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Boston sports fans endure rough week

Posted by Obnoxious Boston Fan  February 9, 2012 10:55 PM

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kobe-rondo.jpgWell this week has pretty much sucked. Thank God it's Friday.

It's been going downhill ever since the Hoodie elected to defer.

  • The Patriots lose Super Bowl XLVI to the Giants in an excruciating near-replica of Super Bowl XLII.
  • We're left with at least 10 "what if" and "if only moments" between the Patriots and their fourth Lombardi Trophy.
  • Robert Kraft cries. So does Wes Welker and several million young Patriots fans. Gronk knows how to have a good time (nothing new there) while the rest of us don't feel like celebrating.
  • Welker's non-catch and Gisele's mouth trigger debates that will continue to rage until next time Tommy wins a ring and his (expletive) receivers make those (expletive) catches.
  • We watch the Giants parade and look at a pile of Butterfingers in Copley Square. Felt like giving the middle finger to both.
  • The Bruins lose to Buffalo 6-0.
  • Tim Thomas discovers Facebook. (Stay tuned.)
  • Austin Rivers beats North Carolina on a buzzer-beater 3-pointer. Why is this bad? Because we know he won't play for the Celtics unless they're bad enough to get into the lottery. Not good. Doc goes nuts, that was good.
  • We learn Oil Can was on coke. (More on that in a sniff, too.)
  • Doc Rivers has little to cheer about Thursday. The Celtics lose to the Lakers, 88-87 in OT after KG goes 6-for-23 and Paul Pierce misses an open jumper that would have given Boston the victory. (Pierce had good week going after the Celtics had beaten the Bobcats and he passed Larry Bird for No. 2 on the Celtics all-time scoring list before named to the All-Star team as the only Celtic.)

    The Lakers are big up front. The Celtics are not. Boston only took five free throws. Back in the day against the Lakers the Celtics would have five free throws four minutes into the game. In Thursday's game, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum got position and pounded inside on Boston all night. Gasol's tip off Kobe Bryant's miss sent the game into OT and Bynum cleaned up when it mattered down the stretch and in the OT. In the OT, Bynum's tip in gave the Lakers the lead for good with 1:29 to play, and Gasol, who blocked Ray Allen's putback at the buzzer, had 25 points and 14 rebounds.

    Even worse, Kobe chatted with Gronk during the game and tried to recruit him for the Eagles.

Ugh.

Luckily the Red Sox and Yankees aren't playing today.

Weeks like this only make the good ones that much better and the next championship that much sweeter. Still wouldn't trade my Beantown allegiance for anything and I've lived in enough places over the years to have easily done so. Forget those four Super Bowls, the best part of being a Giants fan is still that you get to hate the Jets, too.

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One bright spot Thursday night, the rousing ovation given Kraft and several members of the Patriots when they were shown on the Garden JumboTron. Joining Gronkowski at the game: Patrick Chung, Vince Wilfork, Brandon Spikes, Julian Edelman, Devin McCourty, Sterling Moore and Tiquan Underwood. If only the Pats hadn't cut Underwood before Sunday's game ...

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oil can.jpgOil Can.

More like Coke Can.

Boyd, a the former Red Sox pitcher who won 78 games with the team in the 1980s, Boyd said he was under the influence of cocaine "two-thirds" of the games he pitched. Maybe that explains Game 3 of the 1986 World Series, which was the biggest game Boyd ever pitched in his drug-shortened career.

The Red Sox returned to Fenway with a 2-0 lead after winning the first two games of that infamous Classic Fall at Shea Stadium. The Sox would go on to become the first team in MLB history to win the first two games on the road and not win the Series. But let's go back to that cool Tuesday October night at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox were riding high after blanking the Mets 1-0 in the Series opener behind Series MVP (at least for a minute or two) Bruce Hurst. The Sox then came back to hammer the Mets in Game 2 the following night by a 9-3 score. Speaking of coke, Dwight Gooden started Game 2 for New York and didn't last long. Dave Henderson and Dewey homered for Boston, which would win its fifth straight game since falling behind the Angels in the ALCS 3-1.

Oil Can was never short on confidence and was talking his usual trash before Game 3. But he gave up a home run to Lenny Dykstra, another refugee from the Island of Misfit Toys, on the first at-bat of the game. The Mets kicked the Can for three more runs and led 4-0 before the Red Sox came to bat. I still remember the Globe's headline the next day: "Mets Can Sweep Talk." Boston lost that game 7-1 and would lose Game 4 at Fenway, too.

Oil Can was supposed to start Game 7 before it was rain-delayed following the wreckage of Game 6 but was pushed aside to give Hurst a shot for his third win in the series. Suffice to say, Oil Can didn't take it well. And according to then pitching coach Bill Fischer, he wasn’t available to pitch Game 7 because he’d been drinking.

“I came to the park and Al Nipper came up to me and said, “You should check on your long man,’” Fischer said in MLB Network's "1986: A Postseason to Remember" that aired last year. “He was boxed up, under the weather from drinking, so we locked him in a room.”

Where he probably did a few lines of coke provided by Gooden and Darryl Strawberry.

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Tim-Thomas-Bruins-2011-Review.jpgOn Thomas: He's a public figure and what he says on Facebook is going to be read by thousands of people. He should expect to be asked about it. He should own it. If he's trying to use his public stature to get his political views across, then go all-in like Curt Schilling or Jim Brown or Bill Walton or Muhammad Ali or Tommy Smith and John Carlos. Thomas plays all-in, why should this be any different? If you're trying to convince some to take your side on a political issue, engage in civil discourse to make your point whenever you have the chance. Thomas can't claim privacy when it's on Facebook. Thomas doesn't have to do it in the lockerroom. I'm sure if Thomas called a press conference somewhere off Bruins' campus and wanted to talk politics, he'd have a captive media audience and have even more of the impact and influence that he seeks.

(An aside, imagine if Twitter was around back in Ali's heyday? He'd have 200 million followers. "Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. George can't hit what his hands can't see." is only 88 characters. Plenty of room for hashtags.)

It's laughable to think that Thomas discussing political issues is somehow going to destroy the chemistry of the Bruins and prevent them from winning another Stanley Cup. The Flyers or Red Wings might do that, but nothing posted in social media will have the impact of Jimmy Howard or Pavel Datsyuk. Players spend hours and hours each week traveling, playing, practicing, working out and planning together for opponents. They spend less time with press after practice or before and after games. I was a sports editor or close to it for about 20 years. All of us in the media tend to overestimate our impact and importance. Can't imagine a couple of questions about Thomas answered with a "no comment" or "that's Timmy" is going to do any long-term damage as long as he keeps making saves. A 6-0 loss to Buffalo is 100 times the distraction than anything Thomas posts on Facebook. A much greater potential threat to team unity would be an anonymous, unnamed team source calling Thomas an "(expletive) selfish (expletive)" in the press without the sackage to do it to Thomas' face.

Wait, that's already happened.

Sadly for Thomas, if he slumps or fails to come through big in the playoffs, his White House snub, Facebook posts and whatever other political statements will be used by many as a reason why.

As a fallback, he can always be Donald Trump's running mate.

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The truck leaves for Fort Myers Saturday. Things can only get better from here.

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