On the first Patriots 'Monday' of the regular season, Jimmy G is on with Kirk, Gerry and auditioning host Pete Sheppard to talk all things Pats.


And so the struggle continues. Tom Brady might have been unceremoniously banished from the Patriots’ premises by an evil totalitarian regime, forced to walk away in exile (hopefully while the Gillette Stadium PA system played the “Lonely Man” theme), but the protest endures. From Sanford, Maine, to San Diego. From Tucson to Tucumcari, Tehachapi to Tonopah, the people continue to cry out against the injustice of it all.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it now: There is no more motivated, engaged and galvanized fan base in all of America than Pats fans right now. And I’m not just limiting this to sports. No band, TV show, film or book franchise as emotionally invested as New England football fans are in 2016. Even those geeky cyberbullies wrongheadedly threatening to kill George R.R. Martin because the new “Song of Fire and Ice” book is late aren’t as involved in the cause as Pats fans are right now. So much so that these fabulous Massholes will travel 3,000 miles to cause a ruckus at a baseball game. Amazing.

So let freedom ring. From sea to shining sea. Whether it’s Brady himself scraping the NFL shield off his helmet in North Carolina and New Jersey, to the Patriots turning the Gillette lighthouse into one enormous middle finger with a Brady banner, to boozy New Englanders bringing the “Free Tom Brady” chant across the country, mankind’s cry for freedom is a beautiful thing to witness. Keep defending the wall, even on the other side of the continent.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

Welcome to Tuesday’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 Tuesday’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: Red Sox at Padres, 10:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Blue Jays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Lynx at Sparks, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying, United States vs. Trinidad and Tobago, 8 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Sweden vs. Netherlands, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Switzerland vs. Portugal, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Belarus vs. France, 2:30 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Mexico vs. Honduras, 10 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: U.S. Open, noon, 7 p.m. (ESPN)


— Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker remained in a Seattle hospital Monday night after having surgery to stop bleeding on his brain due to being struck by a line drive in Sunday’s game against the Mariners.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he’s held off on calling Shoemaker, contacting him via text until things settle down.

“Everybody’s been texting him. I don’t think anyone wants to call him right now,” Scioscia said Monday. “We’ve exhaled a little bit since. They monitored him and decided they needed to do surgery. They went in there and hopefully corrected what was causing the bleeding. He’s resting comfortably and everything looks like it’s taken care of. Now it’s just the recuperation process for Matty. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.”

Shoemaker was pitching in the second inning Sunday when Kyle Seager lined a ball with an exit velocity of 105 mph, according to MLB Statcast, and it caught Shoemaker in the side of the head. He stumbled to the ground, although he was able to eventually walk off the field with assistance from the training staff.

General manager Billy Epps said Shoemaker was receiving CT scans every 2-3 hours, and the third image showed increased bleeding Sunday night, leading to the decision to operate.

— The 49ers appear to have run out of patience with players who cannot stay out of trouble, as they cut tight end Bruce Miller on Monday, hours after his arrest for assaulting two men in an altercation at a San Francisco hotel.

Police said Miller was intoxicated when he tried to enter an elderly couple’s hotel room around 2:45 a.m. Monday morning, and when the couple’s 29-year-old son told Miller he was in the wrong room, the player attacked the son and the 70-year-old father, who attempted to intervene. Both men were taken to the hospital.

Miller previously was arrested in March 2015 after being accused of shoving his ex-fiancee and destroying her cellphone.

Miller, who was shifted to tight end from fullback by new coach Chip Kelly, played five seasons with the Niners.

— Johnny Manziel remains without an NFL team, but he’s returning to the school that made him famous.

The troubled former Browns QB re-enrolled at Texas A&M, the school confirmed Monday to The Associated Press. According to ESPN, Manziel is listed in the student directory as a senior majoring in recreation, parks and tourism sciences.

Manziel left A&M after his sophomore season in 2013 to enter the draft. He won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 6, 1964, the Red Sox gave up on which locally born pitcher who would go on to become a three-time All-Star, selling him the Pirates?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He reached out to me and just told me thank you, standing behind me.” — Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane, on hearing from 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick after joining his national anthem protest last Thursday

STAT OF THE DAY: 1 — Runs for the Red Sox in their last 18 innings, following Monday’s 2-1 loss to the Padres, after they scored 27 runs in their first two games of this West Coast road trip

‘NET RESULTS: White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera leaps at the fence and steals a home run from the Tigers.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Belmont’s Wilbur Wood, who was an All-Star with the White Sox in 1971, ’72 and ’74

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries was born on this day in 1971.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Tom Brady can no longer be at Gillette Stadium, the team, or even talk football with his teammates. What will he do? Will he workout with recently cut Aaron Dobson?
Tom Brady can no longer be at Gillette Stadium, the team, or even talk football with his teammates. What will he do? Will he workout with recently cut Aaron Dobson?

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Danny talks with callers about yesterday's Red Sox loss in Oakland, and gets into the beginning of the NFL season.
Danny talks with callers about yesterday's Red Sox loss in Oakland, and gets into the beginning of the NFL season.

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