|Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Bill O’Brien says he’s staying at Penn State||11.28.12 at 8:07 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Nets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Rockets at Thunder, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Timberwolves at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Boston College at Penn State, 9:15 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Virginia at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Purdue at Clemson, 7:15 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Michigan State at Miami, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: George Mason at Rhode Island, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Illinois, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Ohio State at Duke, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien guided Penn State to an 8-4 record in his first season at the helm of the Nittany Lions, no small feat given the school’s troubles related to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Now there are rumors that O’Brien has other opportunities — college and pro — should he want to jump ship while the program serves three more years of NCAA punishment that includes reduced scholarships and a bowl ban. O’Brien, who has eight more years left on his contract, said Tuesday he’s not going anywhere.
“I plan on being the head football coach at Penn State [in 2013],” he told Atlanta’s 790-AM “The Zone.” “That’s my plan and that’s what I intend to do.”
His agent, Joe Linta, was even more adamant. “[O'Brien] is staying, and we’ve had no conversations with anyone else,” Linta said. “In fact he’s leaving at 6 in the morning [Wednesday] to go out on the recruiting trail.”
O’Brien also was in the news this week for apparently uttering an obscenity during a live TV interview after Saturday’s victory over Wisconsin. O’Brien seems to say a swear word that begins with the letter ‘f’ when referring to the effort of his players, although he denies it.
“You know I’m not a choir boy, but I said ‘fighters,’ ” he said.
♦ “Fireman Ed” Anzalone, who announced on Sunday that he is stepping down as the team’s unofficial cheerleader because he’s tired of the behavior of fellow fans, is getting no sympathy from his counterpart with the Dolphins, Thomas Phillips, aka Big Papa Pump.
In a Tuesday appearance on South Florida radio station Sports Talk: The Ticket, the longtime Dolphins superfan called out Fireman Ed.
“If you’re stepping down because of what you see, getting your butt whupped week-in and week-out and you haven’t been to the Super Bowl since Super Bowl III, that is a wuss. That is a wuss,” he said. “You don’t back out of your team like that. That’s something you don’t do. You don’t step down from being a superfan. You don’t do that. Fireman Ed, you’re a disgrace, man.”
Added Big Papa Pump: “This team is looking up to him and this is what he’s telling them? You quit? You just give up? If you’re winning and you quit, it’s another thing. But you’re losing and you quit, that’s even worse.”
♦ At GQ, writer Drew Magary has a list of the 25 least influential people of 2012. The list is not limited to sports, but there are a number of sports figures on it, including ex-Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine at No. 15. Mitt Romney is No. 1. Lakers center Dwight Howard is the top athlete, at No. 4 overall.
At Sports Illustrated, Tom Verducci has a column on nine baseball rules that need to change. Among them are a call for more replay and fewer timeouts (such as the catcher walking out to the mound).
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 28, 1938, the Bruins traded legendary but aging goaltender Cecil “Tiny” Thompson to the Red Wings and called up which rookie to replace him?
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: ‘Fireman Ed’ fed up with fellow Jets fans||11.26.12 at 8:00 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Panthers at Eagles, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Knicks at Nets, 7 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Chicago State at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: San Jose State at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ “Fireman Ed” Anzalone, the diehard Jets fan who leads the J-E-T-S chants from his seat at MetLife Stadium, announced Sunday that he will no longer be a cheerleader for the team. Anzalone, in a guest column for New York Metro, explained that he left Thursday’s 49-19 embarrassment against the Patriots before halftime not because it was a rout but because of confrontations with fellow Jets fans that have grown more frequent.
We have had much worse teams than this and I never left before. I pride myself in that, because I am not a quitter.
I decided to leave Thursday because the confrontations with other Jets fans have become more common, even though most Jets fans are fantastic.
This is an indication of how society has lost and is continuing to lose respect for one another. The stadium has become divided because of the quarterback controversy as well. The fact that I chose to wear a Mark Sanchez jersey this year and that fans think I am on the payroll — which is an outright lie — have made these confrontations more frequent. Whether it’s in the stands, the bathroom or the parking lot, these confrontations are happening on a consistent basis.
Although I can “hold my own,” I do not want to lose my temper and make a stupid mistake. I have a responsibility to the families and kids that enjoy the game and Fireman Ed.
I have enjoyed my time in chanting the greatest chant in all of sports. I have enjoyed meeting all the wonderful Jets fans around the world and look forward to the day we all can raise the Lombardi Trophy as one and celebrate a world championship down the Canyon of Heroes!
I will always love the Jets because they are in my heart, and I will attend games as usual, just not as Fireman Ed. God bless and, as always, let’s go Jets!
♦ Seahawks starting cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman — who Patriots fans remember for his taunting of Tom Brady after their game last month — face four-game suspensions for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing substances (reportedly for taking Adderall). Both players are appealing.
The news comes at an especially bad time for the Seahawks, who fell to 6-5 with Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins in Miami and are in danger of losing their hold on a playoff spot.
Sherman called the Patriots offense “gimmick, hurry-up stuff” and got in Brady’s face as the quarterback walked off the field following New England’s 24-23 loss on Oct. 14 in Seattle.
♦ Leigh Steinberg, who once was the nation’s premier sports agent, has a column in Forbes magazine in which he takes a look at the NHL lockout. Steinberg notes the lack of an uproar over hockey’s work stoppage and wonders if anyone will care about the league’s disappearing act if it continues.
Writes Steinberg: Every time hockey gains in popularity and geographical reach in this country, a harmful negotiating process comes along to stunt its growth by keeping the games from being played.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 26, 1962, the Red Sox traded reigning American League batting champion Pete Runnels to the Houston Colt .45′s for which player?
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