It should be obvious by now that Tom Brady has stopped playing fair in the social media game. He might have taken some time off in the last few weeks, but by no means is he taking a knee. The photo with his son was adorable, but adding the one with Vince Wilfork is the equivalent of the Patriots running up the score on Joe Gibbs’ Redskins back in 2007. This is Secretariat increasing his lead down the stretch at the Belmont. Not that I mind; the Internet is fair game. But it would be nice if he left a little bit of awesome for the other 7 billion people on the planet.
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Welcome to Wednesday’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 Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Knicks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Clippers at Rockets, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Spurs at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UMass at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. (NESN Plus)
College basketball: UConn at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Virginia at Wake Forest, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: VCU at Richmond, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Central Florida at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Tulane at Tulsa, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Marquette at Butler, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Duke at Virginia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Baylor at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Florida State at Miami, 9 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Freso State at Wyoming, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Washington at UCLA, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Oregon at California, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Penguins at Capitals, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Monaco at Arsenal, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Rajon Rondo‘s honeymoon in Dallas appears to be over.

The former Celtic, who has a history of run-ins with coaches and teammates, had a profanity-laced exchange with Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle during a third-quarter timeout and then was stuck on the bench the rest of the night as his team rallied for a 99-92 victory Tuesday night over the visiting Raptors.

The incident started early in the third quarter. With the Mavs trailing by nine, Rondo dribbled the ball past midcourt as Carlisle appeared to call for a play only to be brushed off by his point guard. The coach then abruptly called a timeout and the two argued as the team returned to the bench. Carlise would only say that they had a “difference of opinion.” As for why Rondo did not return to the game, Carlisle said: “Because I’m the coach and that’s the decision I made at that time.”

Added Carlisle: “I thought it worked out well. The other guys stepped up and we were able to win.”

Rondo, who finished with four points, four assists, two turnovers and three fouls, reportedly has been frustrated with his lack of play-calling responsibilities. He did not speak after the game.

Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 18 points, said: “Stuff like that is never good. It’s unfortunate, but it happens. It’s about how the team responds.”

Owner Mark Cuban played down the issue, saying: “It’s an emotional game and sometimes emotions come out. It’s happened many times in the past and will happen many more in the future.”

Carlisle indicated he doesn’t plan to change his rotation for the future, implying the Rondo will start Wednesday night’s game against the Eastern Conference-leading Hawks.

Said Carlisle: “That’s what we brought him here for.”

— Keith Olbermann, no stranger to controversy for his behavior, was suspended by ESPN for insulting Penn State students on Twitter.

Olbermann responded to a tweet from a Penn State alumnus about students raising more than $13 million to fight pediatric cancer by writing that Penn State students are “pitiful,” and that their fundraising “doesn’t change the school’s reputation.”

He eventually apologized, tweeting: I was stupid and childish and way less mature than the students there who did such a great fundraising job.

ESPN removed him from his show for the rest of the week.

“It was completely inappropriate and does not reflect the views of ESPN,” the network said in a statement Tuesday. “We have discussed it with Keith, who recognizes he was wrong. ESPN and Keith have agreed that he will not host his show for the remainder of this week and will return on Monday. The annual tradition of THON and the efforts of the students of Penn State to fight pediatric cancer should be applauded.”

A SportsCenter anchor from 1992-97, Olbermann left ESPN after clashing with management. He spent eight years as a host at MSNBC before leaving that job abruptly in 2011. He later spent one year at Current TV before being taken off the air. He sued the company and settled out of court. Olbermann returned to ESPN in 2013.

— After the NFL’s poor handling of domestic-abuse cases this past season, two members of Congress are reaching out to commissioner Roger Goodell for clarification of the league’s penalties.

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), who also wrote to Goodell last year, asked about the possibility of teams losing draft picks for players’ misconduct.

“Please provide further clarification on whether the removal of draft picks will be used as a penalty for teams that do not appropriately address domestic violence and sexual assault,” the politicians wrote, adding: “We urge you to create accountability at all levels of the NFL, particularly among team owners, who have the most direct financial incentives to avoid long-term suspensions and quickly get players back on the field. … We support this potential disciplinary action as a significant indication that the NFL takes these issues very seriously and intends to hold teams responsible for allowing cultures of violence and abuse.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarty answered an Associated Press request for comment by saying: “We look forward to responding to the letter,” and noting that teams can be fined for repeated violations of the league’s personal conduct policy.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 25, 1998, which onetime Celtics coach passed Red Auerbach to become the second-winningest coach in NBA history with 939 career wins?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think we’re more discerning than ever, despite what people might write this week. With high-ceiling players, you have to take risks, especially on young players.” Red Sox owner John Henry, on the team’s pursuit of Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada

STAT OF THE DAY: 95 – Days since Daniel Paille last scored a goal, before he recorded the Bruins’ only tally in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the Canucks

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Pistons (and former Celtics) forward Tayshaun Prince dribbles past the entire Cavaliers team with this coast-to-coast drive that ends with a dunk.

LeBron James‘ behind-the-back pass to Kevin Love for a 3-pointer sets the all-time assists record by a forward with 6,136, passing Scottie Pippen.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bill Fitch, who was in his final season as an NBA coach, guiding the Clippers

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late George Harrison was born on this day in 1943.

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Dale and Michael talk about the Sox batting order as all are now present and accounted for in Red Sox spring training.

[0:00:48] ... it was report April position players first day of workouts as tomorrow. David Ortiz was the last guy to come into the the facility this morning was there in money time for when they had to ...
[0:09:39] ... year two's gonna have Jon Lester in the system are gonna have Dustin Pedroia in the system. They're gonna have Jacoby Ellsbury and in the system and these guys would. Eventually be apart of Jonathan Papelbon ...
[0:10:34] ... these guys got to become. Did you see the the self beat David Ortiz put out today on his Twitter feed. These Republicans helped he says we now in the president of the big when the ...
[0:11:50] ... spot. Or three whatever territory where they put Pedroia. If you have Dustin Pedroia back to being a guy who's getting a lot of doubles. And just just being back to being at the trimmings a ...






Dale and Michael talk about the Sox batting order as all are now present and accounted for in Red Sox spring training.

[0:00:48] ... it was report April position players first day of workouts as tomorrow. David Ortiz was the last guy to come into the the facility this morning was there in money time for when they had to ...
[0:09:39] ... year two's gonna have Jon Lester in the system are gonna have Dustin Pedroia in the system. They're gonna have Jacoby Ellsbury and in the system and these guys would. Eventually be apart of Jonathan Papelbon ...
[0:10:34] ... these guys got to become. Did you see the the self beat David Ortiz put out today on his Twitter feed. These Republicans helped he says we now in the president of the big when the ...
[0:11:50] ... spot. Or three whatever territory where they put Pedroia. If you have Dustin Pedroia back to being a guy who's getting a lot of doubles. And just just being back to being at the trimmings a ...






We discuss the NFL, the latest trade rumors and more for your world champion Patriots in the 2015 offseason.

[0:09:08] ... punch. Which is hard to fathom yeah it's hard for an even Adrian Peterson what he did to his son if that was on video. That's despicable till I can't say it's five times worse than. This is this is why I'm wondering about it because in the red rights situation. What he did immediately. If he was well what he did he was. Very quickly arrested for. This Adrian Peterson may be wasn't all that quick but what he did he was arrested for. So if people have this knowledge of what ...
[0:22:22] ... the we all expect I thought it was gonna lose it when Matt Cassel became the starting quarterback oh here we go and have Tom Brady got Matt Cassel throw to home. I can imagine the castle overthrow or Cassell missed it Randy Moss does dresses and down right there on the field but it didn't happen I did here. I I know that the village when every bring this point up somebody's today they took Albert Haynesworth the neck and they took Corey Dylan that night and they took Randi Boston neck. Well in in a couple of those ...




We discuss the NFL, the latest trade rumors and more for your world champion Patriots in the 2015 offseason.

[0:09:08] ... punch. Which is hard to fathom yeah it's hard for an even Adrian Peterson what he did to his son if that was on video. That's despicable till I can't say it's five times worse than. This is this is why I'm wondering about it because in the red rights situation. What he did immediately. If he was well what he did he was. Very quickly arrested for. This Adrian Peterson may be wasn't all that quick but what he did he was arrested for. So if people have this knowledge of what ...
[0:22:22] ... the we all expect I thought it was gonna lose it when Matt Cassel became the starting quarterback oh here we go and have Tom Brady got Matt Cassel throw to home. I can imagine the castle overthrow or Cassell missed it Randy Moss does dresses and down right there on the field but it didn't happen I did here. I I know that the village when every bring this point up somebody's today they took Albert Haynesworth the neck and they took Corey Dylan that night and they took Randi Boston neck. Well in in a couple of those ...




In honor of the Red Sox newest prospect we rehash four Boston athletes that were much hyped... some lived up to it... some did not.

[0:00:48] ... this was. Up first on our hype meter we've got the Japanese Greg Maddux. The Japanese sensation that's gonna sweep the nation. Well when he first arrived in Boston. He looked up to some of the ...
[0:02:12] ... prospect not to mention this jobless and evolve not to mention is Hanley Ramirez is offensive line of some might out of the hide of guys. Nothing like lately so it's nice gave ever member. Tracking ...
[0:02:57] ... good fastball it Clemens. Yes Michael yes we are sticking to the Boston Red Sox. Leading up to his signing with the Red Sox Carl Crawford with the four time all star four times he led the league in stolen bases. Four times he led the league in triples. Carl Crawford was supposed to solve our problems in left field and all he did was create some more. Is that we really you ...
[0:03:59] ... Sox. Think it was an event very long grace period with. Right Carl Crawford about about people were extremely patient with it and that incident at the New Hampshire com. Yeah it wasn't here is not ...






In honor of the Red Sox newest prospect we rehash four Boston athletes that were much hyped... some lived up to it... some did not.

[0:00:48] ... this was. Up first on our hype meter we've got the Japanese Greg Maddux. The Japanese sensation that's gonna sweep the nation. Well when he first arrived in Boston. He looked up to some of the ...
[0:02:12] ... prospect not to mention this jobless and evolve not to mention is Hanley Ramirez is offensive line of some might out of the hide of guys. Nothing like lately so it's nice gave ever member. Tracking ...
[0:02:57] ... good fastball it Clemens. Yes Michael yes we are sticking to the Boston Red Sox. Leading up to his signing with the Red Sox Carl Crawford with the four time all star four times he led the league in stolen bases. Four times he led the league in triples. Carl Crawford was supposed to solve our problems in left field and all he did was create some more. Is that we really you ...
[0:03:59] ... Sox. Think it was an event very long grace period with. Right Carl Crawford about about people were extremely patient with it and that incident at the New Hampshire com. Yeah it wasn't here is not ...






Clay Buchholz spoke with the guys about having a more "regular" off-season and Spring Training, being the oldest pitcher on the staff, and how baseball is a mental game.

[0:00:06] ... I'm told that who has got Clay Buchholz standing by. In Florida serie a little railroad area around here announced at trinity to some burned to the two guys will go back down there but beautiful ...
[0:01:10] ... when you Orly the the elder guy here in Boston Ewing no Jon Lester no John Lackey. How high does that cause your approach kind of coming in here being with that leader like well maybe some things you've ...
[0:11:08] ... this Clay Buchholz he's Stella blue Maloney at spring training to advance Christian Fauria back here. In Boston or we come back we'll do it free for all we have a little for the free for ...