Monday's Morning Mashup

September 28, 2009 - 4:12 am

Welcome to Monday'€™s Morning Mashup, where we'€™ll get you caught up on what'€™s going on in the sports world and beyond. Tom Brady misfired a few key passes, and his receivers dropped a few others that were on target, but the Patriots still managed to pull away for a 26-10 victory over the Falcons yesterday at Gillette Stadium. Chris Price has his 10 Things We Learned, leading off with the Patriots using a fourth-and-1 conversion at their 24-yard line in the third quarter as a character-building moment. Kirk Minihane says this is the Randy Moss game you should remember. Mike Petraglia talks to Matt Ryan about suffering the loss in his return to the Bay State. Check out the postgame interviews and more at our It Is What It Is blog. The players will be all over the WEEI airwaves today. Listen to Tom Brady on the Dennis & Callahan show at 9 this morning, tune in for Ty Warren, the injured Vince Wilfork (hopefully), Sammy Morris and Chris Baker during Dale & Holley, and catch Bill Belichick during the Big Show this afternoon. For the Week 3 wrap-up in fantasy football, check out our Reality Bites blog, where Greg Levy discusses trends he's noticed in the early part of the season. On to baseball. So much for the Red Sox clinching a postseason berth this weekend. Instead, the Yankees swept the Sox to clinch their first AL East title since 2006. Alex Speier has Five Things We Learned from yesterday's game, leading with the Sox focusing on themselves and trying to look past the fact that the Yankees have owned them in the second half of the season. Speier also has an item about pitching coach John Farell having a clause in his contract that prevents him from leaving for a managing job next season. In the upstate New York town of Baldwinsville, a Red Sox fan who teaches fourth grade is taking a heat for making a student turn his Yankees shirt inside-out. The kid's father said the 9-year-old "was distraught" and that his First Amendment rights were violated. That's going to be a fun class tomorrow morning. My guess is the kid will show up in a "2009 AL East Champions" shirt. The Bruins wrapped up the preseason with their third game in three nights, a 4-2 loss to Columbus at the TD Garden on Saturday night. In his Five Things We Learned, Joe Haggerty says forward Blake Wheeler is looking to return to form after tiring late last season. In case you missed Boston College's 27-24 overtime win over Wake Forest on Saturday at Alumni Stadium, Dan Rowinski brings you Five Things We Learned about the resilient Eagles. In national news, Heisman Trophy favorite Tim Tebow is recovering at home after being knocked out of Florida's win at Kentucky on Saturday. And the top three teams in the AP poll held their spots in a week when a number of highly ranked teams were upset. HISTORIVIA: On Sept. 28, 1960, Ted Williams hit a home run in his final career at-bat. When he went out to left field for the start of the next inning, he was replaced by this player, who is better known for having been the only player to pinch hit for both Williams and Carl Yastrzemski. Who is this journeyman outfielder? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I don't really give a crap about what they've done." '€” Jason Varitek, after the Yankees celebrated the AL East title by sweeping the Red Sox in a three-game series over the weekend. 'NET RESULTS: Here a soccer goalie in Sweden with an interesting style of cheating. He lifts up the goal posts and moves them in a few inches. Not surprisingly, he got caught. HISTORIVIA ANSWER: Carroll Hardy SOOTHING SOUNDS: In honor of U2's appearance at Gillette Stadium last week, here's "With or Without You."