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Another day and another school shooting, it's becoming far too common. Have we become numb to it?



Here it is, from Thursday Night Football, an injured Ben Roethlisberger standing on the Steelers sideline with a headset on, texting away in the middle of the game in clear violation of league rules on national, prime-time television.

By now you’ve no doubt not only seen the video, you’ve heard the hue and cry throughout the land at this outrageous and blatant cheating. This, after all, is the exact same violation that got Browns general manager Ray Farmer suspended four games and fined $250,000. So naturally the nation is in an uproar over this. Roethlisberger is being accused of cheating, his reputation is in tatters, people from coast to coast are calling into question everything he’s ever accomplished in his career and slapping asterisks on both of his Super Bowl trophies. I don’t know if the NFL has launched the multi-million dollar investigation into the matter yet, but I’m sure it’s coming any second now.

More than anything, I’m hurt and upset by Roethlisberger’s actions, because I’ve been led to believe he is a man of integrity and plays for a team with an impeccable reputation. I mean, sure, he’s served four more games of suspensions in his career than Tom Brady due to the Ben Rapistberger scandal. But people from Pittsburgh like Tim Benz always remind us he was never convicted in a court of law so it doesn’t count.

No, the rule is that the Steelers are never guilty of cheating, they’re only victims of the Patriots’ cheating. When Pittsburgh’s offensive linemen commit a false start or the NFL can’t get the Steelers’ headsets to function, that’s the Pats breaking the rules. When Big Ben is on his phone in front of millions of viewers, he’s just playing “Words with Friends” or checking WeatherBug, so there’s nothing to see here.

Glad we got that cleared up.


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Charlotte — Joe Gillespie woke up at the bottom of a BB&T Ballpark stairwell with no idea how he got there. It was hours after an event he attended in the venue, and it didn’t seem like the beginning of what would be one of his “top three nights of all time.”

That is, until he began searching for a way out and came across the dressing room for Homer the Dragon, the Charlotte Knights’ mascot. He spent the next five hours of that Sunday morning carousing around Uptown Charlotte as Homer, posing for pictures and getting free drinks wherever he tore up the dance floor. By Monday, Gillespie was in jail and the story, complete with a mullet in a mugshot, went viral shortly after.

“So, I suited right up, walked out the door and proceeded to Hooters, [Gillespie told Creative Loafing]. “I walked right up into Hooters and my buddy didn’t even know it was me. I was ragin’ dude.

“I left Hooters and there was a big line at Tilt next door. I just said, ‘Yo man, can I go in?’ The guy said, ‘No,’ and I was like, ‘Dude, You’re not gonna let Homer the f***in’ mascot into your bar right now?’ Then he said I could go in. There was nobody on the dance floor. I come sliding in and start getting it. I was doing all the moves you always wanted to try but are too embarrassed to.”

Joe continued around the city, taking parade-like laps around Uptown on a bicycle rickshaw, convincing a CMPD officer he was the real mascot working overtime at 3:30 a.m. and finally taking an Uber home in full costume at 5:30 a.m.

In the words of William Wallace, every man dies. Not every man truly lives. Well, no one will ever be able to say that about Joe Gillespie.

I don’t know if I can ever recall being more touched by another man’s personal journey in quite the way I am my man Joe’s. He has really touched me with this. So many of us lead lives of quiet desperation, slogging our way through this veil of tears. While he’s out there living every minute of his one and only trip on this spinning blue marble to the fullest. He’s a mulleted, drunken, costume-stealing, rickshaw-riding mascot imposter, owning Hooters, the dance floor and our hearts all in one night.

If you asked me what the best experience I’ve ever had, I’m not sure what I’d say. I once flew a helicopter through the Grand Canyon. Steven Wright once told me he liked my stand-up act. I won a closest-to-the-pin with a gallery watching. Tom Brady wished me a happy birthday on the air. And I’d have to throw in my wedding and births of my kids, I suppose. But I’ve never known the feeling of tearing it up at a club wearing a mascot costume. And I’m inspired by Joe Gillespie’s example to not stop until I’ve had a night like his. So thanks, Joe. Some might consider you a redneck yokel and a petty criminal. But at this address, you’re nothing if not an inspiration. Godspeed.


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Welcome to Friday’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.

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MLB: Red Sox at Indians, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Angels at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL preseason: Bruins at Capitals, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL preseason: Blue Jackets at Sabres, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)
College football: Memphis at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Temple at Charlotte, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Columbia at Princeton, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)


Bill Simmons

Bill Simmons

— Bill Simmons, finally free from the shackles of ESPN, had harsh words for his former company for its slanted coverage of Deflategate and soft treatment of commissioner Roger Goodell.

“Granted, I’m a little biased here from what my experiences were the last two years at ESPN,” he said on an episode of his new “Bill Simmons podcast,” which was released Thursday and quickly shot to the top of the iTunes chart. “The way everyone else was covering Goodell’s role in this whole story versus the way ESPN covered it, it was embarrassing. I couldn’t believe nobody called out ESPN about it because you had Dan Wetzel at Yahoo, you had Sally Jenkins at the Washington Post, you had all the people in Boston, you had different radio personalities and people really going after how the NFL was handling this, how Goodell was handling this, all this stuff.

“And especially in the weeks after the broken cell phone thing, when it came out that they had obviously leaked stuff, that something really legitimately shady was going on, and yet if you went to ESPN you didn’t see anything. Charlie Pierce on Grantland was the only person who went after them. They didn’t really do anything until that giant Don Van Natta and Seth Wickersham Outside The Lines investigation. It’s hard to come away from that and not think that ESPN is in the bag for the NFL — because they were.”

Simmons, who signed a deal with HBO after his mutual departure from ESPN this summer, mocked ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” radio show, joking that Goodell appeared with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic because he knew they were “going to get rough” with the commissioner.

Simmons also expressed frustration with ESPN refusing to allow him to appear on radio stations that are not affiliated with the network.

“For years and years and years and years I was not allowed on [WFAN legend Mike Francesa’s] show because of the ESPN policy that they only want you to be on ESPN Radio shows,” Simmons said. “Which I kind of understand except for the part if I am trying to raise my profile in different cities, say a city like Boston where I grew up and lived 10 years after college, it maybe might help me in those cities to go on the local radio shows there. Francesa, I could never go on and it was always a dream to go on.”

— Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith was knocked out of Thursday night’s overtime win over the Steelers after he was hit in the back, and he made it clear he won’t soon forget it. The only problem is, he appears to be threatening revenge on the wrong player.

Late in the third quarter, Smith was tackled by linebacker Lawrence Timmons and cornerback Antwon Blkae. However, Smith told reporters he blamed an “ex-teammate,” apparently safety Mike Mitchell. Both players were members of the 2013 Panthers.

“How do I feel? Probably for the first time in my career, I feel like I’m 36,” Smith said after the game. “I got speared in the back by an ex-teammate. I kind of know his character, who he is. After he hit me, he said, ‘How do you like that.’ ”

Added Smith: “The best thing I can do without threatening him and saying that I will assault him when I see him is I will say, ‘I look forward to playing him again,’ ” Smith said. “He’s on my lifetime hit list.”

Smith, who had four catches for 24 yards, collapsed to the ground while trying to return to his team’s huddle after the hit. He did not return to the game.

Asked about his status, he said: “I’m trying to get through tomorrow. I’m trying to make it to the airplane.”

— The Warriors might begin defense of the NBA championship without Steve Kerr on the bench. The team said Thursday that the second-year coach is taking a leave of absence to recover from back surgery.

Kerr ruptured a disk during Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Cavaliers. He had surgery July 28 and another on Sept. 4.

“After the first two days of training camp, I realized I need to take a step back and focus on my rehabilitation in order to be ready for the grind of another NBA season,” Kerr said in a statement. “As I noted last week, my summer was difficult and no fun due to the multiple back surgeries. At this point, I simply want to get healthy and back to my normal daily routine on and off the court.”

It’s not clear how long Kerr will be out, or if he’ll be able to return before the opening game Oct. 27. Assistant coach Luke Walton will replace him for the time being.

“At this point, the most important thing is to make sure Steve is healthy, completely recovered and ready for not only the rigors of a long NBA season, but day-to-day life in general,” general manager Bob Myers said. “We don’t anticipate the recovery process will be long term, but as of today we don’t know the exact time frame. We’ll evaluate his progress daily and provide updates as necessary.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 2, 1978, the Red Sox lost to the Yankees, 5-4, in a playoff game to decide the American League East champion. Who was the losing pitcher for the Sox?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “With all the stuff I went through in 2014, I talk about how dark those days were. To come back this year and be part of such a special team, such a special group of guys … we truly are a family and we’ve built a great brotherhood in here.” Alex Rodriguez, after the Yankees beat the Red Sox on Thursday night, 4-1, and clinched a postseason berth

STAT OF THE DAY: 6 — Years since the NFL went a calendar month without any player arrests reported, which the league accomplished in September

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Yankees pitcher Adam Warren reaches behind his back to snare Red Sox batter Sandy Leon’s grounder and throws to first for the out.

Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier throws a 100 mph strike to home plate to catch Marlins baserunner J.T. Realmuto.

Padres right fielder Travis Jankowski races into foul territory and reaches over the fence for an out against the Brewers.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Don McLean was born on this day in 1945.

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