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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.

 
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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.


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It Is What It Is Cast: Lo…

It Is What It Is Cast: Logan Mankins, the offensive line, and Brandon Spikes' guarantee

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Christopher Price discuss Logan Mankins' breakdown of the offensive line and how it will look without Dante Scarnecchia. They also discussed Mankins' rebuttal to Brandon Spikes.

It Is What It Is Cast: Bill Parcells and Patriots Hall of Fame

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Bill Parcells' Patriots Hall of Fame candidacy.

CSNNE's Tom E. Curran Reports From NFL Owners Meetings

Tom Curran calls the show to discuss the Vince Wilfork contract situation. After texting with Vince this morning, Curran says that Vince's camp is possibly trying to put the "genie back in the lamp" and that the possibility of the Pro Bowl DT returning to the team has improved.

Celtics President Danny A…

Celtics President Danny Ainge with Dale and Holley 4-17-14

We wrap up the Celtics season by speaking with Celtics president Danny Ainge about this past season and the team's future.

Wyc Grousbeck, Celtics Owner: Reflects on the Boston Marathon tragedy 4-15-4

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck joins Mut and Merloni to discuss and reflect on the Boston Marathon Bombings a year later.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, on the Celtics, 4-10-14

Jackie MacMullan talks some Celtics with Mut and Merloni as the season is winding down and the team is positioned to have a high draft pick.

Red Sox Assistant GM Mike…

Red Sox Assistant GM Mike Hazen chats with Dennis and Callahan

Hazen joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk for the Front Office Report to give us the latest on all things Red Sox. He also gives his take on the Michael Pineda pine tar controversy.

John Lackey with Joe and Dave after he pitches a great game to beat the Yankees

Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione talk with Red Sox pitcher John Lackey after he goes 8 solid innings in a great performance, while giving the Red Sox bullpen a night off. Lackey talks a little about what he thinks about Michael Pineda's ejection for having pine tar on his neck.

Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale and Holley

We check in with John Farrell live from Fenway Park with Dale, Holley and Steve Lyons. We talk Boagearts, Buchholz, Pierzynski, Lester, the losing and much much more.

Andy Brickley, NESN: Reca…

Andy Brickley, NESN: Recaps Bruins vs Red Wings, Game 3

Andy Brickley, NESN; Joins Mut and Merloni to recap the Bruins win against the Red Wings in game 3

Shawn Thornton on the game 3 win in Detroit 4-23-14

Shawn Thornton joined the show to discuss the Bruins win last night over the Red Wings. Shawn talked about Marchand's agitator status within the league.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, Bruins- Red Wings 4-22-14

Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the program to talk about Game 3 between the Bruins and the Red Wings. He also discusses the issue of targeting player and weighs in on Matt Cooke's vicious knee hit to Tyson Barrie.

Red Sox Assistant GM Mike…

Red Sox Assistant GM Mike Hazen chats with Dennis and Callahan

Hazen joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk for the Front Office Report to give us the latest on all things Red Sox. He also gives his take on the Michael Pineda pine tar controversy.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Lupita Nyong'o is the Most Beautiful Woman 4-24-14

Headlines of the day brought to you by Kirk Minihane include the most beautiful woman, three lesbians and a baby, and a murder tattoo.

Pine Tar Finally Catches up to Pineda 4-24-14

Dino, Gerry & Kirk evaluate the newest contender for dumbest athlete.

Daily Diamond: NY's react…

Daily Diamond: NY's reaction to Pineda, 4-24-14

Mut and Merloni tune in to WFAN in New York and listen to a Yankees perspective of what transpired last night at Fenway.

Michael Pineda gets ejected for pine tar; suspended 10 games, 4-24-14

Mut and Merloni react to a wildly entertaining game at Fenway last night in which we saw Michael Pineda ejected in the second inning because he had pine tar on his neck.

Buster Olney, ESPN: Farrell did the "exact right thing", 4-24-14

Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Michael Pineda using pine tar at Fenway and getting ejected from the game. He also discusses the reaction from Yankees GM Brian Cashman.

Dale and Holley's Four at…

Dale and Holley's Four at Four Milestone Editon - 4/23/14

We tackle four topics all revolving around big time milestones in sports.

John Farrell with Dale and Holley: Pierzynski just needs more familiarity with this pitching staff 4-23-14

We check in with John Farrell live from Fenway Park with Dale, Holley and Steve Lyons. We talk Boagearts, Buchholz, Pierzynski, Lester, the losing and much much more.

Holy Diver? Bruins win but focus switches to Brad Marchand's instigating tactics 4-23-14

We discuss the Bruins win to take a 2-1 lead in Detroit, and how Brad Marchand is once again (for better or worse) making his presence felt in a series. Hey, he may be a rat, but he's OUR rat.

Rick Middleton joins Plan…

Rick Middleton joins Planet Mikey

Nifty jumps on the Planet for an hour.

Red Sox lose to the Orioles 2-1 on Opening Day

Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.

Chris Price joins John Ryder to talk the Patriots' newest acquisition

WEEI.com's Chris Price joins John Ryder and Chris Villani on Planet Mikey to discuss the signing of Revis Island

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Fantasy Football Off-Season Podcast 4

The 4th addition of WEEI’s Fantasy Football Offseason Podcast is loaded and ready. In this week’s conversation Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of Rotobahn.com dig into the sinking draft stock of Teddy Bridgewater (much too their chagrin), while refocusing and emphasizing the immense scouting work done by Pete on players like Bridgewater, Zach Mettenberger, Blake Bortles, Bishop Sankey & Lache Seastrunk. Also, Jim & Pete touch on news from around the league regarding new Jet, Chris Johnson, Montee Ball in Denver and help you tune out all of the negative noise some in the media are trying to push. We’re not buying! Lots of Football love in this podcast for the Football lover. Enjoy!

Pod Man Rush: DJ Bean and Greg Wyshynski on Bruins-Red Wings

Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports joins DJ to break down the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings. Also discussed is Zdeno Chara's Norris candidacy, transparency with voting for the NHL awards and whether the Canadiens will get out of the first round.

Minor Details Ep. 79: The meaning of winning in the minors with Carlos Febles, Evan Lepler

The Red Sox' High-A minor league team in Salem recently had a 16-game winning streak that spanned two seasons. So what? From the standpoint of making prospects better and fostering player development, does that matter? Salem manager Carlos Febles (who managed Salem for the end of their winning streak, but who was also in charge of a 50-87 Single-A Greenville team in 2013) and Salem radio play-by-play man Evan Lepler discuss -- while also touching on a number of prospects in search of the next Earl Weaver and Vinegar Bend Mizell.

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Boston Marathon director Dave McGillivray 4-22-14

Dave called in to discuss the epic Boston Marathon.

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Pine Tar Finally Catches up to Pineda 4-24-14

Dino, Gerry & Kirk evaluate the newest contender for dumbest athlete.

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Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: David Gregory is tanking 4-22-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed David Gregory's tanking Meet The Press ratings.

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Aaron Boone, ESPN: Sox haven't been able to replace Ellsbury, 4-23-14

Aaron Boone joins Mut and Merloni to talk about the early season troubles the Red Sox have had and the defensive struggles.

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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. The guys talked about Colbert joining Dave Letterman last night.

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