Tuesday's Morning Mashup: Lions WR Nate Burleson wants to be 'black Wes Welker'

September 20, 2011 - 3:49 am

Welcome to Tuesday'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 TUESDAY: MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson, who lines up opposite standout Calvin Johnson, is comparing his team's passing game to the undefeated Patriots of 2007, who featured Randy Moss and Wes Welker. Explained Burleson to the NFL Network (via profootballtalk.com): "This year I'm going to try to be the black Wes Welker. I'm going to get as many catches in the slot or on the outside opposite Calvin because he's going to attract a lot of attention all year." Burleson was a teammate of Moss' on the Vikings in 2003 and 2004, and he sees a similarity this season in Johnson. '€œOne of the biggest factors with me signing with Detroit was Calvin Johnson, hands down,'€ Burleson said. '€œPlaying with Randy Moss, I know first hand the benefits of playing with a guy who is going to attract a lot of attention. Calvin, by far, in my opinion is the best wide receiver in the league. If you haven'€™t been paying attention, four touchdowns in two games: The guy is pretty much showing everybody that he is.'€ '™¦ With Tigers ace Justin Verlander at 24 wins and counting, Real Clear Sports has a list of the top 10 most dominating pitching seasons. Two Red Sox are on the list. No. 9 is Roger Clemens' 1990 season, when he went 21-6 with a 1.93 ERA. No. 7 is Pedro Martinez' 2000 season (1.74 ERA). Belmont native (and former Red Sox) Wilbur Wood ranks No. 4 for his 1971 season with the White Sox (22-13, 1.91). In The Los Angeles Times, Helene Elliott ranks the sports commissioners. Despite the lockout, NBA boss David Stern holds the top spot, ahead of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Baseball's Bud Selig and hockey's Gary Bettman are below the commissioners for college's SEC and Pac-12. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 20, 1955, which player who would go on to become an executive with the team made his debut as a catcher with the Red Sox? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I will say this about all those guys [criticizing Chad Ochocinco], whether it's Tedy [Bruschi] making a comment -- and I love Tedy, he's one of my great friends, and all those guys that have played for us -- but honestly, none of those guys have any clue what they're talking about. They're outside of the locker room. They don't know what were trying to accomplish. So, with all due respect to all of them and what they've accomplished -- and like I said, I love them -- but they don't know." '€” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, during his Monday appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show STAT OF THE DAY: 25 '€” Earned runs allowed by Red Sox pitcher John Lackey in his last 24 2/3 innings, following Monday's 4 1/3-inning, eight-run outing 'NET RESULTS: Dutch soccer goalie Maarten Stekelenburg gets the worst of this meeting with an opponent's foot. TRIVIA ANSWER: Haywood Sullivan SOOTHING SOUNDS: Twins Gunnar and Matthew Nelson of the appropriately named band Nelson are 44 Tuesday.