Morning sports update: Lou Merloni thinks it’s ‘stupid’ the Red Sox will also honor the Patriots at the home opener

"Sorry, it's stupid."

The Patriots at Fenway Park in 2017 after another Super Bowl win.
The Patriots at Fenway Park in 2017 after another Super Bowl win. –Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

The University of Virginia won the men’s NCAA basketball national championship on Monday night, defeating Texas Tech in overtime, 85-77.

Also, the Red Sox prepare for the team’s home opener on Tuesday afternoon against the Blue Jays. First pitch is set for 2:05 p.m., while the team will also get their 2018 World Series rings during a pregame ceremony.

Is there an issue with honoring the Patriots and Red Sox together? While many Boston fans are excited for the prospect of the Red Sox welcoming the Patriots at today’s home opener to honor both teams for winning championships, one Boston radio host isn’t as enthused.


Lou Merloni, a host on WEEI’s “Ordway, Merloni and Fauria,” expressed his disapproval of the move during Monday’s show.

“I would contact [the Patriots] and say, ‘We would like to honor the Super Bowl victory. You tell me what’s better, Saturday or Sunday? Which day do you want to do? Saturday’s game or Sunday’s game? But we won the World Series, and Opening Day is a ring ceremony and we’re going to put our banner up there,'” said Merloni. “‘That is for us.'”

Merloni, who was a Red Sox infielder from 1998-2003, continued with his point.

“Are the Patriots going to honor the Red Sox at their Opening Day?” he asked.

“You won the World Series, your banner’s going up, you’re getting rings. That’s it. End of story, end of story” exclaimed Merloni from a Red Sox standpoint. “No Patriots. Sorry, it’s stupid.”

As expected, there’s some disagreement over the double-ceremony.

Trivia: Virginia won the NCAA Tournament on Monday night, a year after falling in a shocking upset in the first round. What men’s NCAA basketball team was the last to win the national championship one year after losing in the opening round of the tournament? (Answer at the bottom).


Hint: One player on that team was on the roster for both the first round exit and the subsequent national championship (though he never started a game for them). He later transferred to another school, from which he was drafted by – and still plays for – the Celtics.

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On this day: In 1912, the Red Sox played their first ever game at Fenway Park. The opponent was not another Major League team, but instead Harvard baseball.

“More than 3000 dyed-in-the-wool fans sat out in Boston’s new baseball park yesterday afternoon, all shivering with the cold, while snow flurries flew everywhere about, to watch the Boston Red Sox player their annual game with the Harvard Varsity nine,” wrote the Boston Globe’s Melville E. Webb Jr.

The Red Sox won, 2-0, though Webb noted of Harvard that the “Crimson [were] none too easy.” The opening season of Fenway Park witnessed one of the best Red Sox teams of all-time, as the 105-game winners went on to defeat the Giants in the World Series.

Daily highlight: What else could it be today?

Trivia answer: 2015 Duke (Semi Ojeleye)