Florida defensive end Jermaine Cunningham is the pick for the Patriots at No. 53. The 6-foot-3, 266-pound Cunningham figures to be an outside linebacker in the Patriots’ 3-4. In four years at Florida, Cunningham had 33 tackles for losses and 18.5 sacks. Cunningham has off-the-field issues, as he was arrested back in December for attacking a restaurant employee after being told he had to pay for a bag of chips. A quadriceps strain kept him from working out at the Combine or Florida’s Pro Day. For more on the NFL Draft, check the It Is What It Is blog.
The Patriots traded up two spots with the Raiders, going from No. 44 to No. 42 to select Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski. The junior missed all of last year due to back surgery but had 10 touchdowns as a sophomore and is believed by many to be the most complete tight end in the draft. For more on Gronkowski and and the NFL Draft, check the It Is What It Is blog.
NBA Commissioner David Stern is making the playoff rounds and he is in Miami tonight. On Thursday, Stern laid down law regarding coaches calling out officials in post-game press conferences. He reiterated that message before Game 3. "Some coaches are better than others at that and Doc [Rivers] has elevated it to an art form," Stern said. "He may wrap it in some high-flown language, but you can’t have 30 coaches doing that." Stern also had harsh words for Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy who called for the league to have back-to-back games in the playoffs. "I’ve got a coach with some time on his hands who think we should have back to backs," Stern said. "Well, he should have his owner call me and if he doesn’t want his owner to call me then he should be quiet."
Speaking prior to the Red Sox' series opening game with the Orioles, Friday night at Fenway Park, David Ortiz called being pinch-hit for Tuesday as "embarrassing" although he didn't blame Sox manager Terry Francona. The move by Francona to pinch-hit Mike Lowell for Ortiz came in the seventh inning with lefty Darren Oliver on the mound, marking the first time the manager had ever pinch-hit for Ortiz in a meaningful situation since Francona took over in 2004.
"It was just embarrassing, getting pinch-hit for," Ortiz said. "I understand. I'm not swinging the bat good, with a lefty and whatever. I've got to come through and do my thing and get that out of people's heads. When I'm swinging the bat good that's not going to happen. Basically it was a wake-up call to say, 'You better start hitting or you're going to get pinch-hit for.'
"You saw my reaction. I just came back tot he dugout. Of course,...
NESN analyst and Hall of Famer Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Big Show to discuss the state of the Red Sox. The Sox will open up a three-game series at Fenway against the Baltimore Orioles Friday night after taking two out of three from the Texas Rangers. With the Yankees and Rays opening up the season with great starts, the Red Sox need to capitalize against weaker opponents if they want to stay in the race in the AL East. In order to do that, Gammons said that the starting pitching will need to be significantly better than it has been. "Their starters are last in the American League in ERA, quality starts, wins—if that doesn't change dramatically they are not going to catch the Rays or Yankees," he said.
Gammons was asked if Daisuke Matsuzaka will be ready to help the rotation. "I don't know,' he said. "I know that when he had the shutouts in the first two starts, he was okay—89-91 mph with an...
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Bill Parcells' Patriots Hall of Fame candidacy.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Christopher Price discuss Logan Mankins' breakdown of the offensive line and how it will look without Dante Scarnecchia. They also discussed Mankins' rebuttal to Brandon Spikes.
Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.
We wrap up the Celtics season by speaking with Celtics president Danny Ainge about this past season and the team's future.
Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joins Mut and Merloni to discuss and reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombings a year later.
Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.
Sox broadcaster Dave O'Brien checks in live from Chicago for our weekly chat about the state of the Sox.
We discuss the Red Sox early season woes with manager John Farrell, as well as his views and faith in MLB's new instant replay system, and the continuity in the Sox outfield.
Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox starting left fielder, Grady Sizemore. grady talks about what it was like to hit a home run off his old teammate, C.C. Sabathia, and his reaction to not seeing Koji on the mound in a save situation.
We preview Red Wings-Bruins with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.
Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.
Shawn Thornton joined the show to preview the upcoming series against the Red Wings.
Red Sox COO Sam Kennedy joined the show to discuss the state of the Sox and MLB.
Jeff Bauman joined the show to discuss his recovery over the past year.
The guys opened the show by discussing the Sox 14th inning win over the White Sox.
Ty Law joins Mut and Christian Fauria to discuss being a finalist for the Patriots Hall of Fame, the way the game is officiated now, and Darrelle Revis.
Christian Fauria tells us the percentage of Americans that sleep naked and those that sleep with their socks on.
DJ Bean joins Mut and Christian Fauria from the Garden to report the latest news regarding the Bruins before they get set to take on the Red Wings in Game 1.
We preview Red Wings-Bruins with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.
We tackle four topics that relate around the (merciful) end of the Celtics 2014 season.
Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.
Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.
WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island
The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.
Scott and Ben recap WrestleMania 30 and talk about the death of the Ultimate Warrior.
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