Bobby Valentine made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Wednesday, with his decision to pinch-hit for Jose Iglesias in the middle of an at-bat the biggest topic discussed. The interview ended with Valentine hanging up during a discussion about Joe Maddon's punctuality, with Valentine insisting that Maddon shows up to road games later than he does for home games.
Asked whether he gave any thought to pinch-hitting for Iglesias before he went to the plate on Sunday, Valentine responded, "Good question, Glenn! I really wish rather than everyone playing all the time, 'I gotcha' here in the media, for them to actually ask an intelligent follow-up question so something like that could be answered.
"Was there thought given to pinch-hitting for him when he went up to the plate? Let me explain the situation," he continued. "There's two out and [Pedro] Ciriaco's on first base. [Daniel] Nava's my only left-handed pinch-hitter...
Ravens defensive back Bernard Pollard, who suffered a rib injury last week against the Eagles, said he’s “ready to go” this week when Baltimore meets the Patriots in a rematch of the AFC title game.
Pollard, who has gained a large measure of infamy for his hits on Rob Gronkowski (in last year’s conference championship contest) and Tom Brady (in the 2008 regular-season opener, a hit that ended the quarterback’s season), said he’s OK to play this time around against New England.
“I’m chilling -- I’m ready to go,” Pollard told reporters on Wednesday. “For me, I know my dogs are going to be ready. We got to be animals out there. We’re going to be ready to play football.”
FOXBORO -- Not surprisingly, Aaron Hernandez missed practice on Wednesday as the Patriots returned to the practice field in shorts and shells on the grass fields in preparation for the Ravens Sunday night in Baltimore. Hernandez injured his right ankle in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals and is expected to miss several weeks with an ankle sprain. Herandez was the only player on the 53-man roster not spotted on Wednesday at practice.
Tight end Kellen Winslow was in attendance for his first practice with the Patriots, wearing No. 82. Winslow was signed on Tuesday to take the place of Hernandez. Wide receiver Deion Branch and linebacker Niko Koutouvides also made their returns to the Patriots during practice.
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Arizona defensive coordinator Ray Horton said Tuesday they had a pretty good idea of what the Patriots were going to do offensively in last Sunday’s game.
“We knew that whenever [Aaron] Hernandez was in tight, it was going to be a run, so we had a run check,” Horton told Arizona Sports 620 Tuesday. “But when he got hurt, it screwed that up because they went to three wide receivers. What they did, and we figured out real quick was, whenever Tom Brady was under the center, they were going to run the ball and whenever he was in the shotgun, they were going to pass the ball. We told our players ‘Hey, make the run check if Tom Brady’s under the center. If he’s in the gun, go to the pass check.’
“They handled it beautifully, and so we had dual calls that basically what we were telling them is we know when they’re going to run and pass. So our...
FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday he's not distracted by a story out of New York suggesting Rob Gronkowski was distracted Sunday by thoughts of a female acquaintance. The New York Post reported that Gronkowski was reprimanded by the Patriots earlier this year for posing naked on the cover of ESPN Magazine's "Body Issue" and that former girlfriend and porn star Britney Maclin (a.k.a. BiBi Jones) claims he was distracted by not having her in his life.
“Gronk told me he dropped those balls bc he was thinking of me! Gotta get back in his life” Maclin tweeted.
Belichick was asked if he had any reaction to the story and if ever had any discussions with Gronkowski about his off-field behavior....
Butch Stearns joins Glenn and Fred to react to the Patriots victory over the Rams. They discuss Tom Brady's record setting 201st quarterback victory and debate if he is truly the greatest player of all time.
Glenn and Fred open the show reacting to the Patriots beat down of the Los Angeles Rams. They discuss the defense and debate whether todays game is a sign of things to come.
Pete and Price get to more analysis and breakdowns as they discuss how both of these teams will approach one another. They talk about things to keep an eye on and interesting stats before getting Price's prediction.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Gerry, Kirk and Pete discussed the Rams idiotic decision to give Jeff Fisher an extension.
Gerry, Kirk and Pete opened the 8 am hour discussing a brutal day for Jeff Fisher. The guys also reacted to Gus Johnson's over the top final call of the Big Ten championship.
Gerry Kirk and Pete opened the 7 am hour talking about Roger Goodell not being in attendance yesterday.
Glenn, Lou and Christian react to a rant from the Louisville women's basketball coach about why he hates participation trophies and soft kids.
Tom Brady told K&C that he has not heard from the NFL in regards to a congratulations for breaking the NFL wins record. Glenn, Lou and Christian discuss Brady's record and the ever-growing feud between Brady and Goodell.
Oakland and New England are tied atop the AFC, but the Raiders have the edge in tiebreakers. The guys look into the race and talk about the upcoming Patriots schedule, which is harder than the last few games.
Dale and Michael check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin on a Friday.
We open it up in the final portions of hours 3 and 4 on a Friday.
Hour two in it's entirety.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.
Gerry Callahan pulled an audible at the line of scrimmage and bumped the scheduled Mike Mutnansky from Monday's show, in favor of sporty Pete Sheppard. Ken Laird and Chris Curtis explain how it went down and how the show went w/ the Meat Man in.
Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.
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