Larry Brown SportsThe two Texas high school players who targeted a helpless referee with blindside hits during a game on Friday night have been suspended from their team.

Two members of the John Jay High School football team in San Antonio crushed a referee towards the end of their 15-9 loss to Marble Falls. The reason for the players attacking the referee is still unknown, but we do know that two of their teammates were ejected on separate plays prior to the hits.

The Northside Independent School District and University Interscholastic League both said they were investigating the matter. The NISD has already said that the players have been suspended from their team.

I’m glad the NISD and UIL have launched an investigation into this. But at the same time I certainly hope they don’t rush to judgment. I mean, I’m sure there are plenty of reasons why both safeties would run full speed into the back of an official standing eight yards off the line on running play to the A-gap that was stuffed at the line.

So let’s not just go off half-cocked and just assume it’s because two John Jay players had just been ejected. And let’s not presume that these kids are sociopaths who should be banned for life. Or that any coach stupid enough to unleash these monsters on a football field has no business coaching kids.

Things happen and I’m sure there’s a million good reasons two high school players would try to separate a middle aged fat guy from his spleen with cheap shots. So let’s all take a deep breath and do an investigation so we can hear all sides of the story. And if the NISD and UIL have $10 million and a few months to spare, I’m sure Ted Wells would be happy to give them a fair and “independent” investigation that will find out whatever they want. Hell, he’ll blame it on the referee or say he hit the kids if the money is right. In the meantime, you just keep being you, Texas high school football.

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The Patriots were exonerated by the NFL’s own multi-million dollar investigation. Tom Brady‘s innocence has been vindicated in the biggest legal ass-whupping since The People of Springfield vs. Mr. Burns trial. Their victory in Super Bowl XLIX has been affirmed. The people who ran the smear campaign against them and the media lackeys who lead the cheers for the NFL even as Deflategate metamorphosed into Framegate have been been exposed, humiliated and gone into hiding. The Pats‘ season is about to kick off with a dramatic, emotional and highly-charged celebration on national TV.

So what better way to celebrate than by having ESPN do, of all things, an “Outside the Lines” rehash of Spygate.

That’s right. While any anti-Patriots witch hunter with a shred of dignity left in their body has conceded defeat and moved on with their lives, the World Wide Leader, in their role as Commissioner Roger Goodell’s state-run news agency, chose to spend the holiday weekend doing a 10,000-word “expose'” on the previous inconsequential non-scandal for which the Patriots played an outrageous price. ESPN is like a fading rock band on tour for an album that’s tanked so they’re reduced to playing the hits off their 2007 disc.

If you haven’t seen the report or read the article, let me save you the time. There is nothing new. It’s the same old leftovers, barely moved into a different microwave-safe dish before they heated them up again. The Patriots taped opposing sidelines. They got caught. The NFL destroyed the tapes. Mr. Kraft called Bill Belichick a “schmuck.” They even used up perfectly good lines of code to repeat the utter lie that the Pats taped the Rams’ walk-through before Super Bowl XXXVI, then admit ESPN has repeated that lie. And to make room, they conveniently left out the part about how videotaping sidelines wasn’t illegal. You just had to videotape them from the designated, NFL-approved videotaping-opposing-sidelines area. So they had room for the lie; just not the truth that puts it all in proper context.

Meanwhile, presumably, all the aging conspiracy theorists in the audience dance in the aisle, drunk on Haterade and waving the lights of their ESPN apps over their heads.

But there is actually one useful nugget in the whole report, proving that even a blind squirrel can stumble over an acorn. “Outside the Lines” proves that the whole Framegate episode is really about the other teams in the NFL being dissatisfied with how Goodell handled Spygate and Goodell’s need to win favor with them:

One team owner acknowledges that for years there was a “jealous … hater” relationship among many owners with Kraft, the residue of Spygate. “It’s not surprising that there’s a makeup call,” one team owner says. Another longtime executive says a number of owners wanted Goodell to “go hard on this one.” …

“The one that stunned him the most — the one that really rocked him — was John Mara,” says a close friend of Kraft’s. …

Over the summer, Jerry Jones of the Cowboys and Stephen Ross of the Dolphins publicly backed Goodell’s Deflategate investigation despite all of its embarrassments — from the flawed science to the questions of its independence to the inaccurate leaks reported by ESPN and other media outlets. Many other owners and executives, who feared alienating Kraft, did so privately, insisting that Goodell’s willingness to take on the Patriots has helped him emerge in a stronger position with most of his billionaire bosses, managing the expectations of his 32 constituents with the savvy of a U.S. senator’s son.

“Roger did the right thing — at last,” one owner said after Goodell upheld Brady’s punishment. “He looks tough — and that’s good.”

“Pleased,” said another longtime owner.

“About time,” an executive close to another owner said. “Overdue.”‘

So there you have it, from the news outlet that has proven it is little more than the Peanut to Roger Goodell’s Jeff Dunham. Framegate was never about the PSI in footballs or whether Tom Brady was a co-conspirator in a cheating scandal. It was never anything more than a “make up call.” Their words, not mine. The powers that be believe that a team being whacked a first round draft pick and three-quarters of a million dollars was an insufficient punishment for the crime of not standing in the proper spot to video a sidelines, so they hatched this scheme to get the Patriots back. And Goodell, needing to curry favor with the other owners, was their useful idiot.

I’m glad we got that settled. And based on the timing of this piece of propaganda, we can be 100 percent certain when either Goodell or ESPN say they’re looking forward to focusing on football.

@JerryThornton1

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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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Jerry Spar
Mike Mutnansky takes a look into the Patriots' upcoming game against the Steelers, give his opinion on what the Red Sox need to do next year, and recaps an interview Kirk Minihane had this morning with Peter King.