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Kirk Minihane thinks "Slap Shot" is -- without argument -- the best sports movie ever made and is also convinced the 1985-86 Celtics would have finished with a record of 78-4 if they had cared about the regular season. He has been a columnist at WEEI.com since 2009 and is now part of The Dennis & Callahan Show.

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04/17/14 01:56 EST
Dustin Pedroia was in the lineup Wednesday night in Chicago, playing through a sore left wrist that he thought was possibly broken before an MRI Sunday showed no ligament damage. He did what he does: While shaking off the residue of his injury, he had a pair of hits, got on base four times, scored three runs and helped the Red Sox to an exhausting but important 6-4 win, sparing the Sox their first four-game losing streak since 2013. Pedroia -- 31 in August and signed with the Red Sox through 2021 -- is still playing through pain, just as he's still recovering from offseason surgery on his left thumb. Many if not most guys probably would be on the disabled list right now, but we know Pedroia is different. We've seen it -- this is a tough guy by any sports standard. His commitment will never be questioned, his place in Red Sox history is already secured. But what can be asked is this: Have we already seen the best of Dustin Pedroia? Look, I understand he was injured last year and is already
04/10/14 10:55 EST
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Come on, who doesn't love a bold idea? Even if we know from the start it'll eventually be a disaster -- think Jay Leno at 10 p.m., McCain selecting Palin, Michael Jordan with the Birmingham Barons, Bobby Valentine, Dennis Miller on Monday Night Football -- there should always remain room to at least applaud a little outside-the-box thinking. Without some stifferoos, there will never be change. The test pilot is a necessity. It's dangerous to eliminate an idea simply because it strikes you as improbable to succeed or because you didn't think of it. The easiest thing in the world to do is to mock an idea (actually, the easiest thing in the world to do is not write, but you don't care much about that). I do it for a living -- mocking something or someone is always sitting there, begging for a spin. So I understand, I suppose, why the overwhelming reaction to a high-ranking MLB executive suggesting to Buster Olney that games should be shortened to seven innings was a shrug and dismissal. The
03/24/14 11:57 EST
On its own, it is absurd to claim that someone should lose his job simply because of the misdeeds of an adult son or daughter. There is and should be, in the end, personal accountability. Jared Remy is the worst of the worst, the living, breathing advertisement for the death penalty. We knew, after what was reported following the murder of Jennifer Martel, that this was an evil bastard, just unsalvageable garbage. If you knew the details of the crime -- Remy allegedly assaulted and then stabbed Martel multiple times with their 4-year-old daughter in the house -- you figured it wasn't possible to think less of this monster. That changed Sunday with the publication of Eric Moskowitz's front-page story in The Boston Globe, which provided a truly horrifying account of Jared Remy's past: nearly 100 encounters with police, a criminal defendant 19 times, a lengthy history of beating women -- Remy has consistently been in trouble with the law for nearly 20 years. And his total amount of time in
03/20/14 11:16 EST
I watched all 48 minutes of Celtics-Heat Wednesday night (what a hero, huh?), soup to nuts -- saw Rajon Rondo play his best game in almost a year, saw Avery Bradley outplay Dwyane Wade, plus good stuff from Brandon Bass and (in spots) Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger. Celtics 101, Heat 96. Sure, no LeBron James, but it was a helluva win by any standard, a hugely entertaining affair with the home team beating a recent rival and two-time defending NBA champs. And I was disgusted. Full disclosure needed: Things piss me off that might not piss you off. So, I'm probably being an overreactive cynic here, but to watch the very great majority of the 18,624 in attendance celebrate a win that, on its own, deserved celebration truly baffled me. Here's why: I believe most of those folks are good, solid, smart Celtics fans. By and large, they get it. Forget the kids at the game, or the parents taking kids (have to play along; I understand), or the casual once-a-year guy who has no real investment. I'm



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Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the program to talk about the creativity of Red Wings coach Mike Babcock as well as the potential for physical play in the series.

Shawn Thornton calls in on gameday 4-18-14

Shawn Thornton discussed how he prepares on gameday in the postseason.

Jack Edwards with Dale and Holley 4-17-14

We preview Red Wings-Bruins with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.

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Scott Stella on his buddy Mark Fucarile 4-18-14

Scott talked about the fantastic E 60 documentary Dream On and how his friend is doing.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Chelsea is pregnant 4-18-14

The top of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy.

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Shawn Thornton discussed how he prepares on gameday in the postseason.

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Mut and TC discuss how almost every national hockey writer is picking the Bruins to beat Detroit. Will the Bruins be too confident?

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Mut and TC preview the Bruins first round match up against Detroit Red Wings

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Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Title Town Edition - 4-18-14

We tackle four topics all revolving around the most recent runs to championships in Boston, and misnomers like Title Town for Green Bay or Hockey Town for Detroit.

Jack Edwards previews Red Wings and Bruins Round 1 with Dale and Holley 4-17-14

We preview Red Wings-Bruins with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.

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Lou Merloni did play-by-play with Joe Castiglione today and then joined The Planet Mikey Show to talk about what went wrong, and a few things that went right as the Red Sox started their campaign to defend their World Series title.

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