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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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06/29/15 07:10 EST
So we got the fireworks we were waiting for. They just came about one year and one day after we expected them to explode.Oh, and the fireworks weren't green and white in color, they were black and gold and the reviews of the show so far aren't any good. Like any serious fan base, Boston's is difficult to please and many sports enthusiasts in New England have spent the better part of the past few days bashing Celtics' president of basketball operations Danny Ainge for failing to make deals through the NBA draft last week. They've been even tougher on Bruins' rookie general manager Don Sweeney for the many deals that he did make on Friday leading up to the NHL draft that night. That may sound hypocritical on the surface, but aren't New England fans justified in their complaints about the approaches from both Ainge and Sweeney? I happen to think they are. Fans should also be alarmed about the direction of both clubs in the wake of these moves. In the case of the Celtics, it appears they
06/21/15 08:01 EST
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Bruins fans have heard the explanation a million times over from Claude Julien by now. But he offered it again at his recent "Hey I'm still here, they haven't fired me yet" press gathering. "When we compare our scoring chances last year to the year before where we scored a lot, surprisingly enough the scoring chances were almost identical," Julien said. "The biggest difference last year was the finish." (To read more from Julien, check out this DJ Bean column.) I'll pause so you can collectively smack yourselves in the forehead. "Our scoring chances were pretty much the same" is the 2015 answer to "We just hit a few too many posts vs. the Canadiens" in 2014. But there is an unfortunate reality for those who want to jump ugly with Julien for that stance. He's kinda right. At least that's what the numbers say. If you look at shots on goal over the last three seasons, the Bruins have been pretty consistent. They tallied 32.4 per game in
06/13/15 10:41 EST
When it comes to coaching/managerial discipline this past week, it may have been nice if some middle ground could have been found between John Farrell and Bill Belichick. On one hand you had Belichick benching Malcolm Butler for the first few weeks of organized team activities because he missed a flight back to New England. Because of weather. At which time he alerted the team that he would be late. For practices he isn't even required to attend according to the collective bargaining agreement. For that sin, Butler was held off the field for the first six practice sessions. The NFL Players Association is looking into the matter. And it should. Because as the document states, any "adverse consequences" that arise from a player failing to attend OTAs could be grounds for a grievance to be filed. But let's not get bogged down in the minutia of whether a case like that would win, or the even less likely result that Butler would want the union to pursue it. Instead, let's ask this
06/01/15 08:37 EST
No, Tom Brady didn't talk to reporters after Friday's afternoon's Patriots practice. That probably was strategic, because he doesn't want to show his hand before the appeal of his four-game suspension in the wake of the Wells Report on the Deflategate matter. He didn't speak to the media at his Best Buddies event Friday night, either. That probably was because he was more concerned with the charity getting greater attention than any quotes he may give. Plus, the guy likely was preoccupied with helping Christian Fauria relive his glorious playing days. For the record, Christian is claiming to have scored two touchdowns after being "Brady's primary red zone target for the night." (Note: We feel the need to point out Christian got that title because Mike Vrabel wasn't able to show up due to coaching duties with the Texans.) And Brady didn't appear at the Memorial Day weekend Free Brady rally at Patriot Place to speak, either. That also was strategic. The strategy being:Avoid people



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Mike Reiss with Dale, Hol…

Mike Reiss with Dale, Holley and Thornton

Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- Roger Goodell is maddening! -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- A look at the AFC East post NFL Draft -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.

Jeff Goodman, ESPN, joins…

Jeff Goodman, ESPN, joins Giardi and Bradford to preview the NBA Draft and the future of the Celtics - "They're looking to get a starter this year, a starter in next year's draft and possibly a free agent starter...Kevin Durant is not coming here." ...

Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.

Head Coach Brad Stevens with Dale and Holley

Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NBA.com's Ian Thomsen on Spurs-Thunder Ending, Danny Ainge's next move for Celtics 5/3

Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.

Red Sox Review with Mut, …

Red Sox Review with Mut, 5-25-16

Mut recaps the Sox 10-3 win over the Rockies.

Blake Swihart Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox left fielder Blake Swihart after he had two triples as part of a Red Sox 10-3 win over the Colorado Rockies

Roger Clemens with Joe and Tim

Roger Clemens joined the broadcast on a night where the 1986 Red Sox were honored before the game at Fenway Park

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean…

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- A look toward the future for the Bruins -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.

SUNDAY SKATE with WEEI's DJ Bean and Uproxx's Pete Blackburn -- They got what they wanted...Claude Julien is staying in Boston -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.

Butch Stearns with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- The season is officially over for the Bruins; where do we go from here? -- 4-10-16

Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.

D&C - Lucy bows out of th…

D&C - Lucy bows out of the producer race, Ken and Paul are in (by default)

Ken Laird and Paul Chartier are officially the new producers of the Dennis and Callahan Show as Lucy Burdge bails out of the race, perhaps due to money concerns.

D&C - NESN tries a three-man booth with Steve Lyons & Jerry Remy, hot takes emerge

The guys discuss the hot debates in the three-man NESN booth during Tuesday night's Red Sox game.

D&C - Worcester's Jim Polito attempts to talk smack on D&C on his Wednesday radio show 5-25-16

After hanging up on D&C on Tuesday when accused of carrying water for the Worcester District Attorney, Worcester morning radio host Jim Polito talks with glee on his radio show about his interaction with Dennis and Callahan

Did Jim Bruer Meet John J…

Did Jim Bruer Meet John Jastremski?

Comedian Jim Bruer says he was on vacation in Mexico and talked to Jastremski about deflategate.

NESN Tries Out a Three Man Booth 5-25-16

The guys talk about NESN's experiment with a three person booth on Red Sox Telecast. They also talk about who they think should be in the booth with Dave O'Brien

DJ Bean joins OMF 5-25-16

DJ Bean talks to the guys about the Bruin's signing of Kevan Miller, and the state of the Bruins off-season.

John Farrell - JBJ is a p…

John Farrell - JBJ is a pro, taking it all in stride

We sit down with the manager of the Sox John Farrell for our weekly discussion about all things Red Sox.

Patriots go on the offensive against the NFL in their latest court filing

We discuss the Patriots filing of an amicus brief to federal district court in support of the ongoing battle that has ensnared their quarterback.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Roger Dodger Edition 05-25-16

We look at four instances where Roger Goodell flat out lies or twists himself into a pretzel when asked a question to which there is a definitive answer to... but he never answers them.

Red Sox Review with Mut, …

Red Sox Review with Mut, 5-25-16

Mut recaps the Sox 10-3 win over the Rockies.

5-24-16 Red Sox Review with Mut

Carson Smith needs Tommy John and Jackie Bradley Jr. reaches 28 game hitting streak

Planet Mikey Show Hour 4 5-23-16

Hour 4 of The Planet Mikey Show w/ Christian Arcand.

It Is What It Is Cast - C…

It Is What It Is Cast - Chris Price talks with former Patriots backup QB Jim Miller about Tom Brady & Deflategate 5-25-16

In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with former Patriots backup quarterback Jim Miller about Tom Brady and his mindset as he continues to battle Deflategate. Miller offers up his own thoughts on Brady’s play and what sets him apart from other signal-callers of his generation. Miller also breaks down New England’s offseason to this point on the calendar, and offers his thoughts on which team might be poised to challenge the Patriots in the AFC East.

Teeing Off With Ben and Nick. The Olympics

This week we talk about top golfers dropping out of the Olympic games.

It Is What It Is Cast - Chris Price talks to Phil Perry about Tom Brady & the latest Deflategate news

In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Comcast’s Phil Perry about the latest Deflategate news, what’s next for Tom Brady and what chance he might have when it comes to playing in the opener. The two also take a look at some guys on the roster bubble and which rookies have the best chance of having an impact in 2016 and beyond.

Jim Polito hangs up on us…

Jim Polito hangs up on us, 5-24-16

Jim Polito of WTAG in Worcester joins us for a few minutes to talk about the district attorney and how the show should stick to sports.

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Turtleboy on Auburn cop killer case, 5-24-16

Turtleboy from Turtleboy Sports joins the guys to talk about the cop killer.

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Kirk goes on a rant, orders Gerry's mic shut off, 5-23-16

Kirk rants about Gerry being Corporate Callahan and commands Paul to shut Gerry's mic off.

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Stephen A Smith thinks so, but what does his own fan-base think?

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