Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy continued his criticism of the league in an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning and addressed the controversy from Wednesday night, when the Celtics were on the short end of some questionable calls, including the ejection of center Kendrick Perkins for two technical fouls.
Donaghy said the league clearly benefits from the series going longer, and the referees understand that. "It's a situation where the officials are well aware of what goes on and what's best for the league," said Donaghy, who left the league in disgrace after a gambling scandal and served a prison sentence. "Obviously, what's best for the league is putting Orlando in a little bit of an advantage. It seems to be that's certainly what's taking place."
Of Wednesday night referees Ed F. Rush and Joe Crawford, Donaghy said: "Obviously, they're two veteran,...
Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury said the pain he has been experiencing the past couple of days is in the same area of his ribs and similar to the discomfort he had after colliding with Adrian Beltre on April 11. Ellsbury talked to reporters about the issue before and after Wednesday's game, clarifying comments the Red Sox made that the pain was coming from a different area and questioning the Sox medical team's handing of the issue.
"[The pain] is along the same ribs that cracked," Ellsbury told ESPN.com after the game. "All the ribs are moving, so it can affect the back ribs as well, where it hits the front of the spine. So you not only feel the impact at the direct place where you were hit, but the back side, too, along the band. I felt that originally, but I hadn't felt it again until now."
Added Ellsbury about the Sox' treatment: "I think they downplay it because they misdiagnosed...
The Celtics weren't the only one unhappy about the officiating Wednesday night. In Chicago, umpire Joe West, never known to be afraid of the spotlight, called two balks on White Sox ace Mark Buehrle. The pitcher was eventually ejected along with manager Ozzie Guillen, who had some parting shots after the game, including: "He's a [bleeping bleep], that's what he is." And: "Joe has been like that for a lot of years, and he's always going to be like this. I'm not going to change it, nobody is going to change it, but sometimes he thinks [bleeping] people pay to watch him [bleeping] umpire." Rad more about that, plus find out why South Florida Super Bowl committee officials think, "The fix was in for New York," for the 2014 game. It's all at Thursday's Morning Mashup, along with videos, trivia and more.
ORLANDO -- Kendrick Perkins got thrown out, and may possibly be suspened for Game 6. Glen Davis and Marquis Daniels both suffered concussions. Rasheed Wallace has back spasms. And the Celtics lost 113-92 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. Kevin Garnett summed up the mood in the locker room the best. "Today was a tough day," he said. "Lot of things going on. It's not like it's something we haven't seen before. We've had lots of different situations during our run in the past. None of this is going to be easy. I've always said that the toughest games are the first one the close-out." Garnett went on to say, "We are upset and we do not take losing lightly around here. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and as a team get together and figure this thing out."
Knocked out by an elbow from Dwight Howard in the second half of Wednesday's playoff loss to the Magic in Orlando, Celtics forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis had a brief message for reporters after the game: "I'll be back for the next game. That's all you need to print." For more Celtics news, check out our basketball blog Green Street.
We check in with Peter King from SI/MMQB for our weekly look at the National Football League and more.
We check in with former Patriot and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi for his take on a week of bad news in the NFL, and his thoughts on the Patriots rebound win over the Minnesota Vikings.
We check in with Big Vince after the Patriots secured their first win of the season over the Minnesota Vikings.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox rookie shortstop, who hit a 3-run homer in the 8-4 win.
Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Red Sox offseason, Dustin Pedroia's injury, and Giancarlo Stanton
Joe and Dave talk with Will Middlebrooks after he helps the Red Sox get back into the win column earning the victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing Adrian Peterson's latest child abuse charge.
LAPD were called to investigate a couple in public displaying lewd behavior. The officer came across actress, Danielle Watts and her boyfriend. Although clothed, she went on an epic tirade and refused to present her ID.
Former Patriot and current NBC Sports Analyst, Rodney Harrison talks about how bad the Pats looked in a convincing win. The guys also tried to get him to talk about the Adrian Peterson accusations and he refused.
Another Adrian Peterson child abuse case has surfaced, per a report by ProFootballTalk.com, and Roger Goodell has gone silent.
We discuss the Patriots offensive "woes" in the first two weeks of the season, which leads us down the path of revisiting the crop of talent Brady has played with over the years in this Patriots offense.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by Jonathan Papelbon's "adjustment" towards his home crowd in Philly.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.
Rob Bradford is joined by Dr. Evan Schumer of Newton Wellesley Orthopaediac Associates to discuss exactly what kind of surgery was performed on Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the recovery time that accompanies such a procedure and why the operation might be just what the doctored ordered.
The Pats looked much better than they did against Miami. Chandler Jones had a huge game with a blocked FG that he returned for a TD. But how much of this victory was a result of how BAD Matt Cassel played, or the fact that Adrian Peterson was inactive?More from this show