NFL Network analyst Mike Lombardi joined Dennis & Callahan on Friday morning to preview Sunday's Patriots-Cardinals game and discuss news from around the league.
Lombardi said the Patriots need to stay away from turnovers and sloppy play against an Arizona team that has some talent on defense.
"The one thing this Cardinal team will do is they'll play hard for 60 minutes. They play to the whistle," Lombardi said. "And this defense, now, don't underestimate this defense. They've got Pro Bowlers on every single level of this defense, from Darnell Dockett, Calais Campbell's an outstanding defensive lineman. They're different. They play a Pittsburgh style of defense, but they're built differently than Pittsburgh's built. They basically are built strong down the middle, so Campbell, Dockett is very good, [Daryl] Washington is an outstanding inside linebacker, and then these two safeties -- Kerry Rhodes isn't a dominant player, but...
In Friday's Morning Mashup, we have a hilarious video of a radio host ranting about Miami Univeristy's foobtall team, more replacement ref analysis, and an interesting article in the USA Today catching up with Manny Ramirez.
Ramirez, of course, had an ignominious departure from the game of baseball. PED use has undoubtedly stained the career of one of the greatest natural (weird word to use here, but you know what I mean) hitters in MLB history. Couple that with an arrest involving alleged domestic violence, and a new connotation was given to the phrase, "Manny being Manny." These days, Ramirez has turned to God to reconcile his life.
Just about every remark Ramirez made had a reference to God, the Bible or the evangelical faith he embraced late last year, after he was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence stemming from an incident with his wife, Juliana. The charge was dropped when she refused to cooperate with the investigation...
The Red Sox offense, a juggernaut for so much of the last 10 years, has been reduced to perhaps its most enfeebled state this century. On a night when Dustin Pedroia was away from the team after the birth of his second child, a stripped-down Sox lineup was overmatched by Yankees starter Phil Hughes in a 2-0 defeat.
The Sox now have scored one or fewer runs 24 times this year, tied for the most by the team since 2000. With 18 games remaining, it seems likely that the team will set a new standard for such displays of offensive shortcomings.
Felix Doubront, despite command woes (five walks), permitted just four hits (one double, three singles) in his 6 1/3 innings. He was charged with two runs, the first of which scored when he loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth but limited the damage to a sac fly. The second came after he left the game with two on and one out in the seventh, when Derek Jeter fisted an RBI single to center off of...
The Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox completed a three-game sweep against the Charlotte Knights (the Triple-A affiliate of the White Sox) with a 4-1 road win on Thursday to claim the team's first Governor's Cup Finals victory since 1984.
Right-hander Nelson Figueroa allowed one run in six innings for the PawSox, concluding a series in which the team's starters permitted just three runs in 19 frames (1.42 ERA). A trio of PawSox relievers had shutout innings, with Will Inman, Jose De La Torre and Josh Fields all delivering zeros to wrap up the victory.
The PawSox scored a pair of runs in both the second and seventh innings, with Mike Rivera and Juan Carlos Linares delivering RBI singles and Jeremy Hazelbaker collecting an RBI triple. Linares is 8-for-24 (.333) with a .429 OBP, .667 slugging mark and a team-high six runs batted in during the postseason.
Now, the PawSox will advance to the Triple-A National Championship Game in Durham (N.C...
Bobby Valentine said that he had not reviewed the incident in which reliever Alfredo Aceves handed off the ball and walked back and around the perimeter of the mound while avoiding any interaction with the Red Sox manager. However, Valentine did say that, in Aceves' case, misbehavior would result in punishment.
"You always want people around who know the difference between right and wrong, and sometimes when people don’t know the difference, you can talk all day long to them, and it doesn’t matter. In Alfredo’s case, I think that he understands what he’s doing," Valentine said. "If you know you do something wrong, you understand that there’s also a consequence."
That said, Valentine said that Aceves remains on the roster for Thursday night's game. He also noted, "I'm not fining anyone. How do you collect money when you fine players these days? That's another part of the system I don't...
Patriots Safety Devin McCourty joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and talked about covering the Steelers Wide Receivers, and how he's helping the players who are in the AFC Championship for the first time prepare.
ProFootball Talk's Mike Florio told Glenn, Lou, and Christian that the Patriots have a quiet confidence that they can outscore the Steelers, since they've proven they have the ability.
Holley and Keefe check in with NFL Network's Heath Evans for some final thoughts on the Houston win and to look ahead at the Steelers in the AFC Championship.
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.
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 two of Saturday Skate as Ken Laird and Rear Admiral kick around the perception of backup goalie Anton Khudobin, B's coach Claude Julien, and possible trade target Gabriel Landeskog.
"D-Wood" Joins the show to talk Brady vs. Rodgers and predicts a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl.
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.
Hour 3. Ben Volin shares a stat about Trump that will blow your mind. Mut wouldn't answer any questions about Trump's alleged sexual assaults.
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.
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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.More from this show