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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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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.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NB…

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.

Game 6 and Hawks Series Breakdown plus offseason preview with Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog

Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown with ESPN's Chris Forsberg - 4/28/16

It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!

5-01-16 Christian Vazquez…

5-01-16 Christian Vazquez Player Of The Game Interview

Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.

Rick Porcello Player of the Game Interview

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.

Bradfo Show: Brian Butterfield talks Hanley, Pablo, Patriots draft picks, message for Roger Goodell

Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

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.

Gary Tanguay is in for D&…

Gary Tanguay is in for D&C & the show goes off the rails quickly 5-4-16

Gary Tanguay and Kirk Minihane start the program without Dennis and Callahan. Gary quickly ticks off Kirk by leading the show in too many directions. The guys settle in talking about Ted Cruz pulling out of the GOP race and Donald Trump's chances to win the presidency.

Headlines - Transgender flag flies at City Hall, 5-3-16

Mayor Marty Walsh is promoting equal rights for transgenders at City Hall. A woman was struck and killed by a Duck Boat. Bernie Sanders wants free tuition for all public colleges.

19 year old football player facing 69 counts of indecent exposure, 5-3-16

A 19 year old football player, in Mesa, Arizona, is facing 69 counts of indecent exposure, for showing his genitalia in his team photo with the football team.

Sox fans think the guys s…

Sox fans think the guys should leave Hanley alone! 5-3-16

Hanley Ramirez hasn't been hitting and Red Sox fans are just fine with it.

Pablo Sandoval could miss the whole year due to shoulder surgery 5-3-16

Pablo Sandoval is scheduled for shoulder surgery. What does this mean for his season and his future with the Red Sox?

Why has David Price been struggling? 5-3-16

The guys start the show discussing David Price's not great start to the year.

Pablo Sandoval has surger…

Pablo Sandoval has surgery, done for the season, but may still eventually bring value to the Red Sox

We discuss Pablo's surgery, rumors of weight loss and a renewed focus, and ultimately if the Red Sox will be able to get anything from Pablo, be in on the field or via trade.

NBA Refs may have cost the Spurs a game - plus which league has the best officiating

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Dale and Holley's Final Drive 5-03-16

We close out the Dale and Holley show with the best soundbites of the day.

The Planet Mikey Show,5/3…

The Planet Mikey Show,5/3/16

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Planet Mikey Podcast - Hour 4, 4-21-16

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Planet Mikey Podcast - Hour 3, 4-21-16

Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NB…

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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.

Teeing Off With Ben and Nick. Wells Fargo Championship Preview

This week we are joined by Jon Albanese, manger of Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio and talk about golf returning to the Olympics, Tiger Woods and more. We also look back at the Zurich Classic and preview Wells Fargo Championship.

Butch & Tomase Podcast talking #Celtics with NBA analyst Kevin O'Connor

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Federal appellate lawyer Raffi Melkonian gives his expert analysis on 2nd Circuit court's decision, 4-25-16

Glenn, Lou, and Christian check in with Raffi Melkonian to get his insight on the 2nd Circuit court's decision and what Tom Brady's options are going forward.

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Does Prince's drug use change your opinion of him? 4-25-16

Dino, Gerry and Kirk look at the reports surrounding Prince and his drug use.

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Sausage announces his retirement and Paul interviews for the job, 4-22-16

Sausage tells the guys that he's moving onto greener (read: more lucrative) pastures. His potential replacement, Paul, is interviewed for the job.

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