College Blog
WEEI.com Blog Network
Posts related to ‘Darrelle Revis’
Top Boston Sports Stories of 2014, No. 1: Tom Brady overcomes early struggles, leads Patriots to AFC’s top seed 12.31.14 at 10:31 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

Over the final days of the year, WEEI.com has been counting down the top 14 stories of 2014 in Boston sports. This is No. 1: Tom Brady overcomes early struggles, leads Patriots to AFC’s top seed. To read other stories in this series, click here.

Tom Brady overcome a sluggish start to lead the Patriots to the No. 1 seed in the AFC heading into the playoffs. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tom Brady overcame a sluggish start to lead the Patriots to the No. 1 seed in the AFC. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tom Brady finished the 2013 season with more than 4,000 passing yards for the sixth time in his career and looked to repeat this performance in 2014. But the Patriots quarterback had his doubters before the season began.

In a column for ESPN and during an interview with Dennis & Callahan, Sam Monson argued that Brady wasn’t among the elite NFL quarterbacks anymore. He said Brady was in a decline and no longer in the prime of his career.

About two months later, offensive lineman Logan Mankins was traded to the Buccaneers, leaving a void on the offensive line. Whether or not the trade played a factor, Brady struggled and appeared to fuel Monson’s claim from the get-go against the Dolphins in Week 1.

Brady completed 51.8 percent of his passes and was kept off of the scoreboard for the entire second half. He didn’t throw an interception, but he was strip-sacked twice by Cameron Wake and had trouble connecting with receivers when the Dolphins rushed him into quick decisions.

“Truthfully, I don’t think we were really jelling anywhere,” Brady said. “There wasn’t much positive from the quarterback position, the receiver position, the tight end position and the running back position. None of us can play like that and expect to win. All of us have to go out and do a much better job than we did today. We’ve got to take the coaching, understand what we need to do better and then go out and execute next week.”

Added Brady the following day on Dennis & Callahan: “When we’re open down the field I’ve got to hit them. I think that’s how I look at it. We’ve got to make more plays down the field to get more chunks, to shorten the field a little bit. It certainly wasn’t our best day passing the ball yesterday.”

Brady and the Patriots did recover somewhat for two straight wins against the Vikings and Raiders, although the quarterback threw for a combined 383 yards and two touchdowns. NFL analysts noted Brady’s play was unimpressive in the first three weeks. One of Brady’s former teammates, Tedy Bruschi, said he worried that New England’s mostly inexperienced offensive line would be a hindrance to Brady going forward.

“There’s been only limited improvement over the first few weeks, so that’s somewhat discouraging,” Bruschi said. “Is there still plenty of time? Yes. But I really worry. I really worry about the health of Tom Brady and the interior offensive line and what they’re doing there. To me, inside-out, it starts at the center position, which is a very valuable position now in the National Football League. It’s getting to be just as valuable as the left tackle, how you have to solidify the center of that pocket and the running game because that’s where all the pressure is going to come from. Especially when you have a pocket passer, which is what Tom is.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Bill Belichick, Darrelle Revis, Rodney Harrison, Tedy Bruschi
Top Boston Sports Stories of 2014, No. 8: Patriots acquire standout CB Darrelle Revis 12.27.14 at 9:20 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

Over the final days of the year, WEEI.com will count down the top 14 stories of 2014 in Boston sports. This is No. 8: Patriots acquire standout cornerback Darrelle Revis. To read other stories in this series, click here.

Darrelle Revis helped turn the Patriots defensive secondary into one of the team's strength. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis helped turn the Patriots defensive secondary into one of the team’s strength. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Heading into the 2014 offseason, the Patriots were in desperate need of a premier pass-catcher. Instead, they got one of the league’s best at shutting down other team’s receivers.

The courtship of Darrelle Revis was brief and profitable. The veteran cornerback agreed to a deal with the Patriots on March 12 just hours after being released by the Buccaneers in a cost-cutting move.

Revis, whose best days were with the rival Jets from 2007-12, helped transform a New England defensive secondary that had struggled the previous few seasons, leading some to call him the 2014 Patriots MVP.

Heading into the final two games of the regular season, Revis had been targeted 74 times by opposing quarterbacks, who completed just 50 percent of those passes. The passer rating of those QBs when throwing at Revis was 68.7.

With Revis — along with some other key additions — the Patriots defense has improved from a rank of 25th in yards allowed and 23rd in points allowed last season to 16th in yards and eighth in points.

You needn’t convince Tom Brady of Revis’ importance to the team.

“He’€™s a phenomenal player and I’€™ve loved playing with him,” Brady said last week. ‘€œI’€™ve hated playing against him, and I’€™ve had my fair share of those opportunities. He’€™s a great teammate. He’€™s a phenomenal player. I think the thing that I’€™m so impressed with is his coverage skills without getting penalties.”

Revis also appears to have bought into the Patriot Way, focusing on the team rather than individual performance.

“Look, it’€™s a team effort, it’€™s a defensive effort. It’€™s all aboard,” he said earlier this month. “We have great, talented players on this team, this defense. We just have to continue to play great team ball, chemistry ball. We’€™ve been doing that. Guys have been coming to work. It doesn’€™t have anything to do with me, or me being the focal point. Everybody is doing their job, and it’€™s working well for us.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Darrelle Revis, Top Boston Sports Stories of 2014,
Thursday’s Morning Mashup: NHL players voice support for Ottawa after attack at Parliament building 10.23.14 at 8:09 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

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:
NHL: Islanders at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NFL: Chargers at Broncos, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
College football: UConn at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Miami at Virginia Tech, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Everton at Lille, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Tripoli at Tottenham, 3 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

NHL players and teams expressed their thoughts and support for Ottawa after Wednesday’s terrorist attack on the Parliament building in Canada’s capital.

Wednesday night’s game between the Senators and Maple Leafs in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata was postponed following the shooting, which left a soldier and the suspect dead.

“We are shocked and deeply saddened by today’s tragic events on Parliament Hill and in downtown Ottawa,” Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “Our collective thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims as well as with all members of Parliament and staff who have had to manage through today’s difficult circumstances.

“Hockey is certainly secondary to these types of tragic events and we know our fans stand alongside us with the league’s decision to postpone tonight’s game.”

The Maple Leafs were staying at a hotel near where the violence took place. According to reports, a man walked up to a soldier standing guard at a war memorial and shot him dead, then walked inside Parliament, where more shots were fired before he was killed.

Tweeted Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul at the time: Surreal scene outside of our hotel right now. Lot of very brave police officers we should all be very proud of.

Said the Maple Leafs in a statement: “We have been witness today to some terrible events but are thankful to those brave men and women for their tireless service in protecting everyone’s safety.”

The Senators, who were supposed to play the Bruins on the day of the Boston Marathon attacks in April 2013 (that game was postponed), next play at home Saturday against the Devils.

Tweeted Senators defenseman Chris Phillips: Heartfelt thanks to all first responders for putting their safety on the line for ours. OttawaStrong.

Before Wednesday’s Penguins-Flyers game in Pittsburgh, fans sang the Canadian national anthem out of respect.

— Jets coach Rex Ryan is enduring a miserable season at 1-6, but he definitely hasn’t lost his sense of humor.

Ryan walked in on the New York media’s conference call with Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins on Tuesday, en route to his daily press conference, and he decided to pose as a reporter and ask Watkins a question in advance of the teams’ game Sunday.

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Bryan Stow, Darrelle Revis, Rex Ryan, Sammy Watkins
Friday’s Morning Mashup: Darrelle Revis says Richard Sherman ‘about me, me, me, me’ 01.24.14 at 8:10 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

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: Thunder at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Clippers at Bulls, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Timberwolves at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Rider at Manhattan, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Vermont at Stony Brook, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Canadiens at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Northeastern at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: RIT at Niagara, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: North Dakota at Denver, 9:35 p.m. (CBSSN)
Soccer: FA Cup, Coventry at Arsenal, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: Australian Open, 3 a.m. Saturday (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis, who got under the skin of the Patriots when patrolling “Revis Island” for the Jets, weighed in on the Richard Sherman controversy, and he wasn’t impressed with Sherman’s selfish behavior.

“Don’t get me wrong, he’s an entertainer, but he shouldn’t have said that,” Revis said Wednesday at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. “The reporter asked him a question about the team and he went on to answer about me, me, me, me. So that is how I took it. He didn’t answer the question in the right way.”

Added Revis: “It is what it is, that is Sherman. That is what he thinks. Everybody has their own opinion.”

Revis, who had some Twitter battles with Sherman over the last couple of years since the Seahawks star started bragging that he was better, still isn’t prepared to tip his cap to Sherman.

“I feel like I’m the best,” Revis said. “Deion Sanders probably feels like he is the best. Everybody has their own personal opinion. And that is how you go with it and I think that is what makes it fun.

“[Sherman is] saying he’s the best,” Revis continued. “I’m saying I’m the best, Joe Haden thinks he’s the best. ‘€¦ You can go by numbers, you can go by the ball not being thrown to your side so many times, there are so many variables in it. But at the same time, we are all talented players.”

— One week after Jets quarterback Geno Smith walked off a Virgin America plane before takeoff in Los Angeles following a confrontation with a flight attendant, the airline apologized for the situation.

“After a full review of the incident, we believe it was the result of a misunderstanding that regrettably escalated unnecessarily,” Virgin America said in a statement. “We’ve apologized to Mr. Smith for his experience, which could have been better — and we’d welcome him back onboard any time.

“As an airline that prides itself on our guest service, we take incidents such as this one very seriously.”

Smith reportedly was wearing headphones when an attendant who asked him to take them off became frustrated and removed them. That led to Smith’s departure from the flight.

“I really appreciate that Virgin America took this seriously, looked into this matter and followed up with me,” Smith said. “I look forward to flying their airline again soon.”

Alex Rodriguez isn’t allowed to play baseball this season, but he has at least one offer to remain in the game. The Torrington (Conn.) Titans of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League announced that they are offering Rodriguez a position as an assistant coach this summer.

The Titans can only offer $5,000 for the 10-week gig, but they did include free coffee and donuts from a local donut shop.

“We would love to help Alex start to rebuild his image as a professional athlete by giving back to the community and helping our young athletes,” general manager Joey Abis said.

On a side note, comedic actor Bill Murray is a part owner of the team.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 24, 1971, which Bruin was honored in a pregame ceremony before the B’s beat the Canadiens, 4-2, to extend their home winning streak to 15?

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: alex rodriguez, Darrelle Revis, Geno Smith, Richard Sherman
Monday’s Morning Mashup: Darrelle Revis reportedly angered by Jets’ stance on voluntary workouts 04.08.13 at 7:55 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

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:
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 2:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Brewers at Cubs, 2:10 p.m. (WGN)
MLB Network: Yankees at Indians, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Mets at Phillies, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Hurricanes at Bruins 7 p.m. (NESN, NHL Network)
College basketball: NCAA championship, Michigan vs. Louisville, 9:20 p.m. (CBS; WEEI-FM)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The Jets keep saying publicly that they’re happy to have Darrelle Revis on their team, but their actions tell a different story. The latest development in the Revis saga is that the team reportedly is forcing him to attend next week’s voluntary workouts in order for him to receive his $3 million in bonus money, and Revis is not happy about it.

The Jets put the language in Revis’ contract to prevent a recurrence of his 2010 holdout, and they apparently plan to enforce it while they continue to talk to the Buccaneers about a trade.

“As we get into the offseason program, it’€™s all voluntary ‘€¦ but you would hope that most of your players want to be there and be in the building and get the juices flowing with our staff,” new general manager John Idzik said at the NFL scouting combine in February. “We feel that we have a lot to offer Darrelle and all of our players. We would hope that they would be there.”

Revis, who has been rehabbing his surgically repaired left knee in Arizona, had planned to meet with Jets doctors in New Jersey on April 15 and then return to Arizona. Last spring, the Jets allowed LaRon Landy to skip most of the offseason program while he rehabbed a foot injury in Arizona.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers reportedly are growing impatient with the Jets regarding Revis trade talks.

‘™¦ The feel-good story of the weekend comes from Lincoln, Neb., where a 7-year-old cancer patient named Jack Hoffman scored a touchdown during Nebraska’s spring football game.

Hoffman, who has been battling brain cancer for the past two years, was befriended by the Huskers last year. On Saturday, he dressed in a replica No. 22 uniform and took the field at the end of the scrimmage. On fourth-and-1, he took a handoff from quarterback Taylor Martinez and followed his blockers 69 yards for a touchdown as more than 60,000 fans roared in approval.

“Jack’s a young man who’s touched the hearts of a lot of people,” Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. “Our football team, the student body, people have gotten behind him and he’s become a big part of the team.”

‘™¦ Marty Blake, who was the NBA’s director of scouting for more than 35 years, died Sunday at the age of 86.

A former general manager of the Hawks who oversaw the 1958 title team, Blake later turned to providing scouting reports to NBA and ABA teams. In the mid-1970s, the NBA started paying him to provide the reports for all the league’s teams.

“Marty began his lifetime of service to basketball at a time when the league was still in its infancy,” commissioner David Stern said in a statement. “His work as a general manager and then as director of scouting for the NBA first helped the teams to understand the value of scouting. Marty’s dedication not just to the NBA, but to basketball was extraordinary and we will forever be indebted to him.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 8, 1973, who became the first Red Sox designated hitter to record a hit when he smacked a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 4-3 victory over the Yankees?

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Darrelle Revis, Jack Hoffman, John Idzik, Marty Blake
Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Buccaneers reportedly frustrated with Jets’ demands for Darrelle Revis 03.19.13 at 7:53 am ET
By   |  1 Comment

Welcome to Tuesday’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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Jets, 8 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Capitals at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Nuggets at Thunder, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, North Carolina A&T vs. Liberty, 6:40 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Saint Mary’s vs. Middle Tennessee, 9:10 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NIT, Northeastern at Alabama, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, Niagara at Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, St. John’s at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, Kentucky at Robert Morris, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Norfolk State at Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, Washington at BYU, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Stephen F. Austin at Stanford, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
World Baseball Classic: Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Yankees at Phillies, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The Jets are holding firm in their trade demands for cornerback Darrelle Revis, and the Buccaneers reportedly are losing patience with the negotiations and are almost ready to move on.

The Buccaneers are the only known team involved in discussions about the four-time Pro Bowler, who can become a free agent after the 2013 season and is asking for more than the Jets want to pay.

The New York Post quotes a league source as saying: “It’s amazing. The Jets are going to screw this up.”

The Bucs are said to be hesitant to surrender a first-round pick in next month’s draft, but general manager Mark Dominik said at Monday’s league meetings in Phoenix that nothing has been ruled out.

“If we think it’€™s in the best interest of the team, we will do something,” Dominik said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “If that’€™s a player that everybody is speculating [Revis] or maybe it’€™s a player at a position that nobody has thought about. But certainly, these meetings are very healthy for those kinds of discussions to see if there is a way to get this team better and does that include players or draft picks or a combination? That’€™s what we’€™ll look at.”

‘™¦ The NFL, responding to comments from prospects at the scouting combine that they were asked about their sexual orientation, provided training to teams Monday.

“We made a statement immediately when we got that report,” commissioner Roger Goodell said from the league meetings. “We have been following up with the players and their representatives directly. We are also this afternoon working with all of our executives that lead in that position to make sure they understand what you can’€™t ask and what you can ask.”

Added Goodell: “We’€™re a professional organization. That’€™s unacceptable. We will do things the right way. We will give them that education and that training. I hope that will solve the problem.”

‘™¦ Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers suffered a mini-stroke in his hotel room at Dodgers spring training in Phoenix. He recounts his situation and credits the team’s medical staff for saving him by diagnosing his situation and getting him to the emergency room.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 19, 1972, which Bruins player scored two power-play goals in a 7-3 victory over the visiting Minnesota North Stars and in the process set an NHL single-season record with 27 power-play goals (he finished the season with 28)?

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Darrelle Revis, Roger Goodell,
Report: Jets have ‘good’ offer for Darrelle Revis 03.12.13 at 8:38 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

According to a report from ProFootballTalk.com, the Jets have received an offer for cornerback Darrelle Revis, with a source telling the website that the offer is a “good” one in terms of compensation for the Jets and a new contract offer to Revis.

Jets owner Woody Johnson, speaking at an NFL event related to player safety and concussion studies, would not answer questions about Revis, saying he would hold off on discussing that situation until next week.

Read More: Darrelle Revis, Woody Johnson,
Monday’s Morning Mashup: Dwight Howard apologizes to Magic fans 03.11.13 at 8:02 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

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:
NHL: Bruins at Senators, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Thunder at Spurs, 8:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: CAA final, Northeastern vs. James Madison, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Sun Belt final, Florida International vs. Western Kentucky, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Southern final, Davidson vs. Charleston, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: MAAC final, Manhattan vs. Iona, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: WCC final, Gonzaga vs. Saint Mary’s, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
World Baseball Classic: Cuba vs. Nethlerlands, 6 a.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Cardinals at Yankees, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Athletics at Padres, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Dwight Howard, who finally has started to play up to his ability with the resurgent Lakers, offered an apology to Magic fans for his behavior with his former team.

“In Orlando, I handled a lot of stuff the wrong way,” Howard told USA Today. “If any of those people in Orlando are upset with how I did it, I apologize for the way I handled it and the way it was handled in the media.

“I really just got caught up in wanting to please everybody else. I really love that city. That was the hardest thing to do was to leave that city because I basically grew up there. That was my whole life. Orlando was it. I did not want to leave all that behind — the city, just everything about it. The fans. But I wanted a change for my life. I just felt like there was something else out there for me.”

Howard, averaging 16.2 points, 12.1 rebounds and 2.4 blocks this season, has helped the Lakers move into the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference following Sunday’s 90-81 victory over the Bulls in which he grabbed 21 rebounds and blocked four shots to go along with 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting

Howard said his recent experience has helped him grow up.

“I’m becoming a better man because of the stuff that has happened to me this last year and a half,” he said. “Everybody goes through stuff like this. Even though I’m going through it where everybody in the world can see it, I’m happy that it’s happening.

“If it didn’t happen, I’d be stuck in my ways. I would never change, and then it would be a lot worse. For all this stuff to happen, for me to sit back and see and evaluate myself and what I could’ve done better and realize that I needed to make a change, I’m getting better. I’m growing up. I’m maturing.”

‘™¦ The latest Darrelle Revis rumor (via ESPN) has Revis’ camp pushing for a quick resolution to the situation, concerned that his value will be diminished after teams sign the free agent cornerbacks on the market. Revis is owed a $1 million bonus if he’s on the roster Saturday, so that might play a role in the team’s eagerness to move him.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Eagles are believed to be preparing an offer for Revis, with Philadelphia’s second-round pick (35th overall) a likely starting point.

‘™¦ Manny Ramirez was spotted in an airport Sunday, headed to Taiwan to begin his stint with the EDA Rhinos of the China Professional League. Ramirez’ agent confirmed the slugger’s intentions to continue his careers, which has twice been derailed by suspensions for violations of MLB’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs.

Ramirez, a 12-time All-Star and the MVP of the 2004 World Series for the Red Sox, last played for an Athletics minor league team in the spring of 2012.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 11, 1976, which Bruins winger scored the 300th goal of his career with a hat trick in a 6-2 victory over the Maple Leafs?

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Darrelle Revis, Dwight Howard, Manny Ramirez, Tom Crean
Friday’s Morning Mashup: Could Jets CB Darrelle Revis end up as a Patriot? 03.01.13 at 8:03 am ET
By   |  6 Comments

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: Warriors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Grizzlies at Heat, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Harvard at Princeton, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Loyola (Md.) at Iona, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Fairfield at Manhattan, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Blue Jackets at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Ferris State at Michigan, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Wisconsin at Nebraska-Omaha, 8:35 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Pirates at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
MLB preseason: Tigers at Mets, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
World Baseball Classic: Australia vs. Chinese Tapei, 11:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: CONCACAF U-20 semifinal, United States vs. Cuba, 6 p.m. (FSC)
Soccer: CONCACAF U-20 semifinal, El Salvador vs. Mexico, 9 p.m. (FSC)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ It’s no secret that the Jets are looking to unload cornerback Darrelle Revis rather than give him a new contract before he becomes a free agent after next season. If Revis plays out the final year of his pact, the worst-case scenario for Jets fans is that Revis joins the Patriots, who have long needed a shutdown corner. According to the New York Daily News, that’s a possibility.

“It’s not that far-fetched,” an NFL source told the Daily News. “It would not shock me if he’s in a Patriots uniform next year.”

Revis is due $6 million this season in the final year of his four-year, $46 million deal. He reportedly wants $16 million per year in his next contract, despite coming off a season in which he played just two games before tearing his ACL. He’d certainly have to accept less to play in New England, but the thought is that he might want to get revenge on the Jets by playing for their rival.

“Why wouldn’t Revis want to play for the Patriots?” the source said.

‘™¦ Former NBA star Dennis Rodman spent time with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday, reportedly announcing in a speech, “You have a friend for life.”

Rodman, who arrived in Pyongyang on Monday with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters and a documentary film crew, sat next to Kim as they watched Americans and North Koreans play basketball.

According to the founder of the VICE production company, Shane Smith, Kim told Rodman that he hoped the visit would break the ice between the United States and North Korea.

‘™¦ Former Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro said he was joking when he implied in a recent interview that he considered “driving into a tree, off the Throgs Neck Bridge” if not for the support of his wife, Cassandra.

DiPietro, a former Boston University standout, is playing for the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers after being demoted by the Islanders despite having eight years left on his 15-year, $67.5 million contract. The 31-year-old insisted that “never again” will he joke about his depression.

“I’€™m just trying to bring light to the fact how important my wife has been,” DiPietro said Thursday. “It’€™s been a trying last couple years. There have been times that I’€™ve been depressed, and I don’€™t know where I’€™d be without the support of my wife.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 1, 1997, the Bruins sent Adam Oates, Bill Ranford and Rick Tocchet to the Capitals for which three players (plus a third-round draft pick)?

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Darrelle Revis, Dennis Rodman, Kim Jong Un, Rick DiPietro
Thursday’s Morning Mashup: 49ers reportedly set to make play for Jets’ Darrelle Revis 02.28.13 at 8:00 am ET
By   |  Comments Off

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:
NHL: Senators at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Penguins at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: 76ers at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Timberwolves at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Ohio State at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: North Carolina at Clemson, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Drexel at Old Dominion, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Morehead State at Tennessee State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Duke at Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Utah at California, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Missouri at South Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Gonzaga at BYU, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oregon State at Oregon, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
MLB preseason: Braves at Phillies, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Mets at Nationals, 6 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Following Wednesday’s news that the 49ers have agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to the Chiefs for draft picks, a report emerged that San Francisco is considering offering some of its 15 draft picks for Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.

“It’€™s kind of a no-brainer for everyone involved, assuming the Jets are truly willing and ready to trade [Revis],” an NFC general manager told the New York Post. ‘€œSan Francisco has more picks than they know what to do with, and the Jets have a lot of holes they could address really quick with those picks.”

Revis, coming off knee surgery last season, has said he wants to remain in New York, but it’s become clear that the Jets do not want to offer him a long-term deal at the price he wants. Revis can become a free agent after the 2013 season.

There also is speculation that the Jets will try to sign Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn, who is set to become a free agent and would no longer be needed in Kansas City with Smith’s arrival.

‘™¦ The Italian sausage character that takes part in the nightly races at Brewers games in Milwaukee has been located. The $3,000 costume of the 7-foot sausage named Guido was stolen during a charity event and worn on a night of bar-hopping in nearby Cedarburg, Wis. It was returned Wednesday night at a Cedarburg, reportedly by two men who dropped it on a barstool and told the staff: “You did not see anything.”

The Italian sausage, owned by the Klement’s sausage company, races against the Bratwurst, the Polish sausage, the hot dog and the chorizo after the sixth inning of Brewers games. In 2003, Guido made news when he was struck by a bat wielded by joking Pirates first baseman Randall Simon during the sausage race. The woman wearing the costume fell and caused another sausage to fall as well. Simon was suspended three games and fined $432 for disorderly conduct.

Mustard Girl All American Mustards had offered a year’s supply of mustard to anyone who returned the costume, and GLK Foods put up a year’s supply of sauerkraut.

“They’re a statewide treasure,” GLK president Ryan Downs said. “This can’t go unpunished.”

‘™¦ A report out from the Spanish newspaper El Confidencial claims that former Barcelona manager Joseph Guardiola used a private detective agency to spy on his players over a four-year span in an effort to ensure club harmony.

Among those who were spied on were star forward Ronaldinho and defender Gerard Pique, who was monitored after he started dating the singer Shakira.

Under Guardiola’s guidance, Barcelona became arguably the best team in the world, winning 14 titles over four seasons. He took a sabbatical after last season and has agreed to become the coach of Bayern Munich starting next season.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 28, 1965, which Bruins defenseman’s playing career was ended when a skate severed a muscle in his leg during a 5-4 victory over the Blackhawks?

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Darrelle Revis, Joseph Guardiola,