|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: NFL official accused of berating Washington lineman had previous incident||11.19.13 at 8:12 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Rockets, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: East Carolina at Duke, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Butler, 6 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Memphis at Oklahoma State, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: North Dakota at Wisconsin, 8 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Bucknell at St. John’s, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Rhode Island at Arizona, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Kent State at Ohio, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Buffalo at Miami (Ohio), 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States at Austria, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, Portugal at Sweden, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Germany at England, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, Mexico at New Zealand, 1 a.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
• It’s been a rough week for NFL officials. The big story was the non-call on the final play of Monday night’s Patriots-Panthers game. That controversy overshadowed another issue from Sunday’s action.
Umpire Roy Ellison stands accused of verbally abusing Washington offensive lineman Trent Williams during Sunday’s game in Philadelphia. On Monday it was revealed that Ellison had a similar incident once before.
On Monday’s “Fox Football Daily,” former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira said he spoke with Ellison about similar behavior, although Ellison was not disciplined because there was no proof to substantiate a claim of him insulting a player.
“What concerns me about this is I sat in the same chair that Dean Blandino, the vice president of officiating, is sitting in right now, with the same official, Roy Ellison, who years ago allegedly shouted and swore at players, and it was a big issue that I had to deal with,” Pereira said. “I actually had to talk with him in the office to make sure that none of this was going on. So the fact that it has happened twice now with the same individual has to concern the league, and I know they are taking a strong look at this.”
Added Pereira: “When I had to deal with it, there was no proof, so it was a he said, she said. But something happened. And we did have a long conversation, Roy and I did, that we should never act like this as a football official on the field. And I said to him, ‘I don’t ever want to hear about this again.’ ”
• Thomas Howard, who played linebacker in the NFL for eight seasons, died early Monday morning after a high-speed car crash on an Oakland freeway.
Howard, 30, was driving between 100 and 110 mph in his BMW when he hit a big rig, flipped over the median, sideswiped one car and crashed head-on into a Honda traveling on the other side, killing the 64-year-old man driving that vehicle, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said.
A second-round pick in the 2006 draft out of UTEP, Howard started 62 games over his first four seasons in the NFL with the Raiders. He signed with the Bengals as a free agent in 2011, then joined the Falcons this fall, playing two games before being cut.
“Thomas was an absolutely terrific guy, one of the best and nicest guys I have ever come across,” said his agent, Andrew Kessler. “He had two daughters. It is a horrible tragedy obviously for everyone involved. Really devastatingly sad in every way.”
Howard’s father, Thomas Howard Sr., also was a linebacker who played nine NFL seasons.
• In a strange story out of Mississippi, a legendary high school girls basketball coach resigned after being accused of biting a player in the face during a timeout in a game last week.
Doyle Wolverton, who has coached at Leake Academy in Madden, Miss., for 38 years and is the No. 2 all-time winningest girls high school basketball coach in the nation with a 1,245-181 record entering this season, allegedly grabbed the player “by the shirt and then bit her on the right side of the face” after she made a bad play, according to the police report. The report was filed by the father of the player, who sought medical treatment after the game.
Leake County Sheriff Greg Waggoner said the family is declining to press charges.
“We haven’t been involved with anything directly since [the hospital] because the parents and coach are trying to settle matters themselves,” Waggoner told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 19, 2000, who became the Patriots’ all-time leader in games played when he started his 207th career game?
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Video captures fan falling from third deck at Bills game||11.18.13 at 8:09 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Patriots at Panthers, 8:40 p.m., (WCVB-TV, ESPN)
NHL: Bruins at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Ducks at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Vermont at Providence, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: UNC Asheville at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Texas Southern at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Fairleigh Dickinson at Arizona, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Two men were injured when one of them fell from the third deck of Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium and landed on the other during the second quarter of Sunday’s Bills-Jets game.
The incident could be seen in the corner of the screen on the national broadcast of the game, and it shows a man sliding down a railing at the edge of the 300 level, then losing his balance and tumbling off the side about 30 feet to the section below.
An ambulance report indicated that the man suffered a shoulder injury that was not life-threatening. The man he struck suffered a head injury.
The team released a statement Sunday that read:
In the second quarter of this afternoon’s Bills/Jets game a fan fell from the 300 level to the 200 level and landed on another fan. Bills staff responded to the incident immediately and were soon joined by emergency personnel. Both individuals were then taken to South Side EMS inside the stadium and both were later transported to a local hospital for further observation. These are all the details we have at this time.
• For the second time in just over a year, NFL referees are being accused of verbally abusing a Washington player during a game. After Sunday’s 24-16 loss to the Eagles, Washington left tackle Trent Williams said he was called a “garbage [butt] disrespectful mother [expletive].”
“I just don’t think there’s no room for you to have to take that from the team and the refs,” Williams said. “I think it’s very unprofessional and it sucks. I’m at a loss for words. You never expect that as a player going into a game to have to beef with the refs also.”
Williams’ teammates supported his claim.
“I’ve never heard anything like that before in my life,” guard Kory Lichtensteiger said. “I don’t know what it was, but that guy came out with some kind of vendetta. I don’t have a lot else to say, but I heard that comment.”
A pool reporter asked head referee Walt Coleman about the incident, but Coleman refused comment and left the stadium.
On Oct. 28, 2012, Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall was ejected from a 27-12 loss to the Steelers after arguing with head linesman Dana McKenzie. Hall said McKenzie was “dishing it out just as much as I’m dishing it out.”
• Jack Taylor is at it again. The Grinnell College basketball player, who scored 138 points in a game last year, netted 109 against Crossroads in Sunday’s 173-123 victory.
Taylor, who is averaging a ridiculous 90 points through two games, hit 24-of-48 3-pointers and 35-of-70 shots overall. The 5-foot-10 sharpshooter now owns the top two and three of the top five scoring performances in NCAA Division 3 history.
“We just wanted my shot to kind of come in the flow of the offense with catch-and-shoot type plays,” he told USA Today.
Taylor left the game with 5:32 remaining, but he said he didn’t think he could have broken his record had he remained on the court.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 18, 1997, the Red Sox acquired Pedro Martinez from the Expos for which two pitchers (one who was a player to be named later)?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The way I can sum up this game for myself is awful. I know that I can play better. I know this isn’t who I am or what I want to be.” – Jets quarterback Geno Smith, after committing four turnovers in Sunday’s 37-14 loss to the Bills
STAT OF THE DAY: 10 – Consecutive home losses for the Eagles before Sunday’s 24-16 victory over Washington at Lincoln Financial Field
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): In case you missed this incredible finish from Saturday’s Auburn-Georgia game, Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis scores the game-winning touchdown with 26 seconds left on a fourth-and-18 pass that is tipped by two defenders and falls into his hands.
Central Florida wide receiver J.J. Worton makes a diving one-handed catch of a bail-out pass from Blake Bortles for a tying touchdown with just over a minute to play vs. Temple. UCF added a field goal as time expired to escape with the win.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr.
SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Hank Ballard, original singer/composer of “The Twist,” was born on this day in 1927.
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Seahawks CB Richard Sherman receives smack after talking smack||01.07.13 at 7:59 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
College football: National championship, Notre Dame vs. Alabama, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
NBA: Celtics at Knicks, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Cavaliers at Bulls, 8 p.m. (WGN)
College basketball: Notre Dame at Cincinnati, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Indiana at Penn State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The Seahawks rallied from a 14-0 deficit for a 24-14 victory over the Redskins on Sunday, and loud-mouthed Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman continued his brash ways after the game ended. Sherman, who gave Patriots quarterback Tom Brady an earful following their game in Seattle on Oct. 14, didn’t get away unscathed this time, as Washington lineman Trent Williams shoved his hand in Sherman’s face and smacked him away.
According to Sherman, Williams initiated the confrontation. “He came up and tapped me, ‘What’s up now? I’ll swing on you,” Sherman told USA Today, saying that he responded: “Swing!”
Added Sherman: “He told me he was going to swing, and he swung. That’s what he did, and that’s that. He thought I was going to be scared. I’m not scared.”
Sherman acknowledged that his chirping must be getting to opponents.
“I guess so,” he said. “You know, the playoffs, everybody gets a little frustrated. You lose, your season’s over. I guess you can call it frustration. But you never want to be involved in that. I wasn’t looking for anything. I was trying to shake hands. That’s how it happens sometimes.”
Williams admitted he might have overreacted. “Just high emotions, man,” he said. “I let them get the best of me. It’s nobody’s fault but mine. I’ve got to calm down a little bit.”
Later in the evening, Sherman and Williams worked things out via Twitter.
Tweeted Sherman: Received a very classy text from @TrentW71. Great player! This is an emotional game no ill will either way. Have a great Pro Bowl! Well deserved.
♦ The Rockets and first-round draft pick Royce White continued their dispute Sunday when the team suspended the forward for “refusing to provide services” required by his contract.
White will not be paid during his suspension, although Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said the team continues to try to work out an agreement with White, who refused an assignment to Houston’s D-League affiliate a week ago.
White, who has been critical of the team’s efforts to help with his anxiety disorder, continued to voice his displeasure via Twitter.
Wrote White: Threats, Fines, Suspension won’t deter me. I won’t accept illogical health decisions, I will keep asking for safety & health. #BeWell @dmorey.
♦ A former NFL draft pick who played in the Canadian Football League in 2012 died over the weekend while participating in a flag football tournament in Miami. Wide receiver Chandler Williams, 27, was a seventh-round draft pick out of Florida International in 2007. He was on the practice squads of the Vikings in 2007, the Dolphins in 2008 and the Chiefs from 2009-11.
Williams also was a member of the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League. He caught 83 passes for 996 yards and 17 touchdowns last season.
Said Storm president Derrick Brooks: “We are shocked and saddened.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 7, 1991, who was named to succeed Rod Rust as coach of the Patriots?
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