ESPN's Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about this weekend's NFL playoff games. Schefter picked the Patriots, Bengals, Cowboys and Packers to win this weekend, and he talked about how the playoffs should be wide open. Said Schefter: "I've heard Baltimore mentioned as a team that basically lost so many close games this year that if they could just get in the playoffs, you wipe the slate clean and they start over and that might be a real dangerous team. Then you hear other people talk about New England, with all the experience it has and some of the key parts it has, and they're dangerous. ... Every team has an element of dangerousness, that's why they're in the playoffs."
As for which teams appear headed to the Super Bowl, "At the start of the season, my prediction was San Diego vs. Green Bay, which I feel pretty good about. There's no reason to switch off...
According to Mike Lowell's trainer, Ron Yacoub, the Red Sox third baseman is showing much-improved mobility after getting a chance to strengthen his surgically repaired right hip throughout the offseason. “No question about it. There’s no question,” said the trainer when asked if the Red Sox will be getting a much more mobile Lowell when spring training roles around. “It’s already played itself out. You can tell his demeanor is different. He was dealing with so much pain last season. It just takes a toll on you. Mentally, physically and emotionally, you’re just worn out. It’s just different this time.” Yacoub also noted that Lowell has taken on a different demeanor this offseason compared to the previous years in which the pair have worked together. "This year he has been on a mission. I could tell. He’s been coming in 4-5 times a week. He’s been on a mission to show he’s healthy...
Patriots tight end Ben Watson made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about Sunday's game against the Ravens. Watson was asked about the difference between the regular season and playoffs. "The biggest thing is the energy level, it's totally different, it's on a whole other level — the excitement, even in the stadium, driving up, the fans. And the game, it's such a faster pace than the regular season," Watson said. "You go through a long season, and it's funny, because we were watching film earlier, you can see how the game kind of slows down as the season goes on and guys kind of get beat up. But then when the playoffs get here, it's kind of like everybody gets a second wind and the speed picks back up."
Watson was asked about playing what could be his final game as a Patriot. "It's something you definitely think about," Watson said. "You definitely want to...
This week's silly (non-Gilbert Arenas) controversy involves a Philadelphia Eagles blogger who filmed himself spitting on the Texas star logo at midfield of Cowboys Stadium, sending Cowboys fans into a tizzy. Read about that (and see the video) and get caught up on the other news of the day, plus additional videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.
Alabama lived up to its billing as the top-ranked team in the country, mounting a 24-6 lead in the first half over No. 2 Texas and then holding off a fourth-quarter rally to win the BCS Championship Game, 37-21. Heisman winner Mark Ingram led the Crimson Tide by rushing 22 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy suffered a shoulder injury that knocked him out of the game in the first quarter, resulting in freshman Garrett Gilbert taking snaps in the title game. Gilbert was 15-for-40 for 186 yards, with two fourth-quarter touchdowns but four interceptions.
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Patriots Insider Tom E Curran previews Pats-Packers
Michael Irvin discusses the coaching of Bill Belichick, Rodgers vs. Brady and the Thanksgiving games.
Devin McCourty joined the show to talk about Aaron Rodgers being the best quarterback they've prepared for, and what he appreciates most about working alongside Darrelle Revis.
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.
Kyle Draper joins Danny Picard to talk about the Celtics chances this season in the Eastern Conference, last Wednesday's home opener blowout against the Nets, and Rajon Rondo's future in Boston
The Red Sox trotted out their newest FA acquisition Tuesday afternoon, third baseman, Pablo Sandoval. The Kung Fu Panda then joined MFB to talk about his conversations with (former) Giant teammate, Jake Peavy, about playing Boston. He also stressed that this move was the next big challenge in his life, and addressed some concerns about his defense, stating that he is focused on being at the hot corner for the duration of his contract.
Buster Olney of ESPN joined MFB to talk about all the free agent news surrounding the Red Sox over the past 24 hours
Red Sox beat writer Brian MacPherson joins Danny Picard to talk about the Red Sox going after Jon Lester and other free agents.
Andy Brickley joined the show to talk about David Pastrnak's first game, the offensive struggles, and Milan Lucic playing with the Swedes.
Dale and Michael get Jack Edwards' 'state of the B' report and talk about the win over the Blues at the Garden on Tuesday.
Andy Brickley joined the show and touched on last night's convincing win over a good team, Matt Bartkowski needing a wake up call, and the NHL review process.
Special Teamer Don Jones was waived in a surprising move, Chandler Jones practiced and the Patriots gear up for what could be their most difficult battle left in Green Bay.
Celtics columnist, Chris Forsberg, joined Butch and Gordon Edes to talk about the young core of players, Brad Stevens' need to win, and the tough November schedule that the Celtics struggled through.
BC football sideline reporter Scott Mutryn with the worst impersonation of all time.
Adam Schefter joined the show as he does every Friday to talk about the hot streak that the Patriots are on, Brady vs. Rodgers, and the problems going on in San Francisco.
We find out what Chris Price was right and wrong about when he made a few predictions before the Lions game. Also, we hear some new ones regarding Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers.
Pats insider Tom E Curran previews Pats-Packers
We get our weekly NFL update with SI/MMQB's Peter King. Peter talks AFC East, first round byes, Jonas Gray/LeGarrette Blount and much more.
Mikey remixes Billy Joel "Movin Out" in honor of the Patriots playing the Green Bay Packers
Brandon covers the NFL, particularly the Detroit Lions for Bleacher Report. He gives us his thoughts on this Sunday's game and how the Lions stack up against the Patriots.
Mikey, Villani, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are talking Patriots-Lions and how the team this year stacks up to Patriots teams of the past.
The guys previewed the upcoming Packers Patriots game and discussed the media's latest tweet beef.
Jerry Thornton's first podcast explores sports stories that would make for interesting 30 for 30 documentaries.
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Ben Cherington joined us to discuss the Sox off-season moves.More from this show