Steve Buckley joined the show to discuss Tony Dungy's comments on Michael Sam.

Any questions of Johnny Manziel‘s popularity were put to rest Monday when the NFL announced the rookie quarterback had the league’s top-selling jersey since April 1.

Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel

Manziel’s No. 2 outsold all other jerseys from April 1 to July 17 on NFLShop.com despite the late start after being drafted May 8. Dick’s Sporting Goods also said Monday said that Manziel’s jersey is its top seller.

Manziel was followed by Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Peyton Manning. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was seventh on the list.

Manziel, of course, is not only popular on the field. He’s been even more recognized this summer for his life off the field.

But that doesn’t concern Browns coach Mike Pettine.

Pettine said Monday that Manziel’s off-field activity will be a “non-story” once training camp starts.

“It’s something that was a hot topic for the offseason just because of who he is,” Pettine said. “It’s a very unique thing. I don’t think he can get a handle on the why. Is his behavior that much different form the average NFL player?”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas
Marcell Dareus

Marcell Dareus

Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will enter an NFL substance-abuse program in an attempt to have felony drug charges in Alabama dismissed, according to his attorney, Rod Giddens.

Giddens told The Associated Press Monday that Dareus was allowed to enter the program during a hearing in an Alabama courthouse earlier in the day.

Dareus was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia after being stopped by a state trooper May 5.

Dareus’ charges will be dismissed and potentially expunged if he successfully completes the program.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
The guys discussed Dungy's comments on Michael Sam.
John, Gerry and Dickerson opened the show discussing the Sox 5th straight win.
Donald Sterling

Donald Sterling

Clippers owner Donald Sterling met with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Monday afternoon to discuss the imminent $2 billion sale of the team, according to ESPN.com.

The two men reportedly had a “friendly conversation” at Sterling’s Beverly Hills home. It was their first meeting in person since Ballmer negotiated the sale with Shelly Sterling on May 29.

The original agreement called for the sale to close by July 15, with a possible extension to Aug. 15. If a deal still is not finalized by Sept. 15, the NBA has the option to resume termination proceedings and sell the team itself.

Sterling had initially been preparing to file a new suit in state court Monday morning. One potential explanation for his change of heart may be overwhelming debts he needs the money to pay off.

Darren Schield, chief financial officer of Sterling’s properties, said Monday that the owner may be forced to sell a chunk of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he doesn’t sell the Clippers.

Schield testified Monday that three banks are set to recall loans to Sterling because of his decision to dissolve The Sterling Family Trust.

If Sterling has to sell $500 million worth of apartment buildings it could destabilize the Los Angeles real estate market, according to Schield.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s Headlines with John Dennis, Gerry Callahan and guest host Greg Dickerson. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Bill Clinton reportedly has blonde mistress nicknamed ‘Energizer’

A new book by Ronald Kessler claims former President Bill Clinton has a blond mistress nicknamed “Energizer” by his security staff.

Excerpts obtained from Kessler’s upcoming book “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents” revealed that the mistress would arrive at the Clinton home sometimes just minutes after Hillary Clinton has left.

“You’ve got a picture there?” Callahan asked.

Dennis said: “That’s what it’s missing.”

“My imagination is running wild,” Callahan said. “I picture like a young Lonnie Anderson.”

Dickerson added: “I thinking of an old Lonnie Anderson. Not young.”

According to the excerpts, Hillary’s secret service agents inform Bill’s detail when she is heading home so Bill has time to get the mistress off the property.

“Do you call B.S. on this, Gerry?” Dennis asked.

“No. I believe it 100 percent,” Callahan said.

Said Dickerson: “I call B.S. I think there’s more than one [mistress]. There’s like four of them.”

Gisele Bundchen reportedly controlling of Tom Brady

According to a report by Star Magazine, Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady‘s marriage is at a low point because Bundchen is controlling and has final say when it comes to decisions such as how the home is decorated and where their children will be raised.

“I’m going to stop you when you get to the part that differentiates him from every other guy I know, including me,” Callahan told Dennis as he was reading the details. “So far we’re on the same page.”

Said Dickerson: “It’s all the things I don’t want to do.”

Bundchen reportedly has a strict chore schedule and forces Brady to get up early with the kids to scrub the toilets and clean the floors while she sleeps in.

“I’m calling B.S. on that,” Callahan said. “Get out of bed and clean the toilet? Cinderella didn’t have to do that. That’s stupid.”

Husband documents wife’s excuses to not have sex with him

A sexually frustrated husband documented every time his wife refused to have sex with him for a month and sent the spreadsheet to her before she left on a 10-day business trip. In response, the wife posted the sheet on Reddit and it went viral.

The list includes excuses such as, “I’m too drunk and ate too much,” and, ” ‘I just came back from the gym, I feel gross’ (didn’t shower until next morning).”

“She also cited a recent weight gain has not made her feel good about herself,” Dennis said. “I feel like an hour’s worth of sweaty sex would work some of that off. Would it not?”

The list revealed the couple had sex three times in seven weeks despite 27 attempts by the husband.

“Is this story related to the Hillary-Bill story at all?” Dickerson asked jokingly.

Callahan said: “I’m guessing Bill gave up on that 30 years ago.”

JetBlue pilot among six arrested in Boston drug bust

A JetBlue pilot from Florida was among six people arrested by Boston police over the weekend in an investigation of drug dealing.

According to police, John Manwaring of Maitland, Florida, and a woman with him were charged with possession of heroin, while the others were arrested for other drug charges.

“Now he was scheduled to fly out 14 hours after the bust,” Callahan said. “So if you buy the heroin and then you go with her, wherever, some flop house, shoot up, are you going to be OK to fly in 14 hours?”

Said Dennis: “I think JetBlue frowns on that.”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

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:
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NES; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Giants at Phillies, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Indiana Fever at Chicago Sky, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA: Phoenix Mercury at Seattle Storm, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

– NBC analyst and respected former NFL coach Tony Dungy raised some eyebrows with comments he made about Michael Sam, saying he would not have drafted the openly gay defensive end in order to avoid the distraction.

“I wouldn’t have taken him,” Dungy told the Tampa Bay Tribune of the Rams rookie. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.

“It’s not going to be totally smooth. … Things will happen.”

Dungy’s stance has raised questions, especially considering he has voiced public support for Michael Vick and Plaxico Burress, both of whom were major distractions due to off-field behavior that landed them in jail. Dungy also backed Tim Tebow.

Dungy also is known for his strong conservative religious beliefs, although he did express support last year for Jason Collins, who became the first openly gay athlete in major professional sports in America when he suited up for the Nets.

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The comments drew criticism as well as support on the web. Said former Vikings punter and outspoken gay-rights advocate Chris Kluwe:

“When it comes to someone who is a homosexual football player, he’€™s worried that something will happen in the locker room. I mean, no, I think it’€™s cowardly to say that, because it’€™s your job to make sure that nothing happens in the locker room. That’€™s exactly why you’€™re the head coach, in order to take care of something like that.

“And to try and pawn it off and say, ‘Well, I think it’ll be too much of a distraction,’ that really is just an underhanded way of saying, ‘I don’€™t want to deal with a homosexual player on my team and I’€™m going to do whatever possible not to have to deal with that situation.’ ”

The Rams have made it clear they won’t be swayed by opinions like Dungy’s.

“If you’re going to take a leadership position by drafting Michael, you have to expect the good and the bad,” Rams COO Kevin Demoff said. “We’re prepared for it, and I think we’ll shine through it.”

– Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby did not mince words when offering his opinion of the NCAA, saying “cheating pays” and predicting big changes on the horizon that fans of the current set-up will not like.

“You’re going to hate it going forward,” he said. “There’s a lot of change coming.”

Speaking at the league’s media day Monday, Bowlsby said enforcement is “broken,” and athletic programs are taking advantage.

“I think it’s not an understatement to say cheating pays presently,” he said. “If you seek to conspire to certainly bend the rules, you can do it successfully and probably not get caught in most occasions. … They’re in a battle with a BB gun in their hand. They’re fighting howitzers.”

Bowlsby, who spoke out against unionization in college athletics, said the lawsuits against the NCAA will cause athletic departments to make tough decisions.

“I think all of that in the end will cause programs to be eliminated. I think you’ll see men’s Olympic sports go away as a result of the new funding challenges that are coming down the pike,” he said. “I think there may be tension among and between sports on campus and institutions that have different resources.”

– Former Lakers guard Michael Cooper, now in his first year as coach of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, left the team to seek treatment for tongue cancer.

Cooper, 58, is scheduled to have surgery this week, and the team said that he is expected to make a full recovery.

“I’m fortunate that my condition was diagnosed early, and this episode illustrates the importance of screening and early detection,” said Cooper, who is expected to miss two weeks. “I know the team will be in good hands with coach [Karleen] Thompson at the helm during my absence, and I look forward to returning to the court soon.”

Cooper has led the Dream to a 15-6 record and first place in the Eaastern Conference. He’s already won two WNBA titles as coach of the Los Angeles Sparks.

Cooper won five NBA titles with the Lakers in the 1980s.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 22, 2004, which minor league call-up became the only left-hander to start a game for the Red Sox all season?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “That one was fun. That one fired me up a little bit. I didn’€™t think I was going to get to it, but got to it, made the jump, timed it pretty good, and I was able to come down with it. That was one of the better ones I’€™ve made. It was fun.” Red Sox right fielder Brock Holt, on his leaping catch at the wall during Monday night’s 14-1 rout of the Blue Jays in Toronto

STAT OF THE DAY: 36 — David Ortiz‘s rank on Major League Baseball‘s all-time home run list, as he hit two Monday night to give him 453 and move past Carl Yastrzemski

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley reaches over the fence to take a home run away from Travis d’Arnaud of the Mets.

Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons makes an acrobatic play to get a forceout against the Marlins.

Peruvian soccer player Carlos Lobaton is the talk of the soccer world after scoring four impressive goals in two games over three days, including a blast from his own side of midfield that surprised a wandering goalkeeper in Sporting Cristal’s 4-3 victory over Juan Aurich.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Abe Alvarez, who took the loss as the Red Sox fell to the Orioles, 8-3, in the first game of a doubleheader split

SOOTHING SOUNDS: George Clinton was born on this day in 1941.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar