Daily MailLego products are becoming increasingly violent and are including more and more weapons beginning an arms race, new research has found.

A team from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand found that child’s play was becoming more brutal, with a higher proportion of weapons appearing among Lego’s building bricks and war-like scenarios featuring in its themed kits. …

In a peer-reviewed study published by the online journal PLOS ONE, the researchers concluded that Lego “showed significant exponential increases of violence over time.” …

“Currently, around 40 per cent of all pages contain some type of violence – in particular, scenarios involving shooting and threatening behaviour have increased over the years,” it found.

“The atmosphere of the violent acts is predominantly perceived as exciting.”

Our kids are increasingly playing with toys that they perceive as exciting? Imagine the horror. How are we ever going to survive? This is tearing at the very fabric of our civilization. Our species will descend into madness and chaos. And by the time this latest generation is in charge, the world will be one giant atrocity after another. We’ll destroy ourselves. And the weapon of our destruction will be little, colorful, plastic bricks.

In the time it took me to type that paragraph, I conducted a study of my own. It concluded that the people who conduct studies haven’t the first clue how kids — especially boys — are wired. They needed peer-reviewed research to determine that boys like to play pretend games of war and violence? And they’re blaming Lego for selling them what they want? I could’ve proved their thesis with one trip through our family room cabinet and only charged them a couple of million bucks.

Newsflash, PLOS ONE: Boys like play-violence. It’s encoded in our DNA. There hasn’t been a boy in the history the human race who didn’t take some inane object and pretend it was a weapon. Cro-Magnon toddlers picked up sticks and pretended they were spears. Roman kids used wooden swords to play gladiators. When I was little we played army guys in the woods using hockey sticks as rifles. There has never been a boy yet who, given the choice of balloon animal or a balloon sword, didn’t take the sword option. And if you give a 3-year-old those big toddler Legos and ask him to build a castle, inside of ten minutes he’s going to get bored and fashion a gun out of them. It’s not sociology; it’s nature.

But by all means, conduct your little studies. Blow money on your research. Try to tell boys it’s wrong for them to want to play with “Star Wars,” “Lord of the Rings,” superhero or cops and robbers Lego sets because it’s turning them violent. But the little plastic weapons in our house never killed anybody. And when you outlaw them, only outlaws will own little plastic weapons. So you’ll have to take the laser gun out from between my cold, dead fingers.

P.S. Now if someone would do a study on the dangers of stepping on Legos in bare feet that your kids left strewn all over the room even though you told them a hundred times to pick them up, I’d be down with that. There’s your real threat.

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CBS SportsIt’s the longest of the long shots, but Abiola Aborishade isn’t giving up. For the last month the former D-III wide receiver has stood outside Gillette Stadium asking for a tryout with the New England Patriots.

According to Mass Live, Aborishade has been camping out under the bridge near the entrance to the Patriots’ facility nearly every weekday since April 21 — logging more than 130 hours — waiting patiently for his shot.

The former UMass-Dartmouth star receiver figures there are only three ways his quest can end:

“The first thing is that they see me so often that they get sick and tired of me. So they almost give up, give into it, because I’m not giving in. So they give in and they say, ‘OK, let’s see what this kid can do.’ The second thing is the people who drive around here, who work around here see me so often that they almost say, ‘Hey, we want to see what he can do.’ “

“And the third thing is they just leave me out here,” he says, laughing.

It’s impossible not to admire Abiola Aborishade. Sure, he’s on an impossible quest that stands no chance of ending well for him. But dammit all if dreamers like him are the people who change the world. Guys who have no quit in them, even when the whole world tells them they’re crazy. Don Quixote. Ponce de Leon. Captain Ahab. Granted, Quixote was beaten near to death and died of fever, de Leon was killed by natives and Ahab drowned strapped to a whale. But that shouldn’t discourage my boy Aborishade.

What should discourage him is the fact he’s barking up the wrong franchise. Sorry, Abiola, but you picked the one team in all the land that doesn’t give a rat’s taint whether the scrappy little never-say-die underdog with the big dreams and the little posterboard starves to death under that bridge.

The men in charge who are blowing by you every day without tapping their brakes are fixated with a laser-sighted sniper rifle on one thing: the next championship. They would grind you up into Soylent Green and feed you to the 90-man roster if they thought your protein would help bring Super Bowl V. That may be hard to hear, but even achievers like you have to deal with reality on reality’s terms. If you want to touch someone’s heart, Abiola, try the Bills or the Jets. Maybe they’ll serve as the dream factories you need to reach your unreachable star. In Foxboro, only champions need apply.

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There’s nothing quite like waking up on a quiet spring morning and finding that someone over at NFL.com is trying to impress the bosses with a little bit of Patriots trolling.

Bucky Brooks has long been a captain in the NFL’s anti-Patriots media army. He’s the one who exactly one year ago gave us his list of the best quarterbacks in the league and not only named Tom Brady fifth, he put an asterisk with Brady’s name because of Deflategate. After this year’s draft, Brooks went on Daniel Jeremiah’s recap podcast where the two ripped the Patriots with this display of twisted illogic:

DJ: “What are they doing in New England? What are they doing? And then what happens is they end up winning so people say, ‘Oh, they knew what they were doing. They keep winning at a pretty good clip.’ But we sit here on the personnel side and say, ‘What if they drafted well?’ I mean, what if they gave No. 12 more help? What would this team be?”

BB: “Tom Brady and the head coach have masked a lot of their flaws. It will be interesting when Tom Brady departs. How they’re able to get it done or not get it done without all the pieces most teams need. They don’t have enough ammunition normally to compete with some of the heavyweights.”

Right. After 10 trips to the conference championship game, six Super Bowls and four championships. If only they knew how to scout college players like all those other, much more successful teams.

Well, it would appear Brooks isn’t content with just babbling nonsense like some wino on a subway train. Now he’s bucking (unintended pun, but I won’t take it back) for a promotion to colonel with his latest salvo on the Patriots’ position. He’s ranked the top 10 NFL teams in terms of talent:

  1. Seattle
  2. Pittsburgh
  3. Carolina
  4. Denver
  5. Minnesota
  6. Kansas City
  7. Cincinnati
  8. Arizona
  9. New York Giants
  10. Dallas

In other words, the NFL’s official website has a writer — a full-time, paid employee with health benefits and a retirement plan — who thinks the Patriots, who have been in the final four of the league each of the last five years with two trips to the Super Bowl and one title, aren’t in the top 10 in the league talent-wise. Even though they beat his No. 1 team in the Super Bowl one season ago. Ignoring the fact they have the best player in the game at three positions (quarterback, tight end, kicker). Despite the obvious talents and production of Julian Edelman, Devin McCourty, Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower. Disregarding young, obviously ascending players like two of the highest-graded corners in the league in Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler as well as Malcom Brown, the fourth-best run-stopper in the league as a rookie.

And did I mention veteran additions like Martellus Bennett, Nate Washington, Terrance Knighton and Chris Long? Did Bucky Brooks when he was making this list? Apparently not. He was too busy fawning over the massive collections of talent on the 6-10 Giants and 4-12 Cowboys to have noticed. It’s either being willfully ignorant or just plain stupid, but either way I’m sure it scored him huge points with the bosses.

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Jim Polito of WTAG in Worcester joins us for a few minutes to talk about the district attorney and how the show should stick to sports.

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Is Trump or Hillary more likely to make a catastrophic mistake as president?

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An en banc hearing is possible in Deflategate and district attorney Joseph Early should lose his job.

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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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rockies at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Marlins, noon (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Padres at Giants, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Warriors at Thunder, 9 p.m. (TNT)
WNBA: Dream at Liberty, 11 a.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Sparks at Sky, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Lightning, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— On the same day Tom Brady’s legal team filed an appeal of his Deflategate suspension, the government took the NFL to task for trying to influence a study of football’s effects on the brain.

The NFL had agreed in writing to donate $30 million to the National Institutes of Health to fund brain research, but after the NIH awarded a $16 million grant to Boston University researcher Robert Stern — an expert on the link between football and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy — the league withdrew its donation, forcing taxpayers to pick up the cost, a government report concluded.

To make matters worse, some members of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee apparently pursued the grant for themselves despite the obvious conflict of interest.

The league’s actions violated NIH policy on donors interfering in the grant process and were part of a “long-standing pattern of attempts” by the NFL to steer concussion research in the direction it wanted, the 91-page report concluded.

“Our investigation has shown that while the NFL had been publicly proclaiming its role as funder and accelerator of important research, it was privately attempting to influence that research,” the report states.

“This investigation confirms the NFL inappropriately attempted to use its unrestricted gift as leverage to steer funding away from one of its critics,” New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone said. “Since its research agreement with NIH was clear that it could not weigh in on the grant selection process, the NFL should never have tried to influence that process.”

The NFL, which denied the allegations when ESPN first exposed them in an “Outside the Lines” report, acknowledged raising concerns about Stern but continues to insist it was done appropriately despite evidence to the contrary.

“The NFL rejects the allegations,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement Monday.

— Warriors forward Draymond Green escaped a suspension for his kick to the groin of Thunder center Steven Adams during Sunday’s game, but the NBA fined him $25,000.

The league also upgraded the foul to a flagrant 2. If it was called a flagrant 2 by the game officials, Green would have been ejected. With the upgrade, he now has three flagrant foul points this postseason, and if he accrues one more he would receive an automatic suspension.

Green, who did not comment after the league’s decision was announced, insisted after the game that the kick was not intentional, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he thought the flagrant 1 would be rescinded.

NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe did not agree, noting, “During a game, players — at times — flail their legs in an attempt to draw a foul, but Green’s actions in this case warranted an additional penalty.”

Adams said Monday that the video made it appear intentional to him.

“Yeah, [it was worse] from what I had in my mind,” he said. “Kind of confirmed it almost.”

— Josh Hamilton’s season is over before it ever got started, as the Rangers announced that the 2010 American League MVP will have another surgery on his left knee.

Hamilton, who has had surgery twice on the knee in the last nine months, will have his latest surgery June 8. General manager Jon Daniels said this surgery will be different than the previous two, as the 35-year-old looks for a way to resurrect his career.

“Physically, he can’t play,” Daniels said. “He’s frustrated.”

Hamilton, reacquired from the Angels last year after he left Texas as a free agent following the 2012 season, is signed through 2017, and Daniels said he plans to play next season.

“It’s been a tough road for Josh,” manager Jeff Banister said. “I know he wants to compete, I knows he wants to play, I know he wants to be a part of this and is not going to be able to. … It’s another long road back to play this game.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 24, 1988, a power outage forced the suspension of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Bruins and Oilers at 16:37 of the second period with the score tied at 3. Which Oilers player set a record when he opened the game by scoring the quickest goal in finals history, 10 seconds into the game?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The facts here are so drastic, and so apparent, that the court should rehear it.” — Ted Olson, one of the lawyers representing Tom Brady, on the decision to appeal Brady’s four-game suspension for Deflategate

STAT OF THE DAY: 67 — Combined points for Raptors Kyle Lowry (35) and DeMar DeRozan (32) in Toronto’s 105-99 victory over the Cavaliers in Monday’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals

‘NET RESULTS: Raptors center Bismarck Biyombo meets Cavaliers forward Kevin Love at the rim and denies his dunk attempt.

The Cardinals slow down the league-leading Cubs as Randal Grichuk hits a walk-off home run in the ninth inning.

With a runner at first base and two outs in the ninth inning of a scoreless game in San Francisco, Giants batter Hunter Pence hits a pop-up to right field that the Padres misplay into a walk-off single.

Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella dives to snag Adrian Beltre’s looper up the middle with the bases loaded in the eighth inning and Los Angeles protecting a two-run lead over the Rangers.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Glenn Anderson

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bob Dylan was born on this day in 1941.

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