Kurtis Foster set up goals by Alex Tanguay and Martin St. Louis as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Bruins 2-1 Monday night. Marco Sturm scored for Boston and Tim Thomas made 37 saves in the loss. The Bruins went 1-1 on a brief two-game road trip in Florida, having taken a 2-1 win over Florida Sunday. The B’s will host Atlanta at TD Garden Wednesday before taking the ice at Fenway Park for a highly anticipated Winter Classic contest with Philadelphia on New Year’s Day.
With the AFC East title wrapped up, Patriots coach Bill Belichick wouldn't tip his hand as to whether or not he would rest his starters in the regular-season finale against the Texans in Houston on Sunday. "I think there’s always a fine line about doing what’s best for your team. You want to make the best decision, but it isn’t always clear cut," Belichick told "The Big Show" on his weekly appearance Monday afternoon. "We’ll see how it goes this week. We just want to make sure that we make the corrections from the Jacksonville game, try to improve in the areas that we need to get ironed out, and things that we did well, make sure that those are re-emphasized and re-inforced. And continue to do those and we’ll prepare for this week as we get into Houston. We’ll continue to do that tonight and tomorrow." To listen to the complete interview, click...
Despite residing in different divisions, the Patriots and Colts will face each other for the eighth straight year during the 2010 regular season. For the first time since 2006, however, the rivarly will take place in Gillette Stadium. That realization -- along with more information about the 2010 schedule -- came in the aftermath of the Patriots’ clinching the AFC East on Sunday.
The Patriots will host the Baltimore, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Minnesota at Gillette Stadium, as well as the traditional division games against Buffalo, the New York Jets and Miami. The 2010 road opponents are Pittsburgh, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and San Diego, as well as the traditional road stops against AFC East opponents the Jets, Bills, Dolphins. The complete schedule will be unveiled in the spring.
Patriots running back Sammy Morris checked in with the Dale & Holley show Monday morning and weighed in on the Colts pulling their starters in their first loss of the season yesterday, ending their run at an undefeated campaign. Morris sympathized with first-year Colts coach Jim Caldwell. "If coach Caldwell decided to play his starters and one of those guys got hurt, then he'd be an idiot," Morris said. "But he pulled them, so now they're saying that he quit. It's a Catch-22. There's no winning that. ... You try to keep the end goal in perspective without forsaking what's going on now, which is a difficult task."
As for the Patriots' approach to Sunday's game against the Texans, Morris deferred to his coaches. "Whatever the coaches decide is how I'm going to approach it," he said. "I have trust in our coaches that whatever they decide will be the best for the team."
Patriots defensive lineman Ty Warren made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Monday morning. Warren talked about the team's upcoming game against the Texans and whether the Patriots would play their starters after already having clinched the AFC East title. "Ultimately, that's the coach's decision to make," Warren said. "But in no way, shape or form do we plan on just laying down just because."
Warren also commented on the Colts losing yesterday for the first time this season after pulling Peyton Manning in the third quarter. That left the Patriots as the only team to post a 16-0 record in the regular season. "I can't say that a smirk didn't come on my face there, and for the Saints a week ago," Warren said. "Looking at the game yesterday, I don't think there's a player on that team that didn't want to go 16-0. ... Peyton looked like he was about to cry."
Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick joins Dale and Steve DeOssie to talk about cutting the roster down to 53 players. Jimmy Garoppolo is set to start and play most, if not all of the preseason contest against the Giants. Bill also expressed his thoughts about the kicking game and how some of the new rules have affected the importance of it.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the news that Jimmy Garoppolo will get the start Thursday and play most of the game. They talk about what it might mean for Ryan Mallett.
Julian Edelman joins Christian and Danny Picard to talk about his approach going into the season, his performance this preseason, as well as the VMAs, and preventing cramps using mustard.
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.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell talks about Bogaerts' concussion and the youth movement.
As he does every Wednesday, Buster Olney, ESPN, joins the boys of MFB to talk baseball. This week Buster shed some light on what to expect from Rusney Castillo, and how Cuban players are being viewed. He suggests that the acquisition of Castillo helps Boston's chances to get Giancarlo Stanton. Also, the Sox should shut down Koji if they want to re-sign him.
Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Castillo signing, Giancarlo Stanton, and the MLB's pace of play.
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
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Times discussed the Logan Mankins deal.
Chris Nowinski discussed the future of Wes Welker.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Buck.
Tim talks about the city of Las Vegas attempting to get an NHL franchise. Lou wards off "huge" bat. Christian winds up in the dog house again, for what happened on MFB yesterday.
After Will Middlebrooks struck out against a position player, Steve Tolleson, last night against Toronto, he seemed to be laughing as he left the batter's box. Lou critiqued Middlebrooks on Twitter, which caused Will's fiance Jenny Dell to tweet (indirectly) in defense of her man.
Red Sox Manager talks about Xander's concussion and the youth movement on the Red Sox.
Josh Gordons suspension was upheld. Why is there such a stigma about weed in sports?
Today we discuss the four most famous Pats players that Bill Belichick surprisingly dealt away.
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.
How can teams acquire players who are entering their primes without having to live through the potentially massive transition of prospects coming from the minors to the big leagues? The Red Sox have two such case studies. The signing of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo represents one effort to acquire a player for his prime years for whom the transition to big league-caliber competition might not be turbulent. Red Sox assistant director of player personnel discusses the scouting process involved with landing Castillo. The episode also features Brock Holt, the one rookie who played at a consistently high level for the Red Sox this year. Holt explores some of the distinctions that might help to explain why he did not experience some of the struggles that characterized the seasons of Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.
Rob Bradford is joined by Turtleboy of TurtleboySports.com to discuss which current major leaguers might be in line to become Hall of Famers. The duo dive into the difficulties facing the current crop of big leaguers when trying to reach Hall of Fame status.
Fantasy Football Drafts are now happening every day, so Pete Davidson and Jim Hackett have you covered. This Podcast focuses on the High Value Targets you can get in your drafts if you draft smartly. These players can slip to you and make a great impact on your roster as the season moves on. The draft is won in the middle to late rounds when the best upside players are taken. Jim and Pete give you in depth analysis on the High Value Targets to seek along with the Rookies that can make an impact this year. Jim and Pete will be back this Sunday morning too, on-air at WEEI FM 93.7 with even more. Prepare and enjoy!
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