Ravens center Matt Birk, a former Harvard standout, joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about Sunday's AFC championship game.
Birk, in his third season in Baltimore after 11 years with the Vikings, said he doesn't put much stock into the fact that the Ravens beat the Patriots in their last playoff meeting, in Foxboro two years ago.
"We don't take a whole lot from that game specifically," he said. "I've been up to New England two other times since I've been with the Ravens and the Patriots have beaten us. No matter who we're playing, we feel like we can go on the road. We've won big games on the road, and we can do it. It always come down to execution. Execution, and then your playmakers making plays. And this Sunday's going to be no different."
Joe Flacco is often criticized for being a weak link on the Ravens, but Birk said he's not concerned about his quarterback's psychological state.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Red Sox and Cubs have asked the commissioner's office of Major League Baseball to resolve the matter of the compensation that the Sox will receive as a result of Theo Epstein's departure to become Cubs president of baseball operations in late October.
The Red Sox have insisted throughout the process that they are entitled to "significant" compensation, while the Cubs have suggested that while the Sox will receive something in exchange for the departure of a general manager under contract, precedent suggests that it will not be a major prospect. Last week, Epstein hinted that the two sides might require the involvement of a third party -- presumably, the commissioner's office -- to resolve the matter.
"I think you have to put it in context. In the...
During the Patriots' 45-10 victory over the Broncos on Saturday night, Tim Tebow tore cartilage on his first rib, bruised his lung and had fluid buildup in the plural space of his chest, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Schefter credits an NFL source as saying Tebow's injuries occurred when the quarterback was hit in the pocket after throwing a pass early in the third quarter.
Tebow had an MRI on his chest Monday and has been undergoing rehab this week. He is expected to begin his offseason training program on schedule.
Rangers coach John Tortorella is known for speaking his mind and not backing down to anyone, and apparently it doesn't matter even when dealing with the team's owner. After James Dolan told the media Tuesday that the first-place Rangers were "pretty close" to winning a Stanley Cup, Tortorella called out his boss.
“Right now up to this point we’ve done a pretty good job — we just have to go about our business,” Tortorella said after the Rangers shut out the Predators, 3-0, and Dolan had left the room on Madison Square Garden’s fifth floor. “Like I have my owner up here talking about a Stanley Cup. That’s a bunch of bull----. We need to take one game at a time.”
Also in the news, Oilers forward Taylor Hall slipped on a puck during pregame warmups Tuesday night and ended up colliding with two teammates and getting a skate across his face. Hall, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to a...
The Bruins were just sluggish and sloppy enough for the Lightning to end their seven-game losing streak, as Tampa defeated the B's, 5-3, Tuesday night.
Nathan Horton had two goals for the Bruins, but his contributions weren't enough to make up for another off-night for the Bruins.
The Lightning took the lead when Vincent Lecavalier sent a loose puck past Tim Thomas at 7:11 of the first period. Horton tied the game at 4:28 of the second, but Tom Pyatt gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead for Horton tied it once more. The Lightning then regained the lead on Ryan Malone's 10th goal of the season, but Daniel Paille scored on a shorthanded breakaway to make it 3-3 in the third period. Dominic More gave the Lightning the lead for with 3:45 remaining in the game. Steven Stamkos added an empty-netter.
The Bruins have now lost two of their last three games. They will play again Thursday in New Jersey before returning home to face the Rangers. ...
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.
Mut recaps the Sox 10-3 win over the Rockies.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox left fielder Blake Swihart after he had two triples as part of a Red Sox 10-3 win over the Colorado Rockies
Roger Clemens joined the broadcast on a night where the 1986 Red Sox were honored before the game at Fenway Park
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.
Ken Laird and Paul Chartier are officially the new producers of the Dennis and Callahan Show as Lucy Burdge bails out of the race, perhaps due to money concerns.
The guys discuss the hot debates in the three-man NESN booth during Tuesday night's Red Sox game.
After hanging up on D&C on Tuesday when accused of carrying water for the Worcester District Attorney, Worcester morning radio host Jim Polito talks with glee on his radio show about his interaction with Dennis and Callahan
Comedian Jim Bruer says he was on vacation in Mexico and talked to Jastremski about deflategate.
The guys talk about NESN's experiment with a three person booth on Red Sox Telecast. They also talk about who they think should be in the booth with Dave O'Brien
DJ Bean talks to the guys about the Bruin's signing of Kevan Miller, and the state of the Bruins off-season.
We sit down with the manager of the Sox John Farrell for our weekly discussion about all things Red Sox.
We discuss the Patriots filing of an amicus brief to federal district court in support of the ongoing battle that has ensnared their quarterback.
We look at four instances where Roger Goodell flat out lies or twists himself into a pretzel when asked a question to which there is a definitive answer to... but he never answers them.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with former Patriots backup quarterback Jim Miller about Tom Brady and his mindset as he continues to battle Deflategate. Miller offers up his own thoughts on Brady’s play and what sets him apart from other signal-callers of his generation. Miller also breaks down New England’s offseason to this point on the calendar, and offers his thoughts on which team might be poised to challenge the Patriots in the AFC East.
This week we talk about top golfers dropping out of the Olympic games.
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