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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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09/18/14 11:07 EST
Serious question: In the 11 days since the video of Ray Rice knocking his fiancée out cold emerged on TMZ, has anyone associated with the NFL seen his or her image improve? No one, right? Everyone looks worse. It starts with Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, of course. And Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald and Jonathan Dwyer. Then there's Roger Goodell, and let's not overlook that it's been roughly 13,000 minutes since Goodell talked to Norah O'Donnell in what could charitably be described as a comfortable landing spot on CBS. Things have changed. Might be time to answer some questions. And then there are the owners, with the pathetic effort by the Wilf brothers leading the way. But there's Jerry Richardson and Steve Bisciotti and the rest of the owners, happily backing Goodell (led by Bob Kraft, first out on CBS to defend the day after the Rice video) with no one calling him out for his bungling of this last few weeks. The players? Silent, for the most part. And that's absolutely their right,
09/11/14 09:25 EST
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We're all frauds. That's what I've learned this week. Now, anyone who has watched the video of Ray Rice knocking out his now-wife in the elevator is appalled, disgusted, baffled, angry and all the rest of the appropriate emotions. In a perfect world, this a-hole is spending the rest of his life in prison, but this isn't a perfect world. There is outrage from many, if not most (hello to Paul George, who confirmed his stupidity on Thursday morning) and it's the only reaction one can have. But here's my issue: This is nothing new. In the world of sports, we are surrounded by men who are violent toward women. And all this outrage we've correctly shown the last five days hasn't really existed in other situations. If Robert Parish showed up at the home opener for the Celtics this season, he would receive a standing ovation to match the reception Rice got when he showed up at training camp this year. It's happened before, the "Chief" chants, the applause, a tribute to a
09/04/14 10:51 EST
Marian Ryan has blood on her hands. Of course, she didn't kill Jennifer Martel. That was Jared Remy, rotting away in a prison cell for the rest of his pathetic, wasted, cowardly, enabled life. It starts and ends with Remy. But Ryan was -- and is -- the District Attorney of Middlesex County, where Remy was allowed to be released on his own recognizance in Waltham District Court hours after slamming Martel's head into a bathroom mirror. No bail, no holding, no dangerousness hearing. Free to leave. On its own, plenty troubling. But when you factor in years and years of documented abuse against women -- dozens of arrests, multiple restraining orders and 81 days in jail in 2005 for punching, kicking and throwing his then-girlfriend by the hair -- it's horrifying, bordering on incomprehensible and obviously a massive failure of the system by any definition. And we know what happened: Remy murdered Martel at their Waltham apartment the night after his release, stabbing her multiple times in the
08/03/14 10:39 EST
Players, not prospects. That was the post-trades spin we heard from the Red Sox after -- correctly, of course -- Ben Cherington went nuclear on the amazingly underperforming 2014 roster. It's a different philosophy, obviously, than what we've seen from the Red Sox (and, really, just about everyone else) in the past. Think about it: Your two best starting pitchers shipped out and no prospect in return. Has that ever happened before? (I probably should look it up and find out, it's not like I've been lacking for free time recently.) I'm all for thinking outside the box, starting a trend that usually is a hell of a lot better than being the 14th guy at the table. And landing Joe Kelly (under club control until 2019, possibly a back-of-the-rotation guy) and Allen Craig (under contract through 2018, though on OPS decline each year since 2012 and injury issues make him a legitimate candidate to fail in Boston) for John Lackey is a "meh" trade for me. If I'm Cherington I pass on it,



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Rodney Harrison, NBC Sports, joined MFB to discuss last night's game against the Chiefs, the Patriots' issues on both offense and defense, and how he feels Brandon Browner will impact the defense as he returns from suspension.

NFL Sunday: The Patriots offensive line -- a quick fix or a season-long issue? 9-28-14

Greg, Steve and Chris zero in on the O-line specifically and look at what it will take to right the ship. Is the running game a solution or more blocking from TE's, LaFell etc. ?

NFL Sunday: A look at the Pats offensive struggles early on 9-28-14

The boys discuss what is going on with the Pats offense and why Brady has looked a little off so far. Is it O-line or WR issues? They specifically discuss Amendola, Thompkins and Dobson - who's the odd man out?

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Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, "I think Rondo is going to go, I just don't see where and how yet" 7-17-14

Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston: I believe Rondo will be traded 7-10-14

Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.

OK State Men's Basketball coach, Travis Ford, joins MFB to talk about Marcus Smart, 6-30-14

Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.

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Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2014 Red Sox Season with a Poem

Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.

Mut and Bradford on the disappointing season for Jackie Bradley, Jr and Xander Bogaerts 9-28-14

Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.

Minor Details Ep. 101: Red Sox director of player development Ben Crockett on the state of the Red Sox system

Description: Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett looks back at the 2014 Red Sox prospect season by answering listener questions about a number of Red Sox prospects as well as broader issues and themes in the farm system.

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Bruins sign Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, 9-29-14

DJ Bean, WEEI.com, joined the guys to talk about the Bruins signing two young stars to 1-year contracts.

The Bradfo Show: Talking Bruins roster moves with DJ Bean, Turtleboy

Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.

DJ Bean breaks down the first hours of NHL Free Agency 7-1-14

DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla

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Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Magic's son has a surgery 9-30-14

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

The Patriots are a bad football team 9-30-14

The guys opened the show discussing the Pats brutal Monday night loss.

Dino walks out mid segment 9-30-14

John Dennis left the show mid segment.

Tom Brady has no weapons,…

Tom Brady has no weapons, 9-30-14

A familiar sentiment has arisen regarding the Patriots offense. Tom Brady is locking in on 2 guys (Edelman and Gronk) and no one else seems to be getting a look. A 37 year old, future Hall of Fame QB, has little to no weapons in 2014.

Pats get crushed by the Chiefs on MNF, 9-30-14

Lou, Christian and Tim break down last night's embarrassing loss on national television. They wonder just how much progress has been made towards building a championship team.

Rodney Harrison - "There's a reason Brandon LaFell was let go, he's not a great player" 9-30-14

Rodney Harrison, NBC Sports, joined MFB to discuss last night's game against the Chiefs, the Patriots' issues on both offense and defense, and how he feels Brandon Browner will impact the defense as he returns from suspension.

How does a professional a…

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We discuss the Rajon Rondo injury and conspiracy theories, and whether or not his tale about falling in the shower holds any water. Get it? Shower... water? Nevermind.

Dale and Holley's Final Drive - 9-29-14

We bring you the stuff you might have missed that we didn't have a chance to touch on today.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Memorable Goodbyes Edition - 9-29-14

We tackle four topics all inspired by Derek Jeter's long goodbye.

Jim Koch joins Planet Mik…

Jim Koch joins Planet Mikey

Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.

Danny Picard talks Red Sox and Patriots with Mike Giardi

Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.

Jon Lester's Contract Situation and the Future

Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.

D&C's Breaking Balls Podc…

D&C's Breaking Balls Podcast: Gerry loves Brady and the guys are going to lunch 9-30-14

Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Gerry's passionate defense of Tom Brady, going to lunch and clock issues in the third edition of Breaking Balls.

Minor Details Ep. 101: Red Sox director of player development Ben Crockett on the state of the Red Sox system

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Fantasy Football Podcast – Week 4 Regular Season:

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