NFL commissioner Roger Goodell bypassed the players’ association and took his case right to the players on Thursday with a letter sent directly to players and agents outlining the league’s proposal to players last week. Some of the highlights include:
•Salary and benefits for the 2011 season would be set at $141 million per club, and projected cash spending would have been as high or higher than in either 2009 or 2010. By 2014, salary and benefits would have been set at $161 million per club. (Goodell points out that, “In other words, player compensation would increase by as much as $20 million per club by 2014.” However, as Mac’s Football Blog points out, “Regarding the $141 million "salary and benefit" figure, that is a reduction from 2009, which had a "salary and benefit" cap...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- If Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon is worried about his struggles in two of his last three outings this spring, he's certainly not showing it. On Thursday, he entered the ninth with an 8-1 lead against the Mets before allowing four runs on two hits. He also issued two walks and hit a batter before manager Terry Francona pulled him with two outs and the lead down to 8-5.
His ERA in six spring outings is now 12.60 but Papelbon said after Thursday's game he is not panicking.
"Not one bit," Papelbon said. "I don't feel like I've fallen out of it. I'm just a tick off in my mechanics. I'm not searching. Just a minor detail."
Papelbon began the ninth by hitting a batter before getting the next two batters. But he proceeded to walk the next two batters before allowing a bases-clearing double to right-center by Justin Turner and an RBI double by Jason...
Celtics president of baketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show for his weekly interview and talked about the struggles the team had recently, losing three of four games before beating Indiana on Wednesday. Ainge said that he thought the problem lay with the starters, particularly offensively. "Our problems offensively are our starters. It's our big four," Ainge said. "We had 18 points [Wednesday night] against Indiana, who's not a great defensive team with nine minutes to go in the second quarter until Jeff Green goes off for 17. A guy who comes in and doesn't know our stuff carries us. Those [four] guys have got it done. Those guys are the ones that have been struggling offensively."
Ainge said he doesn't think Rajon Rondo is 100 percent and that it has contributed to his slump. "He's not playing as well as he's capable of but I do believe that he's not 100 percent physically," Ainge said. He...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- John Lackey celebrated the news of his place as the No. 2 starter in the rotation by scattering five hits and allowing one run over 5 1/3 innings as the Red Sox beat the Mets, 8-5, in the traditional afternoon game on St. Patrick's Day at City of Palms Park. Carl Crawford and Jed Lowrie each went 2-for-3 with an RBI to pace the Red Sox offense.
Lackey, who will start the home opener vs. the Yankees on April 8, was stretched out on the sunny, 80-degree day, throwing 78 pitches (46 strikes) and was taken out with one out and a runner on in the sixth. Thursday was his longest outing of the spring, as he improved to 2-0 with 1.72 ERA in four Grapefruit League starts.
The only troubling outing by Red Sox pitching Thursday belonged to Jonathan Papelbon, who gave up a three-run double after hitting a batter and walking two in the ninth. He then surrendered a run-scoring double before manager...
Doc Rivers will have surgery Tuesday to remove a non-cancerous growth from his throat. Rivers will not be able to speak for two weeks after the surgery.
"My wife will be the happiest person in the room about that," Rivers told the Boston Herald, which first reported the story.
Rivers signed a five-year contract extension with the Celtics last week worth a reported $35 million. He told the Herald a key reason he decided to return was the chance to see Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett finish their NBA careers.
“Yeah, that clearly was part of it,” Rivers said. “But a bigger part was my relationship with Danny (Ainge) and ownership. When you have something that good, you should keep it. When you have the opportunity to do things right, you should take...
Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.
Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.
In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.
It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.
The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.
A caller strongly disagreed with Callahan on Indiana's RFRA law.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing the latest news on Boston 2024.
Michael Holley comes in for the crossover, and continues the discussion with Tim over what will happen if the Patriots face any type of punishment for the deflated footballs in the AFCCG.
With the Wells report seemingly wrapping up (we hope), Tim and Lou got to talking about possible fines and punishments the Patriots must face. It's possible that the Patriots will face a small fine, but should they take that laying down? The conversation brings out a little passion from BOTH sides.
Jackie Mac talks about the Celtics win over the Hornets last night and their chances of making the playoffs.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss Robert Kraft's testimony and the Hernandez trial overall as it continues to unfold.
We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed from throughout the day.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss 'Pasta' and his solid rookie year, and make a few statistical comparisons.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots
Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Will Noonan joins Chris in the studio to review Wrestlemania and Raw.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.
Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.
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