Thursday’s Mashup: Tom Brady reacts on Instagram to Jamie Collins returning to the Patriots


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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:MLB: Oakland at Detroit, 1:10 p.m. (MLB Network)MLB: Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati, 6:30 p.m. (MLB Network)MLB: Pittsburgh at San Diego, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)NBA: Portland at Golden State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)NHL: Boston at Carolina, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)


-- It was reported on Wednesday that Jamie Collins will be returning to the Patriots and Tom Brady is fired up about it.

When the NFL posted the news on Instagram, Brady commented with excitement about his teammate.

If Tom Brady is on board with re-signing Jamie Collins, count me in.

— Will D. (@WAD1980) May 15, 2019

“Hell yeah!!!!!,” Brady wrote in the comments.

Dont’a Hightower was also pumped about reuniting with Collins.

Soon after the news of the signing broke, Hightower expressed his excitement on Twitter.

He’s back.......@j_collins91 #SmashBros back!

— Dont'a Hightower (@zeus30hightower) May 15, 2019

-- Brady’s brother-in-law, Kevin Youkilis, is obviously pro-playoff-beard and he thinks Torey Krug could benefit from one during the Bruins’ playoff run.

The former Red Sox star noticed Krug is going through the Bruins’ run sans playoff facial hair and tweeted a plea for people to help Krug out and maybe donate some beard.

Can someone please donate some playoff facial hair for my boy @ToreyKrug?! --

— Kevin Youkilis (@GreekGodOfHops) May 15, 2019


— Kevin Youkilis (@GreekGodOfHops) May 15, 2019

No volunteers yet but Krug and the Bruins will take on the Hurricanes in Game 4 on Thursday night.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’ll talk to them. That is something I want from my players — be responsible, be genuine and transparent. When you do good, you talk about it and when you’re not that good you should talk about it.” -- Alex Cora, on OMF, after Brandon Workman and Ryan Brasier did not make themselves available to reporters following their performances on Tuesday