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Boston HeraldAaron Hernandez should probably pace himself.

A little more than a month into his lifetime prison sentence without parole, the former New England Patriots tight end reportedly has already gotten himself into trouble.

Hernandez allegedly was the lookout during what is believed to be a gang-related fight that took place Monday at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, a law enforcement source told CNN on Tuesday.

According to CNN, Hernandez stood as lookout as one inmate entered another prisoner’s cell and those two men got into a fight. All three men were disciplined, CNN reports, with Hernandez being put in a special management section.

As much as I hate Aaron Hernandez and believe that every breath he draws is an affront to humankind, I have to give him credit where credit is due.

A lot of guys go to prison and just waste away, happy to suction their lips to the teat of the taxpayers, enjoy the three hots and a cot we provide them and live out their lives as unproductive parasites. But not our guy AHern. At least he’s doing something productive with all the time in the world we’ve given him.

I mean, they don’t make license plates or bust big rocks into little ones with sledgehammers in jail any more the way we wish they would. But at least he’s learning skills. Prison tattooing is an art form. It takes skill, creativity and an aesthetic eye, and he’s shown all three with that “LIFETIME” masterpiece of his. Now obviously I’m sure he didn’t do it himself in the mirror or anything. One, because it wouldn’t have come out nearly as good and probably would read “EMITEFIL.” But at least he’s seeing how it’s done so he can apprentice for now and maybe help others with their prison ink.

Second, it’s rewarding to know he’s learning the time-honored and noble profession of Jail Fight Lookout. It shows he’s got an active social life going in the Stoney Lonesome. He’s gaining valuable “No Snitching” experience. And it’s heartwarming to see him interacting with his peers without putting bullets in them.

Does this mean he’s rehabilitated? Not yet. I’d still argue he’s got a ways to go yet. But at least he’s making the effort to turn himself into a better, more well-rounded convicted murderer serving a life sentence. And with any luck it’ll help him with those parole hearings in 40 years.

@JerryThornton1

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In the kingdom of Thorntopia, this is exactly the speech Tom Brady would give Roger Goodell at his appeal hearing. “I always tell the truth. Even when I lie.” It’s perfect. If he’s going to be treated this shabbily by frauds and liars anyway, then he might as well just start telling them to say ‘ello to the da bad guy.

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Bucky Brooks, NFL.comGiven some time to the review the All-22 Coaches Film from last season and examine the circumstances that could affect each guy’s play this fall — which led me to make a tweak or two — here are my top 10 quarterbacks heading into 2015 …

5) Tom Brady, New England Patriots*
Despite being a proven winner (four titles, six total Super Bowl appearances) and one of the NFL’s ultimate clutch performers (46 game-winning drives in his 15-year career), Brady’s standing on this list is a reflection of the stench emanating from the Deflategate scandal (hence the asterisk). The controversy adds to the notion that the Patriots’ long-term success has been fueled by various misdeeds. While there isn’t a proven correlation between deflated footballs and Brady’s on-field performance, the fact that another scandal is hovering over the Patriots certainly clouds the evaluation.

Statistically speaking, Brady remains one of the top players at the position, posting a passer rating of 97.4 and a 33:9 touchdown-to-interception ratio last season. He continues to pick apart defenses with exceptional precision. … Brady remains one of the elites at the position.

I offer this as a reminder that this is what Mr. Kraft’s goodwill, idealism and cooperation has wrought. NFL.com, the league’s official state-run newspaper, is not only empowering a Jets fan named Duane Munn to troll the Patriots as their social media director, they’re giving space to Bucky Brooks so he can slap an asterisk on everything the G.O.A.T. quarterback has ever accomplished. Tom Brady is clutch, precise, efficient, a proven winner and still one of the elites at his position. But there’s some uncertainty about the pressure in the footballs for 30 minutes of a 45-7 win, so he gets the permanent mark of shame. Thanks, official site of the NFL!

And that’s not even mentioning Mr. Kraft’s “partners,” the other 31 members of the Billionaire’s Club to whom he extended the olive branch. Giants owner John Mara, whom he palled around with at a Friars Club roast of Boomer Esiason I was at the week of Super Bowl XLVIII in New York, responded to his high-minded gesture by saying Mr. Kraft “ultimately accepted the penalties because he knew he didn’t have anywhere to go.” Whether he said it waving the two Super Bowl rings he won over the Patriots on his middle fingers we can only speculate.

But again, this is the thanks he gets. It’s only been three days since he tried to do (in his judgment) the right thing. And rather than get respect in return, the animal kingdom that is the NFL has only sensed weakness, and the pack is moving in for the kill. It’s just further proof, as if you needed it, of the old adage that says no good deed ever goes unpunished.

@JerryThornton1

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Stephen A. joined us to discuss Tom Brady's suspension.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The Sox cant hit in May.
The guys opened the show with the latest Olympic news.

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.

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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Cavaliers at Hawks, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Rays, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Stephen Pagliuca

Stephen Pagliuca

Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca is the new chairman of the group looking to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston.

Pagliuca replaces John Fish, the construction magnate who helped the group land the United States Olympic Committee bid in January. However, support in Boston has dipped since the initial excitement, with some questionable leadership decisions creating mistrust among local residents, many of whom are wary of the expense.

Pagliuca, who had been a vice chairman of the bid, expressed confidence that the Games would be a positive experience for the city.

“I think it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Massachusetts and for Boston,” Pagliuca said. “It’s a pretty exciting project. I haven’t seen many projects that are that impactful for cities.”

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino and Boston advertising executive Jack Connors were added as senior advisers, and Northeastern athletic director Peter Roby was named a vice chairman.

“Today’s announcement adds to an already impressive team at Boston 2024 and showcases the incredible support the bid enjoys from Boston’s business, civic, educational and political leadership,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said in a statement Thursday. “I look forward to working closely with Mayor Walsh, Steve Pagliuca and everyone committed to this bid to successfully finish what we’ve started, and bring the Games to the U.S.”

The USOC initially showed support for Boston but recently indicated it could switch gears and back one of the cites that finished behind Boston (likely Los Angeles) when it submits a formal bid to the International Olympic Committee in September.

Other cities expected to vie for the 2024 Games include Rome; Paris; Hamburg, Germany; and Budapest, Hungary.

— Two of the Patriots’ AFC rivals received bad news Thursday, as key defensive players deal with off-field issues.

Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was suspended for the season opener for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. It’s related to his arrest May 5 in Alabama, when the 25-year-old was found in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

The two-time Pro Bowler, who was drafted third overall in 2011 out of Alabama, will miss the Sept. 13 home game against the Colts, returning for the Sept. 20 game against the Patriots.

“I apologize to my family, my teammates, the entire Bills organization and Bills fans that I will miss one game as a result of my mistakes,” he said in a statement Wednesday. “I will work intensely that week and will be extremely happy to contribute to a win in Week 2 for the Bills.”

Meanwhile, Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is being investigated for an incident in Texas. The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the investigation, which it said centered around allegations of child abuse. Later in the day, Sheriff Troy Nehls said a complaint was made against Smith in November and it was “sexual in nature.”

“Last night, we became aware for the first time of an allegation involving Antonio Smith,” the Broncos said Thursday in a statement. “We are now in the process of gathering more information.”

Smith, 33, joined the Broncos as a free agent in April, signing a one-year deal with $2 million. He played for the Raiders last season, starting all 16 games. He previously played five seasons with the Texans and his first five seasons with the Cardinals.

— Former Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was videotaped knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City hotel elevator last offseason, had his domestic violence charges dismissed by a New Jersey judge.

Rice completed a pretrial intervention program, and as part of his deal with the state, he will not be prosecuted. Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain has come under fire for allowing Rice to participate in the program, which is a rarity for domestic abuse cases.

Rice remains a free agent after the Ravens elected to part ways with him following the release of the videotape. Rice had been suspended two games by commissioner Roger Goodell, but that suspension was increased to indefinite after the video was made public. However, Rice appealed, and an arbitrator reinstated him.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 22, 1988, the Celtics and Hawks staged one of the most memorable playoff games in history, with Larry Bird and Dominique Wilkins trading baskets in the fourth quarter of a 118-116 Boston victory in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Lost in the performance of Wilkins (47 points) and Bird (34), a guard for each team finished with a double-double. Which Hawk had 16 points and 18 assists, and which Celtic had 13 points and 10 assists?

QUOTE OF THE DAY:The Yankees have a well-founded legal position.” – MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, on New York’s decision to not pay a contract bonus to Alex Rodriguez because of his past use of performance-enhancing drugs

STAT OF THE DAY: .198 – The Red Sox’ batting average against left-handers this season, after Thursday’s 3-1 loss to southpaw Wandy Rodriguez and the Rangers

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Brewers pitcher Will Smith is ejected for having pine tar on his arm, and he’s not happy with the Braves for calling him on it.

Cardinals center fielder Randal Grichuk makes a diving catch and then doubles up a Mets baserunner at first.

Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner rips a home run off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.

Sean O’Sullivan of the Phillies and Boone Logan of the Rockies have a standoff after the national anthem and before the start of their game in Colorado.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Catie Curtis was born on this day in 1965.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

Boston will have its first Indy Car race next Labor Day weekend.

The news was announced at an event Thursday evening at the Westin Boston Waterfront. City officials including Boston Director of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment Ken Brissette were joined by leaders of Grand Prix of Boston, with local comedian Dave Russo serving as the MC’€™s event.