Celtics Escape From New York, NU Dumps Football

There were two Boston-New York battles yesterday, and perhaps surprisingly, it was the Celtics that had the tougher afternoon with their Gotham opponent.

The Celtics needed overtime to defeat the Knicks, 107-105 at Madison Square Garden.

Julian Benbow has Paul Pierce carrying the Celtics on the afternoon, but passing off to Kevin Garnett for the game winner. Paul Flannery says that a win is a win, ever over the lowly Knicks. Steve Bulpet has KG finishing a bad game with a big shot. A. Sherrod Blakely says that the game winner by KG didn’t come as a surprise to the Celtics.

Gary Washburn says that the absence of Glen Davis is truly hurting the Celtics right now. Tim Weisberg says that the three-point shot has become a serious problem for the Celtics.

Benbow’s notebook has Rajon Rondo trying yet another routine at the free throw line. Bulpett’s notebook has another awful shooting game from Rasheed Wallace. Chris Sheridan looks at what is wrong with the Celtics.

Northeastern

Northeastern University has announced that they will discontinue their football program, following 74 years of play. Andrew Ryan has NU officials making the decision because they feel the sport is too expensive to justify. John Connolly has many unhappy with the decision.

Dan Shaughnessy weighs in on the demise of the program.

Bruins

Joe Haggerty has Marc Savard returning tonight, and hoping to recharge the Bruins power play unit. Mike Loftus has the Bruins hoping Savard can add to the positive streak the team has been on recently. Mick Colageo has the Bruins with Savard returning, finally on track to get themselves into legitimate top-eight position. Stephen Harris has Savard excited to get back out on the ice. Kevin Paul Dupont has Byron Bitz getting a bump up to the top line.

Misc

John Tomase has J.D. Drew on the mend after shoulder surgery.

Mark Blaudschun has the BCS resulting in terrific dramatic games week in and week out.

  • Classless

    Now 2 major Boston schools don’t have football programs. How is this possible? If I was entering college now (granted athletics is not the most important thing), I don’t know if BU or NU can stack up to schools like Michigan, Ohio State, USC, Duke, N.C. or even smaller, mid level schools like Drexel, George Washington, UMass, etc.