With rumors swirling that the Red Sox are scouting Cole Hamels, the guys discuss the idea of acquiring the Phillies' starter and how the move could impact the resigning of Jon Lester

[0:00:05] ... they slipped into the game. You guys warming to the idea oh. Cole Hamels Red Sox -- I am warming. You better. It was like it's gonna happen right. There's just no way to but I had no matter what we do no matter what angle. We go at it there's no way of avoiding Jon Lester and his contract you used to call -- I -- I don't you're doing I tell you don't talk about John -- contract Jimmy what you do bring a Cole -- was the latest joke. Jon Lester nick of parliament's BA are exorbitant Karl's fault of our shown huge fan of you so he can try to. During a day to get Jon Lester out of town on -- -- ceased talking about it just for you Christian and alternate back to you. Listen it's all star -- nick apart up. Mentioning it today in a global saying that Cole Hamels why not mean they have this god and it's his starts the look at Adam. I guess we're sure that it's Cole Hamels that looking at a look at his start was it just his over the Kamal -- new guy I don't feel bad rated pop. I'm not really crazy about this at all. Andy merits because it's it's in that range right of Cole Hamels has four years left ninety million dollars 22 and a half each year. There's a 881 -- million dollar team option point four million dollar vesting option. It's one of those things based we're talking about we're matching which Jon Lester in that fifty years -- vesting option afforded -- told a couple years before nick accent. So. Looking at four years ninety -- that's why puts it there for a top rotation guy. I'm just I'm really ethic he's -- Cole Hamels a very good pitcher. But what before year's ninety with him. -- much radical five at 125 Jon Lester. I would much rather do that I know that this this goes back to hold citing big time free to bring in the mean here does gold. Activist Carl Crawford deal I know Jon Lester can pick sheer. I give him 24. Then wondering if Cole Hamels can come in and each year for 2.2 million dollars. -- -- know this what are what or we don't wanna give to three million dollars more a year in one more year -- -- get a guy that we don't even know. It -- Boston let alone American leak. Not not not not big on this at all. It's not just fiscally irresponsible. Did you would love this deal are they what is. The biggest question on Jon Lester was why are they not -- and why are they not doing it he doesn't. He's not a guy that. Nick pulls ...
[0:03:46] ... there's the other thing we're talking about Kenny pitched the American League Cole Hamels had a very. -- -- career which you agree yet to 93 right now 106 -- to 33 walks this season five straight years and any RAF three point 60 or lower. You're kind getting into you well Jon Lester territory guests are winning looking at the wins and losses in the as the Phillies haven't been that good and. Notably years ...
[0:04:44] ... 22 and a half million dollars on that and almost thirty. Now Cole Hamels was 26 and Celtic my chances of also saving years. He's not he'll be 31 as well he's got a Ford have -- his career to -- the American League teams. For 22 and a half. I'd rather give Jon Lester 26 million dollar you. Hate you hate that idea -- I thought that I don't like the idea but it -- it would just be Jon Lester either what -- yes exactly and see that's the second coat of paint to this it's not just as simple as do you give up on Jon Lester to get Cole Hamels. You're also gonna have to give up more. Now to get Hamels to the Philadelphia Phillies in -- going to get in return for Jon Lester my right to assume that. There's no question because one -- gut. You -- time left on his deal. We're erased a ...
[0:05:52] ... what's going on here the Phillies know that you're trying to replace Jon Lester the Phillies aren't just looking at Cole Hamels. Asked Cole Hamels in this deal. If it is to be true. They're looking at Cole Hamels as big guys the Red Sox are trying to get to beat their ace like I keep saying my position is being consistent on this if you give up on an -- union hates the Phillies are looking at a from that perspective as well and they are going to demand. Ace level return. Even if Cole Hamels is in the pitch of the Jon Lester is and that has to be factored in yet to whether or not is a Smart dealer and. It basically the Cole ...

The guys break down their favorite and most cringe-worthy moments from lat night's ESPYSs

[0:00:10] ... through their. I don't let her. Discussion on -- we have. That Cole Hamels is not stupid. And again I won't back that collars when I don't think he was trying to suggest that Cole Hamels the human being is -- I think you're saying the acquisition of Cole Hamels to lose Jon Lester would be stupid. Cole Hamels apparently is not stupid -- what -- -- about his no trade clause. Limited limited no trade clause that this year. He ...
[0:04:46] ... was not easy the -- crying he cries of people standing -- Mariano Rivera wanted the greatest closer of all time. Twenty years dominant from day one down at the end he gets pulled out of the game by Andy Pettitte and -- Derek Jeter. And everybody's crying and that we go to USA got in pool African plate. Are supposed to be its pool play. And ...

Josh Smith‘€™s tenure in the Motor City might only last one season.

Josh Smith

Josh Smith

The versatile forward has been at the center of recent trade talks that could ship the former Hawk to the Kings, according to ESPN.com.

Talks between both parties started last month before tailing off due to a lack of progress and the start of the league’€™s free agency window. Sacramento, which reportedly offered Jason Thompson and either Derrick Williams or Jason Terry in the original deal for Smith, reportedly is looking for a third team to complete the deal.

If the trade is completed, Smith will join an impressive Kings frontcourt that already includes DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. Another potential factor in the deal could be Smith’€™s close relationship with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who has also been linked to trade rumors with the Kings.

– It didn’€™t take long for the Pacers to find a replacement for Lance Stephenson.

Just a day after Stephenson agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with the Hornets, Indiana signed guard Rodney Stuckey to a one-year deal, according to The Associated Press.

Stuckey, who played for the Pistons for the last seven years, was made expendable after Detroit added Jodie Meeks and D.J. Augustin to its backcourt this offseason. Last season, Stuckey averaged 13.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

LeBron James continues to lure more of his former teammates to Cleveland, as former Miami sharpshooter James Jones agreed to a one-year, veteran-minimum deal with the Cavaliers, The Associated Press reported.

Jones, who will reportedly earn 1.4 million next season, should be a threat from beyond the arc for the Cavs next season. While he only played in 20 games in 2013-14 with the Heat, Jones shot a career-high 46 percent from 3-point range.

Jones isn’€™t the first former Miami player to join James in Cleveland, as Mike Miller agreed to a two-year deal with the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

– The Lakers added some much needed depth to their frontcourt Wednesday, signing power forward Ed Davis to a two-year, $2 million deal, The Associated Press reported.

Davis’€™ NBA career got off to a promising start after being taken with the 13th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, averaging 7.7 points and 7.1 rebounds in his first season with the Raptors.

Davis has since bounced between Toronto and Memphis, posting career averages of 6.9 points and 5.9 rebounds.

With the departure of Pau Gasol to the Bulls and Chris Kaman to the Trail Blazers, Davis should see a steady amount of playing time alongside Jordan Hill and rookie Julius Randle.

Brandon Rush is going back to Cali.

The 29-year-old swingman is returning to the Warriors, signing a two-year, $2.5 million deal Wednesday, The Associated Press reported.

Rush, who played for the Jazz last season, played for Golden State in 2011-12, averaging 9.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 26 minutes while shooting 45.2 percent from three-point range.

– The Wizards have acquired center DeJuan Blair from the Mavericks as part of a sign-and-trade deal .

Blair, who played only one season in Dallas, averaged 6.4 points and 4.7 rebounds last year. Blair spent first four seasons in the NBA with the Spurs, averaging 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in San Antonio.

Dallas acquired the rights of Emir Preldzic as part of the deal.

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan
Red Sox GM Ben Cherington joined the show to discuss his plans as the MLB trade deadline approaches.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Butch Stearns.
The guys opened the show discussing the ESPY awards.

Here are the highlights from Thursday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with John Dennis, Gerry Callahan and guest host Butch Stearns.

To listen to the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Rapper Andre Johnson explains why he severed his penis

Andre Johnson (the rapper, not the Texans wide receiver) had quite the eventful turn of events this past April. The rapper, whose group Northstar is affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan, cut off his penis and jumped from a second-story building in North Hollywood three months ago.

“See, that would ruin my whole weekend,” Dennis said.

Johnson, who admitted that he under the influence of drugs at the time, said that he did the painful deed because he views himself as a higher entity than just a mortal man.

“Yes, I was using drugs that night, but I was in complete control,” Johnson said. “I cut it off because that was the root of all my problems. My solution to the problem was the realization that sex is for mortals, and I am a god. Those kinds of activities got me into trouble, and I came here to be a god.”

Tiger Woods could have saved himself a lot of heartache had he taken this approach,” Dennis added.

Son of John McEnroe and Tatum O’Neal nabbed for cocaine possession

Kevin McEnroe, the son of tennis legend John McEnroe and actress Tatum O’Neal, was arrested Tuesday for alleged possession of cocaine.

McEnroe was arrested in the Alphabet City neighborhood of New York City after receiving six bags of cocaine, a muscle relaxant, 20 oxycodone pills and 10 unidentified orange pills from a drug deal.

“That’s a strange place to get drugs,” Callahan proclaimed.

“Alphabet City?” Dennis responded.

“No, a drug dealer,” Callahan answered.

O’Neal has had her own history of drug use, as the former Academy Award winner entered a drug treatment program in 2008.

“The apple doesn’t fall to far, does it?” Dennis added.

Company sues Seth McFarlane for ‘Ted’ character

Ted, the foul-mouthed, drug-using teddy bear from the 2012 comedy film of the same name, was inspired by someone else’s idea, according to a claim.

Bengal Mangle Productions is filing a copyright infringement complaint against Ted director Seth MacFarlane, stated that “Ted” is a rip-off of “Charlie the Abusive Teddy Bear.”

“If it bombed, there would be no lawsuit,” Dennis said, adding: “This is one of the prices you pay when you get up into the rarefied air of Hollywood and any hugely successful enterprise. People come after you.”

Ted 2 will begin filming in Boston next week, with a casting call for extras being held on July 26 in Allston.

“They had a casting call. … They want extras,” Callahan said. “They wanted like ugly Irish guys. … I thought about going up there, but I figured around here there would be like a million guys in line.”

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan

Welcome to Thursday’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.

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MiLB: Buffalo Bisons at Pawtucket Red Sox, 7 p.m. (NESN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Golf: British Open, 7 a.m. (ESPN)


– The Redskins might still be called the Redskins when the season starts, but CBS announcers have the option of refusing to use the nickname.

CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, said he does not tell his on-air talent what to say in situations such as this.

“We haven’t talked to them yet. Generally speaking, we do not tell our announcers what to say or not say,” McManus said. “Up to this point, it has not been a big issue for us. Last year, it was simmering; now it’s reaching a hotter level. But we probably will not end up dictating to our announcers whether they say Redskins or don’t say Redskins. We leave that up to them and our production team.

“There are times when something becomes important enough that we talk to them, and between now and the start of football season we’ll decide what is the right thing to do.”

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McManus’ comments come the same week U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder expressed his disapproval. A longtime Washington resident, Holder made his position clear in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I think the name ought to be changed,” Holder said. “I think it is an offensive name. And the Redskins, that organization is a great one. It’s a team with a stories history that has huge amounts of support in Washington, D.C. And I think in the 21st century they could increase their fan base, increase their level of support, if they did something that is, from my perspective that, so obviously right.”

– Texas Tech freshman defensive back Nigel Bethel II, who was dismissed from the team last month after punching a female basketball player during a pickup game, will return to the team but sit out the first three games of the season.

Bethel punched Amber Battle in the face, breaking her jaw. Despite video of the incident, a Lubbock County grand jury on Tuesday declined to indict Bethel for aggravated assault, and in fact requested that his scholarship be reinstated.

Wrote the grand jury to Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt: “We believe he was unduly and prematurely punished. This was an unfortunate incident in a pickup basketball game. This is a matter that should not result in criminal charges for either party. … We desire to see Mr. Bethel’s scholarship reinstated.”

Battle, who admitted that she shoved Bethel first, will sit out all her team’s games in the month of November as punishment.

– Clippers player Reggie Bullock on Wednesday paid tribute to his sibling, a 26-year-old transgender woman whose body was discovered early Wednesday morning in Baltimore. Police have said there is evidence that it was a homicide.

Mia Henderson, whose legal name was Kevin Long, was the second transgender woman killed in the city in the last two months. While there is no proof of a connection, the murders have rattled the community.

“I will not slow down. I will not allow us to not stay on top of these. We will push extremely hard,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said (via CBS Baltimore).

Tweeted Bullock: All i can say is my brother showed me how to live your own life. Love you so much man. Gone but not forgotten.

Added Bullock: At least i sent the last love you to my brother.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 17, 1995, which Red Sox pitcher became just the second Sox player to surrender a home run to the first batter he faced in his major league debut, giving up a long ball to Keith Lockhart of the Royals in Boston’s 4-3 loss?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The whole thing about that is I don’t know how to work Twitter yet and I’m not on my Twitter, so I don’t know where that came from.” – Heat rookie Shabazz Napier, on the controversy regarding him unfollowing LeBron James after James’ decision to leave Miami for Cleveland

STAT OF THE DAY: $23,000 – Reported value of the merchandise in the gift bags given to personalities attending Wednesday’s ESPYs awards show on ESPN

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): LeBron James gets the “Dumb and Dumber” treatment for his return to Cleveland.

Chicago Fire star Mike McGee and fellow soccer personalities star in a takeoff of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jeff Suppan, who pitched for the Padres earlier this season but now is a free agent

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Nicolette Larson was born on this day in 1952.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.

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