“Boston loves a winner. And will not tolerate a loser. Bostonians play to win all the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed ... because the very thought of losing is hateful to Massholes.”
--Patton (edited somewhat by me)



JERRY THORNTON

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Boston has the most obsessed baseball fans in America, according to a statistical analysis by Bundle.com. The website based its rankings on attendance, team revenue and fantasy baseball participation, along with spending on entertainment and dining out. Following Red Sox Nation are fans of the Giants, Cubs, Cardinals and Yankees.

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Tim Thomas had a 1.98 GAA in the postseason for the Stanley Cup champions. (AP)It could all end, I guess.



KIRK MINIHANE

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Former Patriots and Colts linebacker Eric Naposki will go on trial starting Monday in the 1994 shooting death of Southern California multimillionaire Bill McLaughlin. Prosecutors say Naposki's ex-girlfriend, Nanette Packard, who also was dating McLaughlin, convinced Naposki to kill McLaughlin so she could collect $1 million in life insurance. In 1996, she pleaded guilty to stealing $500,000 from McLaughlin before and after his death and served a year in prison.

Roy McIlroy put the capper on a dominant performance Sunday, finishing 16-under for the tournament to win the U.S. Open title by eight strokes. The 22-year-old McIlroy's final round of 2-under 69 on the Congressional course in Bethesda, Md., was enough to finish the four rounds at 268, easily breaking the U.S. Open scoring record held by four players, including Tiger Woods. Jason Day was second at 8 under.

In a road rage incident in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, a man attacked the wife of Pirates catcher Chris Snyder while the player sat helplessly in the car, unable to get out after having back surgery a few days earlier. Subhash Arjanbhi Modhwadia, 44, followed the Snyders to a gas station after a near collision and attacked Carla Snyder after damaging the car, according to police. Modhwadia was subdued by a passerby and eventually taken to jail and held on $25,000 bail.

Reaction to the Bruins' Stanley Cup victory in Vancouver was not positive, to put it mildly. Cars and garbage cans were set on fire, store windows were smashed and department stores were looted. There were unconfirmed reports of four stabbings.

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who, like LeBron James, went from an admired young player to a reviled superstar, encouraged people to lighten up on the NBA standout. "Winning a championship is not an easy thing to do regardless of talent," Rodriguez said Tuesday night. "LeBron is a once-in-a-lifetime player, especially the last year. ... We need to remember this kid is 26 years old and admire his talent."

Former Mets star Lenny Dykstra, who has tried to pass himself off as a financial guru but has run into numerous problems over the past decade, pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles court to embezzling money from a bankruptcy estate. Represented by a federal public defender, Dykstra was asked if he understood the charges and he responded: "I don't understand it, but I understand them." Dykstra has been in jail since being arrested last month on charges of grand theft auto and drug possession.

The city of Cleveland is smirking Monday, following LeBron James' latest failed effort to win an NBA title. About 15 minutes after the Mavericks knocked off the Heat in Game 6 Sunday night, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert sent a congratulatory tweet to Mavs owner Mark Cuban and it included this line obviously intended as a shot at LeBron: There are NO SHORTCUTS. NONE.