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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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07/25/14 07:29 EST
I screwed up. No question, it starts and ends with me. As I tweeted last week, there was no defense for the language I used to describe the work of Erin Andrews. None, totally wrong and uncalled for. I've welcomed and continue to welcome all criticism. No problem with that at all, it's absolutely fair and required. I've spent plenty of time on air and in this piece of real estate blasting away at members -- both local and national -- of the media, and it would be disingenuous at best for me to be offended by any of the stuff from the last seven days. But I thought, while temperatures have cooled, it might be worthwhile to take a look at some of the more vocal critics and see if any agendas or blatant, screaming inconsistencies exist. Let's start with The Boston Globe, or Boston.com. It's the same, really, isn't it? Same owner, writers cross over from one to the other, it's a partnership. And over the last two days there have been five stories about me on the website. It's important to note
07/07/14 09:13 EST
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Clayton Kershaw has been the best pitcher in baseball for four years, and right now he is at the absolute peak of his skills. For the fourth straight season he leads the NL in ERA (1.85, though he's technically just short of enough innings to qualify), his strikeouts per nine innings is by far the highest of his career (11.9) and his walks per nine are by far the lowest of his career (1.2, an absurd 9.58 K/BB ratio). He leads the league in both K/9 and BB/9, which would mark the first time anyone has done that since Walter Johnson in 1913. And P.S.? Kershaw hasn't allowed a run in his last 36 innings, a stretch that included a no-hitter against the Rockies on June 18. This is how brilliant he's been this year: He allowed two hits in eight innings on July 4 (no runs, obviously), struck out eight, walked one. That means his K/BB ratio went down for the season. This is a future Hall of Famer on his way to a third Cy Young and one of the great careers. So, naturally, folks are trying to figure
06/26/14 03:36 EST
Stephen Drew is the first true failure of the Ben Cherington era. Sure, there are other misses, as Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan and Grady Sizemore and Chris Capuano say hello. But on their own, adding those guys to the Red Sox made sense at the time of the move. Maybe they overpaid for a couple, maybe the injury history -- and years out of baseball -- made any hopes of production from Sizemore unrealistic. That's fair, but each of these remain absolutely spinnable. Adding Drew to the 2014 Red Sox made no sense to me at any point. If you believed John Farrell or Ben Cherington or Larry Lucchino in spring training, Xander Bogaerts -- a legitimate contributor in the postseason in 2013 and one of the top two or three prospects in baseball -- was the shortstop of the future. And John Farrell or Ben Cherington or Larry Lucchino would tell us right now that Bogaerts is the shortstop of the future. So it still needs to be explained why the Red Sox decided to make Stephen Drew a four-month
06/20/14 01:35 EST
“It’s always so hard here. And I tell you, people are supposed to have your back at home, you know what I’m saying? It never happens. It’s always like that. I’ve been here more than a decade and scorekeepers here are always horrible."-- David Ortiz, June 18, 2014 Is anyone really surprised that David Ortiz thinks the official scorekeeper is supposed to be on his side? Why wouldn't he believe that? Think about it: Ortiz flunks a PED test and the media close their eyes and help him wish it away. Ortiz drops the F-word on live television and the FCC laughs it off because, well, it's Big Papi. (And yes, that's the same FCC that is readying to fine people who say the word "Redskins" on TV and radio. Be afraid, this is a hell of a scary time for free speech.) Bursting into a press conference to tell the manager he's pissed over a missed RBI? Smashing dugout phones? Endless tales -- delusional ones -- of disrespect? All met with sympathy and money and



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