An NFL insider refers to Michael Vick's brief tenure in Philadelphia as an "abject failure" and notes that no team would give up even a seventh-round draft pick for the controversial quarterback. That story leads off Thursday's Morning Mashup, which features videos of a now-legendary (and since-banned) "beer cup snake," Lions linebacker Zack Follett's interesting offseason workout regimen, and baseball great Gary Carter getting grief from an obnoxious fan.

Tiger Woods spent another day calmly refusing to answer in depth any questions related to his personal life from the aggressive British media in Scotland as he prepares for the British Open. One columnist writes that Tiger would do everyone a favor by opening up and showing a human side. Read more about that, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned during my 40-plus orbits of the sun on this spinning blue marble we call Earth, it’s that cynicism works.

With the death of George Steinbrenner, the fraternity of sports owners lost a legend. Steinbrenner was easily the most controversial owner in his game and any other in this country. To find out which other owners join him on the list of most controversial, check out our list at the LEEInks blog.

 I'll stick to building ships.

-- George Steinbrenner at his introductory press conference as owner, promising to stay away from the day-to-day operations of the Yankees in January 1973.



With the All-Star Game nearly upon us, we decided to take a look at the most memorable moments in the event's history. Three of them include Red Sox connections. Check out the list at the LEEInks blog.

The fallout from the LeBron James situation continues. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, fresh off his $100,000 fine from the league, talked over the weekend about his website rant. The Heat are enjoying life as the most envied/reviled team in the NBA. And Isiah Thomas reportedly is trying to work his way back in with the Knicks, following his inclusion by the team in its free agent activities. Get caught up on all these stories at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.

On page 190 of the new book "Hellbound On His Trail" -- Hampton Sides' brilliant account of the international manhunt of James Earl Ray following the assassination of Martin Luther King -- a then 26-year-old Jesse Jackson gives a statement to a



As the 2010 All-Star Game approaches Tuesday night in Anaheim, we look back at some of the best All-Star Game performances by Red Sox players. Check out the list at the LEEInks blog.

During Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony's wedding reception Saturday night in New York, Hornets guard Chris Paul reportedly made a toast in which he got in a playful jab at buddy LeBron James, saying, "We'll form our own Big Three," referring to himself, Anthony and new Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire. The New York Post looks at the possibility of this transpiring and expects the Knicks to make an attempt to acquire Paul or Spurs guard Tony Parker soon.