Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, in his weekly interview on The Big Show, said that he came away impressed by Bobby Valentine from a dinner this week that also included outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, pitcher Clay Buchholz and outfielder Darnell McDonald. The dinner, which took place during the Fiesta Bowl, served as an opportunity for introductions and for Valentine to try to learn about the routines of some of his players, including the degree to which they use scouting reports and video to prepare for opponents.
"He was great. He’s very intelligent, he was open-minded, he was thinking a lot about certain situations just sitting at the table," said Pedroia. "It was pretty cool. I’m pretty excited about it. Hopefully I can pick his brain as much as possible and try to get better. ... Once we get there, we’ll find out more on how camp’s going to be run, what he wants from each of us. It’s going to be fun...
FOXBORO -- The only member of the Patriots roster who was not present at Wednesday's practice session was defensive lineman Kyle Love, but the team announced Wednesday afternoon that his absence was not injury related. In addition, New England listed quarterback Tom Brady on the report with a left shoulder, but indicated he participated fully in practice. Check out the rest of the injury report here:
Did Not Practice
DL Kyle Love (not injury related)
CB Kyle Arrington (foot)
S Patrick Chung (foot)
C Dan Connolly (groin)
WR Julian Edelman (back)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
T Matt Light (ankle)
G Logan Mankins (knee)
CB Devin McCourty (shoulder)
LB Rob Ninkovich (hip)
WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
T Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot)
WR Wes Welker (...
Bruins forward Brad Marchand made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday, two days after receiving a five-game suspension for his low hit on Sami Salo in Saturday's loss to the Canucks. Marchand explained the reason for his hit, called out Canucks coach Alain Vigneault for his "threat" against him, and explained how Shawn Thornton made Dale Weise look foolish by stepping in when Weise actually wanted to fight Adam McQuaid.
Marchand acknowledged that many people view his hit as a dirty play.
"Yeah, you're right. But in a case like that he's still 6-foot-4, he's 220 pounds. He's got 50 pounds on me. He's a big boy coming in. I still have to protect myself," Marchand said. "Obviously, if you get punched you might want to retaliate. So, I was just trying to protect myself.
"In a situation like that there have been guys who are a lot smaller than him who have come at me, and I've done the same...
FOXBORO -- Defensive lineman Kyle Love was the only player not spotted at Patriots practice on Wednesday as the team continues on-field planning for the Broncos this Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
The team practiced in sweats and shells on lower grass field after using their allotted day to work in full pads on Tuesday, when the Patriots had perfect attendance.
The Patriots will have one more day of full practice on Thursday before going through their routine walkthough on Friday, the day before the game.
Former Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest checked in with the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about Saturday's Patriots-Broncos playoff game.
McGinest played on three Super Bowl-winning teams in New England, but that was as part of a much stronger defense than the one that will take the field this weekend.
"They haven't had the defense we had in the past, but it's the future," he said. "What they're doing, I understand, it's a rebuilding process. They're trying to find what's best for that defense, If you look the strength of that team, of course it's the offense and the weapons that they have. So, they're definitely going to have to lean on that a lot more than before as far as decision-making, going for it on fourth down, field position becomes a big part of the game.
"At the end of the day you want to rely on the best players on that team. They still have some good players on defense, but it's just not the...
Fauria calls the boys to give his take on the game today and why he sees a Patriots victory on the horizon - although he says he's getting more and more nervous as kickoff approaches. He gets into the match-ups, "fire alarm-gate", how the Steelers D will approach the Pats - zone or man, and more.
The boys chat about the importance of the versatility of Dont'a Hightower and his impact on the Pats D throughout his career but especially this season.
Pete, Price and Jerry continue breaking down the AFC Championship and give their thoughts and analysis on Pats/Steelers.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
"D-Wood" Joins the show to talk Brady vs. Rodgers and predicts a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl.
Hour 4. Bill Belichick holds his Friday press conference while Mut and Kirk try and play a game. Mut has a big announcement. Gerry calls in from the Inauguration on his crystal-clear cell phone.
Hour 3. Ben Volin shares a stat about Trump that will blow your mind. Mut wouldn't answer any questions about Trump's alleged sexual assaults.
Old Friend Tim Benz joins OMF, and while they regale tales of dysfunction, Benz manages to predict that the Patriots will win Sunday.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian enjoy the festivities ahead of the Inauguration, and give their predictions for Patriots-Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian love how Bill Belichick reacts to the plethora of stupid questions he receives from the Media during his Press Conferences.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe spend the day discussing the AFC Championship.
We close out the work week with the best sound clips of the day.
We check in with hall of famer Michael Irvin to find out what happened to his Dallas Cowboys and look at the remaining playoff match-ups.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Uncle Buck, George from S**t Pats Fans Say, and Jerry Thornton talk about the Patriots history in the AFC Championship game, the big wins, the bad losses, and what it will take for the Pats to win another AFC Championship game.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the K&C week after a Friday show with Kirk, Mut and Ben Volin in studio.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap the Thursday K&C show featuring Jon Meterparel back in the saddle.
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