INDIANAPOLIS -- The Patriots were second on a long list of teams Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate said he would meet with at the NFL combine. Such meetings are common and too much should not be read into this. The receiver also said that it would be a "dream" to be reunited with former Fighting Irish coach Charlie Weis in Kansas City. For more updates from Indianapolis, check out the Patriots blog, It Is What It Is.
At the Olympics Thursday in Vancouver, Canada defeated the United States for the gold medal in women's hockey. That went over well in Canada. The team's celebration, however, wasn't as well-received. After a half-hour in the locker room, the players returned to the ice and partied with champagne, beer and cigars. "I don't think it's a good promotion of sport values," said Gilbert Felli, the IOC's executive director of the Olympic Games. "If they celebrate in the changing room, that's one thing, but not in public. We will investigate what happened." Canadian executives apologized for the display — which included at least one underage player clutching a beer — but noted that it's not an uncommon celebration in their country. Read more about that, plus check out links to all the day's top stories, plus videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup...
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia made an appearance with Dennis & Callahan at spring training and said the Sox offense will surprise critics. “This year everyone is doubting our offense, so that motivates you, and not only me but all the other guys in the lineup have something to prove,” he said. “It’s going to be fun proving everybody wrong.”
Pedroia said the team's defensive woes last season may be a little overstated as well. "I know at the beginning of the year we had a tough time, but at the end of the year I thought we were fine," he said. "During the year you have your bumps in the road, but every team does. I think we’ve shored that up this year. We our going to be a really good defensive team, we are going to pitch great and we are going to surprise a lot of people offensively."
On new shortstop Marco Scutaro, Pedroia said: "He’s a guy...
Speaking on the risks that teams run when giving out long-term deals to free agents, Red Sox principal owner John Henry said the the team is hesitant to offer insurance to players after having had a bad experience with the process while with the Florida Marlins. “We generally don’t use insurance,” Henry said. “Not to say we won’t use it in the future, but I don’t think we have. I had a bad experience trying to get paid on a player. You pay the premium, but it isn’t always easy to get paid.” According to Jason Bay, in making their final offer to the outfielder the Red Sox did extend the offer of insurance but asked Bay to pay half of the premium for a policy (approximately $2 million over the four-year contract). To read more visit the Full Count Blog by clicking here.
Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester visited with Dennis & Callahan in Fort Myers and talked about putting together a complete season in 2010. Grading himself on last season, he said: "An F in the first half and an A in the second half. I don't know what happened that first half. I guess I just got ahead of myself — wanting games to be over before they even started, wanting to look up and see if we won or lost. I'd say overall about a C."
Lester said physically he was fine last year, but his mental approach needed an adjustment. Said the pitcher: "When the game starts, I need to focus on that and focus on the first guy, getting him out, and worrying about inning to inning, whereas last year I would worry about the sixth, seventh, eighth inning before I got there.
"Physically, I felt great. I was throwing the ball fine. It seemed like it would snowball into one inning that would kill me every time...
The Boston Herald's Ron Borges joined the show to discuss his column in today's paper on Vince Wilfork. He thinks the Pats should keep Vince.
Boston Globe Patriots writer Ben Volin joined the show with the latest on the offseason. He said it is most likely that Julian Edelman returns next season due to his agent's relationship with the team.
Mike Florio of NBC Sports and ProFootballTalk.com joins the show to discuss the status of Aqib Talib and the exciting prospect of Darrelle Revis being traded by the Bucs to a CB-needy team.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN joins Mut and Lou to discuss the future of the struggling Celtics as well as the rocky relationship between Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens and Rajon Rondo
ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy joined Dennis & Callahan to talk about Rajon Rondo's birthday mishap.
Jackie MacMullan joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo's unexcused absence from the Celtics game in Sacramento and how the organization feels about Brad Stevens.
Mikey and Ryder talk with Hall of Fame baseball player and current analyst/broadcaster Dennis Eckersley. Eck gives all kinds of insight into the Red Sox current pitching staff and how valuable a reliable bullpen can be. He also talks about how the game has changed since his playing days.
In 2013, Jackie Bradley Jr. used a non-roster invitation to big league spring training as a platform to an unexpected major league performance. Yet by and large, prospects in big league camp for the first time have more modest goals of creating familiarity -- both on their part with the big league setting, and in an effort to try to impress the big league coaching staff to position themselves for in-season call-ups. Red Sox prospects Garin Cecchini, Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo and Bryce Brentz discuss their outlook on their first big league camps, while Bradley joins to explain the difference he feels this year in his second big league camp.
Red Sox NESN color man Jerry Remy joined Dennis & Callahan to discuss his first broadcast since his sons arrest last October.
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on the recent trade moves the Bruin's made on deadline day.
Andy Brickley of NESN joins the Mut and Merloni show to share his thoughts on what trade moves the Bruins might make, if any, as the trade deadline approaches.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed his 100th fight as a Boston Bruin last night. He added that he hopes the Bruins remain intact at today's NHL deadline.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today they discussed the ongoing controversy surrounding the Oscars and Andrew Garfield.
The guys opened the show by discussing Nick Cafardo's column on Stephen Drew. Everyone disagreed with the premise that it is time to panic and sign Drew.
Our friend and Jimmy Fund Patient Sam Thomas discussing his desire to meet Ellen. #EllenMeetSam
Mut and Lou talk about which free agents they want to hear rumored to be going to the Pats.
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, shares his thoughts on the recent trade moves the Bruin's made on deadline day.
Mut and Lou are both dissapointed by the Bruins lackluster moves at the deadline. Meszaros and Harry Potter? Really?
Holley wants him here no matter what, Salk isn't so sure. They debate it and involve you as well.
We talk Bruins and the NHL with the great Jack Edwards of NESN right after the NHL trade deadline passed.
We talk about athletes that gave up, who we'd like to give up, and more in the 4@4 Lent edition.
Mikey, Ryder and Lenny talk with Mikey's buddy, former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee. Bill talks about bad neighbors, his playing days with the Sox and beyond.
Mikey, Ryder and Lenny are joined by the legendary Leigh Montville, who talks all kinds of sports with the guys, from Red Sox to Muhammad Ali.
Salk and Holley debate it... Holley wants Revis, Salk doesn't want the Pats to change what's made them successful, and believes trading for Revis would do that. We debate it and involve you.More from this show
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed a 10 year old who was suspended 3 days for making the sign of a gun with his fingers.More from this show