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About Kerry Byrne

Kerry J. Byrne created the revolutionary Cold, Hard Football Facts concept and is the nation's foremost authority on the "gridiron lifestyle" of beer, food and football. He also is a food and drinks writer for the Boston Herald and has spent much of his "career" traveling around the beer-making capitals of the United States and Europe while writing for Esquire, Yankee Magazine, Penthouse (yes, that Penthouse), Cargo, America Online, Epicurious.com, Boston magazine, All About Beer and many other newspapers and magazines, most of them highly disreputable.

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02/10/10 10:11 EST
Is the “Peyton Manning is the Greatest of All Time” debate finally over? Let’s hope so. It would be nice to turn on a radio or open a newspaper again without feeling nauseous. Never in the long, shameful history of over-indulgent and factually challenged pre-Super Bowl analysis has there been a more concerted and unfounded effort to jam a square peg of hype into the round hole of historical truth than the one we witnessed this year. The pigskin “pundits” tried to tell us that Manning was poised to become the Greatest of All Time heading into Super Bowl XLIV. The Cold, Hard Football Facts, of course, told us that Manning wasn’t even going to be the best quarterback on the field on Super Bowl Sunday, let alone the best ever. The Cold, Hard Football Facts, of course, were correct. The pigskin “pundits” were wrong. Did anybody who watched Super Bowl XLIV believe after the game that Manning was better than Drew Brees, let alone the best who ever
02/03/10 07:46 EST
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There are three things a team and its fans must do to ensure a successful Super Bowl Sunday: win the passing battle, win the turnover battle and, naturally, win the tailgate battle. It looks like one team is poised to do all three on Sunday. It starts, as every NFL game does, with the respective quarterbacks. Drew Brees vs. The Chosen One Over at Cold, Hard Football Facts, we dubbed Peyton Manning “The Chosen One” because of his unmatched pedigree. You know the family story. Don’t need to rehash it here. Three Legends of the South. First Family of Football, blah, blah blah. You also know that Peyton’s the most prolific of the bunch, a record-setting quarterback in both college and the NFL destined for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He’s great. One of the best ever. We don’t doubt that. But with pedigree comes the benefit of the doubt. All else being equal, the pedigree tips the scales in the court of public opinion. Pedigree is why a
01/27/10 08:11 EST
Is the Patriots dynasty over? That’s been one of the big questions around New England in the wake of another disappointing end to another disappointing season — a fifth straight year without a Super Bowl victory. I don’t know if it is. But even if the dynasty is over, it’s been one of the great rides in history of sports. In fact, football fans should celebrate the fact that they were alive to witness it. Here’s a look back at the top 10 signature moments in the New England dynasty. It’s actually an amazing collection of memories that few fans in few sports in few cities have had the pleasure to enjoy. There are countless moments that would make the cut in most towns, but not here: Adam Vinatieri’s game-winning field goal in the final seconds of Super Bowl XXXVIII; Rodney’s Harrison’s pick-six against the mighty 15-1 Steelers in the 2004 AFC title game; linebacker Mike Vrabel’s not one but two (2!) Super Bowl touchdown
01/20/10 11:04 EST
A certain piece published in this space last week about New England’s need to toughen up and return to its old-school roots went over about as well as Martha Coakley’s Senate campaign. Local football fans, it seems, are rather attached to the entertaining, offensively prolific but very soft Patriots of recent vintage. It’s a very unusual turn of events: like the Bay State’s rebuke of its traditional leftist values on Tuesday, Patriots fans have cast aside the football values they once held near and dear. It was just a few years ago that New England football fans valued tough, hard-nosed football and mocked the soft, losing, late-season efforts of teams like the Colts. Patriots fans once valued gritty wins in January and mocked the Colts every time they collapsed in the winter. Patriots fans once enjoyed winning championships and mocked the Colts for failing to come through in the clutch. Heck, it was something of an annual tradition for Patriots fans to clog



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MMQB's Peter King with Da…

MMQB's Peter King with Dale, Holley and Keefe

We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.

Phil Perry, CSNNE on the Patriots and NFL free agency

Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency

NFL SUNDAY...the final segment of the year -- 2-5-17

Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.

LaVar Ball with Dale, Hol…

LaVar Ball with Dale, Holley and Keefe

Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.

Kirk and Callahan- Will Isaiah Thomas win a title in Boston? 3-7-17

Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.

Kirk and Callahan- Celtics lose after Thomas mishandles the ball 3-6-17

Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 27: Craig…

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 27: Craig Breslow defends Tom Brady

Rob Bradford is joined by Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Craig Breslow, who is one of the foremost authorities among professional athletes when it comes to understanding how charities work. Not only does Breslow head up his own charity, the Strike 3 Foundation, but also proactively has taken the Boston Globe to task via a letter to the editor after a 2013 article criticizing the allocation of funds for high-profile athlete's charities. Breslow digs into the recent controversy surrounding Tom Brady's affiliation with Best Buddies, explaining why the recent Globe article was misguided.

Andrew Benintendi Player of the Game Interview 04-23-17

Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox left fielder, who had five hits in the Sox win in Baltimore.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 26: Merloni, Schilling talk getting revenge

Rob Bradford is joined by both Lou Merloni and Curt Schilling to discuss the recent controversy involving Manny Machado, Dustin Pedroia, Matt Barnes and their respective teams. The two former major leagues offer insight to how baseball handles (and should handle) hitting batters as an act of revenge, with their own stories of involving similar situations as the one that unfolded in Baltimore. They also break down the decision to take Chris Sale out of his last start after eight innings. The former pitcher and batter cover it all from every angle.

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Saturday Skate - Bruins and the All-Star break

Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break

Saturday Skate - Firing Claude

Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian

K&C- Crazy Al and one of …

K&C- Crazy Al and one of the worst callers ever; Arkansas death row inmates’ final demands; Tomase accepts his Biggest A-hole award 4-25-17

Hour 4. Crazy Al calls in for the second day in a row. A terrible caller tries to make a point. The Arkansas inmates had interesting last meals. Tomase’s epic acceptance speech.

K&C- Cyd Ziegler joins the show, thinks it’s wrong that McPhee outed Hernandez 4-25-17

Cyd Ziegler, of Outsports, says it isn’t right to talk ab out Hernandez’s sexuality.

K&C- Callers defend Brady; Breaking down Tarantino movies 4-25-17

Hour 3. Callers battle Gerry, Kirk, and Tomase over Brady’s charity work. The guys name the best Tarantino films.

OMF - Magic flirts with t…

OMF - Magic flirts with tampering; Crowder for Melo?; Tomase's A-Hole speech, 2-25-17

HOUR 4 - The guys talked about Magic Johnson "tampering" with Paul George on Jimmy Kimmel, a potential Jae Crowder for Carmelo Anthony trade, Isaiah Thomas' growth as a playoff performer, and we ended the show with John Tomase's A-Hole acceptance speech.

OMF – Pedroia Goes Back On His Word, Price Twitter Issues Continue, and Rondo Is Coming Back. 4-25-17

Hour 3 - The guys review the remarks Dustin Pedroia made about siding with his teammates years ago compared to his lack of having Matt Barnes back. Lou has a stern response to David Price’s “Twitter Press Conference.” News breaks that Rondo may be able to play in game 6.

OMF – Patriots Backfield, and Bart Hubbuch Deadspin Article On Kraft. 4-25-17

Hour 2 - Glenn, Lou, and Christian review at the Patriots busy backfield and debate on who will make the team, and why they didn’t value LaGarrette Blount anymore. The guys examine the Bart Hubbuch Deadspin article on Kraft being on the board of directors of private-equity Apollo Global Management, which is linked to Caesars.

Sox vs O's base-brawl, an…

Sox vs O's base-brawl, and why Dustin Pedroia embarrassed himself

Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss all the hijinks and shenanigans that went down in Baltimore this past weekend, and why Pedroia should be embarrassed for his apologetic nature towards Manny Machado.

Bruins don't have enough to advance... post-season post-mortems

Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss how the Bruins failed in this series, and where they should head now and for the future of this franchise.

Celts even the series at 2 games a piece - did Rondo make that much of a difference for Chicago?

Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss a comeback weekend for the Celtics, who have now evened the best of seven series vs Chicago at two games a piece.

Ep. 57: Garry W. Tallent,…

Ep. 57: Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band

Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.

Ep. 56: Howie Carr

Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.

Ep. 55: Kirk has a proposal for Callahan and the Producers

Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.

Ever-Green with Holley an…

Ever-Green with Holley and Keefe Ep 3: Celtics pull even with Bulls

Keefe, Holley, and Ben talk about how the Celtics tied their series with the Bulls after a terrible start, why Gerald Green is starting and making an impact, and where is Jaylen Brown?

Sports Check Up - Ep. 11: Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about Baseball season

Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about the beginning of the Baseball season. Why players need as much time as they do to get ready for the season, and what they should be doing in their offseason.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 27: Craig Breslow defends Tom Brady

Rob Bradford is joined by Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Craig Breslow, who is one of the foremost authorities among professional athletes when it comes to understanding how charities work. Not only does Breslow head up his own charity, the Strike 3 Foundation, but also proactively has taken the Boston Globe to task via a letter to the editor after a 2013 article criticizing the allocation of funds for high-profile athlete's charities. Breslow digs into the recent controversy surrounding Tom Brady's affiliation with Best Buddies, explaining why the recent Globe article was misguided.

Red Sox Review with Danny…

Red Sox Review with Danny Picard: Did Dustin Pedroia throw Matt Barnes under the bus? 04-23-17

Danny talks about the Red Sox and Orioles game and the fireworks in the 8th inning when Matt Barnes threw at Manny Machado. Pedroia was shown talking to Machado saying he wouldn't have thrown at his head and Danny wants to know how bad does this make Pedroia look throwing a teammate under the bus.

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K&C- The Herald and Globe…

K&C- The Herald and Globe refuse to cover Hernandez’s sexuality; Bob Hohler’s piece on Tom Brady and Best Buddies 4-24-17

Hour 1. Mut joins Kirk and Gerry. The guys can’t believe neither Boston newspaper covered the Hernandez sexuality story. Over the weekend, the Globe’s Bob Hohler wrote a slanted piece about Tom Brady’s work with charity.

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K&C- The Globe was lookin…

K&C- The Globe was looking for more; Crazy Al calls in twice; Jason La Canfora wants Pedroia to pay 4-24-17

Hour 4. The guys think the Globe was looking for more with Brady, possibly a Trump connection. Crazy Al joins the show multiple times.

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K&C- Crazy Al and one of …

K&C- Crazy Al and one of the worst callers ever; Arkansas death row inmates’ final demands; Tomase accepts his Biggest A-hole award 4-25-17

Hour 4. Crazy Al calls in for the second day in a row. A terrible caller tries to make a point. The Arkansas inmates had interesting last meals. Tomase’s epic acceptance speech.

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K&C- Celtics win, Brady…

K&C- Celtics win, Brady’s work with charity; Headlines with Kirk 4-24-17

Hour 2. Gerry, Kirk, and Mut discuss the Celtics win against the Bulls and continue their conversation about Brady and Best Buddies. Headlines with Kirk features a new accusation against Sean Hannity.

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