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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Raptors at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Knicks at Bulls, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Lakers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Florida at George Washington, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: NIT, Georgia Tech at San Diego State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— While attending the Rays-Cuban national team exhibition baseball game Tuesday in Cuba, President Barack Obama gave David Ortiz a shout-out, saying the Red Sox outfielder’s speech to fans after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings ranks high on his list of memories from his time in office.

In his team’s first game back at Fenway Park after the bombings, Ortiz famously proclaimed, “This is our [expletive] city.”

“One of my proudest moments as president was watching Boston respond after the marathon [attack] and when Ortiz went out and said — probably the only time that America didn’t have a problem with cursing on live TV — when he talked about how strong Boston was and was not going to be intimidated,” Obama said during an in-game interview with ESPN. “And that is the kind of resilience and the kind of strength that we have to continually show in the face of these terrorists.”

Asked if there was any concern about going through with Tuesday’s game after the terrorist attacks in Belgium, Obama said: “It’s always a challenge when you’ve got a terrorist attack anywhere in the world, particularly in this age of 24-7 news coverage, you want to be respectful and understand the gravity of the situation. But the whole premise of terrorism is to try to disrupt people’s ordinary lives and one of my most powerful memories.”

The Rays beat the Cubans, 4-1, on a day when Obama was warmly received by fans in Havana. He sat in the front row, next to Cuban president Raul Castro, before leaving in the third inning.

Red Sox legend Lus Tiant, a native of Cuba, threw out one of the ceremonial first pitches.

— The NFL finally acknowledged a link between football and the brain disease known as CTE, but that’s not enough to convince Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

“We don’t have that knowledge and background, and scientifically, so there’s no way in the world to say you have a relationship relative to anything here,” Jones said Tuesday (via The Washington Post) from the NFL owners’ meetings. “There’s no research. There’s no data. … We’re not disagreeing. We’re just basically saying the same thing. We’re doing a lot more. It’s the kind of thing that you want to work … to prevent injury.”

During a roundtable discussion with politicians in Washington last week, NFL senior vice president for health and safety Jeff Miller was asked if a link had been established, and he replied, “The answer to that question is certainly yes.”

Pressed on the matter Tuesday, Jones disagreed.

“No, that’s absurd,” he said. “There’s no data that in any way creates a knowledge. There’s no way that you could have made a comment that there is an association and some type of assertion. In most things, you have to back it up by studies. And in this particular case, we all know how medicine is. Medicine is evolving. I grew up being told that aspirin was not good. I’m told that one a day is good for you. … I’m saying that changed over the years as we’ve had more research and knowledge.

“So we are very supportive of the research. … We have for years been involved in trying to make it safer, safer as it pertains to head injury. We have millions of people that have played this game, have millions of people that are at various ages right now that have no issues at all. None at all. So that’s where we are. That didn’t alter at all what we’re doing about it. We’re gonna do everything we can to understand it better and make it safer.”

— Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson insisted an incident Sunday night involving Alexis Jones, an activist who speaks out against sexual harassment and domestic violence, was an issue of “miscommunication.”

Jones said she was in a car with her mother when another car carrying Clarkson and teammate Nick Young was stopped alongside at an intersection, and at least one of the players made “disgustingly vulgar gestures” at her.

“The situation is just a miscommunication on both sides,” Clarkson said Tuesday. “We don’t want to go into further detail on who’s right and who’s wrong in that situation, but at the end of the day, it was a miscommunication.”

Team spokesman John Black said the Lakers attempted to arrange a meeting with Jones to talk it out but could not fit something into her schedule. He said the team might invite Jones to address the team about treating women with respect.

“Our conclusion is that there are different interpretations of what happened,” Black said. “We support Nick and Jordan and believe what they told us about the incidents and their actions. We also are supportive of Alexis and her feelings about what happened, about women’s rights, and of the fine work Alexis is doing with her organization.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 23, 1969, which Bruin broke Dit Clapper’s team record for goals in a season by a right winger when he scored his 42nd during a 4-2 loss to the Rangers in New York?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It gets very frustrating and very angry and disappointing, but at some point you have to realize, you have to turn the energy and attention towards things that will be productive. The league meetings start really the 2016 season and for us, we have to go out and have a very successful year.” — Patriots president Jonathan Kraft, on the league’s handling of Deflategate

STAT OF THE DAY: 15 — Triple-doubles this season for Thunder guard Russell Westbrook — the most since Magic Johnson had 17 in 1988-89 — after he recorded 21 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds in Tuesday’s 111-107 victory over the Rockets

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson takes a back-door pass from Brook Lopez and finishes with a ferocious left-handed slam against the Hornets.

Astros center fielder George Springer lays out for a fantastic catch against the Braves.

Clemson left fielder Reed Rohlman leaps over the fence to steal a home run against Presbyterian.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ken Hodge

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The Cars lead singer Ric Ocasek was born on this day in 1949.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Another vintage Belichick presser today at the NFL meetings brought up the question of why does Bill do this? What drives him to go out of his way to say nothing? And do fans care how much of a jerk he acts like to the media?
Another vintage Belichick presser today at the NFL meetings brought up the question of why does Bill do this? What drives him to go out of his way to say nothing? And do fans care how much of a jerk he acts like to the media?
Inspired by his less than courteous media breakfast, we look at four classic Belichick media moments.
Inspired by his less than courteous media breakfast, we look at four classic Belichick media moments.

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[0:02:43] ... back on the map they'll old -- Million dollars. You ought to. Bill Belichick has you on the list of enemies but he doesn't often talk about them publicly or disparage them publicly. The exception of one on the big show back in 2000 intend Bill Belichick absolutely dismantled. Charley casserly. Do we make too much of this in this for guys out there he's out there because he's ...
[0:03:59] ... it's terribly good line that line in the they don't actively. Three. Bill Belichick during his press conference sometimes get into gets into with a select reporter and sometimes when he's doing interviews he gets into ...
[0:05:43] ... If I was there would have thrown a towel into the race. Jeff Maggert coming back on in the air space or just added there are used and copy may copy me. Sometimes after tough losses Bill Belichick doesn't have very much to say. Sometimes during those times when he doesn't have very much to say. He says a lot ...






We close out the show with the best soundbites of the day.

[0:02:37] ... flying to shake that. We're sending our president to shake that hand Derek Jeter is going to shake that him and the blood of our people law that what do we get. Because we've joked that ...
[0:03:40] ... and I see where he's coming from. I just wish that if Curt Schilling gets at the same thing that they would have written a firearm. Italy which you've got suspended. I think there's a place ...
[0:08:27] ... a few weeks athlete and a dozen yeah exactly right. Former Celtic Nate Robinson currently out of the NBA's playing overseas in the Israeli. Recently while he was being interviewed at a local park in Tel ...
[0:10:46] ... want to think twice I don't know if you got plans perhaps Michael Vick gets down to the ball to take a picture with the Easter Bunny perhaps a short wanna okay. I don't what's supposed ...






We close out the show with the best soundbites of the day.

[0:02:37] ... flying to shake that. We're sending our president to shake that hand Derek Jeter is going to shake that him and the blood of our people law that what do we get. Because we've joked that ...
[0:03:40] ... and I see where he's coming from. I just wish that if Curt Schilling gets at the same thing that they would have written a firearm. Italy which you've got suspended. I think there's a place ...
[0:08:27] ... a few weeks athlete and a dozen yeah exactly right. Former Celtic Nate Robinson currently out of the NBA's playing overseas in the Israeli. Recently while he was being interviewed at a local park in Tel ...
[0:10:46] ... want to think twice I don't know if you got plans perhaps Michael Vick gets down to the ball to take a picture with the Easter Bunny perhaps a short wanna okay. I don't what's supposed ...






One of my kids turned me onto this guy’s videos. His name is James Kingston and he does a whole series of these where he free climbs up places no one should ever be on a planet with positive gravity. The Eiffel Tower, skyscrapers in Dubai, cranes at the top of building, and so on. I could have picked any one of them, but I randomly chose Wembley because the Patriots and Notre Dame have played there. If you’ve ever wondered what he darkest parts of my subconscious looks like, it would be this and clowns. I promise you this little bit of nightmare fuel will haunt my dreams tonight.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

In case you weren’t paying attention during their run in the NCAA tournament, Bill Murray was pulling for Xavier. So when Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to beat them Sunday, Murray’s courtside sad face launched a million Internet reactions.

But none have been better than this video. Murray as Phil Conners in “Groundhog Day,” living the game over through the clock radio gag. Sometimes you just have to give a fanbase the respect they deserve. Well done, Badgers. Well done indeed.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton