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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Tim Tebow reportedly asks out of Jets’ wildcat 12.24.12 at 7:53 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:
College football: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Fresno State vs. SMU, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Jets quarterbacks Mark Sanchez (left) and Tim Tebow were spectators for Sunday's loss to the Chargers. (AP)

Tim Tebow did not play in the Jets’ 27-17 loss to the visiting Chargers on Sunday, and there are reports that the backup quarterback told his coaches he did not want to be used in the wildcat package because he was frustrated with having been passed over for the starting job.

While former third-stringer Greg McElroy started in place of the benched Mark Sanchez, wide receiver Jeremy Kerley ran the wildcat plays.

Jets coach Rex Ryan would only say (through a spokesman) that it was a “coach’s decision,” and Tebow stated, “It just kind of happens.”

There have been reports in the past few days that Tebow will join the Jaguars next season, either via a trade or as a free agent after a release from the Jets. Tebow, who has 39 passing yards this season, remained confident Sunday.

“I believe in my God-given ability to play this game of football and I think I can play it for a long time,” he said. “And I look forward to playing it some more.”

♦ Neither the Panthers nor Raiders will be in the postseason, but both teams played with playoff intensity Sunday, with Carolina taking a 17-6 victory. Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer was knocked out of the game on a hit by Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy in the first quarter, and Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly admitted that his team wanted revenge on Cam Newton.

“You take our guy out we’re going to go and try to take your guy out,” Kelly said. “We’re not out to hurt someone, but when that happens …”

Kelly was flagged for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter following a sack of Newton, and the QB responded by kicking Kelly off him. Newton later received a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct when he bumped an official while complaining about a hit he felt was late.

♦ Former major leaguer Ryan Freel was found dead of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Saturday, according to police in Jacksonville, Fla. The 36-year-old hit .268 and had 143 stolen bases in 594 career games with the Blue Jays (2001), Reds (’03-08), Orioles (’09), Cubs (’09) and Royals (’09).

Tweeted former teammate Sean Casey: RIP Ryan Freel!! Great teammate, great guy, n loved his family! Such a sad day today with his passing! Awful news! Prayers are with his family!

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 24, 1960, the Celtics set an NBA record for most rebounds in a game during a 150-106 rout of the visiting Pistons. How many rebounds did the Celtics get: 87, 94, 101 or 109?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Tim Tebow reportedly will ask out of New York if Jets continue to bypass him 12.19.12 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:
NBA: Cavaliers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE: WEEI-FM)
NBA: Nets at Knicks, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Bucks at Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Cornell at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Mount St. Mary’s at Indiana, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Xavier vs. Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oregon at UTEP, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: North Carolina at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oakland at West Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Souther Carolina State at Iowa, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Mississippi at Loyola Marymount, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow, here being sacked during his brief appearance in Monday night's loss to the Titans, reportedly is unhappy about his role. (AP)

Greg McElroy was named Jets starter following Mark Sanchez‘ five-turnover performance Monday night, and apparently that’s not sitting well with Tim Tebow. According to a report from the New York Daily News, Tebow will ask to be traded or released after the season if he does not get more of an opportunity in the last two games.

Jets coach Rex Ryan said Sanchez respected the coach’s decision to bench him, but Ryan has not publicly addressed the Tebow situation.

“I want to put Greg out there,” Ryan said Tuesday. “I’m going to put Greg out there. In my opinion, that’s what’s best for our team.”

Meanwhile, a Jets fan who sent Sanchez death threats on Twitter following the team’s Monday night loss to the Titans told the New York Daily News that he wasn’t serious and doesn’t understand why people are angry about his behavior.

The man, who identified himself as 25-year-old Bravee Grandcu, said he lost $700 when Sanchez fumbled away the Jets’ chances at winning, and he claims Sanchez did it on purpose, so he tweeted:

KILL YO SELF TONIGHT! OR IMMA DO IT FOR YOU WEDNESDAY AT PRACTICE, and, DON’T COME TO PRACTICE WEDNESDAY I PROMISE YOU BULLETS EVERYWHERE. He also tweeted a picture of himself wearing a Jets hat with the message, TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT YOUR KILLER!!

Grandcu told the Daily News that he doesn’t own a gun and was never going to be violent.

“I don’t know why everyone’s making such a big deal about the death threats,” he said. “I guess it’s just because he’s Mark Sanchez and he’s famous.”

♦ The bond for Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent, who faces a charge of intoxication manslaughter in the death of teammate Jerry Brown, was reduced from $500,000 to $100,000 on Tuesday. Brent also was ordered to wear an electronic monitor.

Brent appeared on the Cowboys sideline for Sunday’s game against the Steelers, but he will not be allowed back on the field this season, according to an ESPN report. Team owner Jerry Jones said he didn’t know about Brent’s appearance until he saw him on television. The team and the league reportedly agreed that Brent would not return.

Albert Elias, a 41-year-old agent who founded Elias Sports Management and represents eight current NFL players, reportedly died while on a skiing trip.

Free agent safety Chris Harris confirmed the news on Twitter, as did a number of fellow agents.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 19, 2001, the Red Sox traded catcher Scott Hatteberg to the Rockies for a player they did not tender a contract to, making him a free agent. Two years later, they signed the same player to a one-year deal and he played for the Sox’ 2004 World Series championship team. Who is he?

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Mark Sanchez to start at QB for Jets on Sunday 12.05.12 at 10:19 am ET
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The Jets announced Wednesday that maligned quarterback Mark Sanchez will start Sunday’s game at Jacksonville. Coach Rex Ryan took two days to make his decision, following Sunday’s 7-6 victory over the Cardinals in which Sanchez was pulled in the third quarter for third-stringer Greg McElroy after throwing three interceptions in his first 10 passes. McElroy went on to lead the team on its only scoring drive, throwing a 1-yard touchdown pass. Backup Tim Tebow is recovering from broken ribs.

The New York Daily News reported that owner Woody Johnson preferred McElroy for Sunday’s game but general manager Mike Tannenbaum and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano wanted Sanchez.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets fans celebrate benching of Mark Sanchez 12.03.12 at 8:04 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:
NFL: Giants at Redskins, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Bucks at Hornets, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Eastern Michigan at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: USC at Nebraska, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Jets fans are not happy with their team's struggles, and most of their vitriol is being directed at quarterback Mark Sanchez, who was pulled from Sunday's game. (AP)

♦ The Jets put up another offensive stinker Sunday, but they managed to pull out a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals that kept their slim playoff hopes alive. Quarterback Mark Sanchez was brutally heckled by Jets fans for his brutal play — even after backup Greg McElroy entered the game late in the third quarter to loud cheers and threw a 1-yard touchdown pass.

“Well, you can definitely tell that the stadium was happy about it,” defensive back Yeremiah Bell said.

“It’s just something that I sensed, that I felt,” coach Rex Ryan said. “When you’re around this game long enough, you get that feeling that: You know what? I’ve seen enough, and it’s time to make that change.”

After the win, Jets players were hesitant to say too much about the QB controversy.

“It definitely energized us a little bit having the crowd behind us, but other than that, it was a coach’s decision,” receiver Stephen Hill said. “I’m here for both quarterbacks so I don’t have anything to say.”

Sanchez acknowledged that, “From the get-go, from the first play, it just wasn’t my day,” and added: “I’m really happy for the team and really happy for Greg. He came in and played his butt off.”

Meanwhile, injured Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis had a message for his teammates over the weekend: “Guys just need to shut up.”

Talking to Newsday on Saturday while at a shopping mall in New Jersey where he was promoting his first signature training shoe, Revis said his teammates need to focus on the game instead of making headlines for their big mouths.

“Quit talking crazy to the media, especially involving your teammates,” Revis said. “I think that’s the worst, because when you do that, that’s when it really gets divided. Because you don’t know if you can trust your other teammate.”

After Sunday’s victory, the Jets are 3-6 since Revis suffered an ACL injury in Week 3 and 5-7 overall.

♦ The tragedy in Kansas City got most of the headlines, but there was another sad situation in Cleveland over the weekend in which a member of the Browns ground crew killed himself at the team’s practice facility.

Eric Eucker‘s body was found Saturday morning.

“This is a terrible tragedy and our heartfelt condolences go out to Eric’s family,” the team said in a statement. “Eric was a good friend and colleague, and an outstanding employee. He will be missed by everyone in the Cleveland Browns organization.”

♦ Old friend Rasheed Wallace is up to his old tricks in New York. Wallace, the onetime Celtic who came out of retirement to join the Knicks this fall, played just 85 seconds of Sunday’s game against the Suns at Madison Square Garden. After getting hit with a technical for pushing Luis Scola after fouling him, Wallace broke out his catchphrase “Ball don’t lie” when Goran Dragic missed the technical free throw. That comment earned him his second tech and a quick ejection.

“He’s the only guy in the league that gets a technical for saying ‘Ball don’t lie,’ ” teammate Carmelo Anthony said of Wallace, who has amassed 317 technicals and 30 ejections in his career. “Scola kept playing after the play, and in this league there’s something called continuation. He stopped him and they gave him a tech. It is what it is. ‘Sheed came and apologized to us, and we move on.

“He came in. It was the right thing to do. He came in and he apologized to us for getting kicked out, and you move on.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 3, 1962, the Bruins sent Andre Pronovost to the Red Wings for which undersized but feisty center?

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