Thursday’s Mashup: Rob Gronkowski says ‘it’s cool to finally be accepted’ at home in Buffalo again, makes donation to children’s hospital

Lucy Burdge
June 19, 2019 - 2:28 pm

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-- Rob Gronkowski was born and raised in upstate New York so he wasn’t exactly beloved by Bills fans when he played for the Patriots.

But now that he is retired from the NFL, he finally feels the love in his hometown of Amherst, NY.

Gronkowski visited Buffalo this week and made a $50,000 donation to Oishei Children’s Hospital.

“I’ve actually been to the children’s hospital twice myself when I was growing up, the other one,” Gronkowski said. “It’s actually really cool to see this new, improved, upgraded children’s hospital here, and just to give back to where I was taken care of.”

“Now that I’m retired, Buffalo kind of accepts me a little bit more,” Gronkowski also said. “We were out Saturday night, and they were all giving cheers at a charity event and everything. It was cool to finally be accepted once again where I grew up, so I decided I’ll come back and start giving back now. All right?”

-- Carrie Underwood is now facing a lawsuit claiming she, NBCUniversal and the NFL are among those who plagiarized a YouTube song to create the Sunday Night Football opening theme song, “Game On.”

The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York by songwriters Heidi Merrill, Alex Wong, Jeff Cohen and Niclas Lundin, who claim their song is a slightly different version of the SNF theme.

Merrill and the others claim they created their “Game On” song in June 2016 and it was uploaded to YouTube on March 17, 2017. It was also featured on CBS’s “Inside College Basketball.”

Merrill then reportedly sent the song to Underwood’s producer, Mark Bright, who allegedly said, “We’re going to have to pass.” The suit claims a “strikingly similar” intro song then premiered for Sunday Night Football’s 2018 season, sung by Underwood.

Here is Merrill’s version, while this is Underwood’s. 

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