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:
NBA: Celtics at Timberwolves, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Louisville at Boston College, 9 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: SMU at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at UCF, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Florida State, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Duke at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Kansas at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Miami, 9 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: East Carolina at Memphis, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Penguins at Capitals, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Blackhawks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Chile vs. United States, 6 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2), 3:30 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Things are going well for former Celtic Paul Pierce, who has become a veteran leader for a talented Wizards team. Not so much for Pierce’s longtime rival with the Lakers, Kobe Bryant.

Bryant is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his rotator cuff in a game over the weekend, and even before his injury his team was headed for another miserable season.

Although the two have butted heads in the past, Pierce lamented the loss of Bryant.

“It always saddens me, knowing that Kobe, who is one of my NBA brothers we lose [him] due to injury,” Pierce said before sitting out the Wizards’ 98-922 victory over the Lakers in Los Angeles with a toe injury. “It always saddens me.”

Added Pierce: “A lot of fans around the league pay to watch Kobe, a lot of fans around the world. Regardless of how the Lakers are doing or not, he’s an icon. He’s a player who defined his generation. A lot of people that come out here to see him.”

Bryant recently said that he’s enjoyed his on-court verbal exchanges with Pierce, and Pierce agreed.

“It’s just fun. We’re one of the last two of our generation,” Pierce said. “That’s pretty much a lot of the things we talked about on the court, a little bit of a trash in there.

“But we also said there’s no more trash-talkers in the league today coming up. It’s a generation that’s passing by, and a lot of these guys are friends. I don’t think this new generation is as competitive as we were with the past guys.”

— Clippers forward Matt Barnes, whose temper has gotten him in trouble a number of times in the past, lashed out on Twitter at the owner of the Suns after being fined for an incident in Phoenix.

The NBA slapped Barnes with a $25,000 fine Tuesday for his conduct during Sunday’s game, when he directed inappropriate language toward a fan.

Barnes, who shot 1-for-9 in the Clippers’ 120-100 victory, acknowledged he swore, but he claims it was because Suns owner Robert Sarver provoked him.

Tweeted Barnes: Another 25k! The part of the story the nba hasn’t told you was my language wasnt directed at a fan, I was talkn to the owner of the Suns . . . Who was sitting on the baseline & I only said something to him AFTER he cussed at me, BUT because I didn’t SNITCH I get fined!! #thecode

— Pro golfer Robert Allenby continues to insist he was robbed and beaten after competing in a tournament in Honolulu, despite reports questioning the authenticity of his wild story.

“There has definitely been a lot of confusion,” Allenby said Tuesday. “But I think the No. 1 thing that you should all remember is that my story stays exactly the same as the way I told it. I told you what I knew, and I told you what someone told me. That’s the bottom line. I never lied to anyone.”

The Jan. 16 incident remains under investigation by the Honolulu police. Allenby was shown on surveillance video walking out of a bar with three men he says he does not recognize. About two hours later he turned up in a park where he said a homeless woman told him he had been thrown out of the trunk of a car, leaving him with injuries on his face.

However, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser quoted the homeless woman as saying she never told Allenby she saw him in a trunk and did not know how he was hurt.

Allenby said he still has no memory of the two-hour time frame when he left the club until he was discovered with his injuries.

“I have been trying and overlooking and going backward and forward, and there is just nothing,” he said. “I can’t tell you how frustrating that is because we all want to know the truth.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 28, 1967, the Red Sox used the No. 4 pick in the amateur draft on which New England player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.” Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, responding the same way to every question during Tuesday’s Super Bowl media day in Phoenix

STAT OF THE DAY: 19 – Franchise-record home winning streak the Warriors had before Tuesday’s 113-111 overtime loss to the Bulls.

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Warriors guard Steph Curry delivers a halfcourt alley-oop pass to Harrison Barnes.

Mavericks guard Rajon Rondo sneaks in for a putback jam.

The gang at Bad British Sports Commentary takes on the college football national championship game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: New Hampshire’s Carlton Fisk

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Sarah McLachlan was born on this day in 1968.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

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:
NBA: Celtics at Timberwolves, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
College basketball: Louisville at Boston College, 9 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: SMU at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at UCF, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Wake Forest at Florida State, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Duke at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Kansas at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s at Creighton, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Georgia Tech at Miami, 9 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: East Carolina at Memphis, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Penguins at Capitals, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Blackhawks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Chile vs. United States, 6 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2), 3:30 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Things are going well for former Celtic Paul Pierce, who has become a veteran leader for a talented Wizards team. Not so much for Pierce’s longtime rival with the Lakers, Kobe Bryant.

Bryant is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his rotator cuff in a game over the weekend, and even before his injury his team was headed for another miserable season.

Although the two have butted heads in the past, Pierce lamented the loss of Bryant.

“It always saddens me, knowing that Kobe, who is one of my NBA brothers we lose [him] due to injury,” Pierce said before sitting out the Wizards’ 98-92 victory over the Lakers in Los Angeles with a toe injury. “It always saddens me.”

Added Pierce: “A lot of fans around the league pay to watch Kobe, a lot of fans around the world. Regardless of how the Lakers are doing or not, he’s an icon. He’s a player who defined his generation. A lot of people that come out here to see him.”

Bryant recently said that he’s enjoyed his on-court verbal exchanges with Pierce, and Pierce agreed.

“It’s just fun. We’re one of the last two of our generation,” Pierce said. “That’s pretty much a lot of the things we talked about on the court, a little bit of a trash in there.

“But we also said there’s no more trash-talkers in the league today coming up. It’s a generation that’s passing by, and a lot of these guys are friends. I don’t think this new generation is as competitive as we were with the past guys.”

— Clippers forward Matt Barnes, whose temper has gotten him in trouble a number of times in the past, lashed out on Twitter at the owner of the Suns after being fined for an incident in Phoenix.

The NBA slapped Barnes with a $25,000 fine Tuesday for his conduct during Sunday’s game, when he directed inappropriate language toward a fan.

Barnes, who shot 1-for-9 in the Clippers’ 120-100 victory, acknowledged he swore, but he claims it was because Suns owner Robert Sarver provoked him.

Tweeted Barnes: Another 25k! The part of the story the nba hasn’t told you was my language wasnt directed at a fan, I was talkn to the owner of the Suns . . . Who was sitting on the baseline & I only said something to him AFTER he cussed at me, BUT because I didn’t SNITCH I get fined!! #thecode

— Pro golfer Robert Allenby continues to insist he was robbed and beaten after competing in a tournament in Honolulu, despite reports questioning the authenticity of his wild story.

“There has definitely been a lot of confusion,” Allenby said Tuesday. “But I think the No. 1 thing that you should all remember is that my story stays exactly the same as the way I told it. I told you what I knew, and I told you what someone told me. That’s the bottom line. I never lied to anyone.”

The Jan. 16 incident remains under investigation by the Honolulu police. Allenby was shown on surveillance video walking out of a bar with three men he says he does not recognize. About two hours later he turned up in a park where he said a homeless woman told him he had been thrown out of the trunk of a car, leaving him with injuries on his face.

However, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser quoted the homeless woman as saying she never told Allenby she saw him in a trunk and did not know how he was hurt.

Allenby said he still has no memory of the two-hour time frame when he left the club until he was discovered with his injuries.

“I have been trying and overlooking and going backward and forward, and there is just nothing,” he said. “I can’t tell you how frustrating that is because we all want to know the truth.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 28, 1967, the Red Sox used the No. 4 pick in the amateur draft on which New England player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.” Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, responding the same way to every question during Tuesday’s Super Bowl media day in Phoenix

STAT OF THE DAY: 19 – Franchise-record home winning streak the Warriors had before Tuesday’s 113-111 overtime loss to the Bulls.

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Warriors guard Steph Curry delivers a halfcourt alley-oop pass to Harrison Barnes.

Mavericks guard Rajon Rondo sneaks in for a putback jam.

The gang at Bad British Sports Commentary takes on the college football national championship game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: New Hampshire’s Carlton Fisk

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Sarah McLachlan was born on this day in 1968.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Rich Gannon tells the story of when he got drafted by the Patriots and gives his view of deflate gate.

[0:00:42] ... we go back to Oakland after that Jack group. Is traded to Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the dumbest things Al Davis ever did. Of course we played in the Super Bowl flawed hero lost. Of course the patriots go along to you know for the last fifty years be the most dominant team in the NFL and of course. You know Tom Brady is is. That's good hall of Famer Bill Belichick that relationship you know you marvel to be got that is marvel at the consistency. Of that organization and what they bill ...
[0:02:48] ... could stout defense. Rich what's been your take on. The grief that Tom Brady's taken over the last ten days or so week. The aspersions cast on his on his character and his integrity I think ...
[0:06:07] ... Pretty pretty but Ella quite frankly I think for a guy like Tom Brady its your party's all about quickly is got to make sure that the other match they want. You over to Germany got ...
[0:06:39] ... football. Got to deal with a football gets the scrutiny that's important Mike McCarthy wrote a play called Green Bay can amount to one notable to point second half. But he yet to be patient running game. The other side of the matchup that villagers about the Patriots defense against the CO office that makes a rose to August the Packers. But the ball over four times. I think. Bill Belichick has the ability to kind of a two dimensional they could stop or show Lance and Russell Wilson Robert as Russell Wilson ...






Stephen A Smith joins the show to end the deflate gate talk and preview the Super Bowl.

[0:05:27] ... ruled unnecessarily. Jerky or whatever the case maybe you wanna label. Law. Bill Belichick the fact remains. That he answers a question. If what he just he's just let you know I don't wanna be here. ...
[0:07:13] ... happened. With those footballs and what do you think should happen with Tom Brady Bill Belichick if. I am in the minority when I say I think Bill Belichick had to do with this could you can't convince you what it's C championship game. Haven't a plan and plot to go up against Indianapolis. That bill politics that concerned about oppression let's just got a got a house in knowing that I don't know about not over your right now reportedly annoyed at Augusta or Brett that's mind. But don't tell me Tom Brady knew nothing. Because of the quarterback you get the snap from then the slaughterhouse you handle that you handed off to running backs you throw it to receivers. I think Belichick have less to do it at that Tom Brady. It is that they. I don't give it. It's cause I'm concerned deflate we'll pool again if that's what he adds no ...
[0:09:46] ... and curious to yours why the coast to coast hatred for the New England Patriots in your opinion what preferable to operate a lot. That's the thing separating us that he that he has bolstered with relatives ...
[0:13:08] ... you need that would tell me act the Eagles that you know Donovan McNabb thrown up wanna football that. With all the stuff OK and by the way if David G all the easiest why to help the kind of be why maybe because it don't matter. The fact of the matter is you figure out how to get Tom Brady that might lend itself to a victory I don't want you all of these excuse that means absolutely nothing to me. The New England Patriots have been. By law it's the best team in football the past decade ago that that back when I don't know. I ...






Rich Gannon tells the story of when he got drafted by the Patriots and gives his view of deflate gate.

[0:00:42] ... we go back to Oakland after that Jack group. Is traded to Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the dumbest things Al Davis ever did. Of course we played in the Super Bowl flawed hero lost. Of course the patriots go along to you know for the last fifty years be the most dominant team in the NFL and of course. You know Tom Brady is is. That's good hall of Famer Bill Belichick that relationship you know you marvel to be got that is marvel at the consistency. Of that organization and what they bill ...
[0:02:48] ... could stout defense. Rich what's been your take on. The grief that Tom Brady's taken over the last ten days or so week. The aspersions cast on his on his character and his integrity I think ...
[0:06:07] ... Pretty pretty but Ella quite frankly I think for a guy like Tom Brady its your party's all about quickly is got to make sure that the other match they want. You over to Germany got ...
[0:06:39] ... football. Got to deal with a football gets the scrutiny that's important Mike McCarthy wrote a play called Green Bay can amount to one notable to point second half. But he yet to be patient running game. The other side of the matchup that villagers about the Patriots defense against the CO office that makes a rose to August the Packers. But the ball over four times. I think. Bill Belichick has the ability to kind of a two dimensional they could stop or show Lance and Russell Wilson Robert as Russell Wilson ...






Stephen A Smith joins the show to end the deflate gate talk and preview the Super Bowl.

[0:05:27] ... ruled unnecessarily. Jerky or whatever the case maybe you wanna label. Law. Bill Belichick the fact remains. That he answers a question. If what he just he's just let you know I don't wanna be here. ...
[0:07:13] ... happened. With those footballs and what do you think should happen with Tom Brady Bill Belichick if. I am in the minority when I say I think Bill Belichick had to do with this could you can't convince you what it's C championship game. Haven't a plan and plot to go up against Indianapolis. That bill politics that concerned about oppression let's just got a got a house in knowing that I don't know about not over your right now reportedly annoyed at Augusta or Brett that's mind. But don't tell me Tom Brady knew nothing. Because of the quarterback you get the snap from then the slaughterhouse you handle that you handed off to running backs you throw it to receivers. I think Belichick have less to do it at that Tom Brady. It is that they. I don't give it. It's cause I'm concerned deflate we'll pool again if that's what he adds no ...
[0:09:46] ... and curious to yours why the coast to coast hatred for the New England Patriots in your opinion what preferable to operate a lot. That's the thing separating us that he that he has bolstered with relatives ...
[0:13:08] ... you need that would tell me act the Eagles that you know Donovan McNabb thrown up wanna football that. With all the stuff OK and by the way if David G all the easiest why to help the kind of be why maybe because it don't matter. The fact of the matter is you figure out how to get Tom Brady that might lend itself to a victory I don't want you all of these excuse that means absolutely nothing to me. The New England Patriots have been. By law it's the best team in football the past decade ago that that back when I don't know. I ...







PHOENIX — The annual passage of Super Bowl media day was held Tuesday at US Airways Center and the Patriots made the most of their opportunities with the multitudes of reporters gathered on the arena floor.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
We dive deep into some of the shadier things the Patriots have done over the years from a personnel standpoint.

[0:01:10] ... now straight give him that. Our first person of interest for the New England Patriots. Left his former team at the end of the season only to re join the New England Patriots come playoff time and it caused quite a fair. That man is Josh McDaniels. And thank the commissioners should not hello this ...
[0:03:46] ... our next patriots person of interest he was initially hired by the New England Patriots in 1975. Then he came back once the Bill Belichick tenure started again once Art Modell once said about this man. Outplay anyone here 101000. Dollars if they can tell me what ...
[0:06:03] ... party out of you'd better than no formal got another story of Bill Belichick. What you. Annapolis high school. So it would stifle we'll do some. Work you know what more before what it's a work before you go to Wesley. I think what we're here. So it goes to hand over Phillips Academy grade school. He walks Bill Belichick. It's like. A birdie out of this. Belichick. But you're right Steve Bell. Football scouting beds at the dinner that he's the ...
[0:07:00] ... is the man behind the man behind the camera of spy gate. Bill Belichick once set of this guy I could pick Matt Walsh out of a lineup. Well what is your personal feelings about right ...






We dive deep into some of the shadier things the Patriots have done over the years from a personnel standpoint.

[0:01:10] ... now straight give him that. Our first person of interest for the New England Patriots. Left his former team at the end of the season only to re join the New England Patriots come playoff time and it caused quite a fair. That man is Josh McDaniels. And thank the commissioners should not hello this ...
[0:03:46] ... our next patriots person of interest he was initially hired by the New England Patriots in 1975. Then he came back once the Bill Belichick tenure started again once Art Modell once said about this man. Outplay anyone here 101000. Dollars if they can tell me what ...
[0:06:03] ... party out of you'd better than no formal got another story of Bill Belichick. What you. Annapolis high school. So it would stifle we'll do some. Work you know what more before what it's a work before you go to Wesley. I think what we're here. So it goes to hand over Phillips Academy grade school. He walks Bill Belichick. It's like. A birdie out of this. Belichick. But you're right Steve Bell. Football scouting beds at the dinner that he's the ...
[0:07:00] ... is the man behind the man behind the camera of spy gate. Bill Belichick once set of this guy I could pick Matt Walsh out of a lineup. Well what is your personal feelings about right ...