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Kirk Minihane thinks "Slap Shot" is -- without argument -- the best sports movie ever made and is also convinced the 1985-86 Celtics would have finished with a record of 78-4 if they had cared about the regular season. He has been a columnist at WEEI.com since 2009 and is now part of The Dennis & Callahan Show.

 
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Kirk Minihane
08/19/2010 - 12:35am
Almost ready for a Week 2 "Hard Knocks" diary?  Just one thing before we can get started. (Pause as we wait for a blessing from Saint Tony Dungy. Got it. Thanks, coach. We'll keep it no worse than PG-13 here.) Here we go ...
Kirk Minihane
08/18/2010 - 12:51pm
So Clay Buchholz is now 14-5 with a league-leading 2.36 ERA. Seven more shutout innings on Tuesday for the Artist Formerly Known as The Guy Who Might Get Us Adrian Gonzalez, just another brilliant outing in a second half that has seen Buchholz go 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA. 
Kirk Minihane
08/17/2010 - 7:06am
"I have not watched it. I've gotten the reports. I'm disappointed with all the profanity. I think Rex can make his points without all that." --Tony Dungy, August 16
Kirk Minihane
08/12/2010 - 12:50am
I can't help it -- I always wind up liking whatever team is on HBO"s "Hard Knocks."
Kirk Minihane
08/10/2010 - 3:41pm
It's fair to be skeptical about a Shaq/Celtics marriage. 
Kirk Minihane
08/09/2010 - 11:41pm
Ten questions (and answers) as we ready for a press conference to celebrate the signing of a 38-year-old center. The last time the Celtics brought in a former All-Star center at age 38? Artis Gilmore in 1988. Let's hope this goes a little better. Johnny Kelley was faster at mile 24 in the 1992 Boston Marathon. And how about this? Per the Celtics PR staff: "Mr. O'Neal will not answer any questions about Kazaam but would be thrilled to discuss Steel at length." 
Kirk Minihane
08/06/2010 - 4:32am
Ready? Want to play the "how can we catch the Rays or Yankees" game? OK, here goes. If the Tampa Bay Rays play .500 ball for the rest of the year, the Red Sox would have to go 33-20 to make the playoffs. 
Kirk Minihane
08/04/2010 - 12:42am
For those bemoaning the idea that Shaquille O'Neal will soon be a member of the Boston Celtics, let me say first that I understand the concern.
Kirk Minihane
08/02/2010 - 8:43am
Be warned: This is a question born in the world of dramatic overreaction within the internet community. But here goes. Is Jonathan Papelbon going to be the Red Sox closer for the rest of the season?
Kirk Minihane
07/30/2010 - 1:51am
A couple of weeks ago in a midseason Red Sox report card I posed this question: Taking everything into account -- age, durability, established performance level, postseason history, AL vs. NL, current contract status -- is there a pitcher in baseball you would absolutely trade Jon Lester for?
Kirk Minihane
07/27/2010 - 12:21pm
Reggie Lewis died 17 years ago Tuesday. Hard to believe that he would be 44 years old now, probably be six or seven years out of the league. Maybe he'd be a coach, maybe he'd be sitting next to Mike and Tommy, maybe he would have moved into the front office. Who knows?
Kirk Minihane
07/26/2010 - 11:56am
Watching Andre Dawson get inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday got me thinking about Dwight Evans.
Kirk Minihane
07/22/2010 - 11:34pm
There is probably nothing to the Chris Paul for Rajon Rondo talk that's been in the air for the last 24 hours or so. An internet creation that has had some legs. Probably nothing more than that, right? Well …
Kirk Minihane
07/21/2010 - 11:15pm
Mailbag time and the folks aren't real pleased with my 10-6 prediction for the Patriots in 2010. And I don't get it.
Kirk Minihane
07/21/2010 - 1:35am
One man's guess as to how the 2010 season will play out in New England …. Week 1: Home vs. Bengals
Kirk Minihane
07/14/2010 - 10:40pm
Report card time. We last handed out grades at the quarter-season mark (May 19), and much has changed. At that time the Sox were doing the lambada with .500, and it seemed that we might be headed for a lost season.
Kirk Minihane
07/13/2010 - 1:02pm
 I'll stick to building ships. -- George Steinbrenner at his introductory press conference as owner, promising to stay away from the day-to-day operations of the Yankees in January 1973. What kind of owner wins seven World Series and 11 pennants in 37 years? 
Kirk Minihane
07/12/2010 - 12:46pm
On page 190 of the new book "Hellbound On His Trail" -- Hampton Sides' brilliant account of the international manhunt of James Earl Ray following the assassination of Martin Luther King -- a then 26-year-old Jesse Jackson gives a statement to a Memphis reporter at the Lorraine Motel just minutes after the shooting of the civil rights giant.
Kirk Minihane
07/08/2010 - 10:37pm
One man's account of the end of a franchise, but the start of a new-found respect for ESPN. OK, maybe just the end of a franchise. 9:00 p.m. (EST): I always knew that hell would start with a Stuart Scott voiceover.  9:01: Now another voiceover, only with a guy that sounds like a mix of James Earl Jones, Dikembe Mutombo and Vince McMahon. Creepiest ESPN moment since Namath/Kobler.
Kirk Minihane
07/06/2010 - 9:58am
The Celtics and Shaquille O'Neal? I guess it's possible, as long as everyone is realistic. That, of course, starts with Shaq himself. And that's where the problem begins.
Kirk Minihane
07/05/2010 - 8:48pm
Heading into Monday night's series opener with the Rays, Kevin Youkilis led the American League in runs (64). He was third in on-base percentage and fourth in slugging. There were four players in the AL with an OPS of 1.000 or better, and Youkilis was one of them.
Kirk Minihane
07/01/2010 - 2:05pm
Why did Doc Rivers shock the world (OK, that's a slight exaggeration) and decide to come back for another year as head coach of the Celtics? Here's the five best reasons I could come up with … 1. He may never have a better chance to win another title
Kirk Minihane
06/30/2010 - 7:59am
Here is one man's take on the top five sports topics of the day… 1. Pierce opts out of final year of contract
Kirk Minihane
06/29/2010 - 8:40am
Here is one man's take on the top five sports topics of the day…. 1. LeBron, Wade, Bosh have summit in Miami over the weekend-- all three to the Heat?
Kirk Minihane
06/25/2010 - 2:33am
Here's one man's running diary of the 2010 NBA draft, where cash consideration happens … 7:30 p.m. (EST): I was terrified ESPN wouldn't kick off the coverage with a music video/montage. Nice to have the fears allayed with the sounds of Michael Buble. 


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It Is What It Is Cast: Lo…

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.

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.

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.

Sox Manager John Farrell …

Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale and Holley

We check in with John Farrell live from Fenway Park with Dale, Holley and Steve Lyons. We talk Boagearts, Buchholz, Pierzynski, Lester, the losing and much much more.

Tim Wakefield on the Red Sox tough start 4-23-14

Tim Wakefield discussed the Sox tough start to the season. He is optimistic that the guys can turn it around.

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.

Andy Brickley, NESN: Reca…

Andy Brickley, NESN: Recaps Bruins vs Red Wings, Game 3

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

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

Shawn Thornton joined the show to discuss the Bruins win last night over the Red Wings. Shawn talked about Marchand's agitator status within the league.

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.

Shawn Thornton on the gam…

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

Shawn Thornton joined the show to discuss the Bruins win last night over the Red Wings. Shawn talked about Marchand's agitator status within the league.

Tim Wakefield on the Red Sox tough start

Tim Wakefield discussed the Sox tough start to the season. He is optimistic that the guys can turn it around.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Colbert introduced on Letterman

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

Aaron Boone, ESPN: Sox ha…

Aaron Boone, ESPN: Sox haven't been able to replace Ellsbury, 4-23-14

Aaron Boone joins Mut and Merloni to talk about the early season troubles the Red Sox have had and the defensive struggles.

Andy Brickley, NESN: Recaps Bruins vs Red Wings Game 3

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

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's Four at…

Dale and Holley's Four at Four Milestone Editon - 4/23/14

We tackle four topics all revolving around big time milestones in sports.

John Farrell with Dale and Holley: Pierzynski just needs more familiarity with this pitching staff 4-23-14

We check in with John Farrell live from Fenway Park with Dale, Holley and Steve Lyons. We talk Boagearts, Buchholz, Pierzynski, Lester, the losing and much much more.

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

We discuss the Bruins win to take a 2-1 lead in Detroit, and how Brad Marchand is once again (for better or worse) making his presence felt in a series. Hey, he may be a rat, but he's OUR rat.

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

Fantasy Football Off-Seas…

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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Boston Marathon director …

Boston Marathon director Dave McGillivray 4-22-14

Dave called in to discuss the epic Boston Marathon.

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Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

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.

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A great Marathon Monday 4…

A great Marathon Monday 4-22-14

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

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Reflections on Marathon M…

Reflections on Marathon Monday and recapping the race with WEEI's Kirk Minihane

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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