The Edge of Seventeen

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In 1986, a gallon of gas cost less than a quart of Schlitz, and Saturdays were dutifully spent picking up the VCR at the corner electronics repair shop. As one-half of a DINK relationship, the only thing in my pocket thicker than my wallet was my beeper. That spring, my first child was conceived. It was just after a C’s playoff victory on the way to their 16th banner, though I still can’t say for sure which one. Today, she readies for her third year of college and I, the next Celtics championship, as elusive as it has proven to be.

Bob Ryan stops just short of raising Banner No. 17 himself after the C’s historic comeback. Tony Massarotti is still buzzing about Ray Allen’s nail-in-the-coffin bucket Thursday night, and takes us on the roller coaster ride that is his 2008 postseason. Mark Murphy marvels at the adjustments Ray Allen has had to make this postseason. Bill Reynolds puts the Game 4 comeback in its proper perspective among Boston sports lore. Jeff Jacobs calls it a golden moment as sustaining in Boston as it is unrelenting in LA. Kevin McNamara breaks down a comeback for the ages, while out in LA, the Times’ Chris Dufresne comes back with a breakdown for the ages. Bill Doyle has Captain Pierce a key component in the two greatest comebacks in Celtics’ postseason history. Bill Plaschke continues the Times’ attack, with the Zen Master in his scope.

In his Celtics Beat, Steve Bulpett has Doc Rivers providing to the Green what his father has instilled in him. Steve Buckley has Doc still bullish on Kobe Bryant.

Mark Murphy’s Celtics Notebook reports Kendrick Perkins’ status as uncertain for Game 5, while Paul Pierce’s right knee continues to bother him. Christopher L. Gaspar suggests green shamrocks be replaced with red crosses as the C’s get some much needed recuperation time before Game 5.

Red Sox

Those Road Warrior Kill Red Sox were at it again last night, falling to the Reds in Cincinnati, 3-1. Jeff Horrigan has both teams rushing to get this one in as lightning filled the sky. With Boston now 14-21 on the road, their sense of urgency certainly seems misplaced. Bill Ballou has the Sox bats making a three-game winner out of Reds’ 20-loss candidate, Aaron Harang (3-9). Gordon Edes recounts some of the woes that befell the Sox on the way to Cincy and their 11th loss in the last 15 road games. This was a homecoming for rookie pitcher Justin Masterson and Rob Bradford has his night three pitches short of a complete success.

Horrigan’s Red Sox Notebook has Dice-K a week away from rejoining the parent club. Bradford’s Red Sox Beat has Jonathan Papelbon continuing his verbal assault on the Rays. CEO Larry Lucchino reflects on the passing of Tim Russert in Ede’s Red Sox Notebook.

Odds & Sods

Jim McCabe has Tiger Woods turning in a Celtics-like second round to get himself back in the 108th U.S. Open yesterday.

And fnally, again from LA, Mike Bresnahan reports that, although he lost the MVP balloting to Bryant, KG has taken over Kobe’s top spot in jersey sales. Now we know what is near and dear to Hollywood’s heart.

To all you dads out there, have the greenest of Father’s Days.

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