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Benz was born in Boston and is a graduate of Syracuse University. He served as a radio beat reporter for the Pittsburgh Steelers and also worked at stations in Columbus, Salt Lake City and Syracuse. No stranger to the Boston area, Tim’s father is the renowned Dr. Edward Benz Jr., who serves as the current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

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05/14/15 03:11 EST
"They hate us because they ain't us!" Full marks, Patriots fans. That was a perfect Super Bowl slogan. An effective rallying cry. It made for a great T-shirt. It was one helluva hashtag. It's also not entirely true. The rest of the NFL doesn't just "hate you because they ain't you." They hate you because you've been busted for cheating twice in the span of decade. First with Spygate. Now with Deflategate. Wait ... stop! Just, stop. Before you run to the comments section and start pounding away with responses like, "What do you mean, caught, you the think the Wells Report caught anyone? You think 'more probable than not' would hold up in a court of law?" You see, that typical knee-jerk reaction you may be having is also why "they" (fans of every other NFL team) hate "you" (Patriots fans). No. 1, it's not a court of law. It doesn't need to be. No. 2, they hate you because you'd rather blame the accusers than admit any wrongdoing by
05/05/15 08:41 EST
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There is a difference between "In Bill we trust" and "Bill can do no wrong." Some of the Patriots fan reaction we've encountered since this weekend's draft is proof of how blurred that line is in New England. Trusting a coach/general manager with a track record as decorated as Belichick's makes sense. Acting as if any questioning of him at any time is blasphemous is something entirely different. This is a team that just let Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner walk out the door. In the ensuing days of free agency, Belichick patched up depth at the position with a collection of veteran castoffs from other teams. This weekend he didn't address the corner need until the seventh round when he selected Darryl Roberts from Marshall. Prior to that he stocked up the defensive line with three draftees (with a fourth later in Xzavier Dickson from Alabama), a reach at safety in the second round, an exceptional guard with a knee question mark in the fourth round (Tre' Jackson), a
04/20/15 08:15 EST
If you can get hold of a play-by-play sheet from the first Celtics-Cavaliers playoff game, scan down to 1:59 remaining in the second quarter. You'll see the entry "Jonas Jerebko offensive rebound." That stands out for a very specific reason -- because it's the only offensive rebound a Celtics player secured in the entire first half. When analyzing these Boston-Cleveland playoff games, it's almost mandatory to point out how much of an overwhelming underdog the Celtics are. If you don't, scrutinizing any single matchup or statistic in a vacuum seems hollow given how overmatched Boston appears to be. But if the Celts plan on being competitive at all in the remaining games of this first-round playoff series, they have to rebound significantly better moving forward. By the end of the game, the Cavaliers won the overall rebounding battle by a dozen (46-34). On the offensive glass, the Cavs more than doubled up the C's, 15-7. Boston big men Kelly Olynyk, Brandon Bass and Tyler Zeller
04/15/15 09:33 EST
The last few days in Boston sports have been very confusing ones to navigate. -- How come every jury can't show the common sense the Aaron Hernandez jury did? -- How can the Celtics be in the playoffs, and the Bruins miss them? -- How can the Red Sox pitching staff look so good its first time through the rotation, yet so bad in three of the last four outings. -- And how can Bruins president Cam Neely fire his general manager, yet spend a big portion of the press conference to announce the move criticizing his coach who still remains? Because let's face it, that's what happened at TD Garden on Wednesday afternoon, even if Neely wanted it to sound different. Yes, while announcing Peter Chiarelli's dismissal as GM, Neely made plenty of good points as to why the move needed to be made. He cited a recent stretch of unproductive drafts by Chiarelli and his staff. He was critical of Chiarelli's approach to retaining many of his core players against the cap but not having "entry level"



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NFL SUNDAY with Dickerson and Price - Football after Deflategate ... it does exist 5-24-15

Price tells Greg about what is in store for football fans and Patriots fans beyond Deflategate. We will, after all, move on at some point.

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Dickerson and Tomase discuss the Celtics and their upcoming playoff series against the Cavs 4-19-15

Greg Dickerson and John Tomase discuss the amazing season for the Celts and if they have any chance against Lebron and the Cleveland Cavs in a seven game series. If they do, HOW ... how do they get it done?

Brian Scalabrine: I am the biggest Marcus Smart fan. 4-2-15

Brian "White Mamba" Scalabrine joins the guys to talk about the Celtics playoff push, the development of Marcus Smart and James Young, and the prospect of Brad Stevens leaving the Celtics for a college job.

We Love Anthony Davis - Celtics Playoff Push, 3-25-15

Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.

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John Farrell with Dale and Holley

Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton check in with Sox Skipper John Farrell for his weekly chat. John breaks some news about David Ortiz with us.

Dallas Braden, every pitcher doctors the baseball. 5-28-15

Former teammate of Lou Merloni and current ESPN analyst Dallas Braden joins the guys to talk about doctoring the ball, cheating in baseball, and the struggling Red Sox.

Wade Miley Player of the Game Interview 5-24-15

Joe Castiglione talked to the Sox lefty, who allowed one run in eight innings as the Sox beat the Angels at Fenway.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney wit…

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.

Sunday Skate with DJ Bean, Naoko Funayama and Pete Blackburn - HOUR #2 - 4-19-15

In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!

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Adrian Peterson's twitter rant leaves us wondering which troubled running back we would rather have on our team.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: I Love Lucy 5-29-15

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David Ortiz is taking a seat 5-29-15

Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss the Red Sox decision to sit down their slumping slugger.

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Fauria Five: Are you rooting for LeBron in the Finals? 5-29-15

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Eduardo Rodriguez dazzles in his debut. 5-29-15

Rookie Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 7 and two thirds of shutout baseball in his debut. The guys discuss his performance and the benching of David Ortiz.

Dave O'Brien, Eduardo Rodriguez looks like an Ace. 5-29-15

Red Sox play-by-play announcer joins the guy to discuss Eduardo Rodriguez stellar major league debut.

Let the hate flow through…

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Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss Chris Gasper's column about the national hatred towards the Patriots, and why it isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

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Dale and Holley's Final Drive - 05-28-15

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Why are the Patriots hated? The Belichick Factor

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Planet Mikey Show - Red Sox Blame Pie. Largest Piece?

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