Based on an Internet algorithm created by the Nielsen Co., the Red Sox are the second most hated team in Major League Baseball, trailing only the Indians. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Nielsen formula uses various keywords to find out whether people have positive, negative or neutral reactions to different brands and products. Following the Red Sox on the list are the Reds, Astros and fifth-place Yankees. The teams ranking the most popular are the Giants and A's.
The NBA has set the dates for the Celtics' conference semifinal series with the Cavaliers. Most of the times are still to be determined. The Celtics get a bit of a break with three days off between Games 2 and 3.
Game 1: Saturday, May 1: Boston at Cleveland, Time to be determined
Game 2: Monday, May 3: Boston at Cleveland, TBD
Game 3: Friday, May 7: Cleveland at Boston, TBD
Game 4: Sunday, May 9: Cleveland at Boston, 3:30
*Game 5: Tuesday, May 11: Boston at Cleveland, TBD
*Game 6: Thursday, May 13: Cleveland at Boston, TBD
*Game 7: Sunday, May 16: Boston at Cleveland, 3:30
* if necessary
Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the C's second-round playoff series against the Cavaliers, set to start Saturday. Rivers said he does not believe LeBron James' elbow injury will slow down the superstar. "I don't think it will have any effect on him," Rivers said. "I think he'll be fine. If he shoots Games 1, 2, 3, 4 left-handed, then I would say something's wrong. Other than that, he'll be fine."
Rivers said even if LeBron James is slowed due to his sore elbow, the Cavaliers have enough other weapons to pick up the slack. "They're a very deep basketball team. They have a lot of different guys," Rivers said. "We have to guard the 3-point line against these guys. LeBron does what he does. But when all those guys -- [Anthony] Parker, Mo Williams, Delonte West, Jamario Moon, [Antawn] Jamison -- when they're standing behind...
Bruins center Marc Savard joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about his comeback. Savard has been out since suffering a concussion in a game against the Penguins March 7, but this week he was cleared to play in the Bruins' second-round playoff series against the Flyers that begins Saturday. "I'm feeling good on the ice right now," Savard said.
He said he understands his presence will be an emotional lift for the home crowd Saturday. "Hopefully everybody is inspired, too, and even myself, and I bring a lot of emotion and adrenaline and energy to the team," he said. "I'm going to try to do that with my play."
Savard said he feared his season was over when he couldn't seem to shake the effects of the concussion. "The first three or four weeks of this concussion I had, they were miserable days, days when I thought how long this might go on for the summer, or how...
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland, who apologized for asking draft prospect Dez Bryant if his mother was a prostitute, has his defenders and detractors. The legendary Mike Ditka falls into the latter category, telling a radio host that "somebody ought to whack him in the head." For more on that, plus videos, trivia and more, check out Thursday's Morning Mashup.
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
WEEI's Chris Price joins Mut to talk about his experience of being in yesterday's Patriots championship parade, and which New England free agents could return to play for the Pats next season.
Super Bowl champ Vince Wilfork joins the show to talk about his feelings about winning the Super Bowl and what his future holds.
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.
Catcher Blake Swihart, one of the Red Sox top-rated prospects, sits down with Lou to talk about Spring Training and his expectations for the upcoming season
Mut, Bradford, and Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo talk about the official opening of spring training tomorrow. Mike Napoli joins them and talks about sleeping better after his sleep apnea surgery, being ready to get back to baseball, and Julian Edelman. They then close things out talking about Xander Bogaerts improving on what he learned last season, and the newer, younger players in camp this spring.
Mut, Bradford, and Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo talk with Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli. Mike talks about sleeping better after his sleep apnea surgery, being excited to get back to baseball, and the picture taken of Julian Edelman.
Pierre McGuire of the NBC Sports Network joins the show to talk about the Bruins' continued struggles, and what the team needs to do to improve moving forward
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton talk with the great Jack Edwards of NESN fame to get his insight on the struggling Bruins as the chances to salvage this season continue to dwindle.
Ryan Lambert calls the guys to talk about the Bruins playoff chances, Chiarelli's future and if the B's are sellers or buyers as the trade deadline approaches.
Big John can't take it anymore, JUST TALK ABOUT SPORTS!!!
Ben joined Dino, Gerry and Kirk to look at the team's offseason acquisitions. He also chatted about the market for adding quality Cuban talent.
Bogaerts sat down with Dino, Gerry and Kirk to talk about the upcoming season. He revealed that he lost his confidence last season after a tough start and is looking forward to settling into shortstop in the future.
With the recent discussions about the "pace of play", the guys discuss the larger issue of baseball's declining popularity.
The guys react to David Ortiz recent diatribe against the new rugulations about players in the batter's box
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton listen in as David Ortiz goes off to the media about the pace of game rule changes being put in place this year in Major League Baseball. They listen to David, discuss it among themselves, and talk with YOU.
Dale and Michael talk B's, as the season seems less and less salvageable after each loss... this time at home to Vancouver.
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.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie are talking baseball, with pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training today. The pace of baseball games being what it is, they discuss some rules that MLB is looking into implementing.
Boston University coach David Quinn joins WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin to discuss the Terriers’ Beanpot title and how he feels about his team as the postseason approaches. Quinn also discusses reports about NHL interest in goalie Matt O’Connor and briefly touches on a recent misstep by Jack Eichel.
After a wild trade deadline, Ben Kichen and Sam Packard breakdown the Celtics and the rest of the NBA. Then Sam yells at Ben about the use of analytics in basketball. Ben yells back.
Chris and Nate from Barstool Sports review the events of Fast Lane and Raw while discussing the potential card at Wrestlemania.
Schilling sits in with Dino, Gerry and Kirk at spring training in Fort Myers. Schill talks about the Red Sox rotation and the indifference of Clay Buchholz.More from this show
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Red Sox Manager John Farrell joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk to help them examine the pressing issues facing the 2015 Red Sox.More from this show