Sunday’s return of Leigh Montville to the Globe’s Sports section was a most welcome surprise. Since he started writing columns for SportsOnEarth they have become a must-read, and had me wondering “what if” Montville had remained with the Globe and been their “star” columnist instead of Dan Shaughnessy.
The Globe wisely brought Montville in to write a once-a-week column, which is about the best move they could’ve made right now. Montville is 70 years old now – older than the retired Bob Ryan – but remains one of the best in the business.
The Celtics won their fourth game in a row last night, evening their season record at 4-4. Even in their first four losses however, they were always in the game in the fourth quarter. It’s early, but it appears that this will be a competitive team that might not win a ton of games, but will give opponents fits.
The section of the media and fandom that views tanking as the best option for this club is definitely not pleased at this turn of events. People are actually angry about this.
The theories being floated are outrageous. Dennis and Callahan and Minihane agree that while Brad Stevens will try to win games, Danny Ainge “will not let him” win too many. How exactly does that work? Others say that when Rajon Rondo comes back, he will ruin the chemistry of the team because he is selfish and doesn’t make his teammates better. A caller said that Ainge actually messed up by hiring Stevens, because he is too good of a coach and now he has a 6 year contract and the team is stuck with him. Huh?
To me, the best thing the Celtics can do is to keep acquiring and building assets, and that is what they are doing. Neither the four game losing streak nor the four game winning streak is likely indicative of how the rest of the season will go. But I think they will remain competitive, build their young players and give them experience, get the coach experience and see where things fall in terms of the lottery, as I think they will still end up there. Maybe with not as many ping-pong balls as some thought they would have, but enough for a chance at another good player.
Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb have signed multi-year contract extensions to continue hosting their top-rated morning show on 98.5 The SportsHub.
“Toucher & Rich have connected with Boston sports radio listeners over the last 4 plus years with their innovative, clever and funny content,” said Mark Hannon, Senior VP and Market Manager, CBS RADIO Boston. “They are two great guys who have done an amazing job of anchoring 98.5 The Sports Hub, and we are thrilled that they will continue to wake up Boston for years to come.”
Toucher and Rich have had the #1 morning show with Men 25-54 for 14 straight monthly ratings periods.