At the stroke of midnight, as Thursday rolls into Friday at the stroke of midnight, the free-agent period will get underway in earnest, with clubs free to present players with contract offers for the first time. The offseason thus enters a new period, where the likes of Jason Bay, John Lackey and Matt Holliday will start to get a true sense of their worth on the open market.
There’s plenty to digest, and WEEI.com’s Lou Merloni, Rob Bradford and Alex Speier will be in the Virtual Pressbox on Thursday, November 19, at noon, to take your questions about how the offseason is shaping up. Join them in the sixth installment of the WEEI.com Thursday baseball chat series.
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Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning and talked about coaching style and dealing with troubled players. In the wake of news stories about coaches being questioned for their abrasive styles, Rivers was asked about his coaching philosophy.
"The number one thing for me is you have to remain agenda-free," Rivers said. "It has to be about [the players], and it has to be about winning. I think if you have those two things — and they believe that, and it has to be true — then they will follow you. ... That doesn't mean the decisions you make are always right. But when you make a decision, and it's always about what's good for the team, then it's very difficult for someone to question you on that."
Rivers said playing for Pat Riley with the Knicks was a memorable experience. "Pat Riley was a great motivator," Rivers said...
Maligned coach Eric Mangini says the Cleveland Browns welcome NBA star LeBron James anytime he wants to try football. What's he got to lose? Meanwhile, they're irate in Ireland after France eliminated the Irish from the World Cup on a goal that should have been disallowed by a hand ball. We've got the video of the controversial play. We also have videos of a memorable hockey goal celebration and a college basketball coach stunned by a reporter's question, plus links to the day's top stories, trivia and more at Thursday's Morning Mashup.
ESPN analyst Herm Edwards spoke with Dennis & Callahan on Thursday morning to talk about fourth-and-2 and other NFL news.
"It's a tough call. Obviously, probably 31 other teams punt the football in that situation," Edwards said. "Bill has made a lot of great decisions. Obviously, you make one like that, and all the ones you've made that have won games for you and won playoff games for you, everyone forgets that. That's the deal about being a head coach. Every situation you make that doesn't work out, you're going to have to answer for it. But the good thing about it is it's really going to bring their team together, knowing that team. Bill really doesn't have to motivate his team this week. I think everyone in the nation has already motivated that football team, especially if you're on the defensive side."
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Rajon Rondo had 12 points in a key third-quarter spurt and finished with 18 points and 12 assists as the Celtics pulled away from the Golden State Warriors, 109-95, at TD Garden on Wednesday night. Paul Pierce finished with a team-high 19 and passed Isiah Thomas for 48th on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Rondo also hit a 3-pointer near the end of the third quarter that helped put the Celtics up, 80-67. Rondo also ended his free-throw futility streak in the third when he converted at the end of a three-point play, ending a string of 10 straight misses, three shy of the NBA record. The Celtics, who led only 49-48 at halftime, snapped their two-game skid and improved to 9-3 on the season. Golden State (3-8) was led by Corey Maggette with a game-high 23. For more, visit the Green Street blog.
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.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game
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
DJ Bean joins Middays with MFB to talk everything going on with the struggling Bruins
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.
Mookie sat in with Dino, Gerry and Kirk to discuss the upcoming season and his preparation for playing in the outfield. Mookie also details one of his favorite hobbies, bowling.
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The guys kick off a free form Friday by looking at the competition in the outfield and a possible peace with Pete Abe.
On this weeks Aloha Friday, Tim apologizes to our producer Tom for not knowing who Leonard Nimoy was, Christian bashes Kanye West, and Joey makes amends for mistaking camel noises for llama noises
DJ Bean joins Middays with MFB to talk everything going on with the struggling Bruins
On this week's Fauria Five, Christian asks what the over/under on how many times Ortiz will be fined for stepping out of the batter's box this season, will the Bruins make the playoffs, will the Patriots use the franchise tag on Devin McCourty, where does Adrian Peterson play next year, and what color was the dress that went viral yesterday
We discuss the good week that was for the prosecution in the Aaron Hernancez murder trial with attorney and professor of law Michael McCann.
Dale and Michael discuss the plight of the Bruins as the trade deadline looms.
Dale and Michael go back and forth on the circumstances around Vandy coach Kevin Stallings verbally berating a player on national TV, and using harsh language like "I'll kill you"
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
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.
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.
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