Saturday, June 9, 2012

Thank you, Celtics.

Yeah, my blog hasn't been very diverse this week.  So what.  Pretty much all the "other stuff i care about" is less significant at the moment.  And even though the Bird SI cover has no particular relevance today, it just feels appropriate.  This could be the last time we ever see these four all in green.  If it is the end, it's been great ride.

The first game I went to as a season ticket holder was their first game together.  One of the best decisions I've ever made.

Friday, June 8, 2012

It's not over yet

Ironically, yesterday was easily the biggest day in the history of  Before I went to work in the morning I put up a blog about getting psyched for the Celtics game, and by the time I got home that evening almost 1000 people had clicked on it.  Unfortunately things did not go so well at the Garden last night.  For some slightly brighter local sports news, you can read my post about Clay Buchholz's shutout last night at

I still think the Celtics have a decent shot to win Game 7 in Miami.  They just won there 3 days ago, and Lebron will not make all those shots again.  Also, at the beginning of the NBA playoffs, espn released two (and only two) "A Champion Will Rise" commercials featuring players sitting in the rafters of their buildings.  One starred Kevin Durant of the Western Conference Champion Oklahoma City Thunder.  Here is the other:


Thursday, June 7, 2012

It's been 4 years since I was this excited to go to a game.

Last night the Thunder closed out the Spurs, winning four straight after dropping the first two on the road.   So far everything that has happenned in the West has also happenned in the East the next day.  Lets hope it continues.  Tonight could be the biggest game at the Garden since the Celtics closed out the Lakers in Game 6 in '08.  This clip of Doc Rivers gives me chills:

And if that's not enough to get you pumped watch these:

Somebody better be selling "Good job, good effort!" shirts outside the building tonight.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

I'm at a loss for words

Dwayne Wade had 27 points.  Lebron James had 30.  The Heat had their home crowd dressed all in white behind them.  Miami out rebounded Boston 49-39.  Paul Pierce shot 6-19.  Ray Allen made just 2 of 9 field goal attempts.  And Rajon Rondo hit only 3 of the 15 shots he put up.  Yet somehow the Celtics won their third straight game in this series.

What the Celtics are doing now goes way beyond being tough, savy, ageless veterans with unquestionable heart and desire.  It defies all logic and reason.  I don't know how else to describe it.  I'm speechless.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Guess who the Sox best pitcher is so far?

You know who's got easily the best numbers of any pitcher on the Red Sox this season?  This guy:

That's right, 36 year old Scott Atchison hasn't given up a run in 19.2 innings.  Also Jon Lester is undefeated in his career against Baltimore.  You can read about both in my Sox/Orioles preview at


Monday, June 4, 2012

How long can the C's keep this going?

When Keyon Dooling hit his second consecutive three pointer (yes, you read that right) with 9:45 to go in the 2nd quarter last night, Boston led 45-28.  The Celtics had scored 45 points in just over 14 minutes of game time.  In the remaining 39 minutes, they would score just 48 points.  In fact, the C's scored more in the 1st quarter (34), than they did in the second half and over time combined (32).  Amazingly it was still enough to win.

I saw two factors that contributed to this: One, the Heat started to double team Rondo at the top of the key, which definitely threw him off.  In the second half he was constantly trying unsuccessfully to dribble and turn the corner around two guys.  And two, the Celtics looked exhausted.  My buddy sitting next to me in Section 8 at the Garden kept saying "They're done, they're done, they've got nothing left."  Hopefully neither of those things is a trend, but it's hard to fathom how Boston can keep grinding out wins playing every other day like this.  Although with what they've pulled off so far, it also seems crazy to doubt these guys at this point.

After the C's 61 point first half, Rajon Rondo had the greatest mid-game interview I have ever seen:

ESPN's Doris Burke: "What holes are you guys exploiting in this defense?"
Rondo:  "Uh, them complaining and crying to referees in transition."

Has he been reading my blog?

Sadly fouls have become a huge story in this series.  Paul Pierce fouled out for the 3rd time in 5 games.  He'd also fouled out a total of 3 times in his previous 265 games.  Lebron James fouled out for the first time since 2008.  I don't think the refs have been particularly bad one way or the other, just way too involved.  There is a very simple fix.  Call less.  A lot lot less.  Especially offensive fouls (there were 12 last night).  I think the charge should be taken out of the rule book completely.  NBA players are enormous strong guys who very rarely get legitimately knocked down.  I guarantee they are all way better at standing up than it appears they are.

One final note on Rondo; he should be second on this list by the end of the series:


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "Elevate My Mind" by the Stereo MC's

This is one that I'm kinda proud of.  In 1991 Elevate My Mind may have been my absolute favorite song.  But here's the thing: it wasn't on the radio.  I never heard it on WZOU or KISS 108.  They didn't play it at any middle school dances.  I'm not sure how I discovered it.  But I had the tape of the Stereo MC's album Supernatural, and I listed to this one song all the time.

I remember thinking Elevate My Mind was cool because it was Brittish guys rapping, even though it was kind of Euro/Techno/Clubby.  A couple years later the Stereo MC's scored a big mainstream pop hit with Connected; and I was like "oh yeah, I've known about them for a long time."  I think it was the first time I ever felt snobby about music. 


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