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DJ Bean grew up in Section 127 of Fenway Park thanks to his grandfather's season ticket package and has immersed himself in the Boston sports scene ever since. In addition to co-founding multi-sport draft site DraftEmpire.com, DJ has written for the Boston Metro and 890 ESPN, among other outlets. He has been writing for WEEI.com since the summer of 2009 and continues to spread the Byron Leftwich gospel on Guest Street.

 
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07/16/16 09:51 EST
As the 2015 NHL draft approached, one thing was clear: The Bruins needed to improve their organizational depth on defense. A franchise that had for years boasted a strong six-man group at the NHL level had lost the likes of Johnny Boychuk and Andrew Ference while seeing Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg regress as they aged. Outside of Dougie Hamilton, the future was not particularly bright on the back end. Then the Hamilton trade happened. Since then — as in literally hours later — Sweeney has thrown several high draft picks at the problem. After unsuccessfully trying to trade up into the top 10 in that draft for the likes of Noah Hannifin, Zach Werenski or Ivan Proverov, Sweeney spent three of his six picks over the first two rounds on Jakub Zboril (13th overall), Brandon Carlo (37th) and Jeremy Lauzon (52nd). Last month, Sweeney used the draft’s 14th overall pick on BU defenseman Charlie McAvoy and grabbed the University of Minnesota-bound Ryan Lindgren a round
07/13/16 01:44 EST
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WILMINGTON -- After a hot start, it seemed that Jake DeBrusk wasn’t having a very good season. The second of Boston’s three 2015 first-round picks had missed time due to something of a vague lower-body injury and his numbers (six points in 10 games) were down after his return. Considering he’d been termed a reach when he was drafted 14th overall, maybe the underwhelming performance with Swift Current of the WHL didn’t surprise the average hockey fan. “I’ve learned with the social media side of it,” DeBrusk said Wednesday, “I don’t really listen to people unless they see me play or see lots of things and know the whole story.” The whole story is that DeBrusk got hit in one of his testicles with a slap shot so hard that it inflamed to the size of a tennis ball and he fainted at the hospital before surgery could even be performed. “It was the scariest thing, looking down and it’s just like, ‘Oh my god. What’s
07/07/16 02:40 EST
David Backes in, Loui Eriksson out. The Bruins weren’t going to be able to rebuild on the fly without replacing Eriksson, so at least they did that, even if Eriksson will probably be the better player over the course of his contract. Yet while Backes’ five-year contract was Don Sweeney’s biggest move, it wasn’t his only one. The Boston GM also re-upped John-Michael (one-year deal) and brought back old friend Anton Khudobin (two years). He also signed Riley Nash and Tim Schaller while re-signing Tyler Randell and Tommy Cross. Randell was the only winger he managed to keep, as the B’s lost both Lee Stempniak (Hurricanes) and Brett Connolly (Capitals). Schaller and Cross are likely AHL guys. Randell, as he was last season, figures to be a fourth-liner or extra forward. Here’s a look at the other moves: SIGNING RILEY NASH TO A TWO-YEAR DEAL Verdict: Approve The most notable get of the other forwards the team signed was Nash, who was once drafted 21st overall
07/01/16 09:17 EST
You are going to absolutely love David Backes. He’s big. He’s overflowing with character, but he’s mean. You’ll know that he leaves everything he has on the ice. You’ll see him in that Bruins sweater and wonder why he hadn’t been wearing it his whole career. Dammit, he’s American. Those are all tremendous qualities. They’re also surface-level qualities, and they would appear to be the reasons why the Bruins chose to sign an older player at a position they didn’t really need over a year-plus younger player who is likely to age better. Letting Loui Eriksson walk and signing Backes instead is a move that likely will be commended by Bruins fans. Why? Because this is Boston, where sports fans place a higher importance on their hockey players hitting than their baseball players hitting. The belief dictates that if you aren’t physical, gritty or nasty, it means you don’t try. It also means you’re soft. Worst of all, swear



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NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- Roger Goodell is maddening! -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- A look at the AFC East post NFL Draft -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.

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.

7-22 Red Sox Review with …

7-22 Red Sox Review with Christian Arcand

Christian recaps the Sox 2-1 loss to the Twins. Eduardo Rodriguez had a good showing tonight but couldn't get the run support needed to secure a W. Thoughts on all of that as well as your calls on Red Sox Review.

Steven Wright joins OMF, 7-22-16

Red Sox Starting Pitcher Steven Wright joins Glenn, John Tomase, and Tom Caron to discuss pitching the knuckler in adverse conditions, his journey through MLB, and his All-Star experience.

7-21 Red Sox Review w/ Christian Arcand Hour 2

The final hour of RSR features your calls as well as some thoughts on Clay Buchholz and Fenway Park.

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 - DJ Gary Tanguay hit…

D&C - DJ Gary Tanguay hits the post of soft rock favorites 7-22-16

Former rock jock Gary Tanguay channels his radio past to attempt to "hit the post" of several classic soft rock favorites as Minihane eggs him on.

D&C - Who would be the #RedSox pitcher in a one-game Wild Card? 7-22-16

Somewhat reluctantly, Kirk and Gary take calls on who would start a one-game playoff for the Red Sox right now between Steven Wright, Rick Porcello and David Price

D&C - Kama Sutra talk, Kirk vs. Gary attractiveness 7-22-16

The 8am hour stays off the rails with Kirk and Gary discussing Ken the producer's sex life and how attractive women find them

Steven Wright joins OMF, …

Steven Wright joins OMF, 7-22-16

Red Sox Starting Pitcher Steven Wright joins Glenn, John Tomase, and Tom Caron to discuss pitching the knuckler in adverse conditions, his journey through MLB, and his All-Star experience.

OMF on Ortiz, PED's and the HOF, 7-22-16

Acronyms abound, as Glenn, John Tomase, and Tom Caron discuss the MLB Hall of Fame, and PED's. Also, is David Ortiz a Hall of Famer?

Clay Buchholz is the odd-man-out, 7-22-16

Glenn, John Tomase, and Tom Caron discuss Clay Buchholz' current state of limbo.

Less than a week until th…

Less than a week until the Patriots start another pre-season

With less than a week before camp opens up, we discuss some Patriots on a day that just feels like NFL training camp weather.

Sox keep chugging, offense on fire, no thanks to John Farrell?

We talk Sox on a hot summer Friday, and how John Farrell is in a no-win situation with some fans despite the team's performance.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Best NFL Coach Rants Edition 07-22-16

In honor of the passing of coach Dennis Green, we present four of the best NFL Coaching rants (during press conferences) of all time.

Ep. 24: Lenny Clarke

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Kirk Minihane is joined by Boston comedy legend Lenny Clarke. If you are a fan of stand up comedy this is the podcast for you. Kirk and Lenny talk about Carlin, Pryor, Williams, Murphy and many more.

Ep. 23: Robert Lipsyte

Kirk Minihane is joined by former ESPN ombudsman and New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte. Kirk and Robert discuss the current state of ESPN and how Robert feels he did in his role as ombudsman. They both criticize ESPN for the lack of journalism at ESPN and look at some of the curious decisions the world wide leader has made in the past few years.

Ep. 22: Lenny Dykstra

Kirk Minihane is joined by Lenny Dykstra to talk about his book, his life pleasing older women, and Lenny tries to avoid his past issues with money. This is one explosive episode.

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Fantasy Football Podcast July 22nd Edition:

Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back right on time for the start of the NFL and Fantasy Football pre-draft season. Topics of the day include some news around the league centering on the suspension of Le’Veon Bell, bad news swirling around Ezekiel Elliot and the passing of Coach Dennis Green. Then it’s into the fun stuff featuring conversation about the Patriots Offense with the additions of Martellus Bennett and Chris Hogan and a first look at the Top 12 Wide Receivers heading into Training Camp. It’s time to gear up for Fantasy Football people, giddy up!

D&C - Michael Holley vs. …

D&C - Michael Holley vs. Gerry Callahan on the Michael Brown shooting & relevance 7-15-16

After a few callers argue with Kirk and Gerry about racial profiling in America, the guys get to WEEI's Michael Holley disagreeing with Callahan on the inclusion of Michael Brown into recent examples of tragic deaths of blacks in America.

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Gerry, Mut and Kirk dig back into the Melania Trump speech on night one of the RNC and discuss how the Trump team will and should handle things going forward.

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