TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB playoffs: Reds at Pirates, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM) NHL: Capitals at Blackhawks, 7 p.m. (NBCSN) Soccer: UEFA Champions, Glasgow Celtic vs. Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
• The Nets held their media day Monday in Brooklyn, and Kevin Garnett was his usual frank self.
“I’m here to win a ring,” the former Celtic said. “That’s the reason we came to Brooklyn.”
The 37-year-old forward created a little bit of a stir when he made it clear that he did not agree with new coach Jason Kidd‘s suggestion that he sit some nights when the team plays back-to-back games.
“It didn’t go too well,” Garnett said of that discussion. “Just being honest.
“I understand what he said. He wants to make sure I’m durable and that I get through an 82-game season. I’m totally understanding of what it is. He’s not coming at me personally or as a man or anything like that. He’s looking to better me. I’m going to try to be receptive of that.”
Added Garnett: “I just don’t want to be … told anything. I think I’ve earned the right to have an opinion in something that I’m doing. But more importantly, and more seriously, from a chemistry standpoint I think it’s important for me to be out there with everybody, and speed the chemistry process up a little quicker.”
• Across town, Knicks guard J.R. Smith was contrite in talking about the five-game suspension he received from the league for testing positive for marijuana on three occasions.
Smith, who signed a three-year deal this offseason, had surgery on his patella tendon that could push back his start to the season even further. The Knicks wanted him to have the surgery right after last season, but Smith waited until July, saying he first wanted to sign his new deal. He’ll serve his suspension after a doctor clears him to return to action.
“The worst thing is I feel I let my teammates and coach down,” the reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year said at the team’s media day. “I let Mr. [James] Dolan down. I’m looking to move forward from it. As soon as I’m able to play, I’m hoping to have a good season.”
Said coach Mike Woodson: “J.R. knows he made a major mistake. I haven’t heard his comments, but I’m sure he’s apologized to the guys, because we made a commitment to win. Hopefully it’ll be a learning experience.”
• Athlon Sports has a list of the 50 worst managers in baseball since 1961. Bobby Valentine is second for his 69-93 record with the Red Sox last season. He trails only the “College of Coaches” the Cubs used in 1961 and ’62 when they won 123 games and lost 193 — including a franchise-worst 103 losses the second season.
Ozzie Guillen holds the No. 3 spot for his 69-93 season with the Marlins last year, followed by Bob Geren (A’s, 2007-11) and Larry Bowa (Padres, 1987-88).
Other notable names on the list: Joe Torre (Mets, 1977-81), John McNamara (Angels, 1983-84), Terry Francona (Phillies, 1997-2000), Brad Mills (Astros, 2010-12), Bucky Dent (Yankees, 1989-90), Butch Hobson (Red Sox, 1992-94), Ralph Houk (Tigers, 1974-78), Russ Nixon (Braves, 1988-90), Davey Lopes (Brewers, 2000-02) and Billy Herman (Red Sox, 1964-66).
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 1, 1991, in an 8-5 loss to the Tigers at Fenway Park, which Red Sox outfielder tied a major league record by striking out five times in a nine-inning game?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We stayed away from chicken and beer. That helped.” – Indians manager Terry Francona, joking about how his team completed an impressive September run to clinch the top wild card spot
STAT OF THE DAY: .579 – Evan Longoria‘s batting average in the final game of the regular season during his six-year career, after he went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run to lead the Rays past the Rangers, 5-2, in the wild card tiebreaker (technically a regular-season game)
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): This was the finish to the Berlin Marathon on Sunday in which Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang set a world record with a time of 2 hours, 3 minutes, 23 seconds. A man jumps onto the course yards from the finish and breaks the tape ahead of Kipsang.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Phil Plantier
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Herb Fame of Peaches & Herb was born on this day in 1942.
Final thoughts & final predictions on the final segment of the year!
Fauria calls the guys to break down the game and gives his reasoning as to why he feels the Pats should win by 4 ... or possibly more.
Dickerson, DeOssie and Price talk about 2 of the biggest story lines of the week - the ridiculous press conference the commissioner of the NFL held on Friday and Marshawn Lynch's mockery of media day.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Wrapping up the show's week on radio row.
Show favorite Mad Dog Russo joins the guys to look at Sunday's game and the response he has seen to deflategate.
Kravitz calls in to put a wrap on the deflategate this week's coverage. He details some of the twitter attacks he has received from Patriots fans.
Christian ran around Radio Row getting predictions form anyone he could find, which included being Green-Flied by Warren Sapp
Local Wiseguy Louie Merloni gives us the lines for Super Bowl XLIX
Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins Lou, Christian and Tim to talk about all the news surrounding Super Bowl XLIX
We help you gamblers out there by breaking down some Super Bowl Prop Bets.
Kevin Harlan talks about some of his famous calls from Patriots games and previews the Super Bowl live from Radio Row.
Tom E Curran joins the show on Radio Row to preview the Super Bowl and give his prediction for the big game.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about Roger Goodell's state of the game address and question and answer period from earl
Mikey and Mut are gearing up for the Super Bowl on the final show before the Patriots take on the Seahawks.
DeOssie joins Mut from Arizona to talk about how big the hype has been for this year's Super Bowl in comparison to other Super Bowl games in the past and how Seattle's defense matches up against New England's offense.
Jim and Pete talk about the final football game of the 2014 season. It's the Patriots and the Seahawks, and there's still fantasy football to be played!
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Old friend Boomer Esiason drops by to give his take on the big game. Boomer thinks the Patriots will prevail in the desert.More from this show