Don't set your lineups yet-- you haven't heard the last of of the advice you need to dominate your league. Beginning at 11, the Reality Bites blog will host a live chat featuring WEEI.com Fantasy know-it-all Greg Levy, yours truly, and you, the players. Bring questions for your own team and tips for other teams as WEEI.com kicks off the first Sunday of football the right way.
The Red Sox exploded for an eight-run third inning en route to a rain-shortened 9-1 win over Tampa Bay. The Sox went hitless in the first two innings against Rays starter Wade Davis (0-1) before exploding for seven knocks -- including a three-run, bases-loaded double by Alex Gonzalez -- to plate eight runs. Kevin Youkilis added the Sox' final run with a solo homer, his 25th of the year.
The offensive outburst made a winner of starter Josh Beckett (15-6), who won his first game in exactly a month by logging five innings and allowing four hits and one run while striking out four and walking one. Thanks to the rains that ended the game in the top of the sixth inning, Beckett recorded his career-high fourth complete game of 2009.
After almost a week of uncertainty, former Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour reported to the Raiders on Saturday, saying he will bring a "commitment to excellence" with him from New England. "I'm not saying what I'm going to do when I get out on the field, but I'm going to give everything that I have, and that's 100 percent," Seymour said in an interview with Raiders.com, where he was seen wearing the No. 92. "From the weight room to the workouts to whatever it is ... the classroom, learning plays -- and I have a lot to learn at this point. Just understanding what we're trying to do defensively. Once I get that all down pat, I'll definitely be ready to go." For more Patriots' updates, check out our football blog, "It Is What It Is."
The Nashville Predators are one of several teams in the running for a potential Phil Kessel trade with the Boston Bruins, according to the Tennessean, and Nashville GM David Poile confirmed interest to the newspaper in a report published Saturday. Poile admitted that he's spoken with both Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and Kessel's agent, Wade Arnott, in recent days, and had nothing but flattering things to say about the 21-year-old sniper. "He's a young player that scores goals," said Poile, who also admitted that the Preds wouldn't be interested in signing Kessel to an offer sheet "and that's very much of interest to us. We've talked concepts. I'd be very interested to see if there might be something he would like from the Predators.''
WEEI.com fantasy football editor Greg Levy offers three keys and lineup advice heading into the first Sunday of the NFL season. WEEI.com will also be hosting a fantasy football live chat on Sunday from 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. To see Levy's latest go to the Reality Bites Blog.
Ninkovich sits in with Mut and Merloni to look back at yesterday’s comeback win against the Browns. Rob also explains the range of emotions the team experienced after Rob Gronkowski suffered a potentially season ending injury.
Kyle Arrington talks with Mut and Merloni about his recovery of the pivotal onside kick in Sunday’s game against the Browns. Kyle also talks about the impact of the injury to star tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Adam Schefter joined the show and said that the loss of Rob Gronkowski makes the Pats offense far less formidable. He added that the Redskins organization is toxic right now.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back witht he Hot Stove Show. They talk about Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the New York Yankees, the Red Sox signings of AJ Pierzynski and Edward Mujica, and wrap it up with Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who talks about the World Series run, losing a teammate like Ellsbury and looking towards 2014.
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Ed from Weymouth called the show to defend Shawn Thornton and his actions Saturday night against Brooks Orpik. Dino was angry that he never allowed another person to speak.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. He discussed the new love between Evelyn Lozada and former Red Sox player Carl Crawford.
Mut and Lou are joined by Steve DeOssie on a Patriots Monday at Gillette Stadium. Mut, Lou and Steve discuss whether TJ Ward’s hit on Rob Gronkowski was dirty.
We check in with Herm Edwards on the Pats, Stevan Ridley, and a great many things around the NFL.
We stir up a pot of crap when we debate the world cup and the popularity of soccer... pro callers, con-callers, plus Jack Edwards!
We tackle four topics at 4PM.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
Kirk Minihane answered any and all questions from the listeners and John and Gerry.More from this show
Peter King joins Mut and Merloni to go across the NFL and address the latest news. He discusses Kubiak's firing, Tomlin's fine, and Dennard's possible suspension.More from this show
Danny PIcard opens the show discussing the Red Sox signing of Mike Napoli and the Yankees signing of Elsbury and Beltran. Also the impact of Cano signing a huge contract in Seattle.More from this show