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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
09/24/2009 - 10:08pm
We are in the Golden Era for Boston sports coaches. Right now we have three active coaches (Bill Belichick, Terry Francona, Doc Rivers) who have won a championship with their respective teams. Until 2004 there had never been a period in Boston sports history in which even two of the four active coaches had a Boston title on their résumé (makes sense, I guess, when you consider that one team didn't win its first title until 2001 and another went 86 years between crowns).
Kirk Minihane
09/20/2009 - 9:34pm
If the Patriots (and their fans) had any swagger left after the Monday night miracle vs. the Bills, it was blitzed into the ground by the Jets on Sunday.
Kirk Minihane
09/17/2009 - 1:27am
Can we stop with the overreaction? Probably not. It never ends, now that I think about it. Right now there is a simmering concern about the Patriots. Sure, a win is a win, but the thought lingers: Maybe “we” really are the team that needed a miracle fumble recovery (from the kicker!) to beat the Bills. Not much better than average.
Kirk Minihane
09/15/2009 - 6:55am
On a night when we learned that Tom Brady could still pull off the impossible (but may or may not be able to outrun Suzy Kolber) plenty of questions still linger regarding the 2009 Patriots. 1. What is the status of Jerod Mayo? Who knows? Could be that he’s fine and he’ll play Sunday. Could be that he’s out for the season, I guess. Ready for Tedy Bruschi, Part II? 2. Who is “Todd” Light and what did he do with his brother Matt?
Kirk Minihane
09/10/2009 - 12:16am
Plenty of Seymour stuff, and the folks seemed mixed on the move. I remain shocked that anyone would have a problem with a trade that will almost certainly yield a top five pick for a player who has (A) been on the decline for three years and (B) was not going to be back in 2010 under any circumstances. What am I missing? Is it because the pick is in 2011 and not 2010? That can't be it. I guess there is some loyalty to Seymour, which is great.
Kirk Minihane
09/07/2009 - 7:07am
Richard Seymour was never easy to define. Tedy Bruschi? Inspiration. Troy Brown? Selfless. Tom Brady? Legend. Adam Vinatieri? Clutch. One-word definitions that pretty much tell the story. Richard Seymour? Uh, “commanded a lot of double-teams that allowed others to make plays” doesn’t seem like it should be on a poster. That’s life in the trenches, I guess. Guys on the defensive line have never sold tickets.
Kirk Minihane
09/02/2009 - 2:13pm
Are you ready for a little more closer talk? Lots and lots of Papelbon here this week, and the folks seem to be divided. Some are with me (Papelbon is a terrific pitcher but no closer is worth $13-15 million a year) but I was surprised how many emailers were comfortable with the prospect of losing the best closer in franchise history. Well, when you’ve got a proven commodity like Daniel Bard I guess it’s okay to be cavalier. He’s been getting it done forever, right?
Kirk Minihane
08/31/2009 - 12:04am
OK, so Jonathan Papelbon is no genius. You didn’t need to tell us, Theo. We’ve been briefed on the topic more than once over the past five years. Each time the guy opens his mouth every high school English teacher in New England instinctively reaches for a red pen.
Kirk Minihane
08/27/2009 - 5:24am
Ready for more Jim Rice? Not my fault this time. Really. I filled in for Rob Bradford this past Sunday with Mike Mutnansky for a couple of hours and, for the most part, stayed out of the way. We talked about Brad Penny, Billy Wagner and Junichi Tazawa. Easy, nothing to get me in trouble. But then Mut had to do it. He brought up Jim Rice tanking on Derek Jeter at Williamsport. And before I could even think I blurted out the following:
Kirk Minihane
08/20/2009 - 4:54am
Report card feedback in the mailbag this week, which is pretty much code for a little J.D. Drew bashing. The people have found their scapegoat, and he’s not going to be able to use a sore groin as an excuse to get out of this spot.
Kirk Minihane
08/18/2009 - 6:33am
Q: What do you do when your 5,000-word “Tiger Woods is the Greatest Athlete of all time” column gets Yanged on Sunday afternoon? A: You pump out a Red Sox report card! My own fault, I was overconfident after Friday and assumed that we would spend the weekend watching a Tiger double-digit victory. Lesson learned.
Kirk Minihane
08/12/2009 - 2:31am
I live by one rule and one rule only. Any time I can dust off my Rex Reed mask from Halloween 1992 and play movie critic I'm doing it. And that chance has presented itself thanks to the "What the hell happened to the sports movie?" column I wrote earlier this week. So I'll tackle a couple of emails on that as well as a botched headline, The Captain, Mr. Skin and Greg Luzinski. To the ‘bag we go (and, as always, feel free to email away to kminihane@weei.com) -- Kirk,
Kirk Minihane
08/10/2009 - 8:31am
What happened to the sports movie? If you had stopped 14-year-old Kirk Minihane (he of the kminihane@weei.com email address for those who don't agree with what is about to be written) outside of the Burlington Mall theatre on April 21st of 1989 and told me that the movie I’d had just seen – Field Of Dreams – would signal the end of the sports movie as I knew it I doubt I would’ve recognized what language you were speaking.
Kirk Minihane
08/06/2009 - 9:37am
David Ortiz takes over for Jim Rice and Dwight Evans this week in the mailbag, and the Pink Hats aren’t exactly thrilled that I didn’t join them in that standing ovation last week. Oh well, we can always make up over a screening of “Still We Believe” while we swap stories about meeting Dennis Drinkwater. To the ‘bag we go (and, as always, feel free to email away to kminihane@weei.com) -- Kirk,
Kirk Minihane
08/03/2009 - 7:17am
A note to the 37,919 fans in attendance at Fenway for last Thursday’s win over the Athletics.  Asking for a curtain call from David Ortiz on the same day he was outed as a steroid user? That means the following: You can no longer chant “A-Roid”.  You cannot laugh at those fans in San Francisco who rooted for Barry Bonds, or the Yankees fans that cheered when it was announced that Clemens was coming back in 2007. You are those people. 
Kirk Minihane
07/30/2009 - 3:00am
    I thought I was done with Jim Rice and Dwight Evans. Lots of email  this week on these guys, and I tried to answer a couple of them. But there isn't much left to say, and I'm closing the book after this mailbag. But we have some fun as the Jim Ed crowd makes some noise (but let's hope that they still have energy-- they'll need it to get Ellis Burks into Cooperstown). Plus we look at George Washington Dungy, say goodbye to Jonathan Papelbon and I  defend Bruce Springsteen, Pete Rose and Nelson de la Rosa.
Kirk Minihane
07/26/2009 - 9:30pm
I have no idea if the Patriots want Michael Vick. You hear things, read things. Maybe they want to get into the Wildcat sweepstakes. Maybe they think Tom Brady isn’t completely healthy and don’t think there is a Cassell II in the wings. Corey Dillon and Randy Moss turned out OK, right? And if it worked with them…
Kirk Minihane
07/23/2009 - 6:18am
Lots and lots of Dwight Evans vs. Jim Rice here this week.  The email was probably about 70-30 pro-Dewey, which surprised me more than a little. But the Rice crowd won’t give up the ghost. They are a resilient bunch, the lovers of the 6-4-3 (is that the number the Sox will retire on July 28?) and they let me have it over my lack of respect for Jim Ed.
Kirk Minihane
07/20/2009 - 6:55am
Cooperstown, N.Y. – 2018
Kirk Minihane
07/16/2009 - 10:17am
Things seemed to have changed around here. I’ll confess that as I started attacking the mailbag this week I felt a little bit like Gary Cherone taking over vocals for Van Halen. Just didn’t belong on this piece of real estate. But by the end of the week I truly believe that I was giving off a Hagar vibe. That’s progress, right? We sort of jump (get it?) all over the place in the bag this week, as we try and find Joe Haggerty, figure out if Drew Bledsoe can match up with Babe Ruth and wonder if Chris Berman is in on the joke.
Kirk Minihane
07/13/2009 - 12:53am
I'm all over the place when it comes to dates.   Some are hard to pinpoint.  
Kirk Minihane
07/07/2009 - 11:39am
So, here is the debate: Which Boston athlete can stake claim to the best individual season? (Note: Email me at kminihane@weei.com if you would like to debate further on our new feature at WEEI.com -- Slugfest.) Pretty straight forward here, just one rule -- a player can only appear on the list once. Why? Just wanted to avoid four Bobby Orr seasons, three from Ted Williams and a couple of Bill Russell's. Thought a little variety might make for a better read.
Kirk Minihane
06/30/2009 - 12:53pm
July 4th will mark the 70th anniversary of perhaps baseball’s most famous moment. (And maybe the most famous speech in sports history -- is “Win one for the Gipper” close?) Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” farewell to roughly 60,000 at Yankee Stadium took place on July 4, 1939. Can any athlete ever again be as beloved as The Iron Horse was during his 277-word farewell?
Kirk Minihane
06/23/2009 - 9:42am
It’s okay to admit that you forgot the NBA Draft is Thursday night, or maybe didn’t know at all. This is what happens when you win 60 games and don’t have a first-round pick. If things stay the course right now the Celtics pick 58th. About the only interesting story there would be if Tyrese Rice were on the board. Not exactly gripping television.   
Kirk Minihane
06/16/2009 - 11:07am
Here comes John Smoltz. (What he’s going to do when he gets there is the question. Where does he fit in? Truth be told, I think it might be time to give Dice-K a couple of weeks in Florida to “work things out.” Plus, I guess it’s 50/50 that Brad Penny gets moved in the next few weeks. I’m thinking if Smoltz pitches well, he stays in the rotation and the Sox will be happy worrying about too many starters.)


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