|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Texans players irate after Houston fans cheer Matt Schaub injury||10.14.13 at 7:58 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Red Wings at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Wild at Sabres, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Dodgers, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NFL: Colts at Chargers, 8:25 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA preseason: Spurs at Nuggets, 9 p.m. (NBA TV)
AROUND THE WEB:
• In the “be careful what you wish for” department: Fans in Houston cheered when struggling quarterback Matt Schaub left Sunday’s game against the Rams with what appeared to be a right ankle injury. Schaub, who had thrown a pick-six in three consecutive games, was 15-for-21 for 186 yards when he left amid calls for backup T.J. Yates.
Yates entered the game and threw two interceptions, including one that was returned 98 yards for a touchdown in St. Louis’ 38-13 rout.
Texans players were not amused by the home fans’ reaction to Schaub’s injury. Linebacker Brian Cushing called it “barbaric,” while cornerback Jonathan Joseph said: “They’re going to do that, don’t show the [expletive] up.”
Added receiver Andre Johnson: “For them to cheer about something like that, it just sows they have no class.”
Meanwhile, unemployed quarterback Vince Young saw an opportunity in his hometown and lobbied for a call.
Tweeted Young: Let them know VY is in shape and ready to go! I always loved by birth place and everyone who lives in it IM READY.
• Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, not frequently known as the voice of reason on anything, waded into the controversy over the ‘Redskins’ nickname prior to Sunday night’s game between the longtime rivals and awkwardly attempted to defend Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.
“It would be a real mistake — a real mistake — to think Dan, who is Jewish, has a lack of sensitivity regarding anyone’s feelings.” Jones said in a Q&A with his team’s season ticket-holders (via USA Today).
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, whose support for Snyder’s stance against changing the name has waned in recent weeks, also was in the room and said of Snyder: “I’m confident that he’s listening. I’m confident he feels strongly about that name, but he also wants to do the right thing.”
Added Goodell: “We want to make sure what we’re doing is not insulting in any way to anybody. Again, I think the Redskins have done this in a way that respects the honor and tradition and the history of Native Americans. And that’s something for them to be proud of.”
• Alex Rodriguez is suing the Yankees, but the team is taking the high road — at least publicly.
General manager Brian Cashman said in an interview Sunday with ESPN Radio’s “The Ian O’Connor Show” that the Yankees want Rodriguez back, despite previous reports that the team would prefer to not have to pay the third baseman’s exorbitant salary.
“If it comes down to, would we want the player we signed to be playing that position without any problems? Absolutely, no question about that,” Cashman said. “I think if people think there’s some sort of benefit by losing that talent, I mean, you can’t replace it. It’s not like, all right, well, Alex is gone. If he winds up getting suspended and it’s upheld, how do you replace that? It’s not easy.
“It’s not like, all right, we’ll take that money and go in this direction. I think … our fan base saw when we lost significant players at various positions, it was not easy to plug holes because the talent just doesn’t exist.”
Added Cashman: “It’s not like going down to a Home Depot and pulling something out that you need that’s broke and you’ve got to fix it. So, ultimately from a baseball operations standpoint, taking out all the areas of controversy, having Alex Rodriguez man third base is obviously by far the best option for the Yankees than what the alternatives would be in theory.”
Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension from Major League Baseball, hit .244/.348/.423 with seven home runs and 19 RBIs in 44 games this season after missing most of the campaign following offseason surgery on his hip.
Rodriguez is due to make $25 million in 2014, and he would get a $6 million bonus if he hits seven home runs to pass Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time list.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 14, 1975, the Red Sox lost Game 3 of the World Series to the Reds, 6-5, in 10 innings. The game is remembered in Boston for a controversial play in the 10th in which which Sox catcher Carlton Fisk made contact with which Reds player who had dropped a bunt in an effort to move the eventual winning run to second base?
|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Belize soccer players say they were asked to throw Gold Cup match vs. U.S.||07.11.13 at 7:49 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Mariners, 3:40 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Reds at Braves, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA Summer League: Pacers vs. Jazz, 11 a.m. (NBA)
NBA Summer League: Heat vs. Pistons, 1 p.m. (NBA)
NBA Summer League: Rockets vs. Nets, 3 p.m. (NBA)
NBA Summer League: 76ers vs. Magic, 5 p.m. (NBA)
WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks at Tulsa Shock, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Softball: World Cup, United States vs. Canada, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Players from the Belize national team said they were asked to fix Tuesday’s CONCACAF Gold Cup match against the United States, according to a report out of the Carribbean country.
Andres Makin Jr., Ian Gaynair and Woodrow West told 7 News Belize that a man approached them in Guatemala and attempted to bribe them to throw the game, which the United States won, 6-1.
“He started talking that we don’t really stand a chance to beat the U.S. so he wanted us to promise him that we would lose the game and that he would give us a large amount of money to change our lives in Belize and to help our families,” Gaynair said, adding: “Then as he said that my entire features changed and I just felt a different way, I felt really uncomfortable just to be around the guy because I was already aware about the ‘match-fixing’ and I know that I could get banned for life.”
Continued Gaynair, who scored his team’s lone goal in the game: “He saw that my features changed and he saw that we weren’t into it so he got frightened and took out a large amount of money to bribe us, a lot of hundred and 50 dollar bills and threw it at us on the table and told us to keep it and to not say anything and to keep the money.”
Said West, the team’s goalie: “I made him understand that we’re not into taking money from him or anything like that. We’re here for our country — regardless if we’re in the U.S. but we’re not into that none at all. He got frightened and we walked.”
♦ The lawyer for Giants pitcher Chad Gaudin, who was accused of touching a woman’s breast while she was on a gurney at a Las Vegas hospital in January and charged with open and gross lewdness last week, said the player was sick at the time of the incident.
A paramedic told Gaudin to leave the woman alone, and after he refused, hospital security held him down until police arrived. The police report indicated Gaudin “appeared to be intoxicated. He had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, trouble standing still, obeying commands, an order of alcoholic beverages and couldn’t repeat his house number, where he lives, the same way twice in a row.” Gaudin told police he didn’t know how he ended up at the hospital.
Said Gaudin’s lawyer, Dominic Gentile, in a statement: “Chad Gaudin was examined in the emergency room of a local hospital while experiencing symptoms believed to be related to acute renal failure due to a condition known as rhabdomyolysis. The symptoms included confusion, dehydration and loss of orientation and/or consciousness. Although he has been accused of improperly touching another hospital patient while on the premises that night, there are differing and exonerating versions of what occurred that have been reported by eyewitnesses.”
Gaudin, 30, has a 2-1 record and 2.44 ERA this season with the Giants, his ninth major league team.
♦ This week in the debate over the Redskins nickname, Eni Faleomavaega, a non-voting delegate to the House of Representatives from American Samoa, took the House floor Tuesday and and criticized those who allow the name to continue.
“It’s time the National Football League and the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, face the reality that the continued use of the word ‘Redskin’ is unacceptable,” Faleomavaega said. “It is a racist, derogatory term, and patently offensive to Native Americans. The Native American community has spent millions of dollars over the past two decades trying earnestly to fight the racism that is perpetuated by this slur.
“The fact that the NFL and commissioner Goodell continue to deny this is a shameful treatment of the mistreatment of Native Americans for so many years. It is quite obvious that once the American public understands why ‘Redskins’ is so offensive, it will know that the word should never be used again.”
Faleomavaega is one of 10 members of Congress who recently sent a letter to team owner Daniel Snyder and Goodell letting them know they disapprove of the name. Faleomavaega said Snyder did not reply, while Goodell’s public response was misguided.
“Mr. Goodell, however, in a dismissive manner, declared that the team’s name is a ‘unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.’ Give me a break,” Faleomavaega said.
Meanwhile, the team released an online survey asking fans what they think of the name.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 11, 1960, which Red Sox pitcher started and lost the All-Star Game (the first of two played that year)?
|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Nets turn to just-retired Jason Kidd||06.13.13 at 7:59 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA Finals: Heat at Spurs, 9 p.m. (ABC; WEEI-AM)
Golf: US Open, 9 a.m. (ESPN), 3 p.m. (NBC), 5 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The Nets announced Wednesday night that they have hired Jason Kidd to be their next coach, despite the fact that the just-retired player has no experience on the bench.
Kidd, 40, retired nine days ago after one season with the Knicks, turning down a reported $6 million from New York to continue playing. His deal with the Nets — for whom he starred in the 2000s — is reported to be for three years.
“It’s a role I have been studying for over the course of my playing days,” Kidd said in a statement. “Championship teams are built on being prepared, playing unselfishly and being held accountable, and that’s how I expect to coach this basketball team. I am truly excited about this next phase of my basketball career.”
Said owner Mikhail Prokhorov: “Jason Kidd has a long and legendary history with the Nets and with the city of New York. He has the fire in the belly we need, and has achieved as a player everything the Brooklyn Nets are striving to achieve. We believe he will lead us there. Welcome home, Jason.”
The hire didn’t sit well with Patrick Ewing Jr., son of the Hall of Fame center who this week was hired to be an associated head coach with the Bobcats after again failing to land a head coaching gig despite nine years as an assistant with the Rockets, Wizards and Magic.
Tweeted Ewing Jr.: For real though I’m mad J Kidd got a head coaching job a year after retiring n my pops been coaching 10 years n barely gets a look.
♦ Fines and suspensions are expected to be announced Thursday for the Diamondbacks and Dodgers for their Tuesday night brawl. The teams played an incident-free game Wednesday night, with Arizona pulling out an 8-6 victory in 12 innings, but there still are some lingering bad feelings.
“I don’t think it ends there,” said Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario, who was ejected.
One player who is likely to be punished is former Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett. Because he is on the Dodgers’ disabled list, he is forbidden to step on the field, which he did during the melee.
The teams have had issues since the 2011 season, when Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw hit Gerardo Parro as payback for Parra admiring a home run too long in a game the previous day. Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy, who was in the middle of Tuesday’s battle, twice threw at Kershaw in one at-bat last year.
Arizona has won 17 of the last 21 meetings between the teams.
♦ NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, responding to a letter from 10 members of Congress who were critical of the Redskins name because of its offensive nature, claimed that the nickname is a “unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”
While acknowledging the feelings about the name are complex and could change, he noted the fans’ pride in the team’s heritage and pointed to polls that support the game.
Owner Daniel Snyder has said he will never change the name.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 13, 1997, the Red Sox played their first interleague regular-season game ever, recording an 8-7 victory over which National League club?
|NFL draft to move to May in 2014||05.22.13 at 12:10 pm ET|
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed at the NFL spring meetings in Boston on Tuesday that the NFL draft will be moved to May in 2014 due to a scheduling conflict.
Radio City Music Hall, the home for the draft, will be hosting an Easter show in April, which led to the need for the switch. Goodell emphasized that the league is happy with its experiences with Radio City Music Hall.
“We think we have found a location in New York that meets our requirements and where we think we can continue to grow the event,” he said.
Goodell said he expects the draft to remain in May and that adjustments to the NFL’s calendar will be discussed with the players’ union. There could also be adjustments made to the dates for the NFL combine and the start of free agency.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the changes being discussed would have the league year starting before the combine beginning in 2015. The NFLPA is looking to give free agents a chance to find new teams sooner with the change.
While Goodell can set the date of the draft without the NFLPA’s approval, he said he wanted to be sure that the union signed off on any changes to the league schedule or the draft to maintain league harmony.
|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Buccaneers reportedly frustrated with Jets’ demands for Darrelle Revis||03.19.13 at 7:53 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Jets, 8 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Capitals at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Nuggets at Thunder, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, North Carolina A&T vs. Liberty, 6:40 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NCAA tournament, Saint Mary’s vs. Middle Tennessee, 9:10 p.m. (truTV)
College basketball: NIT, Northeastern at Alabama, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, Niagara at Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, St. John’s at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, Kentucky at Robert Morris, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Norfolk State at Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: NIT, Washington at BYU, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Stephen F. Austin at Stanford, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
World Baseball Classic: Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Yankees at Phillies, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The Jets are holding firm in their trade demands for cornerback Darrelle Revis, and the Buccaneers reportedly are losing patience with the negotiations and are almost ready to move on.
The Buccaneers are the only known team involved in discussions about the four-time Pro Bowler, who can become a free agent after the 2013 season and is asking for more than the Jets want to pay.
The New York Post quotes a league source as saying: “It’s amazing. The Jets are going to screw this up.”
The Bucs are said to be hesitant to surrender a first-round pick in next month’s draft, but general manager Mark Dominik said at Monday’s league meetings in Phoenix that nothing has been ruled out.
“If we think it’s in the best interest of the team, we will do something,” Dominik said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “If that’s a player that everybody is speculating [Revis] or maybe it’s a player at a position that nobody has thought about. But certainly, these meetings are very healthy for those kinds of discussions to see if there is a way to get this team better and does that include players or draft picks or a combination? That’s what we’ll look at.”
♦ The NFL, responding to comments from prospects at the scouting combine that they were asked about their sexual orientation, provided training to teams Monday.
“We made a statement immediately when we got that report,” commissioner Roger Goodell said from the league meetings. “We have been following up with the players and their representatives directly. We are also this afternoon working with all of our executives that lead in that position to make sure they understand what you can’t ask and what you can ask.”
Added Goodell: “We’re a professional organization. That’s unacceptable. We will do things the right way. We will give them that education and that training. I hope that will solve the problem.”
♦ Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers suffered a mini-stroke in his hotel room at Dodgers spring training in Phoenix. He recounts his situation and credits the team’s medical staff for saving him by diagnosing his situation and getting him to the emergency room.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 19, 1972, which Bruins player scored two power-play goals in a 7-3 victory over the visiting Minnesota North Stars and in the process set an NHL single-season record with 27 power-play goals (he finished the season with 28)?
|Superdome officials worried about Super Bowl power outage since October||02.05.13 at 12:42 pm ET|
The 34-minute power outage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans during Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday night was nearly as big of a story as the game itself. Evidently, officials at the stadium have been worried since October about a potential issue occurring at the league’s big game.
A memo from Oct. 15 mentioned tests on the electrical feeders that connect incoming power from utility lines to the stadium showing decay and a “chance of failure.” The documents also show the utility that supplies the stadium expressed concern about the reliability of the service before the Super Bowl. The memo was prepared for the Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District (LSED), the state body responsible for the Superdome.
In result of this, authorities authorized spending nearly $1 million on Superdome improvements, including more than $600,000 spent on upgrading the dome’s electrical feeder cable system. All of this work was done in December.
“As discussed in previous board meetings, this enhancement is necessary to maintain both the Superdome and the New Orleans Arena as top tier facilities, and to ensure that we do not experience any electrical issues during the Super Bowl,” read an LSED document dated Dec. 19.
Superdome commission records show a $513,250 contract to replace feeder cables was awarded to Allstar Electric, a company based in suburban New Orleans.
Though this was a very unfortunate moment for New Orleans and the stadium, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he felt that the city did a great job in hosting its first pro football championship in the post-Hurricane Katrina era.
“I fully expect that we will be back here for Super Bowls,” Goodell said. He also added that a backup power system was ready to be used but was unnecessary once the lights came back on.
This was the third consecutive year that the Super Bowl was viewed by over 108 million people. In fact, the 108.4 million viewers made the game the third-most-viewed program in television history, trailing only the two most recent games.
Superdome officials plan to make a bid for hosting the Super Bowl in 2018.
|NFL poll: 61 percent of players disapprove of commissioner Roger Goodell||01.28.13 at 10:10 am ET|
According to a poll of 300 NFL players conducted by USA Today between Dec. 19 and Jan. 2, 61 percent of the players said they disapprove of the job done by commissioner Roger Goodell.
Most of the players’ displeasure centered around increased fines for dangerous hits on receivers and quarterbacks, as well as Goodell’s handling of the Saints’ bounty scandal.
The players were granted anonymity, although Steelers linebacker James Harrison didn’t need it.
“I think it’s obvious that I disapprove,” said the oft-fined Harrison. “I feel like what he’s doing is not totally for the safety of players. … A lot of stuff they’ve done, [such as] fining guys crazy amounts of money for helmet-to-helmet hits and all that and saying you’re doing this for the safety of players — but yet you want to add extra games to the regular season.
“In the true interest of player safety, I would have no issue with it. But that’s not what it’s about. It’s about money. Who hired Roger Goodell?”
Responded league spokesman Greg Aiello: “Roger Goodell has tremendous respect for NFL players and always seeks their views on a wide range of issues. He values their input tremendously in working to make the game better. Roger broke into the league 30 years ago working closely with players, and he hasn’t changed that approach.”
|NFL reinstates Saints coach Sean Payton||01.22.13 at 10:37 am ET|
The NFL announced Tuesday morning that commissioner Roger Goodell has reinstated Saints coach Sean Payton, “effective immediately.”
Payton, who was suspended for the entire 2011 season due to his role in the team’s bounty scandal, met with Goodell on Monday. According to the NFL’s release, Payton “acknowledged in the meeting his responsibility for the actions of his coaching staff and players and pledged to uphold the highest standards of the NFL and ensure that his staff and players do so as well.”
Said Goodell: “We had a very productive discussion. Sean fully complied with all the requirements imposed on him during his suspension. More important, it is clear that Sean understands and accepts his responsibilities as a head coach and the vital role that coaches play in promoting player safety and setting an example for how the game should be played at all levels. We are committed to delivering football that fans love and the safety players deserve. Coach Payton agrees and I look forward to working with him going forward to do that.”
Payton released his own statement following the league’s release:
I am thankful today Commissioner Goodell has granted me reinstatement. As I stated back in March, “I, along with Mickey Loomis, take full responsibility for all aspects of our football program.”
I clearly recognize that mistakes were made, which led to league violations. Furthermore, I have assured the Commissioner a more diligent protocol will be followed.
Lastly, I feel we have learned from our mistakes and are ready to move forward. I want to thank our owner, Mr. Benson and all of our great fans for the overwhelming support throughout this past year.
I am excited to be back as Head Coach of the New Orleans Saints!
|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Forbes values Bruins No. 5 in NHL at $348M||11.29.12 at 7:57 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Saints at Falcons, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: Louisville at Rutgers, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Spurs at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Nuggets at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Kentucky at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: South Carolina at St. John’s, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Marquette at Florida, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Seton Hall at LSU, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Forbes magazine released its annual list of NHL team values, and it shows that the Maple Leafs are the first hockey team to break the $1 billion mark. The Bruins check in at No. 5, worth $348 million. The list also demonstrates hockey’s inequality, as the top five teams (Maple Leafs, Rangers, Canadiens, Blackhawks and Bruins) are valued at an average of $605 million, while the five least valuable (Hurricanes, Islanders, Blue Jackets, Coyotes and Blues) are worth an average of $145 million.
The study indicates that the three most profitable teams accounted for 83 percent of the league’s income, while 13 of the 30 teams lost money. Even if the salary cap were lowered to 50 percent and subsidies from high-revenue teams to their counterparts were boosted $50 million to $200 million, some of the less-successful teams would need to go deep into the playoffs to assure themselves of a profitable year.
The story quotes an industry analyst as suggesting the league move some of its southernmost teams to places such as Quebec, Seattle and Portland, Ore.
“The Sun Belt has had plenty of time prove that the viability doesn’t work,” said Drew Dorweiler of Montreal-based Dartmouth Partners.
♦ The Saints and Falcons, who meet Thursday night in Atlanta in an NFC South showdown, have a growing feud, and the intensity of it was in evidence Wednesday night. According to tweets from Saints players, the bus picking them up at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport had eggs thrown at it.
Tweeted backup quarterback Chase Daniel: Wow, as we’re boarding buses on the Tarmac @ Atlanta airport, we start getting eggs thrown @ us by airport workers! Guess they do hate us!
Added tight end Jimmy Graham: Bus just got egged after landing in ATL by the ramp workers. Classy! “RISE Up” smh
Some Saints players didn’t seem too offended. Tweeted linebacker Will Herring: First time my bus has been egged by opposing fans! Tomorrow should be fun!! #WhoDatNation
And wide receiver Joseph Morgan: How do eggs make people mad? Cool and hilarious prank #childhood #memories
♦ Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh escaped a suspension for his kick to the groin of Texans quarterback Matt Schaub on Thanksgiving, but on Wednesday he was fined $30,000. Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league didn’t suspend Suh because it couldn’t determine intent, but the fine was for unnecessary roughness.
Suh, who has a history of violent play, was on the ground when he stuck out his foot and made contact with Schaub. He insists he did nothing wrong.
“I was dragged to the ground,” Suh said. “A lot of things happen to me. It’s part of the game.”
Added Suh: “It’s a crazy play, it’s one that unfortunately happened. I didn’t even realize it until the end of the game, when I see my Twitter feed, I see my friends telling me about it. Other than that, I can’t do much more about it. I was being dragged to the ground and my foot inadvertently hit the man. But it’s over with and I am moving forward and getting ready to play the Colts.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 29, 1965, the Red Sox lost three players in the Rule 5 draft: Gary Geiger to the Braves, Bob Heffner to the Indians, and which minor leaguer to the Cardinals who would return years later to manage the Sox?
|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan insists Jets weren’t ‘playing scared’ vs. Patriots||10.23.12 at 7:36 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
College football: Arkansas State at Louisiana-Lafayette, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
NBA preseason: Thunder at Bulls, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
Women’s soccer: Exhibition, U.S. vs. Germany, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Normally brash Jets coach Rex Ryan found himself in unfamiliar position on Monday — defending his team for appearing scared down the stretch of a game against the rival Patriots.
Members of the New York media peppered Ryan with questions about the team’s conservative play-calling on the Jets’ final possession of regulation in Sunday’s overtime affair won by the Pats. After recovering Devin McCourty‘s fumble at the New England 18 with just over two minutes remaining, the Jets ran the ball twice (including a first-down run up the middle by Tim Tebow) before quarterback Mark Sanchez was sacked on third down. New York settled for a go-ahead field goal but left time for Tom Brady to lead the Patriots on a last-minute drive that ended with a game-tying kick.
Ryan brushed off the criticism as unfounded.
“That’s not even close,” he said. “Saying we played scared is somebody who has probably never played the game in his life. I mean, that’s a ridiculous comment because that’s certainly not what we do. Everything we do is to play to win the game.
“If you lose, people have the right to any opinion they want, but to say we were scared, that’s not even close to being accurate.”
♦ Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, who has completed just 58.5 percent of his passes, thrown nine interceptions vs. five touchdowns, and lost five fumbles, was demoted to backup on Monday by coach Romeo Crennel in favor of Brady Quinn.
“I felt like the most impactful move I could make to get everybody’s attention was to change the quarterback,” said Crennel, the former Patriots assistant coach. “I think that will get everybody’s attention, and hopefully that impacts the team because the quarterback position is the one that has the spotlight on him.”
Quinn, a first-round bust who is playing on a one-year contract, will start Sunday’s game against the Raiders and remain as the starter for the foreseeable future.
“Am I going to say I’m happy about the situation? Absolutely not. I’m frustrated,” said Cassel, who was acquired from the Patriots four years ago and given a six-year, $63 million contract by another former Patriots employee, general manager Scott Pioli. “But at the same time, I’m a team captain on this team. I care about this team and again, as we move forward, I’m a big boy. I’m not going to hang my head. I’m going to do what I’ve always done, which is work hard — work tremendously hard.”
♦ NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio’s “Town Hall” show, said the league is running out of patience with the Pro Bowl. The NFL allowed the game to continue last season following an appeal from players, but the quality of the performances was lacking in the AFC’s 59-41 victory.
“If we cannot accomplish that kind of standard [of high play], I am inclined to not play it,” Goodell said. “It is really tough to force competition, and after a long season, to ask those guys to go out and play at the same level they played is really tough.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 23, 2004, the Red Sox opened the World Series with a 9-7 victory over the Cardinals after squandering a 7-2 lead. Who hit the game-winning two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning?
- Ty on Steelers coach Mike Tomlin fined $100K; forfeiture of draft picks a possibility
- Geetsolboy on Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Struggling Nets demote top assistant Lawrence Frank after reported rift with Jason Kidd
- Kevin Miller on NFL roundup: Discipline expected for Steelers coach Mike Tomlin; Giants-Redskins ends in controversy
- Mike on Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez amends lawsuit, says Bud Selig lacks ‘courage’
- my10sense on Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Seahawks CB Brandon Browner reportedly facing 1-year suspension
- DF on Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Seahawks CB Brandon Browner reportedly facing 1-year suspension
- Mike on Friday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez hearing ends, player’s lawyers say they’ll take case to court
- gazzzmann on Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez turns up at New York radio station, says Bud Selig ‘hates my guts’
- Mike on Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez turns up at New York radio station, says Bud Selig ‘hates my guts’
- TedSox on Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez turns up at New York radio station, says Bud Selig ‘hates my guts’