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Mike Salk is the co-host of WEEI's afternoon drive show, "Salk and Holley." Prior to joining WEEI, Salk was in the Pacific Northwest, working on the #1 rated "Brock and Salk Show" with former quarterback Brock Huard. During that time, he additionally hosted "SportsCenter Saturday with Mike Salk" and was the regular fill-in host for the "Doug Gottlieb Show" nationally on ESPN Radio.

 
COLUMNS
Mike Salk
01/13/2014 - 9:41am
Championship teams know who they are and how they want to win. They forge an identity and know where to turn when big plays need to be made. On Saturday night in Foxboro, the Patriots formally announced their new identity, and it's one we haven't seen in a while: They are a physical football team.
Mike Salk
01/05/2014 - 11:49pm
There is no one way to win an NFL playoff game, just one thing you need: a quarterback.
Mike Salk
10/16/2013 - 12:40pm
It was a day like few others, but each game wasn't exactly unique.
Mike Salk
10/07/2013 - 9:09am
Fourth-and-2. It's a down and distance that has become all too familiar to Patriots fans who have used the term derisively ever since Bill Belichick bet on his offense from inside his own 30-yard line and lost. That, as you know, was in Indianapolis in 2009. And, as you also know, a lot has changed since then.
Mike Salk
09/23/2013 - 9:32am
There's a new team playing football at Gillette. The uniforms are the same. Many of the names are familiar. But the style doesn't look anything like what the the locals have become accustomed to seeing. At least not for a while.
Mike Salk
09/16/2013 - 10:04am
The Bruins need to improve their power play. Zdeno Chara plays a ton of minutes -- maybe too many. Chara traditionally has played the point on the aforementioned power play. I think I have a plan to kill two birds with one stone.
Mike Salk
09/08/2013 - 11:52pm
The biggest knock on the Patriots' offseason may turn out to be another feather in Bill Belichick's cap. At least after one game. Danny Amendola was that impressive.
Mike Salk
08/19/2013 - 6:37am
Maybe it says something ugly about me, but I like violence in sports. I love hockey fights, big hits over the middle on defenseless receivers and a power forward laying out a driving guard with a clothesline in the lane. And yes, I like a good beanball from a pitcher trying to send a message to a batter. Even better, I like it when the batter takes exception and the benches clear. The good brawls stick in your memory.
Mike Salk
08/11/2013 - 11:52pm
Tim Tebow is many things. Among them, a winner, albeit one who hasn't won in a while. He's a polarizing personality on a team that won't allow him to say too much. And, depending on your point of view, he is the most interesting, the worst, or the most misunderstood quarterback on the planet.
Mike Salk
08/05/2013 - 8:18am
When you are around the Red Sox, you realize that everything they do tends to get exaggerated. Their winning streaks galvanize a region; their losing streaks seem to depress the local economy. Prospects become household names long before you even know their faces. Bad calls become the worst, and long home runs become the longest. It goes with the territory.
Mike Salk
07/29/2013 - 9:48am
I'm ready for Xander Bogaerts. And I think it's time for the Red Sox to be, too.
Mike Salk
07/22/2013 - 9:57am
Make no mistake, Erik Bedard is a pain. It's been true in Baltimore, Seattle, Boston and I assume Pittsburgh, too. Now, he's raising eyebrows in his new hometown of Houston. Though he's got incredible talent, he doesn't truly love playing baseball, and that shows. It showed again on Saturday when he removed himself from a game in which he was throwing a no-hitter.
Mike Salk
07/15/2013 - 7:26am
I sat on my couch watching the big Texan deal. It was a nice Sunday in July and I didn't know too much about him. I mean, I had heard the name and knew he was a prospect. He was going to get to the majors eventually, so he was on the radar. He didn't get the win in his debut as a starter, but he was the story. I knew I was looking forward to seeing the rookie pitch again.
Mike Salk
07/08/2013 - 8:52am
That the Bruins ran out of patience with Tyler Seguin is not in doubt. It's been written, proclaimed, agreed upon and probably even exaggerated. He needs time to mature, and they didn't feel like waiting. The narrative works because, even if you don't believe the rumors of hard partying (which I do), Seguin's on-ice game needs to develop nearly as much as his supposed off-ice behavior.
Mike Salk
07/01/2013 - 10:45am
Aaron Hernandez is in jail, has been denied bail (twice) and still is a long way away from going to trial. The bizarre and horrible story has cause people to rip the Patriots organization, defend the Patriots organization, and wonder about Bill Belichick and the Patriots Way. That's fine. But the only reason we know who Hernandez is in the first place is because we know him in a football perspective.
Mike Salk
06/24/2013 - 10:01am
Doc Rivers is leaving town and a great era is ending. The Celtics are starting over and the blame game is just beginning.
Mike Salk
06/17/2013 - 10:43am
Why does this Doc Rivers thing bother me so much?
Mike Salk
06/11/2013 - 6:40am
I'll admit it. I'm not wild about Tim Tebow.  But I'm trying to be open-minded.
Mike Salk
06/03/2013 - 10:28am
Whenever underdogs take a 1-0 series lead, the spin cycle goes into overdrive. Everyone who believed that the Penguins were the superior team will have a reason why things went awry or why things will change in Game 2. Maybe the refs were unfair. Maybe the Penguins forgot to play their game. Maybe their aim was a little off, leading to pucks ringing off posts like sonar submarine pings. Maybe ... maybe ... maybe ...
Mike Salk
05/26/2013 - 11:35pm
Exit the conversation about Claude Julien’s job security; enter the one about the most difficult coaching decisions he’ll have to make in these Stanley Cup playoffs.
Mike Salk
05/20/2013 - 12:25pm
We know that no team is ever as good as it looks when it is winning nor as bad as it looks when mired in a losing streak. Perhaps the same is true about coaches. But whereas there have been some valid questions about Claude Julien in the weeks leading up to the playoffs, the past few games have offered some equally meaningful glimpses into the reason behind his coaching successes.
Mike Salk
04/29/2013 - 12:21pm
Call it a watershed moment. A fork in the road. Make-or-break time. Or use whatever cliché you choose. But the Bruins are there. Their opening-round series should dictate so much of their future, both short term and long. Let's start by facing facts. Right now, the Bruins kind of stink.
Mike Salk
04/17/2013 - 8:32am
I like this Red Sox team. Maybe that's unpopular and maybe I'm shortchanging the powerful ugliness of the previous year-plus. Or maybe that's an obvious point and I'm just overreacting to the 9-4 start. But I don't care. I like this team.


Audio On Demand

Tom E. Curran, CSNNE, Rec…

Tom E. Curran, CSNNE, Recapping Patriots OTAs 6-20-14

Tom "Eugene" Curran joins the guys to discuss how the Patriots look coming out of OTAs. Then Christian and Lou discuss the Patriots playbook scandal.

It Is What It Is Cast: Tom Brady's present and future

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Tom Brady's work in mini-camp and his response to recent criticism of his play.

Tiki Barber discusses Stevan Ridley's fumbling problem. 6-12-14

Former NY Giants running back, Tiki Barber talks about Stevan Ridley's fumbling problem and reflects on what he did to fix the problem while he was still playing

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Bo…

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, "I think Rondo is going to go, I just don't see where and how yet" 7-17-14

Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston: I believe Rondo will be traded 7-10-14

Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.

OK State Men's Basketball coach, Travis Ford, joins MFB to talk about Marcus Smart, 6-30-14

Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.

Stephen Drew after the Re…

Stephen Drew after the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 14-1

Stephen Drew joins Joe Castiglione and Rob Bradford after the Red Sox offense continues to roll in a 14-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jon Lester with Joe Castiglione after completing the sweep of the Royals

Joe C. talked to the Sox ace after he

Rubby De La Rosa with Joe & Dave after his first win of the second half

Joe & Dave talked to Rubby De La Rosa after the rookie pitcher went seven innings in the one-run win against the Royals at Fenway.

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

The Bradfo Show: Talking Bruins roster moves with DJ Bean, Turtleboy

Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.

DJ Bean breaks down the first hours of NHL Free Agency 7-1-14

DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla

DJ Bean, WEEI.com. The Bruins are not traded Marchand 6-13-14

DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau

Tony Dungy would not draf…

Tony Dungy would not draft a gay player 7-22-14

The guys discussed Dungy's comments on Michael Sam.

The Red Sox blow out the Blue Jays 7-22-14

John, Gerry and Dickerson opened the show discussing the Sox 5th straight win.

Peter Gammons on the Sox and Jon Lester 7-21-14

MLB HOF'er Peter Gammons joined the show to discuss what the Sox will do with Jon Lester.

Fauria Five: Which team i…

Fauria Five: Which team is the biggest threat to the Patriots in the AFC East? 7-21-14

Do the Bills pose the biggest threat? Should Sean McManus force his announcers on CBS to NOT say Redskins? What happens next? Tiger win another major, or will Rory complete a career grand slam? Colby Lewis was angry at Colby Rasmus for bunting against the shift. Should Red Sox fans have false hope, or cautious optimism?

Three For All: A 'lack-of-sex' spreadsheet, 7-21-14

Tim bought the entire DVD box set of True Detective and binge-watched the entire series in one weekend. Christian found a man who made a spread sheet of how and when his wife said "No" to sex. And most importantly, Lou spoke about a boy named Danny Nickerson. Danny was diagnosed with brain cancer last fall. He loves to see his name on postcards and mail, so Lou encouraged people to send Danny birthday cards.

Has the city of Boston gone soft on the Red Sox? 7-21-14

The guys respond to a Dan Shaughnessy column that points out that the Red Sox are on pace to finish in last place for the 2nd time in 3 years, yet ticket prices still remain among the highest in the league. Is Red Sox nation getting fat and happy now that the Curse of The Bambino has been lifted?

What are the real reasons…

What are the real reasons behind Tony Dungy's latest comments about Michael Sam?

We delve into Tony Dungy's comments on Michael Sam and drafting him, and how there may be more at work here than on the surface.

Sox seem to be alive again, so are you back in?

We talk Sox after a sweep over the Royals at Fenway. We look at fan interest and how nothing in the AL East is even remotely decided at this point.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Future's Bet Edition - 7-21-14

We tackle four topics, all spawned by Rory McIroy's futures bet he placed on his own son 10 years ago.

Jon Lester's Contract Sit…

Jon Lester's Contract Situation and the Future

Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.

The All Star Game and the Worst Ideas in Sports

Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.

We're all yelling about LeBron James

SoccerCast - Liverpool Mi…

SoccerCast - Liverpool Midfielder Joe Allen

In this episode we talk about transfers across Europe, players we want to see in the MLS, and Liverpool's Joe Allen joins the show!

Fantasy Football Podcast July 18th

As we inch closer to August the initial Fantasy Football picture is starting to become more clear. Today, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of Rotobahn.com review Pete’s most recent article on WEEI.com featuring 20 High Value Targets to consider. The conversation features a deep analysis on upside players like Justin Hunter, Aaron Dobson, Tavon Austin, Michael Floyd and Martellus Bennett. As well as a breakdown on three Quarterbacks including Tom Brady who should be strongly considered ahead of their current Average Draft Position. Get ahead of the information while these great Fantasy Stocks are low!

The Bradfo Show: Thursdays with Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo

Rob Bradford is joined by Torey Lovullo, Red Sox bench coach, to talk about what went wrong with his team and how they might be able to fix it heading into the second half of the season. Included is a special guest cameo by Alex Speier.

Peter Gammons on the Sox …

Peter Gammons on the Sox and Jon Lester 7-21-14

MLB HOF'er Peter Gammons joined the show to discuss what the Sox will do with Jon Lester.

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Jon Lester continues to d…

Jon Lester continues to dominate 7-21-14

John, Gerry and Jerry Thornton discussed the Red Sox sweep of the Royals.

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Jon Lester dominant perfo…

Jon Lester dominant performance capped off by huge Fenway ovation, 7-21-14

Lester went 8 innings allowing only 4 hits and striking out 8 as the Red Sox swept the Royals. He walked off the mound to a standing ovation from the Fenway faithful. With every dominant performance, the price tag goes up.

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Has the city of Boston go…

Has the city of Boston gone soft on the Red Sox? 7-21-14

The guys respond to a Dan Shaughnessy column that points out that the Red Sox are on pace to finish in last place for the 2nd time in 3 years, yet ticket prices still remain among the highest in the league. Is Red Sox nation getting fat and happy now that the Curse of The Bambino has been lifted?

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Three For All: A 'lack-of…

Three For All: A 'lack-of-sex' spreadsheet, 7-21-14

Tim bought the entire DVD box set of True Detective and binge-watched the entire series in one weekend. Christian found a man who made a spread sheet of how and when his wife said "No" to sex. And most importantly, Lou spoke about a boy named Danny Nickerson. Danny was diagnosed with brain cancer last fall. He loves to see his name on postcards and mail, so Lou encouraged people to send Danny birthday cards.

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