At last count, David Ortiz's selfie with President Barack Obama, taken at the Red Sox' visit to the White House Monday -- had been retweeted more than 40,000 times.
"You don't get an opportunity to get a photo with the President every day,'' said Ortiz. “That’s a one time in life chance. It happened and I appreciate it. I've been lucky to be there a couple of times and it's a great experience. You get to hang out a small bit of time with the President. The President is super busy doing things, so it was an honor for us to be able to hang out with him for a short period of time.''
Several reports Wednesday suggested that Ortiz had signed a promotional deal with Samsung for the purpose of getting his picture taken with Obama, but he denied that it was part of some pre-arrangement.
Ortiz insisted that the selfie was a spontaneous act, and not part of a planned business arrangement or part of his promotional deal.
Ortiz was asked if he worried about reaching into his pocket to pulling out his phone, the Secret Service agents on hand might have been alarmed.
-- Sean McAdam, CSN New England
The wait is over for the Wizards, who finally made clinching a playoff spot for the first time in six years official Wednesday night by dominating the Boston Celtics wire-to-wire for their largest margin of victory of the season, 118-92, in front of 17,770 at Verizon Center.
Marcin Gortat had his way inside with Jared Sullinger, who came off the bench and earned most of the playing time at center for Boston (23-52). Gortat had 16 of his 22 points and seven of his game-high eight rebounds at halftime. Bradley Beal scored 19, John Wall added 13 points and 10 assists, Trevor Ariza 18 points and seven rebounds and Trevor Booker 10 points.
All five starters for the Wizards (39-36) were in double-figure scoring after three quarters. When Gortat scores 20 or more, they're 4-0.
In his first action vs. Wall since 2012, Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Sullinger had a game-high 25 points and Jeff Green, a product of Georgetown, was held to 13 points on 3-for-13 shooting.
The Wizards kept pace for the No. 6 seed ahead of the Charlotte Bobcats (37-38), who won their third game in four Wednesday by punishing the Philadelphia 76ers 123-93.
Marcin Gortat was just one day late, but the joke still worked. On April 1, Gortat's joining the Boston Celtics in the foul line huddle would have been an April Fools. On April 2, it's just a fun, light-hearted moment from the Polish Machine while the Wizards were in the process of blowing out the Celtics.
Good for Gortat. The Wizards suffered a bad loss Monday against the Bobcats, coughing up a big lead and returning home to questions about their playoff readiness. Sure the Wiz need just one win to clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2007-08, and they should have won the game in Charlotte. But the team has to move on.
Certainly the Wiz need to maintain focus, but they also need to enjoy themselves. It seems Gortat gets that. Helps that Marcin played a monster game, going for more than 20 minutes and helping the Wiz out to a big early lead.
-- JP Finlay, CSN Washington
News that Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater will be visiting the Patriots launches Mike Florio into speculation that New England is doing their due diligence and wants to be prepared in the event one of the draft’s top-tier quarterbacks fall on draft day.
The freefall will inevitably happen and if the Patriots are in a position to trade out of that spot so a team can move up to snag Manziel, Bridgewater or Blake Bortles, New England needs to know what they are giving up. Florio says these visit indicate it’s no longer about their draft position, but about the talent they’re giving up when striking a deal.
With DeSean Jackson no longer in the fold for Philadelphia, it’s time for the organization to decide where they can go from here and how to put this saga behind them.
While they had hoped to completely severe ties with the Pro Bowl receiver, it’ll be hard for the Eagles to fully put him in the rearview mirror considering the Redskins are NFC East rivals and they’ll line up opposite Jackson two times this year.
It may all come to a head when these two teams square off, but Mike Florio believes Washington has received the better end of the deal.
“Even if the numbers aren’t there [for Jackson],” Florio says. “If you consider what a guy who can run that deep route and draw attention away from the line of scrimmage can do … [Washington’s] offense can be dynamic, to say the least.”
Three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson has agreed to terms with the Redskins.
Early Wednesday morning, Jackson tweeted:
“IT’S GOIN DOWN !! BURGUNDY & GOLD,” accompanied by a breaking news banner displaying the news.
In a response to Jackson’s tweet, quarterback Robert Griffin III wrote, “Welcome our new brother to #TheMovement #RedskinsNation.” Griffin also joked about who will get to wear No. 10 since it’s Jackson’s jersey number.
Jackson, who visited the Redskins on Monday and Tuesday and had Redskins players lobbying publicly on his behalf for days, is expected to sign the contract on Wednesday in Ashburn, sources confirmed.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that it’s a three-year pact, though financial details were not immediately known.
Jackson spent the past six seasons in Philadelphia but, in a surprising move, was released by the Eagles last Friday amid reports of a rift with head coach Chip Kelly, questions about his work ethic and concerns about the company he keeps off the field.
On Tuesday, the sides rolled up their sleeves and got down to business.
It’s unlikely that there will be an introductory news conference, according to a source.
President Barack Obama welcomed the Boston Red Sox to the White House after their World Series championship run and aside from praising the team for their October heroics, the President and slugger David Ortiz huddled for a selfie.
“What an honor!” Ortiz later wrote on Twitter with the photo attached. “Thanks for the #selfie, @BarackObama.”
With teammates grinning in the background and the commander-in-chief proudly displaying his No. 44 Red Sox jersey, this is sure to be a photo to rival Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars selfie.
Johnny Football in Foxboro?
At least for one day, anyways.
NFL Network reported that Johnny Manziel was spotted in New England and will visit with the Patriots tomorrow.
Manziel threw for 4,114 yards last season with the Texas A&M Aggies to go with 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Most NFL pundits see Manziel going near the top of the first round, with some believing the Houston Texans will take him with the No. 1 overall pick.
But there's clearly a chance the Texans choose Jadeveon Clowney, and with a number of other highly-touted quarterbacks in the draft, it's possible Manziel could slip.
How far . . . Who knows? Most likely not to pick No. 29 where the Pats are. But if Manziel slips far enough, trading up to snag him may come into play. It's unlikely, but possible. The Patriots currently have a backup in Ryan Mallett in the final year of his deal. There's been no indication that Mallett is going to take over once Brady hangs 'em up (if that day ever comes).
Manziel also offers a completely different look than Brady does due to his speed, and could be a nice complement to Brady's game.
-- Jimmy Toscano, CSN New England
Using Bengals fullback Orson Charles’ recent arrest for brandishing a weapon during a road rage incident as an example, Mike Florio explains how the average NFL fan has become numb and desensitized to players’ arrests while still maintaining a certain level of curiosity.
At one point in the not-too-distant past it was a huge deal when a player was arrested, especially for something as jaw-dropping as Charles’ charges, but Florio claims that as these instances become more common in mainstream NFL news, fans care less about it occurring and the residual effects of it.
Though the CBA that was negotiated three years ago severely limits what can be done at a team’s facility during the offseason, Mike Florio recommends franchises open workouts much earlier in to enable players the opportunity to get a head start on training.
Currently players are allowed to go to the facility, watch film and work out, but it must all be done without the company of teammates, coaches and trainers. With this being the case, Florio wonders how a young player hoping to make an impact in the league can get his work done without the proper guidance that can help hone his raw talent.