DJ Bean | 03/31/2015 - 11:39pm EST
For all the talk of how Claude Julien is playing the matchups with Ryan Spooner’s line, perhaps one of its biggest benefits has been overlooked in the discussion: Facing weaker competition has been a very good thing for Milan Lucic. When the trio of Spooner between Lucic and David Pastrnak is kept away from top-six forwards (usually), it means that opponents’ top players can’t take advantage of the opportunities the young forwards provide other teams. Yet it also means Lucic, who has played against top-six competition regularly for years, is suddenly playing against third-liners on a nightly basis. He’s taken advantage of that. On Tuesday, Julien said he was willing to play the line against every Panthers line with the ...
Tim Benz | 03/31/2015 - 8:28am EST
I'm watching the Celtics-Hornets game as I write this. It's halftime. Good game so far. Lots of quality shot-making. The Celts are better than 50 percent from the floor. The Hornets are close. I just pumped my fist after Kelly Olynyk drained a couple of long shots. Got mad when Marcus Smart jacked up a needles heat check 3-pointer. Even jumped out of my seat when Gerald Wallace leapt up to throw home an alley-oop dunk. Yes, that Gerald Wallace. The point is, I'm engaged. I'm into it. I care. These moments feel like they matter. There are stakes on the line. There is a playoff spot in play. Boston was a half-game back, and Charlotte was a half-game behind them as I started writing this. Granted, it's the last spot in the NBA's Eastern ...
Rob Bradford | 03/31/2015 - 1:13am EST
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Shane Victorino is less than a week away from finding his finish line -- starting in right field for the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. "Unfortunately in 2013 I didn't get that chance [due to injury]," said Victorino of getting to return to and play at his former home park. "This time there was a date I was looking at on the calendar that kept me motivated to shoot for, to strive for, and for more reasons than one. To look at that date, and to think I get that opportunity coming back off a season that was definitely disappointed for me and then looking at that date and making sure I'm ready for that date." If nothing turns inside-out health-wise for Victorino in the last week of spring ...
John Tomase | 03/30/2015 - 6:36pm EST
For a team that didn't project to have a ton of roster competition when the spring began, the Red Sox are suddenly in flux. Will Joe Kelly open the season in the rotation or on the DL? Will Shane Victorino hold off a hard-charging Rusney Castillo to start in right field? How long will closer Koji Uehara be out? And of course, there's the latest blow of Christian Vazquez's absence, possibly for the entire season, which has thrown the catching position into turmoil. With the understanding that things could still change between now and April 6 in Philadelphia, let's take our latest stab at predicting that 25-man roster that will open the season. Catchers (2): Ryan Hanigan, Sandy Leon This looked among the most stable position on the team a couple ...
03/31/2015 - 1:13am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Shane Victorino is less than a week away from finding his finish line -- starting in right field for the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. "Unfortunately in 2013 I didn't get that chance [due to injury]," said Victorino of getting to return to and play at his former home park. "This time there was a date ... more »
03/30/2015 - 6:36pm
For a team that didn't project to have a ton of roster competition when the spring began, the Red Sox are suddenly in flux. Will Joe Kelly open the season in the rotation or on the DL? Will Shane Victorino hold off a hard-charging Rusney Castillo to start in right field? How long will closer Koji Uehara be out? And of course, there's the latest blow of ... more »
03/25/2015 - 1:34am
Two decades ago, it was the Border War. Now? This feels more like a an endless playground fight between third-graders. In the wake of Robert Kraft’s statements Monday at the league meetings regarding Darrelle Revis— the Patriots owner said the team "wanted to keep" Revis and made a "very competitive offer" but it ... more »
03/31/2015 - 11:39pm
For all the talk of how Claude Julien is playing the matchups with Ryan Spooner’s line, perhaps one of its biggest benefits has been overlooked in the discussion: Facing weaker competition has been a very good thing for Milan Lucic. When the trio of Spooner between Lucic and David Pastrnak is kept away from top-six forwards (usually), it means ... more »
01/29/2015 - 12:34am
"Tom Brady will never win another MVP. He's never going to play in another Super Bowl in New England. His best days are gone, and the days at a level right below his best days are gone. There will be flashes of the old form, but those will be outnumbered by what we've seen the last year and a half. It's only going to get worse for Brady and the ... more »
03/28/2015 - 10:30am
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Clay Buchholz isn't about to panic. And neither should Red Sox Nation. Sox fans watching Clay Buchholz on national television Friday here where "Dreams Come True" might be wondering if they're in for a nightmare with the Red Sox pitching rotation. After all, this is the presumed Opening Day starter who gave up 12 ... more »
Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.
Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.
In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.
It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.
The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed the controversial Indiana law.
The guys opened the show by discussing the Presidents visit yesterday.
Michael Holley comes in for the crossover, and continues the discussion with Tim over what will happen if the Patriots face any type of punishment for the deflated footballs in the AFCCG.
With the Wells report seemingly wrapping up (we hope), Tim and Lou got to talking about possible fines and punishments the Patriots must face. It's possible that the Patriots will face a small fine, but should they take that laying down? The conversation brings out a little passion from BOTH sides.
Jackie Mac talks about the Celtics win over the Hornets last night and their chances of making the playoffs.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss Robert Kraft's testimony and the Hernandez trial overall as it continues to unfold.
We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed from throughout the day.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss 'Pasta' and his solid rookie year, and make a few statistical comparisons.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots
Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Will Noonan joins Chris in the studio to review Wrestlemania and Raw.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.
Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.
The guys discussed the disgusting protests at the scene of Officer Moynihan's shooting.More from this show
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We listen in on Adam Shefter's deflategate report on NFL Live on ESPN, and discuss when we can expect this whole mess to come to a head.More from this show