Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, as the B's prepare to begin defense of their Stanley Cup championship when the playoffs start next week.
Ference was asked about the difference in the team's mindset this spring as opposed to 2011.
"Probably the biggest difference is we don't have the weight of that Philly series on us," Ference said, referring to the collapse in 2010 when the B's were eliminated after squandering a 3-0 series lead in the conference semifinals. "I think we were carrying around some of that baggage last year, and I think it showed in the first couple of games when we lost against Montreal. But I think everybody feels good. I don't think we're [at the point where] so many of the guys are kind of heading into the unknown as they were last year. The first time you kind of go through a long [playoff] run, you really don't know what to expect. If...
MLB Network analyst Al Leiter, who played five seasons for Bobby Valentine, joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning and weighed in on the Red Sox' situation.
Leiter was a pitcher on Valentine's Mets teams from 1998 through 2002, and he insisted he had no issues with his manager.
"Bobby let me pitch," Leiter said. "He knew I was prepared. He knew that I was mentally and physically prepared to execute a pitch. He left me alone. It really wasn't a bother. … Guys in the clubhouse that are bothered by somebody like Bobby, who has a personality that's going to say things at times, yeah, you have a problem with him. But as long as he doesn't direct it at you specifically, doesn't call you out in the media, who cares? Let him do his thing."
Leiter said he played for some memorable managers during his 19-year major league career, but Valentine stands out.
"I learned things from Bobby that no other...
The NCAA on Thursday denied the UConn men's basketball team's final appeal of its ban from the 2013 NCAA tournament due to its failure to meet recently instituted academic standards. UConn argued that it has shown improvement over the past two seasons, but the NCAA wouldn't budge.
The school said it's hoping the rule will be changed in time for it to submit more recent test scores.
"While we as a university and coaching staff clearly should have done a better job academically with our men's basketball student-athletes in the past, the changes we have implemented have already had a significant impact and have helped us achieve the success we expect in the classroom," coach Jim Calhoun said in a statement. "We will continue to strive to maintain that success as we move forward."
Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy called the NCAA's rejection "absolutely outrageous."
"It's as if they've decided to get UConn,...
After his team blew an 11-point halftime lead against the NBA's top team and fell to the Bulls, 93-86, Doc Rivers ripped into his Celtics in a postgame press conference Thursday night in Chicago.
"I think it was the worst loss of the year for us," Rivers said. "I think Chicago was too tough for us tonight."
Rivers was referring to the fact that the Bulls found a way to win without their star point guard and last year's MVP, Derrick Rose, who was missing his 12th straight game with a sore groin.
The Celtics played tough defense in the first half, holding the Bulls to 38 percent from the field and assuming a 49-38 lead. But things fell apart quickly in the third quarter as the Bulls outscored the Celtics, 29-17. The Celtics faded badly in the fourth and never regained the lead. They were again significantly outrebounded, 44-36.
"They were too tough for us tonight," Rivers continued. "...
Luol Deng scored a game-high 26 points, picking up the slack for the injured Derrick Rose, as the Bulls overcame an 11-point halftime deficit and beat the Celtics, 93-86, Thursday night at the United Center in Chicago. Carlos Boozer added 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who were playing without Rose for the 12th straight game due to a sore groin.
One night after missing the potential game-winning shot at the buzzer, Paul Pierce came out strong and led the Celtics with 22 points. Rajon Rondo had 10 points and 12 assists, extending his streak of games with double-digit assists to 15, the longest in the NBA since John Stockton had 15 straight in 1995.
The Celtics lost their second straight after winning five straight and fell to 30-24 on the season. They lead the 76ers by one game in the Atlantic Division.
With Ray Allen coming off the bench for the first time in his five seasons with the Celtics, Boston shot out to a 22-18...
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
In honor of tonight's game we look back at four moments where the Patriots and Panthers cross paths.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.
Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford join Kirk Minihane. They begin the show wondering and theorizing why the Patriots are playing Tom Brady in the third preseason game. They also delve into Bradfo's new house guestMore from this show