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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Giants coach Tom Coughlin in ‘indescribable’ pain over missing playoffs 01.04.13 at 7:32 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:
NBA: Pacers at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Bulls at Heat, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Lakers at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Cleveland State at Valparaiso, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Memphis at Tennessee, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Cotton Bowl, Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma, 8 p.m. (Fox; WEEI-AM)
College hockey: Dartmouth at Quinnipiac, 7 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ While Jets coach Rex Ryan tried to escape the media in the Bahamas (and was photographed displaying an arm tattoo of his wife wearing only a Mark Sanchez Jets jersey), Giants coach Tom Coughlin talked Thursday about how distraught he is over his team missing the playoffs.

“I can’t even describe how it hurts. I don’€™t know what to do,” Coughlin said in an interview on New York sports radio station WFAN. “I’€™m walking around here like a crazy man. I am. I don’€™t know what to do with myself. We shouldn’€™t be doing this right now. The pain of it is almost indescribable.”

The defending Super Bowl champions lost five of their final eight games to squander their chance to defend their title.

“For us, right now, to not be in the playoffs; to be the Super Bowl champion and not be in the playoffs, if that doesn’€™t bring you down to earth and create the kind of humility that comes along with getting your nose back to the grindstone, I don’€™t know what does,” Coughlin said.

‘™¦ The baseball field carved into a cornfield at an Iowa farm for the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams” was sold last week for $3.4 million to an investment group out of Chicago that includes Hall of Famer Wade Boggs.

An estimated 65,000 tourists travel to Dyersville, Iowa, each year to see the field. The new ownership group, which goes by the name of Go the Distance Baseball LLC and is led by CEO Denise Stillman, plans to develop the complex into 24 youth baseball and softball fields ad call it All-Star Ballpark Heaven.

Don and Becky Lansing put the 193-acre property on sale a couple of years ago, asking $5.4 million.

“My family’€™s farm has been part of the landscape for more than a century,’€ Don Lansing said in a statement. ‘€œI have been honored to care for it my entire life and know the Stillmans and their group will care for the movie site like I did.”

‘™¦ The 9-year-old Utah girl who became an Internet sensation after highlights of her dominating boys in youth games hit the web was invited by the NFL to attend this year’s Super Bowl in New Orleans. Sam Gordon already attended a Giants game in New York with commissioner Roger Goodell, and now she’s receiving tickets to the title game.

“I think it’s going to be really cool,” Gordon said. “Plus, I get to sit next to the NFL commissioner, maybe.”

Gordon’s father, Brent, said the family saw Goodell the day after the Giants game while touring the NFL offices, and the commissioner hinted what was to come.

“As we were leaving, Roger Goodell walked in and said, ‘Sam, would you like to go to the Super Bowl? Well, maybe you should ask Santa Claus,’ ” Brent Gordon said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 4, 1985, the Celtics honored Red Auerbach by retiring which number?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Wade Boggs appears in sci-fi TV movie 06.27.11 at 6:18 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY MONDAY:
No games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Former Red Sox star Wade Boggs, whose most famous television acting gig was a guest spot as himself in an episode of “Cheers” in the 1980s, appeared in the Syfy channel’s original movie “Swamp Shark,” which debuted Saturday night. Boggs plays “dimwitted lawman Deputy Stanley,” who helps an evil sheriff cover up the accidental unleashing of a gigantic man-eating shark into the Louisiana Bayou. Boggs explained that he based his character on Yankees pitching legend Ron Guidry, aka “Louisiana Lightning.”

‘™¦ With the Thrashers moving to Winnipeg (and becoming the Jets), a major realignment is expected for the NHL. In the Sporting News, Craig Custance writes that Detroit, Nashville and Columbus want to move from the West to the East as part of a “dramatic” realignment.

‘™¦ The Argentine soccer team River Plate was relegated to the second division for the first time in its 110-year history, and the fans did not take it well. Dozens were injured inside and outside the team’s stadium in Buenos Aires following a demotion playoff game that cemented River Plate’s result. Anticipating problems in the 50,000-seat stadium, authorities had deployed about 2,200 police, believed to be the largest security operation for a soccer match.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 27, 2003, which Red Sox player tied a major league record with three hits in one inning, during a 14-run first in a 25-8 rout of the Marlins?

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LEEInks list: Strangest injuries in Boston sports history 08.03.10 at 10:33 pm ET
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This year has been called the Year of the Pitcher in baseball because of the two perfect games, three no-hitters and several close calls (Armando Galarraga and Daisuke Matsuzaka), but it also has been called the Year of Bizarre Injuries. The season is more than halfway through, but the number of strange injuries is plentiful. There have been injuries that sound somewhat familiar, like getting injured thanks to a coffee table (Russell Branyan) or a sneeze (Mat Latos) or frustration (A.J. Burnett), but there have been some new kinds of injuries, like during celebrations (Kendry Morales and Chris Coghlan) or by errant throws to the nether regions (Carl Crawford).

Now, news has come out that the reason why the Rays acquired reliever Chad Qualls was because during batting practice Friday, a day before the deadline, set-up man Grant Balfour engaged in a wrestling match with pitching coach Jim Hickey and injured his left side. Because of horsing around with a grown man, Balfour is going to miss 4-6 weeks.

Baseball seems to have the majority of strange injuries, and the Red Sox don’€™t have an exemption from the rule, especially this season. Both Jacoby Ellsbury and Jeremy Hermida have had their seasons upended by the same injury, breaking ribs by colliding with third baseman/man of steel Adrián Beltré. Dustin Pedroia and Jason Varitek also suffered the same injury to the same bone in their foot thanks to foul balls just days apart. Víctor Martínez suffered a broken thumb when several balls slammed into the same location over the course of a game, and this week Kevin Youkilis was placed on the disabled list with a torn muscle in his thumb that has doctors perplexed.

Despite the fact that the Red Sox have suffered a plethora of injuries to their starters this season, they can take solace in the fact that all of the injuries have happened on the field and none of them are too absurd. The same can’€™t be said for the past. Here’€™s a list of the stranger injuries in Boston sports history, separated by team. Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Injuries, Irving Fryar, Tony Allen, Wade Boggs