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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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10/20/14 09:43 EST
Josh Bordner looked as if he was going through confession more so than conducting a press conference at Alumni Stadium. "We left plays all over the field. I know I had two," admitted the senior wide receiver. He then craned his head back, rolled his eyes toward the ceiling and let out a big sigh. Bordner dropped what would have been a catch for a huge gain (maybe even a touchdown) in the first half. He also underthrew a wide-open Charlie Callinan on a perfectly designed and executed flea flicker. It went for 35 yards. But a better thrown ball would have resulted in a score. It was almost as if he was relieved to say out loud that he messed up. He did. But he sure wasn't alone. Those were two of about a dozen plays that Boston College could have made -- but didn't -- en route to a 17-13 home loss to No. 24 Clemson on Saturday afternoon. If the Eagles had made even half of them, they probably could have pulled off a second significant upset of a ranked team this season. "We
10/15/14 11:14 EST
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Here's a five-point plan for how the Jets could possibly, maybe, somehow, perhaps beat the Patriots in Foxboro Thursday night (even though they won't). 1. Jets D-line vs. Pats O-line: This is a matchup that isn't in favor of the Patriots. Then again, it wasn't against Cincinnati or Buffalo, either. And New England won both of those games despite both opponents having front sevens that entered the games playing well. In the Cincy game, the Patriot offensive front outplayed the Bengals in the trenches. On Sunday in Buffalo, Dave DeGuglielmo's troops were so-so in the passing game. They were awful creating at holes for the running backs (just 1.9 yards per carry for 50 yards on 27 attempts). And now to make matters worse against the Jets, New England's top running back, Stevan Ridley, is out with a torn-up knee. New York's defense has the sixth-best yards per carry average against the run in the NFL. So don't expect Tom Brady to get much support from the run game. The matchup gets even worse
10/13/14 09:21 EST
The phrase "Pyrrhic victory" leapt to mind. Sure, a 37-22 win for the Patriots over the Bills was worthy of celebration Sunday. After all, some in Buffalo were calling this the biggest Bills game in 16 years. So to dance out of Orchard Park with a 'W' after enduring that electrified atmosphere seemed worthy of applause. But this win came at a great cost. It claimed Jerod Mayo to a knee injury and Dan Connolly to a head injury, and Stevan Ridley limped off the field as well. All this on top of the fact that the Pats started the game without Dont'a Hightower (knee) and Bryan Stork (concussion). That seems like perhaps too much for a team to overcome on a short week before a dreaded Thursday night football appearance. But despite all that appears to be working against New England, Bill Belichick's team has two big things working for it: 1) The opponent Thursday is the Jets. 2) Tom Brady is starting to look like Tom Brady again. The Jets factor is self-explanatory. They are the Jets.
10/06/14 12:35 EST
We can debate (and boy, have we ever) how good Logan Mankins may be going forward. But we can't debate whether the Patriots are worse without him. Prior to Sunday's game against the Bengals, the offensive line had been abysmal for most of this season, and we can't debate that teams allegedly chasing Super Bowls shouldn't be dumping a starting offensive lineman a few days before the start of the NFL season if they don't have someone better ready to take over. We also can debate how good Johnny Boychuk really is as a defenseman. I happen to think he's pretty darn good. But, as with Mankins, it's beyond debate that Stanley Cup contenders don't dump top-four blueliners for draft picks to a conference foe a few days before the NHL season opener. And it's also beyond debate that the Bruins have just made themselves worse by trading Boychuk. Don't believe me? Ask the general manager himself. "This doesn't make us better now, obviously," Peter Chiarelli said Saturday. Well, that's what



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