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On the clock for Red Sox, Celtics & Bruins

Posted by Obnoxious Boston Fan  March 4, 2012 06:30 PM

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Rondo Celtics Knicks Getty Elsa.jpgSunday was a day to be camped front of the TV as part of the Occupy My Couch movement. With the Bruins playing the Rangers, the Celtics playing the Knicks and the Red Sox making their Grapefruit League debut - there was only one place to be if you couldn't be at the Garden, MSG or JetBlue Park. If you happen to have a life and missed some or all of the action - Rajon Rondo did pretty well - we tried not to miss a minute. Here's the rundown, with hand from our DVR and some solid batteries in the clicker. (All times Eastern):

12:28Michael Felger and Tony Amonte tell us on Comcast Sports that Henrik Lundqvist will be the key for the Rangers. Not good news for the Bruins.
12:31 – In the Celtics pre-game show, Gary Tanguay makes the first of 149 Lin-sanity references that we expect to hear today. And that’s just among fans at the Garden. The over/under on TV is 250. Lucky for all of us, it falls far short.
12:38 – Puck drops at MSG on NBC.
12:42 - Land MacDermid and Michael Rupp slug it out. Both land solid blows – MacDermid acquits himself well for his playing and pugilistic debut.
12:47 Anton Stralmanscores for Rangers. We’re told the Rangers are 29-1-3 when scoring first. They will become 30-1-3.
12:49 – Goal No. 2 for the Rangers. Claude Julien calls timeout. Meanwhile, we learn the first goal goes to Ruslan Fedotenko.
12:53 – Turns out Greg Zanon scored his first goal as a member of Bruins – but it was for the Rangers as puck bounced off his body into the net..
12:55Milan Lucic and Brandon Prust duke it out, Lucic uses a considerable size advantage to win thie one by decision.
1:08 - Celtics on a 12-0 run ... as Jeremy Lin gets blocked by KG before picking up his 2nd foul.
1:13 – Bathroom break. Manage to avoid hitting Ochocinco.
1:17Paul Pierce says something to the refs. They probably don’t notice.
1:18 – End of 1st period early thanks to broken glass behind Lundqvist. We’ll get more time in the 2nd period. Otherwise things have settled down at MSG – very cool “Full Metal Jousting” commercial airs on DirecTV.
1:28 Steve Novak hits a 3-pointer to put the Knicks up 29-25. He was too smart to go to Harvard – so he went to Marquette.
1:30 – Break in the action for Celtics and Bruins – just in time to catch National Anthem on NESN. With those shades his dreads – Darnell McDonald is a dead ringer for Manny – minus about 50 pounds.
1:33 – We have to listen to some God-awful baseball song as the field clears. Worst song in the history of decibles. Ugh.
1:37 – Highlight of the day. Luis Tiant, Dwight Evans, Jim Ed and Yaz show up for first pitch ceremonies. Of course, they refrain from actually throwing a first pitch. Seeing Yaz was awesome. Then they played another horrible song. Can only imagine what’s in store for Fenway’s 100th musically?
1:38 Brad Marchand almost scores.
1:42 - Mike Greenwell says “play ball.” He no longer looks anything like Mike Greenwell. He appears to have been enjoying retirement - and lunch. This Gator is well-fed.
1:42 – ABC takes us on a tour of Harvard and reminds us that only four NBA players went to Harvard but eight presidents did – including two named Adams and two named Roosevelt.
1:43 Jordan Caron picks off another pass that leads to another goal – his own. MSG crowd silent. Never sounded better.
1:48Dennis Seidenberg drops a knee on Brad Richards – nice. Bruins now doubling up Rangers on shots – 16-8.
1:50 - Knicks go up 46-36 on 8-0 run. We hear Doc Rivers tell the team “we’ve got to get stops to win.” Great idea. Make that a 10-0 run.
1:52 Jerry Remy wonders if the Red Sox are still in Fort Myers. Don Orsillo reminds us that the Mayor’s Cup loss to close out spring training in 2011 was the beginning of the end for Terry Francona last season. Thinking that 2-10 run out of spring training was the beginning of the end for Francona.
1:54 – Beckett retires the side after giving up just one hit, a stolen base and throwing 17 pitches – 10 of which were strikes. He earns his first Bud Light of 2012.
1:58 – Rivers tells us “Rondo is the smartest player he’s ever coached” in an interview during a timeout. They must be trying to make nice. Then we hear Doc likens Rondo calling a game to Jason Varitek calling a game. Hope that's pre-2009 Varitek.
2:01 – Several close calls for Bruins on the power play but no goal as Campbell hits the post. Clang.
2:04 – Claude talks about calling his timeout early. Yes, it worked. Bruins up 20-6 in shots and 2-0 in goals since.
2:05 – 51-49 Knicks at the half.
2:10Jarrod Saltalamacchia throws out runner trying to steal second. Tek would still be in his windup. Don tells us that Mayor Menino showed up for opening day – he was looking for the Bruins game.
2:12 – Sarcastic “Bronx Cheer” goes up at MSG as Rangers get off a shot. Love it. Tied 2-2 after two.
2:13 – Beckett goes 2 innings – 36 pitches, 18 strikes, two walks and no runs. Time for a three-piece extra crispy with fries.
2:17 – NESN loses video feed. Still no Jenny Dell sighting.
2:22 – NESN regains video feed – Andrew Miller comes into pitch for Boston.
2:30 – Pierce ties it at 60-60 with a 3-pointer right over Lin. Time out New York. Time to Live Mas at Taco Bell.
2:33Mike Tirico reminds us that the Giants beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Did not need to hear that.
2:34 – Thomas makes first stop but not the second on Marian Gaborik. Goal set up by another Seidenberg giveaway. He’s feeling way too generous today. 3-2 Rangers.
2:40D-Wade and LeBron waiting in the wings for Lakers-Heat up next on ABC. Celtics up 68-62 – neither Wade or LeBron seem concerned about Celtics or Knicks come playoff time.
2:42 Brad Marchand stonewalled again.
2:45 – Subject of Craig McTavish being the last player to not wear a facemask comes up on NBC. Doc Emrick could read the ingredients on a box of cereal and make it sound dramatic.
2:46Dustin Pedroia hits an opposite-field double – on base first two times up. Picking up right off from 2011.
2:47 – Pierce hammers triple on delay pass from Rondo – puts Celtics up 78-65. C’s playing like it’s 2008. Rondo ups trade value on each possession. Subsequent goaltending puts Boston up 80-65.
2:49 – Center-ice faceoff with 9:55 left. Then Corvo turns it over. Ugh.
2:51 – Another 3-pointer for Novak. Somewhere deep inside – Doc Rivers and D-Wade are proud of their fellow Marquette alum.
2:51 – Fantastic rush by Krejci (goal) and Seguin ties it up 3-3. Bruins outshooting Rangers 32-16.
2:53 – Just 39 seconds later, Rangers take 4-3 lead on shot No. 17. Stepan fires it right past Thomas’ left shoulder. Timmy must be thinking about Super Tuesday.
2:53 Mike Aviles hits a two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded to give the Red Sox their first real runs of the spring. Marco who?
2:58 – Don and Jerry give us a geography lesson trying to figure the difference between Texas and Connecticut. Also see the folks changing the numbers on the scoreboard on the outside. Very cool.
2:59 J.R. Smith and Ray Allen start jawing and each draw technical. No brawls in this Boston-New York matchup.
3:00 – Bruins let another power play pass with nothing to show for it – but frustration.
3:04 – Corvo gets hit in the face with a puck – Bruins’ fans everywhere are thinking the same thing. Shame on us.
3:06-3:12 – Beckett addresses the media on NESN. He says he’s working on his change-up and misses Varitek. Has full confidence in Salty and Shoppy. Asks to leave early to catch happy hour at Beef O’Brady’s. Not really.
3:07 – Golf up next on NBC.
3:08 – Rondo records another triple-double. Danny Ainge’s Blackberry starts buzzing.
3:09 – Bruins pull Thomas.
3:11 – Horn sounds – Bruins lose 4-3 despite late flurry. Lucic and McDonough engage in a post-game scrum after Lucic delivers a few blows to the head. Apparently Milan doesn’t like being shoved out of the crease.
3:12 – Pushing and shoving are over – Bruins still lose 4-3. Lundqvist just too good once again. Thomas not playing like himself – or is this his new self?
3:15 – Pierce moves in slow motion to put Boston up 90-82.
3:17 Jacoby Ellsbury leaves two runners on base – don’t even bother trying to extend his contract. Not worth it. Red Sox up 2-1.
3:21Cody Ross joins Don and Jerry from the dugout. No sign of Jenny Dell.
3:23 – NESN gives us a view of the Red Sox clubhouse at JetBlue Park. No sign of kegs, either.
3:24 – Lin cuts it to one at 96-95 after scoring six straight points for the Knicks. Caps it off with a 3-pointer. Lin-sanity!
3:28 Carmelo Anthony gives the Knicks the lead – 99-98.
3:29 – Pierce gets it back over Lin – 100-99.
3:29 – Carmelo takes it back over Pierce – 101-100. They are his 10th and 11th points of the fourth quarter. Stop the Melo-drama!
3:30 – Partially-nude women tries to sell me something – I think it was a car.
3:32 – Don explains why the Red Sox dugout is on the left side of the field at Fenway South.
3:33 – Pierce misses jumper and Knicks call timeout with 18.8 seconds left. Not looking good.
3:36 – 2nd best highlight of the day. Down 103-100, Pierce buries 3-point dagger from atop the key with 4.9 seconds left. Truth serum. Lin-your-face. Ties season high with 34 points.
3:37 – Melo misses fadeaway from right side – 103-103. Overtime.
3:41 – Thinking that Lin has to be thinking he never had it quite this physical in the Ivy League.
3:43 – Allen sets all-time 3-point record to put Celtics up 108-105.
3:44 – Off tip and steal – Rondo breaks downcourt and passes it back to Allen to put Celtics up 110-105. Ainge needs a new Blackberry.
3:47 – Knicks have 22 turnovers – about twice their season average. On queue – Rondo gets rebound and putback. 112-107. Totals thus far – 17 points, 15 rebounds and 20 assists. Ainge hires six people to handle all the incoming trade offers.
3:51 – Lin misses 3-point try. Celtics curb the Lin-sanity.
3:54 – Rondo’s single-game 15-15-15 matches only Jason Kidd in NBA history, further increasing his trade value.
3:55 – Don and Jerry discuss their travel itinerary as a Yankees fan takes a dive over the wall lunging for a foul ball. He held onto his drink.
3:56 – 115-111 Celtics win in OT. Solidify hold on 7th place. Rondo’s trade value soars. Make the deal Danny. Back to Fort Myers.
3:57 - Nice throw by Jose Iglesias to Ryan Lavarnway to get runner at the plate on a double-steal. Try saying that three times fast.
4:01 – We see that video of Bobby Valentine dancing for the millionth time.
4:09 – Red Sox take 3-2 lead after Twins give up four straight walks. Welcome to spring training, ladies and gentlemen.
4:11 – After several years of frustration, Lars Anderson realizes his potential with a grand slam that puts Boston up 7-2. Wait, you mean this game doesn’t count? Sorry about that, Lars.
4:20 – Overall, JetBlue Park looks pretty cool. Would look a lot better with @JennyDellNESN on the screen once in while. No reason to watch the rest of this one unless she plans on making a surprise appearance. Have already seen one too many Bob’s Furniture ads and it's only March.
4:25 – Don tells us there were technical difficulties from 4:02 to 4:20 due to a solar outage because the sun crossed the Equator and it got lined up behind the satellite – or something. Watching on DirecTV, I didn’t miss a thing – unfortunately.
4:27 – As “Sweet Caroline” plays (at least the Red Sox are winning) Don and Jerry discuss the particulars of the Equator. Jerry: “Where is the Equator?” Don: “Somewhere in the middle.” It’s going to be an interesting year.
4:45 - Red Sox win 8-3. The women's Hockey East Championship will have to wait another day. Time to walk the dog.

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