Craig Sager

Craig Sager

NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager called in to the Dennis & Callahan show with Minihane on Monday during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon to give an update on his battle with leukemia and to urge listeners to donate. To hear the interview, visit the D&C audio on demand page.

Calling from his hospital bed at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Sager said he has been at the hospital for over a month and has had two chemotherapy sessions in the last four days. He is scheduled to have his third bone marrow transplant on Wednesday.

“[This is the] first time that MD Anderson has done a third transplant for AML patients,” Sager said. “Overall, I’m in uncharted territory here.”

Sager’s ongoing battle with leukemia has inspired many across the country, and has started a Sager Strong Foundation to help other leukemia patients and families. Many NBA players and personnel have reached out to Sager, who is surprised at how his story has grown into something bigger.

“At first it was just … speaking to the kids, then it kept building and I realized it was something beyond that,” Sager said. “It wasn’t about me, it was about what I represented, and that was somebody who refuses to give up, refuses to give in … does his job, has the same attitude, and is going to keep fighting.”

Following are more highlights from the interview.

On why he didn’t use a teleprompter for his ESPYs speech: “They’re very organized, they want you to put it on a teleprompter, but I went to rehearsal and said I don’t want a teleprompter. If I get to some point at my speech and I’m off of what I was talking about, I don’t want to have to look at the teleprompter and correct myself.”

On whether he debated working NBA games despite continuing to get treatment: “No debate. I’m going back to work. I was all over the doctors, I said, ‘Let me go back to work,’ and they said ‘No.’ … I want to go back, I want to do the games, I got to get back to opening night for the ring ceremony, I got to go back. I was pushing them all over the place. The first time they did let me go back after the All-Star Game was in New York. … Then last year I was able to come back for the ring ceremony at Golden State. I don’t know how long I will be out, I’d like to hope for medical progress and be try to back for opening night this year, but it might not happen.”

On the most surprising shoutout he has gotten: “I think when Joe Biden surprised me and introduced me at the ESPYs, that took it to another level. It’s no longer sports now, that’s mainstream. So that was the biggest surprise I’ve had.”

On why it is important to donate to cancer research: “Over the past 20 years we’ve made a lot of progress in fighting cancer, but much work needs to be done. Whether you donate to the Jimmy V fund and make a small foundation — or a major cancer research organization around the country or just to your local hospitals. Please, please donate. It’s a disease that affects everybody, we’re trying to figure out a way to put an end to it, and if you just help out, we appreciate it very much.”

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier


My man Chris Price posted this earlier. But I feel like if I didn’t piggyback on this item, I’d be betraying everything I stand for. So forgive me this indulgence.

Here’s the thing. I like celebrity roasts. I love comedy when nothing is off limits. No joke is too cruel. Filthy is welcome. Political correctness does not apply. No insult is so demeaning that it offends any group, demographic, gender or orientation, least of all the celebrity being roasted. Sacred cows make the best hamburger, after all.

That said, this is typical Peyton Manning. Exactly the kind of cheap, back-stabbing, disloyal, drive by punk-ass insult we’ve come to expect from this thumb-headed goober. And of course, delivered with that slow-witted Oh gee whiz, ah’m just an ol’ country boy who don’t mean no harm, jus’ havin’ some fun fake humility he’s been using to get away with cheap shotting people his entire career.

Tom Brady has been carrying Peyton Manning’s fragile psyche like an egg balancing in a spoon since he first started beating Manning’s teams in 2001. Through every failure, each of his NFL record 13 postseason losses, through all the terrible interceptions and miserable performances in weather Manning couldn’t handle, Brady has always had his back as much as any of his media apologists.

When Manning was going one-and-done in the postseason an unthinkable eight times, Tom Brady said nothing. When he was tainted (pun intended) by the U. of Tennessee teabagging scandal, Brady stayed Code of Silence about it. And when PayMeaTon was implicated for HGH used by Al Jazeera and sent goons over to the house of the parents of his chief accuser posing as cops to intimidate them, Brady kept his tongue behind his perfectly white teeth.

And as payback for all that loyalty, Manning keeps the Deflategate fiction going the very first chance he gets. His alleged good buddy Tom Brady, whom he wrote a letter to just so he could make a quick buck including it in a commercial later on, is being railroaded by an evil corporate entity run by a power-crazed despot. Any real friend — not to mention fellow union member — worth having would be enraged. But when you’re Peyton Manning, it’s a laugh line.

And not a particularly good one. The worst thing Brady ever said about Manning was in a private email when he told someone Manning would be retired in two years, which turned out to be spot on. After this, he’ll hopefully understand that this two-faced pizza salesman is nothing more than a frenemy and use it as even more motivation to blow the doors off every quarterback record in the books. Starting with winning a fifth Super Bowl. Then the joke will be on Peyton.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

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MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Pirates at Cubs, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Mercury at Fever, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m. (ESPN), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)


Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

— Colin Kaepernick said that neither the 49ers nor the NFL have contacted him about his decision to sit during the national anthem to protest America’s race problem, but they might soon be forced to address the issue.

The president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and 49ers CEO Jed York criticizing Kaepernick’s actions as a “total lack of sensitivity” toward police.

“I only wish Mr. Kaepernick could see the emotional and psychological challenges that our officers face following a fatal encounter,” Martin Halloran wrote. “Some are so affected they never return to the streets. In short, Mr. Kaepernick has embarrassed himself, the 49er organization, and the NFL based on a false narrative and misinformation that lacks any factual basis.”

Kaepernick sat on the bench during the anthem for all three preseason games, and he said he plans to continue his protest.

Jim Harbaugh, who coached Kaepernick in San Francisco for four seasons until leaving for the University of Michigan last year, said at his Monday press conference that Kaepernick that he has mixed feelings about the situation.

“I acknowledge his right to do that. I don’t respect the motivation or the action,” Harbaugh said, later clarifying on Twitter: I support Colin’s motivation. It’s his method of action that I take exception to.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he supports Kaepernick’s right to speak out, but he would be concerned about the effect on his team.

“You respect our team, our organization and the other players,” Harbaugh said. “You respect the mission that we’re on and what we’re trying to accomplish. None of us ever want us to detract or disrespect the efforts of all the other players on the football team. That’s the balance that all of us have to strike when we speak out about something like that.”

Meanwhile, Eagles rookie undrafted free agent linebacker Myke Tavarres said Monday that he also would sit during the national anthem during his team’s preseason game against the Jets this Thursday, but his agent said later that the player had changed his mind after consulting with his agent and college coaches.

“As a rookie, his goal is not to be a distraction for the Eagles,” agent Corey Williams said. “His coaches at Incarnate Word and I advised him to stand.”

— Even before his Tuesday tryout for major league teams, Tim Tebow has an offer to play baseball with an established winner.

Five-time Venezuelan Professional Baseball League champion Aguilas del Zulia reportedly sent a contract offer to Tebow’s agents Monday.

“He’s a great talent,” Aguilas general manager Luis Amaro (brother of Red Sox coach Ruben Amaro Jr.) told Yahoo Sports. “He’s an athlete. He’s won the Heisman. He’s won two national championships. I know baseball is a hard game, but he’ll either adjust and show he’s ready to play pro ball or not. I think it’s low risk, high reward for Zulia.”

The 29-year-old former NFL quarterback is scheduled to work out before major league scouts Tuesday. He has not played competitive baseball since his junior year of high school.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 30, 1997, Nomar Garciaparra’s American League rookie-record hitting streak came to an end against the Braves at how many games?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s a huge culture shock. I felt like the winning spirit was making its way into Cleveland with [new coach Hue Jackson], but it’s definitely been established here for a long time. I’m just excited to be a part of it.” New Patriots linebacker Barkevious Mingo

STAT OF THE DAY: 13-0 — Rick Porcello’s record at Fenway Park this season, after Tuesday’s 9-4 victory over the Rays

‘NET RESULTS: Yoenis Cespedes rips a walk-off home run in the 10th inning to give the Mets a win over the Marlins.

After Jorge Soler ties the game in the ninth inning with a home run, the Cubs fall behind again in the 13th but score twice for a walk-off win over the Pirates.

In a scoreless game in the 10th inning, Jason Kipnis hits a walk-off single to lift the Indians over the Twins.

Mariners center fielder Leonys Martin scales the wall to steal a home run from the Rangers.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late John Phillips, of the Mamas and the Papas, was born on this day in 1935. He’s the tall one (he played college basketball at Hampden-Sydney College).

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Christian delves into the hot topic of the day, Colin Kaepernick's protest of the National Anthem. There's no shortage of callers giving Arcand their opinions on the matter.
Christian delves into the hot topic of the day, Colin Kaepernick's protest of the National Anthem. There's no shortage of callers giving Arcand their opinions on the matter.

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Christian opens his show talking about the hot bat of Dustin Pedroia and his thoughts on the Red Sox as they approach the playoffs. He also talks about the decision to play Tom Brady in the Patriots' third preseason game
Christian opens his show talking about the hot bat of Dustin Pedroia and his thoughts on the Red Sox as they approach the playoffs. He also talks about the decision to play Tom Brady in the Patriots' third preseason game

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Danny breaks down the current state of the AL East and where the Sox figure into it. He also touches on the apparent resurgence of David Price.
Danny breaks down the current state of the AL East and where the Sox figure into it. He also touches on the apparent resurgence of David Price.

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