Meet 7-year-old Ethan, who is blowing up the Internet with the way he soldiered on through his rendition of the Australian national anthem despite a bout of hiccups that might have killed a lesser man.

You know, the word “courage” gets used far to often in today’s world. But what Ethan did is the very definition of a profile in courage. No holding his breath and swallowing a bunch of times to get rid of the hiccups. No drinking water from the opposite of the glass. And certainly no dropping the mic and running off the field because he has zero quit in him. He merely manned up, stared those hiccups in the eye and played them like a musical instrument. And in doing so, no doubt inspired his nation like probably no one not named Mad Max ever will.

So, I salute you, kid. You can drink from the other side of my canteen any time.


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The Patriots play the Bills on ESPN tonight for Monday Night Football. The recap some things from Sunday's games, talk about how the Patriots are snubbing ESPN, and preview tonight's game.

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[0:05:45] ... not. All they'll do I don't. Not a good. He would not Trent Dilfer would not go to Atlantic coast trades it. Seen Le Brock lost a lot of the hollowed out and ride and where. ...
[0:20:23] ... finally got to mop he was wobbling he went towards the sideline. Jeff Fisher is looking at him and we know that shelf. Is one of the real proponents of safety yes he'd give it talks about it all the time these players would never do. Physical harm helmet to helmet to try to hurt anybody else on the field and otherwise but on the commission the competition committee you know how many years here's a vocal leaders of these days a hands on coach quarterback and the sideline in the days not sure what's the season. And Jeff Fisher. Sends him back out there even though nick balls is warming up the side arbitrators. Are you know feel way traders nobody ...
[0:23:09] ... you attacking the guys that are hurt. I mean don't try go Mario Williams it that's the strength of the edge you are the smaller got to go to the want the god Jerry Hughes he's 61 they want to. It the last six or seven games a close up over a hundred yards rushing de Oca Williamson know Kyle Williams tonight I think Belichick looks at that says right there. And no stock and about we're Garrett one. Were all talking about ...

On the one hand, I’m glad that David Ortiz‘s fame has reached the level where to he’s “Saturday Night Live” character-worthy. That’s some rarefied air he’s breathing, the 2015 version of what a Sports Illustrated cover was 20 years ago. And good for him. That is reaching the kind of national icon status that even superstars like Bryce Harper and Mike Trout can only dream about.

That said, what the hell is this? This is how you parody a nationally known sports legend entering his last year? Have him rattle off the names of Dominican-sounding foods and talk about eating pigeons? And what does a dating app called Go Outside possibly have to do with Big Papi. Trust me, in no way am I offended. It’s just that I honestly don’t get the joke. If you’re going for satire a guy, satirize. Make fun of Ortiz. Write jokes about his career, the stuff he’s done, the things he’s said. Not just talk in a Carlos Mencia voice and turn up the laugh track.

But anyway, that’s just my opinion and there’s nothing in the world as subjective as comedy. So tell me what you think.

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Where’d Scooby hide my football?!?

Posted by Tom Brady on Sunday, November 22, 2015


Welcome to Tom Brady’s life. The perfect dog. The perfectly landscaped yard. Even the perfect pile of leaves so perfect they all look they were purchased in the Seasonal Decor aisle at A.C. Moore. Even his off days of doing chores around the yard look like scenes out of a cholesterol medicine ad.

But to all the Brady Bashers and anti-Patriots Deflategate flat-earthers, if you think the whole time he and Scooby were man’s-best-friending each other he wasn’t scripting plays in his head and working out which route combinations will create mismatches he can exploit against the Bills, you’re living in a fantasy land. The pursuit of perfection never takes a moment off.


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ESPN hates the Patriots.

[0:00:24] ... a lot of criticism. In the NFL waiver it's pretty clear that Tom Brady did something Bill Belichick is the Whitey Bulger of the NFL let's adjust to complete with Tom Brady had to say. You you seem pretty emotional as for the steroid bowl. Our competitive advantage issue. With equal. Absolutely sure and they are known felons it's more probable than not that it knew something Tom Brady knew. Absolutely positively not me. That there aren't. We use for going to do anything outside. Of the box. We gain our our lose a lot of respect for you in terms or. US the clear for me it is inconceivable. That's laughable Jim Kelly Holcomb and quarterback was on and I felt like yesterday saying that's laughable. Your comments there weren't his football period we over or under inflated. The other football where and repair the and they like on the lower due by the way to go for all of them regular. So all the scientific leaders have been thrown out of be careful Bob Bryan and do very soldier boy my colleague my friends every reporter our organization is terrific. I crippled craft Robert Baer and garlic ...

Brock outplayed Peyton in a win over the Bears.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

[0:01:03] ... Palm Beach for cool engaged last year. Star studded pre wedding bash Reese Witherspoon chain Needham. Tomography in the post stars were all there fighting it and you know acted now I'll tell you this right ...
[0:03:44] ... before and that from the guys on for it's funny. What the American music awards I didn't you. No I wish I had why I don't do watch I got it just got locked in the football ...
[0:11:19] ... good but not. Not great I don't know she emissions into the John Roberts not a very you know we're ultimately tie with the guys go after each of the yeah we stopped at the olive ...
[0:12:05] ... Dion Lewis for Tom Brady to pour over the heads of the Buffalo Bills. ...

The guys discuss the ESPN hate towards the Pats.

Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NFL: Bills at Patriots, 8:30 p.m. (WCVB, ESPN)
NHL: Bruins at Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Knicks at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
Soccer: Premier League, Sunderland at Crystal Palace, 2:5 p.m. (NBCSN)


— Ailing Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who sat out Sunday’s 17-15 victory over the Bears, reportedly plans to return next season, even if it means finding a new home.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio said on NBC’s Sunday night’s NFL coverage that the 39-year-old “currently intends to play next year, even if it’s not for the Broncos.” However, co-host Tony Dungy, who knows Manning well as his former coach with the Colts, said he had not heard the same information.

Manning restructured his contract this past offseason, leaving him with a base salary of $19 million for next year. He reportedly has a torn plantar fascia in his foot.

Manning is coming off a disastrous outing in last Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs, as he completed five passes while being intercepted four times. Brock Osweiler started in Manning’s place Sunday and threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Early reports indicate Denver intends to start Osweiler again next Sunday against the Patriots.

“I don’t know if anybody believed me, but I really was telling the truth — I have not wasted a single day sitting behind Peyton,” Osweiler said after Sunday’s win. “I fully recognize that he might be the greatest quarterback to ever play, if not one of the greatest. I wasn’t going to let one of those days go by where I didn’t learn something. I’ve been very appreciative for my situation.”

— Washington defensive end Jason Hatcher is frustrated with what he believes is biased officiating against his team. After Sunday’s 44-16 loss to the Panthers, he threw out an interesting theory: The referees are punishing the Redskins because of their nickname.

“I’m not saying this out of character to get fined, but it is what it is,” Hatcher said. “I don’t know if it’s about the name or what, but at the same time, we play football, too. We work our butt off, too. Don’t single us out. At the end of the day, it’s the name. Don’t worry about the name — we’re players and we work our butts off, too. I’m just frustrated with it.

“We shouldn’t have to be punished for that. It’s been every game, calls after calls that should’ve been made in our favor, but it goes to them. It’s just not right. We’re in the league, too. We’re [NFL] players. We’ve got a team, too. We go out there, and we sweat and work hard, too. I don’t give a crap about the name. We are players. We’ve got feelings, too, and we want to win, too.”

Hatcher’s teammates weren’t ready to buy into the conspiracy theory, but there was a lot of frustration in the locker room after some key calls went against Washington — including an unnecessary roughness on cornerback Chris Culliver that wiped out a pick-six that would have given Washington a 21-14 lead.

“That turned the whole game around,” Redskins defensive end Chris Baker said. “Things started happening; we started unraveling. … It was frustrating because we’re seeing a recurring act, especially when we lose, which certain calls you just, how can you call that? This is football. That’s a touchdown called back for playing football. This is the new soft NFL.”

Dave Roberts, a legend in Boston for his steal that ignited the comeback against the Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series and sparked the Red Sox‘ championship run, reportedly will be the next manager of the Dodgers.

Roberts, 43, had been serving as bench coach of the Padres since 2011. The product of a black father and Japanese mother, he will become the first minority manager in team history.

The Dodgers parted ways with Don Mattingly after the season ended with a third straight NL West title but another postseason disappointment. Mattingly since was named manager of the Marlins.

Roberts beat out another former Red Sox outfielder, Gabe Kapler, who oversees the minor leagues for the Dodgers.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Nov. 23, 1977, the Red Sox signed which free agent pitcher from another AL East team?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’ve got news for you, Tyrod Taylor is coming into town and he is the third-rated quarterback in the National Football League that nobody talks about. He’s a young man. We’ve got a few guys that are back healthy right now, so our team is going to give what we have and certainly the disrespect that they showed him and things like that with their questioning and things like that, so we’ll see. We’ll give a good shot and the whole country will get to see this young man play. We know it will be tough against a Bill Belichick defense, but our team is going to show up. Believe me, we will show up.” — Bills coach Rex Ryan, on Monday’s game against the Patriots

STAT OF THE DAY: 15 — Consecutive wins by the Warriors to open the season, tying the NBA record, after Sunday’s 118-105 victory over the Nuggets

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Canucks forward Bo Horvat makes a great play to fake out the defense and set up Alexandre Burrows, but Devils goals Corey Schneider makes the save.

Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner takes a great pass from William Karlsson and finishes with the goal against the Sharks.

Clippers center DeAndre Jordan takes advantage of a mismatch on a jump ball to smack a lead pass to Wesley Johnson for a layup (despite Johnson’s blatant travel).

From the MLS playoffs, Dairon Asprilla curves a long blast past the goalie to give the Timbers a 2-0 lead against FC Dallas.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Mike Torrez, formerly of the Yankees

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Sandra Stevens of Brotherhood of Man was born on this day in 1949. (She’s in red in this video.)

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