The Celtics got back into the win column last night, with a blowout of Doc Rivers’ former club, the Magic in Orlando. This one was never really close as the Celtics took charge just about from the start. Shira Springer and Steve Bulpett have the game stories from the TD Waterhouse Centre. Bob Halloran says Paul Pierce doesn’t have a good record with buzzerbeaters. Marcus Banks had a big night with 20 points off the bench, getting his chance to play again after rookie Delonte West was sidelined with a broken hand suffered Sunday night in Miami. WWZN was the first to report on West’s injury midway through yesterday afternoon. The notebooks deal with the injury to West, with Springer’s notebook looking at possible roster moves, and Bulpett’s notebook has a couple other notes including rookie Al Jefferson not backing down to an attempt at intimidation from Kelvin Cato.
Kevin Mannix hands out a “C” to Tom Brady and a “D” to Special Teams in this week’s edition of his Patriots Report Card. Steve Grogan passes “A’s” across the board in his commentary on the Pats this week. Tom E Curran looks at Brady establishing himself as one of the greats in the game. Nick Cafardo and Mike Reiss each have stories on Ted Johnson, who has enjoyed a late career renaissance with the Patriots.
Rich Thompson and Ron Borges each write about punters and kickers and their place in the game and the Hall of Fame. Alan Greenberg has an interesting article on the transformation of Don Davis from linebacker to safety. Chris Kennedy notes that the Patriots remaining schedule is loaded with lightweights with the exception of a trip to NY to face the Jets. Gerry Callahan (subscription only) notes that the Patriots have accomplished perhaps the most impressive feat of all – they’ve all but silenced the critics in the local sports media.
Mannix misses giving out F's like Shelley misses Cheers, and he is not the only nattering nabob with a void in his life. The grand tradition of constructive criticism and thoughtful analysis that followed each Patriots game for four decades has been eliminated like a nativity scene in front of City Hall. The professional cynic on the Pats beat has gone the way of the cobbler, the milkman and Dan Rather.
The writers, the TV guys, even the cheap shot-lobbing radio talk show hosts have been all but emasculated by the Patriots, transformed into pom-pom-waving eunuchs who can only look on in awe at this flawless football machine. That might be more impressive than 25-of-26.
Maybe Gerry just feels that the Globe doesn’t exist anymore. Can’t really blame him in some aspects. Steve Buckley (subscription only) files a column on the always steady Adam Vinatieri, who can be counted on no matter the conditions…weather or game-wise. Curran’s notebook has Josh Miller annoyed at himself for his kicking on Sunday. Thompson’s notebook looks at the importance of the running game. Reiss’ notebook says the Patriots can finally get a mini-breather after last week’s crazy schedule. Cafardo’s notebook looks at Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli heading back to Cleveland for this Sunday.
Bob Hohler was the first with the news on Doug Mirabelli re-signing with the Red Sox, and he has the story in this morning’s Globe. David Heuschkel also reports on the Sox getting their backup catcher for two more years. Michael Silverman reports that the Mets have offered Pedro Martinez a guaranteed three year deal with an option for a fourth year. Jon Couture has a look at the World Series DVD. Silverman’s notebook has more on Mirabelli’s deal, and notes the Sox interest in Jose Valentin.
Bill Griffith notes the Patriots ratings success, and also reports on the quick demise of the Morning Sports Brawl on WWZN. What’s interesting about it is the Red Sox role in getting the plug pulled on the show. So when Ordway and the boys claim that they are not at all influenced by the Red Sox on their programming in the summer, this incident at the very least gives you pause for thought. John Molori’s Media Blitz has a number of Thanksgiving Leftovers from the world of sports media, including shots at Gerry Callahan, Joe Buck, and crazy fans.