Sweet Sixteen (in a row) For Celtics

The Celtics won their sixteenth game in a row last night, topping the pesky Hawks 88-85 down in Atlanta.

Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics taking care of business down the stretch for this win. Mark Murphy has Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen sealing this one in the final seconds.

The Globe notebook has Doc Rivers confirming the Celtics interest in Dikembe Mutombo. Murphy’s notebook has Paul Pierce ready to go last night after the scare with his knee.

Patriots

Mike Reiss has a look at rookie cornerback Jonathan Wilhite who has raised his game in recent weeks and finds himself in the starting lineup with a huge challenge coming up on Sunday. Christopher Price has Wilhite and Jerod Mayo a rare pair of rookies making big contributions to the Patriots defense. Shalise Manza Young has more on the strides that Wilhite has made in his rookie season.

On Patriots Daily, Dan Snapp looks at JP Losman infuriating Patriots fans with his incompetence in the same manner that Bills fans have grow accustomed to.

Karen Guregian has the Patriots aware of the need to get pressure on Kurt Warner Sunday. John Tomase has a look at the potent passing attack of the Cardinals. Kerry J. Byrne says that the Cardinals are going to need balance to beat the Patriots on Sunday. Andy Vogt has Kurt Warner enjoying his revival in Arizona. Will Leitch has an Idiots Guide to the Cardinals. Matt Eagan has the Patriots preparing for the Arizona firepower.

Michael Felger attempts to stick to straight football in his mailbag this week. Chris Kennedy says that it is a rare December when the Patriots are struggling just to make the playoffs. Guregian has Richard Seymour shrugging off his Pro Bowl omission.

Mark Farinella has Stephen Gostkowski leaving his own footprint with the Patriots. Jennifer Toland has Gostkowski making the memories of Adam Vinatieri fade. Brian MacPherson has Gostkowski praising his “team” of long snapper Lonie Paxton and holder Chris Hanson.

Reiss’ notebook has Matt Light’s status for Sunday still unknown. The Herald notebook has the Patriots hosting a pair of veterans for tryouts yesterday. Farinella’s notebook has Ellis Hobbs picking up AFC Special Teams player of the week honors. Toland’s notebook looks at the Cardinals’ struggles on the East coast this season. Young’s notebook has Gostkowski and Wes Welker enjoying their Pro Bowl status.

Red Sox

Nick Cafardo has the Red Sox as the perceived leaders in the chase for Mark Teixeira. Sean McAdam says that the Sox will not get into a bidding war for Teixeira. Bill Reynolds thinks that it is wrong for us to have to wait for Teixeira to make up his mind.

Curt Schilling tells us why Boston is the best place to play. Jon Couture looks at the GM of the brand new New Bedford Bay Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

Adam Kilgore has Kevin Youkilis and the Sox taking initial steps towards a new deal. Joe McDonald says that Rocco Baldelli’s “updated” diagnosis bodes well for his career. Alex Speier says that Jed Lowrie will put an end to the Red Sox free agent carousel at shortstop.

Bruins/Misc

 Fluto Shinzawa looks at the solid puck handling by the goaltenders for the Bruins. Stephen Harris has the Bruins working hard not to be tripped up by “trap games.” Mike Loftus has the Bruins enjoying their home winning streak.

Mark Blaudschun says that the Boston College football program is officially a success.

Dan Shaughnessy is in top form today with shots at Bill Belichick, Bob Kraft (lightweight football team?), Curt Schilling and Deion Sanders, along with a statement that Theo Epstein is flirting with Karma by signing Junichi Tazawa and offending Japanese baseball.

  • mike b

    Doesn’t Shaughnessy remember that Theo offended Japanese baseball — and MLB — by claiming Kevin Millar after the Marlins had a deal to send him abroad?

    How’d that work out? Oh yeah, pretty good.

  • Angry Old Bastard

    That’s why I come here. You told me all I needed to know about Shaughnessy’s column. His whole game is to annoy and antagonize the fans…..I don’t play the “game” any more, haven’t read his crap in months and have no plans to. I have enough aggravation in my life, why add to it by reading his drivel?

    • Hank Durod

      Amen!
      (although I broke my usual steadfast rule and read his b.s. opinions today)
      The shame.