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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
01/15/2011 - 12:45am
With all the injuries the Celtics are having, it’s something of a minor miracle that Shaquille O’Neal has appeared in 30 of their 39 games. They never know from day to day if Shaq will be able to play.
Paul Flannery
01/13/2011 - 12:15am
The news Wednesday from the Celtics, other than their 119-95 blowout win over the Kings (click here for a full recap), was that Kevin Garnett would probably miss another gam
Paul Flannery
01/09/2011 - 10:31pm
There are certain things Ray Allen can control and there are others that are beyond him. Take the act of making a jump shot, for example.
Paul Flannery
01/07/2011 - 11:51pm
On a cold, snowy night in Boston a new folk-hero was born. Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to tell you of the tale of Luke Harangody.
Paul Flannery
01/06/2011 - 12:42am
It was late in the second quarter when San Antonio’s George Hill found himself all alone under the Celtics basket about to cruise in for an easy two points. Out of nowhere Rajon Rondo appeared for a no-way, no-how clean block.
Paul Flannery
01/04/2011 - 9:03pm
For almost a half of basketball, Paul Pierce had something of an identity crisis.
Paul Flannery
01/04/2011 - 12:50am
The Celtics wouldn’t have found a way to win this game last season. Luke Ridnour wouldn’t have traveled. Nate Robinson wouldn’t have sank both free throws with four seconds left.
Paul Flannery
01/02/2011 - 10:25pm
For a team with the best record in the Eastern Conference, the Celtics sure needed a win Sunday night. They had lost three of four, which qualifies as a minor slump, but more importantly, they hadn’t played very good basketball since the middle of December.
Paul Flannery
12/31/2010 - 8:21pm
About three hours before Glen Davis bricked a 3-pointer in the closing minutes of an 83-81 loss to the Hornets, Friday afternoon, Doc Rivers talked about players not trying to do more than they should.
Paul Flannery
12/30/2010 - 8:17pm
All things considered, the word from Celtics president Danny Ainge on The Big Show that Kevin Garnett will miss a couple of weeks with a strained calf muscle was greeted wit
Paul Flannery
12/28/2010 - 11:20pm
In 2008, the Celtics won 19 straight games before going to Los Angeles for a Christmas day showdown with the Lakers. They lost that one, starting a run of losing seven of nine games. In 2009, the Celtics capped off a 14-1 stretch with a win over the Magic on Christmas.
Paul Flannery
12/25/2010 - 6:20pm
The Celtics 14-game winning streak came to an end in the final three minutes and 20 seconds against the Orlando Magic, but it had been brewing ever since Rajon Ro
Paul Flannery
12/23/2010 - 12:29am
The Celtics won their 14th straight game on Wednesday night by beating an angry but overmatched Philadelphia 76ers team, 84-80 at TD Garden.
Paul Flannery
12/21/2010 - 8:00pm
Like most NBA teams, the Celtics conduct their practices behind a veil of secrecy. Actually, they do their business behind a curtain, which goes down over the viewing area from the media room’s perch above their practice court in Waltham.
Paul Flannery
12/19/2010 - 5:58pm
Paul Pierce has a great little saying that he has been using more and more in recent weeks: “I just try to give the game what it needs.”
Paul Flannery
12/17/2010 - 1:04am
When Danny Ainge made official on The Big Show Thursday afternoon what everyone suspected – that Rajon Rondo was going to be out for “a few weeks” – it would have been easy for the Celtics to say, enough. No more.
Paul Flannery
12/16/2010 - 12:55am
NEW YORK – After all the shots, all the game-winners, all the times Paul Pierce has done what he wound up doing to the Knicks Wednesday night, he still gets nervous.
Paul Flannery
12/14/2010 - 1:16pm
True to form, the Celtics weren’t exactly ready to play along with the hype heading into Wednesday’s game with the red-hot Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Paul Flannery
12/11/2010 - 10:59pm
Here’s the frightening thing for the rest of the NBA: The Celtics played one of their worst offensive games of the season, without their top three centers and still won by 31 points on the road.
Paul Flannery
12/09/2010 - 12:13am
It’s so simple, really. The Celtics starting five is very good at what they do, maybe better than everyone else, or at least as good as any other combination in the league.
Paul Flannery
12/05/2010 - 4:33pm
It’s not often that the Celtics are able to enjoy a laugher on weekend afternoons. They have a well-worn reputation for playing down to their level of competition when the sun is still out. Take two weeks ago in Toronto, for example, which not coincidentally was the last time the Celtics lost a game.
Paul Flannery
12/04/2010 - 1:55am
It’s no secret that Joakim Noah doesn’t like Kevin Garnett very much and it’s a storyline that owes more to wrestling that basketball.
Paul Flannery
12/02/2010 - 11:15pm
Contrary to popular opinion, Doc Rivers is not a particularly easy man to play for. He’s not one to let things slide and he can be brutally honest with his players.
Paul Flannery
12/02/2010 - 1:03am
So, here was the situation. The Celtics had somehow managed to turn a 16-point lead into a one-point advantage with just 28 seconds left after not scoring a point for almost five minutes.
Paul Flannery
11/28/2010 - 11:32pm
As the Miami Heat continue to stumble toward something that looks like mediocrity -- at least in the win column -- the comparisons to the first season of the Celtics big three have started again.


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It Is What It Is Cast: Wh…

It Is What It Is Cast: Why Robert Kraft came out swinging Monday

PHOENIX — After landing in Phoenix Monday afternoon, Patriots owner Robert Kraft took to the podium to make a passionate defense of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the organization in response to Deflategate.

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.

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.

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.

Bill Romanowski knows a t…

Bill Romanowski knows a thing or two about Super Bowls, 1-27-15

Four-time Super Bowl Champion Bill Romanowski joined the show to share his thoughts on the greatest QB he ever played with, and his Super Bowl experiences.

Chris Mortensen - "All the scientific minutia that's been thrown at us, be careful of it. "

Chris Mortensen, ESPN, joined the show to talk about all the reports regarding "Deflategate." He thinks that people are making too big a deal out of it. He also hints that he's skeptic of Bill Belichick's attempt to blame science on the balls dropping in pressure.

The "Rogue Ball Boy" plot thickens. Robert Kraft takes a swipe at Goodell, 1-17-15

The Rogue Ball Boy Theory picks up steam...then dies. Is the Rogue Ball Boy the fastest ball deflater ever or is he simply someone with a healthy prostate who probably doesn't even wash his hands. Also, Ted Wells says the investigation will take a while. And Robert Kraft demands an apology if the investigation finds no wrong-doing by the Pats.

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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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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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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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.

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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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