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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.”

 
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Christopher Price
07/30/2009 - 9:09pm
FOXBOROUGH -- So Kevin Faulk: Does it look like Tom Brady has changed after taking a year off to rehab his knee and get married? “Same old Tom,” Faulk said. The running back then paused for a moment. “I got married a few years ago and nobody talked about that,” he added with a smile.
Christopher Price
07/29/2009 - 10:59pm
When training camp opens to the fans and media Thursday morning in Foxborough, they’ll be plenty of stuff to keep an eye on. Here are five body parts I think will demand some extra attention.
Christopher Price
07/21/2009 - 11:59pm
The Patriots are a team full of veterans, most of whom are well-entrenched. But come training camp next week, there are a few spots that remain up in the air. Here’s a look at five position battles we’ll be watching when camp opens next Thursday in Foxborough.
Christopher Price
07/20/2009 - 11:20pm
With less than a week before rookies are scheduled to report for training camp, the Patriots have nine of their 12 draft picks in the fold. But even though all dozen aren’t yet present and accounted for, according to league sources, there is real optimism that they’ll all be ready to go when needed.
Christopher Price
07/16/2009 - 10:55pm
The Patriots continue to sign draft picks at a rapid rate, as it was learned Thursday three more members of the 2009 draft class have agreed to contracts and two others are likely just days from signing deals of their own.
Christopher Price
07/15/2009 - 11:11pm
With rookies scheduled to report for training camp in less than two weeks, the Patriots are inching closer to getting all their first-year players in the fold. On Wednesday, it was learned that two more picks -- second-rounder Sebastian Vollmer and seventh-round selection Darryl Richard -- have agreed to contracts with New England. According to sources, Vollmer has agreed preliminarily to a deal, while Richard signed a four-year contract with the Patriots that one league source called “a pretty standard four-year deal.”
Christopher Price
07/12/2009 - 6:39pm
Over the last few months, Patriots.com has started compiling a series of “Top 10 All-Time” lists, a series that has included the Top 10 personnel moves, draft classes, rookies and opponents in the history of the franchise.
Christopher Price
07/05/2009 - 1:28am
In the long history of the National Football League, few men were tougher than Steve McNair. The quarterback -- a three-time Pro Bowler who played for the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens -- was grittier than a nickel steak. He was so bad-ass he could make Bear Grylls cry uncle. Google “Steve McNair” and “tough” and your computer starts to smoke.
Christopher Price
06/30/2009 - 10:59am
You don’t flip the car keys to a kid as soon as he turns 16. He’s got to go through driver’s ed.
Christopher Price
06/28/2009 - 5:13pm
As of Sunday, the Patriots have signed one of their 12 draft picks -- fourth-rounder Rich Ohrnberger officially agreed to a four-year, $2.2 million contract with New England on June 16. But each of the other 11 has hit the traditional “dead period” of the NFL calendar without a deal.
Christopher Price
06/22/2009 - 10:26pm
LEDYARD, Conn. -- When Joe Theismann got a chance to see Bernard Pollard’s takedown of Tom Brady in the 2008 season-opener, he instantly knew what had happened to the Patriots’ quarterback. “I look at that hit constantly,” Theismann said of the blow to Brady’s left knee that sidelined him for the rest of the season. “He double-clutches going forward and basically steps into a right hook -- unfortunately for him, it was a left knee.”
Christopher Price
06/18/2009 - 10:52pm
Sparked by the reaction to this story from Sunday -- as well as the urging of some e-mailers and other posters over at the patsfans.com messageboard -- we’ve decided to expand our post-minicamp/OTA look at the team to include more of the current Patriots roster.
Christopher Price
06/16/2009 - 9:06pm
It’s the deadest period on the NFL calendar. In the NFL, the run between the end of minicamp -- usually sometime the middle of June -- and the opening of training camp in late July is given over to the occasional low-level transaction or draft-pick signing. It’s a laid-back stretch, one that’s the complete opposite of the white-knuckle, 20-hour workdays that dominate the rest of the year.
Christopher Price
06/14/2009 - 11:42pm
Making snap judgments based on a few spring workouts isn’t good football business. But after watching 10 spring practices involving the Patriots over the last six weeks -- four at rookie minicamp, four at the organized team activities (OTAs) and two at full-squad minicamp -- we know a lot more about the team than we did in the days following the draft.
Christopher Price
06/11/2009 - 6:26pm
FOXBOROUGH -- In a high-tech world, Shawn Springs is a low-tech cornerback. While other players rely solely on film work or some other sort of game video to try and gain an edge on an opponent, the veteran cornerback, who signed with the Patriots on March 11, is decidedly retro when it comes to his preparation. When he needs to get an edge, he goes to his notebook. Not Macintosh. More like Trapper Keeper.
Christopher Price
06/10/2009 - 6:53pm
Contract disputes usually come with angry rhetoric, harsh words and prolonged absences.
Christopher Price
06/09/2009 - 8:08pm
While there were major moves on offense and defense this offseason for the Patriots, no unit saw more important changes than special teams.
Christopher Price
06/08/2009 - 8:24pm
Truth be told, before he got to New England, Fred Taylor wasn’t the biggest Tom Brady fan. While he was with Jacksonville, Taylor and the Jaguars were knocked out of the playoffs twice by Brady and the Patriots, first in 2005 and again in 2007. And so when he first entertained the idea of signing with New England as a free agent, the veteran running back wasn’t completely enamored with the thought of lining up alongside No. 12.
Christopher Price
06/07/2009 - 8:14pm
Call it summer vacation. Once this week’s minicamp is done, the Patriots will have their first extended getaway of the offseason, a break that will last until training camp opens roughly six weeks down the road. Players, coaches and the rest of the support staff will head for home to spend time with friends and family before returning to start the preseason grind of two-a-days in the summery conditions of late July.
Christopher Price
06/05/2009 - 1:17am
For most of his career, he’s been a leading man. But this offseason, he’s been a bit player, content to let others take center stage.
Christopher Price
06/03/2009 - 11:36pm
Rodney Harrison, who announced his retirement from professional football on Wednesday morning, will be remembered as having a unique place in New England’s football legacy. In many ways, you could make the argument that he was the final element that turned them from a very good football team into a dynasty.
Christopher Price
06/02/2009 - 4:54pm
If veteran safety Rodney Harrison does decide to retire from pro football this week, he’ll be remembered as an intense player whose passion for the game often left teammates shaking their heads in disbelief. “It didn’t matter if it was a Friday practice or a walk-through, the guy was always full-speed, and he brought that intensity and leadership to the field,” defensive lineman Richard Seymour said of Harrison, who will reportedly call it a career in a Wednesday morning conference call.
Christopher Price
06/01/2009 - 11:11pm
Usually, this little section of bandwith at WEEI.com is devoted exclusively to Patriots’ information, analysis and commentary. (We leave the hardcore hockey analysis to him and, when he’s not writing about pit bulls or d-bags, this guy.)
Christopher Price
05/28/2009 - 11:08pm
The quarterback slowly strolled over to the waiting group of media. “Welcome back,” one reporter said. “Thanks,” said Tom Brady with a big smile. “I’ve gotta tell you guys -- I’ve really been looking forward to this.”
Christopher Price
05/27/2009 - 11:30am
Paris Lenon has made a career out of surprising people. The 31-year-old linebacker out of Richmond -- an undrafted free agent -- has been released three times. He has played in Europe and in the XFL. But through it all, he’s persevered to carve out a place for himself in the National Football League. On Wednesday, he signed a free agent deal with New England.


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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Bill Parcells' Patriots Hall of Fame candidacy.

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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.

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John Lackey with Joe and Dave after he pitches a great game to beat the Yankees

Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox pitcher John Lackey after he goes 8 solid innings in a great performance, while giving the Red Sox bullpen a night off. Lackey talks a little about what he thinks about Michael Pineda's ejection for having pine tar on his neck.

Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale and Holley

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Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, Bruins- Red Wings 4-22-14

Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the program to talk about Game 3 between the Bruins and the Red Wings. He also discusses the issue of targeting player and weighs in on Matt Cooke's vicious knee hit to Tyson Barrie.

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Red Sox Assistant GM Mike Hazen chats with Dennis and Callahan

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Headlines of the day brought to you by Kirk Minihane include the most beautiful woman, three lesbians and a baby, and a murder tattoo.

Pine Tar Finally Catches up to Pineda 4-24-14

Dino, Gerry & Kirk evaluate the newest contender for dumbest athlete.

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Daily Diamond: NY's reaction to Pineda, 4-24-14

Mut and Merloni tune in to WFAN in New York and listen to a Yankees perspective of what transpired last night at Fenway.

Michael Pineda gets ejected for pine tar; suspended 10 games, 4-24-14

Mut and Merloni react to a wildly entertaining game at Fenway last night in which we saw Michael Pineda ejected in the second inning because he had pine tar on his neck.

Buster Olney, ESPN: Farrell did the "exact right thing", 4-24-14

Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Michael Pineda using pine tar at Fenway and getting ejected from the game. He also discusses the reaction from Yankees GM Brian Cashman.

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Dave O'Brien with Dale and Holley 4-24-14

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We tackle four topics all sparked by Pinetargate at Fenway and cheating in Pro Sports.

Previewing the rest of the Bruins-Red Wings Series with the great Jack Edwards of NESN 4-24-14

Dale and Holley preview the rest of the Bruins-Red Wings Series with the great Jack Edwards of NESN

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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.

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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.

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