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Tuesday’s Mashup: Patriots-Lions game drew huge Sunday Night Football ratings

Lucy Burdge
September 25, 2018 - 6:09 am

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MLB: Baltimore at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI-FM 93.7)
MLB: NY Yankees at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: LA Dodgers at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. (ESPN)


-- The Patriots-Lions game on NBC’s Sunday Night Football was the top-rated prime-time program of the night on Sunday, even if it didn’t go so well for the Patriots.

The Lions’ 26-10 win over the Patriots earned a 13.6 share, which was the highest-rated Week 3 game on Sunday Night Football since

Broncos and Peyton Manning played the Lions in 2015.

The broadcast earned a 31.1 rating and a 48 share locally, making Boston the top-rated market nationally. It was followed by Providence with a 30.5 rating and 48 share, and, of course, Detroit in third with a 28.0 rating and 44 share.

-- A Comerica Park employee has been not only fired but also reportedly arrested after he was filmed spitting on pizzas at the park on Friday.

The employee has not been named but his former co-worker Quinell May says the employee told him that he was going to spit in the food. He had May film the act so he could show management. But when the man left his post to contact management, he was fired for not working.

May also posted the video to his Instagram with a caption explaining what happened.

(The video can be seen here but it is very gross.)

“I was sent home early today because I didn’t have on my Comerica Park shirt and they say I was at the bathroom for too long. So they yelled at me and told me to go home. But since they made me go home early I couldn’t wait until after the game to tell them an employee was spitting in customer pizzas!!!,” May wrote in the caption of the video post.

This incident happened during the game against the Kansas City Royals on Friday and May said it was the first time he'd seen this happen at Comerica Park.

Detroit Sportservice, which caters at Comerica Park, said in a statement the food station was closed down after they learned what had happened.

"As soon as we became aware through social media of potential food tampering, we immediately closed that food stand, disposed of all the product and contacted the Detroit Police Department. We have been told by police that the worker has been arrested and is in custody, pending charges," the statement reads. "Food safety is our top priority and we will take any appropriate action necessary to protect our guests.  The worker involved in this matter has been terminated. We intend to pursue all legal action to the fullest extent of the law."

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s the execution that really concerns me. We’re trying hard, just not getting enough done.” -- Bill Belichick, with OMF, on the Patriots’ loss to the Lions on Sunday