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ESPN – Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce passed Larry Bird to move into second place on the franchise’s list of all-time leading scorers during Tuesday night’s 94-84 win over the Charlotte Bobcats at TD Garden. Pierce buried a 3-pointer from the right wing with 10:23 to go in the third quarter to move past Bird, who scored 21,791 points during his career, spent entirely with the Celtics. Only John Havlicek has scored more in team history with 26,395 points. “I’m not going to lie, it was hanging over my head too much,” Pierce said of his first-half struggles. “How could it not? With every deep breath that the crowd was taking, every shot that went up, it was just like, you could just feel it. And it was hard to really ignore it and really focus on the game. “Then Coach (Doc Rivers) said, ‘Hurry up and get it out of the way.’ It was a relief once I hit that one 3, so I could really concentrate and focus on the game.” Pierce sits 28th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He soon will leapfrog another former Celtic in Gary Payton (21,813) and is on the heels of San Antonio’s Tim Duncan (22,009) with eyes on moving into the top 25. Big Three brethren Ray Allen (24th) and Garnett (19th) already are in that club, as are Celtics legends Robert Parish (23,334 — 18,245 of which came in Boston) and Havlicek.
Nothing like forgetting about the Super Bowl That Shall Not Be Named then basking in another Boston sports accomplishment. Paul Pierce passing Larry Bird as an all-time Celtics scorer is a huge deal. Larry Bird is the face of the franchise and Paul Pierce will easily go down as one of the greatest Celts ever. He was on terrible teams, he was on great teams, but he was always the leader out there, even when he was young. His leadership brought us a championship and he’s one of the biggest fan-favorites in Boston sports. 21,792 points, all with the same team. That’s a hell of an accomplishment that you don’t see much any more. The rafters in the Garden are definitely saving a space for #34, I just hope he gets a chance to prove to the world he’s one of the best.
So that actually happened, a repeat of 2007 all over again. I didn’t think it was possible for the Patriots to lose that game. Brady had the eye of the tiger, and Belichick whipped one of the worst defenses in NFL history into shape and got them to the Super Bowl. And all we had to do was beat Eli and his big dumb head. But we couldn’t score anything. Our entire offense looked like they were suffering from a Gronk ankle injury. Our defense was surprisingly good, but Tom Brady couldn’t put anything together. It was frustrating to see the epic collapse when all we had was a 2 point lead. I felt hopeless. So many missed opportunities it wasn’t even funny. Yesterday I was like any other Boston sports fan. I didn’t watch any ESPN coverage, no highlights of the game, no talk radio, and I didn’t talk about it with anyone. It’s best to just forget about this type of game as fast as you can. Yeah, New York beat us and that really sucks, but what are you gonna do? When it comes down to it, Boston has been the most dominant sports city in the last decade. 4 teams with 7 championships. What does New York have? 9 teams, 3 championships. Yea, I’ll be a Boston sports fan over New York any day. When it comes down to it, we’re the most spoiled city in sports. Every city wants to be us and I’ll just have to take solace in that. So the denial stage of this loss is over. Now the acceptance will kick in any minute now. But I swear to God I can’t be held responsible if Princess the Camel fucking dies.
Huffington Post – Princess, the star of New Jersey’s Popcorn Park Zoo, has correctly picked the winner of five of the last six Super Bowls. She went 14 and 6 predicting regular season and playoff games this year, and has a lifetime record of 88-51. Her pick this year: The New York Giants. The Bactrian camel’s prognostication skills flow from her love of graham crackers. Zoo general manager John Bergmann places a cracker and writes the name of the competing teams on each hand. Whichever hand Princess nibbles from is her pick. On Wednesday, she made her pick with no hesitation at all, predicting bad news for Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, even though the Las Vegas oddsmakers have New England favored by about 3 points. Her only miscue in the big game was picking the Indianapolis Colts over the New Orleans Saints two years ago, indicating that even camels know it’s generally risky to go against Peyton Manning.
I was completely ready to send one of my minions straight to Popcorn Park Zoo in New Jersey to kill the fuck out of Princess the camel. I had my finger on the button, ready to bust out the big guns. I’ve had to hear 24/7 about the rematch of the century between my beloved Pats and the god damn Giants for the past week. And then this? You can only push a man to the brink so many times before he snaps, and a fucking camel telling me my Patriots would lose to the Giants was my limit. But I set my phone down calmly, read the article again, and know exactly what’s going on here. Princess is a Manning lover. It’s blatantly obvious now. This bitch picked the Colts over the Saints in the Super Bowl? No one thought that shit was gonna happen. No one. And now she picks Eli to ruin the Super Bowl again? God damnit, not on my watch. I promised myself I wasn’t going to get angry. I promised myself I wasn’t going to let a dumb ass camel get the best of me. But for the next week, it’s US vs. THEM. There’s a line drawn in the sand, you’re either with us or against us. I don’t care if it’s a camel, if she picks against the Pats, she’s public enemy #1. So the camel hunt is back on. $1 million to the first person to send me the hump of Princess on a silver platter. It should make for a good spread at my Super Bowl party.
In what had to be one of the most nerve-wracking playoff games I’ve seen in a long time, the New England Patriots defeated the Baltimore Ravens 23-20, clawing their way to their 5th Super Bowl in 11 years. It was a true example of old school NFL defense versus new school NFL offense, and these teams were two of the best examples of each. Tom Brady led the best offense in the NFL to another Super Bowl appearance even though his stat line wasn’t too appealing. He finished 22/36 for 239 yards, with 2 INTs and no touchdowns. Through most of the game, Baltimore’s defense was holding the Pats to field goals and made the most out of their turnovers when it counted.
It was a game of inches and both teams had their fair share of bad plays. From Woodhead fumbling on the return kickoff, to Flacco throwing an interception to Brandon Spikes late in the game, both teams had plenty of plays they wish they could have back. For New England, it had to be a long interception batted in the end zone and picked off from the bad play action pass. The Pats took the ball late into the 4th with a 3 point lead and had a chance to run the clock out, but were forced to punt back to Baltimore with 2 minutes left. The Ravens drove far down the field and put up a hell of an effort to almost win the game outright. Flacco attempted to hit Lee Evans in the end zone with 30 seconds left, which would have cemented a victory for them, but Sterling Moore broke up the sure touchdown. Instead, they had to call in Billy Cundiff for a 32 yard field goal to tie the game and send it into overtime. And like a scene out of a movie he shanked it wide left and gave the Pats a win. I haven’t seen someone choke so bad since the Yankees in 04. They went from almost winning the game, to losing the game in a matter of seconds.
But looking back on it, I couldn’t be more proud of the Pats with this win. Tom Brady said it himself, he came out and played badly. He threw 2 picks, and didn’t register a touchdown, his first game without one in 36 games. But the rest of the team stepped their game up and won this game for #12. He single-handedly won us games in the regular season, but this one was a team effort. From Wilfork causing constant pressure on Flacco, to Spikes interrupting the run and getting a huge interception, and BGE running effectively early on. The defense did exactly what they had to, and held the Ravens to only 20 points all game. Did the Ravens blow the game? Absolutely. They could have had a touchdown late, and they should have had a field goal to tie it, but they blew both. But I’ll take it, and so will the Patriots.
And in another nail biter with equally crazy plays, the New York Giants defeated the San Francisco 49ers to win the NFC Championship. This is the rematch of the century, as New York was the only team to beat the 2007 Patriots, in the Super Bowl, in the final seconds. That game is still fresh in all of our memories, and I expect the Pats to be fueled up to avenge that loss. We have two weeks until then, and we’ll need it to prepare. The Giants beat us in a heart breaker at home earlier this year, but we’ve won 10 straight since. I know for sure the Pats will outscore the Giants, that isn’t even a question. The whole team seems hungry, and Brady is gonna come back with a vengeance after his lackluster performance.
* Tough day for the Harbaugh family, huh?
* Gronkowski’s ankle better be good to go in 2 weeks
* Bob Kraft was definitely drunk when receiving the trophy
*Billy Cundiff will be stabbed by Ray Lewis in his sleep tonight
Well, that was a shocker huh? Tom Brady and the New England Patriots proved to the world that the hype isn’t real. Tim Tebow isn’t fit to be a quarterback in the NFL. His underachievement at his position is apparent, and people should realize this season was a fluke for any kind of QB like Tebow. Sure, his story was great, people wrote him off and said he couldn’t win as a QB in the NFL, and he started winning.
But what planet am I living on where sports analysts and fans think that Tim Tebow is actually good? How can people even call him a quarterback? It’s an insult to Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, Dan Marino and Tom Brady. Shit, it’s an insult to Trent Dilfer, Tim Couch and Jemarcus Russell for that matter. When you can barely throw the ball 10 yards, it has no spiral on it whatsoever, and you feel more comfortable running options then stepping back and throwing the ball in the pocket, you are NOT a QUARTERBACK. And the Patriots and their defense proved that twice this season. We didn’t let him get comfortable at all and we stopped the number one run offense in the league with ease.
Is Tim Tebow an incredible athlete? Absolutely. But that doesn’t mean he’s an incredible quarterback. Sure, he won them some games, but he limped his way into the playoffs and looked like a chicken with his head cut off whenever he played a dominant team. What he did to the Steelers was merely a fluke. This is the same thing that happened when the Miami Dolphins unrolled their wildcat offense against us. We were stunned, never saw an NFL team play like a college team, and they surprised the league for half of the year. But then guess what happened? NFL teams started figuring it out. Defenses started throwing more men in the box to prevent the rush, and practically begged Tebow to throw it down the field. And it was simple after that. The Patriots did it better than any other team this season, and did it with one of the worst defenses in team history.
But when it’s all said and done, the Patriots proved that the AFC championship runs through Foxborough and the Baltimore Ravens will meet us next week to fight for that title. San Francisco and New York took out two dominant offensive teams, and its shaping up to be a great Super Bowl no matter who meets the Pats after we take care of the Ravens. I hope New York advances and we can avenge our loss in the Super Bowl from The Season That Mustn’t Be Mentioned.
The Patriots proved last night why we’re the best team in the AFC. I can get into the numbers and make a big deal about how the Jets had the number 1 defense in the league while we had the worst…I can talk about how our rag-tag defense came up with huge turnovers…I can even talk about how we’re #1 in the AFC East now. But instead, here’s Rex Ryan yelling “shut the fuck up” to a fan that told him Belichick owns him. Classy. Ahhhhhh…it feels good to be a Pats fan.
Tom Brady and the Patriots were able to pull out a win over divisional rival New York Jets on Sunday. Thank God. Last thing I wanted to hear were after game press conferences from Rex Ryan and Jets players acting like they won the Super Bowl if they beat us. It’s sickening. Instead, they lost and are 2-3 while we improve to 4-1. I’m loving the offense, but the defense is obviously inconsistent. They did great in the first half, and then deteriorated the rest of the game. But we pulled out another win because of our offense, and as long as Brady is throwing the ball, I like our chances. And if Benjarvus runs the way he did Sunday then our game will open up even more. Nothing but options.
By the way, this was my view of the game…
Just a little 50 yard line tickets. No big deal.
Brian Wilson is one of my favorite people in the world. He’s an amazing athlete, funny, and crazy as fuck. I didn’t even know this guy was from Massachusetts, but now I love him even more. He may be known for his crazy beard, but he’s literally one of the funniest guys out there. And in this video he’s just telling everyone what us Bostonians already know. The 86 Celtics are the best team ever. There is no debate, there is no question. If you disagree, I don’t really care. I’ll send Brian Wilson and his crazy beard to come looking for you. You’re not ready for that type of crazy.
Seriously, keep it moving. Don’t think too long and hard about what just happened this past month. Our epic September collapse will be a thing of the past when the Pats and Bruins are dominating the season and playoffs. I’m disgusted with the Sox. It’s like an abusive relationship I have to justify to anyone that isn’t a Boston fan. When it’s good, it’s real good. When it’s bad, it’s fucking ugly. “But when it’s bad, you just don’t know them like I do. They love me, they just hurt me sometimes, but that’s okay, we’re in love.” Frankly I’m getting tired of it. Fuck it, it’s almost October, everyone knows it’s Pats and Bruins time.
Catcher Ryan Lavarnway put the struggling Sox on his back last night, going yard twice, keeping Sox fans on the edge of their seats for the last game of the season tonight. Our wild card lead over the Rays dwindled the entire month of September and the playoff picture has looked bleak. And with a Sox win and Rays win over the Yankees, the last game of the season will decide everything for both clubs. If we win and they lose, we’re in. If we both win, we go to a single game playoff. Just nerve-wracking shit here. Storybook fantasy type of shit that wouldn’t even happen in the movies.
The worst part about it is that no one believes we can win. I don’t even think Tito does. Our pitching is atrocious. Just God awful. No lead is safe, and no start is a guarantee. But I really can’t help but think in the back of my head, “what if?” What if we did it again? What if we scrapped our way through another playoffs and did the unthinkable? It would be amazing to witness. But, let’s be realistic. Lackey is one text away from a nervous breakdown, our bullpen breaks down more than a shitbox first car, and Francona looks like he keeps smelling a fart. We most likely aren’t gonna do anything in the playoffs if we make it. But if we don’t even make the playoffs, this season will go down as one of the biggest disappointments in Red Sox history. Just a collapse of epic proportions. Our fate lies on one game…fuck.