Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, during the latest installment of his Laser Show segment with the Big Show, suggested that even though he is on schedule in his recovery from foot surgery, he has little interest in taking on Manny Pacquiao in a boxing ring. Pedroia noted that, while he would have a few inches and about 35 pounds on Pac Man, so, too, did Antonio Margarito, the fighter whom Pacquiao dominated over the weekend.
"I haven’t watched boxing in a while, but didn’t the last guy have about three and a half inches and 35 pounds, too?" Pedroia wondered. "I’ve been beat up many times in my life. I’m good. ... Let’s just say I’ve been in my fair share of scuffles and I haven’t won many. [I was] like a chihuahua dog. Bite you in the ankles."
As for his recovery from surgery to insert a pin in his left foot, Pedroia said that he is progressing on...
Minnesota Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire was named the American League Manager of the Year while Padres manager Bud Black took home the honor in the National League. While Gardenhire claimed a healthy margin of victory over second-place finisher Ron Washington of the Rangers in the AL, Black won by a single point over Reds manager Dusty Baker in the NL.
Gardenhire claimed 16 of 28 first-place votes, with Washington claiming 10. Though he did not receive a single first-place vote, Red Sox manager Terry Francona finished in fourth (the third time he has done so as Red Sox skipper) for guiding a club decimated by injuries to an 89-73 record. Though that was not good enough to reach the postseason, the Sox and Francona received high marks from the baseball world this year for competing hard in the face of injuries to key players such as Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Victor Martinez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz.
FOXBORO -- For the second straight week, Tom Brady missed Wednesday practice to rest his foot as the Patriots began on-field work in advance of their latest huge game, Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
Brady was nursing a foot injury following the loss in Cleveland on Nov. 7 and did not practice last Wednesday. He was also limited on Thursday and Friday but showed no ill effects during a 39-26 thrashing of the Steelers last Sunday night. Brady had his first 300-yard game, throwing for 350 yards and three touchdowns to Rob Gronkowski while rushing for another.
Also missing from practice again were safety Jarrad Page (calf) and Myron Pryor (back). The team practice in sweats and shells on the upper grass fields outside Gillette.
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FOXBORO -- With the Indianapolis Colts coming to town this weekend, there will be lots of talk about the single biggest play of the season between the two teams last year at Lucas Oil Field. And like everyone who watched the thriller between the Colts and Patriots, Tom Brady remembers 'fourth-and-2' last November.
Last year, the Patriots needed just two yards for a first down with two minutes to go to salt away a 34-28 win at Indy. But instead of punting the ball away to Peyton Manning and the then-perfect Colts, Pats coach Bill Belichick decided to put the contest in Brady's hands.
"I haven't thought about it at all since probably that game, since that night as a matter of fact," Brady said Wednesday. "Our coaches have always had a lot of faith in what we do offensively and the way the offensive line protects and the way the receivers get open. He's gone for it a bunch on fourth down this year...
NESN and NBC Sports hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
The main topic of conversation was the controversy involving NHL discipline boss Colin Campbell, whose inflammatory e-mail about Marc Savard caused a firestorm this week.
"When you're in a position to impact a guy's life in some way by disciplinary action or heavy fines, which they now have in the NHL, you can't form those opinions at least in terms of expressing it in a way that goes public," Milbury said. "The e-mail thing was just simple, logistical — you can't be that stupid in order to do it. The actual content of it was worse. I think he made a mistake. I don't think it impacted any judgments that I know of.
"Colie is a terrific guy, he tries to be fair, but he stepped in it. Whether...
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and Peter King of SI.com join the show to talk about the latest news surrounding deflate gate.
Mike Westhoff joins the show to talk about deflate gate and the Pats innocence. Also what would have happened if he worked with Bill Belichick.
PHOENIX — After landing in Phoenix Monday afternoon, Patriots owner Robert Kraft took to the podium to make a passionate defense of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the organization in response to Deflategate.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.
Kirk wasn't taking any crap from Woody in North Reading.
Tony Kornheiser joins Dennis and Callahan in Arizona to discuss his comment comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger.
Four-time Super Bowl Champion Bill Romanowski joined the show to share his thoughts on the greatest QB he ever played with, and his Super Bowl experiences.
Chris Mortensen, ESPN, joined the show to talk about all the reports regarding "Deflategate." He thinks that people are making too big a deal out of it. He also hints that he's skeptic of Bill Belichick's attempt to blame science on the balls dropping in pressure.
The Rogue Ball Boy Theory picks up steam...then dies. Is the Rogue Ball Boy the fastest ball deflater ever or is he simply someone with a healthy prostate who probably doesn't even wash his hands. Also, Ted Wells says the investigation will take a while. And Robert Kraft demands an apology if the investigation finds no wrong-doing by the Pats.
We dive deep into some of the shadier things the Patriots have done over the years from a personnel standpoint.
Mike Florio and Peter King talk about some of the latest news surrounding deflate gate and whether the Pats knowingly did something wrong.
Mike Westhoff joins the show and explains other cheating scandals and if he thinks the Patriots are guilty of deflate gate.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
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We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.More from this show