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Red Sox lessons from the fall: Takeaways from an idle October

Alex Speier  |  10/30/2014 - 11:55am EST

The coronation of the Giants as champions for the third time in five years on Wednesday signaled the official defenestration of the 2013 Red Sox, the final inglorious chucking through the window of a team that owned the title of the best in baseball over the previous year. Of course, that final gesture proved a mere formality, since the 2014 season represented about as ignominious a landing spot for reigning royalty as Philipus Fabricius ostensibly encountered (according to Bohemian insiders of the time) in surviving the Second Defenestration of Prague by landing on a dung heap. Now, the Red Sox have the opportunity to lift themselves from their own metaphorical dung heap. The starting pistol for the offseason has fired, with teams now free to ...

NBA needs lesson from MLB on competitive balance

Chris Villani  |  10/30/2014 - 11:26am EST

It was "Gino Time" with 2:52 to play in the fourth quarter Wednesday night at TD Garden. The Celtics scored 101 points in three quarters en route to an opening night blowout of the Nets. Everything was on display for the C's, from great ball movement to a vintage Rajon Rondo triple-double flirtation. The big concern coming out of the game -- this team might be too good. They could win enough games to take themselves out of the conversation for the top picks in next June's NBA draft. I saw a few folks on Twitter suggest they could be this year's Phoenix Suns (we can agree to tap the breaks on that one). If they are, they wind up in the dreaded "basketball purgatory" -- roughly the seventh through tenth place spots in the ...

A superstar is born again: Rajon Rondo rises

Ben Rohrbach  |  10/30/2014 - 2:41am EST

This is Rajon Rondo’s team, and this is his time. In the Kevin Garnett era, the Celtics played brutally slow, executing sets offensively and forcing opponents to do the same against a defense on a string, and by the end nobody could keep up with Rondo, barring the occasional Chris Wilcox alley-oop. Those Celtics were old, their legs tired, still capable of grinding out victories on grit and balls, but, for the most part, cooked. In KG’s final game in green, they scored 80 points in a first-round playoff loss to the Knicks, the furious fourth-quarter comeback falling short and finally driving a stake through their championship heart. Rondo watched the train screech to a halt, and two months later everyone left the station. Garnett, ...

By the numbers: Tuukka Rask has been bad, but no one should be worried

Scott McLaughlin  |  10/30/2014 - 12:18am EST

Tuukka Rask has been bad this season. It's OK to acknowledge that. Yes, the defense in front of him has been decimated by the Johnny Boychuk trade and injuries to Zdeno Chara, Kevan Miller and now Torey Krug. Yes, there have been defensive breakdowns that have led to quality scoring chances for opponents. But Rask has made all of that worse by playing poorly himself. Defensive struggles alone don't explain his .899 save percentage, a 31-point drop from last season that places him 34th out of 43 goalies who have made at least three starts this year. Goalies on bad defensive teams can still have good save percentages. Semyon Varlamov had a .927 save percentage last season for a Colorado team that was pretty bad defensively. Jonathan Bernier ...

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09/29/2014 - 1:02am

"J6" That's probably what was written on the only baseball that truly mattered Sunday afternoon. That's what was written on the last baseball ever struck by Derek Jeter. Jeter finished off his major league career in the only manner deemed acceptable: with a hit. The shortstop's 3,464th regular-season hit was a simple infield single, but it ... more »

10/30/2014 - 11:55am

The coronation of the Giants as champions for the third time in five years on Wednesday signaled the official defenestration of the 2013 Red Sox, the final inglorious chucking through the window of a team that owned the title of the best in baseball over the previous year. Of course, that final gesture proved a mere formality, since the 2014 season ... more »

10/28/2014 - 1:07am

In last year’s AFC title game, the Patriots pass defense was exposed -- Peyton Manning threw for a gaudy 400 yards, the first time Manning ever reached the 400-yard mark against Bill Belichick -- in a 26-16 loss to the Broncos that was nowhere near as close as the final score would indicate. On Sunday, New England will get to see if Darrelle ... more »

10/29/2014 - 2:48pm

WILMINGTON — Matt Bartkowski’s regression has made the Bruins’ problems on a depleted blue line a lot worse. The 26-year-old has gone from being a serviceable top-four defenseman last season to a question mark to even stick in the lineup despite half of Boston’s opening night defensemen being out with injuries. On Tuesday, ... more »

10/02/2014 - 11:29pm

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 »

10/26/2014 - 8:43pm

FOXBORO -- Who needs Vincent Jackson? Before Sunday's game, much of the buzz in the press box centered around how much a veteran receiver like the one supposedly on the trade market in Tampa could help the Patriots before Tuesday's 4 p.m. NFL trade deadline. After all, they lack a true deep threat down the field. All they really have for Tom Brady is ... more »

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Mike Klis of the Denver P…

Mike Klis of the Denver Post Previews Pats-Broncos 10-30-14

Mike Klis discusses Brady vs. Manning, Welker and Belichick, and the rest of the Pats-Broncos story lines.

It Is What It Is Cast: Previewing Brady-Manning XVI

FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the big showdown between the 6-1 Denver Broncos and the 6-2 New England Patriots and the 16th edition in the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rivalry.

Chris Price - "Because of the weather, Brady will have a slightly better game." 10-29-14

Chris Price, WEEI.com, joins the show to talk about the Patriots upcoming game against Denver. Chris got in the the DB match-ups with Denver's receivers, some ideas on how to blitz Peyton, Welker's impact, and a prediction.

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We Hate Dwyane Wade - Opening Night 10-28-14

Its time to start the season for the Celtics! We talk about the things we like about the Celtics and the things we dont like very much. Plus Sam feels like a jerk for laughing at Julius Randle.

We Hate Dwyane Wade - Ranking the Best/Worst in the NBA

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, Celtics will struggle to make the playoffs. 10-23-14

Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.

The Hot Stove Show Is Bac…

The Hot Stove Show Is Back!

Mut, Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back and talking not only Red Sox, but MLB Hot Stove. They talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, and take some phone calls about some of the Red Sox potential moves.

Ben Cherington kicks off the Hot Stove Season

Mut, Rob Bradford, and Alex Speier talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. Ben addresses some questions regarding Will Middlebrooks, Rusney Castillo, as well as Yoenis Cespedes' future with the club.

Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2014 Red Sox Season with a Poem

Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.

NESN's Jack Edwards with …

NESN's Jack Edwards with Dale and Holley

We discuss the Bruins blown 2 goal lead against the Wild at the Garden and where they go from here with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.

Andy Brickley - "In the 6 losses, the mistakes are all the same." 10-29-14

NESN's Andy Brickley joined the show following Boston's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Brick talked about Patrice Bergeron's line getting beat a lot, the Bruins' lack of focus in their 6 losses, and the big blow to the defense with Torey Krug's injury.

Joe McDonald, ESPN Boston, reacts to the Chara Injury 10-24-14

Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.

John Buccigross on the Wo…

John Buccigross on the World Series 10-30-14

John Buccigross discussed the World Series with the guys. Also, does he cry at movies?

The Giants win the World Series 10-30-14

The guys opened the show discussing the Giants 3rd World Series win in 5 years.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Did Charlie Baker lie? 10-30-14

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

A tribute to Boston's May…

A tribute to Boston's Mayor Menino; dead at the age of 71

We listen to a tribute to the late great Mayor Thomas Menino who passed away at the age of 71. Produced by Joe Zarbano.

Three for All: Chevy Guy 10-30-14

Pierre McGuire, NBC: Still Bullish on the Bruins 10-30-14

Pierre McGuire joins the guys to talk about the struggling Bruins.

Grinding the gears on Man…

Grinding the gears on Manning-vs-Brady 16: Will weather have an impact?

Dale and Greg Dickerson try and find new and exciting ways to discuss Manning vs Brady 16, including how each QB fares in adverse weather conditions.

Thoughts on the passing of Mayor Tom Menino

Dale and Greg Dickerson take a few minutes to remember Tom Menino.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Hot Stove Edition - 10-30-14

We look at four free agents the Sox might have an eye on, two on the mound, two at third base.

10 Years since the Red So…

10 Years since the Red Sox began their comeback and eventual World Series Championship

Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.

The Patriots record during the regular season and Super Bowl

Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.

Bill Belichick and the Patriots Draft History

Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.

We Hate Dwyane Wade - Ope…

We Hate Dwyane Wade - Opening Night 10-28-14

Its time to start the season for the Celtics! We talk about the things we like about the Celtics and the things we dont like very much. Plus Sam feels like a jerk for laughing at Julius Randle.

College Puckcast: BC’s injury scare, Jack Eichel’s hot start 10-28-14

WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin is joined by Joe Meloni of College Hockey News on the first episode of the College Puckcast. They talk about the wrist injury that will sideline Boston College defenseman Steve Santini until at least January, as well as the good start for Boston University and its star freshman, Jack Eichel. Other topics include fast starts for Vermont and UMass-Lowell and slow starts for Providence and Northeastern.

Breaking Balls - Epic Fail, 10-27-14

The morning show was having another great podcast, until the whole thing came to screeching halt. Halloween, Asian strippers and proctologists.

Brady vs. Manning XVI 10-…

Brady vs. Manning XVI 10-29-14

The guys discussed the upcoming Brady Manning match up.

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Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Baker Coakley debate 10-29-14

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

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Kirk vs. Joe in Taunton 1…

Kirk vs. Joe in Taunton 10-29-14

Joe challenged Kirk to a fight.

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Dino hates his producers 10-29-14

The guys opened the show by discussing the debate.

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John Buccigross on the World Series 10-30-14

John Buccigross discussed the World Series with the guys. Also, does he cry at movies?

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