After a slow start to the season and another loss, David Ortiz is telling reporters not to panic and that he doesn't want any "scared bitches" with his team.

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Clay Buchholz is getting Lou Merloni angry with the way he's talking to the media and it seems like Buchholz doesn't know what he's talking about anymore.

On Tuesday night the Celtics hosted an event at the Liberty Hotel to honor their 1966, 1976 and 1986 teams on the 50th, 40th and 30th anniversaries of their respective championships. (I pause here a moment while we all let that sink in.) Of course, no event like that would be complete without some good, red-blooded, Made in the U.S.A., old bastard ranting from the men who earned those titles.

First was Kevin McHale, going on an angry screed about how, back when men were men, they wouldn’t rest up for the playoffs like the San Antonio Spurs are doing and some people expected the Golden State Warriors to:

“This rest stuff just drives me crazy. You’re playing basketball for a living, OK? I understand, if you work in a coal mine, that you may need a rest day. You’re playing basketball. The joy that comes with competing in basketball — it’s fun to play. I never got tired in a game. How can you get tired in a game? You’re playing basketball. I don’t understand this. Honestly, I start thinking I must have missed out on something, the 9-to-5 (job) the guy’s doing before he comes to the game. He must be putting in some serious work in the mine, or doing something. Maybe he was a logger, maybe he was chopping wood. You’ve got all day to sit on your rear end. This rest stuff drives me nuts. I don’t believe in it.”

But the life of this particular Get Off My Lawn Party was Bill Walton, who let it be known he sent the ’86 Celtics highlight video to his kid Luke, the Warriors assistant coach.

“At the start of this season, people started sending around highlight videos of our [1986] Celtic team,” Walton said. “With the ball movement, and the skill, and the execution and the dominance — Chief [Robert Parish] throwing it down, Kevin [McHale] hitting fadeaways, Danny [Ainge] running wild, Larry [Bird] being Larry and D.J. [Dennis Johnson] just setting it all up just perfect — I sent that to our son, Luke.”

I love it. Not just because these guys are like old veterans, showing off their scars and telling tales of the great battles they won. But also because they’re both right. McHale did love to play. It showed. He hated to come out of a game even to the point he and Robert Parish both gutted out the 1987 playoffs playing on essentially broken ankles. And Walton is correct that his ’86 team is the greatest that ever played.

I’m not one to dwell on stuff that happened 30 years ago, but from any objective, rational perspective, that last sentence is accurate. I love watching this Golden State team. I want the Warriors to beat Memphis, break the single-season win record, cut a swath through the playoffs and win another title because I’m a fan of history. And I appreciate the chance to witness greatness in any form. But in no way are the 2015-16 Warriors as good as Walton’s Celtics.

The Warriors are the best perimeter shooting team of all time. I concede that. But the Celtics did that and everything else. In McHale, Parish and Walton they had three interior scorers/defenders unmatched in NBA history. Bird was at the height of his powers. Ainge was a proto-trey shooter when the 3-point shot was in its infancy. And Johnson was an elite defender. They could run you out of the building or slow it down and beat anybody in the halfcourt. And hands down they were the best passing team of all time. Which doesn’t even get us to the bench, where Walton played alongside Scott Wedman, Jerry Sichting, Rick Carlisle and Sam Vincent.

Make no mistake, these Warriors would be able to score from the perimeter against those Celtics. But there is no universe in which they or anyone else would be able to jump shoot their way to a series win over the best team that has ever played the game.

Brag on, McHale and Walton. You deserve it.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
On the final night of the NBA regular season, the Warriors are going for a record breaking 73rd win, at the same time Kobe is playing the final game of his career.
Christian Vasquez is still rehabbing in Triple-A, and the guys wonder if he could be the solution to fixing the pitching staff.
Clay Buchholz struggled again last night as the Sox lost the Orioles. David Ortiz offered some colorful post-game comments to the media.

Come on, Chris Evans. I respect you for being a true Masshole. But grow up, will you? Gushing over Patriots players like this. You sound like a 14-year-old girl who won a chance to meet One Direction or something. It’s unbecoming. You’re Captain America. The first Avenger. The center of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The moral compass of the most successful movie franchise of all time. You’d never catch me acting this way, and I’m just a radio co-host.

Who am I kidding? If I had Chris Evans’ pull, I’d do exactly what he’s doing. Hanging with Mr. Kraft. Inviting Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola to my premieres. Being emotionally wounded at Rob Gronkowski not RSVPing me. And going on TV to confess my dream scenarios for meeting Tom Brady. Just because you’re a superstar of Evans’ stature doesn’t mean you every stop being a shameless fanboy.

This is just a case of the pretend Captain America respecting the real Captain America.



Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN2; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Marlins at Mets, 1:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Heat at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE, ESPN)
NBA: Grizzlies at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Jazz at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL playoffs: Red Wings at Lightning, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Penguins, 8 p.m. (USA)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Blues, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


— More details have emerged about the shooting death of former Saints star Will Smith, and it appears to help explain the lead-up to the deadly confrontation.

Surveillance video released Tuesday shows showed what appears to be Smith’s Mercedes bumping into a Hummer driven by Cardell Hayes on Saturday night in New Orleans. The Hummer then pulls over, but the Mercedes pulls out and drives away.

Police said Hayes then followed Smith and hit the Mercedes from behind, pushing it into a car in front of it, which was being driven by a companion of Smith.

Smith and Hayes then argued, and Hayes pulled out a gun and shot Smith, also hitting Smith’s wife in the leg.

Police also revealed that they found a loaded gun in Smith’s car, as well as another loaded gun in Hayes’ vehicle. There was no evidence that either of those guns had been fired.

“During the argument, Hayes produced a .45 caliber handgun and opened fire, striking Smith and his wife. No one else was injured in the gunfire,” police said in a statement. “Hayes was on the scene when officers arrived and identified himself as the shooter. Detectives detained and questioned Hayes. Based on the interview and evidence gathered from the scene, detectives arrested Hayes and booked him with second-degree murder. An additional charge for Smith’s wife’s injury is pending further investigation.”

Hayes’ defense attorney, John Fuller, has said that his client will be vindicated, indicating that someone “besides my client” was behaving in a threatening manner.

A hearing has been set for April 28.

Meanwhile, the Saints and Smith’s family announced that there will be a public visitation Friday and a private funeral Saturday.

— A mixed martial arts fighter died two days after a technical knockout in a bout in Dublin, Ireland, organizers announced Tuesday.

Total Extreme Fighting said Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho was sent to the hospital after the fight after being examined by medical personnel at National Stadium. He underwent emergency brain surgery but passed away Monday night.

Carvalho was defeated in the third round of his welterweight bout against Charlie Ward. After being stunned by two hard punches, Carvalho fell to the mat, and Ward punched him in the head nine more times before the bout was stopped.

Ultimate Fighting Championship champion Conor McGregor, a teammate of Ward, paid tribute to Carvalho on Facebook and defended his sport, writing: We are just men and women doing something we love in the hope of a better life for ourselves and our families. Nobody involved in combat sports of any kind wants to see this. It is such a rare occurrence that I don’t know how to take this. I was ringside supporting my team-mate, and the fight was so back and forth, that I just can’t understand it.

“Combat sport is a crazy game and with the recent incident in boxing [involving Nick Blackwell] and now this in MMA, it is a sad time to be a fighter and a fight fan.”

— The NFL denied Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon’s bid for reinstatement, confirming the news Tuesday, one day after the story broke the Gordon raised concerns after a recent league-administered drug test.

A source told The Associated Press that Gordon did not have a positive substance abuse test, but he “raised a red flag” — reportedly testing for a low level of marijuana and a diluting substance.

Gordon, who was suspended for the entire 2015 season, can apply again in the future. First, however, he must demonstrate sustained abstinence — something he’s struggled to do since his college days.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 13, 1957, the Celtics won their first championship with a 125-123 double-overtime victory over the St. Louis Hawks in Game 7 of the NBA finals. Which Celtic led the way with 37 points and 23 rebounds in the classic?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It makes me come out the next game on fire, with a different mindset and just prove to him that he might have made the wrong decision.” — Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, on how he’ll respond to being benched after picking up a technical foul in the third quarter of Monday’s loss to the Hornets

STAT OF THE DAY: 5 — Earned runs allowed by Clay Buchholz in Tuesday’s 9-5 loss to the Orioles, upping his season total to 10 earned runs in nine innings pitched

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Sixers guard Nik Stauskas attacks the basket and throws one down against the Raptors.

Dodgers star Yasiel Puig overslides second base but then sticks out one hand and the other to get there safely.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Rookie forward Tom Heinsohn

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Al Green was born on this day in 1946.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar