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About Tim Benz

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.

03/31/15 08:28 EST
I'm watching the Celtics-Hornets game as I write this. It's halftime. Good game so far. Lots of quality shot-making. The Celts are better than 50 percent from the floor. The Hornets are close. I just pumped my fist after Kelly Olynyk drained a couple of long shots. Got mad when Marcus Smart jacked up a needles heat check 3-pointer. Even jumped out of my seat when Gerald Wallace leapt up to throw home an alley-oop dunk. Yes, that Gerald Wallace. The point is, I'm engaged. I'm into it. I care. These moments feel like they matter. There are stakes on the line. There is a playoff spot in play. Boston was a half-game back, and Charlotte was a half-game behind them as I started writing this. Granted, it's the last spot in the NBA's Eastern Conference they are trying to get, which is kinda like fighting over the hot body contest winner at fat camp. But who cares. It's something to keep the fan base buzzing. The Celtics did sneak into a playoff spot in 2013 (at 41-40). But we all knew what was
03/16/15 08:45 EST
So the NCAA Tournament bracket has been released. And the microwave response has been hot as ever about who got in and who was left out unfairly. And the arguments are compelling. Did Colorado State get jobbed? Maybe. Did UCLA get a break based on name recognition? For sure. But in my opinion this year there is more drama within the bracket itself rather than who slid in and who slid off of the bubble. Let's start with one of the local teams to make it in: WHAT DO WE MAKE OF PROVIDENCE'S SLOTTING? One of the most odd arrangements of this year's bracket involves the Friars. It's not about the seed. Getting a 6 is actually spot-on fair for Ed Cooley's team. But how does it make sense to have the Friars potentially play what amounts to a road game in Columbus, Ohio, against a play-in team if they get Dayton? COME TO THINK OF IT, WHAT DO WE MAKE OF DAYTON'S SLOTTING? In fact, the Dayton situation makes no sense at all. And maybe Providence is just an unfortunate victim of circumstance in this
03/09/15 09:43 EST
Here's a worst-case scenario for Patriots fans that we outlined as a possibility on Friday's Middays with MFBprogram. -- Darrelle Revis doesn't work out a long-term deal with the Pats. -- Darrelle Revis hits the open market and signs with an AFC East rival (likely the Bills or Jets). -- The Patriots fail to retain safety Devin McCourty as well (which won't happen). -- New England says goodbye to Vince Wilfok (we all know that happened). -- The Jets trade for Brandon Marshall (that took place Friday). -- The Dolphins sign Ndamukong Suh (which now seems highly likely). -- The Bills actually get Shady McCoy to show up happy with a new contract after his trade to Buffalo (which apparently has occurred). -- David Harris stays in the AFC East with either Buffalo or New York (that happened, too). -- C.J. Spiller leaves the Bills but goes to the Jets or the Dolphins instead of the Patriots (which also could transpire). Again, that was a WORST-CASE scenario. The loose translation:
03/03/15 10:24 EST
The eighth-place Boston Bruins got a little bit better at the trade deadline. A little bit better. I guess. Strong lead for a column, right? Sorry, but I can't make lemonade out of these lemons. The bland trade deadline moves by general manager Peter Chiarelli are consistent with the milquetoast season his team has given its fans so far. A team that won the Presidents' Trophy last year now is feverishly dog-paddling to keep its head above the playoff waterline in the NHL's Eastern Conference. In an effort to help, Chiarelli acquired Brett Connolly from Tampa Bay (in exchange for two second-round draft picks) and Max Talbot from Colorado (in exchange for Jordan Caron). Connolly is a 6-foot-2, 182-pound right winger with a right-handed shot. So he fits the profile that the Bruins were looking for there. He's young and cheap (22 and finishing up a one-year, $850,000 contract). And he'll be a restricted free agent at the end of the year. Connolly was the sixth pick in the 2010 draft (four

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NFL Sunday - the offseaso…

NFL Sunday - the offseason edition - with Greg Dickerson and Chris Price -- HOUR #2 -- 3-29-15

Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.

Mike Reiss, ESPN Boston/ESPN NFL Nation, joins DIckerson and Price on NFL Sunday 3-29-15

Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.

NFL Sunday - the offseason edition - with Greg Dickerson and Chris Price -- HOUR #1 -- 3-29-15

In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.

We Love Anthony Davis - C…

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.

SB Nation's Paul Flannery joins Mike Mutnansky, 2-19-15

Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline

SI's Chris Mannix with Dale and Holley

We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.

Red Sox Assistant GM Mike…

Red Sox Assistant GM Mike Hazen with Joe Castiglione and Alex Speier in the booth

Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.

Hot Stove Show 03-26-15

Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.

Joe Kelly talks about his biceps and brackets

Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.

Peter Chiarelli, Boston B…

Peter Chiarelli, Boston Bruins GM, joins DJ Bean, Joe McDonald and Pete Blackburn on Sunday Skate 3-29-15

Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.

Sunday Skate with WEEI's DJ Bean, ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald and Pete Blackburn -- HOUR #2 -- 3-29-15

It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.

unday Skate with WEEI's DJ Bean, ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald and Pete Blackburn -- HOUR #1 -- 3-29-15

The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Justin Bieber roast 3-31-15

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

Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Final Four 3-31-15

The guys discussed the controversial Indiana law.

President Obama visits Boston 3-31-15

The guys opened the show by discussing the Presidents visit yesterday.

Upon Further Review - Hol…

Upon Further Review - Holley on the crossover, 3-31-15

Michael Holley comes in for the crossover, and continues the discussion with Tim over what will happen if the Patriots face any type of punishment for the deflated footballs in the AFCCG.

Tim and Lou argue over the Deflategate investigation, 3-31-15

With the Wells report seemingly wrapping up (we hope), Tim and Lou got to talking about possible fines and punishments the Patriots must face. It's possible that the Patriots will face a small fine, but should they take that laying down? The conversation brings out a little passion from BOTH sides.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, talks about the Celtics playoff push, 3-31-15

Jackie Mac talks about the Celtics win over the Hornets last night and their chances of making the playoffs.

Robert Kraft testifies in…

Robert Kraft testifies in the Aaron Hernandez trial: response and reaction

Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss Robert Kraft's testimony and the Hernandez trial overall as it continues to unfold.

Dale and Holley's Final Drive 03-31-15

We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed from throughout the day.

David Pastrnak is quietly having a better rookie season than Tyler Seguin had

Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss 'Pasta' and his solid rookie year, and make a few statistical comparisons.

Chris Price joins Mike Mu…

Chris Price joins Mike Mutnansky

Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season

Mut's rant over the Jets filing tampering charges

Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots

Lucy the Textress is back

Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.

Wrestlecast - Wrestlemani…

Wrestlecast - Wrestlemania Rewind

Will Noonan joins Chris in the studio to review Wrestlemania and Raw.

D&C's Breaking Balls: Sausage is a loser 3-30-15

Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.

Wrestlecast: History of Wrestlemania part 3

Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.

Shaughnessy vs. Ortiz 3-3…

Shaughnessy vs. Ortiz 3-30-15

The latest feud between Shank and Papi was discussed.

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Boston Police officer shot, people protest cops.......3-30-15

The guys discussed the disgusting protests at the scene of Officer Moynihan's shooting.

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Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Bill Cosby heckled 3-30-15

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

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Sausage is a loser 3-30-15

Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.

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We listen in on Adam Shefter's deflategate report on NFL Live on ESPN, and discuss when we can expect this whole mess to come to a head.

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