In an interview with Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network, Patriots coach Bill Belichick once again gave his thoughts on the trade that sent Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings. Lombardi asked Belichick why he felt he needed to deal the wide receiver during the regular season.
“Well, it was a combination of things – part of it was Randy, part of it was our football team, part of it the opportunity to make the trade," said Belichick. "In the end we put it all together in the pot and felt like it was the best thing to do for our team. It was a tough decision and he’s meant a lot to this team but in the end we felt like it was the thing to do."
Lombardi asked Belichick if his relationship with Moss had turned sour this season -- as some reports have suggested -- but the Patriots head coach dismissed that notion, just as he had done during his press conference last Thursday.
PRAGUE -- A night after the Bruins lost their season-opening game in Prague to the Coyotes, 5-2, Claude Julien said that Tim Thomas would be starting in goal for Boston on Sunday. Tuukka Rask allowed four goals to Phoenix in Saturday's losing effort, though one came from a flukey bounce off the boards and another came on a breakaway caused by a Daniel Paille. Julien indicated that the team's plan was to start Thomas in the second game anyway barring an overwhelming effort from Rask.
Additionally, Mark Recchi stated prior to the game that he would be playing on the third line, which is centered by second overall pick Tyler Seguin. Recchi had played on Patrice Bergeron's line, which at one point included Seguin, throughout camp. Rookie Jordan Caron, another former member of the second line in preseason, will return to skating with Bergeron after being scratched in the opener. Blake Wheeler will remain the second line's other wing.
The Yankees continued their postseason dominance against the Twins, claiming their eighth straight postseason victory against Minnesota in a 6-1 triumph to conclude a three-game sweep in the AL Division Series.
New York was led by a dominant effort by starter Phil Hughes, making his first career playoff start. Hughes -- whom the Yankees refused to trade to the Twins as part of a potential deal for former two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana after the 2007 season -- tossed seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out six. Hughes did not allow a runner past second base.
The Yankees offense struck early against Twins starter Brian Duensing. Robinson Cano tripled in the second inning and scored on a Jorge Posada single to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead, and New York never looked back, adding on with a Mark Teixeira RBI single in the third and a two-run homer from Marcus Thames in the fourth....
Tampa Bay scored five runs in the final two innings, overcoming a one-run deficit heading into the eighth, eventually claiming a 6-3 win over the Rangers in Game 3 of the teams' American League Division Series, Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. The late-game surge was capped by ninth-inning home runs from Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena.
Tampa Bay came into the game hitting just .125 for the series, having gone just 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position in the first two contests (both Texas wins). The Rays weren't having much better luck for the majority of Game 3, with Texas starter allowing no runs on just two hits over five innings. Tampa Bay starter Matt Garza was almost equally as effective, giving up just two runs (one earned) on five hits over six innings.
The Rangers had claimed a 2-1 lead in the seventh thanks to Ian Kinsler's leadoff homer. Texas also got a ninth-inning home run from Nelson Cruz off...
North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 328 yards and three touchdowns as Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien finally got a measure of revenge on his former employer in a 44-17 blowout of the BC Eagles in Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday.
After starting the season 2-0, BC suffered its third straight loss in their largest margin of defeat. The BC defense was unable to find an answer to Wilson, who was 38-of-51 with two interceptions, one by linebacker Mark Herzlich.
The biggest storyline of the day was O'Brien, looking for his first win against Boston College, since leaving after the 1996 season. BC had beaten him in three previous encounters before Saturday.
The Eagles started quarterback Dave Shinskie who regained his starting posistion after an injury to freshman Chase Rettig and a poor performance by Mike Marscovetra left Spaziani with no other option. Shinskie had another...
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia talks to former federal prosecutor John Down about the NFL's discipline process and what should be changed.
We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
We check in for our weekly visit with the interim Sox manager.
Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
Recapping the evolution of the Deflategate witch hunt.
A compilation of all the trolls featured on D&C&M during Deflategate.
Kirk was The Breakfast Club's Donkey of the Day...
Former NFL running back Eddie George is upset that Judge Berman overturned Tom Brady's suspension and is speaking out, calling Tom Brady a cheater.
The guys continue to embrace the breaking news and listen to comments from Tedy Bruschi who happily reacts to the news that his former teammate is eligible to play on Opening Night.
Adam Schefter joins the show to talk about the breaking news that Tom Brady's suspension has been overturned, and gives his inside opinion on the result.
Now that the ruling has been overturned, Dale and Holley with Thornton check in with the legal analyst that was at the forefront of this case... SI's Michael McCann
Now that Brady is free, here's a recap of a good amount of the hate they faced the last 8 months.
We discuss Bob McNair's now infamous quotes about the Patriots, and how his comments, uniformed as they may be, are probably representative of other NFL owners, and thus the reason Roger Goodell can push forward with this situation without worrying about blowback from the owners.
Chris Villani and John Tomase discuss Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned by Judge Richard Berman and discuss in hindsight how obvious this should have been.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the Thursday federal court decision to overturn Tom Brady's DeflateGate punishment.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and who should play where. Also, the current outfield in context with Sox history.
Sam, Alex and Paul discuss a recent article in Rolling Stone about Russell WIlson and pretty much rip him to shreds.
WEEI.com's Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss Tom Brady beating the NFL in court and the final roster cuts for the Patriots heading into the 2015 season.
With the transfer window coming to a close, Ben, Russ & Alex hand out transfer grades for each Premier League team. They also discuss the Revs recent surge and debate if it will continue this weekend.
The guys continue to embrace the breaking news and listen to comments from Tedy Bruschi who happily reacts to the news that his former teammate is eligible to play on Opening Night.More from this show