On the heels of discussion about Pablo Sandoval's albatross of a contract, the guys discuss some of the worst all time.

[0:01:57] ... was his skill set. Offerman got a 26 million over four years. Edgar Renteria. And infield right in feels the problem for. He was fine middle and Saint Louis existing laws couldn't handle Austin Matt comment JT snow my personal for a 101. Million I'm sorry. 103. Million dollars for Daisuke in 2007. He did have the one year but he was maddening. J. D. Drew Julio Lugo Josh Beckett John Lackey Adrian Gonzales he was OK Carl Crawford. This could be your winner being being being thinks that it against the winner and he's seven years a 142 million dollars ...

After hearing some "praise" from Brian Butterfield, the guys are convinced that it's going to be a rough year for Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.


To the surprise of no one, I’m going to agree with my boy Portnoy here. This is exactly the kind of selfless humility we’ve come to expect from Bill Belichick.

A man of lesser character with his level of power and influence would have demanded to be moved. To an aisle seat at the very least, but probably to first class on the power of a few well delivered “Don’t you know who I am?”mentions thrown around. But not The Hooded One.

He’s of too high a stature for merely pulling rank. Playing the celebrity card is for pikers. To him, taking the aisle seat is a noblesse oblige thing. Something he does for the sake of the less accomplished commoners. This is the air travel equivalent of Jesus washing the feet of peasants. Of King Henry V walking among his soldiers in disguise on the eve of battle. This is John Jacob Astor putting on his formal wear to go down with the Titanic, leaving his seat on the lifeboat to someone else.

And the biggest beneficiaries are the other passengers sitting in coach. Because they can say that for once, they were treated a legend. First class all the way.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

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: NBA: Pistons at Wizards, 8 p.m.

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.


NBA: Pistons at Wizards, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Cavaliers at Jazz, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Kings at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Twins at Cardinals, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Rockies at Mariners, 4:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Giants at Athletics, 10:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Premier League, Newcastle at Leicester City, 3:55 p.m. (NBCSN)


— While fans and teams groaned during CBS’ new NCAA Tournament show — which dragged out the bracket revealing over two hours — someone leaked a copy of the matchups over Twitter. And the NCAA is not happy about it.

About 20 minutes after the TV program began, an unidentified person released the brackets under the heading “Spoiler alert.”

“We go through great lengths to prevent the tournament field from being revealed early, and the NCAA took its usual measures to protect this from happening,” the NCAA said Sunday night in a statement. “Unfortunately, and regrettably, the bracket was revealed prior to our broadcast partners having the opportunity to finish unveiling it. We take this matter seriously and we are looking into it.”

The person who posted the tweet changed the account’s name and protected the account, then apparently deleted it. But it already made its way around the Internet, including to Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, whose son texted him his matchup.

“I thought he was messing with me,” Brey said. “So I just deleted it. Fifteen minutes later we show up, and then I found out we had a little leakage going on. Nothing’s secure, huh? That’s great. That is so typical. It’s so typical of college basketball.”

— The Boston Pride won the inaugural Isobel Cup as champions of the National Women’s Hockey League, and they made sure injured teammate Denna Laing shared in the celebration.

Laing, who suffered a severe spinal cord injury while playing in the Women’s Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 31, joined her teammates via FaceTime as they hoisted the trophy on the ice Saturday night after a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Beauts.

The Pride dedicated their season to Laing, hanging her No. 24 jersey behind the bench during games. They put a Denna Laing hat on the trophy after Saturday’s game.

Tweeted the team: Wish you were here with us today Denna but we’re bringing it back to you kid so get ready.

Responded Laing: Wishing I could be in NJ tonight. Couldn’t be more proud of #ThePack. Congrats on the #IsobelCup! Love you guys #TitleTown.

— Clippers forward Brendan Dawson was not with the team for Sunday’s game after he was arrested earlier in the day on suspicion of spousal abuse.

Dawson, a rookie who was called up from the D-League on Saturday, was released on $50,000 bail mid-day Sunday.

“It’s an awful situation,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I have a daughter.”

The team did not immediately reveal possible punishment for the 23-year-old.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 14, 1944, which Bruin recorded two assists in a 6-4 victory over the visiting Blackhawks and set an NHL single-season scoring record with 75 points?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When you mis-seed a team, it’s not that team you hurt, it’s the teams they play that you hurt. But at the end of the day, they’re not stealing my joy.” — Kentucky coach John Calipari, complaining that his team was seeded too low in the NCAA Tournament

STAT OF THE DAY: 18 — Made 3-pointers by the Cavaliers in Sunday’s 114-90 victory over the Clippers

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Jose Calderon drills a 3-pointer with less than a second remaining to give the Knicks a win over the Lakers.

Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo fakes out two Nets defenders and finishes with a one-handed jam.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Legendary producer Quincy Jones was born on this day in 1933. Here he is conducting “We Are the World” in 1985.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
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