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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
05/05/2012 - 1:18am
The first rule of playoff basketball is never apologize for a win, no matter how ugly. Here’s another one. Call it the Rondo rule: Just because you record double figures in three statistical categories doesn’t mean you had a great game.
Paul Flannery
05/03/2012 - 2:03pm
WALTHAM – Rajon Rondo ran down the tunnel toward his teammates. The first person he was saw Kevin Garnett.
Paul Flannery
05/02/2012 - 1:45am
ATLANTA -- There was Paul Pierce running down the court with Avery Bradley on his right and a two-point lead in his back pocket.
Paul Flannery
05/01/2012 - 1:48pm
ATLANTA -- So, here are the Celtics with their backs against the wall and no one to get Kevin Garnett the ball in his favored shooting position.
Paul Flannery
04/30/2012 - 12:11am
ATLANTA -- In the span of a few seconds, the Celtics went from a team that was desperately trying to complete a hopeless comeback to one that is anxiously holding its breath over the interpretation of the word “intentional.”
Paul Flannery
04/28/2012 - 12:58pm
From the moment they were assembled, they played with an expiration date hanging over their heads. Three years, maybe five. There’s a finite amount of time in this game and for three superstars in the latter stages of their career that time is precious.
Paul Flannery
04/27/2012 - 1:56am
In 2008, the top-seeded Celtics – boasting a new Big Three of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and
Paul Flannery
04/26/2012 - 12:14am
The decision that defined the Celtics’ 2011-12 season wasn’t the easiest sell.
Paul Flannery
04/23/2012 - 11:00pm
All season long people have been wondering if Doc Rivers was going to give his veterans unscheduled days off, a la Gregg Popovich, the man who invented the DNP-Old designation for
Paul Flannery
04/21/2012 - 12:05pm
Earlier this season -- before he became a sensation and the huge blinking neon X-factor for the Celtics in their unlikely final run -- Avery Bradley threw a diagonal cross-court pass to
Paul Flannery
04/19/2012 - 1:50am
Let’s pause for a moment to consider Paul Pierce. In his 14th season, Pierce has averaged 19.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists. His shooting percentages are down a bit, but across the board it has been another typically excellent Pierce season.
Paul Flannery
04/17/2012 - 12:07am
On Sunday night in Charlotte, Rajon Rondo scored 20 points and handed out 16 assists in a 94-82 Celtics victory over the Bobcats.
Paul Flannery
04/14/2012 - 12:49am
When Chris Paul and Dwight Howard elected to waive their early termination options, it made a thin free agent market almost desolate and turned the summer spotlight squarely on a stronger than u
Paul Flannery
04/13/2012 - 12:51am
Doc Rivers is often referred to as a player’s coach by both the media and his own team, but that casual definition only hints at his coaching style. Rivers is demanding. He is candid, both with the press and his team.
Paul Flannery
04/12/2012 - 1:19am
Rajon Rondo went to Doc Rivers and told him he had to stay in the game. “We’ve got tomorrow off,” Rondo told his coach. “Let me just go.”
Paul Flannery
04/11/2012 - 1:04am
It’s time to get off the fence and recognize what the Celtics are doing. If you’ve been following them all season, you’ve probably been expressing quiet optimism over their play since the All-Star break.
Paul Flannery
04/08/2012 - 11:44pm
“I can imagine right now that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and those guys are in there right now saying, 'Let’s deliver the knockout punch today.' This game, I think they feel like, if they beat u
Paul Flannery
04/07/2012 - 9:49am
Ray Allen went to Doc Rivers and told him it was time. At this point in his career and with this team specifically, it was time to move to the bench and begin a new chapter in his career.
Paul Flannery
04/06/2012 - 2:03am
It's not true that Celtics coach Doc Rivers never blasts his players in public -- just ask Glen Davis.
Paul Flannery
04/05/2012 - 12:41am
Ray Allen returned to the court after missing six games with a sprained ankle and was in the starting lineup as usual on Wednesday when the Celtics played the Spurs.
Paul Flannery
04/01/2012 - 9:14pm
Over the last five games, the Celtics have held four teams below 90 points per 100 possessions. Included in that list are Utah – who ranks seventh in offensive efficiency – and now Miami, who ranks third.
Paul Flannery
03/29/2012 - 1:02am
For the first time since his rookie season, Kevin Garnett spent the All-Star break away from the game and alone with his thoughts. He thought about the first half of the season and what went wrong. He thought about what he could do better. Garnett decided that he had to make changes.
Paul Flannery
03/25/2012 - 11:06pm
Avery Bradley made his first seven shots on Sunday night and outscored the Wizards in the first quarter by himself, 15-12. He made jump shots. He made layups. He even made a 3-pointer.
Paul Flannery
03/22/2012 - 11:46pm
A week ago the Celtics were run out of Sacramento on the wrong end of a 120-95 score. They went to Denver the next night and lost, as is their custom, on the second night of a back-to-back on the road.
Paul Flannery
03/19/2012 - 1:21am
SACRAMENTO -- All week long the Celtics said it didn’t bother them. All week long, they rolled their eyes and offered terse, clipped answers about the inevitably of the March 15 trade deadline. Veterans all, there was some truth to their responses.


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Mike Reiss with Dale, Holley and Thornton

Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- Roger Goodell is maddening! -- 5-1-16

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.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- A look at the AFC East post NFL Draft -- 5-1-16

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

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NB…

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.

Game 6 and Hawks Series Breakdown plus offseason preview with Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog

Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown with ESPN's Chris Forsberg - 4/28/16

It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!

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5-01-16 Christian Vazquez Player Of The Game Interview

Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.

Rick Porcello Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.

Bradfo Show: Brian Butterfield talks Hanley, Pablo, Patriots draft picks, message for Roger Goodell

Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean…

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- A look toward the future for the Bruins -- 4-17-16

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.

Butch Stearns with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- The season is officially over for the Bruins; where do we go from here? -- 4-10-16

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.

Paul and Ken continue to …

Paul and Ken continue to make their pitch for the producer gig, 5-4-16

Kirk still can't fathom why Paul or Ken would want to produce the morning show. Some shade is thrown at another potential candidate.

HEADLINES - Donald Trump goes soft during victory speech, 5-4-16

Ted Cruz lost Indiana and gave up his bid for the GOP nomination. Donald Trump didn't exactly bring the heat in his victory speech.

Curt Schilling battles with Kirk over his OMF phone call, 5-4-16

Curt Schilling joined the show to defend himself about his selfish call to OMF yesterday.

Former Red Sox/Patriots t…

Former Red Sox/Patriots team doctor, Dr. Gill, joins OMF to talk Pablo Sandoval's surgery 5-4-16

Dr. Thomas Gill calls in to give his input on Pablo Sandoval's season ending surgery, and tells the guys how long he thinks the third baseman will be out.

Danny Ainge prepares for the Celtics off season 5-4-16

The Celtics are approaching a very important off season, and Danny Ainge needs to figure out a plan to get a star in Boston...most importantly Kevin Durant. Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about who the team needs to go after.

Christian can't help but make childish jokes with Tom Werner 5-4-16

Tom Werner was in studio today and Christian could not hold himself back when Tom Werner mentioned the comedian "Whitney Cummings."

Pablo Sandoval has surger…

Pablo Sandoval has surgery, done for the season, but may still eventually bring value to the Red Sox

We discuss Pablo's surgery, rumors of weight loss and a renewed focus, and ultimately if the Red Sox will be able to get anything from Pablo, be in on the field or via trade.

NBA Refs may have cost the Spurs a game - plus which league has the best officiating

We discuss the missed call to close out the Spurs-OKC game last night and it ultimately spins into a conversation about which league does the best job of refereeing their games.

Dale and Holley's Final Drive 5-03-16

We close out the Dale and Holley show with the best soundbites of the day.

The Planet Mikey Show,5/3…

The Planet Mikey Show,5/3/16

Mikey and Lenny talk Sox and Sandoval

Planet Mikey Podcast - Hour 4, 4-21-16

It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time

Planet Mikey Podcast - Hour 3, 4-21-16

Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NB…

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.

Teeing Off With Ben and Nick. Wells Fargo Championship Preview

This week we are joined by Jon Albanese, manger of Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio and talk about golf returning to the Olympics, Tiger Woods and more. We also look back at the Zurich Classic and preview Wells Fargo Championship.

Butch & Tomase Podcast talking #Celtics with NBA analyst Kevin O'Connor

SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft

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Sausage tells the guys that he's moving onto greener (read: more lucrative) pastures. His potential replacement, Paul, is interviewed for the job.

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