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About Tim Benz

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.

11/17/14 09:59 EST
I hate Jonas Gray. Because of him, since Sunday night every almost every TV anchor, Patriots beat writer, or local columnist has tried work in some sort of "Gray" reference -- "Touch of Gray", "Shades of Gray", "Gray Area." It's almost become a race to see who can squeeze in as many puns as possible into a single column or sports cast. Enough already. We get it. Especially when the analogy doesn't even hold, because what Gray did on Sunday night was actually the opposite. He didn't create "gray area" by rushing for 199 yards and four touchdowns, he was actually so good he helped eliminate it. It's now very black and white. The Patriots are the best team in the AFC and everybody else is playing catch up. The reemergence of the New England running game was the last missing piece. Since we've just seen the Pats crank out a big run game without Stevan Ridley (season-ending knee surgery), the evidence suggests the Pats are now the complete team
11/06/14 07:08 EST
Everyone has their fantasy teams or games they are going to bet on. But, if you are just a regular ol' Patriots fan trying to fill up your bye week NFL viewing pleasure, here is a look at how to best budget your football TV time as the Patriots, along with their next opponent in the Colts, are off this weekend. THURSDAY NIGHT GAME BROWNS at BENGALS:Yup the battle of Ohio is in prime time. Sounds like really interesting television, right? But this year both teams are relevant at the halfway point. Cincinnati has been a player for a few years now. But it's not often we see the Browns above .500 this late. Hell, THE WHOLE AFC NORTH IS ABOVE .500! So, watching Thursday night football may be worthwhile even if this doesn't scream "glamour matchup."If the Bengals win, they'll improve their record to 6-2-1 and buffer their first-place cushion in the division. If the upstart Browns win, they'll find themselves in a temporary first-place tie with Pittsburgh. Yes, the Pats
11/02/14 10:33 EST
"BRADY BEATS MANNING ... AGAIN!" "GRONK PUTS ON A SHOW!" "EDELMAN DOES IT ALL!" Those are all appropriate headlines to tell the story of how the Patriots upset the Broncos in Foxboro on Sunday, 43-21. But can I submit another one? "DEFENSE DROPS DENVER" Yeah, I know. The numbers say otherwise. Denver rolled up 472 yards in total offense and scored three touchdowns. And all those guys outlined above packed the highlight shows. But I walked away from this one thinking about how the Patriots defense made a previously unstoppable offense look very human. Most of those Denver offensive stats were hollow. Most of Peyton Manning's passing yards were racked up in garbage time. And garbage time basically started as the third quarter was ending. Why go out of our way to praise the defense? Well, yes, Tom Brady and the Patriots offense were deadly. But look at the big plays the Patriots D made to put that explosive offense in prime scoring position. Rob
10/31/14 08:58 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).

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11-19-14-TragsPriceWedsCast's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview Sunday's Patriots-Lions game and discuss what the Pats offense needs to do against Detroit's front seven, as well as what the Pats defense can do against Calvin Johnson.

A Family Affair - Christians nephew and Lions TE Joseph Fauria joins the show, 11-19-14

Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria is the nephew of the our own Christian Fauria. He joined the show today to talk about being a Pats fan as a kid, being a better athlete than his uncle, and before all was said and done, things got personal.

Peter King with Dale and Holley

We check in with SI's Peter King for the latest on the Adrian Peterson case, as well as analysis on the Patriots latest win and the rest of the NFL.

We Hate Dwayne Wade - Mar…

We Hate Dwayne Wade - Marcus Smart injury 11-12-14

How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...

WHDW - Greg Dickerson Joins the Show to talk Celtics

Sam and Ben talk with Greg Dickerson about how fun this year's Celtics team is to watch as well Jeff Green trade ideas.

Kyle Draper, Comcast Sports New England, Celtics will compete for a playoff spot this season

Kyle Draper joins Danny Picard to talk about the Celtics chances this season in the Eastern Conference, last Wednesday's home opener blowout against the Nets, and Rajon Rondo's future in Boston

Hot Stove Show 11-20-14

Hot Stove Show 11-20-14

The Hot Stove guys are talking about Pablo Sandoval and Jon Lester's contract offers from the Red Sox. They then por one out for the Giancarlo Stanton rumors being put to bed.

Hot Stove Show 11-13-14

The Hot Stove boys are back again, talking about Jon Lester, Pablo Sandoval, Giancarlo Stanton's b

Rob Bradford,, checks in from the GM meetings in Arizona, 11-11-14's Rob Bradford checks in with the show to give us some updates on what's happening in Phoenix. The Sox are rumored to be interested in Pablo Sandoval, Cole Hammels would have to approve a trade to Boston, and Gordon Edes says that Jon Lester re-signing with club is still a possibility.

NESN's Jack Edwards with …

NESN's Jack Edwards with Dale and Holley

Dale and Michael get Jack Edwards' 'state of the B' report and talk about the win over the Blues at the Garden on Tuesday.

Andy Brickley, NESN, talks about the Bruins 2-0 win over St. Louis, 11-19-14

Andy Brickley joined the show and touched on last night's convincing win over a good team, Matt Bartkowski needing a wake up call, and the NHL review process.

Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports. NHL should have a coach's challenge 11-13-14

Pierre joins the guys to talk about the Bruins struggles, the NHL franchise in Las Vegas, and the return of the glow puck!

Rob Bradford with the lat…

Rob Bradford with the latest on Jon Lester

Bradford joined the show with the latest on the Red Sox off-season moves.

D&C disagree on Tiger 11-20-14

The guys discuss the Golf Digest parody piece on Tiger.

Christine Brennan on Tiger Woods 11-20-14

Christine Brennan of USA Today discussed Tiger's response to Golf Digest.

Christian Fauria prank ca…

Christian Fauria prank calls Detroit sports radio WDFN; praises nephew Joseph Fauria

Christian in Foxboro returns, this time he's trolling Detroit sports radio station WDFN's Shep in the Morning Show. Christian rips Lions fans and asks why his nephew, Joseph, isn't getting the ball more.

Coming Home- Legarrette Blount is back in New England. 11-20-14

The Patriots have resigned Legarrette Blount. The guys debate whether or not it was good signing.

Three For All: Athletes in financial trouble. 11-20-14

Ryan Howard gets sued by everyone in his family and Columbus Blue Jacket Jack Johnson gets royally screwed by his parents.

We should have seen the r…

We should have seen the resigning of LeGarrette Blount by the Patriots coming

Michael and Dale discuss the return of LGB, and how the move really wasn't that surprising to begin with.

Blue Jackets' Jack Johnson: A cautionary tale of trust and finances

We discuss the Jack Johnson story... the NHL player who bankrupted by his own PARENTS.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - Welcome Back to Boston Edition - 11-20-14

We welcome back LeGarrette Blount by looking at the best returns to Boston in recent memory.

Brandon Alisoglu gives us…

Brandon Alisoglu gives us an analysis of the Lions

Brandon covers the NFL, particularly the Detroit Lions for Bleacher Report. He gives us his thoughts on this Sunday's game and how the Lions stack up against the Patriots.

Cold, Hard Football Talk

Mikey, Villani, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are talking Patriots-Lions and how the team this year stacks up to Patriots teams of the past.

Wonderin' Why the Lions Suck

Some more Musical Mikey Magic to get ready for Sunday's Patriots-Lions game.

College Puckcast with And…

College Puckcast with Andy Merritt and Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy

Andy Merritt of the New England Hockey Journal joined’s Scott McLaughlin to talk about the play of Vermont and Providence, as well as other happenings around Hockey East. Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy also joined the show to talk about his team’s good start, his freshman class and how he uses possession stats.

We Hate Dwyane Wade - Mike Mutnansky Talks Hated Players and Rajon Rondo.

Joining the show today Mut the all-purpose back of WEEI. We talk about players we have hated over the years as well as Rajon Rondo and what is ailing the Celtics.

SoccerCast - MLS Playoffs, Revs latest 11-15-14

Ben and Russ talk about the Revs, MLS Playoffs, and much much more.

Bill Parcells: With the w…

Bill Parcells: With the way I left New England, retrospectively I'd do things differently

Dale and Michael do an in-depth interview with one of the people that saved NFL football in New England. Bill Parcells, co-author of Parcells: A Football Life.

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Tom Brady "No more BS ind…

Tom Brady "No more BS indoor games" 11-18-14

Tom Brady joined the show to discuss the big win over Andrew Luck and the Colts.

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Peter Gammons: "The Cubs …

Peter Gammons: "The Cubs believe Jon Lester is coming back to Boston" 11-18-14

Peter Gammons joined the show to discuss the latest MLB hot stove news.

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Bill Belichick: Gronkowsk…

Bill Belichick: Gronkowski over-blocking penalty a tough call, but one we can live with

We check in with the head coach as the Patriots moved to 8-2 with a win in Indy. Bill has high praise for RB Jonas Gray, Gronk, the defense, the fast start for the offense in both halves, and Bill even says hello to our new addition Jerry Thornton.

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Tedy Bruschi: Gronk is th…

Tedy Bruschi: Gronk is the best tight end I've ever seen

We talk with Tedy Bruschi on a Patriots Monday after the Pats moved to 8-2 with a decisive win over the Colts in Indy. Tedy compares Jonas Gray with another Patriot back of the past, and breaks down how physical the Patriots were.

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