Former Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson joined Dennis & Callahan Thursday to discuss the death of NFL great Junior Seau. The former Chargers, Dolphins and Patriots linebacker committed suicide Wednesday, which has brought about questions of whether Seau was suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a degenerative disease common with athletes who have dealt with multiple head injuries.
Johnson said he is "sick" over the passing of Seau, but that there's no denying that head injuries extend well beyond the game.
"It's hard to quantify all the hits and what they mean in your life and the decisions you make, but there's obvious evidence out there that hits to the head can cause problems," Johnson said. "… It affects your mood, it affects your decision-making. It's really hard for a lot of guys, especially when they retire, to handle stress-related things. It's a lot more difficulty to kind of sift...
Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined Dennis & Callahan Thursday morning to discuss the team's first-round playoff series against the Hawks.
The C's tied the series at one game apiece with an 87-80 victory in Atlanta on Tuesday. They had to do so without Rajon Rondo, who was suspended by the league for chest-bumping referee Marc Davis in Game 1. Though they lost that contest and saw one of their top players lose their cool, they were able to bounce back without Rondo in the Game 2 victory.
"This team, I don't know how good we are or what we're going to do, but we do dumb things at times and it gets us in trouble, and then we tend to play well when that happens," Rivers said. "It's just an interesting group of guys."
Rivers said that Rondo individually thanked his teammates for getting the win without him after Tuesday's game.
"I was really happy, going onto the bus, Rondo was standing outside...
The Buccaneers are signing paralyzed former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand to a free agent contract, allowing him to fulfill his dream of joining the NFL. Bucs coach Greg Schiano coached LeGrand at Rutgers, and he surprised LeGrand with the honor.
"I always wanted to go to the NFL," LeGrand said. "It may not be the circumstances that I wanted, but I'm there.
"I had no idea, no idea this was going to happen. Honestly, it's amazing. It is. It really is."
LeGrand, injured after making a hit on special teams in Rutgers' game against Army on Oct. 16, 2010, still requires the use of a wheelchair, but he has surprised doctors by resuming breathing on his own and standing up with the help of a metal frame.
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After going 0-for-4 with a walk Wednesday night and leaving four men on base - including three in scoring position, Adrian Gonzalez took full responsibility after a 4-2 loss to the A's that dropped the Red Sox to 11-13 on the season. The game ended appropriately, with Gonzalez grounding out to third, representing the tying run at the plate.
"This game was all on me," said Gonzalez, who is now hitless in his last 17 at-bats. "I had two great opportunities and I didn't come through. It's one of those things that I'll make a definite point to not let that happen again."
After the game, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he thought Gonzalez looked "tired" at the plate after playing in all 24 games so far for the Red Sox. Gonzalez disputed that.
"Not at all, not at all," Gonzalez said. "I feel great. It's one of those things that it was two at-bats I should've come through at least one of...
Third baseman Will Middlebrooks walked, singled and doubled in his first three major league plate appearances but it wasn't enough to save the Red Sox as they dropped the rubber game to the A's, 4-2, Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Daniel Bard was tagged for eight hits and all four runs in taking his third loss for the Red Sox, who fell to 11-13 on the season. Adrian Gonzalez went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Gonzalez, who grounded out to end the game as the tying run, is hitless in his last 17 at-bats as his average fell to .250 on the season.
Bard (2-3) was in control through the first three innings, allowing just one hit. But in the fourth, Yoenis Cespedes doubled and Seth Smith singled him home to put Oakland up, 1-0.
The Red Sox blew a golden opportunity in the fifth to at least tie the game when they put runners on first and second with none out against A's starter Brandon McCarthy. Josh Reddick dropped Jarrod Saltalamacchia's fly...
Patriots safety Duron Harmon joined the show on Monday to discuss their win over Pittsburgh in the AFCCG. Harmon was asked about his tackle on Jesse James on the half yard line, and he revealed to the guys he wasn't thinking much about it, but that the defense has wanted the chance to make a goal line stand since they did it against Cincinnati earlier in the season.
Patriots running back Dion Lewis joined the show to discuss how it feels to be headed to the Super Bowl for the first time in his career, his recovery from a serious injury in 2015, and how LeGarrette Blount fired up the sidelines by carrying half the Steelers on his back.
Glenn Ordway and Fred Smerlas talk with Cornerback Malcolm Butler in the lockerroom after the Patriots handily beat the Pittsburgh to advance to Super Bowl 51.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello to discuss life from the moment when he learned he was the American League Cy Young Award winner until the days just before spring training. Porcello explains how things have changed for him over the past few months, while offering his thoughts on Kate Upton's controversial tweets following the Cy Young announcement, and the actual voting process.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
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.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
Hour 4. Kirk and Gerry discuss how players from bad teams can come to New England and win.
Hour 2. Albert challenges Kirk and Gerry. Headlines with Kirk covers the Women's March.
Tim Hasselbeck joins the show.
The guys open the show discussing the Patriots 36-17 win over Steelers in the AFCCG, and if that win helped answer some questions the critics had all year about the Patriots defense.
Last week, there was a lot of talk about Aaron Rodgers and his other-worldly performances down the stretch and into the playoffs. On Sunday, he was blown out by the Falcons, and sent home packing. The guys discuss the rise and fall of Aaron Rodgers' season, and also get into the Falcons offense, and how the Patriots defense might stack up.
Chris Hogan, Dion Lewis, Kyle Van Noy, and Trey Flowers are just a few of the reasons why Bill Belichick should be credited more as a great GM, in addition to his accolades as a great head coach.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick breaks down the win over the Steelers and looks ahead to the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl, who Bill admits is a team they are not yet very familiar with.
Dale, Holley and Keefe check in with Special Teams Captain Matthew Slater after the Patriots advance to Super Bowl 51.
Dale, Holley and Keefe check in with former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, for his complete analysis of the AFC Championship win.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap a Patriots Monday after a Patriots AFC Title game win and a Tom Brady appearance with Kirk & Gerry.
Uncle Buck, George from S**t Pats Fans Say, and Jerry Thornton talk about the Patriots history in the AFC Championship game, the big wins, the bad losses, and what it will take for the Pats to win another AFC Championship game.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the K&C week after a Friday show with Kirk, Mut and Ben Volin in studio.
Tom Brady joins the show the morning after winning the AFC championship for the seventh time. Brady talks about the upcoming Super Bowl and his call to President Donald Trump.More from this show
Hour 1. The Patriots are going to the Super Bowl, which means Kirk and Gerry are going to Houston. Tom Brady joins the show.More from this show
Hour 2. Albert challenges Kirk and Gerry. Headlines with Kirk covers the Women's March.More from this show