Even though things worked out in the best possible way for Patriots fans last night – the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl, keeping Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers from their third Super Bowl since the Patriots last won one, it still wasn’t a fun night, knowing that New England had beaten both of these teams in the regular season.

It was a better afternoon at the Garden, where the Celtics dispatched Eastern Conference rival Orlando 91-80. Rajon Rondo led the way for the Celtics with 26 points.

Injuries not too much to overcome – Greg A Bedard has the Packers getting it done despite a season full of injuries.

Blow-by-blow from the bleachers – Jonathan Comey files a report from his experience at the Super Bowl in the stands.

Ten Things We Learned Last Night: Aaron Rodgers revealed as his own man – Chris Price has a few items to take away from the Super Bowl.

Unanimous MVP small solace for Tom Brady – Ian Rapoport has the Patriots QB still upset over the loss to the Jets.

Rondo Returns To Attacking Ways – Chris Forsberg has Doc Rivers pleased with Rondo’s agressiveness yesterday. More on Rondo’s performance:  Steve Bulpett | Frank Dell’Apa | Jessica Camerato | Paul Flannery

Celtics able to get under Magic’s skin  – Peter May has Quentin Richardson and the Magic whining about the Celtics.

Their focus was clearly at high level – Gary Washburn has the Celtics exposing the Magic as not-quite-ready for prime time.

Marquis Daniels out 1-2 months – Mark Murphy’s notebook has Daniels suffering a bruised spinal cord in a scary moment yesterday. The Globe notebook from Julian Benbow has more on the injury.

Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference not fazed by criticism – Mike Loftus has the Bruins defenseman standing by his comments abotu teammate Daniel Paille. Joe Haggerty says that Ference was right to say what he did.

Bruins to shut down Savard for remainder of season – Joe Haggerty has the news that the Bruins center will miss the remainder of the season.

With the Super Bowl in the rearview mirror, and Spring Training coming up fast, it’s time for the Beanpot, which again will be broadcast on NESN.

The first game tonight pits Harvard against Northeastern at 5:00 PM followed by Boston University battling Boston College at 8:00 PM from the TD Garden. NESN’s coverage of the Beanpot championship game on Monday, February 14th will begin with Prelude to A Championship, a live, half-hour pre-game show starting at 7:30 PM.

 Don Orsillo and Andy Brickley will call all three games with Kathryn Tappen and Bob Beers teaming up to host Prelude to a Championship and intermission coverage from NESN’s Garden studio.  Naoko Funayama will serve as the rink-side reporter contributing pre-game, intermission and post-game interviews.


8 thoughts on “Rondo, Celtics Have Super Sunday

  1. Brady has never thrown a pick six in a super bowl. Rapistberger and Manning both have, leading to their team's demise. If Big Ben doesn't throw that pick, Steelers win. That's what separates the very good from the Great.


  2. I thought that you had to be a big deal to do the Super Bowl halftime.. I must confess that I don't really know who the Black Eyed Peas are. I'm a little out of the age bracket. However I thought they were really bad. It seems like they had a very attractive girl and no talent. It seem like they were just yelling and not singing. How does this get on the Super Bowl halftime?


    1. I've heard of the Black Eyed Peas and you're missing nothing. How did Lewis Black describe the SB halftime show? If you want to see how messed up we are as a culture, that's what you need to watch.

      The Puppy Bowl was more entertaining. Frightening, but true.


      1. Guns 'n Peas were awful, and it seems like our 'pop culture' is embarrassing itself on a yearly basis. My vote for best-ever halftime show–for one obvious reason–was U2 in New Orleans.


  3. With regards to Andrew Ference's comments on Daniel Paille's hit. I partially agree with Don Cherry and I totally disagree with Joe Haggarty. Cherry is correct. A teammate should never criticize another teammate to the media. He would have been much better off to say that it was a tough hit and that Paille had no intent to injure. As far as Cherry's claim that Ference's words caused a divided locker room which cost the Bruins the game against San Jose, I completely disagree. The Bruins played very hard and just got beat by a team that did an amazing job forechecking and not letting the Bruins get to the net. When Haggarty or any sportswriter is happy that an athlete is being honest, that sometimes is codewords for, "I like when they talk because I have something to write about and can go on TV or sports radio and talk about for the next week."


  4. If anyone has a major problem with Bob Kraft as an owner, I suggest this read about Redskins owner Dan Snyder which has been in the news lately. Dan is a real peach.

    If you have not heard, Snyder is threatening to sue Washington City Paper and wants writer Dave McKenna fired. For no other reason than he has had his itty-bitty feelings hurt. Here is Yahoo's Chris Chase's story.


    1. As far as I can see, Shank Shaughnessy is the only one with a major problem with Bob Kraft. Even if he was just a so-so owner, I would still appreciate the fact that they aren't the St. Louis Patriots.


      1. Jack you are correct about Shaughnessy and it is well known that he has personal vendetta against Kraft. Unfortunately, I'm sure there are people that take his word as gospel, so I include them as well and any other fan who has issues with Kraft. Felger and Maz vacillate with their criticism. One moment Felger will say Kraft will always spend to the cap the next moment he says the players have to beg for their contract. Maz of course says YARM.


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