It's a big day in New York, with the trash-talking Jets and Giants prepared to settle their differences on the field as they open the New Meadowlands Stadium with a preseason clash. Also Monday night, Johnny Damon makes his return to the Bronx when his Tigers play the Yankees. He undoubtedly will get a friendlier reception than when he first returned to Fenway Park in pinstripes. Read more about those stories, plus get an update on Jason Bay, who has been battling post-concussion issues as he tries to return to the Mets, at Monday's Morning Mashup.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his first weekly appearance of the season on the Dennis & Callahan show early Monday morning. Regarding the finger he injured during Thursday night's preseason opener against the Saints, Brady played down its severity. "I hit a helmet in the game," he said. "It's nothing. It's one of those things that happens."
Looking at the prospects for the 2010 Patriots, Brady said it's too early to know anything. "There's a lot of unknowns at this point," he said. "There's a lot that you learn over the course of the season." Brady said the offense needs to show more consistency this season. "We're going to need to be a very good offense this year," he said. "We're going to need to score a lot of points. Were going to need to be good and effective in the red area. I think we can be."
Asked if he's concerned that the Patriots did not...
The Red Sox have until the end of Monday to sign players whom they selected in the June amateur draft. As of Sunday night, the team had yet to sign four of its top six picks: supplemental first rounder Anthony Ranaudo (RHP), second rounder Brandon Workman (RHP), third rounder Sean Coyle (SS) and fourth rounder Garin Cecchini (projected as a 3B), in no small part because all are believed to be seeking bonuses in excess of Major League Baseball's slot recommendations for their picks.
Signs are pointing towards the Sox signing Coyle (who is flying to Boston on Monday to take a physical and negotiate with the team) and Cecchini, while the situations with college right-handers Ranaudo and Workman are murkier. For details of where the Sox stand with all four players, click here.
FOXBORO — Derrick Burgess said it was a personal matter and not the possibility of retirement that kept him away from the first two-plus weeks of training camp, and now he’s fully committed to be a part of the Patriots going forward.
The 32-year-old, who had five sacks last season with the Patriots, said it was a “personal situation” that arose at the end of July that prevented him from reporting to Foxboro for the start of training camp. It had been reported that Burgess was possibly thinking about retirement, but he shot down that idea Sunday afternoon after his first day of training camp practices.
“I just had a personal situation going on,” said Burgess. “I had to take time to take care of [some things], and me and Bill [talked] about it, and he just told me to take my time and get my stuff together.
“It was basically some personal matters I had to take care of.”...
Rangers starter C.J. Wilson allowed just one run in 7 2/3 innngs, putting the finishing touches on one of the most dominant seasons against the Red Sox in the past two decades, leading Texas to a 7-3 victory. Wilson went 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA against Boston this year, the lowest ERA by a pitcher against the Sox since 1991.
Through six innings, Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka nearly kept up with Wilson, allowing just one run through the first six frames while striking out eight. But he was pulled after allowing another run in the seventh, and reliever Manny Delcarmen promptly gave up a three-run homer to put the Rangers ahead, 5-0, and effectively put the game out of reach for the Sox.
Though the Sox rallied for three runs and forced Wilson from the game with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, a rally that was highlighted by Darnell McDonald's two-run homer, Sox relievers Dustin Richardson and Michael Bowden then...
Christopher Price, WEEI.com spoke with the guys about the new NFL drug policy and what it means for certain players in the league. He also spoke about the importance of getting Danny Amendola involved in the offense. The Patriots are still trying to find the BEST way to utilize Chandler Jones. And rookie Raiders QB Derek Carr is a bit of a wild-card heading into Sunday's match up.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the Patriots' home opener against the Oakland Raiders, a team they should beat without too much trouble.
We check in with Peter King from SI/MMQB for our weekly look at the National Football League and more.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
As the season winds down, We check in Sox skipper John Farrell as we await the Boston debut of Rusney Castillo.
The Orioles seemed to have a lot of fun last night clinching the AL East. Buster said the biggest problem for Boston this year was the offense production dropping so dramatically in one year. Bogaerts, Pierzynski, and Bradley Jr. are the most obvious culprits. Also, Buster surmises that the Red Sox front office has to be a little uneasy with the fact that their best offensive player, David Ortiz, is in this LATE 30's.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie shortstop, who hit a 3-run homer in the 8-4 win.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Adrian Peterson.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys react to the Adrian Peterson news.
LeBron James will be starring in a movie as... LeBron James. TMZ reveals PHOTOS of Danielle Watts having sex with her boyfriend in broad daylight. Lolo Jones is an awkward, bad, excuse-making dancer.
We discuss the NFL's moves to put Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy on a 'reserve/Commissioner's exemption' list. Is it because of threats from paying sponsors? Or are the sponsors themselves bathing in hypocrisy?
We check in with the great Michael McCann for his insight on the latest legal developments for the NFL.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Dennis, Callahan and Minihane make their podcast debut. This week's topics include Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Jenny Dell and some discussion on people we've encountered with the worst breath.
The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.
Rob Bradford is joined by Dr. Evan Schumer of Newton Wellesley Orthopaediac Associates to discuss exactly what kind of surgery was performed on Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the recovery time that accompanies such a procedure and why the operation might be just what the doctored ordered.
Former Patriot and current NBC Sports Analyst, Rodney Harrison talks about how bad the Pats looked in a convincing win. The guys also tried to get him to talk about the Adrian Peterson accusations and he refused.More from this show