ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden visited the Celtics locker room about an hour before tipoff of Game 3 of the NBA finals. Gruden, a self-confessed "diehard Celtics fan," was asked for his prediction for the series.
"Celtics in six," said the winning coach of Super Bowl XXXVII. "No disrespect to the Lakers, but the Celtics are the tougher team. Rondo is like a quarterback out there."
Gruden was asked by WEEI.com for his thoughts on the Tom Brady contract situation.
"They'll sign him, what would you do?" asked Gruden. "Come on, who are they going to play? This is Tom Brady we're talking about. Not a lot of Hall of Fame quarterbacks out there."
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According to a baseball source, outfielder Bryce Brentz, whom the Red Sox selected with their second pick of the 2010 draft (No. 36 overall), has informed the team that he will sign for the Major League Baseball recommended slot bonus. The amount of the bonus is approximately $890,000. A year ago, the No. 36 overall pick (college pitcher Aaron Miller) signed for $889,200 with the Dodgers.
Brentz led the NCAA in homers (28) as a sophomore, before struggling at times while dealing with a hairline fracture (described by some as a high ankle sprain) as a junior. Still, he ended the year hitting 15 homers, and after drafting him on Monday, Sox amateur scouting director Amiel Sawdaye said that Brentz has "light tower power."
For more on the Sox' first day of the draft,...
Injured Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is leaving the team to fly to Los Angeles for a second opinion on his broken ribs from Dr. Lewis Yocum. Ellsbury has played in only nine games this season thanks to a hard collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre on April 11 in Kansas City. The outfielder will not join the team in Cleveland following the evaluation and will instead return to Boston.
Meanwhile, closer Jonathan Papelbon, placed on the family leave/bereavement list on Monday, spoke with manager Terry Francona on Tuesday and worked out at Fenway Park. It is unknown whether Papelbon will join the Sox in Cleveland on Thursday, when he can once again be activated. For more on the Red Sox, check the Full Count blog.
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz will bat fifth against Cleveland left-hander David Huff (2-6, 6.08 ERA) as the Sox and Indians play their second of four games on Tuesday night. Ortiz has batted fifth just once since May 25, with Victor Martinez commonly hitting in the slot in that period. A night after Daisuke Matsuzaka threw eight shutout innings in a 4-1 win, the Sox send Tim Wakefield to the mound against the 21-35 Indians.
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Victor Martinez, C
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. David Ortiz, DH
6. Adrian Beltre, 3B
7. Bill Hall, LF
8. Mike Cameron, CF
9. Darnell McDonald, RF
SP -- Tim Wakefield
For more on the game, including batter/pitcher matchups, check the Full Count...
A league source has confirmed the Patriots and fourth-round pick Aaron Hernandez have agreed on a four-year contract.
A tight end out of Florida who was taken with the 113th overall selection in the NFL draft, Hernandez is the fourth member of New England’s 2010 draft class to sign, joining offensive linemen Ted Larsen and Thomas Welch and wide receiver Taylor Price.
The news was first reported by the Boston Herald.
Hernandez is a 6-foot-2, 250-pound tight end who led Florida in receptions last year with 68 catches for 850 yards and five touchdowns last season. (For his collegiate career, Hernandez had 111 catches for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns.) However, he recently admitted he failed one drug test while at Florida. He released a...
Price calls Butch to discuss the March 2nd deadline for franchise tags, free agency and the Pats' plans going forward.
Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement
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.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game
In the second of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe discuss the approaching NHL trade deadline and what the B's will do. They get into the Boychuk move at the beginning of the season and Boychuk's brother venting on Twitter this morning about complaining B's fans. There is more discussion on the 3rd and 4th lines, their playoff chances and then they are joined by ESPN's Scott Burnside.
Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.
Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.
A look back at Dennis and Callahan's 2015 trip to spring training. They visited with Larry Lucchino, Ben Cherington, Xander Bogaerts, John Farrell, Mookie Betts, Joe Kelly, Curt Schilling and Dustin Pedroia.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk are joined by Rob Bradford, Gordon Edes and Steve Buckley to forecast the 2015 campaign.
Pedroia joins the guys in Fort Myers to look at the upcoming season and his health entering the spring.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News joins MFB to talk about his column about Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets' possible pursuit of Darrelle Revis
Tom E. Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England talks about the Patriots placing the franchise tag on Stephen Gostkowski and what is going on with Darrelle Revis' contract situation
In today's Three For All, Tim talks about Sharknado 3, Christian talks about Lakers Guard Nick Young's beef with SportsCenter Anchor Robert Flores, and Lou talks about a high school basketball team that was disqualified from the playoffs for wearing breast cancer awareness jerseys.
We discuss Curt Schilling's outing of the internet trolls who thought rape jokes were appropriate to direct at his daughter, and we discuss it with you, on how this isn't just a sports issue, it's a societal issue.
Dale and Michael talk about the trade deadline deals and how the Bruins did improve themselves, but how it might not be enough to make the ultimate difference.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Adam Himmelsbach, Celtics beat reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the show to share his love of the Brow and discuss the surging Celtics playoff chances. Then we take a field trip to the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference and analyze the data with Rick Friedman.
Chris and comedian Will Noonan discuss the events of last night's Raw.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin previews the opening round of the Hockey East tournament with Northeastern coach Jim Madigan and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and The Mack Report.
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