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Dazed, Confused, and Defeated

                As
I sit here writing, I am still trying to figure out exactly why the New England
Patriots had to lose to the New York Jets. I mean any team but the trash
talking, cocky, annoying Jets. I would have rather gotten killed by the Steelers
next week, murdered in the Super Bowl by the Packers or Bears, heck even lose
in the divisional round to a team like the Seahawks then lose to the foot
loving Jets.

Now I know that when I turn on Mike and
Mike tomorrow, Mike Greenberg will be sitting there saying how much he loves
Mark Sanchez and how good the Jets are.

Any team but the Jets. Any team. Any
team. I would have just loved the Jets to shut up. I mean after the week
thirteen loss, the Jets actually shut up! That was arguably the best two days
of the football schedule, the two days when the Jets were absolutely quiet.

 

 

But now though I think I’m beginning to
understand why exactly the Patriot loss still stings so badly and why it is
still keeping me up at night, two nights later.  My conclusion is, Boston sport fans have been spoiled since
2001.

Name one other city with just one NFL,
NBA, and MLB with stars like Tom Brady, Paul Pierce, and David Ortiz. You just
can’t.

Since 2001 the Patriots have won three
Super Bowls (2001, 2003, 2004), The Red Sox have won two World Series (2004,
2007), and the Celtics won the NBA Finals back in 2008. That’s six
championships out of the possible twenty-seven, or over 22%, of all the possible
championships in the NFL, MLB, and NBA, since 2001.

 

Red Sox Tickets: Red Sox 2007.jpg


No offense to anyone, but many Boston
sport fans, myself included, can be brats when it comes to sports.

 Oh this guy isn’t doing good trade him. We have a weakness at
this position, so we have to get the best guy out there. When we don’t get what
we want, we let people hear it. Same thing for New York, Philadelphia, Chicago,
etc. fans. Again, no offense.

However, that’s part of the “beauty” of
large marker sports. In Kansas City and Baltimore fans are more laid back for
the most part. Again, no offense. Fans are so dedicated and passionate about
winning. They accept nothing but the best. Look at the crazy fans at football
games that paint their whole body. They are either Raider fans, or fans of the
Patriots, Jets, Giants, Eagles, Bears, etc. When you grow up around a winning
culture, you don’t know how to deal with defeat. Do you get angry or sad? Does
it last a few days or a few weeks?

 


Recently though, I’ve been learning how
to deal with defeat (unfortunately). The Celtics lost game seven of the NBA
Finals, the Red Sox didn’t even make the playoffs, and now the Patriots are
potentially “done” with their dynasty.

When you’re a kid, you can’t imagine that
your team will lose. I mean they’re your team.
When your team does lose it teaches you a great lesson in sportsmanship and how
to deal with defeat. I am just now getting that lesson though.

I have a friend who is a Cleveland sports
fan and trust me he has got that lesson . . . big time. Today though, I realize
that when I’m practically screaming at the TV after a Kevin Garnett alley oop,
or a Tom Brady touchdown, or a David Ortiz home run. There is some ten-year-old
kid either upset or mad that that had to happen against his team. But he doesn’t know that he is learning maybe the most
valuable lesson in sports.

Looking back, I wish there was a time
when I was that ten-year-old kid. I wish I had learned that lesson sooner then
latter. The “bad” news is that the Celtics look to be making another title run
and the Red Sox have restocked to win another ring. On second thought, I think
that lesson can wait another year.
J

When you don’t know how to deal with
defeat and accept nothing but the best and you don’t get the best it stings more
then anything.



-Photo Credits

1.) http://www.cantstopthebleeding.com/tomase-pats-spied-on-the-rams-before-sbxxvi

2.) http://connect.in.com/red-sox-tickets/photos-1-1-1-                    72693d71aaca1b6b9cf5cbfeec0dac4d.html

3.) http://gallery.neoseeker.com/Lesley%20Pro_04/photostream/2020860158


P.S. Rex Ryan owes me for not making the title Dazed, Confused, and De-feet-ed

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Papi Problems And A Little NBA Talk

I am sure you know it by now. Chan Ho Park has more home runs then David Ortiz. Big Papi is batting .208 with no home runs and just twelve RBI’s in 96 at bats.
Now the reason for the problem is unknown. It may be because of his wrist injury suffered last year. However watching him swing it does not look like he is in pain. It looks like he is trying to swing for the fences.
Let me just say trying to hit a home run is not a good idea. When I try to hit a home run I strikeout most of the time. When I try to hit a triple I groundout. When I try to hit a double I get a single most of the time. When I just focus to get on base and try to drive in the runner on second or third. I get on base and drive in the run.
Big Papi does not have the kind of power he had in 2006. Yes he is only like 33 but we have seen it with a ton of players. For example look at Eric Gange. Of corse it is believed that when he stopped using steroids he started doing bad.
I honestly could care less about home runs. If Big Papi doesn’t hit a single home run this season I would not care. As long as he drives in 100+ and bats .300+ I will be happy. Home runs are nothing. No one in baseball has the job of hitting home runs. If you hit a home run awesome if you do not who cares. As long as you do not strikeout looking I will be fine.
Big Papi may not have the protection with Manny in the lineup because well Manny is Manny. Manny could strikeout every time this season but pitchers would treat him like he is the guy who hit 500 home runs. Kevin Youkilis could do better but pitchers would still be afraid of Manny more then Youk.
So either until Big Papi finds his stroke or starts driving in runs and getting doubles. Here is what my line up would lock like.
1- Jacoby Ellsbury
2- Dustin Pedroia
3- Jason Bay
4- Kevin Youkilis
5- J.D. Drew
6- Mike Lowell
7- David Ortiz
8- Jason Varitek
9- Julio Lugo
Now I would rather have Jason Bay then say J.D. Drew in the third spot because I think J-Bay is just underrated. He will hit around 30 home runs a year but I love guys who can hit doubles of the Green Monster. Even though J.D. Drew has eight doubles and Bay has only five Bay also is A.) a little faster and B.) is kind of hot. He is not the hottest player but still I like J-Bay and he is still getting better.
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Now for some talk about the NBA. As many of you probably know my Boston Celtics are facing the Orlando Magic in the second round of the playoffs today.
Many say that the Magic will go on to the next round however I say it will be the Celtics. So far in the game we are down by 19 but I have faith in my team. The reason for many predicting the Magic over the Celtics is because we don’t have one of our best players, Kevin Garnett (note that I didn’t say KG is our best player).
Many believe that that is why we went to seven games against the Chicago Bulls. That is 100% not true. We didn’t go to seven games because Garnett was not on the court but rather the fact that he was on the bench. KG was a distraction to the team. I mean just imagine one of the greatest players of all-time not playing.
*Update we are now down by 14*
But we should not have went to seven games. Garnett is our best defensive player, Ray Allen is our best shooter, and Paul Pierce is the best all around player and the best player on the Boston Celtics. But even with KG on the bench we still have a big three.
Rajon Rondo has made a name for himself this season. He was nearly an all-star and turned the Big Three into the Fab Four. However many treat the team like we only have two all-stars, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
Well those people must have an IQ of 1. Ray Allen is the best shooter of all-time. He is second on the all-time carer three pointers made and still has a ton of years left. I read an article in SI a while ago and it said that Pierce’s 34 and Garnett’s 5 would soon be up in the rafters. Well Ray Allen’s 20 and Rajon Rondo’s 9 will be up there soon.
*Update at the end of the third quarter we are down by 16*
*Update after checking my e-mail we are down by ten! I can smell the comeback!!!!!!!!!*
My second topic is the MVP voting. Today LeBron James won the MVP award. Unlike the MLB the NBA does not give awards out for both leagues.
LeBron James like Derek Jeter can be described in one word, OVERRATED! Tons of people say he is the best player on the planet. I say nice joke. Lets compare stats to Paul Pierce, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups and Kobe Bryant.
ASSIST PER GAME     POINTS PER GAME       REBOUNDS PER GAME
James- 7.5 (2)               James- 32 (1)                 James- 11.3 (2)        
Pierce- 2 (6)                  Pierce- 23.1 (6)               Pierce- 6.9 (3)       
Wade- 5.5 (5)                Wade- 28.8 (2)                Wade- 5.3 (4)        
Howard- 1 (7)                Howard- 24 (4)                 Howard- 15.8 (1)    
Paul- 10.4 (1)                Paul- 16.6 (7)                  Paul- 4.4 (6)         
Billups- 7.4 (3)              Billups- 22.6 (5)               Billups- 4 (7)       
Bryant- 5.6 (4)              Bryant- 27.4 (3)               Bryant- 5 (5)      
So Based on my awesome, crazy formulas based on just stats the voting should have looked like this . . .
1.) James
2.) Wade
3.) Howard
3.) Bryant
5.) Paul
6.) Billups
6.) Pierce
and not this . . .
1.) James
2.) Bryant
3.) Wade
4.) Howard
5.) Paul
6.) Billups
7.) Pierce
The one problem is an MVP has to have more then stats. For example Chauncey Billups turned the Denver Nuggets around so he might be fifth and not sixth. So really I would have voted like this . . .
1.) James
2.) Wade
3.) Howard
4.) Billups
5.) Bryant
6.) Pierce
7.) Paul
Okay well I have a confession to make that may kill me. Don’t worry I have already written my will so here I go. LeBron James is the best player on Earth.
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RIP
Bob 🙂

The Coaches and the Fans Messed Up

As some of you know there was a big mistake in the NBA all-star voting, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo got left off the roster. Allen as of 1-31 is averaging 17.9 points per game, with 3.4 rebounds per game, and 2.8 assists per game. Rondo is averaging 11.1 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, and 8.1 assist per game. I can sorta understand Rondo being left off. I mean this year was his breakout year, he is still young so he could be elected to more, he is not that good of a shooter, and he is only 6’1 which is tall just not for a basketball player. Allen though is one of the best three point shooters ever if not the best. Allen though is sometimes the forgotten piece of the fabulous four, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Allen, and Rondo, because Garnett and Pierce made it in and get all of the awards. Rashard Lewis and Jamer Nelson, both play for the Orlando Magic, got in. Before I thought Allen and Rondo should have gotten in but I just looked at their stats and I think that Lewis some what deserved it while Nelson still shouldn’t have gotten in. What happens is the fans vote for who should be the starters then the coaches chose seven players to be their reserves. The coach this year for the East (the Celtic’s and Magic’s league) is Cleveland Cavilers coach Mike Brown. The Cavilers are rivals with the Celtics so he could have picked only Paul Pierce as a reserve to see Allen and Rondo get left off. That is unlikely because the only player going to the all-star game from the Cavilers is LeBron James, who was voted in as a starter. The West head coach coaches the Celtic’s arch rival the Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson. You might now him as that old guy that screams a lot. Well even though Allen and Rondo won’t be there Allen should be in the three point shout-out and Garnett is starting while Pierce is a reserve.

                                  Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce Picture
                  
Photo Credits
1- mtc.vox.com
2- zimbo.com
3-str8hoops.com
4- getoutofmyballpark.com    
                                                                                                                        Rajon Rondo

What Is Wrong With The Celtics!?!

First- I have to go back to school tomorrow. 😦 I try to blog in the morning but I don’t think that will work out. 

In case you don’t follow the NBA my Celtics are two and four since losing to the Lakers on Christmas day. The only teams they have beat or the Kings and Wizards two of the leagues worst teams.  They lost to the Lakers, Warriors, Trail Blazers, and Knicks. I can’t blame them on the Laker loss. The Lakers wanted to win that game ever since the Celtics beat them in the NBA Finals and the Trail Blazers are a good team. The only problem with the Trail Blazer game?Their best player, Brandon Roy, was out. The Warriors are an okay team except for the fact that they had so many players out due to injuries. The Knicks game they did terrible in the third quarter. Most of the time the Celtics rest and get pumped up at half time but not that time. The Celtics still have the best record in the NBA being 29-6 and are a game up on Cleveland. Look at January ninth when they play each other. They face the Bobcats on the road on the sixth and the Houston Rockets at home on the seventh. In order for the Celtics to win against the Bobcats they just need to play like they did during their nineteen game winning. To win against the Rockets they need play like during their nineteen game win streak and have a fairly big game from anyone really. It could be Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, or even a scrub like Patrick O’Bryant. No offense. I think the Celtics will  beat the Bobcats and win in a close game against the Rockets. I’m also going to try not blogging about the Celtics as much. It seems like I jinx them every time.
KG