In the world of sports talk radio – a world which I am becoming more and more disillusioned with – Tuesday night’s Celtics loss to Miami is reviewed in terms of absolutes. The Celtics can’t beat the Heat. Jeff Green sucks. Rondo is still a punk, and KG is classless.
Apparently they should not even play the rest of the season, since they don’t have a prayer of beating Miami. That’s the takeway if you listened to any radio or were on Twitter yesterday.
The KG thing slays me. Someone on the radio yesterday did actually make a salient point, of course I can’t remember who it was, it was on 98.5, so it was either Toucher or Gresh. Yesterday was a busy morning, so I apologize for not remembering who or when it was. Anyway, the point was that so many people today complain about modern athletes and sports, how there isn’t the dislike of each other like there was in the “old days.” Modern athletes are all buddies, they play AAU ball together, they form super teams, they hug and embrace. KG went “old school” on Tuesday night by giving Ray Allen the cold shoulder, a move decried by some in the local media as classless and lacking in “social graces.”
In reality, KG did exactly what these same people want, he put some dislike back in the game, and yet they criticize him for it. Other than that point, radio was a wasteland yesterday with Felger putting his usual Celtics/NBA hate on the front burner, and Ordway pontificating his 25-years-ago NBA knowledge.
Thankfully the written media is a bit more level-headed when it comes to post-game analysis.
Heat-Celtics show gets better, but the game reveals all – This was from yesterday, but I wanted to welcome Paul Flannery to the ranks of SB Nation. WEEI.com’s loss is SB Nation’s gain.
Opener not good start – Steve Bulpett has a similar introduction to mine above, but reassures that things will get better.
Celtics need to get it together defensively – Gary Washburn says that improvement needs to begin on the
What we saw isn’t what we’ll get with Green – Yeah, Jeff Green wasn’t very good on Tuesday night. It was also his first real NBA game in 17 months. A. Sherrod Blakely says that the opener is the exception, not the norm for what Green will be like this season.
Green’s a beat behind – Chris Forsberg has Green vowing to show more heart – no pun intended – going forward.
Time might already be right for Red Sox to strike for pitcher – With the Angels facing a Friday deadline, Brian MacPherson thinks that they might be ripe for a deal with Boston for starting pitcher Dan Haren.
Changing free-agent landscape about to affect Sox and Ortiz – Sean McAdam looks at rule changes for this offseason that impact the negotiations with David Ortiz.
Is Xander Bogaerts the Red Sox’ shortstop of the future (and when does the future begin)? – Alex Speier with a look at the Red Sox top prospect.
Pitching coaches are unusual choices to manage – Amalie Benjamin looks at the history of pitching coaches as managers, and why so few succeed.
Travel itinerary gets easier for Patriots; schedule doesn’t – Wait, I thought the Patriots once again had the weakest schedule in the history of the NFL, one gift-wrapped to Bob Kraft by the NFL? Glen Farley says that while the amount of travel will be less in the second half, the quality of opponents will be tougher.
Here’s what we know about these Patriots – Bill Reynolds says that if we know one thing about Bill Belichick-coached teams it is that they usually improve as the season goes on.
Big-hearted Zoltan Mesko a superstar to those in need – Karen Guregian has a look at the punter’s superstar work with children and charities.