NESN analyst Andy Brickley joined Dennis & Callahan Wednesday morning for his weekly appearance and to discuss the Bruins' home-and-home series with the Maple Leafs that starts on Wednesday night in Toronto. The teams will square off in Boston in the second game on Saturday.
The Leafs lead the Northeast division with 30 points, while the Bruins are right on their heels with 29 points in second place. Boston already is 2-0 against the Leafs this season, though, winning the latest game on Nov. 5 in blowout fashion, 7-0. Brickley explained that the Bruins match up well with the Maple Leafs.
"I like the matchups. I think Boston matches up pretty good against Toronto," Brickley said. "It'll be a little bit more difficult here in Toronto because of the change situation, so you'll see a little bit of chess match tonight trying to get [Zdeno] Chara basically and his partner out there tonight against Phil Kessel and his...
Steve Phillips, who was general manager of the Mets during Bobby Valentine's last managerial stint a decade ago, joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the man reported to be Red Sox' new bench boss.
"He's certainly a big personality and a guy that I think has proven he can handle a large market," Phillips said. "He can be polarizing, there's no question about that, because he is such an emotional guy. But he's also one of the best students of the game. He's a great teacher. I came across Bobby when I was a minor league player in the Mets farm system, and he was the most impactful coach I ever had contact with. And then working with him in the front office, he's very good at evaluating talent. He is a guy that is very good at the strategic aspect of the game, the tactical aspect of the game.
"I think he's going to do a terrific job, I really do. I know that he and I had our battles at times, but...
Last week, it was a Giants player who expressed concern about New York fans' loyalty. On Tuesday, it was the Jets' turn. Safety Jim Leonhard is not pleased that quarterback Mark Sanchez received a mix of cheers and boos when he was introduced to the MetLife Stadium crowd before Sunday's win over the Bills.
"I think we have a great crowd," Leonhard said. "I think probably for one of the first times, I was kind of disappointed. Our starting quarterback gets booed in introductions. It’s kind of one of those things, that’s frustrating when … as players, you kind of turn to each other and say, ‘You know what? I guess we’re in this one today by ourselves. We can’t rely on the crowd to give us that energy because it’s already started out on a bad note.’ So I will say that this past weekend was really the first time that I’ve been kind of frustrated going into a game, which is bad.”...
Celtics president Danny Ainge may be up to something big. According to Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick, Ainge is actively trying to trade Rajon Rondo for New Orleans guard Chris Paul.
Citing multiple sources, Amick said that Ainge is "highly motivated" to land Paul but has run into resistance from the Hornets, who need a third team to make the trade work. Ainge tried to acquire Paul in the 2005 draft, offering Paul Pierce in an attempt to move up to the third pick in the draft.
Paul can be a free agent after this season, and speculation had him interested in joining the Knicks, but New York lacks the trade resources to land the four-time All-Star. There will be a long list of teams interested in acquiring Paul, including the Lakers.
Meanwhile, ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that Ainge offered Rondo and Jeff...
According to an industry source, confirming multiple media reports, the Red Sox expect to name Bobby Valentine the 45th manager in team history. Mike Lynch of WCVB (via twitter) was the first to report the agreement.
"He's got it. I just spoke to him a little while ago," Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, who managed Valentine in the minors with the Los Angeles Dodgers, said in a telephone interview with the AP.
Though Valentine was the last of six candidates to go through the interview process, and did so only after the Red Sox had conducted a second-round interview with Dale Sveum (at a time when he was about to receive an offer from the Cubs), the veteran of 15 years managing in the major leagues and seven more in Japan's NPB emerged as a frontrunner once he publicly entered...
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.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after he had another multi-hit game as the Red Sox beat the Colorado Rockies 8-3.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox DH, who almost hit for the cycle in the win over the Indians at Fenway.
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.
Jim Polito of WTAG in Worcester joins us for a few minutes to talk about the district attorney and how the show should stick to sports.
Turtleboy from Turtleboy Sports joins the guys to talk about the cop killer.
The list of top 20 celebrities people masterbate to, Cosby is in trouble again, and Dupont wrote another column.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN calls in to discuss who she thinks the Celtics are going to draft with the #3 pick, and also gives her opinion on what trades the Celtics could pull off this off-season.
There are so many good, young players on the Red Sox that it's hard to pick out the top 3. Glenn, Lou and Christian debate which of the young guys on the Sox are the most valuable and which ones could possibly be traded for a starting pitcher.
Kevin Love sat out for the entire 4th quarter for the second straight game against the Raptors, and Glenn, Lou and Christian can't believe the excuse Tyronn Lue gave to the media.
Stephen A Smith thinks so, but what does his own fan-base think?
We discuss the infamous nut kick and why NBA players have been so whiny this post-season.
We discuss what it means for the B's
This week we talk about top golfers dropping out of the Olympic games.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Comcast’s Phil Perry about the latest Deflategate news, what’s next for Tom Brady and what chance he might have when it comes to playing in the opener. The two also take a look at some guys on the roster bubble and which rookies have the best chance of having an impact in 2016 and beyond.
Former New England Football Pro Christian Fauria and one of Boston's premier sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons to the pro's, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care, discuss some of the recent injuries that have plagued the Boston Red Sox and how you can avoid similar injuries in your everyday life.
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Brady lawyer, Ted Olson, speaks about the latest Deflategate news on GMA and Gerry reads Larry King's latest Kings Things.More from this show