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Mike Salk is the co-host of WEEI's afternoon drive show, "Salk and Holley." Prior to joining WEEI, Salk was in the Pacific Northwest, working on the #1 rated "Brock and Salk Show" with former quarterback Brock Huard. During that time, he additionally hosted "SportsCenter Saturday with Mike Salk" and was the regular fill-in host for the "Doug Gottlieb Show" nationally on ESPN Radio.

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01/13/14 09:41 EST
Championship teams know who they are and how they want to win. They forge an identity and know where to turn when big plays need to be made. On Saturday night in Foxboro, the Patriots formally announced their new identity, and it's one we haven't seen in a while: They are a physical football team. Forget about the multifaceted tight end explosions. Forget about the deep ball. Forget about using the short passing game to set up the run. Forget about the dizzying array of screens and pick passes. They still have all those options in their back pocket. They do, after all, employ one of the top passers in NFL history. But this team plays best when it eschews the high-flying attack for a simple, old-school style. You saw hints of the development in the first game of the preseason. Remember the very first drive of the preseason? The Pats ran it six straight times for 80 yards and a Stevan Ridley touchdown. They blew Philadelphia off the ball. It was a dominant performance, and you could see how
01/05/14 11:49 EST
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There is no one way to win an NFL playoff game, just one thing you need: a quarterback. But you already know that. You're a smart football fan. You've watched Tom Brady for the past 13 years. You've seen how he changed the fortunes of the Patriots organization. And, you might even be screaming right now that it isn't just the quarterback. After all, ownership and head coaching are the other prongs of the trident every team needs to succeed. But while ownership sets the right tone for the building, and coaching decides on the right system, in today's NFL it is the quarterback who wins playoff games. Maybe we shouldn't be too surprised that the four best quarterbacks in the AFC playoffs are the four left standing after Wildcard Weekend. The Patriots finished the year 12-4 with a first-round bye for many reasons. They are talented, deep, and well-prepared. They have an excellent scheme and a quarterback who knows how to dissect any defense and often makes up for whatever inadequacies his
10/16/13 12:40 EST
It was a day like few others, but each game wasn't exactly unique. You'll remember Oct. 13 because it all came together in just a few hours. You may not remember the details of how the Patriots got the ball back from the Saints with just under a minute to play, but you'll never forget the touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins. No play better illustrates Tom Brady's accuracy, touch and almost preternatural calmness. It was the next chapter in his storied career full of command performances and improbable comebacks. You may not remember how Will Middlebrooks doubled into the left-field corner, Jacoby Ellsbury walked, Shane Victorino struck out, or Dustin Pedroia went to right for a single to load the bases, but you sure as hell won't forget the image of Torii Hunter tumbling over the bullpen wall as bullpen police officer Stephen Horgan raised his hands in glee and all of Fenway exploded at once. You'll always remember that it was the next chapter in David Ortiz's magical career of late-game
10/07/13 09:09 EST
Fourth-and-2. It's a down and distance that has become all too familiar to Patriots fans who have used the term derisively ever since Bill Belichick bet on his offense from inside his own 30-yard line and lost. That, as you know, was in Indianapolis in 2009. And, as you also know, a lot has changed since then. The 2009 Patriots were third in the NFL in total offense, third in passing yards. They were seventh in scoring. Randy Moss was still here. So was Wes Welker. It was a high-flying attack that just four weeks earlier had put up 59 points against Tennessee. Tom Brady was returning from missing the previous season but starting to find his groove again. Belichick believed that offense was more capable of gaining two yards on one play than his defense was of keeping the Colts from gaining 75 yards. His offense, as it turned out, couldn't convert. If he had punted, his defense might not have held. I respect the gamble, even though it backfired. The 2013 Patriots could not be more different.



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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.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 32: Party…

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 32: Partying with Mike Napoli

Texas Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli joins Rob Bradford to talk the art of hugging, why some clubhouses work and some don't, and some previously untold stories about his time in Boston.

David Ortiz with Dale, Holley and Keefe

We speak with David Ortiz, co-author of the new biography Papi: My Story with our own Michael S. Holley.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 31: The definitive Rafael Devers podcast

Red Sox assistant general manager Eddie Romero, the man who had a huge hand in signing top prospect Rafael Devers, joins Rob Bradford to talk all things Devers. Romero explains how the organization locked up the talented third baseman, detailing how he has progressed to this point and how long it might be until the 20 year old becomes a major leaguer.

Bruce Cassidy with Dale, …

Bruce Cassidy with Dale, Holley and Keefe

Dale, Holley and Keefe interview the newest coach of the Boston Bruins for the first time, Bruce Cassidy.

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Saturday Skate - Bruins and the All-Star break

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

K&C - Pete Sheppard has t…

K&C - Pete Sheppard has taken over Fort Myers; Ken loves ice cream 5-24-17

Hour 4: Pete Sheppard has taken over Fort Myers.

K&C - Celtics missed Isaiah Thomas; Pete Frates is struggling to pay for his medical costs 5-24-17

Hour 3: Gerry and Kirk talked about a big win for Cleveland and a rough night for LeBron.

K&C - Pete Sheppard talks High School softball; Kirk takes on Pope Francis 5-24-17

Hour 2: Pete makes his debut on Shemon and Sheppard and Kirk talks about Pope Francis meeting Trump.

OMF - Deadspin takes a sh…

OMF - Deadspin takes a shot at the Celtics; Is the Patriots Hall of Fame rigged? 5-23-17

HOUR 4 - In the final hour of the show, the guys discuss a Deadspin article titled "The Celtics Have A Moral Obligation To Get The Fuck Out." Glenn thinks the induction of Raymond Clayborn into the Patriots HOF might be evidence that it's rigged.

OMF - Now is not the time to fire John Farrell, 5-23-17

HOUR 2 - The guys open up hour two finishing off their Celtics thoughts and taking calls from fans. As the hour goes on, they transition into to some Sox talk, and discuss a Ken Rosenthal report regarding John Farrell's job security. Towards the end of the hour, Glenn picks a side in the "Lou vs. Fauria" debate about Al Horford.

OMF - Lou and Fauria fight it out over Al Horford (yes, a real disagreement!) 5-23-17

HOUR 1 - The guys open the show talking about tonight's Celtics game, the bombing in Manchester and David Leavitt's idiotic tweets. Then, in the 2nd segment, things get really good as a legitimate disagreement surfaces between Lou and Christian regarding Al Horford. Glenn tries his best to step on it, and lampoon some great radio, but Fauria and Lou shout him down, and the discussion continues into the final segment.

Is this version of the Ca…

Is this version of the Cavaliers one of the NBA's all time great teams?

Holley and Keefe mix it up about the place of this version of Lebron's Cavs and how history will judge them.

Trying to make sense of the struggling Sox

Checking in on the Sox with Dale, Holley and Keefe.

How the heck did Raymond Clayborn beat out Vrabel and Seymour for the Pats HoF?

Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss the newest member of the Patriots HoF, and how on earth he beat out the other two leading candidates.

Ep. 58: Mike Finkel, Auth…

Ep. 58: Mike Finkel, Author of True Story and The Stanger in the Woods

Kirk Minihane talks to the author of the best selling book "The Stranger in the Woods" Mike Finkel. It is a crazy story of a hermit leaving in Maine. Mike is also the author of "True Story" which was made into a movie staring Jonah Hill and James Franco. Mike talks about how the movie came out, his thoughts on Jonah Hill portraying him, and if it was true to the book.

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.

#DORK 15: Best Sports Vid…

#DORK 15: Best Sports Video Games

Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey discuss the best sports video games of all-time. They break them down by sport and then ultimately crown a Top 5. Plus This Week in #DORK and the Pick of the Podcast.

SoccerCast - Have Revs fans stopped caring about the team?

Ben, Russ, and Alex talk about the European leagues coming to a conclusion, the ridiculous end to John Terry's time at Chelsea, and of course the Revs are heading to NY on a mini win streak but the fans don't seem to care about the on-field product anymore.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 32: Partying with Mike Napoli

Texas Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli joins Rob Bradford to talk the art of hugging, why some clubhouses work and some don't, and some previously untold stories about his time in Boston.

K&C - Tony Reali is going…

K&C - Tony Reali is going through postpartum anxiety; Boston Magazine profiles Linda Pizzuti 5-22-17

Hour 4: Around the Horn's Tony Reali is struggling with postpartum anxiety and depression. Linda Pizzuti is profiled in Boston Magazine.

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K&C - Terrorist identifie…

K&C - Terrorist identified as Salman Abedi; Tension with Ken & Curtis 5-23-17

Hour 3: The terrorist is identified and Kirk discusses the brewing tension with Ken and Curtis.

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K&C - Celtics pull off im…

K&C - Celtics pull off improbable Game 3 victory in Cleveland; Mut nailed the Preakness 5-22-17

Hour 1: Gerry is back in with Kirk and Mut recapping the Celtics' near impossible Game 3 victory in Cleveland. Mut picked the Preakness winner.

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K&C - Terror in Mancheste…

K&C - Terror in Manchester; Donald Trump calls terrorists "losers" 5-23-17

Hour 1: Reimer, Gerry and Kirk discussed the terrorist attack in Manchester

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K&C - Without Isaiah Thom…

K&C - Without Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics pull off all-time upset in Cleveland 5-22-17

Hour 3: The guys continue talking Celtics after they beat the Cavs in Cleveland without Isaiah Thomas in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

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