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Wednesday’s Mashup: Danny Amendola throws football on beach with Olivia Culpo ahead of Patriots game

Lucy Burdge
September 26, 2018 - 7:50 am

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-- Danny Amendola prepares a little differently for football games now that he plays in Miami.

The Dolphins wide receiver, and former Patriot, was seen throwing a football around on the beach with his girlfriend, Olivia Culpo, ahead of the Dolphins’ matchup against his old team on Sunday.

Amendola and Culpo threw the football around on the beach before getting in the water, where he gave her a piggyback ride.

Culpo posted some pictures from the day on her Instagram story.

The 3-0 Dolphins will take on the 1-2 Patriots this Sunday and are 7.5-point underdogs going into the matchup.

-- ESPN responded to a comment made by Jason Witten on Monday Night Football, saying his “left wing” remark “had nothing to do with politics."

On Monday night during the Steelers-Buccaneers game, Witten was commenting on the NFL’s new roughing the passer rules when it sounded like he brought politics into the situation.

“It’s just gone too far with that rule,” Witten said. “I knew they wanted to make it about the health and safety and protect these quarterbacks. It just seems like we just went a little bit to the left wing on that, you know, with our approach of trying to protect it because as we said not only are the players frustrated but the coaches, they don’t know how to coach this. That’s when you have a challenge with this rule.”

ESPN’s new president, Jimmy Pitaro, told employees in March that he “does not believe [ESPN is> a political organization.”

In response to Witten’s comment, ESPN’s Bill Hofheimer said it “had nothing to do with politics.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’t know exactly what to make of that, I just know that it would have been tough for him to leave Brady and that organization. He’s had so much success. Guys go through things in the offseason, I know he contemplated retirement right after the Super Bowl. He kind of mentioned it and talked about it. A lot of times we need to to step away from the game and reflect and think about things and think about the guys you are playing with. It’s not the same all over this league. I think it is a great fit.” -- Willie McGinest, on Rob Gronkowski confirming he nixed a trade to the Lions this offseason and threatened to retire