general http://www.weei.com/taxonomy/term/22/sports/boston/football/patriots/kirk-minihane/2010/11/03/%3Cspan%20class%3D en OMF - The ESPN Purge has begun 4-26-17 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/omf-espn-purge-has-begun-4-26-17 <!--paging_filter-->Some house cleaning is being done at ESPN as reports of employee cuts begin to come out. And how pissed/not pissed should Matt Barnes be? Audio Mut & Merloni general Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:13:00 +0000 3426971 at http://www.weei.com ESPN layoffs come with some big names http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/213426721/espn-layoffs-come-some-big-names <!--paging_filter--> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">John Skipper has just sent memo to all <a href="https://twitter.com/espn">@espn</a> employees. Layoffs announced today. Around 50 names you will recognize; another 50 you may not.</p> <p>— jamesmiller (@JimMiller) <a href="https://twitter.com/JimMiller/status/857211637408956416">April 26, 2017</a></p><p><a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/213426721/espn-layoffs-come-some-big-names" target="_blank">read more</a></p> general Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:50:23 +0000 Lucy Burdge 3426721 at http://www.weei.com Keeping track of Wednesday’s ESPN layoffs http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/keeping-track-wednesday%E2%80%99s-espn-layoffs <!--paging_filter--><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">John Skipper has just sent memo to all <a href="https://twitter.com/espn">@espn</a> employees. Layoffs announced today. Around 50 names you will recognize; another 50 you may not.</p> <p>— jamesmiller (@JimMiller) <a href="https://twitter.com/JimMiller/status/857211637408956416">April 26, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <p>ESPN is making major layoffs on Wednesday and many of the those affected are big names at the Worldwide Leader. Here is the ones we know so far:</p> <p>&#8212; NFL reporter Ed Werder</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">After 17 years reporting on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFL?src=hash">#NFL</a>, I&#8217;ve been informed that I&#8217;m being laid off by ESPN effective immediately. I have no plans to retire</p> <p>— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) <a href="https://twitter.com/Edwerderespn/status/857225944221831168">April 26, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script><span id="more-41917"></span> &#8212; Hockey writer Joe McDonald </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p>After nearly eight years of covering the NHL, MLB and the NFL at ESPN, it&#8217;s time for the next chapter in my career. — Joe McDonald (@ESPNJoeyMac) <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNJoeyMac/status/857238919670362112">April 26, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script>&#8212; Titans beat writer Paul Kuharsky </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p>Knew cuts were coming. Sad to say nine great years at ESPN end for me in July. Please stay tuned to <a href="https://twitter.com/Midday180">@Midday180</a>. — Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) <a href="https://twitter.com/PaulKuharskyNFL/status/856554063151890432">April 24, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script>&#8212; NHL columnist Scott Burnside</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">After 13 years of sticks and pucks can share that as of today my tenure at ESPN is at a close. I look forward to the next adventure.</p> <p>— Scott Burnside (@OvertimeScottB) <a href="https://twitter.com/OvertimeScottB/status/857236691630870528">April 26, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <p>&#8212; Hockey insider Pierre LeBrun</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Well folks, as you can tell by my new Twitter handle, I was also among the cuts today at ESPN.</p> <p>— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) <a href="https://twitter.com/PierreVLeBrun/status/857241413850984453">April 26, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <p>&#8212; College basketball reporter Dana O&#8217;Neil</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Well folks, as you can tell by my new Twitter handle, I was also among the cuts today at ESPN.</p> <p>— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) <a href="https://twitter.com/PierreVLeBrun/status/857241413850984453">April 26, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script>&#8212; ESPNU host Brendan Fitzgerald </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p> I was treated great by <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ESPN?src=hash">#ESPN</a> during my 3 years. Time to find out what&#8217;s next. Will miss all the great people I worked with! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ToTheNextStep?src=hash">#ToTheNextStep</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZIBHFvFZeJ">pic.twitter.com/ZIBHFvFZeJ</a></p> <p>— Brendan Fitzgerald (@BrendanFitzESPN) <a href="https://twitter.com/BrendanFitzESPN/status/857238272887672835">April 26, 2017</a> </p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>&#8212; Soccer writer Mike Goodman</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">And hey, it turns out one of those people is me. Loved my time at ESPN, and now it&#8217;s time to figure out what&#8217;s next.</p> <p>— Mike L. Goodman (@TheM_L_G) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheM_L_G/status/857244867155591168">April 26, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script>&#8212; Big Ten reporter Austin Ward </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p> I&#8217;ve been informed that I&#8217;m no longer employed at ESPN. Greatly enjoyed covering the B1G, and will immediately try to find a new challenge!</p> <p>— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/AWardSports/status/857241815652720644">April 26, 2017</a> </p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script></p> Blog general Other Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:49:29 +0000 3426726 at http://www.weei.com OMF - Steve Buckley in studio to discuss his Red Sox/Pedroia piece 4-26-17 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/omf-steve-buckley-studio-discuss-his-red-soxpedroia-piece-4-26-17 <!--paging_filter-->Buck joins the guys to discuss his piece on how the Red Sox need to address the Dustin Pedroia-Matt Barnes situation.<br/><br/><b>[0:03:49]</b> ... little that these days. So so no I had no problem with <b>Dustin</b> <b>Pedroia</b> he's a rookie years in MVPs of gold glove winner he's won two World Series is probably gonna go all the pain. ... <br/><b>[0:05:02]</b> ... and you and I when we do agree is that is that <b>John</b> <b>Farrell</b> does some wacky things as manager. And on a regular basis I call him out. And the idea for all the people who said he's not a great game manager but that's not the most important thing is is that not a calling kind of <b>John</b> <b>Farrell</b> didn't come Brodsky say it. And and rob Bradford sales while the writers that we saw the passing game manager but that's not the most important thing that place home. That's the most important thing is that the way he runs the club ousted at the same page that is organization. Sometimes I don't see any organization I didn't see it in his last communication. I people in this case and one of the biggest concerns and coming in this season was there. Losing to real well. And <b>David</b> <b>Ortiz</b> that it would be in my view okay along with the public about where its name because he's not the about a ... <br/><b>[0:07:04]</b> ... job is that it's an athletic game you met we don't know <b>Matt</b> <b>Barnes</b> and John Ferraro. They gave it right we don't try to hit him on purpose and I have no problem but that's ... <br/><b>[0:10:55]</b> ... the team. That that is Kenya Africa put it this way if <b>Matt</b> <b>Barnes</b> didn't have any you you'll you know there's a good idea of the anatomy and <b>Matt</b> <b>Barnes</b> didn't have an issue with a <b>Dustin</b> <b>Pedroia</b> kidneys too scared to reveal that's what are just concerned OK I know hold on us too scared to reveal. Because the joy is though he isn't that locker room. OK but if he was a veteran you reduction and got right back and rejoice faith that this should happen you know I did try to hit him in the head. You everybody note which I don't know if you try to hit it in ahead. But the agency tried to hit them he missed a spot ski get scared because nobody wants you know there is what you would but I hardly think <b>Matt</b> <b>Barnes</b> is spot was. It's a bit of the bill but yes and yes but the guys are once guys uncomfortable thrown its ... <br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/> Audio Mut & Merloni general Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:42:00 +0000 3426956 at http://www.weei.com OMF - The Globe is not backing down from it's Tom Brady hit piece 4-26-17 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/omf-globe-not-backing-down-its-tom-brady-hit-piece-4-26-17 <!--paging_filter-->In a break from the usual, we start the show by goofing on Glenn. We get into the Boston Globe's piece on Tom Brady's charity. Audio Mut & Merloni general Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:33:00 +0000 3426711 at http://www.weei.com OMF - The Globe is not backing down from it's Tom Brady hit piece 4-26-17 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/omf-globe-not-backing-down-its-tom-brady-hit-piece-4-26-17 <!--paging_filter-->In a break from the usual, we start the show by goofing on Glenn. We get into the Boston Globe's piece on Tom Brady's charity. Audio Mut & Merloni general Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:33:00 +0000 3426716 at http://www.weei.com K&C- Rob Bradford defends himself, says going to Ortiz’s event is an “investment”; Hernandez has no right to privacy 4-26-17 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/kc-rob-bradford-defends-himself-says-going-ortiz%E2%80%99s-event-%E2%80%9Cinvestment%E2%80%9D-he <!--paging_filter-->Hour 4. Bradford joins the show to defend the fact that he attends Ortiz’s charity event for free. Alex doesn’t think it was unethical to out Hernandez. <br/><br/><b>[0:11:25]</b> ... entertainment one's journalism that's why. And no respect I also respect the <b>Christian</b> <b>Fauria</b>. When you write about or teasing cover t.'s coverage and every single day that carries a different kind of weight that will create it. What Michael Holley wrote the book but <b>Tedy</b> <b>Bruschi</b> and educated group in what way and you're on the air right public interest. Right exactly. That I'm not arguing about arguing ... <br/><b>[0:12:39]</b> ... an identity guard what are your story what if we talked about <b>Warren</b> <b>Sapp</b> sound like. Absolutely whether I'd say I'd say that wasn't right I grinned so it to charity well why did for the ... <br/><b>[0:15:53]</b> ... know how many other dimension sounds like a man and they mentioned <b>Drew</b> <b>Brees</b> quickly briefly. And that's it don't know how it works for ease. The army does and who do commission meaning no that ... <br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/> Audio Dennis & Callahan general Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:03:00 +0000 3426481 at http://www.weei.com K&C- An epic Kirk rant on The Boston Globe and Brand X; The Kirk Minihane Show 4-26-17 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/kc-epic-kirk-rant-boston-globe-and-brand-x-kirk-minihane-show-4-26-17 <!--paging_filter-->Hour 3. Kirk goes on his second rant of the day. Minihane orders Alex’s and Gerry’s mics to be turned off and hosts the show by himself. Audio Dennis & Callahan general Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:52:00 +0000 3426486 at http://www.weei.com K&C- Reimer weighs in on Hernandez’s lover; Headlines with Kirk; Bradford paid for his wife 4-26-17 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/kc-reimer-weighs-hernandez%E2%80%99s-lover-headlines-kirk-bradford-paid-his-wife <!--paging_filter-->Hour 2. The guys talk discuss Hernandez’s gay lover with Reimer. Reimer says there aren’t a lot of straight guys looking to experiment. Bradford tells Mut he paid for his wife to attend the Ortiz charity event. Audio Dennis & Callahan general Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:51:00 +0000 3426416 at http://www.weei.com K&C- Kirk and Gerry are out for The Globe; Reaction to Cyd Ziegler; Holley says the Globe would do the same story on David Ortiz 4-26-17 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/kc-kirk-and-gerry-are-out-globe-reaction-cyd-ziegler-holley-says-globe-w <!--paging_filter-->Hour 1. In a wild opening segment, Kirk and Gerry lash out at the Globe and Joe Sullivan. Reimer weighs in on Cyd Ziegler’s Hernandez take. Michael Holley thinks the Globe would do the same story on Ortiz as they did on Brady and Best Buddies. Audio Dennis & Callahan general Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:50:00 +0000 3426421 at http://www.weei.com K&C- Kirk and Gerry attack the Boston Globe and Joe Sullivan 4-26-17 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/kc-kirk-and-gerry-attack-boston-globe-and-joe-sullivan-4-26-17 <!--paging_filter-->Kirk and Gerry aren’t happy with Joe Sullivan. Audio Dennis & Callahan general Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:49:00 +0000 3426426 at http://www.weei.com Mashup: Earnhardt Jr. to retire after season http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/213426026/mashup-earnhardt-jr-retire-after-season <!--paging_filter--> <p>Good morning! Here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our <a href="http://weei.com/">WEEI.com home page</a> or click here for the <a href="http://weei.stats.com/multisport/front.asp">top stories and scores from our news wire</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/213426026/mashup-earnhardt-jr-retire-after-season" target="_blank">read more</a></p> general Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:31:18 +0000 Lucy Burdge 3426026 at http://www.weei.com Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire after 2017 season; NBA investigating Rockets owner for yelling at referee http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/blog/anonymous/wednesday%E2%80%99s-morning-mashup-dale-earnhardt-jr-retire-after-2017-season-nba <!--paging_filter--><p>Good morning! Here is your Wednesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our <a href="http://weei.com/">WEEI.com home page</a> or click here for the <a href="http://weei.stats.com/multisport/front.asp">top stories and scores from our news wire</a>.</p> <p><strong>WEDNESDAY&#8217;S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: </strong><br /> <strong>MLB: </strong>Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)<br /> <strong>MLB:</strong> NY Yankees at Boston, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN, NESN)<br /> <strong>MLB:</strong> LA Dodgers at San Francisco, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)<br /> <strong>NBA:</strong> Atlanta at Washington, 6 p.m. (TNT)<br /> <strong>NBA:</strong> Chicago at Boston, 8:30 p.m. (CSN, TNT)<br /> <strong>NHL:</strong> Nashville at St. Louis, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)<br /> <strong>NHL:</strong> Edmonton at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)</p> <p><strong>AROUND THE WEB:</strong></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Press Conference at 3pm to give me the opportunity to discuss the retirement news. Incredible to see the support today. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FinishStrong?src=hash">#FinishStrong</a><img src="http://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/72x72/1f4aa.png" alt="&#x1f4aa;" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /><img src="http://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/72x72/1f3fc.png" alt="&#x1f3fc;" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /></p> <p>— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) <a href="https://twitter.com/DaleJr/status/856882329800888321">April 25, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <p><script src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" async="" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>&#8212; Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced on Wednesday he plans to retire from NASCAR after the 2017 season.</p> <p>Earnhardt <a href="http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2017/4/25/dale-earnhardt-jr-retire-following-2017-season.html" target="_blank">held an hourlong press conference announcement from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series</a> in North Carolina and said he will remain involved in the sport after he hangs it up.</p> <p>&#8220;I accomplished way more than I ever dreamed, way more than I ever thought I&#8217;d accomplish,&#8221; Earnhardt said. &#8220;So I&#8217;m good, you know. I&#8217;m good on that front. I&#8217;m so blessed and fortunate on what I was able to achieve but I&#8217;m very sad because it&#8217;s definitely disappointing for a lot of people to wake up to that news this morning.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;I don&#8217;t see myself really detaching from NASCAR,&#8221; Earnhardt continued. &#8220;My intention is still to be involved in the sport on some level. &#8230; Even after this season is over, you have not seen the last of me on the race track. But more than that, I want to be a part of the future of the sport for years to come.&#8221;</p> <p>Earnhardt Jr.&#8217;s career began at age 24 in 1999. He has won 26 times in 603 starts, including two Daytona 500&#8217;s.</p> <p><span id="more-41913"></span></p> <p><iframe src="http://www.espn.com/core/video/iframe?id=19243615&amp;endcard=false" width="600" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>&#8212; In the first quarter of the Rockets&#8217; series-clinching Game 5 win over the Thunder on Tuesday, Houston owner Leslie Alexander caused a small incident when he <a href="http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19243341/rockets-owner-leslie-alexander-leaves-courtside-seat-shouts-ref" target="_blank">left his courtside seat to yell at referee Bill Kennedy</a>.</p> <p>The incident lasted only a few seconds and it seemed Alexander was arguing about a call that wasn&#8217;t made. He stood up and walked over to Kennedy, who was standing on the court watching a play, stood behind Kennedy and said something to him. He then turned around and walked back to his seat. Hakeem Olajuwon, who was sitting next to Alexander, tried to grab his arm as he stood up but Alexander was undeterred.</p> <p>Alexander refused to discuss the incident and said at halftime he &#8220;can&#8217;t talk about it&#8221; and was &#8220;upset, really upset.&#8221;</p> <p>NBA spokesman Mike Bass issued a statement about this after the game, saying &#8220;an investigation is underway.&#8221;</p> <p>James Harden, however, didn&#8217;t see Alexander but thought what he did was funny.</p> <p>&#8220;He&#8217;s just the coolest guy on Earth,&#8221; Harden said. &#8220;I would have probably ran over there and tried to help him.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>QUOTE OF THE DAY:</strong> “I was diagnosed with a concussion and just going through the protocol with that I was trying to be safe with it. There’s a point where you kinda have to worry about the next 20 years rather than this year.” &#8212; <em>Brandon Carlo, <a href="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/2017/04/25/bruins-defenseman-brandon-carlo-confirms-he-missed-postseason-with-a-concussion/" target="_blank">on the injury that kept him out of the Bruins playoff series</a></em></p> Blog general Other Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:30:24 +0000 3426141 at http://www.weei.com Mut at Night - Globe sports editor Joe Sullivan provided some shaky defenses of the Brady story on Brand X - 4/25 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/mut-night-globe-sports-editor-joe-sullivan-provided-some-shaky-defenses- <!--paging_filter-->Boston Globe sports editor Joe Sullivan declined to appear on WEEI, so he opted for a friendlier landing spot and tried to explain why the paper ran the Tom Brady/Best Buddies story. Rob can't believe some of his answers. Audio general Planet Mikey Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:35:00 +0000 3424096 at http://www.weei.com Mut at Night - Mut wants to do a podcast, callers offer some unique suggestions - 4/25 http://www.weei.com/sports/feed/audio/anonymous/mut-night-mut-wants-do-podcast-callers-offer-some-unique-suggestions-425 <!--paging_filter-->Mut would like to host a podcast but he can't quite figure out the right topic. Callers have their own suggestions. Plus, who was wrong in the Manny Machado/Dustin Pedroia/Matt Barnes controversy in the Red Sox-Orioles series? Audio general Planet Mikey Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:32:00 +0000 3424101 at http://www.weei.com