Much of the time, I tend to take a very Boston-centric view to the sports world. While I certainly keep up with the sports world outside of New England, there much out there that I could take or leave. The Super Bowl media hype for a game not involving the Patriots is one of those. Especially when much of the media focus seems intent on trying to compare Ben Roethlisberger to Tom Brady or trying to determine the real “team of the decade” – even though we’re firmly in a new decade by this point.
When Sunday comes, I’ll be watching the game, but until then, I’m not too interested in the coverage leading up to it. I can’t avoid it, but that doesn’t mean I’m enthralled by it.
Patriots should think outside the system - Mike Reiss does tie a Super Bowl angle to the Patriots, looking at pass rushers LaMarr Woodley and Clay Matthews, both of whom were available to the Patriots in the draft, and wonders if it is time for Bill Belichick to adjust his thinking on the position.
Twitter’s got the NFL by the tail - Tom E Curran has an interesting look at the problems that Twitter is causing for the NFL, as the league can’t control the things being tweeted by its players.
Management was so impressed with Tony “Miserable” Massarotti’s straw-man-laden Boston.com column yesterday – “Don’t Count The Lakers Out Yet” that they repackaged it and put in the Globe sports section today – “Too early to plan Celtics parade.” I’m wondering exactly who these people are who are counting the Lakers out and already planning the Celtics parade route for June.
Some, like Chris Forsberg, are writing that the Celtics the best, and getting better - but no one is saying that they are unbeatable and are a lock to win the NBA title. Gerry Callahan writes today that the Celtics are Leaving it all on floor - but he also acknowledges the possibility that the Celtics could “run out of gas and come up short of a championship.”
It’s just like Massarotti to take a very convincing and satisfying victory and do his best to discount it and make fans miserable.
Did Kevin Garnett Turn Down A Ball Boy With A Bin Laden Reference? - Deadspin.com follows up on the disappearing Tweets of J. A. Adande and Marc J Spears about KG’s treatment of a Lakers ball boy. They report:
Twitter being what it is is also what led both writers to take down the messages within minutes of being posted. We’re told that the sheer number of people retweeting the messages — thousands of them — were overwhelming the writers, making Twitter unusable. The easiest thing to do was to simply delete the Tweet and move on, the news already having been put out there.
So there you go. No misquotes, no warnings from Big Brother Stern. Just the limits of mobile technology.
I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound just right to me. Adande in particular doesn’t tweet enough for this to impact his ability to use Twitter. Deleting the original message has a limited impact. If people are using a third-party twitter client – which many people do – the message is still going to appear. Most of those clients also have the ability to turn off viewing of retweets, an option that the writers could’ve used to keep on working. There was no limit of mobile technology in play here. Limited knowledge by the user, perhaps, not the technology.
Celtics aiming to keep focus - Julian Benbow has the Celtics looking to avoid a letdown in Sacramento.
Sox just want Beckett to be Beckett - Scott Lauber says that management doesn’t want Beckett to try to do too much.
Bruins find a keeper in Steve Kampfer – Joe Haggerty examines the circumstances which led to the defenseman landing in Boston.
Bruins may shut down Marc Savard - Joe McDonald has Peter Chiarelli acknowledging that shutting down the center might be the best decision.