Nothing interesting going on besides NBA playoffs and NHL playoffs. Yep, nothing interesting about that, which means it’s time for a Boston update!
Patriots: Fun stuff this past week for the Patriots. First, if you haven’t heard the news, Tom Brady’s back, practicing and everything. Great news. In the video, he looks pretty good as well. I don’t see any noticeable limp and the ball looks like it’s coming out just as good as it was before. The key will be in August when pre-season starts. He will HAVE to play a pre-season game because he hasn’t played since last September and if he gets hit, New England will hold it’s collective breath and then pray to the sports gods that he gets up.
Confidence also seems to be a hip thing in the New England locker room recentaly (or cockiness depending on who you root for). Brady said in an interview with Peter King in SI that he’s “as confident as anyone could be that I’ll be ready to play, back to playing normally, when the seasons starts. I’ve done everything I could to push myself, sometimes too hard. Right now, I’m doing everything. Literally everything. There’s nothing I can’t do.” A little more fire from Mr. Tom Brady this year? I like it.
Then there’s Randy Moss, a little perturbed about some list ranking greatest receivers of all time. I guess Mark Murphy, former Packers safety and now roaming coach, said who he saw as the greatest receivers that he has ever seen including Lebron James (yes that Lebron James) on the list. Randy’s not angry that Lebron was on the list (Randy even said he thought Lebron would be better then Antonio Gates) he’s just angry he wasn’t on the list. “I’m the best wide receiver of all-time, hands down,” Moss said in an interview for ESPN.com’s package that examined how James would fare in the NFL. “I could really give a damn what [Murphy] says.
Brady AND Moss fired up to prove people wrong this year? Holy crap I’m excited.
Red Sox: I don’t understand this team right now. They are VERY streaky. One week, they look unbeatable and they next week they’re dropping games to the Mets and Twins. I don’t get it. I don’t know what to say about them. I guess Bay is delivering a monster season and it will be interesting to see how far Jacoby can take his current hitting streak (22 games) but really, they’re a likable, but un-exciting team right now.
Bruins: Kessel and Krejci went under the knife for surgery, Kessel for shoulder and Krejci for hip. This led me to post on my twitter page while stroking my chin “HMMMMM”. Two of the Bruins top scorers are up for free agency, and now have surgery and might miss the beginning of next season? Could this lead to reduced contracts to return with the Bruins because few teams will want to jump on a “damaged goods”? More to come on this story.
Celtics: I didn’t really find the need to make a whole post about the end of the season like I did for the Bruins for two reasons.
1. We won last year.
2. I didn’t expect to win the title this year.
But Benti, shouldn’t you expect to win the title every year? Isn’t that the goal of playing the season?
Yeah it is, but here’s the thing. Celtics fan’s wanted them to defend the title which doesn’t necessarily mean win the title. This Celtics team came in night in and night out and played with heart and determination. This was especially apparent when KG went down in February.
One of my favorite games of the regular season was the double OT game against the Bobcats. The Bobcats had a pretty good lead and the Celtics could have easily rolled over and said “You know what? We don’t have it tonight. We’re going to be the two seed anyway.”
Not this, Celtics team though. They staged a comeback barely missing to win in regulation when Rondo missed a layup. Then, in the first OT, the Bobcats had the lead until the Ray Allen came through with the tying jumper. Then this team got a defensive stop to force second OT. Finally Jesus Shuttlesworth came through again with another three at the end of the second OT to win it after just missing another shot. The game was exciting fun and best of all, showed a team with heart a determination to defend a title know matter what.
Until Next Time