WALTHAM -- Paul Pierce can laugh about the dark days now. But three seasons ago, when he was captain of a team languishing through a 24-win season, it wasn't so easy. It was after that season, and just before the acquisitions of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, that Pierce thought his marriage to the Celtics was headed for divorce. "I would definitely say I'm married to the system," Pierce said. "We have a pretty good relationship going. It started out rocky. We have our ups and downs like most relationships but you've got to be able to ride it out through the good and the bad. In the early years, I was almost close to divorce but I didn't have my pre-nup in place so I had to think twice. It was cheaper to keep her." For more on Pierce's newfound love for the Celtics' system under Doc Rivers, visit the Green Street blog.
Patriots tight end Chris Baker made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show and admitted to doing some scoreboard-watching during Sunday's win over the Bills, catching updates on New England's division rivals. Baker also discussed the Patriots' success in the red zone Sunday, a rarity for this team. "It really just comes down to execution," he said. "It's not a lack of focus or a lack of trying. Every week we go in with a good red zone game plan. We know what the defense is going to do. It just comes down to execution."
Baker looked ahead to Sunday's game against the Jaguars, who are battling for a playoff spot. "It's all or nothing for them right now," he said. "I know they have a big, physical team. We've got to be up for the challenge."
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about Sunday's win over the Bills, the Patriots' first true road victory of the season. "It's pretty embarrassing to not have a road win in the middle of December. That's something that's been bothering I think all of us," Brady said. "It's not like we ever lose confidence. It's just a matter of playing good."
Brady addressed the Randy Moss issue, saying that Moss responded well to the barrage of criticism from the previous week. Said Brady: "Sometimes you get criticized more than others, and obviously the guys who are expected to perform the best get the most criticism. You've just got to be able to weather that. That's when it gets tough, and you've got to have enough mental toughness and be centered and grounded enough to overcome that. And he certainly did. We as a team certainly have over periods...
CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the Patriots' win over the Bills and revisit the Randy Moss controversy. "The whole thing surrounding Randy Moss is fascinating to me," Esiason said. "Maybe the performance doesn't add up to being a Hall of Famer, but the effort has to. That's your responsibility as a professional football player. There's a lot of players in this league that have problems, that have issues. I don't know what Randy's are. I don't know what's going on in his head. ... The effort doesn't look like it's there, and everybody can see it. ... There are plays he's taking off and everybody knows it. I don't know why it's the white elephant in the room."
Esiason said the Patriots seem to be playing it the right way in coddling Moss, but that Moss is making it hard on everyone, including himself. "Randy doesn't...
At Monday's Morning Mashup, we'll get you caught up on the news of the day and entertain you with videos of an impressive bowling trick shot, the Celtics fan's halfcourt shot worth $50,000, and the controversial ending to the Butler-Xavier basketball game Saturday. All that plus trivia, Quote of the Day and more.
We check in for our weekly update from Bill Belichick and get his take on the Pats win over the Texans on the road, the benching of Stevan Ridley, and Antonio Smith's thinly veiled Spygate comments after the Texans lost.
Patriots’ defensive end, Rob Ninkovich, joins Mut and Merloni on a Patriots Monday after the team’s victory in Houston. Rob addresses the postgame comments of Texans’ defensive lineman Antonio Smith and the defense struggling against the run.
Tom Brady joined the show fresh off the teams 9th win of the season in Houston. He dismissed Antonio Smith's spying allegations and told the guys he has already moved on.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back witht he Hot Stove Show. They talk about Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the New York Yankees, the Red Sox signings of AJ Pierzynski and Edward Mujica, and wrap it up with Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who talks about the World Series run, losing a teammate like Ellsbury and looking towards 2014.
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Kirk Minihane answered any and all questions from the listeners and John and Gerry.
The New York Post's Joel Sherman joined the show with his thoughts on jacoby Ellsbury's signing with the Yankees. He said that if it were up to him he would have given the money to Robinson Cano over Ellsbury.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. They discussed how Ron Burgundy has officially jumped the shark and played sound of him on Dan Patrick.
Peter King joins Mut and Merloni to go across the NFL and address the latest news. He discusses Kubiak's firing, Tomlin's fine, and Dennard's possible suspension.
Brick makes his weekly appearance on Mut and Merloni and discusses the Bruins loss to Montreal and the hit on Johnny Boychuck.
Michael Fabiano, fantasy expert and Yankees fan, gives his opinion on the Cano signing, discusses Julian Edelman's rising fantasy value, and actually suggests starting Ryan Fitzpatrick
We check in with Herm Edwards on the Pats, Stevan Ridley, and a great many things around the NFL.
We stir up a pot of crap when we debate the world cup and the popularity of soccer... pro callers, con-callers, plus Jack Edwards!
We tackle four topics at 4PM.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
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