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10 things relating to Patriots we've learned this summer because of Deflategate ...

Ryan Hannable  |  08/31/2016 - 7:54am EST

Even though Deflategate started 19 months ago and has essentially been over for two months with Tom Brady dropping his appeal, it doesn't mean it's impact isn't still being felt. With Brady suspended for the first four games of the season, this preseason was anything but ordinary for the Patriots. The 39-year-old split reps for the first time in training camp in 15 years and he even came off the bench in the third preseason game to relieve Jimmy Garoppolo, the starter in the first four games of the season. Brady held a press conference Tuesday (a much more revealing one than some he's had in the past), which was also likely the last time he speaks until October when he is allowed back at Gillette Stadium, so we figured now is a good time to ...

Red Sox need spark at 3B and they've got right player to provide it -- Yoan ...

John Tomase  |  08/31/2016 - 1:39am EST

The Red Sox took a long look at Pablo Sandoval this spring and decided he wasn't good enough to be their third baseman. We're reaching the same point with his replacement, Travis Shaw, as well as Shaw's backup, Aaron Hill. And that leads to a fascinating name: Yoan Moncada. The team's best prospect -- better even than recent sparkplug Andrew Benintendi -- Moncada has only played a handful of games at third base after spending his first two seasons at second. No matter. The Red Sox need life at the hot corner, and they've got but one place to turn. It's not a move without risks, but the present course is accomplishing nothing. Shaw struck out in all four of his plate appearances in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Rays, including one on a pitch he ...

How one prediction, one key endorsement, and bunch of stats have cemented ...

Rob Bradford  |  08/30/2016 - 12:33am EST

Xander Bogaerts was very, very proud of his prognostication. As it turned out, on Field 5 at Fenway South during one of the Red Sox' mid-February workouts, Bogaerts turned to Mookie Betts and said the outfielder was going to win the American League MVP award. Six months later, Bogaerts stood in front of his locker and reaped the rewards of the prediction, just moments after a 9-4 win over the Rays that was thick with chants of "M-V-P" every time Betts strode to the plate. "Mookie Betts, I had it from Day 1 in spring training," Bogaerts said when asked who should win the award. "You tell anyone you want, I had Mookie Betts as my MVP. People looked at me like I was crazy, but I see him every day and you see what he's able ...

Despite recent history, Jimmy Garoppolo should start Patriots' preseason ...

Ryan Hannable  |  08/29/2016 - 10:36pm EST

In the Patriots' preseason finale under Bill Belichick, the starting quarterback rarely sees the field. Tom Brady hasn't played in the final preseason game since 2011, and has only played in two preseason finales since 2003. Usually, the fourth preseason game is reserved for the team's third-string quarterback to get a taste of what both starting and getting extended playing time is like. Last year Ryan Lindley played every snap. In 2014, as a rookie, Jimmy Garoppolo played every snap. In 2013, Ryan Mallett started and was followed by Tim Tebow.And then in 2012, Brian Hoyer got the start and Mallett came in relief. It's clear the starting quarterback and usually the backup stay away from the fourth preseason game. But what's in store this ...

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08/30/2016 - 12:33am

Xander Bogaerts was very, very proud of his prognostication. As it turned out, on Field 5 at Fenway South during one of the Red Sox' mid-February workouts, Bogaerts turned to Mookie Betts and said the outfielder was going to win the American League MVP award. Six months later, Bogaerts stood in front of his locker and reaped the rewards of the ... more »

08/31/2016 - 1:39am

The Red Sox took a long look at Pablo Sandoval this spring and decided he wasn't good enough to be their third baseman. We're reaching the same point with his replacement, Travis Shaw, as well as Shaw's backup, Aaron Hill. And that leads to a fascinating name: Yoan Moncada. The team's best prospect -- better even than recent sparkplug Andrew Benintendi ... more »

08/27/2016 - 1:31am

Oh yeah: THAT’S what was missing the first two weeks of the preseason. I mean, Jimmy Garoppolo did well as could be expected over the first two games; no turnovers, limited happy feet and the rest. But when Tom Brady took the field for the first time this summer late in the first quarter Friday against the Panthers, the change was palpable. When ... more »

08/20/2016 - 12:27am

It all seemed simple enough: If it were about money, Jimmy Vesey would have chosen the Predators long ago. If it were about winning and playing with stars, he would have chosen the Blackhawks (and pretty much at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday). If it were about being able to play as much of the game as he wanted, he would have chosen the Devils. If it were about ... more »

03/06/2016 - 11:42pm

Jessica Moran, a reporter for Comcast SportsNet who covers the Red Sox, resigned from the network Friday amid questions about the nature of her relationship with the team's manager, John Farrell. "I have stepped away from Comcast SportsNet as I thought it was in my best personal and professional interest to do so," Moran wrote in a text to ... more »

08/22/2016 - 8:16pm

FOXBORO -- The moment of truth has arrived for Marcus Cannon. And for the Patriots, too. The powerful right tackle has been thrust into the limelight with the injury to Sebastian Vollmer. When it was revealed over the weekend that the 32-year-old Vollmer was battling a hip problem that threatens his future with the Patriots, the next man up was clearly ... more »

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NFL Sunday - Hour 2 - Arc…

NFL Sunday - Hour 2 - Arcand and Price discuss Tom Brady and the QB situation and if the Patriots should take a look at new free agent RB Karlos Williams -- 8-21-16

Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.

NFL Sunday - Hour 1 - Arcand and Price discuss the second preseason game against the Bears -- 8-21-16

Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.

Dale, Holley, and Thornton with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick, 8-15-16

We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.

Abdel Nader - 7/17

Abdel Nader - 7/17

Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics PG joins OMF, 6-30-16

Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy

Danny Ainge, Celtics General Manager and President of Basketball joins OMF, 6-24-16

Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.

Aly Raisman joins the bro…

Aly Raisman joins the broadcast

Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.

Mookie Betts Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1

8-22-16 Red Sox Review w/ Christian Arcand

David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.

ESPN hockey writer Joe Mc…

ESPN hockey writer Joe McDonald joins Ken Laird to talk #Bruins free agency 7-2-16

Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- A look toward the future for the Bruins -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.

SUNDAY SKATE with WEEI's DJ Bean and Uproxx's Pete Blackburn -- They got what they wanted...Claude Julien is staying in Boston -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.

D&C - Brady vs. Jimmy G P…

D&C - Brady vs. Jimmy G PT in Preseason Game 3 8-26-16

The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.

D&C - A new Roger Goodell committee with Bob Kraft??! 8-26-16

Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.

D&C - Red Sox playoff push, 8-26-16

Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end

OMF - "Angry Lou" deliver…

OMF - "Angry Lou" delivers his most epic rant on the Red Sox yet, 8-26-16

"Angry Lou" goes off yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay, in the process breaking the record for a human talking without taking a breath.

OMF - Why is Tom Brady playing tonight? 8-26-16

Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.

OMF - Patriots Positional Battles for Week 3 of the Preseason, 8-26-16

Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.

What is Barkevious Mingo'…

What is Barkevious Mingo's role on this Patriots defense?

We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.

Where are these 'Brady is being a baby' hot takes coming from?

We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Pats and Panthers History 08-26-16

In honor of tonight's game we look back at four moments where the Patriots and Panthers cross paths.

Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Kirk Minihane is joined by his long time nemesis Bart Hubbuch. Kirk and Bart discuss the incident between the two that led to Kirk being let go from Comcast and the long standing issue of deflategate. Bart annoyingly wouldn't get of his speaker phone. This is an explosive interview between two guys who admittedly dislike each other.

Ep: 28 - Chris Curtis

Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.

Ep. 27: Gary Tanguay

Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.

The Fantasy Football Podc…

The Fantasy Football Podcast, Week 3 of the Pre-Season, August 26th Edition:

The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!

SoccerCast - David Amoyal

We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.

Enough About Me - Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Kirk Minihane is joined by his long time nemesis Bart Hubbuch. Kirk and Bart discuss the incident between the two that led to Kirk being let go from Comcast and the long standing issue of deflategate. Bart annoyingly wouldn't get of his speaker phone. This is an explosive interview between two guys who admittedly dislike each other.

D&C – Tom Brady, New En…

D&C – Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady calls in to join John, Gerry and Kirk during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon and talks to Liz and Kristen Hoenshell. Help #KCANCER. Call 877-738-1234 to donate now!

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Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Ep. 29: Bart Hubbuch

Kirk Minihane is joined by his long time nemesis Bart Hubbuch. Kirk and Bart discuss the incident between the two that led to Kirk being let go from Comcast and the long standing issue of deflategate. Bart annoyingly wouldn't get of his speaker phone. This is an explosive interview between two guys who admittedly dislike each other.

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D&C - Liz Hoenshell, moth…

D&C - Liz Hoenshell, mother of Kristen, rhabdomyosarcoma. In March, Liz's husband, Frank died of cancer at the age of 47. Including a call from Tom Brady

Liz and Kristen are surprised by Tom Brady, who calls in to help #KCANCER. Liz Hoenshell (Littleton) and her family appeared on WEEI in 2008 and 2009. Her daughter Kristen was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma when she was 9-months old. It is a soft tissue cancer, which in her case, was located in the eye. She underwent immediate surgery and had to follow it with 43 weeks of chemotherapy and 7 weeks of radiation. She finished her treatments in March 2009 and has been in remission as of March 2010. Francis “Frank” Hoenshell, 47, of Littleton died at his home in March 2016. He battled bile duct cancer. Liz also lost both parents to cancer. Liz and Frank's children are Cathryn (13), Hannah (11), Kristen (8) and Thomas (6).

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OMF - Mike Mottola, 27, B…

OMF - Mike Mottola, 27, B-cell lymphoma, with Dr. Ann LaCasce, director, Dana-Farber/Partners CancerCare Hematology-Medical Oncology

Mike (Methuen) was diagnosed in October 2014 after having severe back pain during a golf tournament. He began treatment at another hospital until February 2015. He then was in remission, but before long it was clear he was having some complications. By July his cancer was back and he started treatment at Dana-Farber, and began a new chemotherapy regimen. By mid-July he was in a coma because of a bad reaction to the chemotherapy and when he woke up he could not move his right arm or left leg and as a result he couldn't walk. Mike rehabbed and at the end of August was finally able to head home. He spent every couple weeks in the hospital for more chemo and spent the time in between doing more physical therapy. Early December, Mike was moving around and he started the stem cell transplant process. He spent his birthday, Christmas and New Years and TWO fantasy football championships in the hospital and by early January was allowed to go home. He spent the next few months recovering under his parents’ watchful eye. All he ate for 2 months was frozen pizza and chicken fingers. He began a clinical trial in February this year, forgoing a 2nd stem cell transplant and instead opting to spend his summer golfing, hanging with friends and family, and getting healthy. After treatment he is still a 4 handicap and had a hole in 1 on May 28. Dr. LaCasce treats patients in Dana-Farber's adult lymphoma program. Lymphomas are blood cancers. Dr. LaCasce can speak about the clinical advances made in treating lymphoma over the past 10+ years.

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D&C - Brady vs. Jimmy G PT in Preseason Game 3 8-26-16

The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.

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