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Tackling a tough issue…

12.23.08 at 10:55 am ET
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The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro has an indepth look at local Todd Kobus, the Iraqi war veteran who was arraigned and charged on Monday with jumping out of the stands and tackling Junior Seau in the fourth quarter of the Patriots win over Arizona on Sunday. Meanwhile, Pro Football Weekly has the low-down on the snow-throwing, hot-air blowing Shaun Ellis incident in Seattle following the Jets’ debacle. And despite all the rumors and assumptions that Romeo Crennel is done in Cleveland following a 14-0 loss at home to Cincinnati, he may have one final chance to save his job in Pittsburgh this weekend.

Read More: fan tackle, Junior Seau, New England Patriots, Todd Kobus

Toast of the town…

12.22.08 at 10:42 am ET
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You knew the moment the last second ticked off the clock of the Jets’ 13-3 loss in Seattle, the New York tabloids would take no prisoners and leave no bullets in the chamber. For proof of that, we present the following evidence.

The New York Post said, ‘Move over Mets. You’re not the only choking dogs in town.’

The New York Daily News said, ‘Clueless in Seattle.’

Newsday columnist Bob Glauber is calling for Mangenius to get the boot if the Jets miss the playoffs.

The Bergen Record breaks down how the game was lost.

The Newark Star-Ledger on the Jets season collapsing.

Then there’s this great video on YouTube of Jets D-lineman Shaun Ellis hurling a snowball at the crowd (about 40 seconds in). Guess he was frustrated that the Seahawks didn’t hand him the game like J.P. Losman did a week earlier.

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Saturday Celtics Round Up

12.20.08 at 5:34 pm ET
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Please, like you have anything better to do on a snowed-in Saturday afternoon.  Read these…

Celtics’ Quest for Immortality [The Sporting Blog]
“And with all due respect to these Celtics, it’ll take a ring this year, and the record, before they can really, truly enter the pantheon alongside the Bulls…”

The Recession Not Affecting StubHub Ticket Prices For The Celtics-Lakers Showdown [Celtics Blog]
“The average resale price on StubHub, an online marketplace for buyers and sellers of tickets, for a ticket to the game is about $334 — highest of any regular-season game this year and more than twice the $148 average last year’s Lakers-Suns Christmas game fetched…”

Perk’€™s Progression [Red’s Army]
“If last night’€™s game was played last year, Kendrick Perkins would have finished with about 15 points instead of 25.  The reason, as mentioned once in the broadcast, is that he’€™s getting away from some bad habits.  Most notably, he’€™s not bringing the ball down between his knees every time…”

4 Things We Learned About The Celtics Last Night [WEEI.com…self promotion!]
“The record, for the record, is 25-2 and the winning streak is 17 in a row. It’€™s getting to be like a broken record with this team. They’€™re just taking it one game at a time, yada, yada, yada. But with each win, we learn a little bit more about the 2008-09 Celtics…”

Sam Cassell for the Hall of Fame? [Dimes of Wisdon]
“I know my case for Sam Cassell is a bit weaker considering as a scoring point he never averaged more than 20 a game (got close 4 different seasons at 19.7) and never had a season as a double digit assist man.  Still, numbers can speak volumes…”

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Top Viral Sensations of 2009

12.20.08 at 11:15 am ET
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I think we would all agree that YouTube is awesome. Not only has it allowed people to post and distribute their own videos, but it has now become the tool of choice for many mass marketers. Most importantly, it is the ultimate destination for “video snacking”.  With that said, I give you the top Viral Sensations of 2009 courtesy of Entertainment Weekly (Disclaimer: some of these videos contain strong language):

  • I’m F’ing Matt Damon: Sarah Silverman and Matt Damon sang about their pretend affair. Hard to top.
  • I’m F’ing Ben Affleck: Jimmy Kimmel’s response to Sarah.
  • Spaghetti Cat: This feline gourmand has to be the most memorable guest in Mike and Juliet history.
  • Dr. Horribles: A great side effect of the Hollywood writers’ strike: this campy musical with Neil Patrick Harris
  • Puppy Cam: It you don’t love a 24-hour live feed of six little Shiba Inus playing around, you have no soul.
  • Paris Hilton’s Politics: Her election-season thoughts included a stunningly non-awful energy plan. Now, that’s hot!
  • Miley Cyrus’ Mockery: She had to apologize for poking fun at two fellow Disney Channel starlets after this clip leaked.
  • Pork and Beans: Weezer’s music video featured cameos from more viral phenoms than you knew you remembered.

Ok. As I mentioned in the disclaimer above, this was a list compiled by Entertainment Weekly – not me. With that said, I give you MY top viral video of all-time (it’s even holiday themed):

You have to give it up for Justin Timberlake. It’s funny everytime you watch it! So what was your favorite video from the list above? Vote below.

What is your favorite viral video of 2009?

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Read More: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Paris Hilton, Viral Videos 2009

Tex and the weather…

12.19.08 at 9:28 pm ET
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Mark Teixeira may or may not wind up in Boston. As you wrap up your holiday shopping, wondering if he’ll wind up under the Red Sox Christmas tree, may we offer a one-stop shopping source on all things Tex.

Red Sox quiet on the Teixeira front.

Theo and Tito air it out for jetBlue as the official airline of the Red Sox.

Rob Bradford on how Tex almost began his career in Boston.

Alex Speier on whether both sides are posturing.

And Curt Schilling selling Teixeira on why Boston is the best place for him.

Then there’s the weather forecast for Sunday at Gillette. The Weather Channel simply calls it a mess.

Read More: Curt Schilling, free agent, Gillette Stadium, Mark Teixeira

What does desire smell like?

12.18.08 at 4:25 pm ET
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According to Burger King, it smells like grilled beef. Yep, that’s right. The King has released his own royal scent. An obvious marketing ploy by those folks at BK, but nevertheless, it is working as this story is popping up everywhere across the information super highway. It only costs $3.99. What a steal, but can it compete with other brands like the one in the video below?

Who throws a shoe? Honestly?

12.18.08 at 2:14 pm ET
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Ok. I have been sitting on this one for a few days now. I am not quite sure why I didn’t post it earlier. Let’s be honest, everyone has seen the video of President Bush dodging not one, but two shoes thrown by an Iraqi journalist. Even if you have seen the video a number of times, it’s worth another look.
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I would like to make a few observations about the video:

  • News is always sensationalized when you have the Australian-ish accent. Everything seems so compelling and interesting.
  • You really need to give credit to the President for his Matrix like dodge.
  • How does this guy get not one, but two shoes off without someone tackling him?
  • Watch closely as right before the second shoe is thrown, another journalist gets “good pressure up the middle” before the show thrower could get a accurate throw off. He probably watched the Super Bowl.
  • The official charge against the “show thrower” is assaulting a foreign head of state. No surprise that he is asking leniency.

The infamous Austin Powers has one more question for you….

My thoughts exactly….

This would never happen in Foxboro…

12.18.08 at 12:49 pm ET
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Bill Belichick has dealt with his share of controversy and not-so amicable lines of questioning in Foxboro. From Spygate to Tom Brady’s left knee to the pressure of a perfect season, he has managed to contain his composure unlike any other. Marvin Lewis is the head coach of the 2-11-1 Cincinnati Bengals. Dustin Dow of the Cincinnati Enquirer asked Lewis if the team won its final three games, (one already in the bank with their win over the Redskins), would it mean the team’s heading in the right direction. This was the coach’s response. (Courtesy, 700 WLW, Cincinnati)

Backstory: Dow questioned the logic (read: sanity) of continuing to work out quarterback Carson Palmer (right elbow) and not placing him on injured reserve the rest of the season to protect one of only a handful of valuable players in the organization. Columnist Paul Daugherty then had this column about how Lewis blew it.

And capping it off on this note, there’s this from Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio on one of the best receivers in the game, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who in many circles is compared favorably to Wes Welker.

Read More: 700 WLW, Bill Belichick, Cincinnati Bengals, Marvin Lewis

Woody Paige Has A Hall Of Fame Vote?

12.17.08 at 11:51 pm ET
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He really does. Why don’t they just give one to Larry King and be done with the whole thing? Here’s Woody’s HOF column from last year

A few highlights…

Woody on why he voted for Goose Gossage:

During a visit to Yankee Stadium in the late 1970s, I wanted to talk to Goose but was told he was cruel and gruff to reporters. I sheepishly introduced myself and said I was from Colorado, his home state, and he talked pleasantly for 30 minutes. We’ve been good friends since. I would vote for him even if he wasn’t deserving.

And why he voted for Tim Raines and Andre Dawson:

Both are borderline. But I was amazed by, and wrote columns about, Dawson and Raines when they played for the Denver Bears. 

And Don Mattingly:

I like voting for friends.

The good news for Sox fans is that he did vote for Jim Rice. Here’s an anti-Rice case from Joe Sheehan.

Hawks Girl & “The Rivalry”

12.17.08 at 5:10 pm ET
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The Boston Celtics will put their 15 game win streak on the line tonight in Atlanta against the Hawks. The folks in Atlanta are obviously trying to play this game up to sell additional tickets. Have you seen how this game is positioned on the Atlanta Hawks web site? I mean, really, is the dramatic Braveheart-like music necessary in the video montage? The Hawks are pulling out all of the stops to try and jam the Philips Arena, including a half time performance by Ludacris (who is from Atlanta)! For those over 30 readers, this is Ludacris. It is too bad that this game isn’t sold out, because the Hawks are young, athletic, and play an exciting brand of basketball. Atlanta has proven over the years that it just isn’t a sports town with its terrible fan support for the local pro teams. This is just another example that this won’t be a rivalry until the Hawks fans get behind their team and show them the respect.

Meanwhile, back in title town, I think people are looking forward to this game as well. With that said, maybe for different reasons? Who remembers “Hot Hawks Girl” from last year’s playoffs? I think it’s fair to say that there will be some wandering eyeballs looking for her court side appearance once again tonight.

Ok, after that brief respite, we are back on track with some pre-game nuggets from our friends at STATs:

  • Boston has won four games in a row against Atlanta, including a 103-102 victory in the first match-up between these clubs this season.
  • The Hawks will be looking to extend their current win streak to four games in a row. Atlanta is 9-1 at home this season and has won seven in a row there.
  • The Celtics have won 15 consecutive games and their 23-2 start this season matches the best 25-game start in NBA history.
  • Rajon Rondo scored a career-high 25 points against the Jazz on Monday in his second 20-point performance of the season. Boston is 15-0 when Rondo scored in double figures this season.
  • Joe Johnson has made the fourth-most three-pointers in the league this season (57). Johnson has scored over 20 points in each of his last two meetings with the Celtics and is averaging 17.4 points in 15 career games against them.
  • Paul Pierce has scored at least 30 points in two of his last three meetings with Atlanta.

So enjoy “The Rivalry” tonight, but lets face it, the real rivalry is a match-up on Christmas Day against a team from L.A.

Read More: Atlanta, Boston, celtics, Hawks