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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 WEEI.com since 2010. A 10-year veteran of sports journalism, his work has appeared on/in ESPN.com, SI.com, 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.

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04/29/16 01:39 EST
“There’s a minimum level of ability that goes into making this thing successful anyway,” Brad Stevens told me on a podcast in the weeks after accepting the head coaching job for the Celtics in July 2013. “All the other intangibles are certainly extremely important and maybe give you an advantage in a low possession game, so you have to have that minimum level of talent, and you coach to those intangibles the best you can, and the guys that combine the two the best usually play the most.” Nothing could describe the Celtics better in the first three years of the Stevens era. In the end, as the Hawks blew their doors off for a third time in six games, this one in Boston, these C’s made it clear they were heavy on intangibles and light on talent. As pint-sized Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas said after being eliminated in a 104-92 loss that was worse than the final score, “We ain’t got no Michael Jordan here.” The end result was another
04/27/16 10:00 EST
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What a difference three years makes. It’s been a little over a thousand days since Danny Ainge salvaged a first-round pick from the Clippers out of his coach’s unwillingness to serve the three years and $21 million remaining on his contract. Despite all the bitter hand wringing over Doc Rivers’ departure, the Celtics couldn’t be happier with the way it all worked out. Halfway through his six-year, $22 million contract, Brad Stevens, whose sixth-place finish in Tuesday’s Coach of the Year voting was an injustice, is far better suited to lead the Celtics to their next championship, at half the price. Heck, he might be more likely to bring another title to Boston before Rivers leads the Clippers to their first. *** “Clearly, I had a selfish motive.I had a chance to not rebuild and go to a team that is in a different phase of their franchise.” -- Doc Rivers onThe Dan Patrick Showin June 2013, just days after the formerCelticscoach orchestrated a
04/25/16 12:35 EST
In the beginning, Marcus Smart was horrible. Granted, Smart had played some stellar defense opposite Hawks studs Kyle Korver and Jeff Teague, among others, through the first 39 minutes of Game 4, but the Celtics' recent No. 6 overall pick had also missed four of his five 3-point attempts, including one that nearly broke the backboard and another one contested early in the shot clock in the third quarter, as the Hawks built a lead as large as 16. It was ugly. Uglier still, Smart committed consecutive turnovers at the start of the fourth quarter, leading to five Atlanta points that erased the C's efforts to battle back and regain a one-point lead with 11:21 to play. "I gave at least every coach I've played for a heart attack at least once," Smart said, "but what player hasn't? You're going to mess up; you're not perfect, but it's definitely a line between being aggressive and being in control." It may be time to get Marcus Smart out of there. #Celtics — gary
04/23/16 01:34 EST
They freed the Swede, and it’s all they’d need. Well, that and 42 points from Isaiah Thomas. Is that a haiku? Maybe it's a limerick. I don’t even know. What I do know is Celtics coach Brad Stevens inserted a 6-foot-10 Swedish ball of energy into the starting lineup, and the ballad of Jonas Jerebko was written in a 111-103 Game 3 victory against the Hawks that snapped a seven-game playoff losing streak and breathed life back into the series. With playoff basketball back in the Garden for the first time since a four-game sweep at the hands of LeBron James and the Cavaliers in 2014, the building was ready to explode from the opening tip, and Jerebko provided the spark that reignited the stalling Celtics.He was everywhere, rim-rocking a put-back dunk on the opening possession, finding Terry Rozier for a corner 3-pointer with a behind-the back assist and steamrolling Al Horford at midcourt. Message sent. "He did a hell of a job tonight," Thomas said of



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NFL Network's Heath Evans with Dale, Holley and Keefe

Holley and Keefe check in with NFL Network's Heath Evans for some final thoughts on the Houston win and to look ahead at the Steelers in the AFC Championship.

Special Teams Captain Matthew Slater on Patriots Monday

Michael Holley and Rich Keefe speak to special teams captain Matthew Slater as the Patriots head to the AFC Championship and host the Steelers.

Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale, Holley and Keefe

Michael Holley and Rich Keefe sit down with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare to face the Steelers in the AFC Championship on Sunday. Bill hasn't seen the Antonio Brown video, and wasn't interested in discussing social media or the team's policies on it.

Celtics Podcast - Isaiah …

Celtics Podcast - Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul, and it's time for the Celtics to fill their biggest need 12-20-16

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.

Celtics Podcast - Isaiah Thomas' injury and keeping Marcus Smart in control 12-13-16

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.

Celtics Podcast – Bad finish against the Rockets and love for DeMarcus Cousins 12-6-16

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 3: Jackie…

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 3: Jackie Bradley Jr.

Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.

Hot Stove Show Hour 2 - Reacting to John Farrell's interview and Red Sox starting pitching depth

Mut, Rob, and John are talking about their interview with Red Sox Manager John Farrell, the Red Sox approach to breaking up the lefties in the rotation, and the platoon at third base.

John Farrell on the Hot Stove Show - Red Sox third base situation, and the WBC

Bradford and Tomase talk with Red Sox Manager John Farrell. They talk about Eduardo Rodriguez recovery from his knee injury, the Red Sox third base competition in spring training, and guys playing in the WBC.

SUNDAY SKATE with K&C's K…

SUNDAY SKATE with K&C's Ken Laird, Barstool Sports' Rear Admiral and WEEI's Ty Anderson -- It was a very good week for the Bruins-Are they turning things around? -- 1-15-17

Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.

SUNDAY SKATE with K&C's Ken Laird, Barstool Sports' Rear Admiral and WEEI's Ty Anderson talk Bruins and the state of Claude Julien's tenure in Boston -- 1-8-16

Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.

Saturday Skate - Khudobin to blame? Julien hot seat? Landeskog trade? 12-17-16

Hour two of Saturday Skate as Ken Laird and Rear Admiral kick around the perception of backup goalie Anton Khudobin, B's coach Claude Julien, and possible trade target Gabriel Landeskog.

K&C- David Price claims h…

K&C- David Price claims he heard racial taunts 1-16-17

Hour 4. Gerry and Kirk discuss Price's claims that he heard racial taunts at Fenway.

K&C- Tim Hasselbeck joins the show to discuss the divisional round and Championship weekend 1-16-17

Tim Hasselbeck joins the show to discuss the NFL playoffs.

K&C- Sunday Skate was excellent; Albert from RI is a better interviewer than Kirk and Gerry; Tim Hasselbeck joins the show 1-16-17

Hour 3. Gerry and Kirk review the latest edition of Sunday Skate. Albert thinks Gerry and Kirk are too soft on Brady. Tim Hasselbeck joins the show.

OMF - Is Aaron Rodgers on…

OMF - Is Aaron Rodgers on his way to being one of the best quarterbacks of all time? 1-16-17

Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about Aaron Rodgers and his ridiculous throw to set up the game winning field goal. Is he already one of the best ever? Callers fight Fauria, who doesn't think he's there yet.

OMF - Big Ben and the Steelers beat the Chiefs, but Travis Kelce isn't happy 1-16-17

The guys talk about the other AFC playoff game, as the Steelers and Roethlisberger beat the Chiefs in KC, and TE Travis Kelce goes on a rant about the bad refs.

OMF - Patriots get past the Texans to advance to their 6th straight AFCCG 1-16-17

Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the Patriots struggling, but ultimately beating the Texans.

Patriots hold off Texans,…

Patriots hold off Texans, prepare for AFC Championship. Plus the Steelers take you in the lockerroom live

Michael Holley and Rich Keefe discuss the tough-fought win over the Texans, and begin talking Steelers, who the Patriots will face in the AFC Championship. Plus the Steelers take their lockerroom live to the fans and Facebook.

Bill Belichick - We're focused on the AFC Championship, not social media policies

Michael Holley and Rich Keefe sit down with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick as the Patriots prepare to face the Steelers in the AFC Championship on Sunday. Bill hasn't seen the Antonio Brown video, and wasn't interested in discussing social media or the team's policies on it.

Matthew Slater - we're looking forward to the big opportunity in front of us

Special Teams Captain Matthew Slater checks in with Holley and Keefe to review the win over the Texans and to preview the AFC Championship with the Steelers coming to Foxboro.

Ep. 48: John Ziegler - Pe…

Ep. 48: John Ziegler - Penn State Scandal

Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.

Ep. 47: Sean Leahy, Boston Herald sports editor

Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.

Enough About Me Ep. 46: Kevin McHale

Kirk talks with basketball legend Kevin McHale about his Celtics career, as well today's NBA and the current Boston team. Kevin analyzes the theoretical clash of the '86 Celtics and today's Golden State Warriors in addition to how C's heroes of the past would perform in today's game. Also featured: a podcast intro from Kirk's children Cate and Harry.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 3: Jackie…

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 3: Jackie Bradley Jr.

Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.

Celtics Podcast - What do the Celtics need to do to contend?

Ben and Josue talk about the moves the Celtics need to make in order for the team get over the top in the Eastern Conference.

SoccerCast - Revs Soccer Specific Stadium

Ben and Alex discuss the latest news around the New England Revolution stadium plans and the new 48 team World Cup.

K&C- Tom Brady on the Tex…

K&C- Tom Brady on the Texans, Steelers, being a vegan, and his feelings on Goodell visiting New England 1-16-17

Tom Brady joins the show to discuss the game against the Texans, the AFC championship versus the Steelers, his diet, and Roger Goodell.

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K&C- Kirk is picking Pitt…

K&C- Kirk is picking Pittsburgh; Brock was horrible 1-16-17

Hour 1. The Steelers are coming to New England for the AFC Championship and Kirk is picking Pittsburgh to win.

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K&C- Tim Hasselbeck joins…

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Real Postgame Show - Gives instant reaction to the Patriots win over the Houston Texans 01-14-17

Glenn, Fred, and Butch talk about the offensive miscues of the Patriots and the multiple turnovers, which allowed the Texans to keep the game close.

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K&C- David Price says he'…

K&C- David Price says he's heard racist comments 1-16-17

Hour 4. Pete Abraham's article on David Price and the racial taunts he heard last season.

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