A busy, busy night for hoops fans. Everyone’s Cinderella, Vermont, pulls off the upset, downing Syracuse in overtime. Out in Houston, the Celtics thoroughly dominated the Rockets in a performance that has got to have fans of that squad feeling excited about the future for the green. In the Baseball section, be sure to check out the link to WFAN and listen to the interview mentioned with CT Congressman Chris Shays.
The Vermont win is all over the papers, as Mark Blaudschun, Rich Thompson, Ken Davis, Lenny Megliola and Jeff Pinkham of the Burlington (VT) Press Press have the stories of the victory for the 13th seeded Catamounts. Bill Reynolds looks at the huge 30 footer from T.J. Sorrentine that essentially proved to be the game winner for Vermont. Jackie MacMullan looks at Vermont coach Tom Brennan saving his best season with Vermont for his last. Jerome Solomon looks at Germain Mopa Njila making up for his miscue of stepping out of bounds with just under four seconds left in regulation.
Michael Vega and Mike Shalin look ahead to Boston College’s matchup today with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Vega’s notebook has the keys to the game for BC today. Shalin’s notebook has Coach Al Skinner keeping an eye on one of his former assistants, Tim O’Shea, who coached Ohio against Florida yesterday. Matt Eagan, Dan Ventura and Mark Blaudschun look at UConn holding on to beat Central Florida in an unimpressive fashion yesterday. Bob Ryan looks at the “mid-majors” more than holding their own.
Don’t forget to keep checking Dave Scott’s Shots throughout the day as he continues his blogging on the tournament. It’s been entertaining thus far, and certainly up to the running dairies kept on ESPN Page2. As mentioned, if you have a Newsreader, you may want to sign up for the RSS or XML feeds to get notified when updates are published. (You can do the same on this page and all other BSMW pages as well)
Celtics topple Rockets
Shira Springer and Steve Bulpett have the accounts of the Celtics making a major statement down in Houston that they intend to be a team to be reckoned with going into the postseason. The Celtics dominated the previously hot Rockets, 103-92 in one of those games where the final score is much closer than the game ever was. Down in Houston, Jonathan Feigen has an extensive look at the game from the Texas perspective. Megan Manfull looks at what the return of Antoine Walker has meant to the Celtics. Bulpett’s notebook has the Rockets impressed with the “new” Walker. Springer’s notebook looks at the recent dip in the play of Delonte West.
Down in Spring Training, the talk is still steroids. Sean McAdam has a number of Red Sox speaking out against Thursday’s Congressional hearings. David Heuschkel has more on this, focusing on David Wells, who called Bud Selig “an idiot” and painted Jose Canseco as a traitor. Jeff Horrigan has more on the Sox speaking out, as does David Borges. The headline of John Tomase’s article on the hearings pretty much says it all. “Major League Embarrassment.” Dan Shaughnessy takes a sad look back at the summer of 1998 when Mark McGwire had the country fooled. A must-listen interview from yesterday was when Mike and Mad Dog interviewed CT Congressman Chris Shays. They took him apart at times. I heard this in the car yesterday afternoon and it was a much different tone than what you heard on other interviews. Go to the WFAN home page and click on the first link under Mike and the Mad Dog to listen to this interview. You won’t be disappointed. I wanted to compare it to WEEI’s interview of Shays, but their isn’t in the WEEI Audio Vault yet. Bob Hohler has a story on Rep. Stephen Lynch preparing a bill to protect baseball whistle-blowers on the steroid issue.
The notebooks pretty much all look at David Wells and the likelihood of him pitching the season opener in Yankee Stadium. Shaughnessy’s notebook looks at Wells’ performance yesterday, where he threw 69 pitches. Horrigan’s notebook says at the opening night starter is still up in the air. (An AP report just released says that Schilling will officially miss opening day.) McAdam’s notebook and Borges’ notebook also both look at Wells.
Top 5 Links from Yesterday:
1) Boston Radio Watch
2) Mike Reiss’ Blog (A look at linebackers available in the draft)
3) Dan Shaughnessy (McGwire is a bashed brother)
4) Sean McAdam (Few decisions remain on 25 man roster)
5) Dan Shaughnessy (Plenty of rain, but no games)
What’s on Today:
UPN38 has Red Sox/Orioles at 1:00, CBS has NCAA Tournament action starting at Noon, and Boston College plays Wisconsin-Milwaukee at 5:30. FSN hasCeltics/Hornets at 8:00 NESN also has the Hockey East final: BC/UNH at 7:00