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John Tomase joins after nine years at the Boston Herald, including five as Red Sox columnist. A Mansfield native and Tufts grad, he has also written for the Sporting News, Baseball America, Pro Football Weekly, and Men's Fitness. He grew up on Steve Grogan, Ray Bourque, and Larry Bird, and will always believe Hagler beat Sugar Ray.

02/27/17 11:58 EST
Ready for some tough love, Celtics fans? Your C's are stumbling toward another early playoff exit. Maybe this year it will be the second round instead of the first, but mark my words, it's coming. If that sounds like doom and gloom for the East's No. 2 seed, it's time for a right hook of realism: the C's are no better equipped to win a postseason series now than they were a year ago. On Monday, the Atlanta Hawks ripped a page from the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors, two playoff clubs that have manhandled the Celtics during recent wins. Atlanta got Olivia Newton-John levels of physical with the finesse-oriented Celtics, who folded en route to a 114-98 defeat that had broadcaster Mike Gorman basically humming The Shirelles', "Mama told me there'd be days like this," in the waning seconds. "They punked us," guard Avery Bradley told reporters. The book on the Celtics could be titled Fight Club, and the first rule of fixing it is talking about it. Beating the C's starts
02/27/17 12:12 EST
Now that Jimmy vs. George is over, Celtics fans can turn their sights to the battle that truly matters: Lonzo vs. Fultz. By keeping Brooklyn's pick in this June's draft, Celtics boss Danny Ainge has positioned himself to land the best amateur in the country. If the Nets finish last in the league, which seems a virtual certainty, the C's will own a 25 percent chance of picking first and a 44.9 percent chance of selecting first or second. While those odds don't technically favor them, the C's still possess a better shot than anyone else of landing one of the top two prospects in the nation -- Washington point guard Markelle Fultz or UCLA counterpart Lonzo Ball. Kansas's Josh Jackson or Duke's Jayson Tatum could enter the conversation, but for now it's a battle of Pac-12 point guards, whose contrasting styles make for a fascinating debate. So let's dive in. First of all, Fultz is the consensus top pick among draftniks for his off-the-chart physical skills and on-court measurables. He's 6-4
02/23/17 03:46 EST
Another NBA trade deadline, another quiet day for the Celtics. Thursday's deadline came and went at 3 p.m. and the Celtics did nothing. Though they were linked to Pacers star Paul George early in the day -- and were even reportedly willing to surrender the potential No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft to get him -- nothing came of the rumors. But they also, surprisingly, failed to address a massive deficiency in the rebounding department with even a secondary move. They instead watched one of their reported targets, Phoenix forward P.J. Tucker, go to the rival Raptors for the low, low price of Jared Sullinger and two second-round picks. The Celtics seem content with the team they have. Are you? Because as well as they've played recently to vault themselves into contention for the No. 1 overall seed in the East, some tough love is in order. As things stand now, I'd place the Celtics no better than fourth in the East, behind the Cavs, Wizards, and Raptors. Not much needs to be said about
02/23/17 12:45 EST
The clock is ticking towards Thursday afternoon's NBA trade deadline, and here's my take on where things stand with the Celtics, to be updated throughout the day. 1. Paul George is in play The incomparable Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the C's have relented on this year's Nets pick, which could be No. 1 overall, in discussions for George, the All-Star swingman who belongs in that next tier of franchise players after LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Kawhi Leonard. I've made my thoughts on keeping the Nets picks pretty clear, but of all the possible trade targets we've heard about over the last week (Jimmy Butler, Blake Griffin, et al. ...), George is the only one I'd consider trading the potential top pick to acquire. Danny Ainge seems content to keep that choice, so we'll see what kind of fire accompanies this smoke. But there's no questioning George's qualifications. The 26-year-old four-time All-Star is averaging 22.3 points and 6.2 rebounds a game

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NFL SUNDAY...the final se…

NFL SUNDAY...the final segment of the year -- 2-5-17

Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.

Gabe Morency, Sports Rage TV and FNTSY Sports Net, joins NFL SUNDAY to go over the various props for Super Bowl 51 -- 2-5-17

Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.

Christian Fauria, from WEEI's OMF, joins NFL SUNDAY to give his thoughts on S.B. 51 -- 2-5-17

Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.

Danny Picard gives his th…

Danny Picard gives his thoughts on the Celtics, the incredible season Isaiah Thomas is having and potential trade opportunities for Boston -- 2-19-17

The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.

Pete Sheppard and Jerry Thornton discuss the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston in a trade -- 2-19-17

Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.

Late Night with Christian Arcand - Anna Horford makes her Boston radio debut 2-16-2017

Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 12: Dusti…

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 12: Dustin Pedroia predicts he will live until 100

Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia to discuss the 33-year-old's longevity, his thoughts on Tom Brady's approach and what the real deal is when it comes to who is the leader in the Red Sox' clubhouse.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 11: Matt Barnes' 'Betances Project'

Rob Bradford talks with both Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes, and assistant pitching coach Brian Bannister, about the fascinating project the reliever undertook in the final month of 2016. Barnes explains how he, with the help of others, made a concerted effort to emulate Dellin Betances of the Yankees and how that exercise helped turn around the former No. 1 pick's season.

Rob Bradford joins Sheppard and Thornton live from sunny Ft Myers -- 2-19-17

Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.

Saturday Skate - Bruins a…

Saturday Skate - Bruins and the All-Star break

Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break

Saturday Skate - Firing Claude

Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian

SUNDAY SKATE with K&C's Ken Laird, Barstool Sports' Rear Admiral and WEEI's Ty Anderson -- It was a very good week for the Bruins-Are they turning things around? -- 1-15-17

Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.

K&C- Mack Beggs had no bu…

K&C- Mack Beggs had no business wrestling women; Gerry doesn’t want women to wrestle 2-27-17

Hour 4. Mack Beggs should have been wrestling men. Gerry wants to put an end to women's wrestling.

K&C- Moonlight wins award for best picture after a mistake; Curtis’s dog had its own seat on the plane; Casey Affleck’s history of abuse and sexual harassment 2-27-17

Hour 3. Moonlight wins after a big mistake. Curtis's dad paid for his dog's plane ticket.

K&C- The greatest moment in Oscars’ history; Viola Davis’s speech; Gerry clarifies how he feels about Alex 2-27-17

Hour 1. Reimer joins Kirk and Gerry on the Monday after the Oscars. A mistake leads to the best moment in Oscars' history.

OMF - What to do with Jim…

OMF - What to do with Jimmy Garoppolo? Should the Pats franchise Hightower? 2-27-17

The deadline for NFL team's to use the franchise tag is Wednesday, and the guys discuss the future of Jimmy Garoppolo and Dont'a Hightower.

OMF - Fauria doesn't like MLB 'Rookie of the Year' qualifiers, 2-27-17

Andrew Benintendi is one of the favorites to win the AL Rookie of the Year award, despite playing in 35 games last year.

OMF - Rebounding is still the Celtics biggest issue, 2-27-17

Glenn, Lou and Christian recap the Celtics weekend and continue to lament the fact that Danny didn't get someone to help out on the boards.

Mohamed Sanu blames Lady …

Mohamed Sanu blames Lady Gaga for the Falcons Super Bowl loss

Dale and MIchael discuss Mo Sanu playing the blame game for the Super Bowl loss, plus other Super Bowl related topics... for instance, will the Falcons EVER get over that loss?

Exploring the options of trading or keeping Jimmy Garoppolo

Dale and Michael discuss the interest out there for Jimmy G, and whether the Patriots will move on from him.

Can the Bruins keep up the consistency under Cassidy?

Dale and Michael spend a good portion of the program discussing the Bruins. What are there chances going forward and what do they need to add?

Ep. 53: Glenn Ordway PT 2

Ep. 53: Glenn Ordway PT 2

Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.

Ep. 52: Glenn Ordway

Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.

Ep. 51: David Duchovny

Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.

SoccerCast - Chicharito t…

SoccerCast - Chicharito to the MLS?

Ben, Russ, and Alex talk about the decision by the Leicester City to dismiss Claudio Ranieri just months after winning the Premier League and if Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez will sign with the MLS this summer?

Sports Check Up - Ep. 9: Christian Fauria and Dr Gill discuss baseball season

Christian and Dr Gill talk about how baseball players need to stay in shape in the offseason, continuing maintenance during the season, and how Pablo Sandoval's health could be after missing nearly an entire season.

The Real K&C – Pudge on a plane, animated shorts & stone crab 2-27-17

Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap a K&C Monday with Alex Reimer joining the guys for a post-Oscar themed show

K&C- The greatest moment …

K&C- The greatest moment in Oscars’ history; Viola Davis’s speech; Gerry clarifies how he feels about Alex 2-27-17

Hour 1. Reimer joins Kirk and Gerry on the Monday after the Oscars. A mistake leads to the best moment in Oscars' history.

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