Minihane, Bradford and Tanguay discuss a few Guerin Austin sideline moments during the weekend NESN coverage and baseball play-by-play in general.
Gary Tanguay's pen name -- Taray Garrison -- is back (and possibly for the final time) as he writes some erotica for Rob Bradford to read.
Tanguay, Bradford and Minihane talk football the day after the NFL's preseason opener was cancelled due to a faulty field in Canton, Ohio.
Gary Tanguay reads the Monday news and pop culture headlines with Kirk Minihane and Rob Bradford alongside. A ten-year-old dies on a 168-foot water slide and a few members of the USA men's hoops team are caught visiting a brothel.
Tanguay, Bradfo and Minihane settle in for some Red Sox talk as the team finishes their road trip 5-6 with a Sunday loss in LA to the Dodgers
With D&C on vacation, Gary Tanguay and Rob Bradford fill in and the show gets off to a rocky start. The opening weekend of the Olympics are in part discussed


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The Mashup BlogThe NFL season got off to a rocky start Sunday night as the league canceled the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, due to poor field conditions.

“This is a hard decision, but we know it is the right decision,” Hall president David Baker said. “In some respects a hard decision because of the impact it has. This is an important game to the people in Canton.”

The problem with the new field occurred when paint congealed at midfield and in the end zone, hardening those areas. Workers were unsuccessful in their attempts to smooth the surface.

The cancellation is expected to cost the Hall of Fame several million dollars after refunds are issued.

Behold, the most successful, best-run, most efficient sports organization in the known universe. Gaze in stunned amazement at how those champions of order and efficiency continue to run their tight ship. Every field must be perfect. Every uniform up to code. And of course, every football must conform to the guidelines or there’ll be hell to pay.

Of course, this NFL that just failed to tell the difference between the simple grass paint and fricking concrete is the same league that painted the Broncos logo in both end zones before the Super Bowl. And that had an entire crew of officials leave the kicking balls in their hotel room and had to have a concierge find them and get them to the stadium. This amateurish clown show that just had to cancel the first game of the season over a blunder that Groundskeeper Willie wouldn’t have made is the same collection of buffoons who expect us to believe they’re so on top of everything they’d never resort to sloppy, half-assed methods to measure footballs or anything else.

Great googily moogily.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

After the first weekend of the Rio Olympics, the United States leads all countries with 12 medals and is tied for first with three golds. As is usually the case, it’s USA swimming that has grabbed the early headlines, with Katie Ledecky setting a world record to win gold in the 400-meter freestyle and Michael Phelps winning his 19th Olympic gold as a member of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay team.

Check out our running Olympics photo gallery on Facebook for all the best U.S. moments throughout the Games.

Michael Phelps and Caleb Dressel celebrate their gold in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. (Rob Schumacher/USA Today)

Michael Phelps and Caleb Dressel celebrate their gold in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. (Rob Schumacher/USA Today)

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WEEI

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: Giants at Marlins, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Olympics: Women’s basketball, United States vs. Spain, 11 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Women’s volleyball, United States vs. Netherlands, 2 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s gymnastics, 3 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Men’s basketball, United States vs. Venezuela, 6 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics, Swimming, 9 p.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The New York media soured on Alex Rodriguez a long time ago, and they were not in a forgiving mood when an emotional A-Rod announced Sunday that he will play his final game for the Yankees on Friday before becoming a special adviser to the team.

Speculation immediately began that Rodriguez — four home runs shy of 700 — will change his mind and hook on with another team in an attempt to reach another milestone before he walks away for good.

“I think he believes he still can [play], but this [adviser] relationship with the Yankees is going to move forward now,” YES analyst John Flaherty said. “And I wonder after a couple of weeks if Alex Rodriguez says: ‘You know what, I miss this [game already] so much I want to revisit [my decision to retire].’ ”

Rodriguez was peppered with questions about whether Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner pushed him into retirement, offering him a chance to leave with some grace instead of being released (with almost $27 million remaining on his contract for the rest of this season and next year).

“I don’t think the conversations got that aggressive,” said the 41-year-old Rodriguez, who is hitting just .205. “I didn’t think they needed to. I have immense respect for Hal Steinbrenner. I really focused on the positive part of the conversation.”

Steinbrenner added to the skepticism by skipping the press conference and instead issuing a press release, while general manager Brian Cashman acknowledged that Rodriguez could decide to play for another team after Friday, saying: “He does have the ability to do that, or go into broadcasting. … He can do anything he wants.”

New York Daily News columnist Bob Raissman called the announcement “just another victimless con job in the world of sports.”

Newsday’s David Lennon wrote: “This was a bitter, inevitable divorce spun as a conscious uncoupling.”

In the New York Post, Joel Sherman compared A-Rod’s decision to accept his release to when he said he would fight his drug suspension in 2014 but eventually relented.

Wrote Sherman: “Let’s be clear that for the second time in 2 1/2 years, Alex Rodriguez simply accepted the inevitable and relented to do what was best for Alex Rodriguez. … Again, he saw the inevitable, figured out what was best for himself — and blinked.”

— The NFL season got off to a rocky start Sunday night as the league canceled the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, due to poor field conditions.

“This is a hard decision, but we know it is the right decision,” Hall president David Baker said. “In some respects a hard decision because of the impact it has. This is an important game to the people in Canton.”

The problem with the new field occurred when paint congealed at midfield and in the end zone, hardening those areas. Workers were unsuccessful in their attempts to smooth the surface.

The cancellation is expected to cost the Hall of Fame several million dollars after refunds are issued.

— The cycling course in Rio De Janeiro was unkind to participants, as major injuries were suffered in both the men’s and women’s race over the weekend. In the women’s race Sunday, Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten was leading as she headed down the final corner of a slippery descent, but when her back wheel skidded and she hit the brakes, she went over the handlebars and slammed into a curb, where she remained motionless until help arrived a couple of minutes later. She suffered three small fractures to her spine and was hospitalized in intensive care Sunday night.

“It was horrendous crash,” said silver medalist Emma Johansson of Sweden. “The peloton is so small and we all know each other very well. I just hope she’s OK.”

In the men’s race the day before, Italian Vincenzo Nibali and Colombian Sergio Henao were leading when they crashed on the same descent. Nibble broke his collarbone. There were three other accidents during that race, including one that caused Australia’s Richie Porte to break his scapula.

“It’s a difficult descent because you can go really fast but you also have to corner,” said Dutch cyclist Anna van der Breggen, who raced past her fallen teammate to win the gold. “After the men’s race, I think we were all warned we needed to take care of the descent, and we did. Of course, if you’re riding in front, maybe you take too much risk.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 8, 2004, which Red Sox pitcher allowed a team record six home runs but still got the win in an 11-9 victory over the Tigers?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We know we’re a better team than we’ve showed lately.” — Red Sox pitcher David Price, after Sunday’s 8-5 loss to the Dodgers that ended their West Coast road trip at 5-6

STAT OF THE DAY: 3,000 — Career hits for Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who reached the milestone with a triple Sunday.

‘NET RESULTS: Angels center fielder Mike Trout reaches over the fence to steal a grand slam from the Mariners.

Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton gets spun around tracking a deep line drive but recovers in time to make a fantastic leaping catch.

The Phillies go around the horn to turn a triple play against the Padres.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tim Wakefield

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Creed lead singer Scott Stapp was born on this day in 1973.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar