Former Bruins enforcer Lyndon Byers, now a morning co-host at WAAF, joined sister station WEEI Friday morning for a discussion about problems with brain damage caused by repeated hits to the head in hockey.
Wade Belak died this week -- reportedly a suicide -- and became the third NHL enforcer of playing age to die in the last four months, joining Rick Rypien and Derek Boogaard.
Byers said he's not treating Belak's case the same as the previous two.
"Sad coincidence," Byers said. "I expected a knee-jerk reaction. It's very, very sad that Wade Belak hung himself. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. I think it's completely separate from Rypien and [Boogaard]. To be honest, I think all three deaths are completely separate.
"The Boogaard incident, he was doing drugs with his brother and overdosed. His brother might be going to jail for that. Rick Rypien dealt with depression. Millions of Americans --...
Continuing a discussion about this week's death of Wade Belak, the third NHL enforcer of playing age to die in the past four months, concussion expert Chris Nowinski joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning.
Belak's death -- reportedly a suicide -- followed those of Derek Boogaard (accidental drug overdose) and Rick Rypien (suicide), and it has raised attention to the dangers of hits to the head.
"I think the NHL is being forced to realize that the problem of CTE [chronic traumatic encephalopathy] absolutely exists among hockey players," said Nowinski, a Harvard alumnus and former professional wrestler who works at Boston's Sports Legacy Institute, which is partnered with Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy.
"We have not had the same dialog with the NHL that we have had with the NFL," he added. "I'm hoping we get that dialog so they can appreciate it. As you can assume,...
The NBA is stuck in a lockout, but Lakers guard Ron Artest continues to make headlines. In an interview with ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, Artest guaranteed the Lakers will win the 2012 NBA title. "Win it all," he said he asked how his team will do. "Win the whole thing. That's a guarantee."
Artest, recently named to the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars," wasn't as confident about being successful on the dance floor. "That's going to be a problem," he acknowledged.
Artest also said that new Patriots receiver Chad Ochocinco inspired him to change his name to Metta World Peace. "When Ocho did it, I was like, 'That's kind of dope,' I want to change my name," Artest said.
Artest's petition to change his name was put on hold due to unpaid parking tickets. Said Artest: "I don't know how to pay a parking ticket. I've never paid a parking ticket in my life. There's so much fine print. I...
Following the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Yankees Thursday night, Adrian Gonzalez was in no mood to elaborate on the called third strike he took with the bases loaded to end the game.
Gonzalez showed his displeasure with home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez after Mariano Rivera's 1-2 cutter was ruled a game-ending strike.
The only statement issued by Gonzalez before leaving the clubhouse was, "That pitch was down. I should still be hitting. It's a 2-2 count."
Replays showed the pitch to be borderline, with catcher Russell Martin catching it on the low, outside portion of the strike zone.
Rivera had loaded the bases after walking both Jed Lowrie and Jacoby Ellsbury, while also giving up a two-out single to Marco Scutaro.
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FOXBORO -- Albert Haynesworth made his Patriots debut Thursday night in the preseason finale against the Giants and then went out of his way to thank the Patriots for giving him a chance to save his career. He and fellow newcomer Andre Carter were together on the defensive line, as they were the last two seasons in Washington, when Haynesworth quickly fell out of favor with the Redskins, the team that gave him $41 million guaranteed as part of a seven-year, $100 million deal prior to the 2009 season.
"We were talking about how different it is and how we really like this place," Haynesworth said of his in-game chat with Carter. "This is a career-saving place for me to come. I had no idea it would be like this but it's unbelievable. I wish I kind of took [a look at the Patriots] two years ago and came here."
The Patriots acquired him in a trade just before camp opened and reworked his contract to a two-year deal worth $8.7...
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Sam Packard is joined by his brother Nick, as he breaks down his favorite moments from Celtics Media Day. Sam then tries to compare each member of the Celtics roster to a character on The Wire, with varied results.
Sam Packard is joined by Jared Weiss of CLNSRadio.Com to talk about trading Bradley and the upcoming Celtics Media Day.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Dave O'Brien has called Red Sox baseball games with Joe Castiglione since 2007. Dave is going to the NESN booth next season to take over for Don Orsillo as the Red Sox TV play-by-play man. Dave talks about his time with Joe and the Red Sox Radio broadcast and closes out a very meaningful chapter of a tremendous career. Joe Castiglione offers his thoughts and well-wishes to Dave and closes out, as is tradition, with the Bart Giamatti poem.
We check in for a final time this season with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo as look ahead to 2016 with him.
Joe and Rob Bradford talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart who had his first career multi home run game as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 10-4 and extend their winning streak to a season high 5 games.
WEEI Bruins reporter DJ Bean joins Ken Laird in the WEEI Podcentre to answer six pressing questions about the B's in advance of Thursday's season opener at the Garden
DJ Bean joins Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford in studio with the pre-season ending to discuss the upcoming season's line combinations and the changes made in the offseason.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk with Curt about the MLB playoffs, his future with ESPN and the reaction to Jessica Mendoza as his replacement.
Melrose joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk to discuss the upcoming season for the Boston Bruins and local prodigy, Jack Eichel.
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Matt Barnes of the Memphis Grizzlies drove 95 miles to fight Knicks head coach Derek Fisher over Barnes' ex-wife. Also, Skip Bayless is reportedly not very happy with how things are going over at First Take.
Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins Ordway, Merloni and Fauria to talk about the start of the NHL season and to give a little insight on the new additions to this Bruins team.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about last night's Cubs/Pirates Wild Card game and how they wish Joe Kelly could have a similar career path as Jake Arrieta. Also, Lou rants about how much he hates the one game playoff.
We discuss the mouth of Greg Hardy, who apparently thinks his domestic violence suspension was something worth joking about, and doubled down with comments about 'guns blazing' and Tom Brady's wife.
We discuss our four at four topic a bit further... in 2015 who deserves the title of America's Team?
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WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and TheMackReport.com preview all things Hockey East and take a look at Harvard as well. Nate Leaman, head coach of the defending national champion Providence College Friars, joins the show as well.
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