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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
02/23/2011 - 2:30am
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like if Rajon Rondo were allowed to play in a wide-open Western Conference system, you got your answer Tuesday night.
Paul Flannery
02/20/2011 - 8:51pm
Put yourself back in October and try this scenario on for size:
Paul Flannery
02/16/2011 - 11:59pm
Of all the things that mystified and befuddled the Celtics last season, it was their curious inability win games at TD Garden that bothered them the most.
Paul Flannery
02/15/2011 - 8:10pm
There were only a few minutes left in practice and Delonte West was about to pass through his final test before making his return to the Celtics.
Paul Flannery
02/14/2011 - 7:13pm
Back on Jan. 19, Magic general manager Otis Smith called out the Celtics with a comment to the Orlando-Sentinel that hit them right where they live. “They act tough,” Smith told the paper in part of a wide-ranging interview. “They’re not really tough. They act tough.”
Paul Flannery
02/13/2011 - 7:50pm
Rajon Rondo does so many unusually freakish things on the basketball court that the part that escapes most casual observers is his intelligence.
Paul Flannery
02/12/2011 - 5:12pm
Practice has been over for an hour, but there was Rajon Rondo working on his jump shot. From angles and distances all over the court, Rondo took shot after shot, being fed a steady supply of passes from assistant coach Armond Hill.
Paul Flannery
02/11/2011 - 1:09am
Give the Celtics credit for this much. They had a ready-made excuse for their second-half crash and burn against the Lakers.
Paul Flannery
02/09/2011 - 7:30pm
It was only a week and a half ago that the Celtics and Lakers met, but so much has already changed.
Paul Flannery
02/08/2011 - 7:44pm
When it comes to Marquis Daniels, there are simply too many unknowns right now, both for him and the Celtics.
Paul Flannery
02/07/2011 - 12:36pm
In the summer of 1996 the Milwaukee Bucks had a decision to make. They had a new coach in Chris Ford and the fourth pick in a stocked draft.
Paul Flannery
02/06/2011 - 7:57pm
Of all the things that make Rajon Rondo the most uniquely-interesting member of the Celtics is that we still don’t know what he is really capable of doing.
Paul Flannery
02/05/2011 - 12:57am
There are some losses that reveal a deeper meaning. A hidden truth, perhaps. Or maybe a loss exposes a closely-held flaw that suddenly blossoms into a full-scale problem.
Paul Flannery
02/02/2011 - 6:27pm
On Thursday, the NBA will announce the reserves for the All-Star teams as voted on by the coaches.
Paul Flannery
02/02/2011 - 1:47am
Of all the things Doc Rivers set out to accomplish this season, coaching the Eastern Conference in the All-Star game ranks low on the list.
Paul Flannery
01/30/2011 - 9:46pm
To watch the Celtics play at their best is to wonder how they ever lose. How can a team with this many weapons, that is this unselfish, that plays this kind of defense ever come up short? The obvious reasons include health, focus and the unrelenting NBA schedule.
Paul Flannery
01/29/2011 - 1:58pm
The Celtics will never get over Game 7.
Paul Flannery
01/28/2011 - 2:42am
Here was a night when the Celtics offensive machine was spinning its wheels like a Prius in a snowbank. It was a night when the factors in the C's usual formula for disaster — low shooting, high turnovers and lots and lots of offensive rebounds for the other team — were all happening at once.
Paul Flannery
01/26/2011 - 7:01pm
The Celtics are about to head out on their first west coast swing of the season where they will play four games in six night starting Thursday night in Portland. While trips to the opposite coast are never easy, this one figures to be particularly grueling.
Paul Flannery
01/26/2011 - 12:17am
Kendrick Perkins couldn’t sleep Monday night. After seven months away from the game and just a little over six months removed from anterior cruciate ligament surgery, Perkins was just hours away from making his long-awaited return. So, he went to the gym around 10 p.m.
Paul Flannery
01/24/2011 - 9:42pm
There hasn’t been much to worry about with the Celtics this season, even with all the injuries. One way or another they have managed to patch up the lineup with a Semih Erden here or a Luke Harangody there and continue to roll right along.
Paul Flannery
01/22/2011 - 12:06am
There are times when Glen Davis wants it all and he wants it now. In a perfect world he’d be a starting power forward, getting 10-15 shots a game and putting up big numbers.
Paul Flannery
01/20/2011 - 12:36am
Let’s start with the obvious: The Celtics had no business winning this game. They shot 45 percent, missed 10 of 14 3-pointers, turned it over 18 times and clanged 11 free throws. Not that the Pistons were much better, but they were the ones with an eight-point lead and less than eight minutes to play.
Paul Flannery
01/18/2011 - 6:47pm
All things considered, the Celtics have had an extremely successful first half of the season. They sit atop the Eastern Conference with a four-game edge in the loss-column on the Miami Heat (and three on the Lakers).
Paul Flannery
01/18/2011 - 1:56am
For 29 minutes or so, Kevin Garnett looked every bit the player he was before he strained his calf muscle two and a half weeks ago against Detroit. He was active on the glass, smooth with his jumper and had more than a few words for everyone in an Orlando uniform.


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Patriots Head Coach Bill …

Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

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.

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.

We Love Anthony Daivs - N…

We Love Anthony Daivs - NBA Mid-Season Awards

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.

Tom Brady on deflate-gate…

Tom Brady on deflate-gate 1-26-15

Tom Brady joined the show before his trip to Phoenix.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: American Sniper 1-26-15

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

Bill Belichick comes out firing 1-26-15

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

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...

The other what if...

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.

WrestleCast - Royal Rumbl…

WrestleCast - Royal Rumble Preview Part 2

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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Michael Irvin on Tom Brad…

Michael Irvin on Tom Brady character assassination - "I find that sickening"

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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Bill Belichick comes out …

Bill Belichick comes out firing 1-26-15

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

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Tim Hasselbeck says Tom B…

Tim Hasselbeck says Tom Brady had to know about deflated balls 1-23-15

Tim Hasselbeck joined the show to give his expertise on deflate gate.

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Trying to move past Defla…

Trying to move past Deflategate and talk football with CSNNE's Tom E Curran

We discuss deflategate and move beyond it for some game talk with Tom E Curran of CSNNE

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