The NHL officially cancelled the 2013 Winter classic shortly after 3 p.m. on Friday. The annual outdoor game was scheduled to be played between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium. In a press release announcing the cancellation, the league said that the teams will play in the next Winter Classic.
HBO, who produces the behind-the-scenes series, "NHL 24/7" had to know by mid-November whether the game would be played so they could film the teams leading up to the annual outdoor game. In addition to losing the Winter Classic, the league has cancelled games through the end of November due to a lack of collective bargaining agreement between the players and owners.
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Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports joined Mut & Merloni on Friday for his weekly discussion of the Patriots and NFL news. The big news this week is the Pats' acquisition of Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib.
King noted the risk in bringing in a player "who really has had almost nothing but trouble in his NFL career" and might be overrated.
"It's an upgrade over what they had, but what they had was not very good," King said. "I've seen everything written about how great Talib is. He's not a great corner. He's a good corner. He's an above-average NFL corner. He's going to get beat. … He's had some rough days, and quarterbacks have come after him. So, to me, I kind of look at him and say it's a good addition and he's better than what they had. And who knows how Bill [Belichick] plays it now, but maybe he ends up putting [Devin] McCourty at safety and plays it that way. We'll see when they come back from...
Patriots safety Patrick Chung joined Mut & Merloni on Friday morning as the Patriots enjoy a bye week.
Chung didn’t play last week and had to watch the game from home as he didn’t travel to London. He said he wanted to be out there.
“I said I was going to try my hardest to get out there," Chung said. "I was working, man, it’s looking better. … There’s nothing I can do about it, got to just keep working tough and try to get out there.”
The Pats made a move to shore up their shaky secondary on Thursday by trading with the Buccaneers for Aqib Talib. Chung said Talib would be a good addition.
“He’s good," Chung said. "He’s a playmaker, and he’s a big guy, too. He’s a big corner, he has speed, he has range, if he can catch the ball, he’s a very good player. … It’s definitely going to help our defense, to have a...
Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, and he had positive things to say about the Patriots' acquisition of controversial cornerback Aqib Talib a day earlier.
"I think every trade you make is risk-reward, and you have to evaluate that," Lombardi said. "Clearly, with Talib you've got some issues that have to be handled off the field, and his rap sheet is long and it becomes effective. But I think you have to ask the question: Does it affect him on the field? And I'm not endorsing anything he's done off the field, by no means, but I think you have to ask the fundamental question: Does he like football, is football important to him? And if you can get to that answer correctly -- and I'm not sure anybody has. … The risk is there, but I think the reward far outweighs that."
Looking at where Talib fits in on this Patriots team, Lombardi said the former...
According to baseball sources, the Texas Rangers will have interest in David Ortiz if the designated hitter fails to sign a deal with the Red Sox prior to the Sox' exclusive negotiating window, which expires at midnight Friday.
Thursday, a source familiar with the negotiations told WEEI.com that it was "likely" that Ortiz would not be agreeing to a contract with the Red Sox before the Friday night deadline. It is believed the hang-up revolves around money, with the Red Sox offering the two-year term Ortiz was seeking.
The Rangers would be in the market for a middle-of-the-order bat if free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton signs elsewhere. Michael Young earned the most at-bats at the DH position for Texas in 2012, being put in the spot for 72 games, with Adrian Beltre second at 23 games.
The opportunity might also intrigue Ortiz due to the presence of Rangers' newly-hired hitting coach Dave Magadan, who has a solid relationship wtih...
Holley and Keefe check in with NFL Network's Heath Evans for some final thoughts on the Houston win and to look ahead at the Steelers in the AFC Championship.
Michael Holley and Rich Keefe speak to special teams captain Matthew Slater as the Patriots head to the AFC Championship and host the Steelers.
Michael Holley and Rich Keefe sit down with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare to face the Steelers in the AFC Championship on Sunday. Bill hasn't seen the Antonio Brown video, and wasn't interested in discussing social media or the team's policies on it.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
Hour two of Saturday Skate as Ken Laird and Rear Admiral kick around the perception of backup goalie Anton Khudobin, B's coach Claude Julien, and possible trade target Gabriel Landeskog.
Hour 4. Gerry is going to Trump's inauguration. Antonio Brown gets paid to stream on Facebook.
Curt Schilling joins K&C to discuss losing votes for the HOF. Schilling also touches on the HOF Class of 2017.
Hour 3. The guys continue their discussion of the baseball hall of fame. Curt Schilling calls in to give his opinion on the HOF class. Michael Floyd is living the Patriot way.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about Julian Edelman's innocuous comments which the Media spun out of control yesterday. We hear him respond to the Pittsburgh Media on a Conference Call, where he cites the Media making stuff up.
According to an article in the New York Times, Robert Kraft "Still Sore at N.F.L., Has Payback in Sight." Glenn, Lou, and Christian try to figure out if there is real animosity between Kraft and Roger Goodell.
Glenn is irate at NY Daily News' Manish Mehta for his dumb take in today's column: Belichick won't move Brady in the Offseason to make room for Jimmy G. Also, the OMF'ers revisit Colin Cowherd's assessment that Brady has had 2 "Playoff Clunkers" in a row.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the Patriots on the road to the Super Bowl, and how this is the season the Patriots should be setting their revenge sights on, not last year.
Can the Bruins be rebuilt without wholesale changes? Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss it with you.
We discuss the reported docking of a 2nd round pick for the Seahawks, and how Goodell and the league offices are still sort of making up these penalties as they go along.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the Thursday K&C show featuring Jon Meterparel back in the saddle.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis have all the K&C Show gossip from a wild Reimer Wednesday.
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Fauria couldn't help himself and called into Pittsburgh sports radio to show off his (terrible) Boston accent and to troll Steelers fans. Later on, Josh Miller (co-host and former Patriots punter) calls us to trash talk to Christian.More from this show
Hour 4. Gerry enjoyed Charlotte Wilder's latest article about Tom Brady's new sleepwear. Gerry talks about the range of topics he posts on Twitter. Alex #2 calls in to talk about the breakup.More from this show
Patriots receiver Julian Edelman joins Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about Mike Tomlin's comments about the Patriots, what it takes to win in the playoffs, and to give Lou and Glenn crap about missing the last interview.More from this show
Tom Brady joins the show to discuss the game against the Texans, the AFC championship versus the Steelers, his diet, and Roger Goodell.More from this show