Right fielder J.D. Drew will serve as the Red Sox' third leadoff hitter in as many days against the Toronto Blue Jays on Patriots' Day. Drew has enjoyed tremendous success against Jays starter Ricky Romero (.450 average, .560 OBP). Meanwhile, Carl Crawford is 2-for-14 against the Toronto southpaw and has struggled to a 3-for-32 mark from the leadoff spot with the Sox.
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In what is believed to be the highest price paid for a piece of football memorabilia, an autographed Houston Oilers helmet was auctioned for $2 million late last week. Houston lawyer Steve Mostyn outbid his wife Amber for the helmet signed by coach Bum Phillips and players.
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Ray Allen had no hesitation in letting the game-winning 3-pointer fly from the left wing with 11.6 seconds remaining, needing just a 2-pointer for the lead. Allen broke free from a screen and flashed open in time for Paul Pierce to find him and feed him the ball for the shot that gave the Celtics an 87-85 win in Game 1 at an electrified TD Garden Sunday night.
“Due to the experience that we have, having played together, we’ve ran that play many times in different situations," Allen explained. "Sometimes the shot goes in, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes Paul has the ball in his hands and he shoots it and he scores it. There are so many different options off of that play that when we went to it, we knew exactly what to expect.
"We don’t pre-determine, me setting the screen getting Paul open, sometimes he gets the layup all the way to the hoop. Sometimes my guy switches and I end up being open, Baby [Glen...
Adding injury to insult, Knicks point guard Chauncey Billups strained his left knee in the final minute of the his team's 87-85 loss to the Celtics in Game 1 of their first-round series.
Underneath the basket, Billups dropped to one knee and could not return to the bench without the help of the Knicks' training staff. While Billups told reporters after the game he "has no clue" if he will be able to return in the series, the Knicks announced that Billups would be reevaulated on Monday to see if he will be available for Game 2 on Tuesday night.
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Ray Allen's 3-pointer with 11.6 seconds remaining capped a stunning rally in the final minute as the Celtics rallied for an 87-85 win over the Knicks in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Anthony Carter drilled a 3-pointer with 37.8 seconds reamining to put the Knicks up 85-82 before the Celtics got an alley-oop from Rajon Rondo to Kevin Garnett on the in-bounds play to begin the rally.
Allen finished with a team-high 24 as all five Celtics starters finished in double figures. Carmelo Anthony, whose offensive foul with 21.0 seconds remaining gave the Celtics a chance, missed a 3 at the buzzer.
Jermaine O'Neal started at center and had a monster game for the Celtics, making all five of his shots from the field to finish with 10 points in 21 minutes. He also blocked three shots and led a defensive effort in the third quarter that saw the Celtics hold the Knicks to 5-of-25 shooting, helping Boston overcome a 51-39...
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Ken Laird & DJ Bean discuss the LA Kings 9-2 win at TD Garden on Tuesday as former Bruin Milan Lucic was one of 9 different players to score during a 57-shot night for the Kings
DJ, Pete and Ken continue their discussion about the direction of the Bruins and how some of their moves are ambiguous and tough to figure out their thinking. Are they going for it all or rebuilding. Again, DJ appropriately calls it a "soft rebuild." They talk about acquiring Beleskey as well as Brett Connolly's recent play. Also, the boys talked with Arpon Basu about the spiraling Montreal Canadiens.
Arpon Basu calls the boys to talk some Canadiens hockey and why they have been on the downward spiral for quite some time now. He talks about the malaise around the team in the locker room and the fan-base, his thoughts on the NHL Playoffs and the state of the Bruins vs where Montreal finds themselves. Arpon goes as far as to say that today may be a "make it or break it" game for them against Carolina.
Kirk responded to complaints from OMF regarding our promotion of the podcast.
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After trying to discredit the appearance Pierre McGuire on OMF, the guys take a look at the incredible slate of guests the morning produces.
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Kirk Minihane took some shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian this morning. Here is their response.
Hockey talk dominates the day as we break down the drubbing the Bruins took from the Kings, and get your reactions.
We take a quick look at the Celtics options and possibilities to make a deadline move.
We discuss a new list on ESPN ranking the NBA's greatest all-time players.
The Red Sox celebrated Truck Day today, so Mut starts off the show talking about things to look for in Spring Training.
Mikey, Mut and Arcand are talking about the Red Sox as it was Red Sox truck day and we are inside of a week for pitchers and catchers to report to spring training.
The Revolution's new DP, Xavier Kouassi, has already injured himself and is set to undergo knee surgery. With his season in doubt, Ben, Russ & Alex discuss if the MLS needs to tweak the DP rule. The guys also give thoughts on the ticket price stand that Liverpool fans took to Fenway Sports Group.
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