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About Michael Felger
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
12/28/2008 - 10:00am
The look on Eric Mangini's face said it all. He's been a pretty miserable-looking guy to begin with recently, but when Brett Favre made his first (but certainly not last) horrible play Sunday -- just heaving up a floating, easy interception in the first quarter of the Jets' season-ending, 24-17 loss to Miami at the Meadowlands -- Mangenius' eyes spoke the words that every veteran Favre-watcher knows all too well. "What the #$%&* was THAT?" And that fairly well describes how the Patriots feel right about now.
Michael Felger
12/26/2008 - 11:18am
I remember very well that afternoon at the Meadowlands in September of 2007, when Jets quarterback Chad Pennington came hobbling off the field after Jarvis Green rolled up his ankle on a third quarter sack against the Patriots. I remember Pennington refusing help. I remember him hopping to the bench, slamming his helmet, obviously trying to fight through the pain. And I remember the crowd cheering. The Neanderthals in New York who call themselves Jets fans deserve comeuppance this Sunday. My heart and my soul is rooting for it.
Michael Felger
12/23/2008 - 10:18am
As if my life as a Packers part-owner wasn’t miserable enough watching Brett Favre every Sunday through his final half-dozen years in Green Bay (the first 10 were pretty good), now I’ve got to suffer through at least one more crucial situation with the rest of Patriots Nation on Sunday.
Michael Felger
12/22/2008 - 12:18pm
The Patriots have taken care of business so well and made so many marginal teams look so awful this season that you can’t help but wonder: Why they couldn’t have saved some of those plays for the good teams? Because if they had, the Pats wouldn’t be sitting on the precipice of an unthinkable position: Winning 11 games yet still missing the playoffs. It’s not over, of course. It’s just not looking good.
Michael Felger
12/17/2008 - 7:10am
As you know by now, I have some topics near and dear to my heart -- and I'm not even referring to MILFs, cougars, Madonna or Randy Moss. When it comes to straight football talk, nothing tickles my fancy like a discussion on team-building. Give me a Patriots media guide and let me pour through previous drafts and I’m a happy man. Past free agent signings? Bring ‘em on. Salary cap space spent or not spent? Now we’re talking! This week you draw me in to those considerations and I embrace them as if they were Deion Branch in the flesh.
Michael Felger
12/15/2008 - 7:10am
The conventional wisdom for the Patriots going into Sunday’s game in Oakland was that all they had to do was give the Raiders a reason to pack it in early and they would do it. As it turns out, the Pats didn't even need to give them a reason. The Raiders didn’t even bother to show up. What a sad display by this once-proud franchise.
Michael Felger
12/14/2008 - 11:18am
Agonizing. That's the only way to describe yesterday if you're a Patriots fan. We're not talking about the actual game out in Oakland, of course. That was a breeze of epic proportions. We're talking about the 15 or so minutes that preceded it, when the Pats' rivals for the AFC East crown went down to the wire in their respective games to put New England tantalizingly close to an outright lead in the division.
Michael Felger
12/10/2008 - 11:18am
Yes, I would take Deion Branch over Randy Moss. That’s no joke and not something I say just to rile you up. I’ve been saying it for over a year. And in this mailbag, I’ll prove to you why I’m right. (By the way, Troy Brown agrees with me). I’ll also tell you why the Patriots should turn Brandon Meriweather loose more often, why Bill Belichick may not exactly be an  “old friend” of Mike Holmgren and why Madonna is still more impressive to me than Elisha Cuthbert.
Michael Felger
12/08/2008 - 12:18pm
The recently retired and Patriots Hall of Fame-enshrined Troy Brown carried the moniker of “Mr. Patriot.” It's a lifetime title. Wes Welker needs to play some defensive back and win a few rings before history looks at him in the same context.
Michael Felger
12/08/2008 - 10:18am
We’ll talk about the level of competition some other time. The Seattle Seahawks get paid. The NFL logo is stitched onto their jerseys. The game counted. And that means you shouldn’t be embarrassed to call the Patriots’ come-from-behind, 24-21 victory at Qwest Field Sunday what it truly was: Tough. Clutch. Gutsy.
Michael Felger
12/03/2008 - 10:18am
Call me a d-bag, jerk-weed, contrarian, but I’ve never really bought into the old Bill Parcells’ adage that all you need to do is "make the tournament."
Michael Felger
12/01/2008 - 10:18am
Here's something that’s been lost in the wash of the Patriots' brutal second half Sunday night at Gillette Stadium. The Steelers did not come ready to play this game.
Michael Felger
11/30/2008 - 10:18am
FOXBORO -- The opportunity was there for the Patriots Sunday night. The opportunity to not just jump back into a tie for first place in the AFC East and strengthen their postseason position, but, perhaps more importantly, establish themselves as a team that deserves to be taken seriously.   As it turns out, they probably don't.   Not after their 33-10 defeat to the Steelers and an utterly embarrassing, 31-minute stretch of football that just may be the defining moment of their 2008 season.  
Michael Felger
11/27/2008 - 12:18pm
Let this be a warning: There's a lot of pure Wisconsin cheese in the bag this week, where we get to re-live the childhood of little Mikey Felger and find out who he roots for and why. Get your barf bags ready.   
Michael Felger
11/24/2008 - 10:18am
Say this for the 2008 Patriots: They’ve given us some really compelling football.
Michael Felger
11/23/2008 - 10:18am
We thought we wouldn’t see it again until next September. But it turns out we don’t need to wait until the 2009 season for the return of the most dangerous weapon in the NFL. Tom Brady to Randy Moss is back. Or at least it was Sunday in Miami, when Matt Cassel continued his incredible run and Moss went after balls in the air with a renewed vigor, as the Pats posted a season-saving 48-28 win over the Dolphins.
Michael Felger
11/20/2008 - 10:18am
My name is Michael and I have a problem…. I can’t stop criticizing Randy Moss. Let this mailbag serve as the first step in my recovery. But there’s more. Much more. We also uncover a Jets’ spy in our midst, revisit the tight-as-a-drum splendor of Hannah Storm, and discuss that thing on top of the head of the Celtics’ sideline reporter. Oh yeah, football, too. Pull! -- Felger,
Michael Felger
11/16/2008 - 10:18am
A positive storyline is emerging amid the injury-induced rubble of this 2008 Patriots season.     We're getting to see a glimpse of the future.     Between Jerod Mayo, Gary Guyton and Pierre Woods (not to mention the injured Shawn Crable), the Pats have finally transitioned to youth at linebacker. Mayo can really play, Guyton looks like a legitimate force on passing downs despite his undrafted status and there's no reason to believe Woods can't fill a role for years to come.
Michael Felger
11/14/2008 - 2:15am
Things that make me want to puke and things that give me a pleasant tingle down my leg (yes there are some) after the Patriots’ ridiculous, 34-31 overtime loss to the Jets at Gillette Stadium Thursday night: Puke: The Patriots pass defense.
Michael Felger
11/12/2008 - 10:18am
What a weird bag, folks. I don’t know what’s going on, whether it’s the dog days of the football season, a post-election freak out or just that time of the month, but we’re all over the place this week. Not that you won’t recognize some of the material. We feed my seemingly insatiable appetite for Patriots payroll talk, for example. And since I also appear to have an obsession with gay humor, we spend some time strolling down a very peculiarly named street. There’s also a bit of politics. What the hell, it’s a short week.
Michael Felger
11/10/2008 - 2:15am
The worst bit of Patriots news since you-know-who got hurt eight minutes into the season came down Sunday night. Yes, the Adalius Thomas arm injury is an absolute killer.
Michael Felger
11/09/2008 - 2:15am
FOXBORO – How far can the Patriots go the rest of the way? I think it comes down to two essential factors: 1. Can they continue to cover up for a shaky secondary? 2. Can the offense start scoring from the red zone?     The questions are listed in order of importance, because we all know defense wins championships. And in the Tom Brady-less world we inhabit, it’s more than just a cliché.
Michael Felger
11/06/2008 - 10:18am
I guess there are no moral victories in Patriot Land. You guys were out for blood after a frustrating loss in Indianapolis, and just because I wouldn't cut up the carcass you've now turned on me. Savages. You get your say this week while I meekly try to defend myself.
Michael Felger
11/03/2008 - 1:18pm
I think we’ve all got mixed emotions after this one. The Patriots really played well on many levels Sunday in Indianapolis, yet they also made a series of pull-your-hair-out mistakes that cost them the victory. I don’t consider the result so much a bad loss as a missed opportunity. It’s not like the Pats ever had the game won, as they did in, say, the Super Bowl or the 2006 AFC title game. If Jabar Gaffney caught that pass, for example, there was still a quarter left and ample opportunity for the Colts to go back ahead.
Michael Felger
11/03/2008 - 10:18am
Good night for the Patriots. Bad night for Bill Belichick. That's about the quickest way to describe the Pats' agonizing, 18-15 loss to the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in yet another classic matchup between these NFL heavyweights. If you're the Patriots, you have a lot to feel good about despite the loss. Then again, Dave Thomas is probably sick to his stomach right about now. Same goes for Jabar Gaffney. And Belichick shouldn't be feeling too hot, either.


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