I have an admission to make.
At around 7:45 on Wednesday night, in the split second after David Krejci scored his ridiculously beautiful goal off a feed from Michael Ryder in Montreal, giving the B’s a 2-1 lead on the way to a sportsgasmic series sweep, I lost my cool.
I leapt to my feet and shouted, “They’re going to win the [expletive] cup!”
I take it back. Immediately. Not my style. You don’t pay me to be that guy.
So, getting it back together: I’m scared of the Rangers. I’m scared of the Penguins. I’m scared of everyone left in the playoffs. I’m still scared of the Canadiens taking a dive and going on the power play. The Tim Thomas contract was stupid. The Mike Vrabel trade was stupid. I’d take Deion Branch over Randy Moss.
There. Feel better?
Meanwhile, only three words apply to this week’s offering:
Best. Mailbag. Ever.
A closer look at the Patriots draft performance since 2000 shows me that reputation may exceed reality when grading their efforts. Now, I know that no team is flawless when it comes to drafting players and overall the results on the field this decade preclude a full rendering of failure for the Pats in any area - drafts included - but I’ve noticed some things and would like your feedback.
It seems like the BP/SP brain trust has had great success evaluating (and coaching?) talent in some positional groups and very little, if any success in others. Why is this? The tandem seemed to be excellent with taking lineman; offensive and defensive. Five selections at OL & DL have played significant roles, including studs like Seymour, Warren, Wilfork, Light, Mankins and Koppen. They were also excellent in taking QBs (duh).
BUT they were downright ordinary (or worse) at key positions like LB (only Mayo is worth noting), CB (only Hobbs, Samuel and, er, Wilson), safety (Sanders and Meriweather) and RB (Maroney, Pass). WR has been a disaster while TE has been a high-cost mixed bag. I’m blindly hoping that all the misses and drafting weakness belonged to Pioli and not to Belichick.
This year’s draft is HUGE and I’m going to be nervous as can be until I see the positional breakdown of who they end up selecting. Lineman will ease my panic. Receivers and running backs will fuel it while linebacker will draw an incomplete. Tight end will scare the death out of me and corners and safeties will have me praying.
A: A simple way to describe what you’re talking about is this: The further away from the ball Belichick and Pioli got, the more inconsistent their results. They had a lot of misses at corner (though not Samuel), receiver (though not Deion Branch) and tight end (Dan Graham was as poor of a receiver as Ben Watson). They’ve thrown a lot at the safety spot and gotten only marginal return (a developing story depending on Meriweather’s progress). Meanwhile, as you mention, their picks on both lines have been terrific (you left out starting right tackle Nick Kaczur) and the quarterback thing goes without saying.
Anyway, the greatest needs on this team are at some of Belichick’s blind spots, so that probably explains some of your concern. The secondary still needs some young guys who can play. And the Pats desperately need a pass rusher. Oddly, Belichick has never drafted a corner in the first round or a pure pass rusher who has made an impact.
Is that right? Has Belichick never drafted a pass rusher? Think about it. While Seymour will get some sacks, he’s not a rusher. Neither is Warren, Wilfork or Mayo. Maybe Shawn Crable projects as that, but I think we need to see him on the field in a regular season game before we declare him as anything. If Belichick drafts a corner in the first round or an edge linebacker in the first two rounds, it will mark the first time he has done so in New England. Crazy.
But you know what? I have more confidence in him doing that than trying to land another tight end.
Ben Watson is in the last year of his contract as a Patriot. Who do the Patriots have at TE? I wouldn't be surprised if the Patriots take two tight ends with the six picks they have. I would love to get Brandon Pettigrew (TE, Okie State) at No. 23 and Cornelius Ingram (TE, U of Florida) in the third round.
Look at the roster, Felgy. Who is gonna play TE this year and in 2010? They have nothing at that position. And you call yourself a football guy?!
A: Who is going to play tight end this year? Really? How about Ben Watson (first-round pick), David Thomas (third-round pick) and/or Chris Baker (free agent signing that cost the Pats a five-year, $14 million contract)? Now, I don’t think any of those players are worth the capital the Pats gave up to acquire them (Thomas might be if they ever threw to him), but they’re still okay. The Pats are all set there for 2009. All set. In 2010, Baker is under contract and Thomas will only be a restricted free agent (and thus easily retainable if the Pats choose). They can pluck another guy off the street.
Why spend money or high picks for a player you are only going to ask to block? I don’t get why the Pats keep doing it. In case you haven’t noticed, the Pats don’t throw to their tight ends. Last year, Watson led the way at the position with 22 catches. Thomas had nine. That was it: 31 catches. And you want two in the top 100? And you call yourself a football e-mailer?
Fred Taylor has gone over 1,100 yards in a season seven times out of 11 seasons in his career. Might want to check the stats before you pop off.
Mike (not a dork, emailing from my blackberry)
A: Did I ever say Taylor hasn’t run for a lot of yards? Congrats, Mike. You can read the stat sheet.
So Taylor has 11,271 career yards. I’m thrilled. BenJarvus Green-Ellis had zero career yards heading into last season and the Pats still won games with him. I’m not saying you should go into a season with BJGE as your starting running back, but did you need spend $3 million in new money on a 33-year-old guy? I still don’t get that one.
What's up Felgy?
I have read a couple articles about Belichick and Nick Caserio visiting UConn’s pro day to watch Donald Brown and Darius Butler. I think both are great picks. If both are available, who you think the patriots would take at 23?
A: No idea what the Pats are thinking, Michael. Personally, I want no part of Brown or any running back. Butler sounds fine to me. It doesn’t bother me that he’s smallish. The only concern would be the level of competition he got in the Big East. There’s probably not a lot of film on him against elite receivers.
Felger, you S.O.B.
Great article about Peppers potentially, coming to the Pats. I was reading on another website that Terrell Suggs may be available? Have you heard, or read, anything about this? If Bill could work out a deal for Suggs that may be more cap friendly and an easier deal to make. Either way, I'm assuming the Pats will be a mover and shaker in the draft this weekend.
PS, Knowing you're a liberal puke, I hope you were disappointed w/ the Habs fan base. Booing the National Anthem, again, and again, and again... What a bunch of (expletive)-faces.
A: Suggs has been franchised just like Peppers was, although his tag comes in at “just” $10.2 million, $6.5 million less than what Peppers has been guaranteed in Carolina. That would make Suggs an easier fit for the Pats financially. Suggs, 26, is also three years younger than Peppers, 29.
So, on a few levels, he’d be a more realistic option. But everything I’ve read out of Baltimore is that the Ravens want to resign him. In a March 22 interview, Ravens owner Steve Biscotti said that “there’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll get a long-term contract done with Suggs.” That would appear to take him off the table. Nice thought, though, Drew.
As for those classless morons up in Montreal, they got what they deserved. A glorieux 100-year anniversary ends in a sweep at home to the Bruins. The Bruins! As Jack Edwards would say, “HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!” Or as Edwards said midway through the third period, “7:21 to go in the first 100 years.” His best line ever.
Your piece gave new hope to those looking for the Julius Peppers bombshell to go off but who lost faith as the story petered out over the course of the past 4-6 weeks. Most are dismissive of it happening because of the $16.7 million cap hit (the Pats theoretically don't have this sort of room, especially with draft picks coming on board). I emailed you this idea a month ago and I'm sticking to it -- Seymour is gone. He is part of any deal for Peppers. He's a free agent in a year and will want to get paid (again), and Coach Bill won't throw him huge guaranteed $$$ because his effort is inconsistent at best. He doesn't bring it like he used to. In the old days the only question about him was his health. Different age, different story.
A: I agree that it’s going to be extremely difficult to get Peppers in here unless some bodies (and their salaries) leave out the door. Seymour sure makes for interesting fodder. I agree that if he wants another top-end deal, he probably won’t get it here. So do you franchise him next year? Let him leave for nothing? Or do you get a return? All interesting to think about.
It's obvious to all that your sports acumen is extremely limited, as evidenced by the continual ass and ``men I would do’’ references. I wish you would give the Vrabel deal a rest. The last several times you've been on 'EEI I've heard you bemoan this deal. Nobody cares whether you understand it. He's gone. I wish you were gone.
I've also heard you say, as part of the same soliloquy, that Tedy Bruschi hasn't made a play in four years. He led the team in tackles in 2007. There must have been at least one play in there somewhere. Were you born an a-hole, or have you worked at it all your life? Or both?
By the way, a baseball show that includes you has no credibility. The only entertainment value will be in your humiliation by the other hosts.
A: And getting yelled at by McAdam isn’t worth turning in for? Au contraire. I’ll have more love letters for the baseball show later. As for your question, Phil, both. And I’ll concede on the Bruschi point. He’s made one play the last four years.
Hi Mr. Felger,
I found it disheartening that on the show the other day you stated that KG has no heart. WTF are you thinking when you make these brandish comments! It hurts you more than helps you, i.e. reading the book before you speak or question someone. Yes, I am a Celtics fan but if you do research and watch him play his heart is as big as the Garden. Stick with pucks and stay on cable. You will always be known as a second-rate, shoot-your-mouth-off sports guy. Take a lesson from colleagues and think before you talk. I hope you lose your job. You are a bum. KG will kick your ***
A: Funny. This was signed by Mike Roberts, but it had Greg Dickerson’s e-mail address. Hi, Slick!
Anyway, Mike/Greg and the rest of you who think I questioned Garnett’s heart, you probably got my words confused with those of GM Danny Ainge. All I’ve been doing is repeating a quote he gave to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald in Philadelphia on April 14. I think it deserves to be part of the conversation:
“When Kevin plays is his decision,” said Ainge. “But I think Kevin plays once the playoffs start. Ultimately, it’s just his decision. Could Kevin play right now? Absolutely. But the question is whether it is in his best interests. I don’t think there’s anyone out there who feels he can’t play.”
Interesting words. Certainly worth talking about. Make of them what you will. Just remember, they aren’t mine.
Subj: Bruins deeper than the late ‘80’s team?
Are you serious? The ‘87-88 team that went to the finals was four deep with great two-way centers. Craig Janney, Ken Linesman, Steve Kasper and Bob Sweeney. That's just the centers. That team and subsequent teams that did well in the playoffs were much deeper than this team. Janney was later replaced with Oates and Linesman was replaced with Dave Poulin, etc.
A: You think that Janney was better than Savard, Linesman was better than Krejci and Kasper was better than Bergeron? I disagree. But don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying this current Bruins team is necessarily BETTER than the finals teams in ’88 and ’90. That has yet to be determined. I’m just saying it’s deeper. Those Bruins teams certainly had better high-end talent. There is no Neely or Bourque on this team. But there are six 20-goal scorers (Kessel, Ryder, Krejci, Savard, Wheeler, Kobasew) and a seventh (Chara) who had 19. The ’87-88 team had five 20-goal guys in an era when more goals were scored across the league (Neely, Linesman, Kasper, Burridge, Sweeney). For what it’s worth.
Subj: ’88 Bruins vs. these Bruins
Stat comparisons that illuminate your point are the huge difference in plus-minus ratings, particularly among the defensemen on both teams. After looking through years of stats, I can’t find another Bruins team with 8 players with over +20. The ‘88 team had the king of the plus-minus in Ray Bourque, but despite his logging marathon ice time in games, the goals would go in when he came off the ice, particularly in the finals.
A: Nicely done, Bruce. The previous e-mailer mentioned Steve Kasper as a great two-way center, and I certainly remember him playing very well in his own end, checking Gretzky, etc. But he was a minus-1 in the regular season in that Cup finals season of 1987-88. Krejci was plus-37 this season, which led the entire league. Blake Wheeler was second in the NHL at plus-36. Dennis Wideman was sixth at plus-32, the second-best mark among defensemen. The 2008-09 Bruins had eight players at plus-20 or better. The ’87-88 team had five plus-20 guys. Again, for what it’s worth.
I agree with everything you've said about the atmosphere of Bruins games the entire hockey-game forum -- from the fans in stands (no f'n pink hats, no Blackberry holster-wearing, uninformed front-row CEO spectators) to the play on the ice (what would you do w/Marco Sturm on this team?). Boston has always been as much as a hockey town as it is a baseball town, and it’s one of the better stories in recent Boston sports culture that the Bruins are once again legitimate.
A: Boston is not “as much a hockey town as a baseball town,” Matty. That’s wrong. The Red Sox rule here. Over everyone. And the NFL and the Patriots are such a strong brand that football is a clear No. 2 (and may even be No. 1 within a decade). But I would contend that the hardcore interest in the Bruins is at least on par with the Celtics, and all it took was for the B’s to give the fans a glimmer of hope that they could contend for a Cup.
I’ve been watching the TV ratings with interest. They’ve been basically even so far in the playoffs. Last Saturday, the Celts-Bulls Game 1 did a 4.8 on Comcast and a 4.7 on ESPN, for a total of 9.5. The B’s that night, opposite the Red Sox, did a 9.5. Dead even. On Monday, Celts-Bulls Game 2 did a 7.1 on Comcast and a 1.9 on TNT, for a combined total of 9.0. The B’s and Habs did an 8.3 directly opposite. A slight win for the C’s.
There are mitigating factors to consider, of course. The C’s are without KG, so maybe that brings their number down a bit. The B’s are facing the easily identifiable Canadiens, so perhaps that brings their number up a tad. But I think the bottom line is this: The Celtics are coming off a 17th championship and, with or without Garnett, are still considered a deep playoff team. The B’s haven’t won a series in 10 years, never mind a title. And still the ratings are nearly even. I think that says something. Imagine if the roles were reversed, with the B’s coming off a Stanley Cup title and the C’s looking to advance to the second round for the first time since 1999. Do you think the ratings would be even in that case?
Great to hear all the Bruins chatter. There is no doubt in my mind that team is capable of going far this spring if Thomas plays as he has all season and barring anyone else getting hurt.
Where the (expletive) is the media attention this team deserves? The Bruins have been doing this all year and they are in the middle of an insanely heated playoff with their nemesis, the true Evil Empire, with their cheap shots, their visor-wearing, hit-you-after-the-whistle-but-never-drop-the-gloves-Frenchmen -- and the media leads with Celtics, then freaking Red Sox APRIL games and then ``ice capades’’ as one of the jackasses on TV so cleverly describes.
The fans are here, and the die hard Bruins fans have always been here. Obviously we will get the bandwagon folks when the B's advance to the next round, which is fine. The B's could use their version of some pink hats as the chicks wearing jerseys at the games now are brutal -- but they know their hockey and could kick the crap out of you or me.
But WEEI is dropping the ball. Where is the hockey show? A Bruins only special? The hosts act like experts when someone calls, but their head is so far up the Celtics ass they didn’t notice they took off the parquet and the ice is on now. It is insulting, my man. We are here and we are loyal to our team and we would love to have a consistent place to talk about our team. Thanks for providing a forum last Sunday. When the B's make it to the conference finals and the Big Show is all of sudden all B's fans, it’s too late, my man. Baseball show? (Expletive) that.
A: Most everyone is late to this story, Andre. And you know what? I don’t blame them. In case you haven’t heard this before, let me remind you: The Bruins hadn’t won a series in 10 years. They had made it through to the second round just once in the previous 15 years. Why should the media have paid attention to them? They didn’t deserve the coverage.
John Madden at the very beginning of the 2002 season -- after the Patriots won their first SB -- admitted quite strongly his mea culpa (when it came to his call for Brady to take a knee at the end of the Rams game). He was from then on a huge supporter and even a fan of Belichick, Brady and the Pats. (He even spoke very tolerantly of the whole Spygate affair -- discussing his own somewhat extra-strictly legal activities when he was a coach). I am really going to miss him on Sunday Night football. He seemed to have become reinvigorated and a little crisper in the move to NBC. Also, Al Michaels and him had a great rapport; with Michaels being the straight man to Madden. With Collingsworth there are going to be two straight men. If Parcells wasn't still working in the game, he would be the perfect replacement for Madden.
A: Celebrity caller making an appearance in the d-bag mailbag. Welcome, Allison. We accept all kinds. As for your feelings on Madden, I think they represent the way a lot of Pats fans feel, which is too bad. So you’re saying that we grew to like Madden because he became a “fan” of the Pats and began to say nice things about them? But up until then we didn’t like him because he said Brady should take a knee? A little childish, don’t you think? Personally, I like analysts who tell you what they think and feel, regardless of whose feathers it might ruffle, and at that moment in the Super Bowl Madden gave us what he truly felt. So what if he was wrong? That doesn’t happen very often on those national telecasts. Good for him.
Why would you deny the obvious, that David Ortiz was on steroids before his mysterious heart/dehydration problem? Hmmmm. Red Sox on NESN/Michael Felger works for NESN....Nope I do not see any conflict.
If this were a Patriot player you would be all over it. You have to save your salary, but it means one thing: F-R-A-U-D.
A: I think you’ve got me confused with Cole Wright. Or maybe Heidi Whatney. Now, if I failed to call out Brian Scalabrine, maybe you’d have a point. Finally, you really think I’d publicly finger a member of the Patriots as a steroid user? Don’t you think I have enough issues down there as it is?
Subj: Why you?
I'm glad the baseball show is finally starting, but why do you always have to get your "grubby little hands" on every weekend show? I'm so sick of hearing you host on the weekends. You talk through most of every segment, especially after one of those 20-plus minute breaks. When you finally get to a caller, you cut them off too quickly!! For my listening/entertaining purposes, it's about the callers and their interaction with the hosts, not you!
A: Why did you put “grubby little hands” in quotation marks? Are my grubby little hands only alleged or so-called? Either way, you’ll be able to see them in high definition starting Saturday, May 2. That’s right, baby! Mr. Baseball hosting the baseball show every weekend with Merloni, McAdam and Buckley, simulcast on Comcast Sportsnet from 9 a.m. to noon. Woooo!
Subj: Baseball show
I know it may be out of your control, but I am really disappointed that you will not be on Sunday mornings on ‘EEI. It has been a fun ride listening to you free wheel about all the sports. My wife even enjoys your banter. But reserving you to baseball with the most boring guys on ‘EEI? Say it ain’t so.
Hope at least you are involved with football season. The Pom Poms should have you join them on the post game show or at least a guest during the week. How about you and Mikey? That would be fun too.
A: At least Mikey will get me baked. I’m not getting anything out of McAdam and Buck. As for the Big Show, we’ve discussed this. I’m afraid of those guys. I couldn’t take the physical abuse.
The best thing about last Saturday night was that the Red Sox were bumped to NESN Plus and not the Bruins. Who cares about the ``Red Sox Suck Up’’ show with ``Back to the Future’’ Buckley and ``Grady Little should keep his job’’ McAdam?
A: Two words, Ed: Ratings juggernaut.
Subj: New Sunday show
Your comments last Sunday morning about promoting your new Sunday show (on Comcast Sportsnet) was, and I'm paraphrasing, ``Sunday nights suck, Channels 4 and 7 suck and they have sucked for a long time.’’ Channel 4 paid your salary for a long time, and you met your wife on Channel 4. Where is your loyalty? You threw Channel 4 under the bus. Remember where you came from.
A: Did I say “sucked?” I apologize for that. My fault.
I meant “lame.”
Just kidding, just kidding. Those shows are still pretty good. We just aim to dominate. We premier “Sports Sunday” on May 3 at 10 p.m.
Rob Bradford, still forcing us to learn five new things about the Red Sox every day, I see. Rob you say you have ``numbers’’ that support that programming choice, and I say, if I wanted to learn five new things about every subject, every day, I'd be in school. Further, I reject regimented learning from someone who starts a segment with the statement, ``Paul Pierce stinks,’’ and an hour later is following that up with an Ordway turtle of ``is it safe to say he didn't play the type of game we are used to Paul Pierce playing.’’
Is it safe to say....yes Rob. A lot safer than, ``Paul Pierce stinks,’’ which indicates you are just as foolish as your Fred Flintstone-meets-Wooly Willie look leads me to believe. Either that, or it's a literal reference which means you were able to wrestle Paul's jock away from Dickerson. Good for you ... I guess.
Mahalo Mr. Doss,
A: As this e-mail proves, I gladly accept any and all hate mail directed at my colleagues.
Subj: Get your proverbs right
It’s turd in the punchbowl
And there’s this….
I recognize your analogy, but it’s actually turd in the PUNCH bowl. Turds belong in the toilet bowl, so not quite as strong. Sorry if you’ve been hit with this before. Piling on is allowed online, I believe.
A: Yes, Kevin. I was hit with this quite a few times this week. For those who didn’t see it, I just made the simple statement that Peppers is the turd in the toilet bowl clogging up the Panthers’ offseason plans. Judging by the response, you’d have thought I misquoted the Declaration of Independence.
First of all, I stole the line from Tom Curran after he used it to reference the Matt Cassel situation. Of course, I lifted it and didn’t give him credit (love doing that). Secondly, I was well aware of the real proverb, with the turd belonging squarely in the punchbowl. However, I didn’t think it fit this circumstance. To wit:
A turd in a punchbowl merely spoils the punch. The punch can still flow freely within the bowl and into the cups of partygoers. There’s no blockage. There’s just a turd floating around. Terry Glenn was a turd in the punchbowl. Manny Ramirez was a turd in the punchbowl.
Peppers’ salary cap charge is hindering the Panthers’ ability to sign players and improve the team. He is actually preventing the Panthers’ punch from flowing. He hasn’t spoiled it. He’s clogged it. That’s why I put the turd in the toilet bowl and not the punchbowl.
Sigh. That analysis represented my $100,000 Boston University education at work. Sorry, dad.
So I decided to go out and join the rest of the world and get a blackberry. I was all excited to surf the web at work without my moron managers knowing. So Thursday rolls around and I go right to the weei.com site to read your highly entertaining column. Much to my disappointment, the ``mobile’’ site had barely any content and d-bag mailbag was nowhere to be found. Clearly, this is the work of mangina face trying to hold you down. I hope he is screening your emails and sees this. Hey mangina face, get the d-bag mailbag on mobile weei.com!
Sent from my Wireless BlackBerry
A: I’m calling my agent, Rob. I’ve had about enough of this garbage.
Felger You DB!
The last Mike Felger Show coming up Sunday. Please tell me they got you a co-host or at least a guest. Hell, even John Ryder gets Lenny Megs. Are Hans and Franz available?
Last Monday, they had the 113th running of the Kenyans. Did you care? Me neither. Someone please explain to me the fascination with going to see the marathon? Is the coverage on all three local stations not enough to satisfy the demand for watching people run in a straight line? Let’s face it, this is NASCAR with intestinal mishaps replacing the crashes. In the scope of spectator sports, I would put watching distance running right between chess and pole sitting. And forget watching it down town near the finish line. You have thousands of people who have been pushing their bodies to their physical limits and haven't had access to a bathroom in 26.2 miles. Yeah, I want to be eating and drinking down wind from ground zero of 20,000 sweaty stinking runners fighting for foil towels and waiting to use chemical toilets. How bout afterward we head to a pot luck dinner at a refugee camp for dysentery victims.
And Uta Pipping was the single best thing that ever happened to the marathon. Not only because it was amazing that she could win the race while carrying Aunt Flow on her back the whole way. But because you had hours of commentators trying to tiptoe around the Kotex and describe the issue. They needed to get the guy from the Kentucky Derby to announce this. ``AND DOWN HER PANTS IT COMES!!!!’’
And how could you talk about someone loading up their drawers without mentioning the Jets and the NFL draft. This weekend, the annual tradition of the New York Jets pissing away their first round pick in semi-spectacular fashion continues. For your viewing pleasure relive Jets draft history here. How soon before they add Vernon Gholston to this compilation? Oh, and my favorite Jets draft day blunder? Trading their 1st and 7th in 2005 for Doug Jolley, a second (place kicker Mike Nugent) and two sixth-rounders. Not only is it awesome to see the Jets piss away a first rounder and have nothing to show for it but a place kicker, but the best part of this trade? The seventh rounder the Jets sent to Oakland. That very same seventh, the 230th pick overall, was later sent to your New England Patriots who selected Matt Cassel with it. The Jets got Doug Jolley and the Pats got Matt Cassel. It's almost enough to make you feel sorry for them...
A: Something tells me Franz wouldn’t get through security at Gillette (OK chronics, what am I referring to with that line? This is a test to see how many of you are still out there. First e-mail I get with the correct response gets a free copy of Tales from the Patriots Sidelines. Seriously ... Woooo!).
But yes, this weekend marks the last official airing of the Sunday edition of the Mike Felger Show. Another one bites the dust. That’s 0-for-2 if you’re scoring at home.
Otherwise, let Mike in Attleboro stand as a shining beacon to every emailer to the d-bag mailbag. Humor. Research. Felger factoids. Poo jokes. And I guarantee you he knows the difference between a turd in a punchbowl and a turd in a toilet bowl. (But he’s not eligible to win a book).
“The Baseball Show” with Felger, Steve Buckley, Sean McAdam and Lou Merloni premiers Saturday, May 2, at 9 a.m. It will be simulcast on Comcast Sportsnet and WEEI. “Sports Sunday” on Comcast Sportsnet premiers Sunday, May 3, at 10 p.m.