In Monday's Morning Mashup, the New York media turns on the Jets after their woeful performance in Saturday night's preseason game against the Giants.
Writes Steve Serby of the New York Post:
There is one game at which the Jets can score at will, in any number of ways. It is not a football game.
It is The Blame Game.
Now, kickoff for The Blame Game generally occurs any time during the regular season or postseason, when any number of targets materialize who inevitably and unceremoniously draw the ire of an enraged fan base busy at work trying to extend a 43-year Curse.
But it is never too early for The Blame Game, and here the stars have aligned themselves perfectly for the Jets to move up the opening kickoff for The Blame Game to today.
Icebergs aren’t usually spotted in August around here, but Jets fans are certain they know a Titanic when they see one.
NEW YORK -- Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, out since July 16 due to a right Achilles strain, said that he is seeing enough improvement that he is optimistic that he will play during the upcoming seven-game homestand that begins Tuesday. While he does not expect to play Tuesday (owing to the fact that he has yet to test the injury by running), he surmised that he might be ready not too long thereafter.
"Hopefully. If things continue the way they are, probably, yeah," Ortiz said of the likelihood that he would return during the homestand. I’m finally seeing the light when it comes to my injury. ... At first, when I got injured, I heard about something like [it could be a six-week recovery process]. Of course, that’s not what you want to hear at the time. You’re thinking about 15 days at most. But now that I’m seeing the result of feeling better, it’s a six-week kind of thing."
Ortiz said that he does...
NEW YORK -- While a decision about Carl Crawford's elbow will not be made until Monday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine -- after his outfielder went 1-for-4 with a ninth-inning single -- acknowledged that the concern about his elbow has been mounting.
"I don’t know about the decision. We’re going to circle up tomorrow and [see] what that whole thing is going to be," Valentine said. "Carl’s given it everything he has. From everything I gather, the elbow situation is kind of trending in the wrong way. If that’s the case, I guess a decision will be made one way or another."
A meeting between Crawford and Red Sox officials has been scheduled for Monday, a team off-day, to determine the proper course of action for the 31-year-old. Crawford has been playing with a sprianed ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. Despite "gutting it out" (in the words of general manager Ben Cherington) and playing...
NEW YORK -- Ichiro Suzuki blasted a pair of solo homers and countryman Hiroki Kuroda dominated the Red Sox lineup as the Yankees claimed a 4-1 victory in the rubber match of a three-game series in the the Bronx.
Red Sox starter Josh Beckett encountered a pair of familiar shortcomings. The right-hander permitted a run in the first when Curtis Granderson doubled home Derek Jeter on a 2-2, two-out cutter to give New York a 1-0 lead. Beckett now has allowed 23 earned runs in the first inning of his 21 starts, good for a 9.86 ERA in the opening frame of contests.
The Yankees added on single runs in the third (when a wild pitch permitted Jeter to score), fourth and sixth innings, with the latter two tallies coming on homers by Suzuki. It marked the third straight game in which Beckett had allowed multiple homers in a game -- tied for the second-longest such streak of his career.
Meanwhile, the Sox lineup was overmatched by Kuroda for most of...
Speaking after his team's game against the Nationals Sunday, Mets catcher Kelly Shoppach denied any involvement in the organization of the Red Sox players' July 26 meeting with ownership.
It had been stated in a New York Daily News report Sunday that Shoppach had authored the text message sent to the Red Sox owners, sending it on Adrian Gonzalez' cell phone.
"I’m really disappointed that my name was even brought up in that,” Shoppach told reporters in Washington Sunday. “I wasn’t behind any texts. I actually didn’t even attend the meeting. It was on an off-day in New York and I stayed back in Texas with my family. I’ve already gotten a few text messages from former teammates apologizing that my name was even brought up in it."
When asked about the Daily News report, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington would only say, "We're trying to move on and focus on what's going on up here. There's...
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.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
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.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Rob Bradford catches up with Clay Buchholz to discuss the former Red Sox pitcher's new lot in life with the Phillies, while reflecting on his up and down tenure in Boston. Philadelphia general manager Matt Klentak also joins the podcast to discuss his team's pursuit of Buchholz.
Hour 4. Albert from RI battles Alex, who is actually Tomase, over racism in Boston. Kirk says he has great gaydar, proving it by identifying who is gay at the station. A high school coach in Washington put his hot dog in a bun.
Hour 3. Tomase reiterates that white people cannot speak on racism in Boston. Tomase thinks Bomani Jones may have a better perspective than Kirk and Gerry.
Hour 2. Kirk, Gerry, and Tomase discuss the ongoing Hernandez trial. Headlines features Ellen’s finger injury. Tomase says that getting mad at Bomani Jones for calling Boston racist means you’re racist.
HOUR 4 - The guys get into more talk about the negative ramifications of LaVar Ball's antics, and whether NBA teams will be hesitant to draft Lonzo, LaMelo, and LiAngelo. Also, the argue whether or not trading Isaiah Thomas is an option.
The No Fun League will be posting a "Do's and Don'ts" video to help NFL players prevent themselves from getting flagged for excessive penalties. Another Cleveland journalists says the Browns will make a run at Jimmy G next week at the NFL owners meetings. LeBron James fires back at LaVar Ball.
HOUR 2 - The ESPN talking heads think that Colin Kaepernick is getting blackballed. The guys talk about the type of team that he COULD thrive on. Jason Whitlock compares Kaep to a former Patriot QB.
With so much legal stuff swirling around New England sports right now, Dale, Michael and Rich spoke to Michael McCann, law professor at UNH to get his insight to it all.
Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss the Bruins on the heels of a bad loss at home to the Senators.
So the Patriots knew all along that Aaron Hernandez was murdering people and still gave him a contract extension? That's what some folks would like you to believe. Dale, Michael and RIch Keefe delve in to the Hernandez talk to dissect what's real from what's BS
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.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.
Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey rank the Quentin Tarantino movies and discuss how they all connect in the Tarantino-verse. Plus "This Week in #DORK," "Davey's Video Game Minute," "Pick of the Podcast," and "Black Panther Reads iTunes Reviews."
Ken Laird & Chris Curtis recap a Wednesday K&C with John Tomase back in for the first time in several months to discuss Boston’s reputation of race among other items.
Uncle Buck, George, and Nick "Fitzy" Stevens talk about Boston Sports Movies, the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Hour 1. Alex Reimer joins Gerry and Kirk the morning after Kirk’s epic Early Edition. Kirk gave quite a performance on Comcast and says he’s officially done with TV. Gerry is in a bad mood because of the A-hole tournament. Jared Carrabis took down Pete Abraham in a blog on Barstool.More from this show
Hour 4. Kirk said goodbye to Comcast on Monday night. It was great television.More from this show
Hour 3. Pete Abraham tried to defend himself on Brand X. Pete’s explanation for calling “Brad T” the grand wizard was embarrassing. Gerry, Kirk, and Alex argue about Kaepernick and whether or not the national anthem is important.More from this show
Hour 2. Brady’s jersey was found in Mexico. In Headlines, Gerry is angry at Chelsea Handler for a tweet. Ken Laird says he’s worried the Bruins won’t make the playoffs.More from this show