Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, in town for the Red Sox-Yankees series and Fenway Park's 100th anniversary celebration, joined Dennis & Callahan Friday morning to discuss the Sox' slow start and the controversy surrounding new manager Bobby Valentine.
Valentine has come under fire for his handling of the team on and off the field. Rosenthal was asked if Valentine is different than he was a decade ago, when he was with the Mets.
"Right now I would saw the answer to that is yes," Rosenthal said. "I'm not talking so much about the media, because the [Kevin] Youkilis incident was quite comparable to some of the things that happened in the past with the Mets. But the game management is what has shocked me. … Part of that might be simply the adjustment after not managing in the majors since 2002 and learning your players. But the [Daniel] Bard decision and the [Franklin] Morales decision … those were scream-at-your-television...
Dwight Howard will have back surgery and miss the remainder of the Magic's season as well as this summer's Olympics. Howard, who has missed his team's last six games, is scheduled to have the procedure to repair a herniated disk Friday in Los Angeles.
"It hurts [emotionally]," Howard told ESPN. "That's the first thing -- it hurts. And then with people saying and thinking I'm quitting on my team. This is a real issue. I tried to play through it and it just made my back worse."
Meanwhile, the Howard-Stan Van Gundy feud apparently is back in gear, as an Orlando television station reported that Howard called team owner Rich DeVos and said he refuses to play for the coach next season.
Earlier this month, Van Gundy accused Howard of trying to get him fired. Howard denied that accusation and the two met with general manager Otis Smith and declared a truce.
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Alexander Semin rifled a wrist shot past Tim Thomas with just over a minute left in the second period for a power-play goal to lift the Capitals over the Bruins, 2-1, in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. The series is tied, 2-2, with Game 5 set for Boston Saturday afternoon. Rookie goalie Braden Holtby stopped 44 of 45 shots, including a flurry in the final seconds, for his second win of the series.
Despite dominating the Capitals, 14-3 in shots, the Bruins could only manage a 1-1 tie after one period. The Captials took the lead just 1:22 into the game when Marcus Johansson broke in with Brooks Laich on a 2-on-1 rush. Johansson beat Thomas for his first of the playoffs. The Bruins responded when Rich Peverley took a pass from Gregory Campbell and beat Holtby for his second of the playoffs at 13:12 of the opening period.
The Bruins again dominated shots in the first five minutes of the second period, outshooting the Caps...
The Celtics will acquire free agent center Sean Williams on Friday, according to a league source Thursday night. The 25-year-old Williams, who was waived by Dallas last month, would replace the injured Jermaine O'Neal, who would be waived.
Williams, a Boston College product, would join the Celtics this week, and would be eligible for postseason play. The 6-foot-10, 235-pound Williams averaged 3.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 8.1 minutes in eight games this season with the Mavericks.
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Celtics team president Danny Ainge, in his weekly interview on WEEI's The Big Show, addressed the Yahoo! Sports report that a deal was in place sending Ray Allen to the Grizzlies for O.J. Mayo and a draft pick, saying while discussions occurred, Allen was never told he had been traded as the report suggests.
"Lets put it this way," Ainge said, "the one thing I will say is Ray knew he might be traded, but never did I confirm that he had been traded."
The report also stated Doc Rivers had a conversation informing Allen that he was dealt to Memphis, and then 20 minutes later told the deal had fallen apart. However, just as Rivers said on Dennis & Callahan Thursday morning, Ainge denied any conversation telling Allen he was traded happening.
"I don't think it ever got to a point...
Butch Stearns joins Glenn and Fred to react to the Patriots victory over the Rams. They discuss Tom Brady's record setting 201st quarterback victory and debate if he is truly the greatest player of all time.
Glenn and Fred open the show reacting to the Patriots beat down of the Los Angeles Rams. They discuss the defense and debate whether todays game is a sign of things to come.
Pete and Price get to more analysis and breakdowns as they discuss how both of these teams will approach one another. They talk about things to keep an eye on and interesting stats before getting Price's prediction.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Damien Woody joined K&C and shared a story regarding a conversation he had with Bill Belichick in the training room in Foxboro.
In the 9 am hour Gerry and Kirk mocked the Belichick press conference and took a call from Jim the Wrestling Goon who is not a fan of Amani Toomer.
In the 8 am hour Gerry and Kirk talked about a brutal answer by Dan Shaughnessy regarding Bill Conlin'sn spot in the Hall of Fame.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are less than surprised that Bill Belichick won't comment further about Gronk than the released statement. Speaking of statements, how weird is it that the Gronkowski family is releasing joint statements with the Patriots?
Orthopedic surgeon to the pros, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care joins Glenn, Lou, and Christian in the wake of Gronk's back injury. He talks about different types of disc injuries, and one type of fusion which could potentially prevent Gronk from playing football. He also commented on the unique situation of a joint statement between the Patriots and the Gronkowskis, and clarified his role in Gronk's arm surgeries.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian wonder how the man who shot former NFL RB Joe McKnight can be free of charges and walking around the streets of New Orleans.
Dale and Michael check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin on a Friday.
We open it up in the final portions of hours 3 and 4 on a Friday.
Hour two in it's entirety.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.
Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.
Kirk & Callahan producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back together after a few days apart to dish about all things K&C show, this after a Thursday Reim-Job.
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