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ESPNDez Bryant might not have been watching the Scripps National Spelling Bee live, but the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver quickly became a huge fan of co-winner Nihar Janga.

Janga channeled his inner Bryant, throwing up the “X” after being named co-champion with Jairam Hathwar on Thursday night.

This is just so typical. It’s everything that’s wrong with sports AND with society these days.

The Scripps Spelling Bee used to have a code. Unwritten rules that said you don’t disrespect your opponent. You don’t showboat. When you got a word right, you acted like you’ve been there.

Now, it’s all about the individual. It’s about drawing attention to yourself. It’s putting your own self-aggrandizement ahead of the English language and really hard, non-phonetic spellings. Some are actually arguing the sport needs that sort of gimmick. They say Spelling Bees have gotten stale, and the gesturing and the dancing will appeal to a younger audience. But I’m not buying it.

Back in my day, we played the Bee game with dignity and class. We put complex words, ambiguous vowel sounds, digraphs and diphthongs first. And if an opponent danced in your face, you drilled him in the ass with a string of consonants that made him screaming onomatopoeia all the way to the hospital.

So thanks for trying to ruin the Sport of Kings, Nihar Janga. Just like your hero Dez Bryant is doing to football. And forgetting that you’re supposed to be a role model for all the younger Bee fans who are supposed to look up to. Lord, I hate to think what the game is going to look like in 20 years.

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Gary Tanguay fills in for Dino and they talk about Kirk's podcast with Pete Sheppard.

If you’re disappointed you can’t get your football fix at Patriots OTAs this week because less important things like work, school and life are getting in the way, join the club. If you’re worried that Julian Edelman isn’t there, either (along with guys like Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola and Dion Lewis), I’m with you.

So instead, I offer you the next best thing. If this Minitron video doesn’t keep you pumped up for the season or convince you that despite the surgeries on his foot Edelman is coming back and bringing hell with him, then you have no soul. Thanks to the folks at Pats Nation Video Page for this. We needed it.

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If you’re disappointed you can’t get your football fix at Patriots OTAs this week because less important things like work, school and life are getting in the way, join the club. If you’re worried that Julian Edelman isn’t there, either (along with guys like Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola and Dion Lewis), I’m with you.

So instead, I offer you the next best thing. If this Minitron video doesn’t keep you pumped up for the season or convince you that despite the surgeries on his foot Edelman is coming back and bringing hell with him, then you have no soul. Thanks to the folks at Pats Nation Video Page for this. We needed it.

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Jerry Thornton

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: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Dodgers at Mets, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Cavaliers at Raptors, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Dream at Wings, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: Exhibition, England vs. Australia, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Ray Rice

Ray Rice

— The Ravens apparently wanted to make sure their rookies understood the importance of staying out of trouble, so the team called in the one player most likely to get the young players’ attention: Ray Rice.

The former Ravens running back, who has been out of the league since video emerged of him punching out his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator in February 2014, lectured the team’s rookis Wednesday in his advisory role.

According to a story on the team’s website, Rice “made a terrible mistake” that caused him to be suspended and then released by the Ravens, who have since “dedicated themselves to the cause of domestic violence awareness and education.”

Explained the team in a statement: “Our 27 sessions to our rookies through our player engagement program review and teach life management and life lessons. Rice, who played for the Ravens from 2008-2014, delivered an important message that included his story, both the good and the bad. He clearly had the attention of our rookies.”

Owner Steve Biscotti indicated after the team released Rice in September 2014 that he believed Rice could help guide the younger players.

“I believe in my heart that Ray would be a great addition to us when it comes to trying to steer these guys from young men to grown men,” Biscotti said then.

— Alex Rodriguez returned to the Yankees on Thursday after a stint on the disabled list, and he picked right up where he left off, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in New York’s 3-1 loss to the visiting Blue Jays.

The Yankees wasted a strong performance from CC Sabathia in losing for the second game in a row after a six-game winning streak.

“Definitely a missed opportunity at home,” Rodriguez said. “Anytime that our big guy gives us seven strong, two runs, we should win those games.”

In addition to the two strikeouts, Rodriguez grounded out on the first pitch he saw in the second inning and flew out to right field in the seventh.

Rodriguez, who has recovered from a strained right hamstring, ended his day by making Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna throw 10 pitches in his ninth-inning at-bat before striking out.

“It was 0-for-4. There’s not much to evaluate,” Rodriguez said. “The last at-bat was fairly competitive, and Osuna threw a pretty good pitch 3-2.”

Manager Joe Girardi said Rodriguez’s at-bats “seemed OK. I know he didn’t get any hits, but we had a lot of guys that didn’t get hits today.”

— It was a rough season for Wizards forward Markieff Morris, and his offseason isn’t off to a good start.

Morris was detained at Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday on suspicion of marijuana possession. After “suspected marijuana” was found during a search of his bag, he was taken in for questioning and later released on his own recognizance without being charged.

Morris, a Philadelphia native, started this season with the Suns, but he was upset because the team traded his twin brother, Marcus, last offseason, and he went public with his desire to be traded. During a game in December, Morris threw a towel at then-coach Jeff Hornacek, earning him a two-game suspension. In February he got into a screaming and shoving match on the bench with teammate Archie Goodwin.

Morris eventually was traded to Washington, where he stayed out of trouble for the rest of the season. The 26-year-old finished the season averaging 12.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 27, 1985, in the Memorial Day Massacre at Boston Garden, the Celtics routed the Lakers, 148-114, in Game 1 of the NBA finals. Which Celtic set an NBA finals record by shooting 11-for-11 (including four 3-pointers)?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It happens. I feel like I put some pretty good swings on the ball and they got caught.” — Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., after his 29-game hitting streak ended in Thursday’s 8-2 loss to the Rockies

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 — Goals Thursday night by Penguins rookie forward Bryan Rust — who only scored five goals the entire regular season — as he led Pittsburgh to a 2-1 victory over the Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals

‘NET RESULTS: Warriors star Steph Curry helps keep Golden State’s season going as he comes up with a steal and then a nifty basket late in Thursday’s 120-111 Game 5 victory over the Thunder and tells the fans, “We’re not going home.”

Yadier Molina alertly makes a catch after a pop-up bounces out of the glove of teammate Aledmys Diaz.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred gets a tour of the Iowa home featured in the movie “Field of Dreams.”

TRIVIA ANSWER: Scott Wedman

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bruce Cockburn was born on this day in 1945.

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Jerry Spar
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
We discuss Wade Boggs, his attitude, legacy and decision to wear his NY Yankees ring on the night the Red Sox honored the 1986 team.
We discuss Wade Boggs, his attitude, legacy and decision to wear his NY Yankees ring on the night the Red Sox honored the 1986 team.
We discuss OMF"s interview with Ted Olson, the Amicus brief filed by the Patriots, and whether or not fans are sick of this fight and just want it to end, or if fighting to the bitter end is the right choice.

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