Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show early Friday morning for his weekly appearance and spent much of the conversation discussing the head-hits controversy. Mayo said the team watched the league's video on how to avoid such hits.
"We have seen it," he said. "We didn't really learn anything new. We knew not to launch, not to lead with your head, things like that."
However, Mayo did admit it can be difficult to avoid contact with the head. "It's kind of hard hitting a moving target when you're running full speed and he's running full speed," he said. "You've kind of got to aim a little lower now."
Mayo predicted a player somewhere will draw the ire of the league office this weekend. "I think so," he said. "I think it will take a little time to adjust to the new rules. I think we'll get a suspension this week...
Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell is poised to become the new manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, according to several reports. MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons Tweeted Thursday, "Three GMs today insisted John Farrell will get the Toronto job." However, the Blue Jays would not comment on the situation. Farrell, the Sox pitching coach since 2007, was reportedly among four finalists for the job, a group that also included Boston bench coach DeMarlo Hale. For more Sox news, check out weei.com/redsox.
Roy Halladay outdueled Tim Lincecum to keep Philadelphia alive with a 4-2 victory over host San Francisco on Thursday, pulling the Phillies to within 3-2 in the National League Championship Series. Jayson Werth homered and Placido Polanco hit an RBI single to lead Philly, which will host Game 6 back home in Citizens Bank Park on Saturday.
The Bruins showed what they hope will be their true identity on Thursday night in their 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals in the home opener. Coach Claude Julien referenced his team's newfound spirit and said he hopes the team plays the same way on the road as they do at home.
"I think it was really important," Julien said. "To come out here and play our game, not trying to change our game because we're at home. From the reaction of the fans, I think they really enjoyed the way we played tonight. I think it's important we build an identity and we stick to it, whether we're on the road or at home. That's just playing hard.
"Our forecheck has to be good. Our transition game through the neutral zone is better this year so we just have to keep reminding ourselves that those are the things that give us success."
The Bruins will try to make it five straight and 2-0 at home...
Michael Ryder and Nathan Horton scored power play goals and Tim Thomas was spectacular in net, stopping 38-of-39 shots, as the Bruins beat the Washington Capitals, 4-1, Thursday night in Boston's home opener at TD Garden. Since dropping their first game of the season in Prague, the Bruins have won four straight.
Ryder scored with just over 27 seconds left in the first period to snap Boston's 0-for-11 on the power play and ignite the Bruins. Rookie Jordan Caron took a pass from Patrice Bergeron two minutes into the second period and scored his second of the season.
Horton tallied his team-leading fourth goal of the season when his slap shot rang off the pads of Semyon Varlamov and dribbled into the net on the power play to make it 3-0 Bruins.
Thomas' only mistake was trying to clear a wobbly puck with just over 10 minutes left in the third. It wound up on the stick of Jason Chimera, who...
Hall of Famer Michael Irvin checks in with the Dale and Holley show and offers up some perspective on the Seahawks locker room situation, and whether the supposed discord amongst other players and quarterback Russell Wilson is part of the reason why the Seahawks have struggled on the field of late.
Devin McCourty discusses the dangerous Bears offense.
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Kirk Minihane joins the We Hate Dwyane Wade Show to preview the upcoming Celtics season. Ben and Sam also discuss the Rajon Rondo/Jeff Green trade rumors and dabble in the classic NBA analytics debate.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
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Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
Pierre McGuire joins the guys to talk about the Bruins, the Johnny Boychuck trade, and the rest of the NHL
We talk pucks with Jack Edwards of NESN for his take on an impressive win over the San Jose Sharks and the state of the B's in general.
Rodney discussed Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
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The guys discussed Freeman's story on Russell Wilson.
Devin McCourty discusses the dangerous Bears offense.
We discuss another impressive win by Peyton Manning and the Broncos and think long term for the 2014 season about whether or not the Patriots will have enough firepower to beat the Broncos in crunch time: the playoffs.
We tackle four topics that pit Boston against Chicago in one form or another.
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
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Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
AJ Soares joins the show to talk about the Revs run to the playoffs, how Jermaine Jones has impacted the team, and should Lee Nguyen for MVP.
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