Michael McCann of SI.com and UNH law calls in to talk about the latest appeal filed by the NFL in the Deflategate case.

[0:01:01] ... in its appeal of judge Berman September 4 ruling in favor of Tom Brady. You explain that a reply brief is simply a response. To the brief. Filed by Brady and the players association back on December 7. Giving ask your reply brief one on one course what is the purpose what is their intent and what is their hope that this reply brief we'll do Mike. Sure just the reply brief is in response to what the attorneys for Tom Brady the NFL PA files. Earlier this month on December 7. And very basically to reply briefs. Tries to reiterate argument bleak authority ...
[0:02:19] ... as if with every. Successive brief filed by the NFL the case Tom Brady is portrayed in a worse place and in this brief. That the recently engaged in unique and aggregate misconduct. Pose a threat to the integrity of the public confidence in the game yeah the rhetoric has really been ratcheted up and I don't know that necessarily the most effective tool because we know that Ted Wells long ago. Gave a much more modest account of what he'd thought about Tom Brady and allegations against Brady. And when the judges ultimately sit down and look at this case I think some of them are gonna scratch their heads and say. You know why why is Tom Brady now an active member of some some grand plot. To undermine the NFL it just seems like it is definitely there's a ...
[0:03:28] ... it has the public relations aspect that they really want to paint Tom Brady. As guilty that'd that the NFL really believes that Brady did something and they even if they end up losing this case ...
[0:04:55] ... could have any surprises. I would just reiterate about the characterization that Tom Brady. Would particularly harsh and and I don't really see how it's wanted. Based on the fact that have been alleged against them ...

The NFL has suspended Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for his hit on the Panthers' Josh Norman, and the guys debate whether or not the speculation that the Panthers were physically threatening Beckham is an excuse.
Dino takes over headlines and the guys discuss a teacher who was forced to remove a pink Hello Kitty Christmas tree from her classroom.
News comes out that the NFL had it's funding removed from BU's study on CTE and brain injuries in the NFL. Dino, Bradford and Mut discuss the timing of this, as the "Concussion" movie is just coming out.
Dino, Bradford and Mut discuss the news of Wade Boggs having his number retired by the Red Sox after so many years.



The true beauty of Christmas is that it means different things to different people. It’s the birth of the Baby Jesus to be sure. But it’s also the wonder in a child’s eyes. The spirit of giving. Friends and family. Yuletide carols being sung by a choir. Raindrops on roses and whisker’s on kittens.

And to the Detroit Lions‘ Devin Taylor, it’s snowflakes, dinosaurs and handguns. Apparently Taylor grew up on that alternate version of Luke 2: 1-20 where the Wise Men rode in on velociraptors and brought gifts of Glocks, extra clips and Teflon-tipped, hollow point bullets.  God bless us all, everyone.


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If you’re like me and Monday Night Football‘s epic Battle of the Last Places between Detroit and New Orleans couldn’t hold your attention, then you might have flipped over to that annual tribute to bad taste, wretched excess and wasted resources known as “The Great Christmas Light Fight” on ABC.

This week it featured the house in the video above. Which not only got beaten out for the $50,000 prize money by some tacky display put up by some hillbilly family of backwoods swamp monkeys from somewhere or other. Apparently this Seahawks house is too much even for Seahawks fans. From ABC News:

A Washington state man is working with city officials to tone down his Christmas light display after a flurry of complaints by neighbors.

“It is an unusual situation in which we’ve had a holiday display that’s turned into a nightly event in the community,” Michael Cogle, deputy director of the Kirkland Parks and Community Services Department, said of the Seattle Seahawks-themed exhibit, known as ‘€œThe Hawk House.’€

It poses a safety risk and brings undue traffic to the quiet, suburban neighborhood, prompting complaints from the neighbors, Cogle told ABC News.

These Seahawks fans can spare us the phony baloney excuses about safety risks and traffic flow. Nobody was complaining in 2014 when that video was posted. That’s because they were defending Super Bowl champions then. And New Englanders know exactly why they want this thing taken down now when they didn’t then.

Because the Patriots ruined it for them. That massive 35 foot long Seahawks logo is just a reminder of how they had their hearts ripped out of their Marshawn Lynch-clad chests last February. That Lombardi Trophy on the garage door just draws attention to the one that could have been on the next door over. This whole display is nothing more than their 16-0 banner. Their Ray Bourque Stanley Cup parade. The rally we held at City Hall Plaza to honor the 1986 Red Sox for losing in a horrible fashion. It’s a reminder of all that is bad. And can be again. Malcolm Butler’s heroics didn’t just wreck their hopes, their dreams, their winter, spring, summer and fall, it’s spoiled Christmas too. And they can’t stand it.

Merry Christmas, Hawk House. I know those of us back in New England will be enjoying ours. Cheers!

Brady Xmas Sweater















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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.

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.

NHL: Blues at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Canadiens at Wild (NBCSN)
NHL: Sharks at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Mavericks at Raptors, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Boston College vs. Fordham, 3:30 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College basketball: BYU vs. Harvard, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Auburn vs New Mexico, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Miami at La Salle, 5 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Delaware at Villanova, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Iowa State at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Michigan State vs. Oakland, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Georgetown at Charlotte, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Purdue, 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: California at Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: George Washington at DePaul, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Mercer at Ohio State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s vs. South Carolina, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Oklahoma vs. Washington State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas at San Diego State, 11 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Northern Iowa at Hawaii, 1:30 a.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Akron vs Utah State, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Boca Raton Bowl, Temple vs. Toledo, 7 p.m. (ESPN)


— Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t yet commenting to the media, but he let the NFL know that he would like to talk about his actions Sunday, when he repeatedly targeted the head of Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, leading to his one-game suspension.

The NFL issued its ruling Monday, citing Beckham for “multiple violations of safety-related playing rules.”

Wrote NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks: “At numerous times during [Sunday’s] game against the Carolina Panthers, your actions placed a fellow player at unnecessary risk, and clearly did not represent the high standards of sportsmanship expected.”

Losing Beckham, the team’s most potent offensive threat, would make the Giants‘ challenge even more daunting. At 6-8, New York needs to win its final two games (and have Washington lose twice) to have a chance at qualifying for the postseason.

Beckham would not discuss specifics about his feud with Norman after Sunday’s game, although he did say, “You never want to hurt your team like that. I have learned it all throughout my life you know, always second man gets called, always that it is just unfortunate. You go back and watch the film tomorrow and you learn from it.”

ESPN NFL analyst Ray Lewis said before Monday night’s game that he spoke to Beckham and the player admitted, “I messed up.” Lewis said Beckham was responding to being challenged and threatened by Panthers players.

Other reports indicated the Panthers directed homophobic and personal insults at Beckham. Some Panthers also wielded a baseball bat pregame, a tradition they established this season.

An infuriated Norman called Beckham a “ballerina” and said he deserved a suspension. “He’s got the maturity of a little kid,” Norman said.

— The Broncos‘ season has taken a downward turn, but coach Gary Kubiak indicated there will be no change at quarterback this week — assuming Brock Osweiler is available to play.

Osweiler is having tests on his left shoulder, which he injured in Sunday’s 34-27 loss to the Steelers in which Denver squandered a 17-point lead. Kubiak said Osweiler was sore Monday, but “all indications are that he’ll be OK.”

Manning, recovering from a torn left plantar fascia along with a couple of other injuries, has missed five weeks. He returned to practice with the team last week.

Kubiak said he will meet with both players and “have a plan in place when we get to Wednesday.”

— Disgraced MLB star Barry Bonds opened up to MLB.com about his desire to return to the game, explaining that he chose to take the job of Marlins hitting coach to honor his late father, Bobby Bonds, and his godfather, Willie Mays.

“It was something I had no intention of doing,” Bonds said. “And then I started thinking about my dad and everything he taught me. I started thinking about [manager] Jim Leyland and 1986 with the Pirates. We had all these kids sprinkled with a few veterans.”

Added Bonds: “I need to try this. I’ll never know if I like it unless I try. Baseball, that’s my thing, that’s who I am. With everything I’ve done as a hitter, I’m the best at that. I wouldn’t have been able to do it unless the opportunity came up. So I figured, if I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it the way my dad would have done it. I’ve got to be in the trenches with them.

“I could come in for a day or two and give them tips and things, but what happens when a guy really loses it and you’re not there? See what I mean? So I kind of want to honor my dad for what he did. Honor my godfather [Mays] for what he did.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 22, 1954, who retired as a player and was named coach of the Bruins?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’ve been very blessed in my life to be surrounded by people that love and support me. I think my parents and my sisters, who have been such a big impact in my life, and now my own family, my wife and my kids, who just provide me with so much support. My friends and my teammates. I’m very blessed in my life. I don’t have many complaints. Honestly, I don’t wake up many mornings and, ‘€˜Woe is me.’ I look around and just try to have empathy for people that are in other obviously challenging situations. Everyone goes through difficult times in their life.” — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, during his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane, on the challenges he has faced in an up-and-down 2015

STAT OF THE DAY: 10 — Consecutive losses by the Timberwolves in Boston, following Monday’s 113-99 Celtics win

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Celtics rookie R.J. Hunter hits a halfcourt shot at the end of the first quarter.

The Thunder and Clippers trade leads in the final minute until Kevin Durant hits the game-winning jumper then blocks Chris Paul‘s jumper just before the buzzer.

Jazz guard Alec Burks elevates over Suns center Jon Leuer for a thunderous dunk.

Hurricanes forward Kris Versteeg takes a rebound off the boards and goes between his legs for a goal against the Capitals.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Hall of Fame center Milt Schmidt, who replaced Lynn Patrick

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bee Gees brothers Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb (both deceased) were born on this day in 1949.

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Bill Belichick sits down with Dale, Holley and Thornton after a win over the Titans.