UKActor Brian Blessed has claimed he delivered a baby girl in Richmond Park — before chewing through the umbilical cord and licking the newborn’s face.

The well-known star said the bizarre incident took place in the south-west London park in 1963 while he was in the TV police drama Z-Cars.

Blessed, who at the time was in his late 20s, claimed he was running when he spotted a woman in labour beneath a tree.

“I rushed across to her and she was having the baby and had her legs open,” he told the BBC Radio 4 show Midweek this morning during a discussion about a man’s role in childbirth.

“She knew me in Z-Cars [and] she said ‘please Mr Blessed, I’m having a baby, I’m having a baby’.

“I said ‘breathe deeply’ and gradually I got the baby out so the head… Then I got the afterbirth out, then I bit it loose then I tied it into a knot, and then I just called for help and eventually an ambulance came. I was covered in blood, my shirt was covered in blood, I was wrapping her, wiping her, [saying] ‘it’s alright darling’. And I was licking the baby’s face.”

I’m not sure if most people are familiar with Brian Blessed’s work. I recognize him as one of those actors where you can say that if there’s a British person in a show or a movie, he’s the one. And it seems like he’s always playing the guy who’s strong, brave, wise and noble. Which, judging by this story, means he has to be the greatest actor in the world to pull it off because he is clearly and completely out of his damn mind.

I don’t mean to come off indifferent to the sufferings of women going into labor in public parks, but the last thing you’re going to find me doing is chewing through an umbilical cord. The second to last thing is licking the baby’s face. And the third to last is anything else he did here that doesn’t involve running as far away from the scene as fast as I can. I promise you I’d run for help. But once I found a pay phone (it was 50 years ago, after all) or pointed the nearest cop I could find in the direction of this mother to be, my work here is done.

Believe me, I’ve been in the delivery room twice. And even though I literally had skin in the game both times, it was the last place I belonged. Being there when a woman is having a baby is like being in the garage while the mechanics are talking about what’s wrong with your car. They’re experienced, they’re talking all sorts of jargon they know you can’t comprehend, and you’re basically just in their way, worthless and emasculated. Birthing a baby is a job for experts, not for bloggers/sports talk hosts and for sure not something crazy actors with a taste for human flesh should ever get involved in.

P.S. How does a story like this take 50 years to come out, anyway? If some woman had a baby delivered in Central Park by say, Donnie Wahlberg, and he chewed through the umbilical and licked all the schmutz off the newborn’s face, I think we’d hear about it before 2065. I love England, but that is one weird country.


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Dallas Cowboys official websiteOut of football for the last four weeks, and without any regular-season game action since Week 1 of 2014, Greg Hardy is back.

The Cowboys’€™ defensive end not only served his four-game suspension from the NFL, but met with the media for the first time since he signed with the club back in March.

To say Hardy seems ready to go would be an understatement. Full of energy, wit, personality and enthusiasm, the defensive end got straight to the point with his first question, which centered on the difficulty of being out for so long. …

I hope I come out guns blazin’€™. I’€™m full of excitement and full of juice,” Hardy said.

Congratulations to Greg Hardy and the Cowboys for this awesome news. Really. Neato, guys. Way to go. It’s so uplifting to hear all about his energy, wit, personality and enthusiasm. Especially coming in the wake of his suspension for what the Cowboys call “domestic abuse charges in 2014 that were later dropped.” Of course that conveniently leaves out minor details such as Hardy being found guilty in a trial that featured a dozen witnesses. He then appealed, and on the day of trial his victim, Nicole Holder, coincidentally found herself on a vacation in the Rockies and couldn’t make it back. But details, details.

But just as a public service, to flesh out the finer points the Cowboys website didn’t have room for, this is from the Charlotte Observer news report of Greg Hardy’s trial:

Hardy, Holder said, flung her from the bed, threw her into a bathtub, then tossed her on a futon covered with rifles. Holder said Hardy ripped a necklace he had given her off her neck, threw it into a toilet and slammed the lid on her arm when she tried to fish it out.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Hardy dragged her by the hair room to room, she said, before putting his hands around her throat.

“He looked me in my eyes and he told me he was going to kill me,” said Holder.

And now he’s ready to come back “guns blazin’ “! Get it? Guns! As in a futon covered with guns! Good one, Greg! He and the Cowboys should have just said he can’t wait to sack Tom Brady into a bathtub of hurt, rip the ball away from him and throw it in a toilet of pain, slam the lid down on his throwing arm or get his hands around his throat and threaten to kill him. That would have been really cool, too.

But the important thing isn’t who was found guilty of abusing whom. The takeaway here is that Hardy is full of excitement and juice and making guns references and the Cowboys are thrilled at his triumphant return. Just don’t stop reminding yourself that we were one Judge Berman decision away from Brady serving the same suspension this abusive, misanthropic, cowardly sociopath just did.


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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.

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MLB playoffs: Cubs at Pirates, 8 p.m. (TBS)
NHL: Rangers at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Sharks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA preseason: Hawks at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA preseason: Kings at Suns, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)


Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey

— Tuesday began with optimism for New York’s two baseball teams as they prepared for the postseason. By the end of the day the feelings had changed dramatically.

The Yankees, with CC Sabathia at a rehab clinic and Jacoby Ellsbury starting on the bench, didn’t put up much of a fight in dropping a 3-0 decision to the Astros in the American League wild card game, ending their season. Adding to fans’ frustration, many of them missed the first two innings due to long security lines outside the stadium.

The Mets, meanwhile, had to deal with controversy after Matt Harvey missed a mandatory workout at Citi Field in preparation for the National League Division Series, New York’s first postseason appearance in nine years. The practice started at noon, and Harvey — scheduled to start Game 3 on Monday — arrived just before 2 p.m. and worked out alone.

While an apologetic Harvey held a press conference, he was vague about his reason for missing. The New York tabloids had a field day with it, reporting that Harvey was out drinking the night before while watching Monday Night Football.

The Mets made matters worse by first blaming traffic, then claiming Harvey was excused, only to have the pitcher suggest he just lost track of time.

“I told everybody and apologized to everybody and told them it’s not going to happen again, never happened before,” Harvey said. “Unfortunately it happened at a bad time, a mandatory time. I truly, I just screwed up.”

Team captain David Wright was not pleased with the distraction.

“I am concerned about the guys who are here and the guys who are here had a great workout, so you will have to talk to Matt about that,” Wright said.

“We’re rolling, we’re clicking,” Wright continued. “The guys who were here today took care of business and got ready for Friday [Game 1]. I am happy with that. Again. I thought it was a good workout. You can only worry about what you can control.”

Manager Terry Collins insisted he got a message that Harvey was stuck in tunnel traffic, and he did not enjoy discussing it.

“I’m going to tell you what: I don’t know where he was,” Collins told ESPN. “[Pitching coach] Dan [Warthen] came to me, and he said, ‘We just got a call from Harvey.’ Now who’s we? We just got a call? I don’t know who it was. ‘We just got a call from Harvey. He’s stuck in traffic.’ End of story. I don’t know where he was.”

Added Collins: “The day went on. I’m thinking, ‘Where the hell is this guy?’ I’ll just tell everybody that I told him to go home and I’ll deal with it tomorrow. So I don’t know where he was. He just told me he [expletive] up, ‘I was doing some stuff, looked up and it’s 1 o’clock, and said, oh, [expletive].’ I don’t know what it was. I don’t care.”

— Dodgers pitcher Bronson Arroyo‘s former personal assistant was arrested Monday and charged with grand theft and forgery for allegedly selling Arroyo’s yacht without his knowledge.

According to reports out of Tampa, Florida, Arroyo bought the boat in 2006, the same year he was traded by the Red Sox to the Reds. He hired Anthony Acosta to maintain the boat while he was away from his Tampa home. In 2012 Arroyo fired Acosta, indicating that he had a prescription drug problem.

The following year, according to authorities, Acosta called Arroyo and said the yacht had sunk in Tampa and was salvaged and transported to a boat yard. He asked the pitcher for money to repair it, but Arroyo refused. Acosta then sold the $167,000 boat for $22,000, forging Arroyo’s signature to complete the deal.

The new owner soon discovered a lien on the boat and asked Acosta for his money back. Arroyo eventually was brought in and reported Acosta to the police.

— Last week it was reported that the NFL had its first month without an arrest in six years, with a clean September. Scratch that.

It’s since been revealed that late Wednesday — the final day of September — Titans rookie wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested in Missouri for a relatively minor offense — an outstanding warrant for speeding.

Green-Beckham was pulled over for speeding when the warrant was discovered. He was released after paying $92.48 to settle the old ticket and given a written warning for the new speeding offense.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): The seventh of October has not been a successful day for the Red Sox throughout the years. On this date, they lost World Series games in 1946 and 1967, and playoff games in 1986, 1990, 1999 and 2005. They did have one big victory on Oct. 7, when in 1975 they beat the A’s, 5-3, to sweep the three-game ALCS. Who was Boston’s winning pitcher?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I love seeing Tom Brady. He’s cool as crap. You seen his wife? I hope she comes to the game. I hope her sister comes to the game. [I hope] all her friends come to the game.” — Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy, on Sunday’s matchup with the Patriots

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 — Days of rest for Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel, who still managed to shut out the Yankees for six innings in Houston’s 3-0 victory Tuesday in the American League wild card game

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): From a recent Division 3 college football game, Knox College receiver Ilir Emini falls backward, has the ball bounce off his foot, then makes the catch while lying on the ground.

This video is said to be of a pro soccer player at a department store using a slide tackle to take down a suspected shoplifter.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Damian Kulash, lead singer for OK Go, was born on this day in 1975. He’s the one in the red pants.

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We look at the call in the Detroit game that may have cost them the game, and how Bill Belichick was again ahead of the curve about making ALL plays reviewable. We also focus on how Bill Belichick coached teams prepare for plays like that.
We look at the call in the Detroit game that may have cost them the game, and how Bill Belichick was again ahead of the curve about making ALL plays reviewable. We also focus on how Bill Belichick coached teams prepare for plays like that.
We wrap up the program with some of the best in soundbites that you may have missed throughout the day.
We wrap up the program with some of the best in soundbites that you may have missed throughout the day.