In an interview on The Big Show, commentator and radio host Stephen A. Smith said that he's not overly concerned with the Celtics recent struggles as long as Shaquille O'Neal is able to come back from his Achilles injury. "I'm really not worried about them," Smirh said. "As long as Shaquille O'Neal comes back like he says he's going to [in early April]. I love him. I've known him for years but I'm getting annoyed at him with this nonsense. The Celtics or him, somebody's got to do something because he hasn't played in quite a long time. He needs to get some wind under him and get back on that basketball court because the Boston Celtics are not winning a world championship without him."
Smith thinks that the Celtics main problem is their lack of size inside. "The fact is they really don't have a frontline to speak of," Smith said. "They're a little bit older, we all know that. But if you tell me that I get to have KG...
Daniel Bard joined Mut & Merloni on Tuesday afternoon. Bard made news earlier in the spring when he told WEEI.com that he was open to perhaps returning back into the role of a starter at some point in his career. Bard -- who was a starting pitcher for just one professional season at the Single-A level -- was asked on Tuesday if he felt his future with the Red Sox was as a closer or starter.
"I think common sense would say closing," said Brad. "I just wanted to let people know that I'm open to it. Right now we've got five really good starters, and most of those guys are locked up pretty long term. It would have to take something drastic, I'm not wishing anything on anyone. I'm content in the role I'm in, if I stay a reliever my whole career then that's great too."
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Opening Day is just three days away, yet Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that he is still mulling his Friday lineup against left-hander C.J. Wilson and the Rangers. Wilson has some of the most dramatic left-right splits in the game. Last year, left-handed hitters had just a .144 average, no homers and a .400 OPS against him, while righties hit .236 with 10 longballs and a .679 OPS.
As such, Francona said that were it the middle of the regular season, he likely would be inclined to sit most of his left-handed hitters against Wilson. But, given the prestige associated with Opening Day, he is going back and forth with the decision.
"It’s not just a lefty, but who the lefty is," said Francona. "That’s why I’ve been so hesitant to talk about the lineup because C.J. Wilson is one of those lefties where, on normal days, if it’s July ... that’s the day you’d give your righties a...
MLB Network analyst Sean Casey was a guest on the Dennis & Callahan show on Tuesday morning. Casey, who picked the Red Sox to win the AL East this season, was asked if there was any reason for concern as the club readies for Opening Day vs. the Rangers on Friday.
"I think the one element I'd be worried about is Josh Beckett, he hasn't had the best of springs," said Casey. "To dominate the AL East, you want to have three of four dominant starters. I think you've got [Jon] Lester and [Clay] Buchholz, who still have that great stuff, at the top of the rotation. Hopefully Lackey comes back and has a great year. But I think Beckett is the one X-Factor. If he comes and he's Josh Beckett -- one of the dominant pitchers for years -- you're sitting pretty. And if he's not I think you still have that question mark in the middle of the rotation."
One spot in the rotation where Casey has no concern for the Sox is at the top, as he...
Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco failed to impress during a practice soccer game with Sporting Kansas City on Monday, struggling with his skills and conditioning against MLS players. However, the team hasn't given up on Ochocinco, especially considering the publicity this stunt has generated. Ochocinco is scheduled to meet with Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes on Tuesday to discuss his future. "I'm satisfied," Ochocinco said. "My dream has been answered, to be able to come onto the pitch and play for an MLS team. It doesn't have to be against someone professional. Just to be out here was enough for me. I can go home. I can die tomorrow and be satisfied. I can go to heaven and tell God, 'Man, I played professional soccer and I'm good.' "
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Butch and Price discuss how Belichick and the Pats manipulate the roster with cuts, injuries, practice squad etc. - it's a complicated subject! They then move on to the improving play of QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Butch and Price start salivating over the thought of regular season football being less than 2 weeks away and discuss some early intriguing matchups.
Butch is in for Dickerson on NFL Sunday and he and Chris get into the victory over Carolina and their take-aways - the receivers could be in trouble if they don't get healthy with Wayne struggling and Boyce not contributing at all, Scott Chandler is a beast that could be a huge redzone threat with Gronk on the field and more. They talk about the offense and break down the running back depth chart. Then Trags gives them a call to give his take on the roster and their play so far.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.
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.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who hit his first career inside the park home run and propelled the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets.
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 guys discuss some possible headlines come Pats opening night and talk about the reception that Roger Goodell might get if he's in Foxboro.
On the brink of the Pats' third preseason game, Christian kicks around some players that we might see suit up tonight in Charlotte.
The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Sir Charles calling out his former agent, a Texas little league coach gives a pre-game talk for the ages & Jay Gruden is becoming sensitive.
We wrap up the week with the best in sound that you may have missed, plus our intern on the mic Laroy Streat has some well-wishes for the birthday boy Jerry Thornton.
We discuss the infamous apologies, and how a little humble pie could have ended this entire Chris Mortensen misreporting mess way sooner.
We talk some Sox, including all things Hanley Ramirez.
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?
Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
We go inside the audio from 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio/ESPN and listen in as well as Chris Mortensen finally details the circumstances behind the infamous "11 of 12" footballs tweet, and also claims that the Patriots ownership called him personally to apologize... for what he doesn't specify.More from this show
The advance guard is all set up in St. Louis as D&C opened up the show from Busch Stadium. On the menu: Another homer from Ortiz, the return of Beltran, and a big mistake from Breslow.More from this show
Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford discuss the details behind NESN not renewing play-by-play man Don Orsillo, and take calls from fans about the choice.More from this show