The Celtics had another opportunity to make a statement yesterday. Once again a statement was made, but not the one that the Celtics and their followers were hoping for. The statement is that the Celtics are not a championship contender at this time, and until they start playing with a little bit of urgency, they’re not going to be one.
Time for some new math - Gary Washburn says that Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo need to take the mantle of leadership from the Big Three and make this their team.
Practice push might be just what these Celtics need - Tim Weisberg says that it might be time for Doc Rivers to push his team harder in practice.
Concern evident for Sox’ Westmoreland - Peter Abraham reports on the Red Sox concern over 19-year-old prospect Ryan Westmoreland (from Portsmouth, R.I.) who is suffering from a rare brain condition that requires very serious surgery that could lead to brain damage or even death if something goes wrong.
Expert: Westmoreland’s surgery has risks, but full recovery is likely - Daniel Barbarisi has more on the risks of surgery, and the overwhelming odds for a full recovery.
Jed Lowrie checks out OK - John Tomase wraps up many of the other items from camp in his Red Sox notebook.
Sammy Morris has book on free agent Josh Reed - The Patriots running back talks about his former Bills teammate and what he could bring to New England.
Watson leaves with mixed emotions - This is from the weekend, but worth linking here. Mike Reiss talks to Benjamin Watson about his time in New England, and the opportunity in front of him. Watson talks about meaningful conversation he had with Bill Belichick at the start of free agency, and his appreciation for the coach and franchise.
Names to Know Who Could Be Bargains in NFL Draft - Jeff Howe tries to discover the next Tom Brady or Marques Colston.
They’re all in it to win it, but a final of Kansas-Kentucky would be shining moment - Bob Ryan looks over the NCAA tournament brackets.
When did Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy become so annoying? I’ve never liked Breen and his Kobe/LeBron loving-style, but that telecast yesterday was just awful. How long did they focus on Jackson’s wardrobe, past and present? I honestly could not listen to them anymore and watched the game on mute. In the past Van Gundy and Jackson were at least a bit insightful on the game and giving us the perspective of a former coach and point guard in the NBA, but now they’re bringing nothing.
Mark Farinella takes a thinly veiled shot in this direction in his Ask Fearless (only linked so I’m not accused of suppressing criticism aimed at me) feature yesterday. The “basement blogger” moniker is clever, witty, AND original. I’ll just say that if I did have an “anti-media agenda,” wouldn’t that by definition mean that I would be hating on all media people? The whole idea of the “Top ten” links to highlight the good that is out there, and to stay away from the bad. If I have an agenda, it’s only against the awful stuff out there that shouldn’t be promoted.
I do find it amusing that he does basically admit that there is an anti-Patriots agenda in the media, when he says that I am “as guilty of having an anti-media agenda as the sportswriters and other media members they accuse of being biased against the Patriots.” If he’s saying I’m guilty…which he is…then he is also saying that the others are guilty of their anti-Patriots bias. Or, if those sportwriters and other media members don’t really have a bias against that Patriots, then neither do I have an agenda, because he’s saying the two are comparable.
But as usual, the point is missed completely. I’ve gone over this a million times, lets try it again. No one has ever said that all fans want is for the media to “further enhance their blind love” for their favorite team. Fans do want to know where their team is failing short and what needs to be improved. That type of criticism is not only acceptable, it is welcomed.
What aren’t welcomed are the snide comments, personal attacks, doom and gloom, and glee over failure that is so evident in much of the reporting that we see today in this area.
What is so hard to understand about that concept?