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About Mike Petraglia

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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07/23/14 07:51 EST
FOXBORO -- The Patriots should re-sign Devin McCourty now. The Patriots have their stars on defense who have become household names like Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo and Chandler Jones. They've added cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. Wilfork is more than capable of keeping his defensive line in check and in step. Mayo, presuming he's all the way back from his pectoral injury, leads the linebackers. Edge rusher Rob Ninkovich and linebackers Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower are certainly integral to applying pressure, either on the pass or run. But when it comes to holding a group together, no one means more than McCourty means to keeping the new-look secondary on the same page. And Belichick knows this. Revis and Browner were brought in this offseason as shutdown playmakers on the edge. But without McCourty out on the field directing traffic, as he was in May and June, their transition would be a lot more difficult. If the Patriots are to establish their defense as one of the
06/27/14 10:17 EST
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Danny Ainge has always been a fan of players who have the right mix of fire, passion, intensity and physical intimidation. After all, three of those four qualities defined his NBA career.Last year, he didn't see enough of those intangibles in hisCelticsthroughout a miserable 25-win season. Thursday night, he took action. When you draft a pair of early-entry players out of college, you're usually not looking to instill leadership and toughness in your NBA team. But theCelticspresident of basketball operations has a reputation for thinking outside the box, and what he saw in 20-year-old Marcus Smart atOklahoma Statewas an intangible he really could see helping theCelticsimmediately. "As a freshman," Ainge said when asked when Smart first caught his eye in 2013. "He was a very, very interesting player. He was just a fun player to watch. Just that competitive [spirit]. He gets the juices going. He's one of the great competitors. He's a very passionate player." There were
06/06/14 12:25 EST
FOXBORO -- Stevan Ridley gets it. The Patriots running back entering his fourth NFL season out of LSU is not just another professional athlete promising to fix the errors of his ways. He has the humility, work ethic and perseverance to make it so. He doesn't blame weather, injuries or others. Listen to Ridley explain himself for a good 20 minutes, like I did Thursday, and you can't help but be impressed with how much perspective he has. "Nobody is going to hand you anything. You're going to have to work every single thing you get," Ridley said Thursday after OTAs. "I'm just a country boy from the South, man. I enjoy getting hard work. If that's what it takes, that's what I'm going to do. I'll keep battling out every day." No one in a Patriots uniform has seen more ups and downs over the last three seasons than the 25-year-old native of Natchez, Miss. He was drafted in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft by the Patriots as an explosive, game-breaking back. He had 15
05/15/14 08:15 EST
Inexcusable. That's the only way to characterize the effort put forth by the Bruins in the most important game of their season. Don't blame referees Dave Jackson, Dan O'Rourke and the officiating crew. Don't blame the posts, bad bounces or bad luck. Don't blame the agitating Canadiens led by P.K. Subban and Dale Weise. All the Bruins need do is find a mirror and look right into it. And for all the anger and venom Milan Lucic had for Weise, Subban and the Habs after the 3-1 no-show in Game 7 Wednesday night, even Lucic admitted the effort was horrible. "That's why we lost, that's why we lost," he said, repeating for effect. I then pressed him as to how a team with 54 wins and a Presidents' Trophy in its back pocket could put forth such a performance in a season-defining game. "I can't elaborate more on it. That's why we lost," he said with a tone of anger and disgust. All eyes were on Lucic and his top-line teammates, David Krejci and Jarome Iginla. They were the ones



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It Is What It Is Cast: Gr…

It Is What It Is Cast: Gronk will continue to smash and dash

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."

Julian Edelman After Patriots Practice, 7-25-14

Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.

Peter King of MMQB with Dale and Holley

We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.

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.

Tim Kurkjian, ESPN: Red S…

Tim Kurkjian, ESPN: Red Sox are in a tough place with Lester 7-28-14

Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.

Christian Vazquez with Joe & Daveafter the win at Tampa Bay

Kevin Millar, MLB Network: David Ortiz not afraid of David Price, 7-25-14

Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.

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

Rob Bradford on the lates…

Rob Bradford on the latest with the Sox at the deadline 7-28-14

Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Joe Torre forgets The Boss 7-28-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.

David Ortiz offends the Rays again 7-28-14

John, Meter and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest flap between the Red Sox and the Rays.

Tim Kurkjian, ESPN: Red S…

Tim Kurkjian, ESPN: Red Sox are in a tough place with Lester 7-28-14

Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.

Three For All: Easy College Classes 7-28-14

The guys discuss their easiest college classes.

With Revis and Browner, should the Patriots Defense be more aggressive? 7-28-14

After comments by Nick Caserio, the guys discuss if the Patriots should adjust their defensive approach after the additions of Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis

Jon Lester is on the tabl…

Jon Lester is on the table, will he end up in LA? 7-28-14

We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Red Sox Mistakes - 7-28-14

We talk about four of the biggest mistakes the Red Sox have made over the past 30+ years.

Gronk being Gronk: Although limited in practice, GRONK IS BACK

We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.

Jon Lester's Contract Sit…

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.

The All Star Game and the Worst Ideas in Sports

Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.

We're all yelling about LeBron James

Minor Details Ep. 94.2 wi…

Minor Details Ep. 94.2 with Jim Callis of MLB.com: Are Red Sox prospects overvalued?

Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.

Minor Details Ep. 94.1: Are prospects overvalued? Andrew Miller on being traded for Miguel Cabrera

With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.

Ian Browne reflects on 10th anniversary of Red Sox-Yankees brawl

A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.

Kirk Minihane on what mot…

Kirk Minihane on what motivates the media 7-25-14

Kirk breaks down the media criticism he has received.

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Rob Bradford on the lates…

Rob Bradford on the latest with the Sox at the deadline 7-28-14

Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.

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Minor Details Ep. 94.2 wi…

Minor Details Ep. 94.2 with Jim Callis of MLB.com: Are Red Sox prospects overvalued?

Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.

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David Ortiz offends the R…

David Ortiz offends the Rays again 7-28-14

John, Meter and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest flap between the Red Sox and the Rays.

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Gronk being Gronk: Althou…

Gronk being Gronk: Although limited in practice, GRONK IS BACK

We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.

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