The NFL announced Thursday they are moving the 4:15 p.m. Sunday kickoffs to 4:25 p.m. to reduce overlap with the 1 p.m. games. (The 4:05 p.m. game times will not change.)
The league released the following statement: “In researching the kickoff time shift, the NFL analyzed games from the 2009-11 seasons and found that 44 games required part of the audience to be switched to a mandatory doubleheader game kickoff. With a 4:25 PM ET kickoff time, that number that would have been reduced by 66 percent to only 15 games. Approximately 40 games over the full 2012 season will be impacted by the 10-minute kickoff time shift -- with half of those moves coming in games played in Mountain or Pacific time zones with 1:25 PM or 2:25 PM local starts.”
Locally, this will impact the start time of two Patriots’ games this season -- the Week 5 (Oct. 7) home game against the Broncos and Week 7 (Oct. 21...
According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun (via twitter), the Bruins are closing in on a new contract with goaltender Tuukka Rask.
Rask, 25, is set to become the team's No. 1 goaltender this coming season, as starter Tim Thomas is taking a year off from hockey. Last season, Rask had a 2.05 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in 22 games (23 starts). He suffered an abdomen/groin injury in March and missed the rest of the regular season.
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Sports Illustrated writer Chris Mannix appeared on the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday morning to talk about the NBA draft and the future of Kevin Garnett.
Garnett, 36, is a free agent on July 1st and has yet to clearly define his plans for next season.
"I've been saying for a while I think he's going to retire," Mannix said. "I've yet to hear anything that sways me otherwise."
Mannix added later: "Everything I heard up until [May] was that Garnett did not want to put his body through another 82-game season. Where I think Danny [Ainge] is right, and where any other projections are wrong, is if he does play again it will only be for Boston. There's no other team that I think Kevin Garnett will play for. I think it's either the Celtics or retirement."
While the status of Garnett remains a hot topic in the Celtics front office, Mannix thinks Boston's draft strategy on Thursday will be the same...
During Tuesday's Indians-Yankees game in New York, Yankees outfielder Dewayne Wise reached into the stands in an attempt to catch a foul ball hit by Jack Hannahan. The ball bounced off Wise's glove and into the stands, but the umpire on the scene, Mike DiMuro, thought it was a catch and called the batter out without checking to see if Wise still had the ball.
The fan who retrieved the ball, Vinnie Pellegrino, held it up but then quickly realized what was happening, so he and his friend, Sal Azzariti, quietly handed off the ball to a 7-year-old seated nearby.
"I thought I was in a dream," the kid, Ben Pikor, told the New York Post. "I like that the Yankees won. But I think the umpire made a bad call."
The fans asked Wise to sign the ball later in the game.
"I don't think he wanted to come over," Assariti said. "He gave us a little wave with his glove -- and a wink."
The Indians didn't find...
Almost five months after hammering Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski for dancing at the postgame party after New England suffered a Super Bowl XLVI loss to the Giants, former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison said he has nothing but love for the big tight end, saying there’s a “time and a place for everything,” and adding that with his new contract, Gronkowski will be asked to be more of a leader in 2012.
“I love the kid. I love him,” said Harrison, who was in Boston Wednesday to be honored as part of “The Tradition” at the TD Garden. “Everyone jumped on me for criticizing him at the Super Bowl for dancing and having a good time after the incident kind of occurred. But I love the kid. I think he’s a phenomenal player. My whole point was, there’s a time and place for...
We check in with the playmaker, hall of famer Michael Irvin breaks down the Pats win over the Texans and whether or not he'll be changing those Lombardi trophies.
Patriots DB Duron Harmon joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian. He talked about playing against Brock Osweiler, and the team's mindset at 3-0.
Glenn, Fred and Butch break down the Patriots' destruction of Houston, with big praise for the defense and 3rd string QB Jacoby Brissett.
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.
Joe and Tim talk with the Red Sox DH, Big Papi, who provided the only offense for the Sox with a 2-run home run that gave the Red Sox a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays
In the midst of the Patriots routing the Texans, Mut recaps the game marking the sweep of the Orioles. David Price picks up his 17th win as the Red Sox have all but cemented their strangle hold on the AL East. They finish their final game with Baltimore in a 5-3 win.
Joe Castiglione & Tim Neverett talked to the Red Sox first baseman, who hit his 29th home run as the Sox finished a four-game sweep of the Orioles.
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.
Mike Lombardi discussed Bill O'Brien's tough night and Bill Belichick's approach to dealing with injured players.
In the final hour of the show Sean, Gerry and Kirk heard from some drunk callers to the Real Postgame Show and discussed how the Sox fared head to head against the Patriots last night on TV.
In hour three of the show Sean, Gerry and Kirk discussed the Pats win and took calls on Brady vs. Jimmy G.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are joined by Mike Florio of ProFootball Talk. He thinks Brady will eventually win out over Garoppolo, and Rex Ryan will be out of a job soon.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about the surging Sox and their new mission of Playoff positioning.
Dale, Michael and Jerry spend the majority of our show breaking down an amazing win for the Patriots on Thursday night football.
We look at four instances in the NFL in which Bill Belichick earned his 'genius' title for coaching.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
Kirk Minihane loves TV and movies, he sits down with TV critic and author of the new book "TV (The Book)" Alan Sepinwall to discuss the best TV shows of all-time and which show should be number 1. Kirk and Alan disagree on which show is the best of all-time and they both have compelling arguments. Kirk and Alan talk about "Cheers" being one of the most underrated and forgotten TV shows of all-time.
After another big win for the Pats on Thursday night, New England rejoices so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson get their thoughts in on the game, the Pats future at Quarterback and the difference between the Patriots organization and everyone else. Then the conversation turns to Fantasy Football featuring the slew of injured Runningbacks and who you need to get and start in their place, including Jerrick McKinnon, Charles Simms and Theo Riddick. The boys wrap it up with a look at solid Starts & Sits from RB to WR to TE. Something for every Fantasy Footballer and Football fan. Make sure you join Jim and Pete on Sunday at 8:00am for the WEEI Fantasy Football Hour.
Lucy Burdge is in to host the second edition of the K&C Recap pod with producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis, but they don't get far as Kirk Minihane hijacks the program to dish on the show hosts and to blast Curtis.
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