Speaking publicly for the first time this offseason, Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett touched on his view of the team's September collapse, as well as his New Year's Day meeting with new manager Bobby Valentine, while appearing on the MLB Network's "Intentional Talk" show.
Regarding the controversy that surrounded the Red Sox' demise in September, when the team's starters went 4-13 with a 7.08 ERA, Beckett explained that the bottom line was that the Sox didn't perform and everything else should have been kept in-house.
"I think the biggest key is what [Jon] Lester said to the end that, we stunk on the field and that was the bottom line," he told the show. "If we would have pitched better, none of that stuff would have even been an issue. And it shouldn't be an issue anyway because what goes on in the clubhouse should stay in the clubhouse. I don't care who says...
Former 49ers great Joe Montana said on WEEI's The Big Show that Tom Brady is the key to Super Bowl XLIV.
"If you can't stop Tom, you're not going to win," Montana said. "It's just that simple. The Giants have the ability to do that. They've done it once, but the hardest thing to do is beat a a team twice in the same year. Things are, I think, on Tom's favor, just going into the game. Just knowing how well he's playing anyway, you can't let him stand in the pocket. [The Giants] have the ability with their front four to do that, but still it's not a easy feat because he gets the ball out pretty quick."
Brady grew up admiring Montana and the two players are often compared historically. If the Patriots win, Brady would tie his former idol with four Super Bowl victories. Montana said he's content to appreciate Brady and didn't want to get into a comparison between the two.
"I just try to enjoy for what he does,"...
INDIANAPOLIS -- After an extended stretch on the shelf because of a high ankle sprain he suffered in the AFC championship game against the Ravens, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski returned to the practice field on Thursday in a limited role as prep work continues for the Giants and Super Bowl XLVI. Here's the complete report:
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (knee)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle)
DL Kyle Love (ankle)
G Logan Mankins (knee)
LB Rob Ninkovich (hip)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (flu/back/foot)
WR Wes Welker (knee)
LB Tracy White (abdomen)
WR Deion Branch (knee)
C Dan Connolly (groin)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
OT Matt Light (flu)
WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)
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Former Patriots executives Scott Pioli and Thomas Dimitroff, now general managers of the Chiefs and Falcons, respectively, joined The Big Show in Indianapolis Thursday. The two discussed their days with the Patriots and what they hope to achieve with their current franchises.
Bill Belichick has been more friendly with the media since arriving in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl, to the surprise of many. Neither Pioli nor Dimitroff are surprised to see this side of him.
"Bill and I worked together for 16 years, and I've known him since 1987," Pioli said. "That's the Bill I know. Maybe it's not shown that often publicly."
Dimitroff said that neither he nor the city of Atlanta are strangers to Belichick's perky persona.
"What I know of Bill is last year he came on one of our local radio stations and was waxing poetic about the Grateful Dead and Bon Jovi, and we had a half-hour talk," Dimitroff...
For the second time this offseason, the Nationals appear to be close to reaching a deal with a starter whom the Red Sox also pursued.
According to multiple reports, Washington has agreed to a one-year deal with right-hander Edwin Jackson. News of the agreement was first reported by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com; Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reported that the deal was for roughly $10 million.
The Red Sox had explored the possibility of signing the 28-year-old, who was 12-9 with a 3.79 ERA in 199 2/3 innings (31 starts), striking out 148 and walking 62 in 2011, a season in which he was traded from the White Sox to a Cardinals team that ended up winning the World Series. However, the Sox showed little inclination to enter a bidding war for Jackson, and on Wednesday night, Sox GM Ben Cherington said that he considered it "unlikely" that the Red Sox would sign a significant starter before the start of spring training.
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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.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Tim Neverett talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before game 3 of their series with the Tigers. John talks about the struggles Steven Wright has had in inclement weather or days with high heat and humidity and how that might factor in to giving Wright the start on a particular day.
Drew Pomeranz looked stronger in his second Red Sox start but the offense wasn't there to back him up tonight. Mut recaps the 4-2 loss to the Tigers. Thoughts on the manager, the bullpen, and your Sox calls as well.
Joe Castiglione & Tim Neverett talked to the new Sox reliever, who got his first save for the team today against the Twins.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
Dino, Gerry and Tango discuss a few Patriots storylines as Pats camp is about to open.
The 8am hour with Dino, Gerry and Tanguay is a bit of a hodge-podge of discussion, starting with the Democratic Convention and moving on to marathon swimming and archery at the Olympics and ending with Tanguay's defense of Hillary during the Benghazi attacks.
Tanguay and Dino team up to read the day's 'Headlines', including gross reports of the water quality at the Olympic water locations in Rio.
The guys listen to Belichick's press conference and break down what he has to say. They also discuss what they think the Pats should do with their qb reps during camp
The OMFers are joined by Red Sox President Sam Kennedy to discuss the current state of the Red Sox.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian open the show discussing the latest Red Sox pitching implosion. They get into Steven Wright's struggles pitching in humidity, and David Price not living up to expectations.
Dale and Holley w/Thornton talk about some of the lingering issues about the Pats heading into training camp.
With the news that Tom Jackson is leaving ESPN we take a look back at some of Jackson's greatest hits.
Dale and Holley close out the show with the best sound of the day!
Kirk Minihane is joined by Boston comedy legend Lenny Clarke. If you are a fan of stand up comedy this is the podcast for you. Kirk and Lenny talk about Carlin, Pryor, Williams, Murphy and many more.
Kirk Minihane is joined by former ESPN ombudsman and New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte. Kirk and Robert discuss the current state of ESPN and how Robert feels he did in his role as ombudsman. They both criticize ESPN for the lack of journalism at ESPN and look at some of the curious decisions the world wide leader has made in the past few years.
Kirk Minihane is joined by Lenny Dykstra to talk about his book, his life pleasing older women, and Lenny tries to avoid his past issues with money. This is one explosive episode.
This week we preview the last major of the year, The PGA Championship.
John Dennis and Gerry Callahan bring Gary Tanguay in the podcenter to discuss Tango's bargaining position for Dino's job when it opens next year. The guys also discuss Kirk Minihane's latest podcast with Lenny Clarke.
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about what you need to do to be in the best shape to help your golf game. What exercises you should and shouldn't be doing so you can impress on the course.
John, Gerry and Bradfo discuss a rare political stance by Michael Jordan, and the ensuing criticism he received from ESPN talking head Kevin Blackistone. A Black Lives Matter discussion ensues.More from this show
Dino, Gerry and Rob Bradford give their thoughts on the opening night of the Democratic Convention in Philly. Paul Simon, Al Franken, Sarah Silverman, Michelle Obama and Bernie are among those discussed.More from this show
Dino, Gerry and Tanguay discuss night two of the Democratic Convention, "highlighted" by Bill Clinton's attempt to humanize Hillary Clinton with tales of their courtship.More from this show
Rob Bradford is thrust into 'Headlines' duty by John Dennis, and Bradfo does his best to spin a few entertaining news yarns.More from this show
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