ESPN NFL analyst Chris Mortensen joined Mut & Merloni Friday morning to discus the Patriots' first-round selections. The Pats twice traded to improve their spot in Round 1 Thursday night, an abrupt departure from their normal way of doing things.
"Yeah, I was surprised," Mortensen said. "But of course, we've been sitting here saying, 'Hey, it's time for them to start moving up and getting players they want.' … I know that Bill Belichick absolutely knows that the AFC is right there for the taking for a handful of select teams, I'm talking about maybe three or four teams. The AFC has lost its depth in terms of championship-caliber teams, and the Patriots are one of the three or four."
Added Mortensen: "We forget that when the Patriots won their Super Bowls, defense was a primary factor, a huge factor. Now, we know they have the offensive firepower. With what they added last night -- the fact that they traded up,...
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference made his final weekly appearance of the season with Dennis & Callahan Friday morning to discuss the B's loss to the Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Ference said it's not accurate to say the Capitals wanted it more than the Bruins, following Washington's overtime victory in Game 7 of a series in which every game was decided by one goal.
"Everybody wants it," Ference said. "You can't paint it with a broad brush, either. Certain guys handle pressure better than other guys. Certain teams handles situations, making sure that the little details of the games, the little turnovers or the little extra moves that were unnecessary -- all these little plays add up, especially in a series that's so tight and low-scoring. It's more mistakes and mental lapses, maybe a battle here or a battle there is lost, not out of will or desire but just out of poor decision or bad positioning or...
The individuals who chose to publish racially offensive tweets following Capitals forward Joel Ward's goal that knocked out the Bruins from the Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday night have been criticized nationwide. A high school junior hockey player from Cumberland, R.I., faces possible sanctions, according to the school superintendent, and a student at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire also faces discipline.
"We consider the racism, ignorance, lack of inclusiveness and poor sportsmanship reflected in the student's actions to be a matter of grave concern, and we are taking immediate action," read a statement from Franklin Pierce.
The Franklin Pierce student who sent an offending message tweeted an apology Thursday that read: I was in a state that had me frustrated. I am not racist and never will be. Sorry.
Meanwhile, Boston Mayor Tom Menino did his best to distance the city from the behavior of a few...
Rajon Rondo finished the regular season averaging 11.7 assists, the highest per-game mark in the NBA. The last Celtic to lead the league in assists per game was Bob Cousy in 1960.
"It's a great accomplishment, very humbling," Rondo said. "I've got to thank my teammates personally. They are the ones that made the shots."
Rondo recorded 15 assists and no points in the regular-season finale against the Bucks on Thursday. The last player to have that many assists and no points in a game was John Lucas with the Spurs back in 1984. Rondo also had praise for Cousy, who led the league in assists per game for eight straight seasons.
"I means a lot. Cousy has always had great things to say about me," he said. "I would be honored if he could present me with a ball if I get one."
For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.
The NBA released the schedule for the first round of the playoffs, and the Celtics will begin their series with the Hawks at 7 p.m. on Sunday night in Atlanta. Their first home game will be Game 3 on Friday night.
The Hawks clinched homecourt advantage in the first round with a win over the Mavericks on Thursday.
Here's the rest of the schedule for the Celtics-Hawks series.
Game 1: Sunday, April 29, at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Game 2: Tuesday, May 1, at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Game 3: Friday, May 4, at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4: Sunday, May 6, at Boston, 7 p.m.
Game 5: Tuesday, May 8, at Atlanta, TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: Thursday, May 10, at Boston, TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: Saturday, May 12, at Atlanta, TBD (if necessary)
For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Christian recaps the Sox 2-1 loss to the Twins. Eduardo Rodriguez had a good showing tonight but couldn't get the run support needed to secure a W. Thoughts on all of that as well as your calls on Red Sox Review.
The final hour of RSR features your calls as well as some thoughts on Clay Buchholz and Fenway Park.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
Former rock jock Gary Tanguay channels his radio past to attempt to "hit the post" of several classic soft rock favorites as Minihane eggs him on.
Somewhat reluctantly, Kirk and Gary take calls on who would start a one-game playoff for the Red Sox right now between Steven Wright, Rick Porcello and David Price
The 8am hour stays off the rails with Kirk and Gary discussing Ken the producer's sex life and how attractive women find them
Acronyms abound, as Glenn, John Tomase, and Tom Caron discuss the MLB Hall of Fame, and PED's. Also, is David Ortiz a Hall of Famer?
Glenn, John Tomase, and Tom Caron discuss Clay Buchholz' current state of limbo.
With less than a week before camp opens up, we discuss some Patriots on a day that just feels like NFL training camp weather.
We talk Sox on a hot summer Friday, and how John Farrell is in a no-win situation with some fans despite the team's performance.
In honor of the passing of coach Dennis Green, we present four of the best NFL Coaching rants (during press conferences) of all time.
Kirk Minihane is joined by Boston comedy legend Lenny Clarke. If you are a fan of stand up comedy this is the podcast for you. Kirk and Lenny talk about Carlin, Pryor, Williams, Murphy and many more.
Kirk Minihane is joined by former ESPN ombudsman and New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte. Kirk and Robert discuss the current state of ESPN and how Robert feels he did in his role as ombudsman. They both criticize ESPN for the lack of journalism at ESPN and look at some of the curious decisions the world wide leader has made in the past few years.
Kirk Minihane is joined by Lenny Dykstra to talk about his book, his life pleasing older women, and Lenny tries to avoid his past issues with money. This is one explosive episode.
Uncle Buck breaks down the WWE Draft and the new rosters for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live.
This week we look back at the Open Championship.
Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back right on time for the start of the NFL and Fantasy Football pre-draft season. Topics of the day include some news around the league centering on the suspension of Le’Veon Bell, bad news swirling around Ezekiel Elliot and the passing of Coach Dennis Green. Then it’s into the fun stuff featuring conversation about the Patriots Offense with the additions of Martellus Bennett and Chris Hogan and a first look at the Top 12 Wide Receivers heading into Training Camp. It’s time to gear up for Fantasy Football people, giddy up!
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