Weei » Columnists » Ben Rohrbach
About Ben Rohrbach

Born and raised in and around Boston, Ben Rohrbach finished third in WEEI’s Next Great Sports Blogger contest, but they hired him anyway. He’s covered Celtics basketball and the NBA for since 2010. A 10-year veteran of sports journalism, his work has appeared on/in,, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald and The MetroWest Daily News, where he was honored among the New England Press Association’s best daily sports column honorees.

09/25/15 10:00 EST
As was the case at Tuesday’s charity golf event, the first questions posed to Danny Ainge on media day were, “Have you seen Jared Sullinger? How does he look?" “I don't know,” the Celtics president said, “I haven't weighed him yet.” Whispers around the team’s Waltham practice facility were that Sullinger hadn't lost much weight, despite a summer spent posting pictures of his workout routine to social media. And when the fourth-year power forward who Ainge has oft criticized for his lack of conditioning finally took the stage, the whispers turned questions. How much weight did you shed? “Ah,” said Sullinger. “I can’t really say those things. You might not get a story from me on that one, but it was a good amount.” Sullinger was listed at 260 pounds at the start of 2014-15 and somehow gained weight throughout. The result was a stress reaction in his left foot that threatened to end a second season since being
09/17/15 10:49 EST
The best thing the Celtics have going for them is that just about everybody has a bit of added motivation to succeed in 2015-16. They have a lineup full of guys who need to prove themselves this season, and a coach capable of maximizing their talent. Of course, problems could arise with so many individuals eyeing breakout seasons, especially when half the roster has no guaranteed salary beyond this winter. It will be a balancing act for both coach Brad Stevens and team president Danny Ainge, starting with a decision on exactly which of the 16 players under contract has to go. Perry Jones III seems to be the most likely candidate to be cut, but that also makes him the man with the most to prove. In essence, he has everything on the line. As Ainge said, Jones does bring the sort of size and athleticism the C’s are sorely lacking, but barring a trade that frees up a roster spot, he’d have to submit an other-worldly preseason in order to avoid an ouster, if only out of contractual
08/20/15 05:48 EST
There isn’t an untouchable member of the Celtics, so technically each of their 16 players under guaranteed contract could be the odd man out via trade or waiver when it comes time to meet the NBA’s 15-man roster requirements in late October. Still, some players are more likely than others to receive their walking papers. The rookie triumvirate of Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter and Jordan Mickey is a lock to make the cut, because the C’s just signed them to longterm affordable contracts, and they’ll each get at least a year to prove their worth, either in Boston or the D-League. Likewise, the Celtics just inked Amir Johnson, Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko to free-agent deals and cannot be traded until Dec. 15. David Lee’s $15.5 million expiring contract requires another hefty salary in return to make a deal work. Marcus Smart, Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley will receive the bulk of their backcourt minutes and are all under control for three more seasons at varying
07/27/15 08:45 EST
The best that can be said about Monday's introductory press conference for the Celtics’ offseason additions is that there was a modicum of excitement in Waltham. This C’s summer has been far from a disaster for everyone except co-owner Steve Pagliuca, who removed himself from the media panel in the immediate aftermath of his committee’s failed Boston Olympics bid. No viral photo of sad Celtics emerged, as was the case when the ex-Nets were unveiled after the Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett trade two years ago. But this wasn’t quite the summer of 2007, either. “You had the Big Three,” joked Amir Johnson, whose two-year, $24 million deal makes him their biggest free-agent signing in years. “What are we, the Big Five?” When Johnson was finally introduced alongside the recently re-signed Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko and trade acquisitions David Lee and Perry Jones III, there was a handful of smiles, some excitement about a roster that

Audio On Demand

Head Coach Bill Belichick…

Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley

DE Chandler Jones with Dale, Holley and Thornton

Dale, Michael and Jerry sit down with DE Chandler Jones on a Patriots Monday for a candid interview about this season, his new teammates, and the Dallas game this weekend.

Tedy Bruschi with Dale, Holley and Thornton

We talk all things Patriots and the NFL with Tedy Bruschi.

Celtics Podcast - Media D…

Celtics Podcast - Media Day and The Wire

Sam Packard is joined by his brother Nick, as he breaks down his favorite moments from Celtics Media Day. Sam then tries to compare each member of the Celtics roster to a character on The Wire, with varied results.

We Love Anthony Davis - Should the Celtics Trade Avery Bradley?

Sam Packard is joined by Jared Weiss of CLNSRadio.Com to talk about trading Bradley and the upcoming Celtics Media Day.

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

Jay King of 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.

Dave O'Brien signs off Re…

Dave O'Brien signs off Red Sox Radio after 9 seasons

Dave O'Brien has called Red Sox baseball games with Joe Castiglione since 2007. Dave is going to the NESN booth next season to take over for Don Orsillo as the Red Sox TV play-by-play man. Dave talks about his time with Joe and the Red Sox Radio broadcast and closes out a very meaningful chapter of a tremendous career. Joe Castiglione offers his thoughts and well-wishes to Dave and closes out, as is tradition, with the Bart Giamatti poem.

Torey Luvollo with Dale, Holley and Thornton

We check in for a final time this season with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo as look ahead to 2016 with him.

Blake Swihart Player of the Game Interview 09-29-15

Joe and Rob Bradford talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart who had his first career multi home run game as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 10-4 and extend their winning streak to a season high 5 games.

Butch & Bradfo featuring …

Butch & Bradfo featuring DJ Bean talk #Bruins lines and season outlook

DJ Bean joins Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford in studio with the pre-season ending to discuss the upcoming season's line combinations and the changes made in the offseason.

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.

A night at the Globies 10…

A night at the Globies 10-7-15

Dino, Gerry and Kirk recap the night at the Globies.

Mike Salk doesn't understand the Monday Night Football controversy 10-7-15

Salk doesn't think batting the ball should be a big story, he cried twice at that game.

Compiling ESPN's dumbest statements 10-7-15

We recap some of the dumbest things said by ESPN's personalities.

What did Ray Lewis mean b…

What did Ray Lewis mean by a "Queen tight end" in reference to Jimmy Graham? 10-6-15

Ray Lewis was on the MNF pregame show attacking Jimmy Graham's blocking abilities.

Jim Caldwell is a pushover who doesn't know the rules, 10-6-15

The Lions lost in a controversial ending last night on MNF. Lions Head Coach, Jim Caldwell, barely registers a pulse in his post game presser, and clearly doesn't know the rules.

Scandal erupts in the offices of DraftKings and Fanduel, 10-6-15

Glenn, Lou and Christian dive into the DraftKings/FanDuel scandal, and talk about how competitive advantages can be gained, and what the two businesses can do to prevent it.

Batted ball changes game …

Batted ball changes game in Seattle... Bill Belichick, right again.

We look at the call in the Detroit game that may have cost them the game, and how Bill Belichick was again ahead of the curve about making ALL plays reviewable. We also focus on how Bill Belichick coached teams prepare for plays like that.

Dale and Holley's Final Drive 10-06-15

We wrap up the program with some of the best in soundbites that you may have missed throughout the day.

Bruins season on deck - Is Claude Julien "On thin ice"?

Dale, Michael and Jerry talk Bruins, specifically Claude Julien as we are less than 24 hours from the puck-drop for the 2015-2016 Bruins season.

Doesn't anyone care about…

Doesn't anyone care about the rules?

Mikey, Lenny and Danny Picard are talking about how rules seemingly fall through the cracks during live games

The NFL acknowledges another overlooked rule after being called on it

Mikey and Lenny are talking aboutt he batted ball controversy from the Seahawks vs Lions game on Monday Night Football.

Chris Villani and John Tomase: All hail the great and obvious Judge Berman

Chris Villani and John Tomase discuss Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned by Judge Richard Berman and discuss in hindsight how obvious this should have been.

New Age Insiders Wrestlin…

New Age Insiders Wrestling Podcast- 10/7/15

The New Age Insiders discuss attending WWE Monday Night RAW in Boston this past Monday, and dive into the recent overwhelming success of The New Day on WWE television. Follow us on Twitter at @NewAgeInsiders, @LiamNAI, and @BillNevilleNAI!

It Is What It Is Cast: Patriots Return From Bye Week

Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss who they think are the most media friendly players in the Patriots locker room and if the Dallas Cowboys will present a challenge this Sunday.

D&C's Breaking Balls: Sausage's pudding story makes Gerry want to vomit 10-5-15

Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss Sausage's pudding story, Don Orsillo and Curtis just shows up for some reason.

Tom Brady on his bye week…

Tom Brady on his bye week 10-5-15

Tom Brady discussed his preparation for the Cowboys.

More from this show

Tim Hasselbeck on his bro…

Week four of the NFL was …

Week four of the NFL was awful 10-5-15

The guys talked about the awful NFL play this week.

More from this show

Patriots keep rolling by …

Patriots keep rolling by destroying the Jaguars - Response and Reaction

Dale, Michael and Jerry recap the Pats huge margin of victory over Jacksonville, and talk all things Patriots.

More from this show

Tom Brady loves the NFL N…

Tom Brady loves the NFL Network's Red Zone Channel

Tom Brady loves the NFL Network's Red Zone Channel

More from this show

Weei Writers