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: Indians at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Tigers, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Lightning, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— There was a time when Ben Simmons was considered the certain No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. But after a season in which he was not able to lead LSU to an NCAA Tournament berth, some concerns have been raised about the 6-foot-10 forward.

His work ethic and overall passion for the game has been questioned, and now a former NBA executive said there also are concerns about his maturity level.

“He’s a great talent, great passer and knows the game,” former Nuggets vice president of player personnel (and former player) Rex Chapman said Thursday on “The Dan Patrick Show.” “But I think if you ask people around LSU, around the league, he’s got some immaturity issues, and I think that’s what frightens teams a little bit.

“I think more so off the court. I think his game is a little more mature than his age for sure, but I think there are questions about his ability to be a really good teammate.”

The 76ers, who hold the No. 1 pick, apparently still are high on Simmons, as coach Brett Brown this week compared him to Magic Johnson and LeBron James.

Simmons, who is credited with being able to do just about everything except shoot from outside, averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists for an LSU team that went 19-14.

Brown also revealed that he has been friendly with the Simmons family since he coached Ben’s father, David, for five seasons with the Melbourne Tigers in Australia in the late 1980s/early 1990s, although NBA rules forced him to limit his contact with them.

— The NFL finally did something in an attempt to improve its image, indicating that it will refund $723,734 to the Defense Department, which had paid teams to honor military service members at games and events.

The league had come under heavy criticism for accepting the payments, with Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake criticizing the Pentagon for the “paid patriotism.” A reports issued last year found 72 contracts — in various sports — in which the government paid for patriotic tributes, something the Defense Department said it no longer will do.

Flake congratulated the NFL for rectifying the situation.

“In all the years I’ve spent trying to root out egregious federal spending, the NFL is the first organization to perform due diligence, take responsibility and return funds to the taxpayers,” Flake said in a news release. “The NFL’s response to this investigation sets a new standard and only strengthens its reputation as a supporter of military service members and veterans.”

— Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder welcomed results of a Washington Post poll that found that 90 percent of Native Americans are not offended by the team’s nickname.

A total of 504 people were surveyed between December and April via telephone, and only 9 percent said they found the name offensive.

“We are gratified by this overwhelming support from the Native American community, and the team will proudly carry the Redskins name,” Snyder said in a statement, reiterating that “our name represents honor, respect and pride.”

A federal judge ordered the team’s trademark registration to be canceled in July because the name may be offensive to Native Americans. The team has appealed that decision.

The lead plaintiff in the first case that challenged the team’s trademark protections did not support the poll’s findings.

“I don’t agree with them,” said Suzan Harjo, a member of the Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee tribes. “And I don’t agree that this is a valid way of surveying public opinion in Indian Country.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): Which Red Sox player had a streak of homering on May 20 for five straight years, starting with a three-home run game in a 10-3 victory over the Royals in 2001?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You’ve got to win your division games. [But] with [Tom] Brady being suspended four games, I think [that] makes the division up for grabs.” Jets wide receiver Eric Decker, on the AFC East

STAT OF THE DAY: 9 — Consecutive starts to open the season won by White Sox ace Chris Sale, after Thursday’s 2-1 victory over the Astros

‘NET RESULTS: Astros right fielder George Springer reaches over the fence to steal a home run from the White Sox.

Angels left fielder Rafael Ortega dives to make a great catch against the Dodgers.

Twins shortstop Eduardo Nunez dives for a grounder, then spins and fires from his knee to get Jose Bautista at first and prevent a Blue Jays run from scoring in the 10th inning of a tie game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jason Varitek

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Joe Cocker, who died in 2014, was born on this day in 1944.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Danny Picard talks David Ortiz and the Celtics offseason options 5-19-16
Mikey and Christian are talking more about David Ortiz and Bill Lee joins the show to talk about baseball fights and give his thoughts on the Red Sox season so far
Mikey and Christian talk with local comedy legend, Lenny Clarke about the Red Sox and the benefit he's doing this weekend.

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Mikey and Christian talk with some listeners about David Ortiz, his prior allegations of PED use, and if he's deserving of making the Hall of Fame.

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[0:02:24] ... I have a question here but I'll have your questions are yes. David Ortiz in your opinion. Steroid guy or not. Then or now and a title and now why both then and now. Because there ...
[0:10:16] ... why can't a guy who's six foot four and 250 pounds like David Ortiz who's a good hitter. A great hitter why can't he hit 500 home runs and and be free of this doubt well ...
[0:12:27] ... steroid question only the hall of fame I will tell you why David Ortiz will make all and why he will. Like you well yeah because. He got lucky with his timing he played another ten ...






Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss all aspects of the Celtics and the NBA Draft. Do they trade or do they draft?

[0:09:44] ... at the bank library of the past. We're back guards the next Ray Allen. We're sick you don't want a guard units. Hopped out got our little girl looking late if you knew that buddy Gil was going to be the next step curry. You would need it because I got weddings like that but all right if you knew we was gonna be the next Ray Allen but how do you know. You're taking a chance here. Let's get the project that's projection game became scared and album Michael with the next Ray Allen have gotten past Atlanta. Yeah I think they aren't they couldn't score in the paint they had no alternative to what again when Hillary in effect because in every on no rice but. I Okafor can already do that. Jerry that's a question within X Ray Allen. Have gotten past the man absolutely. Welcome no I think it would I think it would all loaded on the next Ray Allen. And the paint would have been they got there that leaves Isaiah Thomas for the white dominicans quarter Brady he's able to ...
[0:11:38] ... it to be just like this to build the team to have Isiah Thomas as our as our starting point guard. We didn't build it to have Jared sellinger here you may be able to take ...
[0:20:29] ... know we went over the without Jefferson Avery Bradley. Tony out land Delonte West and make good MBA players. But he's never being year. In this position where everybody wants. What's you've got as opposed to ...





Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss all aspects of the Celtics and the NBA Draft. Do they trade or do they draft?

[0:09:44] ... at the bank library of the past. We're back guards the next Ray Allen. We're sick you don't want a guard units. Hopped out got our little girl looking late if you knew that buddy Gil was going to be the next step curry. You would need it because I got weddings like that but all right if you knew we was gonna be the next Ray Allen but how do you know. You're taking a chance here. Let's get the project that's projection game became scared and album Michael with the next Ray Allen have gotten past Atlanta. Yeah I think they aren't they couldn't score in the paint they had no alternative to what again when Hillary in effect because in every on no rice but. I Okafor can already do that. Jerry that's a question within X Ray Allen. Have gotten past the man absolutely. Welcome no I think it would I think it would all loaded on the next Ray Allen. And the paint would have been they got there that leaves Isaiah Thomas for the white dominicans quarter Brady he's able to ...
[0:11:38] ... it to be just like this to build the team to have Isiah Thomas as our as our starting point guard. We didn't build it to have Jared sellinger here you may be able to take ...
[0:20:29] ... know we went over the without Jefferson Avery Bradley. Tony out land Delonte West and make good MBA players. But he's never being year. In this position where everybody wants. What's you've got as opposed to ...





Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss all aspects of the Celtics and the NBA Draft. Do they trade or do they draft?

[0:09:44] ... at the bank library of the past. We're back guards the next Ray Allen. We're sick you don't want a guard units. Hopped out got our little girl looking late if you knew that buddy Gil was going to be the next step curry. You would need it because I got weddings like that but all right if you knew we was gonna be the next Ray Allen but how do you know. You're taking a chance here. Let's get the project that's projection game became scared and album Michael with the next Ray Allen have gotten past Atlanta. Yeah I think they aren't they couldn't score in the paint they had no alternative to what again when Hillary in effect because in every on no rice but. I Okafor can already do that. Jerry that's a question within X Ray Allen. Have gotten past the man absolutely. Welcome no I think it would I think it would all loaded on the next Ray Allen. And the paint would have been they got there that leaves Isaiah Thomas for the white dominicans quarter Brady he's able to ...
[0:11:38] ... it to be just like this to build the team to have Isiah Thomas as our as our starting point guard. We didn't build it to have Jared sellinger here you may be able to take ...
[0:20:29] ... know we went over the without Jefferson Avery Bradley. Tony out land Delonte West and make good MBA players. But he's never being year. In this position where everybody wants. What's you've got as opposed to ...





We discuss the retirement of David Ortiz on the heels of Jeff Passan's piece today on it. We discuss all aspects of Ortiz, the salary, the performance, the health, the PEDs and more.

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[0:01:20] ... but it if at the end of the year forty year old David Ortiz. As got 3540 home runs had not been. 110. That would be far away the best on your team why wouldn't. Younger ...
[0:01:51] ... be concerned that you know it's kids' day boards Bobble head David David Ortiz not a lot of guaranteed 81 games in the lineup at Fenway Park. And you have select road games you know maybe ...
[0:04:44] ... year next year. And it's a bit of a tragedy futuristic equated David Ortiz his career with Phoebe Cates nude scenes are just trying to think of excellence. You know greatness and his greatness out of ...