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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
01/29/2009 - 10:18am
Plop me in the middle of the wilderness, like the Fells or the Blue Hills, and I’d probably die lost and alone after eating poison berries, yet within walking distance of a supermarket or major interstate. Plop me in the middle of your Super Bowl festivities, and I’m like a Navy SEAL, sneaking behind enemy lines to dig up intelligence on each team, while fattening myself on the bounty of the land and living to fight another season.
Kerry Byrne
01/23/2009 - 6:05pm
 People often wonder what the Cold, Hard Football Facts are thinking.   We know this because people write to us every day screaming, “What the hell are you thinking?!!”   That question is usually followed by language that’s not fit for a decent, upstanding website … or this one, for that matter.   But if you do want to know, here are five deep thoughts from the Cold, Hard Football Facts as we tread water here in the dreaded Super Bowl bye-week.  
Kerry Byrne
01/14/2009 - 10:18am
The Defensive Hog Index we use over at Cold, Hard Football Facts.com is the steely-eyed sniper of postseason pigskin analysis, so accurate that we let it shoot beer cans off the heads of our children. In fact, it’s accurately identified 18 of 19 winners over the past two postseasons. So we felt compelled in the interest of pigskin-kind to share it with WEEI Nation.
Kerry Byrne
01/07/2009 - 1:18pm
January just doesn’t feel the same around these parts with the Patriots watching the games at home – just like you are – for the first time since Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan were in high school. But if you take some time to look at the postseason, it’s a pretty wide-open and exciting field: with the exception of perhaps Arizona, every team remaining has a legitimate shot of winning it all. It’s rare that you can make that kind of claim in the divisional round.
Kerry Byrne
12/31/2008 - 1:00pm
Even a physician of footballogy would find it hard to analyze the vital signs in New England in the wake of the 2008 season. 
Kerry Byrne
12/17/2008 - 7:10am
The Arizona offense is so unbalanced it could serve as governor of Illinois.  And this lack of balance is killing the Cardinals as they spit and sputter over the finish line. Football players, fans and coaches, and even the dreaded pigskin “pundits,” almost all agree that some semblance of offensive balance helps lead to success in the NFL.
Kerry Byrne
12/10/2008 - 11:18am
WEEI.com’s eminent Mike Felger, he of the carpet-bagging, cheese-eating, Wisconsin-bred Felgers, wrote of the Patriots the other day in his team report card: “Thank God they’re playing the Raiders this week.” From 2003 to 2007, I might have agreed. This year? Well, let’s file Felger’s sentiment (and the similar feelings of Patriots fans) under “be careful what you wish for.”
Kerry Byrne
12/03/2008 - 10:18am
Football always provides an emotional roller coaster. Win one week, and everything’s groovier than a Marcia Brady miniskirt. Lose the next, and the world’s as chaotic as a night on the town with Plaxico Burress. All of which gives us so much to talk about at the three-quarter pole of New England’s schizophrenic season, but also makes it harder to separate truth from fiction. Are the real Patriots the team that eviscerated the Broncos, 41-7, back in October or the team that melted down at home in a 33-10 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday?
Kerry Byrne
11/27/2008 - 12:18pm
Matt Cassel has been the feel-good story of the 2008 season. You know the plot: the plucky little back-up who hadn’t started a game since high school is thrust into the starting role and performs surprisingly well, carrying his team into the thick of the playoff race in the wake of a catastrophic injury to the team’s Hall-of-Fame-bound starting quarterback. But feel-good stories are only nice if you enjoy “The View” in the morning and chocolate chip cookies and a warm glass of milk in the evening.
Kerry Byrne
11/19/2008 - 10:18am
If the Patriots pass defense was a steamship, it’d be the Titanic. If it was an airship, it’d be the Hindenburg. And if it was a starship, it’d be the Jefferson – just about the time Grace Slick and company recorded “We Built This City” and sent American pop culture spiraling down the toilet. The Patriots pass defense is a disaster, in other words. And it’s a disaster best defined by one number. That number is 92.9.
Kerry Byrne
11/12/2008 - 10:18am
New England coach Bill Belichick has redefined the term “plug and play” – applying the concept to flesh-and-blood players with the same detached irony that your office IT department treats its leased desktop computers. Pull one out, plug in another, and the machine keeps humming along – his sales-winning PowerPoint presentation of pigskin just as effective on the new desktop as it was on the old.
Kerry Byrne
11/12/2008 - 10:18am
There are only a few sure bets in the NFL. The Lions will bring misery to Detroit, Al Davis will embarrass Raiders fans, and Jets gunslinger Brett Favre will toss costly picks in the biggest games of the year. In fact, if there’s an opposite of “big-game quarterback,” Favre is it – a player you can
Kerry Byrne
11/05/2008 - 10:18am
Last year at this time the Patriots were 8-0 and in an obvious race against history, while Patriots fans were so juiced up with excitement they would have failed an NFL drug test. Today you can barely measure their pulse, as the plump body of Patriots Nation, fattened by past success, still lies in bed battling the hangover of the Super Bowl loss and Tom Brady’s injury. Time to get over it, folks. And Dr. Feelgood is here to help.
Kerry Byrne
10/29/2008 - 2:11am
The 21st-century Patriots are the best big-game team in NFL history. In fact, nobody else is even close. But the best news for New England? The good times may not be over. Seemingly against all odds, the Tom Brady-less Patriots are on pace to prove the best big-game team of 2008, as well.
Kerry Byrne
10/22/2008 - 10:18am
This is how the other half lives – feasting on victory one week, starving for success the next. It’s actually kind of exciting, not to mention a long-lost feeling for New England football fans. For years, every Sunday seemed like Thanksgiving in New England, as the Patriots gobbled up more victories more frequently and by bigger margins than any team in history. New Englanders lost all touch with reality during these heady days. The biggest problem last year, for example, was when the team was accused of running up the score.
Kerry Byrne
10/15/2008 - 10:18am
The second quarter just got underway and the score is Brady 14, Belichick 0. When Tom Brady’s knee bent backward like an ostrich leg in Week 1, Patriots fans cringed at the image and knew the season just took a major turn for the worse. But to emotionless observers like the Cold, Hard Football Facts, the battle had just been joined: the battle to see which epic figure in New England football history – Brady the quarterback or Bill Belichick the head coach – was most responsible for the team’s rise from ignominy to dynasty.
Kerry Byrne
10/08/2008 - 10:18am
The post-Brady Patriots are 3-1 heading into their showdown with the San Diego not-so-super Chargers (2-3) Sunday night. Some New England fans might even feel pretty good about the team’s prospects this season in the aftermath of the Tom Brady injury. But the Patriots right now have more issues than Lindsay Lohan – issues that would cost the team dearly this season, even if a certain future Hall of Famer was still behind center.


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Jerod Mayo joins MFB, 7-3…

Jerod Mayo joins MFB, 7-30-14

Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.

Danny Amendola joins MFB, 7-30-14

Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.

It Is What It Is Cast: Brandon Browner gets fired up

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.

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Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, "I think Rondo is going to go, I just don't see where and how yet" 7-17-14

Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston: I believe Rondo will be traded 7-10-14

Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.

OK State Men's Basketball coach, Travis Ford, joins MFB to talk about Marcus Smart, 6-30-14

Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.

Jonny Gomes: "I didn't wa…

Jonny Gomes: "I didn't want to go anywhere. I can't fathom any player ever wanting to leave Boston." 7-31-14

Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes reacts to the news that he, along with Jon Lester, have been traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes

Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale and Holley

As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.

Buster Olney, ESPN, on the impending Jon Lester trade, 7-30-14

Multiple sources have indicated that Jon Lester will be dealt before the July 31st trade deadline. Buster talks to MFB regarding possible destinations, and he seems to think Lester will land in the NL Central. He also suggests that the Sox might as well get rid of John Lackey if they're going to deal Lester.

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

The Bradfo Show: Talking Bruins roster moves with DJ Bean, Turtleboy

Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.

DJ Bean breaks down the first hours of NHL Free Agency 7-1-14

DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla

DJ Bean, WEEI.com. The Bruins are not traded Marchand 6-13-14

DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Another news blooper 7-31-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.

Jon Lester traded to Oakland 7-31-14

John, Gerry and Meter react to the breaking news of Jon Lester being dealt to the A's.

Gordon Edes: "95% chance Lester gets traded" 7-30-14

ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.

Jon Lester traded to Oakl…

Jon Lester traded to Oakland and Lou Merloni is pissed 7-31-14

Lou, Christian, and Tim react to the news that Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes have been traded to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes. Lou hates the deal the move, especially because Cespedes is not arbitration eligible.

Jonny Gomes: "I didn't want to go anywhere. I can't fathom any player ever wanting to leave Boston." 7-31-14

Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes joins MFB to react to the news he has been traded along with Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes

Buster Olney, ESPN, on the impending Jon Lester trade, 7-30-14

Multiple sources have indicated that Jon Lester will be dealt before the July 31st trade deadline. Buster talks to MFB regarding possible destinations, and he seems to think Lester will land in the NL Central. He also suggests that the Sox might as well get rid of John Lackey if they're going to deal Lester.

John Farrell with Dale an…

John Farrell with Dale and Holley

As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.

Making sense of all the trade talk with WEEI.com's Alex Speier

We check in with Alex on the eve of the trade deadline.

Waving goodbye to the ol' Lefty? Jon Lester appears headed out of Boston

We respond and react to the news that Jon Lester may no longer be a member of the Boston Red Sox once the trade deadline passes.

Jon Lester's Contract Sit…

Jon Lester's Contract Situation and the Future

Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.

The All Star Game and the Worst Ideas in Sports

Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.

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Producer's Podcast-Is Lebron a Genius? 7-29-14

Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius

Minor Details Ep. 94.2 with Jim Callis of MLB.com: Are Red Sox prospects overvalued?

Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.

Minor Details Ep. 94.1: Are prospects overvalued? Andrew Miller on being traded for Miguel Cabrera

With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.

Gordon Edes: "95% chance …

Gordon Edes: "95% chance Lester gets traded" 7-30-14

ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.

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Jon Lester scratched 7-30-14

Joh, Gerry and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest rumors surrounding Jon Lester.

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Jon Lester is on the table, will he end up in LA? 7-28-14

We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?

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John, Gerry, and Steve DeOssie discuss Tom Brady's impact on the rest of the Patriots, plus Steve tells tales from his old days as a NFL linebacker

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The tweet is a little ominous sounding. Dale, Buck and Greg Dickerson discuss what very well could be the end of the Jon Lester era with the Boston Red Sox.

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