Welcome to Monday’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 Monday’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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Jazz, 9 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Syracuse at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Delaware State at NC Central, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Army at American, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Texas at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Prairie View A&M at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m., 3 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Ray Lewis is at it again, criticizing the Patriots and questioning their integrity.

Lewis, now an ESPN analyst after retiring from the Ravens, said during Sunday’s NFL Pro Bowl pregame show that the Patriots should have an asterisk for their alleged role in Deflategate.

“Every time we talk about the Patriots, you have the Patriots fans … you get all the talk about the jealous of them and all that. I won two Super Bowls, I’ve been Defensive Player of the Year, I’ve been MVP of the Super Bowl, I’ve went to New England and won … so I’€™m not jealous of them at all,” Lewis said.

“But the integrity of this game. Marshawn Lynch … the league clearly said to him, ‘If you come out of the tunnel with those shoes on, we will not only suspend you for this game, but we will suspend you for the Super Bowl.’ Now we’€™re back at another place where we let a team go into an AFC championship, and if it’s proven that they played with deflated balls … because if it’€™s not cheating, then the Colts should have had the same option to play with the same balls. So we’€™re at a place now where we’€™re going to celebrate an organization once again, put an asterisk by it, because they went into a championship game.

“The integrity of this game! That’€™s not the way you go into games trying to win football games.”

Lewis was criticized earlier this month when he claimed that the tuck rule is “the only reason we know who Tom Brady is.” He later issued a “clarification” in which he praised Brady’s accomplishments and called him “one of the all-time greats.”

— After reportedly failing another drug test, troubled Browns receiver Josh Gordon could face a one-year suspension from the league.

“Clearly we are very disappointed to hear the latest report regarding Josh,” the Browns said in a statement Sunday. “At this point, due to the confidential nature of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, we have not been made aware by the league of a failed test. We are in the process of gathering more information and will provide further comment at the appropriate time.”

A repeat offender, Gordon was suspended for 2014 after testing positive for marijuana, but the ban was reduced to 10 games after the league revised its drug policies under pressure from the players association. He returned to play five games before being suspended by the team for the season finale after missing a walk-through.

The 23-year-old has a history of failed drug tests dating back to his college days.

— According to a report in the New York Daily News, Alex Rodriguez wants to meet with Yankees brass to apologize face to face, but the team isn’t interested in a meeting.

The Yankees also reportedly are preparing to argue that they should not have to pay bonuses for A-Rod reaching home run milestones due to his history of cheating by using performance-enhancing drugs.

Rodriguez apparently wants to clear the air before returning from his season-long suspension and showing up at spring training in Tampa next month.

His bosses reputedly said, “We’ll see you in spring training.”

It was reported in the past few days that Rodriguez met with new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Wednesday in New York and was told, “You’re done here. You’re a Yankee and you have to work things out now with them.”

Rodriguez, who has $61 million remaining on his contract that runs through 2017, is due to receiver $6 million if he hits six more home runs to tie Willie Mays at 660, and $6 million each time he catches another of the top three members of the all-time home run club.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 26, 1997, the Patriots lost to the Packers in Super Bowl XXXI, 35-21. Who was the Patriots’ leading receiver, with six catches for 67 yards and one touchdown?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I want your listeners to know, I’€™€™m going to win the Cy Young this year. Just letting everyone know so when I win it you heard it here first.” Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly, to WEEI during the team’s Winter Weekend event at Foxwoods

STAT OF THE DAY: 1,000 – Career victories for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, making him the first Division 1 college basketball coach to reach the mark

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Here are all 29 goals that were scored in Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game.

Suns guard Eric Bledsoe makes a nifty pass behind his head to get Alex Len a layup against the Clippers.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tight end Ben Coates

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jean Knight was born on this day in 1943.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

Just when you think you can’t be any more fired up – when you’ve spent an entire week standing your ground at the wall fighting off the Orc army of Patriots haters coming at you in waves until you can’t hold back any more and you’re ready to finally drop the gate and go on the attack – along comes Tom Brady with this gem.
Seriously, if I was in the Patriots’ locker room and Brady showed this clip … with it’s seamless back and forth from this year’s playoffs all the way back to Corey Dillon, Mike Vrabel and David Patten-to-Troy Brown … trust me I’d crash through the wall like the Kool Aid guy to get on that field and get him that fourth ring.
Tom Brady: The Jack Horner of Patriots Porn. Is there nothing he cannot do?
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Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
The guys have even more reaction to Deflategate and if this is actually a showdown between Bill and Roger.

[0:00:19] ... Bill Nye the Science Guy. Els who's. MIT year. WPI. On top. Christian Fauria. If you were to join us at this point in time. What he brought to you by five masked money dot com ...
[0:02:25] ... put it. What to put it out there just to get a Bill Belichick ordered get a franchise why would do that NFL would be stupid enough to do. I don't know ordered. If that would ...
[0:03:29] ... up and defend him in the Ray Rice scenario. If on the Indianapolis Colts. A product test. Why you run a sting operation. During a league championship game you know what it short. A dork during ...
[0:06:53] ... where we ensure in the all the questions. You'd go check in Tom Brady Eli they lied and cheated. And we agree that the only possible way they could've lied and cheated is it's neat it's ...






Tom E. Curran calls the boys during his layover in Denver and gets right into the Deflategate craziness. Tom talks about his knowledge of the situation including his thoughts on if the NFL was indeed trying to set up and catch the Pats in the act. He gets into the relationship between Belichick and the league office, Belichick and Kraft and the actual game on Super Bowl Sunday.

[0:01:58] ... it up to meet. And elevated it to this level was. Wind Tom Brady stood up after the ravens went. And inflated. Rate on our products in the rule book. Then because the relationship between arrangements. ...
[0:03:28] ... out by the administration level Vienna. I'm not moderate leader today are Bill Belichick is concerned. Export the NFL sport. This is my read. Is a boat the player. The coaches. Embassy. In he has little regard hierarchy. That tries to marry an epic game or use business. As its. Driving. Motivation. Would decision changes made a little forget what Brandon Meriweather. Our current spread its worries. ...
[0:05:26] ... everywhere has stepped to. Send that echo. NS queries your statement that Bill Belichick already to not in those football why are they not taken it works sort adult. We're. What is the evidence what is ...
[0:08:19] ... game. That's most trying to get out my first question. Quote of Bill Belichick yesterday what little we get sized document to. By the officials went fifteen to our entertainment or game I think that Jermaine ...






Greg and Steve discuss the Deflategate debacle with callers and give their theories as to what went down in Foxboro last week against the Colts. Both guys think that Pats may be guilty of doing something to the balls, but that so do most other teams. Will Belichick and Brady be punished? Not if the NFL doesn't have proof, which it's looking more and more like they don't.

[0:00:14] ... go ninth two. Next next Sunday Steve and Chris will be Phoenix Christian Fauria will be out in Phoenix he will join us. Tom. CS and NE dot com. He will join us out there as ...
[0:03:25] ... who mirror and so it'll normally have the toughest time with was Aaron Rodgers and and that was. Partial coaching partial. Stupid play that opened when that mean they played against. For string quarterback for Saint ...
[0:06:20] ... the year was ever since 2006. Were 2007. When Peyton Manning. And Tom Brady went to the league and and on their behalf. Of our they have the rules change to that the quarterbacks could handle football's I think that's what this oracle was the ball. Was that ever since that since that season. Won the rule was changed and things were. Things group will put more in the quarterback's hands in terms of handling the football at the fumble of the fumbles by the patriots in the fumbled. More specifically by Tom Brady have gone down. Okay yeah what does that mean does that does that is that the smoking gun world looking for that didn't mean that all of a sudden the patriots. She didn't that. The patriots have done something to the footballs to allow fewer fumbles by Tom Brady and the patriots. Not willing to make that I won't go well. In. Via dude pages fumble left so I've known teams ...
[0:07:43] ... Steven Ridley the last couple years has not gotten the football's the Tom Brady is run down apparently point. Well maybe it's just easier for quarterback tool I don't know but you know there's some teams. ...






The guys talk about Jeremy Lane's comments on Gronk and stating that Gronk is overrated and doesn't like "hands on him". Greg says during the week in which a ton of strange, dumb things were said, this may be the dumbest! DeOssie goes on to say that it's ok to pump your chest and try to hype your teammates, but pick your spots better!

[0:01:12] ... dumbest thing that I heard all week long we're. Guarding the new New England Patriots in what has been the oh boy and a rather bug in week of dumb things said you'd actually depicted the dumbest one has nothing do with the with what we've been talking has nothing to deal with. Deflated footballs or PR inside your pressure gauges or anything like that perhaps the dumbest thing that was said was set by a stupid nickel cornerback. Of the Seattle Seahawks. Jeremy lane earlier this week when. A reporter said to him you know talked about Rob Gronkowski to you as great tight ...
[0:09:54] ... the case of an advantage of contention. That essentially. You are calling Tom Brady. Bill Belichick and possibly mister Kraft well I think. Well I would mister Kraft Luo weigh in on this conversation. Well and that's what could possibly I'm trying to remember exactly what mr. kraus said in terms of well what happened but clearly Tom Brady and Bill Belichick accept that in no way did they altered the football after the officials tracked. All right now look a little while looks ...
[0:10:56] ... this out to you okay. Twelve years ago thirteen years ago right Tom Brady decided he likes of football's certain way. The cook manager gets those football ready or your sister equipment to get those right after fifteen years there's no need to asked palm what type of how he wants the football. He doesn't have to ask him it might have been in my have been a guy that never talked to Tom Brady who's in new actually they have had a turnover in their equipment manager. Position. But it's understood that the patriots like the duchess Tom Brady whatever the patriots like the football's handled this way. Art is also hold on hold on all on our way to tell ...
[0:12:02] ... where. It's no that you that you don't have to talk to Tom Brady or Bill Belichick or Josh McDaniels or Bob Kraft about how the equipment gospels to make these football's. Check them before the dad question there ...






Greg and Steve try to actually get into the matchups and discuss how Russell Wilson and company will try to attack the Pats secondary, if the Pats offense is ready for the Seahawks physicality, the legacies of Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick and more.

[0:00:14] ... 1 o'clock news. Paired towards Super Bowl 49. The patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. Steve let me ask you this question. We talked everybody else here if I could save you fifteen years ago today that ...
[0:06:12] ... Indonesia. We talked earlier about. The ability of the patriots and specifically Bill Belichick to get through distractions. And to be able to not make can be huge distractions. That's what be careless on the issues ...
[0:12:05] ... then I wanted to help you guys a little bit maybe breakdown bill Belichick's. The other day at a press conference. My point first is that I don't. I'm Massachusetts have been disable the end of ...
[0:13:34] ... did all this happened to the balls that we used by the Indianapolis Colts. Well if they did sort of good point here is so popping felt the temperature of the game was the same for everybody. Well that's Indianapolis Colts couldn't rub down their balls into their rush got to count for all big deal. Temperature like if they were not 120 ...






While Chris Price is on his way to the Super Bowl in Arizona, Greg Dickerson and Steve DeOssie are discussing … what else … “Deflategate”. Greg and Steve give their take and talk about Bill’s amazing press conference yesterday.

[0:04:32] ... in the media but from former players from current players guys like Mark Brunell almost. Breaking down crying audience to know you've been able to tell me what. What the hell that was all about that was yours and the Troy Aikman coming out and saying things here in and Aaron Rodgers. Added firing fuel to this story that been a number of players who talked about this mentioned suspensions. And and fines and ...
[0:09:58] ... for the patriots probably at all lawn day a distaste group for Bill Belichick. What if you think that that has nothing do with the and you got your head buried in the sand you know ...
[0:10:43] ... careful what you wish for a certain NFL teams basically saying hey Indianapolis Colts. We know for years I don't get the 2006 FC championship game it was hot is year in that. On the white ...
[0:16:06] ... week and that's the patriots let's let's do that let's let's put Indianapolis Colts and possibly at a disadvantage. The so we can take got shipped to an Olympic is I mean the ideas that but ...






Television show writer of Showtime's "Shameless" and Boston native, Mike O’Malley unexpectedly calls Danny from California to react to Belichick’s press conference.

[0:00:28] ... as the true equilibrium of the ball. Is. Critical to the national. Bill Belichick act a lot of you are a lot of huge. Yes science drag us. I mean. It doesn't get better than that ...
[0:01:23] ... 61777979837. On Dana for god taking you up until 7 o'clock tonight special guest all right I'll call special guest. Michael O'Malley on the full line. Mike O'Malley and real Michael O'Malley don't quit talking and let's not light out what's going ...
[0:02:02] ... think it. I am and I would should panic or my daughter's soccer game I thought it was gonna be brought opera I park listening Mike all. Pour out. I am. Like I'm calm he'll be. ...
[0:07:03] ... this story right here. Live under I call you back after the super bowl of my comment back I'm back in my parents house. I'll I'll tell you man and a lot of talk about but ...