Vince Wilfork tweeted before the show that the Patriots have declined to pick up his option for next season, the guys react and predict what this means for the future of the team.

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[0:02:32] ... you this question Christian this is it says were found out about Vince Wilfork. Posting on Twitter that his options not to be picked up dear John letter free agency is not ruled out by the way he could come back yes he still could come back is to be like Troy Brown. I can remember we said the tweet out into us right price yeah WEEI dot com. Point out march 5 Troy Brown was cut. May he was back with the patriots two carriers two more years page so that could be as scenario of Vince Wilfork but. Is this the kind of move. That they would make anyway regardless of the Darrelle Revis situation. Would they have cut Vince Wilfork anyway even if Revis was locked up even if Revis had never come the team. Yes I think so based on his ...
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[0:09:28] ... be here. So lost the quest to patriots fans the release of Vince Wilfork. You for or against it do you think it matters the Darrelle Revis is in play here is this some of the ...

If I’ve ever read more powerful words, I can’t remember them. What Rebekah Gregory DiMartino does here is nothing less than capture exactly what Boston Strong is all about.

Tragic, yes. There have been loss of life and limb that could never be replaced. Traumatic, for sure. The people who were there that day, who were hurt or tended to the wounded witnessed things from which they’ll likely never fully heal.
But also, and even more importantly, defiance. Rage at this evil little slug for tearing apart the bodies of innocents, but focusing that anger on making the world a better place. Using the pain and loss to appreciate the blessings in her life more. Walking again, just to spite him — and mostly, after she and her son were victimized, refusing to give Tsarnaev the satisfaction of being his victims.
Rebekah Gregory DiMartino speaks for a whole region when she says she’s going to enjoy her life in the knowledge that this monster will never enjoy his. And in that way she has already won. Let’s hope the hundreds of other people affected by this will be inspired to do likewise. Especially that signature, which says it all.
“Someone you shouldn’t have messed with,” indeed. Stay Boston Strong, Rebekah.
Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Dino, Gerry and Kirk chat with Tom Curran about the Patriots declining Vince Wilfork's option and the status of Darrelle Revis.

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McPhee joined Dennis, Callahan and Minihane to give a first hand account of the proceedings inside the courtroom during the trial of the Boston bomber.

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Dino, Gerry and Kirk react to day one of the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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Vince Wilfork via TwitterI want to take the time just to let everyone know that I was informed on Tuesday that the patriots will not be picking up my option. I’€™m in a good place I have a great relationship with the Patriots organization. Please know how blessed my family and I have been to be able to play 11 years in New England for an amazing organization. The love you guys as fans have shown me have been my inspiration year in and year out … Your messages your stories your conversations and support always touch my heart. New England has been and always will be my home. I have played 11 years for the greatest head coach ever! I’€™ve played next to Men that I now have as brothers for a life time, a first class organization. I came back from a season ending injury when most doubted me and then won the super bowl in my come back year … New England has been great to me and my family … Can I still play football? Hell yea! do I still love football? Hell yea! One thing is for sure is I will always be a fixture in New England forever … This will always be my home !! I won a Super Bowl my rookie year I won on this year !! 11 years with one organization 11 years married to the love of my life 3 beautiful healthy kids … One major injury lots of gas still left in the tank … All I can say is I am blessed. Im thankful Im grateful … I will take my time think things though take into consideration many things but mainly my family and see where life goes from there … But regardless remember I will always remain a New Englander a Patriot forever

This is the pluperfect example of a bittersweet moment. Because on the one hand you’re saying goodbye to a ballplayer who’s not only been talented, hard working, entertaining as hell and a pleasure to root for, but an iconic guy who’s been part of the landscape for over a decade here.

On the other hand, you have to acknowledge that nothing lasts forever, and if an athlete is going to reach the end of the line, there aren’t many better ways to do it than this. With mutual admiration from both sides, no hard feelings, nothing personal, just an understanding that this the business they’ve chosen. And even more importantly, book-ending Vince’s career in New England with Super Bowl rings. Short of announcing your retirement on the trophy platform while the confetti rains down upon you, this could be considered the second-best case scenario.

My first memory of Vince was the 2004 draft when the Patriots had a need for a stout defensive tackle to replace an end-of-the-road Ted Washington, but were sitting with only the 21st pick and no chance to land him. The whole world expected Jacksonville, drafting ninth, to grab him, but the Jags threw everyone a curve at took future wide receiver bust Reggie Williams. It was then, looking at the 10 teams drafting ahead of the Pats and what positions they were looking to fill, the remote possibility he might fall to them started to materialize. Of course it did, and remains one of the best draft steals in the history of the franchise.

To be fair, Wilfork had some early career struggles. Like most defensive tackles, he took a while to learn the nuances of a demanding two-gap system, controlling your blocker, being responsible for plugging the holes on both sides of him, drawing double teams, letting the linebackers finish plays and so on. After a while, they moved him a step off the line of scrimmage and it made all the difference in the world. Wilfork began seeing the field better, tracking the ball like he hadn’t before and the extra step made him a nightmare to block one-on-one. A Pro-Bowler was born.

Schematically he was so versatile that Chris B. Brown in his book “The Essential Smart Football” dedicates most of a chapter to the way the Patriots were able to play a two-gap, 3-4 type system on one side and a one-gap, 4-3 type on the other side of the same defense. Of course with Vince Wilfork as the demarcation point. His unique combination of size, speed and movement made it possible.

On the field, there are too many great moments to list them all. But my personal favorite is one he never got credit for. He essentially won them the 2011 AFC championship game against Baltimore — the one that will always be remembered for Billy Cundiff missing a game-tying field goal at the end. What is criminally overlooked is that on the Ravens’ previous possession, they went for it on fourth-and-6 on the Patriots’ 33 yardline with the Pats leading by three. On the snap, Vince got his hands underneath center Matt Birk’s pads and drove him straight back. He did everything short of pick Birk up and bludgeon Joe Flacco over the head with him, but he forced a throw out of bounds and the end of the drive.

Also overlooked is that on the infamous second down pass at the end of Super Bowl XLIX that Malcolm Butler picked off, Vince had Seahawks tackle Russell Okung beaten and if they had given the ball to Marshawn Lynch, I’m convinced he would’ve run straight into 350 pounds of pure Wilfork. I’m blessed enough to have a job that gave me the opportunity to ask him about that very play and he had no doubt he would have made the stop.

Off the field he was a part of New England. A neighbor. The kind of unpretentious, affable, egoless guy Massholes embrace. And the ultimate rarity — a football player from the University of Miami who wasn’t a punk, a criminal or a lunatic. Instead he was the furthest thing from it. My favorite story about Wilfork is that when he went to the U and Hurricanes booster/convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro was handing out gifts to all the players, and Vince and his wife Bianca asked for a washer and dryer. Not a Bentley or a giant gold chain. They took major appliances. Probably nothing sums him up better.

So sure, it’s a sad day. But again Wilfork’s own words reveal how practically every player who comes to New England feels about this organization, this region and this fan base. And no matter where he winds up, there will be a standing ovation for him every time he shows up in Foxboro. And a very big spot in the Hall at Patriots Place waiting for him after that.

So long to Vince Wilfork, a champion in every sense of the word. Godspeed. And thanks.


Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

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NHL: Flames at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Thunder at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Mavericks at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Minnesota, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Arkansas at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Temple at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Southern Mississippi at Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Memphis at UConn, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: California at Arizona, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: VCU at Davidson, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Colorado at Washington, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Utah at Washington State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Stanford at Arizona State, 11 p.m. (FS1)
MLB exhibition: Red Sox at Twins, 7 p.m. (MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
MLB exhibition: Dodgers at White Sox, 3 p.m. (MLB Network)


Alex Rodriguez singled in his first spring training at-bat, finished 1-for-2 with a walk and even heard some cheers mixed among the boos at Steinbrenner Stadium in Tampa as he made his return to baseball following his one-year suspension.

Rodriguez expressed gratitude with the fans who have remained supportive of him even after he embarrassed his team and the game with his behavior.

“Once you hit rock bottom, any time you hear a few cheers these days is a pleasant surprise,” he said.

Said manager Joe Girardi of the fans’ reaction: “It was mixed and it’s probably going to be that way. It’s nothing new for him. He’s had to deal with it for a long time now. He knows how to block it out and prepare himself.”

Rodriguez was in the lineup as designated hitter, not his preferred position of third base, when he swung and missed a pair of pitches from Phillies starter Kevin Slowey before lining a single to left field in the bottom of the first inning.

“I felt like I was swinging under water,” he said. “I was like, man, it’s been a long time.”

Added Rodriguez: “It’s going to take two or three weeks for me to kind of get a gauge where I am.”

Ray Allen, who reportedly had been courted by the Cavaliers, Clippers and other contenders, announced Wednesday that he will not play in the NBA this season but might come back in 2015-16.

“Over the past several months, I have taken a lot of time to deliberate what is best for me,” Allen said in a statement. “I’ve ultimately decided that I will not play this NBA season.”

Allen, who turns 40 on July 20, won NBA titles with the Celtics in 2008 and the Heat in 2013. He is the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers with 2,973 and ranked seventh in free throw percentage. He has averaged 18.9 points in 1,300 regular-season games and 16.1 points in 171 postseason games.

Known for keeping himself in top condition, Allen said through his agent that he will “communicate with interested teams” as he makes a decision about next season.

“I’m going to take the remainder of this season, as well as the upcoming offseason, to reassess my situation, spend time with my family and determine if I will play in the 2015-16 season,” he said.

— Lauren Hill, the inspirational freshman at Ohio’s Mount St. Joseph who helped raise more than $1.3 million for cancer research by making four appearances despite being slowed by an inoperable brain tumor, was named to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference first team Wednesday.

Hill made cameos in four games this season, making five layups. She had two in her final game, a 66-65 victory over the College of Wooster on Dec. 16. Shortly after that game, she stopped playing and became an honorary assistant coach.

“This award is being presented to Lauren in recognition of her courage and outstanding leadership,” HCAC commissioner Chris Ragsdale said. “Lauren has been a tremendous inspiration and role model for all student-athletes across the country. She has shown through her leadership and dedication how one individual can truly make a difference.”

Last week the team held its postseason banquet in Hill’s hospital room. The 19-year-old from Indiana has been in and out of the hospital receiving treatment for the tumor that was expected to end her life months ago.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 5, 2002, Joe Kerrigan was fired as Red Sox manager by the new ownership group. Who was named interim manager until Grady Little was hired six days later?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was a good play. Good audible. He drew up something way different.” Celtics forward Jae Crowder, on the play coach Brad Stevens called before Tyler Zeller hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer for an 85-84 victory over the Jazz

STAT OF THE DAY: $4 million – Pay cut Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is reported to be taking to remain in Denver, although he apparently can earn last season’s salary of $19 million if he reaches performance incentives in his new contract

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Grizzlies center Marc Gasol hits a pull-up with less than a second remaining to give his team a 102-100 victory over the Rockets.

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook scores two of his 49 points when he takes an inbounds pass and goes coast to coast, finishing with a two-handed dunk.

A Rockets fan wins $25,000 after making a halfcourt shot during Wednesday’s game.

Russian 8-year-olds brawl after their youth hockey game in Kazan last week.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Eddy Grant was born on this day in 1948.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We talk Boston Bruins with NESN's Jack Edwards, our first talk since the NHL trade deadline.

[0:04:50] ... obviously we we've talked a lot a lot about Tuukka Rask and Zdeno Chara and even Milan Lucic. Is there anybody on this roster where you say you look at them and say they're about to ...
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