Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL:
Boston at Florida, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Boston at Indiana, 7 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: LA Lakers at Miami, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: San Antonio at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NFL: NY Giants at Philadelphia, 8:25 p.m. (NBC; NFL Network)
College football: Idaho vs. Colorado State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Tulsa at Stephen F. Austin, 4:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UNCG at Georgetown, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: San Diego St. at Southern Miss, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Furman at Michigan, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Marshall at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Yale at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Wyoming at DePaul, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Delaware State at Iowa, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Kansas at UNLV, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: LSU at Wake Forest, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UNC Asheville at Ohio State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: San Francisco at Utah, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: USC at Missouri State, 11 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— We might see a resurgence of Manny Being Manny in the near future.

Manny Ramirez’ wife, Juliana, suggested Ramirez is gearing up to play professional baseball again. She told TMZ the 44 year-old former Red Sox star is spending time in the gym in preparation for a comeback.

“He is training extremely hard,” Juliana said. “Batting, CrossFit, Orange Theory. He never stops.”

She also said she supports his attempts at another baseball career.

“I told him, ‘Go for it!’ Baseball is the love of his life other than his family and I totally support him 100% … ’cause I know how much it means for him.”

The last time Ramirez played professional baseball was for the Cubs AAA affiliate in 2014 and then worked as a hitting consultant for the major league team and its minor league clubs.

He spent eight memorable seasons with the Red Sox from 2001-2008.

— Steph Curry said on Wednesday he agrees with Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman’s statement that the Red Sox are the Warriors of the MLB after their blockbuster trade with the White Sox for Chris Sale.

“I like that comparison because the Red Sox are my favorite team,” Curry said. “They obviously made some splashes during the offseason, and when you play an exciting brand of baseball and you’re about winning — because that’s what we’re about — I like the comparison.”

Curry explained he owes his Red Sox fandom to his brother.

“I was a free agent growing up in Charlotte,” Curry said. “My brother (Seth, who plays guard for the Mavericks) picked the Yankees, so I picked the Red Sox. We got a little inner-city rivalry, which is good.”

Cashman made the flattering comparison between the Red Sox and the Warriors during this year’s winter meetings.

“Boston is the Golden State Warriors of baseball now,” Cashman said. “They’ve got their Durant and Green and Thompson and Curry.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We were aware of the situation before we claimed him. He’s in an on-going legal situation and I am not going to comment on that.” — Bill Belichick, on the release of the video showing Michael Floyd’s DUI arrest.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Noe Ramirez (27)

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Lucy Burdge
In the third hour Christian looks at the Pro Bowl and some possible snubs from the roster. Christian talks more about the Celtics and if they will trade for a superstar or build through the draft. Christian evens talks alittle Red Sox and what they will do after the Clay Buchholz trade.
In the second hour Christian talks about the Bruins and there lackluster performance and where they are going. Christian is also joined by Greenie of Barstool Sports and they talk about the Celtics and Isiah Thomas's huge game against Memphis
In the first hour Christian talks about the Celtics and trade talk for Boogie Cousins and his attitude after another incident on the court.
Gary Tanguay executes another Velfie. (Photo courtesy Gary Tanguay)

Gary Tanguay executes another Velfie. (Photo courtesy Gary Tanguay)

Since the 2016 fall ratings book has come to an end and my internship has a week left, it felt appropriate to post a final blog recapping the top moments of the Kirk and Callahan era. I ran through about 15 moments but have narrowed down the Top 10. A lot has happened in the span of four months. Here’s the best of the best:

No. 10: Bart Hubbuch Eulogy

Known Patriots troll and New York Post columnist Bart Hubbuch finally reached his breaking point back on Sept. 21 when he went ghost on Twitter after the people of social media annihilated him for his tweet suggesting that the Patriots are racists because Jacoby Brissett was the first black quarterback to start for New England in the Patriots-Texans Thursday Night Football game.

“Totally not-shocking fact: The Patriots have never had a black QB start a game in their 57-year history,” Hubbuch wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted. “Jacoby Brissett would be the first.”

John Feitelberg of Barstool Sports teamed up with Kirk Minihane to get Hubbuch fired, suspended, etc. along with thousands of other Boston media folks and Hubbuch was off Twitter with no link to his account for 24 hours. The troll ended up coming back a couple days later, but it was nice to silence him for at least a little while. Kirk did a beautiful reading of the eulogy producer Chris Curtis and I crafted behind the scenes on my first day.

No. 9: Podcast Mania

The most obvious change aside from a former co-host of 17 years no longer sitting in the No. 1 chair has been the new podcasts being produced nearly everyday by either Kirk, Gerry Callahan, Curtis or producer Ken Laird. The content has hit an all-time high with the debuts of The Real K&C recap podcast hosted by Curtis and Ken which started back in September and the new Kirk and Callahan Tunnel Vision podcast with Kirk and Gerry which debuted a few weeks ago. Chris and Ken run through the show and discuss the performance of the third co-host on Dino’s Casting Couch and spill beans on any office gossip or drama. Through three podcasts, Kirk and Gerry have taken relatively the same approach, with one State of the Union podcast, a hashing out of their first on-air fight and an airing of grievances podcast in the spirit of Festivus.

Kirk has his own Enough About Me podcast which has been running for nearly a year where he sits down with a personality each week which most of the time focuses on them and their career, hence the name of the podcast. All three are essential for anyone wanting to keep up on all the happenings at 20 Guest Street from 5:30-10 AM.

No. 8: Andrew Mahoney Boston Globe ‘Ski Squad’

The Dennis & Callahan show was at its best and saw its ratings revival during the ‘Whack a Troll’ tour through the Deflategate hypocrites who were quick to hurl character damnations at Tom Brady and Bill Belichick for Deflategate and called for their death.

The same can be said for Kirk & Callahan. The Boston Globe’s Andrew Mahoney showed what is hard to call anything other than a bias against WEEI when he wrote a story about Jimmy Garoppolo‘s interview on K&C and Mahoney didn’t give the station nor the show credit for the interview. This set Kirk off who proceeded to eviscerate Mahoney — who only follows people from the station across the street on Twitter. Curtis did some digging and found that Mahoney is a member of the Globe/station across the street’s Ski Team, which the guys had a field day chastising. Whether a matter of coincidence or Mahoney intentionally omitting the station and K&C from the article, Kirk was rightfully irate about not getting credit.

No. 7: Mut’s Night at Tony C’s

To say Mike Mutnansky has had a roller coaster of a ratings book would be a massive understatement. Mut came into the Casting Couch auditions in the upper-echelon of candidates and was in essentially a two-way race with Gary Tanguay to replace John Dennis. Once Gary was no longer part of the equation, it appeared that Mut was in the driver’s seat to replace Dino and his road to redemption after being removed from the midday show two years ago would be complete, but that was not the case. It was almost a shoe-in to have Mut Monday’s and Friday’s before he either stopped performing at his high caliber level, fell out of flavor a bit with K&C, or both. He has had two great shows since being a member of the Casting Couch, with one coming early in September.

All seven permanent members of the 6 a.m.-6 p.m. block went to a three-hour Red Sox Roundtable prior to the ALDS between the Cleveland Indians at Tony C’s, and it’s easy to say Mut had the best time of the crew in attendance. Come the final hour where it was just Mut and Red Sox color analyst on NESN Steve Lyons, Mut got a little slurry.

He spouted off classic one-liners that were gold to the ears of Curtis and Ken and the drops are still used today:

“I’ll throw bexnghg, c’mon I really appreciate that.”

“Where’s Ben Maller? Ben, wake up. Wake up!”

“Howwhut have you seen from Hanley?”

“WOO!”

No. 6: El Pres vs. Ordway

This feud dates back to the summer of 2011 when Barstool Sports founder David ‘El Pres’ Portnoy posted a photo of Tom Brady’s son and was forced to take it down after authorities showed up at his house.

El Pres on numerous occasions claims former afternoon drive now-midday host Glenn Ordway was the only host talking about the incident and continued to shine a negative light on Portnoy. Portnoy went on Kirk’s podcast and said Ordway acted like he was a “pedophile in the bushes” taking a picture of Brady‘s kid and talked about it at length on his show. Ordway said he went on vacation immediately after the incident so they couldn’t talk about it for a long period of time. Portnoy was then banned from WEEI before being allowed back on the station. This confrontation came to head when they two finally went at it on-the-air during the September crossover.

No. 5: Lou Merloni vs. Curtis & Ken

Not sure if this is much of a ‘top’ moment, but it had a major impact on the show moving forward from that fateful crossover at the beginning of November.

Midday host Lou Merloni took exception to the jokes being flung at former Casting Couch candidate and Comcast Sports Net colleague Mike Giardi, who bailed on K&C a day prior to his show because he was sick, complained about compensation and then went on to promote the competition on social media. Merloni felt it was necessary to defend his Italian brother against the producers who Lou felt had attacked Giardi‘s character without warrant. It led to another epic crossover. The relationship between middays and mornings hasn’t been the same since.

No. 4: Post-Election Show

Wolf Blitzer, Van Jones, Jake Tapper and others were featured in what was probably Ken’s best open since being a producer on K&C. As a whole, this was probably the best show the guys had in the ratings book. During election week, K&C was the most listened to sports morning show in the country. John Tomase, who politically is a Democrat, was the third co-host on the show and was audibly shook up after Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. This was the most excited Gerry has been since the origin of the K&C show and said he never felt better on three hours of sleep. A proud Hillary Clinton opposer began the show with a triumphant, “Man does that feel good!” The reaction to the historic election was must-listen radio.

No. 3: John Tomase vs. Curt Schilling

In a much brighter moment for Tomase a month prior to the election, he and former Red Sox pitcher turned political pundit Curt Schilling had words to exchange after Tomase called out Schilling for his comments calling young women beautiful in a somewhat defense of Trump, who has said he would be dating his daughter Ivanka if she wasn’t his daughter. Schilling never defended Trump‘s comments about dating his daughter, but did say it’s OK for men to say in passing that a young lady is “beautiful.” Tomase went on-the-air and said that baseball players would “bang anything” and essentially insinuated Schilling was sexualizing children. Schilling called in to defend himself and called Tomase a “f***ing coward” amongst other things while Tomase ended the conversation by saying the former Sox great is “totally unhinged.”

No. 2: Mike Lombardi vs. Kirk

The weekly Friday guest bid his adieu to K&C after a heated discussion withMinihane.

Kirk pleaded with Lombardi to publicly name players on the struggling Patriots’ defense and he refused to oblige. Lombardi was very quick to criticize Jamie Collins after Belichick traded him away for virtually nothing early in the season, and called him out for “freelancing” and not following his assignments, which struck the guys as extremely hypocritical. When the defense continued to struggle,Lombardi went on K&C and plainly stated the defense lacked passion but refused to target specific players who were still on the team unlike his quick trigger on Collins. Kirk was not having it, and called out Lombardi for being a fraud. The two went at it for the remainder of the interview and Lombardi hasn’t been back on since, replaced by ESPN’s Damien Woody. A known name-dropper, Kirk took a dig at Lombardi for never himself having “fettuccini with Al Davis” and Lombardi went at Kirk saying he “had all the answers, bro!” The best interview from an entertainment perspective since the show began.

No. 1: Gary Tanguay heads for the hills, Part 2

The top moment of the fall has brought about an array of emotions — anger, hilarity, sadness, etc. When Tanguay stormed off K&C for the second time in as many months, the mood of the crew quickly flipped as the morning show had lost a vital member of its rotation.

Turay Garrison didn’t take too kindly to Ken‘s drops or Kirk and Gerry‘s comments on his parenting, so when Minihane told him to head for the door and leave as a joke, Gary took off and has yet to make an appearance in three months. WGBH conducted a hysterical roundtable on the situation that has been used in drops to this day, saying that Tanguay had integrity for storming off. The guys are trying to get Gary back on the couch, but it’s unclear after several discussions on-and off-the-air between the co-hosts and Tanguay if he will indeed comeback. Curtis even chased Tanguay out to his car and recorded the conversation, with loads of drops from Gary‘s tirade still frequently used by Ken.

The Fall ratings book for K&C earned them a 12.5 share in Boston, the highest on WEEI and was the most listened to sports morning show in New England throughout the three month period.

Kyle DaLuz is an intern on Kirk and Callahan. He can be reached at kdaluz@umass.edu and followed on Twitter @Kyle_DaLuz. Follow his blog by click here.

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Kyle DaLuz
Michael Holley asks for some sound from "he who shall not be named." For some reason clearly Holley doesn't like his listeners.
Michael Holley asks for some sound from "he who shall not be named." For some reason clearly Holley doesn't like his listeners.

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Michael Holley asks for some sound from "he who shall not be named." For some reason clearly Holley doesn't like his listeners.

[0:03:18] ... on the clock and decoded now while it. Final seconds here in Iowa City. Victory tonight. Spread the in this game talk guys do. Together and 8473. Victory ...
[0:04:23] ... very. If they were probably got to wrap it up the coach college football bowl season is upon a western Kentucky had no trouble enjoying themselves in the Boca Rattan ball last night against Memphis they ...
[0:05:51] ... get mad when they got they do it actually had a month. Jerry Lewis still doing interviews at the ripe age of ninety sounds just like you'd think he'd sound. Unless it Hewitt of course you ...
[0:09:18] ... law on. Beat them like win well it mystery about. What more high schools sorry. But what it only Mike princess arguing with a caller about LeBron public use of profanity during the championship parades. And ...






Michael Holley asks for some sound from "he who shall not be named." For some reason clearly Holley doesn't like his listeners.

[0:03:18] ... on the clock and decoded now while it. Final seconds here in Iowa City. Victory tonight. Spread the in this game talk guys do. Together and 8473. Victory ...
[0:04:23] ... very. If they were probably got to wrap it up the coach college football bowl season is upon a western Kentucky had no trouble enjoying themselves in the Boca Rattan ball last night against Memphis they ...
[0:05:51] ... get mad when they got they do it actually had a month. Jerry Lewis still doing interviews at the ripe age of ninety sounds just like you'd think he'd sound. Unless it Hewitt of course you ...
[0:09:18] ... law on. Beat them like win well it mystery about. What more high schools sorry. But what it only Mike princess arguing with a caller about LeBron public use of profanity during the championship parades. And ...