Take 5 with Chris Gasper
Going inside an NFL Draft war room with ex-Patriots NFL personnel evaluator Bob Quinn

Going inside an NFL Draft war room with ex-Patriots NFL personnel evaluator Bob Quinn

April 28, 2021

The 2021 Draft is almost here and who better to join Chris Gasper to talk about what really goes on as teams prep for the draft than Bob Quinn, who worked in the Patriots front office from 2000 to 2015 and was the general manager of the Detroit Lions from 2016 to 2020. The Norwood native reveals how teams stack their draft boards and the conversations that go on with Bill Belichick in the lead-up to the draft. He explains why the draft is the Super Bowl for scouts...He evaluates the best QB fits for the passer-needy Patriots and tells us the prospect who reminds him of Dak Prescott. He also details why projecting college QBs into pro football is harder than ever and gives his scouting report on ex-Pat Jimmy Garoppolo. Plus, producer Ellen Fleming makes her pitch to be a social media scout for NFL teams as they scour the socials of NFL prospects. 

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Danny Ainge shoots straight on the Celtics expectations, Brad Stevens’ future, Kemba Walker’s health, and Gordon Hayward’s exit

Danny Ainge shoots straight on the Celtics expectations, Brad Stevens’ future, Kemba Walker’s health, and Gordon Hayward’s exit

April 21, 2021

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge checks in for a State of the Celtics discussion. In February, Ainge famously declared that his team was not championship caliber. Has he changed his mind after the team's recent winning streak? Ainge goes to bat for Brad Stevens, who has come under fire this season, and explains why his coach isn't going anywhere with six seasons left on Brad's contract. He also reveals that Kemba Walker's knee shouldn't be a long-term concern and defends the departure of Gordon Hayward and the trading of first-round pick Desmond Bane. Plus, producer Ellen Fleming digs into Ainge's infamous Chipotle VIP status and angles for a black card of her own from the restaurant.

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Is this a Bruins bridge year and what will they do at the NHL trade deadline ft. Matt Porter

Is this a Bruins bridge year and what will they do at the NHL trade deadline ft. Matt Porter

April 8, 2021

We talk with Matt Porter, covering the Bruins and all things NHL for The Boston Globe. The trade deadline is quickly approaching and Porter gives his thoughts on how the Bruins could proceed, asking, “What would the Bill Belichick of hockey do?” Could the Bruins be facing a future where this is the last ride for the Bruins core? Producer Ellen Fleming thinks this could be a bridge year for the Black and Gold, and Porter shares his encounter with Drake.

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Alex Cora is back & the Red Sox look to bounce back in 2021 with two Brock Holts ft. Jen McCaffrey

Alex Cora is back & the Red Sox look to bounce back in 2021 with two Brock Holts ft. Jen McCaffrey

April 1, 2021

We talk with Jen McCaffrey, Red Sox beat writer for The Athletic. Alex Cora is back as Sox manager and McCaffrey says the team is banking on him being a difference-maker in the dugout. There are still big questions about this edition of the Sox, starting with the starting pitcher and the health of Eduardo Rodriguez and Chris Sale. And both Gasper and McCaffrey believe the Red Sox are downplaying and disguising a rebuild. She coins the Sox's 2021 marketing slogan, "They've got two Brock Holts." McCaffrey also answers how long the Sox will give Chaim Bloom to execute his small-market blueprint for sustainability. Lastly, producer, Ellen Fleming asks McCaffrey about potential rule changes to make baseball more appealing and less time-consuming. Gasper wants robot umps. Ellen, not so much.

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