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01/19/2011 - 1:11pm
Magic prez: Celtics 'act tough' but aren't

The Orlando Sentinel executed a midseason Q&A session with the Magic’s version of Danny Ainge — president of basketball operations Otis Smith — and he essentially called the Celtics a bunch of fake tough guys. Here’s the exchange:

 

Sentinel: One could argue the Celtics are tough.

 

Smith: They act tough. They’re not really tough. They act tough.

 

The Celtics are just 5-8 against the Magic during the regular season since the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, but they own a 7-6 advantage against Orlando in the postseason — and that’s without Garnett in the lineup for a 4-3 Eastern Conference semifinals loss during the 2008-09 playoffs.

 

For more on the Celtics, visit weei.com/celtics.


01/19/2011 - 12:44pm
Milbury on D&H: First line needs to produce

Hockey analyst Mike Milbury of NESN and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to talk about the Bruins.

 

Milbury said this is the best he's seen Patrice Bergeron play. "[He's] seeing the ice, quick to the puck, totally unafraid, does all the little things right, good on the draws, goes to the front of the net, sees the ice well — there's nothing to not like about his game," Milbury said.

 

The lack of production from the first line is a concern to Milbury. "[Nathan] Horton, [Marc] Savard and [Milan] Lucic have got to find a way to put points on the board," he said. "They've been winning a whole bunch of games without a lot of support from those three guys. Listen, there's no getting around, it's their top line. And if your top line isn't producing the way you expect it to, you're going to run into problems sooner or later.

 

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01/19/2011 - 11:33am
D&C: Brady may have suffered foot injury

On Wednesday's Dennis & Callahan show, John Dennis reported that multiple sources indicated Tom Brady suffered a foot injury either before or during the Patriots' 28-21 loss to the Jets on Sunday.

 

Brady was listed on the injury report before the game as having a right shoulder/foot injury. That's how he was listed since the middle of the season. He was listed with just the shoulder injury since the start of the campaign.

 

There also were rumors that Brady was sick Sunday, but Brady denied that during his WEEI Patriots Monday appearance on Dennis & Callahan. "I didn't have the flu," he said. "I felt fine."

 

Brady did admit to feeling the effects of a hit to his upper body on a strip sack Sunday, saying, "Yeah, they got me pretty good. It's just a bruise. It'll be fine,...

01/19/2011 - 10:58am
Chatham on D&C: Pats knew of punt fake

Former Patriots and Jets linebacker Matt Chatham joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about Sunday's playoff game in Foxboro.

 

Chatham said he was "totally shocked" watching the Jets upset the Patriots. He said the Patriots' inability to execute and the "skittishness" of Tom Brady stood out to him more so than any strategical decisions. "If I were to think about one thing that I wish the Patriots would have done, it would be to execute the plays they did call," he said.

 

Chatham spent a few minutes talking about the botched fake punt in the second quarter, when Patrick Chung dropped the snap and was tackled short of a first down. A former special teams standout, Chatham said he doesn't think he would have made the same call. "Sometimes there's some beauty in being young and not having that kind of perspective, because it might allow you to do some things that...

01/19/2011 - 7:36am
Mashup: Study details fans' drinking

According to a recent study, about 40 percent of fans drink alcohol at sporting events, and 8 percent leave a the event legally drunk. Those who attend tailgate parties are 14 times more likely to be inebriated. “Eight percent doesn’t sound high, but translate into how many people are leaving the stadium drunk, and you have thousands of people,” Darin Erickson, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor in epidemiology and community health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, told Bloomberg.com.

 

Also in the news, Sports Illustrated has a new report detailing further allegations against cyclist Lance Armstrong.

 

Read about those stories, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


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