Buster Olney spoke with Tim and Christian today regarding Derek Jeter's final three games, which will be at Fenway Park. Buster outlines how bad Jeter has played this year offensively and defensively. He also talks about what to expect from the Red Sox off-season, including a power-hitting from the West Coast, and what can be expected from Mookie Betts.
Mike Giardi talked w/ Tim and Christian about how bad Nate Solder has been, in a contract year, of all years. He says that only Dan Connolly has played well. He spoke with Ryan Wendell who observed a few technical differences between the way former O-Line coach Dante Scarnecchia coached and aligned his line, and how new coach Dave DeGuglielmo is doing things.

[0:00:00] ... -- GRD who was over at the in the patriots Tom Brady press conference earlier today and I wanna start with that Mike and getting your information about Logan Mankins -- whether he really left. Because doesn't like the new offensive line coach let's get some very pressing questions about Tom Brady first though. Why was he late what the press conference and early and what was he doing wearing a ski cap and ...
[0:05:17] ... as well it's CSN any dot com refuted the earlier report that Logan Mankins. Had when asked to go to Tampa. Based largely on the fact that there was a coaching change -- the offensive line ...
[0:06:37] ... the offensive lineman but. Not to the degree that it was the motivating factor for Mankins -- not resign. I mean I don't think you wouldn't factor and no I'm not blown rear to really -- ...

After Dante Scarnecchia's departure, the Patriots offensive line has been struggling mightily in the first 3 weeks. The guys open the show talking about new coach, Dave DeGuglielmo, and possible friction between him and members of the offensive line.

[0:03:14] ... and what is he doing. -- the people were entrusted to block Tom Brady yeah it's it's like he's the scapegoat now. Billy he's every day after day he's become an escape is the new guy ...
[0:04:02] ... significant and obvious for three weeks because it played very well and Tom Brady's been hit a lot of the offense has struggled to. Keep traction on the running game aspect passing game all of has -- collectively bad because of the offensive line. Not exclusively because the offense line and that somber little bit later on but the -- line has not -- good and it's adversely affected. All the running game and the pass game for clear reasons so people want a look at -- departure of Logan Mankins. As being the main factor since he was their luster is gone this year and -- is the guy who takes over ...
[0:05:15] ... And it might be so true and such a prominent police. That Logan Mankins part of the reason he wasn't willing to rework a contract. Is that you want to work this guy anymore. And I'm wondering what if anything you've heard. When the patriots in that regard is -- that unpopular. That Logan Mankins left. In part due to his presence. I don't think Logan Mankins left because coaching situation because he could get along. He's pretty level heading guy has -- this guy wasn't county and in ...
[0:11:14] ... tracked him down Scarnecchia talking about in Rhode Island. -- he might Matt Light celebrity shoot out. Scarnecchia made an appearance there and this is what he had to say. They're trying to build cohesiveness that's ...

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Mike Lupica came in studio to discuss the final week of Derek Jeter.
The guys opened the show by discussing Derek Jeter's final week.

Ten-year linebacker James Harrison has come out of retirement to help a depleted Steelers defensive corps.

The Steelers began the 2014 season with Jarvis Jones and Ryan Shazier manning the linebacker position. But injuries have forced the Steelers to get creative, which meant coaxing Harrison back to the field. Jones suffered a broken wrist last week against the Panthers and will miss at least eight weeks. Shazier will sit out at least one game with a sprained right knee.

Coach Mike Tomlin said is unsure of Harrison’€™s role with the team right now, despite the little depth the team has.

“We need to see what he is capable of doing before we etch out any roles for him or others,” Tomlin said.

Harrison had a strong nine-year career with the Steelers, averaging at least nine sacks per season from 2008-2011. After recording 67 tackles and 16 sacks in 2008, the linebacker was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

But last year, Harrison joined the Bengals after he refused to take a pay cut with the Steelers. He recorded two sacks and 16 total tackles in a limited role. Tomlin said he isn’t concerned about how Harrison played with the Bengals and wants to see what the linebacker can bring to the table in 2014 with Pittsburgh.

“I don’€™t care about what he did in Cincinnati or what their schematics are,” Tomlin said. “€œI’€™ll base my judgments based off of his capabilities based on what I see back in this setting among us.”

Blog Author: 
Andrew Battifarano

Here are the highlights from Wednesday’€™s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– A Florida woman who said she had three breasts has been untruthful, according to a TMZ report. Jasmine Tridevil, who claimed she had surgery to have a third breast added to her body, lied about it.

One of the Tridevil’€™s bags was stolen off a conveyor belt at Tampa International Airport. Police caught the thieves and retrieved the bag. Inside the black nylon bag was a three-breast prosthesis.

Asked Callahan: “So you can buy a three-breast prosthesis?”

Replied Dennis: “You can buy anything.”

“Sure, I imagine there’€™s probably a small market for it, but a loyal market,” Minihane said. “There’€™s a fetish for everything. Three boobs is a weird fetish, but some guys liked to get urinated on.”

– HBO confirmed actors Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will star in the second season of “True Detective.” Vaughn and Farrell will replace Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, who stared in the show’€™s first season.

Said Minihane: “Colin Farrell I think is going to be good. I’€™m worried about Vince Vaughn.”

Replied Callahan: “I think [Vaughn] will kind of have a dry sense of humor and be that same witty guy that he is in ‘Wedding Crashers.’ ”

“I don’€™t want a witty guy,” said Dennis. “[Vaughn] seems like a lightweight by comparison to these three guys.”

– President Barack Obama has come under criticism for saluting Marines with a coffee cup in his hand. After he exited the presidential helicopter, Obama carried a cup of coffee with him and made a casual salute.

“How about this, put the coffee cup down, go in the White House and get another cup of coffee,” Dennis said.

This comes after President George W. Bush once saluted military members with a dog in his hand.

Said Minihane: “The Bush stuff doesn’t work for me anymore. Bush was a fool, so is Obama.”€

– A man in New Delhi fell into a tiger cage at a zoo and was eaten by one of the tigers in the enclosure. The 22-year-old man, only known as Masqood, pleaded in front of the white tiger, but was killed after 10 minutes.

“Do you think he ate him legs and arms first, so the guy could watch?” asked a sarcastic Callahan.

Blog Author: 
Andrew Battifarano

Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Indians, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL preseason: Coyotes at Flames, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)


– NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL vice president of football operations Troy Vincent met with a group of 11 former players, including ex-Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest, in an often-emotional 3 1/2-hour meeting Tuesday to discuss ways to improve the league’s personal conduct policy.

Vincent said the former players, including Hall of Famer Mike Singletary, told him the league should get players off the field immediately after they’ve been accused of a crime.

“One question asked around the room was, when an arrest occurs, do you take them off the field or let them play and let the due process take care of itself?” Vincent said. “To a man, they said, ‘Take them off the field, pay them, and let due process take care of itself.’ ”

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With recent issues of domestic violence plaguing the league, Vincent said the ex-players insisted that “everyone is accountable” for their behavior. He added that he believes the league is getting closer to figuring out a better way to handle such problems.

“You can’t negotiate the game,” Vincent said, his voice cracking. “The one thing we’ve all got to fight for … we are talking about the game and we’ve all got to be all-in. We all have got to answer the questions of where are we today, how did we get here, why is this happening, how do we stop this and manage this?

“We don’t have time to wait on anybody to give us direction. There is one thing we don’t negotiate, it’s the game.”

The other players in the meeting were Harvard product Matt Birk, Eddie Mason, Patrick Kerney, Roman Oben, Marty Lyons, Charles Way, Tony Paige, Scott Turner and Robert Porcher.

– Outspoken Eagles cornerback Cary Williams — known well around these parts for his criticism of the Patriots prior to joint practices the last two preseasons — apologized to his teammates Tuesday night for complaining about coach Chip Kelly after Sunday’s 37-34 victory over Washington.

Williams questioned Kelly’s decision to have team do a walkthrough last Tuesday, a day after a Monday night game against the Colts in Indianapolis. He met with Kelly on Monday and apologized publicly Tuesday.

“I said what I said, man. … It’s out there,” Williams said. “I could have played better [Sunday]. I spoke to my teammates and told them I was sorry for what I said. So, it won’t happen again. I won’t talk negatively about the team.

“We are 3-0 and that’s something to be proud of. I am happy we are 3-0. Things could have gone otherwise.”

Added Williams: “Obviously, honesty isn’t always the best policy. Sometimes people take things the wrong way. But I realized I made that mistake. My teammates realize that and forgave me.

“I try not to lie. In that situation I don’t think I did. But in that situation, I should have kept it in house between me and 56 other guys in here and coach Chip. I made a mistake. I’m sorry for it.”

– Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne skipped practice and left the team’s training facility after being told that he was being pulled from the starting lineup, according to multiple reports.

The Cowboys traded up in the 2012 draft to select Claiborne sixth overall, and team owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show Tuesday morning that Claiborne was not living up to his draft status.

“Is he what we had hoped for at this point when drafted him with the sixth overall pick, giving up the [second-round] pick to go up to the sixth pick to get him? No,” Jones said. “But he’s going to be a good player.”

Claiborne, who will be replaced by Orlando Scandrick, admitted that he “stunk it up” Sunday when he allowed five receptions for 108 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown pass, early against the Rams. He also was penalized for holding. On the positive side, Claiborne clinched his team’s comeback win with a leaping interception.

“I’m ready to go learn from this tape and get better from it,” Claiborne, who missed the entire preseason with knee and shoulder injuries, said after the game. “Like I told the DBs, no matter what the outcome is, I can’t go out and play like that. If we want to be the No. 1 defense in the league, on my end, I can’t go out like that.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 25, 1984, the Hockey Hall of Fame inducted five players, including Bruins legend Phil Esposito and which goalie who started his career in Boston in the mid-1960s but was lost in the 1967 expansion draft and found greater fame playing for another Eastern Conference team?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The tackles, the guards, they’€™re just getting their butts kicked and getting pushed around. They just look so big and stiff, no knee bends, anything. It just looked bad. And Tom [Brady], you could just tell, Tom never felt comfortable, he doesn’€™t feel comfortable, he doesn’€™t trust that offensive line.” – NBC analyst Rodney Harrison, during a Tuesday appearance on Middays with MFB, on the struggles of the Patriots offensive line

STAT OF THE DAY: 40 – Home runs this season for Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz, making him just the sixth player in team history to reach the mark

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Pirates clinch a playoff berth after turning a double play to finish off the Braves.

Wellington Castillo hits a long single in the 10th inning to give the Cubs a walkoff win over over the Cardinals.

Rockies left fielder Brandon Barnes makes an impressive leaping catch at the fence against the Padres.

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera hits a walkoff single in the ninth inning to beat the White Sox.

The benches empty after Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig is hit in the foot by a pitch vs. Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner in the first inning.

From Monday night, Guilder Rodriguez, called up the Rangers this month after 13 years in the minor leagues, gets his first major league hit.

Here are Derek Jeter‘s top-10 career highlights recreated with OYO toys.

A brawl breaks out at a college basketball game in the Phillipines, leading to the ejection of 17 players.

From a high school football game in South Dakota, Dell Rapids kicks an extra point, which is low but bounces off a Millbank player’s helmet and goes through the uprights.

A youth football team from New York has a little trouble running through a banner before the game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bernie Parent, who played the majority of his career with the Flyers and won two Stanley Cups with Philadelphia (1974, ’75)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers was born on this day in 1942.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar