Doc Rivers was asked on a conference call by a reporter from New Orleans if the Hornets had made assistant coach Tom Thibodeau an offer for their head coaching position. "No, not yet," Rivers said. "I'm hoping they do soon. He deserves it. I haven't heard much. Thibs and I do talk about it. So we're just hoping." As a follow-up, Rivers was asked if this was a distraction. "I'm not worried about it," Rivers said. "There's nobody that's going to work harder than Tom Thibodeau. Ever. He will never be a distraction. That's the one guy I have no concern with. I'm not worried about it all."
Joe West, the umpire reportedly under investigation by MLB for his actions in Wednesday's White Sox-Indians game, is the crew chief for the four-game Red Sox-Royals series that begins Thursday night. Terry Francona was asked before the game about the controversial West.
"I don't know, I think you'd be better off asking Ozzie [Guillen]," Francona said. "I think that's my answer. Our goal is to win today and if possible make it through nine innings. I'd rather not lose and I'd rather not get suspended. So, again, check with Ozzie."
On Wednesday in Cleveland, West called two balks on White Sox starter Mark Buehrle, who tossed his glove to the ground in disgust after the second balk was called in the third inning. West, who had ejected Guillen in the second inning for arguing the first balk call, promptly ejected Buehrle following his glove toss.
Guillen, never one to...
The good news for the Celtics is that Glen Davis is doing better, but Marquis Daniels is not and Rasheed Wallace's back spasms have not gone away. "Baby looks good," Doc Rivers said on a conference call with reporters. "He still has to go through some tests this evening for our doctors to get clearance. He didn't have any headaches today, he had some last night, which is a big step. All of it will be a game-time decision." The news was not so promising on Daniels. "I would actually say that right now, he will not be ready, but that will be a game-time decision." As for Wallace, Rivers said that his back spasms prevented him from sitting down the during the team's film session Thursday morning. All three are considered game-time decisions.
ESPN analyst and former Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi continued Thursday’s theme of questioning sports officials in his criticism of Major League Baseball umpires on The Big Show Thursday afternoon. His criticism came following a debacle in which umpire Joe West ejected both White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and starting pitcher Mark Buehrle for arguing balk calls on Buehrle in the White Sox' game against the Indians Tuesday.
In particular, Ricciardi took issue with umpires beginning the arguments that lead to ejections. “I think it’s been a problem in our game for a long time,” he said. “A manager has the right to ask questions. I’ve always had a problem when the umpire being the guy who is the aggressor. … People pay a lot of money to come see players, especially a guy like Buehrle. God, you want to see him pitch. You want to see him out there. I don’t know what’s become of...
The Patriots announced Thursday afternoon they have re-signed linebacker Derrick Burgess and released linebacker Bruce Davis and wide receiver Isaiah Stanback. In his first season in New England last year, the 31-year-old Burgess had 35 tackles and five sacks. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
We check in on the Patriots off-season with ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss. Mike updates us on Revis, McCourty, Wilfork and more.
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.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk chat with Tom Curran about the Patriots declining Vince Wilfork's option and the status of Darrelle Revis.
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McPhee joined Dennis, Callahan and Minihane to give a first hand account of the proceedings inside the courtroom during the trial of the Boston bomber.
Peirre McGuire of NBC Sports to talk about the snake-bit Bruins and their chances of making the playoffs. Pierre then weighs in the idea of Christian Fauria playing goalie
Steve Cooper, reporter for 7 News, joined the show to talk about the first day of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial.
Legalization issues, substitute teachers shower outrageous movies, and Auntie Fee, the best cooking show host.
Michael, Dale and Jerry reflect on the career of Vince Wilfork with the Patriots, and wonder if it's really final... whether there's any chance at all that Vince could return to the Patriots.
Michael and Jerry talk about the Celts win last night, and a great play drawn up by Brad Stevens for the win.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss how losing Wilfork's salary cap hit might be part of a bigger plan to hang on to Darrelle Revis and others.
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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