Take 5 with Chris Gasper
The Bruins core’s last, best chance for another Cup, the Tuukka Rask debate & the nickname game ft. Kevin Paul Dupont

The Bruins core’s last, best chance for another Cup, the Tuukka Rask debate & the nickname game ft. Kevin Paul Dupont

May 28, 2021

Chris Gasper sits down with legendary Boston Globe hockey writer and columnist, Kevin Paul Dupont. He tells us whether the Bruins are bona fide Stanley Cup contenders, why GM Don Sweeney deserves a stick salute for his work, and what polarizing puck-stopper Tuukka Rask can do to finally win over his critics. The noted nickname artist also tells producer Ellen Fleming how he comes up with his catchy sobriquets. KPD also delves into what the NHL plans to do with the Stanley Cup playoffs with the Canadian border still closed due to COVID-19.

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Basketball masterclass and Big C Change for the Celtics with Bob Ryan

Basketball masterclass and Big C Change for the Celtics with Bob Ryan

May 14, 2021

Chris Gasper sits down with legendary Boston Globe columnist and NBA guru Bob Ryan. The inimitable Ryan shares his encyclopedic knowledge of the NBA and the Celtics. He reveals who gets his nod as the greatest Celtics scorer ever and the greatest Celtics team of all-time. He also doesn’t mince words about the disappointing performance of the current Celtics, labeling them “artistically annoying” to watch. Gasper and Ryan discuss what the future looks like for Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Marcus Smart in green. Ryan also weighs in on Tom Brady's return to Foxborough and the Brady vs. Belichick debate. Producer Ellen Fleming jumps in to revisit Ryan’s time working at WCVB and wonders if Gasper is just copying Ryan’s career path completely.  

 

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The Patriots’ NFL Draft goes Roll Tide roll call with Mike Rodak

The Patriots’ NFL Draft goes Roll Tide roll call with Mike Rodak

May 6, 2021

Chris Gasper sits down with University of Alabama football beat writer Mike Rodak of AL.com to get the scoop on the Patriots' top two draft picks. Rodak previously covered the Patriots and the Buffalo Bills for ESPN and gives us the lowdown on quarterback Mac Jones and defensive lineman Christian Barmore. Jones is a polarizing passer. Rodak reveals whether he thinks Jones will be the caliber of NFL quarterback the Patriots can win with or if he benefitted from 'Bama's embarrassment of riches. He also tells us why Jones trash-talked legendary Alabama coach Nick Saban. Rodak explains why Barmore is a late-bloomer. He also weighs in on whether Bill Belichick's willingness to roll the dice on his friend Saban's players is helping or hurting the Patriots. And he runs down the striking similarities between the Patriots and Crimson Tide programs. Producer Ellen Fleming asks about a transgression from Jones' past, and Gasper grills Rodak for not having tried Alabama-staple Dreamland BBQ.

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