Gerry, Kirk and Meter discussed the Sox game one loss and the return of Meter.

Good morning, here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Good morning, here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Boston at Cleveland, 4:38 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
MLB playoffs: Toronto at Texas, 1:08 p.m. (TBS)
MLB playoffs: Los Angeles at Washington, 5:38 p.m. (FS1)
MLB playoffs: San Francisco at Chicago, 9:15 p.m. (FS1)
College football: Clemson at Boston College, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: SMU at Tulsa, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Boise State at New Mexico, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)

THURSDAY’S RESULTS:
MLB: Indians 5, Red Sox 2
MLB: Blue Jays 10, Rangers 1
NFL: Cardinals 33, 49ers 21

AROUND THE WEB:

Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr.

— The Giants apparently have had enough of Odell Beckham’s antics.

If the wide receiver has another outburst during Sunday’s game against the Packers, the team reportedly will consider benching and/or suspending him.

Beckham is prone to meltdowns. On Monday he was flagged for taunting and scuffled multiple times with Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes. This prompted Beckham to say after the game he no longer enjoys playing football.

Giants punter Brad Wing, who also was Beckham’s teammate at LSU, has a theory as to what causes Beckham to fly off the handle.

“I think it’s from within himself,” Wing said. “I think it’s when he gets frustrated that he’s not performing to the height of his level. It’s not what anyone else is doing.’’

The only person who can get Beckham back on track is Beckham himself, and he looks to do so in Week 5.

“I think I just have to control what I can control,” Beckham said Thursday. “I can control myself. I can’t control anything else but what I do. I definitely know I can do a better job at that.”

— On the topic of Beckham, Giants coach Ben McAdoo got into a heated exchange with WFAN sports radio host Mike Francesa on Thursday afternoon when Francesa asked McAdoo about Beckham’s behavior.

Francesca: “I think you guys are doing a lousy job with him. I don’t think you’re getting him anywhere better. He was out of control again the other night.”

McAdoo: “When was he out of control?”

Francesca: “Did you see him pick up that penalty? You think that was a good penalty he picked up there?”

McAdoo: “No penalty is a good penalty.”

Francesca: “Well, do you think his reaction was realistic to what went on during the game?”

McAdoo: “Where’d the flag come from?”

Francesca: “What do you mean, ‘Where did the flag come from?’ ”

And on and on in circles it went. The organization publicly is supporting Beckham but clearly is tired of defending his antics.

— Canadian pole vaulter Shawn Barber tested positive for cocaine just weeks before he was to compete in the Olympics. It seemed his biggest dream was about to come crashing down.

But it turns out this guy has the most amazing alibi of any athlete who ever failed a drug test.

Barber, 22, was facing a four-year ban, but after he testified, the court determined he inadvertently ingested the cocaine.

And he did so in a way you wouldn’t expect.

On July 8, Barber went on Craigslist and sent out a request for a “professional” woman without drugs or diseases to meet him in his hotel for sex. A woman responded and met up with Barber the night before Canada’s national championships in which Barber ended up winning the Canadian pole vaulting title.

Little did Barber know the woman drank heavily and snorted cocaine before their encounter. Barber claims he ingested the woman’s cocaine through kissing her. The woman said she feels “horrible about what happened.”

Barber still went to Rio to compete, but didn’t perform well. He made it to the final round but finished 10th overall, but learned a valuable lesson in the process.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Hey, listen, this is not over yet. We’ve got plenty of games to play.” — David Ortiz, after the Red Sox’ loss in Game 1 of the ALDS

ON THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: In Game 3 of the ALCS in Oakland, starter Rick Wise and reliever Dick Drago pitch the Red Sox to a 5-3 win over the Athletics as Boston sweeps the series against the three-time defending World Series champions.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
It was great to talk to old friend Terry Francona today. We discuss the Sox-Indians series for a few minutes with Tito.
It was great to talk to old friend Terry Francona today. We discuss the Sox-Indians series for a few minutes with Tito.

[0:00:03] ... now the former manager of the Red Sox now manager of the Cleveland Indians. Terry Francona on the AT&T hotline hello Tito how Oreo. We're doing great thanks I know you're pleased this LB in the playoffs happy ...
[0:02:17] ... remain my own feelings and what the polar deploy. We're talking to Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona when you guys acquired Andrew Miller. Did you envision this sort of Swiss army knife kind of role where you use him in virtually any situation. Yeah we ...
[0:04:10] ... walk my data out to be really special for me and then Brad Mills can attach approach which. He's buckled to pay what you can do so it'll be really cool moment. Terry we've talked about ...





Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the return of Tom Brady, the Bills, OBJ and other NFL topics with SI/MMQB's Peter King.

[0:00:00] ... It's at times talked Peter King brought to buy New England building supply whether you whether you need to build re animator designed to England building supply has ...
[0:01:11] ... upset if they eat it but. I don't know I mean years Tom Brady relied on rocker Carol ears would any quarterback. And so for me exit. I'd have to Knoll. How much. How much robber ...
[0:01:55] ... when he missed those four games so. AA physically fresh in October. Tom Brady is dangerous do you buy that argument. I'd very much so because obviously there's our guy be right Africa or creed. And ...
[0:03:27] ... heart over and over and over again that is model. Is the Pittsburgh Steelers. And yet at every turn. His model has been dysfunction. And changed and impatient. So. Clearly I think he feels like now. ...






Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the return of Tom Brady, the Bills, OBJ and other NFL topics with SI/MMQB's Peter King.

[0:00:00] ... It's at times talked Peter King brought to buy New England building supply whether you whether you need to build re animator designed to England building supply has ...
[0:01:11] ... upset if they eat it but. I don't know I mean years Tom Brady relied on rocker Carol ears would any quarterback. And so for me exit. I'd have to Knoll. How much. How much robber ...
[0:01:55] ... when he missed those four games so. AA physically fresh in October. Tom Brady is dangerous do you buy that argument. I'd very much so because obviously there's our guy be right Africa or creed. And ...
[0:03:27] ... heart over and over and over again that is model. Is the Pittsburgh Steelers. And yet at every turn. His model has been dysfunction. And changed and impatient. So. Clearly I think he feels like now. ...






Inspired by Sox/Indians, we look at four other times that Boston faced off with Cleveland in the post-season.

[0:02:39] ... Following years. Action on Twitter. And I notice you point this out. Troy Brown so any got a screen grab. A foreground standing there behind Parcells. Not in the game but on the sideline. Wearing number ...
[0:08:44] ... game one of the hailed the yes leading off playing second base Dustin Pedroia now this is the first question mark many people had who's gonna its second. A third baseman. Paul is gonna hit second that does surprise some folks Johnny cakes some folks thought the Zander would be. Placed back in the number two spot but noble keep bats is batting third playing right followed by David Ortiz DH. Hanley Ramirez is playing first base. And up batting fifth Zander Bogart's is batting sixth. Playing short followed by Jackie Bradley junior in Sadr ...




Inspired by Sox/Indians, we look at four other times that Boston faced off with Cleveland in the post-season.

[0:02:39] ... Following years. Action on Twitter. And I notice you point this out. Troy Brown so any got a screen grab. A foreground standing there behind Parcells. Not in the game but on the sideline. Wearing number ...
[0:08:44] ... game one of the hailed the yes leading off playing second base Dustin Pedroia now this is the first question mark many people had who's gonna its second. A third baseman. Paul is gonna hit second that does surprise some folks Johnny cakes some folks thought the Zander would be. Placed back in the number two spot but noble keep bats is batting third playing right followed by David Ortiz DH. Hanley Ramirez is playing first base. And up batting fifth Zander Bogart's is batting sixth. Playing short followed by Jackie Bradley junior in Sadr ...




There are many ways to get yourself fired up for an incredible weekend of games between Boston/New England and Cleveland. Personally, I’m choosing a nice, healthy dose of Mongolian Heavy Metal music. It’s just what the doctor ordered for playoff baseball, NFL football, the return of a legendary quarterback or conquering foreign empires across the Asia Steppes on horseback. Enjoy.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton