Tuesday’s Mashup: Ben Affleck decorates son’s whole bedroom with Patriots gear after his son said he’s not a fan of Boston sports

Lucy Burdge
February 19, 2019 - 7:29 am
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TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL:
Toronto at St. Louis, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

-- Ben Affleck said recently on Jimmy Kimmel Live he had an "existential crisis" after his son, Samuel, said he is not a fan of Boston sports teams.

And he sprung into action to get his son to appreciate Boston teams by redecorating Samuel’s entire room with a Patriots theme.

The idea came from a conversation he had with Samuel while bringing all three of his kids to a Red Sox World Series game last year.  

“The game before … the World Series game, I took my kids to the game, On the way to the game, I was kind of giving my kids a pep talk …  my kids are 13, 10 and 6, about to be 7, and I was telling my 6-year-old, my son in particular, you know, ‘We’re really excited because we’re from Boston and this is a big deal and the Red Sox and I’m giving him the whole history,” Affleck told Kimmel “He listens to me and then he stops and goes, ‘Dad, you’re from Boston. I’m from L.A’ … I failed, I’m a bad father, this is a disaster, I don’t know what to do.”

He went on to say “there’s a certain sort of tragic pain that you carry with you as a person from Boston that you expect to imbue to your children that they’re gonna carry on. Like, we suffer through the cold and the misery and we lose big sporting events.”

But decorating his son’s bedroom helped Affleck with this.

“I tell you what, I was going to put an end to that,” he said. “Because once my son starts telling me, ‘I’m from L.A.,’ I know some guys, a lot of guys from Boston in L.A. who do work in the trades, that kind of thing, trying to make it out here. So I got the New England discount, got some friends that were painters, carpenters, that kind of thing, to do a little work in my son’s room and help him understand where he comes from. If not literally, then spiritually.”

The new design includes a huge football slide, a chair shaped like Tom Brady’s head and life-sized poster of Brady on the wall.

Affleck said his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, is not a fan of the room.

“My ex-wife thinks it’s creepy,” Affleck said. “I think it’s appropriate for grown men to make totems and idols out of other grown men.”

But one person who does like it is Tom Brady himself.

“He was very nice, he sent my son a football and a jersey, signed,” Affleck said. “There was a mistake with the jersey, so I have to send it back. It said five-time Super Bowl winner.”

-- Jaylen Brown has been elected as a vice president of the NBPA, the association announced on Monday.

He will serve his three-year term on the Executive Committee.

Brown had previously served as the alternative Celtics player representative.

Malcolm Brogdon of the Bucks and Bismack Biyombo of the Hornets were also elected to serve as vice presidents on the Executive Committee.

“Malcolm, Jaylen, and Bismack have all shown a great commitment to the union since they arrived in the league,” NBPA President Chris Paul said. “I have no doubt they will bring a fresh perspective and passion to the Executive Committee and I am excited to start working with them.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “That’s definitely something I would love. But hey, we’re going to cross that bridge when we get there.” -- Trent Brown, when asked if he would want to return to the Patriots next season

 

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