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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
03/31/2009 - 12:12pm
By Drew Scott With a little less than two weeks until the end of the NHL regular season, WEEI.com goes one-on-one with the man who will be guarding the net for the Bruins throughout the playoffs, goaltender Tim Thomas. 
Christopher Price
03/30/2009 - 11:17pm
The Patriots haven’t really swung and missed on a first-round pick in several years, but history tells us that when they’ve missed, they’ve missed badly. Here’s our list of the five worst first-round picks in franchise history:
Christopher Price
03/30/2009 - 1:02am
Item No. 1: New Denver coach Josh McDaniels allegedly seeks out a trade for Matt Cassel before speaking with incumbent Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler feels alienated, lashes out at organization and demands a trade. Angry Denver fans launch www.savejaycutler.com and www.keepjayfiremcdaniels.com.
Christopher Price
03/24/2009 - 7:27pm
(The second in an occasional series that looks at college players who could be selected by the Patriots in next month’s draft.) Clay Matthews III has heard it all his life. Most 5-foot-7, 120-pound high school freshmen aren’t entertaining thoughts of life in the NFL. They’re not even thinking about playing high school football. They’re more concerned with not getting stuffed into a locker. Football? Really? Maybe you want to give something else a try. I hear the chess team is having tryouts tomorrow.
Christopher Price
03/23/2009 - 9:36pm
The Patriots will open their 2009 training camp in just over four months. With the understanding this list may need to be tweaked between now and the last week of July because of personnel decisions, here’s our take on who’s going to be drawing extra attention when the heat is on this summer.
Christopher Price
03/22/2009 - 8:42pm
Jamie Silva no longer feels like a stranger in a strange land. The former Boston College safety grew up in New England as a Patriots fan, but after a year with the Colts, he’s right at home in Indianapolis.
Christopher Price
03/17/2009 - 10:29pm
Jason Taylor could be the next player to attempt a career renaissance under Bill Belichick. Since the coach first took over in New England before the 2000 season, several other players have been rejuvenated with the Patriots. In no particular order, here’s our Top 5:
Christopher Price
03/17/2009 - 12:00am
After making a big move at the end of last month where they traded away Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel, the Patriots could be on the verge of another blockbuster deal. A report yesterday from Vic Carucci of NFL.com indicated New England and Carolina are discussing a deal that would send Julius Peppers to the Patriots for the 34th overall pick in next month’s draft, a selection New England got from Kansas City in exchange for Cassel and Vrabel. According to Carucci, the deal would be done between the league meetings on March 22-25 and the NFL Draft on April 25.
Christopher Price
03/14/2009 - 1:58am
While in New England, Troy Brown and Mike Vrabel resisted labels: Under Bill Belichick, they were wide receivers or linebackers in names only. In truth, they were football players who could be moved from offense to defense and back again at a moments notice. Is Connor Barwin the evolution of the species? Some believe the 22-year-old — a defensive end/linebacker/tight end from the University of Cincinnati who will almost certainly be taken on the first day of next month’s NFL Draft — is Mike Vrabel for a new generation.
Christopher Price
03/03/2009 - 1:00am
The lightning bolt that came of the clear blue sky this past weekend — Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel to Kansas City for a second-round draft pick — got us thinking about the biggest deals in Patriots history. In no particular order, here’s our list of the five biggest trades in the history of the franchise, and how they worked out for New England:
Christopher Price
03/01/2009 - 6:58am
In the end, it didn’t come down to a favor, two old pals pulling one over on the rest of the league or one guy feeling all sentimental about the other.
Christopher Price
02/27/2009 - 8:07am
First, let’s make things abundantly clear: Ray Lewis, Albert Haynesworth or T.J. Houshmandzadeh aren’t walking through that door.
Christopher Price
02/27/2009 - 5:13am
While the Patriots didn’t sign a marquee name on the first day of free agency yesterday, they were still involved in one of the most active offseason days in the recent history of the franchise. They bid farewell to a defensive mainstay, were raided by a former coordinator, and gave the offense a boost with the addition of a veteran running back and tight end.
Christopher Price
02/24/2009 - 10:00am
Christopher Price
02/23/2009 - 8:07am
INDIANAPOLIS -- The game has changed.
Christopher Price
02/21/2009 - 8:07am
INDIANAPOLIS -- Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji is rising so quickly, he may soon need a dose of oxygen.
Christopher Price
02/21/2009 - 12:00am
Christopher Price
02/17/2009 - 8:07am
When the NFL combine gets underway this week in Indianapolis, the Patriots be able to pare down most of this list to the guys they’ll really be keeping an eye on — linebackers and defensive backs.
Christopher Price
02/16/2009 - 10:00pm
Adam “Pacman” Jones, who was recently cut loose by Dallas, is the NFL’s most notorious third rail. Despite making a splash his first two years in Tennessee as a cornerback and return specialist, he’s got a checkered past with multiple arrests. Before a trade to the Cowboys last year, he was arrested six times and involved in 12 instances requiring police intervention after Tennessee drafted him in the first round in 2005. He was released last month by Dallas.
Christopher Price
02/03/2009 - 11:00pm
In New England, you know your days are numbered if they slap you with the franchise tag. On four occasions in the Bill Belichick era, the Patriots have used the franchise tag. They did so twice with kicker Adam Vinatieri (2002 and 2005), and once each with safety Tebucky Jones (in 2003) and cornerback Asante Samuel (2007). Each time, the move resulted in a one-way ticket out of Foxborough, either in free agency or via trade.
Christopher Price
02/03/2009 - 1:24pm
New Patriots special teams coach Scott O’Brien apparently didn’t need a reference in Foxborough, but Todd Sauerbrun would have been happy to provide him with one. Sauerbrun, a three-time Pro Bowl punter who worked with O’Brien in Denver and Carolina, said yesterday New England is getting a special teams coach who’s a little different, but is the best in the NFL at what he does.
Christopher Price
02/01/2009 - 8:18pm
In no particular order, here are 10 things we learned in last night’s Super Bowl XLIII, a 27-23 win for Pittsburgh over Arizona:
Christopher Price
01/29/2009 - 10:24am
It was the sort of choice NFL personnel guys dream about. With the 13th pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, the Patriots were looking at plenty of options. For a team that struggled to stop the run the year before, there appeared to be a bunch of really good defensive linemen, including Ty Warren from Texas A&M. And for a secondary in a state of flux, there were a lot of good defensive backs, including USC safety Troy Polamalu, a first-team All-American. Warren or Polamalu? It figured to be a win-win either way.
Christopher Price
01/27/2009 - 2:44pm
In an offseason that’s seen plenty of turnover in Foxborough, the Patriots continued to make moves on Tuesday, bringing in veteran personnel man Floyd Reese as senior football advisor and announcing Nick Caserio will manage the daily operations of the personnel department as director of player personnel.
Christopher Price
01/27/2009 - 7:31am


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It Is What It Is Cast: Bi…

It Is What It Is Cast: Bill Barcells and Patriots Hall of Fame

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

It Is What It Is Cast: Logan Mankins, the offensive line, and Brandon Spikes' guarantee

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Christopher Price discuss Logan Mankins' breakdown of the offensive line and how it will look without Dante Scarnecchia. They also discussed Mankins' rebuttal to Brandon Spikes.

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.

Celtics President Danny A…

Celtics President Danny Ainge with Dale and Holley 4-17-14

We wrap up the Celtics season by speaking with Celtics president Danny Ainge about this past season and the team's future.

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.

Joe and Dave postgame wit…

Joe and Dave postgame with David Ross 04-17-14

Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox catcher, David Ross, who had the go-ahead RBI tonight as the Red Sox beat the White Sox behind a brilliant pitching performance from Jon Lester.

Dave O'Brien with Dale and Holley - 4-17-14

Sox broadcaster Dave O'Brien checks in live from Chicago for our weekly chat about the state of the Sox.

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.

Shawn Thornton calls in o…

Shawn Thornton calls in on gameday 4-18-14

Shawn Thornton discussed how he prepares on gameday in the postseason.

Jack Edwards with Dale and Holley 4-17-14

We preview Red Wings-Bruins with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.

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.

Scott Stella on his buddy…

Scott Stella on his buddy Mark Fucarile 4-18-14

Scott talked about the fantastic E 60 documentary Dream On and how his friend is doing.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Chelsea is pregnant 4-18-14

The top of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy.

Shawn Thornton calls in on gameday 4-18-14

Shawn Thornton discussed how he prepares on gameday in the postseason.

Ty Law, Patriots legend: …

Ty Law, Patriots legend: On being a finalist for Hall of Fame, 4-17-14

Ty Law joins Mut and Christian Fauria to discuss being a finalist for the Patriots Hall of Fame, the way the game is officiated now, and Darrelle Revis.

Fauria's Facts: Do you sleep naked? With Socks on? 4-17-14

Christian Fauria tells us the percentage of Americans that sleep naked and those that sleep with their socks on.

DJ Bean, WEEI.com: Reports from Bruins morning skate, 4-17-14

DJ Bean joins Mut and Christian Fauria from the Garden to report the latest news regarding the Bruins before they get set to take on the Red Wings in Game 1.

Jack Edwards previews Red…

Jack Edwards previews Red Wings and Bruins Round 1 with Dale and Holley 4-17-14

We preview Red Wings-Bruins with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.

Red Sox PbP Broadcaster Dave O'Brien joins Dale and Holley 4-17-14

Sox broadcaster Dave O'Brien checks in live from Chicago for our weekly chat about the state of the Sox.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - '14 Celtics Wrap-Up Edition - 4-17-14

We tackle four topics that relate around the (merciful) end of the Celtics 2014 season.

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.

Crystel the Tsnarnaev def…

Crystel the Tsnarnaev defender 4-16-14

Crystel called in to defend the terrorists.

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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

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Sam Kennedy on the state …

Sam Kennedy on the state of the Red Sox 4-17-14

Red Sox COO Sam Kennedy joined the show to discuss the state of the Sox and MLB.

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Reflecting on the One-Yea…

Reflecting on the One-Year Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing 4-15-14

Dale, Michael and Steve Lyons reflect back on the event last year, and the good that has taken place since then as Boston came together.

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Jeff Bauman on his recove…

Jeff Bauman on his recovery 4-17-14

Jeff Bauman joined the show to discuss his recovery over the past year.

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