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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
02/23/2011 - 3:30am
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 - 9:51pm
Put yourself back in October and try this scenario on for size:
Paul Flannery
02/17/2011 - 12:59am
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 - 9:10pm
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 - 8:13pm
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 - 8:50pm
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 - 6:12pm
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 - 2:09am
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 - 8:30pm
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 - 8:44pm
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 - 1:36pm
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 - 8:57pm
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 - 1:57am
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 - 7:27pm
On Thursday, the NBA will announce the reserves for the All-Star teams as voted on by the coaches.
Paul Flannery
02/02/2011 - 2:47am
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 - 10:46pm
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 - 2:58pm
The Celtics will never get over Game 7.
Paul Flannery
01/28/2011 - 3:42am
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 - 8:01pm
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 - 1:17am
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 - 10:42pm
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 - 1:06am
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 - 1:36am
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 - 7:47pm
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 - 2:56am
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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Michael Irvin with Dale a…

Michael Irvin with Dale and Holley

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

Jerod Mayo prefers 'smart' players over 'fast' ones, 9-30-15

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

Celtics Podcast - Media D…

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.

Torey Luvollo with Dale, …

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.

Butch & Bradfo featuring …

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.

Final weigh-in- The produ…

Final weigh-in- The producers tip the scales 10-2-15

Which producer lost weight? And which one gained weight?

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines- The truth behind the viral fisherman 10-2-15

All the latest stories brought to you by Kirk Minihane.

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

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

How far off are the Red S…

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?

The Pats are in Rex's hea…

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.

How is it possible that steroid-suspended A-Rod is a candidate for MLB Comeback Player of the Year?

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.

Chris Villani and John To…

Chris Villani and John Tomase: All hail the great and obvious Judge Berman

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.

#RedSox Farm Report Podca…

#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.

Unsportsmanlike Podcast - Jen Royle Drops The Gloves NSFW

Jerry is joined by former sports reporter turned professional chef Jen Royle to discuss her upcoming fight for Haymakers For Hope.

SoccerCast - What the Hell is wrong at Chelsea?

We discuss the woes of Chelsea and Liverpool and the Revs rebounding to push into the playoffs. Plus the book on YoungBen is very flattering.

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We react to the shooting in Oregon 10-2-15

Another day and another school shooting, it's becoming far too common. Have we become numb to it?

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The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree-Phil and Chris Simms 10-2-15

Dino, Gerry and Kirk look at the talented father-son duo.

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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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Big Ben Phonegate: Pats fan overreaction, or turnabout is fair play?

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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