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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.

 
COLUMNS
Paul Flannery
01/26/2010 - 8:18am
Even before the Celtics went into a prolonged funk, Doc Rivers had his doubts about the way his team was playing.
Paul Flannery
01/23/2010 - 9:14am
Kevin Garnett was introduced to a rousing ovation from the TD Garden crowd. He threw down a dunk in the first quarter and scored nine points in the first nine minutes.
Paul Flannery
01/19/2010 - 2:02am
It’s not time to panic, but it is time for the Celtics to take stock of their situation.
Paul Flannery
01/14/2010 - 12:17am
At times this season, the Celtics have struggled against mediocre teams. Fortunately for them, the Nets aren’t mediocre. They’re awful.
Paul Flannery
01/12/2010 - 1:24am
The Celtics have played the Hawks three times now, and each game has served a painful lesson. The first defeat taught the Celtics that if they didn’t play with energy, they would get crushed. The second showed that the Celtics had to work to match the Hawks physically.
Paul Flannery
01/09/2010 - 8:53am
In the Eastern Conference hierarchy, the Magic have what the Celtics want and the Cavaliers have their attention.
Paul Flannery
01/08/2010 - 8:00am
Gilbert Arenas got to be where he was and who he was not only because he was a tremendous basketball player, but also because he was a brilliant self-promoter who figured out long before social media overtook our lives that there was cultural currency in being bizarrely candid in a way that made him seem oddly normal.
Paul Flannery
01/05/2010 - 2:36am
After the Celtics got run off the court by the Phoenix Suns, Kendrick Perkins went to Rasheed
Paul Flannery
12/31/2009 - 1:36am
The losing streak is now three games, and while there were extenuating circumstances, this was the worst loss of the three. Yes the injuries are piling up and yes, the trip was long and tiring, but the Celtics had less pop than day-old champagne and provided decidedly less buzz.
Paul Flannery
12/29/2009 - 11:42pm
In time, 2009 will be viewed as a bridge year for the Celtics.
Paul Flannery
12/29/2009 - 3:30am
Playing the Warriors can sometimes be as much an exercise in restraint as anything else. There are so many open shots and available fast break opportunities that it can be incredibly enticing to settle for the first good thing that presents itself. Enticing as it may be, it can also be a sucker’s bet if you’re not careful.
Paul Flannery
12/25/2009 - 11:37pm
Privately, and sometimes publicly, the Celtics will admit that if there is any one team in the Eastern Conference that makes them nervous it’s the Orlando Magic.
Paul Flannery
12/23/2009 - 1:03am
There’s a hackish lead in here somewhere. Something about a tale of two halves. But cliché as it may be, there’s something to that.
Paul Flannery
12/19/2009 - 12:38am
The Celtics winning streak may have unraveled in the last five minutes of their 98-97 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night, but its seed was sown much earlier.
Paul Flannery
12/13/2009 - 1:09am
Another night, another city, another Celtics victory.  
Paul Flannery
12/09/2009 - 1:24am
“I would say, unfortunately, I know he’s on your team right now, but Rasheed Wallace was someone I don’t believe anyone cared for. Looking back, it’s probably because he’s one of the smartest players in the league.
Paul Flannery
12/08/2009 - 4:56am
The NBA’s newest sensation is set to make his Boston debut Tuesday when Brandon Jennings and the Bucks play the Celtics.
Paul Flannery
12/05/2009 - 12:43am
Before the Celtics went on their four-game road trip the mood around the team was one of unease. What had happened to this once-dominant team that we had seen in early November?
Paul Flannery
12/02/2009 - 12:12am
So maybe the problem for the Celtics the last few weeks was that they just needed to get out of town.
Paul Flannery
11/22/2009 - 7:25pm
It’s all about perspective these days for the Celtics.
Paul Flannery
11/21/2009 - 8:13am
There are times for analysis, times for insight and then there are times when one should simply get out of the way and just let the coach call it.
Paul Flannery
11/17/2009 - 12:01am
Kevin Garnett was talking about defending the pick and roll Monday, which is the most essential play in basketball and one that has been giving the Celtics all kinds of trouble ever since
Paul Flannery
11/12/2009 - 1:21am
There are nights like this in the NBA sometimes.
Paul Flannery
11/10/2009 - 2:01am
The two-hour practice was over and there was Rasheed Wallace, still on the court, working on his shot.
Paul Flannery
11/08/2009 - 12:34am
There are two things you never apologize for in the NBA: Big-money contracts and wins of any kind.


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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.

Kevin Millar, MLB Network…

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.

Bradfo Show - NWOA Injury Report, Shane Victorino

On today's Bradfo Show we talk to Dr Ken Polivy, Spine Surgeon at the Newton Wellesley Orthopedic Associates, about Shane Victorino's recent back surgery.

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.

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.

What about Tom? 8-27-14

With the sudden and unexpected trade of Logan Mankins to Tampa, many are chalking this up to Bill Belichick getting rid of players immediately after their prime. MFB wonders if Tom Brady is immune to this strategy. How will he be treated towards the end?

The dust is settling on the Logan Mankins trade, 8-27-14

With Logan Mankins shipped off to Tampa, and sophmore TE Tim Wright on his way to Foxboro, MFB discuss the possible leadership void and depth issues on the offensive line. Also, how does this trade compare to Belichick's release of Lawyer Milloy in 2003.

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!

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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ESPN's Tim Hasselbeck provides some insight on the Sam Bradford and Wes Welker injuries. He also explained how both injuries could effect the Patriots.

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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.

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The Patriots trade Logan …

The Patriots trade Logan Mankins 8-26-14

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

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