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NY PostNow they probably love the cops.

A group of flag-burning anti-NYPD protesters needed New York’s Finest to save their skin from a gang of angry bikers who tried to pummel them in a Brooklyn park for setting Old Glory ablaze. …

The fiery stunt by a few dozen members of the group Disarm the Police led to a chaotic scene at about 8 p.m. in Fort Greene Park, when the activists enraged 40 members of the Hallowed Sons Motorcycle Club by roasting the flag on a tiny barbecue grill.

‘They took off like little [expletives],” said one biker. ‘They lit the [expletive] flag and took off running once they got slapped once or twice.”

The anarchists had announced on social media that they had planned to burn the flag in protest of NYPD policies, drawing a large group of flag-waving counterprotesters, including the bikers. …

Thus, they started to roast the flag, but they didn’t burn it for long. One of the bikers rushed forward in a fit of rage and kicked over the grill, sending embers flying. He then doused it as members of the pro-flag crowd chanted “USA! USA!”

The bikers then started trying to rough up the protesters — who were quickly saved by members of the same police force that they criticize.

The protesters were shielded by the cops and escorted out of the park.

“I served in the Marines,” said counterprotester Brian Christopher, 23. “We defend this flag. We are ready to die for it. When I see people burning it and showing complete ignorance, it’s very offensive.”

I’m not a big one for condoning violence of any kind. Even if the violence is in opposition to something I detest, like setting fire to the symbol of everything I hold dear. And I know a lot of police and military defend torching the Stars and Stripes as one of the very freedoms they put their necks on the line for. So as a guy who makes a living shooting his mouth and his keyboard off, I’d like to be an absolutist when it comes to the whole freedom of speech part of a protest, even when it involves tossing Old Glory onto hot briquets.

But with a story like this, it’s hard to get worked up over what Brian Christopher and the Hallowed Sons did here. After all, nothing quite says “free expression” like a biker’s meaty fist to some scrawny anarchist’s face. Historically speaking, threatening to give someone a mouthful of bloody Chiclets is sometimes the only rational response to dealing with jerkstores like Disarm the Police.

And besides, what kind of anarchists are these cowards anyway? Isn’t occasionally getting punched out by angry, patriotic bikers the price of poker when you’re into the whole anarchy thing? Isn’t their whole philosophy based on self-policing and living by your own rules? It’s a little hard to claim you embrace chaos and disorder when the first thing you do is ask those cops you want to disarm to protect you like you’re hiding behind your mom’s skirt.

So far be it for me to question the actions of Brian Christopher, USMC, for exercising his First Amendment right to scare some candy-ass, flag-burning, fake anarchists into exposing themselves for the cowards they are. When you slapped one of these frauds, you slapped them for all of America.

@JerryThornton1

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All-new video.The Leap Frogs jumped into the Boston Red Sox-Houston Astros game at Fenway Park over Independence Day weekend. Drop everything and watch it. Now. #redsox

Posted by U.S. Navy Parachute Team “The Leap Frogs” on Sunday, July 5, 2015

I grew up a mile or so from the now-closed South Weymouth Naval Air Station. And I can’t tell you how many times my buddies and I would be playing touch football on a Sunday morning at Stella Terrell park while some guy our age would be zooming overhead in an F/A-18 Hornet. We’d be traipsing off to the bar to watch NFL football like losers while Top Gun would be breaking the sound barrier in a $40 million instrument of death and I don’t think a week went by where one of us would point out that’s his job. We’d all be a bunch of cubical monkeys living paycheck to paycheck, and someone a couple of thousand feet over our heads would be living an adventure every day.

Well, I have to admit, watching this video I have that same feeling. Watching the Navy’s Leap Frogs touch down with pinpoint precision in the middle of Fenway Park doing stunts all the way down is a reminder that I spent Fourth of July weekend drinking beer and blowing out my knee in a backyard badminton game against a bunch of moms and kids.

Don’t get me wrong; I like my life. It’s just that every so often as a guy you have to take an assessment of how cool other guys are. And, if you’re being honest, realize they’re 10 times the person you are and, as Henry V put it, hold your manhood cheap whilst any of them speak.

So nice going, Leap Frogs. Watching you do this might be a blow to the ego of men everywhere. But on the country’s birthday it’s comforting to know we’re in your capable hands. Just watch out for dangerous stuff. Like badminton.

@JerryThornton1

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I don’t claim to be a fan of women’s soccer. I don’t know one player from another save for the one who once took off her top, the crazy one who’s always getting into trouble and the one who posed naked in ESPN the Magazine. All of whom might be the same person, I’m not sure. I guess you could say I’m a fan of bad-ass rebel chicks who do their own thing, the world be damned.

One thing I do know though is that I’m a fan of big, worldwide events. So hell, yeah I was watching the Women’s World Cup over the weekend. It was appointment television. I have zero tolerance for people who argue that you’re a dope if you like watching something just because they don’t follow it. Every four years I get obsessed with curling, biathlon, synchronized swimming and beach volleyball, I can certainly find a couple of hours on a Sunday in July every 48 months to watch our soccer-playing Valkyries lay waste of the rest of the world. I feel like doing anything less would be un-American.

Having said that, when the World Cup rolls around again, I’m watching on Telemundo, without question. This call was 10 times more fun than anything I heard on Fox. If the Japanese had brought their A-game the way this announcer did, they would have made a game of it.

P.S. So judging by this reaction, am I safe to assume goals kicked all the way from midfield are kind of unusual?

@JerryThornton1

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Dino, Sausage and Curtis recap their holiday weekends.

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Last week USA Network debuted a show called “Mr. Robot” that it says “follows a mysterious anarchist who recruits a young computer programmer who suffers from social anxiety disorder and forms connections through hacking them.” Which not only sounds like a fairly intriguing and topical premise for a show, but it also stars Rami Malek who played Snafu in “The Pacific,” so it piqued my interest.

Until this scene. Way to ruin a perfectly promising TV drama, USA. It’s one thing to establish the paranoia of a mysterious, computer programming anarchist with some good healthy disillusionment. But when you lump Tom Brady in with an admitted steroid addict who lied through his teeth for years while ruining people’s lives and an (alleged) serial rapist, you lose the intelligent, informed segment of your audience.

That crap might fly with Jets fans, but I promise you your ratings in the New England states will be 0.0. “Mr. Robot” will be off the air in two weeks, I promise you.

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The guys discussed John Farrell's decision to start Porcello again.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Gary Tanguay.
Dino, Gary and Bradford discussed their holiday weekend.

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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA Summer League: Celtics vs. Jazz, 9 p.m. (CSNNE)
Cycling: Tour de France, 7 a.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN2), 8 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Giants are waiting to see how much damage defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul suffered to his hand in a fireworks accident Saturday night.

Initial information out of South Florida made it appear that Pierre-Paul did serious damage to one of his hands, but later reports indicated his career is not in jeopardy. The New York Daily News reports that Pierre-Paul has severe burns on his fingertips and part of his hand, with doctors testing the 26-year-old for nerve damage.

Several people posted photos on Twitter of a U-Haul truck filled with fireworks that apparently belonged to Pierre-Paul. The player posted two videos Saturday night of him singing in front of a U-Haul truck, and at one point he mentions “fireworks on the ground.”

The Giants put the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul after he amassed 12.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2014, but he has yet to sign the $14.8 million tender so he’s technically not under contract. The sides have until July 15 to negotiate a new deal, or he can accept the tender and get a one-year contract.

— Golfer Rory McIlroy announced Monday that he ruptured his left ankle ligament playing soccer with friends over the weekend, making it appear unlikely that he will be able to defend his title at the upcoming British Open.

“Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day,” McIlroy wrote on Instagram under a picture of him with crutches and a protective boot. “Rehab already started. … Working hard to get back as soon as I can.”

McIlroy was to play in the Scottish Open this week as a tuneup for next week’s Open Championship at St. Andrews.

— Following last month’s South Carolina church massacre, NASCAR asked its fans to refrain from displaying Confederate flags at races. The organization even offered to exchange them for American flags. Yet at Sunday’s Daytona 500, NASCAR‘s first race in the South since the tragedy, one didn’t have to look far to see the familiar emblem.

Dozens of Confederate flags were on display on the infield, with others at different spots inside the Florida track.

“It kills me that NASCAR is jumping on the bandwagon,” 55-year-old fan Paul Stevens told The Associated Press. “They should just let it pass, let everything die down. But NASCAR is too quick to try to be politically correct like everybody else.”

NASCAR said a few fans took up the offer to swap flags, and the American flag was visible all around the track for the Fourth of July weekend.

“I think the voluntary exchange program for us right now was appropriate with the limited window that we had coming into this event weekend,” track president Joie Chitwood said. “And more importantly, I think it’s important to trust our fans, asking our fans to display a flag that we should all be proud of. Everybody should be proud of the American flag.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 6, 1966, the Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the Yankees. Which Red Sox pitcher won both games, and which Sox closer saved both games?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s been long journey, my career. I’ve had a lot of people believe in me, in my corner, from day one. I’ve dedicated my whole life to this. Everything else comes second. But I wouldn’t want to do it any other way.” — U.S. women’s soccer star Carli Lloyd, after scoring three goals in Sunday’s 5-2 victory over Japan for the World Cup title

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 — Consecutive series wins for the Red Sox after Sunday’s 5-4 victory over the Astros, marking the first time they’ve won three straight series since the opening three series of the season

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Lorenzo Cain scores from first base on Eric Hosmer’s double as the Royals walk off against the Twins in the ninth inning.

Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong ranges into short center field to make a diving catch against the Padres.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Don McMahon got the wins and John Wyatt earned the saves

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Bill Haley was born on this day in 1925.

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Jerry Spar