For the final 10 days of the year, WEEI.com takes a look at the top stories in Boston sports from 2010. On Wednesday, we started the list with No. 10: Kevin Garnett's return to form for the Celtics. Thursday brings No. 9: The Patriots' playoff meltdown against the Ravens at Gillette Stadium. Check back each day for the next story in our countdown. And make sure to vote in our poll for the 2010 Boston Athlete of the Year. A pair of Patriots lead the early balloting.
Fox Sports NFL analyst Brian Billick joined guest hosts Bob Ryan and Chris Mannix on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday to talk about the Patriots and news from around the league.
Billick, who formerly coached the Ravens, was asked about Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs' proclamation that he was leaving Tom Brady off his Pro Bowl ballot. Said Billick: "I hate it when the players use something like this, because I think it discredits the rest of those that are deservingly, obviously. in the Pro Bowl. You understand the back and forth; they've been battling each other all year long and it's kind of amusing. But I really do hate to see it come out in this way, because that is something that is important to players."
Billick said Brady is his MVP pick, because of how critical he is to the Patriots. "I'm not sure New England without Tom Brady is a playoff-caliber team," he said. "That's the...
Some Ohio State football players reportedly are being investigated for allegedly trading signed memorabilia for tattoos from a parlor near the campus in Columbus. The players' eligibility for the Jan. 4 Sugar Bowl against Arkansas could be in jeopardy, although the investigation might not be completed by then. Quarterback Terrell Pryor denied being involved, writing on his Twitter page: I paid for my tattoos. GoBucks.
Read more about that story, plus find out what they're saying in New York about Rex Ryan's video situation, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said on Wednesday that the team will not relieve coach Claude Julien of his duties this season. The slumping B's have averaged just 1.8 goals over their last five games, a span in which they've won just one game, and some fans have called for a coaching change. Despite the team's struggles, Chiarelli said "yes" when asked on CBS Radio Boston if he would say "unequivocally that Claude Julien's job is not in danger."
Chiarelli said such a decision ultimately would have to be made by a group of front-office members, but that he feels the team is better off with Julien than without him.
"That's my preference and that's my recommendation," Chiarelli said. "This is a collective thing that we do on these matters. But I have full confidence in Claude and the staff to figure it out."
The Bruins are in eighth place in the...
Paul Pierce started off the night by missing his first seven shots from the field, including a pair of 3-point attempts. But that's not what caused him to admittedly lose his cool in the third quarter, when he was hit with a technical foul by referee Tony Brothers. Pierce was called for his fourth personal foul, causing him to wave his hand in disgust at Brothers.
"We got frustrated," Pierce admitted. "I got a technical. I know I was frustrated tonight. Just in a game where you're trying to get rhythm and the game is off-balance and calls are being called each and every way. It's hard to get into a rhythm, so I was definitely frustrated."
Just 90 seconds earlier, Kevin Garnett was hit with a technical after he picked up his third foul. Two minutes later, Garnett was whistled for his fourth. Nate Robinson also had four fouls heading into the fourth. All three players managed to avoid fouling out...
An experimental game recap of the Celtics 105-95 victory over the Miami Heat.
A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets
The Hot Stove Show this week discusses Red Sox possible pitching acquisitions and they talk with the clubs manager, John Farrell.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 3-2 OT win on Wednesday night in Detroit. Despite being outplayed for most of the game, Boston scored with less than two minutes left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 and went on for the OT victory.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
Patriots safety Devin McCourty joined the show to talk about the loss to Denver, how well Logan Ryan played, and his own inability to field punts.
Patriots special teams ace, Matthew Slater, joined the show after Sunday's loss to the Broncos to talk about coach Belichick's demeanor after the game, looking forward to the playoffs, Chris Harper's muffed punt, and compares Rob Gronkowski to Shaquille O'Neal.
After losing their season to the Broncos on Sunday night, AND Rob Gronkowski to a knee injury, Bill Belichick was surly and combative towards the assembled media.
Christian Arcand and Lenny Megliola discuss Tom Brady vs. Cam Newton for NFL MVP in a spirited hour of radio on the Planet Mikey Show
With Oklahoma sneaking its way into a playoff spot, the Big 12 is still alive. Anthony and Austin give you picks for rivalry week and break down all things college football.
FOXBORO — The Patriots will have their biggest challenge to date to remain perfect as they travel to Denver to take on the NFL’s top-ranked defense in the 8-2 Broncos Sunday night at Sports Authority Field.
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