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Mike Petraglia began his own sports reporting service, SportSound, in 1993, and has been covering the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, Celtics and Boston College on a full-time basis ever since. Mike can be heard on local and national outlets including WEEI and Fox Sports Radio.

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09/22/14 10:46 EST
FOXBORO -- The Patriots have big issues. The Patriots beat the Raiders, 16-9, Sunday in a game Bill Belichick termed a "grind-it-out" win. Sunday was supposed to be a day when the Patriots showed their physical dominance in their home opener and ran through the worst rushing defense in the NFL. Sunday was going to be the day when the Patriots found some offensive mojo against a team that was on its way to London for a game next week against the Dolphins. The Patriots were going to tune up the Raiders and send them on their way for tea and crumpets. A funny thing happened. The Raiders showed up and played a physical, smart game, and rookie quarterback Derek Carr picked on Darrelle Revis, of all people, and nearly pulled off the upset. The Patriots needed a questionable holding call (after a questionable pass interference call on Logan Ryan) to wipe out a game-tying touchdown from Darren McFadden in the final minute and then a Vince Wilfork interception to seal the win. Through
09/19/14 01:10 EST
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FOXBORO -- Just imagine Bill Belichick with an ice pick. No doubt many of his critics - in and out of the media - over the years would have little trouble with that imagery. But the truth of the matter is that's how the legendary coach used to break down film back in the day. "When we were with the Colts, what I did with the Colts was I wrote every play on a card," Belichick said. "I drew the card, I drew the play and then every category that the play fit into I checked off along the outside edge of the card. If it was first-and-10, plus-territory, gain of over four yards, screen pass, halfback was the receiver, the defense ran a blitz, whatever categories it fell into, then I would check those off. "I would take the hole punchers, so there were like 200 holes around the edge of the card and I would punch out the holes that I had checked off. Then you have a whole stack of cards here, slide the ice pick in there for third down and all the third down cards drop out. then
09/14/14 09:08 EST
This was just what the doctor ordered for Scotty O'Brien and his special teams unit. Coming off a preseason of spotty execution in kick and punt coverage and last week's issues with Ryan Allen's punts, Stephen Gostkowski's kickoffs and Danny Aiken's long-snapping, the Patriots needed a pick-me-up on special teams for their coach who has been an institution on Bill Belichick's staff since 2009. The Patriots and O'Brien got it, and then some. From Gostkowski's game-opening kickoff to Allen's booming punts to Chandler Jones blowing through the line and blocking a late first-half field goal attempt and returning it for a touchdown, the special teams were on fire Sunday. It was just the fifth blocked field goal return for a touchdown in Patriots history and just the second time ever that the blocker recovered the ball and returned it for a touchdown. The reason this effort was so rewarding for O'Brien and the players is the fact that it came against one of the most dangerous return teams in
09/07/14 10:55 EST
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Rob Gronkowski was drenched in sweat as he tried to put on his dress shirt after Sunday's game in the Miami Gardens sauna known as Sun Life Stadium. He looked at one of his teammates and then turned around to see the group of reporters huddled around his locker. "Can you believe this? Look at me sweating," Gronkowski marveled. "I can't even get this shirt on." Indeed, Gronkowski's expensive dress shirt needed a good dry cleaning after it was soaked through in less than 15 seconds. He sweated a virtual river down his face while he spoke in front of the cameras. Vince Wilfork had the same look after Sunday's 33-20 loss in South Florida. Gronkowski, Wilfork and Bill Belichick were adamant Sunday that they didn't run out of gas and that the weather that made everyone sweat after the game had nothing to do with them melting down. "No, not at all," Wilfork insisted. "There wasn't an issue with the heat. There were hotter days in Boston



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Rodney Harrison says Beli…

Rodney Harrison says Belichick could handle Richie Incognito, 9-23-14

Former Patriots safety and current NBC Sports analyst, Rodney Harrison, spoke about the Patriots offensive line struggles. He talked about being hated in league and hating Jerry Rice and Randy Moss at points in his career. He thinks Josh McDaniels needs to get Brandon LaFell involved, and what to expect from Darrelle Revis going forward.

Vince Wilfork with Dale and Holley

We check in with Big Vince Wilfork on a Patriots Monday and get his take on the defense's progression, his interception, his teammate Darrelle Revis and playing Monday Night Football in KC.

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

We check in with the head coach for his reaction to the Patriots win against Oakland, the offense's struggles, Julien Edelman, and playing in KC on Monday Night.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Bo…

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.

David Ortiz Player of the…

David Ortiz Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Dave talk with David Ortiz after he hits two home runs to propel the Red Sox to an extra-innings win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Ben Cherington on Rusney Castillo 9-18-14

Ben Cherington discussed the debut of Castillo and his thoughts on Jeter.

Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale and Holley

As the season winds down, We check in Sox skipper John Farrell as we await the Boston debut of Rusney Castillo.

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

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

DJ Bean, WEEI.com. The Bruins are not traded Marchand 6-13-14

DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Third Boob 9-23-14

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

Is Tom Brady in decline? 9-23-14

Gerry and Kirk go at it on whether or not Brady is starting to decline.

Steve Bisciotti defends his actions 9-23-14

The guys opened the show discussing the latest on the Ravens and Steve Bisciotti.

Mookie Betts should be th…

Mookie Betts should be the 2015 lead off hitter, 9-23-14

It appears that Mookie Betts is the front-runner to be the lead off hitter for the Red Sox in 2015. But where will he play? And who gets traded? The guys talk about getting younger and re-visit the Sox making a play for Giancarlo Stanton.

Three For All - Apollos Hester's epic post game speech, 9-23-14

A reporter quits LIVE on the air in hilarious fashion. The details of Rob Bironas' death are starting to emerge. High School football player Apollos Hester gives an uplifting post-game speech for the ages.

Rodney Harrison says Belichick could handle Richie Incognito, 9-23-14

Former Patriots safety and current NBC Sports analyst, Rodney Harrison, spoke about the Patriots offensive line struggles. He talked about being hated in league and hating Jerry Rice and Randy Moss at points in his career. He thinks Josh McDaniels needs to get Brandon LaFell involved, and what to expect from Darrelle Revis going forward.

MMQB's Peter King with Da…

MMQB's Peter King with Dale and Holley

We check in with the great Peter King of SI and MMQB for his latest takes on all things NFL.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Self-Inflicted Wounds Edition - 9/23/14

We tackle four topics all stemming from a Detroit Lion blowing out his knee trying to do a sack dance in this past Sunday's game.

Tedy Bruschi: Edelman? That kid is a little baller.

We check in with Tedy Bruschi on a Patriots Monday for his reaction to the Patriots struggles, Julien Edelman and his strong comments about his desire to see Roger Goodell lose his job.

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: Jerry Thornton and Boston Sports Media 9-22-14

Jerry Thornton joins Dino and Kirk for the second edition of Breaking Balls. They dive into a variety of topics including their feelings about polarizing Boston sports media members.

Producers Podcast: Sausage and Beans 9-18-14

Your beloved hosts are joined by WEEI.com Bruins reporter DJ Bean as well as producer of the Dennis & Callahan Show, Craig "Sausage" Sawisch. Support America: Support Your Local Post Office

Dennis & Callahan's Breaking Balls Podcast: The NFL's hot mess, Jenny Dell and who has bad breath.

Dennis, Callahan and Minihane make their podcast debut. This week's topics include Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Jenny Dell and some discussion on people we've encountered with the worst breath.

Tom Brady on the issues o…

Tom Brady on the issues on offense 9-22-14

Tom joined the show after the close win over Oakland.

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D&C's Breaking Balls Podc…

D&C's Breaking Balls Podcast: Jerry Thornton and Boston Sports Media 9-22-14

Jerry Thornton joins Dino and Kirk for the second edition of Breaking Balls. They dive into a variety of topics including their feelings about polarizing Boston sports media members.

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Tim Hasselbeck wants a ne…

Tim Hasselbeck wants a new commissioner 9-22-14

Tim Hasselbeck joined the show to discuss week 3 in the NFL.

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Patriots edge Raiders tig…

Patriots edge Raiders tight battle, 9-22-14

The defense was forced to make a stop in the last minute of the game to preserve the 16-9 victory on Sunday. The offense had no rhythm again and struggled in the red zone. The offensive line looked poor again. Lou, Christian and Tim talk about the win that looked like a loss, and what this team needs to do to improve.

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The Pats struggle to a 16…

The Pats struggle to a 16-9 win over Oakland 9-22-14

Dino, Kirk and Thornton opened the show discussing an ugly win by the Patriots.

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