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About Paul Flannery

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
05/13/2009 - 2:13am
There were five minutes left and the Celtics were down by 10 points when Doc Rivers put his starters back on the floor.
Paul Flannery
05/11/2009 - 4:27am
ORLANDO -- The ball had barely ripped through the net and the horn had just finished going off when Glen Big Baby Davis took off down the court like a one-man running of the bulls at Pamplona.
Paul Flannery
05/09/2009 - 12:40am
ORLANDO -- Angry isn’t the right word to describe the Celtics mood after getting run out of Amway Arena in Game 3 against the Magic. Disappointed. Frustrated. Those work.   
Paul Flannery
05/07/2009 - 1:12am
The question before Rajon Rondo about an hour before Game 2 tipped was: Who’s the quickest player in the league? “Beside myself?” Rondo asked, although it was more of a clarifying statement than query.
Paul Flannery
05/05/2009 - 1:18am
It’s a little hard to pinpoint when it was exactly that the Celtics got their groove back.  
Paul Flannery
05/03/2009 - 5:13pm
Having survived an epic first-round series with the Bulls, the Celtics now face an Orlando team that’s much different in terms of style, temperament and expectations than Chicago.
Paul Flannery
05/03/2009 - 2:15am
Eddie House took the ball and flung it to the Garden rafters and by the time it reached the floor everyone went about trying to put the whole thing into perspective.
Paul Flannery
05/01/2009 - 12:38am
Words fail. After six games and seven overtimes what more could possibly be said about this series? That it’s the greatest first round series in the history of the NBA? Well, yeah.   That it’s the most competitive series in the history of basketball? Probably so.
Paul Flannery
04/29/2009 - 12:44am
For most of the 2008-09 season, people have been struggling to define just how fast Rajon Rondo actually is.
Paul Flannery
04/26/2009 - 6:48pm
There were more than enough 'what if’s' in the aftermath of the Celtics double-overtime loss to the Bulls Sunday afternoon in Game 4 of their first-round series.
Paul Flannery
04/24/2009 - 12:07am
Everyone has a theory about Paul Pierce. He’s tired. He’s getting older. He’s hurt. If you played Revolution No. 9 backward, Ray Allen would tell you the truth about The Truth.
Paul Flannery
04/21/2009 - 12:10am
 
Paul Flannery
04/18/2009 - 7:00pm
 
Paul Flannery
04/17/2009 - 12:14pm
What is the definition of a .500 team? The same number of wins and losses is a good place to start, and in the case of the Chicago Bulls, 41-41 is exactly the right mark, for the Bulls take mediocrity to an extreme.
Paul Flannery
04/14/2009 - 11:07am
This is what I remember most about Harry Kalas: A friend of mine asked me if I could get Harry to wish her grandfather a happy birthday over the air. Her grandfather watched every Phillies game even though his eyes had started betraying him a few years earlier, and while he could only make out a sliver of the action he always knew when Pat Burrell chased a slider away.
Paul Flannery
04/13/2009 - 4:30pm
As the NBA season winds down, WEEI.com’s basketball roundtable discussed the Celtics, the NBA and if anyone can prevent us from enduring a LeBron-Kobe hypefest in the NBA Finals.
Paul Flannery
04/07/2009 - 11:44am
As a general rule of thumb, it’s not a good thing when an NBA championship contender has a number of unanswered questions with a week to go in the regular season. A baseball or football team can get hot just in time for the playoffs (see: Cardinals, St.
Paul Flannery
03/20/2009 - 12:49am
Stephon Marbury is frustrated. He’s frustrated because his shot isn’t falling the way it used to and because he hasn’t been the answer to every one of the Celtics' problems.
Paul Flannery
03/09/2009 - 8:07am
Tony Allen made progress the other day and that was news in and of itself, because it seems that every time he does take a step forward, something else happens to set him back.
Paul Flannery
03/05/2009 - 10:34am
The last time we saw the Cleveland Cavaliers on the Garden parquet, David Stern was handing out rings and
Paul Flannery
02/27/2009 - 9:51pm
The All-Star game is over and the Jabberwockeez have gone back to wherever it is Jaberwockeez hang out.
Paul Flannery
02/27/2009 - 6:47pm
The lights were going down and the excitement in the Garden was building when PA announcer Ernie Palladino began to introduce, “The World Champion Boston Celtics.” Mikki Moore snuck up behind
Paul Flannery
02/10/2009 - 11:21am
In the universe of professional basketball, the little things are numerous and vast. Proper spacing on an inbound play, say, or ducking under a screen instead of fighting over the top of it and watching one of the best 3-point shooters in the business get a clean look with a half minute left. Little things.
Paul Flannery
02/09/2009 - 1:46pm
In the universe of professional basketball, the little things are numerous and vast. Proper spacing on an inbound play, say, or ducking under a screen instead of fighting over the top of it and watching one of the best 3-point shooters in the business get a clean look with a half minute left.
Paul Flannery
02/03/2009 - 6:00pm
We are already well into what may prove the most significant leg in the race to claim the top spot in the Eastern Conference. While these things usually come into focus sometime between St.


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Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.

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Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.

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Jeff Goodman, ESPN, joins Giardi and Bradford to preview the NBA Draft and the future of the Celtics - "They're looking to get a starter this year, a starter in next year's draft and possibly a free agent starter...Kevin Durant is not coming here." ...

Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.

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Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NBA.com's Ian Thomsen on Spurs-Thunder Ending, Danny Ainge's next move for Celtics 5/3

Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.

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Roger Clemens joined the broadcast on a night where the 1986 Red Sox were honored before the game at Fenway Park

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DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.

SUNDAY SKATE with WEEI's DJ Bean and Uproxx's Pete Blackburn -- They got what they wanted...Claude Julien is staying in Boston -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.

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Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.

D&C - Lucy bows out of th…

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Ken Laird and Paul Chartier are officially the new producers of the Dennis and Callahan Show as Lucy Burdge bails out of the race, perhaps due to money concerns.

D&C - NESN tries a three-man booth with Steve Lyons & Jerry Remy, hot takes emerge

The guys discuss the hot debates in the three-man NESN booth during Tuesday night's Red Sox game.

D&C - Worcester's Jim Polito attempts to talk smack on D&C on his Wednesday radio show 5-25-16

After hanging up on D&C on Tuesday when accused of carrying water for the Worcester District Attorney, Worcester morning radio host Jim Polito talks with glee on his radio show about his interaction with Dennis and Callahan

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Comedian Jim Bruer says he was on vacation in Mexico and talked to Jastremski about deflategate.

NESN Tries Out a Three Man Booth 5-25-16

The guys talk about NESN's experiment with a three person booth on Red Sox Telecast. They also talk about who they think should be in the booth with Dave O'Brien

DJ Bean joins OMF 5-25-16

DJ Bean talks to the guys about the Bruin's signing of Kevan Miller, and the state of the Bruins off-season.

John Farrell - JBJ is a p…

John Farrell - JBJ is a pro, taking it all in stride

We sit down with the manager of the Sox John Farrell for our weekly discussion about all things Red Sox.

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We discuss the Patriots filing of an amicus brief to federal district court in support of the ongoing battle that has ensnared their quarterback.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Roger Dodger Edition 05-25-16

We look at four instances where Roger Goodell flat out lies or twists himself into a pretzel when asked a question to which there is a definitive answer to... but he never answers them.

Red Sox Review with Mut, …

Red Sox Review with Mut, 5-25-16

Mut recaps the Sox 10-3 win over the Rockies.

5-24-16 Red Sox Review with Mut

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Planet Mikey Show Hour 4 5-23-16

Hour 4 of The Planet Mikey Show w/ Christian Arcand.

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It Is What It Is Cast - Chris Price talks with former Patriots backup QB Jim Miller about Tom Brady & Deflategate 5-25-16

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