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“I don’t play for Minnesota anymore; I’m in Boston,” Those were the words of Kevin Garnett after he ran triumphantly around the court holding up the front of his jersey for the crowd to see.
The ’06-’07 Celtics stepped onto the hardwood at the TD BankNorth Garden to take on the ’07-’08 Celtics last night. Former Celtics Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, and Gerald Green, who were shipped to Minnesota in exchange for Kevin Garnett, nearly pulled off a huge upset. The Celtics who looked rather sluggish for a majority of the night nearly fell to the league’s worst team. Garnett who briefly left the game in the middle of the 4th quarter with an abdominal injury, returned to the bench and decided not to err on the side of caution, a la LDT, deciding to come back and play last night after the team’s trainer told him otherwise. Garnett ultimately put the nail in the coffin of his old team when he stole the ball from Telfair with 1.8 seconds left, sealing a 87-86 victory and pushing the C’s NBA best record to 34-7. Over in the Herald Mark Murphy describes last night’s contest to the meeting of an ex-spouse and a current spouse. Bob Ryan tells us that the Celtics essentially pulled off a Brady last night in winning a game that they did not deserve. Last night’s game brought some friendly competition to close friends Al Jefferson and Kendrick Perkins. Antoine Walker was another former Celtic on the floor last night, he describes his situation as he plays for the league’s worst team.
As the buildup to Super Bowl XLII mounts, the angst of the Patriot fanbase mounts. Where is Tom Brady? The collective hopes of this Patriot nation are lying in the wings, our star quarterback injured and missing from practice for TWO days, what are we going to do. Is it possible that Matt Casel may have to lead the Patriots when they step onto the field at the University of Phoenix stadium to take on the team of destiny, the New York Giants? As one fine gentleman told me at the gym the other day “this is all just a plan”. According to this guy “Belichick has this thing all planned out, he wants to catch the Giants sleeping”. Really? Somewhere in the middle of those two extremes lies the truth about this “BootGate”. Mike Reiss sits down with an orthopedic surgeon to describe exactly what is a “high ankle sprain”, in the meantime there’s quarterback controversy brewing in the Pats locker room. After staring at the arrangement of clothes and cleats in Brady’s locker, Karen Guregian sits down with Brady’s longtime passing coach and mechanics guru Tom Martinez to get his take on this “mess”.
According to a source of the boys at Cold Hard Football Facts, Brady sprained his ankle during practice BEFORE the AFC Championship Game. Also, he was sporting a 101-degree fever. Take it for what it is but it does lend some credence to Brady’s “shaky” performance last Sunday.
Even with Vrabel gone, Felgie had the opportunity to speak with Pats Pro Bowl tackle Matt Light, Light responded to the recent comments made claiming he was a dirty player. Osi Umenyiora checks back in with some more comments about Matt Light, also saying that “If they put on their bulletin board that I called Matt Light a dirty player, if they need that for motivation, then they’re in the wrong game.” Osi says he was mainly trying to bring light (no pun intended) to the fact that the Patriots are a “dirty” team. Speaking of dirty, Vince Wilfork continues to throw fuel to the fire of those who call him “dirty”. The league made another deduction from his earnings this week, this time for attempting to decapitate Chargers running back Michael Turner. Tony Massarotti has something to say about everyone in the league crying that the Patriots are being “dirty”. Keeping with the big guy in the trenches theme, Michael Vega has Bill Belichick discussing the play of center Dan Koppen
There’s no quarterback controversy on the opposing sideline as baby brother Eli Manning has played mistake free football thus far in the playoffs. Belichick was asked to compare the Manning siblings. Ralph Vacchiano in the NY Daily News has big brother Peyton saying that this will not be Eii’s only trip to the Super Bowl. In case it is, Peyton is now trying to buy up as many tickets as possible for his brother’s “super” appearance.
Seeing shades of the “Tyra Banks Show” fat suit experiment, a Globe scribe dressed up in full Giants garb and hit the streets of Boston. What resulted was a “surprising” reaction.
As always, be sure to head over to the best Patriots blog on the web, Patriots Daily for all the rest of your Patriots coverage.
While this year’s Patriots team and even to some extent Celtics team has garnered all the attention of the Boston sports faithful, the team over in the Fens has yet to make a peep. History has showed that the Sox have done all in their powers to steal some thunder from the other home teams, this year though that has definitely not been the case. As Bruce Allen tells us this year’s “Hot Stove” has been rather cold.
In case you’re still interested in the Dana Jacobson saga from earlier in the week, the Big Lead has come through with some pics of her “acting a fool” at the Mike and Mike Roast. Most notoriously is her swigging Belvedere vodka straight from the bottle (as mentioned hundreds of times this week by John Dennis). My favorite part has to be the fact that the pourer is still on the bottle. These are just a few of the things that led to the suspension.