Monday's Morning Mashup: Autographed football helmet sells for $2 million

April 18, 2011 - 3:40 am

Welcome to Monday's Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. WHAT'S HAPPENING LOCALLY MONDAY: MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 11:05 a.m. (NESN; WEEI) NHL Playoffs: Bruins at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NESN) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ In what is believed to be the highest price paid for a piece of football memorabilia, an autographed Houston Oilers helmet was auctioned for $2 million late last week. Houston lawyer Steve Mostyn outbid his wife Amber for the helmet signed by coach Bum Phillips and players. '™¦ Manny Ramirez was a bust, but the Rays hit it big with Johnny Damon, their other major free agent signee with a Red Sox connection. Damon has two walkoff hits already this season, and he helped Tampa Bay beat the Sox twice last week. In the St. Petersburg Times, John Romano writes that Damon is the Rays' first rock star. '™¦ With Barry Bonds' trial over and Roger Clemens' trial upcoming, Katie Thomas in The New York Times compares the two and ponders whether Clemens will have a tougher road because of the situation in which he is accused of lying. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 18, 1966, Red Auerbach named Bill Russell as his replacement as coach of the Celtics (Russell also continued to play). How many seasons did Russell go on to coach the C's? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Once it starts to go all together, it'll be scary." '€” Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, after the Red Sox beat the Jays on Sunday for their second straight win STAT OF THE DAY: 1-for-11 '€” Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony's shooting numbers in the second half of the Celtics' 87-85 victory Sunday 'NET RESULTS: A member of the Mariners grounds crew fell victim to the tarp roller at a game last week. TRIVIA ANSWER: Three seasons, of which two ended with NBA titles SOOTHING SOUNDS: Country Joe McDonald turns 70 Monday.