John Buccigross joined the show to discuss tonight's Bruins Canadiens game.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show with the latest from Andy Hart and Kirk Minihane.

Welcome to Thursday’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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Jets at Patriots, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network)
College football: Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Utah at Oregon State, 10 p.m. (FS1)
NHL: Bruins at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NESN, NHL Network)
NBA preseason: Celtics at 76ers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Jazz at Lakers, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Giants, 8:07 p.m. (FS1; WEEI-AM)
MLS: Revolution at Dynamo, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

– With Jim Irsay set to return after serving a six-game suspension, the Colts owner met the media and said he’s looking forward to moving past his embarrassing DUI incident.

“I’ve always said I’ve felt the role of a steward here and that you learn from your mistakes,” Irsay said at a Wednesday press conference. “You move on, think you can be a better person and be better at everything you do.”

Irsay had been banned from having any contact on football matters with the team, and he said that hit home — despite criticism from some who felt that the league was harder on its players.

“I missed being there. It was tough not being with the guys before the game and praying with the guys before games. That was tough,” he said, although he added: “I really made up my mind to be positive about it.”

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Irsay has had substance-abuse issues in the past, and the team said he voluntarily re-entered a treatment center after his March incident, when he was pulled over and various prescriptions drugs and more than $29,000 in cash were found in his vehicle.

Now he’s focused on guiding the team the rest of the season. The Colts, who lost their first two games, are 4-2 and host the AFC North-leading Bengals on Sunday.

“I really am motivated to show up and do well every day,” he said. “There’s no question great things are to be grabbed from the difficulties you go through.”

– The Cowboys will fine running back Joseph Randle but not suspend him after he acknowledged making a “huge mistake” related to his arrest on a shoplifting charge.

Randle, who stands accused of taking $123 worth of cologne and underwear from a Dillard’s department store at a suburban Dallas mall Monday, addressed his teammates before Wednesday’s practice and expressed appreciation for their support.

“They know people mess up,” Randle said. “I’m just trying to take full responsibility and really just move on from it.”

Added Randle: “Well, I really just made a huge mistake. I disappointed a lot of people who really care about me, like my brothers on the team, coaches, this whole organization. I let a lot of people down. I’m just going to try my best to make it up to them.”

Quarterback Tony Romo voiced support for his teammate.

“He obviously wants to make better decisions in the future and I think that the way that he sounds, he will,” Romo said. “We’re his pseudo-family here, so we’ve got his back.”

– Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher might still be willing to show patience with troubled quarterback Jameis Winston, but a fellow former Heisman Trophy winner is fed up with the situation.

Bo Jackson, who hails from the same hometown of Bessemer, Alabama, said Winston has not taken his advice, despite Winston saying he looked up to the two-sport legend. Jackson said Winston needs to grow up, but he won’t be the one guiding him.

“I really don’€™t know who is giving this young man guidance. I have communicated with him and I just talked to him like I was his dad. The things that you need to do. And this was before the incident where he was [suspended] from the baseball team [for stealing crab legs],” Jackson said during an appearance on The Jim Rome Show. ‘€œI’€™m the type of person, I will go out of my way to help anybody.

“Normally, I don’€™t like giving people advice if I haven’€™t been down that road myself. But if I give you advice on something that I know more about than you by just falling out of bed in the morning, if you can’€™t take that advice and learn from it, then I’€™ve got nothing else to do with the situation. You’€™re on your own.”

Added Jackson: “I will lend you a hand. And if you take that hand for granted, I will yank it back and go about my business, go on about my life. That’€™s how it is. Jameis Winston needs to make some changes in his life. Because it’€™s affecting him now and it’€™s definitely going to affect him down the road.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 16, 2004, the Red Sox lost Game 3 of the ALCS to the Yankees, 19-8, before embarking on their historic comeback. Bronson Arroyo started for the Red Sox and managed to avoid being saddled with the loss despite allowing six earned runs in two-plus innings, as the Sox tied the score after three innings. Which former Yankee relieved Arroyo and took the loss despite allowing the fewest runs of any of the six Sox pitchers that night (one run in one-plus inning)?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “That was a real tough win, but a win we deserved. It’s probably the best game we’ve played to this point, but [Jimmy] Howard played very well.” – Bruins coach Claude Julien, on Wednesday’s 3-2 shootout victory over the Red Wings in which Detroit’s goalie made a number of stellar saves

STAT OF THE DAY: 0.6 – Seconds remaining when Louis Williams hit a 3-pointer to give the Raptors a 92-89 victory over the Celtics in Wednesday’s preseason game in Portland, Maine

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Royals celebrate after sweeping the Orioles to earn their first World Series berth in 29 years.

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon makes a nice running catch during the fifth inning.

Former major league infielder David Eckstein reads mean tweets about himself.

In an NCAA Division 3 football game Saturday, Huntingdon runs a reverse flea flicker for a touchdown against Christopher Newport.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ramiro Mendoza, who never pitched for the Red Sox again

SOOTHING SOUNDS: John Mayer was born on this day in 1977.

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Dale and Michael discuss the Bruins upcoming road trip, including "Rivalry Night" vs the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday Night and where (if anywhere) the Bruins will find some of their much needed missing scoring touch.

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[0:10:49] ... in that just clobbered. But -- Ericsson as a member of the Dallas Stars was a very very good offensive player yes Ericsson and Smith at their best. This deal doesn't look so bad trouble if ...
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Dale and Michael discuss the Bruins upcoming road trip, including "Rivalry Night" vs the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night and where (if anywhere) the Bruins will find some of their much needed missing scoring touch.

[0:08:20] ... the NHL. Doubts the fact that Tyler Sagan is a supremely. Talented. National Hockey League player. Great skills great abilities it's funny young Ben and I were watching a video yesterday sit in the office. There's this ...
[0:10:49] ... in that just clobbered. But -- Ericsson as a member of the Dallas Stars was a very very good offensive player yes Ericsson and Smith at their best. This deal doesn't look so bad trouble if ...
[0:11:55] ... And it really wanna be there. You know you bring in a Phil Kessel -- public and really play the way we wanted to play -- -- -- Phil Kessel out of town and get a very good return that I want to Doug Hamilton eventually. And then. Do you go back ...
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Dale and Michael discuss the Bruins upcoming road trip, including "Rivalry Night" vs the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night and where (if anywhere) the Bruins will find some of their much needed missing scoring touch.

[0:08:20] ... the NHL. Doubts the fact that Tyler Sagan is a supremely. Talented. National Hockey League player. Great skills great abilities it's funny young Ben and I were watching a video yesterday sit in the office. There's this ...
[0:10:49] ... in that just clobbered. But -- Ericsson as a member of the Dallas Stars was a very very good offensive player yes Ericsson and Smith at their best. This deal doesn't look so bad trouble if ...
[0:11:55] ... And it really wanna be there. You know you bring in a Phil Kessel -- public and really play the way we wanted to play -- -- -- Phil Kessel out of town and get a very good return that I want to Doug Hamilton eventually. And then. Do you go back ...
[0:12:52] ... I'm taken this not. Like not guys like that. Guys like OK Phil Kessel. Tyler Sagan Dole's guys like this war. They love scoring. That's what they art -- so are you gonna be that it ...






Dale and Michael discuss the upcoming Jets-Pats showdown on Monday Night football and look at Rex Ryan as a head coach, and whether or not he survives any longer in NYC.
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