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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.

Paul Flannery
01/17/2012 - 2:42am
Before Kendrick Perkins’ emotional return to Boston, the Celtics had played 38 regular season games. They had won 19 and lost 19 with a disappointing second-round loss to Miami in between.
Paul Flannery
01/14/2012 - 2:03am
Doc Rivers arrived early to his postgame press conference. That was in direct contrast to his team who showed up late again. For the fourth straight game, the Celtics began play as if they were still going through shootaround.
Paul Flannery
01/12/2012 - 9:00pm
WALTHAM – Talk is cheap when you’re 4-5 and all four of your wins are against the dregs of the Eastern Conference. The Celtics know this, but you have to excuse them if they retain their confidence while everyone else is jumping off the bandwagon.
Paul Flannery
01/12/2012 - 3:01am
The Celtics, as we knew them, are not here yet. The Celtics, as we knew them, would have found a way to beat a team on the second night of a back-to-back when the Garden was buzzing in anticipation of a dramatic comeback.
Paul Flannery
01/11/2012 - 12:44am
WALTHAM -- On Wednesday night when the Mavericks make their only visit to Boston, it will be a matchup not of two heavyweights but of two .500 teams who are trying to remain relevant while planning major changes for the future.
Paul Flannery
01/07/2012 - 2:16am
Like everyone else, David West was shocked when he heard on NBATV that the Celtics were interested in working out a sign-and-trade deal with New Orleans to acquire his services.
Paul Flannery
01/05/2012 - 2:53am
A week ago after the Celtics were run off the court by the Hornets, Celtics coach Doc Rivers suggested that
Paul Flannery
01/03/2012 - 1:59am
Doc Rivers didn’t know what to expect from Greg Stiemsma when he told the 26-year-old rookie he would be in the starting lineup for the Celtics w
Paul Flannery
01/02/2012 - 1:12am
There are moments in a basketball game when star players have to be at their best. It’s not always at the end of the game when a shot or play can win it or lose it.
Paul Flannery
12/31/2011 - 3:02am
Ray Allen calls it a language that only they can understand, they being Allen, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and
Paul Flannery
12/29/2011 - 2:11am
In his NBA debut, Greg Stiemsma blocked six shots in 17 minutes.
Paul Flannery
12/28/2011 - 2:37am
In a normal NBA season, the Celtics could be expected to summon whatever inner strength lies with their ancient, battle-tested bodies and figure out a way to stop a two-game losing streak.
Paul Flannery
12/25/2011 - 5:24pm
The Celtics packed an entire season of memes into their season-opening 106-104 loss to the Knicks.
Paul Flannery
12/22/2011 - 1:26am
The Celtics enter the 2011-12 season with far less optimism than at any other point in the Big Three/Core Four era. They were passed by both the Heat and Bulls in the Eastern Conference pecking order and their time as a legitimate contender appears to be ending quickly, if not already D.O.A.
Paul Flannery
12/20/2011 - 1:00am
There were few jobs more hazardous in the NBA last season than reserve player for the Celtics.
Paul Flannery
12/16/2011 - 1:49am
A year ago, the Celtics had about 28 feet worth of centers on their roster. This year they don’t even have more than one O’Neal and everyone is worried about their lack of size as the season approaches.
Paul Flannery
12/13/2011 - 10:01pm
WALTHAM – From the moment they came together, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen have been asked a
Paul Flannery
12/13/2011 - 2:16am
WALTHAM -- When the NBA re-opened for business last Friday, Danny Ainge had six players under contract, no cap room and only a handful of assets he could use to acquire players.
Paul Flannery
12/09/2011 - 11:24pm
WALTHAM – Here’s how the scenario usually unfolds: A player hears his name in high-profile trade rumors. He stays silent, away from the media glare while the 24/7 news cycle descends with all of its brute force and white noise.
Paul Flannery
12/09/2011 - 2:48am
For about three hours on Thursday, Chris Paul was about to become a Laker.
Paul Flannery
12/07/2011 - 5:54pm
Here we are, stuck inside the middle of Chris Paul trade rumors with the Rajon Rondo blues again.
Paul Flannery
11/30/2011 - 2:39am
As president and chapter chairman of the Rajon Rondo appreciation society, it pains me to have to say this, but if Danny Ainge can get Chris Paul from New Orleans in a package deal involving Rondo then he has to do it.
Paul Flannery
11/26/2011 - 9:14pm
When last we left the Celtics, they had melted down in South Florida and were headed into an uncertain offseason.
Paul Flannery
11/17/2011 - 12:27am
Peter Chiarelli doesn’t believe in what ifs, and he’s not sold on luck, either. Take this particular scenario: What if the Bruins had lost Game 7 against Montreal? Had the Bruins lost that game there’s a very real chance that Claude Julien would no longer be coaching the team. Chiarelli?
Paul Flannery
11/04/2011 - 12:50am
Tom Coughlin didn’t want to talk about it. Bill Belichick didn’t, either.

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The guys asked Patriots LB Jerod Mayo about Tom Brady's mobility and athleticism. In his response, Jerod called Tom "a cerebral quarterback" and said he'd rather have a guy who runs a 4.8 in the right direction than a guy who runs a 4.3 in the wrong direction.

Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

We get the coach's take on all things Patriots as the Patriots roll the Jaguars and head into the bye week at 3-0

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Celtics Podcast - Media Day and The Wire

Sam Packard is joined by his brother Nick, as he breaks down his favorite moments from Celtics Media Day. Sam then tries to compare each member of the Celtics roster to a character on The Wire, with varied results.

We Love Anthony Davis - Should the Celtics Trade Avery Bradley?

Sam Packard is joined by Jared Weiss of CLNSRadio.Com to talk about trading Bradley and the upcoming Celtics Media Day.

We Love Anthony Davis - Space Jam and Celtics Summer League with Jay King. 7-23-15

Jay King of joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.

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Torey Luvollo with Dale, Holley and Thornton

We check in for a final time this season with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo as look ahead to 2016 with him.

Blake Swihart Player of the Game Interview 09-29-15

Joe and Rob Bradford talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart who had his first career multi home run game as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 10-4 and extend their winning streak to a season high 5 games.

Jackie Bradley Jr Player of the Game Interview 09-28-15

Joe and Dave talk with Jackie Bradley Jr. after he hit a 2 run home run and made two leaping catches as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 4-1 tonight.

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Butch & Bradfo featuring DJ Bean talk #Bruins lines and season outlook

DJ Bean joins Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford in studio with the pre-season ending to discuss the upcoming season's line combinations and the changes made in the offseason.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney with Dale and Holley

Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.

Fluto Shinzawa, NHL reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the Sunday Skate crew to discuss the future of the Bruins franchise 4-19-15

The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.

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Bobby the gang member on gun control 10-2-15

Bobby calls in from the streets to talk about gang life and gun control.

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How far off are the Red Sox from being good next season? 10-2-15

With the emergence of the young players for the Red Sox this season, they're starting to look like they can be competitive next season. The guys discuss this and talk more about whether Farrell should be the manager next season when he gets healthy.

Should John Farrell be the manager of the Red Sox when he gets healthy? 10-2-15

Leaks have come out over the last few days that John Farrell will return to the Red Sox when he gets healthy, but is this the right decision? Glenn, Lou and Christian discuss whether or not his job should be safe.

Was Ben Roethlisberger on his cell phone last night during the game? 10-2-15

It looked like Ben Roethlisberger was on his cell phone during last night's Thursday Night Football game against the Ravens. Should this be a big issue? Do Patriots fans have reason to be upset that the NFL isn't making this a big deal?

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The Pats are in Rex's head because he has a 'prison-guard mentality'.

One of our favorite segments every week is when we get the chance to talk to the playmaker, Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin.

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A player that was suspended for PED use is really the top candidate for baseball's comeback player of the year? How is that possible? We discuss it.

Dale and Holley's Final Drive - 10-02-15

We wrap up the week with some of the best sound bites that you may have missed.

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Chris Villani and John Tomase discuss Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned by Judge Richard Berman and discuss in hindsight how obvious this should have been.

Planet Mikey - Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Brady Exonerated!

Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the Thursday federal court decision to overturn Tom Brady's DeflateGate punishment.

Planet Mikey - What should the Red Sox outfield be?

Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and who should play where. Also, the current outfield in context with Sox history.

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#RedSox Farm Report Podcast - Top 10 Prospects and Season in Review

Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable take a look back at the 2015 season for the Boston Red Sox and their affiliates, including who the guys think should be classified as the team's Top 10 prospects. Also, a check in with play-by-play voices this year in Pawtucket, Portland, Salem, and Greenville as well as Ken's one-on-one interview with Offensive Player of the Year Sam Travis.

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It looked like Ben Roethlisberger was on his cell phone during last night's Thursday Night Football game against the Ravens. Should this be a big issue? Do Patriots fans have reason to be upset that the NFL isn't making this a big deal?

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Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Ben Roethlisberger sidelines phone story... is it a big deal? Are Patriots fans over-reacting? What would happen if this were the Patriots with a phone on the sidelines? Should we be the 'bigger men' and just move on? We discuss.

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