Via a press release from the National Football League Players Association, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady weighed in with his thoughts on a possible 18-game season today, a slate described by league officials as an “enhanced” season. Brady, who is the Patriots alternate union rep, was quoted, as well as Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis, and both talk about the potential dangers associated with going to an 18-game regular season.
“I’ve taken part in several postseason runs where we have played 20 games,” writes Brady. “The long-term impact this game has on our bodies is well-documented. Look no further than the players that came before we did. Each player today has to play three years in order to earn five years’ or post-career health care. Our union has done a great job of raising the awareness on these issues and will make the right decision for us players, the game and the fans.”
The Patriots have signed punter Zoltan Mesko to a four-year deal. (UPDATE, 5:41 pm: The Patriots have confirmed the signing via Twitter.) The fifth-round selection out of Michigan is the fifth Patriots pick to sign, joining offensive tackle Thomas Welch, offensive lineman Ted Larsen, wide receiver Taylor Price and tight end Aaron Hernandez. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show on Wednesday and talked about the injury to starting center Kendrick Perkins. The torn ACL and PCL ligaments in the right knee of Perkins will keep him out of Thursday's Game 7 vs. the Lakers. Ainge was asked about the injury and if the Celtics would be able to get quality play from the bench in place of Perkins.
"Yeah, obviously we'd like to have Perk healthy," said Ainge. "He's a big part of our team defense. But yeah, I do think that Glen Davis and Rasheed can carry the mail for us at the center position."
Ainge said that he didn't know for sure, but indicated that he thinks it will be Wallace starting in place of Perkins instead of Davis. Ainge said that Wallace will have to adjust to his new role for Game 7.
"Yeah, we need him. It's a different role, playing a starters role and playing the...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona confirmed that his team plans to call up left-hander Felix Doubront on Friday from Triple-A Pawtucket to make his major league debut against the Dodgers. Doubront has a 2.11 ERA in the minors this year, having split time between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket.
The left-hander is already well known to the Sox. Since being added to the 40-man roster following the 2008 season, he has been in big league camp in each of the last two years, and was particularly impressive in delivering seven shutout innings this year in Grapefruit League action. He has also taken part in the Rookie Development Program in both 2009 and 2010, and he has made a formidable impression on Sox officials.
"He's not a finished product. He's still developing his secondary pitches. But he's got some finish on that fastball and he's not afraid to throw it," said Francona. "We've got a young kid coming...
LOS ANGELES -- Kendrick Perkins tore his MCL and suffered a partial tear of another ligament in his right knee in Game 6 and will not play in Game 7 Thursday.
"Physically, I'm in pain," Perkins announced. "I hurt my knee pretty badly. I'm out for [Thursday]. There's nothing I can do about it. A torn MCL and a torn PCL and I have to watch from the sidelines. I'd be lying if I told you if it didn't hurt but it hurt. I'll probably never get the opportunity again to get back to the finals. Physically, I'm doing better than I am mentally."
Perkins, who said he had yet to have an MRI on the knee, made the announcement himself as he met with the media on Wednesday afternoon at Staples Center.
Perkins injured his right knee in a collision with Andrew Bynum under the Lakers basket midway through the first quarter. For more on this story as it develops, visit the ...
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the start of Patriots training camp. Players began arriving for camp on Wednesday, and Bill Belichick broke the news that Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play.
Tom "Eugene" Curran joins the guys to discuss how the Patriots look coming out of OTAs. Then Christian and Lou discuss the Patriots playbook scandal.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Tom Brady's work in mini-camp and his response to recent criticism of his play.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
We check in with the manager of the local nine to get his take on the Sox recent hot run, the performance of the pitching staff and much more.
With the non-waiver trade deadline a mere 8 days away, Buster talks about the market for guys like Cliff Lee, Jake Peavy, Koji Uehara, and the injuries Dustin Pedroia might be dealing with.
David Ross joined the show to talk a little bit about his foot injury, but mostly about some of the other guys on the team. He spoke about Jackie Bradley Jr's defense, Pedroia's leadership, and how well Christian Vasquez is playing.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed Jake Peavy's 1-9 record this season.
The triumphant return of Kirk Minihane.
Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher puts peanuts in his Diet Coke, and Tim learns that this is actually normal,... in the south. Lou learns that he can get his yard trimmed up nice by goats. Christian sparks a conversation about the stupidest things ever done in the name of love.
We discuss Sidney Rice's retirement from the NFL, and the greater issue, which is concussions and head injuries in the NFL.
We tackle four topics all revolving around predictions and concerns for the Patriots entering the 2014 season.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Danny breaks down the Canelo vs Lara fight and the controversy. Mike Tyson's former trainer Ronnie Shields joins the show.
Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox leadoff hitter Brock Holt, who since being inserted into the top spot in the batting order has been among the best leadoff men in baseball. Heading into Tuesday night, no other leadoff hitter has had more hits (77) since May 23, with Holt having played every inning of every game during that stretch.
This week, Sam Packard and Zach Geld talk about the Post-Pierzynski Red Sox. Julian Edlow of the Green Street Blog, joins the program to analyze the Celtics off-season, and finally an over-eager discussion of fantasy football.