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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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10/31/14 09:58 EST
We've finally found a flaw with Boston University hockey prodigy Jack Eichel. His breath stinks. At least that's what his teammates are going to want you to think. After all, a college freshman or pro rookie isn't allowed to be Mr. Perfect in any sports locker room. So you have to smudge his reputation somehow, right? "He hasn't been mic'd up at practice yet," said Terriers junior goalie Matt O'Connor. "So maybe we'll skate up close to him and tell everybody how bad his breath is." Good try, Matt. You don't even have that on him. I interviewed Eichel at close range after your team's 1-0 win (nice shutout by you, by the way) over Michigan State last Friday. His breath is fine. I wouldn't go so far as to say 5 gum Cobalt minty fresh or anything. But certainly not offensive, to be sure. So the wait continues to find a chink in the armor of this North Chelmsford product who appears to be a lock for nothing less than the second overall pick in the next NHL draft (June 2015).
10/26/14 06:48 EST
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"Denver Week" wasn't exactly shaping up to be what we thought it was supposed to be when the Patriots' 2014 schedule came out. New England has lost Chandler Jones, Stevan Ridley and Jerod Mayo to injuries over the past few games. The Pats had a skin-of-their-teeth home victory against the lowly Jets. The defense made Chris Ivory look like Jim Brown and made Geno Smith look, well, at least capable. (No small task, to be sure.) Meanwhile, the Broncos beat San Francisco and San Diego by a combined score of 77-38 in the span of five days. Again, no small task. Peyton Manning looked to be surrounded by an embarrassment of riches on offense and a defense that seemed to personify the complementary football folks in the Rocky Mountains had been hoping to see. With the struggles of Seattle lately, the Broncos appeared to have solidified themselves as the mythical "best team in the league approaching the halfway point" with a 6-1 record against competition that largely was
10/24/14 09:27 EST
After each of his three touchdown catches Thursday night, Emmanuel Sanders busted out his usual celebration move, an elaborate orchestra conductor-eqsue bow. That's not Peyton Manning's style. He's more of a faux hot potato kind of dude. But he certainly deserved to take a bow as well. Yes, another one. Any football fan outside of Denver who is feeling a dose of Peyton fatigue right now is justified. The public adoration for Manning has been hot and heavy the last week or so in the wake of how he has blown by Brett Favre's old NFL TD passing record of 508. Those who are complaining that recent network NFL coverage may be suffering from Peyton overkill have a point courtesy of two straight "all Manning, all the time, even in every frigging commercial" broadcasts. The praise for Manning of late has been every bit as thick as the criticism was toward him after his Super Bowl debacle vs. Seattle last season. Maybe that isn't coincidence. Those who felt guilty for overreacting and
10/20/14 09:43 EST
Josh Bordner looked as if he was going through confession more so than conducting a press conference at Alumni Stadium. "We left plays all over the field. I know I had two," admitted the senior wide receiver. He then craned his head back, rolled his eyes toward the ceiling and let out a big sigh. Bordner dropped what would have been a catch for a huge gain (maybe even a touchdown) in the first half. He also underthrew a wide-open Charlie Callinan on a perfectly designed and executed flea flicker. It went for 35 yards. But a better thrown ball would have resulted in a score. It was almost as if he was relieved to say out loud that he messed up. He did. But he sure wasn't alone. Those were two of about a dozen plays that Boston College could have made -- but didn't -- en route to a 17-13 home loss to No. 24 Clemson on Saturday afternoon. If the Eagles had made even half of them, they probably could have pulled off a second significant upset of a ranked team this season. "We



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