Shaquille O’Neal has made a living off coming up with new slogans, and Wednesday night was no different. Following an ugly 86-82 Celtics victory against the Pistons, he invented a nickname for himself and Rajon Rondo, along with the Big Three.
“You got any one of the Big Three and ‘La Odda Dos’ -- me and Rondo -- that can take over a game at any time," said O'Neal. "We’ve just got to continue to play hard. We’ve got to learn to get up for everybody.”
Shaq probably meant “La Otra Dos,” the Spanish translation for “The Other Two,” but he stressed that this new nickname is spelled L-a O-d-d-a D-o-s, and who's going to argue with the 7-foot-1, 325-pounder? O’Neal produced on the floor, too, for all 25 minutes. One of few Celtics to play inspired basketball throughout the game, he recorded a season-high 12 rebounds —...
Steelers linebacker James Farrior, a former Jet, said Wednesday that he was looking forward to hearing his old team talk trash in the lead-up to Sunday's AFC championship game and he's disappointed in the silence. "It is always funny to hear those guys talk," he said. "They do a lot of trash talking. If you really look at it, those guys really do a good job of backing it up. They talk a lot. I think it is a lot of smoke and mirrors. If you fall into it and you believe the stuff that they are saying, you'll get beat."
Also in the news, the NFL is defending itself after news broke that players often are given advance notice of drug tests. Plus, former ESPN announcer Ron Franklin, fired last month after making a sexist comment, is suing the network.
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Shaquille O'Neal said after Wednesday's escape over the Detroit Pistons that the Celtics have to work on their killer instinct. The Celtics trailed 75-67 when Ben Gordon hit a 3-pointer with 7:52 left in the fourth quarter. O'Neal then fired up the team with an alley-oop dunk from Rajon Rondo and a lay-up as part of 6-0 run to get the Celtics back in the game.
"I wouldn't say it was a drop off," O'Neal said of the game 48 hours after beating the Magic in a tense game. "It's just that we know what we have to do to get it done. We don't make excuses. We just didn't get it done. But we got it there with six or seven minutes to go. But we just have to learn to put our foot on people's necks and kill them right away. We can't keep playing with people.
O'Neal finished with a season-high 12 rebounds and 12 points in 25 minutes, including six minutes in the fourth. For more, visit the Celtics team page...
Ray Allen is a future hall-of-famer so when shots aren't falling he doesn't panic. After drilling the game-winning jumper with 24.5 seconds remaining in an 86-82 win over the Pistons, he said that approach helped him again Wednesday night when he missed two fourth-quarter free throws and was just 1-for-7 before hitting the decisive jumper.
"I wasn't surprised," Allen said of being given another chance on a pass from Rajon Rondo. "Anytime the situation comes down to the end of the game, we've been in these situations enough to know that it's going to be either me, Paul [Pierce], Kevin [Garnett] or Rondo if he gets in the gaps.
"If he didn't throw it to me, it would've went somewhere else and somebody would've been able to make the shot. I've said this before, I wasn't shooting the ball particularly well and I didn't really think I had a great rhythm but I always think the next one is going...
Tom Brady will undergo surgery on his right foot as early as Thursday, according to a report from Boston.com, as the Patriots quarterback will take care of a lingering stress fracture in his foot with a procedure at Massachusetts General Hospital. The injury first came to light in November, when the quarterback was listed on the injury report with a foot problem, and Brady was listed on the injury report for much of the rest of the season with a foot injury. However, the injury didn't seem to hinder Brady's performance, as the quarterback had one of the finest seasons of his career — he threw 36 touchdowns and just four interceptions over the course of the regular season, and is the odds-on favorite to take home his second NFL MVP award. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and Peter King of SI.com join the show to talk about the latest news surrounding deflate gate.
Mike Westhoff joins the show to talk about deflate gate and the Pats innocence. Also what would have happened if he worked with Bill Belichick.
PHOENIX — After landing in Phoenix Monday afternoon, Patriots owner Robert Kraft took to the podium to make a passionate defense of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the organization in response to Deflategate.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
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The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.
Kirk wasn't taking any crap from Woody in North Reading.
Tony Kornheiser joins Dennis and Callahan in Arizona to discuss his comment comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger.
Four-time Super Bowl Champion Bill Romanowski joined the show to share his thoughts on the greatest QB he ever played with, and his Super Bowl experiences.
Chris Mortensen, ESPN, joined the show to talk about all the reports regarding "Deflategate." He thinks that people are making too big a deal out of it. He also hints that he's skeptic of Bill Belichick's attempt to blame science on the balls dropping in pressure.
The Rogue Ball Boy Theory picks up steam...then dies. Is the Rogue Ball Boy the fastest ball deflater ever or is he simply someone with a healthy prostate who probably doesn't even wash his hands. Also, Ted Wells says the investigation will take a while. And Robert Kraft demands an apology if the investigation finds no wrong-doing by the Pats.
We dive deep into some of the shadier things the Patriots have done over the years from a personnel standpoint.
Mike Florio and Peter King talk about some of the latest news surrounding deflate gate and whether the Pats knowingly did something wrong.
Mike Westhoff joins the show and explains other cheating scandals and if he thinks the Patriots are guilty of deflate gate.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
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