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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.

 
COLUMNS
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.
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. Erhardt, you might remember, coached the most infuriating team in franchise history: the 2-14 Patriots of 1981. It was a team that should have been much better than its record indicated: The 1981 Patriots were middle-of-the-road in most statistical indicators, scoring 322 points that year while surrendering 370 points.
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. These players win all the awards, score all the touchdowns, date all the starlets, marry all the supermodels, do all the Oreo commercials and gain all the attention from the media.
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?
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. Let me put an end to the mystery. The problems with the Patriots can be summed with six words: Bill Belichick has lost his mojo.
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? Judging by the reactions of much of Patriots Nation, you would have thought that Tom Brady was knocked out with an injury, that another season was destined for failure and that they had cut off beer sales at Gillette at the end of the first possession.
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. Instead the Patriots, and their fans, were lulled into a false sense of security by Brady's late-game performance in the Week 1 win over the Bills. He returned from a year away from the game and, with an apparently hopeless outlook against the Bills, delivered a pair of late touchdowns to lift the Patriots to an improbable win.
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. New England’s signal-caller overcame a year of rust, a shaky three quarters and a surprisingly spirited effort from the hard-luck Bills to spark one of the average, ordinary inexplicable victories that have defined his career.
Kerry Byrne
09/09/2009 - 10:55am
Worried about life after Richard Seymour? Don’t worry. Consider one of the signature battles in New England football lore. Consider the Colts-Patriots playoff game at snowy Gillette Stadium on a frigid night in January 2005.
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. In the case of the Patriots, the thing we all need to get our hands around as we head into the 2009 season is the state of the New England pass defense. We also need to come to grips with, as we do below, the massive turnover in the Patriots secondary since last year.
Kerry Byrne
02/05/2009 - 7:00am
Dear Coach Belichick: Far be it for me to tell you how to run your football team, Bill. But apparently, I’m the only one armed with enough data, evidence and Cold, Hard Football Facts to look you straight in the eye and say you effed it all up over the past couple years.


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

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

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

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.

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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.

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Shabazz Napier joins Joe and Dave as the UConn Huskies are honored at Fenway Park

UConn Point Guard, Shabazz Napier joined the guys for a half inning and talked about his experiences in college, his reasoning behind completing his education, and growing up in Boston.

Jonny Gomes with Joe Castiglione & Rob Bradford after the crazy win at Fenway

Joe & Rob talked to Jonny Gomes after the dramatic run-off win at Fenway over the Orioles.

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.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sport…

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.

Dale and Holley with Patrice Bergeron live from Detroit

Dale and Michael speak with Patrice Bergeron on the phone from Detroit on Marathon Monday fresh off a Bruins optional skate. Patrice talks about the B's slow start in game one, putting it all together for the team in game two, how the rest of this series might play out, and what this anniversary of the Boston Marathon means to him.

Bruins' Enforcer Shawn Thornton Talk with D&C After Game 2 4-21-14

Thornton joins Dino and Gerry to recap Games 1 and 2, discuss Brendan Smith challenging Chara, and preview Game 3 in Detroit.

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Boston Marathon director Dave McGillivray 4-22-14

Dave called in to discuss the epic Boston Marathon.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: David Gregory is tanking 4-22-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed David Gregory's tanking Meet The Press ratings.

A great Marathon Monday 4-22-14

The guys opened the show by discussing yesterday's Boston Marathon and Kirk's run.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sport…

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.

Daily Diamond: Pittsburgh and Milwaukee clear benches in big brawl, April 22, 2014

Mut and Merloni discuss the latest brawl between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, Previews Bruins-Red Wings 4-18-14

Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the program to talk about the creativity of Red Wings coach Mike Babcock as well as the potential for physical play in the series.

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Does anyone really miss Jacoby Ellsbury in a Red Sox uniform 4-22-14

We discuss the return of Jacoby Ellsbury to Fenway Park, including why he left Boston, and what the crowd reaction will be for him.

DJ Bean live from Detroit previews Round One Games 3 and 4. 4-22-14

We check in with Mr. Bean live from the D to preview two games of Bruins-Wings action.

What's wrong with the 2014 version of Clay Buchholz? 4-22-14

We discuss the harsh start by Clay Buchholz, and how the turnaround from last season's start has been disturbing to watch if you're a Sox fan/

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

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Fantasy Football Off-Season Podcast 4

The 4th addition of WEEI’s Fantasy Football Offseason Podcast is loaded and ready. In this week’s conversation Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of Rotobahn.com dig into the sinking draft stock of Teddy Bridgewater (much too their chagrin), while refocusing and emphasizing the immense scouting work done by Pete on players like Bridgewater, Zach Mettenberger, Blake Bortles, Bishop Sankey & Lache Seastrunk. Also, Jim & Pete touch on news from around the league regarding new Jet, Chris Johnson, Montee Ball in Denver and help you tune out all of the negative noise some in the media are trying to push. We’re not buying! Lots of Football love in this podcast for the Football lover. Enjoy!

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.

Chris Forsberg, ESPN Bost…

Chris Forsberg, ESPN Boston, joins Chris Villani on Easter to talk Celtics

With the season over, Chris Forsberg says the Celtics accomplished what they intended to this year. He also gets into what Rajon Rondo may be thinking heading into his last year in his contract. Danny Ainge has a plan and it'll be interesting to see how this off-season develops.

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Dave called in to discuss the epic Boston Marathon.

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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed David Gregory's tanking Meet The Press ratings.

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Dale and Michael talk about what Marathon Monday means for them, the tremendous amount of people and positivity today in the Back Bay, and then Kirk Minihane, fresh off 26.2 miles stops by to recap a great experience in today's marathon.

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