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Christopher Price has covered the Boston sports scene for more then a dozen years, working for ESPN.com, SI.com and Baseball America as well as The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald and Boston Metro. In that time, he’s established himself as an award-winning sportswriter who has been honored by Northeastern University, the New England Press Association and the North Carolina Press Association. In addition, he’s the author of the just published, “New England Patriots: The Complete Illustrated History” and two other books “Baseball by the Beach” and "The Blueprint: How the New England Patriots Beat the System to Create the Last Great NFL Superpower.”

 
COLUMNS
Christopher Price
10/21/2009 - 2:22pm
FOXBORO — Opportunity may be knocking for Brandon Tate and Terrence Nunn. In the wake of the reported injury to rookie receiver Julian Edleman and the release of veteran Joey Galloway, it appears that at least one of the two young wide receivers could be in line to be promoted to the 53-man roster this week leading up to Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay in London.
Christopher Price
10/20/2009 - 11:18pm
FOXBORO — It’s been an eventful week for the Patriots linebackers. A week ago, New England re-signed veteran inside linebacker Junior Seau, and the 40-year-old saw plenty of time in the Patriots’ 59-0 win over the Titans on Sunday. In that game, outside linebacker Adalius Thomas was a healthy scratch for the first time since he was a rookie with the Ravens in 2000.
Christopher Price
10/20/2009 - 6:19pm
FOXBORO — Patriots coach Bill Belichick officially closed the door on the Joey Galloway era in New England yesterday afternoon. “He’s had a great career, and this is just one of those things that didn’t work out,” Belichick said. “It just didn’t work out.”
Christopher Price
10/19/2009 - 11:32pm
The Patriots made a few moves on Monday, re-upping wide receiver/special teams ace Sam Aiken and releasing outside linebacker Tully Banta-Cain. The Patriots did not make an official announcement on either move, but the contract extension for Aiken was confirmed to WEEI.com by a league source early Monday night, while the release of Banta-Cain was corroborated by the linebacker himself in an interview with Sirius Satellite Radio’s “Movin’ The Chains” show on Monday.
Christopher Price
10/19/2009 - 9:21pm
Despite the fact that Adalius Thomas was a healthy scratch Sunday for the first time since his rookie season, the Patriots sound like they are counting on the outside linebacker making a contribution again sooner rather than later. In a conference call Monday afternoon, New England coach Bill Belichick expressed his confidence in Thomas, saying the veteran “can help us, and I think he will help us.”
Christopher Price
10/19/2009 - 3:09am
FOXBORO — It was a 15-minute stretch of football that woke up the echoes of 2007, and allowed even the most hardened cynic to think that even after struggling at times through the first five weeks of the season, the Patriots offense might still be able to regain some of the football mojo it has lost the last year or so.
Christopher Price
10/16/2009 - 1:34am
Before there was Junior Seau, there was Clay Matthews. The 40-year-old Seau returned to the Patriots this week, giving new meaning to the term “veteran linebacker.” Previously, Seau has played portions of the last three seasons for New England. The last linebacker to play for Bill Belichick this late in his career was Matthews, who suited up for Belichick and the Browns in 1993 when he was 37.
Christopher Price
10/15/2009 - 12:51pm
FOXBORO — A longtime advisor to Tom Brady says the quarterback is “not in complete rhythm,” but the struggles he’s had through the first five weeks of the season are “repairable.”
Christopher Price
10/14/2009 - 8:42pm
FOXBORO — The addition of Junior Seau to the Patriots linebacking corps gives them some positional versatility they did not have before the arrival of the 40-year-old veteran.
Christopher Price
10/14/2009 - 2:43pm
FOXBORO — Buddy is back. Veteran linebacker Junior Seau — known to his teammates in the Patriots locker room as “Buddy” — officially returned to New England on Wednesday, signing a one-year deal with the Patriots. The 40-year old Seau has played parts of the last three seasons for New England. In recent months, he’s talked about possibly returning to pro football, but told people the only team he would return to play for would be the Patriots. He explained why Wednesday afternoon.
Christopher Price
10/13/2009 - 11:34pm
Welcome back to the mailbag. You guys really brought it this week, with lots of good Patriots talk. We had questions about the offensive game plan, who is exactly doing what when it comes to calling the plays, the relationship between the quarterback and his receivers and what — if anything — the Patriots might do before the looming trade deadline.
Christopher Price
10/12/2009 - 11:32pm
FOXBORO — At the end of Sunday’s Patriots-Broncos game, on one sideline, there was the quarterback who engineered a fourth-quarter drive to tie the game and eventually lead his team to a dramatic overtime victory. And on the other sideline, there was Tom Brady.
Christopher Price
10/12/2009 - 1:45am
For Josh McDaniels, it was just another football game. Sure. Like “The Godfather” is just another movie, Picasso just another artist and Jay-Z just another rapper. McDaniels had said in the days leading up to the game that playing the Patriots would not be different.
Christopher Price
10/08/2009 - 11:02pm
FOXBORO — It hasn’t been a good year for Laurence Maroney. In four games, the running back out of Minnesota has carried the ball 27 times for 78 yards. That an average of 2.9 yards per carry, with zero touchdowns. Nine of those 27 carries have gone for either no yardage or have ended up in a negative play. Almost half of his carries (11, to be specific) have gone for one yard or less. The next time he finds the end zone will be the first touchdown since Super Bowl XLII.
Christopher Price
10/07/2009 - 8:47pm
FOXBORO — Tom Brady has heard the critics, but is not going to be swayed. On Wednesday, the quarterback remained unapologetic in his feelings over the new rules designed to keep the quarterback safe. Specifically, the “Brady Rule,” a new directive handed down by the league in the offseason that protects signal-callers from defenders who might dive at a quarterback’s knees.
Christopher Price
10/07/2009 - 12:43am
It is a crisp, efficient football mailbag this week, with lots of good questions that got right to the point. A good football game can produce plenty of good e-mail. As always, feel free to join in the fun by sending your e-mails to cprice@weei.com. Now, on with the show … -- Christopher, Nice job picking the Ravens. Before the baseball playoffs start, let me know who you like — I want to make sure to bet the other way. Walker East Boston
Christopher Price
10/06/2009 - 9:05pm
While the Patriots pass rushers have been slow to pick up sacks this year — they have eight sacks through four games, 10th in the AFC — they still have done plenty to pressure the quarterback.
Christopher Price
10/06/2009 - 12:30am
FOXBORO — Patriots coach Bill Belichick has gone through this before. After all, when you’ve been a head coach in the NFL for 14-plus seasons, you’re bound to face a former assistant once in a while. But for Belichick, a game against a former assistant has almost become an annual event — whether it’s Eric Mangini, Romeo Crennel or Nick Saban, Belichick frequently has squared off against men who have worked underneath him.
Christopher Price
10/05/2009 - 12:58am
FOXBORO — A week ago, the Patriots offense had its chance to make a statement on a pair of fourth-down situations. On both occasions, it came through, converting twice on a key possession to keep an important second-half drive alive in a win over the Falcons.
Christopher Price
10/02/2009 - 1:26am
FOXBORO — For years, it was a job held by Rodney Harrison. Within the New England defense, the “safety/linebacker” hybrid is a difficult one with a myriad of duties. Some weeks, Harrison was asked to be fast enough to keep up with a tight end. Other weeks, he had to bring a punishing attitude into the box to try to stop a running back. And on other occasions, he was required to simply play the role of a traditional safety, providing the last line of defense for the Patriots.
Christopher Price
10/01/2009 - 6:49pm
FOXBORO — He’s only been a member of the Patriots for a few days, but Terdell Sands has already etched his name in the franchise record books.
Christopher Price
09/30/2009 - 11:15pm
FOXBORO — During a season in which keeping Tom Brady comfortable in the pocket has never been more important, the Patriots offensive line is doing its part. Buffalo defensive end Aaron Schobel sacked Brady late in the first quarter of the season-opener. Since then, the group — comprised mainly of left tackle Matt Light, left guard Logan Mankins, center Dan Koppen, right guard Stephen Neal and right tackle Nick Kaczur — has pitched a sack shutout. The group has no sacks allowed in the last two games, and an overall sackless streak of 11-plus quarters.
Christopher Price
09/29/2009 - 11:20pm
It took some time, but you guys responded to my request — I got some good e-mails this week (including two from outside the United States) about a variety of Patriots-related stuff, including questions if Terrence Nunn or Brandon Tate can contribute this season, the future of Joey Galloway, the state of the Pats defense and whether or not Stephen Gostkowski can set an NFL record. Keep sending your questions to cprice@weei.com — we’re going to do this every Wednesday, people. On to the mail. -- Hey Chris,
Christopher Price
09/28/2009 - 11:58pm
FOXBORO — He may have lost the championship belt, but Brandon McGowan can still pack a powerful punch. McGowan won Patriots Practice Player of the Week honors last week — and the belt that goes with it. He clearly was honored by the award, and hung it proudly from the top of his locker.
Christopher Price
09/28/2009 - 7:10pm
FOXBORO — Fred Taylor is up for a challenge. The 33-year-old running back was asked Monday if he could handle 20 to 25 carries the rest of the season for the Patriots. While he acknowledged the need to pace himself, he certainly sounded like a man who could warm to such a plan.


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CSNNE's Tom E. Curran Rep…

CSNNE's Tom E. Curran Reports From NFL Owners Meetings

Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.

Heath Evans, NFL Network: The Impact of Revis and Browner on the Patriots Defense

Heath Evans of the NFL Network joins Mut and Lou to talk how Revis and Browner impact the Patriots defense, the Vince Wilfork Situation, and the arms race between Denver and New England

Former Patriot Ty Law with Dale, Holley and Fauria

We talk Revis with his friend and mentor, former Patriot Ty Law.

Wyc Grousbeck, Celtics Ow…

Wyc Grousbeck, Celtics Owner: Reflects on the Boston Marathon tragedy 4-15-4

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joins Mut and Merloni to discuss and reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombings a year later.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, on the Celtics, 4-10-14

Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, discussing Rajon Rondo as a color commentator, the NBA draft, and the epic Pacers-Heat game

Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston joins Mut, Lou, and Christian to talk about Rajon Rondo in the booth, the rest of the Celtics losing season, and the epic battle between the Pacers and Heat.

Red Sox Manager John Farr…

Red Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale and Holley

We discuss the Red Sox early season woes with manager John Farrell, as well as his views and faith in MLB's new instant replay system, and the continuity in the Sox outfield.

Joe and Dave Postgame with Grady Sizemore 04-11-14

Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox starting left fielder, Grady Sizemore. grady talks about what it was like to hit a home run off his old teammate, C.C. Sabathia, and his reaction to not seeing Koji on the mound in a save situation.

Dale and Holley: Steve Lyons 4-11-14

Steve Lyons joins Dale and Holley to talk about the Red Sox and Yankees series and Michael Pineda's sticky hand.

Pod Man Rush: DJ Bean and…

Pod Man Rush: DJ Bean and Greg Wyshynski on Bruins-Red Wings

Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.

Shawn Thornton on the Red Wings 4-15-14

Shawn Thornton joined the show to preview the upcoming series against the Red Wings.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, brings us around the NHL 4-11-14

2 games left in the season and the Bruins are in the driver's seat for the President's Cup which is allowing them to coast and get healthy. Pierre McGuire updates Mut and Lou on the possibility of Seidenberg's return and talks about situations elsewhere in the NHL.

Crystel the Tsnarnaev def…

Crystel the Tsnarnaev defender 4=16=14

Crystel called in to defend the terrorists.

Michele McPhee on the nutjob at the finish line

Our friend Michele McPhee joined the show to discuss the latest with Kayvon.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Chelsea Handler

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

Buster Olney, ESPN: Sox c…

Buster Olney, ESPN: Sox clubhouse unhappy with Lester offer, 4-16-14

Buster Olney joined Mut and Merloni to discuss the Lester contract offer and the trickle-down effect in the clubhouse, the defense of Xander Bogaerts, and the slow start

Andy Brickley, NESN: Boston's depth is too much for Detroit, 4-16-14

Andy Brickley joins Mut and Merloni to discuss the Bruins Red Wings series, a possible Seidenberg return, and the power play.

Wyc Grousbeck, Celtics Owner: Reflects on the Boston Marathon tragedy 4-15-4

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joins Mut and Merloni to discuss and reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombings a year later.

John Farrell joins Dale a…

John Farrell joins Dale and Holley

We discuss the Red Sox early season woes with manager John Farrell, as well as his views and faith in MLB's new instant replay system, and the continuity in the Sox outfield.

Red Sox batting order and outfield continues to lack continuity

We discuss the Red Sox after our interview with John Farrell, and Dustin Pedroia in the lead-off position has become a hot topic.

Should Bruins fans be wary of the Red Wings? And why?

We discuss the Bruins first round matchup vs the Red Wings, and why many national folks think this series could be the one to watch for an early round upset.

Rick Middleton joins Plan…

Rick Middleton joins Planet Mikey

Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.

Red Sox lose to the Orioles 2-1 on Opening Day

Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.

Chris Price joins John Ryder to talk the Patriots' newest acquisition

WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island

Pod Man Rush: DJ Bean and…

Pod Man Rush: DJ Bean and Greg Wyshynski on Bruins-Red Wings

Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.

Minor Details Ep. 79: The meaning of winning in the minors with Carlos Febles, Evan Lepler

The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.

WEEI WrestleCast: Wrestlemania 30 recap

Scott and Ben recap WrestleMania 30 and talk about the death of the Ultimate Warrior.

Boston Strong one year la…

Boston Strong one year later 4-15-14

Our montage to honor all those impacted by the terrorist attacks one year ago.

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Crystel called in to defend the terrorists.

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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed Aaron Hernandez getting in more jailhouse trouble.

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Friend of the show, Brad Faxon, checks in to examine all the Masters action and to evaluate Bubba Watson's performance.

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Shawn Thornton joined the show to preview the Red Wings series and the one year anniversary of the Marathon Bombings.

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