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An ode to Paul Pierce!
May 8, 2012, 4:32 PM
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Put Da Team on My Back

After Sunday nights debacle against the Atlanta Hawks, It reminded me of Paul Pierce in his younger days. It was unbelievable how good he played the other night. He finished with 24 points. Most will now say, “wow 24 points isnt that much”. He only did that in 17 minutes! He finished with +33 when he was on the floor. It was a game for the ages for Paul.

Here is some other good Paul Pierce Highlights from that game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAgbGcmNUUY

 

Here is Paul Pierce doing his rendition of Tebowing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHiZUzuJPN8

and finally here is Paul Pierce going hard to Lose Yourself

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POlr92KHVMM

 

 

Watching these videos its hard not to love this guy. Sticking with the team his whole career. We will be telling our children about Paul Pierce much like our parents talk about Larry Bird. He is a sure fire Hall of Famer who is scored over 20000 points. Pierce is going to put on a show tonight as well. Have fun watching!



NBA East Playoff Predictions and Celtics
May 3, 2012, 3:14 PM
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Anythings Possible!!!

The NBA playoffs have already begun and some series are 3 deep already. They are all best of 7 in the NBA which means you gotta win 4 to advance to the next round.

Chi vs Phi (1-1)

This series was supposed to be a blowout until Derrick Rose blew out his leg. Now I think both teams can win this one but I still have the Bulls winning it. Their team is built for defense and I don’t think the Sixers have enough offense to spark a series win.  Chicago wins (4-2)

Mia vs NYK (2-0)

Miami already has a firm grasp on this series. Amare is now hurt because he punched a fire extinguisher case and Linsanity 2.0 might come back in game 4 and absolutely tear up the NBA playoffs. I still don’t see it happen. The heat are too good. Miami (4-0)

Ind vs Orl (2-1)

This is a good matchup because the Pacers are kind of a poor mans Magic. Except the Pacers still have a good center who is not hurt and they have more depth and shooters on their team. Maybe one day the Magic will be a poor mans Pacers. Pacers got this one. Indiana (4-1)

Bos vs Atl (1-1)

One of the best series to watch right now in the East. Both teams are pretty solid and both really want to win as their time is running out. I just think the C’s have more of what it takes to get it done. With Ray coming back soon it will only add more depth to this team. Expect it to be close but the Celtics still coming out on top.  Boston (4-3)

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If my calculations are correct that would mean that we would face the Bulls and the Pacers and Heat would have a go.

Chi vs Bos

This would be a great matchup and even better storylines. The Celtics old assistant now coaching in Chicago going against his mentor. The Bulls and Celtics always play each other hard. I think without Drose the Celtics can with this series. Boston (4-2)

Ind vs Mia

This match up would be interesting to watch but the Heat are still a very good team. I expect a Heat – Celtics rematch. Miami (4-1)

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That has the Heat and the Celtics playing in the Eastern Conference Finals which I will break down next week as well as who the winner of this match will face in the NBA finals and the winner of that.

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The Blog I never wanted to write. B’s Lose Game 7
April 26, 2012, 3:57 PM
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The Bruins lost game 7 in overtime. In an unbelievable series of events the Stanley cup champions of last year are ousted in the first round and what was the closest series ever in NHL history. All 7 games were decided by 1 game and a couple of them even went into overtime, like the one last night. I meant to write this blog last night but couldn’t really get to it and honestly didn’t really want to.

The reason the B’s lost is mainly because of their power play. Absolutely horrendous. 2 goals in 23 chances. That is less then 10 percent and a good team usually averages 20 to 30 percent on the power play. With the series so close through I believe 2 more power play goal easily couldve been the difference.

The Caps deserve all the praise for beating the Bruins. They really deserved it. It was a hard fought battle that either team couldve won. Braden Holtby, the Caps goalie, was absolutely unbelievable. If he continues this solid play he could carry his team all the way to the Cup. Washington played with more grit and intensity then the Bruins did all series and it just felt like we were always behind trying to work our way up the ladder. The Caps stifled all chances for the Bruins to play good in the offensive zone. They weren’t working for the dirty areas because the Caps were just being to physical. For once, a team actually beat us at our own game.

This isn’t the last time we will see the B’s and there chance for a cup. For the next decade or so they have a legitimate chance at being a powerhouse. Tim Thomas has a few more years in him and after that it will be Tuukka Rask’s as the full time goalie and with more experience he will be good. The team is very young. Thier emerging star Tyler Seguin isn’t even old enough to drink yet and he already knows what it feels like to win a Stanley Cup. Most of the team will be intact next year and I expect a few prospects to be NHL ready and wanting their time to shine.

There is always next year and if you don’t want to wait you can watch the Celtics. Which I will have my expectations for next blog.



The Bruins come up big and lead the series 3-2
April 18, 2012, 7:50 PM
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Whos biting looch?

The Bruins won Monday night 4-3 to take a 2-1 series victory against the Caps. So far it has been a tough time playing this team as they have won one already and could have very easily won the other two. The Caps are a better team then most would predict being a 7th seed. It would have been a lot easier facing those Ottawa Senators. The caps have the best scorer in the game right now in Alex Ovechkin. You simply cannot stop this guy. I am already starting to dislike the Caps.

The main thing I would like to talk about is Jack Edwards. The bruins commentator for every game. He loves the Bruins more then anyone else. He also says some great lines during the game. Some are ” Hes riding him like a monkey on a junglegym!!!” or ” If you poke the bear, youre head might end up as a bowling ball one day”. He literally makes every game so much better. Another great one is “If Lucic tried wiping his eye he would scratch his cornea because he has a Stanley Cup ring. Don’t think Alzner has one of those.” He is the biggest homer out there.

 

Here is a soundboard someone mad of the best of Jack Edwards aka Mad Jack

 

http://www.thisbuildingisvibrating.com/

 

Hope you enjoy and watch a few more B’s games. If not for the hockey atleast for Jack!

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Celtics post-allstar break success!
April 11, 2012, 1:45 PM
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Celtics beat Heat Recap

 

New Big 3 vs Original Big 3 with a little Rondo action

 

Last night the Celtics had a very strong victory against the Miami Heat. They won 115-107 and had the lead for the majority of the game. Pierce scored 27 points for the Celtics and the whole team looked good. Since the All-Star break they have been really good, winning a league leading 18 games. This team finally had a chance to mold together after an offseason which lost Glen Davis and added a throng of new bench players. Now it seems once deemed bust Avery Bradley will be a starter entering the playoffs and Ray Allen will come of the bench but still play about the same amount of minutes he usually does. This is the 2nd time the Celtics have beat the Heat in the past 10 days. The Team is looking strong entering the playoffs.

The keys to their recent success is attributed to the big 3 playing different roles. Garnett has now moved to Center instead of playing power forward and he is really looking like a great player out there. Also the team is better in offensive and defensive efficenincy with Avery Bradley on the floor instead of Ray Allen. This is really good because Ray Allen is a great player to come off the bench and work with the second team and hit shots when our starters are resting. He will still play with Garnett and Pierce but it will be in different situations. The additions of Pietrus and Bass have shown to be monumental. We finally have a decent 2nd team to come in when the starters are out. Doc’s coaching is showing why he is one of the best in the business and I seriously think we have a shot to contend. The Heat and the Bulls are tough teams  but if we keep playing like we have, we will have a strong chance. As Kevin Garnett said after the 08 championship.. “ANNYTHINGS POSSSIBLE!!!”



Bruins Playoff Predictions
April 4, 2012, 4:27 PM
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Zdeno Chara

Oh Lord Stanley how you've blessed us with your presence.

 

The Boston Bruins clinched the 2nd seed in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. They have played well all season except for when they had a little Stanley Cup hangover from last year. It is pretty much the same team as last year except for the loss of Mark Recchi who got replaced by young stud Tyler Seguin.

The Bruins will seem to be lining up to face the Ottawa Senators. We are 4-1 against them this season and play them tomorrow night so I think this 7 game series will be really easy to breeze through. I expect us to win the series 4-1 and have a few days off before we face the likes of Florida or New Jersey.

Up until this point I didn’t even know Florida was third in the Eastern Conference.  Needless to say I believe New Joisy wins against them and we end up facing the Devils.

The NJ Devils are a solid squad. Led by Ilya Kovelchuk  and Patrick Elias they are dangerous. They also have future hall of famer Martin Brodeur in net so it wont be easy. I still think we have better pieces to the puzzle. Boston scores a lot more goals and gives up a lot less goals. Combined with our great defense we are 4-0 against them this season. I expect this one to be a 4-0 sweep with not much coming out of the New Jersey team and the Boston team ready to pounce on another seasons cup.

The remaining 4 teams we can face are the NY Rangers, Washington Caps, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Philly Flyers. I expect the Penguins and Flyers to go 7 games against eachother and be absolutely wiped out after a hard fought battle. Rangers breeze through the Caps and then absolutely dominate whatever team comes out of the Pittsburgh-Philly slug fest.

Rangers are this years best team in the east. The Rangers give up the 3rd least goals per game in the entire NHL and have a great skating team in Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards, and Ryan Callahan. Their goalie is absolutely dreamy. Henrik Lunqvist is on tap to win the vezina this year ( leagues best goaltender) but that’s not the trophy he wants! Expect a hard fought series in what will be one of the best we may ever see. A classic NY-Bos rekindled rivalry that seems to carry across all sports these days. I figure if there was a paper-tossing competition and a NY guy faced a Bos guy, both cities would be riled up about it. I expect the Bruins to win 4-3 because I’m a homer and why would I ever pick a NY team to win?

Then the Stanley cup finals. Boston after beating Ottawa and the Devils in quick fashion go against the Rangers in a fight of the decade. Bruins win and they get to meet the…

 

Wah my face hurts.

 

rant:The Vancouver “f’n” Canucks. Last year I didn’t know much about this team come playoff time, Ill be honest. Bruins hockey is the only hockey I watch. Mainly because I dislike every other team when the mess with my team. ( Yeah thats you, NY Philly Dallas NJ Pittsburgh Ottawa Buffalo Toronto… you get the point.) This year I actually DESPISE the Canucks. The team is filled with d-bags. (excuse my language) You got the Sedin Sisters playing together since the put on skates. Alex Burrows who likes to eat off peoples fingers in his spare time when hes not playing hockey. Dirty man Aaron Rome taking out Horton in game 3 of last year. I mean its ridiculousness people actually like this team. How can you? They are the pretty boys of the NHL. There is no room for that. Its a tough mans sport and you got a bunch of panzys on one team. I also love when people say the bruins are a dirty team. They are. It brings fans to the stands. We protect our players and our goalie. Its not like this is new. The “Big Bad Bruins” have been around since the 70s get used to it. /rant. Id like to say the bruins win 4-3 in this one as well. I expect another cup back in Boston around mid june. Make it happen.

 

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The 2012 New England Patriots Receiver Corps
March 28, 2012, 3:59 PM
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" So many receivers, so little time."

 

Tom Brady is going to have a lot of trouble on his team keeping the receivers happy. I am not even talking about Rob Gronkowski or Aaron Hernandez. The “hooded one” Bill Belichick added 3 new wideouts to a position that was already deep. The Patriots added Brandon Lloyd, Anthony Gonzalez, and Donte Stallworth. With them are the other 5 receivers already on the roster; Wes Welker, Chad Ochocinco, Deion Branch(maybe) ,Julian Edleman, Tiquan Underwood, and Matthew Slater.  For those bad at math that is 9 solid receivers where you usually need only 5, maybe 6 at most.

Id rank them from best to worst in this order: Welker, Lloyd, Branch, Edleman, Stallworth, Gonzalez, Ochocinco, Slater, and then Underwood.

Welker is the obvious number 1. Guy catches the most passes in the league every year (exaggeration but hes in the top 5 and was number 1 for like 3 years running) and is by far Bradys favorite target. I’m sure if Brady breaks up with Giselle Bundchen he will surely pass her off to Welker. That’s how close these to guys are. 2 peas in a pod.

Lloyd is the next obvious. He had a huge 2010 but then was traded mid season to the Rams and kinda died out there. Thats not his fault its injured Rams QB Sam Bradford can’t play a game without getting walked off by the trainers (blame the offensive line) I expect him to have a big year with a legit QB throwing his way.

Branch is next on the list. Plays with Brady when he was young, wins a Superbowl MVP, goes to Seattle and disappears (much like everyone who goes to the seahawks; look up Shaun Alexander and TJ Houshmanzadeh), then comes back to the Patriots. Whats not to like. Hes a reliable route runner who Brady enjoys throwing too.

Edleman is the poor mans Welker. Small white guy with quick feet catching 2 yard passes up and down the field. Not much to say here.

Stallworth is a poor mans Branch. Plays here, leaves, misses Brady, comes back. Luckily he didn’t get to penalized for killing that man in a terrible manslaughter case a few years ago, while intoxicated. (what?) in his defense the guy did come out of now where and like jump in the road. Back to the gridiron and off the streets Donte.

The rest is just too wishy washy. This is how the last 4 players play out. Gonzalez looks promising but then gets hurt for the season. Ochocinco changes his name to Johnson on July 4th and still can be called Mr. Irrelevant. Haters gone hate, Slaters gone slate. Tiquan Underwood gets face time during the games on the sidelines for his 2 ft high top but then gets cut a day before the Superbowl again, just to get resigned.

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Celtics don’t make a deal at the deadline
March 15, 2012, 6:04 PM
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As the nba trade deadline approached today at 4:00 PM, I hoped the Celtics would not make a deal to separate the big three. Well my wish actually came true. The deadline passed and no moves were made. This is very good for the Celtics. Many would argue that by giving up some of the big 3 we could get some minor assets instead of just letting them walk in the off season.  I disagree.  If we break this team apart we will be irrelevant now and for the next couple of years. I think our best bet is to go out die trying. We are about to embark on the last playoffs of the big three which means they realize this and we could come out on top.  Much better then being nowhere now and for the next few years in my opinion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No more “Tuukka Time” in the Bruins net for the next 6 weeks
March 7, 2012, 6:39 PM
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watch?v=am_AVmViXNo

 

 

Tuukka Time

Not much in boston news this week other than this.

Boston Bruins young goalie is out for the next 4-6 weeks. Tuukka Rask was diagnosed with a lower abdomen/ groin strain by doctors a few days ago.  Rask suffered the injury at 9:01 of the second period while making a save against the Islanders. This year Rask is 11-8-3  with a low 2.05 goals against average and a 93% save percentage. Luckily, the Bruins still have Tim Thomas as the starting goalie  and he is one of the best in the business.

What this means: Tuukka’s season is pretty much over at this point. The Bruins only have roughly 20 games to go and once the playoffs start Tim Thomas will be in net every game like he was last year on that historic quest for the cup. It also means the Bruins had to sign a goalie off the free agent market. They settled for Marty Turco. He was a solid goaltender in his prime but age has caught up with him recently and now he struggles to be consistent in the net. He went 11-11-3 last year with a sub-par 3.02 GAA. This also means when Tim Thomas rests it will be a tough battle for our guys to score 3 or 4 goals every time.  We may slip in the standings which we dont want as well because then we will not have the nice home ice advantage the #2 spot will grant us these playoffs. If we slip and lose the division to ottawa it could mean we would be a 5th or even 6th seed. I am not worried though because last year when we won we were the 6th seed. Just saying it would be nice to play a few game 7′s at home. Its quite a predicament, keeping tim thomas fresh for the playoffs while staying in the number 2 spot in the running. I expect coach Claude Julien to have a little less sleep at night knowing Tim Thomas’ prodigy will not see the ice again this season.



Should the C’s dump it all now or hold on hope
February 29, 2012, 8:48 PM
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Warming up the Bench for the 

Bench warmers

 

As of right now, the Boston Celtics are in quite of a bind. They have three aging hall-of-famers in Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett. Rajon Rondo is the young star point guard of the team as well. So far this season the Celtics are a mere 16-17.  They are currently in the last spot of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference with a very tough schedule ahead. It includes the Knicks twice, 76ers three times, Clippers and Lakers once a piece, Golden State, Wolves, and the Heat 3 times. Those are 12 games against all teams playoff bound and that is naming only half of them.

Since the beginning of the season General Manager Danny Ainge has said he will break up the big 3 and rondo if he finds a legitimate deal. Last year he spent no time trading away Kendrick Perkins for Jeff Green and Nenad Krystic. A trade that ruined the teams chemistry in the final months and could be argued ultimately killed their hope of winning another ring. While we are on the subject, Nenad is playing in Russia and Jeff Green just had heart surgery so he is done for the year.  Green also becomes a free agent after this season so we may never see him wear Celtics green again.

This year the trade deadline is March 15th. I’m sure in the next two weeks Danny Ainge will make another moronic decision and trade away one if not all of the big four. There are many teams willing to make a deal for one of the aging stars or Rajon Rondo.

In my opinion I don’t think we should break the team up right now. Rajon Rondo is the only one we will not get pennies on the dollar for and even then I don’t think we will get a legitimate deal to make us contenders. I think our best bet is to stick with these guys and maybe make a couple swaps on the bench and pick up a few key role players that can really get the ball rolling. Trading Rondo and his passing abilities would make our offense and fast break non existent. This team already has  a glaring hole in the rebounding department so trading KG would only make that worse. Ray Allen is a lights out shooter who we desperately need to add quick buckets and how in any way can you trade away Paul Pierce after all he has been through with this team from the start to now. Pierce is the heart of this team and if Ainge trades away any of these guys I think he should be replaced.

 

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