WEEI's Steve DeOssie checked his list twice before delivering his weekly Patriots Report Card Tuesday morning. New England's offensive players might want to hide these grades from their families until after Christmas, because they were naughty Sunday in Buffalo despite the Bills gift-wrapping the game for the Patriots, and professor DeOssie is not in the giving mood. Read the story here.
According to the Associated Press, the Red Sox ranked fourth in major-league payroll in 2009 with a $140.5 million payroll for luxury tax purposes. That mark ranked behind the Yankees ($226.2 million), Mets ($142.2 million) and Cubs ($141.6 million).
The Yankees were the only team that paid a competitive balance tax (CBT) in 2009. By blowing past the $162 million luxury tax, New York incurred a $25.7 million penalty that it paid into Major League Baseball's central fund. The Yankees have now paid $174 million in CBT penalties since 2003.
The 2009 season marked the second straight year that the Sox -- who paid a total of $13.9 million in CBT taxes from 2003-07 -- had a payroll that fell below the luxury tax threshold. As such, if the Sox exceed the luxury tax threshold in 2010 (something that...
Patrice Bergeron and Marco Sturm scored third period goals and Tim Thomas made 29 saves as the Bruins shut out the Ottawa Senators 2-0 Monday night. The victory ended a four-game winless streak by the Bruins and was the first road win by Thomas since October 24, also in Ottawa. With the win, the B’s moved past the Senators into second place in the Northeast Division.
Speaking by phone from Orlando, Mike Lowell touched on the history of his injured right thumb — which is due to get surgery shortly after Christmas, as well as his thoughts on returning to the Red Sox after the team had agreed in principle to a trade that would have sent him to the Rangers along with $9 million in exchange for minor league first baseman/catcher Max Ramirez.
“I don’t have a problem. Absolutely,” Lowell said regarding whether or not he could return to the Red Sox. “I think everything is getting lost with all the other pieces of who they want. But I think I’m going to do much better than last year. I feel like there were close to 20 games I felt I should have been in the last two...
Speaking on phone from Orlando, Mike Lowell clarified the history of the thumb injury that ultimately led to the cancellation of the trade that would have sent him and $9 million to Texas for minor league catcher/infielder Max Ramirez.
"I was in constant and open communication about my thumb situation from the moment it happened to every week after," he said, pointing to a foul ball against Cleveland starter Jeremy Sowers as the cause for what is now diagnosed as a strain of the radial collateral ligament in his right thumb. Lowell said that he was asked by the Red Sox to take an MRI on Dec. 7 after being put in a splint at the suggestion of Red Sox trainer Mike Reinold, who had visited Lowell in Miami on Nov. 25.
"I've had very open and honest communication with the training and medical staff," Lowell added....
With the Pats game on Friday night, MFB does a version of Patriots Friday a day early with Jerod Mayo. He talks about the Carolina Panthers.
WEEI.com's Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss the performances of Brandon LaFell and Darrelle Revis, among others, as Patriots training camp comes to a close.
We sit down with the head coach on a Patriots Monday and discuss training camp progression, the officials, and much more with Bill Belichick.
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.
On today's Bradfo Show we talk to Dr Ken Polivy, Spine Surgeon at the Newton Wellesley Orthopedic Associates, about Shane Victorino's recent back surgery.
Kevin joins Merloni, Fauria and Benz to talk about the new commissioner in the MLB, as well as his thoughts on ways to speed up the game
Larry joined the show to discuss last nights festivities at Fenway.
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
ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes joins Dino, Kirk and Buck to explain his cryptic tweet concerning Yoenis Cespedes exiting last night's game.
The stories of the day brought to you by Kirk Minihane. Today Kirk previews the Emmys before he goes on vacation.
Dino, Kirk and Buck start with a variety of topics including The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Bryan Cox told his team about ability with the ladies at a young age. The guys talk about white pants, and also... tapeworm!
Speaking at the WEEI NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon with Dennis and Callahan, Curt Schilling revealed that he had mouth cancer, a form called squamous cell carcinoma. He blames his use of smokeless tobacco and says it is his biggest regret in life. This revelation has sparked debate about whether MLB should ban the use of all tobacco.
Greg Dickerson, Jerry Thornton and Rob Bradford fill for Dale and Holley, and the 2014 Patriots debate is in full swing.
We tackle four topics inspired by the injury to Angels pitcher Garrett Richards in last night's sox game.
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.
Sam Packard and Zach Geld provide a thrilling and dynamic recap of the LLWS so far and prepare you for this weekend's games.
The 2014 season has been a fascinating case study in the immense challenges that players face in the transition from Triple-A to becoming full-time big leaguers. A case can be made that the gap between the two highest levels of competition is now larger than ever. Red Sox hitting coordinator Tim Hyers and bench coach Torey Lovullo explore that phenomenon, while also examining some measures that the team can undertake to narrow that huge divide.
Former Pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and World Series Champion Curt Schilling joined the Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon to talk about his experiences with cancer. Curt was joined by Dr. Haddad. He revealed that, in February, he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a cancer of the mouth. He attributes his mouth cancer to his use of chewing tobacco throughout his playing career.More from this show
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