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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, 2:20 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Yankees at Blue Jays 7:07 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB: Giants at Padres, 10:30 p.m. (MLB)
College football: Wyoming at Eastern Michigan, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: TCU at SMU, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: USC at Utah, 9 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Bundesliga, SC Freiburg at Borussia Dortmund, 2:20 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Sunday’s game in Charlotte, North Carolina, between the Panthers and Vikings remains on as scheduled, despite a state of emergency in the city due to protests over a police shooting earlier in the week.

Panthers president Danny Morrison said in a statement that the team has been in contact with local authorities and the league, noting: “We are continuing to monitor events as we prepare for Sunday’s home game.”

Players interviewed Thursday showed support for playing the contest despite the violence that has gripped the city.

“If you take this game away I think it is going to just continue to add to the stress and add to what is already going on in a negative way,” Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis said.

However, there was concern among players.

“My wife usually takes the kids uptown and they tailgate with family and friends, but we said maybe this week we should just come to the game, park in our lot and go up to your seats and get settled in,” Panthers tight end Greg Olsen said. “Is it worth moseying around in a town that is in such a heightened state of chaos?”

Panthers safety Tre Boston said he is considering joining Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest, but he plans to do more research before coming to a decision.

“You have to find a way you are not disrespecting people and that everybody understands where we are coming from, but at the same time you want to get your message across,” Boston said. “And sometimes it can feel disrespectful when you send your message across and somebody doesn’t believe in it. We’ll see.”

— Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger apologized Thursday after sending out tweets critical of protesters in Charlotte and President Barack Obama, including one that read, “Everyone involved should be locked behind bars like animals.”

“I am sickened by the idea that anyone would think of me in racist terms,” Clevenger said in a statement. “My tweets were reactionary to the events I saw on the news and were worded beyond poorly at best and I can see how and why someone could read into my tweets far more deeply than how I actually feel.”

Mariners general manager Jerry DiPoto said in a statement that the team is “very disappointed,” adding: “His tweets do not in any way represent the opinions of the Seattle Mariners. We strongly disagree with the language and tone of his comments.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 23, 1969, Dick Williams was dismissed as Red Sox manager. Who replaced him for the remainder of the season?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was crazy. It was awesome. Definitely great to see all the players just run up to you. I got a headache from all the head bobbing and head bumping. But it was definitely worth it.” — Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett, on his first-quarter touchdown during Thursday’s 27-0 victory over the Texans

STAT OF THE DAY: 5 — The Red Sox’ magic number to clinch the AL East, after Thursday’s 5-3 victory over the Orioles gave them eight straight wins

‘NET RESULTS: The Mets tie the Phillies with a two-run home run in the ninth inning and, after falling behind again by two runs in the 11th, win it on Asdrubal Cabrera’s walk-off three-run homer.

Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley fumbles a grounder but recovers with a behind-the-back flip to first base for the out against the Rockies.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Eddie Popowski

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bruce Springsteen was born on this day in 1949.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We check in with SI/MMQB's senior football writer Peter King. We talk Patriots/Texans, the value of Jimmy G, and the fledgling Buffalo Bills.
We check in with SI/MMQB's senior football writer Peter King. We talk Patriots/Texans, the value of Jimmy G, and the fledgling Buffalo Bills.

[0:00:50] ... much experience playing. And had high value I don't know how much Matt Hasselbeck played before Michael gripped threaten traitor war. But I've asked you all that to get to this what's the value of shouldn't ...
[0:02:25] ... guy on the market valued more highly than all of a sudden Chicago Bears. Might not offer a one for dropped well they might off one something Sam Bradford. And offer to an up or forgive ...
[0:03:39] ... you know what quite frankly I would do. But it all. That Bill Belichick. It's probably confident that when the original medical results came back Sunday night slash Monday. Obviously there's no break. And the sprain ...
[0:05:07] ... still think that. That's gonna go down and see you know when Bill Belichick retires we. You know we I just think that that that's gonna go down as one of his biggest win. And it ...






We close out the show with the best sound bites from throughout the day.
We close out the show with the best sound bites from throughout the day.

[0:01:09] ... spending the last twelve years I'm like come up hanging out with George Clooney and Matt Damon instead of being stuck in the house with 85 kids became their. Oh yeah and indignant at and it's. Paul let's see ...
[0:07:21] ... the Sox dugout last night you probably saw this it appeared that David Ortiz. Sort of very gleefully past guests and it with a towel flawless teammates getting joint. There was even a brief mention of it during sports editors highlight package Red Sox visiting the Orioles and David Ortiz appears that perhaps some gas in the dugout. Yeah whoever is melted down did. Bill passed some gas in the dugout I'm ...
[0:08:14] ... this time. Andrew Bennett attendee got to feature rolled busting out some Michael Jackson esque dance moves. Today get Levitt tarred and his radio crew wondered why other teams are standing for this showboating. Throw a baseball on any of the Red Sox they're out there in the outfield dancing around after victories like why isn't that showing the opponent up after you've beaten them. That the game is over in your dance around and you're doing one of the guys did Michael Jackson yesterday in the app on certain someone well before the season. I'm just curious why is that is it because the games ...
[0:09:08] ... won last night and a guy in the outfield was pantomime in Michael Jackson. Okay and play again tonight against the same team the Orioles and I guarantee you someone's got a good. And there is ...






Inspired by tonight's showdown against the Texans, we look at four other times the Pats took them on, and the unique circumstances around each game...
Inspired by tonight's showdown against the Texans, we look at four other times the Pats took them on, and the unique circumstances around each game...
Live from Foxboro we bring you complete coverage of tonight's Texans @ Patriots game. Jimmy G is out, but Gronk is back, and much more!
Live from Foxboro we bring you complete coverage of tonight's Texans @ Patriots game. Jimmy G is out, but Gronk is back, and much more!

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Regardless of your political leanings, everyone should have an appreciation for the best part of the campaign process. And that’s when politicians’ handlers decide they need to get in touch with the common man to show they’re not elitist, out-of-touch, insulated power brokers. They’re candidates of the people. Just like you and me Joe Average Lunch Pail Six Pack. Because it never, ever works out the way they hope and just ends up disproving what they were trying to prove.

I give Zach Galifianakis a lot more credit than Hillary here. Because he didn’t hold back like I thought he would and dialed up the awkwardness to amazing levels. It’s your move, Trump campaign. Help make “Between Two Ferns” great again.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton