Saturday, May 31, 2014

Ortiz to Price: 'You're a little bitch'

David Price is still upset about David Ortiz pimping a home run in last year's playoffs, so he decided to hit David Ortiz with a fastball on Friday night, and after the game, Big Papi went off

And Ortiz is right. He should be upset. But is more retaliation from the Red Sox on the way?

I reacted to "Fight Night at Fenway" on WEEI 93.7 FM, Saturday, and WEEI.com's Rob Bradford joined me for a segment with his take.

Click here to listen to our conversation about the feud. We also discussed Stephen Drew's presence on the team when he returns.

@DannyPicard

Thursday, May 29, 2014

My message to Clay Buchholz

The Red Sox honored the 2004 World Champions before Wednesday's game at Fenway, and perhaps it took the spotlight away from Clay Buchholz' comments regarding a potential minor-league rehab assignment, which shouldn't be overlooked

You would think that the whole purpose for this DL stint would be to give Buchholz a chance to fix his mechanics somewhere -- anywhere -- other than a Major League mound.

Well, here's what Buchholz had to say to Comcast SportsNet New England's Trenni Kusnierek on Wednesday:

"That's a tough subject, just on the simple fact that I know there's nothing left for me in Triple-A. I know that I've done my time there and had a lot of success at the Triple-A level, Double-A level. And the only way to get better, in my mind, is to face Big League hitters and have one good inning, one good start against a Big League lineup, and I think that's where the confidence and mindset will feed off of."

Right.

Well, on Thursday's podcast, I reacted to those comments, while acting out a potential scene of Buchholz getting called into Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington's office. I played the role of Cherington (35:30 in).

I  opened the show reacting to the 2004 Red Sox ceremony, while looking at what's gone right for the current Sox club during this three-game win streak.

Somewhere in between, I pitched an idea to the WWE Network. At least, it sounds like an idea that Dolph Ziggler likes, because he "favorited" it on Twitter.

Just something for Vince McMahon to think about. I'd drive to Stamford, Connecticut right now.

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@DannyPicard

Talkin' championships on Comcast SportsNet


I made an appearance on Comcast SportsNet New England's "Sports Tonight" on Wednesday, and we reacted to the 2004 Red Sox ceremony and discussed our championship mindset in New England

@DannyPicard

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

That's more like it

Grady Sizemore and Jackie Bradley Jr each had a pair of hits in Boston's 6-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night, and it's exactly the type of production that the Red Sox are looking for

Jon Lester was also pretty good in Atlanta. All of it combined to the Sox winning their second straight game.

On Wednesday's podcast, I reacted to their current two-game win streak, and looked ahead to the upcoming homestand.

Also on the show, I reminisced about the 2004 World Champion Red Sox, who will be honored at Fenway on Wednesday night before the game.

Plus, I took a look at the Stanley Cup and NBA playoffs.

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@DannyPicard 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mixed emotions

The Red Sox found a way to break out of a 10-game losing skid on Monday in Atlanta, but Clay Buchholz' situation in the Red Sox' rotation didn't get any easier in the process

Last week, I told you that the Red Sox should find a way to put Buchholz on the DL and let him fix his mechanics in the minors.

Well, that didn't happen. And while the Red Sox finally won a game on Monday, it had nothing to do with Buchholz.

On Tuesday's podcast, I once again stressed the need to take Buchholz out of the rotation for the time being. And it sounds like the Red Sox now feel the same way.

Also, Providence Journal Red Sox beat writer Brian MacPherson joined me on Tuesday's podcast with his thoughts on where the team currently stands and what they should do moving forward.

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@DannyPicard

Monday, May 26, 2014

When the goin' gets tough

Jonny Gomes did all he could Sunday to help get the Red Sox out of their hole, but not even his home run and shoving match with Yunel Escobar could prevent Boston's losing skid from reaching 10 games

On WEEI 93.7 FM Monday, I opened the show with my reaction to Gomes' attempt to fire up the team, both at the plate and with a fight.

Listen to my opening segment at WEEI.com.

@DannyPicard

Friday, May 23, 2014

'Stubborn' Lester struggles early

Jon Lester was supposed to put an end to his team's losing ways, instead, he allowed seven runs in the first two innings against the Blue Jays, extending the Red Sox losing skid to seven games

There was no podcast on Friday, because I hosted on WEEI 93.7 FM in Boston from 10am-2pm with Comcast SportsNet's Mike Giardi.

We talked Red Sox, Bruins, and Patriots. Here are some links:

http://audio.weei.com/a/92354072/red-sox-lose-6-in-a-row-at-home-5-23-2014.htm

http://audio.weei.com/a/92355544/drew-to-play-ss-bogaerts-to-3rd-what-about-middlebrooks-5-23-2014.htm

http://audio.weei.com/a/92360582/picard-says-doug-hamilton-will-be-an-all-star.htm

I'll also be hosting on WEEI Saturday at 1pm and again on Monday at 10am. So, no podcast again until Tuesday.

@DannyPicard

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Here's a plan

Clay Buchholz had his best velocity of the season on Wednesday night, but that didn't necessarily help him locate, which calls for an idea that might be in his -- and the team's -- best interest

Maybe it's time for a DL stint.

Buchholz says he's not hurt. John Farrell mentions his mechanics. So, why not take some time off to work on those mechanics and make it right?

On Thursday's podcast, I brought up the idea of possibly putting Buchholz on the disabled list, while not giving up on him and his future success. What's best for Buchholz is best for the Red Sox.

Also, I closed out the show explaining why, if I'm Danny Ainge, I'd still trade for Kevin Love, even if he wouldn't sign an extension with the Celtics.

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@DannyPicard 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Love still in sight

The Celtics weren't very lucky on Tuesday night and ended up with the No. 6 pick in this year's NBA Draft, but with all the future draft picks that Danny Ainge owns, Boston should still have a realistic shot at acquiring Kevin Love from Minnesota

Comcast SportsNet's Kyle Draper joined me on Wednesday's podcast to discuss the Celtics' chances of pulling off a trade for Love, even with the sixth pick.

Also, I closed out Wednesday's show reacting to the Red Sox signing Stephen Drew. And I feel the same way Xander Bogaerts does. We're not happy.

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@DannyPicard

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Nothin' but Love

The NBA Draft Lottery is on Tuesday night, and while the Boston Celtics are in the mix for a top-three pick, the name stealing all the headlines might be Kevin Love

He reportedly wants out of Minnesota. And the Celtics are reportedly interested.

So, it just makes sense that Boston trades its lottery pick to the Timberwolves, in a package deal that would land Love.

On Tuesday's podcast, I reacted to those trade rumors. Also, former New England Patriot/Super Bowl champion and 98.5 The Sports Hub's Jermaine Wiggins joined me to talk Bruins, Celtics, and Ty Law's induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame.

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@DannyPicard

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Trending away from leadership?

With the Bruins' season coming to an end in the second round of the playoffs, the future of Shawn Thornton is being questioned in Boston, even though it probably shouldn't be

Peter Chiarelli, when talking about Thornton's future, pointed out that the NHL game is "trending away" from fighting. His words could be a sign that the Bruins' enforcer won't be back next season.

On WEEI 93.7 FM Saturday night, I strongly defended Thornton and the leadership he brings to the team, and passionately explained why I think the Bruins should bring him back for one more year.

Listen below, or at WEEI.com:

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@DannyPicard

Friday, May 16, 2014

Moving on?

Jarome Iginla will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and while it's clear that the veteran winger is still chasing a Stanley Cup, it remains to be seen that he'll choose to do so with the Bruins

I think Iginla would be crazy to leave Boston. But he can choose to go wherever he wants. And after a 30-goal season with the B's, he may even be looking for a raise.

On Friday's podcast, as I continued to look back at the Bruins' disappointing playoff finish, I tried to put myself in the shoes of Iginla, the free agent.

Also on the show, ESPN-Boston's Joe McDonald joined me to help break down what happened against the Montreal Canadiens.

And I closed out the podcast discussing the NBA playoffs, the Red Sox' weekend series against the Detroit Tigers, Aaron Hernandez, and Johnny Manziel.

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@DannyPicard

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Game over

The Montreal Canadiens ended the Bruins' season a whole lot earlier than expected on Wednesday night, and now, we're left here trying to pick up the pieces in Boston

On Thursday's podcast, I reacted to the B's Game 7 loss, and broke down the entire series and the entire season, while taking a quick look ahead to the future.

Also on the show, I gave my take on Steve Kerr choosing to coach the Golden State Warriors over the New York Knicks.

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@DannyPicard

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Poundin' their chests

Game 7 between the Bruins and Canadiens is upon us, and it's time for Boston to toss the hard hat on, lace up the work boots, and play like the blue-collar team everyone is used to seeing

On Wednesday's podcast, I gave my prediction to Game 7, and Barstool Sports' Rear Admiral joined me with his keys to the game.

Here's a teaser of my prediction from Comcast SportsNet on Tuesday night:



Also on Wednesday's podcast, I reacted to Doc Rivers blaming his Clippers' Game 5 loss on the officials. And is Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson trying to get traded to New England?

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@DannyPicard

Andre Johnson to the Patriots?



I joined Mike Felger and Steve Buckley on Comcast SportsNet New England Tuesday night, and we discussed Andre Johnson being unhappy in Houston, and what it means for the Patriots

@DannyPicard

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Back to Boston

The Montreal Canadiens forced a Game 7 back in Boston after taking advantage of a few Bruins mistakes, and ultimately, outplaying Boston in Game 6

Montreal was a desperate hockey club on Monday night in their own building. And they played like it.

On Tuesday's podcast, I reacted to the Bruins' Game 6 loss, and gave a prediction for Wednesday's Game 7 at the TD Garden.

Also, I took a look at the NBA playoffs, and discussed the latest Donald Sterling comments.

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@DannyPicard

Monday, May 12, 2014

Still a contender

Bill Belichick drafted a quarterback in the second round of the draft, and while some may be passionately questioning the early selection of Jimmy Garoppolo, the Patriots remain among the NFL's elite

Yes, I was surprised they took a QB so early. But you can't convince me that -- even if they drafted what I wanted them to draft, a tight end -- there was any player available who would absolutely be making an immediate impact this season.

Bottom line, quarterback or no quarterback in the second round, the Patriots are in the same spot they entered the draft in. They're still a Super Bowl contender.

On Monday's podcast, I reacted to New England's draft weekend with Boston Herald Patriots Insider Jeff Howe.

Also, I talked Bruins/Canadiens, Stanley Cup & NBA playoffs, and Red Sox baseball.

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@DannyPicard

Friday, May 09, 2014

Unlikely hero

Matt Fraser came to the Boston Bruins' organization as part of the Tyler Seguin trade this past summer, and when he was called upon in the biggest spot of his career, the 23-year-old scored the biggest goal of his life, and earned a new nickname in the process

The Bruins got back to playing their game, and evened up the series with Montreal at 2-2, thanks to "Frozen Yogurt" Fraser's overtime heroics.

On Friday's podcast, I reacted to the B's big win, and looked ahead to how the rest of the series could play out.

Also on Friday's show, I looked at the first round of the NFL Draft. And even though the New England Patriots actually made their first-round selection, I explained why most of my focus was on another draft storyline.

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@DannyPicard

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Back to basics

The Boston Bruins got away from their physical brand of hockey in Game 3, but they'll have to revert to their usual mindset if they want to even up the series in Game 4

On Thursday's podcast, NHL Insider Jimmy Murphy joined me to preview that Game 4. Also, I gave my prediction on how the rest of the series will play out.

Plus, I discuss what the New England Patriots should do in the NFL Draft.

And I closed out the show taking a look at the Indiana Pacers' interesting NBA playoff experience.

And the Boston Red Sox won again. But I do have a concern: Koji Uehara's flat splitter.

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@DannyPicard

Talkin' Bruins and Patriots on Comcast SportsNet



I joined Mike Felger, Lou Merloni, and Marc Bertrand on Comcast SportsNet New England, Wednesday night, and we discussed the Bruins/Canadiens playoff series through three games. The videos for both Bruins segments are above.

We even discussed what the Patriots should do at the NFL Draft. The video for our football segment is below.


Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Hurting themselves

The Bruins entered Game 3 in Montreal with a seemingly strong effort to stay out of the penalty box, and in the process, that lack of physicality and aggressiveness ended up costing Boston the game

If the Bruins don't want it to cost them the series, then they'll need to change their mindset real quick, forget about the officiating, and just play their game.

On Wednesday's podcast, I reacted to the B's Game 3 loss, explained why they hurt themselves, and stressed what they now must do to even up the series.

I also discussed the NBA Playoff picture, and the Red Sox' walk-off win, thanks to Grady Sizemore.

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@DannyPicard

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Gotta stop him

The Bruins might be mad at the difference in penalty minutes for each team through two games of their second-round series with the Montreal Canadiens, but they should be more concerned with trying to shut down P.K. Subban on the power play

Comcast SportsNet's Mike Giardi joined me on Tuesday's podcast from Montreal. We talked Bruins/Canadiens, and even a little NFL Draft.

Also, I closed out the show wondering how Roy Hibbert can finish a playoff game with zero points and zero rebounds.

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@DannyPicard

Julien should be mad at Meszaros, not refs



I joined Comcast SportsNet New England's "Sports Tonight" on Monday to talk Bruins and Red Sox, and here's video of my B's segment, in which me and Mike Felger agree on what Claude Julien should actually be upset about

You can also watch the segment on CSNNE.com.

@DannyPicard

Monday, May 05, 2014

They did it again

The Boston Bruins came back from a 3-1 third-period deficit to defeat the Montreal Canadiens in Game 2, evening the second round playoff series at 1-1 as it heads to Montreal

Game 3 isn't until Tuesday night, but on Monday's podcast, I looked back at the Bruins' dramatic comeback on Saturday.

I also recapped the weekend that was in the NBA playoffs, Major League Baseball, and more.

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@DannyPicard

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Talkin' hockey on Comcast SportsNet



I joined Lou Merloni and Michael Holley on Comcast SportsNet New England, Friday night, to discuss the Boston Bruins' Game 1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens 

Click play above to watch our Bruins/Canadiens segment, or click this link to watch on CSNNE.com.

@DannyPicard

Friday, May 02, 2014

Canadiens take Game 1

The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series, and former Canadien and Bruin Chris "Knuckles" Nilan joined Friday's podcast with his reaction

Chris Nilan also opened up about diving in the NHL, Brad Marchand, and the league's officiating. It's pretty much a "must-listen."

For example, I asked Nilan about the idea here in Boston that the refs in Montreal favor the Canadiens when they play the Bruins. His response: "It's crap. Back in the day, all you heard was Harry Sinden, 'Oh the ghosts of the Forum.' That's all bullshit."

Also on Friday's show, I discussed what went wrong fro the Red Sox in their double-header with the Tampa Bay Rays. And I closed out the week taking a look at the NBA playoffs, and giving you a "must-watch" baseball game on Sunday.

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@DannyPicard

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Ready to break out?

David Krejci had only two points in Boston's first-round playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings, and with all the talk about Montreal's skill in the second round, the Bruins' top center will once again prove that he's one of the most skilled players in the world

Physical, defensive hockey is what the B's are all about. But that doesn't mean they'll be unable to match the Montreal Canadiens' speed and skill.

And Krejci is a perfect example of that.

On Thursday's podcast, I previewed Bruins/Canadiens and talked Stanley Cup playoff hockey with Barstool Sports' Rear Admiral.

I also talked NBA playoffs, and more specifically, how crushing it is to see Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett on the bench late in a close game for Jason Kidd's Brooklyn Nets.

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@DannyPicard