Speaking on the Dennis & Callahan Show Thursday morning, Cubs president, and former Red Sox general manager, Theo Epstein confirmed John Henry's assertion that the principal owner was against signing Carl Crawford to the seven-year, $142 million deal he received prior to the 2011 season. Epstein said, however, that Henry was alone in his opinion, with the rest of the organization's decision-makers being on board with the commitment.
"When you own the team you can do that, and I think John is an organization-first kind of guy. Those were kind of unique circumstances," Epstein said. "The bottom line was that's right. I think John didn't want to do that one, but everyone else did in the organization. Everyone knew it wasn't perfect. You don't set out one day...
FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick heaped praise on receiver Deion Branch on Thursday, placing him among the smartest players he has ever coached in a Patriots uniform. Belichick pointed to Branch's ability to read a defense and adjust his route accordingly, giving Tom Brady an open and available target.
"Branch is great at that, he's great at that, as was Troy, as was Kevin, as was Randy," Belichick said, putting Branch in the same class as Kevin Faulk, Troy Brown and Randy Moss. "Those guys just knew where they could go, how long they had to get there and how to do it. And 99 percent of the time, if as a coach, you said, 'this is the situation, and this is what we want you to do,' that's what they would do."
Belichick said tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez are having great seasons but still have a way to go to match the longevity and production of Branch, the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIX.
The Bruins recalled forward Jordan Caron from Providence Thursday, a move that gives them a spare forward with Brad Marchand suspended.
The Bruins have sent Caron to Providence five times this season. In 12 AHL games, Caron has two goals and seven assists for nine points. In 13 NHL games this season, Caron has one goal and two assists for three points.
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Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning, a day after the Celtics lost 90-85 to the Mavericks at TD Garden to drop to 4-5 on the season.
"I am concerned about our rebounding, we have to be a better rebounding team, not only on the defensive glass but also on the offensive glass.," said Rivers of a Celtics team that grabbed just two offensive rebounds in the loss to Dallas. "I just thought at times we broke our discipline defensively and allowed baskets as well. There's things we have to do better, there's things we have to fix."
Rivers was asked if there is reason to be concerned about the long-term prospects of this Celtics team, or if patience is still needed when examining the potential of this season.
"There's a lot of season left, lot of games left, but we clearly have to play better," Rivers said. "One of the things I do remind the guys of is that there...
Talking on the Dennis & Callahan Show Thursday, Cubs president Theo Epstein said that the Red Sox' September collapse had nothing to do with his decision to leave his position as general manager of the Sox and pursue the opportunity in Chicago.
"As far as it would have effected people's futures, I can only speak for myself and I would have still followed through expressing my desire to pursue the opportunity in Chicago because that was a product of 10 years here and wanting to challenge myself in a new environment going forward. That was not a reaction to what happened in September one bit," he said, referencing the Red Sox' 7-20 final month of the 2011 regular season.
Epstein also discussed his perception of what took place in the final month of the...
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.
Giardi and Price continue discussing the outcome of the NFL Draft for the Patriots.
Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.
Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
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.
Larry Wilmore and Barack Obama brought the house down and left the audience in stitches at the 2016 White House Correspondents Dinner.
Donald Trump is enjoying the endorsement of convicted rapist, Mike Tyson.
Jessica Mendoza was on the broadcast last night as the Sox and Yankees played in Fenway Park. She continues to add limited insight while avoiding any and all criticism. Also, Lee in Rhode Island infuriated the guys with his Tom Brady phone call.
Kevin Faulk wore his tom Brady jersey to the NFL draft when announcing the Patriots' picks, and he joins Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about who had the idea (Dale Arnold) and Brady's reaction.
The guys have some fun with a YouTube video of an angry McDonalds customer after she wasn't offered a discounted McRib.
Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts calls in to talk about the hot start to the Red Sox offense and what it's like to play with a bunch of young guys that he grew up with in the Red Sox minor league system.
We continue to talk NFL Draft, Brady's new lawyer, the Celtics playoff bouncing, Roger Goodell's award tour and more... its all on the table on a freestyle friday.
We discuss the hiring of a top notch litigator by Brady and the NFLPA, and how it might have been sparked by Roger Goodell's neverending award tour where he continues to spew lies and half-truths to the public.
We discuss the Celts exit from the playoffs, the steps they took this season to be better, and what steps need to be taken to keep getting better in the future.
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress
SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft
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ESPN's firing of Curt Schilling has been a divisive topic. John, Gerry and Kirk discuss who's supporting Curt, who's detracting, and callers discuss North Carolina law that started the entire controversy.More from this show
Glenn, Lou, and Christian check in with Raffi Melkonian to get his insight on the 2nd Circuit court's decision and what Tom Brady's options are going forward.More from this show
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