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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.

03/03/15 09:24 EST
The eighth-place Boston Bruins got a little bit better at the trade deadline. A little bit better. I guess. Strong lead for a column, right? Sorry, but I can't make lemonade out of these lemons. The bland trade deadline moves by general manager Peter Chiarelli are consistent with the milquetoast season his team has given its fans so far. A team that won the Presidents' Trophy last year now is feverishly dog-paddling to keep its head above the playoff waterline in the NHL's Eastern Conference. In an effort to help, Chiarelli acquired Brett Connolly from Tampa Bay (in exchange for two second-round draft picks) and Max Talbot from Colorado (in exchange for Jordan Caron). Connolly is a 6-foot-2, 182-pound right winger with a right-handed shot. So he fits the profile that the Bruins were looking for there. He's young and cheap (22 and finishing up a one-year, $850,000 contract). And he'll be a restricted free agent at the end of the year. Connolly was the sixth pick in the 2010 draft (four
02/24/15 09:25 EST
What's not to like about the Red Sox signing Yoan Moncada? He's a chiseled up-and-comer who apparently can play shortstop, second base or third base. He's allegedly 6-foot-2, 205 pounds and a switch-hitter. The scouts love him. Maybe he could replace Xander Bogaerts if Bogaerts flames out. Maybe his presence puts Mookie Betts on the table so Betts can be swapped out for Cole Hamels. Or perhaps he can play third base if Pablo Sandoval needs to be moved to first to replace Mike Napoli eventually. Or there is the prospect of him replacing Dustin Pedroia at second in a few years. "He's got power, he can run," general manager Ben Cherington told CSNNEon Monday. "He's a very impressive, physical, 19-year-old who has performed well in Cuba, including, as a very young player, in Serie Nacional in Cuba, which is the highest level of play in Cuba." And by the way, they screwed the Yankees to get him! So, again, what's not to like? Oh. The money? Pfft! A $31.5 million bill to sign
02/17/15 09:41 EST
The Red Sox will be better this year. They almost have to be, right? Achieving a win total higher than last year's 71 isn't a very lofty bar to set. But how much better? A 10-win improvement in one year sounds pretty good. But that just gets them to .500 at 81 wins. And that doesn't sound so good for a team that is spending the third most in baseball to the tune of $198 million. That's about where I think they'll be. Put me down for 83 wins. The Red Sox would like us to believe they are a 90-plus win team. And one that's good enough to win the American League East. And frankly, a lot of sports gamblers and baseball experts want us to believe the same way. Quite a few national baseball writers and casinos are saying the Sox are the favorites to win the AL East ... or even the entire American League. Now the question becomes: Is Red Sox management buying into its own hype? That answer will become clear based on how it handles the Cole Hamels trade talks with Philadelphia. As reported on
02/09/15 09:25 EST
There's a simple reason why "Greatest of All Time" debates make people get so tenacious: It's almost impossible to find a clear answer between eras and circumstances. Who was better? Pre-integration Babe Ruth? Or steroid-pumped Barry Bonds? Michael Jordan was a scoring guard who won six titles almost single-handedly. Bill Russell was a legendary defender and rebounder as a big man. He won 11 championships. But he had help from a list of other Hall of Famers. Every stat under the sun says Wayne Gretzky was the best ever in the NHL. But Mario Lemieux played through cancer. And a bad back and hip. And a heart problem. With lesser teammates for most of his career. Against more clutch-and-grab defense. Bigger goalie pads. And Bobby Orr had to retire at 30. And he was a defenseman, so ... So you get the point. That being said, in football, the unofficial title of Best Coach-Quarterback Tandem in the Super Bowl era seems to be officially given to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Few are

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