In Thursday's Morning Mashup, we have an unseemly story about Josh Morgan receiving death threats for his unsportsmanlike penalty which hurt the Redskins in their loss to the Rams Sunday, a funny montage of callers trolling Mike Francesa for his napping incident last week, and an interesting statistical breakdown of the replacement officials versus the regular officials.
This is a case where the numbers DO, in fact, lie. CBS Sports has an interesting piece comparing statistics from last season to the current NFL season in terms of replacement refs. The running time of an average game is up, for instance, but only a paltry six minutes. Here are some other notable figures from the story:
• The average number of penalties per game is down from 15.2 to 14.7.
• On player safety calls, such as roughing the passer; unnecessary roughness, including hitting defenseless players; and, face-mask or horse-collar...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Following his team's 13-3 loss to the Rays Wednesday night, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine called the Sox' pitching performance, "tough to look at," citing the number of total pitches (173) thrown by the team's pitchers. The Sox' hurlers allowed 13 hits and 10 walks.
The issues for the Red Sox began with starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who lasted just three innings while giving up five runs on nine hits. Neither Matsuzaka nor Valentine would commit to the righty making one more start this season.
"We'll see what he's feeling like [Thursday]," said Valentine of Matsuzaka, who dropped to 1-6. "Next time we have an off day, he'll have a little more rest. Maybe that's what's needed this time of year."
"It’s a hard question to answer," the pitcher said through translator Jeff Cutler. "I still haven’t really taken in what happened today so it’s a hard...
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference announced on Twitter Wednesday night that he will go overseas to play for HC Ceske Budejovice of the Czech Extraliga on Oct. 7 if a new collective bargaining agreement between players and the owners is not reached. Ference played in the Extraliga during the 2004-05 season, which was cancelled due to a lockout that spanned the season.
Tweeted Ference: "Going back to my old team, Ceske Budejovice, on Oct 7 barring any CBA. I'll buy any Bostonian a Budvar [Budweiser] if I see you there."
Ference would become the second Bruin to join the Extraliga for the lockout. Bruins center David Krejci is reportedly set to leave this weekend to play for HC Pardubice. Dennis Seidenberg may also head to Germany to play for Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.
The owners locked the players out over the...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox succumbed to a seven-run sixth inning on the way to getting beat up by the Rays, 13-3, Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. The Sox are 4-2 on their current road trip, which concludes with a fourth straight game against Tampa Bay, Thursday.
Sox pitchers had all kinds of problem with the usually weak-hitting Tampa Bay lineup, allowing 13 hits and 10 walks.
The troubles started with the performance of starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who gave up five runs on nine hits over three innings. Matsuzaka surrendered two home runs, both coming in the fourth inning when Jeff Keppinger and Carlos Pena each went deep.
The Red Sox' bullpen offered no relief, with Alfredo Aceves coming on and giving four runs on three hits over his two innings. The righty was followed by Daniel Bard, whose struggles continued in the form of 1/3 inning outing in which he walked three, allowed a hit and three runs.
FOXBORO -- The only member of the Patriots roster who didn't practice on Wednesday afternoon was tight end Aaron Hernandez, who suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. However, New England had nine players who were limited on Wednesday, including wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, who is dealing with a thigh injury. Here's the complete injury report:
Did Not Practice
TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle)
G Dan Connolly (concussion)
CB Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring)
TE Daniel Fells (shin)
DT Justin Francis (ankle)
WR Brandon Lloyd (thigh)
OL Nick McDonald (shoulder)
CB Sterling Moore (knee)
RB Shane Vereen (foot)
Glenn Ordway and Fred Smerlas talk with Cornerback Malcolm Butler in the lockerroom after the Patriots handily beat the Pittsburgh to advance to Super Bowl 51.
Fauria calls the boys to give his take on the game today and why he sees a Patriots victory on the horizon - although he says he's getting more and more nervous as kickoff approaches. He gets into the match-ups, "fire alarm-gate", how the Steelers D will approach the Pats - zone or man, and more.
The boys chat about the importance of the versatility of Dont'a Hightower and his impact on the Pats D throughout his career but especially this season.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
Hour 4. Kirk and Gerry discuss how players from bad teams can come to New England and win.
Hour 2. Albert challenges Kirk and Gerry. Headlines with Kirk covers the Women's March.
Tim Hasselbeck joins the show.
Old Friend Tim Benz joins OMF, and while they regale tales of dysfunction, Benz manages to predict that the Patriots will win Sunday.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian enjoy the festivities ahead of the Inauguration, and give their predictions for Patriots-Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian love how Bill Belichick reacts to the plethora of stupid questions he receives from the Media during his Press Conferences.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe spend the day discussing the AFC Championship.
We close out the work week with the best sound clips of the day.
We check in with hall of famer Michael Irvin to find out what happened to his Dallas Cowboys and look at the remaining playoff match-ups.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Uncle Buck, George from S**t Pats Fans Say, and Jerry Thornton talk about the Patriots history in the AFC Championship game, the big wins, the bad losses, and what it will take for the Pats to win another AFC Championship game.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the K&C week after a Friday show with Kirk, Mut and Ben Volin in studio.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the Thursday K&C show featuring Jon Meterparel back in the saddle.
Tom Brady joins the show the morning after winning the AFC championship for the seventh time. Brady talks about the upcoming Super Bowl and his call to President Donald Trump.More from this show
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe spend the day discussing the AFC Championship.More from this show
Hour 4. Bill Belichick holds his Friday press conference while Mut and Kirk try and play a game. Mut has a big announcement. Gerry calls in from the Inauguration on his crystal-clear cell phone.More from this show
Hour 1. The Patriots are going to the Super Bowl, which means Kirk and Gerry are going to Houston. Tom Brady joins the show.More from this show
Pete goes on an impassioned rant about the Boston Bruins management and ownership amid rumors that the team would be announcing the firing of Claude Julien in coming days.More from this show