NESN analyst Mike Milbury was a guest of the Dale & Holley show Tuesday morning to talk about the Bruins and the Marc Savard controversy. Asked whether Penguins forward Matt Cooke should be suspended for his hit to the head that gave Savard a concussion, Milbury said he need to take another look at the play, but: "Given the rules of the game today, I don't think it's a suspendable offense."
Milbury offered an explanation and defense for Cooke. Said Milbury: "The word predatory does come to mind. And you know, I don't have any trouble with that. When you're playing hockey, you're supposed to finish your checks. I don't think he meant to give him a Grade 2 concussion. That's Matt Cooke's game. He's supposed to be a guy that finishes his checks, that agitates a little bit, that can play a little bit of hockey. He's not a slug, But he's no Sidney Crosby. His job is to make sure he punishes people when he gets the opportunity....
Twins closer Joe Nathan was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and is out indefinitely. The Twins said Nathan has a "significant tear" and will decide whether to have surgery within two weeks, after resting and rehabbing. Surgery likely would mean the end to Nathan's season. The right-hander, who had a career-high 47 saves with a 2.10 ERA in 2009, was pitching against the Red Sox Saturday when he left the game with soreness and stiffness in his elbow.
“Without Nathan, our bullpen is really in trouble. It has been and it will be if we don’t have Nathan,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told WEEI.com on Friday, less than 24 hours before Nathan suffered his injury. “Not saying somebody can’t step in, but without Nathan, we’d be in trouble.”
For more on Nathan, and his relevance to Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon,...
NFL.com analyst and former NFL executive Pat Kirwan joined the Dennis & Callahan show to talk about free agency and the draft. Kirwan said the Patriots would be wise to re-sign Leigh Bodden. "I would not trust any of the other cornerbacks in free agency," he noted.
In Kirwan's mock draft, he joins the list of people who are predicting the Patriots will select Michigan linebacker Brandon Graham. "He's really bright, he really loves football," Kirwan said, comparing Graham's focus to current Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo.
Kirwan, who spent eight years working for the Jets, said he is not convinced that New York has moved past the Patriots, because, "It starts with the quarterback." Of the Jets' recent decision to release running back Thomas Jones, Kirwan said: "Those guys ran more than anyone in the NFL, and they lost one of their bell cows. I think they made a tactical error....
According to a tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriots are "closing in" on a deal with Rams free agent tight end Daniel Fells. A University of California-Davis product, Fells has seen limited action since signing with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2006. Last season with St. Louis, the 6-foot-4, 272-pounder caught 21 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns, by far his most productive season. Fells also spent time with the Raiders and Buccaneers in 2007 and '08, although he did not get into a game for either team.
Meanwhile, according to multiple reports, former Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson is scheduled to meet with the Browns on Wednesday, after visiting the Seahawks Monday.
For more Patriots news, check out the It Is What It Is blog.
Six years after leading the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl and five years after they broke up on less-than-pleasant terms, Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens are reuniting, at least for a day. The players will be teammates on the basketball court in a game against former NBA players for the Spike TV show "Pros vs. Joes." Get the details, plus find links to the day's top stories, plus videos, trivia and more, at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.
Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick joins Dale and Steve DeOssie to talk about cutting the roster down to 53 players. Jimmy Garoppolo is set to start and play most, if not all of the preseason contest against the Giants. Bill also expressed his thoughts about the kicking game and how some of the new rules have affected the importance of it.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the news that Jimmy Garoppolo will get the start Thursday and play most of the game. They talk about what it might mean for Ryan Mallett.
Julian Edelman joins Christian and Danny Picard to talk about his approach going into the season, his performance this preseason, as well as the VMAs, and preventing cramps using mustard.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Joe talked to the Sox right-hander, who allowed three hits and zero walks in the 3-0 win over the Rays.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell talks about Bogaerts' concussion and the youth movement.
As he does every Wednesday, Buster Olney, ESPN, joins the boys of MFB to talk baseball. This week Buster shed some light on what to expect from Rusney Castillo, and how Cuban players are being viewed. He suggests that the acquisition of Castillo helps Boston's chances to get Giancarlo Stanton. Also, the Sox should shut down Koji if they want to re-sign him.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The usual suspects had the day off so the hosts of The Real Post Game Show stepped to talk about the Pats. Logan Mankins and Ryan Mallett were both traded and Miami is 6 days away.
7th round draft pick Michael Sam was trying to be the first openly-gay player in the NFL. With only 7 days to go before the season opener, the Rams released him on one of the last round of cuts.
More reaction from the Logan Mankins-Tim Wright trade.
Tom Curran recaps the Pats preseason and talks about some of the players who may get cut.
Michael Irvin talks about the final preseason game for the Patriots and the biggest storylines heading into the opening weekend.
We recap the summer's biggest sports stories leading into Labor Day Weekend.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Fantasy Football Drafts are now happening every day, so Pete Davidson and Jim Hackett have you covered. The NFL season kicks off on Thursday night, so Pete and Jim get their final thoughts of some drafting strategies. They discuss their Auction draft from earlier in the week. Also, some big name players that smart drafters should avoid.
We know your Fantasy Football drafts are happening right now, so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are here to help. We know you’d never blow off work to draft right? Turn up the speakers! Our fantasy guys chat up Pete’s most recent article on WEEI.com that offers background on several players you can target late in drafts across multiple league sizes; covering upside players to grab in 8-team leagues, 10-team leagues, 12-team leagues and 14-team leagues. Jim and Pete will be back at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning on your radio dial, 93.7 FM, with more ammo for all this weekend’s drafters. Good luck!
How can teams acquire players who are entering their primes without having to live through the potentially massive transition of prospects coming from the minors to the big leagues? The Red Sox have two such case studies. The signing of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo represents one effort to acquire a player for his prime years for whom the transition to big league-caliber competition might not be turbulent. Red Sox assistant director of player personnel discusses the scouting process involved with landing Castillo. The episode also features Brock Holt, the one rookie who played at a consistently high level for the Red Sox this year. Holt explores some of the distinctions that might help to explain why he did not experience some of the struggles that characterized the seasons of Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.
Butch is out today so Chris Villani fills in. This bums out Buckley a little bit since he wanted to have a somber goodbye with Butchy, since this is the last show until after the football season. They kick the show off talking about the Logan Mankins trade.More from this show