Where Does Super Bowl LI Rank? Who the Celtics Are Talking to? Who the Bruins Should Hire to Replace Claude? This and Much Much More!!!
In this writer’s opinion, no Super Bowl will feel the same as defeating the “Greatest Show on Turf” during the 2001-02 season. Rejoicing as Roger Goodell handed Brady the Lombardi Trophy may have been the sweetest, watching Malcom Butler intercept Russell Wilson on the goal line may have been the most miraculous, but growing up in an era where the Patriots were irrelevant for so long, nothing will beat the first.
And for the record, absolutely NOTHING will EVER beat the Red Sox 2004 comeback against the Yankees and sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Quiz of the Week…Who is the only Celtic to ever win multiple All-Star MVP Awards? Answer near the bottom of the column
Last week’s Sports Illustrated cover on the Patriots is a must for any memorabilia collector, but Tim Laydon’s article on Isaiah Thomas inside the pages is an excellent read.
If you believe ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the Patriots are not going to get into a bidding war for the services of Martellus Bennett this off-season.
Speaking of Patriots free agents, with Jamie Collins and Chandler Jones off the books, the Patriots have $63 million to re-sign Don’t’a Hightower to a long-term deal.
Don’t look now, but the Celtics are 2.5 games behind Cleveland in the East and Avery Bradley is scheduled to return after the All-Star Break. Unfortunately for the C’s, the beginning of March includes a 5-game road trip with games against the Lakers, Suns, Clippers, Warriors, and Nuggets.
1 week. That is the amount of time that Claude Julien was unemployed in the NHL.
Speaking of Claude, if Sweeney and Neely aren’t pleased with Bruce Cassidy at the end of the season, they can always look at their former teammate Adam Oats, who has a career 65-48 head coaching record from his time with the Capitals.
Word out of Chicago is that the Celtics and Bulls are having conversations about a Jimmy Butler package that includes the 2017 Brooklyn pick.
But if the C’s want a true center in the low post, rumor has it that Detroit is quietly shopping Andre Drummond.
And if you don’t think Boston needs a big in the middle, consider the fact that they are 26th in the NBA in rebound differential with a -3.4.
If the NHL season ended today, the Bruins would be playing the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs.
And if the NCAA regular season ended today, an ACC team would NOT receive a #1 seed for the first time since 2012-13. The ACC team ranked highest in the latest polls? Louisville at #8.
If you’re keeping track at home, Forbes recently valued the Celtics at $2.2 billion, good for 5th in NBA, trailing only the Knicks, Lakers, Warriors, and Bulls.
In an interesting purchase, Entercom, which owns WEEI, purchased CBS radio, who owns The Sports Hub. Considering The Sports Hub has crushed WEEI in the ratings recently, expect changes on the Boston sports talk radio front.
Quiz Answer: Bob Cousy in 1954 and 57
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