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Tue, 09/17/2013 - 7:57am  

Mashup: Jaguars fans rally for Tebow signing

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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) MLB: Rangers at Rays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network) Minors: Triple-A championship, Omaha vs Durham, 7 p.m. (NBCSN) Soccer: UEFA Champions, Leverkusen at Manchester United, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

• A small contingent of fans of the lowly Jaguars, who are 0-2 and have just one touchdown and one field goal from the offense, think they know what can help their team: Tim Tebow.

The fans called for a rally Monday in the parking lot of Jacksonville’s EverBank Field, campaigning for the player who was cut by the Patriots two weeks ago. According to The Florida Times-Union, about 40 fans turned out for the gathering at 3:16 p.m. and stuck around for exactly 3 hours, 16 minutes — a tribute to the John 3:16 biblical verse Tebow wrote on his eyeblack while winning a Heisman Trophy at the University of Florida.

The group says it plans to meet at the same time every Monday to pressure the team to sign the free agent. A post on the group’s website (jags-tebow.com) insists: “Love him or hate him, Tim Tebow behind center in a Jacksonville Jaguar uniform would change everything.”

The team, however, doesn’t appear to be receptive. Said general manager David Caldwell at his introductory press conference in January: “I can’t imagine a scenario where he’d be a Jacksonville Jaguar.”

Coach Gus Bradley acknowledged the team’s issues as the Jags prepare to meet the Seahawks on Sunday, but he implied that the answer needs to come from within.

“It’s not OK where we’re at right now,” Bradley said. “We have to get better and we have a high standard. … The big thing for us is accountability. What are willing to accept and what is our team willing to accept? We’re just trying to figure out, ‘Why is this happening and why is this taking place?’ It comes back to making sure we don’t hurt ourselves.”

• An Upstate New York high school football player, knocked unconscious by a helmet-to-helmet collision in a game last Friday, died Monday.

The family of Damon Janes, a junior running back for Westfield/Brocton High, released a statement Monday that read:

Damon W. Janes, 16, a Junior who attended Brocton Central School, lost his fight and went to be with the Lord following his injury resulting from helmet-to-helmet collision during a Westfield/Brocton varsity football game.

His parents wish to express their gratitude to those who have supported and prayed for Damon and his family, and continue to request that their privacy be respected at this time.

James is the second high school player in less than a month to die after suffering an on-field injury. De’Antre Turman, from Creekside High in Fairburn, Ga., died after fracturing a vertebrae in his upper spinal cord during a scrimmage.

• There has been some support lately for college athletes to be paid, but NCAA president Mark Emmert made it clear Monday that that’s not going to happen.

“One thing that sets the fundamental tone is there’s very few members and, virtually no university president, that thinks it’s a good idea to convert student-athletes into paid employees. Literally into professionals,” Emmert said at a forum at Marquette University. “Then you have something very different from collegiate athletics. One of the guiding principles [of the NCAA] has been that this is about students who play sports.”

With the NCAA facing an antitrust lawsuit from former players who want compensation for use of the likenesses, Emmert acknowledged it’s a difficult time for the organization.

“[There's] enormous tension right now that’s growing between the collegiate model and the commercial model,” he said. “And, by the way, this is nothing new. This tension has been going on forever and ever. It has gotten greater now because the magnitude of dollars has gotten really, really large.

“The most valuable [television] products are things you have to watch in real time, and that’s sports and ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ So we’re seeing an explosion in the value of sports media properties and that’s injected a lot of revenue into sports. … That’s led to a lot of the discussion. This whole notion of, first and foremost, treating student-athletes in fair fashion while still maintaining the student-athlete, is at the core of all of this.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 17, 1998, which Red Sox closer set an American League record by recording his 39th consecutive save in a 3-2, 10-inning victory over the Orioles?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I feel like anytime we play the Jets, I just really like getting after them. It’s always a fun game. They’re always talking a little bit too much before the game anyway.” — Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich, during a Monday appearance on WEEI’s Mut & Merloni show

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 – Goals for new Bruins forward Jarome Iginla in Monday’s 6-3 preseason victory over the Canadiens

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): A man parachutes onto the field during a Conference Premier soccer match in England between Salisbury City and Chester City. The veteran parachutist said he got lost in the clouds and missed his designated landing spot.

During Sunday’s Angels-Astros game at Houston’s Minute Maid Park, the game is delayed because some dogs were still on the field after a pregame “Pooch Parade.”

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tom Gordon

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Les Emmerson of the Five Man Electrical Band was born on this day in 1944.




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