Just last week I was observing an Airing of the Grievances against John Harbaugh after he insisted that questioning the character of a notorious, family-abusing goon like Terrell Suggs is “crossing a line.” The list of knocks against Harbaugh is already a long one. He’s an unrepentant whiner. An over-the-top official baiter. An unabashed liar who has claimed repeatedly his organization knew nothing about Ray Rice‘s elevator violence and didn’t start Deflategate by colluding with the Colts. And he’s a world-class excuse-making sore loser who has blamed playoff losses to the Patriots on stadium clock mismanagement and legal formations he thought were illegal.

But now we can add to his curriculum vitae possibly the worst indictment of all: That he’s a fake tough guy.

How else do you explain his histrionics over the weekend? Look, football is lousy with plays where you think Opponents’ Player A took a cheap shot at Your Player B. It’s the nature of the sport and it happens literally every time rough men put on pads and fight each other for yards. But when was the last time you ever saw a coach at any level pull a stunt like coming all the way across the field to bark at the opposing coach? It never happens, because even the most insane crackpot in a profession filled with lunatics knows you simply don’t do that. But John Harbaugh does.

Then, not satisfied just to break every code of coaching conduct and common sense, he felt the need to double down by violating state anti-bullying statutes by going after the sideline reporter, who, by the way, was asking some pretty innocuous questions. To be clear, that reporter is a grown man and doesn’t deserve to have me worrying about his feelings. But Harbaugh’s arrogant, supercilious treatment of the guy was not only uncalled for, it was an embarrassment to the NFL.

Not that anything will come of it. For the thousandth time in my blogging career I find myself looking at a coach’s behavior and asking rhetorically, “What if Bill Belichick had pulled this?” The answer is the world would be calling him a monster and calling for his head. At the very least the Pats would lose draft picks and The Hooded One would be out a few hundred thousand dollars. But when John Harbaugh pulls stunts like this, it’s just another day at the office for the Raven lunatic.


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Jerry Thornton
Dave Portnoy gave us the latest from the Brady Goodell hearing.

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The Big O announces his return to WEEI.

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Jesse Spector of Sporting News on Schilling.

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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed the big news when Dino was away.
The guys discussed the big news when Dino was away.

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.

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.

MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m. (ESPN), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)


— Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter Sunday night against the Dodgers is the league’s sixth this season, one fewer than the league record of seven set in 1990 and repeated in 1991 and 2012, and it came with a little controversy.

Even Arrieta suggested an error on Cubs second baseman Starlin Castro in the third inning should have been ruled a hit. Castro tried to field a scorched ball that short-hopped him and the ball deflected away, allowing Kike Hernandez to reach safely.

“[Hernandez] hit it pretty well. I think [the call] could have gone either way,” Arrieta said. “I wasn’t aware that it was an error until I think an inning or two later. It was kind of out of sight, out of mind. But even if it was a hit, I would have kept the same mindset.”

Said Hernandez, whose team was no-hit for the second time in 10 days: “It should have been a hit. I knew if we didn’t get another hit they weren’t going to change it. He overmatched us tonight and they gave him the benefit of the doubt.”

Arrieta, a 29-year-old right-hander, became the first 17 game-winner in the majors, improving to 17-6 with a 2.11 ERA with the 2-0 victory.

“He has that kind of stuff nightly,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “It’s really crazy. The ball looks like a whiffle ball from the side. You can see the break on the slider and the curveball. Right now he’s pitching at a different level.”

The Braves said Sunday that they are “deeply saddened” by the death of long-time season ticket-holder Gregory K. Murrey, who fell from the upper deck into the lower-level stands during Saturday’s game against the Yankees.

The team flew the American flag at half-staff and observed a moment of silence for Murrey before Sunday’s game.

Murray, 60, fell in the seventh inning, right after Alex Rodriguez was announced as a pinch hitter. He landed next to the section where many of the players’ families sit.

Braves second baseman Jace Peterson said the man landed within 10 feet of his girlfriend.

“It’s not good for anyone to see something like that,” Peterson said. “A lot of player families were right there. I heard some pretty graphic stuff. It’s not something I really want to get into. It’s just unfortunate.”

Adam Studacher, a 33-year-old fan among the sellout crowd of 49,243, told The Associated Press that Murrey appeared to land headfirst on a walkway between sections. Murray was treated by a group of EMTs for a few minutes before being taken away.

“There were a ton of kids right there,” Studacher said. “It was a disturbing scene. Disturbing doesn’t really go far enough.”

It’s the third fan death from a fall at Turner Field in eight seasons. The Braves are moving to a new stadium in 2017.

— Longtime Indians executive Mark Shapiro reportedly is heading to Toronto to serve as president and CEO of the Blue Jays.

According to The Associated Press, the teams will announce Monday that Shapiro will replace retiring Jays CEO/president Paul Beeston.

Shapiro, 48, joined the Indians in 1992 as an assistant in baseball operations. He served as Cleveland’s general manager from 2001-10 and was named Executive of the Year twice, after the 2005 and ’07 seasons.

Dave Dombrowski reportedly interviewed for the position before taking over as Red Sox president earlier this month.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 31, 2002, which Red Sox player committed an error for the first time in 250 games, ending his American League-record fielding streak at 592 chances?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I heard about Lou Gehrig when I was a kid. To move next to historical people, that’s great.” — Red Sox DH David Ortiz, after hitting his 494th career home run in Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Mets, moving him past Gehrig and into 27th place on baseball’s all-time list

STAT OF THE DAY: 29 — Total runs in the Little League World Series championship game Sunday — a record for the title game — as Japan won its fourth championship in six years with an 18-11 victory over Pennsylvania

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Red Sox pitcher Wade Miley reaches behind his back without looking and scoops a hard grounder, then throws to first for the out against the Mets.

Tyler Saladino drops a single down the right-field line in the 11th inning to give the White Sox a walkoff win over the Mariners.

Rays catcher Rene Rivera tags out a baserunner at home, then gets a double play by tagging batter Kendrys Morales, who never ran because he thought his ground ball to first was foul.

Phillies pitcher Alec Asher, making his major league debut, is introduced to the crowd for his first at-bat by his father.

From Saturday night, Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib body-slams 49ers running back Reggie Bush on the San Francisco sideline, leading to a brief skirmish between the teams.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Van Morrison was born on this day in 1945.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar