|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jets QB Mark Sanchez rips ‘gutless’ unnamed teammates||03.16.12 at 7:32 am ET|
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)
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)
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:
♦ 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?
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Panthers’ Jeremy Shockey upset about Texans’ lack of respect during national anthem||12.19.11 at 7:44 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Canadiens at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Ducks at Stars, 8 p.m. (Versus)
NFL: Steelers at 49ers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Nicholls State at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Davidson at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Panthers tight end Jeremy Shockey wasn’t happy following his team’s game against the Texans Sunday. Shockey was upset about what he considered a lack of decorum by Houston players during the national anthem.
“I was pretty upset in the way that they weren’t showing respect to America during the national anthem,” Shockey said. “There were about 10 players that didn’t put their arms across their chest. This is America. You should at least respect America.”
Responded Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans: “If he’s so patriotic, why was he looking at our bench instead of the flag? Where did he come up with the number 10? Was he counting? Why was he paying attention to us during the national anthem?”
♦ The Jets were getting embarrassed by the Eagles Sunday, but that didn’t stop Jets receiver from Santonio Holmes from celebrating a touchdown by mocking Philadelphia. After scoring to draw his team to within 28-10, Holmes put a foot on the ball and slowly waved his arms, earning him a 15-yard penalty. New York went on to lose, 45-19.
“Just being a vet, I can’t do silly things like that,” acknowledged Holmes, who had four catches for 40 yards but also had a fumble that was returned for an Eagles touchdown and failed to catch a ball that turned into an interception.
♦ As he prepares for his first season as Metta World Peace, the former Ron Artest continues to be an enigma to friends and foes alike. The Los Angeles Times has a closer look at the controversial Laker, whose stats have diminished the past couple of seasons but who is optimistic that he can bounce back at age 32 and with his new name.
“He was getting away from the person that he’s seen as possibly being evil in his life, so he made the name change to start a new path,” said Lakers assistant Chuck Person, a longtime confidant. “Hopefully, this path will be a more consistent path and he can be the person he always wanted to be.”
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?
|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jeremy Shockey saves choking Panthers teammate||08.30.11 at 7:23 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY TUESDAY:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Tight end Jeremy Shockey has not avoided controversy during his NFL career, but on Monday he showed his better side. When fellow Panthers tight end Ben Hartstock could not breathe because he was choking on a piece of pork tenderloin, Shockey stepped in and dislodged the meat, the National Football Post reported.
“[Hartstock] started to go to the bathroom, and I don’t know if he collapsed, but he couldn’t breathe,” said Hartstock’s agent, Mike McCartney. “Some new guy came and tried to give him the Heimlich. It didn’t work. Then Shockey hit him in the back pretty hard and out came the meat. The Panthers told me it was pretty scary.
“Ben told me, ‘Shockey came over and gave me the Heimlich maneuver and saved my life.’ He was in good spirits and he’s real thankful for Shockey.”
♦ U.S. women’s soccer team goalie Hope Solo, building on her newfound celebrity after the team’s World Cup runner-up finish, will compete on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” this fall. Solo and Lakers guard Ron Artest are the two athletes who were named to the Season 13 cast, announced Monday. They’ll join actor David Arquette, Sonny & Cher offspring Chaz Bono, legal analyst Nancy Grace, model Elisabetta Canalis, reality TV personalities Kristin Cavallari and Rob Kardashian, talk show host/actress Ricki Lake, singer/actress Chynna Phillips, war veteran/actor J.R. Martinez, and fashion analyst Carson Kressley.
♦ Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 shorelines for college football this season, while Stewart Mandel at Sports Illustrated makes his bowl predictions. Mandel has Alabama and Oklahoma in the BCS title game, and Boston College playing Navy in the Military Bowl.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 30, 1997, Nomar Garciaparra‘s American League rookie-record hitting streak came to an end against the Braves at how many games?
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Ticket scalper sues MLB’s Rangers over ban||05.30.11 at 6:57 am ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY MONDAY:
MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ A ticket scalper in Texas filed suit against the Rangers because the team refused to sell him 100 tickets to a Rangers-Yankees game. Michael Melendrez said the team regularly sold him blocks of 100 tickets for $10 apiece, and he resold the tickets for much as $75 each. He is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for fraud and deceptive trade practices.
♦ Jeremy Shockey, the controversial former Giants and Saints tight end who signed with the Panthers in March, recently competed in a 100-mile adventure race in the Scottish Highlands. In the Charlotte Observer, Joseph Person writes about Shockey’s passion and competitive spirit, which the Panthers hope will show through when the 30-year-old takes the field.
♦ British Formula One race car driver Lewis Hamilton apologized for joking that he was being penalized by stewards because he’s black. Hamilton received two penalties in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix. “I’ll just try and keep my mouth shut and try to enjoy the rest of the season,” he said.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 30, 1979, one week after he was dismissed by the Bruins, Don Cherry was named coach of which team?
|Panthers sign TE Jeremy Shockey||03.04.11 at 8:41 am ET|
Four-time Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey signed a one-year deal with the Panthers on Thursday. Shockey had been released by the Saints following an injury-plagued three seasons in New Orleans.
“Time for the Next chapter,” Shockey wrote on his Facebook page. “This is a great opportunity for me, and I am excited to play football. Lets hope we all have the chance to play this season.”
|Saints release Jeremy Shockey||02.22.11 at 9:48 pm ET|
The Saints on Tuesday released veteran tight end Jeremy Shockey, who had one season left on his contract. The 30-year-old Shockey is a nine-year NFL veteran, having played his first six seasons with the Giants.
Shockey had 41 catches for 408 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games last season.
|Sunday Injury Updates: Panthers, Saints, Falcons||11.07.10 at 5:13 pm ET|
Carolina cannot get a break with injuries. The Panthers lost quarterback Matt Moore against the Saints on Sunday with a shoulder injury. Moore was sacked by Sedrick Ellis, bringing the quarterback down hard on his shoulder. Rookie Jimmy Clausen filled in for Moore and the return of Moore is questionable at this point in the game.
Running back Jonathan Stewart already left the game with a head injury and his return is questionable as well.
New Orleans also lost tight end Jeremy Shockey to a rib injury in the first half. Shockey caught a 7-yard pass from Drew Brees and was hit by Charles Godfrey. Shockey walked to the locker room under his own power and his current return is questionable. The touchdown reception was the 500th catch of Shockey’s nine-year NFL career. Shockey entered the game with 30 receptions for 307 yards and two touchdowns.
Atlanta center Todd McClure left the field in the second quarter of the Falcons’ game against Tampa Bay with a knee injury. McClure has made a franchise-record 136 consecutive starts for the Falcons over his 12-year tenure with the team. This comes after receiver Roddy White left the game with a right knee injury. White returned to the game after his injury briefly until he was taken to the locker room by a team doctor in the first half. However, White has returned back to the game and has three receptions for 27 yards.
|The Pursuit of Perfection, Part 2||11.27.09 at 9:25 pm ET|
Earlier this week, we talked about the Colts as they work towards a perfect regular season. The New Orleans Saints is the other undefeated team in the league, and they face off against the Patriots on Monday. You’re probably asking “Who Dat?” So, it only seems fair to do a comparison between the 2009 Saints and the 2007 Patriots, so let’s have at it.
Obviously, the Saints are undefeated through 10 games, just like the Patriots were in 2007. The Saints have 369 points for, with 204 points against. Despite having more points for, they are in second place in the league because the Colts have less points scored against them (157). (As we previously mentioned, the Pats had 411 points for with 157 points against after Week 10.) While not the same as the Pats in 2007, the Saints are clearly on pace to shatter all the scoring records set by that year by New England. Hear them talk about it, the Saints hit many of the same notes as the Pats did that year. But before we write the Saints off as some upstart super-offense let’s not forget that in ’91 they went 7-0 to start the season. Maybe the players on this team haven’t been there, but the franchise has a winning history.
This is where the Saints come up short as it pertains to perfection. The last few weeks have provided real tests for the vaunted offense. At the end of October, they played Miami and came back from a 21-point deficit to win, so kudos. They outlasted the Falcons a week later despite coughing the ball up four times. Well played. However, they only beat the St. Louis Rams by five two weeks later. The Rams are not good. (Sure, the Saints beat up Tampa Bay, but everyone beats up Tampa Bay.) What is interesting is that four out of their last five games have been closer than expected. We see that, the Saints offense can put up points, but how well can their defense hold up? That leads us to the next segment.
We can go down the line for either team on this one. In 2007 the Pats lined up Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Laurence Maroney and Ben Watson to name a few. That year, they led the league with 411.2 yards per game. The 2009 Saints have Drew Brees, Marques Colston, Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas and Jeremy Shockey. It’s no wonder they lead the league in average yards per game (420.5). But the focus has to be on the defense. With guys like Tracy Porter out of practice or Jabari Greer and Randall Gay, there will be pressure on the defense to stop Brady who, this year, have the second most yards per game at 416.1.
Like the Patriots of 2007, the Saints are dealing with key injuries that could hamper them down the stretch. At quick glance, the rest of their schedule, after the Patriots, may seem light, but Atlanta did play them close and there is no reason to suspect they won’t do it again.
Still, I know you wonder!
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