Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference offered his take on the Tim Thomas controversy during his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Friday morning.
"It's one of those things," Ference said. "We've known Tim for a number of years. … We know who he is, what his beliefs are. For us, it's just kind of normal."
Although the Bruins are 5-6-1 since Thomas boycotted the team's visit to the White House last month, Ference insisted the ensuing media firestorm is not the reason for the B's struggles.
Said Ference: "I don't think it has anything to do with that at all. … I don't think there's any correlation whatsoever."
Added Ference: "We do have a tight team. One of the things that makes us pretty strong is we're very understanding of each other's differences. … You're never going to have the same opinions whatsoever. But the thing that makes teams good is their ability to look...
According to the Boston Herald, Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis recently got engaged to Tom Brady's sister Julie, a California schoolteacher who has a 5-year-old daughter.
The Inside Track report indicates that Youkilis, who married Enza Sambataro in Mexico in 2008 but reportedly parted ways in 2010, was with the Bradys in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl. Although, it should be noted that the Herald gossip columnists reported in October that Youkilis was spending time with a different Brady sister, Nancy (a story that was soon removed from the paper's website).
Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.
BOSTON -- At the ripe old age of 33, Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant seems to be softening on his archrival Celtics. Once disregarding the rivalry during the 2008 and 2010 NBA finals, he's grown to respect his fellow members of the NBA veterans club.
"It's been a dream come true growing up and watching it," Bryant said of the rivalry after his Lakers beat the Celtics in overtime, 88-87. "Here I am part of it. It's great. The only difference between us and the '80s is that guys over there in the other locker room I actually know and like. That's the big difference between this time around and the '80s."
Bryant finished with 25 points on 11-of-24 shooting to go along with five rebounds and four assists.
"It's always a brawl in every fight," he said. "It's ugly. It's physical. I've enjoyed competing agianst them. I like all of them personally. On the court, that personal stuff goes out the window. It's been fun....
When he wasn't battling with Ray Allen or busy putting up a game-high 27 points, Kobe Bryant found time to have a lively court conversation with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski during Thursday's 88-87 Lakers win over the Celtics at TD Garden. Gronkowski was courtside next to the TNT broadcast table while several more Patriots were courtside or just a few rows back taking in the game between the two NBA rivals.
"I told him the Eagles need a tight end," joked Bryant, who grew up in Philadelphia and remains an Eagles fan. "I'm recruiting. He's a freak athlete. He shouted at me and I shouted back. It's fun to have those conversations with athletes you respect."
Bryant took a picture with Gronkowski after the game on the court, and another with Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, who is a huge Lakers fan. Spikes changed his Twitter avatar picture from a picture of Bryant's jersey to his picture with him immediately after...
Kevin Garnett wasn't too broken up about not making the All-Star team for only the third time in his career, and the first since the 1998-99 season when he was injured.
"Not at all. The All-Star Game is for the privileged. It’s good to see new guys," Garnett said. "All the first-timers I’m always proud for them to get the opportunity to go and experience the All-Star festivities. Lord knows I’ve had enough. So, I get to take me a little vacation and see what that’s like and actually rest...
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.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
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.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.