Thursday, November 02, 2006

I READ THE NEWS TODAY, OH BOY

Did everyone catch Peter King of SI.com standing behind the Krafts in the photo of a scene from the moving THE GAME PLAN filming at Gillette Stadium in the Boston Globe Thursday, November 02, 2006? It is on page C12 in the Style section in the Names column by Carol Beggy and Mark Shanahan. He is standing directly behind the shiny dome of Jonathan Kraft, and King is looking off-camera with a forlorn look that seems to be crying out: where did that young lady go who promised to get me a venti latte at Starbucks? I just hope it makes it into the MMQB column next week. Shame on the Globe for not identifying the most entertaining football writer in the country.

OK, maybe you can twist my arm and say Gregg Easterbrooks of ESPN.com and Dr. Z at SI.com are as entertaining, but King is a prime reporter who breaks many stories and has the greatest NFL Rolodex next to Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com, media maven (pre-and-post-game shows, Inside the NFL on HBO), and just an excellent writer.

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Staying on the newspapers theme, why was Kerry Healy grabbing her breasts on the cover of the Boston Herald on Thursday, November 02, 2006? Maybe because the Herald referred to her on the cover as red-hot? Wow, that joke was so bad, people are going to start referring to me as John Kerry (ba-dum-dum. I will be here all week, folks. Try the chicken).

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RANDOMNESS:

Is it ok to say RG Billy Yates, the highest paid practice squad player in NFL history, was the MVP of the Vikings game Monday night?

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Belichick needs to blitz Rodney Harrison early in the game against the Colts. Just so he can say hello to Peyton.

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Easy prediction for Sunday night. If the Patriots get pressure on Manning with four rushers and run the ball down the Colts throats they win. If not, they lose.

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Great stat I read the other day (I would say where, but I do not remember): The Colts essentially paid fat and injured Corey Simon a million dollars a game to stink the joint out for them. So what do they do to replace him? Grab another wide-load on the down slope (and give up a second round pick for him!): Booger McFarlane. What, the Raiders would not give up Warren Sapp?

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TIP-OFF

With a heavy heart (RIP Red), the Boston Celtics tipped off last night against the Oklahoma City-New Orleans-formerly Charlotte Hornets.

Let me once again whip out the Starting Five:

1. OK, start with the starting five: Delonte West, Bassy Telfair, Paul P, Wally & Big Perk? Where was Big Al? Where was Ryan Gomes? Heck, Tony Allen would make more sense than Delonte West at 2, Wally at 3, and Paul Pierce at 4. Ugh. Why not Telfair and Rondo at 1 and 2 if the team is going that small? Great moves, Doc. No wonder the season started out so cold.

2. On to the offense: it was, in a word, offensive. Pierce and Szczerbiak put up half of the shots for the Green. Where was Telfair and Rondo? Does anyone know that Ryan Gomes can shoot? Yes, Big Perk should not have the ball too much, but everyone was deferring to lobbing it over to Pierce or Wally and letting them fire bombs. That is not the way this team will win games.

3. Running/Transition Game? What running/transition game? The Celtics did not push the ball. For a team with apparently no half-court sets, they spent the whole game in the half-court standing around like they had no clue what to do in that situation. Maybe Bill Simmons, the Sports Guy (formerly known as the Boston Sports Guy) at ESPN.com is right about Doc Rivers not having a clue. He sure looked dead-on last night.

4. No Kandi so soon after Halloween: Nope, no Kandi-man in the middle to provide a defensive stop when they really, really needed one. He has never played a regular season game for the Green, and I already miss Theo Ratliff.

5. Leave 15 freebies unmade, lose by 4 points: You miss 15 free throws, you deserve to lose. I have not shot a basketball in about a year, and I could hit free throws at a better percentage than the highly paid professionals in Green did last night.

All is not lost, however. The Celtics were horrible, and still they almost won the game. That is as good a sign as anyone can get from a stinker like last night. They are better, they will be better, and I still say they come out with 45-50 wins.

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