Patrice Bergeron made his dramatic return to the Bruins lineup on Thursday night, scoring the go-ahead goal in the home opener as the Bruins beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1. With all of the uncertainty in the Bruins lineup, the team continues to impress in the early-going of the season.
Patriots and Steelers Show Their Dislike for Each Other Ahead of Sunday's Matchup
Zolak and Bertrand begin Friday's show with their opening thoughts as we wind down another week and get set for the Patriots to take on the Steelers on Sunday at 4:25. One opening thought is the subtle disdain that both the Pats and Steelers share in the wake of some comments that have come out of both camps this week. One of the comments that has Zolak most fired up comes from Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler, who said that the Patriots do things that are "on the edge of legal and not legal".
Jones was joined by Dave Goucher and Bob Beers following the Bruins 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden on Thursday night. The guys also went over the good and the bad from the win in Plus/Minus.
During Hour 3 of Felger and Massarotti, the guys continued to discuss the Patriots. Josh Miller, former Patriots punter and current host on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, joined Mike and Tony to preview Sunday’s Patriots-Steelers game. Finally, the guys discussed last night’s Chicago Cubs win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Billy Jaffe of NESN.com join Zolak and Bertrand to talk about the Bruins, and their home opener tonight vs the New Jersey Devils. The guys also discuss the team's first three games, and how they've looked so far this season.
With the Raiders move to Las Vegas seemingly steps away, the guys discuss how Roger Goodell and the NFL continue to be against the legalization of gambling, despite apparently willing to move one of their franchises to the gambling capital of the USA.
Would you rather face Landry Jones or Ben Roethlisberger?
Zolak and Bertrand ask the question of whether they would rather have the Pats face Landry Jones or Ben Roethlisberger this week. The guys discuss whether or not the Pats need to face a guy like Big Ben with an easy schedule going forward.
Zolak and Bertrand wonder if Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin took a shot at the Patriots during his weekly conference call. The guys wonder if Tomlin is trying to help his QB. The topic of the Pats schedule also arises.
The guys continue totalk about the positions Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona and Cubs GM Theo Epstein have put themssleves in. The question of whether the Sox are better off now, compared to then gets raised as well.
Zolak and Bertrand start Thursday's show with a reaction to the Cleveland Indians making the World Series, by beating the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-0 last night in Toronto. The guys dicuss how Terry Francona is playing with house money, while how Theo Epstein's Championship run in Boston is more impressive than what he is currently doing with the Cubs.
Danny Ainge On Smart, Olynyk Injuries, His Free Chipotle Card
Celtics president of basketball ops. Danny Ainge joined Toucher & Rich on Thursday to discuss the injuries to Marcus Smart and Kelly Olynyk, how the team looked in the preseason, and his new card that gets him free Chipotle.
Paul Perillo, of Patriots Football Weekly, joined Felger and Massarotti during Hour 3 to continue to discuss the Patriots. The guys talked about Vontaze Burfict’s unnecessary roughness fine, previewed Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the issues with the NFL tablets.
In Hour 2, Felger and Mazz continued to talk about Theo Epstein’s time in Boston. Mike and Tony also got into the New England Patriots and Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s $75,000 fine for unnecessary roughness in Sunday’s game. Finally, the guys discussed Bill Belichick’s issue with the NFL’s tablets.
Felger and Massarotti opened up the show discussing the MLB Playoffs. Are Red Sox fans rooting for a Terry Francona vs. Theo Epstein World Series? Mazz went on to break down the resume of Dave Dombrowski.
Zolak and Bertrand discuss the indefensible action of Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict on Sunday, as well as the NFL's concussion protocol and the lack of awareness by the league when it came to Cam Newton and his head injury.
Bruins defenseman Torey Krug calls into Zolak and Bertrand to discuss the Bruins start of the season, including their two wins so far. They also discuss the young defenseman and how they're fitting in to the Bruins lineup early on.
Patriots left tackle Nate Solder joins Zolak and Bertrand to talk about the return of Tom Brady and what he has meant to the team, while also dicussing the Vontaze Burfict issue with LeGarrette Blount last week.
After yesterday's call, and look into Aaron Rodgers, Zolak & Bertrand take a further dip into Rodgers' stats post-Deflategate, including an email that has Aaron Rodgers QB Rating ranked in a place you won't believe, since the controversey.
Zolak and Bertrand start Wednesday's show with a discussion about quarterback play around the league. The guys discuss how there is very little "good" quarterback play around the league besides Brady, Roethlisberger, Wilson, and the usual characters, and how the NFL needs some new blood to go deep into the playoffs.
The guys play The Game of Jones - Over/under. The topics they cover include
Tuukka Rask goals against this year - 2.30 Points per game for Isaiah Thomas - 22.2 Buffalo Bills wins this season - 9.5 Games in the NLCS - 6.5 TD passes for Tom Brady this year - 30
During Hour 3, Felger and Massarotti got into the Boston Bruins and last night’s win over the Winnipeg Jets. Mike and Tony also talked some Boston Celtics and rookie Jaylen Brown. Finally, the guys discussed Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer’s finger injury.
In Hour 2 of Felger and Mazz, the guys continued to talk some Patriots and the health of Julian Edelman. Mike and Tony take a look around the rest of the NFL in “10 Questions with Greg Bedard.” To wrap up the hour, the guys previewed Sunday’s Patriots game against the Steelers.
Felger and Massarotti were joined by Greg Bedard, of Sports Illustrated, and the guys opened up the show discussing the competition in the AFC. Mike, Tony, and Greg looked back on Sunday’s New England Patriots win over the Cincinnati Bengals and gave their “3 Ups and 3 Downs.” Finally, is Felger a “Fence-sitter”?
0:00- The Defensive Player Who was the Key to Patriots Defensive Turnaround 6:58- Is the NFL Facing a Rebellion? 13:38- Baseball Questions with Dan Shaughnessy 22:52- Patriots Playing Nice with ESPN 34:18- Brady Refuses to Answer Donald Trump Question
Though it was last week, it still appears that sports and politics remain a volatile hot-button topic. When you mix in the New England Patriots and everyone's favorite QB Tom Brady, you have the recipe for a media firestorm. Zo, Bertrand and Dan Shaughne3ssy take a look at the extra special attention that Brady is receiving in the wake of his past support of and relationship with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
It would appear that the Patriots and ESPN have a less icy relationship than they may have during the entirety of the DeflateGate saga. Now that Brady's suspension has ended and it would seem that the litigation against the team has subsided, the Patriots have been featured in a more favorable light by the network. Zo, Bertrand and Dan Shaughnessy take a look at how that was on display this past weekend in Foxboro.