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Paul Flannery began his journalism career answering phones at the Boston Herald before embarking on a cross-country odyssey that included stops in Oregon, Virginia and Philadelphia. He then returned home to Boston, where he was the online editor at Boston magazine and began covering the Celtics in 2008. Flannery also contributes to the Phoenix and teaches sports journalism at Boston University.

 
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Paul Flannery
05/09/2010 - 9:10pm
Paul Flannery
05/08/2010 - 7:20am
It was over when it started. The Cavaliers scored the first six points and never trailed in handing the Celtics the worst home playoff loss in their proud franchise history, 124-95 Friday night at the Garden. 
Paul Flannery
05/06/2010 - 8:29pm
When last we left this series, the Celtics were embarrassing the Cleveland Cavaliers on their home court on the same night LeBron James was being awarded his second MVP. 
Paul Flannery
05/05/2010 - 7:35pm
Paul Pierce has the most unenviable job in the playoffs. He has to guard LeBron James, which is difficult enough. But if Pierce plays well defensively, then clearly James’ elbow was bothering him. If James goes off — as he did in Game 1 when he scored 35 points — then it’s on Pierce, even if it was a team breakdown.
Paul Flannery
05/04/2010 - 2:35am
CLEVELAND – The Celtics came into this town in the midst of a coronation. Not for them, of course. They are yesterday’s news. Too old, too unfocused, too whatever the hell their problem has been this season.
Paul Flannery
05/02/2010 - 6:13pm
CLEVELAND — They say NBA playoff series are all about making adjustments, but that’s not completely true for the Celtics as they try to gain a split against the Cavaliers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup Monday night.
Paul Flannery
05/02/2010 - 6:25am
CLEVELAND – If this series goes the distance, the Celtics will lament this one.
Paul Flannery
04/29/2010 - 8:20pm
WALTHAM – The Celtics have a problem and his name is LeBron James, but that’s far from the only thing that concerns them heading into their conference semifinals matchup with the Cavaliers. 
Paul Flannery
04/28/2010 - 9:12pm
The Cleveland Cavaliers have the best record in the NBA and the best player in the world on their roster. Of course this was the exact same scenario for the Cavs last season, and they ultimately lost to Orlando in the conference finals.
Paul Flannery
04/28/2010 - 12:07am
In the end, it doesn’t really matter how they got there. It doesn’t matter that the Celtics ended their series by TKO rather than the big haymaker finish that looked imminent early in the second half.
Paul Flannery
04/25/2010 - 8:44pm
MIAMI – What we had here Sunday afternoon was the perfect storm of a superstar playing on a level above even his lofty standards, complimented by a supporting cast that actually complimented him and an opponent who inexplicably missed layups and free throws in the final minutes. 
Paul Flannery
04/24/2010 - 8:04pm
MIAMI – Eighty eight and zero. In the history of the NBA there have been 88 playoff series that began with one team winning the first three games and each time that team has gone on to win the series.
Paul Flannery
04/24/2010 - 12:31am
MIAMI – The Celtics knew from the moment Game 2 ended that they would see everything the Miami Heat had left in Game 3.
Paul Flannery
04/22/2010 - 10:35am
Do you believe yet? Are you ready to put that lackluster regular season behind you, or do you still want to see more before you get back on that Celtics bandwagon?
Paul Flannery
04/21/2010 - 1:39am
There is no secret formula for the Celtics. No magical concoction or spiritual chant that can be used to summon the spirit of a once-proud team. It’s all so very simple actually. When the Celtics play their defense the way it is supposed to be played and when they share the ball offensively, they still can be a devastating team.
Paul Flannery
04/19/2010 - 8:08pm
It was said in the immediate aftermath of the Kevin Garnett elbow that launched a thousand blog posts that the Celtics and Heat are officially, “in a series now.” That’s true in a way, but while the weird KG-Quentin Richardson-Paul Pierce triangle has kept the fires burning over the last few days, the series doesn’t really begin until we see how the two teams adjust for Game 2.  
Paul Flannery
04/18/2010 - 2:08am
In the course of 48 minutes the Celtics replayed their 2009-10 season, only in reverse. They were sloppy and uninspiring early, just like they have been over the last three months, and then suddenly they were engaged defensively and unselfish offensively like they had been until Christmas. 
Paul Flannery
04/16/2010 - 10:02pm
Picture the marathon runner at the starting line in Hopkinton. Before them stretches 26.2 miles of hard, unforgiving asphalt. At that moment there is nothing else standing between them and their task. There is no more time to train, nothing more that can be done. Only they know if they are really prepared.
Paul Flannery
04/16/2010 - 4:01am
At the All-Star Break, the Miami Heat were 26-27 and going nowhere fast. It was then that Dwyane Wade, impending free agent, began to make noise about the team making improvements.
Paul Flannery
04/14/2010 - 9:37pm
The last thing the Celtics needed heading into the playoffs was another distraction about their future, but that’s exactly what they got when a story about Doc Rivers landed in the Boston Herald Wednesday morning. The story noted that the team had approached the coach with the idea of a contract extension and Rivers declined to have the discussion until the summer.
Paul Flannery
04/11/2010 - 6:14am
You watch this Celtics team and it makes you shake your head.
Paul Flannery
04/07/2010 - 10:47pm
No matter how much they insist that the regular season is meaningless from here on out, the Celtics needed to get a win Wednesday night against the Raptors.
Paul Flannery
04/04/2010 - 6:59pm
There really wasn’t anything on the line Sunday afternoon when the Celtics hosted the Cavaliers, except for pride.
Paul Flannery
04/03/2010 - 12:59am
The Celtics lost yet another entertaining game Friday night. They lost because they couldn’t make free throws, especially down the stretch. They lost because Aaron Brooks shredded their defense with his dribble penetration and shotmaking.
Paul Flannery
04/01/2010 - 12:00am
When the season began, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks had a simple goal for his team: He wanted them to play meaningful games in March and April. March is over, April is upon us and his team is 46-28 and a lock for the playoffs. At this rate, the Thunder might be playing meaningful games into May.


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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Tim Wakefield on the Red Sox tough start 4-23-14

Tim Wakefield discussed the Sox tough start to the season. He is optimistic that the guys can turn it around.

Shabazz Napier joins Joe and Dave as the UConn Huskies are honored at Fenway Park

UConn Point Guard, Shabazz Napier joined the guys for a half inning and talked about his experiences in college, his reasoning behind completing his education, and growing up in Boston.

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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.

Shawn Thornton on the gam…

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.

Tim Wakefield on the Red Sox tough start

Tim Wakefield discussed the Sox tough start to the season. He is optimistic that the guys can turn it around.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Colbert introduced on Letterman

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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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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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With the season over, Chris Forsberg says the Celtics accomplished what they intended to this year. He also gets into what Rajon Rondo may be thinking heading into his last year in his contract. Danny Ainge has a plan and it'll be interesting to see how this off-season develops.

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Dave called in to discuss the epic Boston Marathon.

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The guys opened the show by discussing yesterday's Boston Marathon and Kirk's run.

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Dale and Michael talk about what Marathon Monday means for them, the tremendous amount of people and positivity today in the Back Bay, and then Kirk Minihane, fresh off 26.2 miles stops by to recap a great experience in today's marathon.

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