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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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09/19/14 01:10 EST
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
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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
09/05/14 05:49 EST
FOXBORO -- There's been a lot of talk this week about the great "unknown" of Week 1 in the NFL. How will the opponent come out and play? How do you adjust as a coach or player? How much of the playbook is revealed? Bill Belichick, who first coached an NFL opener with Cleveland in 1991, has been through this now 20 times. And one thing he's learned is that no week is like the first week. Dating to his days in Cleveland, Belichick is 13-6 in season openers, including wins in his last 10. "I'd say by a wide margin too," Belichick reiterated Friday before taking his team down to Florida to get ready for the 2014 season opener. "Once you've seen a team play in the regular season in Week 2, they've played their hand in a lot of ways and so have we. It's true of your team as well as your opponent. There's a lot more out in the open after Week 1 than there is before Week 1." Despite the unknown, Belichick said Friday that it's "not too often" that he sees



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It Is What It Is Cast: Pa…

It Is What It Is Cast: Patriots squeak by Raiders

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the Patriots' 16-9 win over the Raiders and debate how big the Patriots' issues are.

NFL Sunday: Tom E. Curran, CSNNE, joins the program to give his thoughts on Pats/Raiders 9-21-14

Tom E. calls the boys to give his take on the week 3 home opener in which it should end in a Patriots victory.

NFL Sunday: Thoughts on the inactive list and final analysis on Pats/Raiders 9-21-14

Before Price heads over to the stadium, the guys discuss their final thoughts and analysis on the list of inactives and what will go down today at 1pm at Gillette Stadium.

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

Rodney Harrison on Adrian…

Rodney Harrison on Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice 9-19-14

Rodney Harrison addressed his non comments earlier in the week with MFB.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: The first lady hates fattening foods 9-19-14

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

D&C respond to MFB's MFK 9-19-14

The guys opened the show responding to MFB's MFK.

Jerod Mayo previews Pats-…

Jerod Mayo previews Pats-Raiders 9-19-14

Jerod Mayo gives Christian karaoke advice and previews the Patriots home opener.

Three For All: Christian chooses his karaoke song. 9-19-14

Christian chooses his song for Karaoke tonight.

Adam Schefter, ESPN: Goodell has to be more accountable 9-19-14

Adam Schefter joins MFB to talk about the latest with Roger Goodell and how he is going to handle his upcoming press conference.

Michael Irvin with Dale a…

Michael Irvin with Dale and Holley: I'm sweating FOR Roger Goodell

We check in with the great 88, the playmaker Michael Irvin joins Dale and Holley.

Roger Goodell finally breaks his silence... did it do him or the NFL any good? Response and Reaction

Michael, Dale and Tom E. Curran break down, react and take your calls about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's first public press conference this regular season.

Dale and Holley's Final Drive - Reliving the greatest Patriots-Raiders game of all time

For our final segment we take a look back at the infamous Snow Bowl and the Tuck Rule play, this time via Raiders radio and more.

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.

Producers Podcast: Sausag…

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.

Minor Details Ep. 100: A minor centennial with Rob Bradford, Mike Hazen and Jim Callis

The 100th Minor Details podcast revisits some old friends, as WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, who were the guests on the first show in November 2010, join the show anew.

Rodney Harrison on Adrian…

Rodney Harrison on Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice 9-19-14

Rodney Harrison addressed his non comments earlier in the week with MFB.

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The guys opened the show responding to MFB's MFK.

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Have the Bruins done enough to compete for the Cup in 2014-2015

Dale, Michael (and DJ Bean) discuss the Bruins off-season and whether or not they've done enough to get back into position to win the Stanley Cup.

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Jerod Mayo previews Pats-Raiders 9-19-14

Jerod Mayo gives Christian karaoke advice and previews the Patriots home opener.

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