The Celtics began their march to 82-0 last night with an opening night win over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Garden.
Isaiah Thomas, Celtics go deep in opening win – Steve Bulpett has the scoring guard coming off the bench to drop 27 points in 27 minutes of play.
Opening-night rout fuels Celtics’ optimism – Adam Himmelsbach has the Celtics digging themselves out of an early hole to post the win.
There’s quite a bit of optimism around this Celtics team – no one legitimately expects that they will contend for a championship – but the building of a team, the journey to contention is always fun to watch.
FiveThirtyEight’s 2015-16 NBA Forecast – Nate Silver’s crew at 538 actually has the Celtics posting the second most wins in the Eastern Conference this season, behind Cleveland.
The Patriots have a quick turnaround, playing the surging Miami Dolphins tonight at Gillette Stadium. The Dolphins come in under interim coach Dan Campbell, who has already captured the fancy of the sports media, who love the Rex Ryan aspect he brings to coaching. To wit: If Bill Belichick is General Patton, then Dan Campbell is William Wallace.
What is it with media just falling in love with these types? On the other hand, we heard last week how refreshing it was that the Jets had “an adult in charge” – a slight towards Rex Ryan and his tenure with the Jets, yet that came from the same folks who lauded Ryan’s approach earlier on, and even this season after his opening day win with the Bills.
Yesterday was a rough day for poor Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, who whined about a Tweeter “inciting the masses” against him.
After spending the morning Tweeting/trolling about how the Patriots clearly did something wrong in Deflategate and comparing Brady’s legal victory to O.J. Simpson’s, Volin then starting crying on Twitter when people came after him.
@MassAttack05 he clearly attempted to incite the masses by taking one sentence completely out of context. And it worked. Textbook troll
@jimmyermilio the guy purposely took something I said out of context to incite several dozen fans to send me hate tweets this morning
I guess I don’t understand the logic that if you’re going to put #hotsportztakes out there, you shouldn’t be called on it.
This was another Tweet from five years ago that emerged yesterday:
People are high on Arizona TE Gronkowski? I don't see it. At all.
Some people came to Bedard’s defense on this one, but they’re missing the point. The point here isn’t merely “internet gotcha,” after someone was wrong – it’s a callout on the absolute certainty which was put on this. It doesn’t seem to be referring to Gronk’s history of injuries in college, but to his abilities. The “At all” on the end just seals the deal.
Again, if you’re going to have a “strong take” – especially putting that “At all” on the end – don’t be surprised when it comes up again. Or maybe tone down the declarations of certitude.
On the other hand, I loved this bit of Twitter gotcha:
What world is John Skipper living in? After ESPN went all-in with the NFL on Deflategate, calls blowback “ridiculous?” Then he has the audacity to claim that people are creating “false narratives” about ESPN?