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Friday’s Mashup: Gordon Hayward wants Celtics fans to chant ‘daddy’s always happy’ during home games

Lucy Burdge
August 10, 2018 - 6:23 am

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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Washington at Chicago Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, WEEI-FM 93.7)
MLB: Seattle at Houston, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

-- Gordon Hayward has an interesting idea for a chant from Celtics fans for this season.

During a game of Fortnite, Hayward said he wants to see fans chant “daddy’s always happy” at the Garden.

“If any of you guys are gonna go to the games at TD Garden, you gotta get a ‘daddy’s always happy’ chant going,” Hayward told those watching his stream. “That would be awesome.”

Hayward’s friend said there’s no way he’s calling him “daddy,” to which Hayward responded, “that would be tight.”

This doesn’t really have a great chant flow to it but it is a humorous reference to the video of Hayward and his wife, Robyn, and their two daughters doing a gender reveal for their third baby. When they opened the box and pink balloons flew out, Robyn looked worried that Hayward was disappointed the baby isn’t a boy.

“Is daddy happy?” Robyn said. And Hayward said, “Daddy’s always happy.”

-- National anthem protests have already begun in the NFL preseason, with some players kneeling and raising fists on Thursday night.

Malcolm Jenkins and De’Vante Bausby raised fists during the anthem before the Eagles’ loss to the Steelers. Teammate Chris Long stood next to Jenkins with a hand on Jenkins’ shoulder.

Robert Quinn of the Dolphins also raised a fist while his teammates Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee before facing the Buccaneers.

“It just happened that way,” Stills told reporters after the game. “When I’m on a knee, most of the time I’m praying, and thank God for having Albert next to me. Being a part of this protest hasn’t been easy. I thought I was going to be by myself out there. Today I had an angel with me with Albert being out there. I’m grateful he sees what’s happening, and he wants to do something about it as well.”

Telvin Smith, Jalen Ramsey, Leonard Fournette and TJ Yeldon of the Jaguars waited in the tunnel while the anthem played, as did Quinton Jefferson, Branden Jackson and Duane Brown of the Seahawks.

Colin Kaepernick expressed his support for the protests in a tweet Thursday night.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Some players played, some didn't. We tried to play people we wanted to take a look at and give some reps to." -- Bill Belichick, when asked by Tom Brady didn’t play in the Patriots’ first preseason game on Thursday

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