Celtics Beat Knicks, Mosi Passes Away

The Celtics managed to stave off a retooled New York Knicks club which just wouldn’t go away last night, 110-106 at the TD Garden.

Former Patriots Fullback Mosi Tatupu has reportedly passed away at the age of 54.

Here’s rest of the top links from this morning:

Celtics sweat out ‘sure’ win against Knicks – Robert Lee in the Projo gets game story duty this morning.

Marquis Daniels walks softly – The Celtics swingman started in place of Paul Pierce and scored 14 points without having a play called for him. Steve Bulpett looks at the contributions of the low-key (on the court) Daniels.

Being Nate: Knicks offer insight into newest Celtic – Jessica Camerato talks to Al Harrington, Wilson Chandler and Chris Duhon about what their former teammate Nate Robinson can bring to the Celtics.

Rondo/Robinson show promise for the future – A. Sherrod Blakely’s notebook looks at the combination of small, speedy guards which debuted for the Celtics last night, and a number of other topics.

Stephen Gostkowski One of Few Bright Spots From Patriots’ 2006 Draft – Jeff Howe notes that when a kicker is your best pick in a particular draft, that’s not a good sign.

Mailbag: Who’s on Patriots’ radar? – Mike Reiss deals with another mailbag of restless Patriots fans.

The NFL combine: The joke that’s no longer funny – WEEI.com guest columnist – former Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham – tells us why the NFL Combine, which starts today in Indianapolis, is a joke.

Red Sox unlikely to be able to trade Lowell – Sean McAdam’s story here was quoted on sports flashes all afternoon yesterday, with the announcers saying that Lowell would be part of the Red Sox 25-man roster when camp break because the Red Sox aren’t going to be able to trade him. While that might be the situation right now, couldn’t it change at any time? What if another team loses their third baseman tomorrow? Couldn’t things change now? (Something Alex Speier points out this morning.) There’s a long ways to go before opening day, so while the report is accurate today, I think it’s hard to conclusively report that Lowell will be on the 25-man roster on opening day, as those flash guys and announcers were stating as fact. McAdam himself says “in all probability” which is a better way to state the situation.

For first time, Scutaro comes to camp as starting SS – Daniel Barbarisi looks at the last man signed by Theo Epstein to hold down the shortstop position for the Red Sox.

Time running out for Lowell, Wakefield, Ortiz – Mike Fine looks at three Red Sox veterans facing baseball mortality.

A few other thoughts/items this morning:

  • Just wondering…where’s all the outrage and sanctimonious outcry over the Steelers violating the spirit of the rules by using their transition tag on a kicker? It was meant for quarterbacks!
  • This is awkward. That’s how Dan Shaughnessy’s column this morning. on Mike Lowell’s situation with the Red Sox begins. It’s a fitting phrase to open the column, as Dan, who complained on Sunday for the second straight year that there was no controversy in Red Sox spring training, tries hard to create one.
  • At the NFL Combine, which starts today, you’re going to hear the name Jacoby Ford a lot. There is talk that the former Clemson track star and wide receiver will break speed records. Check out his Patriots Daily interview with Chris Warner. Also at the combine will be former TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes, who also was interviewed on PD.
  • Joe McDonald, who has covered the Red Sox for the Providence Journal, has been hired by ESPNBoston.com to cover the Red Sox and Bruins.
  • Brian

    RIP Mosi, one of the greats.

    Also couldn’t help but notice that for the 3rd or 4th time in the past week, Shank makes a point to remind us that Theo briefly quit as GM in 2005. Must be since football season is over he can’t take a daily jab at Kraft in print.

    • Tony

      A departure that the CHB had at least a small role in bringing about (remember his “The Sox will be fine if Lucchino ran the baseball operation” story that ran a day or two before Theo walked out?).

    • Jason Coyote

      If you didn’t know that Shaughnessy was required to submit two columns the last couple of days, you’d swear he was an idiot saying there was no controversy in camp, fully aware that Lowell had yet to arrive in FLA and was going to be the subject of his next column.

      I think going forward, any member of the Boston sports media pining for the days of waiting for Manny’s spring training arrival needs to be hooked up to some jumper cables with the engine running. I heard two references to the irrelevant subject over the last week. Get over it guys, most of us don’t care. It was a non-story then and even more of one now.

  • Mack

    If you want a good laugh, read Gasper today on “Julio” Iglesias. No, not a story on the singer, but on the Red Sox big prospect. Yes, he got Jose Iglesias’s name wrong throughout the article. Got to love the Globe.

  • Bruce, NV, soon HI
  • Angry Old Bastard

    R.I.P. Mosi….had season tickets throughout the 80’s and as you all know Mosi was a huge fan favorite….a damn shame, 54 is way too young