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

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Shawn Thornton on the game 3 win in Detroit 4-23-14

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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. The guys talked about Colbert joining Dave Letterman last night.

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Andy Brickley, NESN: Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3.

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

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Holy Diver? Bruins win but focus switches to Brad Marchand's instigating tactics 4-23-14

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