Welcome to Tuesday’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 Tuesday’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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NES; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Giants at Phillies, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Indiana Fever at Chicago Sky, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA: Phoenix Mercury at Seattle Storm, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

– NBC analyst and respected former NFL coach Tony Dungy raised some eyebrows with comments he made about Michael Sam, saying he would not have drafted the openly gay defensive end in order to avoid the distraction.

“I wouldn’t have taken him,” Dungy told the Tampa Bay Tribune of the Rams rookie. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.

“It’s not going to be totally smooth. … Things will happen.”

Dungy’s stance has raised questions, especially considering he has voiced public support for Michael Vick and Plaxico Burress, both of whom were major distractions due to off-field behavior that landed them in jail. Dungy also backed Tim Tebow.

Dungy also is known for his strong conservative religious beliefs, although he did express support last year for Jason Collins, who became the first openly gay athlete in major professional sports in America when he suited up for the Nets.

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The comments drew criticism as well as support on the web. Said former Vikings punter and outspoken gay-rights advocate Chris Kluwe:

“When it comes to someone who is a homosexual football player, he’€™s worried that something will happen in the locker room. I mean, no, I think it’€™s cowardly to say that, because it’€™s your job to make sure that nothing happens in the locker room. That’€™s exactly why you’€™re the head coach, in order to take care of something like that.

“And to try and pawn it off and say, ‘Well, I think it’ll be too much of a distraction,’ that really is just an underhanded way of saying, ‘I don’€™t want to deal with a homosexual player on my team and I’€™m going to do whatever possible not to have to deal with that situation.’ ”

The Rams have made it clear they won’t be swayed by opinions like Dungy’s.

“If you’re going to take a leadership position by drafting Michael, you have to expect the good and the bad,” Rams COO Kevin Demoff said. “We’re prepared for it, and I think we’ll shine through it.”

– Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby did not mince words when offering his opinion of the NCAA, saying “cheating pays” and predicting big changes on the horizon that fans of the current set-up will not like.

“You’re going to hate it going forward,” he said. “There’s a lot of change coming.”

Speaking at the league’s media day Monday, Bowlsby said enforcement is “broken,” and athletic programs are taking advantage.

“I think it’s not an understatement to say cheating pays presently,” he said. “If you seek to conspire to certainly bend the rules, you can do it successfully and probably not get caught in most occasions. … They’re in a battle with a BB gun in their hand. They’re fighting howitzers.”

Bowlsby, who spoke out against unionization in college athletics, said the lawsuits against the NCAA will cause athletic departments to make tough decisions.

“I think all of that in the end will cause programs to be eliminated. I think you’ll see men’s Olympic sports go away as a result of the new funding challenges that are coming down the pike,” he said. “I think there may be tension among and between sports on campus and institutions that have different resources.”

– Former Lakers guard Michael Cooper, now in his first year as coach of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, left the team to seek treatment for tongue cancer.

Cooper, 58, is scheduled to have surgery this week, and the team said that he is expected to make a full recovery.

“I’m fortunate that my condition was diagnosed early, and this episode illustrates the importance of screening and early detection,” said Cooper, who is expected to miss two weeks. “I know the team will be in good hands with coach [Karleen] Thompson at the helm during my absence, and I look forward to returning to the court soon.”

Cooper has led the Dream to a 15-6 record and first place in the Eaastern Conference. He’s already won two WNBA titles as coach of the Los Angeles Sparks.

Cooper won five NBA titles with the Lakers in the 1980s.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 22, 2004, which minor league call-up became the only left-hander to start a game for the Red Sox all season?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “That one was fun. That one fired me up a little bit. I didn’€™t think I was going to get to it, but got to it, made the jump, timed it pretty good, and I was able to come down with it. That was one of the better ones I’€™ve made. It was fun.” Red Sox right fielder Brock Holt, on his leaping catch at the wall during Monday night’s 14-1 rout of the Blue Jays in Toronto

STAT OF THE DAY: 36 — David Ortiz‘s rank on Major League Baseball‘s all-time home run list, as he hit two Monday night to give him 453 and move past Carl Yastrzemski

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley reaches over the fence to take a home run away from Travis d’Arnaud of the Mets.

Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons makes an acrobatic play to get a forceout against the Marlins.

Peruvian soccer player Carlos Lobaton is the talk of the soccer world after scoring four impressive goals in two games over three days, including a blast from his own side of midfield that surprised a wandering goalkeeper in Sporting Cristal’s 4-3 victory over Juan Aurich.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Abe Alvarez, who took the loss as the Red Sox fell to the Orioles, 8-3, in the first game of a doubleheader split

SOOTHING SOUNDS: George Clinton was born on this day in 1941.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We delve into Tony Dungy's comments on Michael Sam and drafting him, and how there may be more at work here than on the surface.
We delve into Tony Dungy's comments on Michael Sam and drafting him, and how there may be more at work here than on the surface.

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We talk Sox after a sweep over the Royals at Fenway. We look at fan interest and how nothing in the AL East is even remotely decided at this point.
We talk Sox after a sweep over the Royals at Fenway. We look at fan interest and how nothing in the AL East is even remotely decided at this point.
We tackle four topics, all spawned by Rory McIroy's futures bet he placed on his own son 10 years ago.
We tackle four topics, all spawned by Rory McIroy's futures bet he placed on his own son 10 years ago.

In Monday’€™s Three For All on Middays with MFB, Tim Benz, Lou Merloni and Christian Fauria discussed HBO’€™s “True Detective,” a man’€™s poor way of informing his wife of his frustrations in bed and one 5-year-old boy’€™s special birthday wish. To listen to the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Over the weekend, Benz purchased the DVD box set of the critically-acclaimed HBO show “True Detective,” which had he not seen before.

“€œI never really watch shows, I’€™m not a TV show watcher,” Benz said. “Unless it’€™s ‘Family Guy’ or ‘South Park,’ that’€™s pretty much what I’€™m limited to.”

Benz finished the entire eight-episode first season over a two-day stretch, and was overall torn on the final product.

“€œI crammed. … I stayed up really late on Saturday night, I watched the first five episodes, which I really enjoyed, and the last three I thought were crap,” Benz said.

When asked to give the show a grade, Benz gave it a B/B-minus.

“By TV standards, it’€™s an A,”Benz said. “€œBut I have pretty low standards when it comes to looking at TV.”

“I haven’€™t seen it, and now, I don’€™t think I’€™m going to go see it, unless I’€™m on vacation, downtime, don’€™t feel like reading some crap book. … I might try it out,” Fauria said.

– A man didn’t take the best route when it came to voicing his frustration about his wife turning down his sexual advances. The man eventually sent his wife a spreadsheet that listed all the times over the past two months that he attempted to have sex with her and the excuses that she gave to avoid it.

After getting the spreadsheet via email, the woman posted the document on the social networking site Reddit and it has since gone viral.

“He was obviously trying really hard,”€ Fauria said, adding: “He thought he’€™s make an Excel spreadsheet, which is stupid, because you just made a bad problem worse. Now she’€™s really not going to have sex with you.”

– Merloni brought up the story of Foxboro native Danny Nickerson, a 5-year-old boy who was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer last fall.

Nickerson, who will turn 6 on July 25, gets a huge boost when he receives cards with his name on it in the mail, and he has already received over 40 letters leading up to his birthday.

Merloni gave out Nickerson’€™s address out during the segment and urged everyone to send a card his way for his birthday.

“Let’€™s get some birthday cards out to little Danny and let him just enjoy  seeing all the cards in there, seeing his name on all of it,” Merloni said.

Cards can be sent to Danny Nickerson, P.O. Box 212, Foxboro, MA 02035.

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan
Do the Bills pose the biggest threat? Should Sean McManus force his announcers on CBS to NOT say Redskins? What happens next? Tiger win another major, or will Rory complete a career grand slam? Colby Lewis was angry at Colby Rasmus for bunting against the shift. Should Red Sox fans have false hope, or cautious optimism?