The guys open the show discussing last night's Bruins overtime loss to the Senators in Game 3. There was a questionable penalty on Riley Nash that led to the OT score, which was derided by the coach, Jack Edwards, Pierre McGuire and Dale Arnold.The only person who didn't blame the refs was Riley Nash.

The most inspiring Boston Marathon participants often don’t finish until mid-afternoon, long after the elite runners have crossed and the crowds begin to dissipate. That was the case Monday, when Staff Sgt. Jose Luis Sanchez charging down Boylston Street waving the American flag.

Sanchez, a Marine who lost the lower part of his left leg after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan in 2011, finished the Marathon this year in under six hours. He ran his first Marathon in Washington D.C. in 2015 and finished Boston last year as well.

Sanchez ran Monday as part of Team Semper Fi, which is connected to the Semper Fi Fund, an organization that provides “immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families.”

In an interview with WBZ, Sanchez said he hopes others can use his efforts as a source of motivation.

“It’s not for me, it’s for others to be inspired, to be motivated,” he said.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
Patrice Jones joins Kirk, Gerry and Trenni to talk about the video shared by Devin McCourty and Chris Long.

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[0:00:42] ... Long and and have McCord of being brave. Let's skip and a White House to really believe they're the brave Patrice. I think so. A big 81 standing up for what they believe they get people ...
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[0:04:19] ... we do believe the guy who told you he stopped watching the Super Bowl in the middle of the game because he doesn't like trump. I know this guy and he didn't say he's stopped watching the militant comedian like totally stopped watching him Miller again could he couldn't take. The agony of what you thought was the pictures didn't beat down that's what that was about to have nothing to do which. So you believe everyone told you their patriots fans. Yes nuclear welcome Toby very rigid or some other metric by which you determine whether people a sense. No but I think ...

Hour 4. The man from Cleveland who posted a video on Facebook of him killing another man is on the run. Kirk was concerned when he tuned into Dale and Holley yesterday before the Bruins game. Patrice Jones, brother of Bomani Jones, joins the show.
Hour 3. Kirk Gerry and Trenni go over the controversy around Riley Nash’s penalty in overtime. Gerry makes some predictions for the Celtics game tonight against the Bulls. The Pats fan who told of ESPN on Twitter over his picture from the marathon joins the show.
Hour 2. Kirk, Gerry and Trenni talk about the trip to Washington the Celtics will take after game 2 for Isaiah’s sister’s services. Everyone weighs on some Patriots’ decision to not attend the White House with their teammates tomorrow. The Obamas were spotted last week on a luxury cruise with Oprah and Bruce Springsteen.
Hour 1. Gerry is thinking about flipping his picks for both the Bruins and Celtics first round playoff series’. Robin Lopez dominates Celtics on the glass. Kirk and Gerry look forward to their adventure in Washington DC tomorrow for the Patriots White House visit.
Sage Steele will reportedly be tapped for a larger role at ESPN. (Peter Llewellyn/USA Today Sports)

Sage Steele will reportedly be tapped for a larger role at ESPN. (Peter Llewellyn/USA Today Sports)

When ESPN removed Sage Steele from NBA Countdown earlier this month, there was some speculation in conservative circles the network was demoting her due to her right-leaning political views. But it appears as if that conjecture was incorrect.

According to the Sporting News, Steele will soon anchor a morning edition of “SportsCenter,” perhaps teaming up with Mike Greenberg on his new solo project. Greenberg, who recently signed a new contract that pays him more than $6.5 million annually, is expected to host his own morning variety show on ESPN.

Steele came under fire in January for calling those who were protesting President Donald Trump’s travel ban “disruptive.” The veteran anchor also sparked controversy in November, when she criticized Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans for kneeling during the national anthem.

In a statement, ESPN president John Skipper expressed his full support for the outspoken anchor.

“Sage definitively has a bright and long-term future at ESPN and my complete support,” he said, via Awful Announcing.

Given Curt Schilling’s dismissal last year for sharing an anti-transgender meme on Facebook, ESPN has been accused of silencing right-wing voices. But Steele’s reported promotion shows that’s a simplistic way of looking at it. Schilling was always an outspoken conservative. After all, he endorsed George W. Bush for reelection in his first nationally televised interview following the Red Sox World Series win in 2004. When ESPN hired him, there was no secret about which side of the aisle he was on.

But after a series of social media flareups, including a post that compared Muslim extremists to Nazis, ESPN decided to fire Schilling in 2016. He was canned for his crassness, not his politics.

Steele’s reported ascension at the network coincides with new guidelines that appear to grant on-air talent more freedom to express their political views. Since Greenberg’s new venture will likely cover social issues in relation to sports, Steele’s politics could become more visible than ever. It doesn’t seem like there’s any conspiracy here.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

Good morning! Here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

Good morning! Here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

MLB: Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. (NESN)
MLB: Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Milwaukee at Toronto, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Chicago at Boston, 8 p.m. (CSN, TNT)
NBA: Utah at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Montreal at NY Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL: Edmonton at San Jose, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)


— During the Boston Marathon on Monday, Twitter user Abdul tweeted a picture of a spectator holding a homemade sign displaying the third quarter score of Super Bowl LI as motivation for runners because the Patriots came back from a 28-3 deficit.

When ESPN responded to the tweet with a request for permission to use the picture, Abdul replied with a passionate denial. “After the witch hunt ESPN led against tom brady? absolutely the f— not. in fact block me right now. go f— yourselves,” Abdul responded. 

As of Tuesday, the reply to ESPN has over five thousand retweets and Patriots fans applauded his heroics. Abdul also granted other media outlets permission to use the photo.

And SportsCenter then blocked him for his response.

It turned out Abdul did not take this picture and tweeted back and forth with the person who did, apologizing for posting the picture without credit.

We’ve seen this before with other Patriots fans who have denied ESPN rights to use their footage of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, citing the network’s role in Deflategate.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Once they get a little success, their confidence is starting to grow. And I think they settle into that pecking order that has emerged. It still comes down to executing, which they’ve done a very good job at.” — John Farrell, on the Red Sox bullpen this season

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge