Rondo-less Celtics Go Down In Brooklyn, Pats/Colts on Sunday

Despite a 102-97 loss to the Brooklyn Nets last night, there were a number of positives to come out of the game last night for the Celtics. They played without Rajon Rondo, and nearly won anyway. Courtney Lee played his best game of the season, and Boston played tough against a motivated Nets squad, erasing a 13 point deficit, and taking a lead of their own before fading late.

Catch up with all the coverage at CelticsLinks.com.

The Patriots will face the Indianapolis Colts for the first time in the Andrew Luck era. To paraphrase Peter King it is odd and sad that we’ll probably only see 4-5 matchups between Luck and Tom Brady ever.

Luck pushes Pats-Colts stakes higher – Jackie MacMullan has a look at the rookie QB as he prepares to square off with Brady for the first time.

Time to put this matchup in context – Matt Chatham notes that this is a very different (and perhaps more favorable) matchup for the Patriots than the Bills were last week.

Aqib Talib set to fit into any Pats plan – Jeff Howe has the newest Patriot confident he can help.

Get all the coverage at PatriotsLinks.com. You can also check IndyStar.com for the other side.

MEDIA

Jim Nantz’s arrival signals big game for Patriots – Chad Finn has the CBS lead announcer talking Patriots and Colts, and also has some other notes.

Five questions with Jim Nantz – Finn also has a side column with Patriot-specific questions.

Jack Edwards pessimistic about NHL solution – Bill Doyle has the NESN Bruins announcer not feeling too confident that a deal can be reached anytime soon.

The Holy War of the BBWAA – Eric Wilbur has an interesting post on the internal debates between members of the Baseball Writers Association of America and the internal battles and debates over the usage of new-age statistics.

My SBNation Media Column is about the sports flash opening on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan Morning Show. The column has not been published yet. When it is, it will be here.

  • http://twitter.com/theaisleseatcom Andy Dursin

    The world’s love affair with Kirk Minihane continues. From Finn’s column: “Kirk Minihane is opinionated and quick, bantering
    easily with Callahan in particular, but the belief here is that more
    prominent opportunities await him at the station”

    “Prominent” being, what, Mutt & Lou’s show when they’re finished?

    Just don’t get Minihane’s appeal.

  • http://www.bostonsportsmediawatch.com/ bsmfan

    On the reaction to the Meter replacements:

    “Jen Royle generated buzz — a woman who can hold her own
    with Dennis and Callahan would change the show’s dynamic — but the internal reaction at the station was not favorable.”

    First, why the “internal reaction”? See the Twitter buzz? She generated it like Kelly Malone did. I have no clue if they tracked numbers but hiring her has buzz/appeal written all over it. If they had some internal reaction because of the lawsuit she had in Balitmore, I can’t blame them (ask anyone who has been falsely accused.)

    Also, if they’re trying to get “younger” why are they recycling internal talent?

  • http://twitter.com/DryHeave1 DryHeave

    Meter replacement::: Remember, Meter was a Lap Dog for D&C…..Jen Royle and Pete Sheppard are too opinionated for them..Minihane is also opinionated plus has more “prominent opportunities”….so by default, “funny boy” Mike Adams gets the job. D&C will be able to keep him in his place, mock him at their leisure and won’t have to worry about him having any serious opinions….It’s a slam dunk. Closest thing to Meter they can find…..bet on it.

  • http://www.bostonsportsmediawatch.com/ bsmfan

    Dan Wetzel did a piece for Yahoo!

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl–nfl-s-one-constant–bill-belichick–tom-brady-winning-together-with-the-patriots.html

    tl;dr: usual brady and hoodie doing really good.

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