Former NFL offensive lineman Pete Kendall appeared on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning. The Quincy native and Boston College graduate worked on behalf of the players’ union in 15 of the 17 mediation sessions over the last couple of weeks.
Kendall said there were some positives in the negotiations, but not nearly enough. “I will say that there was more progress made up to the point of the initial expiration,” he said. “I think things went backward some from a week ago Thursday to this past Friday.”
How so? “The offer that the players left on the table, in my opinion, was slightly worse than some of the things that were being considered during the week,” Kendall said.
When asked if he thought striking a deal was possible leading up to that initial expiration date, Kendall said it definitely crossed his mind. “There was a cautious...
ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit moved his family from Ohio to Tennessee last week, blaming the departure on some rabid Ohio State fans who apparently think the former Buckeye should never criticize the school. "Eighty to 90 percent of the Ohio State fans are great," Herbstreit told The Columbus Dispatch. "It's the vocal minority that make it rough. They probably represent only 5 to 10 percent of the fan base, but they are relentless."
Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.
The Yankees have returned pitcher Daniel Turpen to the Red Sox after having selected the righty in the Rule 5 Draft in December. Turpen, who was acquired from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for reliever Ramon Ramirez during the 2010 trade deadline, would have had to make New York's 25-man roster if he was to remain in that organization. The Yankees were required to pay the Red Sox $50,000 to select a player in the Rule 5 Draft, $25,000 of which will be returned by the Sox since the 24-year-old Turpen didn't make New York's team.
Turpen pitched in five spring training games with New York, allowing four runs on six hits while walking four and not striking out a batter in 3 2/3 innings. In his 12 relief appearances with Double-A Portland following his trade to the Sox organization, the 6-foot-4 hurler went 4-1 with a 4.91 ERA. He was originally an eighth-round selection by the Giants in the '07 draft.
Boston College received a No. 1 seed in an NIT regional and will plays McNeese State on Tuesday at 9 p.m. The Eagles passed on hosting the game and will play instead on McNeese's home floor in Louisiana. The winner earns a second-round matchup with Northwestern or Milwaukee.
Harvard is a No. 6 seed in the same bracket and will play at third-seeded Oklahoma State, coached by former UMass coach Travis Ford. That game is Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
In other NIT first-round games of note to New England fans, America East regular-season champion Vermont is a seventh seed and plays Cleveland State in its opener. Fairfield, coached by former BC assistant Ed Cooley, has a first-round game against Coloroado State.
Alabama is the tournament's top seed and will open with a game vs. Coastal Carolina. Two other ACC teams received bids. Miami plays Florida Atlantic, coached by former Boston University and St....
Ray Allen had 17 points and the Celtics set a new franchise record by limiting the Bucks to 56 points in a 87-56 laugher Sunday night at TD Garden. The previous record was 57 by the Milwaukee Hawks on Feb. 27, 1955. The win snapped a two-game losing streak as the C's avoided their first three-game skid of the season.
The Bucks came within eight points of setting a new NBA record for fewest points in a game, held by the 1999 Bulls who scored just 49 in a game on April 10, 1999. The Bucks made just 22-of-70 shots on the night, finishing by shooting just 31.4 percent for the game.
The Celtics also set a new NBA shot-clock era record by allowing just 38 points through three quarters. Nenad Krstic had his second straight double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. The Celtics led 20-9 after 1, 39-22 at the half and 60-38 after three.
Glen Davis played his...
Law Professor Michael McCann calls in to talk about how Tom Brady can fight the NFL in court.
Peter King calls in to talk about Roger Goodell not reducing Tom Brady's suspension.
Butch and Tom discuss Tom's Top 50 Pats of the Bill Belichick era feature as he nears his top 10. They also get into more Deflategate talk on the heels of Mike Florio's report this morning that Goodell's decision will be announced this coming week.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Joe and Dave are joined by Pedro who was at the game and had his number 45 retired by the Red Sox in a very touching pregame ceremony. Pedro talks about going into the Hall of Fame, his time in Boston and love for the game of baseball.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox designated hitter, who hit two home runs and drove in seven runs in the win over the Tigers.
Joe and Dave talk with Xander after he hits the walk-off single that snapped the Red Sox losing streak as they beat the Tigers in 11 innings.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
The Mayor joined us to discuss the cities failed bid.
Unfortunately no member of D&C was nominated for a Globie.
Conan steals jokes.
Stephen A. Smith was on the show BEFORE the news came down about Tom Brady's suspension being upheld. He was also the first to report the news that Tom Brady destroyed his personal cell phone.
Junior Seau's daughter denied chance to speak at her father's HOF induction. Dan LeBetard addressed the Colin Cowherd suspension. Jack Trudeau pulled over with absurdly high BAC.
The “B” in MFB has decided to accept a job back in Pittsburgh where he can be closer with his family. Tim Benz announces that he made the very difficult decision to leave his post at WEEI so he can return home full-time with his wife Kate.
Law Professor Michael McCann joins the show to talk about Roger Goodell not reducing Tom Brady's suspension and how this will play out in court.
Peter King joins the show to talk about Roger Goodell not reducing Tom Brady's suspension.
Collin McGregor gets weird and wild with Tigers
Mikey Adams lets the Red Sox have it and welcomes callers who do the same. The Red Sox (stink)!
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola get 36 glorious minutes between games of a Monday doubleheader, and after an 11-1 Red Sox loss, to vent about the declining state of the team.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola talk to #RedSox great Bill Lee, The Spaceman, about the current version of the Sox as only The Spaceman can describe things.
With the transfer window open and active in the world of soccer, David Amoyal joins Ben & Alex to talk transfers, transfers and more transfers
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable talk all things Red Sox prospects, joined this week by WEEI.com's Rob Bradford as well as affiliate eyes Mike Antonellis (Pawtucket), Mark Perlman-Price (Portland), Kevin Burke (Salem), Cameron White (Greenville), and Jon Boswell (Lowell)
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