Good morning, here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

Good morning, here is your Friday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: 
NHL: Chicago at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Detroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m. (NHL)
NBA: Golden State at Houston, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Indiana at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Eastern Michigan at Akron, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Women’s college basketball: Providence at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS2)
Women’s college basketball: Georgetown at Xavier, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College hockey: Connecticut at Vermont, 6 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College hockey: Bentley at Sacred Heart, 8:30 p.m. (NESN Plus)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Ex-Jet Mark Gastineau revealed Thursday night he is battling brain diseases he believes resulted from concussions he sustained playing football.

“When my results came back, I had dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson,” Gastineau said. “Those are three things that I have.”

The 60 year-old called his diagnosis, which he received a year ago, “disturbing” and believes the problems were caused by poor tackling technique.

“I led with my head all the time,” he said. “Do you remember Marvin Powell? He was one of the best linemen in the NFL. He and I used to have wars [in practice]. … People would come and gather round because when we hit each other, I mean, you would hear pops, like a shotgun going off.”

Despite this, Gastineau endorsed USA Football’s Head’s Up program to encourage kids to play football and disagrees with Bo Jackson’s belief that his kids shouldn’t play the sport because of its dangers.

“I think that if he would have known about the Heads Up program, I don’t think that he would have said that he never would have let his kids play,” Gastineau said of Jackson. “The only reason that I would allow my child to play is because of this USAFootball.com. I would not allow my child to play if I did not have this Heads Up Football. There’s no way in the world. You cannot expect your child not to be injured if you do not enter this program.”

Gastineau also said he has no regrets about his career.

“I am so happy that I went through the times, the trials and things that I went through in the NFL,” Gastineau said. “I wouldn’t trade them for anything.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He’s got a great quarterback named Tom Brady, and a great coach named [Bill] Belichick, Bob Kraft. So good luck, Bob. Your friend Tom just called, he feels good. He called to congratulate us, he feels good. Good luck. Your going to do great things.” — Donald Trump, the night before his inauguration

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
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