Normally brash Jets coach Rex Ryan found himself in unfamiliar position on Monday -- defending his team for appearing scared down the stretch of a game against the rival Patriots.
Members of the New York media peppered Ryan with questions about the team's conservative play-calling on the Jets' final possession of regulation in Sunday's overtime affair won by the Pats. After recovering Devin McCourty's fumble at the New England 18 with just over two minutes remaining, the Jets ran the ball twice (including a first-down run up the middle by Tim Tebow) before quarterback Mark Sanchez was sacked on third down. New York settled for a go-ahead field goal but left time for Tom Brady to lead the Patriots on a last-minute drive that ended with a game-tying kick.
Ryan brushed off the criticism as unfounded.
"That's not even close," he said. "Saying we played scared is somebody who has probably never played the game in his life. I...
The Giants concluded one of the most impressive postseason comebacks in baseball history, storming back from a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven NLCS with three straight victories, capped by a 9-0 victory over the Cardinals on Monday night to advance to the World Series.
San Francisco left little doubt in Game 7, scoring single runs in the first and second innings and then plating five runs in the third to commence a game-long celebration. Former Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro contributed to both the first- and third-inning rallies, concluding an incredible NLCS performance by going 3-for-4 with a walk, a run and an RBI. He also caught a pop-up off the bat of Matt Holliday (whose aggressive slide into Scutaro in Game 2 was the subject of considerable controversy) for the final out of the game. Scutaro, traded by the Sox prior to the 2012 season to the Rockies, was named the NLCS MVP after collecting multiple hits in six contests while going 14-for-...
Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said on a conference call with the media Monday that when it comes to pass defense, New England is simply "trying to improve on everything each week" and continuing to try and "eliminate [big plays] to the best of our abilities."
New England allowed six pass plays of 20 or more yards in Sunday's win over the Jets. On the season, the Patriots have yielded 39 pass plays of 20-plus yards, and entering Monday night's action, New England is 29th in the league against the pass, allowing an average of 290 passing yards per game.
"We spend time on it, like we do on every aspect of offenses that we tend to see each week," Patricia said when asked about defending the big play on a conference call. "We understand it is a little bit of a copycat league, so we are prepared for those things to try to repeat from week to week, and we’re trying to do a good...
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday the defense has taken to the “battle cry” of making sure to keep the ball in front of them, and to some extent, that point of emphasis worked for them in the 29-26 win over the Jets on Sunday.
“There’s no defense that’s designed to give up 50-yard pass completions or anything like that,” Belichick said on a Monday afternoon conference call with the media. “That’s really the worst thing that can happen defensively -- for the offense to get all their yardage or score on one play and not make them drive the ball and execute a number of plays and third-down and red area and goal line and all those situations.
“It’s always a point of emphasis. It’s never anything that we want to have happen. We emphasized it last week; we’ve emphasized it every week.”
And while the Patriots...
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We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after he provided the big hit in the 10th inning driving in 3 runs as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 4-1. Mookie talks about playing behind a pitcher like Chris Sale, and the amount of strikeouts from Sale lightens his work in the outfield.
In the final hour Christian talks about the Celtics and their poor performance and how they can not let a player like Rondo beat them. The Aaron Hernandez saga in Christian's opinion is similar to a TV show. In the late night low light a mystic has predicted that WW3 will be starting in a few weeks and Christian wonders how do you become a mystic and can you make a career out of it.
Christian talks about the Patriots visiting the White House and Gronk interrupting Sean Spicer during his press conference. Aaron Hernandez was the big story of the day and alot of people had their theories of what happened and why now. The Bruins lose another close one to the Senators and Christian talks about how the offense needs to perform better because they got a great game from the goalie and defense.
Hour 4. While discussing what kind of music Aaron Hernandez may have liked, the guys realize they hate musicals. Robert Kennedy Jr. has voice spasms. The week ends with a tragedy.
Hour 3. A game by game breakdown of the Patriots schedule. Kirk has the Patriots losing 12 games. There is breaking news that Hernandez left a note for his gay jailhouse lover.
Hour 2. Mut, Gerry, and Kirk compare LeBron to Bird. Is he the second best player of all-time if he wins a fourth title? Headlines with Kirk features sound from “Hot Chocolate.” Rear Admiral broke down the B’s playoff series with Arcand.
HOUR - The last hour of the show was all over the place as the guys did a dry rehearsal of a wacky video they're supposed to record next week. They also look at the biggest games in the NFL next year, and Fauria rips off "Keefer Madness" with his "Fauria Euphoria."
HOUR 3 - The guys get into expectations for the Celtics who are down 2-0 to the Rajon Rondo-less Bulls. They also wonder how much the Celtics are listening to Brad Stevens. Christian is excited for Caitlyn Jenner's nude spread.
HOUR 2 - News breaks that Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely with a fractured thumb. Rondo was dynamite in game 2. The guys discuss whether or not the Celtics now stand a chance.
Last two hours focused on our winter teams as they struggle in their first round match-ups.
Finish out the week on Freestyle Friday talking mostly about the Aaron Hernandez suicide and how it will affect his family in hour #2.
Hour One of freestyle Friday focused mostly on the Celtics and their matchup vs the now Rondo-less Bulls.
Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
Ben sits down with Diego Fagundez to talk about Diego's rise through the ranks of the academy, his accomplishment of reaching 10,000 minutes as a homegrown player, and how he has evolved his game.
Rich and Ben discuss the Celtics poor performances in Games 1 & 2, how we have to change our predictions, Rajon Rondo's thumb injury, and who is to blame for the terrible start to the series.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the entire week of K&C shows in one mega Friday edition
Michele McPhee joins Kirk, Gerry, and Alex to talk about Hernandez’s suicide and the accusation that she may have contributed to his suicide.More from this show
Hour 4. While discussing what kind of music Aaron Hernandez may have liked, the guys realize they hate musicals. Robert Kennedy Jr. has voice spasms. The week ends with a tragedy.More from this show
Hour 3. A game by game breakdown of the Patriots schedule. Kirk has the Patriots losing 12 games. There is breaking news that Hernandez left a note for his gay jailhouse lover.More from this show
Hour 1. Mut believes Hernandez may have killed himself because of a threat. Trump is “done” with Brady after the quarterback skipped the White House visit.More from this show
Hour 2. Mut, Gerry, and Kirk compare LeBron to Bird. Is he the second best player of all-time if he wins a fourth title? Headlines with Kirk features sound from “Hot Chocolate.” Rear Admiral broke down the B’s playoff series with Arcand.More from this show