When New York cornerback Darrelle Revis suffered a season-ending left knee injury, Bush said it was an example of “what goes around comes around.”

Ryan insisted that his comment about putting “hot sauce” on Bush was misinterpreted.

“I apologized for my comments, and I expect him to do the same,” Ryan said Wednesday. “I never was saying we were going to try to injure Reggie Bush. That’s not even close.

“He’s going to get our attention. I’m sorry, but he’s the type of player that’s going to warrant a lot of attention and we’re going to give it to him. … That was what I meant by my comments. If it was taken differently, out of context or whatever, I apologize for that. Trust me, we know when he’s in the game.

“He is still going to get our attention, but his things about Revis and all that kind of stuff … look, I understand that he got hurt in the game, and that’s bad for football. We never want to hurt a player. I respect him as a player. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. I never want to see that.”

Responded Bush: “I don’t believe that. I don’t believe that at all. But it is what it is. Like I said, the great thing about divisional games is you get to play them twice.”

Meanwhile, Jets safety LaRon Landry, who was in on the hit that injured Bush, said he thinks he’s in Bush’s head.

“He will remember that hit,” Landry said. “Every time he sees me, he’ll remember the hit if I’m in the box or coming downhill, he will remember that hit.”

♦ It’s been a tough year for former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, whose failed video game company went bankrupt and had its possessions auctioned off this week. After the public was allowed to tour the former Rhode Island home of 38 Studios and saw the elliptical workout machine and private shower in Schilling’s old office and the $700 chairs the employees were given, NBC 10 sportscaster Bill Rappleye tweeted at Schilling, asking why he “cut no corners,” adding: “Why don’t you explain on the record?”

Responded Schilling: “No one cares quite honestly, just shut the hell up.”

Rappleye wasn’t done, tweeting: “A million Rhode Islanders care Nice shower in your office btw. The locker room downstairs wasn’t good enough for you?”

Answered Schiiling: “Do you really ‘work’ in the media? No idea who you are.

Rappleye got the last word with: “Do you know or care about anybody in Rhode Island? Treating the state’s taxpayers as little people not worthy of apology.”

♦ A sports radio show host in Ohio was fired on Wednesday for his tweet about ESPN commentator and former University of Michigan star Desmond Howard. Scott Torgeson, former co-host of “The Common Man & The Torg” on the flagship station for Ohio State sports, was suspended on Oct. 17 after tweeting that he wished Howard would “get fired or die” so that he could watch ESPN’s “College Football Gameday” again. Despite making a public apology for his “lapse of judgment” and closing his Twitter account, Torgerson lost his job.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 25, 1986, the Red Sox lost a heartbreaking Game 6 of the World Series to the Mets, surrendering three runs in the bottom of the 10th inning. The Sox had taken a 5-3 lead in the top of the 10th on a home run by Dave Henderson and an RBI single by Marty Barrett off which Mets reliever who would later pitch for the Sox?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Darrelle Revis lauds Tim Tebow as ‘a born leader’ 05.17.12 at 7:45 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Yankees at Blue Jays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Phillies at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
NBA playoffs: Heat at Pacers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Clippers at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Coyotes at Kings, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Tim Tebow has made a good first impression on his new Jets teammates. (AP)

♦ Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who we last heard from ripping Bill Belichick and Tom Brady as “disrespectful,” feels quite the opposite about new teammate Tim Tebow.

“He’s a born leader,” Revis said in the Jets locker room after a voluntary team workout. “He really is. Very few athletes have the gift that he has. He tries to lead by example all the time and he tries to be positive, which is awesome. I think that results [in] his success on the field. He came in with Denver and did unbelievable. And now he’s with us. We’re happy. We’re excited for him. We’re happy [that] he’ll bring his leadership qualities to this team.”

Revis added that he’s looking forward to seeing what the team comes up with to utilize Tebow and starting quarterback Mark Sanchez together.

“My initial [thought] to the play would be a trick play, something tricky,” Revis said. “Tim is dangerous and Mark is dangerous as well. So, to have them both on the field at the same time, you wouldn’t be able to prepare for it because no one has ever seen it. You’ve just got to be cautious, where maybe on the defensive side, you’re like, ‘Hey, back up,’ and it could be a trick play or a double-reverse trick play or something up their sleeve.”

♦ The Giants held a ceremony Wednesday night at Tiffany and Co. on Fifth Avenue in New York City to receive their Super Bowl rings, and defensive end Justin Tuck said the Giants are aiming for at least one more title.

“The first time you’re in awe,” he said. “You win a second one, you think, ‘Maybe we can do something here.’ Let’s make it a dynasty. We want to make it a dynasty.”

Added safety Antrel Rolle: “This is a great piece of hardware on my hand right now. But we can always have more rings. Just ask Michael Jordan.”

♦ Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee and state economic officials met Wednesday with Curt Schilling, who asked for help to save his video game company.

Schilling’s 38 Studios missed a $1.1 million loan payment on May 1, and the company appears to be in dire straits. The former Red Sox pitcher was brief in addressing the media while leaving the meeting.

“My priority right now is to get back to my company,” Schilling said. “My priority right now is to get back and talk to my team. I will be making a statement at some point in the near future.”

Roger Clemens‘ lawyer did his best to embarrass star witness Brian McNamee on Wednesday, at one point asking the former trainer, “Do you sometimes just make stuff up?”

McNamee, who continued to detail how he injected Clemens with HGH and steroids, was resolute: “I didn’t make it up.”

Meanwhile, prosecutors expressed concern that another juror might have been sleeping during testimony. Two jurors already have been dismissed for falling asleep, leaving 12 jurors and two alternates.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 17, 1971, the Red Sox signed which pitcher who was released by the Twins in March and then signed and released by the Braves?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Rhode Island politicians work to save Curt Schilling’s video game company 05.16.12 at 8:11 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA playoffs: Celtics at 76ers, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Lakers at Thunder, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Devils at Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WRKO)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee revealed Tuesday that he has called the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation to an emergency meeting Wednesday morning to discuss financial problems at former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling‘s video game company.

Two years after relocating from Massachusetts to Rhode Island to take advantage of a $75 million taxpayer-backed loan, Schilling’s company missed a loan-guarantee payment of $1.125 million, setting off red flags.

“We’re concerned and just doing everything possible to ensure that 38 Studios stays part of the Rhode Island community,” Chafee told Providence TV station WPRI earlier this week. “We’re working on different issues with them.” Asked whether he thinks 38 Studios can be stabilized, Chafee paused and said: “We’re working on it.”

Last June, PriceWaterhouseCoopers audited 38 Studios and expressed “substantial doubt” that the company would be able to stay solvent. The company since released its first game, “Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning,” to positive reviews and decent sales, but another game, “Project: Copernicus,” appears to be facing delays.

Schilling, who also serves as an ESPN analyst, loaned his company $4 million in 2010, but that money was paid back from the package the company received from Rhode Island.

♦ The Giants will receive their Super Bowl rings Wednesday night in a ceremony at Tiffany’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue.

“It will be exciting for everybody, no doubt,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “That’s the symbol, you know? In your heart it’s already been established. I look forward to it, I think it’s going to be very festive. Let’s face it, now it’s twice in a lifetime. It’s a wonderful thing to do it again.”

The ring is 14k white gold with surrounding diamonds, sapphire band (representing Giants blue) and diamond footballs. It has images of the four Lombardi trophies the franchise has won, plus the team logo and the score of Super Bowl XLVI, a 21-17 victory over the Patriots.

“Big and obnoxious, that’s always the goal,” guard Kevin Boothe joked.

Brian McNamee continued to testify in Roger Clemens‘ perjury trial Tuesday in Washington, but the star witness wasn’t enough to keep all the members of the jury awake, as one juror was dismissed for sleeping.

What the sleeping juror missed was McNamee claiming his wife encouraged him to keep evidence that he injected Clemens with steroids. McNamee said he did, putting a needle, swab and cotton ball in an empty beer can to sneak it out of Clemens’ apartment after an injection.

McNamee also talked about injecting Clemens’ wife, Debbie, which he insists was done with the pitcher’s approval.

♦ According to police in Oceanside, Calif., someone broke into Junior Seau‘s San Diego-area home last week, five days after Seau committed suicide in the bedroom. Lt. Leonard Mata told the North County Times that the burglar accessed the garage through a doggy door and apparently did not enter the main part of the house. The only item noticed to be missing was a bicycle that belonged to a friend of the former NFL star.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 16, 1989, Mike Milbury was hired as Bruins coach replacing which man?

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LEEInks List: Most shocking trades of this century in Boston sports 02.28.11 at 2:28 pm ET
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The Celtics' trade of Kendrick Perkins is just one of many trades that shocked Boston sports fans in this young century. (AP)

The Celtics’ trade of Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic on Thursday marked the second surprising trade of the winter for Boston sports teams. Back in December, the Red Sox got Adrian Gonzalez from the Padres for prospects Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo and Reymond Fuentes. That got us thinking about other shocking trades by the hometown teams this century. Here are the top dozen.

12. Nov. 24, 2005: Sox land Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell

Top prospect Hanley Ramirez had been mentioned in a number of rumors, but it appeared that he was pretty much untouchable. That was until the Sox sent the shortstop to the Marlins — along with prospects Anibal Sanchez, Jesus Delgado and Harvey Garcia — in exchange for Beckett, Lowell and reliever Guillermo Mota. As expected, Ramirez turned into a superstar, but Beckett and Lowell became key parts of the 2007 World Series team. Most would probably agree that this deal was a win-win.

11. Nov. 28, 2003: Curt Schilling comes to Boston

Schilling was just one year removed from back-to-back 20-win seasons and consecutive Cy Young runner-ups when the Sox acquired him from the Diamondbacks for pitchers Casey Fossum, Brandon Lyon and Jorge De La Rosa. Lyon and De La Rosa went on to have serviceable careers, but Schilling helped lead the Sox to two World Series titles, posting another 20-win season and Cy Young runner-up in 2004 along the way.

10. Sept. 18, 2009: B’s ship Phil Kessel to Toronto

The Bruins sending Kessel to the Maple Leafs wasn’t a total shock because everyone knew the B’s probably wouldn’t be able to keep all three of Kessel, David Krejci and Milan Lucic long term. But it’s still surprising any time you trade a 21-year-old former fifth overall pick who was the leading goal-scorer on your first-place team the previous season. The deal ended up looking much better when the first-round pick Boston got in return turned out to be the second overall selection, which became Tyler Seguin.

9. March 6, 2000: Ray Bourque heads to Colorado

The trade itself wasn’t shocking — everyone knew Bourque wanted a chance to win the Stanley Cup and everyone knew the Bruins were happy to accommodate the legend — but just seeing Bourque in another jersey was. After 21-plus seasons in Boston, Bourque was sent to the Avalanche along with Dave Andreychuk in exchange for Brian Rolston, Martin Grenier, Samuel Pahlsson and a first-round pick. Bourque and the Avs went on to win the Cup the next season.

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LEEInks List: Memorable returns to Boston 10.15.10 at 8:32 am ET
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Deion Branch

With Deion Branch catching the door after Randy Moss let himself out, Patriots fans are daydreaming about Super Bowl XXXIX, when Branch was the MVP and the Pats won their third title in four seasons.

The Patriots hope Branch’s second go-round in New England can be as successful as the first, as Branch returns from a rough stint in oblivion in Seattle.

Here’s a look at some other notable returns to Boston teams over the past decade.

10. Delonte West, 2010

West may be most famous for an alleged relationship with LeBron James‘ mother, but the versatile point guard could play a major role for the Celtics this season. Originally drafted by the Celtics out of St. Joseph’s, West was a regular starter in his three years with the team. But after he averaged double digits in his second and third years, the Celtics made way for Rajon Rondo by dealing West to the SuperSonics in June 2007 as part of the Ray Allen deal. Three years later and a few gun charges and rumors later, West finds himself back in Celtic green playing alongside Allen and backing up Rondo. He won’t get his first chance to get out on the court until Nov. 17 because of a 10-game suspension, but look for West to make an impact this season.

9. Ellis Burks, 2004

Burks was heralded as an up-and-coming star when he broke into the big leagues with the Red Sox in 1987, but despite making the All-Star team in 1990, he was often treated as if he failed to live up to his potential in Boston. His existence with the Sox was, at times, uncomfortable, made more so by the fact that he was the lone African-American on the roster at times. When he left the Sox as a free agent after the 1992 season, it was with unhappy feelings about the organization with whom he came up.

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Lights, Camera, Press Conference! 07.09.09 at 9:38 am ET
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A day after the Lakers did the same with Ron Artest, the Celtics are set to unveil one of the craziest players in the NBA today at 4 p.m. in Rasheed Wallace.

elliot-jordansGreg Cameron gave Boston a technical introduction to Wallace on Monday, but there’s no doubt all eyes will be watching this afternoon as the big man is formally introduced.

Press conferences have always been something of a spectacle, but Boston has seen its fair share of introductions that put others to shame. Bill Parcells warranted the governor’s attention back in 1993, and remember the time the Sox brought that Matsuzaka guy over from Japan?

Very few thought John Smoltz would ever be introduced to a city outside of Georgia, so seeing the Braves legend in a Sox cap in January was a headline-grabber to say the least.

But enough about the Pats and Red Sox, this day is about the Celtics, who have had plenty of big-time introductions of their own. Before getting to the one that brought banner 17 to Boston, who could forget Rick Pitino? With fresh, new banners made up for the FleetCenter hanging behind him, the local hero was all but sworn in as Mayor of Boston. Dan Shaughnessy used up an entire column back in ’97 listing all of the things Pitino already knew about the town when he came here. By the time he left, he probably knew a few more things, including which retired players aren’t walking through a certain door.

The biggest non-international press conference in recent memory has to be the one that followed the Kevin Garnett acquisition. What made it so incredible was the way the Celtics went about it by re-introducing Paul Pierce and Ray Allen along with him. They weren’t pushing KG on Boston, they were pushing an idea, and one that the entire city believed in once they saw the new Big Three, Boston Three Party, or whatever else they wanted to be called.

The promotion of that idea continues as Wallace enters the fold. On Sunday Mike Mutnansky rightfully joked that the Celtics are borderline elderly these days, but thanks to what these three guys have done, nobody seems to care. Is there anybody left that still damns Ainge for giving up on Al Jefferson? Is anybody totally up in arms about letting Leon Powe go? The Celtics have placed an incredible emphasis on experience these last couple of years, and it’s led to fantastic results. And for those who do feel that old age will bite the Green in the you-know-what this season, Wallace at the very least can serve as tremendous insurance in case KG goes down again.

"I guess I hate the Yankees now"

"I guess I hate the Yankees now."

Whether it’s the delayed signing of J.D. Drew, or the poor translating at the Matsuzaka introduction, Boston has never shied away from a good ol’ press conference. Even when the Sox brought on a former enemy in David Wells, there were smiles across New England, and the affinity for introductions doesn’t end there.

Tell me you weren’t watching, fists-clenched each time as the Yankees introduced Alex Rodriguez, Johnny Damon, and Mark Teixeira, and I’ll kindly tell you to get your morning links and videos elsewhere. Likewise, the folks in New York couldn’t have exactly been thrilled when Curt Schilling dropped his famous quote after hitchhiking from Arizona.

There may be no politicians or Japanese media surrounding Wallace as he holds up his green No. 30 jersey today, but one thing is for sure: you, along with the rest of New England and NBA fans, will be watching.

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The King of Pop Remembered by Athletes 06.26.09 at 10:39 am ET
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Love him or hate him, Michael Jackson was an icon. From his days as a child star to his tremendous success with Quincy Jones to questionable surgical procedures to accusations that eventually proved to be false, the King of Pop always seemed to be caught up in headlines. A day after his death, nothing has changed.

michael-jackson-thrillerCoverage of Jackson’s death has been inescapable since the news broke yesterday afternoon. In addition to undoubtedly being an inspiration to his fans — “Black or White” — MJ had an impact on athletes all over the world. Many have sent their condolences through the media and Twitter.

“rip micheal jackson. wut a sad day. my homies gone,” said Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard via Twitter on the same day his team acquired Vince Carter from the Nets. “y are people so controversial on here. i am very shocked about mj. i have every song he ever put out. i am shocked and sad … today isnt a good day to talk about trades. really not. im sorry.”

Meanwhile, Chad Ocho Cinco did the unthinkable by taking it a little too far, something he had never, ever, done before. Check out some of these tweets from 85:

“Okay, first Mrs. Fawcett now Mr. Jackson, please tell me that this is a mistaken rumor, if not this is just as sad as 9/11 …”

“okay not as bad as 911, its sad period, both situations my goodness people, they just said he is okay in the hospital …”

“The 9/11 was a bit over the top, i am just in an emotional state right now, bare with me while i regroup people, be back in 10 minutes …”

“Sorry 85 million times, today sucks man, i still have my jacket with the zippers on it, wow”

Surprisingly enough, Dennis Rodman had the sincerest (and best-written) tweet of the trio:

“Mourning the loss of the greatest pop star and icon of my lifetime. Michael Jackson was truly the best. I wish his family well.”

In a chat during yesterday’s Red Sox game on the the Full Count Blog, former Sox ace Curt Schilling gave his two cents on the death of the pop star.

 ”I am not sure how to react to that other than to feel sad he is gone,” said Schilling. ”[The] last half of his life I felt incredibly sorry for him.”

Athletes didn’t just wait for his death to pay tribute to the King. Who could forget Donovan McNabb turning to the following dance for inspiration on his touchdown celebration? 

And Carmello Anthony felt he had to tell everyone just how much Allen Iverson loved Jackson last year.

 

Chris Rock famously said America’s love for MJ was apparent when his child molestation accusations weren’t taken seriously. As is usually the case with Rock, the video contains explicit language.

Here’s a glimpse at what some of his fellow pop stars had to say in Jackson’s memory. Note that Paul McCartney still spoke highly of Jackson despite the fact that MJ screwed him over in an auction for the rights to Beatles songs. Apparently Jackson made all things right again in his will.

Despite the accusations, skin transformations and which babies Jackson may or may not have endangered on a certain balcony, the King of Pop is gone. Clearly, he will be remembered.

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