Welcome to Wednesday’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 Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Tigers at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Nationals at Indians, noon (MLB Network)
MLB: Rays at Dodgers, 3 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: White Sox at Cubs, 8:05 p.m. (ESPN)
Basketball: Women’s exhibition, United States vs. France, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: Champions Cup, Real Madrid vs. Paris St. Germain, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions Cup, Bayern Munich vs. AC Milan, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions Cup, Chelsea vs. Liverpool, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— New Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman said he’s “working to be a better person” — but only after he dodged questions from Chicago reporters about his domestic abuse issue and what the Cubs expected of him.

During a meeting with the media in the visiting dugout at the White Sox’ U.S. Cellular Field, the former Yankees closer was peppered with questions about the incident that led to him serving a 30-day suspension at the start of this season. With Cubs coach/Spanish translator Henry Blanco interpreting, Chapman was asked about a conference call with Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and owner Tom Ricketts in which expectations about his behavior were presented to him. After initially being evasive, Chapman at one point responded that he was sleeping when the call began, so he had trouble remembering what it was about.

He later had a one-on-one interview in Spanish with ESPN’s Pedro Gomez and was more forthcoming.

“I knew that no matter where I was traded to, this would resurface — that the controversy is going to follow me,” Chapman told Gomez. “But I’m with my girlfriend. Our family is together. We’re working toward making things better in our lives. And really, it’s going to be with me.”

Added Chapman: “I’ve grown tremendously from that time. I’m with my girlfriend still, with the family, and I feel that I have absolutely changed as a person. I’m working to be a better person.

“And now that I remember — because they just asked me in the previous press conference what the owners asked me — one of the things they did ask me was about being a better person and being a better neighbor to people. And that’s something that I think that I am now, much more so.”

Epstein explained that the confusion about Chapman’s initial response likely had to do with a translation issue.

“I think there is a lot to be said that he was nervous and not speaking his native language and being translated,” Epstein said. “Look, I was on the call. Tom was on the call. Aroldis was on the call, and Barry Praver, his agent, was on the call. It happened, and it was real. We talked to him about the incident and made sure that statement reflected his real feelings on it.

“Because that was important to us, and to hear it directly from him. Tom laid out the exact same standards that he lays out to everyone in spring training.

— Penn State has finished serving its punishment for the Jerry Sandusky scandal, but athletic director Sandy Barbour said opposing programs are trying to scare recruits into believing the Nittany Lions could be punished further.

Speaking at Big Ten media days Tuesday in Chicago, Barbour insisted that the NCAA is “very pleased” with Penn State’s handling of the situation, and recent news that coach Joe Paterno and the school were made aware of accusations about Sandusky molesting children as early as the 1970s will not affect the program.

“It’s not factual,” Barbour said of the alleged comments by negative recruiters. “It’s one thing to take facts and skew them a little bit. It’s another thing not to be factual.”

— Russian athletes — except for track and field — are being allowed to compete in the Olympics, but at least 105 team members have been ruled ineligible by individual sports federations as part of the fallout from the country’s doping scandal.

Federations governing canoeing, sailing and modern pentathlon banned eight athletes Tuesday, including 2012 canoeing gold medalist Alexander Dyachenko.

Some of the banned Russians have indicated they will appeal their bans to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 27, 1969, the Red Sox outlasted the Seattle Pilots in 20 innings, 5-3, with Joe Lahoud delivering the key hit, a two-run home run in the top of the 20th. Ray Culp started for Boston and pitched 10 innings of one-run ball but did not factor in the decision. Which former Cy Young winner got the win after pitching the final three innings, despite allowing two runs?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Tom’s going to be pissed. And him pissed is a good thing for the New England Patriots faithful. We love seeing him like that. Because he’s as focused a human being as I’ve met anyway.” — Actor Matt Damon, on Tom Brady’s mindset as he prepares to miss the first four games of the season due to Deflategate

STAT OF THE DAY: 31 — Home runs hit by the Red Sox since July 4 — the most in the majors during that span — after they hit a pair in Tuesday’s 9-8 loss to the Tigers

‘NET RESULTS: After falling behind the Padres by two runs in the top of the 12th, the Blue Jays score three in the bottom of the inning and win on a wild pitch.

The Indians rally for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 6-5 win over the Nationals.

Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun lays out for an impressive catch against the Royals.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jim Lonborg

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bobbie Gentry was born on this day in 1944.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Dale and Holley w/Thornton talk about some of the lingering issues about the Pats heading into training camp.
Dale and Holley w/Thornton talk about some of the lingering issues about the Pats heading into training camp.
With the news that Tom Jackson is leaving ESPN we take a look back at some of Jackson's greatest hits.
With the news that Tom Jackson is leaving ESPN we take a look back at some of Jackson's greatest hits.
Dale and Holley close out the show with the best sound of the day!

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[0:06:09] ... that but I like football's a certain way. And look I don't Aaron Rodgers about it as some at an event like a year ago and he is super cool about it and he just goes ...
[0:07:09] ... I heard it was all know Will Smith was back it was. Matt Damon with the legend. I didn't see and it may be great I just it was just didn't have rice to the level ...
[0:10:29] ... in a way back machine here. Maybe it'll computers help me out. Sugar Ray. But the Sugar Ray Robinson. He's saying Joseph Frazier. Joseph Frazier saying a life saint commercials since Althea Gibson. Richie thing to season. There's like a long line of athletes. Singing or attempting to sing. Some to. More degree it's not gonna play sure Althea Gibson thing but I care or I don't know as a part of the maybe you're right maybe it was Frazier Dexter says ...






Dale and Holley close out the show with the best sound of the day!

[0:05:09] ... another actually better than the miss Cleo stuff but this is good. Matt Damon was on the rich Eisen showed today weighed in on the flight gate Nell you're kidding me I'd like his friend Ben ...
[0:06:09] ... that but I like football's a certain way. And look I don't Aaron Rodgers about it as some at an event like a year ago and he is super cool about it and he just goes ...
[0:07:09] ... I heard it was all know Will Smith was back it was. Matt Damon with the legend. I didn't see and it may be great I just it was just didn't have rice to the level ...
[0:10:29] ... in a way back machine here. Maybe it'll computers help me out. Sugar Ray. But the Sugar Ray Robinson. He's saying Joseph Frazier. Joseph Frazier saying a life saint commercials since Althea Gibson. Richie thing to season. There's like a long line of athletes. Singing or attempting to sing. Some to. More degree it's not gonna play sure Althea Gibson thing but I care or I don't know as a part of the maybe you're right maybe it was Frazier Dexter says ...






I’m going to continue with the ComicCon theme here with another trailer that dropped in San Diego over the weekend.

The producers of “Kong: Skull Island” insist they have gone to great lengths to avoid the “Beauty and the Beast” storyline and do a straight-up monster movie, set in the 1970s. And from this, it looks like they crushed it. They had me at Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston, then owned me at evil John Goodman. But add Samuel L. Jackson and I am in. Hell, at least we know a ridiculously massive Kong could give Samuel L. a fair fight.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

Cover bands aren’t always great. Bands doing covers? That’s a different story.

With the exception of really crusty and stubborn people, anyone can appreciate a good cover. Artists can take their favorite songs and completely reimagine them, or they can pay tribute by trying to replicate the original. Neither practice should be considered superior to the other, though shot-for-shot remakes are often pooh-poohed.

On Tuesday, pop group MisterWives released a cover of “Same Drugs,” a wonderfully delicate-yet-ambitious ballad off Chance the Rapper’s “Coloring Book” mixtape. The original is below, followed by the MisterWives version.

Aside from taking the song up a whole step to accommodate for a female singer, this rendition would probably fall into the category of a shot-for-shot remake, yet it isn’t. If anything, MisterWives doing a cover close to original helped to highlight the brilliance of Chance the Rapper’s process.

Structurally, both versions are the same. Aside from the aforementioned key and Mandy Lee jumping up an octave in the second verse, MisterWives doesn’t play with the song’s main elements. Even the percussive scatting that opens the piece is there, and it’s just as charming as it is in the original.

Yet they do the song like a pop song, which is what it’s dying to be (side note: this song was also dying to be sung by a woman; more on that below). MisterWives’ traditional pop approach is where it strays from the original most; that’s where Chance The Rapper should receive even more praise for his performance.

The MisterWives version sees Lee’s vocals treated with the reverb accompanies nearly every pop vocal. That reverb should be there; it isn’t on the original. Lee gives an honest, straightforward vocal performance. Chance sits behind the beat on the melody throughout.

Therein lies the song’s majesty: Chance wrote a touching pop song and, dynamically speaking, recorded it like a rap song.

Interestingly enough, the only well-known pop artist who might do such a thing (and does such a thing often) is Regina Spektor, who originally sang on the Coloring Book version before being cut.

In this respect, Spektor and Chance have long seemed to be a perfect fit for a collaboration. At the very least, they’ll be heard on the same project when “Hamilton Mixtape” comes out later this year.

 

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean