Tuesday's Morning Mashup

November 17, 2009 - 3:02 am

Welcome to Tuesday's Morning Mashup, where we'll get you caught up on what's going on in the sports world and beyond. While Bill Belichick is being questioned and defended for his fourth-down call Sunday night, another coach was coming under fire for a different reason. The legendary Isiah Thomas, who is guiding the basketball team at Florida International, yelled at Tulsa coach Doug Wojcik for not emptying his bench early enough in Sunday's rout. Thomas didn't address the issue after the game, but Wojcik did: "I've never seen anything like that. It was very bizarre." At least he didn't go for it on fourth down. FOOTBALL: Fourth-and-2 dominated the airwaves yesterday. Check out the It Is What It Is blog for transcripts including Belichick's lengthy visit with The Big Show as well as his press conference earlier in the day. Chris Price has an interesting piece on those in academia who support Belichick's aggressive style. Dan Guttenplan says to stop hating on the coach. The Ravens blanked the hapless Browns in the Monday night game. Chiefs castoff Larry Johnson is meeting with the Bengals. Titans owner Bud Adams was fined $250,000 for making obscene gestures at the Bills toward the end of Tennessee's victory Sunday. The NFLPA is looking into Eric Mangini's practice situation with the Browns. The University of Michigan program is coming under more fire. UNLV fired coach Mike Sanford. Tiger Woods will be the honorary captain for his alma mater, Stanford, for Saturday's Big Game against Cal. BASKETBALL: Paul Pierce sat out Celtics practice yesterday to rest his bruised left knee. Paul Flannery writes that the Celtics need to show more respect for the opposition. Dirk Nowitzki hit a jumper at the end of overtime to give the Mavericks a win over the Bucks. Stephen Jackson finally got his wish, getting traded from the Warriors along with Acie Law to the Bobcats for Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanovic. Allen Iverson parted ways with the Grizzlies. Dennis Rodman was detained in Germany for failing to pay a hotel $5,100 for beverages consumed at a party he hosted following a basketball legends exhibition game. Heralded freshman John Wall hit the winner as Kentucky edged Miami (Ohio). UCLA fell in double overtime to Cal State Fullerton. UConn turned away Colgate. HOCKEY: The Bruins lost to the Islanders. Graig Woodburn has a Hat Trick of Things We Learned from the loss. B's coach Claude Julien has had enough. The Flyers ended the Devils' eight-game winning streak. Bill Guerin revived the struggling Penguins. Peter Forsberg is staying in Sweden. BASEBALL: The Red Sox announced 2010 ticket prices, with some modest increases. Reliever Billy Wagner is drawing some interest around the league, according to his agent. Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan and A's closer Andrew Bailey were named Rookies of the Year. Catcher Ramon Hernandez will stay with the Reds. Controversial former Mets infielder Wally Backman will manage a Mets minor league team. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 17, 1975, the Red Sox sent Juan Beniquez, pitcher Steve Barr and a player to be named (pitcher Charlie Skok) to the Texas Rangers for which future Hall of Fame pitcher? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I was excited. I was ecstatic. To trust the defense so much to give Peyton Manning the ball on the 20-yard line, or better yet, go for it to win the game right there, you've got to be excited. You've got to be behind him 100 [percent]. Whenever Bill makes a decision like that, we're always behind him, That's the Bill Belichick everybody knows." '€” Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather, speaking yesterday on the Dale & Holley show about the fourth-and-2 call with 2:08 remaining in Sunday night's loss to the Colts STAT OF THE DAY: 22 '€” Consecutive penalty kills for the Bruins, who nonetheless lost night to the Islanders AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED TRANSCRIPT OF THE DAY: Bill Belichick visited with The Big Show yesterday to talk about his fourth-and-2 call in the waning minutes of Sunday night's loss to the Colts. When asked if he would have changed the call had it been the AFC championship game, he offered a telling response, according to the automatically generated transcript: "Again. -- on on the island me situations different on have to violate." What he actually said: "Again, the only thing I can answer is what happened yesterday. That was the situation, and that'€™s what we did." 'NET RESULTS: Celtics fans looking for reasons to smile after the lost weekend can enjoy the fact that the Lakers also have lost two straight. In fact, the Lakers were booed on their home court during Sunday night's blowout loss to Houston. And in case you thought Ron Artest has dialed down his craziness, here he is taking Rockets forward Trevor Ariza's sneaker and throwing it toward the stands. TRIVIA ANSWER: Ferguson Jenkins SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gordon Lightfoot is 71 today.