Monday's Morning Mashup: Blue Jackets might turn to casino to save team

August 08, 2011 - 3:33 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: Red Sox at Twins, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ The Blue Jackets, who have made the playoffs just once since joining the NHL in 2000, reportedly have lost about $53 million the past three seasons, including almost $25 million last year, according to The Columbus Dispatch. As part of a plan to make sure the team is not forced to leave Columbus, revenues from a new casino in the city might be used to boost the club's coffers. "It's high on my agenda to deal with it," Columbus mayor Michael B. Coleman said. "There should be an urgency to this issue." '™¦ Deion Sanders' speech at his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony was memorable, but FOX Sports' Jason Whitlock insists that the former defensive back failed to get his point across. Writes Whitlock: To me, it celebrated one of the primary dysfunctions crippling African-American boys more than it enlightened them on how to truly pursue success. '™¦ A 9-year-old Phillies fan who was critically injured after Thursday night's Phillies-Giants game in San Francisco, struck by a hit-and-run driver while leaving the park, remained in critical condition all weekend. The driver, 21-year-old Andrew Vargas, was driving the wrong-way down a one-way street when he hit Ryan White and then collided with several other vehicles before fleeing. He was caught an hour later and charged with suspicion of drunken driving and felony hit and run. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 8, 2004, which Red Sox pitcher allowed a team record six home runs but still got the win in a n 11-9 victory over the Tigers? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "The fact that he chose them, and all that ... there's no way I'm going to wish him well. There's no chance of that." '€” Jets coach Rex Ryan, on longtime Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis joining the Patriots STAT OF THE DAY: 1-for-16 '€” Hitting totals for the top four in the Red Sox batting order Sunday night, as the big hits in the 3-2 victory over the Yankees came from Marco Scutaro and Josh Reddick 'NET RESULTS: Goalie Victor Valdes of the Barcelona soccer team hits the scoreboard at Cowboy Stadium with a punt. Spanish soccer team Real Madrid plays a game against a bunch of Chinese youths '€” 109 of them. Tennis player Gael Monfils high jumps over a ball to make sure it goes out during Sunday's ATP Washington final. TRIVIA ANSWER: Tim Wakefield SOOTHING SOUNDS: Creed lead singer Scott Stapp is 38 Monday.