Boomer Esiason of CBS Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to break down the NFL conference championship games and talk about the Super Bowl.
The Steelers jumped out to a 24-0 first-half lead and were able to hang on for a 24-19 victory over the Jets in the AFC championship game. Esiason talked about how these last couple of weeks have showcased the importance of fast starts. “Certainly yesterday, a case could be made for both teams that won," he said. "Quite frankly, I was really shocked at the way the Jets played the first half, the amount of missed tackles. It looked like the Steelers wanted it more.”
Esiason was asked if Jets fans will remember the game more for the slow start or the near comeback. “Here, it’s all about winning and losing. If you lose, they’re going to take shots at you. Already there are all sorts of foot...
Jets coach Rex Ryan got a sendoff from fans in the town where he lives before the Jets lost Sunday's AFC championship game to the Steelers. Fans were invited to show up outside his New Jersey house Saturday morning for an early morning pep rally. Invitations were sent by the mayor of Summit, N.J., as well as the local high school football coach. The event was approved by Ryan's wife, Michelle, who made an appearance.
Meanwhile, after Sunday's game, Ryan told the media he plans to be back next year, and people that want to criticize his team can "go ahead, but you've really got not right."
To see more about that story and others, plus videos, trivia and more, check out Monday's Morning Mashup.
Bruins center Marc Savard returned to Boston Sunday to be evaluated by team doctors after a hit from former Bruin Matt Hunwick knocked him out of Saturday's game in Denver against the Avalanche. Savard, who arrived in Boston Sunday with equipment manager Matt Falconer, will undergo tests Monday after his second injury scare within a week.
Coach Claude Julien said Saturday that Savard would head back rather than accompanying the team to Los Angeles, where the Bruins play Monday night. Julien told reporters Sunday he didn't expect any more news until Monday.
Savard missed the first 23 games of the season while suffering from post-concussion syndrome, a condition that stemmed from his Grade 2 concussion incurred last March on a hit from Penguins forward Matt Cooke.
For more Bruins news, see the team page at weei.com/bruins.
The Steelers won the AFC title game for the third time in six seasons, holding off a furious second-half rally by the Jets to emerge a 24-19 winner Sunday.
The Steelers scored the first 24 points of the game, which included touchdown runs by Rashard Mendenhall (who finished with 121 yards rushing) and Ben Roethlisberger. The Pittsburgh defense contributed to the scoring just 47 seconds after the Roethlisberger TD, as William Gay recovered a Mark Sanchez fumble (off an Ike Taylor sack) and ran 22 yards for a touchdown to give the Steelers a 24-0 lead.
The Jets did not give up, however, as Sanchez threw a pair of second-half touchdown passes, the second of which — to Jerricho Cotchery — cut the lead to 24-19 with just 3:06 left the game.
The Jets would not get the ball back, however, as Roethlisberger converted a third-and-6 pass to Antonio Brown for 14 yards after the two-minute...
The Packers jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead and held on down the stretch for a 21-14 win over the Bears to win the NFC championship on Sunday at Soldier Field. As a result, sixth-seeded Green Bay will advance to Super Bowl XLV in Dallas on Feb. 6.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers finished 17-for-30 for 244 yards, but threw two picks as the Bears nearly put together an improbable comeback behind No. 3 quarterback Caleb Hanie. However, with the Packers driving for what could have been a game-tying score, Hanie was intercepted by Green Bay defensive back Sam Shields.
Hanie was in the game after a reported knee injury to starter Jay Cutler. Cutler was replaced by backup Todd Collins (a product of Walpole). But Collins was ineffective and was quickly yanked in favor of Hanie. Hanie was 13-for-20 for 153 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions, with one of those coming with less than a minute to go in the fourth to seal the game...
Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss the top priorities for the Patriots as the off-season begins. Who do they need to pursue in free agency, who do they need to keep, and what areas of the roster do they need to address?
Picard and Price give their predictions for SB50 later today.
Danny and Price react to the HOF class that was announced last night. They get into the names and legacies, especially a questionable one in Tony Dungy.
Boston Celtics stud Evan Turner joins the WEEI Celtics Podcast to reflect on the Celtics hot streak going into the All-Star break. Turner discussed how much he values being in a great situation in Boston and tries to get inside the life of Brad Stevens. First, Sam Packard and Jared Weiss chopped it up with Kyle Draper, covering the Celtics thrilling classic against Paul Pierce and the Los Angeles Clippers and broke down potential trade scenarios ahead of the deadline.
Trailing a big win by the Celtics over the Clippers, Paul Flannery of SB Nation calls in to talk everything Celtics.
Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training.
Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes joins Rob Bradford to discuss why he's now a relief pitcher, how important it is that he throws harder than most, lessons he learned from last season, and why his love for two very different restaurants in Cracker Barrel and Twin Peaks
This week the guys are joined by Ian Browne of MLB.com, they talk about Clay Buchholz and the impending opening of spring training
Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss the Bruins' Saturday win over Minnesota, sans Patrice Bergeron, with yet another goal from Brad Marchand
Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss Boston's 6-2 in Winnipeg on Thursday night, an answer night after losing 9-2 at home to LA on Tuesday
Ken Laird & DJ Bean discuss the LA Kings 9-2 win at TD Garden on Tuesday as former Bruin Milan Lucic was one of 9 different players to score during a 57-shot night for the Kings
Robert Kraft on WCVB.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Minihane.
A caller to Mike Francesca duped The Pope into thinking that Oscar Robinson was #29 on the list (he was actually #11) which prompted Mike to go insane.
Patriot fans, as expected, begin to connect the dots in hopes of bringing the talented RB to Foxboro.
Lou did the crossover at 9:55 on Friday, which led to a fiery exchange between himself and Kirk Minihane. Lou tells the story and opines on the situation.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with our good friend John Buccigross and talk some NHL hockey.
Dale, Michael and Jerry open up the floodgates on a freestyle friday and talk about whatever you want.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss how good a fit former Bear Matt Forte would be in this Patriots offense.
Mikey, Mut, Lenny, and Lucy are talking Patriots, Red Sox, Presidents and a whole lot more.
Mikey and Mut are talking about free agent running back Matt Forte, and whether he would be a good fit for the Patriots.
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training
Kate Scott, of KNBR in San Francisco, joins Lucy to discuss women in sports radio, the Super Bowl, and how great it is to talk about sports for a living.
The morning show and midday show have been trading barbs for a day and half now. Glenn, Lou and Christian respond to a particularly heated, Kirk Minihane.More from this show
Podcastgate was still alive on Friday, and after listening to Kirk's podcast with Barstool Sports found Dave Portnoy, Glenn wanted to address some of the accusations levied against him.More from this show