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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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10/30/14 02:41 EST
This is Rajon Rondo’s team, and this is his time. In the Kevin Garnett era, the Celtics played brutally slow, executing sets offensively and forcing opponents to do the same against a defense on a string, and by the end nobody could keep up with Rondo, barring the occasional Chris Wilcox alley-oop. Those Celtics were old, their legs tired, still capable of grinding out victories on grit and balls, but, for the most part, cooked. In KG’s final game in green, they scored 80 points in a first-round playoff loss to the Knicks, the furious fourth-quarter comeback falling short and finally driving a stake through their championship heart. Rondo watched the train screech to a halt, and two months later everyone left the station. Garnett, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers departed for Brooklyn and Los Angeles; and Kelly Olynyk, Gerald Wallace and Brad Stevens arrived in Boston. Rondo could have asked for his ticket out, too, but instead put on his conductor hat and went to work. After
09/29/14 10:16 EST
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When Rajon Rondo slipped in the shower, any hope the Celtics had of a surprise playoff run shattered along with his left metatarsal on that windowsill, and people are manufacturing reasons to blame that on the All-Star point guard as I write. The Celtics stink, and Rondo hasn’t played an NBA game at full strength since Jan. 25, 2013 -- three weeks shy of starting in his fourth All-Star Game -- so let’s stop pointing the finger at the only player left with a 2008 championship ring, shall we? Every time Rondo appears in a headline, we hear the same stupid suggestions. He’s a jerk. They’re better off without him. He can’t shoot anyway. He’s a diva. And so on. Look at the first comment posted on the last three Green Street blogs about Rondo. “A fall? I have no problem seeing this guy in another uniform, provided we get a few bodies who might help us...” “RELEASE RAJON RONDO.” “After Rondo's boo boo to his hand
09/23/14 04:12 EST
In his first media session since the night he drafted Rajon Rondo’s heir apparent, Celtics president Danny Ainge scoffed at a question about his All-Star point guard’s future in Boston, as if queries about the impending free agent weren’t coming. “We expect Rajon to be in Boston for the long-term,” Ainge said. “Does that need to be asked anymore by anybody ever again? He’s a free agent next summer. I expect this to be the best year of his career. He's worked really hard this year, and I think Rondo's going to have the best year of his life. That’s what I expect.” Ainge may not feel like facing the questions, but they’re only getting started. Wyc Grousbeck didn’t do Ainge any favors, telling a TV audience, Rondo’s “super stubborn. I don’t know how coachable he really is.” So, the questions persist. Brad Stevens countered, “He's a guy that I've really enjoyed coaching,” and the Celtics
07/24/14 06:23 EST
In memory of Danny Ainge’s pursuit of Kevin Love, let’s have a moment of silence. The only question now is just how long this mourning period will last in Boston. Wave the green flag. Love, at least from a Celtics perspective, is lost. Oh, how they’ll miss the days when Love was in the Boston air and puns were all the rage. Like most summer flings, though, they should have seen the signs. He was just using them. He dropped a hint back in February. “Boston is a great city,” Love said. The Celtics finally worked up the courage to call in May. And the Love affair began. They shared one magical weekend in Boston. It was Love at first sight. The Timberwolves played hard to get, flirting with offers from the Bulls, Cavaliers, Kings, Lakers, Nuggets, Suns and Warriors before declaring Love is not available. Sure enough, the less Flip Saunders seemed to care, the more teams came calling. The C’s crawled on their hands and knees, begging for one more chance.



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Mike Klis of the Denver Post Previews Pats-Broncos 10-30-14

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Chris Price - "Because of the weather, Brady will have a slightly better game." 10-29-14

Chris Price, WEEI.com, joins the show to talk about the Patriots upcoming game against Denver. Chris got in the the DB match-ups with Denver's receivers, some ideas on how to blitz Peyton, Welker's impact, and a prediction.

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We Hate Dwyane Wade - Opening Night 10-28-14

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Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, Celtics will struggle to make the playoffs. 10-23-14

Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.

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Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2014 Red Sox Season with a Poem

Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.

Mut and Bradford on the disappointing season for Jackie Bradley, Jr and Xander Bogaerts 9-28-14

Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.

Minor Details Ep. 101: Red Sox director of player development Ben Crockett on the state of the Red Sox system

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NESN's Jack Edwards with Dale and Holley

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Andy Brickley - "In the 6 losses, the mistakes are all the same." 10-29-14

NESN's Andy Brickley joined the show following Boston's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Brick talked about Patrice Bergeron's line getting beat a lot, the Bruins' lack of focus in their 6 losses, and the big blow to the defense with Torey Krug's injury.

Joe McDonald, ESPN Boston, reacts to the Chara Injury 10-24-14

Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.

John Buccigross on the Wo…

John Buccigross on the World Series 10-30-14

John Buccigross discussed the World Series with the guys. Also, does he cry at movies?

The Giants win the World Series 10-30-14

The guys opened the show discussing the Giants 3rd World Series win in 5 years.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Did Charlie Baker lie? 10-30-14

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

A tribute to Boston's May…

A tribute to Boston's Mayor Menino; dead at the age of 71

We listen to a tribute to the late great Mayor Thomas Menino who passed away at the age of 71. Produced by Joe Zarbano.

Three for All: Chevy Guy 10-30-14

Pierre McGuire, NBC: Still Bullish on the Bruins 10-30-14

Pierre McGuire joins the guys to talk about the struggling Bruins.

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Jack Edwards: Troubling signs of complacency out of the Bruins

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10 Years since the Red So…

10 Years since the Red Sox began their comeback and eventual World Series Championship

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The Patriots record during the regular season and Super Bowl

Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.

Bill Belichick and the Patriots Draft History

Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.

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We Hate Dwyane Wade - Opening Night 10-28-14

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