Former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann, now an NFL Network analyst, joined Mut & Merloni Wednesday morning to offer his thoughts on Peyton Manning's future.
Most of the talk about Manning has centered on his ability to come back from his neck issues. But Theismann, who retired at age 36, said the soon-to-be 36-year-old Manning faces a big challenge because of his age alone.
"The difference between 30 and 32 is not as significant as the difference between 34 and 36 going to 37," Theismann said. "Your eyes tell you where you want to go with the football, but the zip isn't quite there. And we all know that football is just really a game of inches -- just half-inches, quarter-inches, being able to get a pass in. You can see the route, you know where it's supposed to go, but the body isn't cooperating. And then it really becomes frustrating."
Asked to speculate on Manning's mindset as he prepares to return following a year...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jon Lester extended his pitch count to 44 pitches while getting up and down three times in a 'B' game against the Twins at Hammond Stadium. The left-hander elicited consistently poor contact from Minnesota's lineup, which featured a number of big league regulars, including Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Alexi Casilla and Trevor Plouffe.
Lester faced 11 hitters over three frames (though the second inning was truncated after just two outs), allowing one hit (a single in the third inning), walking two, striking out one and incurring one ground ball after another. Of the eight balls in play against him, six were infield grounders, with one line drive single and one soft liner to short that turned into a double play.
Of Lester's 44 pitches, 26 were strikes. Because he did not reach his pitch limit, he went to the Red Sox bullpen to throw at the conclusion of his three frames.
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Dropkick Murphys lead singer Ken Casey said Jonathan Papelbon can no longer use "Shipping up to Boston" as his entrance song now that the closer has left the Red Sox for the Phillies. "That's not Pap's song," Casey said. "That's the [Boston] closer's song."
Casey, a huge Boston sports fan, said he plans to meet with Papelbon to finalize plans for the player to be a spokesman for the Philadelphia branch of The Claddagh Fund, a charity Casey founded. Casey also said he'll help Papelbon find a new song, while offering "Shipping up to Boston" to new Sox closer Andrew Bailey.
Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.
With 13 rebounds in Tuesday's overtime win against the Rockets, Kevin Garnett passed Shaquille O'Neal for 12th place on the NBA's all-time rebounding list - and he did it on the day O'Neal turned 40.
“History is history,” Garnett said. “I'm very fortunate to be in a position to be part of NBA history. It's always been a big deal for me to leave a legacy or leave some footprints, if you will, or some type of mark on the game. And to play along one of the best, if not the greatest big man to ever play the game, it's more than a pleasure to be in the same category if not on the same list. So I'm more than honored. To all coaches and players that I've played with that have put me in the position to be able to create some of those footprints and some of those marks. So thank you.”
Garnett, now 35, now has 13,100 rebounds, exactly one more than O'Neal. Asked if he had heard from his teammate from last season, Garnett smiled and...
Behind 30 points from Paul Pierce, the tired Celtics posted one of their grittiest wins of the season, overcoming a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Rockets, 97-92, in their second straight thrilling overtime contest. Kevin Garnett, with 13 points and 13 rebounds, had another double-double for the Celtics, who improved to 20-17 on the season to move to within a game of the idle 76ers in the Atlantic Division.
Ray Allen's 3-pointer from the left baseline with 35.4 seconds remaining put the Celtics up, 84-82. The Rockets missed a shot and Pierce came up with the rebound and found Rajon Rondo breaking wide open down the court. Rondo took the pass and instead of killing the clock, he attempted to go to the basket. His feet became tangled and missed the layup that would've iced the game. Instead, the Rockets came down the court and Goran Dragic nailed a baseline jumper with three seconds remaining to force overtime. The Celtics wiped out a 10-...
Giardi and Price discuss the mega deal that CB Josh Norman signed with Washington and if he is worth it. They also relate it to the Pats and Malcolm Butler. Does the Norman deal mean that Butler is about to cash in and will the Pats go along for the ride? This leads to a discussion on other players the Patriots need to extend very soon.
Danny Vitale, the SuperBack - a fullback/TE hybrid type - joins GIardi and Price on NFL Sunday to discuss the process of entering the NFL Draft, the combine and interviewing with various NFL teams including your New England Patriots.
With the NFL draft only a few days away, Mike and Chris preview how things are shaping for the Pats and the rest of the league. It will be a strange this year since they don't have a first round pick - how will Belichick and company approach this dilemma? Also, would the Pats contemplate the idea of trading Jimmy G?
Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.
Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia after he had a two home run game, one of which was a grand slam that propelled the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves
We sit down with the Skipper of the Sox, manager John Farrell joins Dale, Holley and Thornton for his weekly visit.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.
After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.
Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.
We continue to talk NFL Draft, Brady's new lawyer, the Celtics playoff bouncing, Roger Goodell's award tour and more... its all on the table on a freestyle friday.
We discuss the hiring of a top notch litigator by Brady and the NFLPA, and how it might have been sparked by Roger Goodell's neverending award tour where he continues to spew lies and half-truths to the public.
We discuss the Celts exit from the playoffs, the steps they took this season to be better, and what steps need to be taken to keep getting better in the future.
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress
The Revolution continue to sputter but all of a sudden Ben & Russ have switched their opinions on how they look. They also address the upcoming Copa America Centenario.
Schill joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk after his controversial Facebook post sparked outrage on social media.More from this show
Sausage tells the guys that he's moving onto greener (read: more lucrative) pastures. His potential replacement, Paul, is interviewed for the job.More from this show
As predicted, ESPN canned Curt Schilling regarding the North Carolina transgender laws. Glenn and Lou react.More from this show
Tomase calls in to defend his take on Curt Schilling being dismissed from ESPN.More from this show