Forbes magazine has a list of baseball's "Best Teams for the Buck." The Padres, who recorded 90 wins with a payroll of just $37.8 million (29th in MLB), top the list, with the Rangers and Rays close behind. The Red Sox did not make the cut.
Also in baseball news, former Rangers managing partner George W. Bush is enjoying the team's success this fall. The New York Times has some interesting anecdotes about Bush's time leading the Rangers, collected from other owners and former commissioner Fay Vincent.
Read about those stories and others, plus, videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.
On his regularly scheduled appearance on The Dennis & Callahan Show, FoxSports analyst Brian Billick predicted that the absence of Randy Moss will make things appreciably more challenging for Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Wes Welker.
"I guarantee Tom Brady and Wes Welker's life just got a lot more difficult because they don't have that vertical stretch," Billick said. He later went on to suggest that, in regard to Moss no longer being an option, "You take one of those pieces away, it changes the dynamic. You take away the vertical threat, it changes the dynamic."
Billick, who coached Moss when the wideout was a rookie in Minnesota (saying he never had any problems with the former No. 1 pick), didn't hazard a guess as to what the Patriots were going to do now that the they were without their Pro-Bowler. "I'm going to be very interested in the approach they take without...
Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins will report by Nov. 16, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Mankins, a restricted free agent who has been sitting out since the start of spring practices because he's upset about his contract situation, will report on recommendation from the National Football League Players Association, according to several sources. Mortensen says Mankins will report to the Patriots to earn an accrued season and secure unrestricted free agency in 2011.
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Paul Pierce gave himself a birthday gift. The 33-year-old Celtics veteran's jump shot just inside the arc broke a tie with eight seconds left, leading the Celtics to a 104-101 preseason victory over the New York Knicks.
Playing without Kevin Garnett, who was ejected early in the second quarter, the Celtics trailed much of the second half -- until Nate Robinson made a pair of three throws to tie the game, 101-101, with 1:09 left. Pierce's classic pull-up jumper with time winding down gave the C's the lead for good.
Pierce finished with 20 points, and Ray Allen scored a team-high 24 points for the Celtics (4-1). Rookie Luke Harangody recorded a double-double, totaling 16 points and 12 rebounds. In Garnett's absence, new Knicks addition Amar'e Stoudemire scored a game-high 30 points.
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Kevin Garnett received two technical fouls and was ejected from the first half of the Celtics exhibition game with the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Garnett was protesting a call made against Jermaine O'Neal who was whistled for an offensive foul. After O'Neal received a technical foul from official Kane Fitzgerald, Garnett picked up two quick technicals from Fitzgerald and was tossed.
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Fred Smerlas, Steve DeOssie and Butch Stearns break down all aspects of the Patriots win over the Lions, and take your calls as well.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the Patriots' 34-9 win over the Lions, the team's seventh win in a row. The defense stepped up again and now gets a crack at Aaron Rodgers next Sunday.
The guys give their final thoughts and predictions leading up to the 1pm matchup with Detroit.
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Kyle Draper joins Danny Picard to talk about the Celtics chances this season in the Eastern Conference, last Wednesday's home opener blowout against the Nets, and Rajon Rondo's future in Boston
Red Sox beat writer Brian MacPherson joins Danny Picard to talk about the Red Sox going after Jon Lester and other free agents.
The Hot Stove guys are talking about Pablo Sandoval and Jon Lester's contract offers from the Red Sox. They then por one out for the Giancarlo Stanton rumors being put to bed.
The Hot Stove boys are back again, talking about Jon Lester, Pablo Sandoval, Giancarlo Stanton's b
Dale and Michael get Jack Edwards' 'state of the B' report and talk about the win over the Blues at the Garden on Tuesday.
Andy Brickley joined the show and touched on last night's convincing win over a good team, Matt Bartkowski needing a wake up call, and the NHL review process.
Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins struggles, the NHL franchise in Las Vegas, and the return of the glow puck!
BC's head coach joined the show to preview the Florida State game.
Rodney Harrison previewed the Patriots and Lions with the guys.
The top stories of the as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Detective Fauria tells us the infamous gloryhole story from VICE squad and other stories Christian's past.
Just out of practice, Kyle Arrington joins the guys to preview Pats-Lions
Christian in Foxboro returns, this time he's trolling Detroit sports radio station 97.1 The Ticket's Stoney and Bill show . Christian rips Lions fans and asks why his nephew, Joseph, isn't getting the ball more.
We check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin for his weekly update on all things NFL. We talk to Michael about the Raiders first win, the LeGarrette Blount saga, and how the Pats will do against the Lions this weekend.
Michael and Dale discuss Jonas Gray's tardiness, and try and predict how the running-back will respond and make up for his error.
We talk with Tom E Curran and debate whether or not the Patriots current performance is more reminiscent of the 2004 or 2007 Patriots.
Brandon covers the NFL, particularly the Detroit Lions for Bleacher Report. He gives us his thoughts on this Sunday's game and how the Lions stack up against the Patriots.
Mikey, Villani, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are talking Patriots-Lions and how the team this year stacks up to Patriots teams of the past.
Some more Musical Mikey Magic to get ready for Sunday's Patriots-Lions game.
Jerry Thornton's first podcast explores sports stories that would make for interesting 30 for 30 documentaries.
Andy Merritt of the New England Hockey Journal joined WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin to talk about the play of Vermont and Providence, as well as other happenings around Hockey East. Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy also joined the show to talk about his team’s good start, his freshman class and how he uses possession stats.
Joining the show today Mut the all-purpose back of WEEI. We talk about players we have hated over the years as well as Rajon Rondo and what is ailing the Celtics.
The guys opened the show discussing the Raiders win over the Chiefs.More from this show
Christian in Foxboro returns, this time he's trolling Detroit sports radio station WDFN's Shep in the Morning Show. Christian rips Lions fans and asks why his nephew, Joseph, isn't getting the ball more.More from this show
Michael and Dale discuss the return of LGB, and how the move really wasn't that surprising to begin with.More from this show