Winter of Discontent

The Celtics losing streak hit a dirty dozen last night with a 103-96 loss to the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Celtics made a late rally to close the game to within single digits, but it wasn’t nearly enough. Again. Al Jefferson once again led the Celtics with 15 points and 17 rebounds, while Gerald Green added 14 points.

Shira Springer wonders why the Celtics don’t seem to feel the sense of urgency until it is too late in games such as last night. Mark Murphy notes that heart doesn’t count for as much as it should in these games.

Springer’s notebook and Murphy’s notebook each reports on Delonte West, whose bout with the flu kept him out of the second half of last night’s game.

Bruins

The Boston winter sports embarrassment continued with the Bruins last night as well, who were once again smacked around, this time 7-1 at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres. While it’s hard to tell which situation is worse, the Celtics have seemed to keep playing with some heart and effort, and the Bruins, while having perhaps a bit more talent on their roster, have seemed to just lay down recently. The Celtics have the prospect of a possible franchise player in the draft looming ahead, but what do the Bruins have? All of this certainly doesn’t encourage the local media to give these two teams more than just token coverage. Boston is a two team town right now simply because the winter teams are so dreadful.

Kevin Paul Dupont says that the Bruins are now the official sacrificial meal for the rest of the league, home or away. Steve Conroy notes that every time the Bruins think that they’ve hit rock bottom, they find a way to hit a new low. Douglas Flynn on his Bruins Insider blog offers his thoughts on the game and lists out a number of the ongoing slumps being endured by key Bruins.

Mike Loftus says that the Bruins cannot place blame for their failures on mere bad luck. Conroy’s notebook has rookie David Krejci receiving a rough welcome to the NHL, having to leave in the first period with a concussion. Dupont’s notebook says that Milan Jurcina, along with Brad Stuart, are the two players that GM Peter Chiarelli is most likely trying move as part of a trade.

Red Sox

Dan Shaughnessy plays it straight today and has a conversation with Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson, who would’ve turned 88 today. Sharon is in town for the Red Sox fifth annual celebration of her father’s life today at Fenway Park. Steve Buckley has a piece on Manny Delcarmen, the local boy who loves playing for the Red Sox. Delcarmen’s name has come up in offseason trade talks the last two seasons, but the young pitcher handles the rumors with maturity. Mike Fine weighs in on Curt Schilling changing his mind about retirement. Jon Couture says that talk and all, Schilling is worth an extension from the Red Sox.

Jeff Horrigan’s notebook has Daisuke Matsuzaka getting set to meet with the US media for only the second time today out in Southern California. Gordon Edes reports on Red Sox GM Theo Epstein giving the media the slip and going off and getting married to Marie Whitney, keeping the ceremony and their honeymoon a secret.

Patriots/Super Bowl

Michael Felger collects the thoughts of several Colts on he topic of how they came back to beat the Patriots in the AFC Title game. Mike Reiss has a look at Bill Polian, who now appears to be trying to play the role of gracious winner in talking about the Patriots. John Tomase has Brian Urlacher talking about his missed tackle on Tom Brady earlier this season. He also has Bears kicker Robbie Gould talking about his five months and training camp with the Patriots.

Lenny Megliola chooses to ignore what happened in the second half against the Colts and write his Patriots/Bears Super Bowl story anyway. Felger’s notebook has former Patriot Dan Klecko insisting that he hasn’t gained wight since joining the Colts. Bob Ryan has Tank Johnson talking about his legal issues and feeling conflicted about being at the Super Bowl with everything else going on. The Globe notebook has Peyton Manning enjoying his Super Bowl experience.