Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his first interview since the press conference to discuss his departure from the Sox after eight years, told The Big Show that he had reached a point where he was starting to doubt whether he was the right person to continue the job. That said, he also acknowedged that had the Red Sox picked up the two-year, $8.75 million option on his contract, he would not have fought the organization about the idea of continuing in Boston through 2013.
"No. No. No," Francona said when asked if he would have refused had the Sox picked up the two-year option. "[But] some of these were personal conversations and I hope you respect that, because there are guys, eight years together is a lot, and I have a lot of respect for [the Red Sox owners] and what they do. There were some things that were voiced in meetings that I viewed as maybe not being supported. Maybe they didn’t [view them that way]....
FOXBORO -- The man who caught the game-winning catch against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII still can't believe his good fortune that led to one of the most dramatic catches in Super Bowl history. On Sunday, Plaxico Burress - now with the Jets - faces the Patriots for the first time since the catch the crushed New England's sports psyche and ended the Patriots' dreams of becoming the first 19-0 team in NFL history.
In a Wednesday conference call with Patriots reporters, Burress said he couldn't believe his good luck when Ellis Hobbs matched up on him in single coverage with no help, just moments before hauling in the 13-yard fade from Eli Manning to put the Giants ahead with 35 seconds remaining.
"It was a play we had run twice," Burress said. "Eli had told me before we broke the huddle that if they gave me single coverage, he was going to throw it. I'm just thinking to myself, 'There's no way they're going to single...
FOXBORO -- If Bill Belichick had interest in the offseason in Plaxico Burress, as the Patriots coach indicated in Tuesday's conference call, the star receiver said Wednesday in a conference call with Patriots media that he never heard from the coach.
"I never heard from them," Burress said. "Well, my agent and myself never heard from him, personally. Maybe he did do some research or look at some tape or what have you, but I never heard from him personally."
Instead of Burress, who hadn't played since 2008 because of a gun conviction, the Patriots decided to trade for Chad Ochocinco and add him to the wide receiving corps that already included Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Taylor Price and Julian Edelman.
"We did look at him in the offseason just because of his general availability as we normally do – look at all the players that are not connected with a team," Belichick said on Tuesday....
Bruins forward Brad Marchand joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon, one day after receiving his Stanley Cup championship ring. Marchand said the ring is too big to wear in public.
"I could barely fit it on my finger," he said. "I can't bend my finger when I have my ring on, it's so big. … If I was to wear it around all day my arm would get tired of carrying it. It will sit on a mantel."
The Bruins open the season Thursday night, hosting the Flyers. Marchand said he doesn't expect the B's to have a post-Cup letdown, and he will not use the short offseason an excuse.
"The only thing it really did for me was I had to be more dedicated to my training and my diet and my sleep," he said. "I thought I did a good job with it. I came into camp and I was a lot quicker and my body fat was a lot lower. So, I was very happy with how I was able to train this summer to get prepared for this year. I...
According to a tweet from The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa, the Bruins will not sign veteran forward Chris Clark, who had been in camp with the team on a tryout.
Clark, 35, had been skating as an extra forward on the fourth line with Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille. He served as the team's alternate captain in their final preseason game Saturday.
The exit of Clark means the Bruins' roster is set for the regular season, which begins Thursday night. Jordan Caron will have made the team for the second consecutive season. He is likely to serve as an extra forward unless he can steal a spot from a bottom-six forward.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Tim Neverett talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before game 3 of their series with the Tigers. John talks about the struggles Steven Wright has had in inclement weather or days with high heat and humidity and how that might factor in to giving Wright the start on a particular day.
Drew Pomeranz looked stronger in his second Red Sox start but the offense wasn't there to back him up tonight. Mut recaps the 4-2 loss to the Tigers. Thoughts on the manager, the bullpen, and your Sox calls as well.
Joe Castiglione & Tim Neverett talked to the new Sox reliever, who got his first save for the team today against the Twins.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Dino, Gerry and Tango discuss a few Patriots storylines as Pats camp is about to open.
The 8am hour with Dino, Gerry and Tanguay is a bit of a hodge-podge of discussion, starting with the Democratic Convention and moving on to marathon swimming and archery at the Olympics and ending with Tanguay's defense of Hillary during the Benghazi attacks.
Tanguay and Dino team up to read the day's 'Headlines', including gross reports of the water quality at the Olympic water locations in Rio.
The guys listen to Belichick's press conference and break down what he has to say. They also discuss what they think the Pats should do with their qb reps during camp
The OMFers are joined by Red Sox President Sam Kennedy to discuss the current state of the Red Sox.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian open the show discussing the latest Red Sox pitching implosion. They get into Steven Wright's struggles pitching in humidity, and David Price not living up to expectations.
Dale and Holley w/Thornton talk about some of the lingering issues about the Pats heading into training camp.
With the news that Tom Jackson is leaving ESPN we take a look back at some of Jackson's greatest hits.
Dale and Holley close out the show with the best sound of the day!
Kirk Minihane is joined by Boston comedy legend Lenny Clarke. If you are a fan of stand up comedy this is the podcast for you. Kirk and Lenny talk about Carlin, Pryor, Williams, Murphy and many more.
Kirk Minihane is joined by former ESPN ombudsman and New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte. Kirk and Robert discuss the current state of ESPN and how Robert feels he did in his role as ombudsman. They both criticize ESPN for the lack of journalism at ESPN and look at some of the curious decisions the world wide leader has made in the past few years.
Kirk Minihane is joined by Lenny Dykstra to talk about his book, his life pleasing older women, and Lenny tries to avoid his past issues with money. This is one explosive episode.
This week we preview the last major of the year, The PGA Championship.
John Dennis and Gerry Callahan bring Gary Tanguay in the podcenter to discuss Tango's bargaining position for Dino's job when it opens next year. The guys also discuss Kirk Minihane's latest podcast with Lenny Clarke.
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about what you need to do to be in the best shape to help your golf game. What exercises you should and shouldn't be doing so you can impress on the course.
John, Gerry and Bradfo discuss a rare political stance by Michael Jordan, and the ensuing criticism he received from ESPN talking head Kevin Blackistone. A Black Lives Matter discussion ensues.More from this show
Dino, Gerry and Rob Bradford give their thoughts on the opening night of the Democratic Convention in Philly. Paul Simon, Al Franken, Sarah Silverman, Michelle Obama and Bernie are among those discussed.More from this show
Dino, Gerry and Tanguay discuss night two of the Democratic Convention, "highlighted" by Bill Clinton's attempt to humanize Hillary Clinton with tales of their courtship.More from this show