Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, in his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, said that while he and other members of the Patriots are aware of potential playoff opponents, it's not a topic with which they concern themselves. With a 12-3 record, the Patriots have locked up a first-round bye and another win could give them home-field advantage, but Brady underscored that those are less pressing concerns than producing strong efforts on a weekly basis, something that will allow the team to achieve goals such as the top seed in the AFC.
"It’s hard to not be aware of [playoff scenarios]," said Brady. "[But] we definitely don’t sit there in team meeting rooms and say these are all the scenarios that can play out.
"Whoever we play in the playoffs is going to be a damn good team," he added. "It doesn’t matter who it is. We’re going to need to play our best game of the year....
The NFL will not investigate the on-field incident after Saturday's game between the Jets and Giants, in which Rex Ryan exchanged some words with Giants running back Brandon Jacobs.
Ryan, who was fined $75,000 for swearing at a fan who mocked him at halftime of the Jets' loss to the Patriots earlier this season, met Jacobs at midfield after the Giants' 29-14 victory.
Said Jacobs: "He told me, 'Shut the [expletive] up, wait until we win the Super Bowl.' I told him I would punch him in the face. I told him that out of all these Giants on this football team, you're talking to the wrong one."
Jacobs also reportedly said to Ryan: "Time to shut up, fat boy."
Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.
After he missed a potential game-tying shot at the buzzer of the Celtics' 106-104 loss to the Knicks on opening day, Celtics forward Kevin Garnett shoved ex-Celtics player Bill Walker -- who was defending him on the play -- in the neck. The two were quickly separated by members of both teams.
"I guess he got mad that I contested his shot," Walker told reporters. "He grabs my hand, tangles it up, I pulled my hand away and then we had a situation."
Walker said that he was unsure where Garnett hit him, but implied that it was evidence of a pattern of dirty tactics.
"You're putting your hands in my face . . . Come on. Y'all know what the man does," said Walker. "I don't know where he caught me . . . I just know I saw his hand coming in my face, you know what I mean? That's disrespectful."
Garnett declined comment to reporters, while Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that he did not have a...
In a wildly-entertaining opener to the NBA season, the Celtics dropped a heartbreaker, 106-104, to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
The Celtics shook off a shaky first half and used a 35-17 third quarter to erase a 10-point halftime deficit. But the Knicks did not go away. With the teams trading baskets down the stretch, Carmelo Anthony put the Knicks ahead, 104-102 but Marquis Daniels slithered backdoor for a layup to tie the game. Anthony gave the Knicks a 106-104 lead with 16.4 seconds remaining on a pair of free throws.
Daniels missed an open 3-pointer in the corner, but Rajon Rondo tracked down the rebound, giving the Celtics one more chance, but Kevin Garnett's jumper came up short.
Rondo had 31 points, 12 assists and five steals. Ray Allen added 20 points and Brandon Bass made his Celtics' debut a memorable one with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony had 37 points for the Knicks.
The Celtics clearly missed Paul Pierce...
The Celtics officially signed free agent swingman Mickael Pietrus on Saturday night, giving the team a veteran presence on the wing behind Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. The 6-foot-6 Pietrus has played for Golden State, Orlando and Phoenix during his eight-year career and and has averaged 8.5 points and 3.1 rebounds.
Pietrus was waived by Phoenix on Thursday and signed with the Celtics for the minimum after he cleared waivers. For more on how Pietrus fits with the Celtics, visit the Green Street blog.
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
Joe and Tim are joined by the man of the hour, Wade Boggs, on the night where the Red Sox retired his number 26. Wade talks about his career in baseball and how it feels to have his number retired.
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.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
The producer search is over now that Paul and Ken have accepted the job. With their new found job security, they are free to bitch about working three A-holes, the Lucy charade, and the process behind getting the gig.More from this show