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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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07/29/15 07:14 EST
FOXBORO -- The NFL is about to find out why you don't mess with the Kraft family. Especially not the patriarch. You don't double-cross Robert Kraft without some consequences. Old friend Roger Goodell crossed a line in the sand and there's no going back. Tom Brady took a cheap shot from the league well after the whistle and now the Patriots are fighting back, led by their owner. Whatever metaphor you want to apply to what took place Wednesday at Gillette Stadium, this much is clear: The Patriots owner has doubled down and now the only people that matter reside inside Gillette Stadium. The Patriots owner who has negotiated billions of dollars in TV revenues for the league gave his word to Goodell at the owners' meetings in San Francisco on May 19. He thought he would be getting good faith in return. Clearly, he's been burned for the last time. Why does this matter? Kraft is taking ownership of not just his team but the story. Bill Belichick can focus on coaching. Tom Brady can focus on his
07/28/15 08:45 EST
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Tom Brady was just blindsided and driven to the ground hard by a sack from the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell. Tuesday was not a good day for the Patriots quarterback. In announcing that the league was upholding his four-game suspension, the revelation that he destroyed his phone does not look good from a public relations perspective. It looks terrible. The fact he didn't want to turn over his phone doesn't make him a criminal.It does suggest he didn't want the league to get its hands on his private information and correspondence. The NFL won the PR battle Tuesday by revealing in its 20-page report that Brady destroyed his cell phone, supposedly on the day he was to sit down with Ted Wells for the initial interrogation in March. There's no denying that. For everyone clamoring for Brady to come out and fight back publicly, that does him no good. The last time he did that and spoke just on Deflategate, he was like a deer in the headlights at the ill-conceived Wednesday press conference
07/23/15 11:55 EST
Tom Brady is finding out what we already know about the NFL. Any public relations effort to save the league from itself is pointless. According to ESPN, the NFLPA on Brady's behalf offered a settlement to the NFL, while adding Brady would consider accepting a fine. The response from the NFL? Crickets. Why should anyone be surprised? This has never been about finding a reasonable solution or making the case go away. Nope. The owners driving this race car off a cliff want blood and clearly have ordered Roger Goodell not to stand down. Obviously, Brady wants a quick resolution that will allow his focus to return to (properly inflated) football and playing an entire 16-game schedule. The owners want not just Brady, but the Patriots to pay for any and all transgressions, transgressions that were never proven in the first place. There's even a report from Pro Football Talk that "influential" owners are urging Goodell to stand firm on the four-game ban. Did those influential owners
07/05/15 10:38 EST
As Bill Belichick is getting his well-deserved summer vacation, there is plenty of reason to think he'll need to be fully refreshed and ready to go once he returns to his office at Gillette. As offseasons go, this hasn't exactly been one of stability, especially for his defense. He's spent the spring installing, teaching and finding out exactly what he has on the roster. When the players return on July 29, those players won't be learning as much as competing for roster spots by showing the staff they can contribute on defense. Tom Brady may or may not start the season, but the offensive skill personnel is deep and varied. The offensive line has three studs in Sebastian Vollmer, Bryan Stork and Nate Solder, with hopeful reinforcements coming in via the draft. The biggest question is the consistency of the run game. But that pales in comparison with the job Belichick is going to have to do on defense, his specialty. On defense there are so many questions. Who replaces Darrelle Revis, Brandon



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It Is What It Is Cast: Mi…

It Is What It Is Cast: Mike Petraglia, Chris Price explain Robert Kraft defense, counterattack on NFL

FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price explain why Patriots owner Robert Kraft came out on the offensive Wednesday and hit back at the NFL for upholding Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension.

Dale and Holley: Michael McCann on Brady's Legal Options

Law Professor Michael McCann calls in to talk about how Tom Brady can fight the NFL in court.

Dale and Holley: Peter King Talks Roger Goodell and Tom Brady

Peter King calls in to talk about Roger Goodell not reducing Tom Brady's suspension.

We Love Anthony Davis - S…

We Love Anthony Davis - Space Jam and Celtics Summer League with Jay King. 7-23-15

Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.

We Love Anthony Davis - Michael Holley Recaps NBA Free Agency 7-9-15

Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.

We Love Anthony Davis - Are the Celtics doomed? 7-1-15

How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.

Pedro Martinez, Baseball …

Pedro Martinez, Baseball Hall of Famer joins the broadcast for an inning 07-28-15

Joe and Dave are joined by Pedro who was at the game and had his number 45 retired by the Red Sox in a very touching pregame ceremony. Pedro talks about going into the Hall of Fame, his time in Boston and love for the game of baseball.

David Ortiz Player of the Game Interview 7-26-15

Joe & Dave talked to the Sox designated hitter, who hit two home runs and drove in seven runs in the win over the Tigers.

Xander Bogaerts Player of the Game 07-24-15

Joe and Dave talk with Xander after he hits the walk-off single that snapped the Red Sox losing streak as they beat the Tigers in 11 innings.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney wit…

Bruins GM Don Sweeney with Dale and Holley

Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.

Fluto Shinzawa, NHL reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the Sunday Skate crew to discuss the future of the Bruins franchise 4-19-15

The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.

Sunday Skate with DJ Bean, Naoko Funayama and Pete Blackburn - HOUR #2 - 4-19-15

In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: A lion killing dentist - 7-30-15

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

Bob Kraft defends Tom Brady 7-30-15

The guys opened the show by discussing Bob Kraft's press conference yesterday.

Adam Schefter on Chris Mortensen's false report 7-30-15

Adam Schefter joined us to discuss the latest on deflategate and Chris Mortensen's false PSI report.

Tim's final goodbye 7-30-…

Tim's final goodbye 7-30-15

Lou, Christian and Joey say goodbye to Tim on his last show on MFB and at WEEI.

Tom E Curran on MFB, 7-30-15

Tom E. Curran of CSSNE joins the show live at Gillette Stadium to talk about the start of Patriots training camp and Robert Kraft's statements from yesterday.

Three For All - Goodbye Music to Tim, 7-30-15

Christian, Lou and Joey give their goodbye songs to Tim as he leaves WEEI to go back home to Pittsburgh.

On and off the field issu…

On and off the field issues may plague Patriots as 2015 training camp opens today

Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton talk about all things Patriots, including the challenges on the field and the drama off the field as 2015 training camp opens today in Foxborough.

Dale and Holley's Final Drive - 07-30-15

We wrap up the day with some of the best in sound you may have missed.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Four Training Camp Questions Edition - 07-30-15

We tackle four of the most pressing questions coming in to training camp for your 2015 New England Patriots.

Planet Mikey Podcast - #R…

Planet Mikey Podcast - #RedSox giant vat of (stink)

Mikey Adams lets the Red Sox have it and welcomes callers who do the same. The Red Sox (stink)!

Angry at the #RedSox ? Mikey Adams is (bleeping) ticked

Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola get 36 glorious minutes between games of a Monday doubleheader, and after an 11-1 Red Sox loss, to vent about the declining state of the team.

Planet Mikey with The Spaceman Bill Lee #RedSox

Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola talk to #RedSox great Bill Lee, The Spaceman, about the current version of the Sox as only The Spaceman can describe things.

WEEI Fantasy Football Pod…

WEEI Fantasy Football Podcast July 28th Edition:

If you play Fantasy Football then you know there are several “Elephants in the Room!” And nobody is talking about them. Are they afraid? We’re not! The Dallas Running game, Leveon Bell, Demarco Murray & Ryan Matthews in the Philly backfield, the Saints offense and so much more. Right here, WEEI’s own Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson cover all of the main “Elephants in the Room” to help you get the edge for your upcoming drafts. Enjoy!

SoccerCast - Pirlo's MLS debut, Drogba's arrival & who has had the best transfer window? 7-29-15

Russ & Alex discuss Andrea Pirlo's MLS debut, Didier Drogba signing with Montreal and debate which team has had the best transfer window so far.

We Love Anthony Davis - Space Jam and Celtics Summer League with Jay King. 7-23-15

Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.

Tim Benz announces he is …

Tim Benz announces he is stepping down from WEEI; accepts job in Pittsburgh, 7-28-15

The “B” in MFB has decided to accept a job back in Pittsburgh where he can be closer with his family. Tim Benz announces that he made the very difficult decision to leave his post at WEEI so he can return home full-time with his wife Kate.

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Adam Schefter on Chris Mo…

Adam Schefter on Chris Mortensen's false report 7-30-15

Adam Schefter joined us to discuss the latest on deflategate and Chris Mortensen's false PSI report.

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Stephen A. Smith on Brady…

Stephen A. Smith on Brady's cell phone 7-29-15

Stephen A. joined us to discuss Brady's punishment.

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Bob Kraft defends Tom Bra…

Bob Kraft defends Tom Brady 7-30-15

The guys opened the show by discussing Bob Kraft's press conference yesterday.

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Patriots fans react to the Brady news 7-29-15

Pats fans called in with their thoughts on the Brady suspension.

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