Seven former Patriots players and one former executive -- including tight ends Russ Francis and Ben Coates, wide receivers Irving Fryar and Stanley Morgan -- are among the list of 131 players, coaches and contributors who make up the preliminary list of modern-era nominees for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010.
Other notable nominees announced Saturday include all-time leading receiver Jerry Rice and all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith.
On the offensive side of the ball, Coates and Francis top the list of tight ends, while Fryar and Morgan are among the best of the bunch at the wide receiver spot. In addition, quarterback Rich Gannon -- who was drafted by New England but went on to achieve his greatest success in Oakland -- was also nominated.
On defense, former Patriots cornerback Ray Clayborn also received a nomination, as well as current WEEI contributor Fred Smerlas, who starred as a nose...
Boston College started the ACC portion of its schedule with a 22-7 loss to the Clemson Tigers Saturday afternoon in South Carolina. The Eagles could not get their offense off the ground against their speedy Atlantic Division counterparts, though the defense held the Tigers offense out of the end zone all day, with the margin of victory coming on the strength of six Richard Jackson field goals. For more analysis check out The BC Blog.
BALTIMORE -- Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield checked in with team doctors on Saturday, and was described by manager Terry Francona as being physically fine. The knuckleballer will be checked again on Sunday, and if those tests go well, the 43-year-old will make a start on Monday against the Royals in Kansas City.
With Victor Martinez once again catching Jon Lester on Saturday, Francona was asked whether the catcher might also work with Josh Beckett at some point.
"I don't know," said Francona. "I just don't know the answer to that."
Beckett has made all but three of his starts this year with Jason Varitek behind the plate.
BALTIMORE — Though Jason Bay was originally in Saturday's lineup, the left fielder was subsequently scratched and replaced by rookie Josh Reddick. Bay left Friday's contest due to illness in the sixth inning. J.D. Drew, who had been hitting eighth, will instead move up to sixth, while Reddick will hit eighth.
Victor Martinez will be behind the plate to catch Jon Lester on Saturday against the Orioles in Baltimore. Lester will look to continue his dominance against the Orioles this year, coming in at 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA.
SP -- Lester
The guys have even more reaction to Deflategate and if this is actually a showdown between Bill and Roger.
Tom E. Curran calls the boys during his layover in Denver and gets right into the Deflategate craziness. Tom talks about his knowledge of the situation including his thoughts on if the NFL was indeed trying to set up and catch the Pats in the act. He gets into the relationship between Belichick and the league office, Belichick and Kraft and the actual game on Super Bowl Sunday.
Greg and Steve discuss the Deflategate debacle with callers and give their theories as to what went down in Foxboro last week against the Colts. Both guys think that Pats may be guilty of doing something to the balls, but that so do most other teams. Will Belichick and Brady be punished? Not if the NFL doesn't have proof, which it's looking more and more like they don't.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Tim Hasselbeck joined the show to give his expertise on deflate gate.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show discussing who was lying yesterday.
The guys react to comments made by Former Carolina Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney
After Tom Brady answered questions for a half hour about Deflate-Gate, the guys discuss whether or not they believe him.
Adam Schefter, ESPN, talks everything Deflate Gate with Lou, Christian and Tim on Patriots Friday
We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.
We discuss deflategate and move beyond it for some game talk with Tom E Curran of CSNNE
Michael, Jerry and Andy Hart of PFW continue the dialogue and try and find some sanity in this sea of madness.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
Tim Hasselbeck joined the show to give his expertise on deflate gate.More from this show
After his emotional reaction on NFL Live following Tom Brady's press conference yesterday, Mark Brunell joins Lou, Christian and Tim about all things Deflate GateMore from this show
The guys react to comments made by Former Carolina Panthers General Manager Marty HurneyMore from this show