One week ago today, we elected a new president. Most were happy with the pick, but many weren’t. As for me, I pulled the plug on my inflatable lawn elephant, took off its red scarf, and tucked both away on a garage shelf for another four years. It’s alright. We live in a democracy and I had a voice in our choice. A voice our founding fathers gave me, but one that took the effort of millions of veterans to defend. On behalf of Bruce and my fellow guest bloggers, I want to thank each of them today. Now, it’s our turn to serve you . . .
It was another come-from-behind performance last night at the TD Banknorth Garden, as the Celtics downed the Toronto Raptors, 94-87. Bill Doyle gives us the rundown, as the Big Three combined for 76 points to erase second-, third-, and fourth-quarter deficits. Mark Murphy has it as another case of the starters morphing from Lamborghini to Secretariat, breaking down out of the showroom and falling behind by 16 points before rallying like true champs. Scott Souza has Doc Rivers praising the Big Three for hanging in to pull this one out. Frank Dell’Apa says it was another save-the-best for last performance, led by Paul Pierce’s 22-point fourth quarter. Lenny Megliola has Pierce, after a 2-of-10 first half, getting things turned around just in time last night. Jeff Howe reminds us that starts like last night used to spell doom for the C’s. Julian Benbow has more from Pierce’s teammates on their captain’s performance. Steve Bulpett says Pierce should thank referee Bennie Adams for his bad call that limited the Captain’s play time on Sunday night, giving him energy for his fourth quarter performance last night. Talk about a stretch, ehh? Steve Buckley has birthday boy Kendrick Perkins getting the better of Toronto’s Jermaine O’Neal after the two exchanged words.
Murphy’s Celtics Notebook takes note of The Truth icing his hand after last night’s 36-point game, but not for the reason you’d like. Robert Lee recounts a tough year for Tony Allen, who puts his knee at 82% healthy. I guess decimal places would have been over the top. Doyle’s Celtics Notes has more on Tony Allen, plus a rundown on Rondo and old friend Dino Radja, who was in town last night. Benbow’s Celtics Notebook has Raptor Coach Sam Mitchell reflecting on his playing days with Kevin Garnett. Buckley has Mitchell saying that KG doesn’t think he’s been good enough, despite helping his team win the NBA title last year. Marc J. Spears updates us on Boston’s chances of landing Antonio McDyess.
It’s Tuesday, and that can mean only one thing: report cards are out. Ron Borges was not his usual cantankerous self today, nor for that matter was Michael Felger, each of whom were far too kind on special teams. Ian Clark is also dispensing lots of A’s. In one of my favorite features, Reiss’s Pieces provides the defensive participation on Sunday.
Karen Guregian wonders if Adalius Thomas’ injury will be the last straw for the plug-and-play 2008 Patriots. Guregian reports that AD is scheduled for season-ending surgery tomorrow. She also offers a nice recount of the painful chronicle of this year’s squad and how they’ve adjusted. Christopher L. Gaspar and Mike Reiss are also reporting Thomas is done for the year. David Brown tallies 22% of the Patriots’ salary cap out on IR with Thomas’s expected inclusion. Jennifer Toland says the Thomas injury is Pierre Woods’ opportunity to step up.
Putting the injuries aside for a moment, Adam Kilgore has a revved-up Jets team coming into Foxboro on a high. Christopher L. Gaspar has the Jets improving with the addition of Ty Law, who just wanted to be somewhere he was wanted.
In Reiss’s Patriots Notebook, Laurence Maroney does damage control on his earlier use of the word ‘issues.’ Guregian has the now tongue-tied Maroney unable to defend himself from critics in the wake of his season-ending shoulder injury. Shira Springer reports that a staph infection has been hampering Tom Brady’s recovery, and that he may not be out of the woods yet. The Herald’s Inside Track team has the latest Tom Brady spottings, which include Gillette Stadium.
In his Red Sox Notebook, Michael Silverman keeps us posted on the Seattle Mariners’ assault on the Red Sox coaching staff. However, Amalie Benjamin says that John Farrell will be staying put. Tom Caron has more on Mo Vaugn and Mike Greenwell making happy returns to Boston as the newest inductees into the Red Sox Hall of Fame.
Nick Cafardo gives us the latest on Matt Holiday and the 2008 rookies of the year.
Odds & Sods
Jay Gearan has Leominster native Jim Remy rising to the top of the PGA after being elected its 36th president last weekend.
At any given moment in America, there is an ongoing discussion about the greatest sports movies of all time. Here’s Joe Sullivan throwing another log on this perpetual fire.
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