Ochocinco Era Done, But Not Without Confusion

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The Ochocinco Drama

A crazy day on Twitter from Patriots OTA’s.

Storified by · Thu, Jun 07 2012 16:04:18

If you missed it, Chad Ochocinco was not at Patriots OTA practice today.
No Hernandez and Ocho at practice. TE Brad Herman carted off w/ left ankle/foot injury in warmupsMike Rodak
The story was advanced slightly when it was reported that the receiver was at Gillette, but not practicing.
Source: Ocho was at Gillette facility today but not part of OTA session.Christopher Price
This tweet from the Patriots Football Weekly team is admittedly odd. Content from @patriotsdotcom is definitely not the same as tweets from @Patriots. But someone might get the impression that a tweet coming from the website of the Patriots might be hinting at something or know something that other reporters haven’t learned yet. This comes into play later.
Do you think that Chad Ochocinco will still be a member of the #Patriots at the end of the day? #PFW | http://bit.ly/j7tfOtPatriots.com
Some more information started to leak out:
was told recently that physically Ocho still has it – but still struggling to grasp Pats playbookshalise manza young
Source: Ocho leaves Gillette b4 Thursday’s OTA session, alters Twitter bio to remove Pats’ info #weei #NFL #Patriots http://bit.ly/KeWQ76Christopher Price
Source tells colleague Karen Guregian that Chad Ochocinco arrived at Gillette Stadium today and left 10-15 minutes later.Jeff Howe
FWIW, Ocho’s Twitter bio now has him as WR of the New England Patriots once again.Christopher Price
Source: Chad Ochocinco "is on the Patriots" http://bit.ly/KeZ1YfJeff Howe
I saw all this hubbub over @ochocinco taking "Patriots" off his Twitter bio … So I went to his Twitter page, and "Patriots" was back up.Albert Breer
So Ocho is officially still with the team?
However, I don’t think this @ochocinco story is over yet. Stay tuned.Greg A. Bedard
ProFootballTalk feels that this situation is worthy of a post, and in their original ports (since edited) they actually said that “multiple account” said that Ochocinco had been cut.
Chad Ochocinco hasn’t been cut by the Patriots, yet http://bit.ly/KAM4YEProFootballTalk
This led to questioning:
@ProFootballTalk Which accounts reported that he was cut? There weren’t any.Andy Hart
Andy Hart, of course, works for Patriots.com.
@ProFootballTalk Never saw a single account that said Ocho had been cut. Where are those?Christopher Price
@capeleaguer . . . http://Patriots.com openly speculating about it based on his absence from practice.ProFootballTalk
@AO250 I think Ocho has an uphill battle here. And there might be more to this 1. But the Twitter detectives need to calm down a little.Albert Breer
@ProFootballTalk @capeleaguer No actually we were wondering why he wasn’t at practice. Never said he was cut. Terry Bradshaw still dead?Andy Hart
Hart clarifies what the original Patriots.com tweet meant. However, I think there’s a difference between asking “How come Ochocinco wasn’t at practice?” and “Do you think Ochocinco will still be a member of the Patriots at the end of the day?” Don’t you? Especially when the question is being asked by the official website and newspaper of the Patriots?
Adam Schefter provides another explanation.
Chad Ochocinco left Patriots complex before today’s OTA…to attend an eye doctor appointment. Contrary to speculation, he was not released.Adam Schefter
Hart is still steamed at PFT.
Haven’t heard back from Florio in regard to his irresponsible report. Not surprised. MT @sleyland: @ProFootballTalk Awful reporting on Ocho.Andy Hart
Then Schefter, cleans up and scoops everyone. As usual.
After unsuccessfully trying to trade WR Chad Ochocinco throughout the day Thursday, the Patriots are releasing him, per league source.Adam Schefter
Can confirm that the Patriots are releasing Chad Ochocinco …Albert Breer
… But I stick by what I said about the Twitter Detectives.Albert Breer
So in the end, you have to wonder even more about the original Patriots.com tweet. Did they know that the team was trying to trade Ochocinco? Is that why they asked if he would still be on the team at the end of the day?

And did Bedard know something? This seemed like one of those “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” situations.


Celtics-Heat Gear up for Game 6, Celtics Look to Advance

The Celtics and Heat will play Game 6 of their best-of-7 series at the TD Garden Thursday night. With a win the Celtics would advance to the NBA Finals. They would become the 16th team in NBA history to come back from an 0-2 series deficit, as the Thunder became the 15th team last night with their win over the Spurs.

For all the Celtics coverage visit CelticsLinks.com. Below are a few highlights:

One more win, and the Celtics are home– Frank Del’Apa previews Game 6, and looks at the job Doc Rivers has done in the series.

Heat’s Erik Spoelstra in no-win situation– Bob Ryan looks at the Heat’s Erik Spoelstra and wonders if his job may be on the line.

Doc Rivers schools Erik Spoelstra– Steve Buckley sees a clear advantage to the Celtics in terms of the coaching match up.

Celtics’ success starts with stops– Chris Forsberg looks at how the Celtics defense has been so key in their playoff run.

Easy cheering Green– Steve Bulpett has the Celtics fan base getting bigger by the day.

Doc: Rondo’s resiliency makes Celtics a better team– A. Sherrod Blakely has Doc Rivers talking about Rondo’s play in the series which has carried the Celtics at times.

Making sense of the Celtics– Paul Flannery tries to explain how this Celtics run came about.

Five Questions for Game 6– Kirk Minihane has five questions and answers for Game 6.

Over at Fenway Park the Red Sox lost their second straight game to the Orioles, a tough 2-1 decision. Josh Beckett was the tough luck loser as he pitched eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits, and striking out five. He did not walk a batter. Beckett did not speak to reporters after the game, which is quite unusual for a starting pitcher in the game that he starts, which was something a few of the Boston media tweeted following the game.

Josh Beckett is left wanting– Gordon Edes looks at Beckett’s performance Wednesday night.

Valentine: Beckett ‘deserved better’– Sean McAdam has the Red Sox manager’s comments following the tough loss.

The importance of finding the old Adrian Gonzalez– Rob Bradford looks at Adrian Gonzalez and his struggles of late.

Alarm sounds on fans running late– Nick Cafardo wonders why Fenway Park isn’t full at the start of the game and gets answers from Sam Kennedy, Larry Lucchino and fans via Twitter.


Celtics Stun Miami, Look To Close Out In Game Six

The Celtics gutted out a 94-90 win on the road in game five last night to take a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. Boston will have a chance to close out the series and clinch a berth in the NBA Finals tomorrow night in game six at the TD Garden.

Before the game, I was amused by the emphatic predictions of the ESPN Pregame panel:

(I know the video quality isn’t the best, but it was all I could find.)

I love how smug Jon Barry is, and how insulted he seems to even have to make a prediction. Broussard is even more confident about the Heat, and Magic says they’re going to “roll.”

The postgame comments were much, much different. Magic even apologized for doubting the Celtics.

Check all the Celtics coverage from CelticsLinks.com.

Some highlights from the coverage:

Just how did Celtics score biggest win of year? – I’m glad the Globe decided to let Bob Ryan handle these front page columns.

Celtics been there, done that – Jackie MacMullan has the Celtics answering the naysayers, including herself.

Celtics continue to thrive as underdogs – A. Sherrod Blakely has the Celtics enjoying the upsets.

A lot left in KG’s tank – Steve Bulpett has Garnett able to step on the gas late in the game. Paul Flannery has more on KG.

When all looked lost, Rondo was found – Gary Washburn has Rajon Rondo coming up with big plays after struggling much of the night.

Masseuse question goes too far – Steve Buckley isn’t comfortable with the media asking about the situation involving Chris Bosh.

Pierce master of the moment – Frank Dell’Apa’s notebook has the Celtics captain comfortable taking the big shot. The Herald notebook from Mark Murphy has Ray Allen reflecting on his time in Boston, and possibility of it coming to an end.


Celtics-Heat gear up for crucial Game 5

For the first time in a very long time no Boston sports teams were in action. The Bruins were eliminated  from the Stanley Cup Playoffs over a month ago, the Red Sox had an off day in Boston before taking on the Orioles tonight at Fenway, and the Celtics traveled to Miami for Game 5 of their series with the Heat, which is tied at two games apiece.

With the series tied at two, it is now a best-of-three series, with the winner advancing to the NBA Finals. Game 5 is tonight at 8:30 airing on ESPN, with local pre and postgame coverage on CSN.

Celtics have taken fifth before– Chris Forsberg has the Celtics fairing very well in Game 5’s under Doc Rivers. Since 2008 when their series’ are tied at two, the Celtics are a perfect 8-0 in Game 5’s.

Celtics have made it a series with the Heat– Bob Ryan says the pressure is now on the Heat, not the Celtics.

Please, no tipping point– Steve Buckley says Rajon Rondo needs to remain calm, and play with poise and composure.

Bench brigade gives Celtics a spark– Mark Murphy says the Celtics’ bench is going to need be at their best in order for the Celtics to have a shot in winning the series.

Rivers faces tough task of lowering Garnett’s minutes– A. Sherrod Blakely says Rivers needs to find a way to lower Kevin Garnett’s minutes.

LeBron’s no big shot Gerry Callahan looks at LeBron James and his talents on the court make him one of the league’s all-time greats, but he hasn’t proven that he is clutch by making big shots down the stretch of big games.

Check out more links at CelticsLinks.com.

The other big story in Boston has been Tim Thomas and his future next year. Through posting on his Facebook page it appears that the Bruins goaltender will be taking a year off from hockey, to focus on “the three F’s: Friends, Family and Faith.” A few back Thomas, while many have ripped Thomas saying that it is all business, a way to get back at the Bruins.

Michael Felger: Tim Thomas is ‘out of his mind’Michael Felger on his radio show, Felger & Mazz, shared his opinion on the Bruins goaltender, saying Thomas is “out of his mind.”

Getting inside Tim Thomas’ decision– Joe McDonald says that if Thomas is indeed taking time off just to be with his family, good for him.

Thomas not forcing trade– Fluto Shinzawa speaks with Thomas’ agent and he says that his player is not doing this to get a new contract, or force a trade.

Thomas goes wrong way– Stephen Harris looks back at Thomas’ career, searching for answers as to why he would want to take the next year off.

Monday night was the first round of the MLB Draft. Although not a very big event for fans, it is critical in the development of teams’ farm systems. Alex Speier of WEEI.com is by far the most knowledgeable of the Red Sox’ farm system and draft among members of the Boston media and is a must follow for this week and as the signing deadline gets closer later in the summer.

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, Scouting Director Amiel Sawdaye break down draftees– Speier has what members of the Red Sox organization thought of their first three picks of the 2012 draft.

Game Four Is Highest Rated NBA Playoff Game For Boston

From ESPN:

Sunday night’s NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 4 on ESPN – in which Boston defeated Miami in overtime to even their series 2-2 – delivered a 7.9 overnight rating, the highest ever for an NBA playoff game on cable (records back to 2003), according to Nielsen. The game peaked with a 10.7 rating during overtime.

The 7.9 overnight rating is up 39 percent compared to Game 4 of the 2011 Western Conference Finals – Mavericks/Thunder – on ESPN (5.7) and up 30 percent compared to Game 4 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals – Magic/Celtics – on ESPN (6.1).

In Boston, the game generated a 20.7 rating, the highest for an NBA playoff game ever in the market. Additionally, the game posted a 19.8 rating in Miami – the third highest rating for an NBA playoff game on ESPN in the market.

A couple other items:

Q&A with Red Sox Reporter Jenny Dell – The NESN Red Sox reporter talks about how she got her start in the on-air side of the business.

Former Patriot Troy Brown is among those taking part in the Sixth Annual “NFL Broadcast Boot Camp” taking place later this month. A few other players who spent time in New England – Chad Brown, Corey Mays and Kevin O’Connell are also among those taking part.

Maine TV Anchor Reports Last Night’s Heat-Celtics Game Four Ended In A Tie – Um, Yeah.

Celtics/Heat All Tied Up at 2-2

The Celtics dodged a game winning attempt from Dwyane Wade in overtime to win game four of the Eastern Conference Finals and tied the series at two games apiece with a 93-91 victory at the Garden.

The Celtics had roared out to a large lead in the first half, but as has become their custom, they made it difficult for themselves in the second half. Still, you’d rather than not have them get that big lead and force the opposition to use as much energy as possible to get back into the game.

Full links (and a lot of them) are at CelticsLinks.com. Noteworthy links are below.

Celtics didn’t make it easy in Game 4 win – Bob Ryan says that in the final seconds, what Marquis Daniels did was “save the game, no more, no less.”

Footloose and fancy 3 – Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics lived (and nearly died) by the three-pointer last night.

Celtics stay together, win together – Paul Flannery has the Heat still trying to reinvent themselves, while the Celtics clearly know who they themselves are.

Wade’s miss gives Celtics life – Jackie MacMullan says that now it is anyone’s series.

Celtics hold on, beat Heat in OT to even up series – A. Sherrod Blakely runs down the difference-makers in this one.

Allen performing a balancing act – The Globe notebook has Ray Allen settling back into rhythm. The Herald notebook from Mark Murphy has Paul Pierce happy to see LeBron James join him in fouling out last night.

Mike Breen And His Evident Dislike Of The Boston Celtics – From Friday, my SB Nation Media column. Someone needs to sit down with a tape of a Breen Celtics game, and really analyze what he says and how he says it when it comes to the Celtics, and the opposition. I know I’m a hypersensitive green-teamer here and all, but there’s definitely something here.

The best part of last night’s broadcast:

The other big story from the weekend is Tim Thomas and his announcement that he will be sitting out the upcoming NHL season. He posted a few times on Facebook, one citing a link forecasting impending doom on the world’s economy and the other saying he needs more time for Friends, Family and Faith.

Thomas confirms that he won’t play – Fluto Shinzawa reports on the situation.

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas sounds hypocritical in explaining decision to sit out – Mike Loftus thinks that Thomas isn’t telling the whole truth here.

Media deserves blame in Tim Thomas saga – Kirk Minihane says that the media treatment of Thomas is at least partly to blame for this.

Joe Haggerty takes extreme exception to this notion:

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Bruins teammates react as Thomas decides to walk away – Haggerty talks to a few Bruins about Thomas’ decision, and they don’t have a whole lot to say.