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Three’s company

I’m starting to run out of clever things to say about three Boston teams winning in one night (for the third time in recent history, might I add).

Boston, Carolina and California all personally saw Boston victories last night. The C’s took the magic into their own hands at the Garden in Boston, winning in the last four minutes to take a 92-88 victory out of Orlando’s grasp. The Bruins took Raleigh by storm, winning handily 4-2. Finally, the Sox rallied in Anaheim to win 4-3.

It goes without saying that it still rocks to live in Boston right now. Sportscenter could have 30 minutes worth of fresh material just by showing what is going on right here.
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The time schedule last night worked out perfectly. I turned on the Bruins game right after dinner, watched them sure-handedly force game 7, switched to the Celtics during commercials and then exclusively watched TNT once the Bruins won, witnessing their come-from-behind antics back in action, and finally switched to NESN to see the Red Sox crush the Angels’ bullpen. From 7 PM until 1:30 AM, I watched three different Boston sports teams win three different games in a span of 6 1/2 hours. My TV needed a bit of a break afterwards.

I don’t know what I’ll do if either the Bruins or Celtics lose their series (or both! what a horror show that would be!). Tonight is boring because there’s only one sport on. I resorted to watching the Penguins/Capitals game which wasn’t even that interesting. The Penguins took the Capitals confidence and then whipped their butts.

I can’t wait until tomorrow. The time schedule is a little bit more complicated, as the Red Sox will start the action at 3:30 in Anaheim, the Celtics play at 7 on ESPN and then the Bruins start at 8 on NESN. This means that I’ll probably have to either miss part of the Bruins game to watch the end of the Celtics game (unlikely) or only watch the beginning of the Celtics game, which means I won’t see any of the real action. Additionally, my mother wants me to attend my oldest brother’s graduation ceremony. He got his masters in December and they finally are holding a ceremony tomorrow. A masters degree, though? I don’t think it’s good enough to take the Red Sox’s place.

This is quite a predicament, but it’s one I’m really glad to be in.

picture from bostonsportsmedia.com
 

Three for three on Mother’s Day: Boston owns Sportscenter

Seasons have certainly collided here in Boston once more. Tonight we had the Bruins starting things off at 7:30 PM on Versus, the Celtics tipping off at 8 PM on TNT and the Sox finished off their series against the Rays at 8:20 on ESPN. I’m not sure where the Patriots are – they seem to think that their season doesn’t start until Fall, but we here in Boston would really appreciate having the four major teams in action at the same time. I don’t think I have enough carpal tunnel yet from channel switching.

So, I’m going to do my best to sum up all the action here. I’m not the biggest basketball fan, so you can skip that part if you run out of time.

Red Sox
My boys in red always come first. Beckett had a rough first inning, but he recovered pretty well, keeping the Rays hitless for a while and holding the Rays to a 3-3 tie before he left. Okajima came in and was 2007-like lights out. Interestingly enough, according to Joe Morgan and Harold Reynolds, the Rays are winless when they score 3 runs or less. Luckily, the Sox staff was able to keep them to 3 runs.

David Ortiz, who the whole world seems to be having a heart attack over, delivered tonight. He led off the bottom of the eighth with a nice double off the monster, then advanced to third on a wild pitch/passed ball (haven’t checked to see what they ruled it yet). Harold Reynolds then lamented for a few hours about how the Red Sox should bring in a pinch runner for Papi
globephoto__1242013822_2936.jpg because, well, Ortiz runs as well as a broken-down Hummer. Pinch runners are a great idea when you have a deep enough bench to bring one in, but the Red Sox were without Youkilis, Pedey was injured (groin) in the fourth and so both Lugo and Green were already in the game, the Sox can’t overuse Baldelli because of the mitochondrial disease and so options were pretty low.

Jason Bay (aka Jay Bay the RBI machine) came in and made a non-issue of it. He joined Papi in doubling off the monster, and Papi could run as quickly as possible (re: jog) and score the go-ahead run.

Pap decided to make things interesting in the ninth because both the Celtics and Bruins were over, so all eyes were finally on the Red Sox. After walking one and giving up a hit, then making an errant throw to first creating a runners on first and second situation, Pap proceeded to strike out the side. He finished his night off by embarassing Carl Crawford with 97 mph heat. That was a great ending to a lovely Sunday.

Bruins
The night started with the Bruins at 7:30. Milan Lucic apparently was confused by which sport he’d be playing tonight, as he tried to start a fight with Gleason only a minute into the game. Unfortunately, Gleason declined the chance to spar with Lucic, and our favorite basher finally figured out he was supposed to be playing hockey, not MMA.
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14:48 into the game, Zdeno Chara started the scoring with a knuckler towards the net that Recchi tipped in to give the Bs a 1-0 advantage. Four minutes later, Phil Kessel added to the score, making it 2-0 Bruins after the first period.

In the second, the Bruins started shutting the door. Kessel got his second goal of the night to make it 3-0, and Chara ensured that the Whalers (er, Canes) knew who was in charge by leveling top-scorer Eric Staal twice in one shift. Late in the second, Jussi Jokinen showed what a great guy he is by karate-chopping Chara’s ankle with his stick. Chara writhed in pain on the ice for what seemed like forever, apparently unable to stand up. Finally, he skated/used his superhuman abilities to get himself off of the ice and into the locker room where he recovered from the cheap shot in between periods.

The third period wasn’t overly eventful in terms of hockey. Milan Lucic got in on the scoring action with the fourth Bruin’s goal 12 minutes in, and Tim Conboy was beat up by two different Bruins about ten minutes apart. The Whalers (er, Canes) continued to show what upstanding gentlemen they are by allowing Scott Walker to drop Aaron Ward when Ward still had his gloves on. Even Lucic knows that’s a d-bag move, and Tim Thomas called it one of the most blatant cheap shots he’s ever seen.

Anyways, the Bruins will live to see another day . . . two actually, before they head back down to Carolina for Game 6 on Tuesday.

Celtics
Basketball is a sport where you really only need to watch the last three or four minutes to get the essence of the game. The Celtics decided to add as much drama without going into OT as possible, so they basically blew every opportunity they had for the last two minutes of the game. Whether it was missing shots, neglecting to aggresively fight for rebounds or taking ridiculous fouls, the Celtics seemed to want to lose that game.
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With 11.4 seconds left, the Celtics got the ball down 94-93. Everybody, even the casual basketball fan, knew that the Cs would try to get the ball to either Pierce or Rondo who were sure-shots. Neither had a good shot, so Big Baby Glen Davis got the ball and with 0.7 seconds left drained a two-pointer to give the Celtics a 95-94 win and a tied series.

Typically, sportswriters are supposed to say things like “the Bruins earned the top spot in the Eastern conference” or “Papelbon earned the save,” but I really feel like a liar saying the Celtics “earned” that win. Nevertheless, I’ll take it and we’ll have more carpal tunnel-inducing fun on Tuesday.

 The Green Line
For those who don’t live in Boston or have never gotten the pleasure of riding the oh-so-efficient Green Line (it’s part of the T), you will probably be surprised to learn how almost comical I think this whole Green Line crash is.

Obviously, I don’t think it’s hilarious that 49 people were injured. That is extremely unfortunate, and the MBTA better be generously covering their medical bills. I hope everyone recovers quickly and fully.

However, this was a long time coming. At school, I’m on the B-line of the Green Line (it’s not as confusing as it sounds). The B-line is anything but efficient and safe. BU students are warned about getting hit by two things when crossing the traffic-filled Comm Ave: bikers and the T. Drivers are often incompetent and the trains themselves squeak and creak and sway beyond belief. There are Facebook groups called “I have been screwed over by the T” and “The Green Line has ruined my life.” It’s a bad situation that the MBTA should really look into.

Apparently, before the Sox game on Friday night, a Green Line driver was too busy texting to watch what was in front of him and he slammed into a different train. Many of the people who were on the train were en route to the Sox game, so the T was packed at the time. In addition to the 49 people who were actually ta
ken care of, there are reports of people who had no visible injuries and were thus turned away.

The MBTA has now started a “no phones on the job” policy, but there is a ton of work and inspections that need to be done. The Green Line is a horribly inefficient and dangerous way of travel, bottom-line, and simply taking phones away from drivers won’t help matters greatly.

“Oh he’ll never return,
no he’ll never return
and his fate is still unlearned
– poor Charlie! –
he may ride forever
‘neath the streets of Boston
he’s the man who’ll never return!”
– Charlie and the MBTA, written circa 1920. Nothing has changed.

Anyways, I should get some rest so I can do this again on Tuesday. Until then, be safe, don’t ride the T!

all pictures from boston.com

Livin’ in the Hub

I’m not sure there’s enough going on in Boston right now. What a great time to live here!
Yesterday we had a slew of winners: the Red Sox (12-1), Bruins (4-2), Celtics (118-115), Americans in the marathon (3rd place!) and the Craig’s List killer (he was educated at a fine institution).

I’ll be extremely bored tonight. It’s misting out, but not raining hard enough at the moment to cancel the Red Sox game, so hopefully they’ll be able to get that in. If the game is canceled tonight, I may have to work on my final papers for school. I also have an intramural broomball game tonight at 11 PM, but I’m sick with pneumonia so barring a miraculous recovery, I doubt I’ll be able to play significantly in that.

Back to sports.

How ’bout Jason Varitek?! He has more home runs so far this season than he had hits last year. Thank G-d Theo finally decided that we did indeed need a catcher.

Yesterday showed a pretty poor pitching decision on the part of the Orioles. In the 7th inning, they brought in Rodhames Liz to pitch when down 6-1. Liz has an ERA now of 67.50, and coming into the game yesterday, it was 36.00. (NOT 3.60 or 0.36). At the time, the Orioles were down, 6-1, but that does not mean the game is out of reach. They had two chances after that where they could have made a game out of it. Liz, however, ran the game completely out of control, giving up six runs in 1/3 of an inning.
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I can understand bringing in your supplementary relievers when losing, the ones that are on the team for games such as yesterday, but the Orioles also had Matt Albers waiting in the wings. Albers came in for Liz once Liz made it quite obvious that the Orioles might find themselves on a a lopsided, Yankees-Cleveland type score. His ERA is a relatively stellar 5.87.

I don’t understand bringing in Liz before Albers. That’s bad coaching right there. The Sox had their way with the Orioles this weekend, but yesterday’s game was not completely out of control. It wasn’t the bottom of the eighth. The Os were only 5 runs down. If they had just brought in Albers to begin with, there could have been a whole different story. The Sox bullpen was a bit worn down since Masterson only went 5 innings, so it’s plausible that the Os could have come back. Once you give up 6 runs in one inning late in the game, however, the rest of the team basically gives up and gets out of there as quickly as possible, especially on a get-away day. The Orioles effectively threw in the towel as soon as Liz trotted in from the bullpen.

It’s April and I’ll take the win. While I’m thrilled that the Sox are showing signs of good, consistent baseball, this is all still against the Orioles. The boys play the Twins tonight (if the rain does not get worse), so hopefully they can keep this recent win streak going.

In basketball, Ray Allen decided to have the second half of his life last night, propelling the Celtics to a 118-115 win over Chicago that ties their series up at 1 game apiece. I was watching the Bruins last night, so I only saw the very end of the Cs game. I hope Danny Ainge wasn’t watching either, what with his recent heart attack and all.

As for the Bs – man, I love hockey. Last night was a must-win for the Habs, and they couldn’t pull out a W. I doubt they’ll be able to win this series, but after the Sox in ’04, anything is possible.
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The Bruins did fine without Lucic breaking sticks over players’ heads last night. The Habs took a lead in the first on a goal from the fake Chris Higgins (this is the real one), but the Bruins were able to pull out goals from Kessel, Ryder and Thornton as well as an empty-netter to push the Habs to the edge of the cliff of elimination. Game 4 is on Wednesday and NESN is being kind enough to allow the Bruins to play on regular NESN while pushing the Sox to NESN plus.

Ethiopian Deriba Merga won the Boston Marathon with an amazing time of 2:08, and Salina Kosgei from Kenya took the women’s title with a 2:32:16 finish, one second ahead of second place’s Dire Tune. I can’t remember the last time I saw a finish so close. My best friend’s mother finished at 4:27, a fantastic time considering that she stopped multiple times to chat with people alongside the course. Go Amy – congrats! Hopefully Mark will run it next year.

In other news, the Americans defeated those Redcoat Brits for the 234th time yesterday at the Battle of Lexington and Concord. You’re welcome, rest of the country. No taxation without representation!
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Today is another holiday here in Boston – FREE ICED COFFEE DAY! This year, the coffee is actually 50 cents, but I’ll shell out the change to help Dunkin Donuts in a recession. It’s a dollar cheaper than usual!

So I’ve been in journalism class for almost an hour now. I guess I should start taking notes. We’re talking about CREEP today which is featured in one of my favorite movies, All the President’s Men.

Follow the money, everyone.     

TICKLE ME GREEN

Boston has another champion tonight. The 2008 Boston Celtics are the basketball WORLD CHAMPIONS. 


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The Celtics have a lot of players who deserve to be singled out, but the top three for me (kinda obvious) are:

Most Valuable/Deserving Player – Paul Pierce

Biggest Heart – Ray-Ray Allen

Most Photogenic and Biggest Confidence Booster – KG Kevin Garnett

2007 – 2008 will soon be hanging in the rafters with 1956-57, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1960-61,  1961-62, 1962-63, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1973-74,1975-76, 1980-81, 1983-84, 1985-86

Big Hearts. Big Dreams. Anything is possible.