Monday's Morning Mashup

November 23, 2009 - 1:58 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. Before we recap the local teams making it a long day for New York yesterday, let's check in with the Los Angeles Clippers, who '€” and I can speak from personal experience here '€” have trouble doing things right. Radio announcers Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith '€” yes, the guy the Celtics drafted 13th overall in 1989 instead of taking Tim Hardaway even though they needed a point guard (Red Auerbach thought Smith was the next Larry Bird) '€” made some jokes Wednesday about Iranian-born Hamed Haddadi, a center for the Memphis Grizzlies. Lawler and Smith were suspended one game for their insensitivity, which, as best as I can tell, boils down to this remark from Smith: "You're sure it's not Borat's older brother?" Here's the clip: Or you can read the story for yourself '€” a transcript of their comments is included. It's hard to believe even in this politically correct time that Lawler and Smith took so much heat for this one. Then again, it's the Clippers. FOOTBALL: The Patriots quieted the Jets. Chris Price has Ten Things We Learned in the win. The pregame talk was about Randy Moss vs. Darrelle Revis, but it was Wes Welker who stole the show. At ProFootballTalk.com, there's a report that the Jets players had to get up in the middle of the night before the game because someone pulled the fire alarm at their hotel (and allegedly it's happened to a Patriots opponent at least one other time this season). It was a good day for the Pats, as their main competition for the No. 2 seed in the AFC lost. The Steelers fell in overtime to the lowly Chiefs as Ben Roethlisberger was hurt, and the Bengals were stunned by the Raiders (an upset predicted by Adam Schefter, as he explained Friday morning on WEEI). The Chargers took control of the AFC West by crushing Denver. Brett Favre completed a career-high 88 percent of his passes in the Vikings' rout of the Seahawks. The Ravens gave it away to the Colts. The Giants beat the Falcons in OT. The Cowboys scored once, but it was enough to beat the Redskins. The Lions scored on the final play of the game to beat the Browns, who were stung by a last-second pass-interference call on former Patriot Hank Poteat. Kurt Warner was knocked out of the Cardinals' win over the Rams. In college news, Northeastern University is dropping football. Former Patriots assistant Charlie Weis seems resigned to his fate at Notre Dame after Saturday's loss to UConn. The top seven spots in the BCS standings did not change. Out West, Oregon has the inside track to the Rose Bowl after Saturday night's double-overtime win over Arizona. Dan Rowinski has Five Things We Learned from Boston College's loss to North Carolina on Saturday. BASKETBALL: The Celtics knocked off the Knicks in overtime on Kevin Garnett's 19-foot shot at the buzzer. Paul Flannery has the Three-Pointer of Things We Learned from the win. You probably saw this yesterday, but here's Knicks guard Nate Robinson on Saturday shooting at his own basket a split-second after the first-quarter buzzer, drawing the ire of coach Mike D'Antoni during a victory over the winless Nets. Kobe Bryant hit a shot from behind the backboard in the Lakers' rout of the Thunder. Here it is: The Bobcats ended a seven-game skid by routing the Pacers. The Magic won their fifth straight by beating the Raptors. The Heat edged the Hornets on a Udonis Haslem basket with 15 seconds remaining. Shaquille O'Neal will need to pass a test before he can become an Ohio special deputy. Boston College defeated South Dakota State yesterday, a day after its first loss of the season. Tom Izzo tied Michigan State's school record for wins. Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. HOCKEY: Graig Woodburn has the Hat Trick of Things We Learned from the Bruins' overtime win over the Sabres on Saturday night. Center Marc Savard (broken foot) is expected to return to action tonight in St. Louis. The Maple Leafs turned around their helmets (rally-cap style) for good luck in a shootout win over the Capitals on Saturday. Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall is out 4-8 weeks with a sprained knee. BASEBALL: Rob Bradford updates us on which teams are pursuing Jason Bay. The Red Sox reportedly are shopping Mike Lowell. The Sox claimed righty pitcher Robert Manuel off waivers from the Mariners. J.D. Drew had surgery on his left shoulder on Thursday. Dustin Pedroia checked in on Saturday for his weekly chat. The Cubs made the first free agent signing of the offseason, inking pitcher John Grabow to a two-year deal worth $7.5 million. The White Sox reportedly are close to a deal with infielder Omar Vizquel, who will be 43 in April. Nationals No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg hurt his knee but apparently not seriously. MISC.: Real Salt Lake knocked off the Los Angeles Galaxy to win the Major League Soccer championship. Jimmie Johnson won his fourth straight NASCAR title. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 23, 1933, which legendary Bruins goaltender became the first to record 40 career shutouts with a 6-0 blanking of Detroit? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "You're talking about a Hall of Fame player. He's missed millions of shots. He's going to keep playing, going to keep taking shots when he gets an opportunity. He really stepped up big for our team when we needed it." '€” Paul Pierce on Kevin Garnett, who hit just 4-of-15 shots yesterday vs. the Knicks but nailed the game-winning 19-footer at the overtime buzzer STAT OF THE DAY: 50-50-1 '€” The all-time record of the series between the Patriots and Jets AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED TRANSCRIPT OF THE DAY: Ben Watson made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning. Asked about Bill Belichick's coaching style, Watson said, according to the automatically generated transcript: "You -- both maybe the death occurred voted that we -- corporate news. Do. What. Bottom diabetes real. Israel whenever situation." What he actually said: "He's both. He's both. He definitely criticizes, but he definitely praises where praise is due. The one thing I can say about him is he's real. He's real in every situation." 'NET RESULTS: Finally, a football game-ending, desperation, multi-lateral play that worked! (You only need to watch the first 30 seconds; the rest of the video is the celebration.) From the NBA on Friday, here's an impressive, 360-degree drive from Denver's J.R. Smith vs. the Clippers. Finally, from the NHL Thursday night, Scott Niedermayer of the Anaheim Ducks tosses his stick to a fan, sparking a fistfight in the stands. TRIVIA ANSWER: Cecil "Tiny" Thompson SOOTHING SOUNDS: On Nov. 23, 1963, one day after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the No. 1 song in the nation was "I'm Leaving It Up to You" by Dale & Grace. Just in case you were wondering.