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Mike Petraglia is a columnist and reporter and has covered the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Boston College since the inception of WEEI.com in 2008. He has been working for Sports Radio WEEI since 1999. Mike began his own sports reporting service, SportSound, in 1993, and has been covering the Boston beat on a full-time basis ever since. Mike can be heard on local and national outlets including WEEI, ESPN Radio and Sirius NFL and Fox Sports Radio.

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08/22/16 08:16 EST
FOXBORO -- The moment of truth has arrived for Marcus Cannon. And for the Patriots, too. The powerful right tackle has been thrust into the limelight with the injury to Sebastian Vollmer. When it was revealed over the weekend that the 32-year-old Vollmer was battling a hip problem that threatens his future with the Patriots, the next man up was clearly the 28-year-old fifth round pick from TCU in 2011. Not Cameron Fleming, Not LaAdrian Waddle, not an undrafted free agent. Could the Patriots make a trade (like they did last year for tackle-turned-tight end Michael Williams) or pick someone up off the waiver wire? Sure. But right now, it's all about Cannon. Remember, this is the same Cannon who played right tackle at the offensive power TCU before switching over to left tackle in his senior year and protecting the blindside of Andy Dalton. In 2009, he didn't surrender a single sack. In 2010, he was part of an offensive line that gave up a total of just nine sacks all year. The Patriots
08/20/16 10:42 EST
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If last year taught us anything it's that a dominating defense can win championships. What made Denver's defense so good was what defensive coordinator Wade Phillips could do with his secondary because of his corners. Chris Harris and Aqib Talib were, by many accounts, the best corner tandem in football. With Harris and Talib on their receivers, Von Miller was able to wreak havoc with the Patriots and Panthers. Look at most of the Super Bowl contenders and you'll see a common theme. The Seahawks still have Richard Sherman and Jeremy Lane. The Panthers had Josh Norman, who left in the offseason for the Redskins. And the Jets have Darrelle Revis and Buster Skrine. The Bengals have Adam "Pacman" Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick. The corners are the last line of defense. Sure, they get help from a free safety every now and then but corners are expected to cover their man off the line and not get burned deep. And in Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan, Cyrus Jones, Jonathan Jones, Cre'Von LeBlanc,
08/02/16 12:59 EST
FOXBORO - Will the Patriots be able to protect the quarterback, whoever it is, starting Sept. 11? That is the single biggest question of doubt surrounding the Patriots as they head into the 2016 season. It's the issue that cost the Patriots in the AFC championship against the Broncos and cost Dave DeGuglielmo his job. And what's happened in the first week of training camp hasn't helped matters. If anything, the injuries to starting center Bryan Stork (unspecified) and Jonathan Cooper (right foot) have added more unknowns to the equation that became so complex at the end of the last season, Bill Belichick had to call back old friend Dante Scarnecchia to help solve. Tre' Jackson hasn't been on the field since having his knee scoped early in the spring. Is Belichick concerned about the lack of reps early in camp? "We always want as many people out there as we can. The guys that can't practice do what they can do," Belichick said Monday. "The guys that can practice do what they
07/27/16 05:44 EST
FOXBORO -- If there were ever a team perfectly suited to handle life without Tom Brady for four games, it's the Patriots. This will be the first time since 2001 New England heads into training camp knowing for sureTom Brady won't be at the controls on opening day. Think about that for a moment. That season, 15 years ago, Tom Brady was still Drew Bledsoe's backup in late July at Bryant College. The closest they came was last year, when Brady's immediate future wasn't decided until Sept. 3 when Judge Berman overturned the four-game suspension to allow TB12 to start the season. Why do the Patriots have the ability to put every distraction behind them? They all buy in. Naturally, Belichick was expecting the non-stop questions Wednesday about Brady and how much Jimmy Garoppolo would be playing this summer to get him ready for the season opener. "We have finally some definition with Tom situation, so our priority now then is to get Jimmy ready for the start of the season, for the Arizona



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NFL Sunday - Hour 2 - Arc…

NFL Sunday - Hour 2 - Arcand and Price discuss Tom Brady and the QB situation and if the Patriots should take a look at new free agent RB Karlos Williams -- 8-21-16

Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.

NFL Sunday - Hour 1 - Arcand and Price discuss the second preseason game against the Bears -- 8-21-16

Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.

Dale, Holley, and Thornton with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick, 8-15-16

We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.

Abdel Nader - 7/17

Abdel Nader - 7/17

Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics PG joins OMF, 6-30-16

Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy

Danny Ainge, Celtics General Manager and President of Basketball joins OMF, 6-24-16

Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.

Mookie Betts Player of th…

Mookie Betts Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1

8-22-16 Red Sox Review w/ Christian Arcand

David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.

Andrew Benintendi Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run

ESPN hockey writer Joe Mc…

ESPN hockey writer Joe McDonald joins Ken Laird to talk #Bruins free agency 7-2-16

Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- A look toward the future for the Bruins -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.

SUNDAY SKATE with WEEI's DJ Bean and Uproxx's Pete Blackburn -- They got what they wanted...Claude Julien is staying in Boston -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.

D&C - Is Bill Belichick s…

D&C - Is Bill Belichick snubbing Tom Brady? Is Brady being childish? 8-24-16

Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.

D&C - Giants coach Ben McAdoo and SI's Peter King keep ducking the Josh Brown discussion 8-24-16

Gerry, Kirk, and Mut take NY Giants coach Ben McAdoo and SI writer Peter King to task for not addressing the Josh Brown domestic violence story.

D&C - A Brady / Belichick rift? 8-24-16

Kirk and Callahan with Mut discuss the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick pressers from Tuesday and whether they reveal signs of a rift between the coach and QB.

Does NESN need to be care…

Does NESN need to be careful with their new on-air talent? 8-24-16

NESN has hired a new anchor who has a history dating pro players. With the trend of that happening in Boston the last few years, does NESN need to keep an eye on Kacie McDonnell?

Patriots cut center Bryan Stork 8-24-16

Now that center Bryan Stork has been cut, should we be concerned with the Patriots O-Line? Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the Patriots O-Line and how Jimmy G will handle it in the first 4 weeks.

Red Sox President Sam Kennedy talks about the proposed Fenway renovations with OMF 8-24-16

Sam Kennedy of the Red Sox calls in to talk to the guys about the proposed renovations at Fenway Park and if Jonathan Papelbon will ever sign.

Red Sox rookie phenom And…

Red Sox rookie phenom Andrew Benintendi with Dale and Holley with Thornton

We check in with the red hot rook of the Red Sox live from Tampa and talk to him about his first experiences in the big leagues.

Red Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale, Holley and Thornton

We check in with John Farrell from Tampa for our weekly feature as the red hot Red Sox look to keep it going for two more wins at the Trop.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Two sport athlete failures 08-24-16

In honor of the announcement that the Sox will be among the team's at Tim Tebow's workout next week, we look at four pro athletes who tried their hand in a second sport and it didn't work out too well for them.

Ep: 28 - Chris Curtis

Ep: 28 - Chris Curtis

Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.

Ep. 27: Gary Tanguay

Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.

Ep. 26: Answer the Question Kirk

Kirk Minihane sits down with Mut to answer questions from the fans. Kirk and Mut get into the issues with Dino, the other hosts at the station, Kirk's issues with drugs in the past, and the love fest between Kirk and Mut.

Unsportsmanlike Podcast -…

Unsportsmanlike Podcast - Bill "Spaceman" Lee

Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.

Sports Check Up- Ep 4: Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill discuss football season

Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer

Fantasy Football Podcast Friday, August 19th Edition:

Week two of the Preseason is underway so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of the “Fantasy Football Hour” to offer some mid-August updates and opinion. In today’s show Jim and Pete offer analysis from the Thursday Night Patriots game and discuss LeGarrette Blount and the Patriots Running Attack in depth. Jim and Pete key on some recent news surrounding lots of players including Seattle’s and Chicago’s backfield, then get into the incredibly deep Wide Receiver position. Make sure to tune in for more on Sunday morning at 8:00am for “The Fantasy Football Hour.” Enjoy!

Tom Brady speaks about hi…

Tom Brady speaks about his mysterious scissors injury 8-23-16

Tom Brady returned to practice after his unexplained days off to shed some light into his mysterious scissors injury that prevented him from playing last Thursday's preseason game.

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D&C - Jimmy Garoppolo joi…

D&C - Jimmy Garoppolo joins Kirk & Mut live from Gillette 8-22-16

Patriots QB Jimmy G makes his weekly appearance with D&C on 'Patriots Monday' live from Gillette Stadium with Kirk Minihane and Mike Mutnansky on site.

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D&C - The news about Dino…

D&C - The news about Dino 8-19-16

Gerry, Kirk and Gary Tanguay discuss the press release from Thursday announcing that John Dennis will be stepping down from the D&C show due to health reasons. The guys take a few calls with ideas for possible replacements.

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D&C - Killer B's Red Sox …

D&C - Killer B's Red Sox outfield coming into bloom 8-23-16

Gerry, Mut, and Kirk discuss the Benintendi catch from Monday and what's looking like an incredible outfield for years to come; also the guys discuss the probation sentence given to an East Longmeadow youth charged with sexual assault.

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Ep: 28 - Chris Curtis

Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.

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