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Kerry J. Byrne created the revolutionary Cold, Hard Football Facts concept and is the nation's foremost authority on the "gridiron lifestyle" of beer, food and football. He also is a food and drinks writer for the Boston Herald and has spent much of his "career" traveling around the beer-making capitals of the United States and Europe while writing for Esquire, Yankee Magazine, Penthouse (yes, that Penthouse), Cargo, America Online, Epicurious.com, Boston magazine, All About Beer and many other newspapers and magazines, most of them highly disreputable.

 
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Kerry Byrne
02/10/2010 - 10:11am
Is the “Peyton Manning is the Greatest of All Time” debate finally over? Let’s hope so. It would be nice to turn on a radio or open a newspaper again without feeling nauseous.
Kerry Byrne
02/03/2010 - 7:46am
There are three things a team and its fans must do to ensure a successful Super Bowl Sunday: win the passing battle, win the turnover battle and, naturally, win the tailgate battle. It looks like one team is poised to do all three on Sunday. It starts, as every NFL game does, with the respective quarterbacks. Drew Brees vs. The Chosen One
Kerry Byrne
01/27/2010 - 8:11am
Is the Patriots dynasty over? That’s been one of the big questions around New England in the wake of another disappointing end to another disappointing season — a fifth straight year without a Super Bowl victory.
Kerry Byrne
01/20/2010 - 11:04am
A certain piece published in this space last week about New England’s need to toughen up and return to its old-school roots went over about as well as Martha Coakley’s Senate campaign.
Kerry Byrne
01/13/2010 - 7:43am
Remember a few years ago, when fans and pigskin “pundits” and even a certain quarterback, not satisfied by winning titles every year, clamored for a big-name wide receiver? ’Member that?
Kerry Byrne
01/06/2010 - 8:11am
The AFC playoff contingent this year is harder to read than Bill Belichick’s game face. Did he just beat the Colts for the AFC title, or did he just lose his top receiver to a catastrophic knee injury? Damned if we know, at least not this year.
Kerry Byrne
12/30/2009 - 8:33am
Frame it and put it up on the mantel. The Decade of the Patriots is over. What a decade! And what a gift to the pigskin public, here in Boston and around the nation. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, perhaps no team in history produced a stretch quite like it, or sparked the same depths of local love and national animosity that the Patriots did in the 20-aughts. 
Kerry Byrne
12/22/2009 - 11:30pm
Somewhere along the way, the pigskin “punditry” has forgotten that the best quarterback in football plays in New England.
Kerry Byrne
12/16/2009 - 9:32am
Buck up, little camper. It’s not so bad. Patriots fans are ready to jump off the Tobin Bridge after a string of dispiriting losses to the Colts, Saints and Dolphins, and after a truly rare phenomenon that’s possible only here in New England: a dispiriting December victory to maintain a lead in the race for the division title.
Kerry Byrne
12/08/2009 - 11:27pm
We’ve witnessed a Christmas miracle this year. We’ve watched Bill Belichick’s powerful Patriots morph into Ron Erhardt’s pathetic Patriots right before our very eyes.
Kerry Byrne
12/02/2009 - 9:56am
It’s official: the days of Bill Belichick the “defensive genius” are over.
Kerry Byrne
11/24/2009 - 2:41pm
The typical turkey on television or radio is incapable of analyzing football teams beyond a handful of headline-making players on offense: the 40-year-old gunslinger quarterback, the fumble-prone runner, the loudmouthed wide receiver.
Kerry Byrne
11/18/2009 - 8:52am
They call it the fog of war: the swirl of chaos that makes it hard to tell fact from fantasy in the aftermath of battle.
Kerry Byrne
11/11/2009 - 2:00am
The Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rivalry is so good that someday it will deserve its own wing in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Kerry Byrne
11/04/2009 - 8:53am
The Cold, Hard Football Facts, if they had emotion, would love Miami’s Wildcat offense.
Kerry Byrne
10/27/2009 - 10:15pm
So, what do you think? Back in the summer, would you have taken a 5-2 record seven games into the season, as Tom Brady attempted to get his sea legs under him? Would you have felt good about wins over then-unbeaten Baltimore and Atlanta? Would you have lived with close losses in the Meadowlands and at Mile High? Yeah, you would’ve.
Kerry Byrne
10/21/2009 - 7:25am
A few questions about the Patriots as we contemplate the Zen of 59-0 and consider the severity of the international thrashing the winless Buccaneers are going to suffer in London on Sunday:
Kerry Byrne
10/13/2009 - 11:37pm
The local pigskin punditry is twisting itself into logistical knots trying to come up with the reasons for New England’s inconsistent 3-2 start.
Kerry Byrne
10/07/2009 - 7:06am
With all due apologies to the once-great Al Davis, the 2009 Patriots seem to have stolen his most famous catch-phrase: “Just Win, Baby!”
Kerry Byrne
09/30/2009 - 1:08am
Did we miss something here? Or did the Patriots beat a 2-0 Atlanta team pretty handily on Sunday?
Kerry Byrne
09/23/2009 - 8:30am
An unusual dependency on Tom Brady pretty much describes the Patriots' problems heading into Week 3 of the 2009 season. New England should have learned its lesson back in 2007 — but more on that later.
Kerry Byrne
09/16/2009 - 9:18am
Tom Brady put his stamp on the 2009 season so quickly that he could get a job processing passports at Terminal E if this quarterbacking thing doesn’t work out.
Kerry Byrne
09/09/2009 - 10:55am
Worried about life after Richard Seymour? Don’t worry.
Kerry Byrne
09/02/2009 - 9:24pm
The Cold, Hard Football Facts like to get their hands around things. Usually those things we like to touch are filled with frothy golden liquid, coated in delectable Buffalo sauce or constrained so suggestively beneath a skimpy bikini top.
Kerry Byrne
02/05/2009 - 7:00am
Dear Coach Belichick:


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Phil Perry, CSNNE on the …

Phil Perry, CSNNE on the Patriots and NFL free agency

Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency

NFL SUNDAY...the final segment of the year -- 2-5-17

Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.

Gabe Morency, Sports Rage TV and FNTSY Sports Net, joins NFL SUNDAY to go over the various props for Super Bowl 51 -- 2-5-17

Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.

LaVar Ball with Dale, Hol…

LaVar Ball with Dale, Holley and Keefe

Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.

Kirk and Callahan- Will Isaiah Thomas win a title in Boston? 3-7-17

Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.

Kirk and Callahan- Celtics lose after Thomas mishandles the ball 3-6-17

Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 19: Being…

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 19: Being Drew Pomeranz

Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 18: Tom Caron

Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 17: The curious case of Carlos Quentin

Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.

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Highlights

Saturday Skate - Bruins and the All-Star break

Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break

Saturday Skate - Firing Claude

Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian

K&C- KIRK RANTS ABOUT KEE…

K&C- KIRK RANTS ABOUT KEEFE, DALE, AND HOLLEY

Kirk shared his feelings about the afternoon show.

K&C- AN EPIC CURTIS RANT 3-30-17

Curtis finally shared his feelings on Dino.

K&C- Interesting Comcast promos; Curtis hated Dino 3-30-17

Hour 4. The promos for Tanguay’s show are definitely more interesting than the promos for Holley’s show. Michelle DuBois tipped off illegal immigrants.

OMF - Reimer vs Jet, "LaV…

OMF - Reimer vs Jet, "LaVar Ball" joins the show, and what happens if Danny drafts Lonzo? 3-30-17

HOUR 4 - Alex Reimer and Jet Striar got into a little tiff during "Mut at Night." Reimer was on Jay Leno at age 12 (he sounds the same.) "LaVar Ball" joins the show. Greg Hardy was rejected from another football league.

OMF - Which NBA coach could handle LaVar Ball? 3-30-17

HOUR 3 - How much is LaVar Ball hurting his kids? Which coach could handle Ball being involved this much? Working with people you don't like. Jerry Thornton embarrasses himself writing about Michael Irvin. Glenn's verbal crutch is revealed.

OMF - The Celtics lose a heart breaker at home, and OMF wants to steal LaVar Ball from DHK, 3-30-17

HOUR 2 - Fauria is working to steal the LaVar Ball interview from Dale, Holley and Keefe. The Celtics lose for all the same reasons they've lost all year. Glenn has a Celtics dream. Fauria confirms LaVar Ball. When Tyler Zeller wins the "Tommy Award" you probably lost the game.

LaVar Ball - I'd prefer t…

LaVar Ball - I'd prefer the Celtics not select my son, rather he go to the Lakers

Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.

Roger Goodell is coming to Foxborough! Welcome home Rog!

The NFL commissioner is claiming that he will attend the opener at Gilette Stadium next fall... does this put Deflategate to bed finally? Or will Roger find a way to duck out of his verbal commitment?

Patriots off-season talk - who outlasts who? Brady or Belichick?

Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the Patriots off-season and it becomes a conversation about longevity for Brady and Belichick, and which will be around longer for this team.

Ep. 56: Howie Carr

Ep. 56: Howie Carr

Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.

Ep. 55: Kirk has a proposal for Callahan and the Producers

Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.

Ep. 54: Richard Deitsch

SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.

The Real K&C - Fails, ran…

The Real K&C - Fails, rants, & interruptions 3-29-17

Ken Laird and Chris Curtis have the Tuesday & Wednesday recap from the K&C show, including Kirk's epic rant at Dale & Holley with Keefe.

#DORK 7: WrestleMania 33 Preview

Rich Keefe is joined by Dale Arnold and Ben Kichen to preview WrestleMania 33. Is it a good card? What will be the best match? Plus Ryan Davey is in for "This Week in #DORK" with a look a couple new trailers and the always great "Black Panther Reads #DORK iTunes Reviews."

Sports Check Up - Ep. 10: Christian Fauria and Dr Gill discuss NBA and NHL Playoffs

Christian Fauria and Dr Gill go over the difficulties of staying healthy through the long grind of the playoffs in the NBA and in the NHL.

K&C- The outlook for the …

K&C- The outlook for the Red Sox; Michael Irvin being investigated for alleged sexual assault; Renee Graham says Boston is racist 3-29-17

Hour 4. Trenni, Kirk, and Gerry discuss the upcoming Red Sox season. Michael Irvin is being investigated for sexual assault, again. Renee Graham, from the Globe, thinks Michael Che is right about Boston being racist.

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K&C- Trenni doesn’t wan…

K&C- Trenni doesn’t want immigration reform; Curtis sucks at song and movie trivia; Reimer interrupted Kirk’s rant on Tuesday 3-29-17

Hour 3. Trenni battles Gerry on immigration. Joe Mixon’s future is discussed. Curtis will get a second chance at music trivia on Friday.

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K&C- Joe Mixon’s chance…

K&C- Joe Mixon’s chances, Adrian Peterson is a bad guy; Headlines with Kirk; Kirk vs. Keefe 3-29-17

Hour 2. Trenni, Gerry, and Kirk discuss Joe Mixon’s draft chances. A horrible hazing story from Texas is the topic in headlines. Keefe responded to Kirk (kind of).

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K&C- O’Reilly comments …

K&C- O’Reilly comments on Maxine Waters’ hair; The Globe out Globed itself 3-29-17

Hour 1. Roger Goodell is going to New England, Belichick wore the same clothes, and O’Reilly commented on Maxine Waters’ hair. Renee Graham, from the Boston Globe, thinks Boston is racist.

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K&C- Curtis’s epic Dino…

K&C- Curtis’s epic Dino rant; Headlines with Kirk 3-30-17

Hour 2. On The Real K&C podcast, Curtis buried Dino in an epic rant. Mut and Kirk don’t believe the Red Sox will win the World Series. Headlines features sound from Pastor Brad McLean and Bob Dylan.

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