Tuesday morning on Dennis & Callahan Tom Brady finally gave us the interview the world has been waiting for. And the major takeaways, which require a lot of conjecture, inference and reading between lines, tell me:

  • He’s grateful to his dad for calling Roger Goodell “a flaming liar,” but he can’t talk about it.
  • This offseason has been a nightmare, but he won’t get into it.
  • The things that haven’t killed him have always made him stronger, but he will not get specific.
  • He loves his owner, his teammates, fans and Donald Trump for their support.
  • His marriage has never been better.
  • He has a lot of people he has every right to be mad as hell at, but he won’t name names or seek the revenge that he is due.

So where does all this positivity, forgiveness and high road-thinking come from? We have an answer to that too. Brady revealed that he models his personal philosophy from a book called “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)” by Don Miguel Ruiz.

From the Amazon description:

“Rooted in traditional Toltec wisdom beliefs, four agreements in life are essential steps on the path to personal freedom. As beliefs are transformed through maintaining these agreements, shamanic teacher and healer don Miguel Ruiz asserts lives will “become filled with grace, peace, and unconditional love.”

Since the only book I read this summer was the “A Gronking to Remember” sequel, I am not familiar with Ruiz’s work. And quite honestly I’d be more comfortable with knowing Brady prefers books about revenge, retribution, and exacting a devastating toll on all who have wronged you and laying waste to all that they hold dear. “The Art of War” maybe. Or “Genghis Khan: Bones of the Hills.” Even “Black Mass.”

I’m not so sure a tome that preaches gentleness and humility in the face of all he’s been unfairly put through is the approach I want in my quarterback while I’m looking forward to him standing atop a pyramid of human skulls next Super Bowl Sunday. But who am I to question Tom Brady‘s belief system. If it works for him, then it works for him.

I just know this: Don Miguel Ruiz is about to get a huge residual check from his publisher because Brady just made “The Four Agreements” bigger than Harry Potter. Having the greatest quarterback of all time endorse your book will buy an awful lot of enlightenment.

@JerryThornton1

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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: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. Brazil, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Euro 2016 qualifier, Macedonia vs. Spain, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA qualifier, England vs. Switzerland, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Mexico vs. Argentina, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: U.S. Open, noon (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who reportedly lost his right index finger in a July 4 fireworks accident, evaded reporters and had a meeting with coach Tom Coughlin and team officials about returning to the squad, according to reports out of New York.

Pierre-Paul’s contact with the club reportedly had been minimal, but he is said to have had a physical with team doctors Monday, allowing them to finally see the extent of his injuries.

Pierre Paul is unsigned and on the reserve/franchise list, as the Giants pulled their $14.8 million franchise tag tender after the incident. It’s expected that the sides will negotiate a one-year deal, assuming the Giants are comfortable that he still can play at an elite level.

Coughlin said the team wants Pierre-Paul back, but only if he’s able to contribute as he did before the accident. Pierre-Paul reportedly has recovered from broken bones in the hand and has improved flexibility, and he’s confident he could take the field for New York’s opener vs. the Cowboys on Sunday. The team apparently isn’t so sure.

“We need a healthy Jason Pierre-Paul, certainly,” Coughlin said. “He’s a guy that would add to our team, provided he’s healthy and can play at the level he’s played at.”

Teammate Robert Ayers said he believes Pierre-Paul will be able to be successful despite his limitations.

“Pass-rushing is not necessarily about pushing and grabbing and pulling,” Ayers told the New York Daily News. “It’s about hand combat — you put your hand on me, I knock it off. You do something, I lift. If you watch JPP and truly study him, he’s not a big grab guy. … I think he’ll be all right.”

— Jets quarterback Geno Smith, sidelined by a broken jaw, said Monday he will not file charges against the former teammate who gave him his injury.

Smith, who is expected to miss at least the first four games of the season, did not say if he’s resolved the situation with Ikemefuna “IK” Enemkpali — who now is on the Bills practice squad — but he said he’s moved on.

“I really don’t want to talk much about the incident,” Smith said Monday in his first media session since the incident in the locker room on Aug. 11. “I’ve put it behind me. We’re focusing on the Cleveland Browns as a team and we’ve got a big game ahead of us, so that’s all that really matters at this point.”

Added Smith: “Things happen in life. Unfortunately, it happened to me, but I’m not going to hang my head. I’m not that type of guy. I’m not weak-hearted. … There’s a lesson learned in every situation, good or bad. Obviously, I’ve learned something, but I don’t want to keep talking about it.”

Smith said the first week after the injury was tough, as he adjusted to the screws and metal plates inserted into his jaw, but he’s settled into a routine since then. Wearing a helmet, he threw passes Monday into netted targets with the team’s other QBs.

“Running, throwing and pretty much anything that’s tolerable, that doesn’t inflict pain or anything that doesn’t set me back,” Smith said. “So, pretty much everything except for, like, live team drills.”

— Browns offensive line coach Andy Moeller was suspended by the team Monday for an incident over the weekend. According to ESPN, a woman from Maryland who was visiting Moeller’s home called police in Berea, Ohio, and said he assaulted her.

“Over the weekend, Andy was involved in an incident, involving allegations that we take very seriously,” the team said in a statement. “We have followed our internal protocol, determining that right now it is best for the team and for Andy to take time away from the organization to focus on his personal matters.

“We are going to respect the process of investigation on this personal matter and will have no further comment at this time.”

Moeller was suspended two games and fined $47,000 by the NFL in 2011 when he was a Ravens assistant, following a conviction for DUI.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 8, 1966, the Red Sox fired manager Billy Herman. Who replaced him for the rest of the season but turned down an offer to manage the following year?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I did blow [the Deflategate story]. … I don’t have any defense for it. I don’t.” — Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, during an appearance on Monday’s Dennis & Callahan show, responding to criticism from Kirk Minihane

STAT OF THE DAY: 51 — The Red Sox’ run differential in their last 28 games, following Monday’s 11-4 rout of the Blue Jays

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Marlins center fielder Cole Gillespie races back and makes an over-the-shoulder basket catch before banging into the wall.

Internet sensation (and Arizona native) Grumpy Cat helps throw out the first pitch before the Diamondbacks’ game against the Giants.

During the FIBA Americas tournament, Andrew Wiggins plows through a Uruguay defender and dunks over him.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Pete Runnels

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Aimee Mann, former lead singer of ‘Til Tuesday, was born on this day in 1960.

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