Sometimes the caption on the tweet just says it all. And this is one such time.

How can two people always look so perfect? Surfing is a tricky business. It takes balance, coordination, endurance. Put your average novice on a board and you’d have to take a thousand photos to get one that doesn’t have them fighting to stay up, their eyes popping out of their head, their tongue sticking out or them falling head first into the waves. But Tom and Gisele are simply picture perfect.

If I didn’t know any better, I’d say they were just in a studio, posing in front a green screen ocean like this:

But not them. Everything they do, they do to perfection. They might be the world’s greatest supermodel and the best quarterback that ever lived, but put them on a surfboard and they just go out there and battle humongous waves like danger is their business. Tom and Gisele are like a married version of Mark “Cutback” Davis and Bob “Jungle Death” Gerrard. Because to the Bradys, surfing is not a sport, it’s a way of life. It’s no hobby. It’s a way of looking at that wave and saying, “Hey, bud, let’s party!” Next they and Mick are probably going to wing on over to London and jam with the Stones.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

It’s good to see Bill Belichick is in midseason form.

Shoving the microphones away from himself like a boss. The barely disguised contempt for the unwashed media wretches surrounding him. Using his opening remarks to talk about the one guy no one was going to bring up, Jerod Mayo. Then he reportedly went on to refer to the “exciting owners’ meetings” in pure deadpan like the master of sarcasm he is. Just The Hooded One, working in flippant disrespect like other artists work in oil colors or clay.

The best part is, this is the kind of attention Belichick gets when he gives the press nothing. These national buffoons have spent the whole 21st century trying to discredit everything the man has ever accomplished. He returns the favor by treating them with the malice they deserve, and still they can’t get enough of him. He’s like a great showman, delivering the goods once again in a act that never gets stale.

Meanwhile, every other coach in the league would kill for this amount of pub. Somewhere in that same hall, Rex Ryan was probably standing on a chair in clown makeup screaming, “Hey, everybody! Look at me!” but all the reporters are drawn to Belichick’s condescension like moths to a bug zapper.

There goes Bill Belichick: the greatest at coaching and the greatest at hating the media there ever was.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Tom called in from the owners meetings in Boca Raton.

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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys gave the latest news on the Brussels terror attack.
The guys opened the show discussing Robert Kraft and the terror attacks in Belgium.
Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick

The Jets apparently are not ready to move on from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Although contract talks have appeared to reach a stalemate, Jets owner Woody Johnson made a public pitch for Fitzpatrick to return to the team at the NFL owners meetings on Monday morning.

“Come back to the Jets,” Johnson said.

While his words may hold some weight with the quarterback, Johnson likely will need to put his money where his mouth is in order to retain Fitzpatrick. Reports have said the two sides are off by around $7 million per year. The 33-year-old Harvard product had the best season of his career last year with the Jets, finishing with 3,905 yards and 31 touchdowns.

“I kind of hope [he returns],” Johnson said. “He did have such a good year. I like him a lot as a person; he’s very engaging. He’s the Harvard guy, and then he’s the normal guy.

Although neither side has seemed willing to give up any ground in contract discussions, Fitzpatrick has yet to find another suitor in free agency, which has given the Jets some leverage.

“The two sides have got to come up with an agreement that obviously both sides are happy with,” Johnson said. “That is what we’re working toward.”

Added Johnson: “He’s a priority. You have to fill out about 25 positions, 25 percent change. We’re focused on this and we’re also looking at the draft. There is time to pick up players, not only this period but pre-draft free agents.”

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Travis Upham

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.

NBA: Rockets at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Grizzlies at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NIT, Saint Mary’s at Valparaiso, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT, Creighton at BYU, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Kings at Wild, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Braves at Astros, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network, NESN)
MLB preseason: Rays at Cuba, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Rangers at Padres, 4:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Dodgers at Royals, 9:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: FA Cup, Manchester United at West Ham, 3 p.m. (FS1)


Donald Trump is not happy with the owners of the Cubs. (Craig Rubadoux/USA Today Network)

Donald Trump is holding a grudge against the owners of the Cubs. (Craig Rubadoux/USA Today Network)

— Taking a break from feuding with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump threatened to take out ads against the owners of the Cubs saying they’re doing a “rotten job” running the team.

Trump first made comments about the Ricketts family in February, tweeting after a report that a super political action committee opposing his campaign received a $3 million donation from family matriarch Marlene Ricketts.

Wrote Trump: I hear the Rickets family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $’s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!

During an interview with The Washington Post on Monday, Trump elaborated on his view.

“I actually said they ought to focus on the Chicago Cubs and, you know, stop playing around. They spent millions of dollars fighting me in Florida,” Trump said of the conservative family.

“I’ll start spending on them. I’ll start taking ads telling them all what a rotten job they’re doing with the Chicago Cubs. I mean, they are spending on me. I mean, so am I allowed to say that?”

Trump apparently is not aware that the Cubs reached the National League Championship Series last season and are one of the favorites to win the World Series this year.

The team responded to Trump’s latest remarks by referring to chairman Tom Ricketts’ statement last month.

“We stand up for what we believe in,” Ricketts said then. “We support the causes we think are important. That is what America should be.”

— Fantasy sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel reached an agreement with the state of New York in which they will stop taking bets while lawmakers debate if they should regulate the industry.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been aggressively pushing for the companies to stop doing business in his state, accusing them of running an illegal gambling operation while participating in false advertising and consumer fraud.

“As I’ve said from the start, my job is to enforce the law, and starting today, DraftKings and FanDuel will abide by it,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

Democratic state assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, who chairs a committee on racing and wagering, told reporters that lawmakers will draft legislation to legalize daily fantasy sports at some point this spring.

“The top concern is ensuring the underage, or minors, aren’t participating,” he said.

— Rockets center Dwight Howard defended himself Monday against accusations he cheated by using a sticky substance on his hands before entering Saturday’s game against the Hawks.

It became an issue when Hawks forward Paul Millsap took the ball for a free throw — shortly after Howard had touched it — and complained about the feel of it. Both teams then were warned against using an illegal substance to get a better grip, and a spray bottle that Howard used was removed from the scorer’s table.

“I’ve been using the spray for the last five years,” Howard said. “I never hid the spray. I never did anything to try to hide what I was doing. It was just something to make my hands dry.”

Howard noted that other players use sprays or powders before entering games, and he downplayed the issue.

“I just think that it’s getting overblown, like I’m doing something crazy,” he said. “But again, I’ve never been a cheater, never been the type of player that has to do something illegal to win. It’s upsetting, but I can’t control it now.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 22, 1995, the Celtics raised a number to the rafters in honor of which player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I personally believe that when the league made their decision, they did not factor in the ideal gas law. They admitted that publicly. They had a full year of being able to observe Tom Brady play with all the rules of whatever the NFL was, and make any judgments there. We have laid it out pretty straightforward. And now it’s up for them to decide.” — Patriots owner Robert Kraft, revealing that he sent a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell asking for the return of the draft picks taken away as punishment for Deflategate

STAT OF THE DAY: 76 — Age of Monte Kiffin, who was hired by the Jaguars to be a defensive assistant coach as he enters his 50th year of coaching between the NFL (28 years) and college

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt makes a diving stop and throws out a Cardinals baserunner during Monday’s game.

Andre Drummond tips in a rebound with 2.1 seconds remaining to give the Pistons a win over the Bucks.

UConn star Breanna Stewart blocks three Duquesne shots in one possession and forces a shot clock violation.

TRIVIA ANSWER: The late Reggie Lewis (35)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jeremy Clyde of Chad and Jeremy was born on this day in 1941. He’s the one on the right in this clip.

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Jerry Spar