Patriots owner Robert Kraft told the NFL Network on Tuesday that "we’d like to see [Wes Welker] be a Patriot for life, but it takes two sides."
Speaking at the league meetings in Atlanta, Kraft seemed happy to have Welker in the fold -- the receiver signed his franchise tender last week, a one-year deal worth roughly $9.5 million -- but said certain steps need to be taken before both sides can agree on a long-tern deal for the receiver.
"We’re just happy he’s back in the system," Kraft said. "He’s a wonderful young man, and a special guy. I think both sides would like to do a deal, but it requires intelligence and putting our team first."
Kraft was asked about a story where the team might have been upset with Welker taking the negotiations public.
"Anyone can say whatever they want," Kraft said. "He’s done a great job for us. We’...
Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show on Tuesday morning. On Monday, the Celtics gained a 3-2 lead over the 76ers in the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 101-85 victory. Brandon Bass, on the bench for most of the fourth quarter of the Game 4 loss, matched a career-high with 27 points in the win, including 18 in the third quarter.
"Brandon, first of all, made shots and kind of let the game come to him," Rivers said. "And having Ray [Allen] and Paul [Pierce] on the floor, the longer they were on the floor the better it was for him and I thought we did a very good job of finding him."
Bass was acquired in an offseason deal that sent Glen Davis to Orlando. Many have pointed to that trade as one that was done not only to help the club on the court, but to improve the chemistry and attitude in the locker room.
"I'm not going to talk much about last year's team, but I'll say...
BALTIMORE -- Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks said that he is not concerning himself with whether or not he will remain in the big leagues on Tuesday, with the team set to activate Kevin Youkilis from the disabled list. That said, the 23-year-old did take satisfaction in the fact that, through his level of play, he has made a compelling case to stay in the big leagues.
“That was my plan, to come up here and make a statement that I can play here and hopefully stick around and help win some games,” said Middlebrooks. “It’s cool [to face pitchers like former Cy Young winner Cliff Lee], but at the same time, I want to get the better end of it. I want to beat them. I want to hit a rocket into the gap. I don’t want to strike out and just say, ‘Oh, that was Cliff Lee. He’s got nasty stuff.’ I feel like I belong here. I want to play here. And I want to get hits off of him.”
Middlebrooks matched a...
Rangers coach John Tortorella and Devils bench boss Pete DeBoer traded barbs through the media over the weekend, and they ramped up their burgeoning feud in Monday night's Game 4 in New Jersey. In the third period of the Devils' 4-1 victory that evened the Eastern Conference finals, Rangers forward Mike Rupp drew a penalty for leaving his feet on a hit, and then he gave goalie Martin Brodeur a left to the face as he skated by. That led to the coaches screaming at each other from their benches.
"I didn't expect it, Rupp or no Rupp. I never got punched like that in my career. First time," Brodeur said.
Asked if Rupp's cheap shot gives the Devils license to go after Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist in Game 5, Brodeur took the high road. "No. You can't start that," he said. "I don't think that's the right way to play hockey. Because they do something, you have to reply and do the same?"
As for the coaches'...
David Ortiz spoke to ESPNBoston.com after Monday's 8-6 win over the Orioles, a victory that included a mammoth sixth-inning homer from the designated hitter, his 10th of the season. But Ortiz quickly became agitated when asked about a players-only meeting he called on May 11.
"I'm the kind of [expletive] who worries about winning games," Ortiz said. "I'm a winner. I hate losing. But what I do, I don't do for everybody to know. I do it for us to get better and the trash talking out there to stop."
Ortiz wasn't pleased with those suggesting that perhaps a Sox player should have called a meeting before May 11.
"Somebody wrote, 'Why didn't he do it earlier?' Earlier? When am I going to do it, in spring training," Ortiz asked. "What did I do wrong? Seriously, what did I do wrong...
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Pete, Bradford, and Tomase are talking all about the Boston Red Sox, who opened spring training on Monday with pitchers and catchers reporting. They talk about what the Red Sox approach at the plate will be to replace the loss of David Ortiz bat, the impact of some players participating in the WBC, and of course the pitching rotation.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
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.
Hour 4. Trenni, Kirk, and Gerry react to John Provost's interview.
John Provost defends the decision to discontinue High Five Fridays.
Hour 3. Kirk and Gerry ask Trenni why she didn't report Swihart's problems.
Lou didn't want to talk about it on the air, but Mut pried it out of him: Lou is pissed at Trenni for the way she handled the much-anticipated John Farrell interview.
Lou left the show for a spell to record an interview with John Farrell. When he returned, he let Mut, Christian and the listeners know that it was not a loving affair.
Celtics fans have been waiting for fireworks from Danny Ainge since his comments in April of 2014. As the trade deadline nears, Mut and Christian wonder how pissed off Celtics fans will be if nothing happens on Causeway.
An epic battle royale between Holley and Keefe, who are completely on the opposite side of the fence concerning Demarcus Cousins. These guys have never agreed on this player, and today after the trade they finally had it out.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the trade that sent DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans, and why with such a low price were the Celtics not in on him? They take your reactions, plus, where do the Celtics go to get better from here?
Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss the new details of how the NY Jets tampered with Darrelle Revis while he was still under contract with the Patriots, and why the NFL didn't punish them further.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Michael Holley for the first time on the podcast. Kirk and Michael have hosted shows together in the past but have never had a candid conversation about WEEI. Kirk and Michael talk about Holley's career in radio, his best selling books, and what his assessment of the current WEEI is. There are a lot of interesting behind the scene nuggets for anybody who has listened to WEEI over the years. This episode is brought to you by hellofresh.com. For Enough About Me listeners go to hellofresh.com and use the promo code kirk35 for $35 off your first week of deliveries.
Ken Laird is in Boston, Chris Curtis in Ft. Myers and the guys find a way to produce a Tuesday post-show recap of K&C on location at Red Sox camp
On this weeks episode of the WEEI SoccerCast Ben, Russ, and Alex talk about the demolition of Barcelona and Arsenal, if the Gunners should fire Wenger, and if the Revs made a good trade?
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