Former Patriots and Jets running back Curtis Martin, set to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month, said Monday that he suffered so many head injuries during his playing days that he became "an expert at covering it up."
"This was just the mentality, it's no fault of the NFL or anything, it's just a part of the game." Martin said at a luncheon in New York, as quoted by The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J. "When I would get hit, they knew that I popped up just like that, every time I get hit. … Any time that I didn't pop up, my fullback knew to come pick me up because I was probably either dazed or knocked out."
Martin, who admitted that at 39 he's already having some short-term memory issues, said the NFL's toughest problem is convincing players to admit when they're hurt.
"The NFL not only has to deal with the fact that the game is changing and there are these real-life...
Second baseman Dustin Pedroia took stock of his team's plight after the Red Sox endured a 9-1 blowout loss in Texas against the Rangers. Pedroia expressed a positive long-term view of the Sox even as he conceded that, amidst a four-game losing streak that has dropped the team below .500 for the first time since June 16, the immediate outlook is not very promising.
"I think we're all miserable," he told reporters. "Nobody in here likes losing. We want to win, every single one of us. It happens. I mean, it's the big leagues, man. They went out and executed pitches today and swung the bats great, and we didn't. That's the way it is, man. You play better, you win. That's basically it.
"We'll be all right. We've got to keep fighting. No one said this is going to be easy, and it never is here. But we'll find a way," he added. "We've been here before. We've come back from starting 2-10 last year and we fought...
The all-or-nothing Red Sox offense was shut down by right-hander Scott Feldman and the Texas Rangers on Monday night, as the Sox dropped their fourth straight contest, this one by a 9-1 count. As a result, the team fell back below .500 for the first time since June 16.
The Sox took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, when Jarrod Saltalamacchia blasted a Feldman changeup for a colossal homer to deep right-center. But the advantage proved short-lived as the Rangers posted four runs in the bottom of the third against Sox starter Felix Doubront.
Though Doubront kept the Rangers unbalanced for much of the game, Texas' rally was fueled by a frustrating three-batter sequence for the left-hander to start the inning. An infield single to short by the speedy Craig Gentry was followed by a walk to Ian Kinsler, with the runners executing a double steal to advance to second and third. Shortstop Elvis Andrus then fouled off three straight 1-2...
Multiple reports indicate the Patriots have placed six players on the active/physically unable to perform list for the start of training camp: Tight ends Jake Ballard and Daniel Fells; offensive linemen Logan Mankins and Sebastian Vollmer; linebacker Brandon Spikes and defensive lineman Myron Pryor.
That group joins rookie wide receiver Jeremy Ebert, who was placed on active/PUP last week after failing his physical. Players on the active/PUP can be removed from the list at any time.
One interesting name not on the list was tight end Rob Gronkowski, who underwent ankle surgery after the Super Bowl loss to the Giants. Gronkowski was sidelined throughout the spring camps in the wake of the surgery, but appears to be good to go for the start of training camp later this week.
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The Yankees have traded for Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki in exchange for right-handed pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar. New York will also receive cash.
The 38-year-old Suzuki is hitting .261 with a .288 on-base percentage and .353 slugging percentage. He had '10-5' rights (10 seasons in the major leagues and five with the same team), allowing for a chance to veto the trade, but according to the report Suzuki accepted the deal.
Suzuki has spent the entirety of his 12-year major league career with the Mariners, winning 10 Gold Gloves, two batting titles and one American MVP award (2001). He is in the final season of a five-year, $90 million contract, which pays him $17 million this year.
Mitchell, 25, appeared in just four games with the Yankees, but compiled a 3.81 ERA in 85 2/3 career Triple-...
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.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
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.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Rob Bradford is joined by Lou Merloni to talk life in spring training, his toiletries, sleeping arrangements, and facing off with Red Sox personnel that he might have been critical of. Rob and Lou also get into the dynamic of electronic and print media when it comes to ripping the Red Sox.
Pete, Bradford, and Tomase are talking all about the Boston Red Sox, who opened spring training on Monday with pitchers and catchers reporting. They talk about what the Red Sox approach at the plate will be to replace the loss of David Ortiz bat, the impact of some players participating in the WBC, and of course the pitching rotation.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Hour 4. Red Sox broadcaster Dave O'Brien joins the show.
Hour 3. The guys take more calls on transgender bathrooms. Evan Drellich joins the show...again.
Dino reunites with the guys at spring training.
Obviously the Celtics aren't expected to overtake the Cavs in the East, but the guys wonder if the team is trying to get a little bit better each year, or hold onto their assets until LeBron is over the hill.
Rob Gronkowski told Cari Champion of ESPN that he doesn't think Patriots fans would allow Roger Goodell anywhere near Gillette Stadium.
Glenn responds to some of the highlights from part two of his podcast with Kirk Minihane.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the C's lack of moves at the NBA trade deadline and try and figure out why, and what is the next best opportunity for the Celts to make a move?
Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss the comments made by Dave Dombrowski on K&C this morning concerning John Farrell and his in-game management.
We close out the show with the best sound bites of the day.
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.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap Wednesday and Thursday's K&C shows on location in Ft. Myers
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.
Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey talk best and worst movie/TV presidents. Plus the always important "This Week in #DORK" and the Pick of the Podcast.
Hour 4. Evan Drellich joins the show. A fight for the ages ensues.More from this show
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.More from this show
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.More from this show
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