Fox NFL analyst Howie Long joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning and talked about the Patriots' outlook for 2010. "Well, they didn't do you any favors with the schedule," Long noted. "Out of the division, you get the Bengals, Ravens, Chargers, Vikings, Steelers, Colts, Packers and Bears — potentially a better Bears team. I think it's going to be a tougher row to hoe this year. I really do."
Looking at the AFC East, Long said the Jets appear to be stronger than last year, although the absence of cornerback Darrelle Revis is a big concern. "One way or another, they have to get him in," Long said. "The quandary they have is that he's got three years left on his contract. But he's also by far the best corner in the league. He's so big, physical, coverage, run support, ball skills — he's as good a corner as we've had in the league in some time."
Early this week, LeBron James tweeted a warning to his critics, writing, "Don't think for one min that I haven't been taking mental notes of everyone taking shots at me this summer. And I mean everyone!"
Charles Barkley wasn't intimidated, and the TNT NBA analyst went on a Dallas radio show and let LeBron know as much. "I want him to make sure that he puts my name on that [list]," Barkley said. "I thought that his little one-hour special was a punk move. I thought them dancing around on the stage [in Miami] was a punk move, and I though he should've stayed in Cleveland. Him joing Dwyane Wade's team was very disappointing to me."
The predictable fallout has begun from the Jets' appearance on HBO's "Hard Knocks." Coach Rex Ryan's mother was not pleased with her son's foul mouth and said it was "excruciating" to watch him swear so much. Most members of the Giants said they didn't watch the show, but cornerback Terrell Thomas admitted he was surprised by the Jets' "arrogance" as the teams prepare to meet in their preseason opener Monday night at the stadium they share. Read more about that, as well as New York's other big controversy — the Mets and suspended closer Francisco Rodriguez — at Friday's Morning Mashup.
FOXBORO -- Laurence Maroney had a pair of touchdown runs and BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran in a score from six yards as the Patriots beat the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, 27-24, at Gillette Stadium in the preseason opener for both teams.
After a first series that started at the Saints 19 but only resulted in a short run, two incompletions and a Steve Gostkowski field goal, Tom Brady looked very impressive in his next and final drive of the night. Brady completed 5-of-6 passes for 67 yards, leading the team on a 93-yard, 14-play scoring drive that ended with a BenJarvus Green-Ellis 6-yard touchdown run. Brady played for a total of 17 offensive snaps.
Other highlights of the night included the play of second-year receiver Julian Edelman. He caught six balls for 90 yards, including a 25-yard completion on the 93-yard scoring drive. Randy Moss caught three passes for 30 yards and rookie...
TORONTO — For the first time in his major league career, Jonathan Papelbon was taken out in the ninth inning in a tie game as a reliever (due to factors not involving an injury), Thursday. After the Red Sox’ 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays — in which Papelbon surrendered three runs in the ninth for the third time this season — the Sox’ closer said he understood why Sox manager Terry Francona made the move to go to Daniel Bard with one out, the Sox up by a run and the bases loaded. (Click here to see ‘Closing Time’ for a recap.)
“You want to finish games, that’s my job. I want to finish games,” Papelbon explained. “But I think the fact of the matter is that I didn’t execute my job and you pass it on to somebody else.”
Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.
Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.
In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.
It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.
The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.
The latest feud between Shank and Papi was discussed.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed the disgusting protests at the scene of Officer Moynihan's shooting.
John Farrell has named Clay Buchholz the starter for Tuesday's opener. Koji and Christian Vasquez are already ruled out. Vasquez on the 60 day DL.
Wrestlemania was a trial run for Super Bowl 50. More Christian dog stuff. Superintendent in Chief William Gross of the BPD deals with some idiotic protesters after the fatal shooting in Roxbury on Friday night.
Shawn Thornton is now a member of the Panthers, who come to town tomorrow night. Thornton spoke about Claude Julien's control of the Bruins locker room, and his own team playing his former team on Tuesday night.
As the testimony of Hernandez' fiancee wrapped up today, we checked in with attorney Michael McCann for all the latest developments and analysis.
We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed throughout the day.
We listen in on Adam Shefter's deflategate report on NFL Live on ESPN, and discuss when we can expect this whole mess to come to a head.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots
Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.
Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.
Mike Mulloy joins Chris in the studio to talk Raw and Wrestlemania.
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