Jackie MacMullan of ESPN joins Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about the Celtics trade deadline news and about her latest story on Larry Bird saying he will die young.
Christian Fauria got married yesterday after the show, and is in today as a married man. The guys joke about his new married life, and Glenn has trouble talking about the rapper "Tyga" not letting Paul McCartney into his Grammy's party.

This is Lance Armstrong’s whistleblower, Betsy Andreu, in a 2013 interview after Armstrong finally admitted to PED use after years of smearing her and her husband for telling the truth about his doping.

The Sporting News just interviewed Andreu about the allegations that Peyton Manning forced his man parts onto the face of his former U. of Tennessee trainer Dr. Jamie Naughright and then tried to destroy her reputation and her career. And Andreu offered some advice for the good doctor:

“My advice: Fight back. And fight back hard,” Andreu said.

“I can imagine she doesn’t want the publicity because she’s going to get smeared,” Andreu added. “But as hard as it is, she just has to stay strong. If I were her I’d say, ‘This is what happened and I’m not backing down from my story.’ Then you couple it with this whole Guyer clinic thing and it just paints a picture of a guy whose character is one huge, big question mark.”

But Andreu thinks Naughright will also get “unwavering support” from many quarters.

A stick tap to Sporting News for thinking of Andreu because I haven’t thought of them since probably that interview. But they offer the perfect template for what Dr. Naughright has probably gone through. Or really anyone who takes on a powerful, high-profile, famous person who’s backed by millions of dollars in business interests. It’s never easy to speak truth to power, especially when that power is the face of a major insurance conglomerate and in the pocket of Big Pizza. And of course Betsy Andreu makes a great point about how Manning was able to handle the Guyer clinic thing. It has to be doubly hard for Naughright to come forward when the guy she’s up against is capable of summoning his stormtroopers to go to another accuser’s parents’ house and intimidate him into changing his story.

So I hope Dr. Naughright can find the strength to take Betsy Andreu’s advice and speak out. Peyton and Archie Manning haven’t abided by the confidentiality agreement, so neither should she. It won’t be easy, as the case of the Andreus proves. But then, doing the right thing seldom is. And if she does, if she takes the tough path of coming clean and exposing Peyton Manning for the sexual assaulting monster and Archie Manning for the smear campaigner they are, then believe me, one of those “quarters” from which she’ll get “unwavering support” will be right here.

@JerryThornton1

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Jerry Thornton

 

RETIRING A PATRIOT.

A photo posted by Jerod Mayo (@jerod_mayo51) on

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And so, with a simple announcement on his Instaface, Jerod Mayo ends his career the way he conducted it. Quietly. With dignity and class. Largely unheralded. And altogether too soon.

It’s too soon to judge where Mayo, having had the last three seasons of an eight-year career end on injured reserve, ranks among the other Patriots greats. I just always believed that even at his healthiest best, he was underappreciated. I heard the knocks that he didn’t make enough “impact” plays. That he didn’t force many turnovers or produce enough sacks. That he’d get 100 tackles a season but they were all seven yards upfield. But that was not only unfair, it displayed an ignorance of what his role was in Bill Belichick‘s defense. In the Patriots’ “Spill it and kill it” scheme, with the defensive front forcing plays to the outside, no one was ever better at spilling sideline-to-sideline to prevent big gains than Mayo was. I truly believe that if the team asked him to rush off the edge, take the A-gap blitz or disrupt more, he would have been great at it. But played his assigned role. Wore the green dot. Quarterbacked the defense. And (wait for it) did … his … job.

Even the way the Patriots landed Mayo as a blue chipper out of Tennessee was impressive. The second-highest draft pick of the Bradichick Epoch (behind only Richard Seymour), the Pats had swindled the 2008 seventh overall pick from San Francisco for the second of their 2007 first rounders (the 28th overall). The draft back then started at noon on Saturday, and all week long rumors were flying that the Patriots were furiously working the phone lines, trying to swing a deal to move up and grab Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston. But when a Patriots beat reporter called Belichick at 5 p.m. on Friday, he was leaving the office to go watch his son’s lacrosse practice. Not a game. Not a game. We talking practice. Instead, the Jets took the cheese on the colossal bust that was Gholston while the Pats moved down to the 10th pick and selected the man who would be their defensive captain for the next eight seasons.

If anything, I think that Mayo suffered from a deplorable lack of self-promotion. That he was a victim of his own humility. If he did a signature move after every tackle, had a dance to pump up the crowd, said a bunch of outrageous stuff and hawked more products, he would have been a household name. But he was simply a guy who was only interested in winning football games. Who’d rather spend time in the film room than a studio shooting commercials. The fact that he never had an endorsement for mayonnaise alone should tell you where his head was at. And to his detriment, it wasn’t drawing attention to himself.

Fortunately, his coaches, teammates and most Patriots fans noticed him anyway. And I have no doubt he’s going to have a future in coaching or with a front office somewhere, because his football intellect would be wasted otherwise. With him now at the end of the line, I’m going to send Mayo off with the same Irish song I posted on Barstool Sports the day they drafted him and wonder where all that time went. Godspeed. And thanks.

@JerryThornton1

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Jerry Thornton
A battle for the ages.
Polian is a fraud.

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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Gary tried to take a victory lap regarding his coverage of Peyton Manning.

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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Blackhawks at Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: Dayton at Saint Joseph’s, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa at Penn State, 6:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Providence at Xavier, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Syracuse at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Villanova at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UCF at Memphis, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: DePaul at St. John’s, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Nebraska at Indiana, 8:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Duke at North Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Seton Hall at Georgetown, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Texas Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Arizona State at Arizona, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Houston at Tulane, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Boise State at New Mexico, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Colorado at USC, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)

AROUND THE WEB:

Celtics fans dreaming of seeing a star headed to Boston will have to turn their attention to someone other than Blake Griffin.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday that the injured star would not be traded, despite a flurry of rumors and reports indicating there have been calls from other teams.

Griffin is expected to be out until next month with a broken right hand he suffered punching team equipment manager Matias Testi at a Toronto restaurant. He then will serve a four-game suspension for the transgression.

On Tuesday, a contrite Griffin wore a black wrap on his hand at practice as he addressed the media for the first time since the incident.

“It’s something I think about every day and wish I could take back, and I’ve told Matias that,” Griffin said. “I have talked to Matias tons of times since the incident. He actually said it best: ‘This stuff happens and we’re like brothers and we just have to move on.’ ”

Griffin said he already apologized to his teammates and the organization.

“It’s something that I feel awful about, something that I haven’t had to deal with ever before in life and it’s been tough,” he said. “But now that the NBA has done their due diligence and the Clippers and I have my punishment, I’m looking forward to just moving on and moving past this and getting back on the court with our teammates.”

— MMA fighter Ronda Rousey said Tuesday during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that she contemplated suicide after her shocking loss to Holly Holm last year, her first defeat after dominating UFC competition.

“Honestly, my thought in the medical room, I was sitting in the corner and was like, ‘What am I anymore if I’m not this?’ ” an emotional Rousey said. “Literally sitting there thinking about killing myself. In that exact second, I’m like: ‘I’m nothing. What do I do anymore?’ “

Rousey said she was able to overcome with help from her boyfriend, UFC heavyweight Travis Browne.

“I looked up and saw my man, Travis, was standing there,” Rousey said. “I’m looking up at him and was just like: ‘I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive.’ “

Rousey, who appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue, recently announced she will return to fighting.

Kobe Bryant has been lauded nationally as he goes through his final season. Former NBA player Scot Pollard, however, had some harsh words for the Lakers legend.

During a Tuesday appearance on CBS Radio’s “Tiki and Tierney” show, the onetime Celtic said Bryant doesn’t compare to Michael Jordan.

“Personally, I never really liked Kobe,” Pollard said. “I didn’t like the way he carried himself, but I absolutely respect the way he played the game. If I was a GM, I absolutely want him on my team. I’ve got to find the right guys that can play with him. … I wouldn’t want to play with him. I think he made the team about him as opposed to making the team about winning.”

Added Pollard: “I don’€™t think [Bryant] carries his team like Jordan carried his team and made everybody on his team better. Kobe didn’€™t have that effect on his teammates. Kobe needed Batman to his Superman. He needed another superhero to help him win. That’s the part about him that I don’t respect. … I absolutely respect his game. I just didn’t want to be teammates with him.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 17, 1972, Bruins center Phil Esposito recorded a hat trick in a 4-1 victory over the Flyers in Philadelphia and became the second player in team history with 250 goals. Who was the first?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “As my family and I prepare for the future, be sure that the Pats memories will always hold a special place in our hearts.” — Patriots linebacker Jerold Mayo, announcing his decision to retire

STAT OF THE DAY: $34 million — Amount NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earned for 2014, according to the league’s tax filing that was released Tuesday

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon drains a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a win over Vanderbilt.

Boston Frisbee player Terry Roth shows some skill on the basketball court, hitting a backward 3-pointer as he does a backflip.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Johnny Bucyk

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gene Pitney, who died in 2006, was born in Hartford on this day in 1941.

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Jerry Spar