Right before the show began, news broke that Patriots owner Robert Kraft was on the stand at the murder trial for former tight end Aaron Hernandez. We heard some of the opening questions and answers from Kraft, and wondered if this meant that Bill Belichick would also be called. Also, Patriots Security Officer Mark Briggs took the stand as well to talk about the conversation that he and Hernandez had on June 18th, 2012.

[0:00:01] ... It's middays MF beat. Patriots owner Robert Kraft this candidate Aaron Hernandez trial it's probably know by now or the last few moments of his testimony. Through on his feet ...
[0:00:36] ... So literally the last few moments yes that that was it for. Robert Kraft the stand there and after mark eighty toll was at tickets that I can't wait until now you guys Tommy when he ...
[0:01:46] ... we've talked about will bill will Robert take the stand right. Enemy Bill Belichick. I would think that you would wanna talk to Bill Belichick about the conversation they had an Indianapolis during a compliment right we heard about that. Air flow to Indianapolis. In those discussion ...
[0:02:22] ... on and one of a question there was was would craft would Bill Belichick come up and when baby would have to testify mean it was notes tabloid. And churn up well a couple hours later. ...






Cory Simms is a proud heckler, and people have a problem with that? Why wouldn’t he be? He’s not only carrying on the noble tradition of heckling, he’s excelling at it. Some guys can work their whole life trying to develop their heckling game and never make it past peewees or mites. But he has made it. He believe in himself, honed his craft and heckled himself all the way to The Show. To local Canadian Junior B hockey. He’s living The Dream.

And you have to admire the way he’s owning it. If the hockey moms don’t like his style, they should stick to crosswords and knitting. And if the young boys men can’t handle it, they should stick to tiddlywinks. See, that’s the kind of carefully crafted putdown and clever, distinctive style that got him from obscurity all the way to heckling for the Caps.

If this Cory works hard and keeps believing in himself. who knows? Maybe someday he can afford to go heckle at pro games. By the looks of things, he’ll only need one ticket.

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There are few social trends in America as irritating as the scourge of the Ostentatious, Attention-Whoring, Sporting Event Public Display of Engagement. The O.A.W.S.E.P.D.E. has ruined not only the simple pleasure of taking in a game unencumbered by some jackass trying to impress everybody; it’s also helping to destroy the simple, wholesome good that was courtship.

As hard as it might be to believe, there was a time when these things were done in private. It was about two people with genuine feelings for each other and one would find a moment alone and ask the other to make a lifetime commit. It was simple and beautiful and didn’t require anyone else around to record it on an iPhone and then upload it to YouTube.

Now if you just want to make it a sincere and personal moment, you run the risk of your S.O. thinking there’s something wrong with your relationship because you didn’t rent out the Fenway message board and demand the people in Section 14 give you a standing ovation. So thanks for wrecking both sporting events and romance for generations of men to come, you grandstanding twits.

OK, end of rant. Now I’d like to make an exception for this guy. Because there’s something about the innocent purity of a Wrestlemania 31 engagement. Call me a softie, but having your nuptials blessed by The Rock, Triple H and Ronda Rousey I’m sure that he and the lovely Oceana will have a long storybook marriage. God bless, you two crazy kids.
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This is Trevor Noah, a stand up comic from South Africa who was just named as Jon Stewart’s replacement on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” Now ordinarily I’d resent someone moving from the comedy stage to behind a talk show desk because it’s working my side of the street. But whatever, I’ll give this guy a shot.

My only problem with Noah is, if this is how crazed he thinks Americans are about sports he had better get his head on straight and fast because he has no idea what he’s walking into. He thinks we’re nuts because we like pre- and post-game and statistical analysis and keep track of stupid, insignificant records? Wait until he settles in here in the next few weeks and tries to wrap his brain around fantasy leagues, advanced stats, box scores, a dozen or so 24 hour sports channels, March Madness, NBA and Stanley Cup playoffs, the Masters the NFL draft and this website. Hell, wait until he gets a load of the escaped mental patients that are WEEI callers after the Red Sox lose.

So while I’m looking forward to seeing how he does on “The Daily Show,” he better figure out real quick Americans have no use for relaxed, majestic and wonderful. And if he doesn’t grasp just how looney tunes we are, he’ll be back watching South American soccer before he knows what hit him.

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Having watched Mr. Kraft on the witness stand in the Aaron Hernandez trial Tuesday, I came away with no earthly reason why he was summoned. I’m as smart as your average lawyer (or, if I’m being completely honest, your well-below average lawyer) so I don’t understand for the life of me how the answers he gave will help prove whether or not Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd.

I suppose to some degree a trial like this is show business. It’s on TV. People are watching it and talking about it. And there’s not a more political animal in the world than a district attorney. So any time they get the chance to sex up a court proceeding by calling to the stand one of the most powerful men in the world, they’re not going to pass that up just because he has nothing pertinent to add to the issue being decided by the jury.

So while I can’t judge whether Mr. Kraft’s testimony helped or hurt Hernandez, I do know one person it did help, and that person is Mr. Kraft.

I am not being snarky here. I’m being completely serious. Let us not forget that it wasn’t all that long ago that the crowd who resents the Patriots’ success, has ripped the Kraft family relentlessly since the day they saved the team from moving to St. Louis and has pushed back against every decision they’ve ever made went so far as to suggest they should have known they had a murderer (alleged) in their midst.

To read the stuff the Legion of Gloom was writing in the aftermath of the killing, you would have thought Mr. Kraft would end up being not just a prosecution witness, but a co-defendant. When he said he’d been “duped” by Hernandez, Rolling Stone called it “arrant nonsense” and suggested the Patriots knew damned well what a homicidal maniac Hernandez was. One author of that piece went so far as to call the owner “€œguilty by omission.

The other author was Ron Borges, who pinned it all on the team replacing their security chief Mark Briggs who says, “€œI’€™d have known within a half-hour if Hernandez had gotten in trouble with police.” Even though the guy they replaced him with the man who ran security for the completely peaceful and trouble-free London Olympics.

Not to miss a perfect opportunity to demagogue, Dan Shaughnessy, he wrote, “Bob and Jonathan Kraft need to stop trying to make us think that the Patriots are different from all those bad boys in the NFL. … They’€™ll take a chance on trouble, which apparently is what they did when they drafted Hernandez in 2010.”

Right. Because of course all the pre-draft scouting reports mentioned his 40-time, his route-running and his penchant for multiple homicides. They might as well have been ridin’ dirty in that SUV the night of the murder.

So what do we find out from Mr. Kraft himself, under oath before God and the TV cameras? He hadn’t the first clue what Aaron Hernandez was capable of going all Broken Arrow like he did. And how could he? They had a good owner/employee relationship. Hernandez said and did all the right things. He gave money to Myra Kraft’s memorial foundation, and when the news broke that he may have been involved, he protested his innocence. That’s all anyone in the Patriots organization knew. And frankly it’s all any of the know it all’s and Captain Hindsights who covered Hernandez knew. But, that didn’t stop them from irresponsibly acting like the team should have or even did know.

Though no one should hold their breath waiting for an apology. While none of us think Hernandez is innocent, this simple, undramatic testimony proved that the owner is. Hopefully Hernandez will get the justice he deserves. But, I doubt Mr. Kraft will.

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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

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The guys discussed the controversial Indiana law.

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[0:15:51] ... I am told that I have to make it wedding cake very same sex marriage. I feel that I'm violating my believes. I don't think I should have to do that. That is the husband of the ...




The guys opened the show by discussing the Presidents visit yesterday.

[0:06:29] ... the falcons. He says if the latest Ted Wells investigation. Determines the New England Patriots deliberately under inflated footballs during the AFC championship. The Super Bowl champions better brace themselves. Or a big. Big yet you know I read the headline said ooh this might be informative it's ...
[0:08:03] ... in the wild. A crowd in the world a lot of theories. Super Bowl week. Above the number of footballs and and I forget the more I think it was right more fact or it's an ...
[0:10:14] ... eleven. Were under in and it ended up being under inflated and Bill Belichick scientific Saturday proved to be true and the twelfth one. One the colts had was even more under inflated and they end ...
[0:12:28] ... 2013 and fourteen seasons the finger with pointed at a guy named Roddy White. With since been fired as the director of about marketing odd twist that the public big play receiver at the same name Roddy White is that as it may. More odd. That this monkey business occurred with the team that McKay so respected and NFL circles ...






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.

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:
NHL: Panthers at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Spurs at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Warriors at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NIT, Miami vs. Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Stanford vs. Old Dominion, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: CIT, Tennessee-Martin at Evansville, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: CIT, NJIT at Northern Arizona, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
MLB exhibition: Yankees at Twins, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Athletics at Angels, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB exhibition: Royals at Padres, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Switzerland vs. United States, noon (FS1)
Soccer: Israel vs. Belgium, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Mexico vs. Paraguay, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Knicks have the NBA’s worst record at 14-60 and have lost 60 games for the first time in franchise history, despite entering the season with playoff aspirations. But team president Phil Jackson sees light at the end of the tunnel — or at least he’s trying to convince season ticket-holders that he does so they come back in 2015-16.

In a letter and video message sent out Monday, Jackson talked optimistically about the prospects for the future.

“While I know this has been a challenging season for our team on the court, I can also tell you that everyone in the organization is working tirelessly to get our Knicks back to a place where we are once again competing at the highest level,” Jackson said on the video (as reported by ESPN).

Added Jackson: “We have a clear plan and expect our efforts to really take shape as we enter the 2015 draft and free agency in the months ahead. I ask that you remain optimistic and hope you will join us on our continued journey as we build a team that once again reflects the spirit of being a New York Knick.”

With the Knicks expected to have at least $25 million in cap space this offseason, Jackson implied that the team could start to turn things around quickly.

“We have made key roster moves to free up significant cap space that will provide us greater flexibility to acquire talent in this summer’s free agency,” Jackson said. “And for the first time in many years, we expect to have a top pick in the NBA draft this June. These are key steps to building a roster of players that have both the talent and character to win in New York and who, alongside Carmelo Anthony, will become a team that can become a consistent winner.”

— While Jackson’s return to the Knicks organization hasn’t produced positive results, St. John’s is hoping for a different outcome after reportedly hiring former standout guard Chris Mullin to take over as coach.

Mullin, a New York native who led St. John’s to the Final Four in 1985, went on to star with the Warriors in the NBA and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011, will take over Steve Lavin, who departed after five seasons and an 81-55 record (2-9 in the postseason).

Mullin has no coaching experience, but that hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of his former St. John’s coach, Lou Carnesecca.

“This is a great day for St. John’s, the whole university,” Carnesecca said. “He has always represented St. John’s well and I’m sure he’ll do a fine job as coach. People seem to be worried about his lack of coaching experience but how many people have had the basketball education he has?”

— A freshman soccer player from the University of California who has been listed as missing was killed early Saturday morning when he tried to run across a Los Angeles freeway and was hit by a car, police announced Monday.

Eloi Vasquez, 19, left a fraternity party at USC without identification, which is why police could not initially confirm it was him. Vasquez, who had traveled to Los Angeles with some teammates for spring break, walked away from the party alone. He called a friend back in Berkeley at 2:18 a.m. and said he was lost and scared, his family revealed. A few minutes later, Vasquez was dead, as a female driver said he ran in front of her car on Interstate 10 and she tried to swerve out of the way but was unable to avoid hitting him.

“The guys are grieving pretty hard right now,” Cal coach Kevin Grimes said at a news conference. “We’re just looking to get through this.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 31, 2003, the Red Sox opened the season with a game in Tampa and unveiled their “closer by committee” to disastrous results. The bullpen gave up five runs in the ninth in a 6-4 loss as Boston wasted a seven-inning, one-run effort from which starter?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We knew we needed this game. Every game is important, so we came and toughed it out.” Evan Turner, after the Celtics held on for a 116-104 victory over the Hornets that moved them back into the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference

STAT OF THE DAY: 8 – Consecutive Final Fours for the UConn women’s basketball team, which overcame a one-point halftime deficit to rout Dayton, 91-70, Monday night in the Elite Eight

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Jordan Clarkson sneaks free under the basket and gets a pass from Lakers teammate Wayne Ellington for the game-winning layup with less than a second remaining in overtime against the 76ers.

Celtics forward Gerald Wallace jumps over Hornets forward Marvin Williams to finish an alley-oop.

Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol rips his jersey in disgust after missing a jump shot against the Kings.

Stars defenseman Patrick Nemeth gets a deflected puck caught under his visor.

Blues defenseman Zbynek Michalek slides across the crease to help goalie Brian Elliott keep the puck out of the net against the Canucks.

Members of the Indians read mean tweets about themselves.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Pedro Martinez

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Shirley Jones, mother of “The Partridge Family,” was born on this day in 1934.

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