WALTHAM – When a player like Paul Pierce struggles offensively the way he has in the Celtics series with Cleveland, questions naturally arise. Most prominently: Is he hurt? Pierce has dealt with a myriad of injuries this season, but given the caveat that every player is a little banged up at this point in the season, he stated flatly Monday after the Celtics went through a brief practice that he was fine. “There’s nothing wrong with me,” Pierce said. “For me, it’s just being ready, being focused, giving my team whatever it needs to win. There’s nothing wrong with me.” Read the rest of this post on Green Street.
According to Patriots.com, the Patriots preseason scheduled is now locked in. Here are the dates and times for all four games:
Thu. Aug. 12 vs. New Orleans (7:30 p.m.)
Thu. Aug. 19 at Atlanta (8 p.m., FOX)
Thu. Aug. 26 vs. St. Louis (7:30 p.m.)
Thu. Sept. 2 at New York Giants (7 p.m.)
For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
At the ceremony to unveil Bobby Orr's statue of "The Goal" commemorating the Bruins 1970 Stanley Cup Championship team on Monday, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino made a gaffe when describing some of the great moments in Boston sports lore. When listing some of the moments, from "Havlicek stole the ball" to Orr's game-winning goal to beat St. Louis in 1970, Menino listed at the end "and Varitek splitting the uprights."
The line seemed to stun the crowd of about 400 special guests, media and fans which included Red Sox luminaries Tim Wakefield and David Ortiz. No doubt Menino was referring to one of Adam Vinatieri's game-winning kicks during the Patriots Super Bowl years in the past decade or the game-winner against Oakland in the infamous "Snow Game" where Tom Brady may or may have not tucked the ball.
On the 40th anniversary of the Bruins 1970 Stanley Cup championship the team unveiled a statue of Bobby Orr's "The Goal" where he is flying through the air after putting away the winning strike against St. Louis. A plethora of old time Bruins were on hand for the event as well as a couple newer Boston stars in Tim Wakefield and David Ortiz of the Red Sox. Orr was joined on stage TD Garden President John Wentzell, the coach of the 1970 Bruins team Harry Sinden, Mayor Thomas Menino, the sculptor of the statue Harry Weber as well as owner Jeremy Jacobs. Orr was introduced by his the line mate that set up the goal, Derek Sanderson.
Jacobs, who acquired the team in 1975 still will not elaborate on Orr's contentious departure in 1976 other than to say both he and Orr were still young.
"I am not going there. That was back then. If I knew what I know now then it would have been a different story," Jacobs said...
Red Sox chairman Tom Werner joined the Dale & Holley show Monday afternoon to promote the upcoming Run To Home Base charity road race, which finishes with runners crossing home plate at Fenway Park. Werner also commented on the Red Sox' early season struggles. He took an optimist's approach, noting that at this time last year the eventual division champion Yankees had a record of 16-17 (the Sox now are 16-16).
"I'm actually quit bullish about what's going on," Werner said. "I don't want to be a pollyana. Nobody denies that we've gotten off to a rough start. ... We still, in my opinion, have the elements of a championship team here. Our pitching has got to get better, but we have the horses to do it. ... We just have to execute and win some of these close games. It doesn't mean that we're not frustrated."
Werner was asked if the team's record sellout streak is in jeopardy, as has been rumored....
Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.
Heath Evans of the NFL Network joins Mut and Lou to talk how Revis and Browner impact the Patriots defense, the Vince Wilfork Situation, and the arms race between Denver and New England
We talk Revis with his friend and mentor, former Patriot Ty Law.
Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston joins Mut, Lou, and Christian to talk about Rajon Rondo in the booth, the rest of the Celtics losing season, and the epic battle between the Pacers and Heat.
Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox starting left fielder, Grady Sizemore. grady talks about what it was like to hit a home run off his old teammate, C.C. Sabathia, and his reaction to not seeing Koji on the mound in a save situation.
Steve Lyons joins Dale and Holley to talk about the Red Sox and Yankees series and Michael Pineda's sticky hand.
Kevin Millar makes his weekly appearance to discuss Michael Pineda's apparent pine tar on his hand, the Red Sox loss to the Yankees, and the team's pitching.
Shawn Thornton joined the show to preview the upcoming series against the Red Wings.
2 games left in the season and the Bruins are in the driver's seat for the President's Cup which is allowing them to coast and get healthy. Pierre McGuire updates Mut and Lou on the possibility of Seidenberg's return and talks about situations elsewhere in the NHL.
Crystel called in to defend the terrorists.
Our friend Michele McPhee joined the show to discuss the latest with Kayvon.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Buster Olney joined Mut and Merloni to discuss the Lester contract offer and the trickle-down effect in the clubhouse, the defense of Xander Bogaerts, and the slow start
Andy Brickley joins Mut and Merloni to discuss the Bruins Red Wings series, a possible Seidenberg return, and the power play.
We speak with Matt Chatham, who re-tells his story from that fateful Monday and looks ahead to brighter things, including this year's marathon.
Dale, Michael and Steve Lyons reflect back on the event last year, and the good that has taken place since then as Boston came together.
We speak with David Abel of the Boston Globe, who penned the incredible piece on the Richard Family in this past weekend's Boston Globe.
Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.
Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.
WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island
The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.
Scott and Ben recap WrestleMania 30 and talk about the death of the Ultimate Warrior.
Friend of the show, Brad Faxon, checks in to examine all the Masters action and to evaluate Bubba Watson's performance.More from this show
LB joins Mut and Merloni in studio to preview the Bruins first opponent in the playoffs, the Detroit Red Wings.More from this show
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed Aaron Hernandez getting in more jailhouse trouble.More from this show