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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets GM John Idzik addresses ‘unsatisfactory’ performance in strange press conference 10.28.14 at 8:15 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:
World Series: Giants at Royals, 8 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-FM)
NHL: Wild at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
NBA: Mavericks at Spurs, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Rockets at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)

AROUND THE WEB:

NY Daily News cover 10-28-14Rex Ryan appears likely to be the one who takes the fall for the disaster that is the Jets’ 2014 season, but general manager John Idzik might have sealed his own fate Monday.

Idzik met the media to address the 1-7 team’s issues, and his strange press conference gave the the New York tabloids plenty of fodder.

The New York Daily News described it as “a bizarre 19-minute monologue complete with forced emotion, jaded talking points and illogical babble.”

“My performance to date is unsatisfactory,” Idzik said during his lengthy rambling opening statement in which he repeatedly referred to two typewritten pages of notes and appeared awkward and uncomfortable. He recounted stories of meeting Jets fans ages 5 to 75 and said he spends more time with Ryan than his own wife.

Idzik voiced support for Ryan, who appears unlikely to return next year — if he even lasts this season.

“The last time I checked, all the traits that make Rex Ryan our leader — our head coach — are still intact,” Idzik said. “He’€™s an excellent football mind. He’€™s a teacher. He’€™s a coach. He’€™s a motivator. He’€™s a mentor. He’€™s able to adapt. He sees both short- and long-term vision. He’€™s a competitor to his soul and he will never quit. It comes as no surprise that our players want to play so hard for Rex Ryan and his staff. … I support Rex.”

However, Idzik would not commit to Ryan for the second half of the season.

“It’€™s not not committing,’€ Idzik said. “It’€™s just our policy not to focus on job status during the season.”

MASHUP POLL: Will coach Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik survive in New York?

  • No, Ryan and Idzik both will be fired before next season (72%, 388 Votes)
  • Ryan will be gone but Idzik will get another chance (11%, 58 Votes)
  • Idzik will be gone but Ryan will get another chance (9%, 50 Votes)
  • It's the Jets -- both will be back next year (8%, 41 Votes)

Total Voters: 537

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Ryan, in turn, expressed support for Idzik, who is in his second season running the team.

“I know one thing: He’s trying his best,” Ryan said. “There’s no question about it.”

— Florida State, already facing heavy criticism for numerous issues with quarterback Jameis Winston and its handling of his situation, has another problem: Running back Karlos Williams is being investigated for an alleged domestic battery incident, according to the Tallahasee Police.

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Despite latest loss and calls for immediate firing, Jets coach Rex Ryan ‘not worried’ about job status 10.27.14 at 10:41 am ET
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What started as a promising season for the Jets quickly came crashing down in eight weeks. After a 43-23 home loss to the Bills, there could be some changes coming in New York.

Quarterback Geno Smith, who was selected in the second round of the 2013 draft, has all but flopped this season. Sunday’€™s game against Buffalo was no different. By the end of the first quarter, three of his eight passes were intercepted.

“It was just atrocious the way that I started out,” Smith said. “I never expected to start a game out like that.”

Backup Mike Vick entered for the struggling QB, but that did not matter. The Jets’€™ worst start since coach Eric Mangini’€™s 2007 team has led many in the New York area to call for changes in the Meadowlands.

Many feel that Smith has gotten ample time to succeed with the Jets, but he’€™s continually come up short. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News wrote that it’€™s time for New York to move on from Smith and allow Vick to get some starts. It’€™s not the long-term solution, though it would be an improvement over Smith’€™s turnover-filled play.

But a quarterback shakeup would just be the beginning. The New York Post went as far as to say coach Rex Ryan should be fired Monday. Although general manager Jon Idzik hasn’t done much to acquire skill position talent, giving Ryan the ax would send more shock waves through the team, according to Mike Vaccaro.

“No, I’€™m not worried about that,” Ryan said about his future on Sunday. “I’€™m worried about the team. The team is the focus. I tell you that because it’€™s true.”

Read More: Geno Smith, Mike Vick, Rex Ryan,
Thursday’s Morning Mashup: NHL players voice support for Ottawa after attack at Parliament building 10.23.14 at 8:09 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: 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.

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Read More: Bryan Stow, Darrelle Revis, Rex Ryan, Sammy Watkins
Friday’s Morning Mashup: Despite close loss to Patriots, Jets coach Rex Ryan gets buried by NY media 10.17.14 at 8:22 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:
College football: Fresno State at Boise State, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Temple at Houston, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NBA preseason: Mavericks at Cavaliers, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Jazz at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLS: Real Salt Lake at Timbers, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Women’s CONCACAF final, United States vs. Guatemala, 9 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

NY Daily News 10-17-14– Many people will look at Thursday night’s game and say the underdog Jets put up a valiant effort before coming up short on the final play — a blocked field goal that allowed the Patriots to escape with a 27-25 victory.

In New York, it’s another loss in a miserable season, and the calls for Rex Ryan‘s job are growing louder.

In the New York Daily News, beat write Manish Mehta (who discussed Ryan’s future on Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday), wrote a faux obituary in his column.

Wrote Mehta: Rex Ryan‘€™s Jets, 6, of New York/New Jersey passed away Thursday night after more than a month-long battle with shaky quarterback play, embarrassing secondary issues and inferior talent.

Official time of death: 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The team is survived by untold thousands, who have endured more than four decades without a championship and wandered down a painful path for too long. The death blow was delivered by a familiar nemesis in the most heartbreaking manner on a night when Ryan’€™s Jets deserved to live for another day.

Brian Costello of the New York Post also wrote about Ryan as the soon-to-be-former Jets coach, noting: Rex Ryan‘s time with the Jets will be defined by how close he came, but ultimately failed, to overtaking the Patriots.

MASHUP POLL: Did Rex Ryan buy himself more time with Thursday's narrow loss?

  • Yes, he showed he still can coach by taking a less-talented team and nearly knocking off the Patriots (54%, 357 Votes)
  • No, bottom line is they're 1-6 and he should not return next season (46%, 304 Votes)

Total Voters: 661

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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith told Middays with MFB on Thursday that Ryan has been “sabotaged” by general manager John Idzik, a theory that Mehta apparently supports but doesn’t believe will save the coach.

Wrote Mehta: Ryan weaved magic to win eight games last season with a dearth of talent to avoid the ax, but he’€™ll need divine intervention to escape what appears to be the end of a six-year road filled with spine-tingling highs and unfathomable lows.

— Clippers star Blake Griffin wrote a first-person article for The Players Tribune in which he shares his thoughts and some anecdotes about former owner Donald Sterling, comparing him to a “weird uncle” and indicating Sterling was way off the mark when he insisted his players “love” him.

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Read More: Blake Griffin, Donald Sterling, Rex Ryan, Stephen Garcia
Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Josh Beckett announces retirement after Dodgers’ elimination 10.08.14 at 7:48 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:
NHL: Flyers at Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Sharks at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: Knicks vs. Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Following the Dodgers’ elimination at the hands of the Cardinals on Tuesday night, pitcher Josh Beckett said he plans to retire.

Beckett pitched a no-hitter in May, but a torn labrum in his left hip forced him to the disabled list for most of the final three months of the season. A pending fee agent, Beckett said he plans to have surgery in May but will not attempt to return to baseball after that.

“I just don’t see me going through that rehab and coming back to pitch at this point in my life,” he said (via MLB.com).

Beckett was traded from the Red Sox along with Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto late in the 2012 season. He missed most of the 2013 campaign while dealing with thoracic outlet syndrome. He no-hit the Phillies on May 25 and posted a 6-6 record with a 2.88 ERA this season, but his body could not hold up.

The 34-year-old is 138-106 with a 3.88 ERA in 14 seasons. He was MVP of the 2003 World Series with the Marlins and won another title in 2007 with the Red Sox. A three-time All-Star, Beckett was runner-up for the American League Cy Young Award in 2007, when he went 20-7 with a 3.27 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.

— Jets coach Rex Ryan is not shying away from the fact that his job is on the line, with his team losing four of its first five games, including Sunday’s 31-0 shellacking at the hands of the Chargers.

Ryan acknowledged he won’t be around much longer if the team’s four-game losing streak balloons.

“If that’s the case and we don’t this thing on the right track, I don’t think for a minute I’ll be here,” Ryan said Tuesday during his weekly appearance on ESPN New York’s “The Michael Kay Show.” “I know I won’t, but I believe this team will right itself and we’ll find a way.”

Added Ryan: “If the season ended today, you’re probably dead on. There’s no ‘probably’ about it. But the season is far from over and I think we have time to get this going.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan takes blame after Jets’ latest embarrassment 10.06.14 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:
MLB playoffs: Nationals at Giants, 5 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB playoffs: Dodgers at Cardinals, 9 p.m. (FS1)
NFL: Seahawks at Washington, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: 76ers at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

AROUND THE WEB:

— While the Patriots appear to have righted their ship with Sunday’s rout of the Bengals, things are only getting worse for the Jets. In New York’s 31-0 loss to the Chargers, Geno Smith was yanked in favor of Michael Vick, but neither quarterback could find the end zone.

Coach Rex Ryan attempted to deflect the blame after his team fell to 1-4.

“First off, I apologize to our fans — those that are left,” Ryan said. “This is on one person and that’s it. It’s certainly not on a quarterback and one individual that way. It’s on me. Clearly got outcoached. I thought we had a good plan going in and obviously that wasn’t the case.”

Added Ryan: “Even if we had Joe Namath, it wouldn’t have made a difference.”

MASHUP POLL: WIll Jets coach Rex Ryan last the season?

  • No, this team is being embarrassed and is desperate for a change (73%, 374 Votes)
  • Yes, he's earned enough respect to not get fired midseason (27%, 138 Votes)

Total Voters: 512

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Smith, who reportedly missed a team meeting Saturday night because he and a few teammates were at a movie and got confused by the three-hour time change between New York and San Diego, completed 4-of-12 passes for 27 yards and had a 7.6 passer rating when he was pulled at halftime for Vick (9-of-20 for 47 yards).

Smith acknowledged that it was “a pathetic show on my part. I didn’t help at any point during the game, so I’m going to look myself in the mirror.”

However, Ryan said he still plans to start Smith next Sunday when the Jets host the Broncos, despite the frustrating loss.

“I’ve never been in a spot like that,” Ryan said. “We’re scratching, we’re clawing, anything we can do, but it seems like — at this stage — like too great a challenge, but I know it’s not.”

— Multiple reports out of San Francisco indicate Jim Harbaugh will not return to the 49ers after this season, with the relationship between the fiery, opinionated coach and the front office getting worse.

Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer said Harbaugh’s style has “worn thin” with the organization, adding: “I don’t see any way Jim Harbaugh comes back next year as the head coach of the 49ers, even if they hoist the Lombardi [Trophy].”

Team owner Jed York attempted to downplay the rumors Sunday, tweeting: Jim is my coach. We’re trying to win a SB not a personality or popularity contest. Any more questions?

— Five days after his second arrest for DUI, Michael Phelps announced that he will enter a six-week program to help him “better understand myself.” Although he will not swim competitively at least through mid-November, Phelps did not indicate any desire to give up his comeback bid.

“The past few days have been extremely difficult,” Phelps said in a statement. “I recognize that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself. I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself.”

Added Phelps: “Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual, and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future.”

Phelps retired from swimming after the 2012 London Olympics with 18 gold medals. He is bidding to compete in the 2016 Rio Games and appeared on track to get back to form.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 6, 1906, which Red Sox player homered in his final at-bat, as he committed suicide before the following season, shortly after he was named manager?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Tonight was just kind of our night. A lot of things went in our favor. We made a few things happen and that was good. We just have to really give all the credit to the players for the way they played. They’€™€™re resilient, they’€™€™re tough and they worked hard this week and they played hard tonight. I’€™€™m proud of them for that.” – Patriots coach Bill Belichick, after Sunday’s 43-17 victory over the Bengals

STAT OF THE DAY: 6 – Quarterbacks in NFL history with 50,000 passing yards, as Tom Brady became the latest during Sunday’s victory over the Bengals

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): During the Royals’ series-clinching victory over the Angels, Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain makes two impressive catches in the fifth inning.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Chick Stahl

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Kevin Cronin, lead singer of REO Speedwagon, was born on this day in 1951.

Read More: Geno Smith, Jim Harbaugh, Michael Phelps, michael vick
Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets QB Geno Smith apologizes after swearing at home fan 09.29.14 at 8:09 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: Patriots at Chiefs, 8:30 p.m. (ABC, ESPN)
NHL preseason: Flyers at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL preseason: Coyotes at Canucks, 9 p.m. (NHL Network)
Soccer: Premier League, Newcastle at Stoke City, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Jets quarterback Geno Smith was not pleased Sunday after his team dropped a 24-17 decision to the Lions at MetLife Stadium, New York’s third straight loss.

When a fan heckled Smith as he walked off the field, Smith responded with a glare and some choice words: “[Expletive] you!”

During his postgame press conference, the normally even-tempered Smith apologized for yelling the fan, who was seated in a section behind the Jets bench that chanted “We want Vick!” during the game. Smith completed 17-of-33 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown, but he threw an interception and lost two fumbles.

“I want to apologize if any kids saw me saying any negative remarks walking off the field,” Smith said. “I kind of let my temper get the best of me in that situation, and it’s part of my learning process. I’ve got to get better with that. I’ve got to let that stuff roll off my back. But today I didn’t do well with that.”

MASHUP POLL: Should Geno Smith be punished for swearing at a fan?

  • Yes, that's inappropriate and he should be fined (37%, 81 Votes)
  • No, it wasn't that big of a deal (33%, 73 Votes)
  • Are you kidding? He should be rewarded for putting a Jets fan in his place (30%, 64 Votes)

Total Voters: 218

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Coach Rex Ryan, who was fined $75,000 by the league for swearing at a fan who heckled him during halftime of a game against the Patriots in 2011, stood by his quarterback.

“I believe in him,” Ryan said. “I know he’s a hard-working guy. I think he’s got the tools to be really good, In my opinion, it’s not a question of if it’s going to happen, it’s a question of when. He’s going to be that kind of guy. I think he’s a good quarterback. I think he’s going to have a chance to really be something one day.”

Added Ryan: “I’m not going to replace him. I feel good about Geno, and again, I think he’s going to get it turned. I know he’s a tough, resilient young man. I think we’re going to win, and we’re going to win soon.”

Smith’s teammates voiced support as well. Defensive end Sheldon Richardson suggested that the critical fans “shut up.”

Added offensive lineman Willie Colon: “Just a frustrated quarterback. I cuss a lot, too. I’m trying not to cuss right now.He’s just passionate. There’s a lot put on his shoulders. A lot. Day to day, he hears it. So I feel bad for the kid, but I stand up for him.”

— Former Patriots assistant coach Charlie Weis was fired as head coach at Kansas on Sunday, a day after a 23-0 loss to Texas on homecoming day in Lawrence.

Weis was 6-22 in 2 1/2 seasons with the Jayhawks, who will be coached on an interim basis by defensive coordinator Clint Bowen.

“I normally do not favor changing coaches mid-season,” Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger said in a statement, “but I believe we have talented coaches and players in this program, and I think this decision gives our players the best chance to begin making progress right away.”

Weis previously struggled in five seasons at Notre Dame before being fired in 2009, then served as an assistant with the Chiefs and as offensive coordinator at Florida.

— The aunt of Kevin Ward Jr., who was killed after being struck by a sprint car driven by NASCAR star Tony Stewart, defended her late nephew and called for Stewart to be punished in an open letter to USA Today.

Wendi Ward questioned the toxicology report that indicated Kevin was under the influence of marijuana at the time of his death, noting: “Seems to me the wrong man was on trial. Tell me why Tony Stewart was not taken in for testing, why his car wasn’t impounded? Tell me how a man the size of Kevin can make a sprint car turn to the right on impact. Tell me how a lap before [the incident] everything was fine, but the following lap was poor lighting. Tell me how a NASCAR star totally forgot what caution means.”

“Maybe he should get a different headset so he is able to hear on the radio that the car in caution is up high, so go low. Or was he low until he rounded the corner and saw Kevin Jr. standing up for himself?

“I guess we will never know why all of this was not taken into consideration. Or will we never know why a fellow driver did not check on this young man or his family? Or do we know why? I do, because I have seen the video. It’s there, and it’s real.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 29, 1968, the Red Sox closed out the season with a 4-3 loss to the Yankees. Despite going 0-for-5, Carl Yastrzemski won the American League batting title with a .301 average. Which Sox player finished first in the AL with 109 RBIs?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “A lot of fans told me that they came a long way to see these last games and I felt it was right to play here. Don’t think I didn’t think about it, I thought about it.” – Retiring Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, on playing at Fenway Park over the weekend

STAT OF THE DAY: 75 – Consecutive games with at least three catches for Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne, an NFL record

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Nationals left fielder Steven Souza Jr. makes a diving catch for the final out of Jordan Zimmerman’s no-hitter against the Marlins.

The Athletics clinch a postseason berth on the season’s final day behind a complete-game shutout from Sonny Gray.

Dodgers manager for the day Juan Uribe wears Don Mattingly‘s jersey to start the game, then switches to the jersey of Tommy Lasorda.

Ohio State assistant football coach Anthony Schlegel destroys a fan who runs onto the field during Saturday’s game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ken Harrelson

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Suzzy Roche of The Roches was born on this day in 1956.

Read More: Charlie Weis, Geno Smith, Kevin Ward Jr., Rex Ryan
Monday’s Morning Mashup: Charles Barkley defends Adrian Peterson for whipping child 09.15.14 at 8:00 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: Eagles at Colts, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Nationals at Braves, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Mariners at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
Basketball: Exhibition, women, Canada at United States, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Premier League, West Ham at Hull City, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Charles Barkley, never one to be concerned about being politically correct about his opinions, shared his thoughts on the two major NFL controversies of the last week during an appearance on CBS’ “NFL Today” pregame show, and he defended Adrian Peterson for whipping his child with a tree branch.

Responding to criticism of Peterson from the show’s other hosts, Barkley said that as a child in Alabama he was beaten with branches (also called switches) that left welts on his legs, and it’s something that Southern African Americans do to discipline their children.

“I’m from the South,” Barkley said. “Whipping is — we do that all the time. Every black parent in the South is going to be in jail under those circumstances.”

Added Barkley: “I think we have to really be careful trying to teach other parents how to discipline their kids. That’s a very fine line.”

MASHUP POLL: Does Charles Barkley have a valid point about a cultural misunderstanding regarding the Adrian Peterson situation?

  • No, it's flat-out wrong and they should understand it needs to stop immediately (49%, 199 Votes)
  • Maybe, it might be part of the culture but they should understand that the rest of the country does not approve (35%, 141 Votes)
  • Yes, it's ingrained in the culture in the South and we are wrong to judge (16%, 68 Votes)

Total Voters: 408

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Peterson apparently was paying attention to the criticism he’s been receiving, as he tweeted out a picture of a page from the bible, including a highlighted line reading: “Give your mind a break from its habitual judging.”

As for the Ray Rice situation, Barkley made it clear that he is staunchly opposed to men striking women, but he is not prepared to banish Rice for life.

“Ray Rice made a tragic mistake, and he has to live with that,” Barkley said. “But I do hope some owner has the courage — it’s going to take tremendous courage — to give Ray Rice another chance.”

— Rice, suspended indefinitely by the NFL after video emerged last week of him punching and knocking out his now-wife, is set to appeal his suspension, according to ProFootballTalk.com and other media outlets.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the players association was still finalizing its plan on how to approach the appeal, which is expected to be filed Monday.

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Read More: Adrian Peterson, Charles Barkley, Ray Rice, Rex Ryan
Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets coach Rex Ryan brushes off criticism about blitzing Bengals backups 08.20.14 at 8:11 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:
MLB: Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mets at Athletics, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Padres at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: World Series, South Korea vs. Japan, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: World Series, Nevada vs. Pennsylvania, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Jets won Saturday night’s preseason game over the Bengals, 25-17, but the Cincinnati coaching staff wasn’t pleased with the strategy New York used.

Jets coach Rex Ryan had his team employ a variety of blitzes against the Bengals backups after Cincy starting quarterback Andy Dalton lit up New York’s struggling secondary, going 8-for-8 for 144 yards and a touchdown, with a perfect passer rating of 158.3.

“Notice he didn’t bring that stuff when our starters were out there,” Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander said (via Cincinnati.com). “We’d have scored quicker. If he wants to put his starting defense out there and blitz all that garbage against our third-stringers, if he feels good about it, then all the power to him.”

Said Bengals backup quarterback Jason Campbell (who was inactive, leaving third-stringer QB Matt Scott to deal with the blitzing): “Some of it was a little extreme. I remember back in the day, preseason games you didn’t see any blitzes. Everyone was so vanilla all the way to the regular season. Now it’s a different day and age and teams really just throw it all out there.”

Ryan brushed off the comments.

“I don’t know why they’d be shocked,” he said. “I don’t worry about their team.”

— Former punter Chris Kluwe, who accused the Vikings of releasing him after the 2012 season because he was a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage, reached a settlement with the club Tuesday to avoid a lawsuit.

Kluwe will not receive any money, but the Vikings will donate to five gay rights-related charities over the next five years.

“This will help a lot of people that really do need that help,” Kluwe said at a press conference, adding that team owners Zygi and Mark Wilf “want to make this a reality where there is no discrimination in sports, there is no homophobia.”

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Read More: Chris Kluwe, Rex Ryan, Steve Moore, Todd Bertuzzi
Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: As Jets suffer multiple injuries at CB, coach Rex Ryan insists, ‘This is not a panic situation’ 08.12.14 at 8:19 am ET
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TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Reds, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Dodgers at Braves, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: White Sox at Giants, 10 p.m. (WGN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Valencia vs. Manchester United, 2:25 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Super Cup, Real Madrid vs. Sevilla, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Jets have been their usual cocky selves this offseason, but there is some concern at training camp as two of their top three cornerbacks have gone down with serious injuries.

Rookie Dexter McDougle tore his ACL on Sunday and is out for the season, and Dee Milliner might miss the opener what an apparent high left ankle sprain. Dimitri Patterson, expected to start opposite Milliner, has been battling multiple injuries and missed Monday’s practice.

All this for a team that finished 22nd in the league in pass defense last season — and allowed Antonio Cromartie to leave as a free agent.

“This is going to work,” coach Rex Ryan insisted. “We just don’t necessarily know how yet. But this defense, one thing we know for a fact, that this defense will be an outstanding defense.”

Added Ryan: “To me, it’s not a panic situation.”

MASHUP POLL: In what place will the Jets finish in the AFC East?

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Ryan reportedly was desperate to sign Darrelle Revis — now with the Patriots — but was overruled by team management. He supported his bosses Monday.

“I never said I had to have the best corner in football. That’s not it,” Ryan said. “My defenses work, period. I don’t care what it is. We take what we have and then we work around it. We work to the strength of our players. It’s always players over system. We’ve been around enough that it will work out.”

Meanwhile, the Jets are seeking fans to fill the role of the retired Fireman Ed and lead the crowd in the J-E-T-S chant. The team announced an online contest to pick eight season ticket-holders to lead the cheer at each of the home games.

— As is often the case, a celebrity Twitter Q&A turned ugly, this time when Florida State put Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston front and center.

Winston has had several off-field incidents during his time in Tallahassee — most notably a sexual assault allegation last fall for which he was not charged and a shoplifting incident this past spring for which he was cited by police — and the Twitterverse reminded him that his issues haven’t been forgotten.

“I knew there was going to be some negativity going into it,” FSU sports information director Elliott Finebloom said. “The goal of the Twitter Q&A was to continue to find ways to connect our fans and the players they support. That’s important to us … and social is a big way of doing it these days.”

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