Drew Bledsoe used to wear No. 11 for the Patriots. Julian Edelman wears No. 11 for the Patriots now. And apparently, Bledsoe doesn’t think the charismatic wideout is his legacy well.

Edelman, who prides himself as a fashionista, is rocking some unruly facial hair these days. On Twitter, Bledsoe said he should clean it up.

After making perhaps the best catch in Super Bowl history, Edelman can look like a hobo if he likes. But this writer agrees with Bledsoe: the clean-shaven or scruffy look suits him best.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
Aly Raisman took home two silver medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics as well. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Aly Raisman took home two silver medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics as well. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman made her debut in Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit edition this week. She says it was a liberating experience.

The Needham native participated in the magazine’s “What I Model” campaign, explaining in an Instagram video why she decided to take part in the annual modeling shoot.

“I think it’s such an empowering feeling to be at a photo shoot and to know that your body’s not perfect, that you have insecurities just like everyone else,” she said. “But you’re still having so much fun because you know you’re unique and beautiful in your own way.”

Raisman, 22, also says it makes her feel proud of her body.

“I also model because when I was younger I used to get made fun of by the boys in my class,” she said. “They told me that I was too strong, that I looked manly, and that I was anorexic and looked like I was on steroids. Of course, that really bothered me, and I used to hate the way that I looked, which, looking back, it makes me feel really sad. But that’s why I’m so proud to be in the SI Swim 2017 issue because at 22 years old I feel strong and beautiful in my own way and there is no perfect body type.”

The U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team took home the gold at last summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Raisman’s teammate, Simone Biles, also posed for SI‘s Swimsuit issue this year.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

Good morning, here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

Good morning, here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

NBA: NBA All-Star celebrity game, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: NBA All-Star Rising Stars Challenge, 9 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m. (NHL)
College basketball: Kent State at Akron, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Valparaiso at Oakland, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Fairfield at Quinnipiac, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: VCU at Richmond, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: California at Stanford, 10 p.m. (FS1)
Women’s college basketball: Xavier at Villanova, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)


— MLB commissioner Rob Manfred spoke at the Grapefruit League media day Thursday and said nothing about the current state of baseball “needs to be fixed.”

He then went on to say the game needs to be changed “so that baseball means as much to the next generation as it does to our generation” and offered some ideas for changes.

Those ideas included requiring managers to stick to a time limit when deciding whether to challenge a call, “reasonable limits” on how long umpires in the replay center can look at replay angles before deciding whether to overturn a call and raising the strike zone.

Manfred also said he is in favor of experimenting with starting extra innings with a runner on second in the minor leagues, but said “we don’t expect to ever apply at the major league level.”

“Whenever you change something, there’s a risk,” Manfred went on. “We know that, even from the little rule changes that we’ve made … There’s a period of adjustment. But you know what? We get through those periods of adjustment. Modern civilization does not come to an end. And the game is better at the end of it.”

— It’s not every day you get to see a Hall of Famer and four-time Cy Young winner prank the reigning NL MVP, but it happened this week when Greg Maddux pulled one over on Kris Bryant.

Bryant thought he was filming a promotional video for Red Bull while Maddux disguised himself as a sound guy. Maddux played the role throughout the day, offering Bryant water and hand sanitizer, but it wasn’t until the batting practice pitcher had to leave and the “sound guy” filled in that Bryant thought something was up.

“He might be better than the other guy,” Bryant said.

When Maddux asked Bryant to autograph his bat for Greg Maddux, the jig was up.

Wacky stuff.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Everything. I have to prove everything. Especially when you’re coming from an off year after the injuries and you come back and you have to prove a lot of things to the fans, to the team, to your teammates, to the sport. You have to prove a lot of things out there on the field.” — Pablo Sandoval, on what he has to prove this season

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
Villani and Thornton are talking about the Patriots off season, and they have some notable players hitting free agency, such as LB Dont'a Hightower, and they discuss who, if anyone will get the franchise tag.
John Karalis of RedsArmy.com joins Lou and Christian to defend his views on Jae Crowder and Lou disrespecting him, leading to a Twitter beef last night.

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Villani and Thornton are talking about the different film projects members of the Patriots have had announced in recent days. Tom Brady is getting a book and movie made about him, Malcolm Butler is having a movie made about his life and path to the NFL, and Bill Belichick will be narrating a military film about D-Day.
Villani and Jerry Thornton are talking about the breaking news, and conflicting reports about an incident that involved former Patriots and current Jets CB Darrelle Revis. They talk about how in hindsight Bill Belichick's decision to let Revis go was a brilliant move given the on-field struggles Revis faced, and now the off-field issue.

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Chris Villani and Rich Keefe are talking all about the Boston Celtics and their needs to put them over the top and potentially win a championship.