Speaking at the WEEI NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon with Dennis and Callahan, Curt Schilling revealed that he had mouth cancer, a form called squamous cell carcinoma. He blames his use of smokeless tobacco and says it is his biggest regret in life. This revelation has sparked debate about whether MLB should ban the use of all tobacco.
As JBJ's struggles at the plate seem never-ending, the Red Sox have sent him down to Pawtucket and with the open roster spot, have brought Mookie Betts back on to the 25 man roster.

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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing the great support shown by our listeners supporting the Jimmy Fund.

Here are the highlights from Monday’€™s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To listen to the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– A Montana man ended up in jail after calling police to claim that a stripper refused to have sex with him after he paid her $350, according to Billings’ KTVQ.com.

William McDaniel, 53, called 911 Saturday night to report the woman from Sagebrush Sam’s Exotic Dance Club in Rocker, Montana. McDaniel, who has a history of arrests for DUI and drug possession, was taken in by Butte-Silver Bow police for soliciting prostitution, a misdemeanor.

“If you’re in Rocker, Montana, wouldn’t you think something like this would be OK?” Callahan wondered. “It’s kind of a lawless [area]. … I’ll bet you people there, they think this is OK. They’re real libertarians out there, not phony ones like [Minihane].”

– The unarmed black teenager who was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, had punched the officer and shattered his eye socket prior to being shot, according to a report out of the St. Louis suburb.

Officer Darren Wilson suffered an orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket, Gateway Pundit reported.

“He crushed the guy’s face,” Callahan said. “Does this mean we call off all the looting?”

Said Dennis: “It’s not fair to bring this up, Gerry, at this time. It’s character assassination.”

Continued Callahan: “You’re 300 pounds and you crush someone’s face, and they are, I assume, on the defensive here, I think the officer was probably fearing for his life. Wouldn’t you fear for your life when a 300-pounder crushed your face? So, do we call off the looting? No more looting?”

– The Maine man who lived in the woods for 27 years until being arrested for stealing from area homes and camps is readjusting to life in civilization.

Christopher Knight, known as the “North Pond Hermit,” talked about his situation with GQ as he goes through a special court program that provides treatment and counseling following a stint in jail.

“Some people want me to be this warm and fuzzy person,” the 48-year-old told the magazine. “All filled with friendly hermit wisdom. Just spouting off fortune-cookie lines from my hermit home.”

Said Callahan: “If you want to be a hermit living in the woods, wouldn’t you choose like, Virginia? I mean, Maine? Maine in your house in the winter is cold.”

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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.

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.

MLB: Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Astros at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Braves at Reds, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Little League Baseball: World Series, Mexico vs. Tokyo, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: World Series, Illinois vs. Nevada, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NFL preseason: Steelers at Eagles, 7:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
WNBA playoffs: Mystics at Fever, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA playoffs: 9 p.m. Stars at Lynx, (ESPN2)


– Longtime NFL referee Mike Carey, who retired after last season, was ahead of the curve on the Redskins controversy, but he only made it public this week.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Carey — the first African-American referee to work a Super Bowl — said he quietly requested to not work the team’s games beginning in 2006 because of the nickname, and “the league respectfully honored my request not to officiate Washington.” The Post checked the game logs and found this to be accurate.

“It just became clear to me that to be in the middle of the field, where something disrespectful is happening, was probably not the best thing for me,” said Carey, who will serve a rules analyst for CBS this season.

Added Carey: “Human beings take social stances. And if you’re respectful of all human beings, you have to decide what you’re going to do and why you’re going to do it. ‘€¦ I know that if a team had a derogatory name for African-Americans, I would help those who helped extinguish that name. I have quite a few friends who are Native Americans. And even if I didn’t have Native American friends, the name of the team is disrespectful.”

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Asked why it took until 2006 for him to make his request, Carey explained: “There was an epiphany for me that it was time. I was never comfortable with the name. I’€™ve never said [the team'€™s name] in my games. But then I realized it wasn’€™t an option to be part of them anymore. For me, I just knew. I knew that everybody — everybody — deserves a level of respect.”

Kevin Durant has been offered a 10-year deal worth at least $265 million by Under Armour, and his representatives have taken the offer to Nike to see if his current endorsement company will match it, according to an ESPN report.

Durant’s contract with Nike requires him to stick with the company if it matches any other offer, the story notes.

As part of Under Armour’s deal, Durant would receive stock and incentives including a community center built in his mother’s name.

Durant turned down a much larger offer from adidas as a rookie in 2007 to sign with Nike. However, his new representatives at Jay Z‘s Roc Nation have pushed for tougher negotiations with the sneaker giants. Adidas reportedly dropped out of the bidding last week.

Under Armour, which gets only about 1 percent of its revenue from basketball shoes, is based in Baltimore, near Durant’s hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland.

– Kent State football player Jason Bitsko, the team’s starting center, was found dead in his bed Wednesday morning. He was 21.

Bitsko, who started all 12 games last season, his third with the team, was discovered by a roommate who checked on him when he failed to wake up for practice. The roommate called police, who arrived minutes later.

His teammates were told of Bitsko’s death after the morning practice. The school is providing counseling services and support.

“Our players, coaches and everyone involved with our team are hurting because he was family,” coach Paul Haynes said. “As a team, we will come together and get through this one day at a time.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 21, 1986, which recently acquired Red Sox infielder scored six times in a 24-5 rout of the Indians?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’€™ll go to my grave believing that was why I got what I got. Absolutely. No question in my mind about that. ‘€¦ I do believe without a doubt, unquestionably, that chewing [tobacco] is what gave me cancer.” – Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, during a Wednesday appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show as part of the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, discussing his battle with mouth cancer

STAT OF THE DAY: $2.6 billion – Worth of the Patriots, according to Forbes, ranking them second (to the Cowboys) in the NFL

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Nationals win their ninth in a row as Anthony Rendon hits a walkoff single in the ninth inning to beat the Diamondbacks.

A Brewers fan is treated to a new beer by the Milwaukee broadcast team after losing his drink while pursuing a foul ball.

Pacers president/Celtics legend Larry Bird takes the ALS ice bucket challenge.

Jack Hoffman, the 8-year-old cancer patient who scored a touchdown in Nebraska’s spring game last year, gets support from the team as he prepares to undergo another round of chemotherapy treatment in Boston.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Shortstop Spike Owen

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Kenny Rogers was born on this day in 1938.

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Jerry Spar

Three years ago, sitting in his hospital bed, Tyler Smith couldn’€™t take any more.

Tyler Smith decided to skip the tears and focus on fighting cancer. (Courtesy the Smith family)

Falmouth’s Tyler Smith decided to skip the tears and focus on his fight against cancer. (Courtesy the Smith family)

The 10-year-old from Falmouth, the kid with a permanent smile on his face, knew the drill. His friends and loved ones would enter his room. Since he’€™d lost his hair due to the chemotherapy, he would see the sadness in their eyes. Tyler knew the term ‘€œleukemia’€ instantly frightened everyone. He’€™d see the tears well up, and you can be certain he knew what was coming next.

‘€œEveryone who visited would say how sad it was that I was sick, and then they would start to cry,’€ Tyler explained. ‘€œPretty much everyone was crying.’€

Everyone cried, with one notable exception. Tyler Smith chose not to shed tears about his cancer. He decided to beat it.

‘€œYou can’€™t avoid cancer once you have it,’€ he said. ‘€œIt’€™s either fight or die.’€

Tyler decided to make a new rule. If anyone wanted to visit him, there was absolutely no crying.

‘€œI’€™m a hockey player, and hockey players don’€™t cry,’€ he said.

* * *

Cancer was not — and still isn’€™t — a death sentence for Tyler. Now 13, with a full head of bushy brown hair, he actually credits the disease with helping make him a better person. Thanks to the cancer, he says, he is a much more sensitive person.

‘€œBefore this all happened, cancer didn’€™t mean anything to me,’€ he said. ‘€œNow it means something.’€

Tyler was diagnosed in July 2011 with acute lymphoma leukemia (ALL), which is a cancer that starts from white blood cells called lymphocytes in the bone marrow. Just as the word ‘€œacute’€ would indicate, the disease progresses at a rapid speed. ALL will kill if not treated quickly.

In this case, the cancer was not immediately diagnosed. Tyler and his family moved from Cape Cod to North Carolina in March of 2011. Before the Smith family finished unpacking, Tyler was suffering from extreme fevers, ones that reached as high as 105 degrees. His parents took him to the doctor but were told he had a virus or the flu. The fevers disappeared but always returned.

‘€œWhen we came back to the Cape for the Fourth of July, Tyler got sick again,’€ said Brian Smith, Tyler’€™s father. ‘€œWe were boating at the time, and he had such little strength that he couldn’€™t even get out of the boat.’€

Tyler’€™s parents took him to the pediatrician he had seen since the day he was born, but the doctor was hesitant to say anything specific was wrong. Tyler’€™s mother, Paula, was heartbroken that her son was in pain. She decided to take matters into her own hands.

‘€œThere’€™s something wrong,’€ she said to the doctor. ‘€œYou told me to trust my instincts as mother, and I want you to do blood work to find out what’€™s not right.’€

A mother’€™s instinct drove the doctor to do more testing. A mother’€™s instinct kept her son alive.

Four hours later, the results came back.

‘€œWe were told to go immediately to Children’€™s Hospital,’€ Brian said. ‘€œAnd that they were expecting us.’€

That was on July 25, and the next four days were spent doing all kinds of testing on Tyler. Doctors finally decided to take a bone marrow sample on July 30.

Late that evening, Brian and Paula Smith were in a room with a team of doctors. Their son, they were told, was very sick. He would start chemotherapy the next day.

‘€œAs a parent, to hear your child is sick, it is just so devastating,’€ Brian said. ‘€œCancer is one of those things that isn’€™t supposed to happen to your family.’€

The Smith family sold their house in North Carolina and returned home. They were about to fight the biggest battle of their lives.

‘€œIt’€™s something that happens to other people,’€ Brian said. ‘€œYou see the Jimmy Fund on television, you donate, and that’€™s all that cancer meant to us. After learning Tyler was sick, it becomes a very scary, life-changing reality where nothing else matters other than curing your son.’€

* * *

Baseball is a walk of life. Everything done in the game is done in life. Everything done in life is done in the game. When Tyler watched Dustin Pedroia play baseball, he instantly connected with the Red Sox second baseman.

Tyler met Dustin Pedroia during a visit to spring training and has maintained a friendship with the Red Sox star. (Courtesy the Smith family)

Tyler met Dustin Pedroia during a visit to spring training and has maintained a friendship with the Red Sox star. (Courtesy the Smith family)

‘€œPedroia’€™s always willing to get dirty to make a play,’€ Tyler said. ‘€œHe’€™s the one diving and jumping. He’€™s always been my favorite player.’€

Smith flew to Fort Myers, Florida, during spring training with a group from the Jimmy Fund. The yearly trip is funded by proceeds from the annual Tame the Tigers golf tournament, organized by WEEI morning host John Dennis.

‘€œYou understand these kids are going through a tough time,’€ Pedroia said. ‘€œAll you want to do is bring them any kind of happiness and joy.’€

Tyler knew this was his chance to meet — and perhaps form a friendship — with Pedroia.

‘€œYou’€™d never think you could meet your favorite baseball player and be friends with him,’€ Tyler said. ‘€œMeeting him was amazing.’€

Pedroia was a gracious host in Florida, and he hosted Smith at Fenway before last Thursday’s game against the Astros.

‘€œAs a Red Sox player, there is a responsibility to be involved and see the kids as much as you can,” Pedroia said. “They come to spring training, they make visits to the field, and those are the times where you can reach out and get to know them and hopefully make an impact in a positive way.’€

Pedroia left a lasting impression on Tyler.

‘€œSometimes I imagine making the same plays that he makes,’€ Tyler said. ‘€œIf I were playing, I’€™d make them the exact same way.’€

Pedroia’€™s willingness to help the team is a trait Tyler always admired, so he decided he’€™d also be a team player. Instead of doing it on the field, he would help his teammates in the hospital.

‘€œTyler saw kids at the Jimmy Fund clinic who were sick, and some were even sicker than him,’€ Brian said. ‘€œHe recognized that, and he’€™s able to sympathize with those kids.’€

Tyler would go room to room and speak with the other children. He would share his story of what it is like to be in the hospital.

‘€œI’€™m still friends with one of the girls I visited,’€ he said. ‘€œShe was much younger than me and really nervous about getting the pick in her arm. I showed her mine and we talked about it.’€

Just liked Pedroia is working with his team on the field, Tyler is doing whatever he can to help ease someone’€™s pain.

‘€œIf I tell my story,’€ he said, ‘€œmaybe there will be one kid in the hospital who will be a little less scared.’€

* * *

Tyler Smith is ready to show the world what is possible after conquering cancer.

He has delivered PowerPoint presentations about leukemia to the students at his school. He’€™s also helped raise over $13,000 over the last two years by collecting change at his middle school with fundraisers for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

‘€œIt’€™s unbelievable,’€ Pedroia said. ‘€œIt shows that, through adversity, there is a young kid who’€™s been able to overcome and fight through the toughest of times. We look up to these kids like Tyler. They’€™re the real heroes.’€

Tyler even returned to the ice. In a moment that will forever remain etched in his father’€™s memory, he laced up his skates in October of 2011 and rejoined his youth hockey team.

‘€œThis fragile little kid, who weighed all of 60 pounds because he lost all body mass from the chemotherapy, was back on the ice smiling,’€ his father said.

Tyler’€™s mother was so overwhelmed with emotion she needed to leave the rink.

‘€œIt wasn’€™t about hockey anymore,’€ his father said. ‘€œHe was living again.’€

The moment Tyler put on his skates was a turning point, the day he went from treatment to recovery.

‘€œI felt pretty confident,’€ Tyler recalled. ‘€œI knew I was ready. I wasn’€™t really aware that my mom was freaking out until after practice. I asked her afterward, ‘€˜Why are you freaking out? I’€™m totally fine.’€™ ‘€

Thankfully for the Smith family, Tyler is totally fine. This past July 31 marked the third year since he was diagnosed, and he is on schedule to enter the seventh grade this fall.

‘€œI have a new appreciation for life,’€ Tyler said. ‘€œAnd I know you can never quit.’€

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Justin Barrasso

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.

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.

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)


– 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.”

The team also will require all employees to undergo sensitivity training four teams per year. Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer already was ordered to attend training and serve a three-game suspension for insensitive comments he made to Kluwe.

“In regards to this matter, our focus remains on maintaining a culture of tolerance, inclusion and respect, and creating the best workplace environment for our players, coaches and staff,” Zygi Wilf said in a statement.

– A decade after then-Canucks player Todd Bertuzzi attacked Avalanche rookie Steve Moore from behind and caused him to hit his face on the ice and suffer a concussion and fractured vertebrae, the two sides reached a settlement regarding Moore’s lawsuit. A trial had been set for Sept. 8 in the multimillion-dollar case.

Bertuzzi’s lawyer confirmed the settlement but said the terms are confidential.

Moore, who played at Harvard, alleged that the Canucks had put a bounty on him as revenge for his hit that injured Canucks captain Markus Naslund in a game the previous month. Moore never fully recovered from his injuries and did not play again. He said earlier this year he still has headaches and low energy.

Bertuzzi, who played for the Red Wings last season, was suspended for the rest of the 2003-04 regular season and playoffs after the March 8 incident. He also served one year of probation and 80 hours of community service after pleading guilty to criminal assault causing bodily harm.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 20, 1967, in one of the more memorable days during the Impossible Dream season, the Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the Angels, winning Game 2 by a 9-8 score after trailing 8-0. Which clutch-hitting Red Sox infielder hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the eighth inning?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’ve been asked this question a few times: What’s more challenging, this or last October? It’s always now. This is always more challenging because it’s the one that’s here and now. We felt we had a good offensive team, so that was challenging and frustrating at the same time. You’re looking for ways to try to figure it out and what you can do differently. We’re all wired differently to think, ‘What could I do differently?’ ” – Red Sox manager John Farrell, on the struggles of this year’s team

STAT OF THE DAY: 4 1/2 – Hours of rain delays during Tuesday night’s Giants-Cubs game, which finally was called at 1:16 a.m. after 4 1/2 innings, with the Cubs taking a 2-0 victory — following some struggles from the Wrigley Field grounds crew

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun leaps over the bullpen wall to take a home run away from Red Sox batter Brock Holt.

Giancarlo Stanton wins the game for the Marlins with an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Rangers.

The Cardinals walk off against the Reds when John Jay is hit by a J.J. Hoover pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Announcer Bob Costas gets a second first pitch after he throws wide and Cardinals catcher A.J. Pierzynski can’t haul it in.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Isaac Hayes was born on this day in 1942.

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Jerry Spar