ESPN baseball columnist Buster Olney checked in with the Mut & Merloni show Monday to talk about the Red Sox' managerial search and the MVP balloting.
Much has been made of the fact that team president/CEO Larry Lucchino appears to be having a lot of say in the managerial decision, while new general Ben Cherington's authority has been questioned, at least by the media. That's been most evident with the emergence of Bobby Valentine as a candidate.
"There's no question about it, that Bobby's patron saint inside the Red Sox organization has been Larry Lucchino," Olney said. "The biggest thing going into this interview today is, what kind of dynamic can he create with Ben Cherington, A, and B, does it matter? In the end, if Bobby winds up getting hired, who's the one who really hired him?"
Added Olney: "I do think that this was a situation where Ben has had a run through this process. I think he had clearly...
After days of speculation, Jets coach Rex Ryan was fined $75,000 by the NFL Monday for his confrontation at MetLife Stadium last week, when he swore at a fan in the stands at halftime of the Patriots' 37-16 victory.
As Ryan walked off the field, the fan yelled, "Rex, [Bill] Belichick is better than you."
Responded Ryan: "Shut the [expletive] up."
Ryan apologized last Monday, one day after the incident, which was captured on video and spread on the Internet.
"I was emotional, it was an emotional time," Ryan said then. "I obviously made a mistake. I was full of emotion and just popped off. Obviously, I know I represent the National Football League, I know I represent the Jets, and I know it was a mistake. I apologize for it.
"This is who I am. ... I'm about as big a competitor as there is and, at that time, I was in no mood to hear anything, but I also understand I have to handle that...
In an email to WEEI.com, Red Sox principal owner John Henry clarified his thoughts on who has the final determination regarding selecting the Sox' new manager.
Henry was asked: "With the understanding that this is a collaborative process, if there is no common ground to be had regarding a final decision, who has the final say?"
The owner wrote in response: "There will be a consensus. We have 10 years together."
Much has been discussed regarding the dynamic of the Red Sox' decision-making regarding their managerial search since Wednesday, when the Cubs signed the candidate thought to be a favorite of Sox general manager Ben Cherington, Dale Sveum. Since then, the team announced it would be interviewing Bobby Valentine, a perceived favorite of president Larry Lucchino.
Regarding the organizational structure,...
CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday ahead of the Patriots' Monday night matchup against the Chiefs. On paper, the Patriots have a strong advantage over the Chiefs, especially since Kansas City starting quarterback Matt Cassel will not play after requiring surgery to repair an injury to his right hand.
Backup quarterback Tyler Palko will start in Cassel's place. Palko has made 13 career passes in two years in the NFL and completed nine of them. He was ranked 31st out of 32 backup quarterbacks by Pro Football Weekly entering the season.
"This is a team that has no chance offensively," Esiason said of the Chiefs. "Offensively they're terrible. They get no big plays. They have guys that are capable of it. Dwayne Bowe, certainly, Steve Breaston are both capable players.
"But the fact that they're going to be playing with Tyler Palko tonight, he's going to...
The Canucks continue to make enemies around the NHL. In the latest incident Sunday night, Senators forward Jesse Winchester was checked by Maxim Lapierre against the Canucks bench, and Alex Burrows happened to open the door at the same time, making Winchester fall into the bench area. The video doesn't make it appear intentional, but considering it's noted agitators Lapierre and Burrows who are involved, it's drawing a lot of interest.
"It’s not a safe play," Winchester said. "I was under the impression my butt was against the wall, the next thing I know I’m through the bench. I couldn’t see behind me, I’m not paying attention to what’s on the bench."
This comes just days after recently retired Bruin Mark Recchi offered his take on the team the Bruins beat in the Stanley Cup finals in June.
"[In] 22 years they are the most arrogant team I played against and the most hated team I’ve...
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.
Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
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.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
Deflategate rage explodes on the guys. They argue whether Brady is dragging it out or he should defend his innocence and the callers get in on the action.More from this show
Mike and Rob discuss how OTAs are not the forum to make decisions on the future of the team and how fans on Twitter can't accept that. They also get into the contract situations for Malcolm Butler and Dont'a Hightower.More from this show