Peter King joins Mut and Merloni to discuss the impending franchise tag deadline and what they will do with Aqib Talib. He also discusses the proposed rule change in football to penalized players for using the "N" word.
Mut and Merloni share their thoughts on the starting pitcher for the Red Sox, Jake Peavy, cutting his finger on his brand new knife.
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The exam was mandated by the five-year, $96 million contract Manning signed with Denver as a free agent in 2012. Manning, 37, missed the entire 2011 season while recovering from the surgery and then was released by the Colts.
Manning set NFL records by passing for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns this past season. He led the Broncos to a 13-3 record and a victory over the Patriots in the AFC championship game. The Broncos were routed by the Seahawks, 43-8, in the Super Bowl.
Red Sox NESN color man Jerry Remy joined the show to discuss his first broadcast since his sons arrest last October.
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Tim called in with several questions for John and Gerry.
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MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Bulls at Nets, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Pelicans at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBATV) College basketball: Notre Dame at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Savannah State at N.C. Central, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: N.C. State at Pittsburgh, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas State at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPN) NHL: Sabres at Stars, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB preseason: Angels at Diamondbacks, 3 p.m. (FS1)
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Josh Beckett got his comeback off to a good start with Sunday’s performance in spring training. (AP)
– Josh Beckett made his return to the mound Sunday in Phoenix, starting for the Dodgers for the first time since last May, and showed signs that he can contribute to the team in the last year of his contract that will pay him $15.75 million in 2014.
The former Red Sox right-hander had surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome — pressure on a nerve that was causing tingling and numbness in his fingers and making it difficult for him to grip the ball properly — and missed most of 2013. The recovery was not easy.
“For a while afterward, there was no way I could get comfortable, no position I could get myself into. It felt like there was a knife in my back at all times,” he said (via the Los Angeles Times).
On Sunday, Beckett overcame a bout with nervousness — “I didn’t sleep very well last night,” he said afterward — to pitch solid two innings against the Padres. He allowed no runs on one hit with three strikeouts, and his fastball topped out at 91 mph.
“I just think the more times I get to face hitters trying to get hits off me and trying to put themselves in good situations, it’s going to benefit me mentally getting over whatever mental things I have going on,” Beckett said, adding: “There’s a part of me that can’t get that out of my head of, ‘When is this going to happen again?’ ”
Bilas did not hold back in criticizing Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim for overreacting to a call with 10 seconds left in a two-point game against Duke on Feb. 22 and getting ejected from the game, essentially ending his team’s chances to win. Bilas was disappointed that the ACC determined no further action was warranted.
“There needed to be something said by the authority there because the ACC has a book this thick on sportsmanship,” Bilas said. “Well, it’s clear that the sportsmanship guidelines only apply to the players, and that’s wrong.”
On Saturday, Kentucky’s John Calipari was ejected from his team’s loss at South Carolina, and Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin got into a heated exchange with veteran official Ted Valentine.
“I think there’s a lack of humility with the way referees are addressed, the way with they’re dealt with in games,” Bilas said. “We’ve got a unique problem. Coaches in the NBA behave better than coaches in college, who claim to be teachers and molders of young men. How can that possibly be?
“Everybody needs to take a look in the mirror here and fix our behavior, including in press conferences where we are questioning the officiating and we are denigrating the product to the public, and public confidence in the job the officials are doing.
“This is a social contract we have. The officials are the law of the court. When they make a decision, that decision stands. How coaches act is important. Not every coach acts inappropriately, but too many are doing it and I think we need to put a stop to it and I’ll tell you why: If we think that coach behavior influences the officials, then that’s a competitive advantage and we need to put a stop to it.
“If we don’t think it’s an influence, then it looks horrible and it erodes public confidence in officiating and we need to stop it. So tell me how we don’t need to stop it. We have to stop it. The coaches have to take the lead and police themselves.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 3, 1985, which Celtic scored a team-record 56 points, hitting 22-of-28 shots in a 138-129 victory over the Pistons at the Boston Garden?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It means a lot. Just proves that a lot of hard work will take you a long way. He’s worked hard all his life. He wanted to be a player and he put the time and effort into it.” — Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski, on his grandson, Mike Yastrzemski, who played for the Orioles in Sunday’s spring training game against the Sox in Fort Myers, Fla.
STAT OF THE DAY: 14-1 – The Rangers’ advantage in shots at the start of Sunday night’s game before the Bruins turned it around and skated off with a 6-3 victory
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Rockets guard James Harden hits an acrobatic shot early in Saturday’s game against the Pistons.
Paula Creamer hits a 75-foot putt to win a playoff for the HSBC Women’s Champions golf tournament in Singapore.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Kevin McHale, whose record was eclipsed nine days later when Larry Bird scored 60 points vs. the Hawks
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Mike Pender, lead singer of the Searchers, was born on this day in 1942.