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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
03/29/2010 - 12:06am
It’s not a big secret that the Celtics have patterned themselves on the San Antonio Spurs and the parallels between the two teams are numerous.
Paul Flannery
03/27/2010 - 12:51am
The Sacramento Kings came into Boston without their leading scorer and main ballhandler, Tyreke Evans, and off a loss to the Nets.
Paul Flannery
03/24/2010 - 11:57pm
The Celtics beat the Nuggets Wednesday night, and you can make a convincing argument that this should not have been a surprise.
Paul Flannery
03/23/2010 - 12:51am
For 22 minutes against Utah Monday night, the Celtics played an almost perfect road game. They rebounded better, received superior play from their bench and got to the free throw line at a steadier clip than the Jazz.
Paul Flannery
03/18/2010 - 12:04am
In the first 12 minutes at the Garden last night, the Celtics shot 21 times and made 14 of them. The Knicks took 20 and made five.
Paul Flannery
03/16/2010 - 1:01am
So, we know that they can do it. We know that if the Celtics set their mind to it, they can still play in-your-grill defense and pass the ball quickly to the open man.
Paul Flannery
03/10/2010 - 1:04am
It’s been a while since the Celtics played a tough, competitive game against a solid opponent. They’ve had close games, but hardly well-played close games.
Paul Flannery
03/08/2010 - 2:37am
Throughout the first 42 minutes of the Celtics' game vs. the Wizards, a solitary thought floated in the ether: Did these guys learn nothing from the New Jersey debacle?
Paul Flannery
03/04/2010 - 8:41pm
Before P.J. Brown became the modern standard by which all Celtics veteran free agent acquisitions are judged, there was some question as to whether the veteran power forward still had game.
Paul Flannery
03/04/2010 - 12:43am
There is a certain rhythm to the Celtics pregame routine that is rarely ever interrupted. For the 40 or so minutes before the game when the locker room is open to the press certain mores are understood and respected.
Paul Flannery
03/03/2010 - 12:38am
The Celtics don’t need to care about style points right now, which is good because there weren’t many to be had Tuesday night in Detroit.
Paul Flannery
03/02/2010 - 12:50am
Time was short Monday afternoon after the Celtics practice, which was just as well because the answers to the problems that have plagued the team for the last two months were as up in the air as the impending plane ride to Detroit.
Paul Flannery
02/26/2010 - 7:50am
Here were the Celtics cruising right along with a nice little lead and Rajon Rondo making like a cross between Earl Monroe and Clyde Frazier.
Paul Flannery
02/24/2010 - 1:21am
There was a surreal quality to the Celtics' 110-106 win (click here for recap) over the Knicks Tuesday night at TD Garden.
Paul Flannery
02/19/2010 - 7:47pm
Now that it’s finally official and Nate Robinson is coming to the Celtics, we can finally address the important question: What does it mean on the court?
Paul Flannery
02/19/2010 - 8:18am
Danny Ainge made his trade deadline move and, all things considered, it was a relatively minor one.
Paul Flannery
02/17/2010 - 7:53am
With trade rumors swirling around a possible acquisition of Knicks guard Nate Robinson, the Celtics found themselves locked in an early offensive struggle against one of the fastest-paced teams in the league.
Paul Flannery
02/15/2010 - 2:41am
The first significant NBA trade deadline domino to fall came over the weekend when the Mavericks acquired Caron Butler from the Wizards, completing a long-rumored exchange.
Paul Flannery
02/11/2010 - 12:53am
At what point does a string of bad performances become a problem that can’t be fixed? At what point does the Celtics' run of uninspired second-half play inspire Danny Ainge to do something to change the mix?
Paul Flannery
02/08/2010 - 5:05pm
Before we dive into the Ray Allen trade rumors, let’s start with a premise: The Celtics don’t want to trade him for two reasons.
Paul Flannery
02/07/2010 - 8:56pm
A week ago after a nationally televised loss, the Celtics stood up after their latest fourth-quarter collapse against an elite team and accepted collective responsibility for their breakdown.
Paul Flannery
02/04/2010 - 2:49am
The way Tony Allen had it figured, he had been going over the pick and roll all night in an effort to force Dwyane Wade from doing what Wade does best: barrel his way to the basket.
Paul Flannery
01/31/2010 - 9:33pm
The tendency right now is to write off the Celtics. For the last month, they have been treading water in a sea of mediocrity — and when they had three games to prove themselves against the best the league has to offer, they came up short in all three games.
Paul Flannery
01/29/2010 - 1:33am
Even with Kevin Garnett back in the lineup, the Celtics have been flirting with disaster. With Garnett back, they narrowly escaped against a short-handed Portland team and the mediocre Clippers.
Paul Flannery
01/27/2010 - 9:50pm
The fans have spoken, and they got the All-Star Game starters mostly correct. The big quibble is with the selection of Allen Iverson, but voting for All-Star teams is one of the few acts of fan democracy left, and if a million or so people want to watch A.I.


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Bill Belichick joins Dale…

Bill Belichick joins Dale and Steve to talk about the next round of cuts, 8-25-14

Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick joins Dale and Steve DeOssie to talk about cutting the roster down to 53 players. Jimmy Garoppolo is set to start and play most, if not all of the preseason contest against the Giants. Bill also expressed his thoughts about the kicking game and how some of the new rules have affected the importance of it.

It Is What It Is Cast: Jimmy Garoppolo to start preseason finale

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the news that Jimmy Garoppolo will get the start Thursday and play most of the game. They talk about what it might mean for Ryan Mallett.

Julian Edelman: Brady is always competitive. 8-25-14

Julian Edelman joins Christian and Danny Picard to talk about his approach going into the season, his performance this preseason, as well as the VMAs, and preventing cramps using mustard.

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.

Buster Olney talks Castil…

Buster Olney talks Castillo, Stanton, Koji and Lester, 8-27-14

As he does every Wednesday, Buster Olney, ESPN, joins the boys of MFB to talk baseball. This week Buster shed some light on what to expect from Rusney Castillo, and how Cuban players are being viewed. He suggests that the acquisition of Castillo helps Boston's chances to get Giancarlo Stanton. Also, the Sox should shut down Koji if they want to re-sign him.

Kevin Millar, MLB Network on the Castillo signing 8-22-14

Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Castillo signing, Giancarlo Stanton, and the MLB's pace of play.

Daniel Nava with Dave O'Brien and Lou Merloni after the win against the Astros

The Sox outfielder joined Dave and Lou after the comeback win, in which he had three hits and knocked in the tying run.

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

Rick Stroud on the Logan …

Rick Stroud on the Logan Mankins trade 8-27-14

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Times discussed the Logan Mankins deal.

Chris Nowinski on the future of Wes Welker

Chris Nowinski discussed the future of Wes Welker.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Robin Williams joke 8-27-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by Buck.

Buster Olney talks Castil…

Buster Olney talks Castillo, Stanton, Koji and Lester, 8-27-14

As he does every Wednesday, Buster Olney, ESPN, joins the boys of MFB to talk baseball. This week Buster shed some light on what to expect from Rusney Castillo, and how Cuban players are being viewed. He suggests that the acquisition of Castillo helps Boston's chances to get Giancarlo Stanton. Also, the Sox should shut down Koji if they want to re-sign him.

Three For All: Lou hunts bats, 8-27-14

Tim talks about the city of Las Vegas attempting to get an NHL franchise. Lou wards off "huge" bat. Christian winds up in the dog house again, for what happened on MFB yesterday.

Jenny Dell lashes out at Lou Merloni on Twitter, 8-27-14

After Will Middlebrooks struck out against a position player, Steve Tolleson, last night against Toronto, he seemed to be laughing as he left the batter's box. Lou critiqued Middlebrooks on Twitter, which caused Will's fiance Jenny Dell to tweet (indirectly) in defense of her man.

4 at 4: AFC East Preview …

4 at 4: AFC East Preview 8-26-14

Dale, Field Yates, and Andy Hart give a brief preview of the AFC East.

Taylor Twellman, on Wes Welker and concussions. 8-26-14

Taylor Twellman, who had to end his career early due to concussions, discusses Wes Welker's most recent concussion.

The Patriots trade Logan Mankins 8-26-14

Dale, Andy Hart, and Field Yates react to the Logan Mankins trade.

Jim Koch joins Planet Mik…

Jim Koch joins Planet Mikey

Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.

Danny Picard talks Red Sox and Patriots with Mike Giardi

Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.

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.

Minor Details Ep. 98: You…

Minor Details Ep. 98: Youth without the transition - Rusney Castillo and Brock Holt

How can teams acquire players who are entering their primes without having to live through the potentially massive transition of prospects coming from the minors to the big leagues? The Red Sox have two such case studies. The signing of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo represents one effort to acquire a player for his prime years for whom the transition to big league-caliber competition might not be turbulent. Red Sox assistant director of player personnel discusses the scouting process involved with landing Castillo. The episode also features Brock Holt, the one rookie who played at a consistently high level for the Red Sox this year. Holt explores some of the distinctions that might help to explain why he did not experience some of the struggles that characterized the seasons of Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.

The Bradfo Show: Who will be the next Hall of Famers?

Rob Bradford is joined by Turtleboy of TurtleboySports.com to discuss which current major leaguers might be in line to become Hall of Famers. The duo dive into the difficulties facing the current crop of big leaguers when trying to reach Hall of Fame status.

Fantasy Football Podcast: High Value Targets

Fantasy Football Drafts are now happening every day, so Pete Davidson and Jim Hackett have you covered. This Podcast focuses on the High Value Targets you can get in your drafts if you draft smartly. These players can slip to you and make a great impact on your roster as the season moves on. The draft is won in the middle to late rounds when the best upside players are taken. Jim and Pete give you in depth analysis on the High Value Targets to seek along with the Rookies that can make an impact this year. Jim and Pete will be back this Sunday morning too, on-air at WEEI FM 93.7 with even more. Prepare and enjoy!

Jenny Dell lashes out at …

Jenny Dell lashes out at Lou Merloni on Twitter, 8-27-14

After Will Middlebrooks struck out against a position player, Steve Tolleson, last night against Toronto, he seemed to be laughing as he left the batter's box. Lou critiqued Middlebrooks on Twitter, which caused Will's fiance Jenny Dell to tweet (indirectly) in defense of her man.

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Minor Details Ep. 98: You…

Minor Details Ep. 98: Youth without the transition - Rusney Castillo and Brock Holt

How can teams acquire players who are entering their primes without having to live through the potentially massive transition of prospects coming from the minors to the big leagues? The Red Sox have two such case studies. The signing of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo represents one effort to acquire a player for his prime years for whom the transition to big league-caliber competition might not be turbulent. Red Sox assistant director of player personnel discusses the scouting process involved with landing Castillo. The episode also features Brock Holt, the one rookie who played at a consistently high level for the Red Sox this year. Holt explores some of the distinctions that might help to explain why he did not experience some of the struggles that characterized the seasons of Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.

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Tom Brady reacts to the P…

Tom Brady reacts to the Patriots' third preseason game 8-25-14

Brady joins Dennis and Callahan heading into week four of the preseason. He explains how he exercises his brain to maintain and build brain fitness.

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Tom E. Curran blames Peyt…

Rick Stroud on the Logan …

Rick Stroud on the Logan Mankins trade 8-27-14

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Times discussed the Logan Mankins deal.

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