Derek Jeter's 20 year career came to an end Sunday. His last at-bat was an infield single and an RBI. Before the game, the Red Sox paid a lengthy tribute to the Yankee captain. MFB open the show talking about how Red Sox ownership handled the tribute. They also look at the Red Sox dreadful 2014 season and John Farrell's performance.
The European team led by Rory McIlroy defeated the United States in the tournament this past weekend. There was dissent among the U.S. players over the team that captain Tom Watson selected.
“It’s interesting because Watson really favored these young guys like Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler,” Faxon said. “And then shunned Chris Kirk, who should have been selected on this team immediately. And then the forgotten man Dustin Johnson, whose suspension from the team took the sting out of what could have been a really, really strong U.S. team.”
Phil Mickelson is one of the golfers who did not approve of Watson’s team management, going as far as publicly criticizing the captain.
Said Faxon: “There’s bad blood between Watson and Mickelson, its going back a long time. I think it’s pretty obvious that the two of them don’t like each other. Watson’s an old-school guy. If you brought Vince Lombardi back now to coach the New England Patriots, could he do it? Not saying Tom Watson is Vince Lombardi, here’s a 65-year-old guy, the oldest captain we’ve have in history. But the last captain to win on foreign soil 20 years ago. And also a guy who’s won five Open Championships.”
Continued Faxon: “I think this was just a recipe for disaster from the beginning. And I’ll tell you one thing, Tom Watson, he’s a great champion. But I don’t know if he’s a leader among younger people. And he said to me earlier this year when we were playing a round together, I asked him a few questions about the Ryder Cup and the selection process and how he was managing the whole thing and he said to me, ‘You know what, I’m not having a ping pong table in the team room, I don’t care about having fun, I don’t care about having 12 [expletives] on the team as long as they can make putts.’ ”
Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee went as far as to blame Mickelson as the reason for Team USA’s defeat in the Ryder Cup and also went on to say that Mickelson’s public comments went against golf’s “gentleman’s game” mentality.
“Strong comments by Brandel Chamblee,” Faxon said. “I got to sit along Brandel a few times working for the Golf Channel. I have more respect for Brandel in this industry than anybody. He’s the most prepared guy. He’s got a fantastic memory. Brandel’s not afraid to get on the hot seat. … He’s very strongly opinionated, and he is correct, this is a gentlemen’s game.”
Though he has been a part of a few Ryder Cups, Faxon has never been asked to be the captain of the team. He said he wishes he had the opportunity.
“The PGA of America has a couple of unwritten rules about who would be the captains. And up until now, they’ve always had to be major championship winners and Ryder Cup Players,” Faxon said. “Obviously I never won a major championship. I played in two Ryder Cups. It used to be if you hadn’t won the PGA Championship you couldn’t have been a captain. … I would’ve loved a chance to [be captain].”
– Actor and longtime bachelor George Clooney, who had vowed he would never get married again, married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin less than a year after they met. Fellow actors Bill Murray, Matt Damon and John Krasinski were among the guests.
“She’s not in his top-10 list of girlfriends,” Dennis said.
Replied Callahan: “Yeah, but she’s the marrying kind, that’s the difference.”
The wedding was held in Venice, Italy, a place that Callahan did not seem to be fond of.
“They had it in that filthy city of Venice,” Callahan said. “Just a disgusting, dirty place. It’s the ultimate tourist trap. … It’s dirty, the water’s filthy, it smells.”
– “Saturday Night Live” began its 40th season on NBC this weekend. The show was hosted by actor Chris Pratt and had an opening skit about the problems with domestic abuse in the NFL.
The hosts played a clip of the the football skit, and they were not amused by the attempted humor.
“It goes on for 3 1/2 minutes and there’s not a chuckle,” Callahan said. “It was so uncomfortably bad.”
“Chris Pratt was terrible as [Roger] Goodell,” Minihane said. “Not even terrible, he wasn’t funny. It was awful.”
Said Dennis: “Maybe [SNL] is finally like [Derek] Jeter. It stayed a year too long.”
– The National Science Foundation spent $300,000 on a study that dealt with human interaction with bicycles. A House committee calls the study a “waste.” The purpose of the project was to encourage more Americans to bike to lower their carbon footprint.
“I think most people know by the time they’re like 8 how to interact with a bicycle,” Callahan said.
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Patriots at Chiefs, 8:30 p.m. (ABC, ESPN) NHL preseason: Flyers at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network) NHL preseason: Coyotes at Canucks, 9 p.m. (NHL Network)
Soccer: Premier League, Newcastle at Stoke City, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
– Jets quarterback Geno Smith was not pleased Sunday after his team dropped a 24-17 decision to the Lions at MetLife Stadium, New York’s third straight loss.
During his postgame press conference, the normally even-tempered Smith apologized for yelling the fan, who was seated in a section behind the Jets bench that chanted “We want Vick!” during the game. Smith completed 17-of-33 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown, but he threw an interception and lost two fumbles.
“I want to apologize if any kids saw me saying any negative remarks walking off the field,” Smith said. “I kind of let my temper get the best of me in that situation, and it’s part of my learning process. I’ve got to get better with that. I’ve got to let that stuff roll off my back. But today I didn’t do well with that.”
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Coach Rex Ryan, who was fined $75,000 by the league for swearing at a fan who heckled him during halftime of a game against the Patriots in 2011, stood by his quarterback.
“I believe in him,” Ryan said. “I know he’s a hard-working guy. I think he’s got the tools to be really good, In my opinion, it’s not a question of if it’s going to happen, it’s a question of when. He’s going to be that kind of guy. I think he’s a good quarterback. I think he’s going to have a chance to really be something one day.”
Added Ryan: “I’m not going to replace him. I feel good about Geno, and again, I think he’s going to get it turned. I know he’s a tough, resilient young man. I think we’re going to win, and we’re going to win soon.”
Smith’s teammates voiced support as well. Defensive end Sheldon Richardson suggested that the critical fans “shut up.”
Added offensive lineman Willie Colon: “Just a frustrated quarterback. I cuss a lot, too. I’m trying not to cuss right now.He’s just passionate. There’s a lot put on his shoulders. A lot. Day to day, he hears it. So I feel bad for the kid, but I stand up for him.”
Weis was 6-22 in 2 1/2 seasons with the Jayhawks, who will be coached on an interim basis by defensive coordinator Clint Bowen.
“I normally do not favor changing coaches mid-season,” Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger said in a statement, “but I believe we have talented coaches and players in this program, and I think this decision gives our players the best chance to begin making progress right away.”
Weis previously struggled in five seasons at Notre Dame before being fired in 2009, then served as an assistant with the Chiefs and as offensive coordinator at Florida.
– The aunt of Kevin Ward Jr., who was killed after being struck by a sprint car driven by NASCAR star Tony Stewart, defended her late nephew and called for Stewart to be punished in an open letter to USA Today.
Wendi Ward questioned the toxicology report that indicated Kevin was under the influence of marijuana at the time of his death, noting: “Seems to me the wrong man was on trial. Tell me why Tony Stewart was not taken in for testing, why his car wasn’t impounded? Tell me how a man the size of Kevin can make a sprint car turn to the right on impact. Tell me how a lap before [the incident] everything was fine, but the following lap was poor lighting. Tell me how a NASCAR star totally forgot what caution means.”
“Maybe he should get a different headset so he is able to hear on the radio that the car in caution is up high, so go low. Or was he low until he rounded the corner and saw Kevin Jr. standing up for himself?
“I guess we will never know why all of this was not taken into consideration. Or will we never know why a fellow driver did not check on this young man or his family? Or do we know why? I do, because I have seen the video. It’s there, and it’s real.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 29, 1968, the Red Sox closed out the season with a 4-3 loss to the Yankees. Despite going 0-for-5, Carl Yastrzemski won the American League batting title with a .301 average. Which Sox player finished first in the AL with 109 RBIs?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “A lot of fans told me that they came a long way to see these last games and I felt it was right to play here. Don’t think I didn’t think about it, I thought about it.” – Retiring Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, on playing at Fenway Park over the weekend