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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
03/15/2012 - 3:30am
OAKLAND – About an hour before tip-off Paul Pierce came bouncing through the locker room. “I’m still around,” Pierce said to the press with a grin. “I’m still around.”
Paul Flannery
03/13/2012 - 3:20am
LOS ANGELES – The question hung in the air for a second while Danny Ainge considered his response.
Paul Flannery
03/12/2012 - 12:19am
LOS ANGELES – There was a crowd gathered to hear the losing coach talk because there’s always a crowd when the Celtics and Lakers play one another.
Paul Flannery
03/07/2012 - 1:59am
While Ray Allen was taking care of business at free throw line, Paul Pierce had his arms around Rajon Rondo.
Paul Flannery
03/05/2012 - 3:02pm
Kevin Garnett has long been one of the more fascinating characters in a locker room filled with intriguing characters.
Paul Flannery
03/04/2012 - 7:48pm
Doc Rivers looked at the box score. His eyes scanned immediately down to the bottom lines: Defensive rebounds, turnovers, free throws and field goal percentages.
Paul Flannery
03/03/2012 - 12:45am
They all had to know this was coming.
Paul Flannery
03/01/2012 - 6:41pm
Rajon Rondo is barely 26 years old, a three-time All-Star and a veteran of 73 postseason games, several of which were decided by him on days when he was the best player on a floor that included Most Valuable Players and future Hall of Famers.
Paul Flannery
03/01/2012 - 1:02am
In a career that has spanned a dozen years, six cities and countless teammates and coaches, Keyon Dooling has a rare perspective on life in the NBA. He’s a man who considers his thought carefully before he speaks.
Paul Flannery
02/23/2012 - 1:09am
Before this road trip from hell began, the feeling around the Celtics was that the next four games would tell a lot about who they are and where they are headed. They had played 19 of their 28 games at the Garden and hadn’t been on an extended trip since the first week of the season.
Paul Flannery
02/21/2012 - 1:14am
It’s tempting to say that the next 3 1/2 weeks are the most important stretch of Danny Ainge’s tenure as the man making the basketball decisions for the Celtics. It’s tempting, but it’s wrong.
Paul Flannery
02/20/2012 - 12:54am
Through 30 games this season, the Celtics have had two three-game losing streaks, one five-game losing streak, two four-game winning streaks and one five-game run of victories. Add in a couple of wins here and a loss or two there, and what you have is the most inconsistently mediocre team in the NBA.
Paul Flannery
02/17/2012 - 1:35am
There aren’t many players who would be criticized after scoring 67 points and shooting 53 percent over their previous two games, but Rajon Rondo is unique that way. He gets killed when he’s too passive and dissected when he turns into a scoring machine.
Paul Flannery
02/16/2012 - 12:34am
Doc Rivers had a bad feeling at halftime. His team was ahead by just two points on the lowly Pistons and he felt like it should have been more like a dozen. He didn’t like the way the offense was playing. He wasn’t real sold on the defense, either.
Paul Flannery
02/12/2012 - 9:27pm
There are days when Rajon Rondo is so good at his job that you wouldn’t trade him for any point guard in the world, and yes, that includes Chris Paul.
Paul Flannery
02/10/2012 - 1:32am
The setting and the scene were so familiar. The Celtics and Lakers were in yet another meat-grinder of a game. Possessions were tight, fast breaks were rare and always there was the threat of a Lakers offensive rebound.
Paul Flannery
02/08/2012 - 12:38am
The moment was finally here, and the folks who run the Garden in-game operations rose to the occasion.
Paul Flannery
02/04/2012 - 1:51am
For the first time since the season began, the Celtics had their starting five relatively healthy and ready to play. They also had their second unit essentially set, which has been an ongoing work in progress.
Paul Flannery
01/29/2012 - 11:09pm
Paul Pierce was frustrated. He wasn't alone.
Paul Flannery
01/28/2012 - 12:28am
The score was tied early in the third quarter and all the Celtics’ hard work in the first half was gone.
Paul Flannery
01/27/2012 - 12:37am
The Celtics were trailing by 27 points and a decision seemed imminent.
Paul Flannery
01/24/2012 - 1:11am
There’s a moment in the game when Avery Bradley knows he has done what he set out to accomplish. It happens when the man he’s guarding starts to talk to him. Sometimes he tells him to back off, give him some room.
Paul Flannery
01/21/2012 - 5:04pm
There was no one specific play in their loss to the Suns on Friday night that encapsulated all the problems the Celtics have had scoring points.
Paul Flannery
01/19/2012 - 11:33pm
There’s a story Danny Ainge likes to tell about a Christmas party at which Red Auerbach shared the secrets of trades not made.
Paul Flannery
01/19/2012 - 12:39am
Ray Allen has been through things like this before. More than a decade ago in another time and place, his Milwaukee Bucks team began the year with a 3-9 record.


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We go inside the Patriots with head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare for the Super Bowl. We get some final thoughts on deflated balls, and some actual GAME talk about the Seahawks as well.

Tedy Bruschi with Dale and Holley

We speak with a fiery Tedy Bruschi, who sounds like he's had his fill of hearing about how his teammates are cheaters, and doesn't pull many punches about it either.

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Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions

Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks about the Rondo trade 12-19-14

Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process

We Hate Dwayne Wade - Marcus Smart injury 11-12-14

How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...

John Farrell with Mut and…

John Farrell with Mut and Bradford, 1-24-15

The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.

Joe Kelly and Pablo Sandoval make predictions for 2015, 1-24-15

Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.

Hot Stove Show 01-15-15

Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.

Pierre McGuire discusses …

Pierre McGuire discusses Rule-Breaking in the NHL 1-22-15

Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports: "Bruins are an unbelievably team to play against" 1-15-15

Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'

Jack Edwards with Dale and Holley

We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.

Ben Volin joins the guys …

Ben Volin joins the guys to look at the latest concerning Deflategate 01-27-15

Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.

Kirk Minihane destroys Woody for North Reading 01-27-15

Kirk wasn't taking any crap from Woody in North Reading.

Tony Kornheiser explains comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger 01-27-15

Tony Kornheiser joins Dennis and Callahan in Arizona to discuss his comment comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger.

Former Panthers GM Marty …

Former Panthers GM Marty Hurney - “If it was anybody but the Patriots, it wouldn’t have been this big a story,” 1-26-15

Former Panthers GM and current ESPN 730 radio host in Charlotte, Marty Hurney spoke, ambiguously, about a lot of "rumors" he's heard about the New England Patriots, dating back to 2001. He did admit he believes Bill Belichick's assertions during Saturday's press conference.

Three For All - SNL does Brady/Belichick Press Conference Parody, 1-26-15

Saturday Night Live did a cold open featuring actors portraying Greg Gumbel, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Also, the story of Robert Allenby is unraveling quickly.

Chandler Jones avoids the noise, 1-26-15

Patriots DE Chandler Jones spoke about he doesn't really have a problem "avoiding the noise" about "Deflate-gate" since he doesn't watch ESPN or the news, but prefers cartoons like Family Guy. He also talked about the time he played the Seahawks in his rookie year. Although the teams are different, Jones will likely line up opposite Russell Okung, and try to tackle Marshawn Lynch. Keeping contain on Russell Wilson will be important for Jones and Rob Ninkovich.

Tedy Bruschi: Why do the …

Tedy Bruschi: Why do the Patriots win? You were outcoached. You were outplayed. That's why.

We speak with a fiery Tedy Bruschi, who sounds like he's had his fill of hearing about how his teammates are cheaters, and doesn't pull many punches about it either.

Bill Belichick: Green Bay/San Diego trip helped prepare us for Super Bowl travel this week

We go inside the Patriots with head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare for the Super Bowl. We get some final thoughts on deflated balls, and some actual GAME talk about the Seahawks as well.

Cheating talk 'deflating' to Patriots Nation at this point

Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton are live from radio row and recapping the latest in Deflategate including Belichick's impromptu weekend presser, and the national media's predictable reaction to it.

The other what if...

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A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?

The day footballs lost air pressure and the game lost integrity?

Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.

Mut and Lenny don't know what to make of deflategate

Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.

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Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.

Unsportsmanlike Podcast - Are sports better in the stadium or on TV?

Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.

We Love Anthony Daivs - NBA Mid-Season Awards

Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.

Tom Brady on deflate-gate…

Tom Brady on deflate-gate 1-26-15

Tom Brady joined the show before his trip to Phoenix.

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Bill Belichick comes out firing 1-26-15

The guys opened the show by discussing Belichick's presser Saturday.

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We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.

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Former Panthers GM Marty …

Former Panthers GM Marty Hurney - “If it was anybody but the Patriots, it wouldn’t have been this big a story,” 1-26-15

Former Panthers GM and current ESPN 730 radio host in Charlotte, Marty Hurney spoke, ambiguously, about a lot of "rumors" he's heard about the New England Patriots, dating back to 2001. He did admit he believes Bill Belichick's assertions during Saturday's press conference.

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Tedy Bruschi: Why do the …

Tedy Bruschi: Why do the Patriots win? You were outcoached. You were outplayed. That's why.

We speak with a fiery Tedy Bruschi, who sounds like he's had his fill of hearing about how his teammates are cheaters, and doesn't pull many punches about it either.

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