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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.

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics PG…

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics PG joins OMF, 6-30-16

Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy

Danny Ainge, Celtics General Manager and President of Basketball joins OMF, 6-24-16

Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.

NBA Draft Show with Mut and Minihane Pt. 3

Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics

Manager John Farrell with…

Manager John Farrell with Dale, Holley and Thornton

We check in with the manager of the Boston Red Sox, John Farrell joins us live from Tampa for our weekly update on all things Sox.

Red Sox Review with Mut, 6-27-16

Eduardo Rodriguez and the Sox stumbled in their 13-7 loss to the Rays. Mut recaps the game and takes your calls on all things Boston baseball.

Red Sox Review with Christian Arcand, 6-26-16

Christian recaps the Red Sox 6-2 loss to the Rangers.

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.

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines - Trump's luncheon protesters, Howie Carr's war chant 6-30-16

Kirk Minihane's Thursday Headlines welcome interns Tim and Conor to dicuss their trip to the Trump luncheon in downtown Boston.

D&C don't want to talk DeflateGate but Chris Simms on WFAN makes them 6-30-16

A guest appearance by Chris Simms on WFAN with Boomer Esiason forces John, Gerry and Kirk back down the DeflateGate wormhole.

D&C - Gerry is afraid of a former Gitmo detainee loose in Brazil; Kirk might be the new PD 6-30-16

The Olympics in Brazil might have a few strange characters around, plus the guys discuss some changes in WEEI management and the sales staff bringing them breakfast

DJ Bean joins OMF, 6-30-1…

DJ Bean joins OMF, 6-30-16

WEEI Bruins Reporter DJ Bean joins Glenn and Lou to talk about the B's waiving Dennis Seidenberg, and the Jacob Trouba rumors.

OMF examines the Red Sox' options for roster improvement, 6-30-16

Glenn and Lou try to figure out what the Sox can do to right the ship

Isaiah Thomas, Celtics PG, joins OMF, 6-30-16

Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy

Off-season changes (so fa…

Off-season changes (so far) seem to underwhelm Bruins fans

We discuss the moves (or lack thereof) of the Bruins so far, and how fans have been less than receptive to the few changes.

Time for changes up top? The John Farrell debate engulfs Red Sox nation

Should he stay or should he go? We discuss it.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Social Media Day Edition 06-30-16

Inspired by "Social Media Day" we look at four instances where athletes do it the best (or worst) on social media.

Ep. 21: Antoine Walker

Ep. 21: Antoine Walker

Kirk Minihane talks to Antoine Walker about his troubles with gambling, losing his $100m fortune, his relationship with Paul Pierce, and playing under Rick Pitino.

Ep. 20: Jan Volk

Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.

Ep. 19: John Tomase

Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.

College Puckcast – Brui…

College Puckcast – Bruins first-round pick Charlie McAvoy

WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin talks to Boston University defenseman Charlie McAvoy about getting drafted 14th overall by the Boston Bruins.

SoccerCast - Zlatan announces next club, Iceland's EURO run, and is Messi really done? 6-30-16

Ben, Russ and Alex start the show by discussing the breaking news that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is headed to Manchester United. They also continue to cover the EURO's and Iceland's improbable run through the tourney. And of course, inevitably, they address Lionel Messi's announcement that he is retiring from Argentina.

Enough About Me - Ep. 21: Antoine Walker

Kirk Minihane talks to Antoine Walker about his troubles with gambling, losing his $100m fortune, his relationship with Paul Pierce, and playing under Rick Pitino.

Enough About Me - Ep. 21:…

Enough About Me - Ep. 21: Antoine Walker

Kirk Minihane talks to Antoine Walker about his troubles with gambling, losing his $100m fortune, his relationship with Paul Pierce, and playing under Rick Pitino.

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