Dino, Gerry and Kirk react to the Celtics win in OT.
The guys react to the performance of the ESPN broadcast team.

 

Huffington PostLast Sunday, Searcy Hayes was an unknown 21-year-old from Natchez, Mississippi.

By Monday night, she was a viral sensation after viewers of the Maury Povich show decided she was the female doppelganger of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz.

Hayes went on the show after her fiance, 25-year-old Freddie Green, accused her of cheating on him. …

Being an internet meme doesn’t pay the bills, though, so the “female Ted Cruz” is hoping to capitalize on her newfound internet stardom by filming a porn scene.

XHamster.com, a popular porn website, has offered to pay Hayes and her fiance $10,000 for a 6-minute sex tape. …

“We wanted Searcy because overnight she became a viral meme,” XHamster spokesman Mike Kulich told The Huffington Post. “I think a lot of XHamster viewers really wanted to see her in action.”

This is your classic Cinderella story. One minute you’re some swamp trash from Podunk, Mississippi getting your baby-daddy DNA tested by Maury Povich, then you become an Internet sensation for looking like a middle-aged politician and then you get your six minutes of fame having sex with a stranger for money. Talk about living the fairy tale life.

I mean, the other side of the story is that it probably represents the death of democracy. It’s a little hard to imagine a system whereby the electorate thinks “I’ve always wanted to see what the Senator would look like as a woman having sex with a man. Make it so.” surviving for much longer. Personally, I can see where you’d want to watch parodies like “Jurassic Pork” or “Game of Bones,” but never imagined anyone would be interested in a female Ted Cruz doing it. Nevertheless, the good people at XHamster didn’t get to their lofty positions without knowing a little something about what the people want.

So congratulations to Searcy Hayes for parlaying her sudden fame into porn stardom. She is a great American success story. At least for as long as the country survives, which isn’t much longer.

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Does the presence of LeGarrette Blount, Rob Gronkowski and Bill Belichick explain the Celtics tying up the series against Atlanta? Or them pulling out the win Sunday night after falling behind by 16? Or Marcus Smart suddenly putting zipties on Paul Millsap after he’d put 43 points on the board, then shooting lights out himself? How about Jona Jerebko’s emergence as a dependable, two-way player getting significant minutes?

No. It doesn’t explain all of it. But if you don’t think having those Super Bowl champions in the building wasn’t a factor, then you haven’t been paying attention the last 15 years. Greatness gives off an aura that is unmistakable. It’s like an animal instinct we are hardwired to sense as part of the evolutionary process. And when you’re in the presence of winners, something in your subconscious inspires you to win, just to please them. Belichick was there when the Celtics had the comeback of the year in the last regular season game. He was there with Josh McDaniels and the majority of the coaching staff for Friday night’s win. And he along with his running back and tight end were there for the Game 4 win. Call that coincidence if you want, but you can’t deny that winning is contagious.

Of course I like to think that Tom Brady wasn’t there because he’s already working on ways to beat Arizona in Week 1. But still, the presence of these guys is a pure good. Besides all the championships, the best thing about being a Boston sports fan in the 2000s – a/k/a the Masshole Millennium – is watching all the local teams come out and support one another. It’s a reminder of how good we have it. Never stop appreciating it, either. Because it is only by the grace of God that we are not Atlanta.

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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:
MLB: Red Sox at Braves, 7:10.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Heat at Hornets, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA playoffs: Mavericks at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Clippers at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Ducks at Predators, 8 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Blues, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Warriors are one game from eliminating the Rockets in their Western Conference playoff series, but Sunday’s win might have come at a huge price.

Steph Curry sprained his knee on the final play of the first half and did not return in Golden State’s 121-94 victory that gave the Warriors a 3-1 series lead.

Curry, who missed the previous two games of the series recovering from a sprained ankle, was guarding Trevor Ariza outside the 3-point line when his left leg appeared to hit a wet spot and slid out from under him. His right knee then hit the floor while he was in an awkward position. He limped to the locker room, returned to the court before the start of the second half, but left after testing it out with some lateral slides.

“He was standing there crying, and [I was] like, ‘Dog, just get out of here. We’ll hold you down,’ ” Warriors forward Draymond Green told ESPN Radio after the game. “We’ve got to support him, and be there for him. He came out and obviously gave it a go, wasn’t 100 percent, and he gave it a go, and it’s unfortunate that that happened. But at the end of the day, one thing we’ve always talked about is our depth, and we’ve got to use that to win games, and so we used that tonight.”

Curry, who had hit just 2-of-9 shots and scored six points, is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday.

The Warriors banded together after Curry’s departure and put up 41 points in the third quarter — hitting a franchise-record eight 3-pointers in the period en route to an NBA record 21 in the game — to turn a tie game into a 21-point rout.

“When you have a team that is as together as ours is and cares about each other like ours does, you tend to pick up the fight a little bit,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Our guys sensed that we needed to come together.”

— Johnny Manziel has been indicted on a misdemeanor assault charge for an incident in January with his ex-girlfriend, according to reports out of Dallas.

Manziel’s case was heard by a grand jury on Thursday. The indictment is expected to be announced Monday. The maximum punishment for a misdemeanor assault is one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

The former Browns quarterback stands accused of striking Colleen Crowley after forcing her from a hotel into his car. Crowley was granted a protective order against Manziel.

Manziel has expressed an interest in joining the Broncos, but he said last week through his spokesperson that he is “hoping to take care of the issues in front of me right now so I can focus on what I have to do if I want to play in 2016.”

— Byron Scott’s tenure as coach of the Lakers ended Sunday, when the team announced he would not return after the two worst seasons in team history.

Scott departs with a record of 38-126, including a 17-65 mark this year.

“We would like to thank Byron for his hard work, dedication and loyalty over the last two years, but have decided it is in the best interest of the organization to make a change at this time,” general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement.

It didn’t help that Scott had trouble connecting with the team’s young core, including Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell, the 2015 No. 2 overall pick who lost minutes early in the season.

The Lakers now have gone through four coaches since Phil Jackson left in 2011.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 25, 1950, the Celtics became the first NBA team to draft a black player when they selected which Duquesne star in the second round?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Whether it’s in extra innings tonight or other parts of the ball game where we stake an early lead, give it back or fall behind we continue to come back.” — Red Sox manager John Farrell, after his team posted a 7-5 victory over the Astros in 12 innings Sunday night

STAT OF THE DAY: 1 — Basket scored by the Hawks in overtime Sunday, as the Celtics pulled away in the extra period for a 104-95 victory

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Nationals star Bryce Harper, pinch-hitting in the ninth inning, ties the game against the Twins with a solo home run …

… And Chris Heisey homers to win it in the 16th inning, ending the longest game in Nationals history.

Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig races back and hauls in a line drive against the Rockies, then holds on when he slams into the wall.

The Angels turn a double play against the Mariners by tricking baserunner Leonys Martin into thinking the ball is in the infield when it’s actually being caught by center fielder Mike Trout.

During the 12th inning of Sunday’s game in Houston, a Red Sox fan catches Dustin Pedroia’s foul liner in his glove while holding a child in his other arm.

Warriors forward Draymond Green takes exception to a reporter trying to draw a correlation between the floods in Houston and Golden State’s performance in games in that city.

During a soccer match in Turkey between Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce, a fan runs onto the field and attacks the referee.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Chuck Cooper

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA was born on this day in 1945. He’s on the far left, playing guitar.

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Curt Schilling caused a stir this week so Christian Arcand attacks the issue.
Celts beat writer Steve Bulpett is on his way to the Garden and gives Arcand a call to give his thoughts on what he expects tonight from the Green team in what is sure to be a raucous atmosphere.
The boys get into the recent play of the mediocre Red Sox and how frustrating the team can be at times. Things can still turn around, but the pressure is on.
Our ol' friend Torey Lovullo joins Giardi and Bradford from Houston to discuss the week that was for the Red Sox. He talks about the issues that have been plaguing the starting staff, some of the decisions that people have been questioning John Farrell on and more.

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