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Upon hearing that the Celtics traded Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks for an assortment of spare parts, I was sufficiently underwhelmed, and thus disappointed in Danny Ainge, who has, to this point, masterfully navigated the post-Big Three landscape.  While Rondo’s value had already significantly depreciated since his ACL tear, we – as Celtics fans – had grown to admire the controversial point guard and genuinely think of him as one of the league’s best.  Out of the package that included Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, Brandon Wright and a first round pick, I was most excited for the latter two.  I thought Wright could legitimately fill the role as a rim protector for the Celtics, but after just a few games, it became clear that he wasn’t part of neither Brad Stevens’ nor Danny Ainge’s master plan.  

Now, it looks like the Celtics could have just traded Rondo for Crowder straight up, and it still would have been one-sided in the Celtics’ favor. Continue reading Will Jae Crowder be on Celtics Next Season? »

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1. Deflategate:

* If you were in Vegas and bet the first half of AFC Championship game – could you sue the NFL for conducting a sting operation and impacting the integrity of the game?

* Tom Brady must go on the offensive – call out every QB that manipulates the footballs starting with self-confessed Aaron Rodgers

* Patriots have to go on the offensive against the NFL and their incompetence and lack of consistent best practices

* 28 points second half of Colts game after the officials took control of the balls and 28 points against the unstoppable Seattle defense

* Matt Walsh and Jim McNally are two of the most critical individuals to Patriots dynasty’s rise or fall

* Brady suspended two games is my guess Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: So Deflating….. »

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Shaq took a little tumble during the Rockets/Clippers halftime show on May 6, 2015, but thankfully, nobody was hurt. (TNT)

During TNT’s halftime show for the game between the Rockets and Clippers on May 6, while getting up from the broadcast desk, former Celtic Shaq tripped over some wires underneath said desk and fell down on the floor. Fortunately, neither Shaq nor anyone else was harmed in the incident, and everyone had a good laugh.

In fact, Shaq had such fun with it, he’s offering a $500 prize via Twitter to anyone who can come up with the best Internet meme to celebrate the occasion. As a wrestling fan, I personally prefer #RKOOuttaNowhere, though one of the funniest ones has to be #MayweatherVsShaqiou.

Video of Shaq’s fall can be found below: Continue reading VIDEO: Shaq Falls on TNT Set, Creates Own Meme Contest »

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The Red Sox fired pitching coach Juan Nieves after over three seasons with the team. The current five-man starting has one of the highest ERA’s in the American League at 5.54.

The move comes after repeated poor performances by Clay Buchholz, Rick Porcello, Justin Masterson, Wade Miley and Joe Kelly throughout the month of April. Porcello has been the most reliable of the starting five, able to throw deeper into games than the other starters. This is not saying much. His cumulative ERA stands at 4.38 this season. Continue reading Red Sox Fire Pitching Coach Juan Nieves »

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“More probable than not.” “Generally Aware.” Those two phrases are the most important elements of Ted Wells’ report on his investigation into the alleged manipulation of football air pressure by the Patriots prior to their AFC Championship Game victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

“More probable than not”

It is, as the report states, “more probable than not” that the Patriots deliberately changed the air pressure and that Brady was likely  “generally aware” of the activities. If true, as it seems it is, these revelations are both head-scratching and concerning for the Patriots. The concern is obvious, both Brady and the team could face fines and the star quarterback could face a suspension if Roger Goodell so chooses.

The head scratching part is simple: why bother? Continue reading DeflateGate: What “More Probable Than Not” and “Generally Aware” Mean »

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Sure, the #deflategate report didn’t look the best for Tom Brady and the Patriots, but it certainly looks really bad for the Patriots ball attendants (specifically Jim McNally), who mocked Tom Brady in text messages. Among the best ones:

McNally: Tom sucks…im going make that next ball a fuckin balloon
McNally: Fuck tom …16 is nothing…wait till next sunday

McNally: Fuck tom….make sure the pump is attached to the needle…..fuckin watermelons coming
McNally: The only thing deflating sun..is his passing rating Continue reading #Deflategate Report: Texts Say “Tom Sucks” and “F___ Tom” »

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Here is the Cliffs Notes version of the entire 243-page Ted Wells Deflategate report (.pdf) released by the NFL on Wednesday concerning the Patriots intentional underinflation of footballs used in the AFC Championship game.

The Basics

– Report focuses on footballs used during AFC Championship game, which Patriots won 45-7 over the Colts
– Footballs used during games are required to be between 12.5 and 13.5 PSI
– At halftime, 11 Patriots footballs measured under 12.5 PSI, while four Colts footballs measured within the acceptable range
– Report concludes it was “more probable than not” that the Patriots employees deliberately circumvented the rules
– Employees Jim McNally and John Jastremski deliberately let air out of the footballs after they were inspected by the head referee
– It is more probable than not that Tom Brady “was at least generally aware” of the employees’ actions in letting air out of the footballs Continue reading NFL’s Ted Wells #DeflateGate Report (CliffsNotes Edition) »

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