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Friday's Mashup: Maurice Jones-Drew enjoys Patriots loss after picking Andy Reid over Bill Belichick

Lucy Burdge
September 08, 2017 - 8:05 am

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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Baltimore at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Tampa Bay at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB: 

-- After the Patriots’ stunning loss to the Chiefs Thursday night, NFL Network analyst Maurice Jones-Drew took the opportunity to relish in his I-told-you-so moment. 

Earlier this week on NFL Network Sunday, Jones-Drew and co-host Heath Evans were breaking down the Patriots-Chiefs matchup when the former running back picked Andy Reid over Bill Belichick in the head coaching category. 

“On Week 1, and on Bye Weeks, Andy Reid is 26-10,” Jones-Drew said. “He has a winning record. I know he’s going against Bill Belichick, but I feel like when Andy Reid has extra time to prepare for a team, he pulls out all of the stops.” 

“26-10? Did you care to look up Bill’s? He’s 172-0,” Evans responded

Jones-Drew also cited Reid’s “junk food Fridays.” 

When Reid’s Chiefs beat Belichick’s Patriots, Jones-Drew tweeted a picture of himself on the sideline to remind everyone he was right. 

The great majority of the responses praised Jones-Drew for trolling everyone who called him an idiot for his pick. 

“You’re my hero,” one tweet read

“Mic drop,” another person tweeted

-- Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin received a letter in the mail this week from an Aggies fan threatening him with insults and a racial slur. 

Sumlin’s wife, Charlene, tweeted a picture of the letter, which reads: "You suck as a coach! You're a [expletive> and can't win! Please get lost! Or else."

"People of 2017: please tell me how any part of this is ok. And to the sender: did it occur to you that a child may open it? #orelseWHAT?" Charlene wrote in the tweet. 

Sumlin’s daughter Shelby, a student at Texas A&M, tweeted a response to the photo: "Imagine being a kid & reading this bs abt your dad. Things 'fans' say gets taken personal by more than just the coach. Humanity isn't hard."

The return address of the letter is that of a country club in Houston. 

Texas A&M president Michael Young and athletic director Scott Woodward released a Thursday night addressing the "disgusting and threatening letter."

"There is no excuse for hatred and, as a community, we will not allow the ignorance of some to intimidate any member of our community," the statement reads. "On behalf of all Aggies, our thoughts are with Coach Sumlin and his family, and we will do all that we can to ensure their safety. We are working with law enforcement authorities to bring the sender of this letter to justice. We stand with the Sumlins and will not accept this inexcusable act of hate."

Sumlin has faced criticism since his team’s season-opening loss to UCLA in which the Aggies blew a 34-point lead in the third quarter. 

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We just have to be a lot better in a lot of areas, starting with our attitude and our competitiveness. We’re going to have to do a lot better than tonight.” -- Tom Brady, after the Patriots’ 42-27 loss to the Chiefs Thursday night 
 

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