Patriots president Jonathan Kraft was a guest on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning and discussed the team's disappointing finish as well as the league's collective bargaining issues and how they will affect the Patriots. "We're not happy with how the season came out [but] we won our division, so we accomplished one of the goals we set out," Kraft said. "The season did not end up the way we wanted." Added Kraft: "It never felt for long stretches of time we were completely in synch like we were in the past. I think a lot of that has to do with the change on the defensive side of the ball."
Kraft implied that the Patriots will stay in house to replace defensive coordinator Dean Pees, noting that bringing in outsiders is risky as they may not adapt quickly enough to Belichick's style. "Clearly, we've had huge amounts of turnover here [in the past few years]," Kraft said. "I think Bill's...
Zdeno Chara blasted a slap shot past Evgeni Nabokov in the fourth round of the shootout lifting the Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks Thursday. Tim Thomas made 41 saves and stopped all four San Jose shooters in the shootout to help the B’s secure the victory and end a three-game losing streak. Daniel Paille scored in the second period to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead, before Joe Thornton answered with a goal later in the second to draw San Jose even. For more, visit BigBadBlog.weei.com
Knuckleballer Charlie Zink, who spent eight years in the Red Sox organization, agreed to a minor-league deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. The 30-year-old went 63-60 with a 4.25 ERA during his Sox minor-league career, and spent parts of the last five years in Triple A Pawtucket.
He was named the International League Pitcher of the Year in 2008, when he went 14-6 with a 2.84 ERA. That same year, Zink made his lone appearance in the majors for the Sox, allowing eight runs in 4.1 innings in a no-decision.
For more on Zink's parting of ways with the Sox and what it says about the evolution of the team's farm system during his time in the organization, click here.
Luol Deng scored a game-high 25 points as the Chicago Bulls finally broke through and beat the Celtics, 96-83, at TD Garden. The Celtics, who played their third straight game without Rasheed Wallace, were led by Paul Pierce with 20 points while Rajon Rondo added 15. Kendrick Perkins had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Boston, whose only lead of the game came on the game's first basket when Pierce hit a 20-foot jumper. The Celtics trailed by as many as 13 in the second quarter and 11 in the second half before the Celtics drew to within four, 75-71, in the fourth quarter but could not get closer. The Celtics are off until Monday when they host the Dallas Mavericks at the Garden. For complete coverage, visit the Green Street blog.
Jeremy Hermida is trying to quickly find his place in the hearts and minds of Red Sox fans. On Thursday night, at the Boston baseball writers' dinner, the 25-year-old Red Sox outfielder spoke about how much he is looking forward to playing in Boston and how he's heard it's unlike any other place in the world. He was acquired on Nov. 5 from the Florida Marlins to add outfield depth with the anticipated loss of Jason Bay. He spent his first five years in the bigs with the Marlins. But that didn't keep him from speaking frankly about the difference he already feels in Boston. "This is all new for me up here," Hermida said. "Coming here from Florida, this is a little different but I'm looking forward to it. I'm excited to play some real baseball up here and play in a market like this." For more, including audio from the dinner, visit the Full Count blog.
We check in with Peter King from SI/MMQB for our weekly look at the National Football League and more.
We check in with former Patriot and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi for his take on a week of bad news in the NFL, and his thoughts on the Patriots rebound win over the Minnesota Vikings.
We check in with Big Vince after the Patriots secured their first win of the season over the Minnesota Vikings.
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 & Dave talked to the Sox rookie shortstop, who hit a 3-run homer in the 8-4 win.
Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Red Sox offseason, Dustin Pedroia's injury, and Giancarlo Stanton
Joe and Dave talk with Will Middlebrooks after he helps the Red Sox get back into the win column earning the victory over the Kansas City Royals.
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 guys opened the show by discussing Adrian Peterson's latest child abuse charge.
LAPD were called to investigate a couple in public displaying lewd behavior. The officer came across actress, Danielle Watts and her boyfriend. Although clothed, she went on an epic tirade and refused to present her ID.
Former Patriot and current NBC Sports Analyst, Rodney Harrison talks about how bad the Pats looked in a convincing win. The guys also tried to get him to talk about the Adrian Peterson accusations and he refused.
Another Adrian Peterson child abuse case has surfaced, per a report by ProFootballTalk.com, and Roger Goodell has gone silent.
We discuss the Patriots offensive "woes" in the first two weeks of the season, which leads us down the path of revisiting the crop of talent Brady has played with over the years in this Patriots offense.
We tackle four topics, all sparked by Jonathan Papelbon's "adjustment" towards his home crowd in Philly.
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.
The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.
Rob Bradford is joined by Dr. Evan Schumer of Newton Wellesley Orthopaediac Associates to discuss exactly what kind of surgery was performed on Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the recovery time that accompanies such a procedure and why the operation might be just what the doctored ordered.
The Pats looked much better than they did against Miami. Chandler Jones had a huge game with a blocked FG that he returned for a TD. But how much of this victory was a result of how BAD Matt Cassel played, or the fact that Adrian Peterson was inactive?More from this show