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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: CBS Sports boss says announcers won’t be forced to use Redskins name 07.17.14 at 8:05 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:
MiLB: Buffalo Bisons at Pawtucket Red Sox, 7 p.m. (NESN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Golf: British Open, 7 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

– The Redskins might still be called the Redskins when the season starts, but CBS announcers have the option of refusing to use the nickname.

CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, said he does not tell his on-air talent what to say in situations such as this.

“We haven’t talked to them yet. Generally speaking, we do not tell our announcers what to say or not say,” McManus said. “Up to this point, it has not been a big issue for us. Last year, it was simmering; now it’s reaching a hotter level. But we probably will not end up dictating to our announcers whether they say Redskins or don’t say Redskins. We leave that up to them and our production team.

“There are times when something becomes important enough that we talk to them, and between now and the start of football season we’ll decide what is the right thing to do.”

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McManus’ comments come the same week U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder expressed his disapproval. A longtime Washington resident, Holder made his position clear in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I think the name ought to be changed,” Holder said. “I think it is an offensive name. And the Redskins, that organization is a great one. It’s a team with a stories history that has huge amounts of support in Washington, D.C. And I think in the 21st century they could increase their fan base, increase their level of support, if they did something that is, from my perspective that, so obviously right.”

– Texas Tech freshman defensive back Nigel Bethel II, who was dismissed from the team last month after punching a female basketball player during a pickup game, will return to the team but sit out the first three games of the season.

Bethel punched Amber Battle in the face, breaking her jaw. Despite video of the incident, a Lubbock County grand jury on Tuesday declined to indict Bethel for aggravated assault, and in fact requested that his scholarship be reinstated.

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Al Michaels: Dan Snyder said he’ll change Redskins name ‘over my dead body’ 06.13.14 at 10:24 am ET
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The debate over the Redskins nickname rages on.

With the urging of U.S. senators and an ad that ran in seven markets during Tuesday’s NBA Finals game from a California-based tribe, it’s apparent the desire to change the team’s name is growing rapidly.

NBC play-by-play man Al Michaels was asked about the situation when he was featured on Jim Rome‘s show on Showtime this week. He said he believes owner Dan Snyder will stand his ground in keeping the team’s name.

“It seems to me as if he is going to hold on,” Michaels said. “I mean, all of the sudden — I mean, for 70-some odd years this was a zero issue, and then it became an issue. I understand we live in this politically correct environment. It’€™s crazier than ever; you know, senators want to weigh in on this, like there’€™s nothing better to do in Congress. This becomes a big issue. I mean, I just think it’€™s nuts. And I do know, I’ve talked to Snyder about it — not recently, but when we were in Washington last year — and he basically said, ‘over my dead body.’€™ “

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Commercial opposing Redskins name to air during NBA Finals 06.10.14 at 11:52 am ET
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The anti-Redskins movement is about to get some heightened exposure.

Many are still opposed to the nickname, and those feelings will be expressed to a large audience during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, a California-based tribe, purchased airtime for a 60-second anti-Redskins commercial to run in seven cities during halftime of Tuesday’s game, according to The Washington Post. The ad will run in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington.

A longer, two-minute version of the “Proud To Be” ad already is on YouTube.

The tribe’s campaign is part of a larger national push to have the Redskins name, which has been in place for more than 80 years, changed, much to the discontent of team owner Dan Snyder.

According to Politico, the Redskins hired lobbyist firm McGuireWoods Consulting last month to help with the backlash of a potential political battle that could erupt over the team’s name. The firm’s lobbying disclosure form says it will hold “discussions of team origins, history and traditions, Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and youth sports, activities of Original Americans’€™ Foundation.”

The hiring came one week after U.S. senators sent a letter to the NFL asking for the team’s name to be changed.

“The NFL can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur,” the senators wrote.

Snyder has been quoted in the past, saying he will “never” change the Redskins’ name.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Rangers unhappy with unpenalized cheap shot by Canadiens’ Brandon Prust 05.23.14 at 8:12 am ET
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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:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at Tigers, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Padres, 10 p.m. (WGN)

AROUND THE WEB:

– After losing the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals, the Canadiens showed some life in Thursday’s Game 3, taking a 3-2 overtime victory at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers, meanwhile, were infuriated about a high blindside hit by Canadiens forward Brandon Prust on Derek Stepan that went unpenalized even though Stepan did not have the puck.

The hit occurred less than five minutes into the game. Stepan stayed on the ice for a minute before skating to the locker room, although he returned later in the period.

“It’s a bad hit,” Stepan said afterward. “I certainly hope the league will look at it. ‘€¦ [The hit] might have been with his shoulder, but he made contact with my face. The main focus is my head.”

The Rangers responded one minute later as Dan Carcillo picked up a charging call for running at Prust, and Derek Stepan started a fight with the Habs tough guy. Carcillo then picked up a game misconduct for jabbing the linesman who was restraining him.

“[Carcillo] can’t do what he did there, but we’ll let the league handle that,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “I believe if a penalty would have been called on Prust, it probably wouldn’t have happened, but there is nothing we can do about it.”

Prust, a former Ranger who was very popular in New York before signing as a free agent with the Canadiens before last season, already was on the Rangers’ radar after he attempted to trip goalie Henrik Lundqvist during a timeout in Monday’s Game 2 in Montreal.

– Half the members of the U.S. Senate urged NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to push for the Redskins to change their name due to the racist connotation.

In a letter signed by 49 senators, the NBA’s quick action against Clippers owner Donald Sterling was referenced.

“We urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports,” the letter read.

It also read: “The NFL can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur.”

Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida wrote his own letter calling for a name change.

All of the senators involved are Democrats. Five Democrats did not sign, including Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, who represent Virginia, home of the team’s headquarters.

Landon Donovan, the most prolific scorer in U.S. national team history, will not join the team in Brazil for this year’s World Cup. The 32-year-old was one of seven players cut Thursday.

“This certainly is one of the toughest decisions in my coaching career, to tell a player like him, with everything he has done and what he represents, to tell him that he’s not part of that 23 right now,” coach Jurgen Klinsmann said.

Said Donovan in a statement on Facebook: “I was looking forward to playing in Brazil and, as you can imagine, I am very disappointed with today’s decision. Regardless, I will be cheering on my friends and teammates this summer, and I remain committed to helping grow soccer in the U.S. in the years to come.”

Only six players from the 2010 World Cup squad are back, including defender DaMarcus Beasley, who will become the first American to play in four Word Cups. Donovan had been bidding to do the same.

“Landon is my brother,” Beasley said. “I’ve known Landon since I was 15. We’ve been through a lot together. To not have him there is difficult.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 23, 1976, the Celtics beat the Suns, 98-87, in Game 1 of the NBA finals. Which Celtic led the way with 25 points and 21 rebounds?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Knicks reportedly fed up with J.R. Smith after latest transgression 01.09.14 at 7:59 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:
NHL: Bruins at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Capitals at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Heat at Knicks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Thunder at Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Memphis at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: South Florida at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: DePaul at Butler, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: George Mason at VCU, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Auburn at Mississippi, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: George Washington at La Salle, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Northwestern at Iowa, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona at UCLA, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Marquette at Xavier, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Michigan at Nebraska, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Charlotte at UTEP, 9:05 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: California at Oregon, 11 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Gonzaga at Portland, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

– On the same day J.R. Smith received a $50,000 fine from the NBA for “recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct” — trying to untie the sneakers of opposing players during free throws — a report emerged that the Knicks are trying to trade the troubled guard.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson, who has tried to keep Smith’s behavior in check, showed his frustration with the player after the latest incident.

“I’m not happy about this, because he was warned, he comes back and he makes the same mistake, and it’s not right,” Woodson said in a radio interview with ESPN New York’s Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco. “It’s just got to stop. I keep saying this every time something pops up, but it’s got to stop.”

Woodson added that Smith has been “unprofessional about how he’s approached this whole thing. Something got to be done. It has to stop. I’ll address it [Thursday] when I see him, and then we’ll go from there.”

Smith will be difficult to trade as he is in the first year of a three-year, $18 million deal and his numbers are down (11.3 ppg, 32.3 percent shooting) from last season, when he was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year after averaging 18.1 ppg. The 28-year-old had offseason knee surgery and, according to his coach, still deals with soreness in his left knee. He also was suspended for the first five games of the regular season for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.

Smith posted an apology on Twitter.

 

Deadspin revealed Wednesday that the media member who gave up his Hall of Fame ballot to the website was Dan Le Batard of the Miami Herald and ESPN. The site allowed its readers to vote on the candidates and had Le Batard check off the names of the 10 receiving the most votes. The list included Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine, who all got in, as well as Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio (who missed by two votes), Edgar Martinez, Jeff Bagwell, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Curt Schilling.

Le Batard — who was a backup after the original media member had to pull out for unexplained reasons — explained why he allowed his vote to be used by writing, “I feel like my vote has gotten pretty worthless in the avalanche of sanctimony that has swallowed it.”

Added Le Batard: “I’m not sure what kind of trouble this is going to bring me. I imagine I’ll probably have my vote stripped. But I don’t want to be a part of the present climate without reform anyway. Given that climate, doing THIS has more impact than my next 20 years of votes as sanctimony bars the HOF door on the steroid guys. Because, in a climate without reform, my next 20 years of votes will be counted but not actually heard. At least this gets it heard, for better or for worse.”

– The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected a request from a company trying to sell pork rinds called “Redskins Hog Rinds” because it deemed the nickname to be “derogatory slang term.”

This could be a bad sign for supporters of the Washington Redskins name, as the Patent and Trademark Office has been deliberating since early last year whether to revoke the federal trademark protection for the football team following a challenge from a group of Native Americans.

“The USPTO ruling sends a powerful message to Washington team owner Dan Snyder and the NFL that in the name of basic decency and respect they should immediately stop spending millions of dollars to promote the R-word,” Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter said. “This is a huge potential precedent-setter rooted in the painfully self-evident truth that the Change the Mascot campaign has been reiterating: The R-word is a dictionary defined slur designed to demean and dehumanize an entire group of people. The federal government was right to declare that taxpayers cannot and should not subsidize the promotion of that slur through lucrative patent protections.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 9, 1993, who resigned after two seasons as Patriots chief executive officer, clearing the way for the new staff led by coach Bill Parcells?

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Former NFL player Dexter Manley under fire after directing gay slur at Troy Aikman 10.29.13 at 10:32 am ET
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Former Redskins defensive end Dexter Manley is facing a lot of backlash after calling Hall of Famer Troy Aikman a gay slur while making an appearance on a Washington radio station.

In a appearance on WTOP Monday morning, Manley was asked if he believed the Redskins, who Manley played for from 1981-89, were jinxed in their 45-21 loss to the Broncos because Aikman was in the Fox broadcast booth for the game.

Manley responded immediately, stating, “I think Troy Aikman’s a queer.”

The WTOP hosts asked Manley to apologize on-air right away, which Manley did after initially hesitating.

In wake of Manley’s insensitive comments, WTOP announced that Manley will no longer be a regular guest on any broadcasts.

‘€œThis morning in a live interview former Redskins player Dexter Manley made an offensive and derogatory comment,” WTOP vice president of news Jim Farley said Monday. “He was immediately challenged by WTOP news anchors Mike Moss and Bruce Alan. We were shocked and stunned and we apologize to our listeners that this happened on WTOP. WTOP has contacted a representative for Manley and informed her that he will not be returning.’€

This is just the latest disappointing chapter in Manley’s rough life. The Pro Bowler was forced to retire from the game in 1991 after failing a fourth drug test when he tested positive for cocaine. In 1995, Manley was arrested for possession of crack cocaine and served two years in prison.

Here is a link to the audio from Manley’s interview.

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NFL roundup: Sean Taylor murder trial finally set to begin 10.15.13 at 1:57 pm ET
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Almost six years after Redskins Pro Bowl safety Sean Taylor was shot in killed in his Miami-area home, the trial of his accused murderer, 23-year-old Eric Rivera, is ready to begin, as jury selections are set to start up on Tuesday.

Three other men, Charles Wardlow, 24, Jason Scott Mitchell, 25, and Timothy Brown, 22, are all awaiting trial in connection to the case. Rivera is accused of being the one who pulled the trigger, striking Taylor in the upper leg, causing massive blood loss that eventually led to his death one day later at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

Another man, 25-year-old Venjah Hunte, already has pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and armed burglary and may testify against the others during the trial.

The five men involved in the case, thinking that the 24-year old Taylor was with the Redskins for an away game against the Buccaneers, allegedly planned on breaking into Taylor’s house on Nov. 26, 2007.

However, Taylor was at home that night, as he did not travel with the team and was resting a knee injury that he suffered earlier that season. Taylor confronted the suspects with a machete and was subsequently shot.

While it has taken quite some time for the trial to get underway, Taylor’s family, through lawyer Richard Sharpstein, said that they are ready for some closure at last.

“It is sometimes said that justice delayed is justice denied,” Sharpstein said. “But in this case, it’s better late than never and justice will be delivered. The Taylor family has full confidence in Judge Murphy and the prosecution team.”

Taylor, the fifth overall pick of the 2004 NFL draft out of the University of Miami, was well on his way to becoming one of the most dominant defensive players in the league at the time of his death. Known for his ferocious hits, Taylor was posthumously elected to his second Pro Bowl at the end of the 2007 season, becoming the first deceased player in NFL history to be awarded a spot on a Pro Bowl roster.

‘€¢ Just a week after losing linebacker Clay Matthews for at least three games with a broken thumb, the Packers will have to deal with the loss of another key player, as wide receiver Randall Cobb sustained a knee injury during Sunday’s game against the Ravens and is expected to miss “multiple weeks”, according to Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

Cobb was hit in the knee by Ravens safety Matt Elam with 22 seconds remaining in the first half, forcing the 23-year-old wideout to be taken off the field on a cart. Cobb would return to the sidelines later in the game, but was using crutches.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Rays’ David Price says he’s prepared to be traded 10.10.13 at 8:13 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:
NHL: Avalanche at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Coyotes at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
MLB playoffs: Tigers at Athletics, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NFL: Giants at Bears, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: Rutgers at Louisville, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: South Carolina State at N.C. Central, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: San Diego State at Air Force, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Arizona at USC, 10:30 p.m. (FS1)
NBA preseason: Rockets vs. Pacers, 7:30 a.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Kings at Lakers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA finals: Minnesota at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ It’s been speculated for a while that David Price won’t be back with the Rays next season, as the team has a history of jettisoning its high-priced players. On Wednesday, a day after the Rays were eliminated from the playoffs by the Red Sox, Price acknowledged the likelihood of that scenario.

“It’s crossed my mind several times, in Texas as well and ever other [elimination game] we’ve played,” he said on a conference call (via The Tampa Tribune).

Price, the 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner, made $10.1 million this season, his second year of arbitration eligibility, and is due for a raise after going 10-8 with a 3.33 ERA.

“If you go with what’s been done in the past, I guess you’re going to have to think you’re going to get traded,” Price said, adding: “You’ve seen it a couple of times already. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I know what’s happened in the past.”

Price said he hasn’t talked to the Rays about a long-term deal, although he would prefer to stay.

“This is a place I love to be,” he said. “My teammates and everyone in the organization knows that. It’s part of baseball and it’s something I’ve seen go on, it’s kind of something I somewhat prepared myself for.”

‘€¢ Redskins owner Dan Snyder wrote a letter to season ticket-holders Wednesday explaining his reasons why he refuses to back down about changing the name — although his tone was far less adversarial than it’s been in the past.

Snyder notes that the team began in Boston as the Braves in 1932 and was changed to the Redskins a year later, with the coach and four players from the inaugural team being Native Americans.

“The name was never a label,” Snyder insists. “It was, and continued to be, a badge of honor.”

Adds Snyder: “I respect the opinions of those who disagree. I want them to know that I do hear them, and I will continue to listen and learn. But we cannot ignore our 81-year history, or the strong feelings of most of our fans as well as Native Americans throughout the country. After 81 years, the team name ‘Redskins’ continues to hold the memories and meaning of where we came from, who we are, and who we want to be in the years to come.

“We are Redskins Nation and we owe it to our fans and coaches and players, past and present, to preserve that heritage.”

Indian activist Suzan Shown Harjo disputed some facts in the letter and indicated the reference to preserving the team’s heritage is misguided.

“Part of that heritage and tradition is name-calling, belittling and maligning Native Americans,” Harjo said. “The n-word was traditional and had quite a heritage, too. Happily, not all traditions are carried on forever.”

Meanwhile, the National Congress of American Indians produced an image of baseball hats of imaginary teams called the New York Jews and the San Francisco Chinamen and included them on a graphic next to one of the Cleveland Indians, with all having similarly satirical cartoon logos.

‘€¢ The Jets are taking some heat for their handling of the Mark Sanchez situation, after the QB underwent season-ending shoulder surgery Tuesday. At Wednesday’s press conference, coach Rex Ryan refused to discuss the possibility of Sanchez returning to New York after he becomes a free agent in the offseason, although he expressed confidence that Sanchez would bounce back.

“We’re acting like he’s dead. Mark Sanchez is not dead,” Ryan said. “Sanchez is going to be 100 percent healthy. It’s not like his career is over. He’s going to play again.”

Sanchez has been a good soldier publicly, and he’s on the sidelines at games supporting his replacement, Geno Smith. But according to a New York Post report, Sanchez was not pleased with new general manager John Idzik after the veteran was inserted late in the third preseason game against the Giants and suffered his injury on a hit while he was protected by backups.

Smith was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Jets past the Falcons on Monday night.

“Mark’s been a great guy to me,” Smith said. “He’s also been a great mentor. When he was out there on the practice field, he was a guy who pushed me every single day and pushed himself as well. When he went down, he kept in high spirits and stayed active and stayed in my corner. That’s the sign of a great teammate.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 10, 1999, the Red Sox exploded for 23 runs on 24 hits, both postseason records, in a 23-7 rout of the Indians in Game 4 of the American League Division Series. Which Indians ace who would later go on to pitch for the Red Sox took the loss?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: NFL to meet with Indian tribe about Redskins nickname 10.08.13 at 8:17 am ET
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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:
MLB playoffs: Red Sox at Rays, 8:37 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
MLB playoffs: Athletics at Tigers, 5:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NHL: Lightning at Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Devils at Canucks, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA preseason: Thunder vs. 76ers, 3 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Nets at Wizards, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Nuggets at Lakers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA finals: Atlanta at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ The NFL appears to be softening on its support for the Redskins nickname. The league announced Monday that it will meet with members of the Oneida Indian tribe to discuss offensive names and mascots.

The tribe is holding a symposium in Washington to promote its “Change the Mascot” campaign, coinciding with the NFL owners fall meetings across town. Tribe spokesman Ray Halbritter said the Redskins nickname is “an outdated sign of division and hate.”

“We respect that people have differing views,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. “It is important an that we listen to all perspectives.”

Redskins lineman Chris Chester is conflicted about the situation.

“It’€™s really tough,” he said. “And I mean this sincerely: I get both sides of the argument. I see how it can offend some people, but I feel like the context that this organization has, there’€™s no negative connotation. You wouldn’€™t name your team something you didn’€™t have respect for. At least I wouldn’€™t. I mean, I understand, too, that it offends some people, so I sympathize with both sides.”

A number of politicians, however — like Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton — see only one resolution to the situation.

“This name is going to go into the dustbin of history,” she said.

‘€¢ Lions center Dominic Raiola, who has a history of confrontations with fans, allegedly hurled insults at some members of the University of Wisconsin band prior to Sunday’s 22-9 loss to the Packers in Green Bay.

“The band was lined up in the end zone preparing to finish ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ which would complete the pregame, and basically they were verbally assaulted by a member of the Detroit Lions team,” band director Michael Leckrone said. “To their credit, they just stood there and did what they were supposed to do, which is focus on their performance.

“I think they were a little bit shaken by it, and they reported it to me after the conclusion of the pregame show, and we were back in our seats.”

The Lions issued a statement Monday saying they would look into the incident, saying. “Those reports are extremely inconsistent with the standard of behavior we expect from our players and from every member of the organization.” The University of Wisconsin said it received an apology from the Lions as well.

Raiola has been fined twice before for interactions with fans, once when he made a gesture at a Detroit fan during the Lions’ winless 2008 season and again following a verbal altercation with a fan in Miami in which he used an obscene gesture.

‘€¢ Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith is not happy with the officiating in Sunday’s game vs. the Cardinals, a 22-6 Carolina loss. Although he made his own mistakes — including two dropped balls, one that would have been a touchdown — Smith was more upset with umpire Dan Ferrell for missing what Smith felt was pass interference and incorrectly spotting the ball on another occasion.

“To be honest, I make enough money where if Roger [Goodell] wants to fine me, he can,” Smith said Monday. “I really think that referee probably was the sorriest referee I have ever met.”

Added Smith: “No. 64, he was garbage. There is a lot of things I would let him hold, but nothing valuable.”

Smith did admit, “My dropped pass cost us the game,” but he continued to rant about the official as well.

“He received a check that day,” Smith said. “I hope he feels good, because he was terrible.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 8, 2004, the Red Sox squandered a five-run lead in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Angels at Fenway Park. However, in the bottom of the 10th, which Red Sox player blasted the game-winning home run to completed the series sweep?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Eli Manning, ‘frustrated’ Giants searching for answers after falling to 0-5 10.07.13 at 7:45 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:
MLB playoffs: Red Sox at Rays, 6:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
MLB playoffs: Athletics at Tigers, 1:07 p.m. (MLB Network; WEEI-AM)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Pirates, 3:07 p.m. (MLB Network; WEEI-AM)
MLB playoffs: Braves at Dodgers, 9:37 p.m. (MLB Network; WEEI-AM)
NFL: Jets at Falcons, 8:40 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Raptors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA preseason: Hawks at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Kings at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ Take heart, Patriots fans: At least your offensively challenged team has found a way to win four games. Look at the Giants. They’re 0-5 after Sunday’s 36-21 loss to the visiting Eagles. It’s New York’s worst start in a non-strike year since 1979.

“They’re very frustrated, very down,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “They’ve worked very hard during the week, built themselves up to a good approach, and then the frustration of not getting the win … They’re doing the best they can. They’re standing up, they’re supporting each other. That’s the way it has to be for a team to continue on.”

Eli Manning completed 24-of-52 passes for 334 yards and two touchdowns, but he threw three interceptions, including a key pick in the fourth quarter when he tried to make something out of nothing and it backfired.

“I know I can play better,” Manning said. “Sometimes, things are going to go wrong, but you’ve got to make the best decision. Throw it away, take a sack. I know I can’t keep turning the ball over every time.”

Said Coughlin: “I honestly believe that he’s trying so hard to get us going that he puts too much on himself. ‘€¦ He’s way too good a player to have these kinds of things keep happening to him.”

‘€¢ Joe Torre is widely viewed as a man who would have been a good fit for Major League Baseball’s commissioner’s job, which will be vacated by Bud Selig next year, but the drawback is Torre’s age. And he acknowledges that.

“I’m 73 years old, I really don’t envision that happening, based on the fact Bud has been there 20-plus years,” Torre said Sunday at Dodger Stadium, where the MLB executive vice president watched the Dodgers-Braves ALDS Game 3. “I think when the owners decide on who the next commissioner should be, I think they have to think long term.

“If they had asked me to do something for the game, I certainly would listen, but I have no aspirations to be commissioner, based on my age. I’€™m very comfortable working there. I’€™ve got a significant job. I don’€™t have a great deal of stress, job-wise in my life and that feels good.”

‘€¢ President Barack Obama weighed in on the controversy over the Redskins nickname, saying he would “think about changing” the team’s name if he were owner due to its offensiveness.

“I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things,” he told The Associated Press.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder has said he will never change the name, despite growing criticism.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): The seventh of October has not been a successful day for the Red Sox throughout the years. On this date, they lost World Series games in 1946 and 1967, and playoff games in 1986, 1990, 1999 and 2005. They did have one big victory on Oct. 7, when in 1975 they beat the A’s, 5-3, to sweep the three-game ALCS. Who was Boston’s winning pitcher?

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