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Adieu, Rajon Rondo, you wonderful weirdo

Ben Rohrbach  |  12/18/2014 - 8:51pm EST

The Celtics lost the Rajon Rondo trade, and they didn’t have any other choice. They dealt a four-time All-Star point guard in his prime capable of things on a basketball court previously only reserved for Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson, and they reportedly received Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, a first-round pick and a second-rounder in return, according to’s Marc Stein. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has always suggested he never wants to be the one swapping five nickels for a quarter, and he just did. Reading between the lines, though, Ainge had little other choice. The trade sends a number of smoke signals, mainly that Rondo wasn’t willing to re-sign in Boston -- at ...

A magic blueprint for Danny Ainge's Celtics

Ben Rohrbach  |  12/18/2014 - 11:46am EST

While the Celtics are still stuck rebuilding around Rajon Rondo, the Magic tore down the house Dwight Howard built and already laid the foundation for their new digs. The Celtics won Wednesday night’s battle, 109-92, but Orlando might be closer to emerging from the dreaded middle of the Eastern Conference, and the path they’ve chosen is one C’s president Danny Ainge should be seriously weighing this week. Two years removed from an Eastern Conference finals appearance, the Magic traded Dwight Howard and J.J. Redick, eventually turning their two best assets into Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier, Elfrid Payton and Tobias Harris. They then endured a pair of 20-win seasons, coming away with Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon in ...

Why Rob Gronkowski is Patriots' 2014 MVP

Christopher Price  |  12/17/2014 - 10:59pm EST

I know Jerry Thornton. I like Jerry Thornton. I’ve had him on my podcastbefore he hit the big time in the afternoons. But he’s wrong when it comes to his choice of Patriots MVP for 2014. It’s Rob Gronkowski. No disrespect to Darrelle Revis or Tom Brady, but through 14 games, a healthy Gronkowski has proven to be the most valuable piece of the puzzle for an 11-3 New England team that is in first place in the AFC playoff chase. “With a healthy Gronk,” said wide receiver Brandon LaFell in mid-October, “we’re a whole different team.” To be clear, this isn’t a Reagan-Mondale blowout. Instead, it’s more Kennedy-Nixon. Maybe Flick-Metzler. Revis has changed the conversation around the New ...

One Scout's Take: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski will be too much for Jets

Christopher Price  |  12/16/2014 - 3:35pm EST

In what will likely be Rex Ryan’s farewell to the Patriots-Jets rivalry -- at least as head coach in New York -- New England (11-3) travels to MetLife Stadium for a date with the Jets (3-11) on Sunday. The Patriots will be looking to take another step toward the No. 1 seed in the AFC, while New York will simply be looking to close out the home half of its 2014 schedule on an up note. In this edition of “Scout’s Take,” one former AFC scout who has watched both the Patriots and Jets over the course of the 2014 season takes a look at some of the points of emphasis for New England heading into Sunday’s game. (Per usual, we have the scout’s statements in italics, with our notes underneath.) “Tom Brady is not ...

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12/10/2014 - 5:28am

SAN DIEGO -- They did just enough to do not enough. We get it. There are ways to build a winning rotation that don't involve paying one pitcher $25 million a year for six or seven years. The Red Sox have said that and will keep saying that. They could very well make a shrewd move or two and get that top-of-the-rotation guy (or guys) for a much more ... more »

12/15/2014 - 1:11am

Baseball's spotlight will shine Monday in Chicago, where Jon Lester will be introduced as a $155 million pitcher whom the Cubs believe can help end the fruitless 106-plus year stagger through the championship desert. By comparison, the Red Sox' three newly acquired starters have been introduced with virtually no fanfare -- no name on the scoreboard, no ... more »

12/17/2014 - 10:59pm

I know Jerry Thornton. I like Jerry Thornton. I’ve had him on my podcastbefore he hit the big time in the afternoons. But he’s wrong when it comes to his choice of Patriots MVP for 2014. It’s Rob Gronkowski. No disrespect to Darrelle Revis or Tom Brady, but through 14 games, a healthy Gronkowski has proven to be the most valuable ... more »

12/13/2014 - 5:56pm

The Bruins need the two Hs: health and help. Do you know how many times the Bruins have had a fully healthy lineup this season? Twice. And that was the roster that had lost Jarome Iginla and Johnny Boychuk and was viewed as worse than last year’s squad to begin with. It’s the middle of December and the Bruins are 15-13-2. Don’t worry ... more »

10/02/2014 - 10:29pm

This is how it ends. Unless you're John Elway, the final page or two of Act III for a great quarterback is ugly. Ask Joe Montana, or Dan Marino, or Brett Favre, or Johnny Unitas, or Terry Bradshaw, or Y.A. Tittle, or Dan Fouts. Look it up. And that makes sense. It's how it works: when you get older, you aren't as good as you were in your prime. I think ... more »

12/14/2014 - 7:17pm

FOXBORO -- So predictable. Every year, it seems, an AFC East foe comes calling at Gillette Stadium in December. They put up a fight for a quarter or two. Then, the Patriots flip the switch and it's lights out. Remember in 2011? The Dolphins were up 17-0 at the half in Week 16. The Patriots won 27-24. The very next week, also at Gillette, the Bills ... more »

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Patriots Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

We get a complete breakdown of the win from Bill Belichick as the Patriots secure yet another AFC East title. Bill talks about the historical significance, the key moments of the game, and even Tom Brady's nutritional regiment.

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Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.

Kyle Draper, Comcast Sports New England, Celtics will compete for a playoff spot this season

Kyle Draper joins Danny Picard to talk about the Celtics chances this season in the Eastern Conference, last Wednesday's home opener blowout against the Nets, and Rajon Rondo's future in Boston

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Jon Lester says he would probably have signed with the Red Sox for 5 years and $120M last spring training

Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. Jon talks about his experiences with free agency, what it would have taken to sign him to the Red Sox last season, and his experiences with fans since signing with the Cubs.

Wade Miley talks gluten, swamp people, and coming to the A.L. East

Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with newly signed Red Sox pitcher, Wade Miley. They talk about the story that came out about the D-Backs wanting him to switch to a gluten-free diet, and what he expects coming from the N.L. West to the A.L. East.

Hot Stove Show 12-18-14

The boys are back at it, Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher and new Chicago Cub Jon Lester, they then talk with new Red Sox pitcher and ongoing consumer of gluten, Wade Miley.

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Pierre McGuire: TJ Oshie would be a great player on the Bruins 12-18-14

Pierre joins the show to talk about the Bruins-Wild game, Bruins trade rumors, and the rest of the NHL.

Jack Edwards with Dale and Holley

Jack Edwards talks with Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton and drops the bomb on us that based on how the standings look now, the Bruins could miss the playoffs this season.

Pierre Mcguire: Chara's return will have huge impact for Bruins 12-11-14

Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins and all things NHL

John Buccigross on the Br…

John Buccigross on the Bruins trade options 12-18-14

ESPN's John Buccigross joined the show to discuss how to fix the Bruins.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Stephen Collins defends himself 12-18-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

The Sony hackers 12-18-14

The guys discussed the latest with the Sony hackers.

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Rumors are swirling about a possible Rajon Rondo trade 12-18-14

With multiple outlets reporting that the Celtics are in trade talks with the Dallas Mavericks to trade Rondo, the guys react to the possible deal

Lou Merloni's Tom Brady for MVP political ad. 12-18-14

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Done deal: Rondo to the Mavericks - Details and immediate reaction

Dale and Michael are live on the air as the Rondo deal goes down.

Any chance the Patriots stumble against the Jets and lose this one?

Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton talk Rex, the Jets, a tough divisional match-up, and what, if any scenario we could see the Patriots losing this one.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Better After Boston Edition - 12-18-14

We tackle four athletes who left Boston and went on to bigger and better things.

Kay the Textress comes in

Kay the Textress comes in

Kay comes into the show to try out for the textress role on the program. We learn about her favorite sports and fondness for Rajon Rondo.

Cold, Hard Football Talk

Mikey, Mut, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are taling Patriots-Jets and the potential end of Rex Ryan's coaching career with the team.

Mikey's 9th Anniversary Show

Tonight marks 9 straight years of the Planet Mikey Show. We play some sound from the takeover which got Planet Mikey rolling .

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We Love Anthony Davis - Quarter Season storylines

What should Danny Ainge do with these Celtics? Is Anthony Davis the second best player in the NBA? Are the Warriors truly contenders?

Pod Man Rush: Taylor/Tyler 2014 with Ryan Lambert

Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy joins DJ to discuss the "uncoachable(?)" Taylor Hall and revisit the Tyler Seguin trade. Ryan also shares his issues with how the Bruins are run.

D&C's Breaking Balls: What would you tell a younger version of yourself? 12-15-14

Dino, Gerry and Kirk react to today's Tom Brady interview by discussing what they would tell their younger selves. They look closer at Brady's diet and fitness regime and whether they could be as disciplined as the superstar quarterback.

Tom Brady vs. the FCC 12-…

Tom Brady vs. the FCC 12-17-14

The guys opened the show by discussing the latest absurd complaints by viewers to the FCC regarding Brady's F bombs.

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We get a complete analysis of the Patriots and the NFL with Peter King of SI/MMQB.

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Damien Woody on Patriots Jets 12-17-14

The guys spoke with Damien Woody about Pats Jets.

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What are Tom Brady's chances at 2014 NFL MVP?

Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss Tom Brady's chances to earn MVP in 2014.

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"The Price is Right," with Chris Price of, 12-17-14

As we do every Wednesday, we re-visit some predictions that Chris made in anticipation of last week's game against Miami, and make some new ones about Sunday's match up with the New York Jets.

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