Ortiz Helps Sox Avoid Sweep At Hands Of O’s

David Ortiz hit his 31st homer of the season, and had four RBI as the Red Sox beat the Orioles 6-1at Fenway Park last night. John Lackey got his 13th win of the season, and Josh Reddick added his first home run of the season in the win as well. Get all the stories at RedSoxLinks.com.

Ortiz leads Red Sox to victory, then talks about the possibility of leaving town - Daniel Barbarisi has a look at the big night from Ortiz, followed by talk of wanting a new deal, one without a home town discount.

Jonathan Papelbon won’t be leaving - John Tomase says you can count out a trade involving the Red Sox closer this offseason.

Ken Burns proud to present 10th inning - Michael Silverman with a look at the latest installment of “Baseball.”

Red Sox Notes: Red-hot Victor Martinez playing his way into a rich contract - Barbarisi has the Red sox catcher once again putting up big numbers.

Patriots’ second-half surety is gone - Jeremy Lundblad looks at the Patriots inability to hold second-half leads.

Brady’s not quite dialed in yet - Tom E Curran says that the QB isn’t quite himself yet.

Bagging Buffalo is a key in hunt for division title - Albert R Breer explains why this is such a big game for the Patriots.

Kevin Faulk has not left the building - Ian Rapoport has the injured running back saying that he will remain with the team, helping out in any way that he can while he rehabs his knee.

Without Faulk, this could get ugly - Hector Longo thinks this team could implode without Faulk.

Adjustments coming for Patriots - Mike Reiss says that the entire offense may need to be adjusted without Faulk.

Patriots Notes: Morris, Woodhead say they’re ready to help pick up the slack - Robert Lee has a pair of backs looking to fill Faulk’s shoes.

Worry Wart – Game Three vs. Bills - Chris Warner is still wary of this week’s opponent.

Bruins beat Canadiens in exhibition opener, 4-2 - Joe Haggerty has the Bruins looking good in their preseason opener.

Boston Bruins rookie candidate Joe Colborne can’t wait for his first NHL exhibition game. - While Tyler Seguin and Jordan Caron got to play last night, the 2008 first round pick get his chance tonight. Mike Loftus has that story and a few other notes.

Concussion cases hard to figure - Joe McDonald says that aftereffects can vary greatly from case to case.

Julien impressed by Caron - Fluto Shinzawa’a notebook has the coach impressed with the 2009 first round pick.

Random observation of the morning:

Bill Simmons has been hosting PTI on ESPN this week, and was a guest of Dennis and Callahan this morning. Simmons talked about the experience of hosting PTI, and weighed in on the Patriots and Celtics. At the end, John Dennis told Simmons that his fly was down on the show yesterday. It was a curious comment, but typical of a bully-type trying to make someone else feel foolish and himself appear like the veteran TV guy. Simmons’ fly wasn’t down, and Dennis’ comment was pretty transparent in its objective.

Doc Rivers Tells WEEI KG Will Not Be Ready for Postseason

In his weekly interview with WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that after watching him run this morning, there was “no way” that Kevin Garnett was going to be ready to start the playoffs, and that after 20 minutes of running, he didn’t know if Garnett would be ready at any point to play in the postseason.

I wish that Doc subscribed to the Bill Belichick school of injury discussion. For weeks, Doc has been telling us that Garnett was close, that he could play if the playoffs started that day, that the team was just being cautious, and now he comes and drops this bomb just before the playoffs.

It appears Michael Holley was on the right track earlier this week when he said that he didn’t think KG would be ready for the playoffs, since nothing that Rivers and the Celtics had said regarding KG had turned out to be true. Since that has been the case,  Holley reasoned, why should we believe that Garnett would be ready to play in the playoffs?

Bruins Top Senators, D&C Bash Belichick. Again

The Bruins pulled out a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators last night, and took a step closer to clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Check BruinsLinks.com for the coverage this morning.

The Denver Broncos traded quarterback Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears last night for QB Kyle Orton, two first round draft picks and a third round draft pick. When the trade was announced last night, a BSMW messageboard poster made the comment that we could count on Dennis and Callahan banging the “Belichick could’ve gotten more for Cassel” drum this morning.

That was a gimme. The angry morning duo jumped on the topic with more than the usual enthusiasm this morning, insisting that Belichick bungled this one, or was in the tank with Pioli on the deal. (The term “severance package” came up.)They mocked the “Patriots talking points” that they say have come from the team and that a memo had been relayed to media lackees such as the Big Show crew.

They also presented themselves as the only people brave enough to say these things. They’ve certainly shown the courage of a lion in this episode.

Their list of “Patriots Talking Points” included:

  • A three-way deal such as presented by Denver and Tampa would’ve taken too long.
  • The Patriots needed to get the deal done quickly so they could re-sign the immortal James Sanders.
  • The second round pick is somehow more valuable than a first because you pay that player less for comparable talent.
  • No one approached the Patriots about Cassel prior to the Chiefs offer, even though they all had time to do so.

Dennis loudly proclaimed that Cassel only signed his tender just a few days prior to the start of free agency, so that argument that the Broncos had plenty of time to contact the Patriots was false. Dennis of course, couldn’t be more wrong about this. Cassel signed his tender on February 7th - three weeks before the start of free agency. What’s interesting in that link is that the esteemed Adam Schefter – who they’ve been quoting as gospel in whatever he says, including his claim that Cassel was a top 5 NFL QB, had this to say about Cassel:

The only way the Patriots would trade Cassel is if they know QB Tom Brady is healthy, and even if they do, the bidder needs to be to Cassel’s liking and offer a contract to his liking, or there’s no deal.

That’s not to say it can’t happen. But it’s not going to be easy to make it happen.

 So the guy D&C go to for all things NFL was saying three weeks before the trade that it was going to be difficult to trade Cassel.

And difficult it proved to be. For the value most “experts” seem to project, anyway.

In addition, WEEI regularly plays a promo in which D&C’s other NFL expert, Boomer Esiason says that the rest of the NFL wasn’t sold on Cassel yet, and that’s why the Patriots didn’t get as much as expected.

Dennis and Callahan this morning naturally ignored the biggest reason why Cutler was worth more in a trade than Cassel was.  Hopefully they and all the other conspiracy theorists and Blind Belichick Bashers can read this slowly so they can understand it.

Cutler was valued more because he was under contract for three more years at reasonable money.

 Cassel is playing under the franchise tag -$14+ million this season – then he can walk again next season if a deal isn’t done. He still has the hammer. Cutler was under control for three more years, and thus is a more valuable property. He also went to the Pro Bowl last season (Cassel didn’t) and was near the top of the league in many passing categories. He does come with his own set of immaturity issues, but teams always feel they can work on those.

The Cassel situation is unique. What player has ever changed teams under a one year, $15 million contract and STAYED with that contract? (notice there has been no extension in KC?) Not many.

I’m sure that the Patriots thought they would get more for Cassel than they did. Could they have gotten more? That’s hard to say. It’s evident that there was no big list of teams lining up to outbid each other for Cassel, and that had they waited, they would not have been able to move forward in free agency, where they have in fact been very active.

Would it have been worth it to wait a few days, move up a few picks, or get another third round pick but not be able to sign Fred Taylor, Chris Baker, Shawn Springs, Leigh Bodden, James Sanders, Greg Lewis (trade) and Joey Galloway? It’s likely many of those players would be elsewhere today had the Patriots waited to make a deal.

What’s the old saying? A bird in hand is worth two in the bush? The Patriots determined that grabbing that pick, and being able to move forward in free agency was worth more than waiting and hoping that something better might come along.

Dennis and Callahan are a difficult combination of both agenda-driven and clueless. Bill Belichick is now on the same level as Manny Ramirez and Pedro Martinez in their eyes and they will take every opportunity to try and bash him, even if they are clearly off the reservation in their grasp of the most basic facts.

This comes on the heels of their constant talk that Belichick has sabotaged Josh McDaniels in Denver, leaking the fact that the Broncos were interested in Cassel so that Cutler would be upset. This, they claim was retribution for McDaniels leaving and then signing Lonie Paxton. (and Jabbar Gaffney, but they don’t mention him)

Could this be any more ridiculous? Paxton is a long-snapper for crying out loud.  McDaniels offered him silly money. The Patriots replaced him with a guy who has had a very similar career to Paxton (without the snow angels) at the same money that Paxton was making before.

Dennis and Felger Taking Heat for “Bromance” Talk

Thanks to Dan Kennedy, I was pointed to this article in the BC independent student newspaper The Heights which took exception to a segment of the Dennis and Callahan program this week (actually hosted by Dennis and Mike Felger) which they describe as such:

The commentators made a number of derisive comments about students who they specifically named on air. They asserted that the students are in fact homosexual and that the friendships they share with other men are not as they say. At one point, the commentator referenced a particular student, and, upon reading his name, said, “If that’s not gay, I don’t know what is.”

The hosts also made disturbing remarks about the nature of masculinity and of male friendship. The examples they provided of acceptable male activities invariably involved sporting events, drinking, and strippers.

Adam Gaffin also has a brief entry on the subject, titled, I’d almost think Dennis and Callahan are closeted but …

Man Arrested For Making Threatening Calls to WEEI

David Frank of the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s news blog alerted me to a story this afternoon about a Cambridge man facing charges for making a series of obscene calls to WEEI last year, mostly in reference to the Dennis and Callahan radio show.

Jessica Heslam also has a report on the story, in which the suspect, David S. Banner, 57, made four threatening calls to the station allegedly wishing for Julie Kahn, Jason Wolfe and John Dennis to “die.”

An example from Heslam’s article:

“You and your Klu Klux Klan partner should talk sports you (expletive, expletive). And the next thing too Dennis, when you talk about somebody’s look, look in the (expletive) mirror you donut-eating mother (expletive, expletive) sucker. You and your (expletive, expletive) daughter, die you son of a (expletive).”

Boston.com also has a report.

D&C Election Joke Not Funny to SoS

This morning, Dennis & Callahan made a joke about the election being postponed until tomorrow, and that Democrats should vote then. Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin wasn’t amused and issued a “warning” to the talk show hosts. 

WRKO and WEEI Program Director Jason Wolfe responded to the incident with the following statement:

“In their comments relative to today’s election, Dennis and Callahan were obviously joking about a story that has received significant media coverage. WEEI has been on the air today reminding listeners that today is the only day to vote and encouraging them to vote before the polls close,”