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.
We check in for our weekly update from Bill Belichick and get his take on the Pats win over the Texans on the road, the benching of Stevan Ridley, and Antonio Smith's thinly veiled Spygate comments after the Texans lost.
Patriots’ defensive end, Rob Ninkovich, joins Mut and Merloni on a Patriots Monday after the team’s victory in Houston. Rob addresses the postgame comments of Texans’ defensive lineman Antonio Smith and the defense struggling against the run.
Tom Brady joined the show fresh off the teams 9th win of the season in Houston. He dismissed Antonio Smith's spying allegations and told the guys he has already moved on.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back witht he Hot Stove Show. They talk about Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the New York Yankees, the Red Sox signings of AJ Pierzynski and Edward Mujica, and wrap it up with Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who talks about the World Series run, losing a teammate like Ellsbury and looking towards 2014.
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Kirk Minihane answered any and all questions from the listeners and John and Gerry.
The New York Post's Joel Sherman joined the show with his thoughts on jacoby Ellsbury's signing with the Yankees. He said that if it were up to him he would have given the money to Robinson Cano over Ellsbury.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. They discussed how Ron Burgundy has officially jumped the shark and played sound of him on Dan Patrick.
Michael Fabiano, fantasy expert and Yankees fan, gives his opinion on the Cano signing, discusses Julian Edelman's rising fantasy value, and actually suggests starting Ryan Fitzpatrick
Jackie Mac joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo, the Celtics, and the Jacoby Ellsbury deal with the Yankees.
Johnny Damon joins Mut and Merloni to clear the air about his free agent signing with the Yankees and discusses Ellsbury's signing.
We check in with ESPN's great play-by-play man Mike Tirico for a look around the NFL, and a preview of Pats/Browns.
We tackle four topics centered on the movers and shakers in MLB right now.
We start talking about Robbie Cano and the reported 10 year, 240 million dollar contract on the table from the Mariners, and a little debate about him vs Pedroia broke out.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
Mike Lupica of the Daily News joined the show to give the New York reaction to the Ellsbury signing. He said that the Yankees drastically overpaid.More from this show
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.More from this show
Johnny Damon joins Mut and Merloni to clear the air about his free agent signing with the Yankees and discusses Ellsbury's signing.More from this show
Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the Yankees and the possibility of the Red Sox trading for Andre Ethier.More from this show