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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
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.)
Kirk Minihane
06/09/2009 - 6:02am
Stuff that’s been kicking around in my head for the last few days…  
Kirk Minihane
06/02/2009 - 6:34am
Couple of things before I present the Red Sox First Two Months Report Card (terrible title I know, but better than 'A Report Card for a Little More than a Quarter of the Season but Not Yet A Third')…   Grades are based on expectation heading into 2009. If Jason Bay had the same stats as Jason Varitek he’d probably be looking at a C-/D+, for example.   And all stats are through 5/31…   Jason Bay (A)  
Kirk Minihane
05/26/2009 - 9:13pm
So this idea was triggered by something I read in Peter King’s Tuesday edition of his Monday Morning Quarterback (usually a mailbag-type setup) on 5/19. King was describing the scene at a charity dinner for the great Paul Zimmerman.   “Yogi Berra and Dick Ebersol next to each other at the NBC table. When I introduced Yogi as the greatest living baseball player in the United States, everyone began clapping, and Ebersol stood, and then everyone stood.”  
Kirk Minihane
05/19/2009 - 6:29am
And it was all over. He came home an American hero. He bragged to the world he'd beat the Russians. He delivered. He can now command the same money as heavyweight prizefighters. He was invited to dinner by statesmen and kings. Then Bobby Fischer made the most original, unexpected move of all. He disappeared. --Searching for Bobby Fischer   Brett Favre has me thinking about Marvin Hagler.  
Kirk Minihane
05/11/2009 - 2:48pm
I’m not sure there is anything left to be written about Manny Ramirez, so I’ll try and leave out all the stuff that you’ve seen over the past four days. We’ll just focus on how this affected some of the major supporting characters in the saga and try as best we can to stay away from the lead. It’s sort of like how you never actually saw Nixon in “All the President’s Men.” That’s a good comparison, of course, because like Nixon, Manny was raised a Quaker and was always fiercely anti-communist.
Kirk Minihane
05/04/2009 - 11:45am
Is Paul Pierce a Hall of Famer?  
Kirk Minihane
04/27/2009 - 12:49pm
Two things about Tim Wakefield (the first one you probably won’t care much about, the second you might). 1. For about the last 12 years or so, every time I go to a Sox game Wakefield is pitching. I can’t escape him. I’ve seen him in New York, Seattle, Baltimore, San Francisco, Toronto. I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure I saw him pitch for the Pittsburgh Crawfords in a 1936 Negro League game vs. the Homestead Grays.
Kirk Minihane
03/30/2009 - 2:48pm
So here is Part II. Following last week's entry on the bottom half of the list of the Top 64 Sports Movies, I was surprised at some of the email reaction. The movie I was most asked about? Teen Wolf. For some reason people wanted to know if the tale of one Scott Howard would make the final 32. Will it? Or will I give Teen Wolf Too (featuring the same Chubbs but a different Stiles) a spot? To the list…
Kirk Minihane
03/20/2009 - 2:14am
I was going to call this the 64 Greatest Sports Movies of all time but it became pretty clear that there are nowhere near 64 great sports films. Maybe 30 or so could be argued as great (at most). A couple of things before we get started… (1) There are movies that I have seen on a lot of lists that I cannot count as a sports movie. Gladiator, to me, isn’t a sports movie. Best in Show is not a sports movie. They don’t pass the smell test.
Kirk Minihane
03/13/2009 - 4:34pm
When Paul Pierce was at the free throw line last Friday night Mike Tirico mentioned that Pierce had been with the Celtics forever, since 1998. Eleven years in the bank. That stuck with me for some reason. Tirico was right. In sports now, to stay in one city for 11 years is pretty near remarkable.  Look at 1998 from a Boston sports perspective. How long ago does some of this stuff seem? 1998 Red Sox: Jimy Williams. The Duke. Way Back Wasdin made 45 appearances. Reggie Jefferson and Darren Bragg.
Kirk Minihane
03/01/2009 - 8:07am
In the world of sequels the second part of this list falls somewhere between “The Substitute 2: School’s Out” and Dick Gephardt’s run for President in 2004. But we move on…
Kirk Minihane
02/27/2009 - 9:48pm
The people have spoken.
Kirk Minihane
02/05/2009 - 11:11pm
What a week in sports!
Kirk Minihane
01/26/2009 - 6:32pm
I’m sick of Jason Varitek.
Kirk Minihane
01/08/2009 - 6:32pm
Interesting year on the Hall of Fame ballot. You’ve got an all-time great (Rickey Henderson), the usual band of solid guys with good cases (Alan Trammell, Tim Raines), the pair that is inching closer to induction (Andre Dawson, Bert Blyleven) and an on the verge with one last shot (Jim Rice).
Kirk Minihane
01/02/2009 - 10:32am
Pretty self-explanatory, just one rule before we get started.
Kirk Minihane
12/19/2008 - 11:01am
Give me some names. Sorry? I’m in the finals. I need to win. And I don’t want to hear about Matt Forte and Jay Cutler. Stop living off those guys. No problem. I’ve got a lock for 100 yards and a TD Sunday. I like it. Just don't give me Lance Moore. Three weeks in a row you've hyped him and he has a whopping 10 catches for 77 yards combined. No problem. Well, a little problem. I really like Lance Moore this week.
Kirk Minihane
12/12/2008 - 11:18am
Probably too late to mention that I did like Pierre Thomas as a start this week. Here are my five fantasy locks for Week 15 (and a bunch of other starts and avoids). Remember, it is playoff time. No loyalty needed. No need to start Larry Johnson over Dominic Rhodes because you used (wasted) a second-rounder on LJ and Rhodes wasn’t drafted. That was August. Sweet August, when the weather was warm and we still had hopes for such TV shows as “My Own Worst Enemy” and “The Ex List”.
Kirk Minihane
12/04/2008 - 10:18am
Maybe my timing was a little off... Kirk, A Top 36 Keepers list for two weeks? Uh, the last week of the fantasy regular season probably isn’t the best time to figure out if it should be DeAngelo Williams or Greg Jennings. Maybe that would work best, I don’t know, ANYTIME IN THE OFFSEASON? Josh Nashua To be fair, I do have my supporters…
Kirk Minihane
11/27/2008 - 10:18am
Here is the heavily anticipated sequel to last weeks ranking of the top 16 keepers. This may be the single finest Part 2 ever authored that did not include the word “Boogaloo.” Here we go with 17-36 (once again, age is a key factor). 17. Calvin Johnson (WR, Lions)
Kirk Minihane
11/20/2008 - 10:18am
Couple of emails have floated in over the last week or two regarding keepers. I’m frankly not a fan of the keeper format, I prefer to address a fresh group of faces on the first day of mini-camp. Still, I serve at the pleasure of a loyal readership. Most keeper leagues are allowed to protect three guys, and most leagues have 12 teams, so over the next two weeks I’m going to give you the 36 top keeper prospects for 2009 drafts.
Kirk Minihane
11/14/2008 - 2:15am
Five quick thoughts from Thursday night…
Kirk Minihane
11/06/2008 - 10:18am
One thing I’ve wanted to do since the column started was to get some different voices from the Fantasy Community in here. This week I managed to land an interview with a true Fantasy Legend, the great Ricardo Montalban. In this first of nine installments, we will discuss his upbringing in Mexico City and his early TV work in “General Electric Theatre” and “Climax!”. Fear not, though, we will eventually get to his role on the show that brings you here each week, Mr. Roarke on “Fantasy Island”.
Kirk Minihane
10/30/2008 - 10:18am
How about that Chiefs offense on Sunday, huh?


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