INDIANAPOLIS -- The Super Bowl is traditionally one of the most-watched television programs every year. Patriots owner Robert Kraft - on the committee overseeing NFL broadcast rights - has even bigger hopes for Sunday. He's hoping Super Bowl XLVI passes the series finale of M*A*S*H in 1983.
"I hope this game Sunday is the most-watched program in the history of television," Kraft said Thursday morning.
With his negotiating of a new TV deal as part of the new collective bargaining agreement, the players and owners resolved their differences on July 25.
"We came this close to missing games," Kraft said "We were able to put this labor deal together and we promised the players that if we did this, they'd be the biggest beneficiaries. We did these media deals that put every NFL game for the next 11 years on over-the-air, free TV. There's no other sport that does that. The players will get 55 percent of...
NBC NFL analyst and former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, in an interview with the Dennis & Callahan show, said that he endured months of sleepless nights in the aftermath of the Patriots' 17-14 loss in Super Bowl XLII. The circus catch by David Tyree, with Harrison draped all over the receiver, played a critical role in the Giants' game-winning drive and left the defensive back to a withering self-assessment.
"I had an opportunity to change the course of the game and I blew it. I didn't make the play that I needed to make for that team and that organization," said Harrison. "You'll never see me having a lack of effort, but this game is about making plays. I made my fair share of plays in Super Bowl and AFC championships. But I let down the city of Boston area, the Patriots organization, my teammates. I didn't make the play that I should have made.
"It haunted me for months -- sleepless nights," ...
More than 70 people were killed during a riot at a soccer game in Egypt on Wednesday, and fingers are being pointed at the police for failing to prevent fans from bringing weapons into the stadium and standing by while the melee exploded.
"People here are dying, and no one is doing a thing. It's like a war," said Mohammed Abu Trika, a star player for Al Ahly, which was upset by the home team, El Masry. "Is life this cheap?"
"The reason for this tragedy is the deliberate neglect and absence of the military and the police," said Essam el Erian, a senior lawmaker from the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm. Added el Erian: "This will not pass without punishment, a thousand punishments."
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BOSTON -- After just 11 games on the Celtics, swingman Mickael Pietrus is so happy playing under coach Doc Rivers and alongside Kevin Garnett that he doesn't envision playing anywhere else for "years to come."
"Hopefully, I'll be a Celtic for many years to come," said Pietrus after the C's 100-64 blowout of the Raptors. "I've seen the other side of the sea, and the fish is different. I don't want to go back there."
Pietrus played five seasons for the Warriors and two for the Magic before splitting time between Orlando and the Suns last season. In ihs first 11 games for the Celtics, he's averaging 8.5 points and two 3-pointers a night.
"I think I fit extremely well on the team, and I'm very happy with my choice, because I picked the Celtics over all the teams," said the Guadeloupe native. "I love the Celtics."
Considering his performance on both ends so far for the C's, the feeling...
Darryl Partin scored 13 of his game-high 19 points in the final 3 1/2 minutes, but Boston University's furious late rally came up one point short in a 68-67 loss to Vermont in a battle between the teams that were tied for second place in America East.
D.J. Irving added 15 points for the Terriers (11-13, 7-3), who trailed by 19 points in the second half. The margin was 16 points with 3:28 left. Partin started the comeback with three 3-pointers in a row. After two free throws by Vermont's Luke Apfeld (16 points), Partin scored four straight (a layup sandwiched by single free throws). That made it a 61-56 game with 1:55 left.
Following three free throws from UVM's Sandro Carissimo, Irving hit a trey and Mike Terry Jr. made two free throws with 38 seconds left to get the Terriers within three, 64-61. Apfeld hit two free throws, but Irving hit consecutive layups and BU was within a point, 66-65, with 20 seconds left.
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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.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox DH, who almost hit for the cycle in the win over the Indians at Fenway.
Torey joins Mike and Rob to discuss the last week for the Red Sox, Joe Kelly's awesome performance last night, if Clay Buchholz can figure things out, David Ortiz and more.
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.
Jim Polito of WTAG in Worcester joins us for a few minutes to talk about the district attorney and how the show should stick to sports.
Turtleboy from Turtleboy Sports joins the guys to talk about the cop killer.
The list of top 20 celebrities people masterbate to, Cosby is in trouble again, and Dupont wrote another column.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN calls in to discuss who she thinks the Celtics are going to draft with the #3 pick, and also gives her opinion on what trades the Celtics could pull off this off-season.
There are so many good, young players on the Red Sox that it's hard to pick out the top 3. Glenn, Lou and Christian debate which of the young guys on the Sox are the most valuable and which ones could possibly be traded for a starting pitcher.
Kevin Love sat out for the entire 4th quarter for the second straight game against the Raptors, and Glenn, Lou and Christian can't believe the excuse Tyronn Lue gave to the media.
We discuss the latest developments in the story that won't die (Deflategate) with the great Michael McCann of SI and UNH law school.
We discuss Joe Kelly's triumphant return from the DL, and why Michael isn't ready to back off of his stance on the pitcher just yet.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Celtics options with the third pick in the upcoming NBA draft, plus talk a little NBA semi-finals as we await word on whether Draymond Green will be suspended.
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Former New England Football Pro Christian Fauria and one of Boston's premier sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons to the pro's, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care, discuss some of the recent injuries that have plagued the Boston Red Sox and how you can avoid similar injuries in your everyday life.
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