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Felger is a 1992 graduate of Boston University. He began working at the Boston Herald in 1989, covering the Patriots as a beat writer and columnist starting in 1999. Felger also worked for WBZ-TV as an analyst for Patriots pre-game and post-game programming as well as a panelist on Sports Final. He was a Big Show co-host from 2000-2005 before spending nearly three years hosting his own local radio program. He can currently be seen nightly on the television home of the Boston Celtics, Comcast Sports Net. He lives in Boston with his wife, Sara Underwood, and their daughter, Emma, 4.
 
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Michael Felger
07/08/2009 - 8:14pm
Admit it. You like ripping people behind their backs. We all do. Yes, I happen to be one of those rare cases where it’s just as much fun to do it square to my face, but be that as it may, you’re still going to have a rare opportunity here the next couple of weeks.
Michael Felger
07/01/2009 - 9:10pm
Another day, another dollar here at the d-bag mailbag. We’ve hit the dog days of summer and we continue to crank out the swill. We can’t be stopped -- no matter how much you’d like us to be. We’re like a fungus. Or a mold. Or that thing on Bradford’s face. We just keep coming at you. Nothing too vicious or obscene this week. I promise that won’t happen again… -- Hey Mike,  
Michael Felger
06/28/2009 - 10:52pm
With the NBA and NHL drafts recently completed, the baseball draft just three weeks in the past and the Patriots set to head to training camp next month with a host of key draft picks on defense, now seems as good a time as any to play a little game: If you were going grocery shopping and wanted someone to push the cart, who among Boston's four general managers would you chose for the job? You can only have one. Who is the best at picking them.
Michael Felger
06/24/2009 - 10:04pm
You all know I enjoy hate mail. It keeps me going when times get rough, and it’s the lifeblood of the d-bag mailbag. But I’ve got to be honest. As much I enjoy getting abused, I take nearly as much pleasure in you folks abusing the people I work with. Namely, Tanguay and Dickerson. Any mention of Bradford and his Mangina works for me, too, as does any attack on the BBWAA. It’s at moments like those that I feel it’s all worthwhile.
Michael Felger
06/22/2009 - 11:01pm
Today we bring you five Felgy thoughts, complete with links! And Rob Bradford thinks I haven’t gotten this Internet thing down yet…. -- If the Patriots have a master plan at outside linebacker, then it has yet to reveal itself. And with the June-July lull now upon us, it’s not going to anytime soon. That’s if the Pats even have a plan. For all we know, they may believe they’re all set with Pierre Woods, Sean Crable, Tully Banta-Cain and Vince Redd.
Michael Felger
06/17/2009 - 4:51pm
We’ve got a lot of diversity in this week’s d-bag mailbag. To wit: Is Peter Chiarelli really good or kind of overrated? I’m not sure yet. Is Jeff in Watertown becoming the most-hated talk show caller in Boston? That one’s starting to come into focus. And, of course, who has got the best pro-sports ass in Phoenix? Do we even need to ask? You’ll also notice that the chronics come out of the woodwork this week. Good to have you folks back. How’s Lobey doing?
Michael Felger
06/15/2009 - 11:52pm
With Peter Chiarelli's contract extension set to be formally introduced Tuesday at the Garden, we give you five thoughts about the move and the Bruins general manager:  
Michael Felger
06/10/2009 - 10:20pm
Forget pit bulls. I’d take those pups over the Baseball Writers Association of America any day. They’re more gentle and understanding.   But not to worry. My people have my back this week.   If I’m James Harrison’s toddler, then Felger Nation is the neighbor who comes across the yard, pulls the pit bull off my leg and tosses Baby Felgy to safety while Buck and McAdam try and gnaw their way through the fence.   Let’s get it on! -- Felger You DB!
Michael Felger
06/07/2009 - 11:06pm
It remains one of the unassailable truths of professional sports, even in a bad economy.   And, for some reason, the Patriots continue to fight it.   When it comes to high-end talent, the closer you get to free agency, the more it costs. The longer you wait, the worse it gets.   Exhibit A: Vince Wilfork.  
Michael Felger
06/03/2009 - 11:00pm
We get back to sports this week, folks. Brady, Rodney Harrison, the Bruins, the Baseball Show. All are addressed. Don’t worry. We’re not all dogs, all the time. Still, the e-mails kept pouring in from the dog nuts, and I just can’t ignore their efforts, can I? These folks really know how to throw around the insults. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what the d-bag mailbag is all about? So let’s go, you loons: pretend you’re a pit bull and I’m the succulent leg of a two-year boy. Have at it.
Michael Felger
06/01/2009 - 11:56am
The issue isn’t whether Tom Brady will return to greatness in 2009. He’s too talented, too driven and surrounded by too much talent for that not to happen. Besides, the recent history is pretty definitive. If quarterbacks like Carson Palmer, Donovan McNabb and Philip Rivers can come back and perform at a high level with reconstructed knees, then Brady can obviously do it, too.   Brady will be at the top of the league again. Write it down.   The question is when he will get there.  
Michael Felger
05/27/2009 - 11:09pm
I can handle green-teamers, Patriot suck ups and the Tim Thomas fan club without any problems. They may hate me, but I still consider them my people. I almost enjoy their abuse. But the nutty dog crowd? Yikes. Those people represent another level, and this week I got to experience it. As you might imagine, they were all fired up over my column on Tuesday, which led off with the inspired line, “Pit bull owners typically fall into two categories: Creeps. Or imbeciles.” Brilliant!
Michael Felger
05/25/2009 - 5:10pm
Pit bull owners typically fall into two categories: Creeps. Or imbeciles. Michael Vick is both, of course. He’s also pathological, which is why he lost millions of dollars and nearly two years of his life in federal prison. It’s also why he’s still on the outside of the NFL looking in, getting ready to serve two months of home confinement and report to his $10-an-hour construction job while commissioner Roger Goodell weighs his future against the indignation of dog-lovers across the country.
Michael Felger
05/20/2009 - 3:54pm
Welcome, Celtics Nation! Where you been all year? This week, we get to snack on a plate full of doucheburgers while finding out what it means to diddle a mailbag. I don’t know what Dickerson and Tanguay do on their blog, but there’s no way it holds a candle. All together now: Green 18!.... --   Mike,  
Michael Felger
05/15/2009 - 9:56am
A half-dozen thoughts collected after wiping the puke off my shoes…
Michael Felger
05/14/2009 - 12:52am
As you all know, I have a knack for pissing people off, whether it’s in print or over the air. But I think the medium where I do the most damage is radio. There’s just something about it. Did you hear the caller to Dale and Holley on Wednesday who said that listening to me is like getting crabs through the radio? Wow. I had never heard anything like that before. As I said to Michael, no one ever got an STD in Happyland until I came along. Then again, if you want to have a sportsgasm, you have to be willing to suffer the consequences.
Michael Felger
05/11/2009 - 10:07pm
Everyone around here at WEEI.com likes to write about what they’ve learned, in increments of five, of course. But with all due respect to my boss Rob Bradford and his precious formula, I’d like to take a different angle (shocker).   Here are three things I have no freaking idea about when it comes to the Bruins heading into Tuesday’s titanic Game 6 at Carolina.   1. On Monday, Rob and his hockey minion here at the site, Joe Haggerty, blared the headline for all to see: “Phil Kessel is back.”
Michael Felger
05/07/2009 - 9:15am
Bill Belichick likes the kids. That’s what we’re being told, anyway. For the first time in years, the Patriots have a young group of linebackers for whom Belichick has hope. It’s presumably one the reasons why the position was something less than a priority at the draft and why Mike Vrabel is currently in Kansas City. I don’t think it’s why Jason Taylor remains in limbo (more on that in a bit), but it apparently has a lot to do with why the Pats have not overextended themselves for a big name (at least not yet).
Michael Felger
05/04/2009 - 10:42pm
The call here is still Bruins over Carolina. It may now take six or seven games after Sunday’s Hurricanes win, but my confidence is still high that the B’s are going to make it to the Eastern Conference finals.   
Michael Felger
04/29/2009 - 9:29pm
Three words: Bruins in five. Hardcore puck-talk next week, I promise. This one’s mostly devoted to the draft, plus the usual hate mail. And sorry, Rob, we’re going to learn more than five things today… -- Felger,   I'm a little disappointed in you; I would have thought the ``Ellis Hobbs Sucks’’ article would have been written and posted by the start of the sixth round, but you didn't get it up on WEEI.com until around 11:00 p.m. on Sunday. Maybe you liked him more than we knew.
Michael Felger
04/26/2009 - 10:58pm
It doesn't take a football genius or a math major to figure out where the Patriots have been hurting the last few years. The only one who didn't seem to get it was Ellis Hobbs, and how did that work out for him?   So while we all know the Patriots don't draft for need -- and we know that because Bill Belichick keeps telling us -- we can at least consider the last two drafts a happy coincidence.   
Michael Felger
04/22/2009 - 11:07pm
I have an admission to make. At around 7:45 on Wednesday night, in the split second after David Krejci scored his ridiculously beautiful goal off a feed from Michael Ryder in Montreal, giving the B’s a 2-1 lead on the way to a sportsgasmic series sweep, I lost my cool. I leapt to my feet and shouted, “They’re going to win the [expletive] cup!” I take it back. Immediately. Not my style. You don’t pay me to be that guy.
Michael Felger
04/19/2009 - 11:15pm
Remember that Julius Peppers-to-the-Patriots report that got everyone’s panties in a bunch last month? It’s about to come due. And the guy who broke it apparently isn’t backing down.
Michael Felger
04/16/2009 - 1:24am
Depending on which pundit you listen to, the Patriots are either the very best team in the league when it comes to the draft, or they're the absolute worst.   The truth, of course, is that they're neither. They don't suck, obviously. But they also haven't quite lived up to their lofty standards recently, either.  
Michael Felger
04/14/2009 - 7:37am
FELGER PRONOUNCES HIS FEAR AND TREMBLING ABOUT THE HABS


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