The guys wrap up the show by talking about some national stories, like Pete Carroll admitting that he didn't disclose Richard Sherman's injury and LeBron James with yet another flop.
Mike Tomlin (Kirby Lee/USA Today Images)

Mike Tomlin (Kirby Lee/USA Today Images)

Imagine if a video leaked of Bill Belichick calling his upcoming opponent “a–holes.” He would probably be eviscerated for his arrogance, condemned for not respecting the league. Maybe Mark Brunell would even cry.

At the least, it would be the lead story across sports for the entire day. Belichick’s surliness makes him an easy target. There’s a lot to be said for affability, because it allows you to skate out of trouble. Just ask Mike Tomlin; he’s made a career of it.

Sunday night, Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted a since-deleted video on Facebook Live that caught Tomlin deriding the Patriots.

“We spotted them a–holes a day-and-a-half,” he said. “They played yesterday; our game got moved to tonight. We’re gonna touch down at 4 o’clock in the [expletive] morning. So be it. We’ll be ready for their [expletive]. But you ain’t got to tell them that we’re coming.”

The rah-rah speech, by all accounts, was standard football talk. Coaches across the NFL probably call their opponents –– and especially the Patriots –– a lot worse. But that’s not the point. Tomlin was recorded saying something incendiary. And yet, every talking head on ESPN’s Around the Horn, one of the network’s signature debate shows, laughed it off Monday. It’s difficult to believe everybody would’ve been so amused if Belichick were in Tomlin’s place.

Belichick gets treated differently than every coach, but few people represent the contrast more than Tomlin. All of the proof one needs to make that claim happened on Thanksgiving night in 2013, when Tomlin tried to trip Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones on a kick return in prime time. Belichick is called a cheater because the Patriots were caught taping opponents from the wrong area of the stadium and Tom Brady’s footballs lost air pressure in cold weather. Tomlin, meanwhile, actually tripped a guy on the field. But after a $100,000 fine, it all went away.

Speaking of Deflategate, the Steelers were also caught playing with under-inflated footballs against the Giants this season. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, one ball was measured at 11.4 PSI and another one clocked in at 11.8. Or, in other words, numbers that are nearly identical to the PSI level of the Patriots’ balls in the 2015 AFC championship game.

But unlike Deflategate I, the sequel was quelled in roughly one hour. The NFL released a statement shortly after the original report, saying all game day procedures were followed and there were no “chain of command issues.” The league masterfully avoided the PSI issue, since the science says nothing nefarious happened to the Patriots’ balls. Now it’s all about “chain of command,” because Jim McNally took some footballs into the bathroom with him before heading onto the field. Keep in mind, McNally’s pregame whereabouts weren’t known until after the league had paid millions of dollars to Ted Wells to investigate the alleged crime.

Giants owner John Mara, who admonished the Patriots during Deflategate, said the whole fuss over the Steelers’ balls was “much ado about nothing.” Pittsburgh got off, whereas the Patriots lost Brady for four games and a first-round pick. (For those keeping score at home, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger also missed four contests after being accused of sexual assault.)

As ESPN reported, the league went so hard against the Patriots, because many owners believe Roger Goodell let them off easy during Spygate (New England lost a first-round pick, but apparently that wasn’t enough). If that’s the case, then the Steelers should face even more scorn. Former head coach Bill Cowher admitted to trying to steal signals, and he was never even investigated.

There’s a double-standard when it comes to judging the Steelers and Patriots. Pittsburgh is held up on a pedestal as a model organization despite committing the same, if not worse infractions than New England. Like most instances, the strongest message the Patriots can send will be on the field Sunday. Brady is 7-2 against the Steelers with a 114.2 passer-rating. Nobody can spin that.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
Hour 4. Fauria is wrong about Rodgers. Lucy ranked the wives and girlfriends of Patriots players and Trenni isn't happy about it.
Hour 3. Aaron Rodgers doesn't get along with his family. Trenni's dream man in the Boston media is revealed.
Hour 2. Trenni defends Charlotte Wilder against the evil people on Twitter. Headlines with Kirk.
Hour 1. Trenni joins Kirk and Gerry to continue talking the Patriots-Steelers match-up. Kirk is standing by his pick that the Steelers will win.

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

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

NHL: Chicago at Colorado, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Houston at Miami, 7:30 p.m. (NBA)
NBA: Denver at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA)
College basketball: Illinois at Purdue, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Kentucky at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at N.C. State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: South Florida at UCF, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Texas at Baylor, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Michigan at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Georgia, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Wichita State at Evansville, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: New Mexico at Boise State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
Women’s college basketball: Memphis at South Florida, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Women’s college basketball: Oklahoma at Texas, 7 p.m. (FS1)


— The World Series champion Cubs visited the White House Monday for the last champion team visit of Barack Obama’s presidency.

“They said this day would never come,” Obama began his remarks during the ceremony. “I will say to the Cubs, it took you long enough. I only have four days left. You’re just making it under the wire. Even I was not crazy enough to suggest that during these eight years we would see the Cubs win the World Series. But I did say there has never been anything false about hope.”

Cubs team president and former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein joked about Obama’s White Sox fandom, granting him a “pardon.”

“We have taken the liberty of offering you a midnight pardon,” Epstein said. “We welcome you with open arms today to the Cubs family.”

“Among Sox fans I’m the Cubs’ No. 1 fan,” Obama responded.

Former Red Sox pitcher and current Cub Jon Lester was not in attendance at the White House and explained his absence was not political:




QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Yeah, as you know I’m not on SnapFace and all that, I don’t really get those. I’m just really worried about getting our team ready to go. I’m not really too worried about what they put on InstantChat, or whatever it is.” —Bill Belichick, on Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video from inside the Steelers’ locker room

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Tyler Zeller (27)

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
We replay Bill Belichick's weekly interview on D&H. Who knew Richard Sherman has been dealing with injuries all year? Not Pete Carroll. And a Low Light that gets the blood pumping (boo).

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