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Monday’s Mashup: Richard Sherman rips NFL’s ‘idiotic’ new helmet rule

Lucy Burdge
August 20, 2018 - 6:59 am

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MLB: Atlanta at PIttsburgh, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
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MLB: Houston at Seattle, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)


-- Richard Sherman went off on the NFL’s new helmet rule in sereis of tweets on Sunday night, calling it “idiotic” and saying it “should be dismissed immediately.”


The NFL explained the new rule in a tweet last week:

The point of the rule is to protect players but it has led to more flags so far in the preseason than would have been called otherwise. It was first implemented in late March.

-- Little League star Alfred “Big Al” Delia’s Middletown, NJ team did not make it to the Little League World Series, but that didn’t stop the viral star from taking over Williamsport this weekend.

Big Al made some new friends at the Little League Classic Sunday night and even participated in ESPN’s broadcast of the event.

And he caught Todd Frazier’s ceremonial first pitch.

Big Al, the envy of every child in America right now, is also scheduled to be in the booth on the call for one of the games this week.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "He trusted me. And he was very honest and genuine. I still remember in '07, we had these meetings in spring training, they would map out how it was going to play during the season. It was Theo (Epstein), Tito and myself, and he goes, 'The first two months you're going to play a lot, until this kid gets right. He's going to try to do a lot of things out of character. He's going to swing hard and struggle a bit, but when he gets it, he gets it.'" -- Alex Cora, on Terry Francona talking about Dustin Pedroia