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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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NFL Sunday with Dickerson…

NFL Sunday with Dickerson and Price -- Reaction to Don Banks and more on Deflategate - 6-28-15

The guys react to what Don Banks had to say and get into some more thoughts on Deflategate. Are McNally and Jastremski ever going to break their silence and give their side of the story? Price says yes ... eventually.

Don Banks, SI.com, joins Dickerson and Price on NFL Sunday - 6-28-15

Don Banks talks with the NFL Sunday boys about his reaction to Brady's appeal, where we go from here and the NFL's motives and decisions throughout the process. He also gets into the Pats offseason so far and their weakness at CB. Don gives his take on the AFC East this year and how some of the Pats' rivals have improved.

NFL Sunday with Greg Dickerson and Chris Price -- Reaction to news from Tom Brady's appeal on Tuesday - 6-28-15

Greg and Price discuss their thoughts on some of the reports that have leaked after Tuesday from Brady's appeal hearing. The boys talk about what the reaction will be if Brady decides to accept a 1-game suspension. Fans want a complete exoneration, but there's a good chance that they won't get that - how will they react? They also talk with Mike Petraglia and get his thought on the appeal and more.

We Love Anthony Davis - A…

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.

We Love Anthony Davis - NBA Finals Breakdown 6-13-15

Sam is joined by Jared Weiss from The Garden Report and CLNS Radio to breakdown game 4 of Cavs-Warriors, preview game 5 on Sunday, and analyze the Celtics needs this off-season.

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?

Clay Buchholz Player Of T…

Clay Buchholz Player Of The Game Interview 7-04-15

Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who threw a much-needed complete game win against the Astros at Fenway Park.

Alejandro De Aza Player of the Game Interview07-02-15

Joe and Rob Bradford talk with Red Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza about the Red Sox solid road trip and offensive outpouring in a win against Toronto.

Red Sox Manager John Farrell with Dale and Holley

We discuss the state of the Sox, specifically Rick Porcello, with Red Sox Manager John Farrell.

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!

Tanguay and Volin on the …

Tanguay and Volin on the Patriots off-season 7-3-15

Gary and Ben on the Pats.

Larry Lucchino on Rick Porcello. 7-2-15

The guys discussed the latest Red Sox news with Larry.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Dukes of Hazard pulled by TV Land 7-2-15

The top stories of the day as recounted by Gary Tanguay.

Three For All: Conor McGr…

Three For All: Conor McGregor calls out Mayweather & Joey Chestnut Vs. the field, 7-3-15

Conor McGregor has harsh words for Floyd Mayweather on Conan, Colbert hosts public access TV & will Joey Chestnut defend his title in Hot Dog Eating Contest?

Celtics Off-Season & how they can lure a star to Boston, 7-3-15

Discussing Greg Monroe signing with Milwaukee and debating if that gives hope to a cold weather city in Boston

Targeting pitchers the Red Sox should think about trading for, 7-3-15

Kicking around the dream of acquiring a pitcher like Sonny Gray and how much you would have to give up in order to acquire that caliber talent

Bradfo and Hart's Four at…

Bradfo and Hart's Four at Four: Worst National Anthem Renditions

In honor of the 4th of July holiday, guest hosts Rob Bradford and Andy Hart examine the four worst renditions of the Star Spangled Banner at sporting events.

Bradfo and Andy Hart with an early look at Patriots training camp

WEEI.com's Rob Bradford and Andy Hart of Patriots.com are in for Dale, Holley, and Thornton. Bradfo and Hart take some time to discuss the upcoming issues for Pats training camp, including what QB reps will be like between Brady and the backups.

Astros Beat Writer Evan Drellich

Rob Bradford and Andy Hart are in for Dale, Holley, and Thornton and are joined by Houston Astros writer Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle to preview the weekend's Red Sox - Astros series as well as to get the inside word on the St. Louis Cardinals hacking scandal.

Planet Mikey: DJ Bean tal…

Planet Mikey: DJ Bean talks #Bruins and Matt Beleskey

WEEI Bruins Reporter D.J. Bean joins Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola to talk about the signing of winger Matt Beleskey on the opening day of NHL free agency.

Planet Mikey: Rick Porcello Limericks and Red Sox Midterm Grades

With 80 games played for the Red Sox, Mikey Adams wants midterm grades for several players. Also, after another Rick Porcello clunker in Toronto, callers and texters give unflattering Porcello Limericks. Lenny Megliola and Textress Lucy are along.

Danny Picard reacts to NBA Draft, 6-25-15

Danny's early thoughts on Celtics drafting Terry Rozier at the 16th pick

SoccerCast - Revs Downfal…

SoccerCast - Revs Downfall & MLS Changing a Rule?

Ben, Russ & Alex discuss the Revs continued downfall & argue over The Mighty Ducks movie franchise

Red Sox Farm Report Podcast July 1st Edition

Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable are joined by special guests Mike Mutnansky of the Red Sox Radio Network and Red Sox minor league hitting coordinator Tim Hyers to talk Sox prospects. What do the struggles of Rusney Castillo and Rick Porcello in the majors mean? Also, the international signing period begins July 2, looking back at past Latin American signings. And June selections for affiliate players of the month

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.

Red Sox Farm Report Podca…

Red Sox Farm Report Podcast July 1st Edition

Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable are joined by special guests Mike Mutnansky of the Red Sox Radio Network and Red Sox minor league hitting coordinator Tim Hyers to talk Sox prospects. What do the struggles of Rusney Castillo and Rick Porcello in the majors mean? Also, the international signing period begins July 2, looking back at past Latin American signings. And June selections for affiliate players of the month

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Larry Lucchino on Rick Porcello. 7-2-15

The guys discussed the latest Red Sox news with Larry.

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Steve Buckley does not wa…

Tumultuous off-seasons fo…

Tumultuous off-seasons for the C's and B's still has the town talking

Dale, Michael and Jerry do the postgame for another Sox stinker, and find there is much more interest in how the Bruins and Celtics can build their teams after interesting off-seasons.

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