Recently waived center Ryan Hollins is on his way to Boston with the expectation that he will sign with the Celtics, per a league source. If Hollins passes his physical and signs, he could be ready to meet the team on Friday when they play the 76ers. Team president Danny Ainge essentially confirmed that during an interview with The Big Show on Thursday.
"We’re talking to Ryan right now, trying to get Ryan in," Ainge said. "Ryan had a chance to workout this summer with Paul [Pierce]and [Kevin Garnett]. Ryan was highly recommended by them during the offseason. He was under contract with Cleveland but he was a guy that they respect and a guy they like and they think he would be a good fit with our team."
The six-year veteran has spent the last season and a half with the Cavaliers. He averaged five points and three rebounds in 70 games in 2010-11, but recently lost his rotation spot to rookie Tristan Thompson. The 7-footer...
The Patriots have re-signed free agent wide receiver Deion Branch to a one-year contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Branch, 32, has spent 10 years in the league with both New England and Seattle, and is in his second tour with the Patriots. Last season with New England, the 5-foot-9, 195-pound Branch finished with 51 catches for 702 yards and five touchdowns. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Peter King of NBC and Sports Illustrated was a guest of the Mut & Merloni show on Thursday afternoon. King was first asked about Wednesday's deal that sent Tim Tebow from Denver to the Jets and what that means for both Tebow and Mark Sanchez.
"I didn't think there was any way they would mess with Sanchez's psyche," King said. "Obviously they did. I think the other thing that happens here is that Rex Ryan is a risk taker, he always has been and always will be. So you look at that and it does make some sense. Where it doesn't make any sense is, to me, you're messing and playing mind games with your quarterback's head and it leads me to believe they really are questioning the future of Mark Sanchez. ... I think it has a chance to be a huge mess, and there's going to be pressure on Sanchez right away to play well. And if he doesn't, people are going to be screaming for Tebow."
The other blockbuster story from Wednesday was the...
Daniel Bard was a guest of the Mut & Merloni show on Thursday afternoon. Bard has been expected by many if not most to be the fourth starter for the Red Sox in 2012, but a report on CSNNE.com Wednesday suggested that members of the Sox organization believe that Bard -- who has appeared in 192 major-league games, all in relief - will return to the bullpen and Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront will take the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation. Bard was asked for his thoughts on the report.
"You know, it's hard to even talk about right now, give that my mind is still fully on starting," said Bard. "It's not just a good mindset to be in. If it does come to a case where I need to go back to the bullpen, I accept it for what it is, make the most of it and try and help the team that way. But right now I'm still a starter in my own eyes and let everyone else make their own decisions."
Bard has walked seven batters and...
In its 2012 organizational rankings of prospect-eligible players (no more than 130 at-bats, 50 innings or 30 relief appearances in the big leagues), Baseball America tabbed the Red Sox farm system as the ninth best among the 30 major league teams. That is up from the No. 17 overall rating a year ago.
The publication cited the Sox' potential high-impact position players such as third baseman Will Middlebrooks, shortstop Xander Bogaerts and catcher Blake Swihart in that assessment, though it also noted that the new Collective Bargaining Agreement -- which will attempt to restrict draft spending -- will impact the Sox more than any other club, given that the Sox' $44.1 million investment in draft picks (including many signings that went well beyond the slot recommendations) were the most of any large-revenue club.
As for prospects who might be able to impact the big league club in 2012, the publication cited shortstop Jose Iglesias, catcher Ryan...
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. Gerry went for a walk and discovered a nude beach.
Hour 3. Gerry went for a jog and dipped his clothes in the pool. Trenni didn't want to report on Swihart's throwing problems.
Hour 2. Shaughnessy writes that the 2004 Red Sox is a better story than the Patriots. Headlines with Kirk.
A. Sherrod Blakely joins Pete Sheppard and Andy Hart to talk about the Jimmy Butler to Boston rumors and the deal to send DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans.
Pete and Andy fill in for Glenn, Lou and Christian. The guys talk Patriots and try to figure out where Jimmy G will play next year, and what the Patriots will get for him.
Pete Sheppard and Andy Hart fill in for OMF and talk about last night's joke of an All Star Game, the rumors about Jimmy Butler to the Celtics and DeMarcus Cousins getting traded to New Orleans.
Holley and Keefe discuss the Celtics loss in Chicago and the tough foul call on Marcus Smart that basically handed the Bulls the victory.
With All-Star weekend and the dunk contest upon us, Keefe and Holley discuss the NBA's current best dunkers, plus our top 5 all-time greatest dunk artists.
Keefer Madness is back, and a strange pet saves the friggin' day. Plus LAROY Streat is back on the mic.
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.
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?
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the week with a review of Thursday and Friday's K&C shows.
Hour 1. Gerry and Kirk are live from spring training as they analyze the 2017 Red Sox.More from this show