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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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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price explain why Patriots owner Robert Kraft came out on the offensive Wednesday and hit back at the NFL for upholding Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension.

Dale and Holley: Michael McCann on Brady's Legal Options

Law Professor Michael McCann calls in to talk about how Tom Brady can fight the NFL in court.

Dale and Holley: Peter King Talks Roger Goodell and Tom Brady

Peter King calls in to talk about Roger Goodell not reducing Tom Brady's suspension.

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We Love Anthony Davis - Space Jam and Celtics Summer League with Jay King. 7-23-15

Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.

We Love Anthony Davis - Michael Holley Recaps NBA Free Agency 7-9-15

Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.

We Love Anthony Davis - Are the Celtics doomed? 7-1-15

How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.

Pedro Martinez, Baseball …

Pedro Martinez, Baseball Hall of Famer joins the broadcast for an inning 07-28-15

Joe and Dave are joined by Pedro who was at the game and had his number 45 retired by the Red Sox in a very touching pregame ceremony. Pedro talks about going into the Hall of Fame, his time in Boston and love for the game of baseball.

David Ortiz Player of the Game Interview 7-26-15

Joe & Dave talked to the Sox designated hitter, who hit two home runs and drove in seven runs in the win over the Tigers.

Xander Bogaerts Player of the Game 07-24-15

Joe and Dave talk with Xander after he hits the walk-off single that snapped the Red Sox losing streak as they beat the Tigers in 11 innings.

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!

Adam Schefter on Chris Mo…

Adam Schefter on Chris Mortenson's false report 7-30-15

Adam Schefter joined us to discuss the latest on deflategate and Mortenson's false PSI report.

Bob Kraft defends Tom Brady 7-30-15

The guys opened the show by discussing Bob Kraft's press conference yesterday.

Stephen A. Smith on Brady's cell phone 7-29-15

Stephen A. joined us to discuss Brady's punishment.

Judy Battista warns that …

Judy Battista warns that Tom Brady might not want to go to court, 7-29-15

Judy Battista, NFL.com, warns the listeners about the negative ramifications that will occur when Tom Brady and the NFLPA takes the NFL to court.

Robert Kraft regrets calling off the dogs, 7-29-15

Robert Kraft decided, in May, to drop the rhetoric directed at the NFL in hopes that Roger Goodell would be lenient on Tom Brady. Today, he stated that he was wrong.

Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick speak - MFB reacts, 7-29-15

When the show opened today, we went to the press conference, live, where Robert Kraft condemned the NFL's decision to uphold Tom Brady's suspension. Bill Belichick spoke shortly after. Lou, Christian and Tim reacted immediately after.

Kraft drops the gauntlet …

Kraft drops the gauntlet against Goodell and the NFL: Response and Reaction

Robert Kraft went a long way to winning fans back when he stood up against Roger Goodell and the NFL this morning for what he describes as a flawed process in which the Patriots were railroaded. We break it all down and take your reaction.

Pete Rose investigator John Dowd: NFL's process reaks of fundamental unfairness

We speak with attorney John Dowd, who authored the report that led to Pete Rose being banned for life from Major League Baseball. Dowd tells us that the NFL railroaded Tom Brady from start to finish with this investigation.

The latest on Deflategate with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport

We go inside the Kraft-Goodell relationship and how things might be changing with the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Planet Mikey Podcast - #R…

Planet Mikey Podcast - #RedSox giant vat of (stink)

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Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola get 36 glorious minutes between games of a Monday doubleheader, and after an 11-1 Red Sox loss, to vent about the declining state of the team.

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SoccerCast - Pirlo's MLS …

SoccerCast - Pirlo's MLS debut, Drogba's arrival & who has had the best transfer window? 7-29-15

Russ & Alex discuss Andrea Pirlo's MLS debut, Didier Drogba signing with Montreal and debate which team has had the best transfer window so far.

We Love Anthony Davis - Space Jam and Celtics Summer League with Jay King. 7-23-15

Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.

SoccerCast - David Amoyal of ESPNFC joins the show to talk transfers.

With the transfer window open and active in the world of soccer, David Amoyal joins Ben & Alex to talk transfers, transfers and more transfers

Tim Benz announces he is …

Tim Benz announces he is stepping down from WEEI; accepts job in Pittsburgh, 7-28-15

The “B” in MFB has decided to accept a job back in Pittsburgh where he can be closer with his family. Tim Benz announces that he made the very difficult decision to leave his post at WEEI so he can return home full-time with his wife Kate.

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Stephen A. Smith was on the show BEFORE the news came down about Tom Brady's suspension being upheld. He was also the first to report the news that Tom Brady destroyed his personal cell phone.

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