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About Mike Petraglia

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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02/06/17 04:40 EST
HOUSTON - Dont'a Hightower knew his dreams of another Super Bowl ring were dimming fast. Julio Jones made one of the most incredible catches in Super Bowl history over the outstretched hands of Eric Rowe at the Patriots 22 with just under five minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Patriots trailing, 28-20. It couldn't possibly end like this, could it? The Patriots had just seized momentum from the Falcons on Hightower's strip-sack of Matt Ryan at the Falcons 25, followed up with a Tom Brady touchdown pass to Danny Amendola and a 2-point conversion by James White to make it 28-20 with 5:56 left in the fourth quarter. The Patriots-heavy crowd was in a frenzy and they sensed the comeback from down 28-3 was a formality. Then the Patriots' defense allowed a 39-yard pass to an uncovered Devonta Freeman to midfield. Two plays later Jones made his miracle catch. Then it happened. The Falcons, instead of playing conservative and working toward a field goal that would've all but sealed New
02/03/17 06:37 EST
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HOUSTON - These Patriots know full well the fine line between confidence and arrogance. They had great examples in the past. From Ty Law, Willie McGinest and Lawyer Milloy to Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi to the current edition, the Patriots have always had players on defense who were fearless. But where does that attitude come from? Like in any family, it starts at home. And home, to the Patriots, means the locker room and practice field. The Patriots, to a man, will tell you that if you can handle Bill Belichick's meetings and the trash-talking of teammates on the practice field, you'll be able to handle anything you encounter on the field. "We play for each other, you play for the person next to you," safety Patrick Chung said Thursday. "I can go home and if I have a problem, I can call one of my teammates and talk to them. These are my brothers. If something happens to them it happens to me. That's vice versa, it's just how I feel. Our locker room is filled with good
02/01/17 01:33 EST
HOUSTON - Matt Ryan has a charming, warm smile that is lighting up TV cameras this week in Houston. It's the first extended national exposure in the NFL for the 31-year-old Falcons quarterback. From his days at Chestnut Hill, Matt Ryan has always beamed happiness and confidence. It's the core of his nature. But that smile can also be very misleading. Like Tom Brady, Ryan's smile hides an inner edge and competitive fire that has finally brought him to precipice of a world championship. When I covered Ryan at Boston College, the story seemed to always find its way to how a nice guy like Ryan - who was always there to help out teammates and friends alike - could muster up the intensity and competitiveness to bring his team to a different level. And, more than any quality, that's what Ryan did for Boston College. He brought them to a very high level. Ryan was 30-10 in 40 career starts for the Eagles, throwing 56 touchdowns and leading his team to a perfect 4-0 mark in bowl games. As
01/25/17 11:50 EST
These explosive Atlanta Falcons are not the Greatest Show on Turf. They don't have a K-Gun. But don't be surprised when the Patriots take the field in Houston on Feb. 5 with a game plan that will essentially treat them the same way Bill Belichick handled the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI and the Bills in Super Bowl XXV. The Patriots are masters of the game plan and Belichick is the chief architect. By now, most football aficionados knows that his defensive game plan, as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants, to stop the Jim Kelly "K-Gun" offense in Super Bowl XXV is in Canton in the Hall of Fame. In that game, Belichick used two defensive linemen for most of the game while using four linebackers in the nickel and three linebackers in the dime. The idea? Jam and pound Buffalo receivers Andre Reed and James Lofton at the line of scrimmage and over the middle. But what about Thurman Thomas? Certainly, the Bills would see that and just hand off. "We're going to let him run for



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MMQB's Peter King with Da…

MMQB's Peter King with Dale, Holley and Keefe

We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.

Phil Perry, CSNNE on the Patriots and NFL free agency

Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency

NFL SUNDAY...the final segment of the year -- 2-5-17

Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.

LaVar Ball with Dale, Hol…

LaVar Ball with Dale, Holley and Keefe

Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.

Kirk and Callahan- Will Isaiah Thomas win a title in Boston? 3-7-17

Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.

Kirk and Callahan- Celtics lose after Thomas mishandles the ball 3-6-17

Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.

Andrew Benintendi Player …

Andrew Benintendi Player of the Game Interview 04-23-17

Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox left fielder, who had five hits in the Sox win in Baltimore.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 26: Merloni, Schilling talk getting revenge

Rob Bradford is joined by both Lou Merloni and Curt Schilling to discuss the recent controversy involving Manny Machado, Dustin Pedroia, Matt Barnes and their respective teams. The two former major leagues offer insight to how baseball handles (and should handle) hitting batters as an act of revenge, with their own stories of involving similar situations as the one that unfolded in Baltimore. They also break down the decision to take Chris Sale out of his last start after eight innings. The former pitcher and batter cover it all from every angle.

Mookie Betts Player of the Game Interview 4-20-17

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after he provided the big hit in the 10th inning driving in 3 runs as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 4-1. Mookie talks about playing behind a pitcher like Chris Sale, and the amount of strikeouts from Sale lightens his work in the outfield.

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Saturday Skate - Bruins and the All-Star break

Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break

Saturday Skate - Firing Claude

Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian

K&C- The Globe was lookin…

K&C- The Globe was looking for more; Crazy Al calls in twice; Jason La Canfora wants Pedroia to pay 4-24-17

Hour 4. The guys think the Globe was looking for more with Brady, possibly a Trump connection. Crazy Al joins the show multiple times.

K&C- Kirk battles Gerry and Mut over Tom Brady’s Best Buddies relationship; Is Brady’s relationship transparent?; Marching for the climate 4-24-17

Hour 3. Gerry and Mut defend Brady while Kirk thinks it’s a little suspicious. Callers weigh in on the Tome Brady piece. Climate marches are taking place across the country.

K&C- Celtics win, Brady’s work with charity; Headlines with Kirk 4-24-17

Hour 2. Gerry, Kirk, and Mut discuss the Celtics win against the Bulls and continue their conversation about Brady and Best Buddies. Headlines with Kirk features a new accusation against Sean Hannity.

OMF - Sox-Orioles rivalry…

OMF - Sox-Orioles rivalry grows as Barnes headhunts Machado; Pedroia airs out laundry during the game, 4-24-17

Hour 3 - The guys talk about the rivalry that is building between the Sox and Orioles as Matt Barnes threw at Manny Machado's head. They also talk about Pedroia's actions during the game and his comments after the game.

OMF - Boston Globe attacks Tom Brady's philanthropy. 4-24-17

Hour 2 - The guys talk about the Boston Globe article attacking Tom Brady and his charity work. Pete Abe's is an idiot saying his twitter account was hacked but in fact he is just an ass man.

OMF - Bruins knocked out, IT carries Celtics to game 4 win. 4-24-17

Hour 1 - Glenn, Lou, and Christian react to the Bruins losing another overtime game and being knocked out of the playoffs by the Senators. They also talk about the Celtics and Bulls series and how the Celtics were able to win another game in Chicago.

Sox vs O's base-brawl, an…

Sox vs O's base-brawl, and why Dustin Pedroia embarrassed himself

Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss all the hijinks and shenanigans that went down in Baltimore this past weekend, and why Pedroia should be embarrassed for his apologetic nature towards Manny Machado.

Bruins don't have enough to advance... post-season post-mortems

Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss how the Bruins failed in this series, and where they should head now and for the future of this franchise.

Celts even the series at 2 games a piece - did Rondo make that much of a difference for Chicago?

Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss a comeback weekend for the Celtics, who have now evened the best of seven series vs Chicago at two games a piece.

Ep. 57: Garry W. Tallent,…

Ep. 57: Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band

Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.

Ep. 56: Howie Carr

Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.

Ep. 55: Kirk has a proposal for Callahan and the Producers

Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.

Ever-Green with Holley an…

Ever-Green with Holley and Keefe Ep 3: Celtics pull even with Bulls

Keefe, Holley, and Ben talk about how the Celtics tied their series with the Bulls after a terrible start, why Gerald Green is starting and making an impact, and where is Jaylen Brown?

Sports Check Up - Ep. 11: Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about Baseball season

Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about the beginning of the Baseball season. Why players need as much time as they do to get ready for the season, and what they should be doing in their offseason.

The Real K&C - Burials, recaps & contentions 4-24-17

Ken & Chris are back at the postgame recaps after a Monday K&C with Mut.

Red Sox Review with Danny…

Red Sox Review with Danny Picard: Did Dustin Pedroia throw Matt Barnes under the bus? 04-23-17

Danny talks about the Red Sox and Orioles game and the fireworks in the 8th inning when Matt Barnes threw at Manny Machado. Pedroia was shown talking to Machado saying he wouldn't have thrown at his head and Danny wants to know how bad does this make Pedroia look throwing a teammate under the bus.

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K&C- The Herald and Globe…

K&C- The Herald and Globe refuse to cover Hernandez’s sexuality; Bob Hohler’s piece on Tom Brady and Best Buddies 4-24-17

Hour 1. Mut joins Kirk and Gerry. The guys can’t believe neither Boston newspaper covered the Hernandez sexuality story. Over the weekend, the Globe’s Bob Hohler wrote a slanted piece about Tom Brady’s work with charity.

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K&C- The Globe was lookin…

K&C- The Globe was looking for more; Crazy Al calls in twice; Jason La Canfora wants Pedroia to pay 4-24-17

Hour 4. The guys think the Globe was looking for more with Brady, possibly a Trump connection. Crazy Al joins the show multiple times.

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K&C- Celtics win, Brady…

K&C- Celtics win, Brady’s work with charity; Headlines with Kirk 4-24-17

Hour 2. Gerry, Kirk, and Mut discuss the Celtics win against the Bulls and continue their conversation about Brady and Best Buddies. Headlines with Kirk features a new accusation against Sean Hannity.

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K&C- Michele McPhee says …

K&C- Michele McPhee says Aaron Hernandez had a relationship with a man in Connecticut 4-20-17

Michele McPhee joins Kirk, Gerry, and Alex to talk about Hernandez’s suicide and the accusation that she may have contributed to his suicide.

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