Take 5 with Chris Gasper
Kemba Walker’s comeback, Payton Pritchard’s emergence & NBA COVID-19 complications ft. Adam Himmelsbach

Kemba Walker’s comeback, Payton Pritchard’s emergence & NBA COVID-19 complications ft. Adam Himmelsbach

January 19, 2021

Chris Gasper is breaking down the Celtics with Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe. America has struggled to curb COVID-19, so it shouldn’t be shocking that the virus is altering the NBA's schedule. How is the league going to move forward this season? Also, Gasper asks Himmelsbach for his thoughts on how Kemba Walker's return changes the dynamics of an already promising Celtics season. Himmelsbach recounts just how happy Danny Ainge was to draft rookie revelation Payton Pritchard and throws out a trade target for the Celtics. Producer Ellen Fleming jumps in with thoughts on the Pritchard nickname debate and reveals why James Harden would've been a bad fit for the Green — it has nothing to do with basketball.

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NBA and WNBA show why athlete activism matters ft. Michael Lee of the Washington Post

NBA and WNBA show why athlete activism matters ft. Michael Lee of the Washington Post

January 12, 2021

Chris Gasper is talking with The Washington Post’s Michael Lee, who focuses on the intersection of gender, diversity and how sports shape our society. Players across the NBA have been passionate and outspoken advocates for racial equality and social justice, so it shouldn't be a surprise that many spoke out about a double standard after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Gasper and Lee cover the ongoing advocacy work of pro athletes, including the landmark impact of the WNBA in a U.S. Senate race. Producer Ellen Fleming jumps in to discuss the WNBA’s campaign in support of Rev. Raphael Warnock, who defeated incumbent senator and WNBA team co-owner, Kelly Loeffler to become Georgia's first Black senator. Also, Lee tackles what he believes could happen with the NBA as players continue to be out of commission due to COVID-19.

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Welcome to the new age without Chara and TB12 ft. Pete Blackburn & Mike Reiss

Welcome to the new age without Chara and TB12 ft. Pete Blackburn & Mike Reiss

January 6, 2021

Take 5 is starting off the new year with two guests on today’s podcast and although we would all love to leave 2020 in the past, Chris Gasper will be trying to figure out what the future holds for the Boston Bruins and the New England Patriots. First, Chris is talking with CBS Sports hockey writer Pete Blackburn. They discuss the loss of Bruins legend Zdeno Chara and what that means for the Bruins aging core. Speaking of losing a legend, Chris is joined by ESPN’s Mike Reiss, who helps breakdown what happened this season with the Brady-less Patriots and what's next in an offseason of uncertainty at quarterback and with Bill Belichick's staff.

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Dynasty down and we’ve got mail!

Dynasty down and we’ve got mail!

December 23, 2020

Chris Gasper is joined by Take 5 producer extraordinaire Ellen Fleming. Coming off a demoralizing loss to the Miami Dolphins that eliminated them from the playoffs, the two discuss the future of the Patriots and also the demise of Chris’s #ThePath for the Patriots (R.I.P). They then finalize their thoughts on the Brady vs. Belichick debate with Ellen citing Jimmy G. With the Celtics season starting, Ellen & Chris discuss The Boston Globe Op-Ed written by the Boston Celtics regarding the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement. Ellen recalls her experience working on Beacon Hill. They close out Take 5 for 2020 with questions from YOU, answering listener questions while touching on everything from Kristin Cavallari to Chris’s bad hairstyle choice in 2000.

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Patriots pass on benching Cam Newton, 2021 QB options & the Twitter reporting revolution ft. Ian Rapoport

Patriots pass on benching Cam Newton, 2021 QB options & the Twitter reporting revolution ft. Ian Rapoport

December 15, 2020

Chris Gasper is sitting down with NFL Network Insider, Ian Rapoport. The two discuss what Bill Belichick sticking with quarterback Cam Newton says about his future in Foxborough and that of Jarrett Stidham. Rapoport reveals the Patriots targeted a QB in the 2020 draft and discusses what it would take for Jimmy G to return to the Patriots. He also dives into the philosophical differences in Tampa between Tom Brady and coach Bruce Arians, and reveals how he became @Rapsheet, a Twitter sports journalism pioneer with 2.4 million followers while needling our host. Follow Chris Gasper and WCVB on Twitter @CGasper & @WCVB

You Like Mike: A sit down with Mike Lynch

You Like Mike: A sit down with Mike Lynch

December 1, 2020

Chris Gasper is the new guy at WCVB SportsCenter 5, so what better way to learn the ins and outs of Boston sports than by sitting down with the dean of Boston sports coverage, Mike Lynch. Lynchie shares how he got started in the business, his first breaking news story on live TV and his relationship with Bill Belichick that goes back decades. Lynchie seems to have been everywhere breaking Boston sports news was happening, even next door in some instances. If you are looking for one-of-a-kind, personal and surprising New England sports anecdotes, this podcast is for you.

 

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NBA Draft & Free Agency ft. Chris Mannix

NBA Draft & Free Agency ft. Chris Mannix

November 24, 2020

Chris is talking with Chris Mannix from Sports Illustrated on how the Celtics did in the 2020 draft. Did Danny Ainge overplay his hand with Gordon Hayward? Mannix gives us his thoughts. They also get into how Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are only going to get better, and what Tristan Thompson’s role on the Celtic’s might be moving forward. As for rookies, they talk about the Aaron Nesmith & Payton Pritchard deals and Gasper shares why he is frustrated with the Celtic’s drafting strategy. Lastly, producer Ellen Fleming jumps in to discuss the real sport of it all, the NBA Draft fashion and who the true winners and losers were.

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Bill is back, Kim Ng makes history & 2021 Olympic speculation ft. Trenni Kusnierek

Bill is back, Kim Ng makes history & 2021 Olympic speculation ft. Trenni Kusnierek

November 17, 2020

2020 has proven to be the year where history is rewritten. Last week the Miami Marlins announced that Kim Ng would be taking over as general manager, making her the first woman and first Asian-American to hold such a position in major North American professional sports. Chris Gasper talks with NBC Sports Boston's Trenni Kusnierek to discuss what this milestone moment could mean for the future of women in pro sports. We also analyze the state of the Patriots following their upset win over the Baltimore Ravens, and Trenni explains how the Summer Olympics, postponed to 2021, might change during the time of COVID-19.

 

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The Alex Cora-nation, a path to playoffs & the future of sports media Ft. Dan Shaughnessy

The Alex Cora-nation, a path to playoffs & the future of sports media Ft. Dan Shaughnessy

November 11, 2020

Chris Gasper is talking with The Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy this week and they start off with what is on everyone’s mind, the Red Sox bringing back Alex Cora.  Cora brings a lot to the Red Sox Franchise, but are we all just going to forget about the whole cheating scandal? Well….that’s what the Red Sox are hoping for.  Dan Shaughnessy also raises the moral dilemma that comes along with bringing Cora back: If we can forgive Cora for cheating, then what about Clemens, Rose or Bonds?  After, the two touch on the win against the New York Jet’s for the Patriots this past Monday night and Chris & Dan disagree on what that means for playoff chances.

 

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Belichick excuses, trade talk & Tampa Tom ft. Bert Breer

Belichick excuses, trade talk & Tampa Tom ft. Bert Breer

November 5, 2020

Chris Gasper sits down with Bert Breer from Sports Illustrated to discuss the Patriots standing pat at the trade deadline, the future of the franchise, and Bill Belichick’s excuses for a 2-5 start (Hint: He didn’t do HIS job in the Draft). They also touch on Tom Brady living his best football life in Tampa Bay and posting the QB equivalent of Instagram revenge body photos.

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