Celtics Cut Ties with Telfair

Sebastian Telfair will not be back with the Celtics next season, a move that was not unexpected even prior to his arrest last week. Telfair did not live up to expectations in his first year with the Celtics, and by the end of the season, rookie Rajon Rondo had taken over the starting point guard role, with Telfair relegated to the bench. Today on the Boston Globe Celtics blog, the following was posted:

The Boston Globe has learned that the Celtics will sever ties with guard Sebastian Telfair after one season with the team, according to team managing partner Wyc Grousbeck, who sent an email to Globe reporters with the news.

"I wanted to let you know that we have removed Sebastian’s nameplate from his locker in Waltham. The facts and circumstances of his case have not been determined but he does not have a Celtics locker and we do not anticipate that he will," Grousbeck wrote in the email.

Why did Grousbeck find it necessary to send an email to the Globe (and other reporters) about this? I can’t say that the Celtics owner comes off well in this situation. He’s clearly trying very hard to make an example of Telfair and make a statement about how the franchise will handle these situations, but I think it comes off clumsy and contrived. The message indicates that the facts aren’t important. So what happens if a more important player is charged with something in the future…innocent or guilty? Will they also be released before the “facts and circumstances” are revealed? Perhaps there is more going on behind the scenes here – like a warning was given after the incident last season – but I still don’t like the public handling of this.

I didn’t think Telfair would be back with the team next season regardless, but Grousbeck’s email today could come back to bite him. This was just not handled well. Could you picture the Patriots handling something in this manner? No, they’d just cut the guy and move on. We still have no idea what happened to Doug Gabriel, except for speculation from various writers that he wasn’t working hard or picking up the system, but you didn’t heard a peep from the Patriots.

Butch Stearns is trying at this blogging thing, but is still having his rough patches. In his latest entry, Butch proclaims:

Not only is it OK to get excited, it is mandatory that you do! These two teams NEVER sweep each other. OK, the Yankees did it in September last year to basically end the Sox' miserable season.

I especially like the all-caps NEVER. If by NEVER Butch means nine times in the last 10 years prior to this weekend, then that certainly is a pretty incredible event.

Yup, nine times since 1997 the Red Sox or Yankees have swept the other in a regular season series.

  • 2006 – August 18-21, Yankees sweep five games from Red Sox in Fenway
  • 2004 – April 23-25, Red Sox sweep in New York
  • 2004 – June 29 – July 1, Yankees sweep in New York
  • 2002 – August 27-28, Yankees sweep two games (13-0 total score) in NY
  • 2001 – May 23-24, Yankees sweep in NY
  • 2001 – August 31 – September 1, Yankees sweep in Fenway
  • 2001 – September 7-9, Yankees sweep in NY
  • 1999 – September 10-12, Red Sox sweep in NY
  • 1997 – September 15-16, Yankees sweep 3 in NY

The Situationist makes the case that players selected in the NBA Draft will succeed or fail largely due to the situation of the team that drafts them.

Rob Bradford files his final column for the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune before moving onto the Boston Herald.

Mike Dunshee has a look at the second round of the NHL playoffs for the BSMW Power Play.

Dan Kennedy remembers David Halberstam.

CBS says that they will show up to six games in HD each week during the next NFL season.

Don Banks has 10 things that simply make too much sense not to happen on draft weekend. (Number 7: New England selects Brown University’s Zak DeOssie.)

Peter King doesn’t see many early draft trades this weekend.

Gregg Easterbrook has his 2007 mocking of mock drafts in Tuesday Morning Quarterback.

Mark Farinella has a look at the offensive linemen in the draft, though he doesn’t see the Patriots taking one early.

Richard Sandomir says that ESPN didn’t do a great job in their replays of the Red Sox four consecutive home runs on Sunday night. He points to the Theo Epstein reaction shot, which was shown as being after the wrong home run and a few other things.

Bob Raissman knocks ESPN’s Jon Miller and Joe Morgan for holding back on revealing their conversation with Manny Ramirez.

Neil Best praises John Sterling despite his flaws for his calls of ARod’s home runs this season.

Leonard Shapiro notes that the Virgina Tech shootings hit a bit too close to home, as his son is a student there.


7:00pm, NESN – Blue Jays @ Red Sox
7:00pm, TBS – Braves @ Marlins
8:00pm, TNT – Heat @ Bulls
10:30pm, TNT – Lakers @ Suns

Sox Fall Flat Against Jays

Coming off their exhilarating three game sweep of the New York Yankees, the Red Sox came out a bit flat last night, falling to Tomo Ohka and the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 at Fenway Park.

Gordon Edes looks at Frank Thomas getting the Jays out to the lead with his home run off of Tim Wakefield and the tired Red Sox. Jeff Horrigan has the Red Sox suffering from a hangover effect last night. Paul Kenyon says that despite last night, the Red Sox are looking really solid this season. Tom Yantz has more on the Sox falling flat against Toronto last night. Phil O’Neill looks at Thomas putting a Big Hurt on Wakefield and the Sox.

Gerry Callahan says that Terry Francona is on a hot streak, as every decision he is making and button he is pushing seems to be the right one lately. Alex Speier says that at long last, Francona is viewed as a winner, and there is more to it than his career record finally getting above .500. Nick Cafardo looks at how letdowns and off days are considered acceptable occasionally in baseball.

Stephen Harris looks at the Red Sox bats going cold for Tim Wakefield. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has Aaron Hill and the Jays getting a much needed win against the Red Sox. Steve Bulpett looks at Tomo Ohka getting a night in the spotlight. Kevin McNamara has a look at John McDonald – Providence College’s final gift to major-league baseball. Joe Haggerty has more on the dwindling numbers of Providence College baseball players playing pro.

Joe Haggerty has Julian Tavarez wishing to remain a starter, but ready to head to the bullpen when Jon Lester comes back. Burrell also looks at Dustin Pedroia doing all he can to help the Red Sox, even if his at hasn’t fully come around just yet. Harris notes that those who believe in Pedroia saw him at his best on Sunday night against the Yankees. Bulpett has the Sox newcomers talking about their first exposure to the Red Sox/Yankees experience.

AP Columnist Jim Litke, with an incredible mastery of the obvious, tells Red Sox fans that it is only April not October, and that they simply suffer from envy of the Yankees and their fans.

I think my eyes glazed over a bit this morning as I tried to understand the numerical formulas in Edes’ notebook regarding the probability of a team hitting four home runs in a row. In the end it works out to 1 in 14.3 million. Horrigan’s notebook ha Coco Crisp sitting out last night with an oblique injury. The Projo notebook has a look at Wakefield doing well until hitting a speed bump in the sixth inning. Yantz’s notebook has Mike Timlin a bit shaken after catching a ball headed towards his head last night in the ninth inning. O’Neill’s notebook has more on the post-Yankee blues.


We’ve got a great roundup of possible Patriots draft targets on the BSMW Game Day page, which today compiles all the profiles of possible draftees and puts them into one place for your own draft research.

Dan Pires looks at potential Patriots picks at running back. John Tomase also looks at running back. Jim McCabe looks at a pair of Boston College offensive linemen getting ready for the draft. Mike Reiss has a look at offensive line prospects, starting with Wisconsin’s Joe Thomas.

Jim Donaldson is thankful for the Bruins and Celtics missing the playoffs, because it means less work for him.

David Halberstam – 1934-2007

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Halberstam passed away today from injuries sustained in a car accident in California.

One of Halberstam’s projects in recent years was of course the book The Education of a Coach on Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Through the Patriots media relations department, Belichick offered this statement:

“It was a privilege and honor to watch David practice his craft and an even greater one to call him a friend. David was as warm, considerate, intelligent, interesting and accomplished a person as I have ever met and his loss is heartbreaking.”

Halberstam was currently on working on a book on NFL hall of famer Y.A. Tittle.

Wikipedia entry on Halberstam.
San Jose Mercury News Report
San Francisco Chronicle Report
2005 BSMW Media Blitz Interview with Halberstam.