The Red Wings spoiled much of Black and Gold Friday. But here's a plate of tasty leftovers to chew on after you've hit the mall, recovered from the 1 a.m. Best Buy crunch, saw "The Muppets" with your moppets or just took it easy and went to work:
Call this "$7,500 the easy way." Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski can do no wrong these days. When he's not hanging out with porn stars, he's hauling in passes and stomping all over the competition. The Chiefs needed Kryptonite to stop him Monday night. And even when he got fined $7,500 for spiking the ball after scoring his 2d TD against the Jets on Nov. 13 in New England's 37-16 rout, he caught the eye of the AHL's Worcester Sharks. Gronk has a quick way to earn back that cash and he gets to keep his clothes on - much to Bibi's disappointment. After being asked earlier this week, Gronk has decided to spike the puck for the Sharks when they play the Providence Bruins on Friday, Feb. 24 at the DCU Center. The team will pay him $7,500 for the appearance. That comes 19 days after the Super Bowl, in case you were wondering about any possible conflicts. From the team's release Wednesday:
“The Sharks are really excited that Gronkowski took us up on our offer,” (team president Michael) Mudd said. “This is a win-win for everyone. Sharks fans are Patriots fans and I know that they will pack the house to root on Rob and the Sharks on February 24 at the DCU Center.”
Rob Gronkowski spiked the football after a celebration of a touchdown vs. the Patriots biggest rival, the New York Jets. It will be only be fitting that Gronkowski will spike a puck before the Worcester Sharks host their biggest rival, the Providence Bruins.
If you can't wait, the Sharks are having Lyndon Byers bobble head night on Dec. 3.
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Logan Mankins has been fined the same amount for a late hit he delivered in Monday's win when he shoved Kansas City's DE Amon Gordon to the ground. Maybe the P-Bruins can use Mankins to spike the puck or two before one of their upcoming home games.
- Speaking of NFL fines, Thursday's biggest turkey was Detroit's Ndamukong Suh. Worse than watching him kick Evan Dietrich-Smith in the chest after the Packers' lineman smoked him on several plays was Suh's ridiculous postgame explanation. The league won't deal with this until next week. We can save them the trouble. Suspend him for two games. That should do it. With all the maturity of a 10-year-old, he played the A-Gonz card and talked about how "the man upstairs" knew he really didn't mean to smack Dietrich-Smith's head against the ground a few times before kicking him. There's a line between "nasty player" and "cheap-shot artist" and Suh blew right past it again. Here's the play and Suh's explanation. Judge for yourself.
Compared to Suh, Rodney Harrison was sweeter than Tim Tebow. How many athletes are given a pass for stuff like this from childhood because they were so much more talented than everyone else? "It's OK, little Ulfie, you can knee-cap whoever you want. That kid has no right to be better than you." Suh will probably need to spike 10 pucks before the next Grand Rapids Griffins game to cover the fine from this one.
- Was it too soon to be thinking Stanley Cup finals matchup while watching the Bruins and Red Wings tear at each other on Friday? Probably not. The Bruins played spectacular before losing in a shootout. It was still the best doorbuster of the day. Win one Stanley Cup - get the next one 38 years quicker. The Bruins 10-game winning streak rated an 11, with the right mix of tight games and blowouts. Friday, the NHL's two best teams played even up until Todd Bertuzzi's upstairs move on Tuukka in the shootout. "Black and Gold" Friday was a hit for NBC, especially for everyone who managed not to get pepper sprayed at Wal-Mart. If Friday's game offers a hint of what the Stanley Cup Finals might look like between these two teams - preferably with a different outcome in four of the seven games - bring it on. The Bruins' all-time longest winning streak remains 14 games from the 1929-30 season. That's was even pre-Bob Wilson and games on Channel 38.
- CBS aired a terrific Thanksgiving Day feature about the special relationship between Tom Brady and coach Tom Martinez, who has been Brady's lifelong mentor and was in the news this week saying No. 12 might be hurt. During the piece, Brady said he was the "worst athlete" in his family. At times this season, he was right. CBS said Martinez, who has been seriously ill for months, is being now being considered as a kidney transplant candidate at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore. We wish him well. Here's the piece in case you missed it:
- So the Red Sox offered David Ortiz salary arbitration - but not Jason Varitek or Tim Wakefield. Looks like Wakefield may have already moved on - sort of. Tim, we'll somehow continue living our meaningless lives if we can't see you break the Red Sox' wins record. 2004 seems like 204 years ago. The Sox also declined to make an offer on J.D. Drew - big loss there. How will we cope? Meanwhile, the Red Sox self-imposed Thanksgiving Day deadline for a new manager came and went and the earth did not spin off its axis. Gene Lamont lives for another day. The suspense is not killing me.
- Save us a piece, please. @wilfork75 posted this photo Thanksgiving Eve, tweeting: "Yeah messed that up as I begin to bake a cake and make these pies I wanna wish every one a happy thanksgiving."
Interesting product placement with the soup cans. Thursday, he had at least one satisfied customer as @TheLawFirmBJGE (aka BenJarvus Green-Ellis) tweeted: "A very special thank you to @mrs75 and @wilfork75 for another delicious Thanksgiving dinner ..." Somehow, you just knew Vince and his guests would be well-fed on Thanksgiving.
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