The 2018 Olympics officially started Friday with the Opening Ceremony, the Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 110-104, and the NBA trade deadline was explosive elsewhere but relatively quiet in Boston.
Here are a few additional sports headlines to kick off your morning:
The Eagles might’ve staged a fake walk-through before Super Bowl LII in case the Patriots were spying: Philadelphia Eagles’ long snapper Rick Lovato appeared on 620 WDAE in Tampa and said he believes the team purposefully didn’t run “Philly Special” or other plays from their game plan at practice in Minnesota on Saturday, just in case.
Host: “So you guys purposefully did not run [“Philly Special”] in practice in Minnesota, was that for fear that you thought the Patriots might be watching?”
Lovato: “Correct, yeah. I believe our whole walk-through was just a complete fake walk-through. We did it at the stadium. There were certain people walking around. … I believe I overheard someone say a lot of the plays that we were running were plays that weren’t even in the playbook for the Super Bowl.”
The Patriots are finalizing a deal to keep special teams coach Joe Judge: ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported that the Patriots are “ironing out final details” for Judge to return to New England next season. Judge, who just finished his third year with the Pats, was reportedly going with Josh McDaniels to Indianapolis before New England’s offensive coordinator reversed course. (ESPN)
Draymond Green is frustrated by treatment from officials and dentists: The Golden State star vented his frustration with the refs after the Warriors defeated the Dallas Mavericks Thursday night. Green picked up a technical after the refs issued a delay-of-game warning when he scored a layup and the ball ricocheted off his shoulder out of bounds.
“When you lay the ball in and you’re standing right under the rim, it’s probably going to hit you,
Green said. “It’s just like physics. My body is a solid.”
Green was also upset because he was fined $50,000 for arguing with an official after he got hit in the mouth during Tuesday’s game against the Thunder. Green’s insurance didn’t cover the broken tooth and he had to pay $500. “So, it cost me $50,500 for getting hit in the tooth. That’s great. It’s amazing. That’s an expensive tooth. I could have just got a fake one for less than that,” Green said. (ESPN)
The shirtless Tongan Olympian is back, even in the cold: Pita Taufatofua, who represented his country in taekwondo at the Rio Summer Games, is competing in cross-country skiing in PyeongChang.
It’s 22 degrees in PeoyongChang, but Tonga’s Pita Taufatofua is still shirtless. Amazing pic.twitter.com/99lZW5hGJx
— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) February 9, 2018
Jaylen Brown goes behind his back!! #Celtics
— NBA (@NBA) February 9, 2018