Heading into their showdown with the Jets, the Patriots retain the top spot in the latest edition of Joe Zarbano's NFL Power Rankings, followed by the Jets in second and the Falcons in third. This is the third straight week those three teams have been in the 1-2-3 spots in Zarbano's rankings.
Pittsburgh (four) and Baltimore (six) are also facing off this weekend, while the steadiest climbers have been the Chargers who crack the top 10 at No. 9.
In the latest press conference rant sure to become a YouTube classic, Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson reacted angrily to a reporter's question about why he was spotted laughing in the fourth quarter of Arizona's blowout loss to the 49ers on Monday night. "I take this [expletive] serious. Real serious." Anderson said shortly before storming off the podium. "I put my heart and soul into this [expletive] every single week. ... It's not funny. Nothing's funny to me." Check out the video at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.
The American Football Coaches Association announced Monday that Boston College linebacker Luke Keuchly has been named to the AFCA's All-America team. Kuechly owns the nation's longest active streak of games with 10 or more tackles, currently residing at 21 games. The sophomore has 171 tackles this season (120 solo), averaging 14.25 per game, tops in the nation in both categories. Kuechly, who now owns the BC record for most tackles in a season, is 22 shy of tying the NCAA single-season record for most tackles in a season, set by Texas Tech linebacker Lawrence Flugence in 2002. BC is No. 1 in the nation in run defense. The AFCA team is one of five All-America groups named in Division 1 college football.
According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post (via twitter), the Colorado Rockies are expected to decline to tender Manny Delcarmen an offer of salary arbitration for the 2011 season. If non-tendered, Delcarmen would become a free agent, able to negotiate with any team.
Delcarmen, a Hyde Park native, was traded by the Red Sox to the Rockies on Aug. 31 for minor league pitcher Chris Balcom-Miller. Delcarmen had struggled to a 4.70 ERA with the Sox while walking nearly as many (28) as he struck out (32). While the Rockies hoped that the right-hander would help to shore up their bullpen during the pennant race, the 28-year-old instead forged a 6.48 ERA while allowing nearly two base runners per inning.
Renck described Delcarmen as an "interesting experiment that didn't work out"...
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Monday night that in moving the contract of Matt Hunwick, which they did in trading the blueliner to the Avalanche, will allow the Bruins to eventually activate center Marc Savard without going over the leagues $59.4 million salary cap.
"This was one of the steps that we had to take as an organization to take care of the cap situation," Chiarelli said of the trade, which landed them former Boston University defenseman Colby Cohen.
"This will be enough to activate Savard when he's ready to play," Chiarelli added.
Savard said that he would not be playing on Wednesday and was unsure of whether he'd be able to play on Thursday. For more on the Bruins, visit their team page at weei.com/bruins.
Christian shares what he believes will be the three keys to this Sunday's game against the New York Jets
OXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the Week 16 battle between the 11-3 Patriots and 3-11 New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
We get a complete analysis of the Patriots and the NFL with Peter King of SI/MMQB.
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
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. Jon talks about his experiences with free agency, what it would have taken to sign him to the Red Sox last season, and his experiences with fans since signing with the Cubs.
Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with newly signed Red Sox pitcher, Wade Miley. They talk about the story that came out about the D-Backs wanting him to switch to a gluten-free diet, and what he expects coming from the N.L. West to the A.L. East.
The boys are back at it, Mut, Rob, and Alex talk with former Red Sox pitcher and new Chicago Cub Jon Lester, they then talk with new Red Sox pitcher and ongoing consumer of gluten, Wade Miley.
Pierre joins the show to talk about the Bruins-Wild game, Bruins trade rumors, and the rest of the NHL.
Jack Edwards talks with Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton and drops the bomb on us that based on how the standings look now, the Bruins could miss the playoffs this season.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins and all things NHL
Curtis spoke with some nut jobs outside the courtroom.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Jeff Goodman discussed the Rondo trade.
Christian quizzes Lou and Tim on which songs were used for torture by the CIA, and Tim is upset he couldn't remember Team America: World Police
Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins MFB to discuss Jim Harbaugh rumors, Rex Ryan's future, and why the Patriots may be better served by not wraping up the number one seed in the AFC this week
We check in with the playmaker, the hall of famer Michael Irvin for a look at the NFL and all things Patriots as they prepare to face the Jets.
Dale and Michael discuss the trade of Rajon Rondo, and whether it ultimately was a good deal for the Celtics.
We break down Rex and the Jets vs the Patriots with CSNNE's Tom E Curran
Kay comes into the show to try out for the textress role on the program. We learn about her favorite sports and fondness for Rajon Rondo.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are taling Patriots-Jets and the potential end of Rex Ryan's coaching career with the team.
Tonight marks 9 straight years of the Planet Mikey Show. We play some sound from the takeover which got Planet Mikey rolling .
Jen Royle joins the show to talk about The Taste and what its like working with amazing chefs and how her personality is going over with viewers.
What should Danny Ainge do with these Celtics? Is Anthony Davis the second best player in the NBA? Are the Warriors truly contenders?
Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy joins DJ to discuss the "uncoachable(?)" Taylor Hall and revisit the Tyler Seguin trade. Ryan also shares his issues with how the Bruins are run.