Another Kevin Coming to Title Town?

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Will Durant be the second Kevin to join the Celtics in the last decade? Apparently there is a chance!

The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported yesterday that the Celtics are part of a short Durant list that also includes Oklahoma City, Golden State, San Antonio, the Los Angeles Clippers and Miami, all awaiting word on meeting dates.

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The Respect We Owe Athletes

Sometimes we forget that athletes are human beings. I found myself feeling bad for, while at the same time laughing at, LeBron James for the exchange below that occurred on Christmas. A Warriors fan sitting courtside was mocking LeBron James for “crying” about the ref’s call. The situation changed quickly when LeBron turned around and saw the fan, who quickly changed her posture out of embarrassment.

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I thought the exchange was hilarious. But I also felt bad for James. And therein lies the source of my ambivalence: sometimes I forget that athletes are human beings because of the way we have made commodities of them. Think about the ways we speak of athletes in daily sports talk:

  • “Let’s trade Player A + 1 draft pick for Player B!”
  • “Player C is underforming so let’s cut him.”
  • “Player D is a bum!”

I guess I just wonder … did LeBron go home that night feeling genuinely hurt by the woman who mocked him? Certainly he is a public figure and he makes a lot of money. But for me I think that screen shot shed a different light on things. Athletes are human beings with real feelings, too. Let’s (at least try to) respect them.

For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
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Former Bruins Player Milan Lucic Still Dislikes NHL Team Montreal Canadiens

Everyone remembers Milan’s threatening of the Canadiens following a playoff loss by the Bruins. It appears that, despite changing teams, his hatred for the Habs persists. When asked if he has gotten over his disdain for the former rival, Lucic said “kinda not really”

“I’m actually really interested to see what it’s going to be like and feel like because every time you would come into the Bell Centre with Boston there was always a special excitement and feeling, the fans were a little bit rowdier than usual,” Lucic also told reporters, per NHL.com. “So I’m interested to see what it’s going to feel like here with another team. But there’s some history here with the Kings and the Canadiens from back in (in the 1993 Stanley Cup Final), so maybe there’s some excitement from back then.”

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Ryan Bilodeau
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Celtics Lose to Warriors

I watched the Celtics game tonight with a good friend. And like any friendship, this game had its highs and lows. Unfortunately for Celtics fans, the Warriors made a few more plays than did the Celtics. Despite what Coach Brad Stevens said, this loss was a win in the moral sense. Momentum and confidence will flow from this tight loss for the rest of the season.

For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
http://www.ryanbilodeau.net

Flip Saunders – RIP

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Another famous sports coach not named John Farrell has been fighting for his life. Flip Saunders, the GM and Coach of the Timberwolves, has succumbed to Hodgkin’s lymphoma. We sports fans often view athletes and coaches as commodities to criticize on TV or trade to other teams. It was ironically through the trade of Kevin Love, which Saunders refused to make with the Celtics, that I learned a lot about the character of the man. Saunders held out despite huge public pressure, and later received a much better trade package. In his decision as a sports professional, I learned a lot about his character. Saunders was a man who did what he believed was right even in the face of public pressure.

For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
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John Farrell Defeats Cancer

Red Sox John Farrell has always been a class act. And now he’s cancer free.

Gordon Edes details his treatment:

At times, John Farrell said, there were seven different medicines coursing through his veins. Days when he was in a hospital bed for seven to 10 hours connected to IV tubes — what would normally be six months of chemotherapy crammed into eight weeks because of the aggressive nature of the malignant cells that had invaded his body.

What I found inspiring was that former Sox manager Terry Francona called Farrell each day. They say baseball is America’s favorite past time. In their friendship we see the best of America.

For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
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Patriots Embarrass Colts

In what may be more embarrassing than former Jet’s QB Mark Sanchez’s infamous fumble, the Colts drew up a play that was both technically illegal and unsuccessful.

SBNation columnist Rodger Sherman laments:

I am so thoroughly baffled by the thing that the Indianapolis Colts just did. There is no part of of my mind that comprehends what it was. I have no clue what they were trying to do, and they did not do whatever they were trying to do well.

Here is a picture of the play. Poor Chuck Pagano.

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For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
http://www.ryanbilodeau.net

Tom Brady Deflategate Controversy Coming to a Conclusion

Just kidding.

Judge Berman rules soon on the Deflategate Tom Brady controversy.

But even with a ruling, both sides are poised to appeal in court. Aren’t our courts already busy with more important things?

Peter King of Sports Illustrated weighs in:

We start, though, with the Nightmare That Will Not Go Away, coming for the third time to a New York courtroom, forcing Super Bowl MVP quarterback Tom Brady to miss a third Patriots practice while he fights to avoid a four-game suspension, forcing Roger Goodell to put off governance of a distracted league for another day, forcing America to start the 2015 season with endless Deflategate news after ending the 2014 season with endless Deflategate news and having every month of the offseason sullied by endless Deflategate news, while a federal judge decides the fate of Brady’s season and the fate of Goodell’s authority. While we all decide whether to throw our shoes through our TV screens. Personally, I think Brady should skate. For now.But it’s complicated.

 

Complicated it is. Or is it really?

For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
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Top Players in the New England Patriots Training Camp

There was a lot to learn from the last two weeks of training camp of the New England Patriots. With another 2 weeks of training camp and a month before the regular season starts, all eyes will be on the players in camp. The top players who stood out were –

1. Sealver Siliga- He’s been one of the breakout stars of the camp. Siliga uses his strength and tenacity to dominate individual duels. Sealver Siliga is making an impression as a force over the center and is creating havoc along the interior during one-on-one drills.

2. Jake Bequette- The 6’5″, 265-pounder has wowed more than one onlooker with strong rush skills in individual drills. If he continues to put in good performances he has a good chance to make it to the final roster.

3. James White- Buzz continues to build around rookie running back. The fourth-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft had already impressed his new coaches and had them practically giddy with enthusiasm once the pads came on and is showing off his versatility in camp.

4. Brandon Gibson- The veteran started out slow but has had a strong second week. He has been putting in impressive performances which include some good catches like a nice one-handed catch in week 2 as well as a catch over Malcolm Butler.

5. Darryl Roberts- He leads Patriots defenders in pass breakups.  Roberts appears more comfortable this time and he’s displaying some special ball skills.

6. Chandler Jones- He bulked up nicely in the offseason, which has helped him facing the Pats offensive line. He has consistently won one-on-one battles, and he’s regularly in the backfield during team drills.

7. Tom Brady- The man that everyone seems to talk about has put on some impressive performances but has a long way to go to be at his best. Brady has completed 190 of 245 passes in team drills this summer with just three interceptions. He might miss some action due to his case.

For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
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