The Patriots announced Saturday that safety Ross Ventrone has been signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. To make room for Ventrone, the Patriots released defensive back Phillip Adams. Ventrone, 25, was signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster prior to the Buffalo game and made his NFL debut against the Bills. The 5-foot-8, 190-pound safety was released from the 53-man roster last Saturday prior to the Oakland game and resigned to the practice squad on Oct. 4. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino, in a Saturday afternoon appearance on the Mustard & Johnson Show, said that the appearance by Red Sox starting pitchers in the video for Kevin Fowler's song, "Hell, Yeah, I Like Beer," had not received team or Major League Baseball permission to use either Fenway Park or Sox players in uniform.
In the video, Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester and Tim Wakefield all make brief cameos mouthing the lyrics to Fowler's song. The video has become something of a lightning rod given the revelations after the Sox' epic September collapse that a dysfunctional clubhouse culture featured starting pitchers who would drink on the days that they did not pitch.
Lucchino said that the video only came to his and the team's attention after it had been released, without the proper requests for permission having been made. Had those requests occurred, Lucchino said, they would have been denied.
Upon the passing of Raiders owner Al Davis on Saturday morning, Patriots coach Bill Belichick has issued a statement through the team: “While I am saddened by the news of Mr. Davis’ passing, I will forever be heartened and enriched by the many personal interactions I had with him over the years. His winning, his football knowledge, his passion for his team and contributions to the league made him one of the all-time greats. By striving for the highest level of excellence with our respective teams and the game itself, we will be honoring the memory of Al Davis.” For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
According to a major league source, the Red Sox made the second change to their big league coaching staff since the departure of former manager Terry Francona, informing coaching staff assistant Rob Leary on Friday that he won't be asked to return for the 2012 season. Leary joined first base coach Ron Johnson as the first two members of the Sox coaching staff to depart in Francona's wake.
Leary had spent 10 years in the organization, joining the Sox as a roving coaching instructor in 2002 and then getting promoted to minor league field coordinator in 2003, a role he served in until 2009. His player development work, in turn, earned him the promotion to the major league coaching staff in 2010, when the Sox named him their coaching staff assistant, a position in which he was in charge of organizing spring training workouts and assisting the coaching staff with pre-game preparation, including work with advance scouting reports.
With a new manager...
FOXBORO -- Patriots safety Patrick Chung was docked $7,500 for his late hit Sunday on Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey while Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour was fined $15,000 for a pair of personal fouls on the game's opening drive last week.
Seymour heaved Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to the ground after the whistle and was flagged 15 yards at the time. That drew a $7,500 fine as did his fasemask foul on BenJarvus Green-Ellis just moments later.
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Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
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.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
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.
The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
"Angry Lou" goes off yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay, in the process breaking the record for a human talking without taking a breath.
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
In honor of tonight's game we look back at four moments where the Patriots and Panthers cross paths.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.
Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford join Kirk Minihane. They begin the show wondering and theorizing why the Patriots are playing Tom Brady in the third preseason game. They also delve into Bradfo's new house guestMore from this show