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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
10/29/2008 - 2:11am
Diversity is the name of the game here, folks. From Tom Brady trade scenarios to Greg Dickerson’s eye-liner, we cover the spectrum in this week’s mailbag. We even give you some straight football talk. But enough of my yakking. Let’s boogie…. -- Subj: Are you kidding me? Felger,
Michael Felger
10/27/2008 - 3:11am
We have come to praise the Patriots defense. Or at least give it a little bit of credit. As you all know, I'm a glass-is-half-full kind of guy (ahem). So I don't look at the coverage problems the Pats had in their 23-16 win over St. Louis on Sunday. I don't look at the plays over the top or the 301 passing yards allowed. I look at the flow of the game and the job the defense did keeping the Pats in it when the Rams had several chances to blow it open. Seriously.
Michael Felger
10/26/2008 - 3:11am
FOXBORO -- There are times the numbers lie, and if you doubt that just look at Matt Cassel the last two games. A week ago Cassel was the AFC Offensive Player of the Week against Denver after throwing for three touchdowns without an interception and a 136.3 quarterback rating. Those who actually looked at the game and not just the stat sheet realized Cassel wasn't even the best offensive player on his team, never mind the conference. But, hey, the numbers were good.
Michael Felger
10/24/2008 - 10:18am
You guys worried about Tom Brady yet? I'm starting to get there. I don’t know what the odds are that the doomsday scenario (Brady on the shelf until 2010) plays out. Is it 1-in-10? 1-in-50? 1-in-100? I don’t care. If there’s any chance Brady doesn’t come through this with his health intact, I don’t like it. As it is, some doctors have said the odds of Brady getting to this point (i.e., suffering an infection following ACL surgery) were 1-in-200.
Michael Felger
10/21/2008 - 10:18am
This is going to be a uniformly positive report card, as you would expect following a 41-7 blowout win. But before we get started, I think it’s important to ask a simple question that, unfortunately, serves as something of a caveat to the Patriots performance: What happened to the Broncos?
Michael Felger
10/16/2008 - 10:18am
This week’s mailbag features more nuts and bolts Patriots talk than anything we’ve done here to date. Nothing like an embarrassing loss on national television to get the hard questions flowing. And you know us, we’re never afraid to engage those questions. Everyone’s in the crosshairs, from Scott Pioli and Bill Belichick, to Richard Seymour, Randy Moss and, of course, Matt Cassel. As you’ll see, many people couldn’t wait, and the emails started coming in before the fourth quarter even began.
Michael Felger
10/13/2008 - 10:18am
Three minutes. That’s how long it took Sunday night for nearly all of Patriots’ flaws to be exposed during their embarrassing loss at the Chargers. Consider it a microcosm. We refer, of course, to the Pats' failed goal-line series on their opening possession of the second half, followed by a four-play, 98-yard touchdown drive by the Chargers, followed by a Matt Cassel interception that turned what should have been a close game into a Chargers rout. To innumerate, the three-minute span included:
Michael Felger
10/08/2008 - 10:18am
Pretty interesting game coming up for the Patriots, don’t you think? If the Pats can beat the Chargers on national television Sunday night, they will come home with two wins on their West Coast trip and sport a 4-1 record on the year. That’s pretty good for a team that lost the best player in the league eight minutes into the season. They will have every right to feel good about themselves. But with a loss, it’s right back to the vast middle of the NFL and the doubts will creep in.
Michael Felger
10/06/2008 - 10:18am
We’ve seen it so often we’ve become numb to it, but it’s still remarkable how many situationally unaware, poorly-coached football teams the Patriots seem to play every year.
Michael Felger
10/01/2008 - 10:18am
Let’s start off this edition of the bag with a Surgeon General’s Warning. I spend a ton of time this week talking about myself. Even more than usual. Hey, it’s the bye week. If you find the media talking about the media hazardous to your sanity, please return next week.
Michael Felger
09/24/2008 - 10:18am
I don’t know what sort of bizarro universe I inhabited this week, but in responding to my emails following the Dolphins debacle, I felt like I channeled my inner Dale Arnold and served as the voice of reason. The scoreboard may have said 38-13, but according to me, all is apparently well. Nothing to worry about. What’s up with that?     
Michael Felger
09/22/2008 - 10:18am
Call me crazy, but the success the Dolphins had running the ball Sunday in Foxboro doesn’t concern me. For one, I don’t fear the University of Arkansas offense. It worked for Ronnie Brown and the Fish in this game, but I can’t fathom it’s something teams are going to use with any regularity or success going forward. If in two weeks Frank Gore lines up by himself in the 49ers backfield and gashes the Pats up and down the field, I’ll stand corrected. But I just don’t see it.
Michael Felger
09/18/2008 - 10:18am
Is it possible to be so right and yet so wrong? Is it possible to be a suck-up and a hater at the same time? Apparently so, according to my report card readers and emailers, and this mailbag will reflect that elusive dichotomy. I’ve also got some great, inside-the-game punter talk from Josh Miller, as well as an obligatory cougar update and more tales from 890. Oh yeah, we also do some driving on Salvia. Hey now! Stay tuned for the report card on Monday and we’ll chat again next Thursday. --
Michael Felger
09/15/2008 - 10:18am
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The defining moment for the Patriots on Statement Sunday at the Meadowlands came in the fourth quarter, after the Jets had scored their lone touchdown to shave the Pats’ lead to six points with 10 minutes remaining. For the first time since the early going, the Jets had life. As Matt Cassel and the offense took the field, you could feel momentum hanging in the air. And Bill Belichick snatched it.
Michael Felger
09/11/2008 - 10:18am
The Patriots could have done more to protect themselves at quarterback. That I'm sure of.   Then again, Matt Cassel could also be the answer. Although that I'm less sure of. Sometimes I don't even make sense to myself. My flip-flops on Cassel are nothing new; they’ve been occurring since he came into the league in 2005. It’s just that no one has been paying attention (either to me, or the backup quarterback spot) until now.
Michael Felger
09/09/2008 - 10:18am
FOXBORO -- Four thoughts on the season-ending knee injury to Tom Brady ...
Michael Felger
09/04/2008 - 10:18am
We’ve got a wide range of topics this week in the bag. From the sound of it, fans don’t like hearing about any change in the Tom Brady Story they’ve come to know and love. Some others don’t want to believe he’s hurt. We explore both topics while also flushing out the panic from a truly brutal preseason. We’ve also got a weekly cougar update (Sarah Palin), a thought on what WEEI smells like and a paragraph in which I somehow manage to include the words "Charlie Weis" and "sex tape." Good times!
Michael Felger
09/01/2008 - 10:18am
The easy thing to say about the Patriots’ preseason play is that it’s not what we’re looking for. But there’s a big problem with that: We have no idea what Bill Belichick was looking for.
Michael Felger
08/28/2008 - 10:18am
Two weeks and two killer mailbags. Nice job, folks. Between the web and the radio, two topics dominated this week: The Pats backup quarterback situation and J.D. Drew’s fragility. I know a lot of you think I’m a contrarian and say things just to be different. But when I said the backups suck and Drew is soft, I was honestly trying to be obvious, not different. I thought those statements were self-evident. But it turns out a lot of you feel differently, and the resulting vitriol was truly impressive. Call it my special gift.
Michael Felger
08/25/2008 - 10:18am
It was nearly the defining moment of a preseason from hell. Bill Belichick and the Patriots trying to do a good deed, only to have it almost blow up in their face.   
Michael Felger
08/21/2008 - 10:18am
Great job this week on the responses. One thing, though: Some of you were actually kind of nice. What’s up with that? Hopefully we’ve dispensed with the pleasantries and can get back to straight vitriol.
Michael Felger
08/19/2008 - 10:01am
There are only three absolutes in life: Death, taxes and the Patriots sucking in Tampa Bay in the preseason.   
Michael Felger
08/18/2008 - 10:01am
So this is what my mother's basement looks like. Nothing like going to work in your tighty-whities, right?


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