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Weekend sports talk: A new era in Boston

July 8, 2013

Take a look back at the weekend in sports with analysis from SiriusXM’s sports team and interviews with national sports stars.

Friday, the Boston Celtics formally announced former Butler men’s basketball coach Brad Stevens as their new head coach. Mad Dog Radio’s Dan Graca discussed whether Stevens, independent of his remarkable career at the helm of the Bulldogs’ program, is the right guy for the Celtics’ job.

The arrival of Stevens in Boston came accompanied by rumors about the future of point guard Rajon Rondo. Off The Dribble’s Steve Cofield and Sam Mitchell argued that the Celtics should completely clear house and trade the 27-year-old this off-season.

Butler Athletic Director Brad Collier also chimed in on the loss of Stevens to the NBA. Speaking with Braden Gall on SiriusXM’s College Sports Coast to Coast, Collier said that the program had to move on quickly and begin focusing on the upcoming season.

Another Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, another title for Joey Chestnut. One day after taking down 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes, Chestnut spoke with Mad Dog Radio about his training routine, which is modeled after that of a body builder or a marathon runner.

Jimmie Johnson placed first in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, his fourth win of the season. Johnson talked with Claire B. Lang of SiriusXM NASCAR Radio about the big day from his team on the race track.

Cal and Billy Ripken debated one of baseball’s hottest topics on MLB Network Radio: whether Los Angeles Dodgers rookie outfield Yasiel Puig deserves a spot on the National League All-Star team.

Saturday was a big day for Baltimore Orioles infielder Manny Machado; he turned 21 and learned he had earned a spot on the American League All-Star team. Machado spoke with Jim Duquette and Grant Paulsen of MLB Network Radio about the honor and whether he’d like to play third base or shortstop long-term in his MLB career.

Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward spoke with SiriusXM NFL Radio about the progression of quarterback Brandon Weeden. Ward said of Weeden, “I think this year, you’re going to see his name added to some of the better quarterbacks in the league.”

Washington State football coach Mike Leach talked with Chip Brown of SiriusXM’s College Sports Coast to Coast about what the Pac-12 might look like this year. Leach said he’s curious about which teams will emerge at the top of the conference due to the number of question marks on each roster.