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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

It Is What It Is Cast: Gr…

It Is What It Is Cast: Gronk will continue to smash and dash

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."

Julian Edelman After Patriots Practice, 7-25-14

Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.

Peter King of MMQB with Dale and Holley

We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.

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.

Christian Vazquez with Jo…

Christian Vazquez with Joe & Daveafter the win at Tampa Bay

Kevin Millar, MLB Network: David Ortiz not afraid of David Price, 7-25-14

Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.

Jon Daniels, Texas Rangers GM, Joins the Trade Deadline Show, 7-24-14

Texas Rangers General Manager, Jon Daniels, joins Rob Bradford and Alex Speier to discuss the upcoming trade deadline.

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

Kirk Minihane on what mot…

Kirk Minihane on what motivates the media 7-25-14

Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Dogs understand everything 7-25-14

The stories of the day brought to you by Kirk Minihane

Roger Goodell lets Ray Rice off easy 7-25-14

Dino, Meter and Kirk discuss the light punishment given to Ray Rice by the NFL.

Kevin Millar, MLB Network…

Kevin Millar, MLB Network: David Ortiz not afraid of David Price, 7-25-14

Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.

Julian Edelman After Patriots Practice, 7-25-14

Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.

Drug Abuse ve. Domestic Violence: Fair Comparison, 7-25-14

Given the recent Ray Rice suspension, many people are comparing it to Josh Gordon getting suspended for repeated drug abuse. Tim Benz doesn't think this is a fair comparison. He explains why.

Gronk being Gronk: Althou…

Gronk being Gronk: Although limited in practice, GRONK IS BACK

We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.

NFL setting a strange precedent by only suspending Raven's RB Ray Rice for 2 games

We discuss the suspension of Ray Rice, and how the act he committed certainly seemed like it warranted a harsher penalty from the strict front office of Roger Goodell.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Dumbass Fan Behavior Edition - 7-25-14

We tackle four topics, all sparked by our interest in the story about the Browns fan peeing on Art Modell's grave this past week.

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

Minor Details Ep. 94.1: A…

Minor Details Ep. 94.1: Are prospects overvalued? Andrew Miller on being traded for Miguel Cabrera

With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.

Ian Browne reflects on 10th anniversary of Red Sox-Yankees brawl

A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.

Fantasy Football Podcast July 24th Edition

With Training Camp starting this Thursday and the August Draft Season inching closer, Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are ramping up the Fantasy Football content to meet the demand! Today’s podcast gives an in depth look at Pete’s Top 50 Wide Receivers Article that is LIVE on WEEI.com right now. Pete breaks down the receivers by Tiers and the podcast gives full analysis of those Tiers and the players who occupy these spots and why. Get prepared for your drafts and enjoy!

Kirk Minihane on what mot…

Kirk Minihane on what motivates the media 7-25-14

Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.

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Gronk being Gronk: Although limited in practice, GRONK IS BACK

We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.

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7-26-14

7-26-14

John Rooke and Scott Cordischi take your calls on the decline of the Red Sox season, contract talks with Lester, the return of football season with NE Patriots and this weeks 3 Things.

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Kevin Millar, MLB Network…

Kevin Millar, MLB Network: David Ortiz not afraid of David Price, 7-25-14

Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to talk about David Ortiz, the struggles of Dustin Pedroia, and the Jon Lester contract.

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Minihane returns 7-23-14

Minihane returns 7-23-14

The return of Kirk Minihane.

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